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Samantha Armytage puts wedding to Richard Lavender “on hold”

<p>Samantha Armytage has revealed that her plans to marry her businessman fiancé Richard Lavender is now “on hold”. </p> <p>While speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sam-armytage-sunrise-hosts-wedding-plans-revealed-nuptials-pushed-back-to-2021/news-story/c828d9bbb2747ad5038e077e91c60b57" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>,<span> </span>the<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>host says the wedding may now be postponed to 2021. </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Jul 4, 2020 at 3:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 44-year-old shared that she dreamt of having a large wedding filled to the brim with her and Richard’s loved ones but unfortunately the pandemic had made that impossible.</p> <p>Sam said: “Because we want to have a party with more than 20 people, we have sort of put it on hold.”</p> <p>She went on to add that they are not in any hurry to tie the knot.</p> <p>“We will get married but put the planning on hold because there is no point until we can actually make a proper plan in booking anything so no plans yet but we will get there.”</p> <p>The journalist shared her engagement with fans in late June.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B4iT4POn5On/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Nov 6, 2019 at 11:42am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Earlier this month her Sunrise co-star Edwina Bartholomew accidentally let slip that the couple would be celebrating their nuptials in a “paddock”.</p> <p>“Happy birthday @sam_armytage Next time we are drunk in a paddock will be on your big day,” the 37-year-old captioned the post.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Apr 3, 2020 at 9:29pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While Edwina didn't give any further details on where Sam plans on tying the knot, it is likely that she was referring to one of the rural properties owned by Sam and Richard in the Southern Highlands of NSW. </p>

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Patti Newton reveals surprising reason for stripping off on The All New Monty

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Patti Newton has surprised many when it was announced she was stripping off on <em>The All New Monty</em>, but Newton says that raising money for a good cause was a "necessity".</p> <p>Newton is taking the opportunity to increase awareness of breast cancer and urging young girls to take preventative measures.</p> <p>"Bert's sister Alice was diagnosed with breast cancer the year we got married and passed away the next year and it was devastating for him," she says.</p> <p>"So my performance is dedicated to the beautiful Alice Newton."</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEvVJt5J_g1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEvVJt5J_g1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Very excited The All New Monty , is starting September 13 at 7pm on Channel 7. It’s over three Sundays, I’m very proud to have been part of the show wonderful cast, great cause and love working with #georgieparker and #toddmckenney 😀</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pattinewtonofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Patti Newton</a> (@pattinewtonofficial) on Sep 4, 2020 at 8:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Newton has said that she's not nervous at all about getting naked in front of the nation.</p> <p>"While everything's not like it used to be – the knees give up, the ankles give up – I'm doing OK!" she explained with a laugh. </p> <p>"I think I'm pretty lucky. A bulge here and a bit of a crinkle in the side of my hips I can cope with.</p> <p>"It's not actually who I am. I am somebody who loves life and while I may not enjoy the very last moment of getting naked, this is a good thing to do."</p> <p>She also has the support of her husband, Bert, who initially thought Patti wouldn't be on board.</p> <p>"I think when I first told [Bert] he thought I'd say no," Patti told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>However, Newton has decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer and is urging people to get checked.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Studio 10 announces another shock departure

<p>There wasn’t a dry eye in the Studio 10 studio after Joe Hildebrand announced his departure from the show. </p> <p>“I am leaving Studio 10,” Hildebrand, who been on the show since it started in 2013, said on air. “I have given it a huge amount of thought. It has been really hard.”</p> <p>Last month, Channel 10 announced that Studio 10 was undergoing a massive shake-up due to cost cuts with Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling set to leave the show.</p> <p>Hildebrand was offered a lesser role than the one he has now and spent the last few weeks weighing out his future.</p> <p>“We all know the show is getting a bit of a shake-up,” he said on Studio 10 today. “Channel 10 and my lovely bosses asked me if I would stay in a new role. We talked warmly and openly about what that might look like, and they were really keen and really lovely about it.”</p> <p>But in the end Hildebrand decided it was better to leave the program and “give the new show, whatever it may look like, a chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me hanging around”.</p> <p>His last day on air will be tomorrow.</p> <p>Hildebrand became emotional as he praised Sarah Harris, who he called his “best friend, my work wife”.</p> <p>He also thanked the show’s viewers, saying: “People often stare down their nose at daytime television because it is only watched by pensioners at home or … housewives. They’re the people I love. They’re the battlers. They’re people who have often had really tough lives and they’ve overcome that and I just draw great strength and inspiration from them.”</p> <p>As for what he’ll do next, Hildebrand said: “I’m talking to other people about exciting stuff that I can do.”</p>

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Boy George's hilarious response to The Voice "dumping":

