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How much are the Gogglebox stars paid? – The Sun

GOGGLEBOX has continued to entertain Brits up and down the country, with fans praising the heart-warming interactions of stars who – like us – are tuning into some telly from their sofas in coronavirus lockdown.

Many viewers have been left confused about whether those still appearing on the programme are flouting social distancing rules. But how much are those still filming getting paid?

How much do Gogglebox stars get paid?

Gogglebox is a British reality TV series which has aired regularly on Channel 4 since 2013.

The show involves small groups of family and friends watching a wide variety of shows from the comfort of their living room while sharing their honest thoughts.

Despite the fact that it doesn't sound like too much effort, those who appear on the series are paid a fee.

Producers have never confirmed how much this is and whether it's per person, or per group.

However, The Sun exclusively revealed in 2016 that each household is paid the same monthly allowance of £1,500.

A show insider shared that the fee is then split amongst contributors at their own discretion.

What's more, they also get to tuck into a free takeaway of their choice to keep them fuelled during long filming sessions.

They have to watch 12 hours of telly a week in total – which is divided into two six-hour stints.

This allows most participants to hold down their usual full-time or part-time jobs around filming.

It seems most stars make their extra cash through deals and endorsements they strike thanks to their Gogglebox fame.

Scarlett Moffatt, who appeared on the show until 2016, revealed on I'm A Celebrity that she had paid off her parents' mortgage with her newfound fortune.

Meanwhile, Sandra Martin, who left in 2017, told the Mail On Sunday that she had been making an annual salary of £100,000 thanks to the programme.

Most of the current stars were approached by casting directors.

However, Studio Lambert producers have in the past encouraged viewers with "strong and entertaining" opinions to get in touch with them via email at [email protected]studiolambert.com.

Despite this, the show's creator Stephen Lambert previously said in 2015 of the casting process that "everybody on Gogglebox has been found and persuaded to be on the show and I think that's the key to why they are likeable and why the show works, because we get to know these people".

At the time, he noted: "We've never advertised for people on Gogglebox."

When is Gogglebox on Channel 4?

The new series of Gogglebox continues TONIGHT Friday, May 22, 2020.

You can catch series 15 of the hit show at 9pm every Friday on Channel 4.

Previous series of Gogglebox have run for 15 episodes and this is likely to be no different.

Viewers can catch up on any missed episodes on Channel 4+1 or online at All4.

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Here’s why we don’t see much of Megan Fox anymore

Megan Fox became the world’s it girl following the release of Michael Bay’s 2007 adaptation of Transformers, where she played the character Mikaela Banes. It seemed like every corner of the media couldn’t get enough of her and every outlet, especially mens’ magazines, collectively drooled over her. She was the most beautiful woman alive, totally dominating Hollywood and it seemed like her reign would last forever.

Then, strangely, Fox seemed to slide back from her shining role in the spotlight. For someone who defined sex appeal, Fox disappeared almost as quickly as she came, leaving fans wondering what happened to her. While it wasn’t one, single instance that jeopardized Fox’s relationship with Hollywood, there was a series of events that slowly chipped away at her hireability. Not only that, but some of the resistance to being in the spotlight came from Fox herself as the actress pushed back against the sexual objectification she felt from the media. Curious to hear exactly what happened? Keep reading.

Megan Fox called the Transformers director 'Hitler'

Early on in her career, Megan Fox established herself as an open book. While this is great, the downside of such openness was saying too much. In her 2009 interview with Wonderland, interviewer Marshall Heyman said that Fox “has garnered a reputation for being a loose cannon, an over the top interview subject who really speaks her mind.”

Heyman added his thoughts on Fox’s openness: “I love that. So often we get canned responses. Here’s someone who’s anything but.”

While this might be refreshing, Fox ended up saying some really scathing things about major players in Hollywood. When asked about her time on Transformers, Fox spoke about director Michael Bay and said: “God, I really wish I could go loose on this one. He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad man reputation.”

But Fox didn’t stop there and added of Bay: “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for.” Yikes!

Megan Fox ended her relationship with the Transformers' franchise

While it’s great to be honest, Megan Fox’s blunt comments about working on Transformers and her experience with director Michael Bay might have cost her a job. Fox was cut from the production of the third Transformers movie. While Bay was prepared to forgive Fox, producer Steven Spielberg wasn’t comfortable with the Hitler comments.

Bay covered all of this in a 2011 interview with GQ, saying of Fox: “She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, ‘Fire her right now.'”

However, a rep for Fox told People that it was her decision to leave Transformers 3, saying: “It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Whatever happened, Fox was definitely out of the franchise and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley took over, becoming the new face of Transformers.

But comments about Fox didn’t stop. According to GQ, Ehren Kruger, who worked as a screenwriter on the Transformers series, said of Fox: “She was there for rehearsals. But she seemed like an actress who didn’t want to be a part of it. She was saying she wanted to, but she wasn’t acting like it.”

Even Shia LaBeouf, Fox’s co-star on the film, called her out on what she said about Bay: “Criticism is one thing. Then there’s public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can’t do. She started shit-talking our captain,” via GQ.

Megan Fox resists her role as sex object

While Megan Fox might have been pushed out of Hollywood for her critical comments about director Michael Bay, the actress has also been resistant to the sexist treatment she’s received.

