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“Insensitive idiots”: Channel 7 slammed for airing unauthorised Newton-John biopic

<p dir="ltr">Channel Seven has come under fire from fans for airing <em>Hopelessly Devoted To You</em>, an unauthorised Olivia Newton-John biopic the same day the iconic actress and singer passed away.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 2018 miniseries, starring Delta Goodrem as a young Olivia, hit a sour note for fans grieving on Tuesday night, with many taking to social media to share their thoughts.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We should be honouring Olivia, not have this horrible wood duck imitation on,” one fan tweeted. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Why am I watching Delta Goodrem play Olivia Newton-John on TV and not... I don't know, Olivia Newton-John? 😭” wrote another.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Australia doesn’t want to see Delta Goodrem as Olivia, you insensitive idiots,” one quipped, before adding, “We want to see original music featuring Olivia.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the haste to put something on tonight Olivia Newton-John related, Channel 7 miss the mark with Olivia biopic starring Delta Goodrem,” a third <a href="https://twitter.com/Ancray/status/1556972888728928256" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shared</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’d rather watch something ACTUALLY starring Olivia, not someone pretending to be her!”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-705a392e-7fff-3098-0a57-6e9b387c7c26"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">To make matters worse, some savvy users pointed out that one media outlet used a photo of Goodrem as Olivia in their post breaking the news of Newton-John’s death.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">not popcrave using a pic of delta goodrem 😭 <a href="https://t.co/FwfKCaFlPN">pic.twitter.com/FwfKCaFlPN</a></p> <p>— David Mack (@davidmackau) <a href="https://twitter.com/davidmackau/status/1556726103246602240?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 8, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The post has since been deleted and the outlet reshared the news with two photos of Newton-John.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after Goodrem paid tribute to Newton-John, describing her as a mentor, friend, and inspiration in a heartfelt Instagram post.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-9af153f3-7fff-67d2-a732-017e50e42ca3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“The whole world will feel this heartbreak today because the entire world felt Olivia’s unmatched light,” she wrote, sharing two black-and-white photos of the pair.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChA2VU4P0mF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/ChA2VU4P0mF/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Delta Goodrem AM (@deltagoodrem)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“A force for good. A force for nature. Strong and kind, my mentor, my friend, my inspiration, someone who always guided me… she was always there for me. Family to me.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t have all the words I would like to say today but I hope everyone will join in celebrating our beloved Olivia, her heart, soul, talent, courage, grace… I love you forever.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-2c3e2f14-7fff-81eb-95f1-397e6597e870"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Lifetime</em></p>

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How Lisa Wilkinson “betrayed” Larry Emdur

<p dir="ltr">Larry Emdur is in the middle of spilling <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/books/larry-emdur-opens-up-on-feud-with-rove-mcmanus" target="_blank" rel="noopener">hot goss</a> about the industry and fellow colleagues as he promotes his new book, <em>Happy As</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The Channel Seven host appeared on the <em>I’ve Got News For You</em> podcast and spoke about how Lisa Wilkinson “betrayed” him.</p> <p dir="ltr">Emdur explained that he was trying to coach Wilkinson into taking a seat on then <em>Weekend Sunrise</em> as his co-host.</p> <p dir="ltr">A few weeks after her audition for the morning program, Emdur introduced Wilkinson to Karl Stefanovic at the Logies.</p> <p dir="ltr">And it was from there that Emdur’s “beef” with Stefanovic began, after Karl stole Wilkinson to be his co-host instead on <em>The Today Show</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In the weeks after that audition, I introduced Lisa to Karl Stefanovic at the Logies,” Emdur said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And then he went about his sneaky little ways, which he does, and he somehow dragged Lisa over to the Today Show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite all this, Emdur insists there are no hard feelings because it turned out to be the “right move” for Wilkinson, who ended up co-hosting <em>The Today Show</em> for 10 years beside Stefanovic.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think Lisa had different things to do other than The Morning Show at the time, so it was a reasonable move and actually made sense, so we went back to audition a few more people and eventually landed with Kylie (Gillies) on the couch, which was just a magnificent result.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Emdur said he and Wilkinson continue to “laugh about it all the time”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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“Don’t waste my time”: Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull face heat on The Block

