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"What about justice?" Tempers flare on Q&A over Christian Porter debate

<p>A Liberal senator and a Labor MP clashed on<span> </span><em>ABC's Q&amp;A</em><span> </span>on Thursday night over a question around the historical rape allegation against Attorney-General Christian Porter.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Porter revealed himself as the minister at the centre of a rape claim involving a 16-year-old girl in Sydney in 1988.</p> <p>He has never been charged and police confirmed there was "insufficient evidence" to proceed with an investigation and labelled the matter "closed".</p> <p>The question was asked by an audience member and immediately caused tension on the panel.</p> <p>The question that was asked was whether the panel thought Prime Minister Scott Morrison should launch an independent inquiry into the allegations against Mr Porter.</p> <p>Queensland National Party Senator Susan McDonald threw her support behind Mr Porter, saying she felt “deeply” for the woman and her family but that the justice system must be adhered to.</p> <p>“We do have a system of justice in this country. We do have a police service that is well resourced and the most capable of understanding whether or not evidence needs to go to trial. And they have closed the matter,” Senator McDonald said.</p> <p>“I don’t think that this is an easy subject but we can’t have a situation where allegations equate to guilt. And I think that the minister has made a full statement and I think that we need to some justice in the law and the rules of the land, because otherwise, you know, do we back a kangaroo court and a court of public opinion?”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Should the Prime Minister launch an independent inquiry into the rape allegation against Christian Porter? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/24SVvJVM14">pic.twitter.com/24SVvJVM14</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1367413261134483457?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 4, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Western Australia Labor MP Anne Aly cut in, asking: "What about justice for the victim?"</p> <p>“We keep talking about justice for the accused. What about justice for the victim?” she said, to a round of cheering from the audience.</p> <p>“I am infuriated by this because I’m sick and tired of the lip service that we hear in parliament about hearing victims’ voice, about listening to women, about respect for women, and right now is a moment.”</p> <p>Aly also said it was time for the Prime Minister to show leadership and launch an independent inquiry.</p> <p>“What did he do? He came out and he said, ‘Well, I have asked him if he did it and he said no, and that’s enough for me.’ And then suddenly you’ve got all of these men invoking justice, justice, justice,” she said.</p> <p>“That inquiry will either exonerate Christian Porter and prove his innocence, as he is — as he is saying, that he is innocent, or it will prove otherwise. Either way, this is a serious, serious allegation. It needs to be treated seriously,” she said.</p>

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Sam Armytage was absolutely spot on

<p><span>A former television executive has revealed exactly what TV bosses say about their on-air stars in private meetings.</span><br /><br /><span>Rob McKnight – who has worked for all three top commercial TV networks in his career and was an executive producer on <em>Studio 10</em> from 2013 to 2017 – said the root of their atrocious behaviour comes from jealousy because “98 per cent of people who work behind the scenes actually want to be on camera”.</span><br /><br /><span>While on the <em>TV Blackbox</em> podcast, he said “I have heard so many executives, production people, the way they speak about on-air talent is actually quite atrocious.</span><br /><br /><span>“They're spoken about like they're thoroughbreds, in a way. They're spoken about like they're horses who, when they get too old, they're off to the glue factory.”</span><br /><br /><span>McKnight went on to say: “there is so much jealousy in the TV industry, it's palpable.</span><br /><br /><span>“And the people behind the scenes love having that power over the on-air talent. ‘I’ll decide if that person gets to stay on air. I'm going to sideline them. They didn't treat me right.’</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve seen this time and time again and it's because people on TV get paid so much money, they are in the public eye, and there is resentment from people in power behind the scenes who don't get that acknowledgment.”</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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CL3pRU5H0nR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>McKnight's revelations follow after Sunrise co-host Sam Armytage told <em>Stellar Magazine</em> about how toxic the TV industry can be.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s a lot about television that's all about you and that's an awful way to live your life. TV isn't a place that's necessarily very healthy,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s full of sociopaths and narcissists. It can be a dangerous environment, let me tell you.”</span><br /><br /><span>Rumours have been swirling around about whether 2022 will be Sam’s last year behind the screens.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports claim she has plans to leave <em>Sunrise</em> to focus on her family life and husband, Richard Lavender.</span><br /><br /><span>She told <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> last month that she was “very happy” in her job but could “easily” see herself embracing country life “down the track”.</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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CBJe_D9JcVn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Sunrise (@sunriseon7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Radio host Jackie 'O' Henderson observed: “I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something. Do you ever see yourself [retiring to the Southern Highlands]?” '</span><br /><br /><span>Sam replied: “Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily.”</span></p>

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"Incredibly distasteful": Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan Oprah interview

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Good Morning Britain's</em><span> </span>Piers Morgan has slammed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's upcoming interview with Oprah, calling it "incredibly distasteful".</p> <p>This is due to the interview being aired during the Duke of Edinburgh's longest ever hospital stay as he recovers from a formerly unknown heart condition.</p> <p>Morgan slammed the couple alongside co-host Susanna Reid.</p> <p>"If you want privacy and want to be left alone, you don't do Oprah for two hours. It's a complete joke.</p> <p>"And you particularly don't do it after hearing, as they had earlier that day, that the Duke of Edinburgh, aged 99, had been taken to hospital.</p> <p>"He's now on his 13th day in hospital."</p> <p>"I'm sorry, I think we're entitled to say that this is incredibly distasteful."</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">A trailer for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's interview with Oprah Winfrey has been released.<a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@piersmorgan</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/susannareid100?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@susannareid100</a> debate Harry and Meghan's decision to open up in a TV interview.<br /><br />Watch the full debate 👉 <a href="https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q">https://t.co/Iw1C95Tf3q</a> <a href="https://t.co/KZtrwaPbYI">pic.twitter.com/KZtrwaPbYI</a></p> — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1366410398266613760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Moegan said that his "real argument" with the pair is the amount of money they're earning from the interview.</p> <p>"They use their royal titles to make themselves astonishingly rich whilst doing none of the royal duty that the others members of the royal family have to do," he said.</p> <p>Co-host Reid pointed out that it was the Queen's decision to remain titled The Duke and Duchess of Sussex despite splitting from the monarch, but Morgan wasn't having any of it.</p> <p>"I think we've really got to move past they want to be left alone," Morgan continued. "You still get one-in-three saying 'leave them alone'. They don't want to be left alone obviously. They wouldn't be giving big interviews if they wanted to be left alone."</p> <p>Reid said that the pair just wanted to be away from the "needling, nasty criticism" they've received.</p> <p>"Well they don't want the needling, nasty criticism do they?" she said.</p> <p>"Anyone might like to have a nice life where you're not constantly bashed."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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First look at Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

