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The night everything went wrong on The Project

<p>A few weeks ago, Carrie Bickmore took to the stage to accept a Logie award for Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program on behalf of her team at <em>The Project</em>, and being one of the only original members left on the show, she was in a reflective mood.</p> <p>“I still remember our first episode – it was terrible,” she said. “(Dave) Hughesy remarked at the end of it that was his career done. I remember thinking, 'Sh*t, if that is what Hughesy is saying I have no hope'.”</p> <p>Fortunately, Hughesy was wrong as this Friday, <em>The Project </em>will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/carrie-bickmore-on-10-years-of-the-project-highs-lows-and-that-terrible-first-episode/news-story/7fcce5120446adec3726870dca67bb0b" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a>, Bickmore took a trip back in time and answered the question on everyone’s lips: Was episode one really <em>that</em> bad?</p> <p>“Oh, mate. I’m not game enough to watch it back,” Bickmore said through a laugh. “The first show was always going to be tricky – it was a completely new format, a completely new idea. I wasn’t even convinced that our hosts knew what it was when we went to air.</p> <p>“I don’t think it was great. I think all of us were happy to get to night two and surprised we were given another night. To be here 10 years later is really cool.”</p> <p>Bickmore said that even after the first night of the show, which was called <em>The 7 pm Project</em> at the time, it “took a while to get its groove, to be honest.”</p> <p>“There were so many great elements to it from the beginning, but I think it took time, like most things, to get into a good rhythm. I don’t remember at what point I thought, ‘OK, we got this now’, but it took a while.”</p> <p>And while appearing on live television week after week may seem terrifying for some, it’s all Bickmore knows after she made her debut reading the news on <em>Rove Live</em> in 2006.</p> <p>When asked what her favourite episode of <em>The Project</em> has been to date, she instantly chose the one night nothing went according to plan.</p> <p>“About five minutes before we went to air – it was Fitzy, Waleed, Pete and I – they said, ‘We’ve lost everything. We’ve got no autocue, no packages to roll, we’re got nothing’. We looked at each other and I said, ‘Let’s act out the news’.</p> <p>“I picked up my sheet and went through the news headlines – I had to be careful not to pick ones where there was no joy in them – and we started acting them out. It was completely random, no prep, flying by the seat of our pants. It wasn’t a slick performance, but it was live TV at its best.”</p> <p>And it’s that same attitude that has made her stick around on live TV, even though her previous co-hosts such as Hughes and Charlie Pickering have moved on to explore other avenues.</p> <p>“For a while I felt like people were saying to me, ‘Why are you still there? They got other jobs, why haven’t you?’ I used to get upset because I had lots of great opportunities come my way, but I was choosing to stay because it was a brilliant job, the perfect job for my skill set, and I love it,” she explained.</p> <p>“I don’t know how much longer I’ve got to go – I’m just thankful for the current scenario I’m in. I love it. It might not be right forever, but right now it’s right. I’m actually really proud that I’ve been doing it for 10 years, and I’m the last remaining original. I’m proud of that!”</p>

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“Why do we have this weird chemistry?” The awkward question that left Waleed Aly speechless

<p>Comedian and broadcaster Em Rusciano made Waleed Aly slightly uncomfortable during an awkward conversation on last night’s episode of<span> </span><em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>Joining<span> </span><em>The Project<span> </span></em>panel to promote her new<span> </span><em>The Rage &amp; Rainbows </em>live show which is set to tour nationally this month – it didn’t take long for her and Waleed to spark a conversation.</p> <p>Looking visibly nervous, the journalist was about to ask a question but stumbled over his words, forcing Rusciano to intervene.</p> <p>“Oh, HELLO. I always make you nervous, and I’m sorry. Why do we always have this weird chemistry when I see you? I love you! I think you’re amazing!” she said.</p> <p>“No, no, you don’t make me nervous,” Waleed reassured. “I think you’re misunderstanding. I’m nervous because of the question I’m asking.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Em Rusciano joins us at the desk to chat about her new live show, her love of unicorns, and geriatric pregnancy! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheProjectTV?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheProjectTV</a> <a href="https://t.co/hEhS6CDl9l">pic.twitter.com/hEhS6CDl9l</a></p> — The Project (@theprojecttv) <a href="https://twitter.com/theprojecttv/status/1149251738463084544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 11, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The rest of the team seemed to be in on the whole debacle, saying they gave the question to Waleed on purpose.</p> <p>So he attempted to ask the question again: “Tell us about the classically trained dancing vaginas?”</p> <p>The audience burst into a round of applause, with Rusciano displaying her excitement alongside the cheer.</p> <p>“I made Waleed Aly say ‘classically-trained dancing vaginas’. Put it on my IMDB!” she said.</p> <p>But the embarrassment didn’t stop there, as Rusciano went on to explain that she featured “vagina dancers” in her live show to help women feel empowered about their bodies: “I want everyone to ‘flap up’,” she said.</p> <p>“It’s the strongest part of the body. It gives birth. It gives life and can take life if you do enough pelvic floors. The show ends on these beautiful vagina costumes coming out,” she said.</p>

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"Beautiful": Blind singer moves Australia's Got Talent judges to tears