<p>Boy George has given a characteristically hilarious response to reports that he has been dumped from the star-studded coaching panel of The Voice.</p> <p>As the hit singing competition show moves from Channel Nine to Seven, rumours began swirling about what elements of the programme is set to change and the replacement of Boy George was a main one.</p> <p>Will the show’s all-star coaching panel – George, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian – follow The Voice to Seven?</p> <p>According to an “industry insider” quoted in<span> </span>New Idea, the coaching panel – George, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian – are allegedly not moving to Channel 7.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837740/boy-george-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f9113c873f9d45ce9abceb0aae584c8b" /></p> <p>“Seven are going for local coaches only, which means no more Kelly Rowland or Boy George, or overseas celebrities Zooming in,” <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/" target="_blank">New Idea</a> quotes the anonymous source as saying.</p> <p>The report went on to claim that the show will be sourcing local singing stars which include Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas.</p> <p>On Monday, Daily Mail published their own article with the sensational headline: “Seven ‘dumps international Voice coaches in favour of local singers’”.</p> <p>In response, Boy released his own sassy statement.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I've never been 'dumped' by a network. My nipples are hard! <a href="https://t.co/Wqqw6TvMSh">https://t.co/Wqqw6TvMSh</a></p> — Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) <a href="https://twitter.com/BoyGeorge/status/1302904520066953216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The star told one follower that Seven “can’t afford me darling”.</p> <p>After being told to “hang in there” by one fan, he said: “Yeah I’m down to my last jar of metaphorical caviar. Can I move into your spare bedroom?”</p> <p>A Nine spokesperson told news.com.au: “Unfortunately due to the age of the show and its declining demographic profile, The Voice had become by far the poorest financial performer on our slate. We wish Seven well in their quest to revive yet another Nine show.”</p> <p>Seven announced that Sonia Kruger will host the show in 2021.</p>

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MAJOR Masked Singer spoiler! Internet sleuths find “proof” behind celebrity costume

<p><span><em>The Masked Singer</em> is ramping up as it gets into its final contestants and fans are trying to figure out which celebrity is behind the eccentric masks they perform behind.</span></p> <p>Internet sleuths have come together to find out who exactly Frillneck could be and have rounded it down to the beloved children’s entertainer Jimmy Rees, better known as “Jimmy Giggle”.</p> <p>The clue that stood out to fans was the description of him being a “stand-up guy who hangs with birds of a feather”.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCnk5AxF-Em/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCnk5AxF-Em/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Masked Singer Australia (@themaskedsingerau)</a> on Jul 14, 2020 at 3:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="embed">The “birds of a feather” reference is suspected to be  the 33-year-old's former on-screen pet owl, Hoot. </div> <p>Other clues to Frillneck's identity include he's “theatrical and comfortable putting on a show” and “Jack Black and I were fascinated with the same incredible creature”.  </p> <p>On Wednesday, Frillneck caused a stir when he performed the chart-topping hit<span> </span><em>Can't Hold Us</em><span> </span>by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. </p> <p>A number of fans watching from home said the son was “100% Jimmy Giggle” while others argued it was comedian Eddie Perfect.  </p> <p>During the episode, judge Jackie 'O' Henderson also suggested that Frillneck could definitely be a children's entertainer.</p> <p>It's also worth noting<span> </span><em>The Masked Singer's<span> </span></em>official account also follows Jimmy Rees.</p> <p>Jimmy debuted as 'Jimmy Giggle' back in 2009 and served on the long-running children's ABC series for a decade.</p> <p>He left the series in 2019. </p> <p>“After 10 years I decided that it was time to take on the next exciting challenge in my career, while also being able to dedicate more time to performing as Jimmy Giggle live in concert, a part of the job I love so much,” he said at the time.</p> <p>Jimmy is a father to three young sons - Lenny and twins, Vinny and Mack - with wife Tori Rees.</p>

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The Chase star splits from second cousin after failed open marriage

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><em>The Chase</em> star Mark Labbett affectionately referred to as "The Beast" has shocked fans as he announced his split from his second cousin and wife.</p> <p>Mark and Katie have confirmed they’ve separated after seven years of marriage, blaming the split on their 27-year-age gap, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/12534450/the-chase-mark-labbett-split-wife-katie/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>Mark, 55, said: “There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.”</p> <p>Katie, 28, has been dating a man named Scott Bate, 30, for 18 months. She said: “I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy.”</p> <p>In an exclusive interview with <em>The Sun</em>, Mark and Katie, who have a three-year-old son, opened up about their unusual arrangement.</p> <p>Mark said: “When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling. But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic – this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?</p> <p>“We had a family. We couldn’t just throw that away lightly. There were other considerations.</p> <p>“But COVID-19 provided the perfect storm. My mental health suffered and the differences in our ages became magnified.</p> <p>“With Katie seeing Scott after lockdown, it’s got to the point where I realise it’s better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly, without the stress factor of living together.”</p> <p>However, Mark admits his wife’s ongoing relationship with Scott had taken its toll despite the couple’s initial attempts to have an open marriage.</p> <p>Mark said: “Our son has mentioned Scott’s name quite a few times. Each time he does it, Katie looks a bit sheepish.</p> <p>“My only concern is that Scott’s good with him, which he appears to be. We’ve started speaking and are beginning to chat more and more.</p> <p>“We’ve spoken about some of the bigger things, and Katie knows what my red lines are, and I know hers. So this way, nobody is shocked or surprised.”</p> <p>He added: “Jealousy is so negative. Nearly every other emotion has some benefit but jealousy just sort of makes you stop functioning.</p> <p>“I don’t want to get to the stage when someone mentions Scott’s name and my shoulders tense.</p> <p>“All that matters is what is best for our son.</p> <p>“I will never ever slag off Katie in public. One day, when our son is grown up, he will be reading this and I don’t ever want him to read anything bad about his mother.”</p> <p>The pair have had marital troubles previously, as Katie cheated on Mark while he was away filming US and Australian episodes of <em>The Chase</em>.</p> <p>“I was so unhappy. Mark and I hadn’t been great and he was away working all the time while I looked after our son. I felt so alone," Katie shared.</p> <p>“My friend came over one night and took me out, introducing me to all these new people who became my social group.</p> <p>“Because of our ages, they’re not the sort of people Mark could or would want to hang around with.</p> <p>“I didn’t go out with the purpose of meeting someone. It just ended up that I met someone I clicked with. It went from there.”</p> <p>The pair initially met in 2010 on Facebook and were married 12 months later. </p> <p>Mark has confirmed that the pair haven't discussed divorce yet. </p> <p>“Katie and I haven’t discussed divorce yet. That will only happen if one of us decides we want to remarry.</p> <p>“At the moment, I’m more than happy to be on my own. I find it easy.</p> <p>“You can’t speak for the future, but I am conscious I don’t put a target on my back.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Kochie is genuinely concerned”: Sunrise co-anchor fears the worst

