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Awkward Ellen’s uncomfortable Oprah Winfrey interview

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the announcement that </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/ellen-sensationally-quits"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen DeGeneres will quit her talk show</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> after 18 months of scandal, a question from Oprah Winfrey left her speechless.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres show, Oprah mostly avoided bombshell questions, instead asking questions like “How are you actually feeling? How are you </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">really</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> feeling?” of her friend of over 25 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Winfrey also ignored the many allegations of bullying, misconduct, and a toxic workplace environment that have plagued </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ellen Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> recently.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">It wasn’t until Oprah brought up one topic that the very real differences between the two stars was revealed.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen appeared visibly uncomfortable as Oprah spoke about the guilt she felt finishing </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Oprah Winfrey Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in 2011 after 25 seasons and the knowledge that the decision would affect the huge team of employees that had “built their financial life” on the show continuing.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“When you have a large staff as you do, as I did, that staff becomes your family. These are your tribe; these are your people. You would not be who you are without those people doing the work that a lot of people don’t recognise is going on behind the scenes,” Oprah said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You often don’t think, as I often didn’t think, when you’re looking at people: Car insurance, mortgages, college educations being paid … for everybody on that staff, they have built their financial life, their family life, based on this show,” she continued.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“For me that was hard too.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ellen couldn’t hide her discomfort by that point, looking off camera and fidgeting with her hands.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staying silent, Oprah moved the conversation along and the show soon went to a commercial break.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.53846153846155px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841216/ellen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6d1acee106b24fc5869c4b2c48707b0a" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At another point in the interview, Oprah told her friend she expected she would “miss the camaraderie of the audience” once </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ellen Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> wraps up next year, and asked Ellen what it had been like telling the crew.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was hard,” Ellen said. “There were tears … It was really hard.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I DO love everyone here, we DO have a relationship … I wanted to give them a year to celebrate with me and stay with me.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But just hours after Ellen’s announcement, former producer Hedda Muskat slammed the host in an </span><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/she-was-not-holding-back-former-ellen-producer-s-parting-shot"><span style="font-weight: 400;">explosive interview with </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Muskat was one of the first producers hired during the show’s debut season and claimed viewers had finally “woken up” to Ellen’s true nature.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long time now. Her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting, and she’s not really ‘stepping down’ - the viewers fired her,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When asked what she thought DeGeneres should do after her show comes to an end, Muskat said her former employer should “work on a farm with all of the animals and the pets and the dogs and the cows and the pigs because she can relate to animals far more than she does with people.”</span></p> <p><strong>Image credits: YouTube</strong></p>

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Friends is back 17 years later!

<p>A Friends reunion special at HBO Max is finally coming after being long-delayed.</p> <p><em>Friends: The Reunion</em><span> </span>will debut on HBO Max on May 27.</p> <p>The special show will debut exactly one year after it was originally set to hit the stream service.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the program had to be delayed multiple times due to production shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p><em>Friends: The Reunion</em><span> </span>was originally set to film in February 2020 but was only able to begin filming in April.</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/CO0h9nnnNwi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CO0h9nnnNwi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Kudrow (@lisakudrow)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Familiar faces are set to hit<span> </span><em>Friends</em><span> </span>including Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer.</p> <p>The iconic group returned to the iconic comedy's original soundstage, Stage 24, on the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.</p> <p>Variety reported in 2020 that each of the six stars were paid at least US$2.5 million (approx. $3.2 million) for participating in the special.</p> <p>A number of A-listers are also set to appear in<span> </span><em>Friends: The Reunion<span> </span></em>including David Beckham, Justin Bieber, Cara Delevingne, James Michael Tyler, Maggie Wheeler, Reese Witherspoon Lady Gaga, BTS, James Corden, Cindy Crawford, Elliott Gould, Kit Harington, Larry Hankin, Mindy Kaling, Thomas Lennon, Christina Pickles, Tom Selleck and Malala Yousafzai.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841218/lisa-kurow.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ca1fc73db260413ca66c3350da7689e6" /></p> <p>The special was directed by Ben Winston.</p> <p>The executive producers included Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman, and David Crane.</p> <p>While the exact cost of WarnerMedia keeping the rights to the original<span> </span><em>Friends<span> </span></em>is not disclosed, reports suggest the streaming service is paying US$400 million (approx. $518 million).</p>

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“End of an era”: Richard Wilkins reflects on Ellen’s legacy

