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Nine News journo marries Olympic skier in stunning Italian ceremony

<p>Nine News' US correspondent Lauren Tomasi has officially tied the knot with her Olympic skier partner Rohan Chapman-Davies in a beautiful Italian wedding. </p> <p>The couple took to Instagram to share a few snaps from their special day in Tuscany over the weekend. </p> <p>"01.06.2024 Pure magic 🤍✨" she wrote in the caption. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/C7wCgTgt4yN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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; 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width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C7wCgTgt4yN/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by ROHAN CHAPMAN-DAVIES (@chapman_davies)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Chapman-Davies and Tomasi exchanged vows in an outdoor ceremony surrounded by their close friends and family. </p> <p>The bride wore a stunning white ballgown with a corseted bodice, and the groom donned a classic black suit. </p> <p>The Nine News journalist also also paid tribute to her late mother in her Instagram stories with a photo of chair that had a framed photo of her mum and some flowers, with the caption: "Mumma T's front row seat."</p> <p>Following the ceremony, Tomasi shared a snap of the newlyweds at their reception with the caption: "How to end your wedding: With sore feet from dancing, sore cheeks from smiling and a smooch from my new husband."</p> <p>Nine News journalist Sophie Upcroft, who attended the wedding also shared a few snaps from the special day, with the caption: "Work wife is now a REAL wife 🤍 So much fun celebrating the happiest couple." </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C7wQpPLv_Wi/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Sophie Upcroft (@sophieupcroft)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Nine-year-old Aussie ballet prodigy scores full New York scholarship

<p>A talented nine-year-old is heading to New York City, after scoring a full scholarship to a prestigious ballet school. </p> <p>Malcolm Doyle's dad Nick said he and his wife knew their son had a talent for dance from a young age, and could not be more proud of the international attention his dancing has garnered.</p> <p>"He's been doing really well here in Australia and since last year, there's been a bit of a focus from overseas," Nick told <em><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/today/aussie-billy-elliot-nine-year-old-ballet-prodigy-scores-scholarship-to-prestigious-new-york-academy/4e3fdf08-3fb7-41a4-89df-eb6ee4b58095" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Today</a></em>.</p> <p>"He got brought in to do an audition for Chicago's A and A Ballet, who were doing a world broadcast for auditions and from there, we just started to get a bit of interest."</p> <p>"And then this year, we let him do the auditions for the Royal Ballet and he ended up in Hong Kong over Easter."</p> <p>From there, Nick said the American Ballet Theatre in New York got in contact and offered Malcolm a scholarship. </p> <p>Malcolm ultimately turned down the offer and signed with another NYC school, the Ellison Theatre, who offered the youngster a full ride. </p> <p>The family are currently saving up to buy flights over to the US to check out the school, with Nick saying they will do anything and everything to support their son's dream. </p> <p>"It's taking quite a bit of the funds out of my bank account, but the love he's got for dancing, you can't stop him and even if we wanted to, I mean we get home after he's had a full day of dance and he's still dancing around the house," Nick said.</p> <p>Malcolm's dad has a performing arts background and his mum is also a classically trained ballerina and teacher, so Nick said Malcolm was either going to inherit the genes or "end up having three left feet".</p> <p>"He went and saw a production by the Queensland Ballet on the weekend, which he had never seen before and he walked out with half the choreography memorised in his head and trying to reproduce it.," Nick said.</p> <p>After being dubbed "Australia's own Billy Elliot", the Today hosts asked Malcom what it is he loves so much about dancing.</p> <p>"It makes me feel really excited and it's so amazing for me, the feeling I get when I dance," Malcolm said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Today  </em></p>

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Channel 9 host goes public with new romance

<p>Channel 9 personality Sophie Walsh has gone public with her relationship with Sydney Sixers cricketer Moises Henriques. </p> <p>The Today host confirmed their relationship with an adorable photo of the couple from inside Taylor Swift’s Saturday night blockbuster at Accor Stadium in Sydney.</p> <p>The pair were pictured cuddling up to each other as they posed with Taylor Swift playing in the background. </p> <p><em>News Corp</em> first revealed the pair have quietly been seeing each other recently, with the first signs of their relationship shared on Walsh's Instagram page in January.</p> <p>The couple posed in one of the stadiums with their arms around each other and Walsh captioned it with a simple black heart emoji. </p> <p>Radio and TV presenter Dan Anstey, who was one of the first to comment on the picture at the time, playfully said: "He's a keeper."</p> <p><em>Today Show </em>colleague Jayne Azzopardi wrote: "This makes me happy ❤️ 🏏"</p> <p>"Love this," added Tracy Vo. </p> <p>"Winners are grinners. ❤️" wrote<em> Nine News</em> weather presenter, Belinda Russell.  </p> <p>Henriques, 37, is a popular figure in Australian cricket, having represented Australia in all three formats of the game.</p> <p>He has a a four-year-old son from his former marriage with ex-partner Krista Thomas, who he got married to in 2018. </p> <p>Henriques has not yet shared any photos with Walsh on his own Instagram page.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Beloved sitcom star's cause of death revealed

