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Diana's former butler sadly reveals what The Crown got right

<p>The Crown is quickly becoming one of the most talked about shows of 2020.</p> <p>Ever since Season 4 dropped on November 12, there has been endless discussions over everything from Gillian Anderson’s depiction as Margaret Thatcher to the very Spanish representation of Australia.</p> <p>But the biggest talking point is the accuracy of the show, particularly when talking about the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.</p> <p>Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell has given his two cents, claiming most of what was seen on the show is true, and that the producers could have “gone further” with it.</p> <p>"Josh O'Connor plays Prince Charles as a rather uncaring, cold person. And I'm afraid that's what I saw behind closed doors," Burrell tells <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/13342749/princess-diana-butler-paul-burrell-the-crown-real-fake/" target="_blank">The Sun</a>.</p> <p>"He was married to probably the most beautiful woman in the world. But he didn't look after her, and that's what comes across in The Crown."</p> <p>The show’s depiction of Charles and Diana’s marriage suggests things were rocky from the very beginning, with the princess feeling unsupported by her husband new royal in-laws.</p> <p>Infidelity is also shown on both sides, with a particular focus on Charles’ ongoing closeness with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he is now married to.</p> <p>But many royal experts and those close to the Prince have taken issue with it, saying it is “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.</p> <p>But Burrell believes the portrayal didn’t go far enough, revealing a moment that didn’t make it into the script.</p> <p>"I would have put in another scene with Prince Charles telling Diana when she comes downstairs wearing a beautiful black-and-white dress, just to please him, and he said to her, 'You look like you belong to the mafia'," he added.</p> <p>The royal family has not addressed the show directly, though it is believed that they’re concerned.</p>

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The Crown creator defends “made up” scenes

<p>Peter Morgan, the brains behind The Crown has defended his decision of including imagined scenes in the latest season of the hit Netflix show.</p> <p>Season four, which is based on real-life events but not entirely factual, premiered on Netflix on Sunday with a number of new characters, including Princess Diana and then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher.</p> <p>In the first episode of the new series, Lord Louis Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, confronts his great-nephew, Prince Charles, for having an affair with Camilla, who at the time, was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.</p> <p>In the episode, Mountbatten writes a scathing letter to Charles, accusing him of contemplating such “ruin and disappointment” to himself and his family, and orders him to instead marry “some sweet and innocent well-tempered girl with no past.”</p> <p>In the show, Charles receives the letter after finding out Mountbatten was assassinated by the IRA - but some critics say there is no evidence that such a letter was ever written.</p> <p>Writer Morgan addressed the show's portrayal of the interaction in an episode of The Crown podcast, explaining that, while he "made up" the scene, he believed that the fictionalised interaction would have aligned with Mountbatten's views.</p> <p>"I made up in my head — whether it's right or wrong — what we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, 'Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It's time you got married and it's time you provided an heir,'" Morgan said.</p> <p>"I think everything that's in the letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe — you know, based on everything I've read and people I've spoken to, that that represents his view.</p> <p>"We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten's death but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it," he added.</p> <p>Critics have claimed the show has been filled with lies and misinformation. </p> <p>"People actually do believe it because it is well filmed, lavishly produced, well acted with good actors. You can't just dismiss it as tabloid rubbish," Hugo Vickers, historian and author of The Crown Dissected, told CNN.</p> <p>"In this particular series, every member of the royal family, in my view, comes out of it badly, except the Princess of Wales," he said. "It's totally one sided, it's totally against Prince Charles."</p> <p>Vickers told CNN that the show contains a number of "mischievous" inaccuracies — including scenes which show Queen Elizabeth at odds with Thatcher — adding that viewers could watch the show and assume it to be true.</p> <p>"Anyone watching, they may say, 'I saw it on The Crown, it must be true.' It's not true," he added.</p> <p>Last year, the British royal family denied any involvement with the Netflix series, after Morgan claimed to meet regularly with "people who are very high-ranking and very active within the organisation."</p> <p>Donal McCabe, the Queen's communications secretary, said in a letter to the UK's Times, which Buckingham Palace subsequently forwarded to CNN: "The Royal Household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme's accuracy."</p>

