Irish jump racing season comes to an end as HRI announce Fairyhouse and Punchestown Festivals both canned

THE remainder of the Irish jump season has been canned, the HRI have announced.

It means that both the Punchestown and Fairyhouse spring festivals have been lost but there are plans for the Irish Grand National to be run early next season.

The Government in Ireland last month announced the cancellation of all sporting events due to the coronavirus outbreak, including those behind closed doors, until at least April 19. A number of meetings had taken place behind closed doors in Ireland up until then.

At a meeting of the HRI board on Wednesday, a strategy was discussed that would allow Irish racing to return as quickly as possible once it is appropriate to do so and within Government guidelines.

The board said it recognised that, at least initially, racing would restart on the Flat and most likely behind closed doors, with adherence to strict social distancing protocols as were successfully operated at 10 race fixtures in March.

Nicky Hartery, chairman of HRI, said: "We have stressed throughout that Government and HSE guidelines around fighting Covid-19 must come first and racing will only be able to resume when the Government guidelines permit and when there is adequate medical cover in place to ensure that race meetings can be staged safely. No-one can predict when this point will be reached.

"What the Board agreed today was a plan to get back racing once those guidelines allow."

A statement said a staggered resumption strategy for racing would be planned, initially seeing a programme of solely Flat fixtures for one month to prioritise the portion of the horse population which most require the resumption of racecourse action, while also minimising potential requirement for medical support.

An enhanced National Hunt programme from October to December 2020 will be revealed later this year and it is intended to include in that programme the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Grand National.

Punchestown chief executive Conor O'Neill said: "It's very disappointing that the festival won't take place this year, but with the current circumstances the safety and well-being of staff, clients and participants is paramount.

"Obviously that was the key focus in the decision-making process.

"In light of circumstances, while it's very disappointing for all concerned, I do think it is the right decision and we all look forward to better days ahead when we get through this current crisis."

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What Colton Underwood *Really* Thought Of Hannah B.’s Infamous ‘Bachelor’ Toast

There were many viral moments during Colton Underwood’s season of The Bachelor. But one of the most memorable ones is undoubtedly when Hannah B. made her now-infamous "Roll Tide" toast. And in Underwood’s new memoir, The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV, he finally dishes on what he was actually thinking on the date.

After appearing on the 14th season of The Bachelorette as one of Becca Kufrin’s suitors, Underwood starred in the 23rd season of The Bachelor, where he met his current partner, Bachelor winner Cassie Randolph. But before he settled down with Randolph, he went on dates with a wide array of his suitors — including former Miss Alabama USA Hannah Brown.

During the date, Underwood asked Brown to make a toast, causing her to grow flustered and say, "Roll Tide." (The trademarked slogan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.) When Brown later went on to star in season 15 of The Bachelorette, her suitors greeted her with many, many "Roll Tides."

Find out what Underwood thought of Hannah B.’s "Roll Tide" toast in this excerpt from his new memoir, The First Time:

Excerpt from The First Time, exclusive to Bustle

Episode 2 — What No One Saw

Colton’s Angels

The following afternoon I met with my producers. The team — Nancy, Eileen, and Penny. Or, as I nicknamed them, Colton’s Angels. They were my pillars throughout the season: guiding and supporting me when I needed it and offering assistance even when I thought I had things under control. What I learned? I never had things under control. And never ignore a well-meaning woman’s advice.

These three women were a formidable, impressive group whose talents complimented each other. Nancy was mission-oriented. Eileen was my free-spirited sister who would be able to open me up in an interview like no one else. And Penny was a sparkplug of a human being, all spirit and emotion, who just loved love.

I was eager to sit down with them and recap that first rose ceremony. I felt like the host of a big party; I wanted to hear it went well. They were pleased. We gossiped about the previous night and talked about all the girls, who were at that moment moving into the mansion. They reviewed the schedule for the rest of the week, which was crazy busy and included my first one-on-one date with Hannah B. That put a smile on my face.

I was less enthusiastic about the first group date: a trip to the theater where husband-and-wife actors Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman would headline a night of telling stories about our “firsts.” Each person could define for themselves what so-called first time in their life they wanted to talk about, though I knew what it meant for me.

Nancy saw me roll my eyes. The point, she said, was for me to address what she referred to as “the elephant in the room.”

“I have to think that elephant is pretty tired by now,” I said.

