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Helen Mirren set to test your Harry Potter knowledge

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the first event of its kind, Dame Helen Mirren will be hosting a four-part television quiz event called </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">later this year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary since the release of the first film in the franchise, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The four-part quiz, which will air later this year, will see fans of the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Harry Potter </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">franchise put their knowledge to the test and compete for the title of House Cup champion, much like the students at Hogwarts do each year. The quiz will feature hundreds of trivia questions, as well as special guest surprises and a play-along component for those watching at home.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Award-winning actor Dame Helen Mirren is joining the Wizarding World family to host an exciting four-part quiz competition, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses. Discover more: <a href="https://t.co/uemnzU9zoT">https://t.co/uemnzU9zoT</a> <a href="https://t.co/WW8ozPzU6y">pic.twitter.com/WW8ozPzU6y</a></p> — Wizarding World (@wizardingworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/wizardingworld/status/1438173666949443585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While Mirren never starred in any of the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Potter</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> films, she will “add some British grandeur” to the proceedings, according to Tom Ascheim, Warner Bros. president of global kids, young adults, and classics. Mirren herself said, “I knew someday I’d get a Harry Potter role, and I’m so pleased to take part in the 20-year film celebration. The films inspired such enchantment and wonder for so many of us, and it will be such a treat to reignite that magic for the countless fans who continue to revel in this spellbinding world.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mirren, an Academy Award winner for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in 2013’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">was appointed a Dame for services to drama as part of the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours. She also played the Queen in the 2013 play </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Audience, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">a role for which she won both a Tony Award and a Laurence Olivier Award.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The event will tape later this month and be broadcast later this year. Better start studying now if you want to try and beat Ravenclaw!</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTMvaG-KvPr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CTMvaG-KvPr/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Helen Mirren (@helenmirren)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images</span></em></p>

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Olivia Colman tears up during her acceptance speech as The Crown sweeps the Emmys

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman added another accolade to her trophy cabinet this weekend, as she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colman became emotional during her acceptance speech as she revealed she lost her father during the COVID-19 pandemic. She described winning the award as “a lovely end to the most extraordinary journey with this lovely family”, and went on to wrap up her acceptance speech by explaining why she was tearing up, saying, “I wish my dad was here to see this… I lost my daddy during Covid, and he would have loved all of this.”</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">OLIVIA COLMAN EMMY WINNER ❤️ SHE DESERVES THE WORLD <a href="https://t.co/cHOXEtW5GU">pic.twitter.com/cHOXEtW5GU</a></p> — véro // ✿ (@vlovesemma) <a href="https://twitter.com/vlovesemma/status/1439781746422206466?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">became the first drama series to win in every category it was nominated in this year (a feat </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Schitt’s Creek </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">achieved last year, and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Angels in America </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in 2004, for comedy and limited series, respectively). In addition to Colman’s win, the series was awarded Best Drama Series, Best Actor for Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles, Best Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson, who played Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Best Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Philip.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colman is now the second actress to win the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award for playing Queen Elizabeth II on </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Netflix’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown, following Claire Foy’s win in the category in 2018. Netflix won a total of 44 Emmys this year – 34 in Creative Arts and 10 in Primetime, 11 of which were for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, which won 7 Primetime Emmys and 4 Creative Arts Emmys.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Crown for 11 Emmy wins — including Best Drama Series, Best Actress for Olivia Colman, Best Actor for Josh O’Connor, Best Supporting Actress for Gillian Anderson and Best Supporting Actor for Tobias Menzies. <a href="https://t.co/FUNxPpzUU8">pic.twitter.com/FUNxPpzUU8</a></p> — The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCrownNetflix/status/1439792832550563840?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 20, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Colman has previously been nominated for both International and Primetime Emmys for her roles in </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Broadchurch, The Night Manager, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fleabag, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">and was previously nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Crown </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">last year, but this is her first win. For her role as Queen Elizabeth II, she has also won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, and a Satellite Award. Colman is also an Oscar winner, having received the Best Actress award for 2019’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Favourite, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">in which she played Queen Anne, who ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1702-1714. </span></p>

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Meghan Markle’s casting plan falls through

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meghan Markle’s plans to cast Michelle Obama in her upcoming animated series, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pearl</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, have fallen through after the couple were not invited to celebrate Barack Obama’s birthday.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meghan’s Netflix series, announced earlier in the year, follows a 12-year-old girl who finds inspiration from influential women throughout history.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Royal commentator Neil Sean claimed Meghan hoped to get “big-voice over names” onboard, including the former First Lady.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Michelle Obama was one that Meghan Markle was very keen to sign up but that went through the pan when they didn’t get an invite to that spectacular 60th birthday for the former President,” he told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Express</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I’m not saying Michelle’s now on the back burner but let’s put it this way, the present hasn’t been delivered yet and I kid you not.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sean said the duchess may set her sights on other stars, including Oprah Winfrey.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duncan Larcombe, author of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Prince Harry: The Inside Story</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, told </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that the Obamas were “more to Meghan and Harry than A-list friends”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Cammilla Tominey, a royal commentator, wrote in </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Telegraph</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> that not receiving an invitation would have been a blow to the couple.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Meghan announced the series, which is the first under the couple’s multi-million dollar deal with Netflix, earlier this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She will be an executive producer of the series alongside David Furnish, the husband of close family friend Elton John.</span></p>

