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Don't be a d**k: Sam Armytage's blunt appeal after copping abuse from strangers

<p>Samantha Armytage has asked Australians to show more tolerance and “try really hard to not be a d**k” after copping abuse from strangers.</p> <p>Writing for Stellar Magazine, the Sunrise host spoke about a dew recent incidents while out and about in Sydney.</p> <p>The first run-in saw Armytage sworn at by a driver at the traffic lights after he abruptly swerved into her lane while she drove her ill parents home from hospital.</p> <p>“We were driving along, minding our own business in the centre lane of traffic, when a bloke pulled out of a side street,” she penned.</p> <p>“He swung dangerously into my lane, almost T-boning us.”</p> <p>“I’m not ashamed to tell you, he gave me a fright. And he terrified my country-parent passengers. So, yes, I beeped him, and yes, he bloody deserved it,” she added.</p> <p>“Now, I can hold my own. You don’t survive a career in TV and an all-girls boarding school and be faint of heart.”</p> <p>“But the abuse this guy dished out to me at the traffic lights would have made a sheepdog blush.”</p> <p>“There were some words in there even I hadn’t heard, and I pride myself on my potty mouth. And it was TOTALLY HIS FAULT. It was full-on, even by Sydney-traffic standards.”</p> <p>Another time, Armytage said she was scolded at a local park after she ran out of plastic bags to pick up her dog Banjo’s poo.</p> <p>“I won’t go into too much detail about Banjo’s bowel movements that day, but let’s just say we had a two-poo situation and I only had one bag,” she wrote.</p> <p>“So, at the point of the second turd, I stopped and waited patiently (as any good parent would) for another lovely, kind dog owner to walk past with a spare plastic bag. It’s called karma and I’m a big believer in it.”</p> <p>“Well, old mate from the traffic must have had a twin brother walking in the park. Because another abusive fellow walked past and started shouting some more four-letter words at me about picking up the poo.”</p> <p>“It was ridiculous, unnecessary and just plain dickery.”</p> <p>“At this stage I considered picking up the poo in my bare hands and pegging it at that idiot.”</p> <p>“But this wasn’t the Serengeti, even though people were behaving like animals, so I ignored him.”</p> <p>Samantha concluded by saying while it’s normal to feel stressed and anxious during these uncertain times, she believes it’s important that we continue to respect each other.</p> <p>“We’ve all been socially isolated for so long; it could just happen. So be a bit tolerant. And just try really, really hard not to be a d**k,” she said.</p>

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"It's just vile": Erin Molan reveals what moment broke her

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Nine sports presenter Erin Molan has shared the terrifying moment she believed an online troll was breaking into her home to attack her unborn daughter after days of brutal online abuse on social media.</p> <p>She broke down in tears recalling the event with <em>60 Minutes </em>after detailing the abusive messages she was sent in the days before that moment.</p> <p>She started the interview admitting she has put up with online abuse for years from rugby league sites.</p> <p>“Every single one was either that I was a woman, that I was ugly, that I looked like a s**t, that I’d never played the game, that I belong in the kitchen,” she said.</p> <p>“About different footballers that I’ve had dalliances with, about bosses at Channel 9 that I must have slept with. It’s just vile.”</p> <p>She also said that she wasn't a "snowflake".</p> <p>“I am absolutely not a snowflake,” she said.</p> <p>“The other tens of thousands of Australians who are abused online are not snowflakes. I’m so sick of this victim, shaming bulls**t.</p> <p>“There is a s**tload of stuff that I will accept. There are certain things I won’t accept, that doesn’t make me a snowflake.”</p> <p>One certain thing she wouldn't accept was a message sent while she was pregnant with her daughter.</p> <p>“I WISH YOU A F**KING STILL BORN, AND YOU DIE IN THE PROCESS. HIP HIP HOORAY,” the vile message read.</p> <p>She said the horrific message “really hurt” and took her to some “pretty dark places”, particularly given what had happened to her sister.</p> <p>“I have an older sister who had a stillbirth, carried a beautiful little girl to full term, Emily,” she said</p> <p>“And to watch her bury her child and stand up with a little coffin and say, mummy loves you and she’s so sorry.</p> <p>“To sit there and watch my sister go through that, meant that my pregnancy was fairly anxious throughout. So to start to receive messages of that nature, really impacted me.”</p> <p>Things only got worse as she lied in bed in her home before hearing a window smash.</p> <p>“We were lying in bed and we’re asleep, it was like one or 2 am it sounded like someone had, like a window had smashed or someone,” she said. “It was just a massive, big smash.</p> <p>“And I thought that he’d come in, and he was going to try and do what he was saying he was going to do to my baby.”</p> <p>“That was kind of the moment where I thought I can’t do this any more,” she said. </p> <p>“So I went to the police and look, they were amazing, but it’s not easy for the police to prosecute and to take action, because initially there weren’t enough messages, then more and more kept coming.”</p> <p><em>60 Minutes</em> reported that the man behind the campaign was a father of young girls himself and he was eventually charged by police. He only received a suspended sentence for his behaviour.</p> <p>Molan also claimed that Facebook wasn't helpful with stopping the abusive messages.</p> <p>“I’ve reported these messages to Facebook, their response was that they were not considered offensive,” she said. “They are not doing their best, not even close.”</p> <p>After her experience, Molan wants harsher penalties for online trolls.</p> <p>“This is not about celebrities. This is not about politicians. This is about every single Australian, because this impacts every single Australian,” she said. “The time to ignore trolls is over. The time to prosecute trolls is here.”</p> <p>“You need to change the entire conversation, the entire narrative and say, ‘Hey Johnny, if you’re going to troll, do you care about going to jail for three years?’,” she said.</p> <p>“‘Do you care about being on the front page of the paper and your wife and your boss seeing? Do you care about you being held to account and never getting another job?</p> <p>“‘Do you care about your kids seeing this in five years time that their dad was an a**hole and bullied someone to the point where they nearly took their own lives? Do you care about that, Johnny?’”</p> <p>“Yes, you do. Because then Johnny sees real consequences for his actions. Then Johnny thinks twice about sending something. Then Johnny stops.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Kerri-Anne Kennerley lands new gig following Studio 10 axing