<p>While David Koch has unquestionably been one of the most constant and successful faces on Australian breakfast TV for almost 20 years, new reports from <em>Woman's Day</em> suggest he may be worried about his future at Seven.</p> <p>The doubts come with good reason for the 64-year-old co-anchor, as one “network favourite” is said to be sizing up his highly coveted role.</p> <p>It’s believed 36-year-old <em>Weekend Sunrise</em> host Matt Doran is the front-runner to step into Kochie’s position should the decision arise to fine-tune the long-running morning show.</p> <p>“Matt is the heir apparent, for sure!” says a Seven insider, “He cannot put a foot wrong in that place and offers a more smooth feel to the network.”</p> <p>Insiders went on to report to <em>Woman's Day</em> that Kochie is also “extremely rattled” by the recent surprise departure of former co-host Melissa Doyle, who departed the network after 25 years.</p> <p>“He would be feeling nervous about his situation, now that he can see how cutthroat the industry has become and how Mel left, despite being one of the longest standing and most senior presenters at the network,” says the source.</p> <p>Soon after, Seven reported that it had sold most of its stake in Money Makeover, Kochie’s online financial business – a joint venture in which they were formally equal partners.</p> <p>Add to that the chaos caused by the regular absence of co-host Samantha Armytage this year, who took time off in 2020 with health issues in March, then again to be a support to her parents in their own health battles, and it’s easy to see why Kochie could be feeling unsettled.</p> <p>“Kochie is genuinely concerned that the loyal <em>Sunrise</em> audience is straying, and he's frustrated because there's been no continuity in who partners alongside him these past months,” the source continues.</p> <p>If Armytage follows Doyle’s lead and also decides not to return in 2021, it will be the end of the long-standing Armytage-Koch duo, which could spell disaster for David.</p> <p><strong>Image:</strong> <em>Sunrise</em></p>

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Robin Williams' heartbreaking final days revealed

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>For many, Robin Williams' death by suicide came out of nowhere in 2014.</p> <p>The iconic comedian, 63, had appeared in new films and talk shows that showcased his wit.</p> <p>Reports around his death said that the suicide was a result of severe depression and due to the actor being diagnosed with a mild case of Parkinson's disease earlier in the year.</p> <p>An autopsy proved this to be untrue.</p> <p>His family learned that Williams had been suffering from a neurological disorder known as Lewy Body dementia that can cause hallucinations and dangerously acting out dreams while sleeping.</p> <p>A new documentary called <em>Robin's Wish</em> documents his final days as his condition worsened and had his family and loved ones fearing for the worst.</p> <p>“We had unknowingly been battling a deadly disease,” Williams’ widow Susan Schneider Williams, 56, says in the documentary.</p> <p>“A disease for which there is no cure. The devastation on Robin’s brain from Lewy bodies was one of the worst cases medical professionals have ever seen, yet throughout all of this his heart remained strong.”</p> <p>Family and friends confirm that Williams began to deteriorate two years before his death.</p> <p>“I would say a month into the shoot (of <em>Night at the Museum 3</em>), it was clear to me — it was clear to all of us — that something was going on with Robin,” director Shawn Levy says in the doco.</p> <p>“That’s an experience I’ve not spoken about publicly ever. We saw that Robin was struggling in a way that he hadn’t before to remember lines and to combine the right words with the performance.”</p> <p>His neighbour John Hepper explained his concern over William's quickly changing body.</p> <p>“His ribs were actually showing (through his T-shirt),” Hepper says in <em>Robin’s Wish</em>. “I grabbed his skin. ‘Robin, you’re really getting thin.’ He said, ‘Yeah, boss, I’ve gone to the doctor, but they don’t know what it is.’”</p> <p>William's widow was surprised at how quickly the paranoia was brought on.</p> <p>“The degree to which the paranoia came in was so drastic,” Susan says. “He’s going from room to room and literally watching me. He’s making a lot of phone calls and texting people and questioning … my loyalty to him.”</p> <p>The night of William's death, his neighbour Hepper spotted him outside.</p> <p>“Boss, I really need a hug,” he remembers Williams saying. “So, I gave him a hug, and he started to cry.” Hepper put his arm around the actor’s shoulder and spoke in depth with him for 15 minutes.</p> <p>“He talked about family, and what was going on in his life and some things I think he felt that I would keep private,” he says.</p> <p>The next morning, when Williams' assistant tried to enter his office and found the door locked, Susan knew he was gone.</p> <p>Williams left no note.</p> <p>Susan continues to cherish her husband's memory as a generous man and often reflects on what he would want his legacy to be.</p> <p>“For Robin, it was that he wanted to help people be less afraid,” she says.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Could this be Kochie’s long-lost brother?

