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

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

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Why Bridgerton’s hottest property said no to season two

<p>Regé-Jean Page isn’t returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because he disliked the plans producers had for his character, the Duke of Hastings.</p> <p dir="ltr">A Hollywood source told<span> </span><em>Page Six</em> that the actor won’t be returning to<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em><span> </span>because of “creative differences with [executive producer] Shonda Rhimes and her team”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He wasn’t happy with what was planned for his character for Season 2, which would have kept him a player but not the focal point of the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Page has also been “inundated with offers for other interesting and challenging leading roles”, the source continued.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLZ34Rej-4c/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Despite these “creative differences”, Page is leaving the show on good terms.</p> <p dir="ltr">Originally signed on with a one-year deal to play male lead Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings, Page was drawn to the show because of the role’s “one-season arc” with a “beginning, middle, end”, he told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rege-jean-page-bridgerton-season-2-1234942827/" target="_blank"><em>Variety</em></a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The recent announcement of his departure from the popular Netflix drama - watched by 82 million households worldwide - left fans distraught ahead of the second season.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLpX0A1DMbG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Bridgerton (@bridgertonnetflix)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Show creator and script writer Chris Van Dusen hoped both the Duke (Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) would return following their romance in the show’s debut season.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I would love to be able to see them again and also at the same time explore the other brothers and sisters of the family,” Van Dusen told<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The British actor was reportedly offered an opportunity to return in Season 2 “as a guest star in three to five episodes'' but turned it down, according to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Although he had several reasons, this included “an awareness that Simon would not be a focal point in Season 2.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Instead, Page is focusing on his movie career and has been offered a flood of film offers. He is also set to star in the upcoming film<span> </span><em>Dungeons and Dragons</em><span> </span>alongside Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, and Justice Smith.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CNK71Dxjer8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Regé-Jean Page (@regejean)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In his farewell to the show, posted along with a picture of himself on horseback as Simon, Page wrote, “The ride of a lifetime. It’s been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be your Duke. Joining this family - not just on screen, but off screen too.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Our incredibly creative and generous cast, crew, outstanding fans - it’s been beyond anything I could have imagined. The love is real and will just keep growing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">As for<span> </span><em>Bridgerton</em>, the next season will see the return of Dynevor playing Daphne Bridgerton, though the focus will be on eldest brother Anthony Bridgerton, played by Jonathan Bailey, and his quest for marriage.</p>

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"Shut up": Edwina Bartholomew sprays Meghan Markle

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

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Todd McKenney apologises to Schappelle Corby

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

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

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

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

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

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"Sick and violated": MasterChef star Laura Sharrad's disturbing messages

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>MasterChef star Laura Sharrad has called out a message sent via Instagram, saying that it left her feeling "sick and violated".</p> <p>She didn't share the contents of the message with her Instagram followers but explained she was "not okay" after reading it.</p> <p>“Today I opened a really disturbing message sent to me on Instagram,” the 25-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories.</p> <p>“It was something no woman should ever have to read. I feel so sick. I feel violated. I feel unsafe. I feel disgusted. I feel a lot of things. All of them bad things. Simply, it’s not okay.</p> <p>“I thought about posting this all afternoon as I rarely share things about how I’m actually feeling. This is meant to be a happy place. Today I am not okay.”</p> <p>Sharrad appeared on MasterChef in Season 6 before returning in last year's<span> </span><em>Back To Win</em><span> </span>series, where viewers criticised her for her "bad attitude".</p> <p>Other viewers suggested she received favourable treatment as she previously used to work with judge Jock Zonfrillo.</p> <p>Her fellow contestants, Brendan Pang and Khanh Ong, defended her when claims came out.</p> <p>“She’s a really close friend of mine and I was really surprised by how much backlash she got because I think it’s unfair," Ong said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nowtolove.com.au/reality-tv/masterchef/masterchef-khanh-ong-defends-laura-sharrad-64262" target="_blank"><em>Now To Love</em></a>.</p> <p>“Social media seems to jump on a beautiful woman and I think that’s what it is. They found her and instead of attacking her because they just don’t like that she’s on TV again, they’re attacking her for pasta. That’s not the reason that you’re angry, I honestly think that. It happened to Chloe (Carroll) in my year and I think it’s so unfair.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Thomas Markle hand delivers letter to Oprah

