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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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Ellen’s former staffer speaks out: “The stories are all true”

<p>A former Ellen DeGeneres Show staff member confirmed that “the stories are all true!”, saying that the richest comedian in the world is also, allegedly, one of the rudest.</p> <p>“Is she always nice? No,” said the former staffer. “It irritates me that people think she’s all sweetness and light and she gets away with it.”</p> <p>In recent times, DeGeneres who is famous for her catchphrase “be kind” has been outed for being the complete opposite.</p> <p>The 62-year-old has been criticised for comparing the coronavirus lockdown to “being in jail” even though she’s self-isolating in her $US27 million Balinese-style mansion near Santa Barbara, California.</p> <p>Then, in a report leaked to<span> </span><em>Variety</em>, she was accused of cutting her talk show’s union show crew in favour of freelancers. Later on a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television, which distributes Ellen’s show, told the publication that the change was cleared with union reps and no crew member lost a job.</p> <p>Shortly after that, a Twitter thread labelling her as “one of the meanest people alive” exposed the star as stories came to light of her antics, including complaining about a waitress’ nail polish and ordering that those below her do not make eye contact with her.</p> <p>Last week, a former security guard who served as a bodyguard to DeGeneres and her family when the comedian was hosting the 2014 Academy Awards told Fox News that she was very unfriendly.</p> <p>“Ellen pretty much just gave me a side glance out of her eye and didn’t even say ‘hello,’ or ‘thank you for protecting my mother, my wife and me,'” Tom Majercak said. “It was very cold, and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle.”</p> <p>But according to the executive producer of<span> </span><em>Ellen</em>, Mary Connelly, she has never seen DeGeneres exhibit diva behaviour.</p> <p>“None of what’s being said speaks to the Ellen I know,” Connelly said.</p> <p>“Do the producers and her sometimes have to make unpopular decisions? Yes. Ellen is not afraid to tell you when she doesn’t like something. She’s had tough conversations with me. That’s a function of everyday life. But the person I know is someone who comes in every day and wants to put on a fun show in a fun environment and help people.”</p>

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Piers Morgan admits he took Meghan Markle criticism “too far”

<p>Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan has confessed that he may have “taken things a bit too far” in his criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex over the last two years.</p> <p>The controversial British figure has taken aim at Meghan Markle on a number of occasions, even going as far of “ditching” her family.</p> <p>He tweeted in January: “People say I'm too critical of Meghan Markle — but she ditched her family, ditched her Dad, ditched most of her old friends, split Harry from William and has now split him from the Royal Family. I rest my case.”</p> <p>Morgan even stirred up a feud with actress Jameela Jamil over the duchess after voicing his vicious opinions on the royals.</p> <p>He has since backtracked on his comments, admitting that his regular criticism of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex weren't "wise".</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/B7FPg17HFTV/?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/B7FPg17HFTV/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by AllNewsInc (@allnewsinc)</a> on Jan 8, 2020 at 6:20pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"It's probably not wise, if you're a columnist, to make things too personal," he admitted to The Sunday Times.</p> <p>"Have I taken things a bit too far? Probably. Do I think that will govern and temper how I talk about them going forward? Absolutely."</p> <p>Morgan has been accused of holding a personal grudge against the duchess, whom he allegedly had a friendly relationship with before she joined the royal family.</p> <p>He claimed she "ghosted" him and abandoned their friendship after meeting Prince Harry.</p> <p>The presenter also confessed that "boredom" has played a role in his attitude towards the royals.</p> <p>"It's times of relative peace, calm, quiet and dare I say boredom that might occasionally bring out the worst in me," he admitted. "Having squabbles with people who are never going to change their mind in a million years about stuff that no longer seems remotely important."</p>

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Explosive documentary on Princess Diana set to make William and Harry “very upset and angry”

