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Samantha Armytage shares relatable problem while in self-isolation

<p><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>host Samantha Armytage has shown that she’s just like us after she showed off the reality of self-isolation in a candid Instagram post.</p> <p>The WW (formerly Weight Watchers) ambassador took to her social media page to check in with her followers and offer them words of reassurance during these trying times.</p> <p>And in the clip, the 43-year-old candidly made a relatable admission about turning to carbs during this stressful period, and it struck a cord with everyone watching.</p> <p>“Just wanted to see if you’re OK, I know the program is probably going a little bit out the window at the moment and it’s getting harder and harder,” she said, acknowledging how difficult it can be to be around your kids and partner 24/7.</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/B9qW_DOHbxY/?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/B9qW_DOHbxY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">🖤</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/sam_armytage/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Samantha Armytage ⭐️</a> (@sam_armytage) on Mar 12, 2020 at 10:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“It’s a really good time just to nurture yourself, take care of yourself, be kind to yourself if you fall off the wagon because carbs are so good right now.”</p> <p>She also gave her 227,000 followers a self-isolation tip, advising people to stay away from alcohol.</p> <p>“You’re probably tempted to have a drink, but if I can offer one little bit of advice at the moment, maybe just leave the alcohol because I just think it’s just a waste of points,” she said, referring to the program’s nutritional measurement system.</p> <p>Sam, who lost 10kg last year on the plan, said: “Be kind, try and stay out of the fridge as much as you can – I know that’s impossible.”</p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley blasts Derryn Hinch for calling her a “cockroach”

<p>The air was thick on<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>this morning when Kerri-Anne Kennerley confronted Derryn Hinch over a comment he made about her in a book several years ago.</p> <p>Hinch made an appearance on the show and was being interviewed by Joe Hildebrand and Sarah Harris about his new book<span> </span><em>Unfinished Business – Life of a Senator</em>.</p> <p>At one point during the interview, Harris referred to Kennerley who wasn’t on the panel at the time: “I understand in one of your books you referred to our colleague Kerri-Anne Kennerley as ‘the cockroach of television’?”</p> <p>“It was a compliment,” said Hinch. “I was trying to say that she’s a survivor. We both hosted the<span> </span><em>Midday<span> </span></em>show.</p> <p>“She’s a cockroach,” he continued. “If a nuclear war hit your television studio, you may go Sarah, but I bet you KAK will still be there.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Did we just mend a decades long TV feud between <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KAK?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#KAK</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/HumanHeadline?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HumanHeadline</a>? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Studio10?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Studio10</a> <a href="https://t.co/OEy6rkuJd4">pic.twitter.com/OEy6rkuJd4</a></p> — Studio 10 (@Studio10au) <a href="https://twitter.com/Studio10au/status/1245135752851267587?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 31, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Harris replied, “Derryn, I don’t think she took it as a compliment”.</p> <p>It was at that point that Kennerley rushed onto set and confronted Hinch who was joining the program via Skype.</p> <p>“You wrote in your book I was ‘the television equivalent of a cockroach,’ yes, I’m really flattered,” said Kennerley, her voice dripping with sarcasm.</p> <p>“Alright, take it like you want,” said Hinch.</p> <p>Hinch revealed that Kennerley had raised the comment with him previously when they bumped into one another overseas, and he repeated that he meant it as a compliment.</p> <p>“Don’t ask me to thank you now,” Kennerley said sternly.</p> <p>The cockroach comment wasn’t the only one that had rubbed Kennerley the wrong way.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Studio 10<span> </span></em>co-host then said to Hinch: “I will forgive you when you apologise for banging on for years after Midday because you thought you did better.”</p> <p>Hinch hosted Midday on Channel 9 in 1994 for one year before the show was axed. Kennerley hosted a revived version of the show from 1996 to 1998.</p> <p>Hoping to end the ongoing feud, Hinch said: “Alright, KAK, I apologise to you”.</p>

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Richard Wilkins rebuked amid coronavirus pandemic: “You’re not that special”

<p>Richard Wilkins is due to wrap up self-quarantining this week after spending over 19 days at home just to receive a negative test result.</p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Weekend Today<span> </span></em>host will be moving from his own self-isolation to the strict stage three social distancing measures that the country has in place.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-G5zr7hFwE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-G5zr7hFwE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Richard Wilkins (@richardwilkins)</a> on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>However, after posting to social media of his good news, there was one detail many fans could not overlook, and as a result criticised the TV star.</p> <p>People took to Wilkin’s Instagram comments to slam the host for “using up” coronavirus test kits after revealing he had used FOUR in just a 19 days.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-WSiJZhAPg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-WSiJZhAPg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Richard Wilkins (@richardwilkins)</a> on Mar 29, 2020 at 11:47pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 65-year-old initially caught the deadly virus in the beginning of March, but despite testing positive three time, he has not experienced any symptoms of the disease.</p> <p>“So I’ve now returned a positive result THREE times. Still can’t believe it as I still have ZERO symptoms,” he wrote in an Instagram post to which he received swift backlash questioning why he was permitted to test four times.</p> <p>Many reports have noted coronavirus test kits were scarce in parts of Australia due to incredibly high demand.</p> <p>Just this week and last, thousands of test kits were sent around the nation to boost stock levels.</p> <p>One disgruntled person took to the comments to ask: “Why is it that you have been tested three times, yet there is a shortage of test kits for COVID-19 worldwide, including Australia?”</p> <p>Another said: “You can get tested three times but they won't test the average person showing symptoms?”</p> <p>“Stop using all the tests up please. There is not enough tests to go around. Stay inside longer, you're not that special,” another person said to which Wilkins responded he was simply following his doctor’s orders.</p> <p>The Channel 9 star went into isolation after testing positive to his first test on March 15, where he then went to social media to tell his followers he would not be leaving his house until getting the all clear from medical professionals.</p> <p>He still maintains he has not had any symptoms from the virus.</p> <p>“The suggestion is that days after the last symptom, people should ‘assume’ that they're over this thing and ‘proceed with caution!’,” he said on Instagram.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-Y4jVkh8gc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-Y4jVkh8gc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Richard Wilkins (@richardwilkins)</a> on Mar 30, 2020 at 11:58pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the health department wants to do is spend days retesting people like me and God knows that I don't want to soak up resources.</p> <p>“But I don't see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean bill of health! I know the health system is fighting a huge battle and resources are stretched, but in clear conscience I can't put others at risk until I'm assured I'm not positive anymore.”</p>

