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“Very sad”: ABC blasted for all-white line-up

<p class="p1">The ABC is copping an influx of backlash after they revealed their upcoming line-up of news presenters for 2021, with people questioning the lack of cultural diversity among the broadcaster’s key programs.</p> <p class="p1">The broadcaster released its 2021 programmings schedule on Wednesday but it was the publicity photos of the presenters running its flagship news programs that left many unimpressed.</p> <p class="p1">It didn’t take long for viewers and ex-staff members to call out the network for their lack of diversity, with the majority of journalists coming from caucasian backgrounds.</p> <p class="p1">Former Four Corners and ABC News reporter Sophie McNeill took to Twitter to black the broadcaster, saying it was “disappointing”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">It's disappointing that my beloved <a href="https://twitter.com/abcnews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@abcnews</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ABCTV</a> has still such a long way to go to ensure the network accurately reflects the Australian population <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/diversity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#diversity</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/whatdiversity?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#whatdiversity</a> <a href="https://t.co/xvjxCfSOcr">pic.twitter.com/xvjxCfSOcr</a></p> — Sophie McNeill (@Sophiemcneill) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sophiemcneill/status/1331462479902248960?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">At some point, when you’re assembling these photos, you’d pause and think “Hmm something not quite right here”. It should so embarrassing that they shouldn’t be able get away with it. But who is going to hold them to account? Everywhere else is even whiter, lol.</p> — Osman Faruqi (@oz_f) <a href="https://twitter.com/oz_f/status/1331453866211123201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p class="p1">Ex-deputy editor of ABC Life, Osman Faruqi, also joined in.</p> <p class="p1">“Do the people who run ABC News not understand how weird this looks?” he asked.</p> <p class="p1">“At some point, when you’re assembling these photos, you’d pause and think ‘Hmm something not quite right here’. It should so embarrassing that they shouldn’t be able get away with it. But who is going to hold them to account? Everywhere else is even whiter, lol.”</p> <p class="p1">Australia’s former Race Discrimination Commissioner and Culture Strategy Professor at Sydney University, Tim Soutphommasane, said the ABC has a “long way to go” in terms of diversity.</p> <p class="p1">“Let’s remember the ABC has it in its charter that it should reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community. So where is it?” he wrote on Twitter.</p> <p class="p1">“And thanks to those who highlight there is diversity elsewhere on the upfront. That is of course good to see. But the diversity is not there in many of the flagship and other high-profile programs, especially news and current affairs.”</p> <p class="p1">In response to the backlash, the ABC released a statement saying it was proud of the “diverse talent” across its programs.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We’re proud of the great, diverse talent on the ABC. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ABCyours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ABCyours</a> <a href="https://t.co/mdo9Zallb1">pic.twitter.com/mdo9Zallb1</a></p> — ABC Communications (@ABCMediaComms) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABCMediaComms/status/1331484235132145670?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p class="p1">“Our 2021 slate reflects our commitment to representing and reflecting modern Australia, across diverse backgrounds, ages, genders, abilities and cultures,” the broadcaster said.</p> <p class="p1">The ABC said increasing diversity across the company was a priority, as they talked about their Diversity &amp; Inclusion Plan and Reconciliation Action Plan.</p> <p class="p1">“There’s no doubt that, like all media organisations, the ABC has significant work to do to live up to our goal to reflect the full diversity of our community,” the ABC said.</p> <p class="p1">“But we are making progress.”</p> <p class="p1">The network then shared an image to Twitter, showing all the diverse talent that will be appearing on the ABC in 2021.</p> <p class="p1">But that wasn’t enough to convince some, with Mr Faruqi and Ms McNeill saying there was still a lack of representation in ABC’s top news programs.</p> <p class="p1">“There is a significant gap between what appears to be coming of factual and entertainment TV and news in terms of whiteness, but it’s very funny the ABC is responding to concerns about the lack of diversity on news shows by saying “We also make Superwog!” Mr Faruqi wrote on Twitter.</p> <p class="p1">He added: “It’s really weird that the ABC’s response was to subtweet everyone by pointing to shows about Chinese restaurants (which I can’t wait to watch tbh). They really are in denial, it’s very sad.”</p> <p class="p1">Ms McNeill shared the same sentiments, saying while they are diverse, they are still lacking in major areas.</p> <p class="p1">“It’s not really diversity in ‘Super Wog’ or ‘Chopsticks or Fork’ that I’m chasing. It’s in the flagship, heavy hitting, political programs &amp; at an editorial level,” she wrote.</p> <p class="p1">But not everyone was so quick to criticise the ABC, with some viewers praising the broadcaster for featuring a wide range of programming and working towards even more diversity on screen.</p> <p class="p1">“This is an easy attack but if we move beyond the ‘glam’ of TV, the ABC provides a diverse but not perfect platform. It does provide a variety of voices. Let’s not belittle it or grandstand in front of nodding heads, let’s look at the alternative &amp; commit to make the ABC better,” one person wrote.</p> <p class="p1">“I think ABC Australia has done a much better job of diversifying its presenters than any other visual media here has. Well done ABC,” another person said.</p>

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First thing the winners did after SAS Australia was finally over

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>SAS Australia</em><span> </span>quickly became a fan favourite after the reality show put celebrities against their biggest fears and tested their physical and mental abilities.</p> <p>The winners of SAS Australia were finally declared after an intensive physical challenge and interrogations. The three that made it to the end are former rugby player Nick Cummins, Australian comedian Merrick Watts and AFLW player Sabrina Frederick.</p> <p>The three celebrities made it through weeks of rigorous tasks that involved physical injuries, mental torture and ice cold water.</p> <p>Merrick was delighted for the show to finish.</p> <p>"To pass it and to get through it and survive it is one of the greatest achievements I've ever had in my entire career."</p> <p>"I did this course to rebuild my own confidence and to show myself my own capabilities but I ended wanting to learn more about the soldiers that sacrifice what they do and how hard it is for them to give over so much of their lives for us."</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/CH-TtQZHqz6/?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/CH-TtQZHqz6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SAS Australia on 7 (@sasaust7)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Sabrina Frederick said that she has so much respect for the SAS after completing the show.</p> <p>"I have so much respect for the SAS to embark on this and to pass selection. For them to embrace me as one of their own, I will never be able to explain how much that means to me."</p> <p>Merrick revealed just what he did after being declared one of the winners of the show.</p> <p>"We went straight to Maccas and had a massive thickshake. That was definitely the first thing we did when we left," he said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/news/sas-australia-winner-2020-66031" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>However, the show has left its mark on Merrick, three months on.</p> <p>"I still have some niggling injuries. I had two fractured ribs and impact damage on my back.</p> <p>"The thing that is unseen from a viewers perspective is we have completely exhausted our bodies and actually changed the physiology of bodies because they've gone into a survival mode. We lost muscle and became very skinny."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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China demands apology from ABC over "racist" kids show