<p>The first two promotional videos for<span> </span><em>Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special</em><span> </span>are out, much to the delight of royal fans.</p> <p>The network will air the interview at 8pm, Sunday on March 7th.</p> <p>The trio appear to be socially distanced, with Oprah in an all-pink outfit for the occasion.</p> <p>Only Winfrey and Prince Harry speak in the promos, with Winfrey teasing bombshell revelations. “You’ve said some pretty shocking things here,” she says.</p> <p>“My biggest concern was history repeating itself,” Prince Harry replies. “I’m really relieved and happy to be sitting here, talking to you with my wife by my side because I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been for her going through this process by herself all these years ago."</p> <p>“Because It’s been unbelievably tough for the two of us, but at least we have each other,” he continued.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/y7LJrh5UTr4"></iframe></div> <p>The special, which goes for 90 minutes, will see Winfrey ask Meghan questions about every aspect of her life “from stepping into life as a royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work to how she is handling life under intense public pressure,” according to a statement.</p> <p>Prince Harry joins the pair later and speaks about “their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MhbRw04ZBx8"></iframe></div> <p>In a surprisingly candid interview, Prince Harry revealed to<span> </span><em>The Late Late Show with James Corden<span> </span></em>that it was the "toxic" British press that made the pair step back from royal duties.</p> <p>“We all know what the British press can be like, and it was destroying my mental health,” he told Corden.</p> <p>“I was like, this is toxic. So I did what any husband and what any father would do.”</p> <p>“They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,” he said.</p> <p>“But it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course, it’s not strictly accurate, but… it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”</p>

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Samantha Armytage claims unfair treatment

<p><span>Samantha Armytage has said not having children or being married has affected the way she gets treated at work, claiming women can often feel “trodden” on.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Sunrise</em> TV host revealed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailytelegraph.com.au%2Flifestyle%2Fstellar%2Fsam-armytage-losing-your-mother-changes-you%2Fnews-story%2F562b19d8bd014c56cec6fe739716ad24&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium" target="_blank"><em>Stellar Magazine</em></a> that she believed her bosses gave her more work simply because she was unmarried and didn’t have kids.</span><br /><br /><span>"Bosses don't ask as much of you if you're a wife or mother," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I've never shied away from hard work, but there was an expectation that Sam would do it because she's got nothing else going on.</span><br /><br /><span>“[Sometimes I'd think] 'Well, actually, I'd get something else going on if you didn't make me do this'," she added.</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/CLz8B-0r8bn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <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/CLz8B-0r8bn/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Stellar (@stellarmag)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>Samantha married husband Richard Lavender on New Years Eve of 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair started dating in April 2019 and announced their engagement in June 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>The TV host went on to say that women can often feel "trodden" on by showing "common female traits".</span><br /><br /><span>"It’s a very masculine world so women go into their masculine when they’re in these environments and if you show any common female traits such as vulnerability, emotion or empathy you get trodden on. But I’ve just gone out and done my thing," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Sam recently went on to admit to the <em>Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> that she had thought about retirement and giving up her big city life for a quiet one in the Southern Highlands.</span><br /><br /><span>"I get the feeling, Sam, that you're going to give this up next contract or something. Do you ever see yourself doing that?" Jackie 'O' Henderson asked.</span><br /><br /><span>"Oh yeah, I think down the track I could, easily," Sam said.</span><br /><br /><span>Sam and Richard managed to plan their wedding in just a mere three days.</span><br /><br /><span>"We did it, we got it done, it was a little bit stressful for me but Rich was very relaxed," Sam said after returning to work earlier this year.</span><br /><br /><span>"It was dad, my dad, we were all sitting around, at Christmas time as you do, having a champagne and beer on the verandah, and dad said because of Covid and everyone's in lockdown…dad said ‘just do it, for god’s sake, just do it,’ so we did it!”</span><br /><br /><span>“It was nice, there was 12 of us there, we organised it in three days and it was fun.”</span></p>

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Waleed Aly's heated COVID-19 debate cut short

<p><span><em>The Project</em> got very heated during a debate on COVID-19 in Tuesday night’s episode.</span><br /><br /><span>Producers cut off Waleed Aly while he was in the middle of a discussion with co-host Rachel Corbett about the vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>Aly and Corbett got into a discussion about how far the “no jab no play” idea would go, as there is a large percentage of Australians not willing to get the vaccine.</span><br /><br /><span>“This is such a good idea for travel,” Corbett said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t mind if it becomes something for everyday life. If you have to have the little tick in your passport to go to work.</span><br /><br /><span>“If you can’t have it, then you can still go into work because we don’t need to be 100% vaccinated but we need to be decent percentage.</span><br /><br /><span>“Some people might not be able to get the vaccination. The idea we can’t go into work if we haven’t got vaccinated, we’re in a pandemic.”</span><br /><br /><span>Aly disagreed, saying: “Hang on. I don’t want employers to have that much power over your decision,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I feel like it’s sensible and let’s get the jab and get into work,” Corbett responded.</span><br /><br /><span>Aly didn’t back down though, saying: “There’s a difference between saying it’s sensible and encourage people to take a vaccine and a measure that could have all kinds of consequences down the track.”</span><br /><br /><span>“What about the consequences to another outbreak happening or a business closing down and all those kind of things?” Corbett countered.</span><br /><br /><span>“To me the consequences of an employer being able to dictate your health decisions is profound,” Aly responded.</span><br /><br /><span>“Imagine if they made rules like that about things you didn’t agree with, it would be frightening.”</span><br /><br /><span>Corbett fires back: “In this situation your business could shut down and that’s been a huge problem. If that could keep your business open, that’s reasonable?”</span><br /><br /><span>Aly got halfway through his reply but admitted producers told him to be quiet.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think that’s a fair point. I’m being told I have to shut up now,” he concluded.</span><br /><br /><span>Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has officially kicked off after a second delivery of Pfizer vaccines arrived in the country on Tuesday.</span><br /><br /><span>Health Minister Greg Hunt said residents across 240 aged care homes will be vaccinated by the end of this week after the rollout began on Sunday.</span><br /><br /><span>“My advice is that we are on track and on schedule and in fact we may be able to beat that,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“The consistency of supply has been strong and heartening.”</span></p>