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“Still can’t believe it”: Richard Wilkins reveals he has tested positive for coronavirus a third time

<p>Richard Wilkins has tested positive for coronavirus for a third time, after his initial diagnosis over a week ago.</p> <p>The 65-year-old revealed the bad news on Instagram on Tuesday and expressed shock that he is still positive despite showing no symptoms.</p> <p>Alongside a photo in which he is getting a swab test done at home by a masked medical professional, Richard explained to his fans that the third positive test had been confirmed.</p> <p>He wrote: “So I’ve now returned a positive result THREE times. Still can’t believe it as I still have ZERO symptoms.”</p> <p>Richard then revealed he underwent a new test and was now waiting for the results.</p> <p>“They tested me again today and hopefully will return a NEGATIVE result. Fingers crossed!” he wrote.</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/B-G5zr7hFwE/?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/B-G5zr7hFwE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">So .... I’ve now returned a positive result THREE times... still can’t believe it as I still have ZERO symptoms. They tested me again today ,.. and hopefully will return a NEGATIVE result. Fingers crossed!!! The suggestion is .... that 3 days after the last symptom ...people should ‘assume’ that they’re over this thing ... and ‘proceed with caution’ ! I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the Health Dept wants to do is spend days retesting people like me... and God knows that I don’t want to soak up resources... but I don’t see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean ‘bill of health’! I know the health system is fighting a huge battle ... and resources are stretched ...but in clear conscience ... I can’t put others at risk ... until I’m assured that I’m not POSITIVE anymore ! Love to all RW XX</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/richardwilkins/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Richard Wilkins</a> (@richardwilkins) on Mar 24, 2020 at 12:23am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The TV personality went on to slam regulations that allow asymptomatic patients to interact with others, calling the advice “irresponsible”.</p> <p>“The suggestion is that days after the last symptom, people should ‘assume’ that they’re over this thing and ‘proceed with caution!’</p> <p>“I find this totally unacceptable and irresponsible! I completely understand the fact that the last thing the Health Dept wants to do is spend days retesting people like me and God knows that I don’t want to soak up resources.</p> <p>“But I don’t see how I can walk out my front door until I have a clean ‘bill of health!’ I know the health system is fighting a huge battle and resources are stretched.</p> <p>“But in clear conscience … I can’t put others at risk … until I’m assured that I’m not POSITIVE anymore!” he concluded.</p> <p>Richard has been in self-isolation since announcing he had first tested positive on March 12.</p>

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Last people in the world to know: Big Brother casts across the globe learn about coronavirus

<p>While the rest of the world is dealing with the onslaught of COVID-19, Germany’s <em>Big Brother</em> contestants have been left in the dark as their country comes to grips with major shutdown measures.</p> <p>They will finally learn about the coronavirus epidemic that has caused unprecedented lockdowns across Europe on live TV.</p> <p>The group of 14 men and women, who have been isolated since February 6 in a property sitting in Cologne, western Germany, are currently undergoing in the country’s 13<sup>th</sup> season of the reality TV show.</p> <p>When they left for the show and officially cut themselves off, the news of the surprising virus was only just beginning to trickle into mainstream media from Wuhan, China.</p> <p>All contestants have been left unaware of any of the updates concerning the virus, except for the four new housemates introduced to the show on March 6 – just three days before the country would announce its first death from coronavirus.</p> <p>On the outside, the <em>Big Brother</em> show producers have been forced to respond to backlash concerning their decision to not update the housemates of the pandemic occurring on the outside world.</p> <p>They told German newspaper <em><a href="https://www.sueddeutsche.de/medien/big-brother-coronavirus-1.4841941">Süddeutsche Zeitung</a> </em>that sharing information was not part of their “blackout” restrictions and would only be lifted in rare circumstances, including family member’s illness.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Some pictures from Big Brother Germany's live coronavirus special - a few housemates have shed tears but they're generally keeping their composure. The doctor spoke to them at length and is now taking their questions <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BBDE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBDE</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BigBrother?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BigBrother</a> <a href="https://t.co/CayT9HgERj">pic.twitter.com/CayT9HgERj</a></p> — bbspy (@bbspy) <a href="https://twitter.com/bbspy/status/1239979540002361345?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>They also told reporters the show was undertaking “special hygiene measures” to protect residents from infections – They did not go into detail on what those measures were.</p> <p>However, the show’s producers decided to change their tune and announced a live special episode where they would tell housemates about the worrying crisis.</p> <p>The popular global reality TV franchise told German, Brazilian, Canadian and Australian contestants of the news after being cut off from their contact with the outside world.</p> <p>"Big Brother will give all contestants the latest information about COVID-19 in Germany and the whole world tonight," a German spokesperson for the broadcaster<em> Sat.1 </em>told <em>CNN</em>.</p> <p>"The first contestants had been cut off from the outside world in preparation for the show on February, 6th. Theoretically they could know about the virus outbreak in Wuhan/China but don't know anything about the current situation in Germany," the spokesperson added.</p> <p>Brazil’s <em>Big Brother</em> followed a similar format of Canada’s version by pausing feeds over the weekend and updating contestants on the show of the coronavirus outbreak.</p> <p>Australia is filming their own version of the show in Sydney’s North. As reported by <em>Yahoo News</em>, it is believed the contestants entered the house three weeks ago – a week before the virus was declared a global pandemic on March 11 and cases skyrocketed in Australia.</p> <p>According to Channel 7, the cast has been updated on the situation and production is ongoing.</p> <p> </p>