<p>Beloved <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em> actor Andre Braugher’s cause of death has been revealed, just days after his <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/brooklyn-nine-nine-star-dies-at-age-61" target="_blank" rel="noopener">passing</a>. </p> <p>His publicist confirmed to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> that the 61-year-old actor died of lung cancer on Monday, after previously describing it as a "short-illness". </p> <p>Braugher was known for his role as the loveable hilarious but stern Captain Raymond Holt, whom he played for eight seasons in the hit police comedy show. </p> <p>He won two Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and received four Emmy Award nominations, during his time on the show. </p> <p>Tributes have poured in from his co-stars and fans alike shortly after his passing. </p> <p>Melissa Fumero, who played the show’s ambitious detective Amy Santiago, recently shared an emotional tribute with some of her favourite memories with Braugher. </p> <p>“I will remember all the advice you gave me,” she wrote in the caption of a behind-the-scenes photo of her and Braugher laughing together during one of their scenes. </p> <p>“I will remember all the times we laughed because your laugh was one of the all time greatest laughs to have ever existed. I will remember the deep love and loyalty you had for your family. I will remember it every time I ask work to make time for me to be with my family. </p> <p>"I will remember how you sent me pictures of Fall trees in [New Jersey] because you knew how much I missed that time of year back east. I will remember you calling me Melly Fumé. I will remember so much,” she added before sharing her condolences to his family. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0zHHhPrX7h/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0zHHhPrX7h/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Melissa Fumero (@melissafumero)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Chelsea Peretti, who played Gina Linetti who is Captain Holt's lazy but quick-witted assistant also paid tribute to the actor. </p> <p>She said that she felt "forever lucky to have gone on such a journey" with Braugher - "ringside seat". </p> <p>"Is it weird that I am also grieving for what Cpt Holt meant to Gina?" she added in her tribute. </p> <p>Braugher is survived by his wife, actress Ami Brabson, and  sons Michael, Isiah and John.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine star dies at age 61

<p>Two-time Emmy award-winning actor Andre Braugher has passed away at the age of 61. </p> <p>The <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em> actor died on Monday, with his publicist confirming the devastating news in a statement to <a href="https://variety.com/2023/tv/news/andre-braugher-dead-brooklyn-nine-nine-1235835771/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Variety</a>. </p> <p>The statement confirmed that Braugher passed away after a battle with a short illness. </p> <p>Braugher was best known for his role as the loveable, hilarious and stern Captain Holt in the sitcom <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em>, which he starred in for the show's eight seasons. </p> <p>During his time on the show, he won two Critics’ Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and received four Emmy Award nominations.</p> <p>Shortly after news broke of Braugher’s death, his <em>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</em> co-stars began sharing emotional tributes to the actor. </p> <p>Terry Crews, who played Braugher’s character’s second-in-command Sergeant Terry Jeffords, wrote on Instagram of his disbelief that his co-star was gone “so soon.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xpgZUxIXt/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xpgZUxIXt/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Terry Crews (@terrycrews)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I’m honored to have known you, laughed with you, worked with you and shared 8 glorious years watching your irreplaceable talent. This hurts,” Crews wrote alongside an image of Braugher.</p> <p>“You left us too soon. You taught me so much. I will be forever grateful for the experience of knowing you. Thank you for your wisdom, your advice, your kindness and your friendship. Deepest condolences to your wife and family in this difficult time. You showed me what a life well lived looks like... Rest In Peace, Andre. I love you, man.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, comedian Marc Evan Jackson - who played his on-screen husband, Kevin Cozner - shared a sweet portrait of the actor, writing simply: “O Captain. My Captain.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" 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);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xs3P7rQD0/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <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> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C0xs3P7rQD0/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Marc Evan Jackson (@marcevanjackson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Throughout his extensive career, Braugher also starred in <em>Men of a Certain Age</em>, <em>The Good Fight</em>, and most recently, drama film <em>She Said</em> alongside Carey Mulligan.</p> <p>He won an Emmy for his portrayal of Detective Frank Pembleton in <em>Homicide: Life on the Street</em>, as well as his role as Nick Atwater in the miniseries <em>Thief</em>.</p> <p>He is survived by his wife, actress Ami Brabson, along with sons Michael, Isiah and John.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p>

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Nine-year-old Hamas hostage believed dead is reunited with her father

<p>Dozens of hostages are recovering after being freed from their captors, after a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas came into effect. </p> <p>Almost eight weeks of violence came to a halt as the truce began, with Hamas so far releasing 41 hostages in the first two days of the truce. </p> <p>Among those who were freed by the radical Palestinian group was nine-year-old Emily Hand, who's father thought <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/family-pets/death-was-a-blessing-why-father-was-glad-to-hear-his-daughter-was-killed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">she was dead</a>. </p> <p>When Emily was at a sleepover on October 7th, the neighbourhood was bombed and her father Thomas, was told his daughter had died. </p> <p>Now, Thomas and Emily have been reunited, with their emotional reunion just one of many as families across Israel saw the return of their loved ones. </p> <p>Also released by Hamas was four-year-old Abigail Edan, an American-Israeli dual citizen who was abducted by Hamas almost eight weeks ago. </p> <p>US President Joe Biden commented on Abigail's release, saying she has been through "the unthinkable", as the four-year-old saw her mother get killed, before her father was also killed as he tried to shield her from the bombings.</p> <p>Biden said Abigail is receiving love, care and “the supportive services she needs” and adding he hoped “this is not the end of the temporary truce”.</p> <p>“What she endured was unthinkable. She has been through a terrible trauma,” he said. </p> <p>All 41 hostages released by Hamas from captivity in Gaza are stable, according to local medical professionals.</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2023/11/24/israel-hamas-truce-comes-into-effect-how-it-could-now-unfold" target="_blank" rel="noopener">truce</a> between Israel and Hamas came into effect on Friday morning, marking the end of seven weeks of constant fighting since the bombing of southern Israel on October 7th. </p> <p>The four-day pause is expected to see the exchange of 150 Palestinian women and children imprisoned in Israeli jails for 50 women and children hostages held by Hamas. </p> <p>Israeli officials, while adamant that the truce is not an end to the war, have also agreed to pause fighting for an additional day for every further 10 captives freed by Hamas.</p> <p><em>Image credits: CNN</em></p>