<p>A diplomatic fight has broken out between China and Australia after China demanded a formal apology for a "racist" kids show shown on the ABC.</p> <p>China has demanded a formal apology from the Australian Broadcasting Network due to the show implying that eating insects, rats, jellyfish and hair is an everyday part of Chinese cuisine.</p> <p>The show in question is<span> </span><em>Horrible Histories</em><span> </span>and had an episode focusing on ancient Chinese Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China.</p> <p>The state-controlled<span> </span><em>Global Times</em><span> </span>in China has claimed that the children's program has drawn outrage and condemnation from Chinese-Australians for “broadcasting a children’s television series with controversial content suggesting insects, rats and hair are used in normal Chinese recipes, which they believe is racism and demand for an apology.”</p> <p>“In an episode of the series, ancient China Empress Wu Zetian, who is played by a white actress, is eating insects, rats, jellyfish and hair, and invites two modern visitors, the program’s hosts, to join the meal,’’ the article states.</p> <p>“As the visitors act disgusted, “Wu” explained it was “perfectly normal” to eat insects in China in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).”</p> <p>A spokesperson for the ABC has denied the episode represented an example of a white person masquerading as Asian, saying that the actress, Sophie Wu, was British-born but has Chinese heritage.</p> <p>“The ABC has received some complaints, which will be considered by ABC Audience and Consumer Affairs as is our usual practice,’’ an ABC spokesman told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/abc-in-hot-water-over-racist-kids-show/news-story/343d979357bd4d20fa5d9940c488a833" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>.</p> <p>Chinese citizens aren't happy with the episode either.</p> <p>“This kind of racist behaviour is indeed too narrow-minded for a country,” a netizen (a citizen) wrote on China’s Twitter-like social networking platform Weibo.</p> <p>“It’s uncanny how they are always talking about anti-racism and they are actually the meanest racists,” another one commented.</p> <p>“We also need an apology,” a Chinese student in Australia told the<span> </span><em>Global Times</em>, “Hopefully ABC and CBBC can prove that they are really against racial discrimination, and not just another biased Westerners playing with double standards.”</p>

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The Crown creator defends “made up” scenes

<p>Peter Morgan, the brains behind The Crown has defended his decision of including imagined scenes in the latest season of the hit Netflix show.</p> <p>Season four, which is based on real-life events but not entirely factual, premiered on Netflix on Sunday with a number of new characters, including Princess Diana and then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.</p> <p>In the first episode of the new series, Lord Louis Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, confronts his great-nephew, Prince Charles, for having an affair with Camilla, who at the time, was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.</p> <p>In the episode, Mountbatten writes a scathing letter to Charles, accusing him of contemplating such “ruin and disappointment” to himself and his family, and orders him to instead marry “some sweet and innocent well-tempered girl with no past.”</p> <p>In the show, Charles receives the letter after finding out Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA - but some critics say there is no evidence that such a letter was ever written.</p> <p>Writer Morgan addressed the show's portrayal of the interaction in an episode of The Crown podcast, explaining that, while he "made up" the scene, he believed that the fictionalised interaction would have aligned with Mountbatten's views.</p> <p>"I made up in my head — whether it's right or wrong — what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, 'Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It's time you got married and it's time you provided an heir,'" Morgan said.</p> <p>"I think everything that's in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe — you know, based on everything I've read and people I've spoken to, that that represents his view.</p> <p>"We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten's death but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it," he added.</p> <p>Critics have claimed the show has been filled with lies and misinformation. </p> <p>"People actually do believe it because it is well filmed, lavishly produced, well acted with good actors. You can't just dismiss it as tabloid rubbish," Hugo Vickers, historian and author of The Crown Dissected, told CNN.</p> <p>"In this particular series, every member of the royal family, in my view, comes out of it badly, except the Princess of Wales," he said. "It's totally one sided, it's totally against Prince Charles."</p> <p>Vickers told CNN that the show contains a number of "mischievous" inaccuracies — including scenes which show Queen Elizabeth at odds with Thatcher — adding that viewers could watch the show and assume it to be true.</p> <p>"Anyone watching, they may say, 'I saw it on The Crown, it must be true.' It's not true," he added.</p> <p>Last year, the British royal family denied any involvement with the Netflix series, after Morgan claimed to meet regularly with "people who are very high-ranking and very active within the organisation."</p> <p>Donal McCabe, the Queen's communications secretary, said in a letter to the UK's Times, which Buckingham Palace subsequently forwarded to CNN: "The Royal Household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme's accuracy."</p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley’s surprise appearance on Studio 10 after axing

<p class="p1">Kerri-Anne Kennerley made a surprise appearance on Studio 10 on Tuesday, two months after being axed from the morning show.</p> <p class="p1">The TV personality’s shock exit was part of a major cull at Ten that also saw Natarsha Belling and Joe Hildebrand say goodbye to the program.</p> <p class="p1">Two months after a tearful farewell, Kennerley was back this morning - bizarrely crashing an interview with fellow Aussie entertainment legend Rhonda Burchmore.</p> <p class="p1">“Can I come out and see you rehearse sometime?” Harris asked Kennerley.</p> <p class="p1">“Any time. I’d better go, because I’ll probably be shot at, too,” Kennerley quipped, to laughter from the hosts.</p> <p class="p1">“We miss you, we love you KAK,” said Harris, who had one more question for Kennerley as she exited the set: “Did you get my text message on Saturday?”</p> <p class="p1">“Sorry, I’ve been busy,” Kennerley joked as she mock-stormed from the set.</p> <p class="p1">Kennerley exited Studio 10 in September after a controversial two years with the program.</p> <p class="p1">She announced the news on-air in August, she said that across her decades of TV experience she’d learned that you “don’t have to be the most intelligent, you don’t have to be the strongest but you have to be, to survive, the most adaptable.”</p> <p class="p1">She thanked the Studio 10 team for inviting her onto the show and for having been “so delightful, so charming and so generous.”</p> <p class="p1">Pointing to the marching band-style jacket she’d worn to address her axing, Kennerley also snuck in a jab about her predicament:</p> <p class="p1">“The reason I have got this outfit on today is because if you are being run out of town, get in front of the crowd and make it look like a parade,” she said, as her co-stars laughed.</p> <p class="p1">“Companies do these sort of cuts to make the business better, which in the long run saves a lot more jobs,” she continued. “I am very, very sad because I will miss you guys and miss the audience, miss the feedback but that said, it is what it is. You just have to suck it up and move on.”</p>