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following on from Ellen’ DeGeneres’ announcement that she will be ending her talk show after almost two decades, Richard Wilkins </span><a href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/richard-wilkins-reflects-ellen-degeneres-legacy-ends-talk-show/5fd290da-6fc5-40c5-b2b7-6253b459489c"><span style="font-weight: 400;">shared his experience</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> working with her and watching her career grow over the years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Commenting on the “swag of accolades” </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Ellen DeGeneres Show</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> has brought in - including three Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom - Wilkins says the effort was “not bad for a gal from Louisiana, who found comedy as a way to escape complicated teen years”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wilkins goes on to describe the first time he interviewed the star about “a decade or so ago”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was the coldest studio I’ve ever been in - figuratively and literally. It wasn’t just the temperature, which was freezing. I couldn’t work out whether it was to counteract the heat generated by the huge screens with the lighting, or just to keep everyone on their toes. But, man, it was cold,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was the weirdest of interviews,” he recalled. “Immediately after the credits rolled and the hysterical applause, a voiceover guy announced, ‘Please stay seated. Ellen’s going to be interviewed by Richard Wilkins from Australia. Come down, Richard - you’re on.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wilkins admits that the interview “was quite intimidating” as audiences watched Ellen “being grilled mercilessly by some bloke they’d never heard of before.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And I think it’s fair to say Ellen likes asking questions more than she likes answering them.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As he recounted the two other moments he was face-to-face with the talk-show queen, Wilkins shared his shock over the claims surrounding the show but that he was “not really surprised”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She clearly knows what she wants and she doesn’t suffer fools badly,” he said. “And I imagine she was pretty tough on her staff. In a situation like that, I would assume where there’s smoke, there’s certainly a bit of fire about.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Despite the hit in popularity due to the controversies and additional challenges from the pandemic, Wilkins said he “will be sad to see Ellen disappear from the screen” and that she deserved praise for making the show a success for so long.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, he found it “kind of strange” that she would be looking for “a new challenge” when “making tomorrow’s show better than today’s show would be an ongoing challenge.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Either way, he remarked that the end of the show will mark “the end of an era”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wonder what we'll be doing at midday from now on when Ellen leaves a big hole in Nine's telecast schedule in a year's time. Congratulations to Ellen — we'll be interested to see what she comes up with next,” he concluded.</span></p>

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"She was NOT holding back": Former Ellen producer's parting shot

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <p>A former producer on<span> </span><em>The Ellen Show</em><span> </span>didn't hold back and slammed Ellen on a breakfast talk show just hours after Ellen announced her final season.</p> <p>Ellen confirmed that she is ending her talk show after an intense year of bullying claims and toxic workplace allegations.</p> <p>Former producer Hedda Muskat said that the show's demise came because viewers have "woken up" to Ellen's true nature.</p> <p>“The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long time now. Her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting, and she’s not really ‘stepping down’ - the viewers fired her.”</p> <p>Muskat said she was one of the show's first hires back in 2003, claiming that Ellen loved "kissing ass with celebrities" and "despised" the non-celebrity human interest guests that Muskat provided.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"She’s not really stepping down, the viewers fired her"<br /><br />Former The Ellen DeGeneres Show Producer <a href="https://twitter.com/heddamuskat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@HeddaMuskat</a> delivers a fiery spray against the comedian after she announced the end of her long-running talk show. <a href="https://t.co/Co7wOUAkkj">pic.twitter.com/Co7wOUAkkj</a></p> — Sunrise (@sunriseon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1392607321293869060?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>“She really was not in a position to interview real people because she really couldn’t carry a conversation with them,” she said.</p> <p>“This is not ‘bah humbug’ on my end, because I just did my job and went home, but I feel that for the guests it was bad goodwill for them. They just really were not able to connect with her.”</p> <p>Ellen plans on sitting down with talk show titan Oprah Winfrey on tomorrow's episode of<span> </span><em>The Ellen Show</em><span> </span>to discuss her decision to quit, which is another move Muskat slammed.</p> <p>“Frankly, I am very disappointed that Oprah is lowering herself to interview Ellen,” she told the hosts.</p> <p>“Oprah can interview kings and queens, I love Oprah … and for her to interview Ellen, it’s like, why? Who cares about Ellen anymore?”</p> <p>The talk show hosts were left in shock, with David Koch and Natalie Barr asking the former producer what she thought Ellen had planned next.</p> <p>“I’d like to see her work on a farm where she can relate with all of the animals and the pets and the dogs and the cows and the pigs because if you can relate to animals far more than she does with people,” she said, prompting shocked laughter from the<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>hosts.</p> <p>“I was not able to have any connection with her, make any eye contact, and here is the thing: It’s not just me or three of us, there were over 100 employees over the 19 years that walk away with this sickened feeling about working there.</p> <p>“As much as I loved my job as a booker and producer, I was almost relieved when I got fired... I wanted to take a shower, it was like a whole new dawn. I don’t feel like she has the trust anymore of the viewers, and so I don’t think she is going to come back anytime soon.”</p> <p>Barr joked that Muskat didn't hold back, saying "she went for it then".</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Morning show host mistakenly announces Queen's death