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"Insensitive" new movie shows Meghan Markle dying in a car accident

<p>A new TV movie released by Lifetime has coped backlash over the shocking and insensitive scenes of Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The movie, titled <em>Harry &amp; Meghan: Escaping the Palace, </em>shows graphic images of Meghan Markle laying in a car crash wreckage, that was heavily inspired by the death of Princess Diana.</p> <p>In the scenes, <span>the actress playing the 40-year-old Duchess is seen lying in the wreckage of an overturned car, surrounded by photographers.</span></p> <p>Prince Harry is then depicted trying to push his way through the mob of paparazzi before pulling the car door open <span>where a seriously injured Meghan pleads with him to “help me.”</span></p> <p>But the images of the crash occur in a nightmare of Harry's, and is comforted to wake up and find his wife and baby Archie.</p> <p>The scenes have faced global criticism, with many viewers pointing out how the <span>sickening scenes mirror the real-life tragedy of Harry‘s late mother, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.</span></p> <p><span>The drama will be broadcast to US audiences on Monday, and sees British actor Jordan Dean and American actress Sydney Morton take over the roles of Harry and Meghan.</span></p> <p><span>The film explored the "real details" of the decision that lead the couple to resign from their royal life before relocating in the US.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>The trailer has left fans and royal enthusiasts horrified, with many taking to Twitter to express their outrage. </span></p> <p><span>One fan writes, “Harry &amp; Meghan, escaping the palace? I think Diana would be appalled.”</span></p> <p><span>One Hollywood insider took to social media and wrote, "Lifetime movie stoops to new low of tastelessness."</span></p> <p><span>Check out the trailer below:</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YCWVDn2Xku8" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><em>Image credit: Getty Images</em></p>

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First look at All Creatures Great and Small remake

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The countryside drama </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Creatures Great and Small</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is returning for a second season, after the first season of the beloved BBC series was newly remade last year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the new adaptation’s first season bringing in five million viewers, the second season is expected to be as much of a success.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Based loosely on a series of books written by veterinary surgeon Alf Wright, under the pen name James Herriot, the second season is expected to pick up right where season one ended.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Helen (played by Rachel Shenton) calls off her relationship with Hugh (played by Matthew Lewis) in season one, the second instalment is expected to start with Helen coming to terms with her decision and considers her feelings for James, who himself has to decide between duty and love.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843721/234789410_875048113117466_8158000647066268757_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/76f79034577b492c9117a018ff4329e5" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 5 / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As Helen and James navigate their feelings for one another, Siegfried, Tristan, and Mrs Hall are also forced to consider the places in the world,” writes </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hello</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> magazine, “while James must ultimately decide between duty and love.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Like many shows filmed over the last two years, the creators of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Creatures Great and Small</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> had to adapt their filming schedule around the COVID-19 pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, <em>The Daily Mail</em> has reported that production of the series started in early 2021, with filming wrapping up in Yorkshire a few months ago.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">One of our beautiful period motorcars, behind the scenes on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ACGAS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ACGAS</a> Series 2! <a href="https://t.co/XfYlABqApu">pic.twitter.com/XfYlABqApu</a></p> — All Creatures Great and Small (@AllCreaturesTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/AllCreaturesTV/status/1426868786045628419?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 15, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As for the cast, it remains the same from season one, with Nicholas Ralph returning as leading man James Herriot, along with Samuel West as Siegfried Farnon, and Rachel Shenton as Helen Alderson.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The only change is the addition of Patricia Hodge, star of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Miranda</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">A Very British Scandal</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, playing Mrs Pumphrey, replacing Diana Rigg.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rigg played Mrs Pumphrey throughout season one, but passed away from cancer in September last year.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height:0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843722/235835266_228981639134027_4669993659719690094_n.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/68307d53884f4caabd46c34ae0217d5d" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">A first look at Hodge as Mrs Pumphrey in series two.</span></em></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 5 / Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though the remake comes 30 years after the original series ended, executive producer Colin Callender said it was something people needed to see once again.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Even before COVID, I felt the audience wanted the sort of show that you could watch and revel in and not be beaten by,” he told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Deadline</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“There was something about </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">All Creatures Great and Small</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> with its themes of community and family, harking back to a kinder, gentler world, compared to the divided, complex, and rather brutal one that we’re now living in.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watch the first trailer here.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 5 / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Piers Morgan’s Meghan Markle comments cleared