In a 2019 interview with ET, Fox looked back on the 2009 film she was in, Jennifer’s Body, and how sexualized she was expected to be: “It wasn’t just that movie, it was everyday of my life, all the time, with every project I worked on and every producer I worked with.” Fox added: “It preceded a breaking point for me.”

Fox said this constant expectation to be sexualized led to a psychological breakdown. According to ET, Fox explained: “I didn’t want to be seen, I didn’t want to have to take a photo, do a magazine, walk a carpet, I didn’t want to be seen in public at all… so I went through a very dark moment after that.”

While this must have been really painful, Fox seems to be doing better. According to the Daily Mail, she is still happily married to her husband, Brian Austin Green and they have three sons: Bodhi, Noah, and Journey.

Thankfully, Fox has moved on and shared with ET: “I felt like I was suffering but now having a different outlook and having grown the way that I have grown, it made me a much better human being.”

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Infographic shows how much space junk countries own

Who owns the most space junk? Russia has 14,000 pieces of debris orbiting Earth – more than twice that left by the second worst offender – the US

  • A new infographic reveals which countries owns the garbage floating in space 
  • In 2018, the US had the most with 4,037 and Russia followed with 4,035
  • Now, Russia has owns more than 14,000 pieces and the US owns 8,734

Space junk is littering the final frontier and Russia has contributed more to the collection than any other country.

A new infographic reveals which countries owns the garbage floating in space and Russia is responsible for 14,403 pieces and the US comes in second with 8,734.

The compiled data shows more than 30,000 particles from satellites, rockets and other man-made devices are orbiting Earth, which is more than double what was found in orbit two years ago. 

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A new infograph reveals which countries owns the garbage floating in space – Russia is responsible for 14,403 pieces and the US comes in second with 8,734. An electronics distributor found that there are 30,000 particles from satellites, rockets and other man-made devices are orbiting Earth

Space junk left behind after missions can be as big as spent rocket stages or as small as paint flakes.

With fragments able to travel at speeds above 16,777 mph, even tiny pieces could seriously damage or destroy satellites.

Data from Space-Track.org allowed Corby-based electronic company RS Components to analyze just how many bits of debris are currently orbiting Earth and which country they belong to.

In 2018, the RC Components complied the same data and found the US had contributed the most space junk with 4,037 and Russia followed with 4,035.

Space junk left behind after missions can be as big as spent rocket stages or as small as paint flakes. With fragments able to travel at speeds above 16,777 mph, even tiny pieces could seriously damage or destroy satellites

However, in just two years, Russia moved to the top spot with 14,403 pieces.

The US is in second with 8,734, followed by China 4,688 and France with just 994.

India saw an increase with 124 more particles in the past two years, bringing its total to 517.

There are more countries on the list, such as Italy, Germany and the UK, but most have just one piece floating around in orbit.

There could be more than 128 million tiny fragments of debris in Earth orbit 

  • Rocket launches since 1957:  5450
  • Number of satellites in orbit: 8950 
  • Number still in space: 5000 
  • Number still functioning: 1950
  • Number of debris objects: 22300
  • Break-ups, explosions etc: 500 
  • Mass of objects in orbit: 8400 tonnes 
  • Prediction of the amount of debris in orbit using statistical models 
  • Over 10cm: 34 000 
  • 1cm to 10cm: 900 000 
  • 1mm to 1cm: 128 million 

Source: European Space Agency 

‘Efforts to clean up space have been underway for a number of years, but there’s still a long way to go – and, until then, it seems like Israel and Italy are the countries to follow,’ reads the report from RC Components.

‘Although they have in the past, these two countries don’t currently have any debris in orbit due to junk that has since decayed.’ ‘The UK’s efforts are significant too, with one piece of junk currently in orbit (although four that have been in orbit but since decayed), they’re one of the countries working towards an improved and cleaner space.’

As Russia has contributed the most in the past two years, the country has recently dumped 65 more pieces into orbit.

A rocket used to launch a scientific satellite into space has broken apart after nine years in orbit broke apart earlier this month and left dozens of pieces of debris around Earth.

The Fregat-SB is a type of space tug and its upper stage was left floating after it helped deliver the Spektr-R satellite in 2011, according to Roscosmos.

Spektr-R was a radio telescope launched by the Russian space agency but it stopped responding to ground control last year and was declared dead in May 2019.

Roscosmos confirmed the breakdown of the rocket happened on May 8 between 06:00 and 07:00 BST somewhere above the Indian Ocean.

The Russian space agency is studying data to find out how many parts it broke up into and where they are currently orbiting the planet.

The US18 Space Control Squadron that tracks all objects in Earth’s orbit say there are at least 65 pieces from the rocket in orbit.

US18 wrote on Twitter: ‘Confirmed that the breakup of FREGAT DEB occurred on May 8, 2020, between 0402 and 0551 UTC. Tracking 65 associated pieces – no indication caused by collision.’

WHAT IS SPACE JUNK?

There are an estimated 170 million pieces of so-called ‘space junk’ – left behind after missions that can be as big as spent rocket stages or as small as paint flakes – in orbit alongside some US$700 billion (£555bn) of space infrastructure.

But only 22,000 are tracked, and with the fragments able to travel at speeds above 16,777 mph (27,000kmh), even tiny pieces could seriously damage or destroy satellites.

However, traditional gripping methods don’t work in space, as suction cups do not function in a vacuum and temperatures are too cold for substances like tape and glue.