<p>A blind singer has left <em>Australia’s Got Talent </em>judges in tears with his audition performance.</p> <p>A new promo for the competition shows a sneak peek of singer and pianist Paul, who appeared before judges Nicole Scherzinger, Manu Feildel, Shane Jacobson and Lucy Durack.</p> <p><iframe src="//players.brightcove.net/761709621001/SJHU4xAQe_default/index.html?videoId=6057661355001" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>“Music has given me the confidence and the freedom to truly be myself,” Paul told the show.</p> <p>“I'm blind. Mum does all the running around and I just thank and love her for that.”</p> <p>Paul’s mother, who joined him for the day, told him ahead of his audition, “You may not have your vision, but you’ve got everything else. And you’re using it. You know I’m proud.”</p> <p>His performance, which was left out of the clip, led the four judges to a standing ovation.</p> <p>“I’m crying my face off right now!” Scherzinger told Paul.</p> <p>“I mean Australia’s got talent you guys. You’re the reason why I flew here.”</p> <p><em>My Kitchen Rules </em>star Feildel also gave Paul praises. “One word just coming out of my mouth is just ‘beautiful’. It’s just pure and beautiful.”</p> <p>Durack said: “That was magic. You sing with such honesty and heart.”</p> <p>At the end of his audition, Paul was given a fast-track pass to the semifinals.</p> <p>This week, the talent show also made headlines after a <a rel="noopener" href="https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/bachelor-apollo-jackson-agt-audition-stunt-backfires-061839609.html" target="_blank">promo video</a> featuring <em>Bachelor in Paradise</em> star Apollo Jackson was released. In the clip, Jackson could be seen setting himself on fire to the judges’ shock.</p>

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Former staffer's Sunrise slap-down: "Family-friendly" to "nasty"

<p>Channel Seven’s <em>Sunrise</em> has turned from a family-friendly show to a “nasty” watch in recent weeks, an ex-producer said.</p> <p>The program has topped the breakfast TV ratings for years as the show for Australian families to wake up to, but it has “turned b**chy” with new scandals such as the post-Logies “Elbowgate” feud, according to ex-producer Rob McKnight.</p> <p>McKnight worked at Seven Network for eight years until 2008.</p> <p>In a recent episode on his podcast <em>TV Blackbox</em>, he referred to a segment on the show where co-host Samantha Armytage made a remark about Channel Ten following the TV Week Logie Awards.</p> <p>“I found another clip and I just went, ‘Oh my gosh, has Sunrise just become nasty?’” McKnight said before playing a clip where Armytage’s co-host David ‘Kochie’ Koch mentioned the rival network after the awards night.</p> <p>“[We] had a drink with Channel 10 last night... they took over the bar of our hotel,” Kochie said in the segment.</p> <p>“They got a lot of Logies last night, more Logies than viewers!” replied Armytage.</p> <p>McKnight commented, “I’ve worked on Sunrise in the past, and Sunrise was the family [show], you know. It was all about the family and friendship and, you know, going up and rebuilding houses after cyclones and things like that.</p> <p>“Has Sunrise just turned b**chy?”</p> <p>The morning show made headlines in recent weeks after claiming <em>Married At First Sight </em>star Martha Kalifatidis “elbowed” him on the Logies red carpet to get him out of the way so that she could be photographed.</p> <p>“I’ve still got bruises in the ribs from the <em>Married At First Sight</em> woman who elbowed me on the way through on the red carpet!” Kochie told viewers on <a rel="noopener" href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/tv/martha-kalifatidis-david-koch-feud-final-say/9cff321b-0223-496b-9db8-46b6cb0c6c96" target="_blank">July 1</a>.</p> <p>“Do not get between Martha and the camera,” sports reporter Mark Beretta said.</p> <p>“Especially when you've only got 15 minutes of fame!” Armytage added.</p> <p>In a video shared on her Instagram account, Kalifatidis emphasised that she “never elbowed” Kochie.</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/tv/Bzc3Ls3AA5N/" 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/tv/Bzc3Ls3AA5N/" target="_blank">A post shared by Martha Kalifatidis (@marthaa__k)</a> on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:19am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Sam and Koch have caused me so much stress and anxiety these past few days, and I feel like it’s just so unnecessary, like for what? I don’t even know. Like for ratings? I don’t know why they would do it. But it’s at the expense of my wellbeing and it’s not fair,” she said.</p> <p>“Everybody keeps going on about me trying to milk my 15 minutes of fame. I didn’t ask for this, they brought this up.</p> <p>“Kochie, I never elbowed you … Despite there being hundreds of photographers, hundreds of videographers and reporters at the Logies, there’s not one ounce of evidence backing their claims, and I’m just going to leave it at that.”</p>

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Piers Morgan's harsh message to Duchess Meghan: "Go back to America"

<p>The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recently garnered a heap of criticism for spending over $4 million of taxpayer’s money on their private home renovations.</p> <p>Later, the royal couple copped more backlash for deciding to keep their son’s christening a private ceremony.</p> <p>Now, the Duchess of Sussex has received even more criticism after it was revealed royal protection officers prohibited members of the public from taking photographs of her when she attended Wimbledon last week, alongside two pals from the U.S.</p> <p>Insiders told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7227411/Tennis-fans-ordered-not-pictures-Meghan-Wimbledon.html" target="_blank"><em>Mail Online</em></a> the Duchess wanted to “engage with people rather than camera phones".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">'You enter into a deal with the public.'<br /><br />Do Meghan and Harry have a right to demand privacy? The Duchess of Sussex has been criticised after her protection officers asked people not to take pictures during her 'private' visit to Wimbledon. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GMB?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GMB</a> <a href="https://t.co/1wgezp9Qg7">pic.twitter.com/1wgezp9Qg7</a></p> — Good Morning Britain (@GMB) <a href="https://twitter.com/GMB/status/1148832538909184000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 10, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, one of the UK’s loudest critics, Piers Morgan, did not take too kindly to the “ridiculous” matters and has gone on a vicious rant on his breakfast TV show <em>Good Morning Britain </em>on Tuesday.</p> <p>“The royal box at Wimbledon with the world’s cameras beamed on their heads,” the former tabloid journalist remarked.</p> <p>“If you want to be private don’t go to the royal box at Wimbledon. It’s a complete joke.”</p> <p>Morgan added that both Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan need to “work out” whether they want to be public people or private.</p> <p>“You go to Wimbledon on your free tickets, in the royal box, the best seats in the house, and you take your two bezzies [best friends], and they sit there next to you and they’re getting free seats in the best place in the house,” he criticised.</p> <p>“You’re public people. All of you. In that moment you’re public people. Stop your squealing about privacy. We don’t want to hear it.”</p> <p>The morning show host said the Duchess of Sussex should “go back to America” if she wanted privacy.</p> <p>“If you want to be private go back to America and live privately. It’s pretty straightforward,” he ranted.</p> <p>“She doesn’t want to be a public figure in the royal family, go back to America.”</p>