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Pete Evans dumped by Channel 10

<p>Pete Evans will not be appearing on the next season of<em> I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!</em> after intense social media backlash.</p> <p>The beloved chef turned conspiracy theorist is confirmed to not be reappearing on the show as it gears up to start filming next week.</p> <p>“Network 10 can confirm that Pete Evans will not be appearing on this season of <em>I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!</em>” a Ten spokesperson told news.com.au.</p> <p>It follows after the Byron Bay-based chef and author made comments that seemed to suggest humans are not capable of spreading COVID-19.</p> <p>He also shared a cartoon that included a drawing of the Black Sun symbol from Nazi Germany, but quickly deleted it after intense backlash.</p> <p>He publicly apologised however and claimed he had no idea of the symbol’s historical significance.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Pete Evans has changed...<br /><br />...from serving up food...<br />...to serving up conspiracy theories...<br />...to serving up cartoons containing nazi symbolism.<br /><br />If you, your friends, or family follow him on social media, it’s time to unfollow. That includes you <a href="https://twitter.com/MacmillanAus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MacmillanAus</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/Coles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Coles</a> <a href="https://t.co/M2FpWKbKoF">pic.twitter.com/M2FpWKbKoF</a></p> — Dr Brad McKay (@DrBradMcKay) <a href="https://twitter.com/DrBradMcKay/status/1328180488222121984?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Channel 10 was trending on Twitter on Monday night after rumours were sparked that the network was considering giving Evans’ dangerous views a platform.</p> <p>However, the line-up for the show had not been officially announced.</p> <p>Addressing it on Nova’s <em>Fitzy &amp; Wippa on Friday</em>, host Julia Morris said she hoped it was true.</p> <p>“Surely at a minimum there’s been a conversation,” she said. “I saw the rumours in the paper and I said please let that be true because that might actually make my year!”</p> <p>Evans’ backlash began when he claimed during a video interview that people are not spreaders of the deadly virus.</p> <p>“Is that what we’ve come here to do? Do we have the belief in ourselves that we’re contagious, that we are spreaders of something?” Evans asked.</p> <p>“I choose not to believe in that narrative because it doesn’t make any sense to me.”</p> <p>The interviewer then asked Evans if he was worried that choosing to ignore medical advice could spread the virus to more vulnerable people.</p> <p>Evans replied after a cough and a snort: “It doesn’t spread the virus.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Pete Evans says you aren’t contagious and you can’t spread <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#covid19</a> to kill vulnerable people. This is your ‘health’ partner <a href="https://twitter.com/MacmillanAus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@macmillanaus</a>. 1 million+ dead. You sell his products <a href="https://twitter.com/Coles?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@coles</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/woolworths?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@woolworths</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/booktopia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@booktopia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Audible_AU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Audible_AU</a>. CC <a href="https://twitter.com/slpng_giants_oz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@slpng_giants_oz</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MFWitches?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MFWitches</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/peteevansnot?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@peteevansnot</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/_SarahMcPhee?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@_SarahMcPhee</a> <a href="https://t.co/Cn2Cr07o78">pic.twitter.com/Cn2Cr07o78</a></p> — Cam (@camliveshere) <a href="https://twitter.com/camliveshere/status/1327376783256129536?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 13, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>To make matters worse, the celebrity chef shared a cartoon that appeared to support white nationalist views.</p> <p>It included a picture of a caterpillar and a butterfly. On the butterfly’s wings was the Black Sun symbol made infamous by Nazi Heinrich Himmler.</p> <p>His publisher Pan Macmillian announced on Monday that it was “finalising” its relationship with Evans, saying that it “does not support the recent posts made by Pete Evans”.</p> <p>“Those views are not our views as a company or the views of our staff. Pan Macmillian is currently finalising its contractual relationship with Pete Evans and as such will not be entering any further publishing agreements moving forward,” the statement read.</p> <p>“If any retailer wishes to return Pete Evans’ books please contact Pan Macmillian.”</p> <p>Dymocks Australia promptly followed suit, tweeting that they “are in the process of removing his books from our website and have advised our stores to return their stock as offered by the publisher”.</p> <p>Evans apologised for sharing the cartoon, writing: “Sincere apologies to anyone who misinterpreted a previous post of a caterpillar and a butterfly having a chat over a drink and perceived that I was promoting hatred.</p> <p>“I look forward to studying all of the symbols that have ever existed and research them thoroughly before posting.”</p>

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"Let me finish": Tense argument on Q&A between Barnaby Joyce and Emma Husar