Grippers based around magnets are useless because most of the debris in orbit around Earth is not magnetic.

Around 500,000 pieces of human-made debris (artist’s impression) currently orbit our planet, made up of disused satellites, bits of spacecraft and spent rockets

Most proposed solutions, including debris harpoons, either require or cause forceful interaction with the debris, which could push those objects in unintended, unpredictable directions.

Scientists point to two events that have badly worsened the problem of space junk.

The first was in February 2009, when an Iridium telecoms satellite and Kosmos-2251, a Russian military satellite, accidentally collided.

The second was in January 2007, when China tested an anti-satellite weapon on an old Fengyun weather satellite.

Experts also pointed to two sites that have become worryingly cluttered.

One is low Earth orbit which is used by satnav satellites, the ISS, China’s manned missions and the Hubble telescope, among others.

The other is in geostationary orbit, and is used by communications, weather and surveillance satellites that must maintain a fixed position relative to Earth. 

 

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Here's How Much Charli D'Amelio and the Top 5 TikTok Influencers Earn Per Video

While some people are still trying to figure out what TikTok is all about, the social media app is creating stars of its own.

Music and lip syncing are the go-to forms of entertainment, and the popularity of TikTok content has spawned content creation houses, influencers, and in some cases, endorsement deals. For Charli D’Amelio and other stars on the platform, doors are opening and wealth is growing.

While YouTubers are earning more money per video, those who are raking in the dough through TikTok are doing quite well too. With millions of followers, these are the app’s top five earners and how much they make for one video.

Loren Gray

Gray still has one of the largest audiences on TikTok with 43 million followers. The 17-year-old started posting videos on musical.ly before it was bought by TikTok and has watched her audience grow. She also makes her own music that she promotes across multiple social media accounts.

During a recent interview with Refinery29,Gray said she only posts if she’s inspired to, rather than multiple videos a day,and gave an example.

I like the dance trends — those are always fun. I dance all the time even outside of TikTok, so it fits in with stuff that I like to do. And anything funny — if I hear audio that I think is funny, I’ll use it. The other day I posted one that’s from Step Brothers. I randomly got the idea because my friend and I were sitting in two twin beds in a hotel room and I was like, “Oh my god this reminds me of that one scene from Step Brothers.” I recorded it from YouTube and uploaded a video of us to TikTok. If something comes to me, then I’ll do it.

Her popular dance/lip sync videosearn her about $197,500, according to OnlineGambling.ca.

Baby Ariel

Ariel Martin—aka Baby Ariel—also uses TikTok to make dancevideos and to share her own music. She has a few songwriting credits under herbelt, but on TikTok, she’s leveraged her popularity to segue into an actingcareer. With 32 million followers, Baby Ariel has earned $151,500 per video.

Charli D’Amelio

Known around the world for her TikTok choreography, family, and dating life, 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio has a huge fan base and beat out Gray with 54 million followers. She’s been in commercials and is frequently a guest on shows such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Although she and her sister Dixie cut ties with the Hype House, her videos still earn her some coins and she’s earned $149,000 per post.

Riyaz Aly

India teen Riyaz Aly is also popular for his lip-syncing videos and fashion on the app and boasts more than 35 million followers. For him, his posts have paid up to $145,000 each per OnlineGambling.ca.

Kristen Hancher

Canada native Kristen Hancher creates beauty tutorials, fashion content, and more on social media, but her dance and lip sync videos for TikTok garnered her a top five position.

Hancher was with musical.ly before things switched over and has since expanded. Following the shift, she’s been able to grow her fan base to 23 million and earns $117,000 per video.

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This is how much it costs to interact with these celebs

For fans hoping to interact with their idols, the journey may be complicated, expensive, or ultimately disappointing. Stories abound on the Internet of celebrities who have blown off fans seeking a photo or an autograph. And while some stars go above and beyond to show love to their most devoted followers, just as many have been the subject of negative tweets or blog posts from those they’ve let down. 

Basically, paying to interact with celebrities is a gamble, but plenty of stars still host meet-and-greets for deep-pocketed fans wishing to have the experience of a lifetime. With the rise of Cameo — a platform that allows users to purchase personalized videos from celebs — many famous names have even become available for fan interactions at the simple click of a button. 

Whether online or in person, we can’t help but wonder: are these celebrity-fan meetings always worthy purchases? After all, it doesn’t always pay to meet your heroes. Let’s shine a spotlight on the stars who are willing to interact with paying fans … and the controversies that have sometimes followed. 

Ariana Grande's pricey meet-and-greets impacted her mental health

Ariana Grande’s Sweetener World Tour included a $800 package that gave fans a chance to snap a photo with the star, in addition to attending her “soundcheck dance party and Q&A session hosted by [her] dancers” and obtaining “pre-show lounge access, poster, gift and commemorative laminate,” per BBC News

However, the pressures of interacting with fans eventually caught up with pop starlet, who’d previously opened about the mental health issues she’s experienced following the May 2017 terrorist attack at her concert in Manchester, England. After canceling her Antwerp, Belgium meet-and-greet in late August 2019 due to her battle with anxiety, depression, and panic attacks (via Us Weekly), the “Thank U, Next” hitmaker decided to ax the rest of her meet-and-greets on the European leg of her tour that September. While most fans were supportive of Grande’s decision to put her health first, some ticket holders were disappointed, including one Manchester fan who claimed to the Mirror that she wasn’t fully reimbursed: “I just feel upset and let down to get the email saying not only has the meet-and-greet been canceled, they’re keeping my money.”