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“Incredibly hard”: Carrie Bickmore's mixed emotions returning to The Project

<p><em>The Project</em>’s Carrie Bickmore is back! She returned to the show on Monday night, much to the delight of her fans.</p> <p>The presenter has been on maternity leave since November last year and returned to the show in a sweet, long-sleeved pink floral outfit.</p> <p>Bickmore was feeling the nerves as she posted a short but sweet Instagram video saying, “Well, this is weird but strangely familiar.”</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/BzpZnr_n4qy/" 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/BzpZnr_n4qy/" target="_blank">Here we go....see you at 6.30 friends 🎉 @theprojecttv</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/bickmorecarrie/" target="_blank"> Carrie Bickmore</a> (@bickmorecarrie) on Jul 8, 2019 at 12:41am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Bickmore was quickly right at home back with her old co-hosts on the panel, including Waleed Aly, Peter Helliar and Steve Price.</p> <p>She admitted that the transition from two to three children wasn’t easy, despite what Helliar had told her.</p> <p>"It's been full on, being back at work is easy," she confessed on Monday night.</p> <p>“Our little girl had really bad reflux, which I had no idea what that was and that made the first few months very hard because we couldn’t put her down at all and we didn’t know why she was crying and unsettled,” she said.</p> <p>"And it has been so incredibly hard."</p> <p>She also explained her thoughts to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/carrie-bickmore-on-her-project-return-i-have-huge-mixed-emotions-about-it-20190705-p524eb.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a> saying that she has “mixed emotions”.</p> <p>"I'm looking forward to getting a coffee and being able to drink it before it gets cold, and for the silence of a 20-minute ride into work," she said.</p> <p>"But I'll be really honest, I have huge mixed emotions about it."</p> <p>Bickmore said that she has greatly enjoying spending time with her children as she’s been off.</p> <p>"My children are all really varying ages: I have a son who's about to start high school [Ollie], a four-year-old [Evie] and a six-month-old baby, so their needs are very different," she told the publication.</p> <p>"I think it's going to be a massive adjustment for me heading back to work. I'll have a little pain in my tummy, but that's the reality of working when you're a parent ... I don't know if you ever feel quite content."</p>

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For sale: Karl Stefanovic and Cassandra Thorburn's $8 million Sydney mansion hits the market

<p>Karl Stefanovic and and his ex-wife Cassandra Thorburn are set to put their $8 million Cremorne mansion on the market.</p> <p>The former couple bought the site where the luxurious home now stands in September 2016 for $8 million. They committed to the purchase after paying an $800,000 deposit on the plot.</p> <p>Developer Tony Blanche spent 18 months rebuilding the property into a three-level, five-bedroom mansion with four bathrooms, two kitchens, a swimming pool, steam room and wine cellar. The property spans 650sqm and boasts views across Middle Harbour in one of Sydney's most elite harbour suburbs.</p> <p>Thorburn and the couple’s three children moved in to the house in 2017, while Stefanovic <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/inside-lisa-wilkinson-and-karl-stefanovics-homes/?rsf=syn:news:nca:dt:spa" target="_blank">reportedly went on to rent a Mosman home</a> at the time.</p> <p>According to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/cass-and-karl-to-sell-their-dream-home/news-story/b7194403c628c9ba55e56ae05e9af392" target="_blank"><em>Daily Telegraph</em></a>, Stefanovic and Thorburn will share the profit from the house sale.</p> <p>The ex-partners’ matrimonial Lindfield cottage, which was bought for $2.3 million in 2010, was sold for $3.85 million in 2016.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see inside the luxurious Cremorne mansion. </p>

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Glittering in gold! Kerri-Anne Kennerley sparkles on the red carpet

<p>On Thursday night, the opinionated and colourful<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>co-host Kerri-Anne Kennerley glistened on the red carpet for the opening of <em>Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical</em> in Sydney.</p> <p>The veteran TV presenter decided to don a gold sequinned blouse for the big night with tailored black trousers and pointed heels.</p> <p>To accessorise the already bold look, the 65-year-old added a chunky black necklace and a sequinned Chanel handbag.</p> <p>The media icon was not the only TV journalist to lead the red carpet on Thursday evening with<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em>presenter Melissa Doyle also stepping out to watch the beloved movie-turned musical <em>Muriel’s Wedding</em> alongside her daughter, Natalia.</p> <p>Keeping it classy, the breakfast show host went for a simple black blouse and added some glamour with sleek nude heels and a maroon clutch.</p> <p>Followed closely behind was veteran Australian journalist,<span> </span><em>7.30<span> </span></em>host and author Leigh Sales, who recently made headlines for her grilling of Prime Minister Scott Morrison about <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/do-you-see-any-problem-with-that-situation-leigh-sales-grills-scott-morrison" target="_blank">his thoughts on the controversial ex-rugby player Israel Folau and his fight against Rugby Australia.</a></p> <p>However, on Thursday evening, Monday’s intense events could not been have further from the journalist’s mind as she stepped onto the red carpet with a bold, colourful ensemble paired with a pair of black heeled boots.</p> <p>Also, in attendance was<span> </span><em>Australian Idol<span> </span></em>winner Casey Donovan who decided to rock an all-black look for the special night, which consisted of a black silk camisole, trousers, double-breasted blazer and classy brogues.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see the star-studded celebs on the red carpet on Thursday evening.</p>

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Jack Vidgen out: Fans shocked at mass elimination on The Voice