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“Our absolute worst nightmare”: Nine reporter reveals devastating family diagnosis

<p dir="ltr">Channel Nine reporter Hayley Webb has shared how she and her brother Lachlan have been struck down with a terrifying terminal illness. </p> <p dir="ltr">The siblings have spent their entire lives living with Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI) lying dormant in their bodies. </p> <p dir="ltr">The devastating illness, which has already claimed the lives of three aunts and uncles as well as their mother, will eventually leave the siblings unable to ever fall asleep again. </p> <p dir="ltr">From there, symptoms progress to, but are not limited to, the inability to walk, loss of sight and speech and an eventual total shutdown of the body's ability to keep itself alive.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hayley and Lachie first discovered they had the gene in 2016, and decided to take part in a study of the disease in California to end the generational curse of the genetic disorder. </p> <p dir="ltr">But tragically, earlier this year, Lachlan began having symptoms at just 35 years old, and discovered his condition had rapidly worsened.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; 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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;" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CycA3kxBDGi/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by thetodayshow (@thetodayshow)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">"The months leading up to it, I thought something was wrong - my memory was getting worse and I just knew something was different," Lachie told Karl Stefanovic on <em>Today</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I put it off for a month or two just in case it was something else, but once I got tested I realised my fears were confirmed."</p> <p dir="ltr">Lachlan was diagnosed in April, just one day after his son's first birthday, which Hayley described as “just our absolute worst nightmare”. </p> <p dir="ltr">The diagnosis triggered the disease's rapid shutdown of the mind and body, now Lachie struggles to sleep, requires a wheelchair to get around and his speech is starting to go as well.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Lach and I have always been so close - best mates our whole life," Hayley said. "The thought of not having him around is just too much to bear."</p> <p dir="ltr">Sitting in front of the pair, Hayley's heartbreaking admission brought Karl to tears.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I don't think I've ever done a story like this, and certainly never met anybody like you two in my life," the Today host said.</p> <p dir="ltr">With Lachie being officially diagnosed with the disease so young, Hayley has started to wonder about her own mortality. </p> <p dir="ltr">The disease has an average duration of 18 months, ultimately leading to death, making the siblings worry about their families and their futures. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It's just, like, been such a stark reality check that it's not a guarantee that we're gonna get to 60, it's not a guarantee we'll make it to 50,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I've got a three-and-a-half year-old and a baby on the way who I desperately want to see grow up.”</p> <p dir="ltr">While no doctor or test can predict how long Lachie has - his wife Claire and Hayley, who is expecting, have done something extraordinary, taking their family's fate into their own hands.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We both underwent IVF and through that process we were able to conceive children who won't have the gene, so the family curse stops here," Hayley said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Today</em></p>

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TV celebs flock to Perth for Nine newsreader's glam wedding

<p>Tracy Vo, a beloved Nine News reporter, has exchanged vows with her partner, Liam Connolly, in a glamorous ceremony on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.</p> <p>The glittering event attracted the crème de la crème of Australian television personalities, who flocked to Perth to celebrate the couple's union. Tracy, at the age of 39, looked absolutely stunning as she glided down the aisle in her exquisite strapless wedding gown, adorned with intricate beading.</p> <p>Her dress featured delicate sheer layers and intricate pearlescent embellishments, accentuated by a flowing, long veil that added a touch of ethereal elegance. As Tracy made her way to the altar, surrounded by her celebrity friends, she shared a heartfelt moment with her dashing groom, who was impeccably dressed in a timeless tuxedo.</p> <p>Tracy was gracefully escorted down the aisle by a relative who appeared to be her father, carrying a bouquet of vibrant yellow and white blooms. After the touching ceremony, the newlyweds and their A-list guests revelled in the joyous occasion, capturing memorable selfies throughout the night.</p> <p>Among the notable attendees were Nine's Sylvia Jeffreys and her husband, Sky News journalist Peter Stefanovic, known as a power couple in Australian media circles. Sylvia, 37, radiated elegance in a strapless maxi dress, complemented by a black designer handbag and strappy heels. Peter, 41, was equally stylish in a navy suit as they arrived at the venue.</p> <p>Another standout was Allison Langdon, who donned a stunning $2,300 blush-coloured Diane Gown dress with elegant drapery. Accompanied by her husband, Mike Willesee Jnr, and cricket star Mitchell Johnson, Allison epitomised chic sophistication in her attire. Afterwards, Allison summed it up for all attendees with her gushing post: "Best wedding ever!!!"</p> <p>Jessica Rowe and her Nine newsreader husband, Peter Overton, graced the celebration as well. Jessica turned heads in a long-sleeve pink sequin dress and heels, showcasing her signature style.</p> <p>The weather presenter, Scherri-Lee Biggs, proudly displayed her growing baby bump as she arrived with her AFL player husband, Daniel Venables. The couple added a special touch to the event with their presence.</p> <p>Tracy had announced her engagement to Liam in July of the previous year, sharing the happy news on Instagram alongside a photo of her dazzling engagement ring. She recounted the moment Liam proposed at Miri Miri, expressing her joy, tears, and excitement at saying yes. Tracy lovingly described Liam as the kindest and sweetest soul who made her laugh every day.</p> <p>In early 2020, Tracy had relocated from her hometown of Perth to Sydney when she was promoted as a newsreader on the Today show. However, her tenure was brief as she returned to Perth shortly before Western Australia imposed strict border restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her decision to move back was driven by her father's health issues, as he battled Morvan Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease.</p> <p>Tracy had explained her move, emphasising it was a family decision, and expressed her affection for her former Today show colleagues despite her departure. She missed them but affirmed that family considerations had been her guiding motivation.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Scott Cam to host new show as Nine reveals 2024 line-up