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"Fiction is presented as fact": Royal family blasts new series of The Crown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The British Royal family is said to be "furious" about the fourth season of hit Netflix show <em>The Crown</em>, which covers aspects of the royal family's life, including Charles' doomed marriage to Princess Diana and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.</p> <p>The Prince of Wales' friends have slammed the show to UK tabloids, saying that "fiction is presented as fact" in the latest series.</p> <p>‘This is drama and entertainment for commercial ends being made with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited,’ one told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8949675/Prince-Charles-friends-launch-blistering-attack-Netflixs-Crown.html" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink">Mail on Sunday</a>.</p> <p>“In this case, it’s dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone’s feelings.”</p> <p>“That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.’”</p> <p>The depiction of a cold and disinterested Prince Charles meeting and marrying a young Princess Diana while continuing his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles is the issue the royal family have contention with.</p> <p>“This is trolling with a Hollywood budget.”</p> <p>“The public shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal of what really happened,” another insider added.</p> <p><em>Sunrise</em> Royal Editor Rob Jobson said that the royal family is understandably upset by any negative portrayal of the Prince of Wales.</p> <p>“The bottom line is the Prince of Wales is a kind man, and the reality is that at the beginning of his marriage he did try very hard to help Diana,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve known him fairly well and I think he’s a much nicer guy than he’s been shown to be.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Ellen DeGeneres causes outrage over $55 Be Kind boxes

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has been known as the “Be Kind” lady for years and after multiple toxic workplace allegations came forward this year, she’s trying to build back her reputation with her new “Be Kind” boxes.</p> <p>The boxes, filled with goodies, are worth $270, with Ellen selling them for $55 a pop.</p> <p>But her initiative was not well received, with the boxes being inundated with complaints.</p> <p>The subscription box, full of Ellen’s ‘favourite things’ contains a painting set, earbuds, collapsible cup, a gold ‘hope’ necklace.</p> <p>But fans took to social media to voice their complaints.</p> <p>“The headphones in my box don’t work very well – very disappointed in the quality,” one Instagram user wrote.</p> <p>“Never got my summer box, can’t get anyone to respond to my emails? I don’t even have an account anymore for some reason, but I still have my invoice.” commented another.</p> <p>Another follower penned: “I am still waiting for my box … it’s been months.”</p> <p>The workplace scandal which recently came to light has seem to have caused a massive hit in her ratings.</p> <p>This season is averaging about 1.7 million viewers, which is nearly a 38 per cent drop from last year.</p> <p>In the season premiere, Ellen addressed the issue.</p> <p>“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” Ellen told viewers.</p> <p>“I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”</p> <p>She added: “Being known as the ‘be-kind lady’ is a tricky position to be in. The truth is I am that person you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.”</p>

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Why Dawson’s Creek, in all its cringey glory, is the TV show 90s kids need right now