<p>In a classic round of live TV “spot-the-difference”, David “Kochie” Koch found himself blinking in surprise during a Zoom call with someone who many think looks exactly like the <em>Sunrise</em> host.</p> <p>During Wednesday's show, 64-year-old Koch was visibly taken aback by the unquestionable similarities he shared with Victorian business owner Paul Capkin.</p> <p>Capkin was introduced to <em>Sunrise</em> anchors Kochie and Natalie Barr in the middle of weather presenter Sam Mac’s regular travel segment.</p> <p>Capkin, who runs a mobile car-wash company, was quick to admit that he is often told he resembles Kochie enough to be his long-lost brother. “My business is called Posh Wash,” joked Capkin, “So I get [called] ‘Kochie Washy’.”</p> <p>“A couple of times, people have said to me, ‘Kochie, how come you are wearing a St Kilda scarf?’” Capkin went on, in a nod to Kochie’s well-known association with AFL club Port Adelaide.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837446/paulcapkinposhwash.jpg" alt="Paul Capkin / Facebook" data-udi="umb://media/d4388ca7afc6453f8e08e64845193da3" /></p> <p>When Capkin was asked to turn side-on for a profile view during the Zoom call the similarities really struck home, as both Kochie and Capkin displayed their near-identical features, including the same prominent nose and bald head. </p> <p>Kochie ended the segment by poking further fun at their twin status with one of his most well-known catchphrases:</p> <p>“As soon as he came up on Zoom I thought, ‘Who's that good-looking dude?’” </p> <p>IMAGES: Sunrise / Facebook / Paul Capkin</p>

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Scotty Cam on what’s in store for The Block during lockdown

<p>The 2020 season of <em>The Block</em> will be unlike any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Production was brought to a grounding halt in March, with the cast and crew returning to the show's new $15million site in Melbourne's Brighton in May.</p> <p>And speaking to <a href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/the-blocks-scott-cam-on-why-you-cant-keep-a-blockhead-down/">Realestate.com.au</a> on Monday ahead of Sunday's premiere, host Scott Cam was unsure about what may happen to production on the 2021 season.</p> <p>When asked whether there's been “any word yet” on filming for 2021, the 57-year-old said: “It's too early to tell - I have no idea about next year and what the story is.</p> <p>“I don't even know about this year's auction. It's in November, and we still aren't sure! Hopefully, in three month’s time things are different, but you never know.”   </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDYWnGalnOh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDYWnGalnOh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Hope you’re keen for The Block!!! @theblock #theblock</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/scottycamofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Scotty Cam</a> (@scottycamofficial) on Aug 2, 2020 at 1:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Scott explained how the 2020 season will be different in an interview with <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailytelegraph.com.au%2Flifestyle%2Fstellar%2Fscott-cam-i-handled-it-badly-i-regret-it%2Fnews-story%2F0a32d946430a99c7d3cc8bdb98cfc53d&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium">The Daily Telegraph's <em>Stellar</em> </a>magazine.</p> <p>He said: “Our show is a construction and real estate show, but this year I think it's also a bit of a documentary about what Australia has gone through.</p> <p>“We did five weeks [of filming] and shut the whole thing down for six weeks, which has never been done before, and then we had to work out how to come back. </p> <p>“That was a really difficult thing, so when we do come back, it's a very different show again.” </p> <p>Extra precautions have been taken on set as a result of COVID-19, Scott told Stellar. There is a clinic with a full-time nurse, temperature checks and flu shots.  </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CD-F7MUHo8v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CD-F7MUHo8v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Pssst… 🤫 Make sure you’re following our new BLOCKheads before #TheBlock begins, Sunday 7o’BLOCK on @channel9!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theblock/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Block</a> (@theblock) on Aug 16, 2020 at 5:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>For this year's season, five rundown houses dating from the 1930s to 1960s were relocated to a $15million plot of land in Brighton.</p> <p>Teams have been tasked with renovating one of the old properties, bringing it into the 21st century.</p> <p>Images: Nine / Instagram</p>

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Jim Parsons finally reveals why he quit the Big Bang Theory