In response to a fan’s tweet about the cancellations, Grande tweeted out, “A. my anxiety had worsened and it was noticeable. i only want to give u the best version of myself. B. i wasn’t allowed to spend as much time as i wanted with everyone and it’s so expensive and i felt badly.”

Lady Gaga's costly fan interactions have drawn mixed reviews

During Lady Gaga’s Enigma Las Vegas residency, which kicked off in 2018, fans could pay $2,000 for a meet-and-greet with the Mother Monster herself, as well as access to “a backstage tour, pre-show reception and ‘swag bag'” (via BBC News). But unfortunately for attendees on a budget, that price didn’t actually include a ticket to the concert, which would set them back even more. That didn’t stop fans from shelling out for the packages, with photos circulating on social media from a December 2019 meet-and-greet, showing Gaga in a sleek catsuit and blue wig posing with excited attendees. 

However, Little Monsters haven’t always celebrated their interactions with the star. Enough fans were disappointed with the group meet-and-greet package for Gaga’s Joanne World Tour that a petition asking the “Stupid Love” singer to devote more time to fans during the sessions popped up on Change.org. “The only encounter with Gaga consists of a group photo (group of six) with random people and absolutely no individual photo,” the petition, which garnered almost 700 signatures, read. “This idea seems so impersonal and weird and a lot of her fans, who were expecting a serious meet and greet opportunity, are so disappointed.” 

Still, another fan confirmed on Reddit that they paid $1,500 to meet Gaga during this tour, but called the group photo with Gaga and five other fans “worth every goddamn penny.”

Britney Spears' high meet-and-greet prices have sparked controversy

Fans who attended Britney Spears’ Piece of Me Las Vegas residency and her ensuing world tour could pay to meet the pop princess backstage, but it would cost them a pretty penny: meet-and-greet prices for the long-running residency, which stretched from 2013 to 2017, were priced at the hefty sum of $2,525, according to Forbes. Woah. Meanwhile, fans seeking to meet Spears during her 2018 tour would pay nearly as much, with meet-and-greets costing between $2,100 and $2,300.

Unfortunately, controversy surrounding the prices of Spears’ meet-and-greets have been swirling for years. Back in 2014, a source cited by Radar Online claimed that participants were only allowed to spend mere seconds with the star and were prohibited from touching or hugging her “without her permission,” as well as from “[bringing] her any gifts.” Spears also allegedly seemed uncomfortable while interacting with fans, with the media outlet’s insider alleging that she reportedly “barely spoke” and “just smiled and nodded and said ‘Thank you’ a lot.”

The “Toxic” singer faced a similar backlash for her meet-and-greet prices in 2018, as disappointed potential buyers voiced their complaints on Twitter, with one disgruntled user quipping, “They should really call it the ‘Piece Of You’ Tour, since you’ll need to sell an organ to afford to go. Truly a joke.”

Justin Bieber once said meeting fans 'exhausted' him

Before Justin Bieber’s Changes tour was postponed in 2020, the dates included a meet-and-greet package for $1,549, according to Pop Crush. While not everyone is a fan of the Biebs, the “Sorry” hitmaker has had a spotty history even among the most devoted Beliebers during previous fan interactions.

In 2016, the star’s meet-and-greets during his Purpose World Tour went viral for all the wrong reasons. Bieber’s fans were given the option to pay a whopping $2,000 to meet their idol at the time, but shortly after the tour kicked off that March, he was criticized for looking “bored” in the photos he took with adoring fans who had purchased the meet-and-greets. 

Several weeks later, we found out why when Bieber announced that he would be canceling all future meet-and-greets for the tour, writing on Instagram that the fan experiences left him “feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted to the point of depression.” He added, “The pressure of meeting people’s expectations of what I’m supposed to be is so much for me to handle and a lot on my shoulders.” Meanwhile, his team cited that a “security incident” had in part led to the decision in a statement to Billboard. Whatever the reason — or price — we’d hope even Bieber’s most disappointed fans were glad to see him putting his health and safety first.

Shawn Mendes has dodged questions while interacting with fans

Meet-and-greet prices for Shawn Mendes’ self-titled 2018 tour ranged from $450 to $550 – and considering these packages didn’t include actual tickets, some fans took to Twitter to vent about the steep price tag. At the time, the “In My Blood” singer-songwriter reportedly responded to one of his disappointed fans in a direct message. Allegedly writing that it was “so upsetting” to see the negative buzz, Mendes supposedly encouraged his concert attendees to “just come see me at my hotel and I’ll take 10 photos for free … I just want you guys to be happy.”

Ah, crisis averted. Well, sort of. Unfortunately, Mendes landed himself in hot water once again during the Q&A portion of a July 2019 meet-and-greet session with fans ahead of a concert in Tampa, Fla. According to Yahoo! Life, things got uncomfortable when an attendee asked the musician about the inspiration behind “Senorita,” his hit song that happens to feature Camila Cabello, a.k.a. his then-rumored girlfriend. But rather than speak about the song or Cabello, Mendes simply said, “I love you guys, have a great night!” and promptly walked off stage … sparking swift social media backlash over seemingly cutting his pricey time with fans short. 

