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How Chrissy Metz really feels about her weight-loss contract

Chrissy Metz has struggled with her weight her whole life, admitting to The Hollywood Reporter that she was “born chubby.” The actress even joined Weight Watchers at the age of 11. However, her difficulties with her weight led her to develop a real kinship with her most-famous character, Kate from This Is Us, whose weight-loss journey series creator Dan Fogelman modeled after his own sister’s.

But before This Is Us, Metz experienced a wake-up call on her 30th birthday that inspired her to get serious about being healthy, as noted by Marie Claire. She later landed a role in American Horror Story and, interestingly enough, had to wear a fat suit because she wasn’t big enough for the role. It’s been a challenging road for Metz, but she has finally reached her happy place and she refuses to let anybody else take the credit for it. 

Chrissy Metz was happy to sign a weight-loss contract

One element to Metz’s story that has consistently gained traction relates to the so-called weight-loss contract Metz signed to appear on This Is Us. When the show began, Metz openly told TVLine that she was happy to sign it. She shared, “Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”

She later explained to Harper’s Bazaar that it’s not as strict as the word “contract” suggests because there were no real stipulations about how much weight she has to lose or when she needs to lose it by. Fogelman himself confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter, “We have a general long-term plan that we’ve all talked about, and we will adjust the plan as needed.”

On their progress thus far, the series creator further clarified that he and Metz discuss the plan for Kate as well as Metz’s own goals about once every year.

Losing weight and getting healthy is Chrissy Metz's personal choice

Metz doesn’t see the weight-loss clause as a negative because she relates so personally to Kate. As she explained to TVLine, losing weight was a key part of “the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself.” Likewise, Metz made it very clear that her weight loss is ultimately her choice, saying, “Whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren’t attractive.”  

In 2017, she told Marie Claire that she has no idea how much she weighs nowadays, and the This Is Us star further clarified with People in 2018 that her weight-loss efforts are entirely up to her.

At the 2019 Power Women Summit, as Us Weekly reported, Metz advised, “I think it’s important for every individual to determine what makes them happy and how to get to that.”

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Courtney Stodden Feels 'Happier Than Ever' in an Itty-Bitty Black Bikini

Getting personal! On Thursday, March 19, 25-year-old media personality Courtney Stodden opened up about her struggle with her weight and how far she’s come in her mental health journey.

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“When I came to Hollywood I was under 95. Sickly thin,” the Couples Therapy alum captioned the Instagram post. “Now I’m well over 100 and feel happier than ever ❤️ embrace your healthy self in quarantine 🤟🏻 #bodypositive #quarantine.”

In the pic, Stodden posed in her living room leaving little to the imagination in a tiny black bikini. She wore her hair up in a bun and perched her black sunglasses right above her hairline. In the background, fans get a glimpse of her adorable dog.

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Stodden is among many of the celebrities and normal people alike who are currently social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears as though she’s using social media as a way to engage with fans and show some self-love.

Fans supported the reality TV star’s body-positive post. “I love following your life journey. Keep up the great work. Beautiful inside and out,” a follower wrote. Another said, “You look beautiful, love you ❤️.”

Four days prior, Stodden posed for yet another at-home photoshoot debuting a short hairstyle while wearing sexy black lingerie.

She captioned the photo series, “All this stress and now I’m divorced. Nothing like new hair to mend the soul right ladies? #newhair.”

Stodden finalized her divorce from Lost star Doug Hutchison in January, three years after they ended their relationship.

On January 20, the former Celebrity Big Brother competitor tweeted, “I’m officially divorced today 🦋.”

The “Milestone Bikini” singer married Hutchinson when she was 16 and he was 50.

On March 3, Stodden posted a photo with Hutchinson realizing that their divorce is “for the better.”

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In the lengthy caption, she wrote, “I’ll always be angry. You’ve left me — a child-woman, feeling belittled and confused. These things I shall overcome. I wish you well. But please don’t ever do this to another minor again.”