<p>Nine has unveiled its lineup of TV programs for the remainder of 2023 and on into 2024 at its annual Upfronts event – with several standouts sure to grab viewers' attention.</p> <p>While confirming new seasons for popular shows like <em>The Block</em>, <em>LEGO Masters</em> and <em>Travel Guides,</em> that news served as the backdrop for one of the world's most significant sporting events: the 2024 Olympic Games.</p> <p>Nine boasts exclusive broadcasting rights for both the Olympics and Paralympics, and in 2024, Australia will say "bonjour" to Paris as Wide World of Sports brings the most innovative and captivating Olympics experience to the country. The festivities will commence with the Opening Ceremony on July 26, followed by the Paralympics on August 28.</p> <p>Nine's extensive coverage will encompass 32 sports and 329 events, featuring Australia's most respected athletic talents as commentators and experts.</p> <p>In addition to the exciting 2024 programming, there's a wealth of captivating entertainment still in store for the remainder of this year. Upcoming highlights include <em>My Mum Your Dad</em> and <em>Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars</em>, as well as festive Christmas specials and thrilling new dramas to close out the year.</p> <p>Here's a sneak peek at what to expect:</p> <p><strong>Still to come in 2023:</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars:</strong></em> A brand-new series where Aussies aspiring to turn their culinary dreams into reality will compete for a chance to secure mentorship and a $250,000 investment from Gordon Ramsay and Australian business mogul Janine Allis. Contestants will pitch their innovative food and drink ideas to win a spot on the show and battle through high-pressure challenges to prove their business acumen.</p> <p><em><strong>My Mum Your Dad:</strong></em> In Season 2, Kate Langbroek assists a new group of single parents in their quest for love. This time, the adult children take charge of their parents' dating lives with their blessings, leading to cringeworthy and amusing dating moments. Romance, drama, and truth bombs ensue as the parents and offspring navigate the path to the ultimate test – the Blessing Ceremony.</p> <p><em><strong>Love Island Australia:</strong></em> Hosted by Sophie Monk, Season 5 returns to Mallorca with new singles looking for love. Islanders must form and maintain couples to secure their place in the Villa, even when new contestants arrive to stir up trouble. Risky challenges, date nights, and plenty of drama promise an unforgettable season.</p> <p><em><strong>Australia's Most Identical:</strong></em> This two-part special features 100 sets of twins competing in tests and challenges to determine the nation's most identical pair. Hosted by <em>The Block's </em>Scott Cam and Dr. Jana Pittman, the show delves into the nature versus nurture debate with the help of twin experts and challenges set by Dr. Xand and Dr. Chris van Tulleken.</p> <p><em><strong>The Hundred with Andy Lee: Christmas:</strong></em> Returning in December, this show features Andy Lee and 100 everyday Aussies sharing their thoughts on the festive season. Panellists include Sophie Monk, Rhys Nicholson, Kate Langbroek, and a special seasonal guest.</p> <p><em><strong>Australian Crime Stories: The Investigators:</strong></em> A new series, narrated by the investigators themselves, focuses on one case per episode. It provides unprecedented insights into the investigations, including interviews with detectives, families, journalists, and authors who have closely followed these cases.</p> <p><em><strong>Million Dollar Murders:</strong></em> Hosted by retired Detective Superintendent Deborah Wallace, this series explores unsolved murders in Australia, offering a one-million-dollar reward for information leading to a conviction. Wallace interviews detectives, witnesses, and family members to shed light on these chilling mysteries.</p> <p><em><strong>Christmas with Delta:</strong></em> Delta Goodrem returns to host a festive night of musical magic featuring Australian and international entertainment stars.</p> <p><strong>New in 2024:</strong></p> <p><em><strong>Tracy Grimshaw's Return:</strong></em> Tracy Grimshaw returns to Channel 9 in 2024, with details about her new project yet to be revealed.</p> <p><em><strong>Tipping Point Australia: </strong></em>Hosted by Aussie sporting legend Todd Woodbridge, this Australian version of the popular international quiz show invites contestants to answer general knowledge questions to win counters, which they can use on a coin pusher arcade-style machine. With mystery prizes and a jaw-dropping jackpot at stake, it's a test of wits and luck.</p> <p><em><strong>Human Error:</strong></em> Inspired by real events, this drama series follows Detective Holly O'Rourke and her homicide team as they investigate a murder case that threatens to jeopardize her career, family, and faith in justice. As they dig deeper, they uncover a criminal conspiracy that will change their lives forever.</p> <p><em><strong>Blood On The Tracks - The Platform Killer:</strong></em> Detective Kate Fletcher investigates a suspicious train commuter's death, uncovering links to other 'accidental' deaths on the rail network. Pressure mounts as she tries to solve the case while potentially becoming the killer's target herself.</p> <p><em><strong>Do You Want To Live Forever?</strong></em>: Dr. Nick Coatsworth guides six Aussies on a journey to explore the possibilities of reversing aging, ending disease, and extending human lifespans. The series delves into scientific breakthroughs and examines the secrets of living younger longer.</p> <p><em><strong>Beyond The Dream:</strong></em> This documentary series captures the untold stories behind some of the greatest Olympic and Paralympic moments, offering unprecedented access to the athletes' journeys and achievements.</p> <p><em><strong>Jeopardy! Australia:</strong></em> Australia gets its own version of the iconic quiz show, hosted by Stephen Fry. Contestants must respond in the form of a question to accumulate cash prizes, making it a test of general knowledge and quick thinking.</p> <p><em><strong>The Garden Hustle:</strong></em> Hosted by Lisa McCune and garden landscaper Dave Franklin, this gardening makeover program showcases everyday homeowners and renters as they transform their outdoor spaces into garden oases. The series offers practical gardening tips and heartwarming stories.</p> <p><em><strong>Listing Melbourne: </strong></em>Six elite real estate agents navigate Melbourne's property market while balancing their personal lives. The show provides a glimpse into the glamorous real estate market in Melbourne.</p> <p><em><strong>Budget Battlers:</strong></em> Norm and Jess from "The Block" take on incredible renovations for unsung heroes, demonstrating how viewers can renovate their homes on a budget.</p> <p>Nine's upcoming lineup promises a diverse range of entertainment, from thrilling dramas and heartwarming documentaries to exciting game shows and captivating reality programs. Viewers can look forward to a year filled with engaging and memorable television experiences.</p> <p><em>Images: Getty / Nine</em></p>