I heard Chris in my head: pick your battles. Grumpy but ultimately agreeable, I did my part the next day at the theater. Megan and Nick warmed up the audience with some risqué stories about their own first sexual experiences. I stuck to the “First Comes Love” theme of the show by recalling the time I stood up in front of a squad of San Diego Charger linebackers and revealed I was a virgin. Ay-yai-yai, I was glad that was done.

I’m Sorry, I Suck at This

Hannah and I climbed into a battered old Jeep eager to get to know each other on the forty-five-minute drive to Vasquez Rocks in the mountains north of LA. Excited about this first one-on-one date, we were mic’d and seated in front of a GoPro camera positioned to capture us getting to know each other. I kept glancing at her, hoping to see if she was enjoying herself. I was nervous. I think she was, too. Was this what I missed out on in high school by not dating?

We saved most of our conversation until we were at Vasquez Rocks, which was tough considering how eager both of us were to ask questions and share details about our lives. But then it was game on. It was Hannah’s birthday, and I wanted her to have a good time. She made me feel good by saying the date was a great present. We rode horses through the dramatic desert scenery until we arrived at a strategically placed hot tub, which was a perfect setup for a very happy birthday celebration.

After changing into swimsuits, we got in the hot tub and opened a bottle of champagne that was chilled and waiting for us. Both of us were smiling, getting into the vibe. I went through the process of forgetting I was on a TV show; as far as I was concerned, it was just me and Hannah, surrounded by bubbles and ready to sip glasses full of stars. Everything was perfect — that is, until I suggested she make a toast. I saw her eyes fill with fear. I knew what was happening to her. Her mind went blank. She lost it. The poor thing froze.

“I’m sorry, I suck at this,” she said.

I felt bad for her. I tried to help.

“Don’t look at the cameras,” I advised. “Just talk to me.”

I understood what was going on with her. From the beginning of our date, Hannah was more concerned with how she looked on camera — her hair, the light, the camera angles, the sound — than anything else. She paid attention to every little detail except the most important one: enjoying herself. To succeed on this show, you had to ignore everything around you: the cameras, the producers, the sound people running wires down your back or inside your pants, the competition, and the show itself. Hannah did the opposite, and she was overwhelmed by all of it, until she was paralyzed.

“Take a moment,” her producer said.

I wished she would’ve stayed in the moment, too. As a way of getting herself together, though, she fell back on questions she’d prepared earlier. She asked about my decision to remain a virgin and followed that with one about my relationship with Aly.

“I know you used to date Aly Raisman,” she said. “Why don’t you ever talk about that relationship?”

She had done her homework, and I suppose there would’ve been nothing wrong with that question if we’d known each other better and didn’t have cameras pointed at us. But our situation wasn’t either of those and she saw my face curdle in the wake of her query. I explained that the producers and I had agreed to keep mention of her off-limits.

“Got it,” she said.

I liked Hannah, but in my first ITM assessment I said she needed to loosen up. We were scheduled to have dinner later that night aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, and I urged the producers to encourage her to talk to me instead of the people behind the camera. She needed some friendly coaching, which apparently she received. In a beauty pageant, you’re modeling; on The Bachelor, you have to be yourself. To her credit, Hannah pulled herself together for the dinner portion of the date and was a thoroughly enjoyable companion — clever, inquisitive, bright, beautiful, and totally deserving of the rose she received.

Cassie Wants to Talk to You About Something

For the week’s second group date, twelve girls were divided into two teams for a day of games and competitions. The winning team got an overnight with me. Comedian Billy Eichner was called in to provide the commentary. This activity was more my speed than a night of embarrassing confessions at the theater. During a break in the action, one of my producers walked over to me with a second producer. He worked with Cassie, the blond from Huntington Beach. She wanted to pull me for a private conversation, he said.

I asked if everything was okay. Neither producer commented one way or the other.

“Have the conversation,” my producer said.

Soon Cassie and I were walking to a bench where we could talk by ourselves. I liked her confidence. She looked me in the eye and said she was concerned about the impression she made — or didn’t make — when we talked at the cocktail party the first night. “I felt a little off and I want to let you know I’m normally pretty outgoing,” she said. “But sometimes I struggle. And with that whole situation and everything being new and unfamiliar, I felt like I was awkward and I don’t want you to think I’m awkward. So I just wanted to clear the air.”

I assured Cassie that nothing about her or our conversation that night had been awkward. “Good,” she said, without offering anything else but leaving the door open for me to keep the conversation going if I wanted, which I very much did.