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Samantha Armytage slams "infuriating" TV stunt

<p>Samantha Armytage was left unimpressed on Tuesday morning when a Sunrise reporter's live cross from Brisbane was taken over by a group of "zombies" protesting climate change outside of Queensland parliament.</p> <p>Queensland correspondent Bianca Stone was covering the climate change protest when zombies, who are part of the group Extinction Rebellion, began to interrupt her cross.</p> <p>"Basically what these guys are trying to show is that they are the zombies of the future coming back to warn the politicians about the climate change crisis," Bianca told the unimpressed Sunrise team in Sydney.</p> <p>"They say this will be a peaceful protest, except for this zombie that is knawing my arm right now," the reporter joked.</p> <p>Natalie Barr asked Natalie if she wanted to interview a zombie while she was there, but the zombie didn't have many words.</p> <p>"Can we not?" Sam said as the zombie began talking. "Can we not waste time with this?"</p> <p>As Bianca finished her cross, Natalie said, "Thanks, we'll move on, shall we? That was so weird!"</p> <p>"It’s so infuriating, they’re so annoying, I wish we wouldn’t give them airtime," Sam added as the group laughed at the very strange scenes they just witnessed.</p> <p>Social media users were similarly unimpressed, with one user writing, "I have no idea how they think that the Government would take them seriously about climate change with this behaviour..."</p> <p>"[Extinction Rebellion] isn’t doing themselves or the cause much good with stunts like this," another added.</p> <p>"Don’t these goobers have a job to go to?" someone else questioned.</p> <p>Peter Ford joked, "The joy of doing a live cross with over-excited talent!"</p> <p>Some, however, thought it was great, with another adding, "Australia needs more of this. Our politicians are completely asleep at the wheel."</p>

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The Chase replacement for Andrew O’Keefe announced

<p><span>TV personality Larry Emdur has been confirmed as Andrew O’Keefe’s replacement on the Channel 7 game show, <em>The Chase.</em></span><br /><br /><span>O’Keefe was recently arrested and charged over an alleged domestic assault on his partner, and as a result was dumped by the network at the end of 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’ve had a love affair with quiz shows for most of my working life, and the opportunity to host one of the TV world’s greatest formats is incredibly exciting,” Emdur told <em>The Sunday Telegraph.</em></span><br /><br /><span><em>“The Chase</em> is one of the most important shows on the network. Having spent a lot of time in this premium space — going into the news — I know that it’s a really great time of the day, just before dinner, when the family gets together.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s a tumultuous time but shows move on and productions move on and over the years many hosts have been replaced with many other hosts.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s happened very quickly. There’s no doubt about it, there’s lots of focus on it, but in keeping with what the network wants me to do, I have to aim for the blue sky and look forward.”</span><br /><br /><span>Emdur currently hosts <em>The Morning Show</em>, however was reportedly close to not renewing his contract with Channel 7 at the end of 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>The star was offered <em>The Chase</em> hosting role in a bid to keep him at the network.</span><br /><br /><span>While this role is new to Edmur, this definitely is not his first rodeo after he hosted <em>The Price Is Right</em> from 1993-1998 and 2003-2005. He also hosted <em>Wheel Of Fortune</em> on Channel 7 in 2006.</span><br /><br /><span>“The production is in Sydney now (having moved from Melbourne), so it’s manageable and it’s an exciting new challenge in my career when I was probably thinking more about winding down,” he said.</span></p>

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Home and Away star's freedom of speech tirade

<p>Former Home And Away star Isabel Lucas is reportedly throwing her support behind controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans if a recent, rambling Instagram post is anything to go by.</p> <p>The 36-year-old, who played Tasha Andrews on the show from 2003-2006, took to the social media platform to share an inspirational quote about "truth" earlier this week, but it was her lengthy and bizarre caption that featured under the post that raised eyebrows.</p> <p>The post didn't specifically mention Evans, but many believed the tirade was Lucas' way of rallying behind the chef.</p> <p>Lucas kicked off her post with another famous quote by Evelyn Beatrice Hall: “I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”</p> <p>She then launched into a rant about “freedom of speech”.</p> <p>“I have been wanting to speak about freedom of speech and censorship here for a long time,” she wrote.</p> <p>“If you are feeling cautious to ask worthy questions because of what bullies, or those who lack insight or compassion might say, may you remember the words of Evelyn Beatrice Hall.</p> <p>“May you be inspired by the countless courageous ones who have expressed their truth in the face of adversity: Rosa May Parks, John F Kennedy, Robert F Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr, Eddie Mabo, Malcolm X, Joan of Arc, Nikola Tesla, Julian Assange, Socrates, Jesus, John Lennon, Hypatia, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Michael Leunig, Waris Dirie, thousands of women, called ‘witches’ … and countless others.”</p> <p>The post continued with Lucas claiming that “historically and culturally, many of these people we herald today as change-makers have been ridiculed, censored and violently opposed.”</p> <p>“Many received death threats, or had their lives taken before their legacy or questions could be accepted as self-evident,” she posted.</p> <p>“I’m hearing many conversations around the amount of censorship friends are experiencing Facebook, Instagram accounts are being removed, shadow banned and numerous YouTube videos deleted.</p> <p>“Do you agree in the need for cultivating open, informed and respectful conversations about the mainstream narratives?</p> <p>“How do we encourage our conscience-barometers and humanitarians to courageously express themselves?</p> <p>“May we continue to support those who practice freedom of speech and shed light on the uncomfortable truths that challenges us.”</p> <p>She concluded with yet another quote – this time by Albert Einstein – “blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Lucas has caused controversy, as late last year she revealed she had refused a COVID-19 test on the set of her film Bosch &amp; Rockit, instead claiming her immune system was strong from how she "lives and eats and thinks".</p> <p>“I gave my duty of care of what I could offer to respect everyone’s health and maintain my own health, and I shared that, and I opted out of doing the COVID test,” she said at the time.</p>