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in element-type-p"> <p>UK TV presenter Alastair Campbell made an accidental slip up on live TV that left fans surprised.</p> <p>Campbell accidentally mentioned that Queen Elizabeth had died during a<span> </span><em>Good Morning Britain</em><span> </span>interview about grief.</p> <p>"We've talked a lot about Prince Philip after the death of the Queen…," Campbell said at the start of the segment before quickly realising what he said.</p> <p>"Can I just say, Susanna, I think I may have accidentally announced the death of the Queen. I meant Prince Philip," he clarified.</p> <p>Campbell is filling in after the abrupt departure of Piers Morgan on the breakfast show.</p> <p>He quickly apologised when the camera came back onto him and his co-host Susanna Reid was reassuring him viewers knew it was a slip up.</p> <p>"People knew exactly what you meant," she said.</p> <p>The slip up quickly made it onto Twitter, where viewers were posting about it.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/GMB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GMB</a> .<a href="https://twitter.com/campbellclaret?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@campbellclaret</a> accidentally announces death of the queen! (He did apologise) <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PrincePhilip?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PrincePhilip</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/queen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#queen</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/gmb?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#gmb</a> 😉 Queen calls up GMB to confirm she is still very much alive! 👸 <a href="https://t.co/XXmCbdoHBQ">pic.twitter.com/XXmCbdoHBQ</a></p> — Janet Willicott FRSPH FBII ACIEH MEHBEA MBESA BHRC (@janetwillicott) <a href="https://twitter.com/janetwillicott/status/1392382272427397121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"According to Alistair Campbell the Queen died," one person tweeted with shocked face emojis.</p> <p>"Did he say Death of the Queen then??" another asked.</p> <p>Campell seems to be taking it in stride, joking that the slip up had gone international with the following tweet.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Oh God. The exhaustion gaffe has gone global. THE QUEEN IS ALIVE!!! <a href="https://t.co/2bgd0ZamXQ">https://t.co/2bgd0ZamXQ</a></p> — ALASTAIR CAMPBELL (@campbellclaret) <a href="https://twitter.com/campbellclaret/status/1392599941852323842?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"Oh god, the exhaustion gaffe has gone global. THE QUEEN IS ALIVE!!!" he joked.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Harry's new project with Oprah revealed

<p>Prince Harry said "we're all human" as he opened up about "unresolved traumas" ahead of his upcoming TV series on mental health with Oprah Winfrey.</p> <p>The Me You Can't See will air on May 21 on Apple TV+ after facing delays due to the couple's departure from the royal family and COVID restrictions.</p> <p>The highly anticipated date was announced today, with the Duke of Sussex saying he hopes his latest project shows "there is power in vulnerability".</p> <p>“We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences,” he said.</p> <p>“But our shared experience is that we are all human.</p> <p>“The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels — and is — very personal.</p> <p>“Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy and strength in honesty.”</p> <p>Harry co-created and executive produced the series with Oprah Winfrey.</p> <p>According to a statement ahead of the series, the pair are set to “guide honest discussions about mental health and emotional wellbeing” while opening up about “their own mental health journeys and struggles” throughout the series.</p> <p>They have also partnered with 14 experts and organisations to “shed light on different pathways to treatment”.</p> <p>Oprah said: “Now more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion and honesty.</p> <p>“Our series aims to spark that global conversation.”</p> <p>A number of celebrities and mental health advocates will join them, with Lady Gaga and actress Glenn Close expected to chat to Harry about their experiences.</p> <p>The series will see Oprah and Harry speak to different people from around the world who are facing mental health challenges.</p> <p>They will address their emotional wellbeing, while trying to “destigmatise a highly misunderstood subject and give hope to viewers”.</p> <p>Speaking to CBS about the project earlier this year, Oprah explained: “I asked [Prince Harry] the question, ‘What do you think are the most important issues facing the world right now?’ and he said there are two.</p> <p>“He said climate change and mental wellness, mental fitness and mental health. As you know, he’s spoken about his own issues and what he went through after his mother died and how being able to talk about it has benefited him.</p> <p>“So it’s a passion of his and, at the end of the conversation, I said, ‘Oh, I’m going to be doing this thing with Apple’.</p> <p>“‘It’s a big concern of mine too and I want to try to erase the stigma,’ and he said at the end of the conversation, ‘If there’s anything I can do to help’.”</p>

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Lisa Wilkinson questions COVID outbreak timing: “What is it about outbreaks and public holidays?”