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“Oh f***": Donald Trump caught in awkward blunder

<p>President Donald Trump was caught on a hot mic fretting over an ink stain on his suit shirt just moments before his Oval Office address on the coronavirus pandemic Wednesday night.<span> </span><br /><br />“Oh f***…uh oh, I got a pen mark,” he was heard saying.<span> </span><br />“Anybody, anybody have any white stuff?”</p> <p>The president made another unscripted comment after the speech - seeming to be completely unaware that a C-SPAN camera was still streaming.</p> <p>Trump finished his remarks and waited silently until a voice off-camera said: “We're clear.”<br /><br />He let out an exaggerated exhale and said: “Okayyy!” as a man stepped into the frame and removed the microphone from inside his blazer.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">C-span camera still on. Catching Trump saying “uh, oh Fk...does anybody have any white stuff?” <a href="https://t.co/ggT3styqxw">pic.twitter.com/ggT3styqxw</a></p> — Michael Ⓜ️ (@michaelschweitz) <a href="https://twitter.com/michaelschweitz/status/1237916145337892869?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 12, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>During his address, Trump took a much more serious tone as he announced there was to be an immediate shut-down of all travel from Europe to the United States in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19.</p> <p>“We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump stated.<br /><br />The world leader conceded that world health officials had declared the health crisis a pandemic after insisting for days that it would “go away” and urged Americans not to panic.<br /><br />The ban that will come into place Friday will apply to travelers who have visited 26 countries in the EU's Schengen border-free area in the last 14 days, but not travelers from the UK or Ireland, or to US citizens, American permanent residents and their immediate family members.<span> </span><br /><br />Trump said the ban would come into effect at “midnight” on Friday.<br /><br />However, confusion remains over exactly how the ban will be implemented - including how the cut-off would apply across time zones, which routes Americans would be allowed to use to get home, and whether travelers returning from Europe will be facing screening or quarantine.<br /><br />Americans all throughout Europe began scrambling to airports in a bid to get home as soon as the Oval address was made.<span> </span><br /><br />Trump's address also made no mention of other measures being taken on by other countries to stop the spread of the virus within their borders.<span> </span><br /><br />This includes closing schools, banning public gatherings and restricting travel between cities.<br /><br />However, Trump did announce co-payment wavers for coronavirus treatment, but he made only a brief mention of test kits and did not clarify as to whether the waver would apply to testing.<span> </span><br /><br />Trump also has not announced any ban on public gatherings, or whether there are any travel restrictions within the US.<span> </span><br /><br />He did urge Americans to avoid crowded places if possible, and told elderly people to take great caution.<span> </span><br /><br />“The virus will not have a chance against us - no nation is more prepared or more resilient than the United States,” he said.<br /><br />He explained the new measure as a matter of protecting the nation from the rapidly spreading virus - which he called 'foreign.'<br /><br />“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” he declared.<span> </span><br /><br />“I will always put the well-being of America first,” he continued.<br /><br />“We are mobilising the full power of the federal government and private sector to protect the American people.”</p>

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“I’m always blown away”: Amanda Keller talks candidly about what she’s grateful for

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Amanda Keller is one of Australia’s most successful media figures but she explained to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/amp/parenting/celebrity-families/amanda-keller-family-63005" target="_blank">Now To Love</a></em><span> </span>that she never expected to be working at the age of 57.</p> <p>The mother-of-two has been working in radio and television for the last 30 years and she has more than enough to keep her occupied.</p> <p>As she co-hosts WSFM’s top-rating breakfast show <em>Jonesy &amp; Amanda</em> as well as hosting <em>Ten’s</em> hit show The Living Room, Keller has also found time to co-host <em>Dancing With The Stars</em>.</p> <p>DWTS is a show Keller is particularly impressed with, and it helps that she gets along with co-host Grant Denyer so well.</p> <p>"It's a stack of fun – what can I say?" she declares with passion. "People get to see their favourite stars outside of their comfort zones. It's just great TV."</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/B9i0hwpnKX6/?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/B9i0hwpnKX6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Amanda Keller (@amandarosekeller)</a> on Mar 10, 2020 at 12:04am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Sometimes it's hard to get us to shut up when we're together on set," says Keller about her friendship with Denyer.</p> <p>"I've come to learn we're really similar people. Spending more time together, we've realised we have quite a bit in common. The stuff he doesn't like, I'm not a fan of. We just seem to be on the same page all the time."</p> <p>When she’s not a staple on TV and radio, she raises two teenage boys, Liam and Jack, alongside her husband Harley.</p> <p>"I'm always blown away by what good humans they are," she explained.</p> <p>“They are truly so funny and so caring. They don't ever take my job too seriously – I find that so refreshing. They know it's just a job that I do. They are very fantastic and well-balanced children, and I'm so grateful for that.”</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/B23NR_bH0cg/?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/B23NR_bH0cg/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Amanda Keller (@amandarosekeller)</a> on Sep 25, 2019 at 10:25pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As her job keeps her in the public eye, Keller says that it’s a daily challenge to not overshare about her life, especially as she now has the potential to upset her sons as they’re older now.</p> <p>“Radio is live, <em>Dancing With The Stars</em> is live and then working with some of my best friends on <em>The Living Room</em>, there's always that chance I'm going to share too much. I sort of have to remind myself occasionally and be like, "We're on air!" because I just love to blab, whether it's about my personal life, or my co-stars, or my children. </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/B1KimtiHJzC/?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/B1KimtiHJzC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Amanda Keller (@amandarosekeller)</a> on Aug 14, 2019 at 5:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“That's another big challenge – when they were babies I could say what I wanted. Now, they're older, I probably need to be a bit more judicious about what I'm putting out there.”</p> <p>Although Keller knows that she’s a staple on Aussie screens, being reminded of that can sometimes be a bit challenging.</p> <p>“I went to South Africa for a recent holiday and when we came back, I'd almost taken for granted that people didn't know who I was over there! I've had my photo taken in a public bathroom many times!” she shared.</p> <p>“You have to think – toilets, dentists' surgeries, doctors' surgeries… maybe not… but it happens! With that said, my teenage self would've loved the idea of me having a job where people recognise me and respond to the things I'm saying. My diary was full of exactly what this dream life is, so I'm grateful.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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End of the road for Kerri-Anne Kennerley?