She continued, “It’s not right… even if the parent signs off. Wait a respectable amount of time before marrying. Children aren’t on your level. I’ll always love you regardless. Be better. As shall I.”

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How Peter Weber’s family feels about his choice

The Bachelor finale was even messier than we thought it would be. First, Madison self-eliminated. Then, Peter Weber proposed to Hannah Ann Sluss, without bothering to tell her that he still had some pretty deep feelings for Madison Prewett. Peter’s family was ecstatic that Peter had chosen Hannah Ann, but their celebration was short-lived as it wasn’t long before the engagement fell apart thanks to Peter’s conflicting emotions.

Peter and Madison admitted that they still love each other and, during the After the Final Rose special, seemed like they were committed to making their relationship work. While that’s good news for the happy couple, where exactly does that leave Peter’s family, who was so happy to accept Hannah Ann? Are they as welcoming of Peter’s relationship with Madison?

Peter Weber's mom is not on board with Madison Prewett dating her son

The short answer is no. Peter’s mom, Barbara, is especially distraught over her son’s decision to pursue a relationship with Madison, who she doesn’t think is a good match for her son. Barbara complained that while she felt an instant connection with Hannah Ann, Madison didn’t greet the family as warmly when they went to meet her. “She had us wait three hours for her to come in,” she said (via EW). “She didn’t want to meet us. We had just come across the world, we were exhausted… and we had to wait three hours. And when she did come in, the whole family, we didn’t get an apology from her. When I proceeded to ask her if she was madly in love with my son, she said no and she would not accept a proposal in four days.”

Barbara added that she and the rest of the family “want the best for [Peter]” and made it clear that she doesn’t think Madison qualifies as the best.

Chris Harrison said there's 'animosity' between Peter Weber's family and Madison

Barbara said that she simply doesn’t think the relationship between Peter and Madison will last. “Chris, he’s going to have to fail to succeed,” she told Bachelor host Chris Harrison on After the Final Rose. “That’s it. All his friends, all his family, everyone that knows him knows that it’s not going to work. So, we’ve been trying to help them. Would we want it to work? Yes.”

Peter’s dad wasn’t as harsh as his wife, but he did agree that Madison and Peter are two very different people who will have a lot of obstacles to overcome if their relationship stands a chance.

While Bachelor host Chris Harrison did his best to smooth things over between Madison and the Webers, the damage had already been done. “I tried to fix it,” he told Good Morning America (via E! News). “I was trying to, like, extend an olive branch and I was hopefully trying to leave on a good note and just couldn’t get there. There was animosity built up.”

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How John Mayer Really Feels About Ex Katy Perry’s Pregnancy

Seeing things in a new light. John Mayer wants nothing but positive vibes for his ex-girlfriend Katy Perry, who is expecting her first child with fiancé Orlando Bloom.

“John is happy for Katy and wishes her the best,” a source tells Us Weekly exclusively. “They don’t keep in touch that much.”

The “Waiting on the World to Change” singer, 42, and the American Idol judge, 35, dated on and off from 2012 to 2015 before she moved on with the Pirates of the Caribbean star, 43, in January 2016. The former couple’s breakup inspired Mayer’s song “Still Feel Like Your Man.”

“Who else would I be thinking about?” he told The New York Times in 2017 when asked whether the track was about Perry. “And by the way, it’s a testament to the fact that I have not dated a lot of people in the last five, six years. That was my only relationship. So it’s like, give me this, people.”

While Mayer has not been linked to anyone since the “Teenage Dream” singer, she quickly fell head over heels in love with Bloom. The actor proposed in February 2019 during a Valentine’s Day helicopter ride.

Perry announced her pregnancy on Thursday, March 5, by debuting her baby bump in her “Never Worn White” music video. She later revealed that she is due to give birth in the summer.

