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Minister walks out on Piers Morgan interview about UK death toll

This was awkward…

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Thérèse Coffey terminated a Zoom interview with GMB leaving Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid shocked.

The work and pensions secretary walked out of the television interview on Monday branding it ‘insulting’.

It came after the minister was in a back and forth with presenter Piers Morgan over the UK’s high coronavirus death toll.

Coffey told the presenter that the UK’s awful Covid-19 death rate was due to the country’s obesity problem and ageing population. Firstly Piers thanked the MP for finally pointing out some reasons why. 

He said: “None of your colleagues last week could give us any! You’ve given us two now – ageing population and obesity.

“So are you saying that the reason for us having the worst death rate in the world is because of the public? We’re too old and we’re too fat?”

When Piers suggested this, the minister replied: “I think that’s a very insulting thing that you’ve just said.”

“I’m conscious that there are a variety of factors that would have sadly led to being ill during this time, sadly that translating into deaths.

“I’m very conscious that this is a very serious impact that our prime minister was in hospital, in intensive care himself last April. I am conscious that we want to have a wrap-around response from people”

When Piers interjected with: “What did you find insulting, out of interest? What did you find insulting?”

She replied: “I also have to point out that you started this interview late. Unfortunately, I have to go to other broadcasters as well, and I wish we had more time.”

But Piers was quick to point out the government have had plenty of time while they were boycotting the programme.

The presenter responded: “I haven’t interviewed you since May, so you can come back any time.

“It was you that boycotted the programme. Please don’t play the ‘we haven’t given you enough time’ card, because we gave you eight months and you didn’t turn up.”

But Coffey had had enough of the interview, reaching to turn her camera off, her last words to Piers and Susanna were: “I’m sorry Piers, I’m going to have to go to another broadcasters. Piers, I’m sorry but I’m going to have to go. You’ve already had 20 minutes of my time, I appreciate your time as well.” 

As the screen switched off Piers fumed: She throws out two reasons why we have the worst death toll in the world, apparently – we have an ageing population – so we’re too old, and we have an obesity problem – we’re too fat.

“When I said, ‘So it’s the public’s fault, is it? We’re too fat and it’s nothing to do with the government.’ I was the one insulting?!”

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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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