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Tracy Grimshaw’s rumoured TV return

<p dir="ltr">Tracy Grimshaw is rumoured to return to TV less than a year after her <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/tracy-grimshaw-s-huge-news" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>A Current Affair</em> exit</a>, with a "secret project" in the works with <em>Nine,</em> according to an insider.</p> <p dir="ltr">The veteran presenter reportedly made a low-key entrance into the <em>Nine</em> offices earlier this month to meet up with their bosses and pitch some new ideas.</p> <p dir="ltr">"They were very surprised to hear from her but excited to see what she'd been working on," the insider told <em>Woman's Day</em>, and added that at least one of the ideas she pitched is already in the works.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Tracy could be back on our screens as early as 2024!" the insider said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The TV star’s change of mind is reportedly inspired by Ally Langdon's flourishing career as the new host of <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Tracy is telling friends she may have made a big mistake. She has so much time on her hands and has been watching Ally flourish, and it's made her miss the thrill of TV."</p> <p dir="ltr">"She's started to think that maybe she isn't done after all, and she knows <em>Nine</em> will always welcome her back, in whichever capacity she chooses,” the insider revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ally Langdon was one of the<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/new-front-runner-to-replace-tracy-grimshaw" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> front-runners to replace Grimshaw</a> among other contenders including Carrie Bickmore, Deborah Knight, and Sylvia Jeffreys.</p> <p dir="ltr">Langdon has proven that she is a worthy replacement after bringing in 1.1 million viewers in the final week of ratings season, which is 30,000 more than when Grimshaw was hosting.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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“Let him rest in peace”: Viewers slam Shane Warne miniseries

<p dir="ltr">Viewers have slammed Channel Nine’s upcoming miniseries on Shane Warne, calling the “major drama” two-part event “embarrassing and disgraceful”. </p> <p dir="ltr">The first promo ads for the miniseries aired during the first State of Origin game on Wednesday night, with the trailer showing actor Alex William depicting the late Australian cricketer.</p> <p dir="ltr">The trailer was not well received by fans, with many saying it is “too soon” to be making a series about his life and death.</p> <p dir="ltr">Warmie died in March 2022 of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand. </p> <p dir="ltr">Just six months after his passing, the Nine Network confirmed the miniseries was in production, however, they did not disclose at the time that production began just three weeks after his death. </p> <p dir="ltr">The series, called <em>Warnie</em>, is set to air over two nights later this year. </p> <p dir="ltr">After the first trailer aired, many fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment over the show. </p> <p dir="ltr">One disgruntled viewer wrote, “Are Channel Nine taking the piss with the Warnie mini series. That promo was s***house, embarrassing and disgraceful. Let him rest in peace.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Another wrote, “Does anyone else think it’s too soon for a Warnie show on? He hasn’t even been gone for 15 months, and already the show seems filmed and ready to release.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“How quickly after his passing did someone go ‘yep it’s time to make a show on his life?’”</p> <p dir="ltr">A third person put it simply: “On the YeahNah scale the Warnie TV drama series look like a massive nah.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The miniseries was filmed in the late cricketer's hometown of Melbourne, and tells a dramatised version of Warnie's remarkable sporting career and rise to fame.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shane's eldest daughter Brooke, 24, previously called Nine's announcement of a telemovie based on her father “<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/shane-warne-s-daughter-blasts-channel-nine-for-disrespect">beyond disrespectful</a>”, as he spent 23 years as a commentator for the network's cricket coverage.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Do any of you have any respect for dad? Or his family?” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He did so much for Channel Nine and now you want to dramatise his life and our family's life six months after he passed away? You are beyond disrespectful.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Nine</em></p>

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Channel Nine addresses rumours of "tension" on Today set

