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Erik Thomson speaks out after 800 Words cancelled: "It didn't have to end"

<p>Soon to be reaching his 30th year of acting, Erik Thomson’s hugely successful show<em> 800 Words</em> has not been approved for a fifth season.</p> <p>The show, which earned Thomson a win in the Best Actor category at the <em>Logies</em>, will end after the fourth season, set to air soon on Channel Seven. </p> <p>Thomson’s character George Turner is a newspaper columnist, in the fictional New Zealand seaside town of Weld. And now, due to the show being shelved, season four will be the last time we see George Turner on our television screens.</p> <p>The 51-year-old actor finds the situation “disappointing” as he believes the show still had potential and a great viewership.</p> <p>“<em>800 Words</em> could have run for more seasons,” Thomson told <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/erik-thomson-800-words-cancelled-50696" target="_blank">TV WEEK</a></em>.</p> <p>“The plan was to jump ahead a year to see how things panned out, but that’s not going to happen, unfortunately.</p> <p>“Networks these days are interested in the shiny new ball, but not always in ways to keep that ball shiny.”</p> <p>Thomson believes reality television is partly to blame, with television networks strongly relying on reality shows. The actor says that scripted drama is not given the priority it deserves.</p> <p>“In many ways, reality shows have become like drama series,” he says. “They cast all these archetypes. There’s the villain, the smart arse and the underdog. I get it, but hopefully with a bit of luck the pendulum will swing back to more scripted drama that runs for longer than six-to-eight episodes.”</p> <p>But Thomson is still grateful for the opportunities he has been given.</p> <p>“I’ve been fortunate to be in shows people just have to be home for on a Tuesday night, whether it be <em>All Saints</em> or <em>Packed to the Rafters</em>,” he says. “I’ve been lucky.”</p> <p>He added, “This is my 28th year as a professional actor. I’m heading towards that three-zero years in the business. I keep pinching myself!”</p> <p>As for what the future holds, Thomson is looking into darker roles after shooting horror film <em>Awoken</em> in Adelaide with his fellow <em>800 Words</em> co-star Benson Jack Anthony, and will soon be starring in Aussie film <em>Storm Boy</em>.</p> <p>“The journeys I want to go on now aren’t as family-orientated,” he says when talking about his shift from the “nice guy” roles that he is known for playing. </p> <p>“I’m thinking darker drama or even some edgy, dark comedy projects. I’m working with some writers and there are possibilities floating around.”</p> <p>And one of those ideas may involve a reunion with Thomson’s <em>Packed to the Rafters</em> co-star Rebecca Gibney.</p> <p>“We’ve talked about it,” he says. “But Rebecca has just finished <em>Wanted</em> [the Channel Seven drama series] and everyone is in different parts of the world. I dare say it could happen.”</p> <p>Are you disappointed that <em>800 Words</em> won’t be returning after its fourth season? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Leigh Sales' frustrating moment on 7.30: "Not what I asked"

<p>Treasurer Scott Morrison has refused to concede that Malcolm Turnbull’s position is under threat, despite strong rumours of a leadership spill and an extraordinary energy policy backflip.</p> <p>Appearing on ABC’s <em>7.30 </em>– after Mr Turnbull declined the interview – host Leigh Sales directly asked Mr Morrison whether there was a “legitimate threat” to the Prime Minister’s leadership.</p> <p>“I don’t believe so, and the reason for that is we’re getting on with the job and just announced another big change in terms of going forward with the ACCC,” he responded.</p> <p>“That doesn’t mean there’s not a leadership threat,” fired back anchor Leigh Sales.</p> <p>“Well no one’s calling me about it.”</p> <p>Asked repeatedly where the source of the destabilisation is coming from, Mr Morrison deflected, saying: “I don’t know. I would have to ask you and the media who are reporting it.</p> <p>“Whoever is talking to the papers would know the answer to that question, but I wouldn’t. Clearly, some people are talking to each other and they are talking to the media, so that’s just obvious.”</p> <p>Sales asked again why he thought there were rumours of a leadership spill, he said: “I don’t know because I’m not part of it. You would have to ask them.”</p> <p>Trying a different tack, Sales asked what effect a leadership change would have on the government’s support.</p> <p>Mr Morrison responded by saying he didn’t anticipate a challenge.</p> <p>“That’s not exactly what I asked,” Sales eventually interjected.</p> <p>Sales then went on to ask him why the Prime Minister “drastically” changed his energy policy twice, if his leadership was stable.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t describe it as drastic changes. The policy remains as we took it to the party room with improvements,” said the Treasurer. “We were working through these issues with our colleagues, and at the end of the day what became clear is in the absence of bipartisan support for this policy... we wouldn’t have been able to get it through the House of Representatives.”</p> <p>Mr Turnbull announced on Monday he would scrap the target from the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) policy, as it does not have enough support to be passed.</p> <p>“It’s clear that in the absence of bipartisan support, the legislation to move forward the emissions component of the National Energy Guarantee will not be able to pass the House of Representatives,” he told reporters.</p> <p> </p>

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The cast of A Place To Call Home prepare to say farewell