<p>Lisa Wilkinson couldn’t help but bring attention to an interesting point during The Project on Thursday night.</p> <p>Her comments followed after Waleed Aly revealed the latest Sydney COVID outbreak, saying there are struggled that will come with it restrictions being on Mother’s Day weekend.</p> <p>“Here we are again. The Mother’s Day thing is interesting. Indoor is the main issue with COVID,” Aly said.</p> <p>“We know that from experience. And the weather in Sydney over the weekend is meant to be wet, which means Mother’s Day will probably be inside. Which does increase the risk. It’s not a great situation.”</p> <p>Lisa then brought up her own point, asking: “The other thing with this virus, what is it about outbreaks and public holidays?”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841113/lisa-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/13dbe0a2c9004647a97c3d5adf45ac5a" /></p> <p>“We got Mother’s Day coming up, Christmas was a disaster in Sydney... Anzac Day in Perth, Easter we had a problem, Valentine’s Day...”</p> <p>Interestingly enough, a large number of COVID outbreaks have coincided with big public holidays.</p> <p>On Thursday, NSW Health released an updated list its list of exposure sites, placing a new public health alert.</p> <p>The list of venues has expanded to 21 and NSW Health is urging anyone who has or will visit these sites to get tested and possibly isolate.</p> <p><strong>• Bondi Trattoria, Bondi Beach:</strong><span> </span>April 29, 12.45 pm to 1.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Fratelli Fresh, Sydney:</strong><span> </span>April 27, 1.15 pm to 2.15pm</p> <p><strong>• The Stadium Club, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 11.30 am to 12.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Azure Cafe, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 12.pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• The Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 3, 5.30 pm to 9.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash, Brookvale:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 12.30 pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Alfresco Emporium, Collaroy:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 1.00 pm to 1.30pm</p> <p>•<strong><span> </span>Smith Made, Balgowlah:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 2.30 pm to 2.45pm</p> <p><strong>• Chemist Warehouse, Double Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 3.45 pm to 4.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Woolworths, Double Bay:</strong><span> </span>May 4, 3.45 to 4.00pm</p> <p><strong>• District Brasserie, Sydney:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 11.00 pm to 12.00pm</p> <p><strong>• HineSight Optometrist at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 12.00 pm to 1.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbetta, Paddington:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 1.30 pm to 2.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Screening of The Courier at Event Cinemas, Westfield Bondi Junction:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 6.00 pm to 8pm</p> <p><strong>• Figo Restaurant, Rushcutters Bay:</strong><span> </span>April 30, 8.45 pm to 11.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Joe’s Barbecues &amp; Heating, Silverwater:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 1.30 pm to 2.30pm</p> <p><strong>• Tucker Barbeques, Silverwater:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 1.00 pm to 1.45pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbecues Galore, Annandale:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 2.00 pm to 3.00pm</p> <p><strong>• Barbecues Galore, Casula:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 4.00 pm to 5.00pm</p> <p><strong>• BP, Mascot:</strong><span> </span>May 1, 4.30 pm to 5.00pm</p> <p><strong>• The Meat Store, Bondi Junction:</strong><span> </span>May 2, 3.00 pm to 4.00pm</p>

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Ally Langdon surprised by live cross featuring her family

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><em>Today</em><span> </span>weather presenter Tim Davies gave host Ally Langdon a welcomed surprise after her family popped up on the live weather cross in Wauhope, NSW.</p> <p>Davies arranged the special guests as a surprise as he was on location in Langdon's home town.</p> <p>Ally was overjoyed, but had a sneaking suspicion something was up.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Timmy's coming to us from the hallowed halls of Wauchope High this morning which just so happens to be the former school of one Allison Langdon! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/biYPwDb7Xx">pic.twitter.com/biYPwDb7Xx</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1390415319642959872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 6, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>"Mum didn't answer the phone yesterday," she exclaimed.</p> <p>"Made me start thinking this morning that something was up. She can't tell a lie."</p> <p>Davies insisted Ally's mother Helen was a late addition.</p> <p>"I didn't know, Allison, until quarter past six this morning," Helen said.</p> <p>Ally's mother, Helen, her father Heath and her brother David all showed up, much to Ally's delight.</p> <p>She greeted her dad who couldn't resist making a jab at Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>"I can't believe how big Allison's shoulders are getting, but I guess it had to happen from carrying Karl this long," he said.</p> <p>"Boom," Ally said as the team burst into laughter.</p> </div>

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Nine holds off on airing new Magda-led TV show

<p>The upcoming reboot of game show The Weakest Link has been delayed days before it was set to premiere on screens.</p> <p>Nine had previously advised that The Weakest Link would premiere at 8:50 pm next Tuesday, May 4.</p> <p>But according to TV Blackbox, the new series will instead air later in the month.</p> <p>A Nine spokesperson confirmed the line-up change to news.com.au, saying that “due to the tight production schedule<span> </span><em>Weakest Link<span> </span></em>will now launch at the end of May on Channel 9.”</p> <p>In its place, Nine will air the movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in what would have been The Weakest Link's timeslot next week.</p> <p>The news comes after Szubanski recently made headlines for a tweet in which she compared PM Scott Morrison's wife Jenny to the fictional religious extremist characters in the television series The Handmaid's Tale.</p> <p>She faced copious amounts of backlash, with a number of Liberal politicians criticising the comedian for going after the PM's wife.</p> <p>Several female politicians spoke out against Szubanski, with Liberal MP Nicolle Flint calling her tweet “appalling” and “deeply nasty”.</p> <p>Szubanski then appeared on<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>to give her side of the story, saying her intention was to highlight the growing influence of ‘far-right Christians’ in political life.</p> <p>“That was a mild way of drawing attention to the fact I do have concerns about, and trust me this is not about the majority of Christians, but the element of the far-right,” she said.</p> <p>“And – they are really going to come for me now – I think that is a concern.</p> <p>“I think that is quite legitimate to say in this country. I don‘t like extremes of any kind, is my stance.”</p> <p>The Morrisons are evangelical Christians and prominent figures at their local church, Horizon, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.</p>

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"Heartbreakingly devastating": Body language expert speaks out about Prince Philip's funeral