<p>Jim Parsons opened about the “intense summer” that made him realise it was time to step away from his starring role on<span> </span><em>The Big Bang Theory</em>.</p> <p>The 47-year-old actor played Sheldon Cooper for 12 seasons on the show before he decided it was time to say goodbye, a decision that ended the show in 2019.</p> <p>Now he’s revealed why. Appearing on<span> </span><em>David Tennant Does A Podcast With …</em><span> </span>Parsons spoke about the reason for his departure.</p> <p>It turns out that a particularly tough summer spent in New York City gave him a moment of “clarity”.</p> <p>After finishing Season 11 in summer 2018, he moved to New York to appear in<span> </span><em>The Boys In The Band on Broadway</em>. He also agreed to film a commercial for Intel. On his way to the commercial shoot, he noticed his dog had become “gravely ill”.</p> <p>“He just looked so bad and I was so tired and I just started crying,” he told the host. “I was like, ‘This dog’s going to die while I’m off working and I feel so bad.’”</p> <p>In the end, he and his husband, Todd Spiewak made the tough decision to put their dog down so he would no longer be in pain. He spent the next few days in a dark place, realising something needed to change in his life, but not being sure what.</p> <p>To top it off, he slipped and broke his foot. He felt one bad thing was happening after the other, which is when Parsons had a moment of “clarity” that the change in his life was bidding farewell to<span> </span><em>Big Bang Theory</em>.</p> <p>“The bottom line was that it was a really intense summer,” he said. “The dog passing away, he was 14, and Todd and I had been together for 15 years at that point, so it just was the end of an era.</p> <p>“I had this moment of clarity that I think you’re very fortunate to get in a lot of ways, of going, ‘Don’t keep speeding by.’ You know? ‘Use this time to take a look around.’ And I did,” he said. “I was like, ‘I gotta make a move.’”</p> <p>His father died at the age of 52, and he came to a realisation that he would be 46 by the time Season 12 ended, which he was contractually obligated for. </p> <p>Parsons then spent some time thinking how he would want to spend the next six years.</p> <p>“I’m not superstitious or anything like that. It was just a context thing,” he told Tennant.</p> <p>When he returned to Los Angeles, he broke the news to Big Bang Theory writers Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro that he would not entertain the idea of a Season 13.</p> <p>Lorre explained that he considered moving the show forward without Sheldon, but ultimately decided not to.</p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley responds to Channel 10 axing

<p><span>Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Natarsha Belling and Tim Bailey have all reportedly been let go from Channel 10 as the network shockingly announced it restructuring</span><br /><br /><span>Entertainment reporter Peter Ford took to Twitter to say that he had spoken to the divisive TV host, Kerri-Anne who surprisingly was accepting of her axing.</span><br /><br /><span>“Just spoke to KAK on the golf course. She’s sad for others but totally accepts the brutal realities of the industry and will finish in a few weeks. Was told face to face this morning. No anger and no bitchy quotes,” he tweeted.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAmjvDmnxAo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAmjvDmnxAo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kak 💁🏼‍♀️ (@kerriannekennerley)</a> on May 25, 2020 at 12:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The 66-year-old is known for making controversial comments on Studio 10 as a co-host.</span><br /><br /><span>She has divided viewers and not been shy to make her own outlandish statements, including when she famously clashed with Yumi Stiles in 2019 and called out journalist Antoinette Lattouf for wearing a short jumpsuit when she appeared on Studio 10 as a guest.</span><br /><br /><span>In June, the TV host said that she just “can’t resist” causing a stir with controversial comments.</span><br /><br /><span>While in an interview with Sky News on the program The Death of the Aussie Larrikin?, the presenter was asked if she ever takes a step back before speaking her mind.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-gcVL4jcYT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-gcVL4jcYT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 22. (@22mgmt)</a> on Apr 2, 2020 at 10:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She said: "They really pray I do. They really go, 'Now, you know, maybe, we don't want you to pull back, but you know, maybe' and I go, 'Oh what the, so fire me!’”</span><br /><br /><span>"If I'm on Studio 10 and I'm having a cheeky day, and something like [political correctness] comes up, I can't resist it," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Kerri-Anne is amongst a number of presenters, journalists and staff to be let go from Channel 10 in a restructure at the network.</span><br /><br /><span>At least 20 jobs will be affected by the cuts.</span><br /><br /><span>It has been confirmed however that The Project, which is hosted by Carrie Bickmore, Waleed Aly, Tommy Little, Lisa Wilkinson and Peter Helliar, is not in the firing line.</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement, Channel 10 confirmed the restructure changes, saying a “redundancy program has commenced in Network 10's News and Operations department.”</span></p>

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Trump "happy" with trainwreck viral interview