<p dir="ltr">Elle Ferguson and Joel Patfull have been the subject of savage comments during their incredibly short stint on the newest season of <em>The Block</em>, with <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/property/real-estate/scott-cam-speaks-from-the-heart-about-block-stars-abrupt-exit" target="_blank" rel="noopener">even Scott Cam making his feelings known</a> about the pair.</p> <p dir="ltr">The influencer and former AFL star left the show’s Gisbourne set after just two days amid reports they flew to Adelaide to care for Patfull’s mother after a fall.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though they appeared ready to take on the challenges ahead during the show’s first episode, one fellow contestant had plenty of criticism.</p> <p dir="ltr">Sarah-Jane, who is competing with her husband Tom, said she recognised Ferguson “straight away”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She’s already famous, she’s got 600,000 followers on Instagram, she’s got s**tloads of money, why are they here?” she fumed to producers.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a pre-show interview, the mother-of-one had plenty to say about influencers such as Ferguson.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Social influencers … Some I respect obviously,” she began.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b8f40c87-7fff-fa98-f263-27d8b50deb20"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Some make a huge career out of it! Look at your Kim Kardashians and your Rozalia Russians and people like that … Bec Judd! Good on them. But people who just go on shows to (boost their) social media, I don’t have time for that s**t. Like, don’t waste my time.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgdGlB1op2b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgdGlB1op2b/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by The Block (@theblock)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><em>Block</em> host Scott Cam also shared his thoughts on the pair through veiled digs in voiceovers throughout episode one.</p> <p dir="ltr">In one, he described Ferguson as a “self-confessed global influencer and beauty entrepreneur”, referring to the couple as “Bondi babes” in another instance.</p> <p dir="ltr">Cam’s comments in the episode come after he suggested in several interviews that Ferguson and Patfull left the show within 48 hours of arriving because they weren’t up to the challenge, and not because of Patfull’s mother’s ill-health.</p> <p dir="ltr">The reality show host has sledged the pair for leaving so soon, calling it “p*ss poor” and “unAustralian” behaviour, telling <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/reality-tv/elle-ferguson-and-joel-patfull-savaged-by-block-contestant-sarah-jane-in-episode-one/news-story/cb130fbed0572e46a989774816309bed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em> in the lead-up to the premiere that they left in the middle of the night with “no explanation”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They didn’t give us a reason why they were leaving. They never mentioned anything to us about visiting their sick mother,” Scott said.</p> <p dir="ltr">His shock at their exit has also featured in promos for episode two.</p> <p dir="ltr">The first episode also saw Ferguson appearing to find some aspects of the competition difficult, admitting that “it was a little intimidating” walking into the building site of House Three.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a demolition site, and when I say demolition site, you couldn’t see the ground,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">After the first night, she told producers: “I did think someone was going to come and maybe say here’s a heater … but no … it was fresh.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-271ecc00-7fff-20cc-8f6f-4703f6751d6b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Nine</em></p>

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Manu Feildel and Kyle Sandilands pop off in tense exchange

<p dir="ltr">Kyle Sandilands and Manu Feildel went head-to-head in a tense exchange about new <em>My Kitchen Rules </em>judge, Nigella Lawson.</p> <p dir="ltr">The shock jock questioned Manu as to why Nigella wouldn’t agree to doing an interview with him and help promote the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">“What’s her problem? Apparently I hear, correct me if I’m wrong producers, the network is upset because Nigella’s said ‘no way, you’re not going on that filthy show’. Our show. How does that happen?” Kyle asked. </p> <p dir="ltr">A confused Manu was shocked to hear the claims and told Kyle he was not sure as to why Nigella would not agree to an interview, explaining this is the first time he’s heard of it. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I have no idea, that’s news to me buddy. I will make sure she talks to you next time,” he responded.</p> <p dir="ltr">But that was not a good enough excuse for Kyle who continued his rampage against the wrong person.</p> <p dir="ltr">“How am I meant to support you when the woman besides you loathes the thought of me?” he asked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think she’s amazing, she’s the queen but when you find out someone doesn’t like you, you can’t  help but not like someone back.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Manu’s voice changed and he made it clear that he was uncomfortable about the subject, requesting that they speak about <em>My Kitchen Rules</em>. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I think you’re just being upset for no reason. Let’s not get upset guys.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think he’s embarrassed that his co-worker let him down,” Kyle told Jackie O. </p> <p dir="ltr">Jackie O did not want anything to do with the conversation and said “maybe he [Manu] was sick of talking about it [Nigella]”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Who gives a s**t what he's sick and tired of talking about!” Kyle shot back. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I like Manu, I like the show, he can come on but I am very shocked about the Nigella thing. That’s a real slap to the face.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kyle then asked Manu to “sort out” Nigella’s management before the conversation slowly ended. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>My Kitchen Rules airs on Channel 7 on Sunday August 7 at 7pm. </em></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Why Kylie Minogue's Neighbours finale appearance was so brief

<p><em>Neighbours </em>fans everywhere were beaming with excitement when it was announced that Kylie Minogue would reprise her iconic role as Charlene in the highly-anticipated finale episode of the long-running soap. </p> <p>But when Minogue took to the screen with her TV husband Jason Donovan, fans were left less than impressed with her lack of screen time and dialogue. </p> <p>Between the on-screen couple, they had just a handful of lines, with Minogue - arguably <em>Neighbours</em>' most successful export - uttering just five words: “Home, sweet home”, “Jane!” and “Harold!”</p> <p>Their brief return to Ramsay Street was flimsy in comparison to Guy Pearce's storyline, which ended up being a major plot point for the finale episode. </p> <p>Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment in the finale, with one viewer saying, "Kylie Minogue saying absolutely nothing on the <em>Neighbours </em>finale is genuinely hilarious."</p> <p>Another said, "The <em>Neighbours </em>finale was great and Guy Pearce is an absolute legend for giving it his all. Presumably Kylie was being paid by the word."</p> <p><em>Neighbours</em>’ executive producer Jason Herbison has finally responded to fans’ confusion, <a href="https://tvtonight.com.au/2022/08/neighbours-reveals-why-kylie-jason-had-limited-dialogue-in-finale.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">telling </a><a href="https://tvtonight.com.au/2022/08/neighbours-reveals-why-kylie-jason-had-limited-dialogue-in-finale.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TV Tonight</a> that it all boiled down to timing – and that the pair’s top-secret filming was completed before the rest of the episode.</p> <p>“Our discussions with Jason (Donovan) and Kylie were always about making a small appearance,” he told the website.</p> <div id="indie-campaign-rHsIzpAmAj7xkA4llYlH-2" data-campaign-name="NCA ENTERTAINMENT newsletter" data-campaign-indie="newsletter-signup" data-jira="TSN-268" data-from="1640955600000" data-to="1677502800000"></div> <p>“They didn’t want to overshadow the current cast or make the finale about them. We also filmed their scenes before I’d written the episode, so whatever we filmed had to fit in with that. I hate to see Kylie copping any criticism – she was nothing short of amazing on the day.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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My Kitchen Rules makes its highly-anticipated return