<p>Dr Louise Mahler has casted her expert eye over every movement made by the royal family at Prince Philip's funeral.</p> <p>Mahler told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/the-morning-show" target="_blank"><em>The Morning Show</em></a><span> </span>the public was banned from attending and was able to easily read people due to the 30 mourners allowed in the Chapel.</p> <p>“Any little thing stood out dramatically,” she said.</p> <p>Mahler said that the Queen's heartbreak over losing her husband of 73 years was devastating.</p> <p>“She was hunched, she was slightly unstable on her feet, she seemed to be favouring one side,” she said of the moment the Queen arrived at the Chapel.</p> <p>“She was covered, she had her head down so we didn’t really see her face at all,” Mahler said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">From the Queen's heartbreak to Prince Harry's nerves and the Duchess of Cambridge's 'genius' act - we asked body language expert Dr Louise Maher to dissect the royal family at Prince Philip's funeral. <a href="https://t.co/sn9zJ74e9x">pic.twitter.com/sn9zJ74e9x</a></p> — The Morning Show (@morningshowon7) <a href="https://twitter.com/morningshowon7/status/1383948225472651266?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>“It was just heartbreakingly devastating to watch.”</p> <p>Duchess Kate was also a part of a major moment between Prince Harry and Prince William as the brothers came face to face for the first time in a year.</p> <p>“She never moved her head from Harry, she had his attention, she kept the conversation just about the funeral,” she explained.</p> <p>“She kept his attention and made it very easy for William just to have a little word in about the funeral and nothing else.”</p> <p>“Kate kept that attention, kept that energy and kept that focus.”</p> <p>“It was genius at work really under enormously stressful situation.”</p>

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Downton Abbey sequel announced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Downton Abbey fans are thrilled as a second movie has been announced with all the original cast returning.</p> <p>The film began production last week and is set to be released in theatres on December 22, 2021.</p> <p>The plotline for the sequel is yet to be revealed.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">We're thrilled to announce that Julian Fellowes and the entire Downton cast are back for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DowntonAbbey2?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DowntonAbbey2</a>, with Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Nathalie Baye and Dominic West joining!<br /><br />See the film in theaters this Christmas. <a href="https://t.co/OHopFgzqiM">pic.twitter.com/OHopFgzqiM</a></p> — Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) <a href="https://twitter.com/DowntonAbbey/status/1384121359882588168?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 19, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><em>Downton Abbey<span> </span></em>originally ran as a wildly popular TV series for six seasons between 2010 and 2015 before the initial film came out in 2019.</p> <p>The initial film followed a royal visit to the Crawley family and Dowton staff from the King and Queen of England.</p> <p>Producer Gareth Neame said that the new film would give fans something to look forward to at the end of a difficult year.</p> <p>“After a very challenging year with so many of us separated from family and friends, it is a huge comfort to think that better times are ahead and that next Christmas we will be re-united with the much beloved characters of<span> </span><em>Downton Abbey</em>,” he wrote.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Prince Philip’s funeral pulls in more viewers than Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview

<p><span>Prince Philip's funeral garnered more than two million more people in the UK than Prince Harry and Meghan's tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.</span><br /><br /><span>The service was held at Windsor Castle on Saturday and was broadcast to the entire world.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840793/new-project-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/43f2c66ee29b4950bfc2767e21407258" /><br /><span>For viewers in the UK, saying a final goodbye to Prince Philip was more important than tuning in to Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.</span><br /><br /><span>The service was shown on three networks in the UK with 11 million people watching on the BBC, 2.1 million on ITV, and around 450,000 on Sky.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Philip's service was also given airtime on the radio and YouTube.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840794/new-project-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2bb49189e632408fb032e0d025973c75" /><br /><br /><span>When ITV aired Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah on March 8, the peak audience reached 12.4 million.</span><br /><br /><span>In 2002, the Queen Mother’s funeral was watched by 10.4 million in the UK.</span><br /><br /><span>32 million tuned in to the 1997 funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral had just 30 guests due to COVID-19 restrictions.</span><br /><br /><span>It is the first time since the passing of Prince Philip that the Queen has been seen.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840792/new-project-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1ad780f19c1429f8fd24eb44fe10b52" /><br /><br /><span>It also marked Harry’s return to England after he relocated to California with his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and son Archie.</span></p>

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How to watch Prince Phillip’s funeral from Australia