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Piers Morgan has been cleared by British media regulator Ofcom, after it received a record 58,000 complaints about Morgan’s criticisms of Meghan Markle.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good Morning Britain</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> host said he didn’t believe what Meghan said during her and her husband’s controversial Oprah Winfrey interview, prompting the duchess to file complaints with the regulator and ITV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ofcom said restricting Morgan’s views would be a “chilling restriction” on free expression, though it criticised his “apparent disregard” for the topic of suicide.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In particular, Morgan expressed disbelief at Meghan’s claims of experiencing suicidal thoughts and struggling with her mental health while performing her royal duties.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Royal author Angela Levin claimed the duchess would be “absolutely livid” with the decision and may pursue further legal action.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She can’t cope with someone saying she didn’t tell the truth. Because she is all about compassion and understanding and caring for people,” Ms Levin told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sun</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speaking outside his home, Morgan said he “wasn’t really sure why I lost [my job] in the first place”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He added that Ofcom had “emphatically endorsed my right to not believe what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were saying”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Taking to Twitter, the 56-year-old journalist wrote: “I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I’m delighted OFCOM has endorsed my right to disbelieve the Duke &amp; Duchess of Sussex’s incendiary claims to Oprah Winfrey, many of which have proven to be untrue. This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinocchios. <br />Do I get my job back? <a href="https://t.co/czhzeejYpa">pic.twitter.com/czhzeejYpa</a></p> — Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) <a href="https://twitter.com/piersmorgan/status/1432995892353765377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“This is a resounding victory for free speech and a resounding defeat for Princess Pinnocchios. Do I get my job back?”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a lengthy statement about the ruling, Ofcom said the incident “became a major international news story and we acknowledged it was both legitimate and in the public interest of ITV to broadcast debates featuring presenters such as Mr Morgan scrutinising those allegations”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Consistent with freedom of expression, Mr Morgan was entitled to say he disbelieved the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s allegations and to hold and express strong views that rigorously challenged their account.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The [Ofcom broadcasting] code allows for individuals to express strongly held and robustly argued views, including those that are potentially harmful or highly offensive, and for broadcasters to include these in their programming.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The restriction of such views would, in our view, be an unwarranted and chilling restriction on freedom of expression both of the broadcaster and the audience.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We were particularly concerned about Mr Morgan’s approach to such an important and serious issue and his apparent disregard for the seriousness of anyone expressing suicidal thoughts.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, the regulator noted the importance of co-hosts Susanna Reid and Chris Ship challenging his views, which provided “adequate protection for viewers”.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Getty Images</span></em></p>

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"As fake as they come": Oprah blasted by fellow Hollywood star

<p>The talk show queen has come under fire by fellow Hollywood star, Rose McGowan, who claims her “fake” persona hides the “ugly truth”.</p> <p>Oprah was well-known for her top-rating talk show but now she’s become famous for being able to get all the biggest names to talk to her about how they really feel – including Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.</p> <p>But now she’s being accused of faking her support of the #<em>MeToo</em> movement by activist and actress Rose McGowan.</p> <p>Known for her roles in major movies and the TV series <em>Charmed,</em> McGowan posted a scathing tweet about the talk show queen, describing her as “as fake as they come”.</p> <p>“I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of @Oprah,” McGowan tweeted, along with an old photo of Winfrey, now 67, virtually kissing convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein.</p> <p>“I wish she were real, but she isn’t.” tweets McGowan.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I am glad more are seeing the ugly truth of <a href="https://twitter.com/Oprah?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Oprah</a>. I wish she were real, but she isn’t. From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning &amp; destroying Russell Simmon’s victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lizard?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lizard</a> <a href="https://t.co/RCuXNpWCU0">pic.twitter.com/RCuXNpWCU0</a></p> — Rose 🌊McGowan (@rosemcgowan) <a href="https://twitter.com/rosemcgowan/status/1432065449903153157?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 29, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>Herself an outspoken survivor of sexual assault, McGowan continues: “From being pals with Weinstein to abandoning &amp; destroying Russell Simmon’s [sic] victims, she is about supporting a sick power structure for personal gain, she is as fake as they come. #lizard.”</p> <p>Weinstein’s long list of alleged sexual assaults dating back to the 1970s was the catalyst for the #MeToo movement in October 2017, with McGowan being one of the first of dozens of women to accuse him of rape.</p> <p>The disgraced film producer, who has denied having “any non-consensual sex,” was found guilty of two felonies in February 2020 and is currently serving time in Wende Correctional Facility.</p> <p>Meanwhile, Russell Simmons has also been accused of rape and sexual misconduct by 20 women. The music executive, 63, has denied the accusations and kept a low profile in recent years, though he resurfaced in the Hamptons earlier this month.</p> <p><strong>McGowan’s tweet refers to an earlier documentary</strong></p> <p>It appears McGowan’s tweet refers to an earlier documentary which Oprah was going to be involved with. This 2020 documentary titled <em>On The Record</em> was centred around Simmons’ alleged sexual misconduct.</p> <p>While she was originally on board to executive-produce the project, she ended up backing out, citing differences with the film’s directors.</p> <p>In a statement, Winfrey said: “I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, and it will not air on Apple TV+,” Winfrey said in a statement to the <em>Hollywood Reporter</em> in January 2020.</p> <p>“I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured, and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”</p> <p><strong>Not the first time McGowan has accused a celebrity of ‘faking’ it</strong></p> <p>This is not the first time McGowan has publicly accused a high-profile figure of faking their support of the #MeToo movement.</p> <p>Last year, she hit out at her <em>Charmed </em>co-star Alyssa Milano, calling her a #MeToo “fraud”.</p> <p>The ugly Twitter spat occurred when Milano expressed her support for then-Presidential candidate Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.</p> <p>McGowan has long been opposed to Biden after claims he had sexually assaulted Tara Reade, leading her to label Milano a fraud and a liar.</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Wild Republic: The new drama thriller set in the Alps