<p dir="ltr"><em>My Kitchen Rules</em> is once again hitting the screens on Sunday August 7. </p> <p dir="ltr">The cooking show’s future was up in the air for a bit following terrible ratings as well as the controversy around former judge Pete Evans’ covid conspiracy theories and anti-vaxx stance.</p> <p dir="ltr">But alas, fans have been given an air date with Manu Feildel coming back to judge the food along with newcomer, television cook Nigella Lawson. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Going to restaurants can be a treat, but for me, the true story of food is told through the cooking we do at home,” Nigella said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So, to have the chance to champion home cooks and be given the intimate privilege of being invited into people’s homes to eat their food fills me with gratitude and excitement in equal measure!”</p> <p dir="ltr">The show will go back to its roots of everyday Aussies showing off their culinary skills and love for food as they compete for the winning prize of $250,000.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgk2z5ghkJC/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by MKR (@mykitchenrules)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Manu recently spoke on the I’ve Got News For You podcast about missing Pete by his side judging the food but said the pair remain “good friends”. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Of course, Pete and I have known each other for a long time, we’re still good friends today, so yeah – missing that,” he told host Andrew Bucklow.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At the same token, you know, it was nice to work with someone new and someone different. The show has been on the shelf for a couple of years, so it was exciting to be working with someone else.”</p> <p>The new season of <em>My Kitchen Rules</em> airs on Sunday August 7 on Channel 7 at 7pm.</p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p>

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Alan Fletcher's post-Neighbours career change

<p>The highly-anticipated <em>Neighbours </em>finale drew in an <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/ratings-revealed-for-neighbours-finale" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Australian audience</a> of almost one million viewers, and many more overseas. </p> <p>Now, <em>Neighbours </em>royalty Alan Fletcher has revealed a major career change.</p> <p>The 65-year-old actor, who played Dr Karl Kennedy for 27 years after joining the cast in 1994, is now considering an interesting choice in career. </p> <p>Alan told Magic Radio’s Breakfast Show, “Now that I’ve finished <em>Neighbours</em>, I’m thinking about actually going into medicine.”</p> <p>The Perth-born TV star added he had always tried to keep his personal life separate from his on-screen persona, but was now having a change of heart.</p> <p>“While I’ve been on <em>Neighbours</em>, I religiously don’t give medical advice, because I’m really worried of the authorities tracking me down,” he joked.</p> <p>His drastic career news comes after fellow <em>Neighbours </em>castmate Ryan Moloney, who had played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi on the show since 1995, revealed <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/neighbours-star-reveals-next-big-career-step" target="_blank" rel="noopener">his own change</a> away from the small screen.</p> <p>The 42-year-old actor said he was planning to settle into post-<em>Neighbours </em>life as a humble tradie.</p> <p>“I’m not ruling anything out,” Moloney told The Daily Telegraph. “I’m doing civil construction course which is about driving excavators and building roads.”</p> <p>He added, “I like playing with those kinds of machines. I like doing earthworks, all that kind of manual labour stuff."</p> <p>“That’s where I’m at, but who knows where it’s all going to end up?”</p> <p>After 37 years and 8903 episodes, <em>Neighbours </em>finally drew to a close in a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-m-not-crying-you-re-crying-viewers-react-to-neighbours-finale" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tear-jerking finale</a> last week.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <div id="indie-campaign-rHsIzpAmAj7xkA4llYlH-2" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin-bottom: 16px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;" data-campaign-name="NCA ENTERTAINMENT newsletter" data-campaign-indie="newsletter-signup" data-jira="TSN-268" data-from="1640955600000" data-to="1677502800000"></div> <div class="media image" style="box-sizing: inherit; display: flex; flex-direction: column; align-items: center; width: 705.203px; margin-bottom: 32px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', HelveticaNeue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 18px;"> </div>

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#Jacketgate 2 point whatever

<p dir="ltr">Is it #Jacketgate 2.0? Or have we lost count?</p> <p dir="ltr">Viewers of <em>The Today Show</em> were delighted when co-host Allison Langdon, reporters Lara Vella and Fiona Willan, and Senator Jacqui Lambie all appeared dressed in blue.</p> <p dir="ltr">An image of all four was shared to the show’s Instagram page captioned “Da ba dee da ba di” in reference to Eiffel 65's iconic track.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Oh yeah … go sisters! What colour should we rock tomorrow??” Ally commented with a laughing emoji.</p> <p dir="ltr">Others however joked to hide the photo from Channel Nine newsreader Amber Sherlock who caused a stir in 2017 when she and journalist Julie Snook were both dressed in white, along with the guest.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgswbJtPxR2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgswbJtPxR2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by thetodayshow (@thetodayshow)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In the leaked footage, Amber tells her producer: “I need Julie to put a jacket on because we're all in white. I asked her before we came on … Julie you need to put a jacket on.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Julie tried to explain to Amber that she didn’t have enough time to change to which Julie did not accept saying she “asked two hours ago”.</p> <p dir="ltr">When the trio went on air, Julie was seen wearing a black jacket and was receiving a lot of sympathy from the public for the way she was treated.</p> <p dir="ltr">But five years later, it seems that Amber manages to have a laugh about it when people commented about the incident.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Amber Sherlock won’t like you all in the same colour,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Amber responded: “I quite like the blue actually.. I only have ownership over white”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Amber Sherlock would’ve had a fit,” another commented to which she responded, “Well it wasn’t white..but..”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Channel Nine</em></p>

