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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Lisa Wilkinson's New Show

Lisa Wilkinson has been THE host topic of 'water cooler' conversation this wee.\k.

And now, this news on what she will be doing next...

Last week speculation was rife at Ten that Wilkinson, who Ten has confirmed as host of its The Sunday Project and a part-time panellist on The Project, will become Australia’s Oprah when she starts at the network from January.
A well-placed source said Wilkinson will appear on The Project two weeknights, one of which will be Friday, and also host a beefed up Sunday night primetime show that will look to address the audience swing away from the once unbeatable Sunday night news offerings 60 Minutes and Sunday Night.

Read more here.

James Packer On Mariah Carey break-up

James Packer has spoken for the first time about his relationship and engagement break up with Mariah Carey.

In a rare interview, with 'The Australian'James Packer has opened up on his personal and professional challenges over the last few years, including his decision to sell his stake in the RatPac production company, and his breakup with global singing superstar Mariah Carey.
He told 'The Australian' that in 2015, he found himself in the midst of massive debt, having to borrow large sums of money to stave off a potential legal battle with sister Gretel Packer, and was facing setbacks related to the expansion of crown resorts.
He said:
“Two years ago I was terrified. I had $2.3 billion of debt at CPH ­[Consolidated Press Holdings, his private company], over $3 billion of debt at Crown, I’d just appointed Rob [Rankin as chairman of Crown], Macau was falling over and [sister] Gretel was on my doorstep. Then, a year later, I’ve got China falling apart, the Australian casino businesses missing budgets by big amounts, I’ve got Mariah breaking up with me and I’m thinking, ‘fuck!'”
He spoke in broad terms about his decision to start a relationship with Mariah, saying:
“The answer is complicated … I was at a low point in my personal life. Documenting the negotiations with my sister was taking longer than expected. Brett Ratner put Mariah and me together. She was kind, exciting and fun. Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”
Mariah has been slightly less diplomatic on her relationship with Packer, instead calling him a (gulp) “motherfucker” in an interview with an Israeli journalist during her press tour there earlier this year.
She also of course torched a wedding dress in this video below, which may or may not have been a reference to her wedding dress intended for her big day with James:

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Barry Du Bois: Cancer Returns VIDEO

What an emotional ending to last night’s episode of 'The Living Room', as host Barry Du Bois revealed his cancer had returned for a second time.

The 57-year-old designer and builder was diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma in 2011 and made the heartbreaking announcement at the end of Friday night's episode of the show, that it had returned once again and more aggressively than his previous diagnosis.
“It seems that my cancer has come back, reasonably aggressively now I have what is regarded as multiple myeloma. We’ve got a cancer in my body that has created several tumours right through my body,” Barry said.
“Now I see an upside to that, this is just another fight for me that I am quite comfortable I am going to win.”
Here is some of that clip:

And here is his post:

His 'The Living Room' cohort Chris Brown has of course come to his support:

Here is a backgrounder on Barry's cancer battle:

And more here:

And his openness on surrogacy for his twins:

We wish you a speedy recovery, Barry!

Friday, 20 October 2017

Ines Rau, Playboy's first transgender Playmate: PHOTOS + VIDEO

Since Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died in September, so many people - from columnists to the average punter - have written about what Hefner has contributed to the world. Some comments have been kind, some not so much.

One thing is certain - Hef was always been the envelope pusher.

In its 64 years of production, Playboy has done just that.

And now... Meet Ines Rau.

The 26-year-old French model of North African descent has been named Playboy's first-ever openly transgender Playmate.

Here is how Playboy posted about the news and Ines:

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And here is Ines paying tribute to Hef:

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Rau's photo editorial will be featured in the November/December 2017 issue, which will also pay tribute to the late founder on its cover. See that cover below:

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Lisa Wilkinson speaks for first time following departure from 'Today'

Lisa Wilkinson has spoken for the first time following her departure from 'Today'.

The now-former Today show host spoke from the window of her car this morning, as she left her Cremorne home to visit her biggest fan: her 89-year-old mother. Read more here.

“My phone has gone into complete meltdown, but I’m going off to see my mum,” she said.

“She’s very worried and I’m just going to go and let her know I’m OK, in fact I’m more than OK, I’m great.

Lisa Wilkinson: Karl Stefanovic pays tribute + Peter FitzSimons speaks

Following Lisa Wilkinson's shock resignation overnight from flagship Channel Nine show 'Today', her equally shocked co-host Karl Stefanovic has spoken about his "great friend." See video below.

And Lisa's husband Peter FitzSimons has just spoken about his beloved wife, with whom he just celebrated 25 years of marriage, after having renewed vows recently, and coming back from their second honeymoon in Byron Bay.

In radio reports this morning, Channel Nine was said to be "blindsided" by Lisa's decision to walk from the top rating breakfast TV show after contract renewal - and pay - negotiations broke down. In the meeting were said to be Lisa and her manager, and with reports emerging last night that the network could not match her pay to Karl's, she walked. Within less than an hour, Lisa was employed again... by the Ten network. And to the show 'The Project'.

In this report, Lisa's husband FitzSimons has emerged from the family’s north shore home, telling reporters she was recovering after an “extraordinary day”.

“She’s having a lovely sleep in after an extraordinary day, thank you. The best sleep in 10 years,” FitzSimons said.

Her colleague Karl said this morning:

“For 10 years, Lisa has dragged herself out of bed at 3:30 in the morning, fed the dogs and cats, put a load of washing on and came into work to inform you of what was happening in the world,” he said this morning.

“So for now this, thank you. Thank you for the laughs, the sage advice, the calmness, oh, the calmness. And thank you for all of your support. Thank you for being a great colleague. Thanks for being a great interviewer. Thanks for being a great dancer and a truly, truly terrible singer.

Thanks for being a great mum. I know you value that more than anything else and thank you for being a great friend.

“The rest I will leave for when I see you but whatever you do, and wherever you go, you do so having made your mark on this show and on this man.

“Mostly you go with my love, lots of love, all my love. We will see you soon, maybe after midday. Enjoy the sleep-ins.”

Monday, 16 October 2017

Lisa Wilkinson quits 'Today' show

Lisa Wilkinson has quit the 'Today' show today, in news that has just broken.

Yes, it's true.

The move is effective immediately, and was due to wage negotiations.

See below:

Wilkinson has made a shock announcement that she will quit the Nine Network program after 10 years - and will be joining 'The Project'.
She broke the news of her departure in a statement on Twitter, telling viewers she had already had her last day on the breakfast show’s desk.
“I have some news, I’m sad to say that today was my last day on the Today show,” she wrote.
Wilkinson shared a statement from the network, confirming the network had “been unable to meet expectations” in negotiating the star’s contract.
In a statement released less than an hour later, Channel Ten confirmed Wilkinson would be joining the network in a “senior hosting and editorial role effective January 2018”.
Wilkinson will join Ten’s popular news and current affairs program The Project in a hosting role, as well as hosting The Sunday Project.
“Further collaborations between Lisa and Network Ten will be announced in the coming months,” the statement said.