“I am excited. We’re excited and happy,” she gushed to fans on Instagram Live. “It’s probably the longest secret I’ve ever had to keep. I like to tell you guys everything, but I knew I would tell you in the best way, which was through a piece of music because that’s how I speak to you.”

The Grammy nominee, who hopes to have a baby girl, was previously married to comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012. Bloom, for his part, shares 9-year-old son Flynn with his ex-wife, Miranda Kerr, to whom he was married from 2010 to 2013.

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Rebel Wilson’s new show feels like a dead-end for reality TV

Trying for laughs from Pooch Perfect to Black Comedy and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, our critics have your week of TV viewing sorted.

MONDAY
Survivor All Stars
Ten, 7.30pm

Australian Survivor All Stars’ 13 remaining contestants.Credit:Nigel Wright

Normally, I am wary of anything the producers do to supposedly spice up the underlying Survivor format, but this ‘‘All Stars’’ season can now be confirmed as the best iteration the Australian arm of the franchise has yet aired.

It wasn’t always clear that the reality series – a sensation on debut in America in 2000 – was going to translate to Australia, with shonky early efforts on Nine and Seven in 2002 and 2006 respectively. But after a slow start when Ten took it up in 2016, the show has found its footing, with an initial Aussie reticence to play a cutthroat game whose motto is ‘‘Outwit, Outplay, Outlast’’ giving way to an enjoyable mix of strategic manoeuvres and physical endurance.

The All Stars remix has supercharged this, combining strong players of differing traits and letting them go at it from the very start; the first two contestants voted off were both former winners. Crucially, this is reality television that relies on the format to put players in watchable situations that might require duplicity or self-abasement – it’s never a matter of those onscreen lashing personal scorn or abject abuse to the narrative as a desperate gee-up (hello MKR).

The mix of people and personalities is diverse, with this season confirming a handful of telegenic adversaries, whether it’s veteran model David Genat, smiling personal assistant Shonee Fairfax, or recently evicted former rugby champion Mat Rogers. Australian fans of Survivor are relishing this season, but it’s also a terrific introduction to curious new viewers. Every episode so far has been smartly shaped and satisfying. –CM

TUESDAY
The Good Doctor
Seven, 9pm

The Good Doctor season 3’s Influence episode starring Freddie Highmore as Dr Shaun Murphy and his girlfriend Dr Carly Lever (Jasika Nikole).

Freddie Highmore continues to give a worthy weekly performance in this American network medical drama as Dr Shaun Murphy, the surgical resident who has autism and savant syndrome, but sometimes I worry that the writing tends to confuse the latter for the former.

The abiding social difficulties of autism are referenced from the first scene, where Shaun wakes girlfriend Carly (Jasika Nikole) and says, ‘‘I’d like to have sex’’. The starkness of his request, and the lack of comprehension as to how Carly might reply, are authentic, but Carly’s reaction is shaped by Shaun explaining how he chose the time to wake her by averaging out the length of their sexual encounters and subtracting that from the alarm time. ‘‘That’s very considerate,’’ she marvels, leaving underlying issues ignored.

The Good Doctor often strains at the limits of its concept but when it misses the mark, the failing is noticeable. That said, this episode does feature plenty of hospital-based soap and an old standard for Shaun to master: the patient whose symptoms have previously stumped every available specialist. –CM

NYT Presents: The Weekly
SBS Viceland, Tuesday, 11.10pm

NYT Presents: The Weekly follows the process by which the paper’s Editorial Board chooses one of the Democrat presidential candidates to endorse.

Unfortunately, this is an intriguing but poor episode of a fine show. This docuseries is at its best when it uses the collective insight of the New York Times newspaper to report and analyse a pressing subject. But this effort, which follows the process by which the paper’s Editorial Board chooses one of the Democrat presidential candidates to endorse, settles for anodyne insider access, simplistic reactions, and on the whole lacks genuine debate. Many hours of interviews are condensed into snippets, and perhaps the best insight is incidental: how a candidate such as Bernie Sanders enters the room. It’s mainly informative about the cloistered outlook of those who run the paper’s opinion pages. The Weekly needs to get back in the field, where it prospers. –CM

WEDNESDAY
Bull
Ten, 8.30pm

Michael Weatherly, centre, in Bull.