I was delighted to get to know her and see that she grew more comfortable as we talked. She’d played soccer and volleyball in high school. She’d attended Biola University, a Christian school about an hour from her home. She liked board games. With a tiny bit of embarrassment, she said that she’d watched Becca’s season of The Bachelorette and her friends and family were a little obsessed with me.

“That’s why I started blushing halfway through our introduction,” she said.

“You did?” I said.

“Yeah, I was thinking, I could like this guy.” She smiled.

I wanted to kiss her right then, but she was pulled away before I could muster the courage. It was probably for the better. Good things shouldn’t be rushed, right?

I kept my eye on her the rest of the afternoon as the girls were divided into red and yellow teams and competed in various events, including a canoe race and tug-of-war that ultimately decided who won the overnight with me. The red team, which happened to have all my favorites, emerged victorious. It gave me more time with Cassie, who, it turned out, had a first kiss on her mind, too.

Later that night, as we sat around the campfire, she orchestrated an egg-and-spoon game for just the two of us. She planned to drop the spoon from her mouth as she passed the egg from her spoon to mine and kiss me. The idea was as cute as her. But I screwed it up. When she turned around after getting the egg and spoons, I was standing right behind her and… I’ll just say we will never have to wonder which came first, the kiss or the egg.

A Word About Kissing Lots of Girls

This may shock you, but I was fine with it. I was aware that on The Bachelorette, I was kind of skeeved out on group dates with Becca when I was the second, third, or fourth guy kissing her. Now, standing on the other side, I had no such qualms. Was I guilty of a double standard? Yes. Was I apologetic? No. But I was sensitive when Heather, at that night’s campfire, informed me that she was not only a virgin but she’d never kissed a boy. She received the group-date rose for her courage and honesty, and both of us knew that down the road, when the time was right, we’d wade into virgin territory and kiss.

Demi Scared Me

I had no idea the cocktail party would be the equivalent of a bartender calling, “Last round.” I saw Demi coming toward me wearing a white terry-cloth bathrobe with God only knew what was — or wasn’t — underneath it. I tried to hide my unease with her behavior as she tore me away from Tracy Shapoff and took me upstairs to her so-called fantasy closet for a private massage. She intimidated me. When I met girls like her in high school and college, I ran in the opposite direction. She forced me out of my comfort zone. Such things would’ve never happened to the Bachelorette. She had to always be in control. A different standard was applied to me. I wasn’t aware of people commenting on this, if they did. I had a cherry popped in my face. I was propositioned. In the end, I suppose it was my call, and I was okay with it. I trusted my producer angels to never let things go too far or to hear me if I said I was too uncomfortable.

We Have a Problem

In a meeting with my producers mid-week, Nancy intimated that someone in the house was stirring up trouble. They were keeping an eye on her, they said. I’d heard rumors about conflict between Caelynn and Hannah B. I knew some of the girls with pageant backgrounds had speculated they weren’t BFFs anymore, but whatever additional details were floating around had escaped my ears, and I was assured that neither of them was the problem anyway.

With my concerns alleviated, I left the behind-the-scenes kerfuffle to production and went to the cocktail party. Demi came down in a bathrobe and gave me a massage in a closet, which had the opposite effect of relaxing me. I think there were more sex jokes cracked in the room that night than bottles of white wine. Onyeka blasted an air horn and declared she was horny. Then Sydney came into the room pounding a spoon on a pot. Was that a joke about banging? My head was spinning from all the clamor that night.

The four girls who came up short in the next rose ceremony were Annie Reardon, Alex Blumberg, Erika McNutt, and Angelique Sherman.

Afterward, in my hotel room, I sat up questioning myself: I saw the possibility that at the end of this I could definitely fall in love and even lose my virginity, but I wondered if Entertainment Weekly’s Kristen Baldwin might have been right: Would I be making decisions due to the pressure of being on a TV show and wanting to please people, or because the emotions I felt were genuine? How would I know for sure? I had a lot to figure out on my own.

But few secrets stayed secret for very long on The Bachelor. If there was a rumor, trouble, an argument, an outburst, or hurt feelings, it got out and traveled fast.

You can also listen to this exclusive excerpt, here.

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Andrea Bocelli Blows TV Viewers Away With Soaring Work From Home Performance

Andrea Bocelli is doing his part to ease the strain as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary Italian opera singer brought his soaring notes to the homes of Americans watching “HomeFest,” James Corden’s star-filled “Late Late Show” special on Monday night. He joined the show via video from Tuscany, which, like the rest of Italy, has been locked down for three weeks, and will continue to be until at least Easter.