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Meghan and Harry's tell-all Oprah interview under fire

<p>Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have announced that they're expecting a brother or sister for Archie and are planning on sitting down with Oprah for an exclusive "tell-all" interview.</p> <p>Despite some royal fans eager for the interview, others have pointed out the hypocrisy of the couple leaving the royal family after demanding privacy and then doing an interview with one of the world's most popular talk show hosts.</p> <p>This includes the panellists on<span> </span><em>The Project</em>, which were Tommy Little, Carrie Bickmore and Steve Price.</p> <p>“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on a roll! Just a day after their baby news broke. It’s been revealed Harry and Meghan will sit down for a 90-minute chat with Oprah, next month,” Carrie began. “It’ll be their first interview since quitting royal life. That decision is just one of the topics Oprah will discuss with Meghan. Harry’s expected to chime in at the end.”</p> <p>“It will be a long 90 minutes,” Steve joked.</p> <p>Tommy quickly fired back: “You know your career is on the rocks when people who are trying to hide from the public go on your show!”</p> <p>Carrie agreed: “She is getting a lot of heat today because they fled the UK because they want privacy and now they want a tell-all. Can you say I still want to share parts of our life with the media?”</p> <p>CBS have said that the interview will be broadcast on the 7th of March.</p> <p>"Winfrey will speak with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in a wide-ranging interview, covering everything from stepping into life as a Royal, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work... to how she is handling life under intense public pressure," CBS said in a statement.</p> <p>"Later, the two are joined by Prince Harry as they speak about their move to the United States and their future hopes and dreams for their expanding family."</p>

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Terri Irwin to reveal new home videos in Netflix documentary

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Irwin family have been a household name for decades, and a new rumoured Netflix documentary about the beloved family is set to ensure they'll be one for years to come.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/terri-irwin-feud-family-tapes" target="_blank"><em>New Idea</em></a><em>,<span> </span></em>Terri Irwin has a "treasure trove of VHS tapes" that are about key moments in the lives of her family.</p> <p>“Terri has had a recorder permanently attached to her for years,” tells the insider.</p> <p>“She’s been documenting almost every moment of Bindi and Robert’s lives. She’ll likely have it in the birthing suite, too, when Bindi has her baby!”</p> <p>"Terri's one step ahead of the game, as usual, and is pulling it all together for a really lush documentary. TV networks would write blank cheques for some of the stuff she has!" the insider continued.</p> <p>According to the insider, Terri often looks at the family videos as they are some of the last moment she had with late husband Steve.</p> <p>"She loves how some big stars have had their own stories produced for Netflix and would like to give her story the same treatment – she knows it's what fans would enjoy," they added.</p> <p>While it is something fans might enjoy, there is one Irwin that could put a stop to it before it's even aired.</p> <p>“Steve’s father, Bob, would take real issue with this,” says the insider. “He’s always had it in his head that Terri commercialised Australia Zoo and made it into this big theme park, which he felt was her selling out the family’s conservation mission.</p> <p>“I doubt he’d be too happy about her turning private moments with his only son into a big production. Bob himself will be in some of those old movies – he would definitely not give over permission to be included.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Crazy fan removed during Australian Open

<p><span>An unruly fan was removed from Rod Laver Arena after she yelled during Rafael Nadal's second-round clash against Michael Mmoh.</span><br /><br /><span>While Nadal attempted to serve out the second set, a woman launched into a bizarre tirade.</span><br /><br /><span>Nadal attempted to ignore it and play on but when it continued the match halted.</span><br /><br /><span>A female crowd member appeared to be yelling while fans around jeered.</span><br /><br /><span>The umpire interjected over the microphone: "Thankyou madam, you are delaying everyone", which only provoked the woman further.</span><br /><br /><span>Reports say that she yelled out from the stands "hurry up you OCD f---" to the Spaniard.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839877/tennis.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/535092fcb9294556b0bc7f79cc86e330" /></span></p> <p><span>She then gave the finger directly toward Nadal who was seen laughing at centre court.</span><br /><br /><span>The crowd booed the woman while Nadal laughed off the situation.</span><br /><br /><span>The play did resume but just two points later, the woman could be heard yelling “w**ker” as Nadal attempted to serve.</span><br /><br /><span>A security guard eventually came over to remove the woman, who then appeared to change her tune and apologise to Nadal.</span><br /><br /><span>"A little bit of a disturbance there in the crowd," Aussie tennis great John Fitzgerald said as the madness ensued courtside.</span><br /><br /><span>"I couldn't hear the specific language, there was a little bit of ill will between two ladies.</span><br /><br /><span>"Well there is one lady that is getting rather animated, she might be asked to leave, actually. I think she's having a crack at Rafa, I'm not sure why, she's the first person I've seen do that.</span><br /><br /><span>"She's a bit inebriated I think, this is chaos. This is so unnecessary, it's just one individual that has made a complete goose out of themselves."</span><br /><br /><span>The World No.2 ended up claiming the match in straight sets 6-1 6-4 6-2.</span><br /><br /><span>Asked about the disturbance post-match, Nadal laughed as he said: "No (I don't know her).</span><br /><br /><span>“And honestly, I don't want to know."</span></p>

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How the actors from The Crown compare to the real-life British royals