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"Greatest load of rot I've ever heard": Kochie fires up

<p dir="ltr">David Koch – aka Kochie – the Port Adelaide president who is famously passionate about his club, has gone nuclear after his Port players were once again denied the opportunity to wear their historic "prison bars" guernsey in a showdown against their fierce Adelaide rivals. .</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie fired up after it was revealed the club’s request to wear the iconic top for the round 23 showdown against the Crows had been denied.</p> <p dir="ltr">Last time the team was famously denied the chance to wear their black-and-white stripes was in 2021, and they were sternly cautioned that they could be stripped of competition points if they went against the AFL’s wishes.</p> <p dir="ltr">In retaliation, the team defiantly switched into the forbidden strip in the dressing rooms after the game.</p> <p dir="ltr">The heritage jumper has been at the centre of one of football’s most petty feuds and is back in the limelight after Koch’s latest spat, as he shut down suggestions the club was advised back in March their request would be denied.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That is the greatest load of rot I’ve ever heard,” Koch said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In fact, two weeks ago the Collingwood president Jeff Browne rang me out of the blue and said: ‘Kochie look mate, we’re taking your request really seriously, we understand how important it is to your members, we understand the history of it … I’ve been canvassing opinions both in Melbourne and South Australia and I’m putting it to my board (last week) and I don’t want to get your hopes up, but I’m quietly confident we could have good news for you.’</p> <p dir="ltr">Kochie said they had been taken advantage of by Collingwood as the ugly saga drags over into another season.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Remember Collingwood have always said: ‘We own black and white in the AFL/VFL. They are our colours’ – as if you can own two colours. Don’t get me started on that,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I can’t help but feel that we’ve been played in this for being nice and a bit misled by the club and also conversations I’ve had with the president.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It just shows, dare I say, the pettiness of this which has got completely out of hand. I don’t know whether it’s a case of the big Victorian clubs once again going: ‘Hey, you just keep in your place you interstaters, South Australian clubs. We run this competition, you do as we say.’”</p> <p dir="ltr">Port Adelaide entered the AFL in 1997 with an agreement in place that the prison bars could only be worn during the heritage round. However, the league no longer has a dedicated heritage round, with clubs holding their own celebrations each year.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Sneak peek at Sam Armytage's long-awaited TV return

<p>It's been over a year since Sam Armytage's shock exit from <em>Sunrise</em> stunned viewers. </p> <p>Now, the TV personality is making her long-awaited return to Channel Seven as the co-host of <em>Farmer Wants a Wife</em>. </p> <p>The network released a first look at the new season of the country-style reality dating show, which is a way of life close to Sam's heart.</p> <p>Armytage now lives in the country with her husband Richard Lavender, who she discussed in the trailer for the upcoming season. </p> <p>“I fell in love with a farmer myself, so I can't wait to help them find the one,” she says.</p> <p>The trailer also showcases the five farmers who are set to begin their journey for love in season eleven.</p> <p>“Love, it underpins who I am. I want to give my life to someone,” farmer Will, 26 remarks.</p> <p>“Love is something you just can't live without,” farmer Harry, 23, adds, while farmer Ben, 27, shares, “I hope to find a wife and get married”.</p> <p>“Let’s have a yarn, let’s have a chinwag!” Farmer Benjamin, 33, continues.</p> <p>It was first announced in October last year that Armytage would be a special guest on the 2022 season of <em>Farmer Wants A Wife</em> alongside host Natalie Gruzlewski.</p> <p>Channel Seven shared a statement last year explaining that Sam will “help the farmers and ladies on their road to finding real love”, where she will introduce each farmer to a new lady based on her own expertise and experience.</p> <p>“I'm thrilled to be joining <em>Farmer Wants A Wife</em> in 2022,” she said. “I've always been a huge fan of the show and of country people, and I know first-hand that falling in love with a farmer is just about the most wonderful thing you can do.”</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/seReePBSd3E" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credits: Channel Seven</em></p>

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Ratings revealed for Neighbours finale