<p>As the sixth and final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em> airs, the actors have opened up about their fondest memories on the show.</p> <p>In an interview with <a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;">TV Week Close Up</em></strong></span></a>, the stars looked back at their time on the show and the impact it’s had on Aussie viewers.</p> <p>The series creator, Bevan Lee, set the drama in the 1950s, showcasing all the various attitudes attached to the time.</p> <p>"It set out to show us what has been, but also what still is," said Craig Hall, who plays Dr Jack Duncan.</p> <p>“It was a measuring stick for how either far we've come, or how little we've travelled."</p> <p>The show also tackled issues such as intolerance and bigotry, through David Berry’s character, James Bligh – scoring the actor a Logie nomination for his performance.</p> <p>"I could see it was about issues that are often taboo in families and we know we've opened people's minds – and that's powerful," Noni Hazlehurst, who plays Elizabeth Bligh, said.</p> <p>Marta Dusseldorp, who plays Sarah, says she was captivated with the show after reading the script of season one.</p> <p>"I still relish that first season," the 45-year-old said.</p> <p>"I've never read anything like it. I felt so excited to be a part of that."</p> <p>Craig said he appreciated the sense of nostalgia the story evoked.</p> <p>"It represents a time when we think, 'Ah, those were the days,'" he said. "In the first two seasons, you think, 'It'd be nice to live in this world.'"</p> <p>However, in the following seasons, viewers are then exposed to the destructive family secrets that begin to unravel.</p> <p>"I've learnt a lot about the damage caused by secrets and by not being who you are – they are the strong themes of the show," Noni said.</p> <p>The actors also reflected on how the show was dropped by Channel Seven, before being saved by Foxtel.</p> <p>"We were all devastated when it ended on season two; there was unfinished business," David, 34, said.</p> <p>"And now that there's a definite ending, there's a sense that we get to define it – that's empowering and exciting."</p> <p>Will you be watching the final season of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">A Place To Call Home</em>? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Revealed: The staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars

<p>Former <em>Studio 10</em> television producer, Rob McKnight, has revealed the staggering salaries of breakfast TV stars, as well as his own impressive former yearly wage.</p> <p>Rob, who most recently worked as executive producer of Channel Ten's morning show<em> Studio 10</em> and has worked at Channel Seven and Nine previously, was speaking on his podcast <strong><em><u><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/tv-blackbox/id1415436461?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D4">TV Blackbox</a></u></em></strong><em>,</em> said he was initially on a salary of $220,000 at Studio 10.</p> <p>He later landed a $100,000 bonus, increasing his salary up to $320,000, including superannuation.     </p> <p>Talking about the increase, Rob joked: “The CEO said, ‘go and pay off your house.’”</p> <p>When asked what breakfast TV presenters, like Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson, could be taking home, Rob said the millions reported in the press are fairly accurate.</p> <p>“You know what I was on, so you can expect they were in the ballpark [figures which have been reported],” he said.</p> <p>“Don't forget breakfast and morning TV have the potential to make good money. Breakfast TV is reaching more people than prime time.”</p> <p>Rob’s comments come after Lisa's shock departure from Channel Nine over a salary dispute last October.</p> <p>At the time, Channel Nine CEO Hugh Marks said he could not offer Lisa a $500k raise on top of the $1.8 million she was earning at the time on the Today show.</p> <p>“I went to an incredible amount of trouble to build that ($1.8 million) package for her,” he told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/tv-rich-list-karl-stefanovic-tops-australias-10-highestpaid-television-stars/news-story/a678d441e5e927aa47254797a86457df"><strong><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></strong></a> at the time.</p> <p>“She wanted $2.3 million. It wasn't a $200,000 shortfall to [Karl Stefanovic's] $2 million magic number. It was $500,000.”</p> <p>When Lisa joined Channel 10’s <em>The Project</em>, she was replaced on <em>Today</em> by Georgie Gardner, who received a big raise for the new role.</p> <p>Georgie's salary was increased from $500,000 to $1 million, <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/georgie-gardner-is-the-new-cohost-of-today-show-with-word-her-salary-has-been-almost-doubled/news-story/cbb5cb4531ffe4f177e605b36ce5e08d"><strong>The Daily Telegraph</strong></a> </em>reported.</p> <p> </p>

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The cast of Downton Abbey reunited!

<p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The cast of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Downton Abbey </em>held a small reunion in the wake of the news that the <em style="font-weight: inherit;">Downton Abbey</em> movie is officially moving ahead.</p> <p>Former stars Dan Stevens, Michelle Dockery and Allen Leeche caught up in Los Angeles to see each other before the highly anticipated project begins.</p> <p>Michelle, who played Lady Mary Crawley on the series, shared a black and white photo with her co-stars, captioning the photo: “Dorks”.</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/BmYzOPRB2y3/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 37.4537037037037% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmYzOPRB2y3/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">A post shared by Michelle Dockery (@theladydockers)</a> on Aug 12, 2018 at 10:38am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Dan, who played the late Matthew Crawley, joked about his character returning for the feature film, writing: “Should Matthew have a moustache for the #DowntonAbbeyMovie?"</p> <p>Allen, who plays Tom Branson, also shared a happy selfie with Michelle.</p> <p>"Look who's in LA! The Dockmiester General. Soon to be my sister-in-law again," he wrote on Instagram.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmPeOabg7er/?utm_source=ig_embed" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 38.19444444444444% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BmPeOabg7er/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank">Look who’s in LA! The Dockmiester General. Soon to be my sister-in-law again. #backtotheabbey</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/therealleech/?utm_source=ig_embed" target="_blank"> Allen Leech</a> (@therealleech) on Aug 8, 2018 at 7:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The popular series, which aired for six seasons from 2010, follows the life of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th century.</p> <p>The film was officially given the green light in July and is being produced by Focus Features and Carnival Films.</p> <p>It is expected to premiere in 2019 and many cast members are set to reprise their roles.</p> <p>The actors who have been confirmed for the film include Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess Violet Crawley), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley), Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley).</p> <p>However, actress Lily James has confirmed her character Lady Rose MacClaire won’t be returning for the film.</p> <p>"My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be far-fetched to bring her back," Lily told <a href="https://people.com"><strong><em style="font-weight: inherit;"><u>People</u></em></strong></a><em>.</em></p> <p>"I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can't be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose."</p> <p>Will you watch the movie when it is released? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Sunrise vs Today: Breakfast TV ratings are in