For his part, Mendes later apologized in a since-deleted tweet, writing that he meant his stage exit to be a “[lighthearted,] funny goodbye” following the last question, but was “sorry if that upset anyone.”

Miley Cyrus' fearless fan interactions cost a pretty penny

Miley Cyrus didn’t tour as much as she used to in the later part of the 2010s, but she made her Bangerz World Tour count in 2014 by making bank through her meet-and-greets. Per Business Insider, Cyrus charged attendees $1,000 for a meet-and-greet package. It may have cost a pretty penny, but the music star was clearly willing to create some wild and memorable experiences for her adoring fans, with photos emerging of one meet-and-greet participant grabbing her chest and pretending to kiss her.

Cyrus later played a one-month string of concerts in 2015 dubbed the Milky Milky Milk Tour. Around that time, one fan sharing a behind-the-scenes video on YouTube of his positive experience meeting the “Malibu” hitmaker, during which she signed several vinyl records and happily made conversation, calling him “so sweet” and thanking him repeatedly. Aww! 

While many Internet reports of Cyrus’ public interactions with fans have been positive, one person unfortunately crossed the line in 2019, when they suddenly lunged at Cyrus in a crowd, grabbed her hair, and kissed her without her consent.

Demi Lovato's fan interaction fees and demeanor have angered some Lovatics

Demi Lovato charged $500 for meet-and-greets during her 2018 Tell Me You Love Me Tour, though the experience left at least some fans unsatisfied. So much so that one unhappy attendee even spoke with Hollywood Life about meeting his idol that month, claiming Lovato had a “s**tty attitude” and “blew [him] off” after he shared a sincere message of adoration. “During the concert, she said how she loved all her fans and ‘never feel alone cause I am there for you,'” he added. “But, she wasn’t really.”

The negative buzz piled on around this time, with other fans taking to social media to share similar experiences. In response, Lovato wrote on Instagram (via Hollywood Life), “If my meet and greets aren’t good enough for you guys then why do them anymore?”

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the first time Lovato’s meet-and-greets drew jeers from her Lovatics. In 2015, she and Nick Jonas offered a $10,000 VIP package during their joint Future Now outing, which included meet-and-greets with both stars and signed merch … but not a ticket to the actual concert. A fan’s account of an allegedly negative experience with Lovato went viral during this tour, involving an Instagram essay (via NME) that claimed the “Skyscraper” singer didn’t pay enough attention to her fans and appeared relieved when the event was over.

Sarah Jessica Parker's fan interactions went digital to raise funds

Beyond in-person meet-and-greets, some celebrities have found financial success while interacting with fans on Cameo, the burgeoning platform that enables users to purchase personalized videos from stars. 

One celeb who created a Cameo page for a good cause was none other than Sarah Jessica Parker, who was available on the website for a brief window in September 2019. For $1,000, fans could purchase a video from the former Sex and the City actress, per Fox News, with Cameo advertising her page as part of a fundraiser for the New York City Ballet’s annual Fall Gala.

Parker’s efforts paid off, as she reportedly raised $50,000 for the ballet company. As seen on her Cameo page, examples of her videos included happy birthday wishes and congratulatory messages — and judging by the countless five-star reviews, her fans couldn’t have been happier. “Best Birthday Present Ever!!” one person wrote, while another shared, “Thank you very much! I’ve added an addition $1000 for the charity. Have a wonderful day.”

Caitlyn Jenner charges the big bucks to interact with fans in support of charity

We might not see Caitlyn Jenner on TV so much these days, but the former Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has become one of the more expensive celebs on Cameo, with her page advertising $2,500 videos to support her charity, the aptly called Caitlyn Jenner Foundation. 

“When I’m out in public, people constantly ask me, ‘Would you do a video wishing my cousin happy birthday?'” Jenner revealed in a video on her page. “Well, here’s an opportunity to get your own personal video from me to [do] basically whatever you want. It’s a great way for me to connect to my followers … and I’m looking forward to doing a lot of personal messages.”

With a 4.9 rating, it seems the reality TV starlet’s fans were overwhelmingly happy with the results of the clips, which include a bevy of happy birthday messages, with one person writing, “You’re AMAZING! Thank you so much for everything Caitlyn. Icon is RIGHT.” However, it seems as though the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan may not have been quite as thrilled about the former Olympian’s decision to join the site. According to a March 2019 Radar Online report, the rest of the famous family allegedly “[wished] they could put a stop” to Jenner recording Cameos, with an insider claiming, “[They] disapprove because they believe she’s cheapening their brand by allowing anyone to buy a recording in this way.” Hm.

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Here’s why we don’t see much of Meg Ryan anymore

It would be tough to binge on a ton of romantic comedies and not run into Meg Ryan. The blonde beauty was pretty much the queen of 90s meet-cute stories and the world fell totally in love with her. Who could resist? She basically invented the scrunched nose and that shag haircut that was so iconic of 90s style. And how about those big, heavy boots she wore? There really was no one like Meg Ryan.

The actress, born in 1961, according to MSN, rose to serious stardom in the 90s and became a household name. But then Ryan’s career seemed to stop. While we still love Ryan to bits, we have to pause and ask: where did she go?

Ryan went from being our collective American crush to fading away. So why don’t we see her anymore? Don’t worry. We’ve got some answers to the big question: what happened to America’s sweetheart?

