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Karl Stefanovic takes a cheeky swipe at Larry Emdur

<p><span>He welcomed daughter Harper May with wife Jasmine Yarbrough two months ago.</span></p> <p><span>And on Thursday, </span><em>Today</em><span> show host Karl Stefanovic posted a sweet photo of the doting mother cradling her firstborn child. </span></p> <p><span>However, in Karl’s typical larrikin style sense of humour, he also used the post as an opportunity to take a cheeky swipe at Channel Seven </span><em>Morning Show</em><span> host Larry Emdur.</span></p> <p><span>“Two girls and a pub. Happy as Larry. And Larry’s pretty happy,” wrote Karl.</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHdNRkJhCy/?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/CCHdNRkJhCy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Two girls and a pub. Happy as Larry. And Larry’s pretty happy. @jasyarby @larryemdur</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/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Jul 1, 2020 at 3:38pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The first photo showed Jasmine nursing Harper May as they sat at a table in the bistro area of the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay.</span></p> <p><span>The new mother looked thrilled as she wore her comfiest clothes.</span></p> <p><span>Jasmine wore minimal makeup with just a touch of foundation and kept her hair up in a messy bun.</span></p> <p><span>Baby Harper May looked adorable in pink leggings with a white knit cardigan which was accessorised with a matching bobble hat to kept her warm from the cool midwinter air.</span></p> <p><span>The second photo was of Larry Emdur himself, as he wore a navy blue suit while appearing completely engrossed in a book.</span></p>

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​Niles from The Nanny reveals the one thing he never understood about the hit show

<p><span><em>The Nanny</em> had six wildly successful years between 1993-199 and ended with Fran Fine (who was played by creator Fran Drescher) married to her boss Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy).</span><br /><br /><span>Niles settled down with his former arch rival — and Mr Sheffield’s colleague — C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane.)</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836777/meghan-markle-the-nanny-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ae6191afaa04b8cb9cd33131dc26076" /></p> <p><em>The Nanny</em><br /><br /><span>However it is the latter love story that Davis couldn’t quite wrap his head around.</span><br /><span>“That’s the only part that I never really bought, to tell you the truth,” he admitted to news.com.au.</span><br /><br /><span>“C.C. and I had been so oil and water — I didn’t buy that we would end up married. But I had to play it, because that’s what they wrote ... I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that to anyone before!”</span><br /><br /><span>The 70-year-old originally thought that the odd pairing may mean an extended future for C.C. and Niles.</span><br /><br /><span>“The only reason I thought it could have worked would be if they were planning a spin-off, like The Niles and C.C. Show, which I would have loved — but they didn’t go with that idea.”</span><br /><br /><span>He may not have liked it, but Davis can still understand why the writers felt the need to have the butler and C.C. live happily ever after.</span><br /><br /><span>“I guess they were just wanting to tie up the loose ends.”</span><br /><br /><span>The characters small feuds in the show became a cornerstone of the program - making it the unforgettable classic that it is today.</span><br /><br /><span>“The luckiest thing that could have possibly happened was that we knew each other for six years before<em> The Nanny,</em>” Davis said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once I realised she was going to play that part [C.C.], it was just so natural. We had an ease so we just were the perfect fit, right from day one.”</span><br /><br /><span>Niles was famous for his quick quips and one-liners, and a lot of that wit was actually inspired by the actor’s true self.</span><br /><br /><span>“The writers watched me carefully in the early days of the show,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“They started to write in my voice. And because I have a wicked side to my humour, they picked up on it.”</span><br /><br /><span>While Davis loved his experience on the show, there was one star who didn’t quite agree.</span><br /><br /><span>“It wasn’t a fun experience,” Madeline Zima, who played little Gracie Sheffield, told The TV Page in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was just a kindness and a sensitivity that didn’t exist on the set of<em> The Nanny.</em> They treated me more like a prop than like a human being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Davis believes it boiled down to Zima’s attitude.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was always the sense with Madeline that she was just an unhappy child — it was her nature. It was noticeable,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the writers picked up on her unhappiness, and they wrote it into her character ... It’s why Gracie always seemed unhappy and was in therapy.”</span></p>

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Larry Emdur reveals priceless story behind photo with Naomi Watts

<p>As coronavirus cancelled the 2020 Logies, <em>The Morning Show</em> host Larry Emdur thought he'd post a throwback photo instead.</p> <p>The picture delighted fans as it featured a pre-Hollywood fame Naomi Watts.</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/CB-Gytqjg-N/?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/CB-Gytqjg-N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by @larryemdur</a> on Jun 28, 2020 at 12:29am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>With his well-known self-depreciating humour, Edmur joked that the pair's careers had taken very different paths after the photo was taken.</p> <p>He wrote: "Because it was meant to be Logies night, here's a Logies quiz. One of these people went on to be a duel Oscar nominee and a magnificent multi-award winning superstar of the big and small screen.</p> <p>"The other went on to host Celebrity Dog School and have his image used in a FAKE Facebook ad for an erectile dysfunction cure. Can you pick it? </p> <p>"I understand this is a tricky question so I'll give you 24 hours to lodge your answer and your time starts... now! Hello @naomiwatts from 1992."</p> <p>Watts went onto bigger things after her appearance at the Logies almost thirty years ago as she scored her breakthrough role in 2001 psychological thriller <em>Mulholland Drive.</em></p> <p>Watts went onto be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress twice in <em>21 Grams</em> (2003) and <em>The Impossible </em>(2012).</p> <p>Emdur has achieved fame on a domestic level as he fronted <em>The Price is Right</em> from 1993 to 1998 and later 2003 and 2005 on Nine. He is currently the co-anchor of <em>Channel Seven's The Morning Show</em> alongside Kylie Gillies.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Rubbish”: Voice judges go head to head again in fiery exchange