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dubbed the “<em>Lord of the Flies</em> for a new generation”, </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Wild Republic</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is the latest series to take inspiration from the classic novel.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The German television series starts with a bunch of juvenile delinquents who are undergoing an experiential rehabilitation program in the rugged German Alps.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:250px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843508/luis_zeno_kuhn-fotografie-munchen-03363.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/2e998bf45e6343b482cc559525562674" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SBS</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Following the sudden death of one member, the troubled youths face a tough choice: wait for the authorities to investigate the crime or take fate into their own hands and make an escape?</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tO0LVkF-Vuk" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Directed by Markus Goller and Lennart Ruff, the eight-part series tackles issues about how to survive, what choices are made, and at what cost.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:238.57142857142858px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843509/wild_republic.jpeg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/584d5f7e05394894bbb871d15f9e9387" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SBS</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The series is now exclusively streaming in German with English subtitles at </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/program/wild-republic" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">SBS On Demand</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: SBS</span></em></p>

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The Packed To The Rafters reboot has arrived

<p>That’s right - Australia's favourite family are back and you can catch up with all of them by watching the new season of <em>Back To The Rafters</em> on Amazon Prime Video.</p> <p>You can take a look at the trailer here which gives you a taste for what's in store for our beloved Rafters with the return of the series.</p> <p>The new series will show us what’s happening with Julie (Rebecca Gibney) and Dave Rafter (Erik Thomson) and their loveable, if sometimes complicated, children.</p> <p>When last we left off, Dave and Julie had sold the family home to pay off Grandpa Ted's (Michael Caton) gambling debt. They decided to turn lemons into lemonade, so they hit the road in their green kombi van to travel around Australia with their late-in-life baby, Ruby.</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/moQ4N4Ogm7E" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><strong>So, where are they now, six years later?</strong></p> <p>In a new trailer, we catch our first glimpse of what the family are up to. But it's not looking completely rosy, Julie and Dave have settled outside of Sydney in the quaint country town of Buradeena.</p> <p>A brief return to the city unveils a whole host of problems in their family and Julie realises she wants to return to Sydney to help her children with their troubles.</p> <p>In one tense scene, Julie is seen telling her husband she wants to "move back" while he asks her to stay.</p> <p>In another, the pair are seen arguing in front of Ben's house, with Julie tearfully telling him: "We're drifting, Dave."</p> <p>Could there be trouble brewing just when the couple are about to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary?</p> <p>In the meantime, Nathan (Angus McLaren) still seems to be struggling to have the life he's always wanted. He's living in Sydney with his son Edward (Kaspar Frost), from his previous marriage to Saskia (Lauren Clair).</p> <p>"My life has just fallen apart mum," the single dad tearfully tells Julie in one scene.</p> <p>Ben (Hugh Sheridan) is happily married to a new character, Cassie (Haiha Le), and hoping to start his own family. However, the trailer hints at baby dramas, with the couple seen fighting over children and their future together.</p> <p>Rachel, formerly played by Jessica Marais and now played by Georgina Haig, briefly appears in the trailer. However, we're yet to see what's in store for her as she’s now living in New York and leads what seems like a secretive life.</p> <p>As the years have gone by, Ruby is now played by Willow Speers and we see her maturing into a young girl.</p> <p>"One stage of growing up, is realising your parents are just as vulnerable as you," her mother tells her in the trailer.</p> <p>While some things have changed, others remain same. Carbo (George Houvardas) is back and living the dream as a social media influencer. Donna (Merridy Eastman) is working with Ben and she's as flustered as she ever was by all of his shenanigans.</p> <p>Thankfully, the family is still celebrating all of their milestone moments at the Shanghai Express.</p> <p><strong>The new six-part series for <em>Packed To The Rafters</em> premieres on September 17th, with all six seasons of the original shows available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video.</strong></p> <p><em>Photos: Amazon Prime Video</em></p>

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Marie Kondo to ‘spark joy’ once again with new series

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After garnering the world’s attention with her decluttering techniques, Marie Kondo is showing the world how her methods can change lives in a new Netflix series.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sparking Joy with Marie Kondo</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will allow viewers to see inside Kondo’s home, meet her family, and see “how she sparks joy in her daily life” with her KonMari Method.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRmQF-Xsx3D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CRmQF-Xsx3D/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Marie Kondo (@mariekondo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Across three episodes, the organising expert will help a small town declutter their lives, seeing how her method affects their “businesses, relationships, and communities”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kondo originally introduced her tidying method in her book, <em>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</em>, in 2010, and has since become a global sensation.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMkVOBjrA6i/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMkVOBjrA6i/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Marie Kondo (@mariekondo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though few details are known about the upcoming show, including the name of the chosen town, the series is expected to premiere on August 31.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Catch a sneak peek of the show here.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Images: Netflix</span></em></p>

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First look at Aussie actress playing Princess Di