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>ABC's Q&amp;A was tense last night with Barnaby Joyce and former Labor MP Emma Husar speaking about respect for women.</p> <p>However, as one viewer pointed out, Joyce cut off his female counterparts 12 times in 2 minutes.</p> <p>The panel was described as "lively" by host Hamish Macdonald who tried to keep things together as the talks descended.</p> <p>At one point in the program when writer Jane Caro was speaking, former Labor MP Emma Husar interjected with, “Barnaby, be quiet!” to which Caro added, “It is my turn to talk” and the pair were met with resounding applause.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Barnaby just interrupted women 12 times in 2 minutes. On an episode about respect for women. 😂 I just counted. You can't make this up. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qanda?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qanda</a></p> — Finance Money Life (@financemoneylif) <a href="https://twitter.com/financemoneylif/status/1328295932551544832?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Labor MP Husar was forced to resign after sexual assault allegeations and bullying and harrassment claims from staff, saying that over the last week women were held to different standards to men.</p> <p>She then pointed out Joyce's case, which he wasn't happy with.</p> <p>“Obviously Barnaby’s case as well, is that women will be judged by a different set of standards. They will be told to abide by a different set of rules than the men,” she said.</p> <p>She said if the Liberal Party were saying that politicians such as Mr Joyce, Alan Tudge and Christian Porter were “meritorious selection, we’ve got a problem”.</p> <p>“It is galling to watch these men continue in their jobs,” she said.</p> <p>“Continue to go forward and to lead our country, when – you know, in Tudge’s case – he got caught with his pant’s down, Barnaby is the same. Mine was all over innuendo. There was a man that was wielding that agenda because I’d fired him.</p> <p>“A man who felt privileged, who felt like he was entitled to his job, even though he was underperforming, didn’t get his way in fair work, didn’t get his way when he tried to extort me, so went down the path of – you know, getting the media to be complicit in his actions, which – you know, has had lasting ramifications on my life. And I’ve not worked since. “</p> <p>She said while she wasn’t wishing anything bad for those men, she was asking “what the hell is this?”</p> <p>“We can’t put a woman out there and hang her out to dry on rumour and innuendo when we have got behaviour that is clearly outside at least some standard of basic integrity going on while we allow this to happen to a woman,” she said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> is live with <a href="https://twitter.com/Barnaby_Joyce?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Barnaby_Joyce</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/helenhainesindi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@helenhainesindi</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/emma_husar?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@emma_husar</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/rcbregman?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@rcbregman</a>, and Kate Mills, and a live performance from <a href="https://twitter.com/limecordiale?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@limecordiale</a> <a href="https://t.co/dBOBPuiV3i">https://t.co/dBOBPuiV3i</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1328288835491401728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Mr Joyce went on to say he was “disappointed” in Ms Husar for what she said and he was not apologetic for what happened to her because it was what the Labor Party did that was appalling.</p> <p>“I think she was treated incredibly poorly,” he said.</p> <p>But Ms Husar shot back, “You didn‘t call that out at the time, Barnaby. I remember your party and the government of the day weaponising what I was going through. And making it worse.”</p> <p>He said he was different to Ms Husar in that he accepted he did something that was wrong.</p> <p>“I would say morally wrong, in that my marriage [was] breaking down, but that is not a judgment for another politician,” he said.</p> <p>“If it’s illegal, it is a judgment for police. If it is something else, it is a judgment for priest or pastor … it’s not the job of another politician or a person who’s not the police or some sort of moral guidance counsellor to be in judgment of you.</p> <p>“I’m not in judgment of you, Emma. I do find it a little bit galling that you open your sort of narration with one of the meritorious selection of myself because I most certainly never, ever did that to you.”</p> <p>Fans of the show weren't impressed by Macdonald's lack of moderation during the tense discussion.</p> <p>"Great topic, but there's too much on-screen axe grinding," one fan griped.<br />Another agreed.</p> <p>"Come on Hamish, step on here and do some moderating. I can't believe Jane Caro has been so patient with Barnaby Joyce, second time he's talked over the top of someone and not let them speak," another fan wrote.</p> </div>

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"Fiction is presented as fact": Royal family blasts new series of The Crown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The British Royal family is said to be "furious" about the fourth season of hit Netflix show <em>The Crown</em>, which covers aspects of the royal family's life, including Charles' doomed marriage to Princess Diana and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales' friends have slammed the show to UK tabloids, saying that "fiction is presented as fact" in the latest series.</p> <p>‘This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited,’ one told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8949675/Prince-Charles-friends-launch-blistering-attack-Netflixs-Crown.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Mail on Sunday</a>.</p> <p>“In this case, it’s dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone’s feelings.”</p> <p>“That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.’”</p> <p>The depiction of a cold and disinterested Prince Charles meeting and marrying a young Princess Diana while continuing his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles is the issue the royal family have contention with.</p> <p>“This is trolling with a Hollywood budget.”</p> <p>“The public shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal of what really happened,” another insider added.</p> <p><em>Sunrise</em> Royal Editor Rob Jobson said that the royal family is understandably upset by any negative portrayal of the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>“The bottom line is the Prince of Wales is a kind man, and the reality is that at the beginning of his marriage he did try very hard to help Diana,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve known him fairly well and I think he’s a much nicer guy than he’s been shown to be.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres causes outrage over $55 "Be Kind" boxes

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has been known as the “Be Kind” lady for years and after multiple toxic workplace allegations came forward this year, she’s trying to build back her reputation with her new “Be Kind” boxes.</p> <p>The boxes, filled with goodies, are worth $270, with Ellen selling them for $55 a pop.</p> <p>But her initiative was not well received, with the boxes being inundated with complaints.</p> <p>The subscription box, full of Ellen’s ‘favourite things’ contains a painting set, earbuds, collapsible cup, a gold ‘hope’ necklace.</p> <p>But fans took to social media to voice their complaints.</p> <p>“The headphones in my box don’t work very well – very disappointed in the quality,” one Instagram user wrote.</p> <p>“Never got my summer box, can’t get anyone to respond to my emails? I don’t even have an account anymore for some reason, but I still have my invoice.” commented another.</p> <p>Another follower penned: “I am still waiting for my box … it’s been months.”</p> <p>The workplace scandal which recently came to light has seem to have caused a massive hit in her ratings.</p> <p>This season is averaging about 1.7 million viewers, which is nearly a 38 per cent drop from last year.</p> <p>In the season premiere, Ellen addressed the issue.</p> <p>“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” Ellen told viewers.</p> <p>“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”</p> <p>She added: “Being known as the ‘be-kind lady’ is a tricky position to be in. The truth is I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.”</p>

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"It's killing the sport": Fans turn on Karl Stefanovic's Origin reporting

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Fans weren't impressed with the first week of Karl Stefanovic's reporting of the State of Origin, but they kept an open mind for his second appearance during the second game.</p> <p>His pronunciation of Queenslands players left fans angered, as he butchered several of their names.</p> <p>Many said that he should have known how to pronounce each name properly before going to air instead of making multiple errors and attempting to do it off the cuff.</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/CHKamFbl08p/?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="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/CHKamFbl08p/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">It’s combinations like this that are the reason we do what we do. You couldn’t pay for this if you wanted to. It’s state vs state. Its mate vs mate. Long live free to air television. @karlstefanovic_ @philgould69 - #imaginethechatintheads #stateoforigin #gusandkarl #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/onthe_airtonight/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> On The Air Tonight</a> (@onthe_airtonight) on Nov 4, 2020 at 12:50am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He tripped over the names of Felise Kaufusi, Tino Faasuamaleaui, Jai Arrow and Moeaki Fotuaika.</p> <p>Daily Telegraph sports editor James Silver was one of many to take Stefanovic to task on Twitter.</p> <p>“Question from someone who never watches brekkie TV: Is Karl Stefanovic usually this bad or is it just an Origin thing?” he wrote.</p> <p>Others agreed with him, saying he shouldn't be allowed to cover games again.</p> <p>"Karl Stefanovic should never be allowed to cover another rugba leeg game ever again, more names wrong than right," one person complained on Twitter.</p> <p>Another agreed.</p> <p>"Did Karl prnounce half the QLD origin team incorrectly? Embarrassing," a fan said on Twitter.</p> <p>"Serious question: Do boomers even enjoy Nine's coverage of the NRL? This s*** is so cringe it's killing the sport," one passionate fan complained.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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SAS Australia: Sabrina Frederick admits Firass Dirani made her cry