<p>In times of flux and crisis, nostalgia works like a social ointment, mixed and mashed together through imperfect memory.</p> <p>Netflix’s re-release of Dawson’s Creek (1998-2003) is an ointment tailor-made for adults who were once 90s kids. In the 90s we were on the verge of adulthood, all the complexity of the teenage drama playing out on Dawson’s Creek titillating our adolescence. And now we’ve arrived, we want desperately to go back to our teenage years.</p> <p>Dawson’s Creek was time of simpler politics, the beauty of youth and the innocence of virginity.</p> <p>In the idyllic town of Capeside, Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek) is a typical 90s all-American teen with a passion for film and popular culture. The series traces the complexity of Dawson’s close adolescent friendship groups, romantic relationships and the angsty problems plaguing teen life.</p> <p>As for sexual tension, Dawson’s Creek flirted with it all – from the virginal girl-next-door Joey (Katie Holmes) to the sexually-mature out-of-towner Jen (Michelle Williams). And let’s not forget Dawson’s best friend, Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson), whose tryst with a 36-year-old English teacher seems even creepier in hindsight.</p> <p>Still, like all things nostalgic, our memories of Dawson’s Creek have to do with a longing for a golden age that never truly existed. COVID has enhanced these feelings of longing for a romanticised past: whether a golden age of bread-baking or through wearing “Mom jeans”.</p> <p><strong>Comfort food</strong><br />We often return to familiar stories after a crisis. After the 9/11 attacks, American television and film emphasised strong role models of masculinity and the “cowboy” mythology. Americans were looking for a sense of security – a steely-eyed hero to swoop in and make everything OK again.</p> <p>Dawson’s Creek brings us back to innocence and simplicity. Even if it was always just a fantasy.</p> <p>In the summery Cape Cod town of Dawson’s Creek, teens are free to touch, embrace, love, and roam freely. And they certainly do all those things in spades.</p> <p>A central tension of the series is the love triangle between Dawson, Pacey and Joey. While it brings all manner of tears and diatribes, Dawson’s Creek offers a micro-drama we know will eventually resolve. The only thing better than no problem is a problem we know can be fixed.</p> <p><strong>Returning to the creek</strong><br />When the series streamed on the weekend, I jumped in and found Capeside exactly where I had left it: in unbearably pristine condition. But with fresh eyes, the cringe-factor was astronomical.</p> <p>One of the great elements of the show, differing from others of its nature and era was the cadence of the dialogue. The writers clearly had no regard for how teenagers spoke.</p> <p>In the first episode, Joey foreshadows the coming season’s narrative, telling Dawson “[…] our emerging hormones are destined to alter our relationship and I’m trying to limit the fallout”.</p> <p>Re-watching as an adult, it feels exactly how a teenager wants to sound, but usually falls endearingly short.</p> <p>I can’t recall making any quippy statements that perfectly articulated a meta-analysis of my own chaotic adolescent experience.</p> <p>Then there’s the scene where the new English teacher, Tamara (Leann Hunley), meets Pacey for the first time at the video store and asks for a copy of The Graduate (1967). Clearly, the writers were not going for subtlety.</p> <p><strong>Reliving teenage life</strong><br />Dawson’s Creek brings with it a carnival of long-lost 90s moments: the posters on Dawson’s wall referencing Spielberg films; his job at the local video store; the cassettes and VHS tapes strewn around teenage bedrooms; the grunge-lite clothing.</p> <p>Though our teen years comprise a small fraction of our lives, they often hold far more emotional weight. Psychologists theorise this is because of the impact of the often painful negotiation between holding onto the safety of childhood, and the dreams of emerging adulthood.</p> <p>This negotiation marks these years with such force they stay imprinted in ways other decades do not.</p> <p>During this time, there is also a critical relationship between the importance of popular culture and moments of identity formation. The art we grow up with imprints upon our psyche for life.</p> <p>So perhaps I am not so much cringing at the show, but cringing at myself. Dawson’s Creek gives me a safe space to revisit my teenage years. Through remembering what I watched, I can remember who I was.</p> <p><strong>Known knowns</strong><br />It is strange to watch the show now we know how it turned out – both on screen and off. We leave the crew as they leave the creek, trying to find their own feet in the world in their own burgeoning adulthoods.</p> <p>Van Der Beek has had some minor success: he was impressive in The Rules of Attraction (2002) and pulled off some great self-referential television, playing himself in Don’t Trust the B Apartment 23 (2012–13).</p> <p>Holmes had some great parts but never seemed to thrive in her acting career, while Jackson has shone in subsequent television roles. But it was Williams who became the breakout star. The youngest major cast member, she has been nominated for four Academy Awards.</p> <p>Back in the day Dawson’s Creek offered us an escape – even if momentarily. And now, perhaps it has a similar function. In the turmoil of 2020, it is comforting to return to the fantasy of Capeside’s pristine community, where the biggest problem is who will Joey choose?</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Laura Glitsos. This article first appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/why-dawsons-creek-in-all-its-cringey-glory-is-the-tv-show-90s-kids-need-right-now-148539">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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The Chase star splits from second cousin after failed open marriage

<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>

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Robin Williams' heartbreaking final days revealed

<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>

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Jim Parsons finally reveals why he quit the Big Bang Theory