<p>The Crown tells the dramatic tale of the rise of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from a little girl born a relatively minor British princess to the revered queen of the United Kingdom. The general consensus among viewers and critics is that all four of the Netflix show’s seasons thus far have been nothing short of riveting (albeit somewhat fictionalised), as well as superbly acted.</p> <p>So now, as we eagerly await Season 5 and the new cast members who will be playing older versions of the “characters” we’ve come to feel we know personally, let’s see how the actors from The Crown compare to the real-life royals and other characters in their world.</p> <p><strong>Queen Elizabeth II as a young woman, as played by Claire Foy</strong><br />Claire Foy’s portrayal of the Queen from young adulthood through the first decade or so of middle age has been an absolute revelation. Thanks to Foy’s deeply felt, Emmy-winning portrayal, it feels as though we have a sense of the Queen as a person. And by that, we mean as a devoted daughter, a young woman in love, a mother, a politician, a boss-in-training who is excited but trepidatious about assuming the top leadership role in her “Firm,” and, ultimately, the boss.</p> <p><strong>Queen Elizabeth II in middle age, as played by Olivia Colman</strong><br />After seeing Claire Foy, it was hard to imagine how the role of the Queen could possibly be filled by another. However, the moment we first laid eyes on Olivia Colman as the middle-aged monarch, we were hooked. Not surprisingly, Colman won a Golden Globe for her portrayal, which follows the Queen into her 50s.</p> <p>“For the last year, I feel like I’ve been living someone else’s life, and now I feel like I’m winning someone else’s award,” Colman said during her slightly tipsy (by her own account) acceptance speech.</p> <p><strong>Prince Philip as a young man, as played by Matt Smith</strong><br />The husband of Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, now 99, is arguably an even more challenging role for an actor to tackle than the Queen herself because the former Prince of Greece and Denmark and current Duke of Edinburgh is such a force of nature. However, Doctor Who alum Matt Smith delivered an on-point portrayal of the charming, handsome military man Princess Elizabeth fell in love with when she was only 13 years old.</p> <p><strong>Prince Philip in middle age, as played by Tobias Menzies</strong><br />Following Matt Smith as Prince Philip was a formidable task, but Tobias Menzies came through as the middle-aged husband of Queen Elizabeth, perhaps better than anyone else might have. Truth be told, the role of Prince Philip was far less meaty in the Menzies seasons than in the Smith seasons. However, the scene in which Menzies as Philip attempts to talk reason to an agitated and desperately unhappy Princess Diana couldn’t have been more perfect. In it, we see the awkwardness that the not-quite-patriarch might have been feeling as he tried to school his headstrong daughter-in-law on what was what in the world of royalty.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles as a young man, as played by Josh O’Connor</strong><br />It may be difficult to believe today, but on the day of his wedding to Lady Diana Spencer, Prince Charles was perceived by the world as a real-life Prince Charming. Tall and not-too-bad-looking despite having rather large ears, he was the slightly socially awkward future king of England. And he was marrying the sweet, statuesque kindergarten teacher with the enormous blue eyes, who was already well on her way to becoming the most beloved woman of the 20th century. As it turned out, the Princess’s popularity would play a role in alienating the Prince’s love…but so would the Prince’s love of a married commoner named Camilla Parker Bowles.</p> <p>But enough about Prince Charles. Let’s talk about Josh O’Connor, shall we? Thanks to O’Connor’s charming, brilliant, adorable, and, yes, big-eared portrayal of the Prince of Wales, the future king’s reputation has been restored. Or nearly so. As much dirt as we believe we know about the royal couple’s doomed marriage, O’Connor has made it almost impossible for us to continue to dislike the man who rejected Princess Diana and idolised Camilla. He’s almost helped us to understand what the Prince saw in Camilla, whom he eventually married in 2005.</p> <p><strong>Prince Charles as a teenager, as played by Julian Baring</strong><br />The fact that Josh O’Connor transformed Prince Charles into a heartthrob is not to say that Julian Baring’s portrayal is any less brilliant – nor is it any less charming. Baring brought true pathos to the teenage prince, who was ill-suited for the sporty boarding school, Gordonstoun, that his father insisted he attend. If we weren’t exactly swooning over Baring as Charles, it is no doubt because Baring was only 13 when he took on the role, and the script for the early seasons of The Crown did not present Charles as a romantic lead so much as a misunderstood, and sometimes petulant, teenager.</p> <p><strong>Princess Diana, as played by Emma Corrin</strong><br />Take a look at these rarely seen photos of Diana and then see if you can honestly tell them apart from Emma Corrin’s portrayal of the doomed princess and mother of Princes William and Harry. Corrin so completely embodies Princess Diana, it was almost painful for her superfans (like us) to watch – but obviously not so much that we didn’t watch. In fact, we couldn’t not watch whenever Corrin appeared on screen. We’d be inclined to say that it’s hard to imagine The Crown’s recasting of Princess Diana, but we’ve already seen the publicity photos of Elizabeth Debicki as a slightly older (but eternally youthful) version, and we suspect Debicki’s portrayal will be equally breathtaking.</p> <p><strong>Camilla Parker Bowles, as played by Emerald Fennell</strong><br />Meet The Crown’s reinvented version of the former Camilla Shand. As played by Emerald Fennell, the “other woman” in the Wales marriage is a pillow-lipped beauty who tries and tries and tries to get Charles to stay with Diana.</p> <p>Although The Crown is historical fiction, rather than a docudrama or historical reenactment, it’s still a bit stunning to see the story told in this way – with this gorgeous, likable actress playing the role of a woman who carried on a long-term affair with the husband of the beloved People’s Princess and ended up succeeding Diana as the future queen (or something like that).</p> <p><strong>Princess Margaret Rose of York as a young woman, as played by Vanessa Kirby</strong><br />Princess Margaret was the Queen’s beloved younger sister. Because she was never going to be queen, Margaret was known more for her beauty and, if we’re being frank, her antics than virtually anything else. Vanessa Kirby plays Princess Margaret as a young woman in The Crown, and the likeness, mannerisms and acting are astounding. Many viewers are especially fond of Kirby’s depiction of Princess Margaret as a star-crossed lover of the married Group Captain Peter Townsend. Despite Townsend’s having obtained a divorce and the couple’s desire to marry, they parted ways to avoid a scandal that might have tarnished Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.</p> <p><strong>Princess Margaret in middle age, as played by Helena Bonham Carter</strong><br />Helena Bonham Carter is an incredibly talented actress, and she’s especially memorable in the film Fight Club, in which she starred as Marla Singer, the deranged girlfriend of the main character, Tyler Durden. Why are we bringing that up? Arguably, and with all due respect to Bonham Carter’s acting chops, it appears she is channelling Marla Singer when playing Princess Margaret in middle age. Plus, appearance-wise, Bonham Carter doesn’t look even a bit like Princess Margaret.</p> <p><strong>Peter Townsend, as played by Ben Miles</strong><br />Peter Townsend was, arguably, the love of Princess Margaret’s life. An officer with the Royal Air Force, he acted as equerry to King George VI from 1944 to 1952 and to Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to 1953. Having such close proximity to the royal family, Townsend fell in love with the beautiful Princess Margaret, despite the fact that he was married at the time. And the feelings were apparently mutual. The handsome Ben Miles plays Townsend to perfection, and when Margaret does not accept his marriage proposal after his divorce, his heartbreak is palpable.</p> <p><strong>Antony Armstrong-Jones, as played by Matthew Goode</strong><br />After spurning Peter Townsend’s marriage proposal in 1955, Princess Margaret went on to meet and marry a handsome and charismatic photographer, Antony Armstrong-Jones, who became the first commoner in four centuries to marry into the royal family. Following the wedding in 1960, “Tony” became the 1st Earl of Snowdon. Played on The Crown by Matthew Goode during the early years, Lord Snowdon is handsome, smarmy and seemingly irresistible, at least at first.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the Snowdon marriage was plagued by infidelity on both sides. When the couple divorced, Princess Margaret became the very first royal to be divorced since King Henry VIII. Ben Daniels plays Tony in the later years when things got incredibly weird between the Snowdons (more on that next).