<div class="body_text "> <p>Donald Trump was reportedly "happy" with Jonathan Swan's viral TV interview, which showed the US president in a conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and how the US has handled it.</p> <p>The Australian journalists' viral interview has been called a "train wreck" and watched by tens of millions around the world.</p> <p>However, Swan, said that in a brief 35 minute grilling, Trump appeared to be pleased with the outcome and wanted the interview to be broadcasted in its entirety.</p> <p>“After the interview President Trump said to me, ‘You’ve got to run it in full. You can’t be editing, you can’t be cutting me off, you’ve got to let the sentences flow’,” Swan said.</p> <p>“So we went with the President’s editorial judgment in this instance.”</p> <p>Swan explained that in the Trump interview, the US President had tried to spin his way out of the reporter pressing that 1,000 Americans are dying daily from coronavirus.</p> <p>“But, you know, it can’t be spun,” Swan said.</p> <p>“I really wanted to keep bringing it back to that … very raw fact, that’s undeniable, that can’t be spun away.</p> <p>“Which is America, the leader of the free world, with all of its advanced science and medicine is doing so much worse than … all of these other advanced countries on that metric of death as a proportion of population for this virus.</p> <p>“What I was talking about was Mr President, America, when you take its population and the number of deaths is not doing the worst in the world, but (it’s) pretty close.</p> <p>“I think he’s deeply, deeply frustrated that his old moves aren’t working with this crisis.</p> <p>“The problem with this virus, it resists this type of publicity. It is resilient to any type of spin.”</p> <p>In the interview, Trump seemed friendly to the reporter, but Swan denied having any special relationship with the President.</p> <p>“I don’t really have a relationship with him that’s sort of more than someone who’s covered him now for almost five years,” Swan told Fran Kelly.</p> <p>“The thing you’ve got to understand about this President is he is obsessed with media and driven by media in a way that, no matter what you read about him, it still doesn’t fully explain about the level of obsession with media.</p> <p>“He is a media creation. He’s created himself through television, through media.</p> <p>“He’s obsessed with it. He knows programming, he watches an inordinate amount of television.</p> <p>“He’s obsessed with ratings. He knows the nuances of different shows, he knows the hosts.</p> <p>“If you cover him, he is aware of you in an intense way, and particularly if you are not only covering him in print but appearing on television.”</p> <p>Swan recognised that his opportunity to sit down with the President was "rare" as he had been doing a "spree" of interviews.</p> <p>“I went in with frankly the knowledge that I’m probably not going to get another TV sit down with him,” Swan said.</p> <p>“To get that opportunity I recognised it was incredibly rare,</p> <p>“We are at a moment when a President of the United States is in absolute crisis.</p> <p>“Handling the worst pandemic in a century, with an economic crisis overlaid over the top of it.</p> <p>“He is like no other president in my lifetime … or even in American history.</p> <p>“I really wanted to try and explore with him … how does he grapple with the fact that when he was a private citizen he was always talking about leadership and responsibility.</p> <p>“He used to be so tough on (former president Barrack) Obama, he even called for Obama to resign when ebola reached America</p> <p>“Only two people died of ebola.</p> <p>“I was curious whether there was any level of remorse, regret, self reflection, even admission that he’d made some mistakes to create a situation where America has just such a horrible outcome compared to other advanced countries on the measure of death.”</p> </div>

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"Oh geez!": Karl Stefanovic's awkward gaffe with Nick Kygrios

<p>Things quickly turned awkward for Karl Stefanovic as he couldn't contain his excitement over interviewing tennis star Nick Kyrgios.</p> <p>Kyrgios joined <em>The Today Show</em> to discuss his withdrawal from the US Open as well as speak briefly about his personal life.</p> <p>Stefanovic quickly asked how things were going, saying "How is Anna?".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Nick Kyrgios has hit out at his "selfish" competitors who are not observing COVID-19 restrictions. Do you agree with him? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/RoYB6HQbc0">pic.twitter.com/RoYB6HQbc0</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1291151836242677762?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Kyrgios was in shock as he and Anna Kalinskaya broke up last month and he has moved on with Chiara Passari.</p> <p>“Seems like someone else is making you happy. How are things - can I ask how are things with Anna? Is it all cool?” Stefanovic asked.</p> <p>To which Kyrgios replied: “Oh, geez! No, I've actually got a new girlfriend, mate.”</p> <p>Stefanovic’s co-host Allison Langdon burst into laughter after a photo of Kyrgios and Passari flashed on the screen. “It was the right pictures, wrong name,” she said.</p> <p>Kyrgios took it in his stride, joking “You've just thrown me under the bus on live television, you absolute potato.”</p> <p>“Who is the new girl? Tell us all about it,” Stefanovic asked as Langdon watched on in surprise.</p> <p>Kyrgios was quick to gush about his new partner, saying that her name is Chiara. </p> <p>“You’d love her, mate. Don’t get too jealous. Incredibly happy obviously this time," he said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCOu8K0JTjj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCOu8K0JTjj/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Mine</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/k1ngkyrg1os/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Nick Kyrgios</a> (@k1ngkyrg1os) on Jul 4, 2020 at 11:27am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Kyrgios also shared that he has been using the time in lockdown to spend time with his family.</p> <p>"It has been awesome just spending time with my family. I haven't seen them in a while. It is good seeing them. My sister is back home as well and I had a lot of things I had to change the last couple of months. It's all going on track and obviously lucky enough to have met her and she makes me incredibly happy. Moving forward, I'm happy with her.”</p> <p>Kyrgios opened up about his decision to skip the US Open, explaining that it was an easy one.</p> <p>“Obviously with everything going on over in the States at the moment, obviously with COVID but I mean even with the movement and you know the whole protest and all that type of stuff going on over there, I don't think at the moment it is the correct time to go ahead with sport in my opinion,” he said.</p> <p>“But obviously with safety issues it wasn't too hard of a decision for me to stay home during this time and I'm continually training but also just staying home with my family and friends, making sure everyone is safe.</p> <p>“I think the effort that Australia's gone to, to originally have gone to zero restrictions around Australia, obviously now it is starting to inflate again but hopefully we can get back on track and have no restrictions.”</p>