<p>Kerri-Anne Kennerley was one of 20 other staff members that were axed at Network 10. </p> <p>However, the star has shown no signs of slowing down despite being made redundant from <em>Studio 10</em> two months ago. </p> <p>The 67-year-old TV personality has joined the cast of the stage musical <em>Pippin</em> and will play Grandma Berthe. </p> <p>Entertainment reporter, Peter Ford, informed viewers of the exciting news on <em>The Morning Show</em> on Thursday. </p> <p>“The role that Kerri-Anne will be playing is really just one scene and one big number,” said Ford.</p> <p>“But it’s a show stopping number. You basically walk in there, steal the show and go home. It’s a great gig for her.”</p> <p>In August, the Logie Hall of Fame recipient was axed from <em>Studio 10.</em></p> <p>The TV personality delivered an emotional goodbye in a tearful speech. </p> <p>“You guys have been my family,” she said.</p> <p>“I feel so privileged. You guys took me in and generously just gave me a shoulder to lean on and I have leaned on you.”</p> <p>The co-host had starred on the show for just over two years, and mentioned the support she received from her co-hosts following the death of her husband John Kennerley, who passed away in 2019.</p> <p>“I thought I’d have John for a very long time. It wasn’t to be – coming into work probably literally saved me. You people, our audience, literally saved me,” she said.</p> <p>“The day of his funeral where you actually left your own television show, early, to come to his funeral was one of the most beautiful moments.</p> <p>“That was so deeply moving and Channel 10 made that decision, Channel 10 allowed you to do that to support me and it was really beautiful – I was so grateful.”</p>

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David Koch’s emotional post sparks quitting rumours: “Did you get the sack?”

<p><em>Sunrise</em> host David Koch has sparked rumours that he is quitting his gig on Channel 7’s hugely successful breakfast show.</p> <p>Sharing a collage of snaps to celebrate his milestone 18th year on the show, the 64-year-old broadcaster thanked Channel Seven for the “opportunity” to be apart of it all, and revealed he was “looking forward to what's ahead”.</p> <p>Koch's caption frightened some of his loyal followers who commented his emotional post “sounded like a goodbye post”.</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/CF6YKtLAcMc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CF6YKtLAcMc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kochie_Online (@kochie_online)</a> on Oct 3, 2020 at 11:49pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“18-year anniversary co-hosting @<em>sunrise7</em>. It has been an unbelievable experience and privilege,” he wrote.</p> <p>“Thank you for the opportunity. Looking forward to what’s ahead.”</p> <p>His post featured snaps of him hosting the show alongside his co-host Samantha Armytage, as well as images from travelling assignments he was sent on. </p> <p>People took to the comments to ask Kochie : “You get the sack?' and 'Whattttttt. You are leaving?”</p> <p>A Channel Seven representative has denied that David is leaving <em>Sunrise</em>, telling Daily Mail Australia: “Kochie said it best himself in response to a number of viewer comments on his original Instagram post; ‘There’s a few more years in the old bloke yet’”.</p>

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The heartbreaking letter that freed Lindy Chamberlain