<p>Channel Seven’s Sunrise has once against won the breakfast show ratings war, with its Channel Nine rival Today show suffering its worst ratings in four years.</p> <p>After a year of drama that saw popular host Lisa Wilkinson depart, and the Ubergate scandal where Karl and Peter Stefanovic slammed their colleagues, Today’s Karl and Georgie Gardner have struggled to compete against Sunrise’s David Koch and Samantha Armytage.</p> <p>Sunrise can already claim to be the No. 1 Aussie breakfast show for 2018, <strong><em><u><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/today-show-suffers-its-worst-ratings-in-four-years-as-rivals-sunrise-continues-its-success/news-story/b5f8f8e7cfec7dc29b7c60f2575a199d">The Daily Telegraph</a></u></em></strong> report.</p> <p>Sunrise has won 22 of 23 weeks across the five metro city audiences. Today has failed to pull a bigger audience in any week.</p> <p>A media insider told the publication that Nine bosses would not be impressed with the numbers, but they had expected as much.  </p> <p>“Bosses would be well aware that this was a hard sell. It was widely known that Karl and Georgie were not close and then when the Uber story came out it went worse,” the media insider said.</p> <p>“It would be disappointing to be beaten so consistently but probably not totally ­surprising.”</p> <p>A spokesman for Channel 7 said they were pleased with the numbers.</p> <p>“This is the strongest performance for Sunrise in four years,” the spokesman said.</p> <p>“But no crowing from us just yet. We remain focused on the next half of the year.”</p>

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Viewers' verdict: New reality show Dance Boss is “worst thing on TV this year”

<p>The premiere of Dance Boss left viewers less than impressed last night, with many taking to social media to pan the competition as the “worst thing on TV”. </p> <p>The family-friendly dance contest sees everyday people compete to win over celebrity judges and the cash prize of $100,000 – but some fans were left questioning the calibre of the dance routines.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Tools down... 🔨<br />Dancing shoes on! 🕺✨<br /><br />The nation's biggest dance battle with <a href="https://twitter.com/DanniiMinogue?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DanniiMinogue</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/timomaticmusic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@timomaticmusic</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/sharnivinson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sharnivinson</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/ThatAdamGarcia?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ThatAdamGarcia</a> is coming soon to <a href="https://twitter.com/Channel7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Channel7</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DanceBoss?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DanceBoss</a> <a href="https://t.co/jEmDUd58CT">pic.twitter.com/jEmDUd58CT</a></p> — Dance Boss Australia (@danceboss) <a href="https://twitter.com/danceboss/status/1014701044222185473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>One Twitter user wrote: “Bravo #DanceBoss. You are the worst thing on TV this year or maybe ever.”</p> <p>Another viewer tweeted: “#DanceBoss was the worst thing I have ever seen on TV ever.”</p> <p>Yet another joked: “@DanniiMinogue blink twice if they're holding you against your will #danceboss.” </p> <p>One fan simply asked: “Is #DanceBoss meant to be serious? #horrendous.”</p> <p>However, not all the reviews were bad, with plenty of love for host Danni Minogue.</p> <p>Judges include actress and dancer Sharni Vinson, 35, who returned to Australia to from LA to appear on Dance Boss alongside actor and dancer Adam Garcia, 45. </p> <p><em>Did you watch Dance Boss last night? Will you be watching the show?</em></p>

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Hugh Riminton calls out Karl Stefanovic over his journalistic principles