<p>Jim Parsons opened about the “intense summer” that made him realise it was time to step away from his starring role on<span> </span><em>The Big Bang Theory</em>.</p> <p>The 47-year-old actor played Sheldon Cooper for 12 seasons on the show before he decided it was time to say goodbye, a decision that ended the show in 2019.</p> <p>Now he’s revealed why. Appearing on<span> </span><em>David Tennant Does A Podcast With …</em><span> </span>Parsons spoke about the reason for his departure.</p> <p>It turns out that a particularly tough summer spent in New York City gave him a moment of “clarity”.</p> <p>After finishing Season 11 in summer 2018, he moved to New York to appear in<span> </span><em>The Boys In The Band on Broadway</em>. He also agreed to film a commercial for Intel. On his way to the commercial shoot, he noticed his dog had become “gravely ill”.</p> <p>“He just looked so bad and I was so tired and I just started crying,” he told the host. “I was like, ‘This dog’s going to die while I’m off working and I feel so bad.’”</p> <p>In the end, he and his husband, Todd Spiewak made the tough decision to put their dog down so he would no longer be in pain. He spent the next few days in a dark place, realising something needed to change in his life, but not being sure what.</p> <p>To top it off, he slipped and broke his foot. He felt one bad thing was happening after the other, which is when Parsons had a moment of “clarity” that the change in his life was bidding farewell to<span> </span><em>Big Bang Theory</em>.</p> <p>“The bottom line was that it was a really intense summer,” he said. “The dog passing away, he was 14, and Todd and I had been together for 15 years at that point, so it just was the end of an era.</p> <p>“I had this moment of clarity that I think you’re very fortunate to get in a lot of ways, of going, ‘Don’t keep speeding by.’ You know? ‘Use this time to take a look around.’ And I did,” he said. “I was like, ‘I gotta make a move.’”</p> <p>His father died at the age of 52, and he came to a realisation that he would be 46 by the time Season 12 ended, which he was contractually obligated for. </p> <p>Parsons then spent some time thinking how he would want to spend the next six years.</p> <p>“I’m not superstitious or anything like that. It was just a context thing,” he told Tennant.</p> <p>When he returned to Los Angeles, he broke the news to Big Bang Theory writers Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro that he would not entertain the idea of a Season 13.</p> <p>Lorre explained that he considered moving the show forward without Sheldon, but ultimately decided not to.</p>

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Trump "happy" with trainwreck viral interview

<p>Donald Trump was reportedly "happy" with Jonathan Swan's viral TV interview, which showed the US president in a conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and how the US has handled it.</p> <p>The Australian journalists' viral interview has been called a "train wreck" and watched by tens of millions around the world.</p> <p>However, Swan, said that in a brief 35 minute grilling, Trump appeared to be pleased with the outcome and wanted the interview to be broadcasted in its entirety.</p> <p>“After the interview President Trump said to me, ‘You’ve got to run it in full. You can’t be editing, you can’t be cutting me off, you’ve got to let the sentences flow’,” Swan said.</p> <p>“So we went with the President’s editorial judgment in this instance.”</p> <p>Swan explained that in the Trump interview, the US President had tried to spin his way out of the reporter pressing that 1,000 Americans are dying daily from coronavirus.</p> <p>“But, you know, it can’t be spun,” Swan said.</p> <p>“I really wanted to keep bringing it back to that … very raw fact, that’s undeniable, that can’t be spun away.</p> <p>“Which is America, the leader of the free world, with all of its advanced science and medicine is doing so much worse than … all of these other advanced countries on that metric of death as a proportion of population for this virus.</p> <p>“What I was talking about was Mr President, America, when you take its population and the number of deaths is not doing the worst in the world, but (it’s) pretty close.</p> <p>“I think he’s deeply, deeply frustrated that his old moves aren’t working with this crisis.</p> <p>“The problem with this virus, it resists this type of publicity. It is resilient to any type of spin.”</p> <p>In the interview, Trump seemed friendly to the reporter, but Swan denied having any special relationship with the President.</p> <p>“I don’t really have a relationship with him that’s sort of more than someone who’s covered him now for almost five years,” Swan told Fran Kelly.</p> <p>“The thing you’ve got to understand about this President is he is obsessed with media and driven by media in a way that, no matter what you read about him, it still doesn’t fully explain about the level of obsession with media.</p> <p>“He is a media creation. He’s created himself through television, through media.</p> <p>“He’s obsessed with it. He knows programming, he watches an inordinate amount of television.</p> <p>“He’s obsessed with ratings. He knows the nuances of different shows, he knows the hosts.</p> <p>“If you cover him, he is aware of you in an intense way, and particularly if you are not only covering him in print but appearing on television.”</p> <p>Swan recognised that his opportunity to sit down with the President was "rare" as he had been doing a "spree" of interviews.</p> <p>“I went in with frankly the knowledge that I’m probably not going to get another TV sit down with him,” Swan said.</p> <p>“To get that opportunity I recognised it was incredibly rare,</p> <p>“We are at a moment when a President of the United States is in absolute crisis.</p> <p>“Handling the worst pandemic in a century, with an economic crisis overlaid over the top of it.</p> <p>“He is like no other president in my lifetime … or even in American history.</p> <p>“I really wanted to try and explore with him … how does he grapple with the fact that when he was a private citizen he was always talking about leadership and responsibility.</p> <p>“He used to be so tough on (former president Barrack) Obama, he even called for Obama to resign when ebola reached America</p> <p>“Only two people died of ebola.</p> <p>“I was curious whether there was any level of remorse, regret, self reflection, even admission that he’d made some mistakes to create a situation where America has just such a horrible outcome compared to other advanced countries on the measure of death.”</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres could be replaced