<p>Lindy Chamberlain has revealed the heartbreaking letter she had smuggled out of jail, after being thrown behind bars for four years following the death of her baby daughter, Azaria.</p> <p>During a family camping trip in Uluru on August 17, 1980, Chamberlain’s world fell apart after a dingo took her baby Azaria from the family tent.</p> <p>The nine-week old was never seen again.</p> <p>The disappearance led to a number of court cases and inquests and saw a now 72-year-old Chamberlain jailed for life in 1982 - before she was eventually cleared in 1986.</p> <p>Now, Sam Neil takes a critical look into the investigation in a two-part series, titled Lindy Chamberlain: The True Story.</p> <p>While the documentary is a retelling of the entire case, it also goes in depth about Chamberlain’s personal life.</p> <p>In May 1984, four years after Azaria’s death - the governor-General was given a petition signed by 131,000 people, demanding a judicial inquiry into the Chamberlain case.</p> <p>The National Freedom Council was adamant the campaign would not end until Lindy was free.</p> <p>Looking at spending her third Christmas in jail with no release date set, Chamberlain had a heartbreaking letter smuggled out of her cell detailing how unjust her treatment had been.</p> <p>“I’ve tried to co-operate, but still this farce continues,” she wrote.</p> <p>“For nearly three years, I have worked as an inmate of this prison for 30 cents a day, trying to do whatever I was asked pleasantly.</p> <p>“I have sought an inquiry whereby the NT Government had a chance to redeem their own name. In return, they have ignored decency and justice and still scoff at it.</p> <p>“As from 1 pm Darwin time today, I’m refusing to work in any way whatsoever for this prison.</p> <p>“I did not kill my lovely daughter and refuse to be treated as a criminal any longer.”</p> <p>Chamberlain was exonerated in 1986, after a piece of Azaria’s clothing was found near a dingo den.</p> <p>Before her release, Michael Chamberlain and their three children Aiden, Reagan and Kahlia – who was born while Lindy was behind bars – could only visit Lindy three times a year, with media “desperate” to catch a glimpse of Australia’s most infamous family entering the prison.</p> <p>Ita Buttrose, who went to the Mulawa Women’s Prison to interview Chamberlain, said her time behind bars was “very, very isolating” and these visits – including her interview visit- were deemed a “treat”.</p> <p>“Everyone in Australia judged this woman before she ever got a trial,” Buttrose said</p> <p>“Even when she was in jail, she was still being judged.”</p>

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Tony Jones storms off set after infamous footage resurfaces

<p>Channel 9 presenter Tony Jones made good on his promise to walk off set if his infamous attempted kiss with Rebecca Judd was shown on air again.</p> <p>Jones went viral in 2016 after he attempted to kiss Judd during her last show as Nine’s weather presenter before departing for maternity leave, only for her to snub him completely.</p> <p>It didn’t take long for the awkward footage to gain traction online with the incident being regularly replayed on Channel 9’s AFL Sunday Footy Show which Jones hosts.</p> <p>But this year, the 58-year-old explained what he would do if the footage was shown again.</p> <p>“If I see that played one more time at Channel 9, I will walk off the set,” Jones said on 3AW.</p> <p>“I do not want to see that kiss again.”</p> <p>Now it has been revealed by The Herald Sun’s Jackie Epstein that Jones did exactly that.</p> <p>During a live interview with NRL legend Billy Slator on Sunday morning, Jones walked off set.</p> <p>“What did I say?” Jones said when the vision was aired again to make him the butt of a joke.</p> <p>“I’ll show you how much of a joke this is. I told you. You can’t help yourself.”</p> <p>Sunday Footy Show presenter and Geelong legend Billy Brownless said: “We thought he was joking, but he’s not coming back.”</p> <p>Jones then made his way back to panel begrudgingly, but only because management forced him to.</p> <p>In March, Jones said Nine News director Hugh Nailon was to blame for the infamous moment. </p> <p>“I’ve put up with that c**p for years, and it’s not my fault!” Jones declared.</p> <p>“Our news director, Hugh Nailon, here at Channel 9 at Melbourne. He didn’t organise the flowers. I was supposed to present Bec the flowers.</p> <p>“And when we realised he’d forgotten to organise the flowers, I said, ‘Well I’m going home’.</p> <p>“And then I think John Murphy was the floor manager, he sort of said, ‘You’re gonna stay here, you’ll stay here and play happy families’. Well that was a real happy family, wasn’t it?</p> <p>“So it wasn’t my fault.”</p>

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Melissa Doyle says goodbye to Channel 7 after 25 years