<p><em>The Voice</em> judges Guy Sebastian and Kelly Rowland continued their fiery clash on Monday night’s episode of the singing competition.</p> <p>Rowland had walked off set in the closing moments of Sunday night’s episode after a harsh disagreement with Sebastian.</p> <p>Guy chose Mongolian throat singer Bukhu Ganburged, to take on teammate Johnny Manuel for a battle round performance. Rowland felt the pairing was unfair to Bukhu, given his specific skill, and said the pairing seemed specially orchestrated to showcase Johnny talents.</p> <p>Sebastian labelled her “disrespectful” as she stormed off set.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836634/the-voice-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/809a6b305fd84ab99eea76f87592b600" /></p> <p>And on Monday, Delta Goodrem even defended her fellow judge, Rowland, as the clash continued.</p> <p>“I don’t think it’s fair to say Kelly’s disrespectful – she’s allowed to say what she feels out here. That’s not fair,” she told Sebastian.</p> <p>Fellow coach Boy George attempted to make the mood lighter by saying he too had walked off set last lesson, as “Sometimes you just need to take a break.”</p> <p>“No, she doesn’t need a break!” Goodrem responded.</p> <p>“She’s said what she needs to say, and that’s fair,” she said, leaving the stage to check on Rowland.</p> <p>Sebastian apologised to the performers, saying: “You guys were part of a great moment. The crowd were standing on their feet enjoying two gifted musos. I’m sorry it’s turned to this,” he said.</p> <p>Backstage, Rowland told Goodrem that she was prepared to “just let it go. My feelings ain’t hurt, but this s**t is redundant.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836636/the-voice.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fb47779ef61f41d78d0a58f9a5f0ecd4" /></p> <p>As the pair returned to their seats, it was time for Guy to decide which of the two performers he’d keep in his team and who he’d send home.</p> <p>After heaping praise on Bukhu, he said that “it’s quite clear this show suits somebody like Johnny, so I don’t think it’ll be any surprise that I’m going to go for Johnny.</p> <p>“I’m going to watch this back so many times, because I’m such a fan a both of you. This is why I do the show – to create moments like this.”</p> <p>However, backstage Sebastian escalated the emotions by speaking to <em>Voice </em>presenter Renee Bargh.</p> <p>“I felt like it was weird. There was no protest between these guys, they loved the idea (of performing together), they loved the collaboration … It seems like a low blow for drama,” he said.</p> <p>He seemingly suggested to his contestants the entire argument had been staged.</p> <p>“I’m just so sorry that has to happen. It’s the thing that I struggle with so much because I don’t even think people believe some of the things they say sometimes,” he told them.</p> <p>Sebastian’s words didn’t set well with his colleagues, who could hear what he was saying from where they sat on stage.</p> <p>“Can you hear him? He makes it up as he goes along. ‘It’s not a battle, it’s a collaboration’ – it is a battle. This is the battle rounds,” said Boy George.</p> <p>“It’s just rubbish, what he’s saying. Can you get him back, so we can get on with the show?”</p> <p>Rowland says she felt Guy made “a terrible choice” and “thought he was wrong."</p> <p>Guy admitted he felt weird about the situation: “Imagine having a mad blow-up with a workmate? I feel bruised.”</p> <p>He also took to Twitter to apologise for Monday’s episode, writing that there are “a lot that people don’t see on the show,” including “mentoring and follow-up phone calls with the artists”.</p> <p>“I am disappointed that I didn’t just cop it on the chin and bring focus back to the artists,” he wrote.</p> <p>“It was a challenge having someone like Bukhu and I admit that it seemed vocally unbalanced. I wanted them both 2 shine &amp; thought that showcasing Bukhu’s musicianship was the way 2 do it. He is exceptional and I’m sad that this went down the way it did due to my choice. It’s something that cuts me &amp; I didn’t handle it well.”</p>

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The secret insider deals MasterChef is trying to keep hidden

<p>The MasterChef kitchen has been plagued with rumours of infighting, searing tensions and short tempers this season, and as the final episodes begin to air, the competition is getting tough.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>Woman’s Day</em>, the talented final contestants have been competing against each other for lucrative TV offers, cookbook deals and future media jobs, and it’s causing friction behind the scenes.</p> <p>"It's not just been a case of trying to win the show, they're trying to scoop up deals left right and centre," a set insider tells <em>Woman's Day</em>.</p> <p>"They're being thrown contracts for everything from homewares to books. Everyone's trying to cash in on the show's booming popularity," adds the insider.</p> <p>"It's everyone for themselves when it comes to making it happen after the show."</p> <p>The returning cooks are no strangers to fame and fortune, such as Poh Ling Yeow and Hayden Quinn, who have both gone on to land a number of TV jobs and book deals since their original seasons.</p> <p>But the 12th season of the show has made certified celebrities out of returning cooks such as Khanh Ong, Sarah Tiong and Laura Sharrad, who are all allegedly in the talks for their own cooking shows.</p> <p>The cooks haven’t kept quiet about their hunger to take out the top spot.</p> <p>Speaking about the sacrifices she made to be on the show, Laura said “I left my husband Max back at home in Adelaide, and our business, too.”</p> <p>Both Khanh and Sarah are releasing cookbooks this year and dessert king Reynold Poernomo has signed on to talent agency SF Management. </p> <p>Speaking to <em>Woman’s Day</em> last week, Poh said if she wins she'd use the prize money to “produce my own TV show”. </p>

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“Fire me!” Kerri-Anne Kennerley defends her politically incorrect comments

<p>Studio 10 host Kerri-Anne Kennerley has blatantly admitted she “can’t resist” going on controversial rants on her morning show and making politically incorrect comments. </p> <p>The long-standing Australia personality was a face on Tuesday night’s Sky News program<span> </span><em>The Death of the Aussie Larrikin?</em>, where host Rowan Dean and commentators including comedians Paul Fenech, Vince Sorrenti and Emma Malik, actor Delvene Delaney and ABC Radio presenter James Valentine questioned whether the humour and spirit of the “Aussie larrikin” has been crushed by political correctness.</p> <p>The 67-year-old has come to attention countless times for her string of controversial comments in recent years - but none has been more infamous than a segment she appeared on in October of last year where she slammed climate change protesters for disrupting traffic and services across Australia.</p> <p>“Personally, I would leave them all super glued to wherever they do it,” she said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-gC7z5p56E/?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-gC7z5p56E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kak 💁🏼‍♀️ (@kerriannekennerley)</a> on Apr 2, 2020 at 6:44pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The guy hanging from the Story Bridge. Why send emergency services? Leave him there until he gets himself out. No emergency services should help them, nobody should do anything, and you just put little witches hats around them, or use them as a speed bump.</p> <p>“Is that wrong? Put them in jail and forget to feed them. Put them in some of the aged care homes around Australia, that would really sort them out.”</p> <p>The comments shocked Kennerley’s co-host Sarah Harris and outraged people across Australia, who took to social media to slam her for being “absolutely disgraceful". </p> <p>Asked by Dean in tonight’s doco if she self-censors after that experience, Kennerley responded, “Very rarely”.</p> <p>“They really pray I do. They really go, ‘Now, you know, maybe, we don’t want you to pull back, but you know, maybe’ and I go, ‘Oh what the, so fire me!’” she said.</p> <p>“If I’m on Studio 10 and I’m having a cheeky day, and something like (the topic of political correctness) comes up, I can’t resist it.”</p> <p>The Extinction Rebellion comments, Kennerley said, were a “joke”.</p> <p>“Something that I said that I thought was funny, that I thought was a joke, but everybody else who didn’t think it was a joke, who didn’t think it was funny, are perfectly entitled to rail against it. Be completely vicious, that’s another thing,” she said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAmjvDmnxAo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAmjvDmnxAo/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kak 💁🏼‍♀️ (@kerriannekennerley)</a> on May 25, 2020 at 12:28am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There will always be an echelon of society who don’t really know you and really want to play darts, and it would seem most of those people use social media. And it’s very powerful, but it’s also not as big as the silent majority. So silent majority, could you just speak up a little bit? Just a little bit more? Thanks. It’d be very helpful.”</p> <p>Kennerley agreed with Fenech, Sorrenti, Delaney and cartoonists Warren Brown and Johannes Leak who believe that “political correctness is killing the larrikin”. </p> <p>However, Valentine said that the “larrikinism of the past was male, quite bullying and was directed at everyone else except themselves”.</p> <p>“The notion that Australians can laugh at themselves – oh yeah? Tell me the joke where the white male is the punchline,” Valentine, who wrote a Sydney Morning Herald piece last year announcing he was “glad larrikin humour is gone”, told Dean.</p> <p>“The punchline’s OK if it’s the Aborigine, the woman, the migrant, young people, old people, disabled people, all other religions except their own – all that’s fine. But that’s not larrikinism, that’s just bullying, that’s just nasty.”</p> <p>While “there’s no doubt that the way we thought 20 and 30 years ago was not right and the pendulum did have to swing,” Sorrenti said, “it has swung too far, and that’s equally not right”.</p> <p>“People go to a comedy show to see this stuff, to air the dirty linen, to get this stuff out there so people feel more comfortable about these issues when they’re being talked about, when they’re being humourised.”</p> <p>Fat Pizza’s Paul Fenech said he despises political correctness, adding all of his shows “are getting more and more politically incorrect”.</p> <p>“I think the concept of political correctness, say in terms of making things fair for people in the workplace and all that, that’s fine. But you don’t touch humour. You’ve gotta leave humour alone.”</p>