<p>Almost 900,000 Aussies tuned in to the much anticipated finale of Neighbours.</p> <p>37 years later, the soap which was responsible for launching a long list of Hollywood careers ended as 873,000 watched on across five metro capital cities.</p> <p>The finale out-ranked Nine News, and even scored double the amount of views as The Project. TV writer Colin Vickery reported that the figure was even higher nationwide - Neighbours saw its best ratings in 13 years.</p> <p>Emotions ran high as <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/i-m-not-crying-you-re-crying-viewers-react-to-neighbours-finale" target="_blank" rel="noopener">fans reacted</a> to the soap ending, sharing their sadness over on Twitter. Even Craig McLachlan was devastated and <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/craig-mclachlan-films-his-own-neighbours-finale-tribute" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shared his own personal tribute</a> to the show on Facebook before the finale aired on TV.</p> <p>McLachlan was noticeably excluded from being in the last episode but that didn't stop him from <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/why-craig-mclachlan-s-neighbours-finale-snub-is-so-devastating" target="_blank" rel="noopener">calling out</a> the show's creators for "succumbing to cancel culture", which left him out of the reunion after alleged assault charges made against him.</p> <p>In true Neighbours fashion the last episode of the show ended with Guy Pearce’s character rekindling a past romance after whizzing into Erinsborough on a motorcycle and featured Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan making their way back to Ramsay Street after a long stay in Queensland.</p> <p>Of course surprise cameos from Holly Valance and Natalie Imbruglia, and even included Toadie’s fourth wedding.</p> <p>Neighbours announced in March the iconic program was being axxed as funding was withdrawn by UK network Channel 5. You can watch the finale on <a href="https://10play.com.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">10play.com.au</a> if you already haven't.</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Controversial Diana interview to air in new documentary

<p dir="ltr">A new documentary about Princess Diana will air snippets of her 1995 Panorama interview with BBC journalist Martin Bashir once again, despite Prince William insisting it “should never be shown again”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The HBO documentary, titled <em>The Princess</em>, uses archival audio and video footage as part of its exploration of Diana’s complex relationship with the media, including how she often used the press to her advantage with dire consequences.</p> <p dir="ltr">Its release in select Australian and New Zealand cinemas in August comes a year after William made a forceful statement condemning the 1995 interview and describing it as a “major contribution to making my parent’s relationship worse”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Snippets from the interview show the late Princess of Wales speaking about her marriage to Prince Charles, her extramarital affair, and her belief that a campaign was being “waged against” her for her refusal to “go quietly”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is my firm view that this Panorama program holds no legitimacy and should never be aired again,” William said in May 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It effectively established a false narrative which, for over a quarter of a century, has been commercialised by the BBC and others.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Prince Harry later echoed William’s statements, saying that “our mother lost her life because of this and nothing has changed”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The BBC has distanced itself from the documentary, saying licences allowing for “any or all” of the interview to be aired had not been granted, per <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2022/07/28/dianas-disgraced-panorama-interview-aired-sky-against-prince/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Telegraph UK</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has since emerged that Bahir lied to Diana to gain her trust prior to the interview, showing her forged bank statements and other documents as proof that her most-trusted advisors and staff were spying on her in order to get her to agree to the interview.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tim Davie, the BBC’s director-general, vowed last week to never show the interview in its entirety or in parts ever again, saying there would only be “few and far between” reasons to use extracts for journalistic purposes and urging other broadcasters to “exercise similar restraint”.</p> <p dir="ltr">He also apologised to Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry for “the way in which Princess Diana was deceived and the subsequent impact on all their lives”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>The Princess</em> isn’t expected to provide context for the BBC interview, as segments from it will be shown alongside other news bulletins and footage of some members of the public - out of an estimated 23 million people who watched it at the time - watching it in a pub and reacting to it.</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement, HBO described the film as “intensely emotional” and a “visceral submersion” into Diana’s life under the spotlight of the media.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The film unfolds as if it were in the present, allowing viewers to experience the overwhelming adoration, but also intense scrutiny of Diana's every move and the constant judgement of her character,” the statement reads.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Through archival material, the film is also a reflection of society at the time, revealing the public's own preoccupations, fears, aspirations and desires."</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ea73afec-7fff-008f-91a2-935b7a7cd4f1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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“I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING”: Viewers react to Neighbours finale