<p>The dream is over for fan favourite Jack Vidgen and four other contestants on <em>The Voice Australia</em>.</p> <p>Vidgen, who was a former <em>Australia’s Got Talent</em> winner, had quickly become a fan favourite as he announced that he was returning to his origins by going on another reality singing show.</p> <p>Vidgen impressed the coaches and audience with an emotional performance of <em>You Are The Reason</em> by Calum Scott, but it wasn’t enough to keep him in the competition as public votes fell short.</p> <p>After host Sonia Kruger announced his shock departure, Vidgen insisted that he has no regrets from the experience.</p> <p>“This has just honestly been the most incredible experience of my life. It’s just been so healing and it’s just — there is no words to describe it. I just want to thank everyone, the whole team, Guy, all of you, just everyone,” he said, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.who.com.au/jack-vidgen-eliminated-from-the-voice-australia" target="_blank">Who</a></em>.</p> <p>“It’s honestly changed my life, and I’m never going to stop singing ever again.”</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/BzaiMkyltDQ/" 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/BzaiMkyltDQ/" target="_blank">Grateful. That’s all i have to say. So grateful. My heart is full. This journey has been incredible and i can’t thank you guys enough for the support you’ve given me. Thank you @guysebastian for believing in me, you’ve changed my life and you’re family to me. Thank you to the WHOLE team at @thevoiceau for this special experience. Thankful and so at peace 💙 see you all v soon 😏</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/jack.vidgen/" target="_blank"> jack vidgen</a> (@jack.vidgen) on Jul 2, 2019 at 5:36am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Vidgen got emotional as he continued:</p> <p>"I'll just be singing this to my future partner. My last relationship, it just didn't work out. We've both moved on and, like, we're friendly. So I look back at that and it's, like, it was really beautiful experience for me. The most important thing is to make people feel something and I definitely want to try and melt people's hearts with this performance."</p> <p>Fans of the star were not pleased, taking to Twitter to voice their opinions.</p> <p>"AUSTRALIA WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ON THE VOICE. I MEAN, SHELDON AND JACK VIDGEN ELIMINATED AT THE SAME TIME? MY HEART BLEW UP," one user wrote.</p> <p>Other contestants who didn’t make it onto the grand final round included Mitch Paulsen, Chynna Taylor, Sheldon Riley and Lee Harding.</p> <p> </p>

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Tracy Grimshaw rips into “smug” Tom Gleeson after Gold Logie win

<p><em>A Current Affair<span> </span></em>host Tracy Grimshaw has played Gold Logie winner Tom Gleeson at his own game by sarcastically labelling his monologue performance as “hilarious”.</p> <p>“The newly minted Gold Logie winner advised us all last night to lighten up. How light did he want it?” asked Grimshaw on Monday night’s episode of<span> </span><em>ACA</em>.</p> <p>“Julia Morris was wearing Costa’s beard, Pete Helliar was wearing a Logie. We were celebrating achievement in an industry whose main purpose is to entertain, and also happens to employ thousands of Australians – an industry the Gold Logie winner smugly told us last night was 'dying'.</p> <p>“We all waited for him to change pace and close his speech with some grace, but no chance,” she said.</p> <p>“Hilarious."</p> <p>The extraordinary address was followed by a segment about Sunday night’s Logie Awards, where many celebrities in attendance expressed their frustrations at Gleeson and his smear campaign, which targeted fellow nominees.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/tracygrimshaw?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TracyGrimshaw</a> on last night's Logies, Tom Gleeson's Gold Logie win, and his not-so-humble winning speech. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9ACA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9ACA</a> <a href="https://t.co/wEZdsxNMWv">pic.twitter.com/wEZdsxNMWv</a></p> — A Current Affair (@ACurrentAffair9) <a href="https://twitter.com/ACurrentAffair9/status/1145625685983031296?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">1 July 2019</a></blockquote> <p>According to Grimshaw, Gleeson’s win “has taken some of the shine off the coveted Gold Logie, capped by a speech that not surprisingly, went too far.”</p> <p>Even Karl Stefanovic had something to say, stating that the comedian had “gone too far” and that “he’s an absolute, 24-carat gold tosser.”</p> <p>Radio host Hamish Blake wittingly told<span> </span><em>A Current Affair</em><span> </span>that Gleeson was “the Aussie battler ripping off your Logie votes.”</p> <p>Viewers at home were quick to point out fellow Gold Logie nominee Amanda Keller’s reaction when she watched the victor give his speech, saying it was “priceless” and she looked “pissed”.</p> <p>Upon receiving the award,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-m-turning-this-award-into-a-joke-tom-gleeson-wins-gold-logie-after-smear-campaign" target="_blank">Gleeson told the crowd of media personalities</a><span> </span>to “lighten the f*** up.”</p> <p>He then admitted to “drinking heavily” before starting his eight minute speech where he took jabs at those who were nominated alongside him.</p> <p>“Just because all of you want it and I’ve got it, don’t get angry with me. It’s all right, you’ll all survive. It’s a shame this is the last Gold Logie that’s ever going to be handed out – according to Grant Denyer, I’ve ruined the Logies. But at least I won this all by myself,” he said.</p>

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“Never told anyone this:” Lisa Wilkinson’s Today show secret admission