<p>After terrible ratings at<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em>, TV host Kerri-Anne Kennerley may be saying goodbye to the show following rumours that she is disliked by fans.</p> <p>Ratings for the morning talk show have seen a massive decline, as the numbers were at an all-time low last month, and according to insiders at Ten, execs, producers and on-air talent are putting the blame on Kerri-Anne.</p> <p>“What happened to Denise Scott and Ding Dong [Denise Drysdale], who the audiences love but rarely appear? They resonate with the audiences, unlike KAK,” an insider told<span> </span><em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>“KAK just picks fights with guests to get publicity. But it is negative publicity. KAK has always loved getting a headline with her comments and on-air stunts from her days at Nine, but those days are long gone thanks to social media and digital outlets,” they add.</p> <p>The source also said that those higher up at Ten are having to consider their options regarding Kerri-Anne and her future on the program.</p> <p>“<em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>has become a promo vehicle for the network’s primetime shows, with day-old Hollywood gossip from the internet in between,” said the insider.</p> <p>Fans have also expressed disappointment in KAK of late.</p> <p>“Being subjected to watching KAK five days a week is torture. What is the point of having Ding Dong and the newest member. They are barely seen because of the KAK show,” one Instagram follower shared.</p> <p>Another wrote: “Sorry, but I can’t stand listening to KAK + her opinionated judgements!”</p> <p>It seems the only one who can <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/denise-drysdale-to-rescue-studio-10-from-ratings-drop" target="_blank">save <em>Studio 10</em> now is Denise Drysdale</a>, as executives seem to believe she's the answer to their ratings prayers.</p>

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Tracy Grimshaw slams gossip magazine: “They treat women like morons”

<p><em>A Current Affair </em>presenter Tracy Grimshaw has called out a well known magazine for “lying” to their readers by allegedly making up information about her.</p> <p>The 59-year-old slammed the publication on Monday, after they wrote she had requested a VIP lift as Nine’s new office to ensure she wouldn’t be see her without her hair and makeup done.</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/BtXH2c5gRDp/?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/BtXH2c5gRDp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tracy Grimshaw (@_tracy_grimshaw)</a> on Feb 1, 2019 at 5:40pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She chastised “weekly women’s magazines” for treating their readership like “morons”.</p> <p>“Absolute crap in <em><u><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/tracy-grimshaws-extreme-diva-demands-stun-channel-9-staff" target="_blank"><strong>New Idea</strong></a></u></em> this week,” Tracy said in a post to Instagram.</p> <p>“I wouldn't know anything about the lifts in the new building. Have had zero input, made zero requests.”</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/B9f4WawHcEs/?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/B9f4WawHcEs/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tracy Grimshaw (@_tracy_grimshaw)</a> on Mar 8, 2020 at 8:40pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Grimshaw’s irritated words referred to the publication’s suggestion that the network’s female hosts and stars demanded a VIP life put into the office because they shared a building with other journalists from Fairfax and other entertainment writers.</p> <p>“I come in every day with no makeup, go shopping with no makeup, get on planes with no makeup,” she went on to say.</p> <p>“I once did ACA with no hair or makeup in Brisbane after wading through flood waters all day in 100 per cent humidity. A Sunday paper gossip columnist devoted her entire column to how poorly groomed I was.” </p> <p>The<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>star went on to address allegations that she has a “personal hairdresser”, instead of letting Nine’s hair and makeup department work with her.</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/B0AYaa4ASUS/?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/B0AYaa4ASUS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Tracy Grimshaw (@_tracy_grimshaw)</a> on Jul 16, 2019 at 10:22pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“My hairdresser has been doing my hair for more than 20 years. She does other people's hair too. Lucky for all of us because mine needs all the help it can get,” she explained.</p> <p>The television presenter also went on to address rumours she holds “wardrobe fittings in her private dressing room” every day “like clockwork” before they started production meetings. </p> <p>“I don't have daily or even monthly wardrobe consultations.</p> <p>“[I] have managed to dress myself since I was about four years old. And as for seeing myself as some big star? Spare me.”</p>

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Denise Drysdale to rescue Studio 10 from ratings drop