<p>It’s been a huge year for shock TV exits: Big names such as Natarsha Belling, Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Emma Alberici and Sally Obermeder have all publicly lost their on-air roles.</p> <p>But the most surprising of all has been Channel 7 veteran Melissa Doyle. </p> <p>Doyle has been forced to say goodbye after 25 years with the network.</p> <p>Hosting The Latest, the role was perfect for Doyle, with a quarter of a century experience under her belt, she was reassuring and the friendly figure viewers needed during these unprecedented times.</p> <p>Speaking to Stellar magazine, Doyle opens up about getting the “really sad” news that her time at Seven had come to an end.</p> <p>“I wouldn’t say it came as a total shock, I just felt really sad,” Doyle tells Stellar.</p> <p>“Look, I would be lying if I didn’t say I would’ve loved if they could have found something [for me], but it’s the market, it’s the year,” she says.</p> <p>“I don’t necessarily think it’s a personal thing. I don’t think they thought, ‘Oh, gee, we’ve got to get rid of Mel.’ I think they thought, ‘Well, we need to save money and we’ve got this person and she’s not doing a huge amount. We’re not quite sure what we’re going to do with her.’ And that’s just the way it is.”</p> <p>And as Doyle sees it, her family - husband of 25 years John Dunlop and children Nick, 19, and Talia, 16 - are some of the lucky ones.</p> <p>“We have a lot of friends who are out of work and there are so many in the wider community who have lost their jobs. There are so many who are worse off. I feel really lucky that we are the age we are and that our kids are the age they are. I also have the comfort of knowing that I could probably do a bunch of different things to earn an income.”</p> <p>The familiar face said: “I let myself have one day when I wallowed on the couch and had a gin and tonic a little earlier than I should have,” she admits.</p> <p>Doyle released a statement about parting ways with the network back in August.</p> <p>“For 25 years, I have called Channel 7 home,” she said in a statement. “I’ve had the privilege to share stories that mattered, meet incredible people and be there for significant moments in history.”</p> <p>“I am incredibly proud of the work I have done and appreciative of the trust and warmth our viewers have shown me. I want to thank the consummate professionals I have worked with along the way, in particular our Chairman Kerry Stokes for his constant support. I leave Seven with a great deal of pride, satisfaction and gratitude.”</p> <p>On Twitter, Doyle said: “Every ending is a beginning and I’m excited for what comes next.”</p> <p>As for what that may be, Doyle isn’t too sure yet – she tells Stellar she’s still feeling “exhausted” after 25 years at Seven and enjoying a slower pace.</p>

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“It doesn’t make sense”: Lisa Wilkinson slams COVID-19 “double standard"

<p>Australia has begun to reach a major turning point in the fight against coronavirus, as cases drop in Melbourne.</p> <p>However, Lisa Wilkinson is not impressed with one aspect of coronavirus, and that is the “crazy” double standard that exists when it comes to business and contact tracing.</p> <p>NSW health on Sunday confirmed that a taxi driver had been diagnosed with the deadly virus after working for nine days.</p> <p>Health authorities are now scrambling to contact as many of the 13 Cabs driver’s passengers as possible since taxi drivers are not required to collect their customer’s details.</p> <p>The Project Wilkinson said it “makes sense” that taxis should be required to record all passenger details the same way cafes and restaurants were.</p> <p>Hospitality venues are required to record the names and contact details of all dine-in customers, with hefty penalties for those who don’t follow the rules.</p> <p>“It doesn't make sense that they don’t,” co-host Peter Van Olsen echoed in agreement.</p> <p>“Yeah, you can sit in the cafe for 10 minutes and you’ve punched in the QR code and given them your number,” Wilkinson said.</p> <p>“You can sit in a taxi for an hour in even closer proximity and there’s no accountability, which is crazy.</p> <p>On Sunday NSW Health’s Dr Jeremy McAnulty said that “early investigations indicate” the infection was likely transmitted at Liverpool Hospital.</p> <p>The driver had reportedly worn a mask and also had the COVID-Safe app on while working.</p> <p> Dr McAnulty said the app was “being used to help identify contacts”.</p> <p>The driver worked shifts on September 7 to 10 as well as September 14 to 18 in suburbs Moorebank, Bankstown, Chipping Norton, Liverpool, Lidcombe, Warwick Farm and Milperra.</p> <p>“People who may have taken taxis in western, south western Sydney must be alert for symptoms,” Dr McAnulty said.</p> <p>Earlier this month, the Prime Minister praised New South Wales’ response to the pandemic as the “gold standard” for Australia.</p>

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Samantha Armytage puts wedding to Richard Lavender “on hold”

<p>Samantha Armytage has revealed that her plans to marry her businessman fiancé Richard Lavender is now “on hold”. </p> <p>While speaking to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sam-armytage-sunrise-hosts-wedding-plans-revealed-nuptials-pushed-back-to-2021/news-story/c828d9bbb2747ad5038e077e91c60b57" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>,<span> </span>the<span> </span>Sunrise<span> </span>host says the wedding may now be postponed to 2021. </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/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; 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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/CCPMBl-nNp6/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Jul 4, 2020 at 3:41pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The 44-year-old shared that she dreamt of having a large wedding filled to the brim with her and Richard’s loved ones but unfortunately the pandemic had made that impossible.</p> <p>Sam said: “Because we want to have a party with more than 20 people, we have sort of put it on hold.”</p> <p>She went on to add that they are not in any hurry to tie the knot.</p> <p>“We will get married but put the planning on hold because there is no point until we can actually make a proper plan in booking anything so no plans yet but we will get there.”</p> <p>The journalist shared her engagement with fans in late June.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; 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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/B4iT4POn5On/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Nov 6, 2019 at 11:42am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Earlier this month her Sunrise co-star Edwina Bartholomew accidentally let slip that the couple would be celebrating their nuptials in a “paddock”.</p> <p>“Happy birthday @sam_armytage Next time we are drunk in a paddock will be on your big day,” the 37-year-old captioned the post.</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/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i6tInHXzS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a> on Apr 3, 2020 at 9:29pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>While Edwina didn't give any further details on where Sam plans on tying the knot, it is likely that she was referring to one of the rural properties owned by Sam and Richard in the Southern Highlands of NSW. </p>