<p>Sabrina Frederick has revealed there were an incident on <em>SAS Australia</em> where the TV show’s villain Firass Dirani made her cry.</p> <p>The sportswoman has opened up about the brutal reality of working on the show, with the program’s instructors calling her “extremely impressive” and “phenomenal”.</p> <p>Frederick admitted though that her strength was constantly tested by Dirani due to a series of comments he made to her throughout filming.</p> <p>“When you live with complete strangers in that environment, emotions are high anyway, so I’ll precursor with that,” Frederick said.</p> <p>“However, I just have never been forced to live with someone that just constantly was … I don’t know … I can’t even explain … constantly doing things to get us in trouble.</p> <p>“Personally, he would just say one-line comments to me every day,” she explained.</p> <p>“I’m an emotional person. Don’t get me wrong, I look like a hard a**e on the show but I’m a very emotional person and a caring person and for me, I couldn’t understand why he was saying the things that he was saying to me.”</p> <p>Dirani’s comments became too much at one point and Frederick admits she burst into tears.</p> <p>“Just on that one day he got me, and I just lost it,” she said.</p> <p>“I’m a very honest person with my emotions and of course I don’t want to cry on camera but at the same time that’s how I felt at the time.</p> <p>“It’s an interesting relationship between me and him – we just didn’t get on.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838617/sas-australia-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b82d20d87fbc4965bd130e85b32f3b16" /></p> <p>Frederick said what she thinks frustrated her most about the actor was “he was so adamant that he hadn’t done anything wrong the whole time, that put me in a shock.”</p> <p>“I’m so used to being in a team environment where you take responsibility. I couldn’t understand why he would say things and just disregard them or say he didn’t say those things or that he didn’t do things to make us get punished. I’d be in disbelief that I could even hear that come out of his mouth.</p> <p>“I think that’s what tipped me over the edge,” Frederick said.</p> <p>“It wasn’t so much the action; it was more the complete disregard for those actions that I think tipped me over.”</p> <p>The AFL player said that Dirani did apologise for upsetting her, but added she wasn’t convinced it was genuine.</p> <p>“It took a while for him to apologise and I don’t know if he apologised to me because he meant it or because someone told him to, I don’t know,” she revealed.</p> <p>“But by the time he did apologise, for me personally, it didn’t mean anything. I even said, ‘I appreciate your apology but just so you know, I don’t believe you.’</p> <p>“I’m a really straight up honest person and I needed him to know that.</p> <p>“I feel like not many people in there actually told him how they had felt from his actions, I think they shied away from it. For me it was a real opportunity to say, ‘look, this is what you’ve done and you’ve upset me,’ but I didn’t get the response that I wanted,” she said.</p>

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Why Dawson’s Creek, in all its cringey glory, is the TV show 90s kids need right now

<p>In times of flux and crisis, nostalgia works like a social ointment, mixed and mashed together through imperfect memory.</p> <p>Netflix’s re-release of Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003) is an ointment tailor-made for adults who were once 90s kids. In the 90s we were on the verge of adulthood, all the complexity of the teenage drama playing out on Dawson’s Creek titillating our adolescence. And now we’ve arrived, we want desperately to go back to our teenage years.</p> <p>Dawson’s Creek was time of simpler politics, the beauty of youth and the innocence of virginity.</p> <p>In the idyllic town of Capeside, Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) is a typical 90s all-American teen with a passion for film and popular culture. The series traces the complexity of Dawson’s close adolescent friendship groups, romantic relationships and the angsty problems plaguing teen life.</p> <p>As for sexual tension, Dawson’s Creek flirted with it all – from the virginal girl-next-door Joey (Katie Holmes) to the sexually-mature out-of-towner Jen (Michelle Williams). And let’s not forget Dawson’s best friend, Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), whose tryst with a 36-year-old English teacher seems even creepier in hindsight.</p> <p>Still, like all things nostalgic, our memories of Dawson’s Creek have to do with a longing for a golden age that never truly existed. COVID has enhanced these feelings of longing for a romanticised past: whether a golden age of bread-baking or through wearing “Mom jeans”.</p> <p><strong>Comfort food</strong><br />We often return to familiar stories after a crisis. After the 9/11 attacks, American television and film emphasised strong role models of masculinity and the “cowboy” mythology. Americans were looking for a sense of security – a steely-eyed hero to swoop in and make everything OK again.</p> <p>Dawson’s Creek brings us back to innocence and simplicity. Even if it was always just a fantasy.</p> <p>In the summery Cape Cod town of Dawson’s Creek, teens are free to touch, embrace, love, and roam freely. And they certainly do all those things in spades.</p> <p>A central tension of the series is the love triangle between Dawson, Pacey and Joey. While it brings all manner of tears and diatribes, Dawson’s Creek offers a micro-drama we know will eventually resolve. The only thing better than no problem is a problem we know can be fixed.</p> <p><strong>Returning to the creek</strong><br />When the series streamed on the weekend, I jumped in and found Capeside exactly where I had left it: in unbearably pristine condition. But with fresh eyes, the cringe-factor was astronomical.</p> <p>One of the great elements of the show, differing from others of its nature and era was the cadence of the dialogue. The writers clearly had no regard for how teenagers spoke.</p> <p>In the first episode, Joey foreshadows the coming season’s narrative, telling Dawson “[…] our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship and I’m trying to limit the fallout”.</p> <p>Re-watching as an adult, it feels exactly how a teenager wants to sound, but usually falls endearingly short.</p> <p>I can’t recall making any quippy statements that perfectly articulated a meta-analysis of my own chaotic adolescent experience.</p> <p>Then there’s the scene where the new English teacher, Tamara (Leann Hunley), meets Pacey for the first time at the video store and asks for a copy of The Graduate (1967). Clearly, the writers were not going for subtlety.</p> <p><strong>Reliving teenage life</strong><br />Dawson’s Creek brings with it a carnival of long-lost 90s moments: the posters on Dawson’s wall referencing Spielberg films; his job at the local video store; the cassettes and VHS tapes strewn around teenage bedrooms; the grunge-lite clothing.</p> <p>Though our teen years comprise a small fraction of our lives, they often hold far more emotional weight. Psychologists theorise this is because of the impact of the often painful negotiation between holding onto the safety of childhood, and the dreams of emerging adulthood.</p> <p>This negotiation marks these years with such force they stay imprinted in ways other decades do not.</p> <p>During this time, there is also a critical relationship between the importance of popular culture and moments of identity formation. The art we grow up with imprints upon our psyche for life.</p> <p>So perhaps I am not so much cringing at the show, but cringing at myself. Dawson’s Creek gives me a safe space to revisit my teenage years. Through remembering what I watched, I can remember who I was.</p> <p><strong>Known knowns</strong><br />It is strange to watch the show now we know how it turned out – both on screen and off. We leave the crew as they leave the creek, trying to find their own feet in the world in their own burgeoning adulthoods.</p> <p>Van Der Beek has had some minor success: he was impressive in The Rules of Attraction (2002) and pulled off some great self-referential television, playing himself in Don’t Trust the B Apartment 23 (2012–13).</p> <p>Holmes had some great parts but never seemed to thrive in her acting career, while Jackson has shone in subsequent television roles. But it was Williams who became the breakout star. The youngest major cast member, she has been nominated for four Academy Awards.</p> <p>Back in the day Dawson’s Creek offered us an escape – even if momentarily. And now, perhaps it has a similar function. In the turmoil of 2020, it is comforting to return to the fantasy of Capeside’s pristine community, where the biggest problem is who will Joey choose?</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Laura Glitsos. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-dawsons-creek-in-all-its-cringey-glory-is-the-tv-show-90s-kids-need-right-now-148539">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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"Not SAS fit": Shane Warne cops another swipe from Jackson