<p>A new documentary focused on the life of Princess Diana is set to be released soon, but it’s assumed that Prince William and Prince Harry will not be watching, let alone have any involvement in the production.</p> <p>The four-episode<span> </span><em>Being Me: Diana</em><span> </span>is reportedly going to focus on the mental health struggles faced by the late Princess of Wales, her painful childhood and her broken marriage to Prince Charles.</p> <p><em>Being Me: Diana</em><span> </span>will reportedly use never-before-seen footage of Diana’s speeches in 1990-1992 in the final years of her marriage to Prince Charles along with interviews with people close to her.</p> <p>Endemol Shine, the parent company of production company DSP says that “everything” featured is “already in the public domain”.</p> <p>Speaking to<span> </span><em>The Sun</em>, a TV insider revealed that both the royal family and Diana’s Spencer family will refuse to take part in the tell-all documentary that has not yet been commissioned by Netflix.</p> <p>“William and Harry will be very upset and angry. It’s particularly distressing for Harry because he’s been working with Netflix,” said the insider, referring to Harry’s Thomas the Tank Engine special with the streaming giant.</p> <p>“At a time when the royals have been dealt a blow with Harry and Meghan leaving, the timing is not good.”</p> <p>Since their mother’s tragic passing, both her sons have been advocates of mental health.</p> <p>After chatting with Maddy Austin who was diagnosed with anorexia and revealed that Diana’s openness about her eating disorder helped her, Prince William said: “We need to be matter-of-fact about it, and not hide it in the dark where it festers.”</p> <p>The Duke of Cambridge added that he was “absolutely” proud of his mother for speaking out about her struggles with bulimia that Diana herself referred to as a “secret disease”.</p> <p>“There are illnesses. Mental health needs to be taken as seriously as physical health.”</p> <p>Although both the princes have taken part in documentaries relating to their mother in the past, both have also slammed the media – particularly tabloids – for the treatment their mother and respective wives have received.</p> <p>“I will not be bullied into playing a game that killed my mum,” said Harry before the lawsuit he and Duchess Meghan filed.</p> <p>“Everything that she went through and what happened to her is incredibly raw every single day, and that is not being me being paranoid.</p> <p>“That is just me not wanting a repeat of the past.”</p>

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Super-busted: Son of legendary Superman actor caught on TV with no pants

<p>Will Reeve suffered intense embarrassment after being caught on Good Morning America without pants on live TV.</p> <p>Reeve is an American correspondent for the morning show and son of the late <em>Superman</em><span> </span>star. He presented in a white button-up shirt and blazer. However, it wasn’t until he lifted his leg that he revealed he wasn’t wearing any pants.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">I have ARRIVED*<br /><br />*in the most hilariously mortifying way possible <a href="https://t.co/2NQ85QEJVr">https://t.co/2NQ85QEJVr</a></p> — Will Reeve (@ReeveWill) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReeveWill/status/1255141549450473473?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>However, Reeve took it all in good fun and posted a statement on Twitter.</p> <p>“Trying to be efficient, I got ready for a post-GMA workout a little too soon this morning,” he explained.</p> <p>“The camera angle, along with friends, family and several hundred strangers on social media made me rethink my morning routine,” he added.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">When WFH goes wrong (or, your self-framed live shot goes too wide).<br />Hope everyone got a much needed laugh 😂 <a href="https://t.co/GbyLBhL7Be">pic.twitter.com/GbyLBhL7Be</a></p> — Will Reeve (@ReeveWill) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReeveWill/status/1255167525677142017?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>He has since done a story on Zoom etiquette and explained the perils from working from home in another segment.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Putting a button on this story. <a href="https://t.co/x6G9KVCs9j">https://t.co/x6G9KVCs9j</a></p> — Will Reeve (@ReeveWill) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReeveWill/status/1255517179585363968?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 29, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>"I'm just here in my home, setup for another day of work like millions of Americans who are on video calls all the time now," Reeve said. </p> <p>"And a headline reminder for anyone who's using Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, anything with a camera: Make sure you frame your shot."</p> <p>He added: "On a personal note, I just want to say I try to take life seriously but not myself. So I've had a good laugh at this, but I don't want anyone to think that I don't respect and love my job. I've had a lot of fun and I know everyone else has, too. And I'm a lousy camera operator."</p>

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Unearthed snaps of baby Prince Harry with Princess Diana reveals adorable detail