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Today show reporter announces she’s pregnant, much to the surprise of Karl Stefanovic

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Karl Stefanovic was left stunned as his Today show colleague confirmed she was pregnant live on air.</p> <p>Stefanovic was blindsided as journalist Jess Millward rubbed her belly and revealed she was expecting a child.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">The dates are set for the reopening of the Gold Coast theme parks! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/fTd8T8RBI1">pic.twitter.com/fTd8T8RBI1</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1273011189296123904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 16, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Millward was reporting about theme parks in the Gold Coast reopening, but wasn’t able to take advantage of the theme park due to her “condition”.</p> <p>“I’m a thrill seeker from way back, a real bad***, if you can say that on TV,” joked Millward.</p> <p>“I was all ready to go on the rides yesterday, super excited, cameraman ready to go, and then I remembered I have a certain condition at the moment, so I can’t really,” she said.</p> <p>Stefanovic, 45, then asked her about her condition, saying she had “no idea” what she was talking about.</p> <p>His co-host Allison Langdon playfully reminded him that he did know and that it was a “good condition”.</p> <p>Millward gave Stefanovic some help, saying that she was banned on going on the rides for the next “five months”.</p> <p>“She’s having a baby!” Langdon said, confirming the news for viewers.</p> <p>“Congratulations Jess, oh my goodness!” Stefanovic said.</p> <p>Langdon then joked that Stefanovic had been “under a rock” for the last few weeks as he took time off to spend time with his new daughter Harper, who his wife Jasmine Yarbrough welcomed in early May.</p> <p>“I had a bit of time off, not under a rock. That is fantastic. No wonder she can’t go on that ride!” Stefanovic said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Pete Evans cries foul over human rights violation

<p>Pete Evans believes the coronavirus lockdown restrictions which forbade families from visiting one another at the height of the crisis impeded on his human rights.</p> <p>When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Australia, the government implemented a number of restrictions that limited unnecessary travel to slow the spread of the disease.</p> <p>The government urged people to avoid all non-essential gatherings including visiting their loved ones.<br />Those orders were still in place over Easter and on Mother’s Day, meaning during times where families were together, they were forced to be apart.</p> <p>But Evans refused to socially distance and uploaded a photo of Mother’s Day showing his daughters cuddling up to his mum.</p> <p>“Thank you for being you and also a rebel in your own right. I will continue to give you a hug and a kiss every single f---- time I see you like I have over the last few months (unless YOU say no.),” he wrote on Instagram at the time.</p> <p>During his controversial interview with<span> </span><em>60 Minutes</em><span> </span>which aired on Sunday night, Evans was visibly emotional as he explained why he would never stop visiting his mother.</p> <p>“I shared that I visited my mum through this whole thing... she said 'I don't know what to believe’,” Evans said.</p> <p>“I asked her: ‘Mum can I give you a hug and can your granddaughters give you a hug?’ and that action alone... that is what being human is about.”</p> <p>As he wiped the tears from his face, Evans said he couldn’t imagine “living in a society where I can’t hug my mum because I’ve been told it’s unsafe”.</p> <p>“She was allowed to make that decision for herself. And she needed it. And I needed it and my kids needed it,” Evans said. </p> <p>A large chunk of the interview was edited out in the final cut of Sunday night’s segment, with the former<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em><span> </span>judge publishing his own unedited 90-minute version to his YouTube channel.</p> <p>The 47-year-old had concerns that producers would “make it a sensationalist piece” so he shared the footage at the exact time it was set to air on television.</p> <p>The video showed the former<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em><span> </span>judge share his bizarre views on the coronavirus pandemic, his own experience with modern medicine and his reasoning behind why he shares dangerous scientifically disproved theories. </p> <p>"Freedom of choice," he said. "Freedom to express themselves. My perception is people are wanting answers. We've seen a law passed in this country where visiting your grandparents in an aged care home can't be done unless visitors prove they've had a flu vaccine," he said. </p> <p>Due to the increasing number of deaths and infections in aged care facilities throughout Australia, the government implemented a law in which any guests or employees at nursing homes would be required to get a flu shot before entering the premises from May.</p> <p>Evans has faced a lot of criticism after sharing a number of anti-vaccination and COVID-19 conspiracy theories, and viewers slammed<span> </span><em>60 Minutes</em><span> </span>for giving him a platform. </p>

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Stepdad of missing autistic teenager heartbroken as he recounts family turmoil