<p>Channel Nine has addressed rumours of tension and anxiety on the set of <em>Today</em>, with the relationship between hosts Karl Stefanovic and Sarah Abo reportedly being strained. </p> <p>According to reports to <a href="https://www.newidea.com.au" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>New Idea</em></a>, Stefanovic and Abo have been at odds over a reported $700,000 pay gap, with Karl reportedly earning $1.5million a year for his hosting duties while Abo brings home $800,000 a year.</p> <p>Despite the rumours of "tension" over the six-figure pay gap, Nine's director of morning television Steven Burling told <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/channel-9-denies-salary-leak-is-causing-tension-on-today-show/news-story/ecb1489015c2b038fd968652e9e0a6b8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener">news.com.au</a></em> that the rumours are "not even remotely correct".</p> <p>"The salary figures for our network talent published last week in various outlets were not even remotely correct. Anyone who watches <em>Today</em> can confirm there's absolutely no tension on set," Mr Burling said.</p> <p>"We couldn't be happier with our talented line-up of Karl, Sarah, Brooke, Alex and Tim who are working well and having a great time - end of story."</p> <p>The statement comes after <em>New Idea</em> spoke to a source allegedly close to the show, who said the news of the pay gap was "anxiety inducing" for new host Sarah, who took over from Ally Langdon in January. </p> <p>"The news of Karl's big pay cheque is anxiety inducing to say the least... Some are wondering why she isn't being more equally matched with Karl," a source allegedly said.</p> <p>"If you were Sarah would you stay and put on a smile every day knowing full well you're being paid so much less than your male counterpart for doing the same job? I can imagine she's likely disappointed."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Today</em></p>

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Richard Wilkins' heartbreaking interview regret

<p dir="ltr">Richard Wilkins has revealed the one heartbreaking question he wished he had asked Charlotte Dawson the day before her passing.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a recent interview for his series <em>Dickie's Diaries</em> the usually upbeat Nine Entertainment reporter sat in a moment of silence before he answered the interviewer’s question: What’s the one question you wished you’d asked?</p> <p dir="ltr">"The one question I wish I'd asked was to my friend," Wilkins began, repeating the question, pausing briefly before saying her name "Charlotte Dawson".</p> <p dir="ltr">"Charlotte used to come on the Today show a lot.</p> <p dir="ltr">"She always used to come into my dressing room at the old Channel Nine studios in Sydney. We'd always have a good old chat about stuff,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">He shared the conversation they had in February 2014 and the moment that has weighed on his mind since.</p> <p dir="ltr">"She said 'what are you doing on the weekend' and I said 'I'm going up to see Bruce Springsteen play in the Hunter Valley. It's going to be fantastic', I said. 'I can't wait to get up there',"</p> <p dir="ltr">"Charlotte took her life the next day which still makes my... shivers go up my spine... I had a spare ticket and I wish I'd said to her 'do you want to come?'</p> <p dir="ltr">"You just wonder whether, had she got out of the space she was in, taken a leap of faith, maybe things would have turned out differently."</p> <p dir="ltr">The New Zealand-Australian model and TV personality was found dead in her home in Woolloomooloo on February 22, 2014.</p> <p dir="ltr">Dawson had depression for over a decade and was only 47 when she passed. She had opened up about her struggle in an interview in 2012.</p> <p dir="ltr">"When you work in a public environment like the media, you do have to have a thick skin," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"And no matter what you do, people are still going to hate you just because they think you're ugly or because they don't like the sound of your voice."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty/ Nine Entertainment</em></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Don't go it alone. Please reach out for help.</em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Lifeline: 13 11 14 or <a href="http://lifeline.org.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">lifeline.org.au</a></em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636 or <a href="beyondblue.org.au" target="_blank" rel="noopener">beyondblue.org.au</a></em></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><em>Headspace: 1800 650 890 or <a href="http://headspace.org.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">headspace.org.au</a></em></strong></p>

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Top-tier salaries for high-profile talents at Channel 9 revealed

<p>Ray Hadley has been named the highest paid talent at the Nine Network, with his contract extension earning him a reported $9 million. </p> <p>The 68-year-old talk back radio host will remain the morning show host at 2GB until the end of 2026, with the gig lining his pockets with around $3.5 million annually. </p> <p>With the news of Hadley's new contract making headlines, an insider at <em>Media Diary</em> has revealed what the other top talents at the Nine Network are earning in comparison. </p> <p>The second highest paid personality at the network is reportedly comedian and <em>Lego Masters</em> host Hamish Blake, who rakes in around $2 million per year.</p> <p>Coming in with salaries around the $1.5 million per year mark are the likes of <em>Today</em> host Karl Stefanovic, <em>A Current Affair</em> host Allison Langdon, 2GB breakfast host Ben Fordham and <em>The Block</em> host Scott Cam.</p> <p>Earning between $1 million and $1.2 million reportedly include veteran <em>60 Minutes</em> journalist Liz Hayes, <em>The Hundred</em> host Andy Lee, and 3AW presenters Neil Mitchell and Ross Stevenson.</p> <p><em>Nine News</em> journalist Peter Overton is said to make approximately $1 million a year, while <em>Today</em> co-host Sarah Abo and reality show host Sophie Monk are each said to net around $800,000.</p> <p>While the network does not disclose the salaries of each personality, an individual's annual pay is often leaked when star's renegotiate their contracts.</p> <p>When Lisa Wilkinson left the Nine Network in 2017 over a gender pay dispute, she reportedly signed a $2 million per year contract with Ten to co-host <em>The Project</em>.</p> <p>Also defecting from Nine, Sonia Kruger is said to have signed a $1.3 million contract with Seven as the co-host of <em>Dancing with the Stars</em>. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Today / Instagram</em></p>