<p>Thomas Markle has hand delivered a letter to Oprah Winfrey, asking her to interview him about his relationship with estranged daughter Meghan.</p> <p>The 76-year-old drove up to the talk show host's $117 million estate in Montecito, California, on Thursday and handed the note to a security guard outside.</p> <p>It is reported that he hopes to tell his side of the story to Oprah after her explosive interview with Meghan, in which the Duchess spoke of her father's "betrayal".</p> <p>A source told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/14468921/meghan-markle-dad-thomas-letter-oprah-interview/" target="_blank"><em>The Sun</em></a><span> </span>this weekend: “Thomas delivered a letter to Oprah asking her to contact him so he could tell his side of the story.</p> <p>“This was not a note to Meghan and Harry, it was meant for Oprah.</p> <p>“Thomas watched the interview she did with them and feels he deserves a chance to have his say.”</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/CM5g74dHtVD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CM5g74dHtVD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In January last year, Thomas revealed to The Sun he was thinking of sending a letter to Oprah.</p> <p>Knowing she was friends with his daughter, he said: “I was going to write Oprah a letter asking her to let me have an opportunity to speak.”</p> <p>Thomas had a falling out with his daughter in the lead up to their wedding in 2018, when he lied about posing for paparazzi pictures.</p> <p>Meghan told Oprah: “When I said we won’t be able to protect our own kids one day and I said: ‘So I just need you to tell me and if you tell me the truth, we can help’.</p> <p>“He wasn’t able to do that. And that for me has really resonated, especially now as a mother.</p> <p>“I look at Archie, I think about this child, and I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything to intentionally cause pain to my child.”</p>

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Woody Allen addresses allegations in first interview in 30 years

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Woody Allen has spoken out for the first time in 30 years about the allegations against him as well as his relationship with his wife Soon-Yi Previn.</p> <p>Allen, 85, spoke with<span> </span><em>CBS Sunday Morning</em><span> </span>for his first in-depth on-camera interview in three decades.</p> <p>He addresses the allegations brought against him by his adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow who claims that Allen molested her when she was seven years old.</p> <p>Allen denied there being truth to the claims but he doesn't think Dylan is lying either.</p> <p>“I believe she thinks it,” Allen says (via<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://deadline.com/2021/03/woody-allen-cbs-sunday-morning-dylan-farrow-allegations-interview-1234723415/" target="_blank"><em>Deadline</em></a>). “She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that.”</p> <p>Allen has implied in the past that Dylan has been misled to believe something happened when Allen says it didn't as the claims came out during a heated custody battle with his ex Mia Farrow in 1992.</p> <p>“It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained,” Allen says in the interview.</p> <p>“And they still prefer to cling to, if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her.</p> <p>“Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”</p> <p>He continues: “There was no logic to it, on the face of it. Why would a guy who’s 57 years old and never accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia’s country home (with) a 7-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even.”</p> <p>The interview also discussed his relationship with Soon-Yi Previn, which has been controversial since it began. The pair met when Soon-Yi was the adoptive daughter of Mia Farrow and the pair began a relationship despite their 35-year age difference.</p> <p>“I would say, the many women I’ve dated in my life — many women — they were all what the appropriate police would call appropriate, age-appropriate,” he explained.</p> <p>“Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, (second wife), Louise Lasser, my first wife … until Soon-Yi, which is unusual for me.</p> <p>“If you had told me that I was going to wind up married — happily married — to an Asian woman, much younger than me, not in show business, I would have said, ‘Well, the odds of that are very slim. I don’t think you’re going to be right.’ But that’s what happened.”</p> <p>He addressed that the way they met was unusual but said that they came together in a less scandalous way than people think.</p> <p>“I never slept at Mia’s house in all the years I went out with her,” Allen told Cowan.</p> <p>“We had a relationship but there was never gonna be a marital relationship … It got to be a relationship of convenience after a while.”</p> <p>He noted that “the last thing in the world that anybody wanted was to hurt anybody’s feelings.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres Show counting the cost