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Patti Newton reveals surprising reason for stripping off on The All New Monty

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Patti Newton has surprised many when it was announced she was stripping off on <em>The All New Monty</em>, but Newton says that raising money for a good cause was a "necessity".</p> <p>Newton is taking the opportunity to increase awareness of breast cancer and urging young girls to take preventative measures.</p> <p>"Bert's sister Alice was diagnosed with breast cancer the year we got married and passed away the next year and it was devastating for him," she says.</p> <p>"So my performance is dedicated to the beautiful Alice Newton."</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/CEvVJt5J_g1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CEvVJt5J_g1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Very excited The All New Monty , is starting September 13 at 7pm on Channel 7. It’s over three Sundays, I’m very proud to have been part of the show wonderful cast, great cause and love working with #georgieparker and #toddmckenney 😀</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/pattinewtonofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Patti Newton</a> (@pattinewtonofficial) on Sep 4, 2020 at 8:20pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p> </p> <p>Newton has said that she's not nervous at all about getting naked in front of the nation.</p> <p>"While everything's not like it used to be – the knees give up, the ankles give up – I'm doing OK!" she explained with a laugh. </p> <p>"I think I'm pretty lucky. A bulge here and a bit of a crinkle in the side of my hips I can cope with.</p> <p>"It's not actually who I am. I am somebody who loves life and while I may not enjoy the very last moment of getting naked, this is a good thing to do."</p> <p>She also has the support of her husband, Bert, who initially thought Patti wouldn't be on board.</p> <p>"I think when I first told [Bert] he thought I'd say no," Patti told <em>New Idea</em>.</p> <p>However, Newton has decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness of breast cancer and is urging people to get checked.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Studio 10 announces another shock departure

<p>There wasn’t a dry eye in the Studio 10 studio after Joe Hildebrand announced his departure from the show. </p> <p>“I am leaving Studio 10,” Hildebrand, who been on the show since it started in 2013, said on air. “I have given it a huge amount of thought. It has been really hard.”</p> <p>Last month, Channel 10 announced that Studio 10 was undergoing a massive shake-up due to cost cuts with Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Natarsha Belling set to leave the show.</p> <p>Hildebrand was offered a lesser role than the one he has now and spent the last few weeks weighing out his future.</p> <p>“We all know the show is getting a bit of a shake-up,” he said on Studio 10 today. “Channel 10 and my lovely bosses asked me if I would stay in a new role. We talked warmly and openly about what that might look like, and they were really keen and really lovely about it.”</p> <p>But in the end Hildebrand decided it was better to leave the program and “give the new show, whatever it may look like, a chance to breathe and have a fresh start without me hanging around”.</p> <p>His last day on air will be tomorrow.</p> <p>Hildebrand became emotional as he praised Sarah Harris, who he called his “best friend, my work wife”.</p> <p>He also thanked the show’s viewers, saying: “People often stare down their nose at daytime television because it is only watched by pensioners at home or … housewives. They’re the people I love. They’re the battlers. They’re people who have often had really tough lives and they’ve overcome that and I just draw great strength and inspiration from them.”</p> <p>As for what he’ll do next, Hildebrand said: “I’m talking to other people about exciting stuff that I can do.”</p>

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Boy George's hilarious response to The Voice "dumping":

<p>Boy George has given a characteristically hilarious response to reports that he has been dumped from the star-studded coaching panel of The Voice.</p> <p>As the hit singing competition show moves from Channel Nine to Seven, rumours began swirling about what elements of the programme is set to change and the replacement of Boy George was a main one.</p> <p>Will the show’s all-star coaching panel – George, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian – follow The Voice to Seven?</p> <p>According to an “industry insider” quoted in<span> </span>New Idea, the coaching panel – George, Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Guy Sebastian – are allegedly not moving to Channel 7.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837740/boy-george-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f9113c873f9d45ce9abceb0aae584c8b" /></p> <p>“Seven are going for local coaches only, which means no more Kelly Rowland or Boy George, or overseas celebrities Zooming in,” <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.newidea.com.au/" target="_blank">New Idea</a> quotes the anonymous source as saying.</p> <p>The report went on to claim that the show will be sourcing local singing stars which include Jessica Mauboy and The Veronicas.</p> <p>On Monday, Daily Mail published their own article with the sensational headline: “Seven ‘dumps international Voice coaches in favour of local singers’”.</p> <p>In response, Boy released his own sassy statement.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I've never been 'dumped' by a network. My nipples are hard! <a href="https://t.co/Wqqw6TvMSh">https://t.co/Wqqw6TvMSh</a></p> — Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) <a href="https://twitter.com/BoyGeorge/status/1302904520066953216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 7, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The star told one follower that Seven “can’t afford me darling”.</p> <p>After being told to “hang in there” by one fan, he said: “Yeah I’m down to my last jar of metaphorical caviar. Can I move into your spare bedroom?”</p> <p>A Nine spokesperson told news.com.au: “Unfortunately due to the age of the show and its declining demographic profile, The Voice had become by far the poorest financial performer on our slate. We wish Seven well in their quest to revive yet another Nine show.”</p> <p>Seven announced that Sonia Kruger will host the show in 2021.</p>