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The stepdad of William Callaghan has explained the heartbreak and turmoil his family was feeling after his stepson William was lost in dense bushland for several days.</p> <p>The autistic 14-year-old went missing on Monday afternoon during a walk with family, but was found on Wednesday.</p> <p>His stepdad, Nathan Ezard and mother Penny were in “autopilot” in the moments leading up to reuniting with William.</p> <p>“The time up there was excruciating,” Mr Ezard told Nine’s Today program on Friday.</p> <p>“For all of us who work with Will, who are part of Will's life, one of our biggest fears is that he will go missing on our watch. And it's excruciating.”</p> <p>“It's any dad's worst fear to lose a child in the bush or whatever like that. To have your kids in harms way is just horrible.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">William Callaghan's father has broken his silence. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/tLxXQpkJCM">pic.twitter.com/tLxXQpkJCM</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1272258766491303938?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Overwhelmed, Ezard recalled when the volunteer, Ben Gibbs, who found William saying that he looked like an angel.</p> <p>“And that is how Will looks,” a beaming Mr Ezard told the Today Show.</p> <p>“He is a little angel, he really is sent from heaven. He’s just beautiful.”</p> <p>As William is autistic and non-verbal, it added extra challenges in trying to find him, which involved hundreds of volunteers. PA systems were playing his favourite song, the Thomas the Tank Engine theme son as well as urging locals to cook bacon and onions to coax Will towards familiar smells.</p> <p>Ezard explained that raising Will came with “positives and negatives”.</p> <p>“While it's really difficult, it is just such a pleasure to be part of Will's life. So, yes, we struggle but it's more that we struggle for Will. It's just an honour to be part of his existence,” he said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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David Campbell’s terrifying hospital dash

<p><span>Having an injured or unwell child is every parent’s worst nightmare.</span></p> <p><span>And on Wednesday evening, Channel Nine presenter David Campbell and his wife Lisa were living out the confronting reality of having an unwell child after their youngest son Billy, five, ended up at Sydney’s Children Hospital with a fractured arm after falling off the couch.</span></p> <p><span>The host of </span><em>Today Extra</em><span> posted a series of photos on Instagram of his son recovering in the emergency room with a cast on his arm, thanking the staff for all of their help.</span></p> <p><span>"Thank you to Dr Mitch, Tori and Gentle Bek at @sydneychildrens for looking after Billy and his fractured arm," the 46-year-old began.</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBP_MgvAkJ6/?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/CBP_MgvAkJ6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Thank you to Dr Mitch, Tori and Gentle Bek at @sydneychildrens for looking after Billy and his fractured arm. Only tiny but still uncomfortable for him. He is impressed with the cast. A simple ninja kick off the couch was the cause. He will be back doing 🥋 in no time. #billy</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/davidcampbell73/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> David Campbell</a> (@davidcampbell73) on Jun 10, 2020 at 2:37am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>Adding: "Only tiny but still uncomfortable for him. He is impressed with the cast. A simple ninja kick off the couch was the cause. He will be back doing 🥋in no time. #billy."</span></p> <p><span>The father-of-three’s post was quickly inundated with well wishes from his famous friends.</span></p> <p><span>“The wonder years mate!” wrote </span><em>Home And Away</em><span> star Cameron Daddo.</span></p> <p><span>“I can’t wait to sign that cast … hope the little ninja warrior is ok,” said </span><em>Morning Show</em><span> host Larry Emdur.</span></p> <p><span>"Impressive cast! Glad he's OK," </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> presenter Angela Bishop added.</span></p> <p><span>David’s wife Lisa also took to her Instagram to thank the Children’s Hospital for their help.</span></p>

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“Best two minutes of Australian TV ever”: Q&A monologue for the ages