<p>Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show has had a massive drop in viewership following 2020’s major workplace scandal.</p> <p><em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s<span> </span></em>latest figures have dropped from average of 2.6 million American viewers each episode last year to just 1.5 million viewers as of March 2021.</p> <p>This means that<span> </span><em>Live: With Kelly and Ryan</em><span> </span>(2.7 million) and<span> </span><em>Dr Phil</em><span> </span>(2.5 million) are both outperforming what was once the biggest talk show in the world.</p> <p>Production company Warner Brothers has attempted to downplay the ratings disaster in a statement after it was revealed<span> </span><em>Ellen’s Game of Games<span> </span></em>was also suffering.</p> <p>“While broadcast is down across the board and COVID has been challenging for production, we are looking forward to bringing back our live audiences and a 19th season filled with all of the hilarious and heart-warming moments that have made ‘Ellen’ one of the longest running and most successful talk shows in history,” the company said.</p> <p>Ellen’s 43 per cent decline is unprecedented.</p> <p>Warner Brothers underwent a major investigation in June last year following horrific by former staff of sexual misconduct and a poor work environment.</p> <p>In August, former producer Hedda Muskat told Seven’s<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em><span> </span>that she had been “emotionally abused” and “humiliated” by the talk show queen.</p> <p>Ellen kicked off the show’s latest season in September with an apology.</p> <p>“I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,” she said.</p> <p>“I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”</p>

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“Do they want me got rid of?”: Anti-lockdown panellists confronted by furious audience member