<p>SAS Australia star Jackson Warne has taken a dig once more at his famous father Shane Warne.</p> <p>The 21-year-old said that his father wouldn’t be able to compete as a recruit in the military-style show SAS Australia that he is currently on.</p> <p>“I don’t think he’d be able to jump out of the chopper, I don’t think he would’ve done initiation,” Jackson said on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.novafm.com.au/shows/fitzy-wippa/" target="_blank">Nova 96.9’s Fitzy &amp; Wippa</a>.</p> <p>“But the cardio and the lifting, he might have got into shape? But even his cricketing days, he was fit, but I don’t think he was SAS fit,” he said.</p> <p>The young star continued by saying his mother, Simone Callahen would have definitely been able to compete in the freezing “cold water challenges”.</p> <p>“She’s crazy with that stuff. I was doing it with her leading up to the show just to get used to it and adapt,” he explained.</p> <p>Jackson went through a gruelling interrogation on the show, which was aired on Tuesday night.</p> <p>When director Ant Middleton questions Jackson, 21, on who is he, and discovering he is cricket legend Shane Warne’s son, he asks him “what the f***” he is doing there.</p> <p>“To test myself … and I want him (Shane) to be really proud of me, by pushing myself to the absolute limit physically and mentally.”</p> <p>Ant asks: “What’s it like living in your dad’s shadow? Anything you make of yourself will just be cast over by your dad right?”</p> <p>Jackson said it was “frustrating” his living as under his father’s shadow during the interrogation.</p> <p>“It’s been pretty frustrating my whole life. Whenever I walk into a room or meet someone it’s always, ‘Oh that’s Shane Warne’s son Jackson’. It’s never, ‘it’s Jackson’. I just want to be Jackson.</p> <p>“Doing this I know I can prove to everyone that no matter how easy my childhood was I can still do the tough stuff, I can still push myself physically and mentally.”</p> <p>“That’s why you’re here isn’t it? That makes sense,” Ant says.</p> <p>Jackson said he found it hard to interact with people, whether it was in a crowd or a small group of people.</p> <p>“I just don’t feel comfortable” he said, claiming he doesn’t know what they would be thinking or assuming of him.</p> <p>“Drop that sh*t behind you and forget it, you have an opportunity. You’re hiding and slivering away and talking yourself out of it. Everyone is on an equal plate in there,” Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham explains to him.</p> <p>“Pick your head up, you constantly have your head down,” says Ant, claiming that he needs more confidence. “Take your head out of you’re a** and get among it.”</p> <p>“I kind of wish in another reality that I wasn’t Shane Warne’s son,” Jackson adds to the camera.</p>

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"He's a culture vulture": Firess Dirani slams Shannan Ponton on SAS Australia

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Two contestants from SAS Australia are bickering in the media, with Shannan Ponton and Firass Dirani clashing publicly on the show.</p> <p>After the pair had a disagreement in Tuesday night's episode, Ponton spoke to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/sas-australia-shannan-ponton-calls-firass-dirani-a-sociopath/news-story/28ff73872032e9db7a9e2fc8a00fe5e2" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>news.com.au</em></a><em> </em>about Dirani, saying he's a "sociopath".</p> <p>“I honestly believe that he’s a sociopath in his behaviour," Ponton explained.</p> <p>Fans haven't liked Dirani's behaviour as he often clashes with the show's instructors, which result in intense physical punishments of his fellow recruits.</p> <p>This was a sticking point for Ponton.</p> <p>“Time and time again, we said, ‘Listen mate, you’ve got to stop this behaviour.’ And he said, ‘What behaviour?’” Ponton told news.com.au.</p> <p>“It was as infuriating as it was confusing. At no stage did he ever assume responsibility for his actions. At no stage did he say sorry.</p> <p>“Some of the girls said to him, ‘Firass, all we want is an apology for what you did to us today,’ and it was never forthcoming. Even at the end, he never assumed responsibility for what he’d done. It was always some weird, inarticulate way to put together some story that didn’t make any sense.”</p> <p>Dirani wasn't about to take those claims lying down and hit back with an interview in the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8887245/SAS-Australia-Firass-Dirani-calls-Shannan-Ponton-redneck-feud-escalates.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>“I find it strange where this vile aggressive labelling behaviour is coming from?” Dirani told the publication. “I suspect there’s more prejudice against me than I imagined.”</p> <p> “Feels like a redneck to me. Him and his followers. That’s called a line in the sand.”</p> <p>Dirani took things one step further with his comments, saying that Ponton was a "culture vulture".</p> <p>“What’s with his Maori tattoos?” Dirani said to the <em>Daily Mail</em>. “You’re embarrassing a whole culture. You are not worthy of such ancestral powerful artwork. You don’t even fall on the coat-tails of such warriors. You culture vulture.”</p> <p>The "culture vulture" comment comes after Ponton has Maori tattoos on his arms despite not being of Maori descent. </p> <p>Ponton has spoken about his tattoos before, saying he thinks that Maori people are "beautiful".</p> <p><span>"On my right shoulder, I have the Maori tattoo, which is the symbol for family. I think the Maori people are so beautiful and their philosophy on family means everything to me," he explained to <em><a href="http://thecelebritywhisperer.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ponton2.pdf">The Celebrity Whisperer.</a></em></span></p> <p>Aussie journalist Jessica Rowe defended Dirani, saying he has "such a good heart" and reminded fans that at the end of the day, it is a TV show. The pair worked together on Channe 7's show <em>The Real Dirty Dancing.</em></p> <p>“Let’s remember, it is a reality TV show,” Rowe said. “They’ve got to make it entertaining.</p> <p>“When they edit things they want to have particular storylines so we’re not seeing absolutely everything. And obviously, when you are sleep-deprived and you have to sit in freezing water and run a long way because Firass is mucking around thinking it’s funny, you would be annoyed,” she said. “However, he’s a great guy. They’re making him out to be a villain that he’s not.”.</p> </div>