<p><span>A two-minute monologue at the end of last night’s episode of </span><em>Q&amp;A</em><span> has been hailed as the “best two minutes of Australian TV ever”.</span></p> <p><em>Neighbours</em><span> actor Meyne Wyatt, a Wongutha-Tamatji man from Kalgoorlie, spoke passionately against injustice towards Indigenous Australians in the emotionally charged episode, which focused on racism and black deaths in custody, following the weekend’s nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.</span></p> <p><span>But it was his words towards the end of the show that really resonated with viewers, resulting in an influx of support.</span></p> <p><span>In a chilling speech from his play, City of Gold, Wyatt condemned police brutality and spoke about black identity as he became visibly emotional.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Meyne Wyatt closes <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> with a monologue from his play, City of Gold. <a href="https://t.co/9ALFIYRAnq">pic.twitter.com/9ALFIYRAnq</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1269982640494411776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>“I’m always going to be a black friend, aren’t I? That’s all anyone ever sees. I’m never just an actor, I’m an Indigenous actor. Hey, I love reppin’, but I don’t hear old Joe Bloggs over here being called ‘white Anglo-Saxon actor blah di blah,’” Wyatt began.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m always in the black show, the black play. I’m always the angry one, the tracker, the thief. Sometimes I just want to be seen for my talent, not my skin colour, not my race. I hate being a token, box to tick, part of some ‘diversity’ angle. ‘Oh, what are you whingeing for, you’re not a real one, anyway – you’re only part.’</span></p> <p><span>“Well, what part then? My foot? My arm? My leg? You’re either black or not. You wanna do a DNA test, come suck my blood.</span></p> <p><span>“’But how will we move forward if we dwell on the past?’ That’s your privilege. You get to ask that question. Ours, we can dance and be good at sport. You go to weddings, we go to funerals.</span></p> <p><span>“‘No no, you’re not your ancestors, its not your fault you have white skin’ – but you do benefit from it.</span></p> <p><span>“You can be OK – me? I have to be exceptional. I mess up, I’m done. There’s no path back for me, there’s no road to redemption. Being black and successful comes at a cost. You take a hit whether you like it or not, because you want your ‘blacks’ quiet and humble.</span></p> <p><span>“You can’t stand up, you have to sit down. Ask a brother boy, Adam Goodes. A kid says some racist sh*t – not ignorant, racist – calling a blackfella an ‘ape’. Come on man, we were flora and fauna before 1967 – no actually, we didn’t exist at all.</span></p> <p><span>“He got it. It was a kid – this was a learning moment, he taught that kid a lesson. But they didn’t like that – a black man standing up for himself, no, they didn’t like that.</span></p> <p><span>“‘You shut up boy, you stay in your lane, every time you touch a ball we’re going to boo your a**e’. So he showed them a scary black, throwing imaginary spears and sh*t – but did they like that? Oh, nah nah nah, they didn’t like that.</span></p> <p><span>“Every arena, every stadium, they booed him. ‘It’s coz the way the flog plays football’ – bulls**t. No-one booed him the way they booed him until he stood up and said something about race.</span></p> <p><span>“The second he stood up, everyone came out of the woodwork to give him sh*t. And what, he’s supposed to sit there and take it? Well I’ll tell you right now – Adam Goodes has taken it. His whole life, he’s taken it.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve taken it. No matter what, no matter how big, how small, I’ll get some racist sh*t on a weekly basis, and I’ll take it. You know, it used to be that in your face – ‘You boong, you black dog, coon’ kind of sh*t, ‘Gonna chase you down the ditch with my baseball bat’ skinhead sh*t … when I was 14 years old.</span></p> <p><span>“But nah, ‘We’ve come forward, we’re progressive, we’re going to give you that small subtle sh*t’. Sh*t that’s always been there, but it’s not that obvious, in your face s**t, it’s that, ‘Ooh no we can’t be seen to be racist’ kind of sh*t.</span></p> <p><span>“Security guard following me around the store, asking to search my bag. Walking up to the counter first, and being served second, or third or last kind of sh*t. Hailing down a cab to see it slow down, look at my face, then drive off. More than once, more than twice – more than once, twice, on any one occasion, yeah, that sh*t I’ll get weekly.</span></p> <p><span>“Sometimes I’ll get it days in a row, if I’m really lucky. And that’s the kind of sh*t I’m letting them think they’re getting away with, because to be honest, I can’t be bothered. I can’t be bothered teaching their ignorant a**es on a daily basis. I don’t have the energy or the enthusiasm. It’s exhausting, and I like living my life.</span></p> <p><span>“But on occasion, when you’ve caught me on a bad day, where I don’t feel like taking it, I’ll give you that ‘angry black’ you’ve been asking for and I’ll tear you a new a**ehole. Not because of that one time, but because of my whole life. At least Adam (Goodes) danced … and they still p**sed and moaned.</span></p> <p><span>“But it’s not about that one time, it’s about all those times. And seeing us as animals and not as people, that sh*t needs to stop. Black deaths in custody, that sh*t needs to stop.</span></p> <p><span>“I wanna be what you want me to be, I wanna be what I wanna be. Never trade your authenticity for approval. Be crazy. Take a risk. Be different. Offend your family. Call them out. Silence is violence. Complacency is complicity.</span></p> <p><span>“I don’t wanna be quiet, I don’t wanna be humble, I don’t wanna sit down.”</span></p> <p><span>The monologue quickly caught traction on Twitter, with comedian Nazeem Hussain describing it as “the best two minutes of Australian television ever”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Ummm did we just watch <a href="https://twitter.com/meynewyatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@meynewyatt</a> deliver the best two minutes of Australian TV ever??! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a></p> — Nazeem Hussain (@nazeem_hussain) <a href="https://twitter.com/nazeem_hussain/status/1269973514515124226?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>Others also praised the actor.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr">Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Qanda</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/meynewyatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@meynewyatt</a> This has to go global. This is more than a statement from the heart. This is a roar from a people a roar from history through a man who will be heard. Let it rip Tweeps!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/blacklivesmatteraustralia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#blacklivesmatteraustralia</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TheDailyShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheDailyShow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/colbertlateshow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@colbertlateshow</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/sethmeyers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sethmeyers</a></p> — DavidW2035 (@DavidW2035) <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidW2035/status/1269985307098705920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">That monologue by <a href="https://twitter.com/meynewyatt?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@meynewyatt</a> might be the most incredible and shattering thing I’ve seen on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/qanda?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#qanda</a>.</p> — Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) <a href="https://twitter.com/mrbenjaminlaw/status/1269973645398388736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p><span>“Powerful monologue … strong, enriching, empowering, graphic and sadly one that reflects something all to real with how we view and treat Indigenous Australians,” one person tweeted.</span></p> <p><span>Another tweeted a video of Wyatt’s speech, and wrote: “‘Silence is violence.’ Watch ALL of THIS. Sit with the discomfort, the reality, all of it. Sit with our racism. Understand the privilege and complicity of having a choice to ignore it. Act, do, learn, DO NOT be silent.”</span></p> <p><span>Earlier in the program, Wyatt told the panel – which included Sydney actor and writer, Nakkiah Lui, lawyer and human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon, Federal Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers and NSW Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg. – that he was tired of sitting and being “the nice guy” while Australia’s institutions were “killing us”.</span></p> <p><span>“It’s been continuous since Captain Cook landed on these shores. It’s still happening. It’s a denial of our existence,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“We’re demanding. We’re demanding justice. And those protests in America – they’re not protests, they’re demanding it.</span><br /><span>“There are riots and people are talking about order. Who cares about order if there’s no justice? We want justice. I’m sick of talking about being in order – you know what? It doesn’t work. Being peaceful – peaceful protests – don’t work. You’re never saved. You’re never happy for what we do.”</span></p> <p><span>Wyatt continued to raise his voice as the audience sat silent.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve got to sit here and be the nice guy,” he said. “I don’t want to be the nice guy no more. I’m sick of it. Everyone sits there and listens to you be this animal. I don’t want to be an animal no more.”</span></p>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley defends Erin Molan in Pacific Islander racism row

<p>Kerri-Anne Kennerley has defended Erin Molan following backlash against her “racist” comments on 2GB last week.</p> <p>Molan has faced widespread backlash after she said “hooka looka mooka hooka fooka” during a discussion about how to pronounce the names of players from Pacific Islander heritage on <em>The Continuous Call </em>Thursday night.</p> <p>The Channel Nine host said the comment was an <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/erin-molan-denies-mocking-pacific-islander-names-in-bizarre-radio-slip-up">in-joke between the commentary team</a>, citing a debate commentators Ray and Chris Warren had over the pronunciation of Manly forward Haumole Olakau’atu.</p> <p>“Erin was jokingly mocking the difficulty Chris and his father had, going back and forth figuring out how to pronounce a complex name,” the <a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8387361/Erin-Molan-appears-mock-names-Pacific-Islanders-live-radio.html"><em>Daily Mail</em> </a>quoted Nine.</p> <p>Past and current players have slammed the comment and called for Molan to apologise.</p> <p>“I hope the Poly boys in the NRL decline her when being asked to do an interview or anything to do with her until she apologises,” said New Zealand-born Samoan rugby star Junior Poluleuligaga.</p> <p>“I know how it feels. It used to make me feel embarrassed and angry when I should have been feeling proud along with my family. Inside joke my ass.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I hope the poly boys in the NRL decline her when being asked to do an interview or anything to do with her until she apologizes. I know how it feels. It used to make me feel embarrassed + angry when I should have been feeling proud along with my family. Inside joke my ass 👊🏽 <a href="https://t.co/VmQYME1e1x">https://t.co/VmQYME1e1x</a></p> — Tino Junior Poluleuligaga (@JIP2EZY) <a href="https://twitter.com/JIP2EZY/status/1269815436301832192?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 8, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Sea Eagles footballer Martin Taupau wrote on Twitter: “Understandable for our non-Pasifika community attempting to properly announce our names, but to disrespect and make a mockery of former/current Pasifika players in the NRL like how you carried on is DISGRACEFUL!”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Understandable for our non-Pasifika community attempting to properly announce our names, but to disrespect and make a mockery of former/current Pasifika players in the NRL like how you carried on is DISGRACEFUL! My grandfather would be tossing in his grave in anger!🤬<a href="https://twitter.com/Erin_Molan?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Erin_Molan</a> <a href="https://t.co/CTMuzHEatl">https://t.co/CTMuzHEatl</a></p> — Martin Taupau (@MartyKapow) <a href="https://twitter.com/MartyKapow/status/1268819295611437082?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 5, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>Sharks forward Braden Hamlin-Uele called on Molan to “show some respect”.</p> <p>He said in an Instagram story: “Disgusting to even think that would be OK, to put on an accent and say that ... Wake up to yourself.”</p> <p>Former rugby league star John Hopoate published an Instagram post condemning Molan.</p> <p>“It was an inside joke between colleagues so it’s OK. Just like when I accidentally trip this RACIST B***H over and she falls and scrapes her RACIST mouth on the ground. But I won’t apologise cause it’s an inside joke between friends.”</p> <p>Hopoate has since made his account private.</p> <p><em>Studio 10</em>’s Kennerley described Hopoate’s post as “disgraceful”.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="http://archive.is/Lywsk#selection-9597.0-9597.209">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>, Kennerley said: “For any boofhead to come out and suggest violence against any woman … that behaviour has to be called out.</p> <p>“It drives me mad in this climate that the people who are so politically correct are the most intolerant people of anyone else. [Molan] is not a malicious person and wouldn’t do anything deliberately hurtful.”</p> <p>A petition calling for Molan’s sacking from Nine Network has received more than 2,000 signatures.</p> <p>“Polynesians who represent about 45 per cent of players in the National Rugby League competition deserve basic respect and shouldn’t be subjected to inadvertent racism,” the petition read.</p>