<p>Fans of the Netflix hit show The<em> Crown</em> have been treated with a first look at Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki in her role as Princess Diana in the show's upcoming season. </p> <p>Debicki will be starring the show's fifth season alongside Dominic West, who will be playing Prince Charles.</p> <p>Netflix shared exclusive images of the two new cast members on their Instagram today, sending fans of the show into a frenzy.</p> <p><span>"Our new Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki)," the caption read on Netflix's official Instagram account.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 244.7833065810594px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843250/screen-shot-2021-08-18-at-30021-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e01e6f7cab7a431e96718e67e74f3953" /></span></p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram @netflix</em></p> <p>Production of the highly-anticipated new season began last month in the UK, as fans of the show are counting down to the release which has been pushed back due to the pandemic.</p> <p>Season five is reported to be focusing ion the royal couple in the earl 1990s, beginning when their marriage became turbulent before their separation. </p> <p><em>The Crown</em> has become known for recasting actors for different seasons as a way to age the characters accordingly, without having to rely on prosthetics and heavy makeup. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 244.74959612277866px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843251/screen-shot-2021-08-18-at-30038-pm.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b1c478472f5243f6a362c68cd450bdf8" /></p> <p><em>Image credit: Instagram @netflix</em></p> <p><span>Diana and Charles will be played by Debicki and West in season five, who respectively succeed Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor in the roles.</span></p> <p><span>Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor scored Emmy nominations for their portrayal of the royal, leaving very big shoes to fill for the newly cast actors. </span></p> <p><span>The release date for <em>The Crown</em> season five is still unknown. </span></p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram @netflix</em></p>

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New trailer for Impeachment features first look at Monica Lewinsky actress

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">New television series </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Impeachment: American Crime Story</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> revisits the scandal that rocked the US during Clinton’s presidency, and its first teaser trailer has just been released.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Viewers can get a first look at Beanie Feldstein in the role of Monica Lewinsky - the White House intern who had an affair with President Bill Clinton.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7843119/lewinsky-feldstein.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9c94d85625c842408330f296eaf785b7" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Monica Lewinsky (left) and Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky (right). Image: Getty</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In the new teaser, Feldstein - the sister of comedian Jonah Hill - can be seen opposite famed whistleblower Linda Tripp, played by Sarah Paulson, facing off in a hallway of the White House’s West Wing.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CScU_48Jdri/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CScU_48Jdri/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by American Crime Story FX (@americancrimestoryfx)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The series is based on the true story of Lewinsky’s affair with President Clinton that occurred in Washington DC in 1995.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the synopsis, the series will depict “the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a US President in over a century”, as told through the eyes of Lewinsky, Tripp, and civil servant Paula Jones, who filed a sexual harassment suit against Clinton.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The series will also feature Clive Owens as Clinton, and </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Sopranos</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> actor Edie Falco as former First Lady Hillary Clinton.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Watch the trailer below for more.</span></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jCfbZgDKgsc" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feldstein has shared new artwork that was released alongside the trailer on her Instagram page.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Every side has a story,” the actress captioned the photo.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CSF1yY1J-L1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CSF1yY1J-L1/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Beanie Feldstein (@beaniefeldstein)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Feldstein has said working with Paulson has been a dream come true, previously telling </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Variety</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">: “If you know the story, [Lewinsky and Tripp] are best friends and then one deeply betrays the other one, [Paulson’s character] betrays me and I just couldn’t be more excited to play that out with the person I think to be one of the best actors of all time.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“And she’s just so funny and warm and giving, so to take this journey with her is going to be really exciting.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Impeachment: American Crime Story</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> is expected to be released in September 2021.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: American Crime Story FX / Instagram</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"></span></p>

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Nicole Kidman reveals Keith Urban’s thoughts on sex scenes: “He doesn’t know what’s going on”

<p><span>Sex scenes are a normal part of many Hollywood films, and it seems that even Keith Urban understands the importance of creating meaningful art.</span><br /><br /><span>His wife Nicole Kidman has had her fair share of racy scenes, but it’s not something her husband is worried about, she says.</span> </p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842992/nicole-kidman-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/834422e137ab4ed8be1be76fa1dc0996" /></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em><br /><br /><span>While speaking with <em>E! News' Daily Pop</em>, the Australian starlet, 54, admitted her musician husband isn’t affected by the sex scenes she films on set.</span><br /><br /><span>"My husband is an artist, so he understands all of it, and he also does not get involved," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"He sees the show at the very end when it's a show, all edited together, and he's fresh eyes.</span><br /><br /><span>“He doesn't read any script, he really doesn't know what's going on on the set, he's got his own career that he's completely absorbed in."</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman famously acted in some extremely explicit sex scenes on the set of <em>Big Little Lies</em> with her co-star Alexander Skarsgård back in 2017.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842993/nicole-kidman-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fc8239e284b94cc9bd5238503ab510ba" /></p> <p><em>Kidman with her on-screen husband <span>Alexander Skarsgård, on Big Little Lies. Image: HBO</span></em><br /><br /><span>The 53-year-old even went as far to joke that Urban "doesn't know much about what I'm really doing".</span><br /><br /><span>It appears nothing can tear this loved-up couple apart, not even an intense working schedule.</span><br /><br /><span>Kidman says she and Urban make their relationship with each other and their two youngest daughters a main priority.</span><br /><br /><span>Together they share Sunday, 13, and Faith, 10.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842996/nicole-kidman-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/c7aeac702555481f9bb04f7538c20c01" /></span></p> <p><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> <p><span>"We have a system worked out to keep the family together," Kidman told WSJ. Magazine in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>"When Keith's not touring, it's much easier. He'll be on tour next year, and then I just don't work as much.</span><br /><br /><span>“Literally — it will become imbalanced, and we will change it.</span><br /><br /><span>"We don't have the answers, but the one thing we do know is that we will not jeopardise us."</span></p>