The first line Michael Weatherly’s titular trial consultant delivers in this stock standard new episode of the legal procedural begins with the legal whisperer saying: ‘If I may interject …’’ He could attach that to nearly everything he says, as the character’s appeal is tied to his clever interruptions, distracted reappraisals, and contrarian corrections. Bull is always right, even when he occasionally isn’t, and your tolerance of this steady American success (which some expected to be cancelled after parent network CBS sizeably settled a sexual harassment claim against Weatherly in 2019) will probably depend on how much you enjoy the triumphant eccentricity and casual wisdom of its central character. –CM

Black Comedy
ABC, 9pm

Will be missed: Black Comedy, season 4.

Every comedy sketch show alternates between hitting the target and ballooning a miss, but given the abiding mainstream structures and corrosive history that lurks behind the humour on the ABC’s half hour of Indigenous satire, the bullseyes here are particularly incisive.

Case in point, a number in this episode about an Aboriginal mother (Dalara Williams) on maternity leave visiting the advertising agency where she works, only to be presented with a gift for her baby of a golliwog. But that deeply inappropriate present isn’t the punchline, it’s the instigating moment, with the subversive humour stemming from what the supposedly progressive ad execs say to each other privately in a hurried kitchen confab. It’s an on-the-money sketch – unexpected and revelatory – for 2020, and a reminder that when this final season finishes, Black Comedy will be missed. –CM

THURSDAY
Pooch Perfect
Seven, 7.30pm

Heavy on the puns: Rebel Wilson as host of Seven’s Pooch Perfect.

In the spirit of this canine grooming series, which has encouraged host Rebel Wilson to make every pun and double entendre possible, let me get a few obvious notes out of the way: Pooch Perfect isn’t quite a dog of a show, but it’s nothing to bark at.

Trying to duplicate the rural idyll that forms the backdrop to the beloved Great British Bake-Off, Seven’s new reality production searches for the sweet spot between specialised idiosyncrasy and public curiosity. But the concept itself is problematic, with a show about competitive dog grooming naturally tending to reduce the dogs themselves to objects that are obsessively fussed over, remade and rendered as prettified tokens. It’s the dog as luxury item, and it puts aside the many qualities – including companionship and comfort – that so many dog owners deeply value.

A good reality-TV show needs to connect to something intrinsic and recognisable, no matter how intricate the gameplay, and Pooch Perfect lacks that. It’s why Wilson is always ‘‘on’’, getting a mention of ‘‘Barbecue Shapes’’ into this episode’s shaping contest before Fonzi, a scampish Labradoodle, is besieged with heart shapes and a Groodle named Owen gets a teddy bear facial cut. In the elimination challenge for the lowest-rank contenders – decided by a pair of imported judges – where the dog’s size vary, Wilson naturally drops a ‘‘does size matter?’’ reference. This feels like a dead-end for reality TV, a last exhausted gasp. A show where every dog on parade looks like it belongs to Marie Antoinette. –CM

FRIDAY
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
SBS, 8.30pm

International comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season 7, screens on SBS.

Andy Samberg’s face is one of the reliable wonders of the comedy world. Elastic, dude-ish and – sorry, Andy – slightly stupid, it’s a compelling reason behind the ongoing success of Brooklyn Nine-Nine as it enters its seventh year. Just like Samberg’s character Jake Peralta, who’s now grown up to the point he’s trying to have a baby with long-term partner Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), Brooklyn Nine-Nine has morphed into one of those reliable go-tos that doesn’t exactly upset the comedy applecart but has enough laughs at the expense of a well-developed cast of characters to keep things moving briskly. –LD

SATURDAY
My Way
Nine*, 12pm

My Way on Channel Nine: Ryan Siacci (climber).