<p>Prince Harry has been a super fan of the children’s show Thomas The Tank Engine since he was a tot still in nappies and now is starring in an on-camera introduction to a very special episode of Thomas The Tank Engine, a new royal TV special called Thomas and Friends: The Royal Engine.</p> <p>The classic show has been a must-watch for children all around the world for decades, including the Duke of Sussex who has pictures of him as just a young boy sporting memorabilia while alongside his mother, Princess Diana. </p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.1284046692607px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835867/sg-21.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/695130b9b9d0459bb23d50e0f0d0d612" /></p> <p>Prince Harry’s latest project, which is him appearing in a 22-minute episode to mark Thomas &amp; Friends' 75th anniversary, definitely holds a special place for the royal.</p> <p>The episode even features a cameo from The Queen and Prince Charles set back in the time frame of when our future King was just a boy. </p> <p>The story follow Thomas as he transports Sir Topham Hatt, the controller of the railway yard, to Buckingham Palace in London.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.1284046692607px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7835868/sg-20.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/40aa882884c7439aba99adddd712a474" /></p> <p>He has been invited by The Queen to be honoured with an award for his distinguished service to the railway. </p> <p>Her Majesty’s son, a young Prince Charles, has asked that Thomas be the engine to transport him on his journey.</p> <p>In a statement, Prince Harry said it was an honour to be involved in the project.</p> <p>"Thomas the Tank Engine has been a comforting, familiar face to so many families over the last 75 years – entertaining, educating and inspiring children on important issues through exciting stories and characters," he said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_jK59rnYqw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B_jK59rnYqw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by T&amp;F Fan Club (@thomasthetankenginefanclub)</a> on Apr 28, 2020 at 8:22pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"I certainly have fond memories of growing up with Thomas &amp; Friends and being transported to new places through his adventures. I am very proud to have been asked to take part in this special episode. I wish Thomas &amp; Friends a very happy anniversary."</p> <p>Harry's on-camera introduction was recorded earlier this year, in January, with the Duke donating his fee to charity.</p>

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Is this the downfall of Ellen DeGeneres?

<p><span>Ellen deGeneres has been a TV icon and well-respected celebrity for more than two decades, but has copped a good deal of backlash after making a “distasteful” quarantine joke that left a sour taste in people’s mouths.</span></p> <p>Hosting her hit program <em>The Ellen Show</em> from the comfort of her gorgeous living room, surrounded by natural light and luxurious greenery, the celebrity worth a whopping US$490 million made a joke about having to film from her home while quarantining with her wife Portia de Rossi by comparing the whole situation to being incarcerated.</p> <p>“This is like being in jail is what it is,” DeGeneres joked. “Mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days and everyone in here is gay!”</p> <p>Several loving fans took to Twitter to criticise the comedian for not recognising just how privileged she seems to be.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ko8UYDVjh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B-ko8UYDVjh/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Ellen DeGeneres (@theellenshow)</a> on Apr 4, 2020 at 1:33pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“My 19-year-old daughter is considered an ‘essential employee’. She's a fast food worker. She's exposed EVERY DAY. No one GAF about Ellen's privilege pampers a$$ stuck in her mansion. Show me @ellen working the lines @ the grocery store. NO mask, NO gloves. Then I might care,” one angry user wrote.</p> <p>Another person joked: “Petition to stick her in an actual jail after quarantine is lifted. Just for a month or so, so maybe she can learn something.”</p> <p>“Hey, Ellen, go volunteer at a grocery store or food bank. Get on the front lines if being sequestered in your mansion is just too difficult. Unbelievable,” another added.</p>

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The Nanny cast reunites for virtual pilot re-enactment

<p>The cast of beloved ‘90s sitcom <em>The Nanny </em>has come together for a YouTube reunion, more than 20 years after the show aired its final episode.</p> <p>Fran Drescher and 13 of her former co-stars gathered via video conferencing platform Zoom for a reading of the show’s 1993 pilot amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Titled “The Nanny Episode 1: Pandemic Table Read”, the 33-minute video posted to YouTube featured Drescher as the main character Fran Fine, Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield), Daniel Davis (Niles), Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock), Nicholle Tom (Maggie Sheffield), Benjamin Salisbury (Brighton Sheffield), Alex Sternin (Eddie), Renee Taylor (Sylvia Fine), Madeline Zima (Grace Sheffield), DeeDee Rescher (Dottie) Rachel Chagall (Val) and Jonathan Penner (Danny).</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/C3a6KuP1X14"></iframe></div> <p>Co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson and composer Ann Hampton Callaway were also featured in the special event, with Jacobson reading the script directions and Callaway singing the theme song.</p> <p>“Laughter is the best medicine,” Drescher said in a statement.</p> <p>“So, in these challenging times, Petah and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we pulled together the original cast of <em>The Nanny</em> for a virtual read of the pilot?’</p> <p>“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic performance for our fans around the world who are currently stressing in isolation and could use a real upper! It sure has given each of us a lift, and we hope it does for you as well.”</p>

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