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Belinda Russell lifts the lid on “disappointing” Weekend Today departure

<p dir="ltr">Belinda Russell stunned <em>Weekend Today </em>audiences early in 2023 when <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/today-host-announces-shock-departure">she made the unexpected announcement</a> that she would be parting ways with the Nine breakfast programme. </p> <p dir="ltr">Taking to social media in March, Russell thanked her supporters, shared her hope that she’d “brought some sunshine and joy” to their screens, and expressed her excitement for the opportunity that lay ahead. </p> <p dir="ltr">A month later, Clint Stanaway and Jayne Azzopardi joined <em>Weekend Today</em> as co-hosts.</p> <p dir="ltr">And now, Russell has spoken up about her surprise departure, suggesting in an interview with <em>Stellar</em> that the decision for her to leave hadn’t been one she’d seen coming, either. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It wasn’t the start to 2023 that I was expecting, and that was disappointing,” she confessed. “It’s going to be a bit of a knock to your confidence and self-esteem but you do then think ‘well, what’s next?’ </p> <p dir="ltr">“You’ve got to trust the universe and back yourself.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But rather than dwell on the negative side of her situation, Russell is determined to focus on the benefits, primarily what it means for herself and her three young daughters - 16-year-old Maddi, 13-year-old Tallulah, and 11-year-old Coco. </p> <p dir="ltr">“You have setbacks in life, but it’s how you bounce back that matters,” she explained. “[It’s good] for my girls to see that and learn about resilience.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Russell made note as well of how she hadn’t quite understood “how powerful it can be bringing a bit of hope and joy and brightening someone’s day” until someone approached her at an event and thanked Russell for getting her through Covid.</p> <p dir="ltr">And it’s those takes that the 44-year-old brings to her ongoing work at Nine, with Russell adding that “TV is so subjective. One person might think something but then a million others might disagree. That’s the way the cookie crumbles and I’m not going to cry about it. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It is what it is, but what’s next?”</p> <p dir="ltr">When it comes to the future, Russell is keeping her options - and her eyes - open, explaining to <em>Stellar</em> that if an opportunity arose to host something in the realm of entertainment, “to have fun and explore that zest for life”, then she’d be prepared to give it a go. </p> <p dir="ltr">And that she isn’t keeping her options limited to just television, either. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I work at Channel Nine and for Channel Nine, but I don’t think any particular role belongs to me,” she revealed. “You hope your ability means you’re put in roles that you can shine in, but my eyes are wide open. </p> <p dir="ltr">“If I don’t work in the TV industry any more or I leave Channel Nine, life is still going to be good.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Today shakes things up for the weekend

<p>The Nine Network has revealed that Jayne Azzopardi and Clint Stanaway will be joining the dedicated team of<em> Weekend Today</em>, alongside news presenter Sophie Walsh.</p> <p>And in celebration of their new gig, the two spoke to <em>9Entertainment</em>, with Stanaway sharing the team’s excitement and desire to bring a fresh experience to the show, keeping viewers entertained and informed along the way. </p> <p>"We're good listeners,” he explained, “and I'm really excited to sort of showcase people's stories. There's no doubt, I think both of us, and including Sophie, we want to bring a relaxed sort of vibe to the show and have some fun, but as well as keeping people entertained, we know we have a responsibility to keep people informed as well."</p> <p>And as Azzopardi added, “during the week, everybody's so rushed, trying to get the kids off to school and get out the door to work. On the weekend everything happens at a little bit of a slower pace.</p> <p>"So you can have us on the TV while you're eating breakfast and having your coffee and there'll be interesting conversations, and also maybe helping you make sense of things that have happened during the week that you've heard about, but you haven't really had a chance to read a lot about it because it's too busy."</p> <p>Azzopardi went on to note that working with Clint has “just been so easy”, and that they know they have each other’s support, as well as being able to “trust each other to be able to do our jobs properly, and all actually really, really like each other.” </p> <p>"I'm a sports veteran, Jayne's all about politics, and I love Sophie's cheek and humour,” Stanaway noted of their team dynamic. </p> <p>"And we're all from different parts of the country. I'm unashamedly a Melbourne guy, Jayne's from the Sydney shire, and Sophie's a Queenslander at heart, and I love that about us. And I think that's really showcased on our show.”</p> <p>He added that they had also known each other for “a long time as colleagues”. </p> <p>The difference in their career history - Stanaway reporting on sports, Jayne covering finance and politics - is likely to be the backbone of their success for the breakfast TV programme, with its variety in coverage across the realms of news and current affairs, weather, politics, lifestyle, and entertainment. And as Stanaway put it, “Jayne's the sensible one. She started out in finance. Right there is the contrast between us.”</p> <p>But they won’t be the only ones contributing to their broadcasts, with Azzopardi making sure to recognise everyone behind the scenes too, noting that “we've got fantastic producers and they work so hard and keep us on our toes. They pull us up if we're talking for a bit too long and keep things running to time."</p> <p>Stanaway then took the opportunity to point out, “because when we get started we can be hard to shut up!"</p> <p><em>Images: Today / Nine </em></p>

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The purrfect passenger gives the fright of his nine lives