</p> <p><strong>Roddy Llewellyn, as played by Harry Treadaway</strong><br />Harry Treadaway appears in only two episodes of The Crown, but he’s quite memorable nonetheless. In the last episode of Season 3, Princess Margaret falls for Roddy, a gardener nearly 20 years her junior. In real life, the two carried on a romantic relationship for eight years. That’s not entirely clear from the way it’s portrayed on The Crown (which characterises the relationship as more of a fling). Treadaway as Roddy perfectly captures both the young man’s admiration for the much-older princess and his frustration over their impossible-to-ignore differences.</p> <p>Treadaway appears once more in the seventh episode of Season 4, but it’s so fleeting, it’s easy to miss, and this is likely because in real life, the two had parted ways before the events depicted in that episode happened.</p> <p><strong>King George VI, as played by Jared Harris</strong><br />Jared Harris was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of King George VI, the former Prince Bertie of York (born Albert Frederick Arthur George), who spent most of his life never suspecting he would become king. Yet he did, thanks to the romantic antics of his older brother, David, who for one brief year of his life was King Edward VIII. As depicted by The Crown, King George VI was an all-around good guy who was dearly loved by his family, who never wished to be king, and whose unintended ascension to the throne may have cost him his life. (He died at 56 from lung cancer.)</p> <p><strong>The Queen Consort, Queen Elizabeth, and later, the Queen Mother, as played by Victoria Hamilton</strong><br />Victoria Hamilton’s portrayal of the Queen Consort to King George VI (the former Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who was also called Her Majesty), the mother of Princess Elizabeth, and the eventual Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (still Her Majesty, along with her daughter, the Queen) really sells her fierce loyalty to her husband. You can genuinely feel her pain when she learns of her husband’s death. You can also feel her anger and disgust at her brother-in-law, David (the Duke of Windsor and former King Edward VIII), for putting Bertie in the position of having to be king.</p> <p><strong>The Queen Mother, as played by Marion Bailey</strong><br />When Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne, the wife of the late King George VI was also known as Queen Elizabeth. Up until that time, it had been customary for the wife of a late king to be titled “Dowager Queen.” However, this title, while accurate, also didn’t quite hit the mark because the elder Queen Elizabeth was not just the widow of the king, but also the mother of the new queen. Hence, she became Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.</p> <p>We see a lot of the Queen Mother in The Crown, and we should expect to continue to do so because in real life, she lived until 2002, the same year her younger daughter, Princess Margaret, passed.</p> <p><strong>Princess Anne, as played by Erin Doherty</strong><br />In a stroke of casting brilliance, Erin Doherty portrays Princess Anne in The Crown. As played by Doherty, Princess Anne is completely relatable as the often sarcastic, sometimes surly, horseback-riding younger sister of the man born to be king. So far, we’ve seen Princess Anne’s talents as an equestrian take her all the way to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. We’ve also seen that Anne enjoyed a brief dalliance with Andrew Parker-Bowles, who would later marry Camilla Shand. What we have not yet seen is the acrimonious tailspin of the last years of her marriage to Mark Phillips, nor her acquaintance with the man who eventually became her second and current husband, Timothy Laurence.</p> <p><strong>David, Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, as played by Alex Jennings</strong><br />Alex Jennings plays the younger version of King Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson. When King George V died in January 1936, his eldest son, David, Prince of Wales, ascended the throne. But being king meant nothing to David if he couldn’t rule alongside his lady love of two years, American divorcée Wallis Simpson. Notwithstanding the unequivocal will of the King, the government had rules to follow, which forbade a king’s marriage to a divorcée. In order to prevent a constitutional crisis, King Edward VIII abdicated, leaving his brother, Bertie, the Duke of York, to rule – and transforming Princess Elizabeth of York into the heir apparent. This decision also forever damaged David’s relationship with his own mother, Queen Mary, as well as the rest of his family.</p> <p>The former King Edward VIII went on to marry Wallis. Ostracised by the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor lived most of the rest of their lives in exile from the UK while rubbing elbows with anyone rich, famous, or powerful who would tolerate them. That included Nazis, although The Crown only briefly touches upon that. Acting legend Derek Jacobi plays the Duke of Windsor at the end of his life, but Jennings’ performance, which captures a sense of bravado and entitlement that makes the Duke seem at once despicable and pathetic, is so iconic that he will likely be the one most associated with the role.</p> <p><strong>Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, as played by Lia Williams</strong><br />Wallis Simpson was still married to another man when she began her relationship with David, who was then the Prince of Wales. However, she was divorced by the time King George V died, leaving the throne to David, who became King Edward VIII. The new king wished to marry Wallis, but that was unacceptable as the rules then stood (not allowing a divorced consort), leading to King Edward VIII’s abdication. And that, of course, changed the line of succession forever.</p> <p>That being said, since the Duke and Duchess of Windsor never had children, it’s arguable that even if King Edward VIII had not abdicated, Queen Elizabeth might very well have ascended anyway upon his death (based on the rules of succession). For the Duchess’ later years, The Crown cast the iconic Geraldine Chaplin.</p> <p><strong>Lord Louis Mountbatten (aka Uncle Dickie), as played by Greg Wise</strong><br />Lord Louis Mountbatten, the man affectionately known as Uncle Dickie to the royal family, was Princess Alice of Battenberg’s brother. Portrayed by Greg Wise in the first two seasons, Uncle Dickie is charming and lovable, setting up the great tragedy of his death in the fourth season (when he was played by Charles Dance). Prince Philip had been close with his uncle during his youth, and Uncle Dickie also became Prince Charles’ mentor.</p> <p>While the death of Lord Mountbatten was shocking and tragic for the royal family, it did, nevertheless, provide a way for the writers of The Crown to offer a depiction of the future Princess Diana (who uses the death as an opening to flirt with Prince Charles) as less naive than many of us might have believed.</p> <p><strong>Prince Andrew, Duke of York, as played by Tom Byrne</strong><br />Thus far, The Crown has not given us much of the adult Prince Andrew, who is played by Tom Byrne. That said, we’re led to believe that if the Queen has, or perhaps had, a favourite child, it might have been Prince Andrew. On the other hand, there’s also a bit of hedging (and perhaps winking from the scriptwriters) as the Queen expresses to Philip that she’s concerned about what might become of Andrew if he doesn’t make some changes to himself. Years later, as we all know, Prince Andrew was forced to step back from his royal duties following a scandal involving the late Jeffrey Epstein.</p> <p><strong>Prince Edward, as played by Angus Imrie</strong><br />Prince Edward is one of the least publicly recognisable of Queen Elizabeth II’s children, so it’s refreshing that The Crown offers surprising insight about him. In a memorable scene, a teenage Prince Edward, played by Angus Imrie, reveals to the Queen in no uncertain terms that being the son of the Queen is not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be.</p> <p><strong>Sir Winston Churchill, as played by John Lithgow</strong><br />GETTY IMAGES, COURTESY NETFLIX<br />If it’s wrong that The Crown cast an American actor to play the great Winston Churchill, then would we even want it to be right? Even those who aren’t fans of the royal family should get something valuable out of watching John Lithgow virtually disappear into the role of the legendary prime minister in all his gaucheness, wilfulness and, ultimately, humanity.</p> <p><strong>Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, as played by Gillian Anderson</strong><br />Gillian Anderson, who played Agent Scully on The X-Files, makes a star turn as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during Season 4 of The Crown. She portrays the Iron Lady with dignity and surprising pathos (we even get to see her cry after being ostracised by members of Parliament). And talk about disappearing into a role – the resemblance between the real-life person and the actress playing her is nothing if not startling.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by  Lauren Cahn. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/culture/how-the-actors-from-the-crown-compare-to-the-real-life-british-royals"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Grant Denyer faces another blow after I'm A Celeb loss