Why did Meg Ryan burn out so quickly?

According to MSN, Meg Ryan first displayed her acting chops in the film Rich and Famous by George Cukor in 1981, making Ryan exactly 20-years-old. Not a bad way to launch a career!

She then worked on Amityville III: The Demon in 1983 and slowly worked through the horror genre and television to land some high-profile Hollywood roles. As MSN says, Ryan then landed a role in Top Gun in 1986, followed by, you guessed it, her 1989 role in When Harry Met Sally, which may very well be the most iconic film Ryan ever did. Her chemistry with co-star Billy Crystal and her fake orgasm scene in the diner pushed her into major celebrity status. It was unforgettable!

She then met Tom Hanks on the set of Joe versus the Volcano in 1990 and they became another iconic on-screen couple, following up the comedy with other classics like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail. Ryan was also a hit in The Doors, appearing opposite Val Kilmer and it was this film that pushed her out of the rom-com rut where she could have potentially found herself stuck. Around this time, she met Dennis Quaid on Innerspace and married him in 1991. Together, Ryan and Quaid had a son and daughter.

It seemed like everything was going great for Ryan. So what the heck happened?

Was the collapse of Meg Ryan's career Russel Crowe's fault?

Things changed in 2000, when Meg Ryan starred alongside Hollywood’s bad boy, Russell Crowe, in Proof of Life. The couple started a romance right around the same time Ryan decided to divorce her husband, Dennis Quaid. Because of how quickly her new relationship began, people assumed Ryan and Crowe were having an affair. Ryan’s union with Crowe painted her in a totally different light. As In Style says, Ryan’s “squeaky-clean persona she’d cultivated from a decade of rom-com success was overwritten by her perceived indiscretions.”

Ryan was 37-years-old at the time of these allegations and she told W Magazine how ruthless the public was towards her: “I found myself in a hotel lobby in London a few months ago, thinking, all of a sudden, ‘So this is what it feels like to be the Scarlet Woman.’ Oh! I’m having that experience now!” (via E! News.) Despite all the attention and hype, Ryan and Crowe fizzled out as a couple by December 2000, according to In Style.

But the scandal involving Crowe wasn’t the only turning point in Ryan’s career. She acted in the 2003 Jane Campion film In the Cut, which was met with scathing reviews and because of this, Ryan said to The New York Times: “I think the feeling with Hollywood was mutual. I felt done when they felt done, probably.”

Meg Ryan blames ageism in Hollywood

Meg Ryan spoke at length about her role in Jane Campion’s film, In the Cut, and how that role potentially ended her career for the simple fact that she got naked on screen. Ryan told The New York Times in 2019 that interviews berated her, asking: “How could you be naked?” So when asked how that particular film impacted the arc of her career, Ryan said: “I feel like that might’ve been the last movie I did.”

In that same interview, Ryan pushed back against her former label of “America’s sweetheart,” saying that labels like that don’t allow for the full expression of a person. Ryan also spoke about ageism in Hollywood and said: “The pressure was implicit. How you look — there’s so much judgment.”

It’s so totally unfair that Hollywood and audiences were too limited to see Ryan as anything other than a young, blonde, love interest. However, Ryan seems to have risen above this narrowness in her own way. She told Good Morning America in 2015: “I love my age. I love my life right now… I love the person I’ve become, the one I’ve evolved into.”

While things may not be the same as they once were, Ryan seems to have captured a level of peace and tranquility that leaves her detached from public opinion and that may be the best thing yet. So you know what? We’ll have what she’s having.

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US will cap how much each bank can lend under emergency coronavirus program: memo

WASHINGTON – The US government will cap how much each bank can lend under the emergency loan program designed to keep workers on payrolls amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a memo seen by Reuters hours ahead of the reopening of the lending program.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) will impose a maximum dollar amount for individual lenders at 10% of Paycheck Protection Program funding authority and pace the applications filed, according to the memo. The steps are “prudent and reasonable” due to the unprecedented demand for the loans, it said.

US banks were girding over the weekend for another frantic race to grab $310 billion in fresh small-business aid due to be released by the government on Monday. The SBA was due to reopen the lending program at 10:30 a.m. ET on Monday, allowing lenders to resume processing piles of backlogged applications from businesses hurt by the coronavirus shutdown.

A spokesman for the SBA did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

Despite technical and paperwork challenges, the program’s first $349 billion of funds was exhausted in less than two weeks and lenders expect the second tranche of cash to be snapped up even faster by tens of thousands of applications queued up.

That has left thousands of small business that have been forced to shut down in order to stem the disease outbreak, without badly needed funds to keep them afloat.

The SBA will take applications in one bulk submission with a minimum of 15,000 loans, the memo said.

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Kandi Burruss Is Too Much of a Workaholic to Bone Her Husband

Late last year, Kandi Burruss welcomed baby #3 with her husband, Todd Tucker. But they had a lot of issues to sort out before Blaze was born.

On The Real Housewives of Atlanta, viewers saw Kandi and Todd sit down with a therapist.

Unlike the high level drama in some of Kandi’s castmates’ marriages, Kandi and Todd are dealing with more common problems.

They are both busy and have hectic work schedules that keep them apart.

As a result of physical distance, a level of emtional distance has settled into their marriage. They want to make time for each other.

(Keep in mind that this was filmed last year, many months before the coronavirus pandemic reared its ugly head)

Todd is the first to admit that they’re both very busy people.