<p><span>Two controversial anti-lockdown critics have been slashed by an audience member on the ABC’s <em>Q&amp;A</em>, asking them how they could “live with themselves” after their comments during the pandemic last year.</span><br /><br /><span>Cessnock woman Louise Ihlein took aim at UNSW economist Gigi Foster and The Australian’s economics editor Adam Creighton on Thursday night’s show, who have both argued that lockdowns do more harm than good.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Ihlein said the pair had suggested “when people get to 60 their life is pretty much done” and that the “first time I clapped eyes” on Ms Foster “I burst into tears”.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was awful,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was so upset and I wrote so many angry emails to the ABC. And then I have seen Adam a couple of times last year on <em>The Drum</em> and on Twitter saying similar stuff, about the fact that his dad was 65 and he would be OK to be done. That’s disgraceful. It was just disgraceful. People aren’t worth anything. We’re not a commodity, people, we’re not.</span><br /><br /><span>“I want to know how they live with themselves? And considering that I’ve just turned 60 and I’ve got an illness I’m not going to get better from, I want to know, do they want me got rid of?</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">How can society support the sick and disabled to live their best lives? <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QandA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QandA</a> <a href="https://t.co/QQewkiXazb">pic.twitter.com/QQewkiXazb</a></p> — QandA (@QandA) <a href="https://twitter.com/QandA/status/1375030189176942595?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 25, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>“I hope as they travel through life they never have to be thought of as the other. And I want to know how they propose we give sick and disabled people a better life, a good life?”</span><br /><br /><span>“All we’ve been arguing was for what was the consensus view of science at the end of 2019, which is you take a rational approach to a pandemic and you don’t shut everything down and don’t force people to do things and don’t drag them screaming from cars at the border, you don’t shut the borders and don’t close hospitals to all other patients for months on end, you don’t end travel.</span><br /><br /><span>“All these things are so extreme, suspensions of our liberty for long periods of time. I’m no extreme libertarian at all. But this is extraordinary what’s happened in the past year. We’ve been arguing, let’s have a sense of proportion here.</span><br /><br /><span>“I personally think the world has lost its mind a bit over COVID. We’re all going to die of something. There are risks every day we have to deal with. We normally deal with them as a society. Three million people every year die of respiratory disease. Millions die of cigarettes around the world and we don’t ban them.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Foster responded by saying it had been a “very interesting year”, and that she had been “defamed on Twitter” after her last <em>Q&amp;A</em> appearance.</span><br /><br /><span>“As a social scientist who studies groups and societies and what makes us tick, this was an amazing opportunity for me to see people in action completely spellbound on a particular thing that can hurt people, which is COVID, and forgetting about everything else that matters in a normal time,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“And I was prepared to call it out and I’m proud that I did because there were very few voices in Australia who were telling a sensible, sane story despite the hysteria gripping the world.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Foster stressed she would “never say COVID is not a dangerous disease, absolutely it is”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I never said after 60 somebody’s life is not worth living, I would never say that,” she explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“My arguments have always been, from the beginning to the end, we need to do what’s best for human welfare as a whole. Human welfare is not determined solely by whether people are suffering and dying from COVID.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is determined by how mentally healthy they are — which they’re not when they’re shut up inside, unable to see their family and friends — how well the economy is doing, because that predicts how much the government can spend on things like hospitals and schools and infrastructure. It has to do with suicide of our young people who have been locked out of schools and jobs, it has to do with people who go bankrupt and have more house problems and all the crowded out healthcare that didn’t happen because we were so pathologically focused on COVID.</span><br /><br /><span>“So my story of the world of what’s happened this year is that the world went mad. I continue to say something sensible and I’ll be proud to have served Australia in that way.”</span><br /><br /><span>Host Hamish Macdonald began to ask a question about COVID deaths, however Ms Foster interjected and said she wanted to talk about total deaths overall.</span><br /><br /><span>“I want to ask about COVID deaths,” Macdonald said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Why?” Ms Foster hit back.</span><br /><br /><span>“Do you know how many people die in Australia from something else? Every day we lose 300, 400 people. In total from COVID we have lost fewer than 1000. And for that we have gone hundreds of billions of dollars into debt.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have now amazing crazy numbers on GDP. We have gone back 2.6 per cent last year and normally we go forward 4-5 per cent. That brings us further back on the trajectory of growth. GDP is not a perfect number but it’s something we can compare. We have compromised our future.”</span><br /><br /><span>But author Bruce Pascoe also argued that “trajectories of ever-increasing growth” were unsustainable.</span><br /><br /><span>“Can the world sustain that? Are we always going to assume our wealth will get greater, production will get greater?” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“What about the poor old earth? She can’t sustain this and we assume with our ever-increasing industrialisation, and our ever-increasing population, which no one wants to talk about, that we can just keep on going at this escalating rate. And we can’t. And we have to address it.”</span><br /><br /><span>Pascoe, who is the author of Dark Emu, a book that explores the history of Aboriginal agriculture, said Australian political history was “120,000 years old at a minimum”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We have probably got the oldest village on earth in this country, which meant we invented society and that society for 120,000 years was largely egalitarian,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think this is a triumph and I think we need to refer to it more and more frequently and stop looking at the cycle of news as if this is the world. It is not the world. The world is in our hearts and it’s what we believe and what we do which are the main things.”</span><br /><br /><span>ABC journalist Stan Grant chimed in, saying the world’s response to the pandemic, including shutting down at the expense of economies, had “revealed both our strengths and our vulnerability”.</span><br /><br /><span>“The strengths we thought we had, our interconnectedness, our global economy, the ability to hop on a plane and in 10 hours be somewhere else on the other side of the world, revealed our fragility that we share this place in such close proximity,” he said.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840470/abc-q-a-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/1dbf3db5a3554a87b7e76cd1ffcc2a40" /></p> <p><em>Stan Grant. Image: Twitter</em><br /><br /><span>Grant also revealed that he shared the same concerns that Ms Foster and Creighton’s had about liberty.</span><br /><br /><span>“What did concern me — and I think we need to think long and hard about this — is that in an emergency, when we do surrender freedom, it takes a long time, if ever, to get it back,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Look at 9/11 after the attacks on the World Trade Centre. There is a reason that The Plague was written. Because the virus of coronavirus or the plague may also carry a virus of tyranny.</span><br /><br /><span>“And at a time when democracy is in retreat … when authoritarianism in the shape of China in particular is on the rise and resurgent around the world, these things of freedom, these things that bind us to each other, these things that we are meant to hold dear, sacrificed and surrendered are hard to get back.”</span><br /><br /><span>Sam Mostyn, president of Chief Executive Women, retaliated by saying that lockdown was beneficial “because during that period we learnt a lot about ourselves”.</span><br /><br /><span>“We all slowed down,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I accept the mental health issues that we have to pay for now. I accept we had to change as a society. You talked about an economy stopping. A lot of people rethought what it meant to be part of the Australian society.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840471/abc-q-a.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/164269eb339c4db9b5a3a26c61ab7544" /></p> <p><em>Sam Mostyn. Image: Twitter</em><br /><br /><span>“They started to talk about neighbourhood again, and what mattered to us in our relationships with our families. How care (can be) at the centre of an economy instead of the kinds of things we got so obsessed with.”</span><br /><br /><span>Creighton shot back, saying those were privileged people “on fixed salaries, good salaries”, and not the hundreds of thousands who lost their jobs.</span><br /><br /><span>“They got JobKeeper as well, and a huge amount of government (support),” Ms Mostyn responded.</span><br /><br /><span>“That’s insulting,” Creighton replied.</span></p>