<p>Karl Stefanovic has come under fire for lacking journalistic principles by endorsing a Great Barrier Reef charity on Sunday.</p> <p>The 43-year-old Today show host tweeted his support for The Great Barrier Reef Foundation over the weekend, writing: “The @GBRFoundation deserves and will use every cent in its arsenal to save the reef. I’ve no doubt their research into reef DNA and conservation is the key. Let’s give them supporting space to prove it.”</p> <p>But social media users were quick to point out that Karl’s plug failed to mention that the GBR foundation was a sponsor for the Today show's We Love Australia trip last year.</p> <p>Journalist Hugh Riminton also took to Twitter to remind Karl about his journalistic responsibilities.</p> <p>“Dear Karl, might it have been appropriate to mention that @GBRFoundation has been a TODAY show event sponsor? There is some strength in old principles,” he wrote directly to Karl.</p> <p>Quick to respond, Karl wrote: “Dear Hugh. There is some strength in old journalistic principles as well. To my knowledge no foundation funds have ever been used in a Today Show OB. Thanks for checking. Long live the reef.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Dear Karl, might it have been appropriate to mention that <a href="https://twitter.com/GBRFoundation?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GBRFoundation</a> has been a TODAY show event sponsor? There is some strength in old principles. <a href="https://t.co/a7NxPZQgQU">https://t.co/a7NxPZQgQU</a></p> — Hugh Riminton (@hughriminton) <a href="https://twitter.com/hughriminton/status/1025626166021910528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">I come from Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is home for millions of fish, turtles and wildlife; it’s one of the great natural wonders of the world. Millions rely on it for tourism. Politics should have no place in its waters. God we need to save it. We are running out of time.</p> — Karl Stefanovic (@karlstefanovic) <a href="https://twitter.com/karlstefanovic/status/1025916594663215108?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 5, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Despite several people pointing out that Karl was incorrect in his statement that the foundation had not been a Today show sponsor, Karl sought to shut down the conversating, tweeting: “I come from Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is home for millions of fish, turtles and wildlife; it’s one of the great natural wonders of the world. </p> <p>“Millions rely on it for tourism. Politics should have no place in its waters. God we need to save it. We are running out of time.”</p>

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MasterChef 2018 winner revealed in history making finale

<p>Sashi Cheliah has won <em>MasterChef</em> <em>Australia</em> 2018 with a history-making final score of 93 out of 100.</p> <p>The 39-year-old father of two from South Australia beat Queensland builder Ben Borsht, who finished with 77 out of 100, in the most one-sided finale in the cooking show’s history.</p> <p>Sashi said he will use the $250,000 winner’s prize to help start an Indian and South East Asian fusion restaurant.</p> <p>The prison officer said he also wants to work with ex-prisoners to provide employment opportunities in the food industry.</p> <p>“MasterChef has been an amazing ride for me — I never thought I would come this far in the competition and to win is icing on the cake,” Sashi said.</p> <p>“The overwhelming support from my fans and family has made me realise my potential, and it has motivated me to achieve great heights.”</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/069a5b03667029327f7be4774f556310" alt="An overjoyed Sashi Cheliah with judges George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan." width="650" height="488" /></p> <p>In the first round, Sashi and Ben had 90 minutes to create an entrée and main highlighting a hero ingredient.</p> <p>Ben planted up an entrée of blue swimmer crab starter with finger limes, coriander and avocado cream and main of deep fried whiting with peas served alongside parsley and garlic emulsion.</p> <p>Judges Matt Preston, George Calombaris and Gary Mehigan were less than impressed with the results, scoring Ben 20 out of 30 for the starter and 21 out of 30 for his main, totalling 41 out of 60 for the first round.</p> <p>It was a different story for Sashi whose sambal prawns’ starter and snapper for a fish curry with cumin rice main earned him a perfect 30 out of 30 score for his entrée and a 27 out of 30 mark for his main. His total of 57 out of 60 after the first round meant Ben had a lot of ground to make up.</p> <p>But the second round the final two contestants were tasked with creating Heston Blumenthal’s terrifying “counting sheep” dessert.</p> <p>The dessert, which took five and a half hours to make, featured coconut ice cream with a steamed sponge and panna cotta, a lychee, caramel and coriander mousse, and yoghurt powder as well as a series of purees of pistachio, orange flower water and coriander.</p> <p>Both contestants scored an impressive 36 out of 40 – nine from Heston, Matt, George and Gary.</p> <p><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/a1a1136f01b9e9a8b139471c19b6a10c" alt="Masterchef Australia winner Sashi Cheliah with his proud family." width="650" height="488" /></p> <p>Ben was awarded $40,000 as runner-up and third-placed contestant Khanh Ong was given $10,000.</p> <p>Judge Gary praised Sashi’s cooking skills and said he would be a great ambassador for MasterChef Australia.</p> <p>“Throughout the competition I’ve found such a passion for food, especially seafood and can’t wait to see where this new-found passion leads me,” he said.</p> <p> “You have proven yourself to be a brilliant cook, a creative thinker, team player, a determined, kind soul with a dream to change your life and forge a new future in food.”</p> <p>Congratulations Sashi!  </p>

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Brendan Jones reveals why he rejected co-hosting with Lisa Wilkinson

<p>Radio host Brendan Jones has opened up in a new interview about why he won’t be making the permanent switch from radio to TV anytime soon.</p> <p>Speaking to <a href="https://au.be.yahoo.com/"><strong><em><u>Yahoo Be</u></em></strong></a>, the Aussie radio star revealed that he was offered the chance to do a show with Lisa Wilkinson on Channel Seven in 1999.</p> <p>Despite getting along well with Lisa, Jonesy turned down the opportunity.</p> <p>He said: “It was a nice chemistry and then it just got to this point where they were saying, 'Would you leave radio for it?' and I said, 'Well no.’”</p> <p>“I've waited all my life to get to this point so I had to say no and I think it went to some swimmer or something in the end,” he added.</p> <p>The role was later filled by former Olympic swimmer, Duncan Armstrong.</p> <p>Despite enjoying his time hosting the T<em>oday </em>show earlier this year, the 50-year-old explained why he would never ditch radio for TV.</p> <p>“Radio is the mother of all things and I would never leave radio to do solely TV because I don’t trust TV, I trust radio,” he said.</p> <p>Jonesy started his career in radio in the early 90s, working at the 2BCR Bankstown community radio station.</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/BikfKlgAcVQ/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BikfKlgAcVQ/" target="_blank">A post shared by Brendan Jones Amanda Keller (@jonesyandamanda)</a> on May 9, 2018 at 1:28pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He has since worked his way up to the top and now, presents on breakfast radio show WSFM 101.7 with co-host Amanda Keller.</p> <p>Although he is loyal to radio, Jonesy still makes TV appearances and is set to appear in Channel Seven’s one-off TV special <em>The Real Fully Monty.</em></p>