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Meet the real people behind the new Dr Death docuseries

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">True crime fans are rejoicing following the premiere of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr Death: The Undoctored Truth</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> - the Stan series depicting the true story of former neurosurgeon Dr Christopher Duntsch, also dubbed Dr Death.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Based on the viral podcast of the same name, the new series follows neurosurgeon, Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) and vascular surgeon, Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) as they set out to stop Dr Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), who had been maiming patients across various Texan hospitals.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">With the premiere of the series on July 30, here’s a look at the real faces and stories behind the show.</span></p> <p><strong>Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842923/1k6j9tptdqxidr_kdvclcilqf6-z5n1ftptqgo4m.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/63ef5d8df1e847af80aad912c5386f84" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Christopher Dunch (left) and Joshua Jackon as Christopher Duntch (right). Image: Texas Observer, Stan</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though Christopher Dunstch was seen as a rising star in Dallas’ medical community and would win over his patients by claiming he was “the best” in his field, his work revealed that was far from the truth.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to the </span><a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=53410X1291869&amp;isjs=1&amp;jv=15.1.0-stackpath&amp;sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mamamia.com.au%2Fis-dr-death-based-on-a-true-story&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonpost.com%2Fnews%2Fmorning-mix%2Fwp%2F2017%2F02%2F16%2Ftexas-neurosurgeon-nicknamed-dr-death-found-guilty-of-maiming-woman-during-surgery%2F%3Futm_term%3D.a23c3c51edca&amp;xguid=dd1ee244305152b6e34540d4d417039e&amp;xs=1&amp;xtz=-600&amp;xuuid=64157ec8c7ddb09d2b54e5b3bee15e7a&amp;xjsf=other_click__auxclick%20%5B2%5D"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Washington Post</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Duntsch would also say: “Everybody’s doing it wrong. I’m the only clean minimally invasive guy in the whole state.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Between 2011 and 2013, Duntsch operated on 37 patients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, killing two of his patients.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One patient, a woman called Floella Brown, died from a stroke after he severed her vertebral artery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The second, another woman named Kellie Martin, had a major artery severed in her spine by Duntsch, resulting in her death from blood loss.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duntsch also injured 31 patients during those two years, with some going on to experience nerve damage, chronic pain, and paralysis after their surgeries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In 2015, Duntsch was charged with multiple charges, including six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, five counts of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, and one count of injury to an elderly person.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He is currently incarcerated at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice serving a life sentence, and won’t be eligible for parole until 2045.</span></p> <p><strong>Dr. Randall Kirby (Christian Slater)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842922/death-randall.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/44eb23c2a49849489b5cb4732769a778" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Randall Kirby (left) and Christian Slater as Dr. Randall Kirby (right). Images: CNBC, Stan.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Randall Kirby, a vascular surgeon, became involved in the case after assisting Duntsch in a routine procedure, where he realised something was wrong.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He could not wield a scalpel,” Kirby told CNBC’s </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Real Dr. Death</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">. “It was pathetic.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kirby proved to be correct in his suspicions of Duntsch’s technique, as his patient that day was left temporarily confined to a wheelchair after the surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kirby would later partner with Dr. Robert Henderson to stop Duntsch from operating, eventually gaining the attention of the Texas Medical Board.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The surgeon continues to practice in Texas, and is listed as the current President of the Dallas Surgical Specialists.</span></p> <p><strong>Dr. Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842921/death-henderson.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b007594c5c494791a7443e0066aaf351" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Robert Henderson (left) and Alec Baldwin as Dr. Robert Henderson (right). Images: Inside Edition, Stan.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After being forced to perform a salvage surgery on Mary Efurd, one of Duntsch’s previous patients, Dr. Henderson got involved in stopping the dangerous surgeries.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It was as if he knew everything to do and then he’d done virtually everything wrong,” Henderson told </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">ProPublica</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> regarding Ms Efud’s surgery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Henderson still practices as a surgeon in Texas, focusing on chronic back and leg pain.</span></p> <p><strong>Michelle Shughart (AnnaSophia Robb)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842920/death-shugert.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/ae8e8287afa74dc79d5c4999964945a3" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michelle Shughart (left) and AnnaSophia Robb as Michelle Shughart (right). Images: CNBC, Stan.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Michelle Shughart was an assistant district attorney in Texas while Duntsch’s case was being heard.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ahead of the show, Robb asked Shughart about the case and whether she expected it would draw so much attention.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I didn’t expect it at all,” Shughart said on the </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dr. Death </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">podcast.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I was actually shocked that they filmed the entire trial … and it just went beyond.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Shughart now works as a District Attorney in Dallas County.</span></p> <p><strong>Jerry Summers (Dominic Burgess)</strong></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842919/death-jerry.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/4a6a9a1afaf14721bc95a35f21511dad" /></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jerry Summers (left) and Dominic Burgess as Jerry Summers (right). Images: NBC, Stan.</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Jerry Summers and Christopher Duntsch were long-time friends who played football together in high school.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Suffering from chronic neck pain, Summers chose Duntsch to perform his surgery to treat it. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But, Summer’s surgery was botched, leaving Summers a quadrilplegic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“According to doctors who later reviewed the case, Dunstch had damaged Summers’ vertebral artery, causing it to bleed almost uncontrollably. To stop the bleeding, Duntsch packed the space with so much anticoagulant that it squeezed Summers’ spine,” as reported by </span><a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=53410X1291869&amp;isjs=1&amp;jv=15.1.0-stackpath&amp;sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mamamia.com.au%2Fdr-death-now%2F&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.oxygen.com%2Ftrue-crime-buzz%2Fwhat-happened-to-jerry-summers-dr-death-christopher-duntschs-friend&amp;xguid=dd1ee244305152b6e34540d4d417039e&amp;xs=1&amp;xtz=-600&amp;xuuid=e5c23379414d7f701711d793cc6e19d0&amp;xjsf=other_click__auxclick%20%5B2%5D"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mother Jones</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">He later passed away in February 2021, aged 50.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Stan Australia / Instagram</span></em></p>