Bocelli, like many people around the world, is working from home during the pandemic. Unlike most others, though, working from home for the singer apparently entails a step up from pajamas or sweats.

Bocelli’s advice is to try and stay positive, and remember to “have hope and to be sure that soon everything will be finished.”

The “HomeFest” special featured performances from Bocelli, as well as John Legend, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa. Corden hosted from his garage.

Corden teased that each artist would give the “most intimate performances of their lives, from home.” He signed off the night with an emotional message about the pandemic, reminding viewers to “share in these feelings together” through music and with loved ones.

As “The Late Late Show” put it, watch Bocelli’s performance of Con Te Partirò to “feel things in your soul you’ve never felt before.”

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Coronavirus: The key step you should take after hand washing to prevent COVID-19

NHS GP Dr Gero Baiarda is one of the hundreds of GPs currently on-call at GPDQ, the UK’s leading GP-on-demand service. Dr Baiarda dispels some of the biggest myths regarding the deadly COVID-19, including information on hand washing, moisturising, cleaning the house and how exactly the virus is spread.


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Myth 1 People are most contagious before they even know they have the virus

Dr Baiarda said: “This is untrue.

“Infected cells are invaded and destroyed by the virus, allowing millions of new viruses to burst forth and be shed on surfaces or passed to other people.

“Spread is most effective, therefore, in coughed droplets. Patients who are asymptomatic can, however, pass on the virus as soon as they are infected.


Myth 2 The virus is a living organism that we can kill

“It is not alive. It is a protein chain of RNA within a protective layer of fat.

“Since the virus is a protein super molecule rather than a living organism, you cannot kill it.

“It will, however, decay spontaneously given enough time. The time it takes to break down depends on the environment temperature, humidity and type of material upon which it settles,” said Dr Baiarda.

Myth 3 SARS-COV-2 is a hardy virus

Dr Baiarda said: “It isn’t. SARS-COV-2 is surprisingly fragile. The only protection it has is a thin outer layer of lipid or fat.

“That is why any soap or detergent will destroy it – even washing up liquid works well. By dissolving the external lipid layer of the virus, the virus is rendered completely inert and unable to penetrate human cells. Hence why washing hands often with soap and water is so important.”


Myth 4 If the delivery drivers wear gloves, they won’t spread it

Dr Baiarda answered: “This is wrong. Every item that a gloved hand touches can be contaminated.

“According to a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine, the virus can live up to eight hours on cardboard.

“To stay safe, the best advice is not to touch the parcel until ideally the following day.”

Myth 5 The virus can’t be passed on by food

“It can be transferred easily. If someone who has the virus on their hands touches food, it is very likely to become contaminated for many hours.

“To denature and inactivate the virus, food should either be washed or cooked at 65 degrees Celsius at least for four minutes or more,” said Dr Baiarda.


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Myth 6 Alcohol-based sanitizer with a 60 percent alcohol concentration is as effective as washing your hands in soap and water

Dr Baiarda added: “This is wrong. Squirting a little bit of alcohol gel on your palms and rubbing them together is not effective.

“You need to cover the entire surface of both hands including fingers and thumbs, but this should be done only after the hands are free of any residues – such as after sneezing.

“The small nozzle on bottles of sanitizer are part of the problem, as people assume a small amount is ample.”

Myth 7 Drinking alcohol will prevent people getting the virus

“This is not true. The only alcohol that will help to prevent the spread of the virus is that in hand sanitizers.

“This is only for external use and even then, it is only effective if it has a concentration of 60 percent or above, if you use enough and in the right way,” answered Dr Baiarda.

Myth 8 Moisturising hands after washing reduces cleanliness

“Incorrect. Moisturising the skin is very important. The virus can lodge itself in damaged skin on your hands cracked by repeated washing, so its important to try to avoid this.

“Keeping fingernails short will reduce the risk of sheltering and passing on the virus too, “said Dr Baiarda.

Myth 9 Washing hands isn’t as important when self-isolating, as you’re all virus-free

Dr Baiarda said: “Wrong. If there are any external items entering your home, hand washing remains important. Every time you wash your hands you will break the chain of infection.

“If in doubt, give them a wash. Do this for at least 20 seconds with warm, soapy water and if you have paper towels that you can throw away, this is better than using a communal towel. If using towels, dedicate one to each person in the house, keep them separate and wash them daily.