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Georgie Gardner jokes about Karl Stefanovic's thinning hair on the Today show

<p>Georgie Gardner made a sly dig at co-host Karl Stefanovic’s apparent hair loss during a food segment on Wednesday's <em>Today</em> show.</p> <p>Nutritionist Joanna McMillan appeared on the breakfast TV program to explain the benefits of various food groups, when Georgie asked: “What about thinning hair?”</p> <p>Karl snapped defensively: “Why are you looking at me?”</p> <p>“I'm not. I purposefully was not looking at you, Karl... but if your hair <em>is</em> falling out, what are your thoughts?” she quipped back.</p> <p>Happy to play along, Karl bursts into laugher and jokingly suggested that Georgie and Joanna “were just ganging up on [him]”. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/karlstefanovic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KarlStefanovic</a> took <a href="https://twitter.com/joannanutrition?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@joannanutrition</a>'s nutritional advice very seriously! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> <a href="https://t.co/9UYen9eYir">pic.twitter.com/9UYen9eYir</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1021888547958054913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 24, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Later in the segment, Joanna advised that nuts and seeds may benefit men experiencing hair loss.</p> <p>“So, nuts can cure baldness?” Karl quickly interjects, before picking up a bowl of nuts from the table and pouring them into his mouth.</p> <p>“Look at that, my hair's thicker! It's just lush,” declared Karl as he chomped on nuts.</p> <p>“Moving swiftly on!” Georgie said, trying to keep a straight face.</p> <p>There have been rumours that Karl has undergone a secret “hair transplant</p> <p>Last year, <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/celebrity/hair-transplants-prevent-tv-careers-from-wearing-thin-20170302-gup32c.html">The Sydney Morning Herald</a></strong></em></span> also claimed that Karl had undergone a “subtle hair transplant” to cover thinning at the front and top, ahead of his wedding to new partner Jasmine Yarbrough.</p>

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First look at The Crown’s new Queen

<p>Fans of the hit Netflix series rejoice! The official Twitter account for cult show <em>The Crown</em> has unveiled the first look at the new Queen Elizabeth.</p> <p>Replacing the show’s current leading lady, Claire Foy, in the Golden Globe-winning series, Olivia Colman has now stepped in to play the Queen for the next two seasons, which is currently in production.</p> <p>On Monday, Netflix gave the world a sneak peek of Colman in character as the new Queen Elizabeth on the set of <em>The Crown</em>, releasing a first look of the upcoming series on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"> <p dir="ltr">Patience. <a href="https://t.co/7F2f2aBON3">pic.twitter.com/7F2f2aBON3</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1018752145192050688?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">16 July 2018</a></blockquote> <p>In April, Colman expressed her excitement over her chance to play the role of Queen Elizabeth in a statement, which was also released on Twitter.</p> <p>"I'm so thrilled to be part of <em style="font-weight: inherit;">The Crown</em>," the actress exclaimed. </p> <p>"I was utterly gripped watching it. A proper 'just one more' feeling. I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius. She's an incredible hard act to follow. I'm basically going to re-watch every episode and copy her."</p> <p>As the series progresses through the decades of the monarchy, other cast members that are also set to be replaced are Matt Smith’s character as Prince Philip, who will be played by Tobias Menzies. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter will take over the role of Princess Margaret, which was played by Vanessa Kirby.</p> <p>Bonham Carter told <em>Variety</em> at the <em>Ocean’s 8</em> premiere recently that she had already “started prepping” ahead of filming her new TV role.</p> <p>"It's exciting. We start in a few weeks, and I think we're all – we're completely terrified," Bonham Carter admitted.</p> <p>"I think also because the first two seasons were such a success, we have the onus of inheriting the responsibility of doing justice to all these genuinely famous people, and then on top of it, inheriting them from this previous generation of actors who've done such good jobs."</p> <p>Are you a fan of <em>The Crown</em>? What do you think of these new cast replacements? Tell us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p>

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Lisa Wilkinson's surprise return to Channel Nine