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Jean Smart leads new comedy series

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The award-winning actress stars in the new US comedy </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hacks</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, one of the most talked about new shows this year.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Starring Smart as the legendary Las Vegas comedian, Deborah Vance, the series follows the dark mentorship which develops between her and young writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder).</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The show’s cast also includes Carl Clemons Hopkins (</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hamilton</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">) as Deborah’s chief operating officer, and guest appearances from Kaitlin Olson (</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Coyote Ugly</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">), Christopher McDonald (</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Thelma &amp; Louise</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">), and Rose Abdoo (</span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gilmore Girls</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">).</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hacks</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> was created by the trio behind </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Broad City</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, with critics raving about its originality and humour.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 69-year-old has shared her enthusiasm about the role, which allows her full skill and talent to shine through.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I read it, and I just said, ‘This has it all. This could be so great’,” she told the </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Los Angeles Times</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> of the script.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s so funny, and it’s balanced with these dark moments. If I could pick out a dozen of my favourite parts I’ve ever done, on stage or in front of the camera, and put them in the body of one person, I feel like [Deborah] is an amalgam of a lot of my favourite things.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Smart’s co-star, Einbinder, is a stand-up comedian and a newcomer to scripted TV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a show of comradery, Smart helped ease Einbinder’s nerves ahead of her final audition according to an interview she did with </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Glamour</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The last stage of the audition was the screen test with Jean," Einbinder said. "I was really nervous going in, but Jean called me the night before and said, ‘I know it may feel a little surgical tomorrow with all the COVID precautions, but I just want to let you know, I think you’re really great. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun’."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She was just so classy and cool. I credit a lot of our chemistry to Jean being so warm.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though no release date is set for New Zealand audiences, </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Hacks</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> will likely be available to stream.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Stan</span></em></p>

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Meghan Markle reveals exciting new Netflix series

<p><span>Meghan Markle has announced her “first ever” multimillion-dollar production deal with Netflix.</span><br /><br /><span>The Duchess of Sussex, 39, revealed in a statement that her production house, Archewell Productions, is creating an animated series called <em>Pearl</em> (working title).</span><br /><br /><span>The mother-of-two explained that the story will follow Pearl, a 12-year-old girl who goes on an exciting adventure to find inspiration from influential women throughout history.</span><br /><br /><span>“Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges,” Meghan said.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix, and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history.</span><br /><br /><span>“David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan serves as an executive producer alongside David Furnish, Carolyn Soper, Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan and Amanda Rynda.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan and Prince Harry announced together in August that their first production for Netflix would be an Invictus Games documentary, Heart of Invictus.</span><br /><br /><span>Harry founded the event for wounded and sick veterans in 2014.</span><br /><br /><span>The athletes would be followed from around the world in the lead-up to the 2022 games.</span><br /><br /><span>Meghan and Harry signed a rumoured $130 million deal with Netflix and a $30 million contract with Spotify in 2020, after stepping back from their senior royal roles and moving to California.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPyWWHenBm3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPyWWHenBm3/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Meghan Markle 🔵 (@meghanmarkle_official)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>During the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March, Harry revealed he had to sign the deals as he’d been effectively “cut off” by the royal family when he and Meghan stepped away.</span><br /><br /><span>The 36-year-old said: “We didn’t have a plan.</span><br /><br /><span>“That was suggested by somebody else by the point of where my family literally cut me off financially, and I had to afford security for us.”</span></p>

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First look at Sex and the City reboot

<p>Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis have returned for the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That.</p> <p>The next chapter of the beloved story of four friends in New York follows “Carrie” (Parker), “Miranda” (Nixon), and “Charlotte” (Davis) as “they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s.”</p> <p>Production has officially begun on the series, with an official photo being released over the weekend.</p> <p>And Just Like That will stream on Binge later this year.</p> <p>The cast includes Sara Ramirez, Chris Noth, Mario Cantone, David Eigenberg, Willie Garson and Evan Handler.</p> <p>Kim Cattrall, who played publicist Samantha Jones, will not be returning.</p> <p>HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys told<span> </span><em>TVLine<span> </span></em>back in February the show “is very much a story about women in their 50s, and they are dealing with things that people deal with in their 50s.”</p> <p>He explained to the outlet, “Just as in real life, people come into your life, people leave. Friendships fade, and new friendships start. So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages, the actual stages of life … They’re trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her 50s in New York. So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you’re 30, you may not have when you’re 50.”</p> <p>The four women played their respective characters for six seasons and two movies from 1998 until as recently as 2010.</p>