“I think we’ve been so focused on success that we’ve become great business partners,” Todd characterizes.

“We love each other to death,” he affirms.

“But,” Todd laments, “we just haven’t had time to be happy lately.”

Kandi admits that “Every now and then we have our moments where it’s like, ‘[Grrr].’”

She explains that tensions mount a little “because it’s been so much happening.”

“We get stressed,” she acknowledges, “and sometimes we can go off on each other.”

“For me,” Kandi assesses, “it typically spawns from something work related.”

Kandi also opens up about their marriage’s sex life.

“It’s not as good as it used to be,” she confesses.

“Not saying the sex ain’t good,” Kandi quickly clarifies.

“But,” she explains, “meaning we haven’t been having sex as much.”

Todd also agrees that their sex life could use a tune up.

“We get in the bed … get that out of our system …” he explains.

Todd continues: “we bot get back to work.”

“We on some real ‘conquer the world’ stuff, and it’s a gift and a curse,” he says of their current over-the-top work ethic.

Another contentious issue for the two of them has been Kandi’s ongoing (scripted) acting.

“When you come back, you book every hour that you have. It just doesn’t make sense,” Todd complains.

“At a certain point you have to be like, ‘I need my time with my family.’ … You’re doing the acting thing, on top of all the other s–t,” he gripes.

“So it’s like, let some of that s–t, go spend some time with your family,” Todd asks, “and then take your ass back out to Chicago to finish doing your acting thing.”

Kandi responds: “I guess I’m just trying to make everything work.”

Todd points out that he set aside a lot of his preferred work when the two of them met (when he was working with RHOA)

“I sacrificed a lot to support your dreams,” he reminds her.

“When I came into this situation with you,” Todd characterizes, “I wasn’t good enough.”

“It was like, I gotta speedball fast enough to make a lot of money so that I can be good enough,” Todd explains.

He adds that he wanted to be “good enough not only to your mama, but to the f–king world.”

Notably, Kandi’s mother had hoped that her very successful daughter would marry a man who matched her net worth.

Todd acknowledges tht “It was a lot of pressure.”

“I figured it out to make everybody else happy,” Tucker states.

“I don’t do the s–t that I like to do, like production and TV and film,” he points out.

“That’s s–t that I was doing before,” Todd says. “I haven’t really done that s–t.”

“I didn’t take jobs because jobs didn’t pay me what I make now,” he explains.

“I was able to become a business entity that makes a lot of money,” Todd says.

“Everybody accepts the money guy,” he characterizes. “He’s good, he’s the best, he’s this.”

“But I’m not happy,” Todd laments.

“I’m not really stepping out there because I’m so worried about making sure I stay this guy,” he explains.

Another issue with stress was that they were expecting their next child at the time when this was filmed.

Blaze was born on November 22, 2019. The couple already has 4-eyar-old Ace Wells

Kandi has 17-year-old Riley from a previous relationship. Todd has Kaela, 23, from his own previous relationship.

The couple acknowledged that they were “excited,” but Kandi would need to make more time for her family.

Todd explains: “I’m here at the house, I see how it affects the kids.”

“My son … he’ll come, 4 a.m. and get in the bed and he’ll say, ‘Where’s mommy?’” he recalls.

“You can’t be at everything, so you have to prioritize what you value,” Todd states.

“If you value your career, which I’m supporting you, then you prioritize your friends and their events, and then your family?” he says in a tone of dismay.

At this point, Kandi openly tears up.

“I do realize that I have an issue with trying to find balance,” Kandi confesses.

She admits: “And I’m definitely a person that, even if I didn’t get a chance to sleep, if I was there to help support everybody’s thing, I would do that.”

Kandi affirms: “I’m not trying to [choose that over my family].” In the end, they agree to focus on giving themselves more time as a couple.

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How Much Is Ninja's Deal With Adidas Really Worth?

Ninja, whose real name is Tyler Blevins, is perhaps one of the most successful internet gamers out there.

Blevins has made millions from streaming himself playing video games, and he’s even been on The Masked Singer. And now he’s even getting sponsorships from athletic wear companies.

Adidas signed a sponsorship deal with Blevins in August 2019, according to The Verge. That sponsorship deal may be worth some big bucks.

Ninja moved from Twitch to Mixer

Most of Blevins’ fans likely know him from watching him play Fortnite on Twitch, which is Amazon’s video game streaming platform. His play style and personality led to more and more people following him on Twitch. Eventually, Fortnite’s growing popularity, mixed with Blevins’ growing popularity, led him to play Fortnite with celebrities such as Drake and Travis Scott.

But all good things must come to an end. And, as The Verge reported, Blevins’ manager and wife, Jessica Blevins, said that Twitch offered a new contract with Tyler Blevins which would put a limit on what he can and can’t do outside of Twitch in terms of his own brand. They didn’t want to be limited like that, and so they decided to move to Mixer, which is Microsoft’s video game streaming platform. 

But, they weren’t going to move platforms for free. Microsoft broke out the checkbook and signed Blevins onto an exclusive streaming contract. This contract is estimated to be worth anywhere between $20 million to $30 million.

New sponsorships for Ninja 

As Business Insider reported, Blevins has been able to secure many sponsorships, both before his move over to Mixer and afterwards. For example, Business Insider says that Red Bull, one of Blevins’ sponsors, installed equipment valued at about $20,000 in his home to help him stream. 