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MAJOR Masked Singer spoiler! Internet sleuths find “proof” behind celebrity costume

<p><span><em>The Masked Singer</em> is ramping up as it gets into its final contestants and fans are trying to figure out which celebrity is behind the eccentric masks they perform behind.</span></p> <p>Internet sleuths have come together to find out who exactly Frillneck could be and have rounded it down to the beloved children’s entertainer Jimmy Rees, better known as “Jimmy Giggle”.</p> <p>The clue that stood out to fans was the description of him being a “stand-up guy who hangs with birds of a feather”.</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/CCnk5AxF-Em/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCnk5AxF-Em/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by The Masked Singer Australia (@themaskedsingerau)</a> on Jul 14, 2020 at 3:01am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="embed">The “birds of a feather” reference is suspected to be  the 33-year-old's former on-screen pet owl, Hoot. </div> <p>Other clues to Frillneck's identity include he's “theatrical and comfortable putting on a show” and “Jack Black and I were fascinated with the same incredible creature”.  </p> <p>On Wednesday, Frillneck caused a stir when he performed the chart-topping hit<span> </span><em>Can't Hold Us</em><span> </span>by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. </p> <p>A number of fans watching from home said the son was “100% Jimmy Giggle” while others argued it was comedian Eddie Perfect.  </p> <p>During the episode, judge Jackie 'O' Henderson also suggested that Frillneck could definitely be a children's entertainer.</p> <p>It's also worth noting<span> </span><em>The Masked Singer's<span> </span></em>official account also follows Jimmy Rees.</p> <p>Jimmy debuted as 'Jimmy Giggle' back in 2009 and served on the long-running children's ABC series for a decade.</p> <p>He left the series in 2019. </p> <p>“After 10 years I decided that it was time to take on the next exciting challenge in my career, while also being able to dedicate more time to performing as Jimmy Giggle live in concert, a part of the job I love so much,” he said at the time.</p> <p>Jimmy is a father to three young sons - Lenny and twins, Vinny and Mack - with wife Tori Rees.</p>

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The Chase star splits from second cousin after failed open marriage

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p><em>The Chase</em> star Mark Labbett affectionately referred to as "The Beast" has shocked fans as he announced his split from his second cousin and wife.</p> <p>Mark and Katie have confirmed they’ve separated after seven years of marriage, blaming the split on their 27-year-age gap, according to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/12534450/the-chase-mark-labbett-split-wife-katie/" target="_blank" class="_e75a791d-denali-editor-page-rtflink"><em>The Sun</em></a>.</p> <p>Mark, 55, said: “There was never any deceit on Katie’s part but it’s got to the point now where I realise it is better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly.”</p> <p>Katie, 28, has been dating a man named Scott Bate, 30, for 18 months. She said: “I just want everyone to know what’s what and that we are all happy.”</p> <p>In an exclusive interview with <em>The Sun</em>, Mark and Katie, who have a three-year-old son, opened up about their unusual arrangement.</p> <p>Mark said: “When Katie first came clean to me about her boyfriend, I’d had an inkling. But right from the start, my attitude was quite pragmatic – this was spilt milk, what could we do about the situation to make it OK?</p> <p>“We had a family. We couldn’t just throw that away lightly. There were other considerations.</p> <p>“But COVID-19 provided the perfect storm. My mental health suffered and the differences in our ages became magnified.</p> <p>“With Katie seeing Scott after lockdown, it’s got to the point where I realise it’s better for us to go our separate ways and remain friendly, without the stress factor of living together.”</p> <p>However, Mark admits his wife’s ongoing relationship with Scott had taken its toll despite the couple’s initial attempts to have an open marriage.</p> <p>Mark said: “Our son has mentioned Scott’s name quite a few times. Each time he does it, Katie looks a bit sheepish.</p> <p>“My only concern is that Scott’s good with him, which he appears to be. We’ve started speaking and are beginning to chat more and more.</p> <p>“We’ve spoken about some of the bigger things, and Katie knows what my red lines are, and I know hers. So this way, nobody is shocked or surprised.”</p> <p>He added: “Jealousy is so negative. Nearly every other emotion has some benefit but jealousy just sort of makes you stop functioning.</p> <p>“I don’t want to get to the stage when someone mentions Scott’s name and my shoulders tense.</p> <p>“All that matters is what is best for our son.</p> <p>“I will never ever slag off Katie in public. One day, when our son is grown up, he will be reading this and I don’t ever want him to read anything bad about his mother.”</p> <p>The pair have had marital troubles previously, as Katie cheated on Mark while he was away filming US and Australian episodes of <em>The Chase</em>.</p> <p>“I was so unhappy. Mark and I hadn’t been great and he was away working all the time while I looked after our son. I felt so alone," Katie shared.</p> <p>“My friend came over one night and took me out, introducing me to all these new people who became my social group.</p> <p>“Because of our ages, they’re not the sort of people Mark could or would want to hang around with.</p> <p>“I didn’t go out with the purpose of meeting someone. It just ended up that I met someone I clicked with. It went from there.”</p> <p>The pair initially met in 2010 on Facebook and were married 12 months later. </p> <p>Mark has confirmed that the pair haven't discussed divorce yet. </p> <p>“Katie and I haven’t discussed divorce yet. That will only happen if one of us decides we want to remarry.</p> <p>“At the moment, I’m more than happy to be on my own. I find it easy.</p> <p>“You can’t speak for the future, but I am conscious I don’t put a target on my back.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Kochie is genuinely concerned”: Sunrise co-anchor fears the worst