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The funeral of Prince Philip will be held on Saturday at Windsor Castle in a small service that will be closed to the public.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The service, open only to the family of the Duke of Edinburgh, will take place in St George’s Chapel following his passing on Friday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Australians can view Prince Philip’s funeral service from 9.30pm AEST on Saturday, April 17 on 7news.com.au, Channel 7, and 7plus or 11pm AEST on Channel 9 and 9Now.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A live stream of the service will also be available on </span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://7news.com.au/">7news.com.au</a></span></span><span><a href="https://7news.com.au/"></a></span>, or you can follow live updates from 7NEWS throughout the evening.</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/CNsqPgOHEyB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNsqPgOHEyB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coverage will be led by 7NEWS Europe Bureau Chief Hugh Witfeld from outside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the Queen and Royal family members will pay their final respects.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Joining him will be BBC broadcaster and royal expert, Angela Rippon CBE, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">’s royal editor, Rob Jobson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The following day, Sunday, April 18, Prince Philip’s funeral service will be replayed from 10am on 7TWO.</span></p> <p><strong>Broadcast times on Channel 7 and 7plus</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">For those in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide, you can watch 7NEWS Special Coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral from 5pm, followed by the 6pm news. Then the coverage will recommence from 9.30pm for Sydney and Adelaide viewers, and 10.30pm for those in Melbourne and Brisbane.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In Perth, you can watch the 7NEWS Prince Philip Special from 7pm, followed by 7NEWS Special Coverage of the funeral from 8pm.</span></p> <p><strong>Funeral plans for Prince Philip</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Buckingham Palace has confirmed that The Queen will sit alone at her husband’s funeral due to coronavirus restrictions.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince William and Harry, who have experienced difficulties in their relationship recently, will walk separately in the funeral procession.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The funeral proceedings will begin on Saturday, April 17 from around 2.45pm BST (11.45pm AEST) with the duke’s coffin being led by a procession from Windsor Castle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Family and friends attending the service are expected to arrive shortly before the service commences. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">For the full list of who will be attending the funeral, </span><a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/who-will-be-on-the-funeral-guest-list"><span style="font-weight: 400;">head here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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Magda Szubanski speaks out after Twitter fury: “Should I stop having an opinion?”

<p><span>TV star Magda Szubanski has spoken out after being scolded publicly online for her comments about the Prime Minister's wife, Jenny Morrison.</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski shared a photo on social media of Mrs Morrison standing near her husband, Scott Morrison, while he signed a condolence book for Prince Philip following the royal's death.</span><br /><br /><span>The TV star was accused of suggesting Mrs Morrison was subservient to her husband in the tweets.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840737/magda-szubanksi-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/415a233fd1ed4f34b39ebd1c4b9f11d9" /></p> <p><em>Image: Screengrab from A Current Affair</em><br /><br /><span>However, Szubanski informed <em>A Current Affair</em> host Tracy Grimshaw that her comments were not a "tirade".</span><br /><br /><span>She also went on to say that her main point in her tweets was that the photos were bad PR.</span><br /><br /><span>"Why would you put something that looks like The Handmaid's Tale out as a photo op?" Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Look, I don't want to hurt her (Mrs Morrison), of course I don't. I do think that if she's going to be in public life, we need to know more about her.</span><br /><br /><span>"If she's going to have some sort of influence in public life I want to know, what are her values? What kind of a woman is she?"</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski went on to say it was only fair Australians know more about Mr Morrison’s wife, considering how often she is brought up by the Prime Minister.</span><br /><br /><span>She also said the “wacko” picture had not just been questioned by her.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think doing a media pile-on about someone's appearance is not something that I would condone," Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"When I first looked at it did not realise that it was Jenny Morrison because it looks very different from her, she's normally got her hair done, makeup, the whole sort of thing.</span><br /><br /><span>"I genuinely thought it was a meme, so I was a bit staggered that I got drawn into this over such a nothing observation that thousands of people had already made."</span><br /><br /><span>In one of her retweets of the picture she said "I genuinely thought this was a photoshopped Handmaid's Tale meme. But no. It's 21st century Aussie life".</span><br /><br /><span>Szubanski took to Twitter not long after to say: </span><span>"Let me be clear… I'm not actually making a disparaging comment about Jenny. I just genuinely thought it was a meme!"</span><br /><br /><span>However, they’re not the only tweets the star has copped a lashing for.</span><br /><br /><span>In another photo of the Morrison family with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Szubanski commented on Twitter, "what's this little hand signal thingy?"</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840736/magda-szubanksi-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e014e8f8d70647eeb8598632393e5a1e" /></p> <p><em>Image: Screengrab from A Current Affair</em><br /><br /><span>She was referring to the way Mrs Morrison's hand was resting.</span><br /><br /><span>The comedian admitted that the tweet was probably "silly", but said the reaction was likely a distraction.</span><br /><br /><span>"The fact that it turned into this big issue is no doubt in my mind partly to distract from the fact that Christine Holgate was making her testimony, so it was a little bit of 'oh don't look at this because there's something going on here'," the comedian said.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Kath and Kim</em> star says she won’t stop airing her opinions on Twitter.</span><br /><br /><span>"I'm not there just to make nice comments all the time, there are things that I think need to be addressed," Szubanski said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Should I get off Twitter? Should I stop having an opinion? Well that is democracy. Do I like it when people pile on me? No, I don't, but I also go 'well that's what they do'."</span></p>

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Why Bridgerton’s hottest property said no to season two