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Jackson Warne’s sad admission about cricket star dad Shane

<p><span>Jackson Warne has made a stark admission while explaining why he entered the tough reality TV show, SAS Australia.</span><br /><br /><span>After failing a hard task in freezing cold water, Jackson Warne was brought in for an interrogation with the directing staff (DS).</span><br /><br /><span>The staff are surprised to hear that Jackson was “feeling good” after his particularly rough day.</span><br /><br /><span>Director Ant Middleton is recorded asking 21-year-old Jackson, who is famously cricket star Shane Warne’s son, “what the f***” he was doing on the program.</span><br /><br /><span>“To test myself... and I want him (Shane) to be really proud of me, by pushing myself to the absolute limit physically and mentally,” he said</span><br /><br /><span>Ant asked: “What’s it like living in your dad’s shadow? Anything you make of yourself will just be cast over by your dad right?”</span><br /><br /><span>Jackson admitted it was “frustrating” living under his father’s shadow during the interrogation.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s been pretty frustrating my whole life. Whenever I walk into a room or meet someone it’s always, ‘Oh that’s Shane Warne’s son Jackson’. It’s never, ‘it’s Jackson’. I just want to be Jackson.</span><br /><br /><span>“Doing this I know I can prove to everyone that no matter how easy my childhood was I can still do the tough stuff, I can still push myself physically and mentally.”</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/CGZaYjXlK4k/?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/CGZaYjXlK4k/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jackson Warne (@jacksonwarne18)</a> on Oct 16, 2020 at 1:05am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“That’s why you’re here isn’t it? That makes sense,” Ant responded.</span><br /><br /><span>Jackson went on to say he found it difficult to interact with people due to his famous father.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just don’t feel comfortable,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>He claimed the feeling of discomfort arises because he is not sure what people are assuming about him or his family.</span><br /><br /><span>“Drop that sh*t behind you and forget it, you have an opportunity. You’re hiding and slivering away and talking yourself out of it. Everyone is on an equal plate in there,” Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham explained to him.</span><br /><br /><span>“Pick your head up, you constantly have your head down,” Ant also chimed in, claiming that he needs more confidence.</span><br /><br /><span>“Take your head out of you’re a** and get amongst it.”</span><br /><br /><span>“I kind of wish in another reality that I wasn’t Shane Warne’s son,” Jackson said.</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/CFEjM76FxRI/?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/CFEjM76FxRI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jackson Warne (@jacksonwarne18)</a> on Sep 13, 2020 at 2:07am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>The reality star’s sad admission follows after he recently admitted he had never tried more than 10 foods in his life.</span><br /><br /><span>“OK, eggs, bacon, toast, cereal, burgers, nachos, chips, apples … that’s about it,” Jackson explained to news.com.au when asked to take fans into what his diet looks like.</span><br /><br /><span>“In the morning I’d wake up and I’d have eggs and bacon with an oat shake. I’d go to the gym and train, then I’d have two burgers and a protein shake and then I’d rest for the rest of the day. And for dinner I’d have a lasagne or pasta.”</span><br /><br /><span>Warne added: “It’s not like I don’t want to try other foods, it’s just that I enjoy what I’m eating and it works for me.”</span><br /><br /><span>Thanks to SAS Australia, the star says he was introduced to a whole array of new foods.</span><br /><br /><span>“The food on the show, there were all these different foods I hadn’t had before and they tasted awesome,” Jackson said.</span><br /><br /><span>“We had oats for breakfast and the lunches were usually soup. For dinner, the first night we had these mini steaks. It was my first time having steak!</span><br /><br /><span>“I tried pineapple and rockmelon and had my first mandarin on the show as well.”</span></p>

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That’s c**p”: Kelli Underwood butts heads with Waleed Aly