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has made a stunning admission about a time when she was on the Today show with her co-host Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>Karl had been known for his hilarious, controversial and downright insane antics alongside Lisa on their beloved morning breakfast show, however it seems Lisa may have had one of the most hilarious gaffes while on-air and somehow it was never noticed.</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/BzVKuIwliW7/" 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/BzVKuIwliW7/" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a> on Jun 30, 2019 at 3:35am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While on the red carpet during the Gold Logies on Sunday night, Wilkinson admitted to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/awards/logies/lisa-wilkinsons-today-show-secret-never-told-anyone-this/news-story/d7e41c23d758d047bbc97da09be40f91" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a> that she had once fallen asleep on air.</p> <p>The brutal hours of waking up early in the mornings had proven to get to her while she was on Nine’s breakfast program along Stefanovic before leaving in 2017.</p> <p>“I’ve never told anyone this,” she explained.</p> <p>“There was one morning, Karl was in the middle of an interview, and I was off-camera and I was just sitting there, and I thought ‘if I don’t close my eyes for 10 seconds, I’m going to be in real trouble here’.</p> <p>“So I put my head down and tried to make it look like I was reading scripts on the computer, and then I felt myself go … and I jerked myself awake. So, yup, I have fallen asleep on air.”</p> <p>Lisa wasn’t the only one to let it all out on the Logie red carpet – as her Project co-hosts had their own stories to tell.</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/BzWgy9tFPk9/" 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/BzWgy9tFPk9/" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a> on Jun 30, 2019 at 4:07pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Peter Helliar revealed a secret about his fellow host and Gold Logie nominee Waleed Aly for embarrassingly missing the start of their Channel 10 program earlier this month.</p> <p>“Waleed actually missed the start of the show a few weeks ago. We went to air, and he wasn’t on,” Helliar explained to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/awards/logies/lisa-wilkinsons-today-show-secret-never-told-anyone-this/news-story/d7e41c23d758d047bbc97da09be40f91" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em>,</a> adding Aly had been in the bathroom.</p> <p>“He didn’t have his watch on, so he just completely mistimed it.”</p> <p>Waleed later confirmed the story, making the story even more hilarious with the juicy details.</p> <p>“We’d finished rehearsal and I’d left my phone on set, so I didn’t have the time. I walked out, and the show had started and I had no idea. I’m just strolling up, and the security guy goes ‘I can’t believe how relaxed you are’ and I thought, ‘that’s a weird thing to say’.</p> <p>“And I said to the makeup woman, ‘How long we got?’ And she said, ‘Are you serious? The show’s started!’”</p>

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“I’m turning this award into a joke!” Tom Gleeson wins Gold Logie after smear campaign

<p>Comedian Tom Gleeson has surprised the television industry and has taken home the Gold Logie.</p> <p>He brought a glass of red wine up on stage with him to collect his award and launched into an eight minute speech.</p> <p>“Just because all of you want it and I’ve got it, don’t get angry with me. It’s alright, you’ll all survive. It’s a shame this is the last Gold Logie that’s ever going to be handed out — according to Grant Denyer, I’ve ruined the Logies. But at least I won this all by myself,” he said.</p> <p>“Turns out I’m just really good at manipulating the media into doing things for me. Which, if you think about it, is why we’re all here.”</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/BzVfNIpFhTa/" 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/BzVfNIpFhTa/" target="_blank">#TomGleeson celebrates his #TVWEEKLogies Gold Logie win 🙌</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/tvweekmag/" target="_blank"> TV Week Magazine</a> (@tvweekmag) on Jun 30, 2019 at 6:34am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. This award has done a lot of great things for a lot of different people. In the past it has represented trying to get more diversity on the screen or launching charities and that’s fantastic. But for me it represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the f*** up.”</p> <p>“The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn’t really matter. It really doesn’t matter. We can have fun and just be entertaining. People get concerned about people campaigning for the award. Is that legitimate? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. But it is social media. It is just media. I’m just trying to be entertaining through the media. Do you know what would have been weirder? If I campaigned for this award sincerely. That would have been worse. Imagine me just sincerely saying I was humbled by the award. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. It would make me want to vomit.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">TV WEEK Editor <a href="https://twitter.com/ThomasWoodgate?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ThomasWoodgate</a> and Gold Logie winner <a href="https://twitter.com/nonstoptom?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@nonstoptom</a> chat about his huge win at the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TVWEEKLogies?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TVWEEKLogies</a> <a href="https://t.co/YvA2tVyMjc">pic.twitter.com/YvA2tVyMjc</a></p> — TV WEEK (@TVWEEKmag) <a href="https://twitter.com/TVWEEKmag/status/1145333651783110656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">30 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>After his speech, Gleeson continued in the press room. When a journalist inquired about whether or not he looked at his fellow nominees’ faces during his speech, he said:</p> <p>“No, I was more focused on myself and my victory and how well I was doing. I’d already moved on. This is the thing, even if I’d won by fighting a clean fight, they wouldn’t have been happy for me. They’d have been smiling and pretending to be happy for me, but the way I’ve done it, they’ve just been in touch with their real emotions.</p> <p>“Even you can’t believe you’re going to have to print that. Me too. That’s the joy of it, I can just say this s**t all day and you will write it down and make it a story. It’s ludicrous to me.”</p>

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“Extremely restrictive”: Why fan favourite Yvie Jones left Gogglebox