<p>While David Koch has unquestionably been one of the most constant and successful faces on Australian breakfast TV for almost 20 years, new reports from <em>Woman's Day</em> suggest he may be worried about his future at Seven.</p> <p>The doubts come with good reason for the 64-year-old co-anchor, as one “network favourite” is said to be sizing up his highly coveted role.</p> <p>It’s believed 36-year-old <em>Weekend Sunrise</em> host Matt Doran is the front-runner to step into Kochie’s position should the decision arise to fine-tune the long-running morning show.</p> <p>“Matt is the heir apparent, for sure!” says a Seven insider, “He cannot put a foot wrong in that place and offers a more smooth feel to the network.”</p> <p>Insiders went on to report to <em>Woman's Day</em> that Kochie is also “extremely rattled” by the recent surprise departure of former co-host Melissa Doyle, who departed the network after 25 years.</p> <p>“He would be feeling nervous about his situation, now that he can see how cutthroat the industry has become and how Mel left, despite being one of the longest standing and most senior presenters at the network,” says the source.</p> <p>Soon after, Seven reported that it had sold most of its stake in Money Makeover, Kochie’s online financial business – a joint venture in which they were formally equal partners.</p> <p>Add to that the chaos caused by the regular absence of co-host Samantha Armytage this year, who took time off in 2020 with health issues in March, then again to be a support to her parents in their own health battles, and it’s easy to see why Kochie could be feeling unsettled.</p> <p>“Kochie is genuinely concerned that the loyal <em>Sunrise</em> audience is straying, and he's frustrated because there's been no continuity in who partners alongside him these past months,” the source continues.</p> <p>If Armytage follows Doyle’s lead and also decides not to return in 2021, it will be the end of the long-standing Armytage-Koch duo, which could spell disaster for David.</p> <p><strong>Image:</strong> <em>Sunrise</em></p>

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Robin Williams' heartbreaking final days revealed

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>For many, Robin Williams' death by suicide came out of nowhere in 2014.</p> <p>The iconic comedian, 63, had appeared in new films and talk shows that showcased his wit.</p> <p>Reports around his death said that the suicide was a result of severe depression and due to the actor being diagnosed with a mild case of Parkinson's disease earlier in the year.</p> <p>An autopsy proved this to be untrue.</p> <p>His family learned that Williams had been suffering from a neurological disorder known as Lewy Body dementia that can cause hallucinations and dangerously acting out dreams while sleeping.</p> <p>A new documentary called <em>Robin's Wish</em> documents his final days as his condition worsened and had his family and loved ones fearing for the worst.</p> <p>“We had unknowingly been battling a deadly disease,” Williams’ widow Susan Schneider Williams, 56, says in the documentary.</p> <p>“A disease for which there is no cure. The devastation on Robin’s brain from Lewy bodies was one of the worst cases medical professionals have ever seen, yet throughout all of this his heart remained strong.”</p> <p>Family and friends confirm that Williams began to deteriorate two years before his death.</p> <p>“I would say a month into the shoot (of <em>Night at the Museum 3</em>), it was clear to me — it was clear to all of us — that something was going on with Robin,” director Shawn Levy says in the doco.</p> <p>“That’s an experience I’ve not spoken about publicly ever. We saw that Robin was struggling in a way that he hadn’t before to remember lines and to combine the right words with the performance.”</p> <p>His neighbour John Hepper explained his concern over William's quickly changing body.</p> <p>“His ribs were actually showing (through his T-shirt),” Hepper says in <em>Robin’s Wish</em>. “I grabbed his skin. ‘Robin, you’re really getting thin.’ He said, ‘Yeah, boss, I’ve gone to the doctor, but they don’t know what it is.’”</p> <p>William's widow was surprised at how quickly the paranoia was brought on.</p> <p>“The degree to which the paranoia came in was so drastic,” Susan says. “He’s going from room to room and literally watching me. He’s making a lot of phone calls and texting people and questioning … my loyalty to him.”</p> <p>The night of William's death, his neighbour Hepper spotted him outside.</p> <p>“Boss, I really need a hug,” he remembers Williams saying. “So, I gave him a hug, and he started to cry.” Hepper put his arm around the actor’s shoulder and spoke in depth with him for 15 minutes.</p> <p>“He talked about family, and what was going on in his life and some things I think he felt that I would keep private,” he says.</p> <p>The next morning, when Williams' assistant tried to enter his office and found the door locked, Susan knew he was gone.</p> <p>Williams left no note.</p> <p>Susan continues to cherish her husband's memory as a generous man and often reflects on what he would want his legacy to be.</p> <p>“For Robin, it was that he wanted to help people be less afraid,” she says.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Could this be Kochie’s long-lost brother?

