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Mental health charity calls out Piers Morgan over his comments about Meghan Markle

‘We were disappointed and concerned’

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Mental health charity Mind ‘in conversations’ with ITV due to Piers Morgan’s comments over Meghan Markle.

Speaking on the comments Meghan made in her interview with Oprah that aired on ITV last night, Piers said: “Who did you go to? What did they say to you? I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle.”

It comes after Meghan explained she had suicidal thoughts mostly down to the British press and lack of support from the Institution she had married in to. 

Piers went on to say: “I wouldn’t believe it if she read me a weather report.

“The fact that she’s fired up this onslaught against our Royal family I think is contemptible.”

Mind, the charity that helped nearly 19,000 people struggling with mental health issues during the pandemic alone, posted a statement on Twitter after Piers’ comments.

They explained that they are now in conversations with ITV to launch a Be Kind campaign with the flagship show This Morning. 

The charity said: “We were disappointed and concerned to see Piers Morgan’s comments about not believing Meghan Markle’s experiences about suicidal thoughts today.

“It’s vital that when people reach out for support or share their experiences of ill mental health that they are treated with dignity, respect and empathy.

“We are in conversations with ITV about this at the moment.”

Adding: “If you or anyone you know is feeling impacted by the discussions that have taken place today please reach out for support using signposts in the thread below.”

Many are disgusted by Piers’ comments and some are calling for regulator Ofcom to conduct a formal investigation into his remarks about Meghan. 

Loose Women panelist Denise Welch tweeted: “I have been a mental health advocate for over 30 years when my lifelong struggle with clinical depression began.

“Today it feels as though all the work done to reduce stigma and taboo has been pointless as I see people call Meghan a liar for confessing to suicidal thoughts.”

Author Caitlin Moran said: “Astonished breakfast TV allowed the original comment. A terrifyingly irresponsible thing to say.”

On live TV this morning, Piers Morgan stormed off the Good Morning Britain set after his co-star Alex Beresford called out his behaviour from the morning before.

Alex described Piers’ behaviour as ‘absolutely diabolical’.

Referring to claims that Piers has previously spoken to Meghan but she has since stopped, Alex said: “She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to. Has she said anything about you since she cut you off? I don’t think she has.

“Yet you continue to trash her.”

Regarding their decision to leave the UK, Alex added: “They have had an overwhelming amount of negative press.

“I watched it again yesterday and yes they had some great press around the wedding, but everything that has followed since has been damaging to Meghan’s mental health.”

If you are struggling with your own mental health, you can contact Mind on 0300 123 3393 Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm. Alternatively, see what other free options are available from the NHS here

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ITV confirms The X Factor has been scrapped after 17 years

The end of an era…

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Iconic ITV show The X Factor has been scrapped after 17 long years on our screens.

The talent show has entertained the nation since 2004, however ITV has now confirmed that there’s ‘no plans’ for it to return.

The X Factor was created by Simon Cowell back in 2004 but hasn’t aired since 2018.

ITV said in a statement: “There are no current plans for the next series of The X Factor at this stage.”

However, a source revealed the show might not be permanently axed, rather placed on the backburner for at least five years.

The source said: “Globally, it is still a phenomenon and rakes in millions every year. But in the UK, there is no question it has become slightly stale.

“Simon remains at the top of his game and knows how to make a hit. He owns the rights to the show, and it’s his call — not ITV’s — whether or not he drops it.

“Clearly the last thing he wants is for X Factor to fizzle out with a whimper and become a bit of a joke — especially in contrast to the show in its pomp.

“It is still on the back-burner and there’s the option to return it in 2023, with auditions next summer, but a lot will ride on his new format Walk The Line.”

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Naked Attraction looking for Manchester contestants to take part in next series

Know anyone who’d be up for this?

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Naked Attraction, arguably the world’s most outrageous dating show, is on the look out for brave and ballsy contestants for its upcoming series.

Just incase you’re unfamiliar, the premise is simple: one contestant has to choose a potential partner from a line up of very naked strangers who are each presented in individual pods.

Bit by bit (literally), their bodies are exposed and they are gradually whittled down based on who the chooser finds the least attractive.

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A little problematic in some senses, but the show, presented by Anna Richardson, has proven to be a huge success since its debut in 2016, and has gone on to have eight seasons.

And now, a new season is on the horizon and the producers are officially on the hunt for new contestants to bare all in the search for love (or a bit of viral fame, whatever floats your boat.)

Executive Producer, Darrell Olsen, said: “We’re excited to be back looking for a new batch of contestants! In these times I think many people are keen to find love and what better way than dating in reverse and starting off naked?”

Though it is worth noting that 1.5 million people have tuned in to watch the show in the past, so you need to be brave enough to bare all to a hefty audience.

Filming for the series is set to begin in the autumn, adhering to Covid filming guidance. Applicants also need to be eighteen years or older – for obvious reasons.

If you think you’re brave enough for the show, you can fill out an application here. Good luck! 

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Gordon, Gino and Fred are returning with a ‘big fat Greek adventure’ Road Trip special this autumn

The boys are back on possibly their biggest adventure yet

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Everyone’s favourite cooking trio are making a much-needed comeback with an epic road trip across Greece set to air this autumn. 

The unlikely pals have travelled across various parts of the globe together as a part of their hugely successful ITV show – America, France and Italy, to name a few – and have experienced many weird and wonderful customs along the way.

And now, they are set to add the beautiful country of Greece to their growing list.

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In Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, the stars will be heading out to the country’s capital city of Athens and its many stunning islands – including the largest, Crete, which is where their journey will begin.

The trio will then move on in their trademark RV to other must-see Greek locations such as Santorini, Mykonos and Meteora, breaking up the driving with jet ski racing, shipwreck diving and fresh lobster hunting along the way.

ITV announced the show as part of its autumn programming, saying: This time their RV is hitting the beautiful Greek islands and historical city of Athens, for a big fat Greek adventure, together again behind the wheel on an epic odyssey like no other.

From island hopping on a catamaran, to jet ski racing and shipwreck diving, there will be bromance and bickering in equal measure.

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Thanks to an abundance of fantastic food, including the freshest lobster, chefs Gordon and Gino will be looking to prove that Greece’s culinary credentials are up there with the very best of Europe.

The guys will begin their adventure in Crete, Greece’s largest island, before navigating their way to stunning Santorini, making their way to the party island of Mykonos and finishing their trip in the Greek capital Athens and the monasteries of Meteora.

Travelling together in the birthplace of civilisation, what could possibly go wrong?”

An official air date is yet to be announced. 

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