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John Cleese to explore cancel culture and the ‘woke’ generation in new Channel 4 series

‘There’s so much I really don’t understand’

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Comedy veteran John Cleese will be taking on the topic of cancel culture in his upcoming new documentary series, set to be aired on Channel 4.

John Cleese: Cancel Me will explore ‘why a new ‘woke’ generation is trying to rewrite the rules on what can and can’t be said.’

In the series, the eighty-one year old comedian and actor will meet various public figures and celebrities who claim to have been ‘cancelled’ for their actions or statements, and activists who have led opposition to various public figures.

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In a statement, Cleese said: “I’m delighted to have a chance to find out, on camera, about all the aspects of so-called political correctness. There’s so much I really don’t understand, like: how the impeccable idea of ‘Let’s all be kind to people’ has been developed in some cases ad absurdum.

“I want to bring the various reasonings right out in the open so that people can be clearer in their minds what they agree with, what they don’t agree with, and what they still can’t make their mind up about.”

Cleese himself has also been dangerously close to being cancelled – his previous work on Fawlty Towers and Monty Python has landed the actor in hot water on a number of occasions. 

Last year, Cleese responded angrily to a UKTV decision to remove an episode of Fawlty Towers that allegedly contained ‘racial slurs.’

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The episode, titled ‘The Germans’, featured a scene in which a character used racist language in an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.

Speaking about the decision at the time, Cleese had said: “If you put nonsense words into the mouth of someone you want to make fun of, you’re not broadcasting their views, you’re making fun of them. The major was an old fossil left over from decades before.

“We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. If they can’t see that – if people are too stupid to see that – what can one say?”

John Cleese: Cancel Me will be aired on Channel 4, though it is yet to have an official release date.

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Love Island’s Jacques reveals hateful comments made him ‘want to go into hiding’ after leaving villa

Jacques quit the show amid controversy over his behaviour in Casa Amor

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Love Island star Jacques O’Neill has opened up about his shock exit from the villa, revealing that he ‘wanted to go into hiding’ and was initially ‘angry’ with his mum.

The twenty-three-year-old came onto the show as a bombshell on day seven, and was quick to strike up a romance with Welsh paramedic Paige Thorne. 

However, his behaviour with new arrivals while the girls were away in Casa Amor caused a rift between the pair and, after twenty-nine days in the villa, the former rugby player announced he would be leaving, saying he felt he could ‘no longer be myself’. 

Since his departure from the show, Jacques has been inundated with hateful comments on social media, something he has now said made him ‘want to go into hiding’. 

Appearing on Good Morning Britain yesterday (August 4th), Jacques discussed his experience in the aftermath of the show, saying: “When I first came out, I was very scared. I was scared of life and what was to come next for me.

“All I wanted to do was go into hiding with my mum. I was getting so much hate. We were getting death threats so I said to my mum ‘we just need to stay indoors’.”

He added: “I planned to delete social media and never been seen again.” 

However, Jacques also admitted he was initially ‘angry’ with his mum after finding out she’d spoken about his ADHD in an Instagram post while he was in the villa, something he says he didn’t want used as an excuse for his behaviour.

He said: “When I got out, I was so ready to delete that [Instagram post]. I was angry at my mum… I didn’t want an excuse for my behaviour. It wasn’t that at all. My mum was getting hate, I think she felt she had to.”

But once the dust had settled, Jacques said he was able to see all the positive messages being sent to him, with fans calling him an ‘inspiration’ and a ‘role model’ for others living with ADHD.

Read More: Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn breaks silence on his decision to leave the villa

He explained: “I then started to get messages saying I’m a role model with the ADHD thing and I decided I need to stand up and be there for them. I was overwhelmed with it all.

“I’ve been posting a lot saying thank you because if it wasn’t for them, I would still be in that dark place, if it wasn’t for the people giving me love I would be in a bad place.”

“I suddenly thought if people are thinking this about me, I can’t just turn my back on it. I need to stand up and do something. I was getting fully grown men message me and say I was an inspiration. It was overwhelming.”

He then revealed that he plans on using his new platform to help those living with the condition, that affects behaviour and concentration. 