<p>Regé-Jean Page isn’t returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because he disliked the plans producers had for his character, the Duke of Hastings.</p> <p dir="ltr">A Hollywood source told<span> </span><em>Page Six</em> that the actor won’t be returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because of “creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Page has also been “inundated with offers for other interesting and challenging leading roles”, the source continued.</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/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Despite these “creative differences”, Page is leaving the show on good terms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Originally signed on with a one-year deal to play male lead Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, Page was drawn to the show because of the role’s “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”, he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rege-jean-page-bridgerton-season-2-1234942827/" target="_blank"><em>Variety</em></a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The recent announcement of his departure from the popular Netflix drama - watched by 82 million households worldwide - left fans distraught ahead of the second season.</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/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Show creator and script writer Chris Van Dusen hoped both the Duke (Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) would return following their romance in the show’s debut season.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I would love to be able to see them again and also at the same time explore the other brothers and sisters of the family,” Van Dusen told<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The British actor was reportedly offered an opportunity to return in Season 2 “as a guest star in three to five episodes'' but turned it down, according to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Although he had several reasons, this included “an awareness that Simon would not be a focal point in Season 2.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead, Page is focusing on his movie career and has been offered a flood of film offers. He is also set to star in the upcoming film<span> </span><em>Dungeons and Dragons</em><span> </span>alongside Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith.</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/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Regé-Jean Page (@regejean)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In his farewell to the show, posted along with a picture of himself on horseback as Simon, Page wrote, “The ride of a lifetime. It’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family - not just on screen, but off screen too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans - it’s been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As for<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em>, the next season will see the return of Dynevor playing Daphne Bridgerton, though the focus will be on eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his quest for marriage.</p>

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"Shut up": Edwina Bartholomew sprays Meghan Markle

<p>Australian television host Edwina Bartholomew has urged Meghan Markle to “shut up” after news sources claimed to know why she was not attending Prince Philip’s funeral.</p> <p><span>Markle had not travelled to London because she “doesn’t want to be the centre of attention” at the service, her friends reportedly said.</span></p> <p>Channel 7’s<span> </span><em>Sunrise<span> </span></em>host Edwina Bartholomew told viewers: “That just really gets my goat.”</p> <p><br /><span>“I’ve reserved judgment about those two for quite some time, but if that is true, it just makes me so angry.</span><br /><br /><span>“I still liked Harry and Meghan, I just, I just feel I’ve turned now.”</span><br /><br /><span>A Buckingham Palace spokesman clarified that the pregnant Duchess of Sussex had been advised by her doctor not to travel to the UK for the funeral.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNgu3TunxP7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNgu3TunxP7/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by 𝒇𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒆𝒈 (@duchesussex)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>However an alleged friend of the actress said the Duchess was worried she might steal the spotlight at the televised service.</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Philip’s funeral will be held in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.</span><br /><br /><span>“Meghan said her main concern right now is supporting Harry. She said she left it up to him as to whether or not she would attend the funeral,” the friend reportedly told Mail Online.</span><br /><br /><span>Edwina Bartholomew said she wished Markle would “just shut up” while the royal family grieved the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.</span><br /><br /><span>“If she had gone, there would have been a lot of attention on her and it would have distracted I think,” she told viewers.</span><br /><br /><span>“But just for them to say that out loud … just go with the Palace line would you? For once!”</span><br /><br /><span>Prince Philip died aged 99 on April 9.</span><br /><br /></p>

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Todd McKenney apologises to Schappelle Corby

<p>Schapelle Corby's inclusion into the 2021 cast of<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars: All Stars</em><span> </span>was initially met with judgement and outrage from fans and judges alike, but original Dancing With The Stars judge Todd McKenney has apologised to Schappelle on the show.</p> <p>Corby was feeling the heat while performing, saying that before her performance, she was "so nervous, I've been crying".</p> <p>“I’ve been so nervous, I’ve been crying I’ve been out the back, they’ve had to do my makeup again,” she told host Sonia Kruger after performing a Viennese waltz.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CNhbCoXDaKm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CNhbCoXDaKm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DancingAU (@dancingau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Todd McKenney apologised to Corby for doubting her.</p> <p>“I have to apologise to you in fact, because for whatever reason, I don’t know why and it’s unfair of me, but I thought you were gonna be crap,” he admitted, advising her to “move with more freedom” going forward.</p> <p>Returning judges Helen Richey, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson also gave glowing feedback to Corby's performance.</p> <p>“I don’t know what I expected but you have elevation, you have elegance, you’re so emotional and in the moment,” Mark Wilson said.</p> <p>Fellow judge Helen Richey weighed in with similar surprise: “You actually moved around the floor very gracefully, you looked very classy and I was impressed with that,” while Paul Mercurio called her dance “sultry and beautiful”.</p> <p>Despite the feedback, Corby received 5s and 6s across the panel but was still safe for another performance as Fifi Box was sent home after the first episode.</p>

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Piers Morgan slams Harry and Meghan: "Princess Diana would be horrified"