Uber Eats is another one of Blevins’ sponsors, and it’s not uncommon for him to hand out discount codes to his fans. Engadget says that Blevins also has a toy line with Wicked Cool Toys. It’s not known how much that deal is worth, but it’s likely lucrative. Other ways that companies have sponsored Blevins has been simply paying him money to stream himself playing their games. 

For example, Engadget also reports that Apex Legends paid Blevins $1 million to stream himself playing the game for a few days. This introduced many of Blevins’ viewers to Apex Legends, which quickly became a competitor to Fortnite.

That’s the influencer power that companies are trying to get from Blevins, so it’s not surprising that Adidas has jumped in on the action and sponsored him. 

What we know about Ninja’s deal with Adidas

Like The Verge mentioned, while Adidas has sponsored Esports teams before, this is the first time that Adidas has sponsored an individual gaming personality. However, with that said, most details about this deal has been kept secret from the media. As such, it’s unknown how much money this deal between Blevins and Adidas is worth. 

But, the deals that Adidas has signed with major sports teams are very lucrative in their own right. The amount varies based on the team, but those multiyear deals range from being worth about $400 million to over $1 billion. That said, those deals are for major sports teams, not for individual athletes like Blevins.

Additionally, while Blevins is a big name for a gaming personality, he’s not as big of a name as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Conor McGregor. 

That said, as The Verge reported, Adidas and Blevins’ deal has already bear fruit. Ninja’s own shoe line from Adidas is now available for purchase. It costs $150 for adult sizes and $120 for child sizes. If they’re successful, Blevins may make even more money from the Adidas deal.

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So much for billions: Why Bloomberg’s White House bid failed so completely

“In just three months we’ve gone from 1 percent in the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination for president,” Mike Bloomberg said in Florida just as the Super Tuesday tsunami washed over his head.

This was utterly delusional, even if they did love him in American Samoa.

So then former Mayor Mike flew home, where aides said he would ponder an existential question: If a man can’t purchase the presidency for cash, what’s the point of being a billionaire 65 times over?

Well, actually, not so. The aides were leaking all over that a reassessment of the campaign was underway. By midmorning Wednesday, it was complete.

The candidate had found the answer to another critical question, one that he himself had posed during an earlier flirtation with a presidential run: Was America ready to put a “short, Jewish, divorced billionaire from New York” in the White House?

Not if his name is Mike Bloomberg. Not this year.

And so Bloomberg pulled the plug on a campaign that probably should never have been, given that it offered no rationale beyond the ex-mayor’s vast treasury, his equally vast ego and his seething contempt for President Trump.

It didn’t add up. Sic transit gloria megabucks.

Things might have gone differently. Money helps in politics — it helps a lot — but only if a candidate has a compelling message for voters.

Consider that Bloomberg was a pretty good mayor, all in all. He took firm, competent control of the city’s post-9/11 recovery; he was a solid steward of the Giuliani safe-streets agenda; he made progress in public education, given the troglodyte ­opposition he faced; and he did as much as any mayor can to bolster and support the municipal economy.

All of that might have been cobbled into a positive, coherent platform and — greased with the Bloomberg billions — presented in a way that ­attracted Democrats looking for an alternative to a clutch of frighteningly ideological primary candidates.

This probably still wouldn’t have worked, given the timing and circumstances, but Bloomberg began by apologizing for past successes — for helping to keep New York City safe — and then he embraced the ideology. Soon, all that set him apart from the others was the money, and in the end, that wasn’t nearly enough.

It certainly wasn’t enough to project him past his stony face, his ironbound certainty that he is always right and his gargantuan ego, all distilled in that stunning moment during his first debate when the mask slipped and he blurted that he had bought the current Democratic majority in the House.

Never mind that he probably had. Certainly, the $120 million he lavished on House campaigns two years ago made a difference. But who talks about such things?

What if he had managed to get his point across — that he could be good for the Democratic Party — without rubbing everybody’s nose in his money?

What if he had managed to ­establish himself as the proven, if weirdly technocratic, alternative to the erratic, babbling, ­under-accomplished hanger-on Joe Biden?

Then the debate likely wouldn’t have broken his campaign. He might, indeed, have gone on to be, if not the winner, then at least “a contender for the Democratic nomination for president.”

Then again, probably not: Mike’s Mike. He rarely learns, and he never changes.

He had spent way north of $500 million through Tuesday, some $10 million per delegate earned. A crushing humiliation? Or at least an ego check? Not at all.

Mike’s ready for more.

“I remain clear-eyed about my overriding objective: victory in November,” he thundered Wednesday. “Not for me, but for our country.” Truculent words, and no doubt they will be backed up by big bucks in the months to come, no matter how many campaign-finance laws Mike’s lawyers will have to subvert along the way.

But keep in mind that “victory in November,” to Bloomberg, is a very personal thing. It means the defeat of a fellow New Yorker whom the former mayor has always detested, a man who took a chance four years ago, who came up winners and who now sits where Bloomberg believes he himself rightly belongs.

But now Bloomberg is at the side of the road, with all the other campaign detritus. Further spending could be huge, but it will be out of spite — and while it may or may not make a difference, it won’t make Mike’s current boo-boo hurt any less.

Self-inflicted as it was.

Twitter: @RLMac2

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