He said: “My plan moving forward is to work with kids with ADHA, disabilities. A lot of people come out thinking about money but if I can put a smile one someone’s face it makes my day.”

Visit the NHS website for more information on ADHD, its symptoms and various treatments available.

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ITV confirms Big Brother will return in 2023 with ‘back to basics’ reboot

The revived show will reportedly be aimed at a ‘legion of younger fans’

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Big Brother will officially be making its come back with a ‘back to basics’ reboot next year, ITV has confirmed. 

The reality show originally aired in 2000 on Channel 4, where it enjoyed ten successful years until its axe in 2010. Channel 5 temporarily revived the show the following year, but that too faced the chop seven years later in 2018.

But now, ITV has confirmed it will be the one to bring Big Brother back to screens once more, with the series going ‘back to basics’ on ITV2 next year.

Much like the former seasons, ‘housemates’ from across the country and all walks of life will be homed in a brand new Big Brother house, with the eyes of the nation watching their every move across a six week period.

According to the show release, ‘the action will all play out under the roof of the iconic Big Brother house, which will be given its own contemporary new look ready for this reimagining of the show.’

The release added: “Clever tasks, nail-biting nominations and live evictions will be back, with the public once again playing a crucial role, voting throughout the series and ultimately determining the winner, who will walk away with a life changing cash prize.”

ITV2 Controller Paul Mortimer said of the news: “This refreshed, contemporary new series of Big Brother will contain all the familiar format points that kept viewers engaged and entertained the first time round, but with a brand new look and some additional twists that speak to today’s audience.

“We’re beyond excited to bring this iconic series to ITV2 and ITVX where it should especially engage with our younger viewers.”

Reports back in April suggested the revived Big Brother would replicate the success of ITV2’s smash hit dating series Love Island, with the aim to open up to a legion of younger fans. 

A TV source said: “ITV is the home of big appointment telly. They know better than anyone how to put on big live events.

“They think putting it on ITV2 will open it up to a new audience and legion of younger fans. They are really keen on getting the deal done on Big Brother, and hope to have something firm to announce soon.

“It needs the full treatment and they’re confident they are the ones who can return it to its legendary former glory. It has millions of fans and is one of the most iconic TV shows of its generation.”

An exact release date is yet to be announced.

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Love Island’s Liam Llewellyn breaks silence on his decision to leave the villa

‘I took a chance but I realised I can’t live on TV’

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Love Island star Liam Llewellyn has broken his silence on why he chose to leave the villa after just six days on the reality show.

The twenty-three-year-old student, from Wales, was originally coupled up with Gemma Owen before she was put into a new couple with new boy Davide Sanclimenti.

Following the recoupling, Liam became the first contestant to quit the show, with him announcing his departure to fellow islanders six days into the series.

He revealed at the time: “I don’t really think I’ve been giving 100% Liam… I’m miles off that.”

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And now, as this year’s Love Island draws to a close, Liam has broken his silence on his decision, putting his early departure down to the show’s production.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Liam explained: “I thought I was going to have the summer that everyone dreams of but now I’m living with no regrets, I took a chance but I realised I can’t live on TV.

“I was expected to do things for a TV show and I couldn’t be myself. I didn’t want to do it. It is a TV show and it is produced. It’s not all natural.

“In my head I was not in the right position to take part in a TV show because that’s what you’re doing. You have to go on dates, do challenges, and you’re not in control of any of it.”

Liam went on to reveal that during his dates, producers would make him repeat certain sentences because they ‘didn’t quite come through’.

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He continued: “I had loads of meetings with the execs, the series editor, and professional physiologists but after a couple of days of feeling the way I did, I made the decision on my own behalf that it wasn’t right for me to carry on.”

In response, an ITV spokesperson said in a statement: “As anyone who watches the show regularly would know, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements that are reflective of what’s happening in the villa, and is a fair and accurate representation of villa life.

“We have always been completely transparent about this and the way the show is made. This is often acknowledged in the voice over by Iain Stirling.

“The opinions they have and the relationships formed are completely within the control of the Islanders themselves. As we have said since series one, Love Island is a combination of reality and produced elements.”

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