<p>AFL commentator Kelli Underwood and The Project host Waleed Aly have had a clash while discussing whether Saturday’s night time Grand Final was a success.</p> <p>In a historic first, the AFL’s premier event was held at night at the Gabba in Brisbane as Richmond beat Geelong by 31 points under lights.</p> <p>While television ratings soared compared to last year, footy fans unanimously agreed that the Grand Final should remain a daytime spectacle.</p> <p>Appearing on ABC’s Offsiders, Aly didn’t hold back when asked about his thoughts on the later time slot. </p> <p>“I hated it, I hated it,” Aly said. “I think it’s the kind of thing you like when you don’t actually care about the game that is happening.</p> <p>“It’s the kind of thing you gravitate towards when you want it to be an event, not a game. And that is exactly what it felt like.”</p> <p>But Offsiders host Underwood immediately hit back at Aly.</p> <p>“That’s c**p … look at these beautiful pictures. I loved it. I think it makes it more of an event … it has more spark,” Underwood said.</p> <p>“I thought it was absolutely fantastic. This reminded me of the Sydney Olympics, and then you get the night and it elevates to some sort of Super Bowl level, which is not just a game, but you get an event.”</p> <p>But cricket journalist Gideon Haigh agreed with Aly, calling the Grand Final “total c**p”.</p> <p>Haigh particularly disliked the pre-match entertainment, headlined by Australian indie bands DMA’S and Cub Sport.</p> <p>“The pre-match entertainment! Those awful bloody dirges,” Haigh moaned.</p> <p>Veteran AFL reporter Caroline Wilson was also not a fan of the time change, saying: “Clearly the game was one for the ages, but the night Grand Finals should not be played going forward.</p> <p>“Waleed’s nailed it. It’s a game, not an event, how many traditions are we going to lose under this administration … how many traditions will be get rid of?</p> <p>“I couldn’t cop it if we lose the day of the grand final, I just think that is something unique to our game, and we sell out if we change it.”</p> <p>Cricket journalist Adam Collins tweeted: “We don’t need it to be dark for the Grand Final to be the best event going. Also, the music after goals has to go — adds nothing, detracts from the natural sound a massive crowd makes when they’re invested in every moment. Never again.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, Channel 9 sports presenter Tony Jones backflipped on his previous assertions, saying the Grand Final should remain an afternoon event in the future. </p> <p>“I’ve always been an advocate for the night Grand Final. Based on what I saw last night, now I know it wasn’t the MCG, but I’m saying let’s stick to the day Grand Final,” Jones said on Channel 9’s AFL Sunday Footy Show.</p> <p>“To me, it didn’t have the Grand Final feel holus-bolus. Now again, that’s Gabba versus MCG, but it was too long to wait through the game for this marquee match.</p> <p>“I worry about the state of some people in Melbourne once the game actually rolls around. To me, it just didn’t grab me in the Grand Final sense.</p> <p>Jones also said the pre-match entertainment “bombed”, saying the bands should not have performed so many dreary cover songs.</p> <p>“Who are these people? I know that I’m 57, I get that. I know they’re very popular in the music scene at festivals and indie groups and that sort of stuff,” Jones said.</p> <p>“But if you’re going to wheel them out, at least do something uplifting. Give us something uplifting. Give us something uplifting, not that.</p> <p>“To me, that didn’t get you in the mood for a Grand Final.”</p> <p>Essendon great Matthew Lloyd agreed. “I think it made me realise just how special day Grand Finals are,” he said.</p> <p>“I don’t think there was anything that happened last night that makes me want to take the game away from being a day Grand Final.”</p>

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"He has never said his part": Candice gets candid on cheating scandal

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Candice Warner has revealed that her husband, Aussie cricket star David Warner, has more to say than he's letting on about the infamous ball-tampering scandal of 2018.</p> <p>She also implied that fans don't know the whole story as he's been keeping parts of it private.</p> <p>Warner and then-captain Steve Smith were banned from international and domestic cricket for 12 months and batsman Cameron Bancroft was given a 9-month suspension after the trio were found to be using sandpaper to alter the state of the cricket ball during a Test match in South Africa.</p> <p>Warner, in particular, was crucified for his role in the scandal, as he was identified as the ring leader and encouraged the youngsters to cheat.</p> <p>Candice spoke about the scandal on Channel 7's <em>SAS Australia</em> and hinted there was more to the story.</p> <p>Asked if Warner had tampered with the ball, Candice said: “No. That’s other people’s opinion. He has never said his part.”</p> <p>“Too many people I feel are quick to make a judgment or opinions on myself or my family,” she added.</p> <p>“The media make us out to be people that we’re not — bad people, bad parents.”</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/tv/CGzUx8PDCjd/?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/tv/CGzUx8PDCjd/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">For Recruit #2 Candice Warner, it's all about making her family proud. #SASAustralia</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/sasaust7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> SAS Australia on 7</a> (@sasaust7) on Oct 26, 2020 at 2:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Candice also opened up about how she was mocked by cricket fans who were wearing Sonny Bill Williams face masks, a cruel reference to her tryst with the footy star in a hotel 13 years ago.</p> <p>“There were incidents in South Africa where people were trying to make fun of me, mock me. Belittle me in front of my family,” she said.</p> <p>“Because of an incident that happened in the past. And they think it’s funny.”</p> <p>David Warner has refused to open up publicly about the incident, but his manager James Erskine <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/he-has-never-said-his-part-candice-warner-on-ball-tampering-crisis-20201026-p568n0.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">said</a> that his client "will write a book" when the time is right.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Jessica Rowe shows off incredibly toned figure

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Jessica Rowe, 50, made a guest appearance on <em>Studio 10</em> for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.</p> <p>Rowe was promoting the fundraiser Burpees4Boobs.</p> <p>She quit the show two years ago to spend more time with her family and has seemingly been working on her fitness as well.</p> <p><em>Studio 10</em> host Sarah Harris complimented Rowe on her "good rig" and asked her to take off her shirt and demonstrate a burpee on live television.</p> <p>Rowe didn't mind, as she joked about Harris "convincing her" to take her top off for the show.</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/CGoFn0BJbpS/?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/CGoFn0BJbpS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Okay @whatsarahsnapped convinced me to get my @camillawithlove top off for @sydneybreastcancerfoundation today! 💕💕💕 Thank you @studio10au @matthewdavidjohnson @richardcrookesconstructions @concrite_life (concrete vans 🤣) for all getting behind #burpees4boobs ! #craphousewife #breastcancerawareness #fundraising #concretevans</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/jessjrowe/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Jessica Rowe</a> (@jessjrowe) on Oct 21, 2020 at 5:52pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“IF I HAD ABS LIKE THAT AFTER TWO KIDS I’D BE WEARING CROP TOPS ON THE REG. You fit girrrrrrrrl,” Harris responded in the comments.</p> <p>It's not the first time Rowe has wowed people with her figure, as she stunned fans after she appeared on <em>The Real Dirty Dancing</em>.</p> <p>She explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/fitness/inspiration/jessica-rowe-reveals-how-she-maintains-a-fit-and-healthy-lifestyle/news-story/a8777ad299f2b2cc2d01565e98911743" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>news.com.au</em></a><em> </em>that she had been surprised by the reaction.</p> <p>“I never thought about my tummy like that before,” she said.</p> <p>“In the show I had nice, firm stockings on which were hiding and holding a number of things together,” she added with a laugh.</p> <p>“I think the point is, is that I have got cellulite on my bum, I have got stretch marks – that’s what women’s bodies are, and I think it’s important we embrace what we have.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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