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Kochie's blunt response to being snubbed from Sam Armytage's farewell lunch

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>David Koch or 'Kochie' has revealed on radio that he wasn't invited to his co-worker Sam Armytage's farewell lunch.</p> <p>Armytage hosted an intimate lunch at a restaurant in Sydney's Rose Bay after her last morning on<span> </span><em>Sunrise</em>, but Koch didn't make the cut.</p> <p>Armytage was joined by her husband Richard Lavendar, several close friends,<span> </span><em>Sunrise<span> </span></em>executive producer Michael Pell and<span> </span><em>Morning Show</em><span> </span>host Kylie Gilles.</p> <p>Koch and his new host Natalie Barr was asked on the<span> </span><em>Kyle and Jackie O<span> </span></em>show why the pair weren't invited to the lunch by host Kyle Sandilands.</p> <p>“Well, we didn’t know about it,” Kochie told the radio duo.</p> <p>Barr and Kochie had "known for a couple of months" that Armytage was thinking of leaving the hit breakfast show, but Barr was still surprised when the job was offered to her.</p> <p>“There was a call from the big boss who said, ‘How about it?’ I said, ‘Oh, OK, yeah right,’” Barr said on KIIS FM. “I was actually really nervous. I was so nervous that one of the bosses who called actually said, ‘Are you sure you want this?’”</p> <p>Luckily, she accepted the job after a pep talk from her husband.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Allison Langdon fires back at Sam Armytage's "working mum" comments