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>TV star Denise Drysdale is causing top executives plenty of excitement as they believe she is a “saviour” to their prayers.</p> <p>Their praise comes after the panel show<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>had a massive boost in ratings when she appeared on it recently.</p> <p>"Studio 10 has had an axe looming over it, and<span> </span><em>Ten</em><span> </span>were in complete panic mode a few weeks back when the show's ratings dipped to a worrying low of 33,000.</p> <p>But the next day, execs heavily promoted Denise on the show and there was a huge spike of 10,000 viewers," says the insider to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/celeb-news/denise-drysale-saves-studio-10-62950" target="_blank">Now to Love</a>.</em></p> <p>The insider says that Drysdale’s ratings boost hasn’t gone unnoticed by top executives, but they’re worried that she will leave as she regularly talks about loving her simple life on the Gold Coast.</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/B8z3G9BBSnE/?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/B8z3G9BBSnE/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kate Steve and Sean (@ceberano_kilbey_sennett)</a> on Feb 20, 2020 at 5:22pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"She already gets $5000 a week for two or three episodes, but<span> </span><em>Ten</em><span> </span>are well aware that Denise could start demanding even more money," says the insider.</p> <p>"If she did, it would have to come from somewhere and that means someone else's salary."</p> <p>But a spokesperson for<span> </span><em>Ten<span> </span></em>has confirmed that there will be no changes to the current panel line-up.</p> <p>"At this stage, there are no plans to change the panel," they said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Lisa Wilkinson reveals the best thing about leaving the Today show

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has opened up about just how much her life has changed since her abrupt departure from the <em>Today</em> show in 2018.</p> <p>The former morning show host told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/stellar" target="_blank">Stellar</a> </em>that stepping away from her role on Channel 9 meant doing away with the intense early morning starts.</p> <p>After a decade of sleep deprivation exhaustion, Wilkinson said there was a state of permanence to being tired.</p> <p>“I’ve got these new reserves of energy and I feel challenged and invigorated,” she said.</p> <p>“I love it when the alarm goes off and I see the number seven at the front. I wouldn’t change any of it.”</p> <p>The current <em>Project 10</em> host said leaving her former gig allowed her to make time for the people most important in her life – her husband, Pete FitzSimons and her three children, Jake, Louis and Billi.</p> <p>She said: “It was about six months after I made the move, and Pete, the kids and I were sitting around having a midweek barbecue that ended up going well into the night.</p> <p>“At about 11pm, we were all still chatting when Jake, our eldest, turned to me and said, ‘Mum, it’s so great that you can do this now – stay up late and not be frantically watching the clock so you can get to bed. I feel like we’ve finally got you back.’</p> <p>I was suddenly reminded of the price your kids pay when your job can be all-consuming. That’s when I really knew it had all been worth it.”</p> <p>Wilkinson made a hasty exit from <em>Today</em> in January 2018.</p> <p>“I’m thrilled that at the age I now am, I’ve never felt more valued as an employee, more engaged with what I do and never felt more excited about what’s ahead because, clearly, I’m in my second half now,” she explained.</p> <p>The Project 10 co-host also went on to reveal just how close she is with her former <em>Today</em> co-hosts.</p> <p>Wilkinson stated she was still “extremely close” to Ben Fordham and Sylvia Plath but admitted she hasn’t seen Karl Stefanovic or Georgie Gardner as “the timing just hasn’t worked”.</p> <p>The star also opened up last year about Karl’s return to<span> </span><em>Today </em>after being dramatically ousted from the show, and admitted she was “surprised”.</p> <p>“Look I was surprised because he now knows what it’s like to sleep past that 3 am alarm,” Wilkinson said of the decision.</p> <p>“But he clearly feels like there is some unfinished business so I can’t wish those guys anything but luck,” she said.</p> <p>“They have obviously had a tough couple of years (and) I wish them well. When you know the pain of that 3 am alarm and you are still prepared to do the hard yards I wish them luck.”</p>

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Simply the worst? Backlash over error-riddled and "divisive" NRL ad

<p>South Sydney NRL player Latrell Mitchell has made a dig at Karl Stefanovic after he criticised the star’s role in the NRL’s controversial new campaign.</p> <p>The new advertisement campaign which was revealed on Monday, unveiled a throwback to Tina Turner’s iconic hit<span> </span><em>Simply The Best.</em></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thirty years on, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NRL?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NRL</a> is still simply the best.<br /><br />See the revival of Tina Turner's famous 1990 campaign, featuring some of the biggest moments in footy from the past three decades 🏉 <a href="https://t.co/2wU39u6sMk">pic.twitter.com/2wU39u6sMk</a></p> — Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) <a href="https://twitter.com/telegraph_sport/status/1234387970259652608?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 2, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>However, what originally was made to bring attention to the NRL and pay homage to a number of prominent, remarkable figures has been labelled as too “politically correct”.</p> <p>The critics slammed the ad which featured a shot of Latrell Mitchell draped in an Aboriginal flag, singer Macklemore’s famous performance from 2017 where he made a tribute for same-sex marriage and a famous kiss between Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki after the partners played against each other in a State of Origin match.</p> <p>Today host Karl Stefanovic was among some of those who slammed the advertisement and singled out the NRL player who wore an aboriginal flag. He insisted the move did not promote inclusion for the game.</p> <p>“How do you unite the game when you have a picture of Latrell Mitchell on his own with the Aboriginal flag around him?” Stefanovic said on Tuesday.</p> <p>“That’s not unifying, that’s divisive.</p> <p>“It’s putting him on his own.</p> <p>“Rugby league is about indigenous (people) and everyone else coming together for the sport, not putting anyone on their own.”</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/B8K2ppfg7UH/?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/B8K2ppfg7UH/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by L a t r e l l M i t c h e l l™ (@iam_lm01)</a> on Feb 4, 2020 at 7:09pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mitchell was quick to share some of the comments on his personal Instagram account.</p> <p>“This ad shows (Charnze) Nicoll-Klokstad by himself, shows (Tyson) Frizell by himself. Yet Karl picks out Latrell standing by himself with the Aboriginal flag as ‘divisive’,” read one post that Mitchell shared.</p> <p>“Once again blackfullas can’t be proud of our culture without a whiter person’s approval.</p> <p>“Once again people must shut up and play footy, so that we can avoid offending the racists of our country.”</p>