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"Stop It!": Nat Barr shuts down Kyle on live TV

<p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">host Nat Barr told off Kyle Sandilands during his appearance on the breakfast show this morning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Making a guest appearance on the show to celebrate his radio show with Jackie ‘O’ Henderson claiming the title of Sydney’s number one breakfast show in ratings for the first time, the controversial shock jock got a strong reaction when he started joking about Nat’s husband.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After chatting about their latest success, Kyle pulled out a copy of Nat Barr’s cover of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Australian Women’s Weekly </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">to show her.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Look what I’m reading Nat,” he said, with Nat replying, “that’s so nice Kyle!”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kyle then went on to compliment Nat on her sons.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“These are good looking boys,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Just by looking at the photos, I can tell what a great mum you are. Those kids, they look at you with adoring eyes. I admire that.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After Nat admitted the photoshoot was a bit “scary” as they had never done anything like that before, Kyle asked why her husband wasn’t included.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Where’s your husband? How come he’s been kept out?” the 50-year-old asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“He won’t do anything,” Nat said. “He hates publicity … He’s got his own life and his own job. He’s like, yeah, leave that to you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nat has been married to her husband, Andrew Thompson, who is an Oscar-nominated film editor, since 1995.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I think press media should track down what Nat’s husband’s doing,” Kyle quipped. “Let’s do a whole expos</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">é</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> on a day in the life of Nat’s husband.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Nat went from laughing as she had throughout the segment, to raising her finger and giving the radio host a strict warning.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Kyle, I’m going to go all mum on you,” she said. “Stop it.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier in the show, Kyle had explained why he thinks he and Jackie have been performing so well lately.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve been doing radio a bit different to everyone else,” he said. “Everyone else has the same rule: Speak for three minutes, have a little laugh at the end and play the ad break.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We’ve changed it. We talk for 20 minutes about something, because you can’t always get a good conversation in in three minutes.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kyle also mentioned that the breadth of voices on their show helps.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“We don’t just have the man and the girl, we have the full ensemble of all the other cast - the newsreader, all the producers, it’s like an episode of </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Seinfeld</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">.”</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Channel 7</span></em></p>

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Joan Collins shuts down Piers Morgan over Meghan Markle question

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a new interview with Piers Morgan, Dame Joan Collins stayed tight-lipped when asked about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Morgan’s ITV series “Life Stories”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What do you make of what’s going on with the British royal family now, with Meghan, Harry, the feud, with [Prince] William, [Prince] Charles?” Morgan asked.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Dynasty</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> star - who was made a dame in 2014 by the Queen - wasn’t interested in sharing her opinion on the reported feud between Harry, his brother, and their father.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My lips are sealed on that subject,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just don’t want to go on national TV and say what I think about Meghan and Harry, because look what happened to you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Morgan seemed to appreciate her response and said: “Exactly - thank you.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The former morning show host’s repeated criticism of Markle following the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah Winfrey saw him walk off the set and quit </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Good Morning Britain</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> in April.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Earlier this month, he accused the Duchess of Sussex of telling “downright lies” and called her “Princess Pinocchio” over the weekend.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: news.com.au</span></em></p>

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"I don't believe her": Lord Sugar slammed for Meghan Markle comment

<p><em>Celebrity Apprentice</em> boss Lord Sugar has come under fire for his comment on Meghan Markle.</p> <p>The outspoken businessman, who is usually praised for his “no BS” stance has been slammed for his opinions on Meghan Markle’s televised interview with Oprah Winfrey back in March.</p> <p>While being interviewed by the newly launched British channel <em>GB News,</em> Lord Alan Sugar stood by TV host Piers Morgan’s criticism and said he doesn’t believe in the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>"Buckingham Palace and all these places where they live... doctors are visiting privately every single day of the week, so if she had something wrong with her, I’m absolutely sure that a psychiatrist or psychotherapist or whatever could have come and visited, and no one would need to know," Sugar said.</p> <p>"I should imagine that the Queen has had many visits and indeed some other members of the family, have had many visits from doctors.</p> <p>"They’re very private and confidential and very carefully conducted. For that reason, and that reason alone, I don’t believe her."</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841817/meghan-harry-lord-sugar4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6dbae23872924cd18378290b7514b4f0" /></p> <p>Piers Morgan made global headlines when he stormed off the set of <em>Good Morning Britain</em> after his co-host Alex Beresford condemned him for “trashing” the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p>“I don’t believe a word she says," Piers said of Meghan's shocking claims at the time.</p> <p>ITV would later confirm the controversial TV star would step down on his position from the program.</p> <p>A number of viewers called out Lord Sugar for his "truly awful" comments.</p> <p>"They lost me when they had Alan Sugar on to discuss the validity of Meghan Markle’s mental health issues. Really..?" one angry person wrote.</p> <p>"Car crash interview with Alan Sugar. Desperately trying to shoehorn a negative comment in about Meghan, every sentence mentions woke, liberal, left and elite. What an utter shower of s***," another said.</p> <p>While a third viewer wrote: "Turn on <em>GB News</em> just for a gander to be greeted by Alan Sugar saying that Meghan Markle was lying about having mental health issues to a washed up former Sun columnist. I turned off."</p> <p><em>Images: Getty</em></p>

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