<p>Yvie Jones and Angie Kent shocked fans when they announced that they would no longer be continuing their placement in the hit TV show <em>Gogglebox.</em></p> <p>After six series of the show, the duo were ready to call it quits due to the restrictive rules around the program, which airs on Foxtel and Channel 10.</p> <p>Jones explained to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/lifestyle/why-fan-favourite-yvie-jones-left-gogglebox/news-story/aeb166bb560677ccfee9d9d059dbb285" target="_blank">The Herald Sun</a></em> about her decision to leave.  </p> <p>“We couldn’t endorse anything, we couldn’t tag anyone (on social media), there were no affiliations,” Jones says.</p> <p>“I respect that but cover us financially.</p> <p>Jones also shed some light as to how the other cast members get paid.</p> <p>“There’s no appearance fee for being on the show, they don’t pay you — you get a location fee. Your house gets the fee. We were losing money.</p> <p>“We were getting offers we weren’t able to take. It was extremely restrictive. It would have been fine had we been remunerated.”</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/Bmzdy_7FmAi/" 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/Bmzdy_7FmAi/" target="_blank">Last one wouldn’t work and I can’t fix it! Here’s another. Still back in a week ❤️</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/yvie_jones/" target="_blank"> Yvie Jones</a> (@yvie_jones) on Aug 22, 2018 at 7:11pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Once Jones and Kent decided to quit, they hired separate talent managers.</p> <p>“We thought there’d be separate futures for the both of us,” Jones explains.</p> <p>“So we left the show with nothing planned. Had we known how much was out there and how wanted we were, we probably would have left a lot earlier.</p> <p>“Saying that, we still miss <em>Gogglebox</em>. We still wish we could be a part of it. It’s such a shame we couldn’t come to some kind of agreement.”</p> <p>Since her departure in December, Jones hasn’t had a single week without media work, as she bounced from <em>I’m A Celebrity </em>to <em>Studio 10 </em>and then finally, filling in for Fifi Box on the hit breakfast show <em>Fifi, Fev and Byron</em> as Box is on maternity leave.</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/BwGd9B0j9re/" 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/BwGd9B0j9re/" target="_blank">Great show today!!! My flatmate Tom came in and there were some great segments today that personally meant a lot to me. Working with @whatsarahsnapped @angelabishop10 @joe_hildebrand @torigreen @akwahome @tamarasimoneau and all the crew has been great. I look forward to so many more wonderful mornings as well as other endeavours with Ten. #networkten #studio10</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/yvie_jones/" target="_blank"> Yvie Jones</a> (@yvie_jones) on Apr 10, 2019 at 9:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Jones feels like she’s finally found her medium.</p> <p>“Radio is a really good fit for me. TV is great as well, but radio is a little more forgiving. It doesn’t make you have body dysmorphia. Seeing yourself done up for TV, you start thinking, ‘Oh, this is how I look all the time’, and it’s not.”</p> <p>Jones still can’t believe she’s on breakfast radio.</p> <p>“I still pinch myself every day — am I that interesting? Do people really want to know that? Because if you want to know, I’ll tell you.</p> <p>“I’ve had a million jobs. By the time I started working behind the scenes in TV, people told me constantly I was on the wrong side of the camera. And I’d be like, ‘Yeah, well, it’s too late now. I’m old.’</p> <p>“For 20 years I was an out-of-work actor and singer who never made it. If I’d known I just had to be myself to make it and be so validated, I would’ve done it 20 years ago. But everything happens when it’s supposed to,” Jones explained.</p> <p>“I used to be playing other characters, but instead (during <em>Gogglebox</em>) I’ve been honing myself, getting a lot of therapy, dealing with a lot of personal issues that have helped me become this vulnerable person that happens to be extremely loved.”</p>

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“I’m done”: The X-rated remark that left Lisa Wilkinson speechless

<p>Lisa Wilkinson was left stunned after an X-rated remark made by Tommy Little during last night’s episode of<span> </span><em>The Sunday Project</em>.</p> <p>Little joined the show live via satellite from London, where he and Carrie Bickmore attended the final show of the Spice Girls UK tour the night before.</p> <p>But that wasn’t the only thing he got up to, as he decided to take part in a naked bike ride with countless other nude riders as they journeyed their way around the capital.</p> <p>A video of the comedian riding was shown on screen, with his modesty blurred out. But despite the censor, he said it was a humiliating experience.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 239.92443324937025px;" src="/media/7827773/capture.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a774ff0df49240918050b94387a42b36" /></p> <p>“How’s this for shattering? I was still quite cold, but I thought, bugger it, I will get nude. Then one woman, she was heckling from the side, yelled ‘He’s a grower, not a shower!’”</p> <p>“I’m not quite sure what that means,” said Wilkinson.</p> <p>“I think it means I’ve got a small c**k, Lis,” Little shot back, taking the journalist by surprise as he used a phrase that’s deemed racy for early evening television.</p> <p>“I’m done,” she said as she covered her face with her hands. “How good’s live TV? I know Tommy Little well, WHY did I do that? Next time, stop me before I kill again!”</p>

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Obsessed with property! Ellen DeGeneres buys $64.7 million Beverly Hills mansion

<p>Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi have opened their colossal cheque book again to buy Adam Levine’s $64.7 million mansion.</p> <p>The Maroon 5 singer and his Victoria Secret model wife Behati Prinsloo lived in the home for just one year before offloading the Beverly Hills mansion in LA.</p> <p>The sprawling 10,376 square foot home is a five-bedroom, 12-bathroom property and seems to be the perfect addition to DeGeneres’ growing collection of pricy real estate.</p> <p>Levine reportedly sank $11.5 million into upgrading the home during the 12 months he owned it.</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/BwnnqX9gVOs/" 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/BwnnqX9gVOs/" target="_blank">Here we go! 💪 Who's ready to stare down these #VoiceCrossBattles results? 😏</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/nbcthevoice/" target="_blank"> NBC's The Voice</a> (@nbcthevoice) on Apr 23, 2019 at 6:00pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>It’s unsure what DeGeneres and de Rossi plan on doing with the mansion, but the final deal was just a couple of million short of Levine's $68.3 million asking price. It was well above the $48 million the Maroon 5 frontman and<span> </span><em>The Voice USA</em> judge paid for the home.</p> <p>The property was built in 1933 in the traditional American vernacular style of the time and the three-storey home has crown moulding in many of the common living areas on the first floor.</p> <p>There are also multiple areas for lounging in the backyard around the in-ground pool.</p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to take a tour inside the $64.7 million Beverly Hills mansion.</p> <p><em>Photo credits: <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/adam-levine-sells-45-million-beverly-hills-mansion-in-five-weeks-203346" target="_blank">Mansion Global</a> </em></p>

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“It’s not true”: Karl Stefanovic denies reports he’s returning to the Today show