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Bill Clinton reveals why he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky

<p>Bill Clinton claims that his affair with Monica Lewinsky was one of the “things I did to manage my anxieties”.</p> <p>In a tell-all documentary, the former President revealed that the reason behind his affair with the ex-White House intern while he was in office was because it helped him with issues he was dealing with at the time.</p> <p>Bill said that at the time he met Lewinsky, the pressure of the job made him feel like a boxer who had done 30 rounds and he looked at Lewinsky as “something that will take your mind off it for a little while”.</p> <p>He makes the claims in an interview featured in the new documentary series about his wife Hillary Clinton, called<em><span> </span>Hillary</em>, where the former First Lady and Secretary of State candidly reveals that in the aftermath of the scandal the couple underwent “painful” marriage counselling.</p> <p>Bill apologised to Lewinsky in the documentary that is set to premiere on Friday and says he felt “terrible” that her life was defined by the affair.</p> <p>But he said that at some point when things don’t return to normal "you’ve got to decide how to define normal", suggesting the former intern should just move on.</p> <p>The scandal resulted in Bill being impeached in 1998. But he survived the trial in the Senate and remained in office during his second term.</p> <p>His hand was forced in 1998 when it became clear that he had lied to a grand jury which was investigating his personal affairs by denying the affair.</p> <p>Bill had also lied to Hillary, and she believed him.</p> <p>He said in the interview: “I went and sat on the bed and talked to her. I told her exactly what happened, when it happened. I said I feel terrible about it. We’ve been through quite a bit in the last few years. I said I have no defence, it’s inexcusable what I did”.</p> <p>Hillary told the cameras: “I was just devastated. I could not believe it. I was so personally just hurt and I can’t believe this, I can’t believe you lied.”</p> <p>Hillary then told her husband that he was the one who had to come clean to their daughter Chelsea, who was 18 at the time. He said it was worse than telling his wife and he said that doing so was “awful”.</p>

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Oprah Winfrey tumbles while preaching about balance

<p>Media mogul Oprah Winfrey took a fall during her most recent Oprah’s 2020 VIsion: Your Life on Focus tour.</p> <p>She was holding her second-last event at The Forum in Los Angeles and fell to the floor while talking about wellness and balance.</p> <p>"Wellness to me means all things in balance, and balance doesn’t mean all things are equal or at peace at all times," she says in a video captured and posted on Twitter, before she takes a step and falls to the ground. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Oprah took a tumble today during a speaking tour in Los Angeles. Thankfully she’s okay! <a href="https://t.co/UUPuufBoXi">pic.twitter.com/UUPuufBoXi</a></p> — Pop Crave (@PopCrave) <a href="https://twitter.com/PopCrave/status/1233842455541354496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"Wrong shoes," she jokingly added.</p> <p>She addressed the incident during an Instagram video that was taken backstage at the event.</p> <p>"I didn't even think 'embarrassing,'" she said in the video. "I just thought 'Okay I fell, everybody knows what falling is.' You would prefer not to fall, but now I've fallen."</p> <p>"I thought this was a great day in spite of the fall, which now becomes a meme, I know," she said in a later video. </p> <p>"But I picked myself up I don't know if it was something on the floor or my foot twisted or what. I had the indication I was gonna fall before, and then it is what it is, it was a great, great day."</p> <p>Luckily, the event went on without a hitch with singer Jennifer Lopez attending as her special guest.</p> <p>The nine-stop tour has featured other special guests, including Lady Gaga, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Michelle Obama.</p> <p>"How do you take this energy of inspiration and people feeling triumphant in their lives? How do you use that to something that's a greater good than just my front porch?" she asked. "And that's how this idea came about. I'll try to spread that word around the country."</p> <p>"The hardest thing I've ever done is to ask all of these people to come on tour," she said, adding that she was glad they all accepted her invitation. </p>

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Michelle Bridges opens up about the “toughest month of her life”

<p>Michelle Bridges has taken to Instagram to issue an emotional statement after she was caught drink driving due to her shock split from partner Steve “Commando” Willis.</p> <p>Calling the past month “the toughest of her life”, the fitness guru thanked her love ones for their support, adding that “the remorse and guilt won’t go away”, presumably referencing her DUI.</p> <p>The heartfelt post comes a week after she pleaded guilty for driving under the influence with her young son Axel in the car on Australia Day, for which she was given a three-month driving ban and a $750 fine with a recorded conviction.</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/B9BBGddnRB4/?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/B9BBGddnRB4/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The last month has been the toughest time of my life. What I'd like to say is thank you - to my loved ones, my friends, my team, and to all who have reached out to me. I have received so many messages of kindness from both strangers and people I know. The biggest thank you to you all. I know the remorse and guilt won't go away, but I'm determined to keep moving forward, working hard and being thankful for all the good in my life. Mish x</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/mishbridges/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Michelle Bridges</a> (@mishbridges) on Feb 25, 2020 at 8:00pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The photo, which shows Michelle staring out into the ocean, was captioned: “The last month has been the toughest time of my life.</p> <p>“What I’d like to say is thank you – to my loved ones, my friends, my team, and to all who have reached out to me.</p> <p>“I have received so many messages of kindness from both strangers and people I know. The biggest thank you to you all. I know the remorse and guilt won’t go away, but I’m determined to keep moving forward, working hard and being thankful for all the good in my life.”</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em>, the<span> </span><em>Biggest Loser</em><span> </span>star confirmed her split from The Commando after her drink-driving arrest, saying recent weeks had been “a very difficult time … dealing with the break-up of my long-term relationship”.</p>