Myth 10 Vinegar is good for keeping bathrooms and kitchens free of the virus

“Incorrect. Vinegar will not work against the virus and is not advised. The cleaning of bathrooms, kitchens and surfaces is still best carried out with hot water from the tap and a surface detergent as you have always done.

“If you have a case of the virus in your house and want to disinfect common areas, you can use a dilution of household bleach or hydrogen peroxide – this is a mild antiseptic,” answered Dr Baiarda.

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Watch Jose Mourinho lead Tottenham virtual training session on exercise bike as stars self-isolate due to coronavirus – The Sun

JOSE MOURINHO joined in with a virtual training session as his Tottenham players continue to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The fate of the Premier League and other major divisions remains up in the air as the deadly COVID-19 bug continues to sweep the globe.

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With the UK on lockdown and ordered to social distance by remaining indoors for all but essential travel, sports stars are having to find makeshift ways of staying in shape.

Romelu Lukaku recently revealed Inter Milan delivered exercise bikes to all players who did not have one in a bid to keep them fit.

And Spurs appear to have the same idea, as they shared a video online of their players being put through their paces with sharp sprinting and squatting drills.

Manager Mourinho is seen keeping up on an exercise bike and having a stretch out.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard – who has recorded two wins over his former manager Mourinho – admitted during this uncertain time it is hard to push and motivate his players.

He told Chelsea: "It is very difficult at the moment because we have got nothing concrete in front of us.

"We have seen that things can change very quickly, so we can only go by the dates we have been given but daily or probably weekly we are looking at it saying, 'Well, how do we train? What does it look like?'

"The last thing I want to do when the players are in this position is to try and push and push and push [them] for no reason.

"Motivation can be slightly put to the side.

"I think the motivation at the moment for everyone is how their families are, how their relatives are, how we all see the outside world, and sometimes the realisation probably that there are things which are a lot more important than football."

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Coronavirus warning – patient explains the ‘popping’ pain in your ear you shouldn’t ignore

Coronavirus is an infectious disease which has been confirmed in almost 900,000 individuals across the world. Cases are continuing to rise in the UK, and the government has urged the public to stay at home, to avoid becoming infected or spreading the virus further.

One of the first Brit’s to be infected with coronavirus has explained how COVID-19 made his eardrums feel like they were about to “pop”.

Connor Reed, 25, was living in Wuhan, China, when he contracted the virus in November last year.

He revealed that for a number of days, he thought he simply had a cold, before his symptoms took a nasty turn for the worse.

Reed revealed that his sinuses were particularly causing him problems during the middle of his infection.

On Day 22 of the coronavirus, he said: “My sinuses are agony, and my eardrums feel ready to pop.

“I know I shouldn’t but I’m massaging my inner ear with cotton buds, trying to take the pain away.”

Earache isn’t a common sign of coronavirus, but it’s still worth looking out for.

But, Reed did show some of the more classic COVID-19 symptoms, including a high fever and a dry cough.

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The cough came first, and Reed explained that it felt like a cold had run down into his chest.

He had a “hacking cough”, despite his throat feeling like it was constricting.

A couple of days later, he started to develop a fever, and his bones felt like they were aching.

After he struggled to catch his breath, he knew that he had something worse than the average flu.


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Reed wrote a diary of his symptoms from the very first day, lasting more than three weeks, which was published in the Daily Mail.

After a week, Reed wrote: “I spoke too soon. I feel dreadful. This is no longer just a cold. I ache all over, my head is thumping, my eyes are burning, my throat is constricted. The cold has travelled down to my chest and I have a hacking cough.”

Five days later, he added: “Just as I thought the flu was getting better, it has come back with a vengeance. My breathing is laboured. Just getting up and going to the bathroom leaves me panting and exhausted. I’m sweating, burning up, dizzy and shivering. The television is on but I can’t make sense of it. This is a nightmare.

“I feel like I am suffocating. I have never been this ill in my life. I can’t take more than sips of air and, when I breathe out, my lungs sound like a paper bag being crumpled up. This isn’t right. I need to see a doctor.”


  • Coronavirus warning – the feeling in your nose that could be a sign

Almost 30,000 people in the UK have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the latest government figures.

Of the 29,474 confirmed cases, 2,352 people have died from the infection.

Everyone has been told to remain at home to avoid spreading the infection.