<p>Rumours are rife that a frontrunner has already emerged to replace Ellen DeGeneres - despite the star not yet confirming is she’s saying goodbye to her TV hosting gig.</p> <p>According to reports by The Sun, host of the Late Late Show James Corden is “in line” to replace DeGeneres, and “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show”.</p> <p>The publication revealed insiders claim Corden has been seen as DeGeneres’ “long-term successor” even before the recent allegations came to light.</p> <p>It follows reports over the weekend that the 62-year-old is soon to call quits on her hugely successful show, due to negative publicity and workplace allegations. </p> <p>According to the Daily Mail, the host has told executives at TelePictures and Warner Bros that she’s had enough and wants to walk away.</p> <p>“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show,” a source told the publication.</p> <p>“The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun – but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”</p> <p>Staff was also left unimpressed by the apology letter she had sent out last week, saying she’s a “phony” and claiming anyone who complained to her about ongoing issues “would’ve been fired”.</p> <p>“Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long,” one staffer said.</p> <p>“If anyone had come to her or those three (executive producers) to complain, they would’ve been fired.”</p> <p>“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her. She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches,” another source told Daily Mail.</p> <p>“The behaviour of her show executives has been appalling, but (Ellen) is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head.”</p> <p>The insider went on to claim that DeGeneres “hates coming to work”, “struggles to be nice to people” and has “utter contempt for her audience”.</p> <p>“She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,” the source said.</p> <p>“We’ve dealt with her BS for so many years, she’s not innocent at all, she’s not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.”</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres pens open letter to staff

<p>Ellen DeGeneres has penned a letter to the staff of her talk show in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace culture.</p> <p>According to<span> </span><em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>, the note to crew is part of an effort to change the culture behind the scenes of<span> </span><em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em>, which will reportedly also see one of the show’s producers ousted.</p> <p>In her apology note published by<span> </span><em>THR</em>, DeGeneres insisted that steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward.</p> <p>“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she writes.</p> <p>DeGeneres opens the letter with an apology, saying that what has happened was “the opposite” of what she intended for the show.</p> <p>“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she writes.</p> <p>Elsewhere in the letter, DeGeneres says she’s “learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop”.</p> <p>The talk show host said if it wasn’t for the pandemic, she would have “done this in person”, and said she was “so sorry” to those who did not have a good experience working on the show.</p> <p>The Ellen DeGeneres Show is reportedly under investigation after numerous accusations by former staffers that it is a “toxic” work environment.</p>

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Ellen DeGeneres show staff overjoyed at recent bad press

<p><span>After BuzzFeed News exposed the racism, fear, retaliation and intimidation on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, staff members are reportedly rejoicing about the information coming to light.</span><br /><br /><span>Along with a “toxic work environment," there has allegedly been situations of producers “bullying” staff, along with racist comments being hurled at black employees.</span><br /><br /><span>They also allegedly fired an employee who took medical leave after a suicide attempt.</span><br /><br /><span>However, the horrific allegations coming to light and gaining public interest has left staff members rejoicing.</span><br /><br /><span>The source told US weekly, “They’ve been calling and texting each other about the story. They’re loving that the truth—which has been an open secret for years in the industry—is finally receiving more interest.”</span><br /><br /><span>Ellen has remained eerily silent and has not issued a statement regarding the toxic work culture on her show.</span><br /><br /><span>However producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner told E! News they were “heartbroken” by the reports made by employees.</span><br /><br /><span>"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience,” they said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It's not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us.</span><br /><br /><span>“We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."</span></p>

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​Niles from The Nanny reveals the one thing he never understood about the hit show