<p>Just as Samantha Armytage bid her final farewell to Sunrise, Allison Langdon reclaimed her seat at Today.</p> <p>And now, Langdon has responded to the former presenter's comments about motherhood.</p> <p>In February, Samantha Armytage wrote in her column for Stellar magazine that working mums are treated better in the workplace than single women.</p> <p>“Bosses don’t ask as much of you if you’re a wife or mother," Sam wrote.</p> <p>At the time, the comments drew a lot of attention for the wrong reasons, and now Alison Langdon has given her two cents on the claim.</p> <p>Speaking to the Daily Mail, Langdon said she does not agree with Armytage's perspective.</p> <p>"From my personal point of view, I would disagree," the 41-year-old told the publication. "I think we all work as hard as each other, and we work as journalists."</p> <p>Ally also spoke about her own experience as a mother-of-two in the workforce.</p> <p>"As a working mum, when I had Mack (her first child) - and even when I had Scout (daughter) - I was working for<span> </span><em>60 Minutes</em>, and my kids came on all the shoots.</p> <p>"I didn't say no to a story or got out of a story because I had kids... I felt differently to her, but I'm in a very different situation to her."</p> <p>Allison recently returned to the Today show after suffering from a knee injury.</p> <p>The incident occurred while she was filming a hydro foiling segment for the show at the start of February.</p>

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Daryl Somers is back!

<p>Some former<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars</em><span> </span>favourites are back in the new<span> </span><em>Dancing With The Stars: All Stars</em>, including the original hosts and the judges of the series reuniting for the reboot!</p> <p>TV legend Daryl Somers hosted the first seven seasons of the program and has returned alongside Sonia Kruger.</p> <p>Original judges are also returning, which are Helen Richey, Todd McKenney, Paul Mercurio and Mark Wilson, much to the delight of die-hard fans.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CMjm2VLpcyw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CMjm2VLpcyw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by DancingAU (@dancingau)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The full cast has been revealed too, with Ada Nicodemou, Bec Hewitt, Erin McNaught, Fifi Box, Jamie Durie, Kyly Clarke, Luke Jacobz, Lincoln Lewis, Manu Feildel and Tom Williams planning to light up the dance floor with their moves.</p> <p>Fans remember Manu Feildel from season 11, but Bec Hewitt will be appearing on TV for the first time in 14 years as she's from season one.</p> <p>Wildcard entrants can't be forgotten either, as Schapelle Corby, former Bachelor Matty Johnson, TV host Renee Bargh and model-actress Jessica Gomes are waiting in the wings.</p> <p>The two-week special will air on Seven after Easter.</p>

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"Best ever" Q&A strikes a chord across the country

<p>It was the conversation Australia needed to have and many were applauding Q&amp;A's discussion on Thursday night of sexual violence and consent.</p> <p>The show was praised for presenting one of its best programs ever, with those on social media praising the respectful panel and compelling debate on issues like pornography, non-verbal consent and whether single-sex schools were problematic.</p> <p>Director of advocacy at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy, Saxon Mullins set the tone for the show by opening the discussion with a speech on her story.</p> <p>Ms Mullins has given up her anonymity in the past as she appeared on Four Corners in 2018 where she told the story of her 2013 sexual assault.</p> <p>Her search for justice ended after two trials, two appeals, an acquittal and “no resolution for me”, Ms Mullins said.</p> <p>“Coming out of a four-year ordeal without closure left me feeling dejected, untethered and determined to tell my story,” she said.</p> <p>“I did not give consent. But the court found there was the mistaken belief that consent was given.</p> <p>“I was labelled an unreliable witness to my own story.</p> <p>“My case triggered a landmark review of sexual assault laws and reignited an ongoing conversation.”</p> <p>Later in the program, Ms Mullins was asked whether she recommended people to come forward with their own experiences given the scrutiny women face. She said she tried to understand how each survivor is feeling.</p> <p>“It’s really personal to every survivor, what they see as justice,” she said.</p> <p>However, she said she didn’t think she would be a massive advocate for going through the police and court process.</p> <p>“It’s a brutal system,” she said.</p> <p>Ms Mullins said that a full-scale reform is needed when it comes to specialist courts and the police force.</p> <p>“Just as an individual, I think most people can never know what you went through. How close does it come to breaking you?” host Hamish Macdonald asked.</p> <p>Ms Mullins answered: “I don’t think it comes close. I think it just does.”</p> <p>Her emotional response seemed to hit a nerve with Macdonald, who said: “I’m really very sorry to hear that, Saxon. Thank you for sharing with us tonight”.</p> <p>The program started off by discussing the NSW Police chief's idea for a consent app, of which broadcaster and author Yumi Stynes said: "It stinks".</p> <p>“If you can be coerced into sex, you can easily be coerced into ticking a box,” she said.</p> <p>Stynes, who is writing a book about consent, said children should be given information early, before puberty hormones begin mucking with their brains.</p> <p>She explained how she uses a “safe word” — a concept more often associated with BDSM — when tickling her children, to help them understand the concepts around consent.</p> <p>Stynes said tickling was intimate, involved touch, was fun, and done between two people, which is similar to sex.</p> <p>“There’s always a point with a kid when they start to go ‘I’m kind of hating this. I’m terrified, I’m going to vomit, I’m going to pee myself’.</p> <p>“And they want to call stop but a lot of their body language is confusing because they also seem to be enjoying themselves.</p> <p>“In those instances that’s a really good opportunity for the people who are doing the tickling, which is generally a carer or an older person to say, ‘Do you want me to stop?’”</p> <p>She said this helped the child to realise they had agency over their body and if they say stop, you’ll listen.</p> <p>Her children also use the words “pineapple” or “eggplant” so she knows for sure they need a time-out.</p> <p>“A safe word conversation in a sexual context is really good because it means at the start of an intimate encounter you’re already talking about consent and setting something up that gives you an escape hatch,” she said.</p>