<p>Former Nine star Lisa Wilkinson made a surprise cameo on the network to support her son, Louis, as he competed on <em>Australian Ninja Warrior</em>. </p> <p>Lisa made her famous exit from the <em>Today</em> show in October last year but returned to Channel Nine studios in December 2017, when the episode was filmed. </p> <p>While Louis's two siblings, Billi and Jake, and his father, Peter FitzSimons, ran alongside him while he competed the course, Lisa supported him from the bleachers with the rest of the audience.</p> <p>Lisa was seen smiling as Louis attempted the challenging obstacle course, recording his efforts on her phone. </p> <p>"Although I am my parent's son, I am my own man, and I'm here to prove that today," Louis said before starting the course. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.53846153846155px;" src="/media/7819818/louis.jpg?width=500&amp;height=281.53846153846155" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/41d1a55e34864fb29ebdd9d685cb7d90" /></p> <p>Louis, who described himself as "a strange guy who loves a good hug", said he'd "always enjoyed the weird, the wonderful and the impossible". </p> <p>Louis made it up to the third obstacle in the Ninja Warrior course, when he was wiped out at the 30-second mark. </p> <p>However, he still made it to the semi-finals, finishing in 15th place for the night. </p> <p>Lisa first hinted at her son's involvement on the show after she posted a photo of her family on the night the episode was filmed. </p> <p style="text-align: center;"> </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/BcUPmUJhlOo/" data-instgrm-version="9"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></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/BcUPmUJhlOo/" target="_blank">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a> on Dec 5, 2017 at 1:56am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>She wrote, "Family excursion... but someone is missing for a very special reason. Would love to tell you more but I'm sworn to secrecy. Great thing is, these days I can stay up late on a school night!!! #WheresLouis?"</p>

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Why Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson doesn’t like MKR and MasterChef

<p>Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson has criticised reality cooking shows such as <em>MasterChef</em> and <em>My Kitchen Rules</em> for making “food look so complicated” as a “terrible disservice to the public”.</p> <p>Speaking to <em>A Current Affair</em> on Thursday about his new YouTube series, the 69-year-old TV stalwart veered off topic to call out the high-rating cooking shows for its “pretentious rubbish”.</p> <p>“They started off simple, and the next minute you turn around and they're doing deconstructed rubbish with smears on the plate!” he said.</p> <p>After slamming food fads such as deconstructed dishes and microscopic smears of expensive food on expensive plates, he got stuck into the judges.</p> <p>“This new thing when they start talk to contestants and they go 'now please tell me about your philosophy for this dish?’” he started off, before continuing: “Who gives a [stops himself from swearing]... I won't continue with that.”</p> <p class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FACurrentAffair9%2Fvideos%2F1619651764807861%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=560" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>A Current Affair Reporter Tineka Everaardt observed: “Some people might say, 'Well, Huey's just got sour grapes, that he's jealous of their successes.' What would you say to them’’”</p> <p>The chef said he had “no axe to grind” with TV chefs such as Pete Evans, Manu Fieldel and George Calombaris, but objected to the way the shows are sold to viewers.</p> <p>“I object to what it is doing to people at home, [who are now] making their fancy pants food.</p> <p>“They'd do a hell of a lot better roasting a chicken in the oven with some nice root vegetables,  instead of trying to make pickled ducks bums with truffle oil!”</p> <p>He added later: “I'm not going to pick on shows like <em>MasterChef,</em> I really am not. I don't even hate the presenters... much.</p> <p>“But I think the problem with the shows is they do a terrible disservice to the public because they make all the food look so complicated.”</p> <p><em>Huey's new Youtube series is called <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmvDLNrITNG0Gyhpz6350FA" target="_blank">Huey's Fabulous Fast Food for One or Two</a></strong></span>. </em></p>

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Ita Buttrose’s surprising new job

<p>Less than three months after her shock departure from Studio 10, Ita Buttrose has scored a new job on a rival network.</p> <p>The veteran TV presenter appeared on Nine’s Today Extra this morning, where she revealed she’d be co-hosting the show alongside David Campbell while Sonia Kruger was away on a “top-secret” work assignment next week.</p> <p>“It’s lovely having you here. Sonia’s going on a bit of a trip next week — she’s got to go away and do a story overseas — so you’re going to come and help …” Campbell said during the segment.</p> <p>“I am – I’m going to come and host with you, David,” Buttrose replied. “I’m really looking forward to it – I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.”</p> <p>Kruger added: “I’m leaving it in your very capable hands.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Good news folks! While Sonia is away, the incredible <a href="https://twitter.com/ItaButtrose?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ItaButtrose</a> will be taking over the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> Extra desk with <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCampbell73?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DavidCampbell73</a>! <a href="https://t.co/yjnRq3MTna">pic.twitter.com/yjnRq3MTna</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1017201158186680321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It’s not the first time Buttrose has shown up on a different network.</p> <p>In May, the 76-year-old appeared on Seven's The Morning Show to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.</p> <p>Earlier this year, <strong><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2018/04/ita-buttrose-explains-her-sudden-departure-from-studio-10/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Buttrose shocked fans</span></a> </strong>by announcing she was leaving Studio 10 after five years.</p> <p>Explaining her decision, Buttrose said that “there comes a time in your life where you have to decide what else you want to do with your life.”</p> <p>“I’ve got five grandchildren … I want to spend a bit more time with them. I’ve come to an agreement with a publisher to write a couple of books,” she told fellow panellists Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Denise Drysdale.</p> <p>However, rumours had been swirling for months that Buttorse and Drysdale’s relationship had fractured over an <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/2018/05/denise-drysdale-on-that-brussels-sprout-incident/">incident involving Brussel sprouts</a></strong></span>, which <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2018/04/studio-10-feud-denise-drysdale-finally-speaks-out-after-ita-buttrose-farewell/">both parties obliquely referenced</a></span></strong> in separate interviews after Buttrose left the show.</p> <p> </p>

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Ita Buttrose’s surprising new job