<p><span><em>The Nanny</em> had six wildly successful years between 1993-199 and ended with Fran Fine (who was played by creator Fran Drescher) married to her boss Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy).</span><br /><br /><span>Niles settled down with his former arch rival — and Mr Sheffield’s colleague — C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane.)</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836777/meghan-markle-the-nanny-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9ae6191afaa04b8cb9cd33131dc26076" /></p> <p><em>The Nanny</em><br /><br /><span>However it is the latter love story that Davis couldn’t quite wrap his head around.</span><br /><span>“That’s the only part that I never really bought, to tell you the truth,” he admitted to news.com.au.</span><br /><br /><span>“C.C. and I had been so oil and water — I didn’t buy that we would end up married. But I had to play it, because that’s what they wrote ... I don’t think I’ve ever expressed that to anyone before!”</span><br /><br /><span>The 70-year-old originally thought that the odd pairing may mean an extended future for C.C. and Niles.</span><br /><br /><span>“The only reason I thought it could have worked would be if they were planning a spin-off, like The Niles and C.C. Show, which I would have loved — but they didn’t go with that idea.”</span><br /><br /><span>He may not have liked it, but Davis can still understand why the writers felt the need to have the butler and C.C. live happily ever after.</span><br /><br /><span>“I guess they were just wanting to tie up the loose ends.”</span><br /><br /><span>The characters small feuds in the show became a cornerstone of the program - making it the unforgettable classic that it is today.</span><br /><br /><span>“The luckiest thing that could have possibly happened was that we knew each other for six years before<em> The Nanny,</em>” Davis said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Once I realised she was going to play that part [C.C.], it was just so natural. We had an ease so we just were the perfect fit, right from day one.”</span><br /><br /><span>Niles was famous for his quick quips and one-liners, and a lot of that wit was actually inspired by the actor’s true self.</span><br /><br /><span>“The writers watched me carefully in the early days of the show,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“They started to write in my voice. And because I have a wicked side to my humour, they picked up on it.”</span><br /><br /><span>While Davis loved his experience on the show, there was one star who didn’t quite agree.</span><br /><br /><span>“It wasn’t a fun experience,” Madeline Zima, who played little Gracie Sheffield, told The TV Page in 2013.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was just a kindness and a sensitivity that didn’t exist on the set of<em> The Nanny.</em> They treated me more like a prop than like a human being.”</span><br /><br /><span>Davis believes it boiled down to Zima’s attitude.</span><br /><br /><span>“There was always the sense with Madeline that she was just an unhappy child — it was her nature. It was noticeable,” he explained.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think the writers picked up on her unhappiness, and they wrote it into her character ... It’s why Gracie always seemed unhappy and was in therapy.”</span></p>

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Resurfaced video shows Meghan Markle detailing her experiences with racism

<p>An old video of Meghan Markle candidly talking about her experiences in racism has resurfaced in light of the Black Lives Matter protests.</p> <p>In the 2012 clip, which was filmed as part of the “I Won’t Stand For…” campaign for not-for-profit organisation Erase the Hate, Markle discussed her biracial heritage and detailed racist behaviour she witnessed and experienced.</p> <p>In the video, Markle says that she hopes that by the time she has children that “people are even more open-minded to change”.</p> <p>The video was filmed well before she had met her now-husband Prince Harry and had their son Archie.</p> <p>“For me I think it hits a really personal note,” began Markle in the video.</p> <p>“I'm biracial, most people can't tell what I'm mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall.</p> <p>“And so some of the slurs I've heard, the really offensive jokes or the names, it has just hit me in a really strong way. A couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the N-word.</p> <p>“So I think for me beyond being personally affected by racism, to see the landscape of what our country is like right now and certainly the world and to want things to be better.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2qGRGSc4ncA"></iframe></div> <div class="body_text "> <p>Markle also discussed her heritage in the old video.</p> <p>“I am really proud of my heritage on both sides, I'm really proud of where I've come from and where I'm coming.</p> <p>“But I hope by the time I have children that people are even more open-minded to how things are changing and that having a mixed world is what it's all about.</p> <p>“Certainly it makes it a lot more beautiful and a lot more interesting.”</p> <p>The video has resurfaced online and on social media in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who passed away in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest.</p> </div>