<p>Some people are braver than others. And the same, apparently, can be said for cats. </p> <p>Onboard a flight from Canada’s Ontario International Airport to the USA’s JFK, one feline friend turned heads when he was caught prowling down the aisle, thousands of feet in the air. </p> <p>Columnist Yi Shun Lai was one of the passengers who caught sight of the apparent stowaway, and took to Twitter to share an image of the cat being held by a member of the flight crew, along with the caption “On last night's @JetBlue flight, ONT-JFK: 'Is anyone missing a CAT. A grey-and-white CAT.' Yes I woke up for this.”</p> <p>As the post blew up across social media, she noted later that the cat had been declared as “HEAVY”, while people in her comments begged for further updates. </p> <p>“Was the cat's owner found? Did it get trapped in a suitcase? Does a Canadian cat who stowed away need a visa now? I'M INVESTED IN THE OUTCOME HERE!!” declared one. </p> <p>“And I would have got[ten] away with it, too, if it wasn't for you meddling cabin crew,” joked another. </p> <p>“That is a giant version of my cat,” shared yet another follower. “How did she get hit by a growth ray and end up on a plane to JFK?”</p> <p>Meanwhile, one had a suggestion that many seemed to agree with, writing, “we must claim the cat!!! And name him Baggage!”</p> <p>And Cats with Jobs had something very, very important to share with everyone, telling them to “put him down, he’s the pilot.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">On last night’s <a href="https://twitter.com/JetBlue?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JetBlue</a> flight, ONT-JFK: “Is anyone missing a CAT. A grey-and-white CAT.” Yes I woke up for this. <a href="https://t.co/XE5ywPM9x7">pic.twitter.com/XE5ywPM9x7</a></p> <p>— Yi Shun Lai (賴儀遜) (@gooddirt) <a href="https://twitter.com/gooddirt/status/1636719492662263809?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 17, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p>Luckily, people weren’t left waiting around for an answer for long, with the cat’s owners revealing just how the furry friend - known as Brian to his family, who were also on the flight, and his new fans - got himself into that situation. </p> <p>“Brian escaped from his carrier on our red-eye home from Ontario, California,” came the explanation. “Maybe cat backpacks aren’t the most practical for 8hr flights but he certainly has no regrets besides getting caught.”</p> <p>As well as confirming that Brian wasn’t lost - only adventurous - his owners also noted that he is, in fact, a very big 8.6kg cat. He was also, most importantly, home “safe and sound” after his big day out in the sky. </p> <p>The jokes kept rolling in from there, as well as one who spoke for everyone when he said “somehow, Brian seems like the perfect name for this dude.” </p> <p>But for others, they just wanted more information on how he was doing, and how exactly he’d managed to get himself out of his carrier like they’d said. </p> <p>“He’s doing great!” his owner, Alexis, shared with her followers. “My partner &amp; I travel with him in a cat-backpack and the bottom flap isn’t very secure. So Brian … must’ve nudged it open while we were asleep.”</p> <p>Yi Shun then commented, “at first we wondered if Brian weren't doped up on Benadryl; his expression seemed to be so over-it-all, but then it turns out no, this is Brian all the time.”</p> <p>And Alexis was all too happy to confirm this, telling everyone that “this is his attitude at all times. Fussy, over it, and refusing to be ignored.” </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">That’s our big boy Brian! Thank you for all the love, he’s safe &amp; sound but definitely not sorry haha <a href="https://t.co/GDg3Bwzv4p">pic.twitter.com/GDg3Bwzv4p</a></p> <p>— Alexis (@prof_goddess) <a href="https://twitter.com/prof_goddess/status/1637182633397420032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 18, 2023</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Why Channel 7 is happy that Ally Langdon left her role on The Today Show

<p dir="ltr">Channel 7 is secretly happy at the changes their competition Channel 9 has done to the breakfast show.</p> <p dir="ltr">The broadcaster announced that Ally Langdon will leave her role on <em>The Today Show</em> to replace Tracy Grimshaw as host of <em>A Current Affair</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>60 Minutes</em> reporter Sarah Abo will take over Ally’s place next to Karl Stefanovic in the new year.</p> <p dir="ltr">But now insiders are saying that this change will see Channel 7 continue to beat Channel 9 in the breakfast TV show ratings.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They’ve weakened their position in the real battleground. Anyone can host A Current Affair, but breakfast TV is a different game,” a Seven insider told Diary.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, this is not the case from Channel 9’s perspective because of veteran <em>Sunrise</em> reporter David “Kochie” Koch limiting his workload in the new year.</p> <p dir="ltr">Earlier this year, it was unclear whether or not Kochie will remain the face of <em>Sunrise</em> alongside Nat Barr.</p> <p dir="ltr">But he was able to successfully negotiate more flexibility to spend more time with his family.</p> <p dir="ltr">“After 20 years, I've felt I needed more flexibility in my life with my wife Libby and my business interests,” he told The Australian in October.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So when I mentioned leaving to Seven, (CEO) James (Warburton) very kindly asked me whether we could work together on a plan that I wanted, which also kept my connection to the network and my focus on Sunrise.”</p> <p dir="ltr">His decision is the only comfort that Channel 9 have at winning the breakfast show ratings after a very long time.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Kochie leaving marks a huge opportunity for Today - there is no denying that,” a Nine insider said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He is a breakfast TV behemoth. He has underpinned Sunrise's dominance for two decades.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The idea of a breakfast TV landscape without him gives Today clear air for the first time in 20 years and there is a real sense of opportunity here.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It means Karl will now be the most senior presence on either show... and that could resonate with viewers.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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