<p><span>Piers Morgan has said that Princess Diana would be horrified to see Prince Harry “smearing” the Queen after claiming that he knew the late royal well.</span><br /><br /><span>He also said that Harry’s split from Prince William would also have broken his mother’s heart.</span><br /><br /><span>While speaking to US TV host Tucker Carlson in his first interview since he resigned from his gig as co-host of Good Morning Britain, Morgan slammed Harry and Meghan.</span><br /><br /><span>"I knew Princess Diana well," he told Carlson during <em>Tucker Carlson Today,</em> which aired on Monday night.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840574/piers-morgan-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f2a751eebcb04953b52f076a01637e77" /><br /><br /><span>"I think she would be horrified by the split between Harry and his brother, by the schism now between Harry and the royal family generally, by the appalling smearing of the Queen, which is already causing damage in some of the Commonwealth countries, who are buying into this outrageous lie that the Queen is somehow racist, presiding over a racist institution."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan quit his hosting role on <em>Good Morning Britain</em> after one too many remarks about the Duchess of Sussex.</span><br /><br /><span>The show received a number of complaints from viewers, and even Meghan herself.</span><br /><br /><span>However, leaving the show hasn’t made him change his tune, telling Carlson he still doesn't believe Harry and Meghan's claims.</span><br /><br /><span>"Seventeen different claims by the pair of them have now been proven to be either completely untrue or massively exaggerated or unproveable," Morgan said.</span><br /><br /><span>"I was an outrage. I wasn't allowed to have an opinion ... I was told that you have got to believe Meghan Markle, and if you don't believe what she's saying you are a racist."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan also slammed Meghan’s mental health comment, and said it was "impossible to believe" two people in the palace had denied her the help she needed.</span><br /><br /><span>"You're accusing two people in the palace of being unspeakably cruel simply to protect the brand of the Royal family," he said.</span><br /><br /><span>"If that is true, let's have the names of these people and let's go to them and ask them if this is true - 'did you tell a suicidal woman, who told you she was suicidal, not to get help?'</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840575/piers-morgan-3.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c532fd05105b421c80a2d24ba4bc4010" /><br /><br /><span>"I find that impossible to believe. You wouldn't have two people in the palace who will be that callous to a woman telling them that she was suicidal."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan said there was "a lot of anger" building over the interview in the UK over "the very ugly smearing of our Queen".</span><br /><br /><span>"Particularly at a time when her husband Prince Philip, who's 99, was fighting for his life up in hospital," he added.</span><br /><br /><span>"Everything about this was tacky, tasteless, disingenuous and, I'm afraid, I believe in some cases downright lying on a global scale."</span><br /><br /><span>Morgan has claimed in the past that Meghan “ghosted” him as a friend after she met Harry in 2016.</span><br /><br /><span>He said he had previously met up with the then-Suits star in London after connecting with her on social media.</span></p>

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"Just so frightening": Kate Ritchie's heartbreaking confession

<p><span>Kate Ritchie has opened up about her major fears when she left the soap <em>Home and Away</em> after 20 years on the show.</span><br /><br /><span>The star who played Sally Fletcher for more than two decades admitted to Anh Do on an episode of <em>Anh's </em><em>Brush With Fame,</em> that she wasn’t sure she could “survive” if she walked away from the role.</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie left <em>Home And Away</em> in 2008 at the age of 28, having played Sally since the show’s pilot episode, at just eight-years-old.</span><br /><br /><span>“I didn’t know where she ended and I began or vice versa, and I had to work out whether I was more than that,” said Ritchie.</span><br /><br /><span>She explained that it had “became really obvious” when it was time to finally leave the show.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was just so frightening. What do I actually do when someone doesn’t hand me a schedule on a Friday afternoon and tell me where to be on a Monday?</span><br /><br /><span>“And they were just the logistics that I knew I’d miss. I think it was the other stuff about missing the character and trying to figure out my identity without this other person, that was the stuff I hadn’t really considered too much and that hit me quite hard,” she said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840566/kate-ritchie-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a83838f8f3774c24ace14c050b7c9d54" /></p> <p><em>Kate Ritchie and the late Heath Ledger on the set of Home and Away. Image: Home and Away</em><br /><br /><span>The star is now 42, and found herself choking back tears as she recalled stepping away from the character of Sally Fletcher, who she described as her “best friend for 20 years”.</span><br /><br /><span>“She gave me purpose and a sense of achievement. I feel differently now, after loads of therapy,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I thought the only thing I’d ever done of value in my life was when I was her. I was lost, and I wondered how I was going to survive without her. How were people going to react to me if I wasn’t Sally? Sally was a great person, a great friend and a great daughter … did people only feel something for me because they liked her?”</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie has gone on to continue her work as an actor, but can also boast that she has since added TV host, children’s author and a radio host under her belt as well.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the best thing to come out of all of this, is that I’m great without [Sally]. I nearly choked on the words! We’re all great without our security blankets,” she told Do.</span><br /><br /><span>Ritchie shared the clip from tonight’s episode to her Instagram account, admitting that she “worr[ies] so often of what people think. Of me revisiting the same old chapter of my life. The chapter people continue to ask me about and the one that defined me. Publicly and personally. One day I’ll move through that worry … But for now I’ll speak with Anh.”</span></p>

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