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"'The virus is afraid of Betty!"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Fans around the world have rejoiced with the news that Golden Girl legend Betty White is safe and well amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>White, 98, is self-isolating in her home in California, with visits from animal friends, including ducks.</p> <p>"No one permitted in except those who must. Has helpers who are great with her," White's rep said in an email to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.today.com/popculture/betty-white-doing-very-well-despite-coronavirus-pandemic-t182392" target="_blank">Today</a>.</p> <p>"The animal community is watching over her," White's publicist said, adding, "The virus is afraid of Betty!"</p> <p><span>Her friend Tom Sullivan confirmed to </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.closerweekly.com/posts/betty-white-gushes-shes-blessed-with-incredibly-good-health/" target="_blank">Closer</a><span> that she is also keeping her mind active during the lockdown.</span></p> <p>“She reads the L.A. Times cover to cover,” he said.</p> <p>“She owns literally thousands of crossword puzzle books and is constantly doing them to keep her mind jumping. This is really serious with her.”</p> <p>As well as keeping her mind active, White has been relaxing with a cocktail or two.</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/BHvKyGOgpwy/?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/BHvKyGOgpwy/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Betty White (@bettymwhite)</a> on Jul 11, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Betty loves to joke that vodka keeps her young,” her friend says with a laugh.</p> <p>“She loves the image of her sitting at home in a rocking chair, drinking a martini and watching game shows, but she’s not really a big drinker. That’s not her. She’ll only take a few sips of a cocktail if the occasion calls for it.”</p> <p>White also has a message to the world.</p> <p>“Betty’s message to the world is to slow down and enjoy what you have: family, friends, your pets,” says the friend.</p> <p>“She says that the pandemic is serious, but we have come through worse. It’s Mother Nature’s way of telling us all to slow down.”</p> <p>White has spent 80 years working in television and has the longest career in the history of television.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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The celebs banned from appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show