<p>Less than three months after her shock departure from Studio 10, Ita Buttrose has scored a new job on a rival network.</p> <p>The veteran TV presenter appeared on Nine’s Today Extra this morning, where she revealed she’d be co-hosting the show alongside David Campbell while Sonia Kruger was away on a “top-secret” work assignment next week.</p> <p>“It’s lovely having you here. Sonia’s going on a bit of a trip next week — she’s got to go away and do a story overseas — so you’re going to come and help …” Campbell said during the segment.</p> <p>“I am – I’m going to come and host with you, David,” Buttrose replied. “I’m really looking forward to it – I think we’re going to have a lot of fun.”</p> <p>Kruger added: “I’m leaving it in your very capable hands.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Good news folks! While Sonia is away, the incredible <a href="https://twitter.com/ItaButtrose?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ItaButtrose</a> will be taking over the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9Today?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9Today</a> Extra desk with <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidCampbell73?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DavidCampbell73</a>! <a href="https://t.co/yjnRq3MTna">pic.twitter.com/yjnRq3MTna</a></p> — The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1017201158186680321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>It’s not the first time Buttrose has shown up on a different network.</p> <p>In May, the 76-year-old appeared on Seven's The Morning Show to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.</p> <p>Earlier this year, <strong><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2018/04/ita-buttrose-explains-her-sudden-departure-from-studio-10/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Buttrose shocked fans</span></a> </strong>by announcing she was leaving Studio 10 after five years.</p> <p>Explaining her decision, Buttrose said that “there comes a time in your life where you have to decide what else you want to do with your life.”</p> <p>“I’ve got five grandchildren … I want to spend a bit more time with them. I’ve come to an agreement with a publisher to write a couple of books,” she told fellow panellists Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand and Denise Drysdale.</p> <p>However, rumours had been swirling for months that Buttorse and Drysdale’s relationship had fractured over an <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/2018/05/denise-drysdale-on-that-brussels-sprout-incident/">incident involving Brussel sprouts</a></strong></span>, which <strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/2018/04/studio-10-feud-denise-drysdale-finally-speaks-out-after-ita-buttrose-farewell/">both parties obliquely referenced</a></span></strong> in separate interviews after Buttrose left the show.</p> <p> </p>

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Waleed Aly and Lisa Wilkinson clash in fiery debate on The Project

<p>Last night’s episode of <em>The Project</em> saw hosts Lisa Wilkinson and Waleed Aly clash in a fiery debate about a proposed law requiring priests to report confessions of child sex abuse from other clergy members.</p> <p>While the segment showed how there has been a push for Victoria to follow similar South Australian legislation, Wilkinson said it was a “matter of urgency” for this change to take place.</p> <p>“For me it’s a no-brainer — there are children, many many many generations of children, who have suffered at the hands of priests who know better,” she said.</p> <p>However, Aly questioned how effective the law would be in making priests report confessions of child abuse and if it would “actually stop any of this happening”.</p> <p>“I’m not a Catholic. I have no interest in defending the confession or the institution of the confession or whatever, but breaking the seal of confession for them — not for me or you, but for them — is an excommunicable offence. It means eternal damnation for them,” he said.</p> <p>“So now you are giving them a choice between eternal damnation or a $10,000 fine. I just can’t see any of them making the decision to avoid a $10,000 fine for the sake of that.”</p> <p>Wilkinson disagreed with Aly’s stance, saying the law “removes the perpetrator’s chance of absolution”.</p> <p>Aly replied: “But it doesn’t, because if the priest believes enough to be a priest and cares about the confessional seal they’ve already said they will maintain that seal.”</p> <p>“But what’s the alternative?” Wilkinson asked.</p> <p>“You can’t let it continue, the Church has been a rule unto itself … if altar boys in particular are seen as prey for priests then we have to step in and in a major way,” she said.</p> <p>“Stepping in in a major way is fine, but that doesn’t mean that every form of stepping in will work,” Aly rebutted.</p> <p>“I get the appeal of legislating for that, but I can’t imagine the scenario in my head where it works,” he said.</p> <p>Wilkinson concluded the heated exchange between the two by saying: “I can’t imagine the Church continuing the way it has when we know what we know.”</p> <p>One of the key recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was to make it mandatory for Catholic priests to report suspicions about abuse or admissions of guilt from church clergy.</p> <p>Last month, South Australia introduced laws that will see Catholic clergy receive a $10,000 fine if they do not report admissions of abuse made in the confessional.</p> <p>Similar legislation in Victoria has been stalled by the possibility of national legislation being drafted, reported the<em> <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-10/religious-confessional-sacred-victoria-national-approach/9971830" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">ABC</span></strong></a></em>. </p>

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The Project faces backlash over “disgraceful” comment