<p>Politicians, TV presenters and fans alike have swamped social media after the final episode of Neighbours aired in Australia.</p> <p>The long-running soap finished up after a 37-year run on TV screens and people couldn't help but share their thoughts on how things ended for the folks of Erinsborough.</p> <p>Among those to pay tribute to the iconic Aussie series on Twitter were the likes of Bill Shorten, TV presenter Sarah Harris and even Victoria Police who commended their local Erinsborough colleagues for a job well done.</p> <p>"Kidnappings, plane crashes, tornados, multiple (!!) people returning from the dead, murders, arson, explosions. For 37 years the Erinsborough police have been responding to crime, after disaster, after mystery on Ramsay Street, but today that all ends," read a message from the Victoria Police's official Twitter account.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Kidnappings, plane crashes, tornados, multiple (!!) people returning from the dead, murders, arson, explosions. For 37 years the Erinsborough police have been responding to crime, after disaster, after mystery on Ramsay Street, but today that all ends. <a href="https://t.co/4uwAhvc7Lz">pic.twitter.com/4uwAhvc7Lz</a></p> <p>— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) <a href="https://twitter.com/VictoriaPolice/status/1552480371937124352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Bill Shorten called the show an “Aussie TV institution” and praised the consistent efforts Neighbours went to for those with disabilities.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Neighbours finale is the ultimate throwback. Every face is as familiar as our own neighbours, but also showing inclusive TV for people with disability. Brilliant. Congrats to everyone who has been part of the Aussie TV institution. What will I watch now! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CelebratingNeighbours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CelebratingNeighbours</a> <a href="https://t.co/im69t6Cz5d">pic.twitter.com/im69t6Cz5d</a></p> <p>— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) <a href="https://twitter.com/billshortenmp/status/1552599274352824322?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Meanwhile, Sarah Harris posted a simple yet emotional response to the show ending, revealing she shed a tear watching the nostalgic episode.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING 😭😭😭😭😭 <a href="https://twitter.com/neighbours?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@neighbours</a> </p> <p>Thank you 🙏🏻</p> <p>— Sarah Harris 🌮 (@SarahHarris) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahHarris/status/1552611144627417091?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>The finale saw an entire host of famous faces including Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Guy Pearce and Margot Robbie among the long list of famous alumni returning to Ramsay Street to say goodbye, in an episode that wrapped up with a big joyous street party.</p> <p>To mark the end of an era, the show's beloved Susan Kennedy (played by Jackie Woodburne) walked down Ramsay Street reflecting on the past.</p> <p>The camera floated up and gave the audience one last aerial view of the neighbours together on the street. The simple but heart-warning ending won over viewers everywhere with many saying it was “pretty perfect”.</p> <p>Another said: "Having Susan/Jackie narrate the end was chef's kiss perfect given the heavy lifting she's done for 28 years. Chuck her a Logie please".</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So pleased the finale focused on Mike and Plain Jane Superbrain reconnecting, and the nods to years gone by. Having Susan/Jackie narrate the end was chef’s kiss perfect given the heavy lifting she’s done for 28 years. Chuck her a Logie please <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Neighbours?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Neighbours</a></p> <p>— Leith (@LeithMarshall) <a href="https://twitter.com/LeithMarshall/status/1552615534868324352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>"After 37 years, I loved the way that ended. Not ashamed to admit tears, but smiling..... Thank you @neighbours," another person tweeted.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I'm not great at letting things go. After 37 years, I loved the way that ended. Not ashamed to admit tears, but smiling..... Thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/neighbours?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@neighbours</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/scottmaj?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@scottmaj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/alanfletcher?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@alanfletcher</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/takayahonda?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@takayahonda</a> and everyone involved ❤️<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NeighboursFinale?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NeighboursFinale</a></p> <p>— Andrew Peters (@PeeWeePeters) <a href="https://twitter.com/PeeWeePeters/status/1552655772341108736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 28, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Referring to the finale storyline where everyone on Ramsay Street had their houses up for sale briefly, one person joked: "Next season of The Block should be contestants renovating all the houses on Ramsay St."</p> <p>Other fans similarly expressed how upset they were, with posts simply saying "gutted" and others "really, really sad".</p> <p><em>Image: Fremantle Media</em></p>

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Craig McLachlan films his own Neighbours finale tribute

<p>In honour of the final episode of <em>Neighbours</em> that aired on Thursday night, Craig McLachlan has shared a video in tribute to his role on the show.</p> <p>He posted the video to his Facebook page before the last Neighbours episode began, after he was noticeably excluded from being in the momentous episode.</p> <p>His tribute honoured his role as Henry Ramsay, brother of Kylie Minogue's character Charlene, in the show, which he played from 1987 to 1989.</p> <p>“I’m calling it, I’m declaring national bib and brace overalls day in honour of Henry Ramsay and of course to celebrate the Aussie super soap, <em>Neighbours</em>,” he said.</p> <p>“Do you know, I got the call to join the show way back in 1986? An exciting call that changed my life, a call that I’ll be forever grateful for."</p> <p>“Good memories, good people.”</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?height=314&amp;href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCraigMcLachlanOfficial%2Fvideos%2F354860523515103%2F&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=560&amp;t=0" width="560" height="429" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>While in character as Henry, he told himself, “Thanks for letting me be part of YOUR special <em>Neighbours</em> celebration, I really appreciate it."</p> <p>“Hey, I used to cop a lot of flack about this hair, but the mullet’s back, and the mullet’s here to stay and so is Henry Ramsay. Thanks again, I’ve got to finish this, love you guys,” he said.</p> <p>In his post, McLachlan said he put the clip together “to say goodbye to Henry and <em>Neighbours</em>”.</p> <p>“I loved my time on Neighbours, loved the cast and crew, love you all too! Hope you get a kick out of it,” he wrote.</p> <p>The video comes just after a spokesperson for McLachlan called his snub from the finale episode "<a href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/why-craig-mclachlan-s-neighbours-finale-snub-is-so-devastating" target="_blank" rel="noopener">devastating</a>", while accusing the show's creators for succumbing to "cancel culture" to leave him out, after he was cleared of assault charges made against him by four women he worked with on the <em>Rocky Horror Show</em> live production in 2014.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Facebook</em></p>

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Why Craig McLachlan's Neighbours finale snub is so "devastating"