<p>Channel 10 has made changes to its programming schedule.</p> <p>And unfortunately for Grant Denyer, Celebrity Name Game has reportedly been axed, which will most likely come as a blow for the Gold Logie-winner after his defeat on I'm A Celeb this week.</p> <p>Late last year it was reported that Dancing With The Stars would not be returning in 2021, which Denyer hosted with Amanda Keller.</p> <p>“We have decided to hang up our dancing shoes, lycra pants and sequined jackets for the time being,” a network spokesperson said at the time.</p> <p>“We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those involved in the show, in particular Amanda Keller and Grant Denyer, who were fabulous hosts, as well as all the judges, dancers, the stars and of course the crew.”</p> <p>According to TV Tonight, three other major shows have also been axed.</p> <p>The WAG reality show Playing for Keeps was on the list, with the Head of Programming Daniel Monoghan telling the publication that, after two seasons, it's "not coming back.</p> <p>Also on the list is Kyle Sandilands courtroom reality show Trial by Kyle.</p> <p>The show sought inspiration from Judge Judy, with contestants asking for help for their petty grievances from Kyle and lawyer/Bachelor alum Anna Heinrich.</p> <p>Monaghan said it was Kyle's decision to not return to the show, saying: “He hates it. He talks about it on the radio. It’s not coming back. Just ask him! I really liked it and I like Kyle, but it’s not returning,” said Monaghan.</p> <p>The iconic children's show Totally Wild is also set to end after airing for 29 years.</p> <p>It's reported that its sister show Scope also getting the boot.</p> <p>A Network 10 spokesperson told the publication:</p> <p>“Network 10 today informed staff that<span> </span><em>Totally Wild</em><span> </span>and<span> </span><em>Scope<span> </span></em>will no longer be produced, which will result in a reduction of roles.”</p> <p>“Network 10 remains committed to creating and producing local children’s content, but its strategy has evolved to include the development and production of more children’s drama programs.</p> <p>“The Network 10 children’s department will remain an integral part of the business and will remain based in Brisbane.</p> <p>“As a result of these shows no longer being produced, some on-air presenters and production staff will leave Network 10. The network would like to thank those people for their dedication and hard work.</p> <p>“No further details are available at this stage.”</p>