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“Nightmarish”: Natalie Barr on new Sunrise gig

<p><span>Nat Barr has only just taken over Samantha Armytage’s hosting role on <em>Sunrise</em>, but the transition has been no easy feat.</span><br /><br /><span>The former newsreader admitted to <em>TV Blackbox</em> that her new position as host has been a “bit nightmarish”.</span><br /><br /><span>On Tuesday, the 52-year-old explained that being in the spotlight has not been an enjoyable experience following Sam’s swift exit from the Channel 7 program, saying she can’t wait to get to a “new normal” of hosting <em>Sunrise</em>.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840322/natt-barr.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bccfdf726122456c892bc26c75647e47" /><br /><br /><span>“That’s my natural habitat,” the mother-of-two said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I love covering the news, I love going out to these stories. But the attention on me is not my natural habitat.</span><br /><br /><span>“Yesterday, the first day, was probably a bit nightmarish for me because everyone kept asking ‘How are you, how are you going, what’s it like, first day …’.</span><br /><br /><span>“I just wanted to go back to the new normal, where we’ll actually be covering the news, and the events and the great interviews that we do – not me!”</span><br /><br /><span>The star also revealed how she received the life-changing news about the promotion.</span><br /><br /><span>“When the big boss called and asked, it was still nerve-racking and I did have to think – this is a lot more attention, a lot more pressure,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I got a phone call from a big boss at Seven, and he said, ‘How about it?’</span><br /><br /><span>“I said well … uh! OK! I wasn’t very eloquent, and it wasn’t my finest moment I guess!”</span><br /><br /><span>Sam announced her resignation from the breakfast show over a week ago.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840321/natt-barr-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/389783d3d22d47518e9dcf9df673110a" /><br /><br /><span>“The time has come for the sun to set on my time at <em>Sunrise</em>. I have always been brave and fearless in my career and this decision is no different,” she tearfully told viewers.</span><br /><br /><span>Following her spontaneous New Years Eve wedding to Richard Lavender, Sam revealed that she wanted to step away from the spotlight after a “bittersweet” year.</span><br /><br /><span>“As many of you know, the last six months of my personal life have been very bittersweet. Some bits have been very happy, and some bits have been very, very sad.” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I want to step out of this public world for a while and take some time and calm things down, enjoy a bit of slow living, and spend some time with my precious family, my husband and [dog] Banjo.”</span></p> <p><em>Images: Twitter</em></p>