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Erin Molan scores new gig amid ugly saga with Andrew Johns

<p>Erin Molan is set to host Channel Nine’s coverage of the <em>Women’s T20 World Cup</em> in a new twist of the ugly saga surrounding both her and Andrew Johns.</p> <p>Fans gave Nine a lashing last year after Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge hosted their coverage of the <em>Ashes</em> series in England.</p> <p>Since Nine and Seven switched their coverages of the cricket and tennis last year, Ashes coverage had little to no recognisable cricket hosts.</p> <p>The issue arises again with the upcoming <em>Women’s T20 World Cup</em> as Molan gears up to host the cricket starting on Friday.</p> <p>Molan and Bracey were both used to host Nine’s coverage of the <em>Australian Open</em> in January, as well as the <em>NRL</em> in 2019.</p> <p>She will be joined by fellow <em>NRL</em> host James Bracey, with Woodbridge not required.</p> <p>However, drama continued to follow Molan as it is reported both she and Johns had an ugly falling out in 2019.</p> <p>It was initially reported by<span> </span><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/fallout-in-the-nine-commentary-box-david-klemmers-generosity-and-flanno-to-the-dragons/news-story/86bde887bc19f24e9084a2dd572a2129" target="_blank">The Sunday Telegraph</a></span></em><span> </span>that Johns had walked out on his role on <em>Friday night football</em> due to an “awkward” falling out with Molan.</p> <p>While John began the 2019 season of the show alongside Molan, he disappeared halfway throughout the year and was subsequently replaced by Billy Slater.</p> <p>It was a move that Channel Nine defended as a kind gesture from Johns to allow Slater more air time.</p> <p>Johns himself denied the reports, telling the <em>Telegraph</em>: “Where did you hear that from? Good old rugby league just thrives on rumours and innuendo.”</p> <p>Erin appeared in an interview a few months later, and seemed to show she felt the heat from loyal fans.</p> <p>She was brought to tears in an interview on <em>WSFM </em>in October, where she broke her silence on the Johns saga while in an interview with Jonesy and Amanda.</p> <p>“I am so sorry, I haven’t put my contacts in this morning. I had a rough night. I didn’t sleep very well and these are prescriptions,” Molan explained as she was wearing sunglasses.</p> <p>Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller both threw their support behind Molan - bringing the Channel Nine presenter to tears.</p> <p>“I get emotional with this Erin, I don’t understand why people give you a hard time,” Keller said.</p> <p>“It pisses me off. And I think it’s because you are so professional and you are so good at your job, that I think that men don’t like you being good at what they still see as their world.</p> <p>“I admire the pants off you or the eyeballs off you and I just think you are the most professional female and it’s threatened everybody.”</p> <p>Keller was also brought to tears after seeing Molan break down.</p>

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Jacqui Lambie denies being complicit in government’s “vortex of secrecy”

<p><span>Jacqui Lambie has implored Australians to trust her after she was accused of being “sucked into the vortex of secrecy that is our current Government”.</span></p> <p><span>The Tasmanian senator appeared on Monday’s edition of <em><a href="https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-18/jacqui-lambie-calls-for-trust-while-damning-government/11973522?pfmredir=sm&amp;sf230280471=1">Q&amp;A</a></em>, which focused on the Australian public’s lack of trust in their political representatives.</span></p> <p><span>When questioned about getting children to trust elected officials, Lambie said it was too much to ask at the moment.</span></p> <p><span>“Trust comes with leadership and in this country we’re lacking leadership,” she said. “I don’t know how you teach your children to have trust when my generation and the one below does not trust those people in high office.”</span></p> <p><span>Lambie urged the Morrison government to handle the sports rorts scandal with greater transparency.</span></p> <p><span>“Don't say ‘there is nothing to see here’ when millions of Australians can quite clearly see there is something to see here,” she said.</span></p> <p><span>“We have got a report that they won’t release. If there is nothing wrong with that report and there is nothing to see here, then release it.”</span></p> <p><span>However, Lambie was called out later when an audience member asked why she voted to repeal the medevac bill, which allows refugees being held on Manus Island and Nauru to visit Australia temporarily for medical treatment.</span></p> <p><span>In December, the medical evacuation law was repealed after the key crossbencher made a “<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/dec/04/medevac-repeal-bill-passes-after-jacqui-lambie-makes-secret-deal-with-coalition">secret deal</a>” with the Coalition.</span></p> <p><span>The audience member said the senator was being “sucked into the vortex of secrecy that is our current government”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">How can we have trust in politicians when the political process seems to operate in a “vortex of secrecy”? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/BznUUXzg8s">pic.twitter.com/BznUUXzg8s</a></p> — ABC Q+A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1229359607002230785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Lambie denied the accusation and asked the public to “believe the best outcome will come”.</span></p> <p><span>She said while she would like to “get it off their chest straight away”, she could not discuss the matter due to the “national security implications”.</span></p> <p><span>“I know I’m asking a big ask and I did it last year standing up, but I just can’t say anything,” she said. </span></p> <p><span>“I’m asking you to trust me, that I believe the best outcome will come.”</span></p> <p><span>Host Hamish Macdonald suggested Lambie might be hypocritical for demanding transparency in the sports rorts case.</span></p> <p><span>Lambie responded, “First of all, the sports rorts has no national security attached to it. So that’s a big thing. I was in the armed forces for 10 years and am very aware of national security and how it works.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m asking the people on the judgement that I’ve made just to trust me.”</span></p> <p><span>Lambie said the Morrison government could not ask the public to just “trust” them because they have “no credits left on the board”.</span></p> <p><span>According to a 2019 election study by the Australian National University, trust in the Australian government has reached a record low, with just <a href="https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australians-trust-in-government-reaches-new-all-time-low-study-shows">a quarter of Australians confident in their political leaders and institutions</a>. </span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Serena Lillywhite is the CEO of Transparency International Australia. She says Australia’s score on the Corruption Perception Index has dropped eight points in eight years. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/Lr0FByOgmF">pic.twitter.com/Lr0FByOgmF</a></p> — ABC Q+A (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1229366927136415744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Serena Lillywhite, CEO of Transparency International in Australia, said the country’s score in the Corruption Perceptions Index has dropped eight points in eight years to 77, with 100 being the cleanest and zero being the most corrupt.</span></p> <p>“Our Government is really characterised at the moment, I think, by … listening to these well-connected individuals, powerful special interest groups, who are really trying to influence the way policy is made, the way decisions are made for their own interests and for businesses’ interests,” she said.</p>