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Samantha Armytage and Sam Mac respond to bizarre feud claims

<p><span>Samantha Armytage has responded to a bizarre article claiming she has a “hatred” for her <em>Sunrise</em> colleague, Sam Mac.</span><br /><br /><span>The claim followed on Wednesday after Samantha was asked by a viewer on Instagram what she really thinks about the TV weatherman</span><br /><br /><span>‘I have a question for you,” the question began.</span><br /><br /><span>“When you cross to Sam Mac for weather, it comes across that you seem to dislike him with some comments.</span><br /><br /><span>“Not sure if you are aware?”</span><br /><br /><span>Samantha jokingly replied: “A message from one of our concerned viewers... Don’t worry Danielle. I really like Sam Mac... sometimes.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.9264069264069px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839771/samantha-sam-mac-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4341faa534cc409e9b2c7bb2567d4da7" /><br /><br /><span>Samantha and Sam then exchanged a series of sweet messages and photos on their Instagram stories, clarifying just how close the two are.</span><br /><br /><span>News website <em>Daily Mail</em> used the satirical exchange to write an article that had the headline “<em>Sunrise</em> host Samantha Armytage reveals the truth about her ‘hatred’ for weatherman Sam Mac.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839773/samantha-sam-mac-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d4144b376c944247b5e0217ed0a99c6e" /><br /><br /><span>The stars addressed the misleading article on Thursday morning’s episode of the breakfast show.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the <em>Daily Mail</em> thinks if you put something in inverted commas, you can say anything,” Armytage said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I never said I hated you, I just said sometimes I like you,” she joked.</span><br /><br /><span>Samantha went on to add: “In 2021, you know that there’s so much outrage, you’ve got to be very careful what you say these days.”</span><br /><br /><span>“When we just have our old fashioned Australian banter, our brother-sister stuff, it blows up into a huge day of, should we say, fake news.”</span><br /><br /><span>In Samantha fashion, she introduced Mac’s next weather segment with a laugh, saying: “So here is our darling, wonderful, handsome weatherman who we adore with all our hearts!”</span></p>

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Peter Hellier "truly sorry" as damning video resurfaces

<p>Comedian and television personality Peter Hellier has issued an apology to former Collingwood Magpies defender Heritier Lumumba after footage resurfaced of his 2017 interview on Channel 10's The Project.</p> <p>Representing the Magpies for 10 years between 2005-2014, Lumumba claimed he had endured a "culture of racist jokes" at the club.</p> <p>The player said he was nicknamed "Chimp" by teammates, and claimed he was "ostracised internally" after speaking out against racism.</p> <p>During an interview with The Project's Waleed Aly in 2017, Lumumba opened up about his experience with racism in the AFL.</p> <p>Addressing his fellow panelists, Helliar questioned why more teammates had not publicly supported Lumumba's claims.</p> <p>“Heritier has the opportunity to become a really strong, significant voice in the battle against racism with the AFL and Australian sport,” Helliar said.</p> <p>“My only thing — it would be really helpful if we heard more detail, specifically with the nickname.</p> <p>“We can’t find anyone who would speak to us who knew of that nickname over a playing career of 10 years.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Retired AFL star Héritier Lumumba reflects on the systemic racism present in both football and society. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/UVk3M8vzXk">pic.twitter.com/UVk3M8vzXk</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/907550590485409793?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 12, 2017</a></blockquote> <p>“Even if you have to name names, take us into your experience. Paint the picture so we understand it more. Because if you don’t do that, then it just sounds like you’re smearing an entire club.”</p> <p>After Lumumba's claims, Collingwood conducted an internal club investigation last year, which found Collingwood's responses to alleged racism were "at best ineffective, or at worst exacerbated the impact of the racist incidents".</p> <p>The report also said Collingwood prioritised the reputation of the club, rather than addressing the claims of racism directly and instigating change.</p> <p>In response to the “heartbreaking” report, Helliar posted an apology to Lumumba on social media.</p> <p>“I urge all fans &amp; members to demand better from @CollingwoodFC,” Helliar tweeted on Tuesday morning.</p> <p>“This report is heartbreaking. To @iamlumumba I am truly, unequivocally sorry. I should have believed you. I will do better.”</p> <p>Later that day, Lumumba revealed<span> </span><em>The Project</em><span> </span>had once again invited him onto the program, but he turned it down.</p>

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"Banned" royal family documentary resurfaces online

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A documentary about the royal family was "banned" by Buckingham Palace in the early 70s has resurfaced online 50 years later.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2021/01/28/royal-documentary-banned-queen-leaked-50-years-later-palace/" target="_blank"><em>The Telegraph</em></a><span> </span>reports<span> </span><em>Royal Family</em>, the BBC documentary that offered a glimpse into Queen Elizabeth's private life, was uploaded onto Youtube and viewed thousands of times before taken down.</p> <p>The documentary was removed due to a copyright claim from the British broadcaster.</p> <p>It was the first time that footage longer than a 90-second clip had been seen since it was taken off the air.</p> <p>The rest of the film remains strictly "off-limits" to the public, which the curator of the National Portrait Gallery exhibition says is regrettable.</p> <p>"Legend has it that the Queen doesn't want parts of it to be shown. Regrettably, the film hasn't been seen for a long time. It just disappeared. There is a reluctance for this to be revisited."</p> <p>"I wish we could show it in its entirety. It tells you a lot about family life. And it redefined the nation's view of the Queen - the audience were amazed to be able to hear the Queen speaking spontaneously, and to see her in a domestic setting."</p> <p>Historian Sarah Gristwood says that it was Prince Philips idea to film the family to show them in a more relatable light.</p> <p>"Philip's belief was that if people could see their head of state as 'individuals, as people, I think it makes it much easier for them to accept the system.' He was against the idea of any "remoteness or majesty" in the people's view of their monarchy."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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