The search for meaning is as varied as humanity itself, and while this way lies the scourge of reality television and all who journey in its name, it also includes programs as unchallenging and comforting as My Way. Anyone currently losing the challenge of getting out of bed in the morning might find their hashtag-inspo among this week’s cast of four Australians dedicated to pursuing life to the fullest. There’s a world-renowned climber who, after leaving the army, decided to climb some more; an amateur astrologist who built his own observatory in his Byron Bay backyard; a group of don’t-call-them-murfers from the Gold Coast; and a woman who started a company based on selling produce deemed too ugly to sell in shops. Chances of finding something relatable: high. –LD

Agatha Raisin
ABC, 8.20pm

Great schtick: Ashley Jensen is Agatha Raisin.

It’s tempting to imagine there was an extra ingredient in the writers’ room tea when Agatha Raisin was conceived, except for the original source material being traced back to the M.C. Beaton novels. This week, James and Agatha’s love is not running smoothly thanks to a flirtatious woman and a dead body. Suspense is to Agatha Raisin as pineapple chunks are to space travel, but fans will lap up Ashley Jensen’s schtick. –LD

SUNDAY
Compass
ABC, 6.30pm

Kumi Taguchi hosts Compass.Credit:

Fake tan, big hair and leotards. What’s not to love? The return of Compass for 2020 brings a fun look at “Physie”, a cultish female-only sport introduced to Australia way back in the depths of the Victorian age by Danish immigrant Hans-Christian Bjelke-Petersen. Officially a type of Danish eurythmics, the dynamics of Physical Culture (its official, much less fun name) has seen it chart the changing times for Australian woman over the past 120-plus years. Invented to circumvent the opposition to women engaging in sport, it has evolved to the point it looks like a weird hybrid of jazz ballet, calisthenics and the underwater scenes from an Esther Williams film. In this Compass instalment, proud Physie adherents young and old share their stories. –LD

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Scheana Shay Feels ‘Helpless’ After Her Mom’s Cousin Goes Missing

Scheana Shay asked fans for help finding her first cousin once removed Phillip Tate, who went missing from his retirement community on Tuesday, February 25.

“My mom and I are here in London right now feeling helpless,” the Vanderpump Rules star, 34, said in an Instagram Stories video on Friday, February 28. “I posted yesterday that her cousin’s been missing and he still is. We haven’t found anything. There were a couple updates the day before yesterday — a few sightings around Mission Grove and Bathurst [Road] and in, like, a Sprouts shopping center parking lot, but we still haven’t found him, so anyone in the Riverside area, please keep your eyes out.”

Tate, 67, was last seen at 5:30 p.m. at the Westmont Village assisted living facility in Riverside, California, which is located near Interstate 215 and Riverside National Cemetery. He is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, and was wearing tan khaki pants when he disappeared. Tate is diabetic and has dementia.

“He is not from the area so he will definitely be confused and disoriented,” Shay’s mother, Erika van Olphen, wrote via Instagram Stories on Thursday, February 27, explaining that Tate “was visiting his mother-in-law” at Westmont Village.

Van Olphen later announced that a missing person was filed with the Riverside Sheriff’s Department and that the California Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert. She said that local churches, homeless shelters, hospitals and parks have all been searched by authorities and loved ones.

“I will continue to report this all on here because the power of social media is SO insane,” the Bravo personality’s mom wrote. “I never know who might see this and be able to provide ANY information to help.”

In another post later on Friday, van Olphen added, “We are still searching!!! Thank you to everyone for reposting about my missing cousin Phil.. Please keep him in your prayers and let’s get him home safe!!”

Several Vanderpump Rules cast members, including Stassi Schroeder, Tom Schwartz and Lala Kent, have also reposted information about Tate’s disappearance in an effort to help locate him.

Anyone with information regarding Tate’s whereabouts is urged to call the sheriff’s Perris Station at 951-210-1000 or the sheriff’s dispatch at 951-776-1099.

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