<p>Craig McLachlan has slammed "cancel culture" as the reason he was excluded from the final <em>Neighbours</em> episode. </p> <p>McLachlan played the brother of Kylie Minogue’s character Charlene, Henry Ramsay, in the beloved soap from 1987 to 1989, but was not invited back to the highly-anticipated show's finale. </p> <p>Craig accused the show's creators for succumbing to "cancel culture" to leave him out, after he was cleared of assault charges made by against him by four women he worked with on the Rocky Horror Show live production in 2014.</p> <p>He claims his past has now come back to haunt him, telling <a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tv/19339434/neighbours-craig-mclachlan-cancel-culture/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sun</a> he believes his legal troubles are the reason he was shunned from the show's star-packed finale, which will see a number of familiar faces reprise their roles.</p> <p>His entire onscreen family, including Kylie Minogue’s Charlene, his onscreen stepfather Harold Bishop, played by Ian Smith, and even a cameo from his on-screen late mother Madge (Anne Charleston) as a ghost, will give viewers one last show after 36 years on the air. </p> <p>A spokesperson for McLachlan said his on-screen mother being reincarnated so Anne Charleston can be involved in the episode was a particular sticking point for the actor. </p> <p>“Henry’s dead mother is being reincarnated for the final episode — but cancel culture won’t allow her son Henry to appear or even be acknowledged,” a spokeswoman for McLachlan exclusively told The Sun, going on to call the snub “devastating”.</p> <p>“What Craig and his partner have endured over the past four-and-a-half years — only to come out the other side and be confronted by, among other things, the attempted permanent erasing of his part in <em>Neighbours</em> history — is devastating,” the spokeswoman said.</p> <p>“Craig was not invited to take part in the closing episode or indeed to contribute in any way to the end of <em>Neighbours</em>."</p> <p>“Henry was, and continues to be, an all-time <em>Neighbours</em> favourite, a character Craig loves to this day. Craig happily and enthusiastically contributed to a number of <em>Neighbours</em> celebratory milestones over the years and was always so thrilled to be invited to partake.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Neighbours star reveals next big career step

<p dir="ltr">Actor Ryan Moloney, who played Jarrod “Toadie” Rebecchi in the iconic Aussie drama <em>Neighbours </em>has announced his surprise career plan once the TV show comes to an end.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite playing a lawyer for many years in <em>Neighbours</em>, Moloney is interested in getting his hands dirty with earth work.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moloney already has his commercial pilots licence but said he is “not ruling anything out” when it comes to the next chapter of his life.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m doing [a] civil construction course which is about driving excavators and building roads,” he told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/ryan-moloney-is-planning-life-after-neighbours-in-an-unusual-field/news-story/1104a23a7f0f8643eb2c8d123c770c1d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I like playing with those kinds of machines. I like doing earthworks, all that kind of manual labour stuff. That’s where I’m at, but who knows where it’s all going to end up?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Moloney said he wanted to become an Air Force pilot but he landed the gig on <em>Neighbours</em>, telling himself he’ll eventually do it.</p> <p dir="ltr">But then Covid hit and Moloney said there were skilled pilots out there who were out of work and that he will leave it for them.</p> <p dir="ltr">Moloney doesn’t regret his career path, who at first was just meant to be a visitor on Ramsay St.</p> <p dir="ltr">His character proved to be popular with fans and the studio invited him back for a lengthy 27 years.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To be a working actor in Australia with consistent work is incredibly special. And I have a large dose of gratitude towards life into what is created,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">The last episode of the beloved Aussie soap will be 90 minutes long and air on Channel 10 and 10 Peach on July 28, bringing an end to the 37 year history of the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">Earlier in the year, <em>Neighbours </em>announced that the show is coming to an end after Channel 5, the British production company that aired the show in the UK since 2008, announced it won’t do so anymore.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so sorry to say that after nearly 37 years and almost 9000 episodes broadcast we have to confirm that <em>Neighbours </em>will cease production in June,” the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Following the loss of our key broadcast partner in the UK and despite an extensive search for alternative funding, we simply have no option but to rest the show.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The team thanked their loyal fans and promised to end the show on an “incredible high”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“To our amazing, loyal fans, we know this is a huge disappointment, as it is to all of us on the team.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We thank you for all your messages and support and promise to end the show on an incredible high. From here on, we are celebrating Neighbours.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Channel Nine presenter racially vilified

<p dir="ltr">Tracy Vo has been the subject of disgusting racial comments while out with her partner for breakfast. </p> <p dir="ltr">The Channel Nine Perth news presenter was enjoying breakfast with her boyfriend Liam Connolly when she was approached by a random lady who then attacked her racially. </p> <p dir="ltr">She shared the awful experience on Twitter, but said she refused to let the incident put her down after her partner stepped in. </p> <p dir="ltr">“To the lady who reminded us that intolerant and close minded people still exist, sorry for ruining your day,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you tried to ruin a lovely breakfast I was having with my partner at our local cafe yesterday, you didn’t.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you labelled my family communists, I laughed it off.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When you tried to convince my partner, who’s of Irish heritage, to ‘not be had by this Asian woman’, he politely asked you to move along. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He was calm and I was smiling…sorry lady, we won’t be had by you.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">To the lady who reminded us that intolerant and close minded people still exist, sorry for ruining your day. When you tried to ruin a lovely breakfast I was having with my partner at our local cafe yesterday, you didn’t. When you labelled my family communists, I laughed it off…</p> <p>— Tracy Vo (@Tracy_Vo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tracy_Vo/status/1551717376806137856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">When you tried to convince my partner, who’s of Irish heritage, to “not be had by this Asian woman,” he politely asked you to move along. </p> <p>He was calm and I was smiling… sorry lady, we won’t be had by you ☺️</p> <p>— Tracy Vo (@Tracy_Vo) <a href="https://twitter.com/Tracy_Vo/status/1551717534914605056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 25, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Tracy received a lot of support for her stance with many apologising that she had to go through that. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I'm so sorry this happened to you TVo. Absolutely vile,” her fellow Channel Nine colleague Natalia Cooper wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Can’t believe this s*** still happens. You are a star for remaining so calm my babes. More class than anyone! Sending you love,” Channel Nine Perth weather presenter Scherri-Lee Biggs commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I am so sorry this happened.  It really shouldn't in this day and age, but there's no knowing what people have been subjected to in their own lives to make them think this way.  Love your positive attitude,” another commented. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Good on you for keeping calm! Stay strong!” someone else wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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New host of Q+A announced