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Experts claim Oprah interview with Harry and Meghan tricked viewers

<p>A letter of complaint alleges that the Oprah Winfrey TV special with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry uses “the deliberate distortion and doctoring of newspaper headlines” to make the UK press look racist.</p> <p>The editorial legal director at Associated Newspapers claims that a montage of supposed press coverage to back the Duchess of Sussex's claims of "undeniable racist overtones" used headlines that never ran.</p> <p>“Many of the headlines have been either taken out of context or deliberately edited and displayed as supporting evidence for the program’s claim that the Duchess of Sussex was subjected to racist coverage by the British press,” wrote<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9357935/Associated-Newspapers-complains-CBS-seriously-inaccurate-misleading-montage.html" target="_blank">Hartley</a>.</p> <p>She has provided proof of the mocked-up headlines, where one example can be seen below. The first image is what was featured in the CBS special.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840304/hero-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/25eb744f5e8d45999f865b9e12582285" /></p> <p>The second image is the headline that actually appeared online, with the line of text that appears in the first image seemingly taken from the middle of paragraph three in the 11-paragraph piece.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840305/hero-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/508374cc7046410b8ef4edce1beccef9" /></p> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Hartley slammed the CBS interview and has demanded that it is taken off air.</p> <p>"In conclusion, the programme in its current form, does not comply with the ViacomCBS editorial policies or align with its stated values. In terms of both accuracy and integrity, the programme is clearly compromised by the inclusion of this misleading montage.</p> <p>"Accordingly, I should be grateful for your urgent confirmation that the offending content will be removed from the programme currently being made available to the public.</p> <p>"We also understand that a further broadcast is being planned tonight. The montage should therefore be deleted prior to that broadcast."</p> <p>Harpo Productions, Oprah Winfrey's company, said that "Prince Harry and Meghan shared in the interview their personal story. We stand by the broadcast in its entirety."</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Daily Mail</em></p> </div>

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Mel Doyle weighs in on Samantha Armytage’s swift Sunrise exit

<p><span>Mel Doyle has weighed in on Samantha Armytage's surprise announcement that she was to leave <em>Sunrise</em>.</span><br /><br /><span>The star also revealed what the biggest plus in store for the newly-married journalist will be.</span><br /><br /><span>Mel co-hosted <em>Sunrise</em> for over ten years alongside David 'Kochie' Koch before she departed in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>She says that what Sam should look forward to is not the sleep-ins, but the late nights.</span><br /><br /><span>Mel told <em>Nova's Fitzy &amp; Wippa</em> that she loved having a normal weeknight routine after leaving the Channel 7 program.</span><br /><br /><span>"For me, it was the nights, it was having my nights back," Mel said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It was not having to eat dinner at 5 pm and go to bed at 7:30, I could watch TV at like 8pm!”</span><br /><br /><span>“So that will be a big shock for Sam on Friday won’t it?” Fitzy asked.</span><br /><br /><span>“Oh my goodness, it will probably take a little while to get out of the rhythm, as you guys know it’s a pretty tough gig getting up," Mel replied.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840268/unrise.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/144f7cf831194550a39a669708cb8ef3" /><br /><br /><span>The star also tactfully avoided answer any questions about Sam’s replacement.</span><br /><br /><span>"Would you go back?" Sarah asked her. "I mean there’s an empty seat.”</span><br /><br /><span>"So you’ve said yes to the gig?” Wippa joked.</span><br /><br /><span>“The way I’m looking at it if I had a dollar for every time I’m asked that this week I’m gonna be so rich!” Mel responded.</span><br /><br /><span>Samantha Armytage shocked <em>Sunrise</em> fans when she announced that was leaving the popular breakfast show after eight years.</span><br /><br /><span>Just three days later, she was saying her goodbyes to her co-hosts and the nation.</span></p>

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