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How Melissa Leong helped turn MasterChef around

<p><span>When the three new judges of </span><em>MasterChef Australia</em><span> were announced last November, many fans of the reality show asked “who?”.</span></p> <p><span>Besides Andy Allen, who was the season four winner, food writer Melissa Leong and restaurateur Jock Zonfrillo were anything but household names.</span></p> <p><span>Former judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan had become the most recognisable trio on Australian TV and Ten was risking it all by replacing them with unknowns.</span></p> <p><span>But luckily for them, it’s paid off. This time last year, </span><em>MasterChef<span> </span></em><span>viewers descended to a low 366,000 but this year, close to a million are tuning in to each episode.</span></p> <p><span>And Melissa Leong’s presence has gone a long way to revitalise the franchise, 12 seasons in.</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CA4zYkwAFS8/?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/CA4zYkwAFS8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">We on in.... er, now actually! Who’s gunning for top 10? Tune in!</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/fooderati/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Melissa Leong | FOODERATI</a> (@fooderati) on Jun 1, 2020 at 2:31am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>The same day the three new judges were announced, Melissa’s old tweets slamming </span><em>MasterChef</em><span> came to light.</span></p> <p><span>What happens when you go on MasterChef and then open a restaurant? Apparently not much. Back to second-hand car sales then …” she’d tweeted in 2012. A year earlier, she’d retweeted a joke that “the biggest mistake an amateur chef can make is going on </span><em>MasterChef</em><span>.”</span></p> <p><span>But after handling the situation like a pro by appearing on </span><em>The Project</em><span>, fans began to fall in love with the food writer.</span></p> <p><span>“We’re all human, right? We all have perspectives on things that change over time and so, you know, why should I scrub all my social media clean of former opinions that I’ve had?</span></p> <p><span>“I may not believe the same things I did before but I also don’t believe in presenting a sanitised version of myself that’s highly edited because that’s not who I am.”</span></p> <p><span>Her Twitter mishap was quickly forgotten when the show began in April, with Leong quickly emerging as perhaps the most supportive, sensitive judge the show had seen.</span></p> <p><span>She bonded with the diverse group of contestants, marking the competition’s strong showing of Asian Australians as a “groundbreaking” moment in Australian TV.</span></p> <p><span>“I could never conceive of witnessing a moment like this on prime time television in my lifetime,” she wrote alongside an image of one episode’s top five contestants: Poh Ling Yeow, Brendan Pang, Reynold Poernomo, Jess Lemon and Khanh Ong.</span></p> <p><span>“To every person who never felt seen, this is for you, may it give you hope. To every person who is yet to feel seen, you are valued and your moment is on its way. We rise together.”</span></p> <p><span>Last week, an emotional episode revealed contestants Khanh and Reynold’s back stories with one being born in a refugee camp and the other having immigrated from Indonesia.</span></p> <p><span>Leong, whose family is from Singapore with Chinese ancestry related to these stories.</span></p> <p><span>“To tease open those conversations and to celebrate the stories that are not too dissimilar to my own … it’s not something that is lost on me,” she told </span><em>news.com.au</em><span> last week.</span></p> <p><span>“We all understand there’s some sacrifices that were made on our behalfs in order for us to have opportunities to thrive and to grow in this incredibly magical country that is Australia. I think that’s a shared consciousness no matter what your cultural background is.”</span></p>

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Resurfaced video shows Meghan Markle detailing her experiences with racism

<p>An old video of Meghan Markle candidly talking about her experiences in racism has resurfaced in light of the Black Lives Matter protests.</p> <p>In the 2012 clip, which was filmed as part of the “I Won’t Stand For…” campaign for not-for-profit organisation Erase the Hate, Markle discussed her biracial heritage and detailed racist behaviour she witnessed and experienced.</p> <p>In the video, Markle says that she hopes that by the time she has children that “people are even more open-minded to change”.</p> <p>The video was filmed well before she had met her now-husband Prince Harry and had their son Archie.</p> <p>“For me I think it hits a really personal note,” began Markle in the video.</p> <p>“I'm biracial, most people can't tell what I'm mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.</p> <p>“And so some of the slurs I've heard, the really offensive jokes or the names, it has just hit me in a really strong way. A couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word.</p> <p>“So I think for me beyond being personally affected by racism, to see the landscape of what our country is like right now and certainly the world and to want things to be better.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2qGRGSc4ncA"></iframe></div> <div class="body_text "> <p>Markle also discussed her heritage in the old video.</p> <p>“I am really proud of my heritage on both sides, I'm really proud of where I've come from and where I'm coming.</p> <p>“But I hope by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it's all about.</p> <p>“Certainly it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting.”</p> <p>The video has resurfaced online and on social media in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who passed away in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest.</p> </div>

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Home and Away’s Ray Meagher says it’s “fabulous” to return to work