<p>In a classic round of live TV “spot-the-difference”, David “Kochie” Koch found himself blinking in surprise during a Zoom call with someone who many think looks exactly like the <em>Sunrise</em> host.</p> <p>During Wednesday's show, 64-year-old Koch was visibly taken aback by the unquestionable similarities he shared with Victorian business owner Paul Capkin.</p> <p>Capkin was introduced to <em>Sunrise</em> anchors Kochie and Natalie Barr in the middle of weather presenter Sam Mac’s regular travel segment.</p> <p>Capkin, who runs a mobile car-wash company, was quick to admit that he is often told he resembles Kochie enough to be his long-lost brother. “My business is called Posh Wash,” joked Capkin, “So I get [called] ‘Kochie Washy’.”</p> <p>“A couple of times, people have said to me, ‘Kochie, how come you are wearing a St Kilda scarf?’” Capkin went on, in a nod to Kochie’s well-known association with AFL club Port Adelaide.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837446/paulcapkinposhwash.jpg" alt="Paul Capkin / Facebook" data-udi="umb://media/d4388ca7afc6453f8e08e64845193da3" /></p> <p>When Capkin was asked to turn side-on for a profile view during the Zoom call the similarities really struck home, as both Kochie and Capkin displayed their near-identical features, including the same prominent nose and bald head. </p> <p>Kochie ended the segment by poking further fun at their twin status with one of his most well-known catchphrases:</p> <p>“As soon as he came up on Zoom I thought, ‘Who's that good-looking dude?’” </p> <p>IMAGES: Sunrise / Facebook / Paul Capkin</p>

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Scotty Cam on what’s in store for The Block during lockdown

<p>The 2020 season of <em>The Block</em> will be unlike any other due to the COVID-19 pandemic.</p> <p>Production was brought to a grounding halt in March, with the cast and crew returning to the show's new $15million site in Melbourne's Brighton in May.</p> <p>And speaking to <a href="https://www.realestate.com.au/news/the-blocks-scott-cam-on-why-you-cant-keep-a-blockhead-down/">Realestate.com.au</a> on Monday ahead of Sunday's premiere, host Scott Cam was unsure about what may happen to production on the 2021 season.</p> <p>When asked whether there's been “any word yet” on filming for 2021, the 57-year-old said: “It's too early to tell - I have no idea about next year and what the story is.</p> <p>“I don't even know about this year's auction. It's in November, and we still aren't sure! Hopefully, in three month’s time things are different, but you never know.”   </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/CDYWnGalnOh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CDYWnGalnOh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Hope you’re keen for The Block!!! @theblock #theblock</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/scottycamofficial/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Scotty Cam</a> (@scottycamofficial) on Aug 2, 2020 at 1:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Scott explained how the 2020 season will be different in an interview with <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/subscribe/news/1/?sourceCode=DTWEB_WRE170_a&amp;dest=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailytelegraph.com.au%2Flifestyle%2Fstellar%2Fscott-cam-i-handled-it-badly-i-regret-it%2Fnews-story%2F0a32d946430a99c7d3cc8bdb98cfc53d&amp;memtype=anonymous&amp;mode=premium">The Daily Telegraph's <em>Stellar</em> </a>magazine.</p> <p>He said: “Our show is a construction and real estate show, but this year I think it's also a bit of a documentary about what Australia has gone through.</p> <p>“We did five weeks [of filming] and shut the whole thing down for six weeks, which has never been done before, and then we had to work out how to come back. </p> <p>“That was a really difficult thing, so when we do come back, it's a very different show again.” </p> <p>Extra precautions have been taken on set as a result of COVID-19, Scott told Stellar. There is a clinic with a full-time nurse, temperature checks and flu shots.  </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/CD-F7MUHo8v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CD-F7MUHo8v/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Pssst… 🤫 Make sure you’re following our new BLOCKheads before #TheBlock begins, Sunday 7o’BLOCK on @channel9!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/theblock/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> The Block</a> (@theblock) on Aug 16, 2020 at 5:24pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>For this year's season, five rundown houses dating from the 1930s to 1960s were relocated to a $15million plot of land in Brighton.</p> <p>Teams have been tasked with renovating one of the old properties, bringing it into the 21st century.</p> <p>Images: Nine / Instagram</p>

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