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“I just didn’t see it coming”: Jason Hodges on why his Better Homes axing was a mistake

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Beloved landscaping expert Jason Hodges from Better Homes and Gardens was “absolutely gutted” after learning that he would be axed from the show he called home for 16 years in December 2019.</p> <p>At the time, the Sydney father-of-two made little public comment but has since emerged after the Christmas and New Year break to speak about being cut from the show.</p> <p>“I just didn’t see it coming,” he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-and-gardens-host-jason-hodges-on-shock-axing-234311555.html" target="_blank">Yahoo Lifestyle</a></em>.</p> <p>“I know it’s television and I know people lose their jobs, I know shows finish, but I just didn’t see it coming,” he adds.</p> <p>Affectionately known as “Hodgie” by fans and co-hosts on the show, he is still coming to terms with losing his job.</p> <p>“I thought I was doing the best that I could. I was personable, I wasn’t a diva. I helped set up in the morning and pack down in the afternoon. I was just one of the boys, not a ‘presenter’,” he says.</p> <p>“I just felt like ‘the good guy comes last’ kind of thing,” he adds.</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/B6UnkIFjeTQ/?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/B6UnkIFjeTQ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jason Hodges (@jasonhodgesandco)</a> on Dec 20, 2019 at 9:07pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Hodges feels like his axing from the show was due to attempts refresh the existing audience of the show.</p> <p>“I think that television networks don’t do the market research that they should and especially in this decision… [the Channel Seven execs are] trying to attract a younger audience that doesn’t exist [because] your average 25-year-old doesn’t watch <em>Better Homes and Gardens</em>,” he says.</p> <p>“[Seven execs] invested 20 years in me and then got rid of me. I think they live in a television bubble where they think that ‘shiny’ replaces ‘authentic’,” he adds.</p> <p>The man replacing Hodges is British-accented Charlie Albone of<span> </span><em>Selling Houses Australia</em>. However, he has no ill feelings towards his replacement and looks back on his time on the show fondly.</p> <p>“I had twenty fantastic years and losing my job is dead set one minute of a lifetime. I have nothing but the best memories of the people I was with and the things I got to see and I will never ever let that go,” he says.</p> <p>“But losing my job, it hurt me because I loved my job and I was doing it to the best of my ability and it was a kick in the guts but that’s not going to change my opinion of the people I worked with or what I managed to achieve,” he adds.</p> <p>Despite doing “more grandiose things”, Hodges says that the most rewarding part of his job was doing makeovers for “nice people”.</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/B44OXX5jzg7/?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/B44OXX5jzg7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jason Hodges (@jasonhodgesandco)</a> on Nov 14, 2019 at 11:57pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There are more grandiose things I’ve done. I’ve won gold at the Melbourne Garden Show six times and I’ve got to go to Chelsea [Flower Show in London] and compete with the best in the world but it was honestly doing makeovers for nice people that was the most rewarding,” he says.</p> <p>Hodges has also encountered an outpouring of support from fans who are devastated by him leaving the show.</p> <p>“People have walked up to me in Bunnings crying [and I’m] getting personal, handwritten letters. It makes feel loved but disappointed that it’s been taken away,” he says.</p> <p>“The support that’s been shown [to me] over the past couple of weeks, it’s always been there and you just don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone,” he adds.</p> <p>As for what he's doing next? Hodges plans on taking it easy. </p> <p>“I need to change my lifestyle. The hustle and bustle of Sydney - the tolls, the parking, the units going up…” he trails off.</p> <p>“Berry is heaven, it’s green and lush with rolling hills and the people are even better than the landscape. The sense of community is amazing,” he adds.</p> <p>“My dream job would be a ‘real’ version of [Foxtel program] <em>River Cottage Australia</em> where we’d get bees and chickens and I try to raise pigs and show the success and failure of it all,” he explained.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="post-action-bar-component-wrapper"> <div class="post-actions-component"> <div class="upper-row"><span class="like-bar-component"></span> <div class="watched-bookmark-container"></div> </div> </div> </div>

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