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Heartbreak for Steve Price as lockdown hits home

<p>Melbourne’s unprecedented stage 4 coronavirus lockdown is taking a toll on those residing in the city - including the hosts of The Project.</p> <p>Steve Price couldn’t help but get emotional after presenting a segment on the tough new lockdowns Victorian’s are having to face.</p> <p>“It feels so much different this time, doesn’t it. I feel sad, I feel anxious … I feel sad for all of the businesses that aren’t going to recover. I feel very anxious for the state that I’ve spent much of my life living in, that many of the things we take for granted may never come back. The first time around it was sort of unique; we didn’t really know what it was going to be like. Now we know what it’s going to be like, and you can’t see an end,” he said.</p> <p>Host Carrie Bickmore also shared her sentiments by confessing things have become tougher in her household, as she’d noticed her children “really struggling for the first time”.</p> <p>“(They have) this feeling of, ‘What is this world we’re living in?’ And maybe looking at us for comfort, but we’ve stopped being all, ‘We’ll be right,’” she said.</p> <p>Price then made a confession about his own family situation.</p> <p>“My mother’s in her late 80s; I’ve seen her once this year. She’s in the zone where anything could happen. I just feel gutted that I might never physically see her again. It’s awful. It’s awful,” he said, as his co-stars rushed to console him.</p> <p>“Oh, Steve … You have to have hope that at the end of this we will get on top of it, and you will be able to see her. That’s the sort of stuff you have to look to; you can’t think like that,” Bickmore said.</p> <p>Co-host Waleed Aly agreed: “There’s every chance you will see your mum in the not-too-distant future.”</p> <p>“I hope so, ’cos it just breaks my heart,” Price said.</p> <p>“It would break anybody’s heart – but we can do this. We can,” Aly said.</p> <p>Melburnians are now facing some of the toughest lockdown conditions in the world, as the government tried to desperately contain the number of infections every day.</p>

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"NSW on a precipice": Kerryn Phelps warns on Q+A

<div class="body_text "> <p>Former Australian Medical Association (AMA) president Kerryn Phelps made her feelings clear about the "nonsensical" mask debate on last night's episode of <em>ABC's Q&amp;A</em>.</p> <p>She was appearing on the panel with other medical practitioners, including respiratory physician Dr Lucy Morgan and clinical nurse Abbey Fistrovic and was initially asked whether or not she felt there should be criminal charges for people breaking quarantine.</p> <p>Phelps deflected the legal question but made a call for all Australians to wear masks in public.</p> <p>"The thing that we can do, which is such a simple thing, is to have everyone in the community in masks," the former AMA chief said.</p> <p>"We need to anticipate that there will be a next wave in New South Wales.</p> <p>"At the moment, the numbers are relatively low but there's nothing to say they will remain low."</p> <p>Host Hamish McDonald inquired as to whether she thought masks should be "compulsory".</p> <p>"We need to head towards them being compulsory," Dr Phelps said.</p> <p>"We know with aerosol transmission now, airborne transmission, wearing a mask is some of the best protection that you can have — you protect yourself, you protect others.</p> <p>"There's been a nonsensical debate for months now, which has been so frustrating because it has not been evidence-based about wearing masks.</p> <p>"It is one of the single-most responsible things that we can do as members of the community to protect each other."</p> <p>When asked a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas, she said that NSW would be well served if it shut its air border with Victoria.</p> <p>"I'm concerned that there are still planes coming in from Melbourne to Sydney without any checking and with people just being asked to self-isolate in Sydney when they arrive," she said, to a question about whether Australian families will be able to gather interstate at Christmas.</p> <p>"We don't know how many people are actually doing the self-isolating when they arrive.</p> <p>"There are 17 planes coming from Sydney to Melbourne tomorrow [Tuesday] — that's not a closed border.</p> <p>"We know there are thousands of active cases in Victoria, there could be up to 10 times as many people who are infected who don't know it and we're just letting people get on planes without having a test before they get on the plane, arriving in Sydney and dispersing into the community.</p> <p>"NSW is on a precipice and unless we take it seriously and actually have an effective closed border, we are going to see leakage of these cases from Victoria over to New South Wales."</p> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres could be replaced