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Channel Seven’s long-running drama<span> </span><em>Home and Away</em><span> </span>has resumed filming after a nine-week shut down due to coronavirus.</p> <p>The show hasn’t been filmed since March, but the longest serving cast member is eager to get started.</p> <p>Ray Meagher, who plays beloved Alf Stewart, is excited to return after two months in isolation.</p> <p>“It is so fabulous to be back on set and to get out of the house,” Ray Meagher told<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/home-and-away-resumes-filming-after-9week-coronavirus-break/news-story/ff6ccb60852f8bb7dfa7b772ef865074" target="_blank">Confidential</a></em>.</p> <p>“It’s wonderful to be here — we just need to keep our wits about us and make sure we all do the right things.</p> <p>“When you first arrive, it’s a temperature test, and once you’ve passed that then you wash your hands … in fact my hands are cleaner than they’ve ever been, I reckon I could perform open-heart surgery.”</p> <p>Meagher was quick to explain that their management are following protocol.</p> <p>“There are signs everywhere that our management are following the protocols to a tee, which is fantastic because now that we’re back, we want to stay back so we’re all very conscious of doing it the right way.”</p> <p>A spokesman for Channel Seven has confirmed this.</p> <p>“A range of measures will be in place to minimise risk for the cast and crew, to be overseen by dedicated safety officers.</p> <p>The measures include temperature check on arrival, increased hygiene practices and rigorous cleaning schedules.”</p> <p>Actors will also be able to socially distance on set thanks to some clever rewrites, the spokesperson continued.</p> <p>“Scripts will also be reworked to reduce closer contact, in constant consultation with the cast and crew to ensure the health and safety of all,” the statement said. </p> </div> </div> </div>

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"'The virus is afraid of Betty!"

<p>Fans around the world have rejoiced with the news that Golden Girl legend Betty White is safe and well amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>White, 98, is self-isolating in her home in California, with visits from animal friends, including ducks.</p> <p>"No one permitted in except those who must. Has helpers who are great with her," White's rep said in an email to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/popculture/betty-white-doing-very-well-despite-coronavirus-pandemic-t182392" target="_blank">Today</a>.</p> <p>"The animal community is watching over her," White's publicist said, adding, "The virus is afraid of Betty!"</p> <p><span>Her friend Tom Sullivan confirmed to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/betty-white-gushes-shes-blessed-with-incredibly-good-health/" target="_blank">Closer</a><span> that she is also keeping her mind active during the lockdown.</span></p> <p>“She reads the L.A. Times cover to cover,” he said.</p> <p>“She owns literally thousands of crossword puzzle books and is constantly doing them to keep her mind jumping. This is really serious with her.”</p> <p>As well as keeping her mind active, White has been relaxing with a cocktail or two.</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/BHvKyGOgpwy/?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/BHvKyGOgpwy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Betty White (@bettymwhite)</a> on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Betty loves to joke that vodka keeps her young,” her friend says with a laugh.</p> <p>“She loves the image of her sitting at home in a rocking chair, drinking a martini and watching game shows, but she’s not really a big drinker. That’s not her. She’ll only take a few sips of a cocktail if the occasion calls for it.”</p> <p>White also has a message to the world.</p> <p>“Betty’s message to the world is to slow down and enjoy what you have: family, friends, your pets,” says the friend.</p> <p>“She says that the pandemic is serious, but we have come through worse. It’s Mother Nature’s way of telling us all to slow down.”</p> <p>White has spent 80 years working in television and has the longest career in the history of television.</p>

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“The Feud’s back baby!”: Grant Denyer and Family Feud return with a modern twist

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Fans are shocked as Channel 10 has confirmed that Logie-award winning Family Feud will be making a return to TV.</p> <p>Naturally, host Grant Denyer is back too, and the station has announced they are producing a “special 10 episode series” this year.</p> <p>The event will feature families impacted by the bushfires earlier this year, which devastated parts of the nation.</p> <p>"While Australia's favourite game show has enjoyed a rejuvenating 'rest', our frontline workers have spent the last few months showing 2020 who's boss," the statement read.</p> <p>"From devastating bushfires to a global pandemic, Australians have taken a battering, so what better way to show our appreciation to our heroic frontline workers than by asking them, 'Name the first thing you would do if you won $100,000?', which may actually come in handy, because Network 10 is giving these very special families a chance to win up to $100,000."</p> <p>Denyer couldn’t wait to announce the news, as he posted it on his 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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CAeMPyFnbdm/?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/CAeMPyFnbdm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Survey says... IT’S BACK BABY 💥</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/grantdenyer/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Grant Denyer</a> (@grantdenyer) on May 21, 2020 at 6:31pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"The Feud's back baby! I can't wait to run amok with more nervous and excited Australian families, to have lots of laughs, forget our troubles and have a damn good time giving away record amounts of cash," he said.</p> <p>"It's the same great game show, for an even greater cause - celebrating the families and workers on the frontline of COVID-19. Bring it on!"</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Lisa McCune opens up about Blue Heelers, being single and living through coronavirus

<p>She may be a four-time Gold Logie winner thanks to her role in the 90’s drama<span> </span><em>Blue Heelers</em>, but Lisa McCune’s 14-year-old daughter is one harsh critic.</p> <p>After watching every episode of the show due to being stuck at home during quarantine, Lisa’s daughter Remy wasn’t impressed.</p> <p>"She'll just bag me," the 49-year-old actor told T<em>he Australian Women’s Weekly</em>, laughing.</p> <p>"She'll just go, 'Oh Mum, you're so bad!' She adores me, I know she does, but they like giving me a hard time as well."</p> <p>Like many parents around the country, Lisa is trying to keep her kids busy as she contemplates an uncertain future.</p> <p>But while her work and home life have become capsized due to COVID-19, not all the adjustments have been unwelcome.</p> <p>“As a family we're talking a lot – I'm insisting everybody have dinner together," says Lisa.</p> <p>"There's a lot of laughter and I think that's because we're all slowing down a little bit."</p> <p>Lisa suspects this period of enforced reflection will change us all.</p> <p>"I read somewhere it's like Mother Nature has sent us to our rooms to have a think about a few things," says Lisa.</p> <p>"In my generation we've had bad things happen, but this could actually be the first time we are going to be living in significant hardship and seeing it around us.</p> <p>"I just want [my children] to help where they can and be good to people. I really think it's going to make them a bit more humble. My daughter hasn't asked for any new sneakers in about three days."</p> <p>Whether it’s lessons on humility, quarrelling with the in-laws or sibling rivalry, family dramas have always made for rich storytelling.</p> <p>"It's full of drama and life," says Lisa, "and that's why we make shows about it all the time."</p> <p>Which is why Lisa was drawn to the Network 10 comedy series<span> </span><em>How to Stay Married</em>, which just launched its second season.</p> <p>Created by<span> </span><em>The Project’s</em><span> </span>Gold Logie-nominated comedian, Peter Helliar, the show focuses on the story of Greg and Em Butler, a suburban couple married for 15 years.</p> <p>It shows the pair trying to keep their love alive amid the day-to-day dramas of surly teens, financial woes and flagging libidos.</p> <p>"I love the fact that, as much as this marriage goes through its ups and downs, it's at its core so full of love and humour," says Lisa. </p> <p>"They're both trying really hard."</p> <p>And according to Lisa, Pete is a joy to work with.</p> <p>"When he gets the giggles he can literally not stop," says Lisa.</p> <p>"It's this internal, I'm-going-to-self-combust laugh – he loses it for up to 30 minutes."</p> <p>For Lisa, assuming the mindset of everywoman Em – who tries, and often fails to balance work and parenting – isn’t a stretch.</p> <p>"I totally get it – the whole thing of wanting to be a great mum but at the same time still wondering what's in life for you," she says.</p> <p>"I think a lot of mums go through that."</p> <p>She may be single but that doesn’t mean she’s parenting solo – “and I don't want that for my kids," she says.</p> <p>She met her ex-husband Tim Disney on the set of<span> </span><em>Blue Heelers</em><span> </span>when he was a props handler, and the two tied the knot in 2000.</p> <p>But despite their separation, the two have an unconventional set up for the sake of their children.</p> <p>"We all live on one property so we're here for the kids – we have to because our work is so all over the place," she says.</p> <p>"Tim and I are very much dual parenting. We are all over them as parents. I think it takes two people a lot of the time."</p> <p>While she's open to dating "at some point", Lisa brushes off questions about her love-life, suggesting that romance is the least of her priorities at the moment.</p> <p>"I don't really think about any of that," she says. "I have a really full, rich life and things will come and go as they're meant to."</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson uncovers "raw and real" family truth