<p>Karl Stefanovic’s team have denied rumours that he’s returning to the<span> </span><em>Today<span> </span></em>show to rescue the breakfast program’s abysmal ratings.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/womansday" target="_blank"><em>Woman’s Day</em></a>, the media personality was in “secret negotiations” with Nine Network to plan the ultimate comeback.</p> <p>But a spokesperson for the 44-year-old slammed the claim as completely false.</p> <p>“There’s no truth to this rumour whatsoever.</p> <p>“Karl is not returning to<span> </span><em>Today</em>, nor are there any talks taking place, secret or otherwise, to that effect,” they told the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/auhome/index.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail</em></a>.</p> <p>Channel Nine also denied the rumour, saying, “It’s not true.”</p> <p>Despite being sacked from the show’s top position, Stefanovic is still receiving a $3 million salary from Nine to be “warehoused”.</p> <p>Since saying goodbye to the show, the journalist has kept a relatively low profile, posting to his Instagram only three times this year.</p> <p>The new look<span> </span><em>Today</em><span> </span>show debuted in mid-January with Deborah Knight and Georgie Gardner at the forefront. Also joining the team were Tom Steinfort as newsreader, Brooke Boney as entertainment reporter and Steve Jacobs, the weatherman.</p> <p>But since turning over a new leaf, the show’s ratings have plummeted with rival morning show<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>taking the top spot each and every time.</p> <p><span>However, despite the disastrous figures, Nine’s program director Hamish Turner told </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/tv/2019/06/11/karl-stefanovic-denies-today/" target="_blank"><em>The New Daily</em></a><span> that he wasn’t worried.</span></p> <p>“No, no, <em>Today’s</em> travelling well,” Turner said.</p> <p>“At the beginning of the year I said, ‘We’re going to have to go through a bit of a rocky ride’. Whenever you have a change of lineup you always have to go through a bit of a teasing period.</p> <p>“People like routine. They like to wake up with the same people, so it’s a matter of time, finding their place, finding their rhythm. It’s full steam ahead.”</p>

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“Nothing to apologise for”: Georgie Gardner hits back over controversial Dr Teo interview

<p>Georgie Gardner has responded to those who criticised her for the treatment she gave brain surgeon Charlie Teo during his appearance on the <em>Today</em> show.</p> <p>Taking to Twitter, the breakfast show host told naysayers to “go away”, saying she had “nothing to apologise for” and that Dr Teo “was happy with the interview”.</p> <p>Since the interview aired last month, Gardner has been heavily criticised over her line of questioning.</p> <p>Dr Teo is considered a “hero” by many, as he is famous for conducting operations on those who have been told there is nothing that can be done.</p> <p>But despite his life-changing surgery, fellow surgeons seem to disagree with his price point, with the neurosurgeon saying the medical world is “gunning for him”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Please watch the i’view or go away. I have nothing to apologise for &amp; I repeat Prof Teo was happy with the i’view <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TheTodayShow</a> <a href="https://t.co/wEnPMWqncS">https://t.co/wEnPMWqncS</a></p> — Georgie Gardner (@GeorgieG) <a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgieG/status/1137959761280811008?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">10 June 2019</a></blockquote> <p>His interview with Gardner in May started a fiery feud on Twitter, as those in the profession slammed the surgeon for accepting six-figure sums, with patients resorting to crowdfunding to help pay for his services.</p> <p>During his exchange with Gardner, the journalist asked him why the procedure isn’t covered by Medicare, which prompted Dr Teo to tell the host to get her “facts straight”.</p> <p>“Let’s get our facts straight first,” he said. “The fact is, although some patients do have to pay over $100,000, that doesn’t all go to the surgeon or even the team.</p> <p>“It is in a private hospital, which is accounting to their shareholders. They have to make a profit.</p> <p>“So, for example, that $120,000 bill that Henry Woo is talking about, $80,000 to the private hospital. $40,000 then gets dispersed among not only the surgeon, the assistant, anaesthetist, pathologist, radiologist, radiographer.</p> <p>“It is not that great an amount to each individual person, when you get your facts straight…”</p> <p>Gardner then continued to probe into how much Dr Teo personally makes in those circumstances.</p> <p>“I got $8000,” he said. “But it is really not the total amount that each person gets. It is really the fact that people do have to pay for their private healthcare.</p> <p>“It is a little bit unfair. If I was a child with cancer in a foreign state who wants the very best care, I think you should be able to be done in the public system.</p> <p>“But unfortunately, if you are done in the public system a few people have swallowed their egos.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Dr Charlie Teo defends the high cost of his procedures, instead putting the onus on other neurosurgeons who won't swallow their egos and says "I would do it free of charge" if Australia's healthcare system covered the costs. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/mwjmuMU8Se">pic.twitter.com/mwjmuMU8Se</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1133489260051410944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">28 May 2019</a></blockquote> <p>Dr Teo made a startling admission to <em>6PR</em> host Jane Marwick, saying the medical profession had deeply rooted problems, as he revealed he once abused his power to prevent another surgeon from reaching the top.</p> <p>“I hate to say it but I’m guilty of it myself,” he said.</p> <p>“I remember when I sat on a credentialing board at one of the hospitals I was at. This guy applied for privileges at this hospital. About three months before he’d written a pretty nasty letter about me, so I didn’t like him. So what do I do?</p> <p>“With the power that I had, I go, ‘No, he can’t have privileges at this hospital.' And, for no other reason than because I didn’t like the guy. He was probably a good surgeon. He’d paid up all his dues. But I didn’t like him, so I didn’t give him privileges.”</p> <p>Dr Teo said he did it “because I could”.</p> <p>“I was totally unaccountable. Nobody came down on me and said, ‘Give me the reasons why’ or ‘You can’t do that just because he’s not a nice person’.”</p>

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Denise Drysdale causes shockwaves with derogatory comment on Studio 10