<p>Rumours are rife that a frontrunner has already emerged to replace Ellen DeGeneres - despite the star not yet confirming is she’s saying goodbye to her TV hosting gig.</p> <p>According to reports by The Sun, host of the Late Late Show James Corden is “in line” to replace DeGeneres, and “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show”.</p> <p>The publication revealed insiders claim Corden has been seen as DeGeneres’ “long-term successor” even before the recent allegations came to light.</p> <p>It follows reports over the weekend that the 62-year-old is soon to call quits on her hugely successful show, due to negative publicity and workplace allegations. </p> <p>According to the Daily Mail, the host has told executives at TelePictures and Warner Bros that she’s had enough and wants to walk away.</p> <p>“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” a source told the publication.</p> <p>“The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”</p> <p>Staff was also left unimpressed by the apology letter she had sent out last week, saying she’s a “phony” and claiming anyone who complained to her about ongoing issues “would’ve been fired”.</p> <p>“Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long,” one staffer said.</p> <p>“If anyone had come to her or those three (executive producers) to complain, they would’ve been fired.”</p> <p>“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her. She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches,” another source told Daily Mail.</p> <p>“The behaviour of her show executives has been appalling, but (Ellen) is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head.”</p> <p>The insider went on to claim that DeGeneres “hates coming to work”, “struggles to be nice to people” and has “utter contempt for her audience”.</p> <p>“She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,” the source said.</p> <p>“We’ve dealt with her BS for so many years, she’s not innocent at all, she’s not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.”</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson slams “mixed messages” over face masks

<p>As Victoria is forced to adopt an extraordinarily tight lockdown complete with a curfew, many are confused over the mandatory use of masks to help contain the spread of coronavirus.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday afternoon the state would now enter stage four restrictions, after an additional 671 new cases were confirmed.</p> <p>The Project host Lisa Wilkinson said mixed messages from state and federal leaders have confused many as the calls for New South Wales to introduce a mandatory policy grow louder.</p> <p>“One of the biggest questions people have been asking since the beginning of the pandemic is do we wear a mask or don’t we,” she said.</p> <p>“The messages have been mixed. Now in Victoria it’s mandatory. Gladys Berejiklian in NSW is saying she’s encouraging everyone to do it.</p> <p>“Today the Prime Minister put on social media a photograph of himself in a mask.”</p> <p>On Sunday, the Berejiklian urged those who live in New South Wales to wear masks when visiting known hot spots and closed public areas such as shopping centres and churches.</p> <p>“I want to stress it’s not compulsory but it’s a strong recommendation from health,” Berejiklian told reporters. “I can’t stress enough that the next few weeks will make or break us.”</p> <p>But the comments weren’t adequate for NSW opposition leader MP Jodi McKay, who said the government’s reluctance to commit a mandatory policy has created ambiguity.</p> <p>“Make face masks mandatory on public transport,” she tweeted.</p> <p>“It’s good the premier is finally inching closer, led by Labor, businesses and the community, but her position is still confusing.</p> <p>“By the time she gets there, we don’t want a second wave to have washed over us.”</p> <p>University of Melbourne epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely issued a warning, saying NSW is dangerously close to a second wave as aggressive as Victoria’s.</p> <p>“I’m really concerned about NSW,” he said, speaking on Channel 10’s The Project</p> <p>He said, despite contact tracing in NSW has been more proactive, community transmission is still taking place as seen by the multiple outbreaks across Sydney.</p> <p>“I’m very concerned NSW is going to tip over into something like what Victoria was four or six weeks ago,” Prof Blakely said.</p> <p>“If I was the Chief Health Officer in NSW, I might become unpopular for saying this, I would be doing mandatory face masking but I’d put Sydney into stage three lockdown now before things get worse because you don’t want to end up where Victoria is.”</p> <p>Berejiklian explained to media on Sunday her changing position on face masks, saying people in NSW should wear them in four circumstances.</p> <p>These include if you’re in an enclosed space like public transport or a supermarket.</p> <p>“Firstly, if you are in an enclosed space and you cannot guarantee social distancing, such as public transport, such as when you are buying groceries, you should be wearing a mask,” she said.</p> <p>“We would also like to see more staff to a customer facing wearing masks, whether they are in hospitality venues or whether they are in retail. Whenever they are facing customers, we strongly recommend that they wear masks.</p> <p>“If you are attending a place of worship, we want you to wear a mask. If you are attending a church, synagogue or mosque, we would like you to wear a mask.</p> <p>“And finally, if you are in an area where there is high community transmission or a number of cases, we want you to wear a mask.”</p> <p>The Premier described wearing a mask as “the fourth line of defence”.</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres pens open letter to staff

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has penned a letter to the staff of her talk show in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace culture.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, the note to crew is part of an effort to change the culture behind the scenes of<span> </span><em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em>, which will reportedly also see one of the show’s producers ousted.</p> <p>In her apology note published by<span> </span><em>THR</em>, DeGeneres insisted that steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward.</p> <p>“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she writes.</p> <p>DeGeneres opens the letter with an apology, saying that what has happened was “the opposite” of what she intended for the show.</p> <p>“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she writes.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the letter, DeGeneres says she’s “learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop”.</p> <p>The talk show host said if it wasn’t for the pandemic, she would have “done this in person”, and said she was “so sorry” to those who did not have a good experience working on the show.</p> <p>The Ellen DeGeneres Show is reportedly under investigation after numerous accusations by former staffers that it is a “toxic” work environment.</p>

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