<p>Lisa Wilkinson admits her upcoming appearance on the SBS genealogy series <em>Who Do You Think You Are?</em> Will feature “a lot of ugly cries” as the television star delves deep into her family’s past.</p> <p>But while some discoveries were deeply heartbreaking, she said she formed a connection to the strong women at her roots that she’ll carry though her own life for years to come.</p> <p>The opportunity allowed Lisa to learn more about her mother Beryl, who she sadly lost in 2018, making it a painful journey.</p> <p>And the journey – much to her surprise – took her all the way to India.</p> <p>“It was an incredibly emotional journey for me, I learnt a lot about the women in my family trees on both sides. And in ways that I wasn’t expecting,” she told <em>news.com.au</em>.</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/CARSPdHFnyc/?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/CARSPdHFnyc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Last year I was fortunate enough to spend two weeks on the journey of my lifetime with the brilliant team from the ancestry investigation series Who Do You Think You Are. I simply never could have predicted how deep they would go, or what they would find...and on Tuesday night at 7.30pm on @sbs_australia this whole incredibly raw experience goes to air. What I discovered explained so much for me and took me to places that broke my heart. To be honest I’m feeling very nervous about it all because TV doesn’t get more raw or real than this...but it’s my story with all its missteps and flaws, but one that’s also full of acts of bravery and the unending resilience of my ancestors. And for all the tears I’m so glad I did it....and forever grateful to @channel10au for encouraging me to do it. 7.30pm Tues 19th on @sbs_australia #whodoyouthinkyouare #wdytya #sbs</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on May 16, 2020 at 6:11pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I also learnt a lot about where the beautiful soul of my father came from,” she said, later adding: “There’s a lot of ugly cries that Australia is going to have to deal with.”</p> <p>Speaking before the episode is set to air on Tuesday night, Lisa revealed it was Beryl’s 2018 passing that inspired her to learn more about her mother’s roots, and in the process, uncover the secrets Beryl wasn’t able to.</p> <p>Having grown up living between orphanages, not knowing who her father was, with a mother whose substance abuse made her unable to care for her daughter, Beryl’s childhood was filled with pain.</p> <p>But a chance encounter at a family wedding late in life gave her a puzzle piece of her past that Lisa was able to explore further: Her father’s identity.</p> <p>“My mother only found out very late in life who her real father was,” Lisa explained.</p> <p>“It had been kept from her, her mother never told her and she found out by complete chance at a family wedding.”</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/CATRln5FAXU/?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/CATRln5FAXU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">The last place I imagined my Who Do You Think You Are journey would take me was to the hazy heat and dust of Chennai on the south east coast of India. From the kaleidoscope of candy colours in the street markets, to the faded facades of the magnificent old colonial buildings, here’s just a little of what I experienced... For more on how this city wove it’s way into the fabric of my family’s story, tune in to @sbs_australia Tuesday at 7.30pm. #whodoyouthinkyouare #chennai #india #wdytya @canonaustralia</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on May 17, 2020 at 12:44pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>As Lisa explored her mother’s past further, she uncovered a surprising truth.</p> <p>“Mum always presumed that she must have come from poverty,” Lisa said.</p> <p>“There was a huge surprise for her and me that her story was very different.</p> <p>“It was only through the early death of her father when she was still a baby that her mother was flung into poverty,” she said, explaining that her grandfather’s backstory – a newspaper journalist and son of a politician – painted a very different picture from the one they’d both imagined.</p> <p>As she uncovered more of her family’s history, heartbreaking stories of hardship came to the surface of women on both her mother’s and father’s sides.</p> <p>“Every single one of them has done their very best to try and make the most of the very difficult circumstances that they’d been flung into,” she said.</p> <p>“That was probably what moved me more than anything, I look at the lives that they led and wonder if I could have possibly been as resilient as those women,” she said.</p> <p>Lisa said she had “no idea” India would have been a part of her story and said the entire two week process was a surreal experience.</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/CAWLDG3Fr8q/?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/CAWLDG3Fr8q/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Tonight at 7.30 on @sbs_australia you’ll see the reason why, after shedding a whole bunch of tears following the stories of my ancestors, I’m smiling here. It lies in the journey I took from Sydney to India in search of what happened to my (at the time) 6 year old great great grandmother, Ann Beech. That’s her, at the age of 16, with her great great granddaughter when you swipe through these pics. This beautiful church in Chennai, its gorgeous old gardens, and what it all meant to her, and now me, will stay with me forever. Who Do You Think You Are, episode one of the new series kicks off tonight. #whodoyouthinkyouare</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/lisa_wilkinson/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Lisa Wilkinson</a> (@lisa_wilkinson) on May 18, 2020 at 3:45pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“The way they delve into your history is so full of detail and they keep so much from you.</p> <p>“Every day you have no idea where you’re going. They said we’re going to Sydney airport and pack for a warm climate. They took my passport and dealt with the visa, I was only allowed to be handed my passport until I got to border control and discovered I was going on a flight to Chennai,” she said.</p> <p>Lisa spoke more about her appearance on the show on Instagram over the weekend.</p> <p>“What I discovered explained so much for me and took me to places that broke my heart,” she wrote on Sunday.</p> <p>“To be honest I'm feeling very nervous about it all because TV doesn't get more raw or real than this … but it's my story with all its missteps and flaws, but one that's also full of acts of bravery and the unending resilience of my ancestors.”</p>

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