<p dir="ltr">ABC has announced journalist Stan Grant as the new host for <em>Q&amp;A</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The veteran journalist, 58, will begin his new role on August 1 with the special episode being broadcast from the Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Garma is a talking place where the nation asks itself hard questions about who we are. It is an honour to take the helm of Q+A from there,” Grant said in a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Hosting Q+A is a huge responsibility. I feel the weight of the audience’s trust in me and the program. I will approach my role with integrity, decency and humility.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The show’s official Facebook page announced the news and also thanked former hosts Virginia Trioli and David Speers for helping with the show after Hamish MacDonald left to go back to Channel 10. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We're delighted to announce that Stan Grant, one of the ABC's most accomplished journalists and presenters, is taking over as solo host of Q+A,” they wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We thank Virginia Trioli and David Speers for their work in shaping the program over the past year.”</p> <p dir="ltr">ABC’s News Director Justin Stevens also thanked Trioli and Speers saying that Grant is the perfect fit for the role. </p> <p dir="ltr">“As well as being a hugely experienced journalist and presenter, Stan Grant plays a respected role in Australia’s key national conversations. Leading Q+A is a role that suits the breadth of his knowledge and talents,” he said.  </p> <p dir="ltr">“Q+A is unique in giving citizens a chance to participate in live-to-air discussion with Australia’s top thought leaders, policymakers and elected representatives, helping to hold power to account and facilitate constructive discussion about our nation and its future. </p> <p dir="ltr">“With Stan at the helm we’ll continue to explore ways to further develop Q+A, including how to get audiences even more involved.” </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: ABC</em></p>

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Margot Robbie to star in the highly anticipated Neighbours finale

<p>Aussie icon and beloved actress, Margot Robbie is set to feature in the historic final episode of Neighbours.</p> <p>The 32-year-old, who played Donna Freedman from 2008-2011 filmed the Zoom appearance sometime after the show wrapped filming on the 10th of June.</p> <p>Fellow Aussies Delta Goodrem, Jesse Spencer, Holly Valance, Carla Bonner, Natalie Imbruglia and Kym Valentine, who all had their start on the show, will all return to the finale.</p> <p>“Everyone working on the soap was determined that Neighbours would end on a real high and when they reached out to Margot she said ''yes'' straight away” according to an unknown source.</p> <p>“There was no way she wasn't going to be a part of the historic big finale as she's always spoken so fondly about her time on the soap and how it helped to launch her movie career. Sadly, she couldn't get to Australia for filming but recorded a special clip that will be shown in the big finale.”</p> <p>Margot instead sent 37 bottles of champagne to the set as a gift, one for each year that the show has been in on television.</p> <p>The show's executive producer Jason Herbison announced Robbie had sent the gift and the cast raised a toast following the end of filming on the show's final ever day of production.</p> <p>Robbie shot to fame in the Australian soap playing aspiring fashion designer Donna Freedman. She previously credited the show and said it was “brilliant training” for her Hollywood career and admitted that she could never learn lines at the speed she used to during her soap days.</p> <p>The finale will air in both Australia and the UK on Friday the 29th of July.</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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“I needed to say it”: Ian Thorpe opens up about coming out

<p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe has opened up about the moment he first decided to speak out about his sexuality during an interview with English television presenter Sir Michael Parkinson, and how he wished had come out earlier.</p> <p dir="ltr">The former Olympic swimmer spoke about the 2014 interview during Sunday night’s episode of <em>This Is Your Life</em>, telling host Melissa Doyle he was “comfortable” coming out at that moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was always doing this interview with Sir Michael Parkinson. I had just come out to my family and to my very, very closest friends,” the 39-year-old said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I had spent some time with [Sir Michael Parksinson] before the interview and told him, ‘You should ask me if I’m gay because I’m going to tell you I am’.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Thorpe added that it was the first time he felt he could put himself “out there” and be his “authentic self”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I needed to say it,” he continued. “It was the first time I felt I was comfortable enough to put myself out there. It was important to be my authentic self.”</p> <p dir="ltr">During the 2014 interview, he said: “I’ve thought about this for a long time. I’m not straight. And this is only something that very recently – in the past two weeks – I’ve been comfortable telling the closest people around me exactly that.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Referring to the first time he was asked about his sexuality at 16 years of age, Thorpe said he didn’t know at that stage but “was still gay at the end of the day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes I lied about it,” he said. “I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The then-31-year-old also spoke about his fears of letting his friends, family and the country down by being open about his sexuality.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Part of me didn’t know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay. But I’m telling the world that I am,” he said, adding that the support of his family and friends made him wish he’d come out sooner.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7af7a3df-7fff-44bf-a641-28c4d4521832"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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