<p><em>The Project</em> is facing backlash on social media after a segment saw one of the hosts mock the way a man spoke.</p> <p>On Monday night, host Tommy Little introduced a sound bite of mining CEO Geogg Summers speaking in Tasmania.</p> <p>“First I want you to have a look at him, right? Here’s a picture, he’s tough, I reckon he looks rich, he looks mean and he’s a miner, that’s the information we know about,” the co-host said as a photo of Mr Summers appeared on the screen.</p> <p>“He’s a man’s man, talking about the mines,” guest panellist Rove McManus added in a deep voice.</p> <p>“So see if this is how you were expecting him to sound,” Little said, before the clip of Mr Summers was played.</p> <p>After the recording was played, Little joked that Mr Summers “sounds like the first mining minor”.</p> <p>“Hey question — were they mining for helium?” McManus added.</p> <p>But while their remarks were meant to be humorous, some viewers were not impressed by the segment.</p> <p>Viewers took to Twitter and <em>The Project</em>’s Facebook page to accuse Little of “bullying”, saying that the show has “double standards”.</p> <p>“Disgraceful on their behalf, they should apologise on air,” one viewer wrote.</p> <p>Another said: “Did #TheProjectTV just spend 30 seconds mocking a guy for not having a masculine enough voice?”</p> <p>“Why are you mocking the way that man speaks, there’s nothing he can do about it. Bunch of bullies.”</p> <p>“Really poor form making fun of a person’s voice … wasn’t it only last week you were talking about bullying? Practice what you preach,” one person wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“<em>The Project</em> is supposed to stand for good news. The snippet of the miner where you made fun of his voice was not nice at all and you should say sorry. Very disappointing,” another commented.</p> <p>What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. </p>

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Is Packed To The Rafters set to return to our TV screens?

<p><em>Packed To The Rafters</em>, the beloved family drama which premiered in 2008 and starred Rebecca Gibney and Erik Thomson, is possibly set to return to our TV screens.</p> <p>While it’s been rumoured for years, Erik – who played the patriarch of the family, David Rafter – recently opened up to <em><a href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/celebrity/tv/erik-thomson-packed-to-the-rafters-reunion-49623">TV Week</a></em> that a reunion could be on the cards.</p> <p>“I think we’re all quite keen to do a reunion show,” the 51-year-old actor admitted about the Channel Seven drama that ran for six seasons.</p> <p>“We haven’t officially been approached to do anything, but it would be good to somehow put something together,” Erik added.</p> <p><img width="500" height="323" src="/media/7819612/2-packed-to-the-rafters_500x323.jpg" alt="2 Packed To The Rafters"/></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Hugh Sheridan (who played Ben Rafter), Rebecca Gibney (Julie Rafter), Erik Thomson (Dave Rafter) and Jessica Marais (Rachel Rafter).</em></p> <p>The actor’s on-screen wife and co-star, Rebecca Gibney – who played Julie Rafter – has also spoken in the past about getting the cast back together for a reunion, particularly her on-screen daughter, Jessica Marais, who played Rachel Rafter.</p> <p>The 53-year-old actress said, “I’d love to work with Jess again. Watch this space.”</p> <p>Would you like to see <em>Packed To The Rafters</em> return to our TV screens? Tell us in the comments below.</p> <p> </p> <p>MREC-TAG-HERE</p>

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The MasterChef dish that shocked Prince Charles

<p>The future King of England was lost for words when he discovered he had been served a canape topped with green ants by MasterChef’s contestants on Wednesday night’s episode.</p> <p>During a highly-anticipated appearance during “Royal Week” of the show, the remaining nine contestants were given the task of preparing an assortment of canapes using local indigenous ingredients for a reception at the Royal Flying Doctor Services, featuring special guest the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>While the wallaby tartare and goat’s cheese mousse with bush spices were well received, it was the pickled cucumber seasoned with green ants that raised eyebrows.</p> <p>“I’m particularly partial about local ingredients. And that’s what makes it so fascinating is the diversity. So, what are all these things?” Prince Charles asked as he inspected the contestant’s dishes.</p> <p>“We’ve got some muntries on here, local green ants on these canapés,” judge Matt Preston explained.</p> <p>“Green ants!” Charles exclaimed with shock.</p> <p>He also revealed his “darling wife” watched MasterChef and left the contestants with some words of advice.</p> <p>“It’s always worth competing, even if you don’t win, isn’t it?” he said.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">That moment when you find out you just ate ANTS! 🐜😳 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MasterChefAU?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MasterChefAU</a> <a href="https://t.co/SGyDUNvX5G">pic.twitter.com/SGyDUNvX5G</a></p> — #MasterChefAU (@masterchefau) <a href="https://twitter.com/masterchefau/status/1014460175514767360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 4, 2018</a></blockquote> <p>Earlier in the episode, judge Gary Mehigan spoke to the Duchess of Cornwall in a pre-taped segment about the ingredients in her and Prince Charles’ kitchen.</p> <p>After Gary mentioned her son, Tom Parker Bowles, had told them she was great with a roast, Camilla admitted she was “very good at a roast and vegetables” and loved olive oil.</p> <p>She divulged the fact that Charles was a big fan of cheeses and liked eating home grown food.</p> <p>When asked by Gary what foods she couldn’t live without in her fridge, the Duchess of Cornwall had a surprising confession.</p> <p>“I have to have, if I haven’t got fresh tomatoes, I’ll always have tomato puree,” Camilla said. “And I’m afraid to say, even ketchup. My grandchildren are rather addicted to ketchup.”</p> <p>Camilla and Charles share nine grandchildren and step grandchildren between them, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.</p> <p>When asked what food the contestants should absolutely not serve at the royal reception, Camilla didn’t mince her words.</p> <p>“I hate to say this, but garlic,” she said. “Garlic is a no-no.”</p> <p>“Because you’re talking, chatting?” Gary asked.</p> <p>“Exactly. It’s always so — you just have to lay off the garlic,” Camilla replied.</p>

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