You should only leave your home to go food or medicine shopping, for medical help, traveling to and from work – where absolutely necessary – and for one form of exercise every day.

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Kenzie! Oskar! Maddox! See Which Celeb Babies Celebrate Their Birthdays in March

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Eric and Jessie James Decker’s son Forrest Bradley turned 2 on March 31.

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Phish to Debut New Album 'Sigma Oasis' During April 1st Livestream

It’s not Trey Anastasio’s quarantine album, but Phish will debut their new LP Sigma Oasis during a livestream on April 1st; although the jam band is known for their prankster ways, this does not appear to be an April Fools’ hoax.

The impending arrival of Sigma Oasis was revealed Tuesday during the band’s now-daily Dinner and a Movie: An Archival Video Series, which Phish kicked off in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak to encourage fans to stay home. 

The album’s title comes from a song that Trey Anastasio debuted during a solo concert in 2018, Jambase reports, adding that keyboardist Page McConnell said the album was completed “just last week.”

Sigma Oasis, Phish’s first studio album since 2016’s Big Boat, was recorded at Anastasio’s Vermont barn in late 2019. “To have this mountaintop barn where we can go and have the idea that playing together is best and get in there and do that in a little weird way, it makes it like a show vibe because the chemistry happens,” bassist Mike Gordon said Tuesday during the livestream.

The album will debut at 9 p.m. EST on Phish’s Dinner and a Movie stream as well as the group’s Sirius XM channel and official website.

Currently, Phish is set to embark on a North American summer tour starting July 14th, but that trek’s status — like the entire touring industry — remains in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The 'Married At First Sight' Couples Don't Get Paid Much, An Inside Source Reveals

  • The Married At First Sight cast receive a stipend for being the show, but it’s not much.
  • According to MAFS executive producer Chris Coelen, they’re paid “almost nothing.”
  • A previous contestant said the couples have to cover their own living expenses, too.

People have plenty of different reasons for going on hit reality TV show Married at First Sight, although they probably won’t publicly admit to them all. Of course, there’s totally the possibility that they ~actually~ want to fall in love, maybe they (also) want to become famous or jump start their career as an Instagram influencer. Or maybe they just want to make some decent money.

But that raises a huge question: Does the Married at First Sight cast actually get paid?

Because, ya know, getting hitched to a total stranger sight unseen is a lot to go through if all you get out of the experience is 15 minutes of fame and more Instagram followers.

Turns out, yeah, the MAFS cast does get paid, but it’s not a ton. “They receive a stipend—essentially a per diem since we often film 50 to 60 hours a week with them,” a source close to the show told Women’s Health.

Each couple makes “almost nothing” from the show.

As for what that stipend entails, MAFS executive producer Chris Coelen told Reality Blurred that the couples are only given a “nothing stipend,” adding, “We did not want people who were motivated by the wrong things.” (Okay, that’s fair.)

But Coelen later talked to The Wrap and clarified that participants are paid something, it’s just “almost nothing.”

However, someone who identified themselves as a production assistant who worked on the second season of MAFS shared on an online message board that the couples are actually paid $1,500 per episode. The sourcing here is pretty weak, but $1,500 a pop is definitely not “almost nothing.”

The cast has to cover their own living expenses, too.

Previous contestants have said otherwise, though. “You get $150 for the day, that’s it,” season five MAFS star Nassar Sultan said on Australian TV show Now to Love, per MSN. “But on top of that, you have to pay expenses—your living expenses with the woman that you marry.”

“It’s not $150 clear. You still have to pay rent if you’re renting…and it’s 12 hour filming days,” Nassar added.

That was pretty tough to live on, he said. “None of our groceries were covered,” he explained. “They filmed us going shopping, and we had to shop at the same grocery store—which was really expensive, but it was out of our own money.” His fiancé, Gabrielle Bartlett, “would sometimes spend up to $70 a day on just living, so we didn’t have much left after that,” he said.

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Larry David Is Ticked Off At Coronavirus Idiots. ‘You Know Who You Are.’

Larry David has a message for all the “idiots” out there: Stay inside. 

The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star on Tuesday joined the parade of celebrities recording PSAs urging people to keep home to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are,” he said, referring to people still going out despite the warnings and shelter-in-place orders. 

“You’re hurting old people like me,” he said. “Well, not me, I have nothing to do with you. I’ll never see you. But, you know, other — let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives. Who the hell knows.”

The “Seinfeld” co-creator told people they’re missing out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sit home and watch TV:

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