<p>Denise Drysdale has made a particularly unsavoury comment about one of the world’s most famous singers, calling her a “s**t” on a live broadcast of <em>Studio 10.</em></p> <p>In Thursday morning’s episode of the morning breakfast show, Drysdale made it apparent she wasn’t all that much of a fan of Madonna during a segment hosted by Angela Bishop.</p> <p>The entertainment story on the world-famous celeb didn’t seem to take to the morning co-host who said: “I think she’s a s**t.</p> <p>“There we go, I’ve said it," Drysdale remarked. </p> <p>While the other co-hosts sat there stunned, Drysdale attempted to justify her comment by adding: “There’s things that she’s done over the years when she was younger. Some video tapes, sex, lies and videotapes or something like that, absolutely disgusting.”</p> <p>Although Drysdale says she does not regret making the comments, she admitted she should have said “s****ish” instead.</p> <p>“I don’t care, you can do Instagram, you can put it on your bloody Facebook … I don’t care,” she said.</p> <p>This is not the first time the 70-year-old has received criticism. Last year the<span> </span><em>Studio 10</em><span> </span>host confirmed she had thrown Brussels sprouts at her then work-mate Ita Buttrose while filming a Christmas segment at the Grounds of Alexandria in Sydney.</p> <p>“I was in a jovial mood,” Drysdale explained to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>Herald Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>“The Christmas party was that night and I could not go, so I had a couple of glasses of champagne ­towards the end of the day and I threw the Brussels sprout and I shouldn’t have.</p> <p>“I rang Ita for Christmas; we talk, we all get along. I did the wrong thing, it was totally my fault, I am sorry it happened,” she said.</p> <p>Former executive producer for the Channel 10 morning breakfast show Rob McKnight opened up about the incident on his podcast, TV Blackbox, where he described Buttrose as a “victim".</p> <p>“There is something about all this that has really upset me,” he said in August last year, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/08/ex-producer-refers-to-brussels-sproutgate-as-assault-of-ita-buttrose.html" target="_blank"><em>TV Tonight</em></a>. </p> <p>“I know the Brussels sprouts incident is a joke to everyone.</p> <p>“Ita Buttrose was assaulted at that shoot. It wasn’t a Christmas party, it was a shoot, we were in a professional situation recording a Christmas video clip.</p> <p>“Ita is horrified by this. She is embarrassed by it. She is a victim here and she has become the butt of jokes.”</p>

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Channel 7 cancels My Kitchen Rules bonus season

<p><em>My Kitchen Rules</em> was unfortunately up against Channel Nine's <em>Married at First Sight</em><span> </span>and was crushed in the ratings this year, despite<span> </span><em>MKR</em><span> </span>being in its 10th season.</p> <p>As a result, Channel Seven has now ditched plans to air a 10-year anniversary bonus season, which was scheduled for later this year.</p> <p>Instead, the cooking show will return to screens early next year for season 11.</p> <p>Seven’s head of programming Angus Ross confirmed to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mediaweek.com.au/angus-ross-seven-network-back-at-1-after-battle-with-nine-in-q1/" target="_blank"><em>Mediaweek</em></a> that Channel Seven is looking to reinvigorate the cooking show.</p> <p>“We won't be bringing in a stunt series at the end of this year. It is coming back in [the first quarter] next year,” Ross said.</p> <p>“We think we've got a few ideas about how to reinvigorate and re-imagine the show.”</p> <p>The decision not to air two<span> </span><em>MKR</em><span> </span>seasons in 2019 is one that has surprised fans, as the network has been promoting a “10th Anniversary Special” since October 2018.</p> <p>“How things played out [with the ratings for the 2019 season], the smarter thing to do was to consolidate next year,” Ross added.</p> <p>When Ross was asked whether or not he was pleased with the performance of<span> </span><em>MKR</em>, he gave a clear answer.</p> <p>“Would I have liked<span> </span><em>My Kitchen Rules</em><span> </span>to have done better numbers? Of course I would,” Ross said.</p> <p>However, Ross was quick to point out that Seven is not a one show network.</p> <p>“But we are not a one show network at Seven. We are always on, there is no Easter or summer [breaks].</p> <p>“We are driven by our three key pillars – news, entertainment and sport. We are the sum of our parts on not reliant on a single show.”</p>

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Edwina Bartholomew's exciting announcement on Sunrise: "I'm having a baby!"

<p><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>newsreader Edwina Bartholomew has announced on<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>that she is expecting her first child with her husband Neil Varcoe.</p> <p>She shared the happy news with her colleagues, explaining that “we’re having a baby, due in December”.</p> <p>Edwina also joked that her mother has been eagerly awaiting to tell everyone about the good news.</p> <p>“We're super stoked and our family is really excited. Mum has been bursting at the seams to tell everyone – so mum, you can tell everyone!”</p> <p>She also explained that her<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>co-host Samantha Armytage and reporter Natalie Barr had already guessed due to her odd cravings.</p> <p>“Sam knew early on and Nat guessed because I kept eating a lot of dried toast at three in the morning!” Edwina joked.</p> <p>She shared the news with her Instagram followers, with the clever caption:</p> <p>“What initially presented as an over consumption of croissants, has turned out to be something a little more permanent #itsababy”</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/ByTcLsulRbH/" 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/ByTcLsulRbH/" target="_blank">What initially presented as an over consumption of croissants, has turned out to be something a little more permanent #itsababy</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/edwina_b/" target="_blank"> Edwina Bartholomew</a> (@edwina_b) on Jun 4, 2019 at 2:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In the post is the <em>Sunrise</em> segment where Edwina announced the news.</p> <p>In the clip, co-host David Koch is visibly excited and gives Edwina a big hug.</p> <p>“How exciting! I love a baby!” shouted David.</p> <p>Edwina and her husband first met as colleagues at radio station 2GB and were together for six years before Neil proposed in 2017. The pair were married on April 21, 2018 at their restored farmhouse in Lithgow, NSW. </p>

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