<p>A number of celebrities are probably thankful that they’ve been banned from appearing on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show.</p> <p>The comedian’s reputation has taken a huge hit this year due to multiple accusations from staffers and show guests claiming she’s “not nice”.</p> <p>“Ellen is at the end of her rope,” an insider told<span> </span><em>Us Weekly</em>. “She thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters. But it’s not a passing thing — the hits just keep coming.”</p> <p>But while some stars may now reject an invite to appear on the show, others won’t get that opportunity as they’ve been black-listed by the host herself.</p> <p><strong>Caitlyn Jenner</strong></p> <p>DeGeneres allegedly banned Caitlyn Jenner, 69, from her show in 2017 after she released her tell-all memoir,<span> </span><em>The Secrets of My Life</em>, in which she claimed DeGeneres “alienated” her from the LGBTQ community after coming on the show two years prior and saying she hadn’t accepted gay marriage.</p> <p>“I have to admit that I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago, whenever it was that the whole gay marriage issue came up, I was not for it,” Jenner explained in 2015.</p> <p>“I am a traditionalist. I mean, I’m older than most people in the audience. I like tradition and it’s always been between a man and a woman and I’m thinking I don’t quite get it.”</p> <p>Later on, she said she accepted gay marriage and that it was a “wonderful thing to see”.</p> <p><strong>Vince Vaughn</strong></p> <p>The 49-year-old was reportedly banned after his 2011 comedy<span> </span><em>The Dilemma</em><span> </span>showed Vaughn’s character saying: “Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”</p> <p>Later on, Anderson Cooper came on the show and expressed how disappointed he was with the quip.</p> <p>The two eventually made amends and Vaughn appeared on her talk show a few years later.</p> <p>However, a source said that Vaughn and DeGeneres “love each other” and that he stopped appearing because he had nothing to promote.</p> <p><strong>Kathy Griffin</strong></p> <p>The<span> </span><em>Finding Nemo</em><span> </span>star wouldn’t allow Kathy Griffin to appear on her show given their longstanding feud, which according to Griffin, began when DeGeneres opened her show with a monologue about how “mean” Griffin could be.</p> <p>“Ellen did a monologue about how mean I am,” Griffin told <em>Us Weekly</em>. “I was in the dressing room like, ‘S**t! You’re another woman comic, c’mon!’”</p> <p>Griffin later revealed she was banned from DeGeneres’ show. Later, the talk show host slammed her to<span> </span><em>W Magazine</em>: “I know she had a big thing about wanting to be on the show, and we didn’t book her,” she said. “She did a whole thing that I banned her from the show. I didn’t ban her from the show, because first you have to be on the show to be banned.”</p> <p><strong>Kim Burrell</strong></p> <p>The gospel singer was set to appear on<span> </span><em>The Ellen DeGeneres Show</em><span> </span>alongside Pharrell to promote their song from<span> </span><em>Hidden Figures</em>, but DeGeneres banned her from making an appearance after she made homophobic comments.</p> <p>“I actually didn’t know her, her name is Kim Burrell. She made a statement she was doing a Facebook Live and she said some very not nice things about homosexuals, so I didn’t feel that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she was saying things about me,” DeGeneres explained on her show before letting Pharrell discuss Burrell.</p> <p>While Pharrell disagreed with the comments Burrell made, he insisted that people should “love each other” despite differing views.</p> <p>“I love her, just like I love everybody else and we all got to get used to that,” he said. “We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colourful world and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”</p> <p>He added that “sometimes the divisive stuff works in life. We learned that lesson last year that sometimes divisiveness works. But you have to choose what side you’re on. I’m choosing empathy. I’m choosing inclusion. I’m choosing love for everybody just trying to lift everyone. Even when I disagree with someone, I’m wishing them the best and hoping for the best because we can’t win the other way.”</p> <p><strong>Sherri Shepherd</strong></p> <p>Sherri Shepherd used to be an Ellen show regular, after appearing on the first season of the show a number of times.</p> <p>It stopped when she began making comments on<span> </span><em>The View</em><span> </span>that were perceived as anti-gay, an insider told<span> </span><em>Page Six</em>.</p> <p>“When Sherri was on <em>The View</em>, she used to get booked on the Ellen show all the time. After she came out on <em>The View </em>taking a stance against gay marriage, the Ellen show refused to book Sherri,” our insider said. “They never gave a reason but the writing was on the wall.</p> <p>“Ellen is obviously a hypocrite,” the source explained. “She said she can be friends with people who have different views from hers, yet she won’t give those people her platform and block them from appearing on her show.”</p> <p>Shepherd has made multiple comments that were considered homophobic, including in one in 2014 when she said growing up Christian led her to believe homosexuality was a sin.</p> <p>“I think people don’t know my heart,” she told Menendez. “I think people feel I’m very judgmental. I think people feel I’m very homophobic. If they knew me, and knew my heart … “You grow up being a Christian and you grow up believing homosexuality is a sin; you’re going to hell if you’re a homosexual. This is something that they teach in churches. So it’s something that I grew up believing.</p> <p>“I might not agree with your lifestyle, but I love you,” she continued. “You may not agree with my lifestyle, but you love me … I don’t say it’s a choice. If you tell me, ‘Sherri, I was born gay.’ Okay. I’m not gonna argue with you, because I can’t tell you how you feel and what’s going on inside. I’m trying to make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth … I don’t know who I’m gonna see.”</p> <p>She later apologised and claimed her comments were misinterpreted by the media.</p> <p>She told <em>The New York Post</em> in 2019: “I’ve always admired and respected Ellen. She was the first to book me for my first talk show, where I went on to hold a record 23 appearances; and she championed for me to be a co-host on The View in 2007. The views and thoughts that I held have evolved from the statements I made on The View over 10 years ago and I support same sex marriage and partnerships. I am unsure why I haven’t been booked on Ellen’s show since my tenure on The View, but I welcome the opportunity to reconnect with Ellen to thank her for her support and opportunities that have happened for me because of her.”</p>

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Remembering Jerry Stiller: Seinfeld's greatest character actor

<p>Jerry Stiller was behind one of the famous bloopers on popular TV show Seinfeld and co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander couldn’t stop laughing about it.</p> <p>Stiller, who passed away on Monday, played the rage-filled father of Alexander’s hapless character George.</p> <p>“My George isn’t clever enough to hatch a scheme like this,” Stiller’s character, Frank Costanza, tells Elaine, who shoots back, “You got that right.”</p> <p>Frank Costanza then shouts, “What the hell does that mean?!” — at which Louis-Dreyfus breaks out of character and dissolves in uncontrollable laughter before saying, “That means whatever the hell you want it to mean.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L2LdHH0hmHY"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>This prompts Stiller to deliver the iconic line “You want a piece of me!?” which he repeats after Louis-Dreyfus erupts into laughter.</p> <p>Louis-Dreyfus and Alexander reminisced about the moment during an online fundraiser last week before Stiller’s passing.</p> <p>Louis-Dreyfus shared that Stiller would look to the sky while on camera as he had trouble remembering his lines due to nerves, but the gesture only added to the character’s hilarity.</p> <p>Alexander said that Stiller used his frustration at having trouble with his lines to make his character seem angrier.</p> <p>“That is where a lot of [Frank Costanza’s] internal rage would come from,” Alexander said, chuckling.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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