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Ant and Dec announce they’re releasing a new book to celebrate 30 years of working in TV together – The Sun

ANT and Dec have announced they are releasing a new book to celebrate 30 years of working in TV together.

The TV favourites released their first autobiography in 2009 and will follow it up with a new book called Ant & Dec: Once Upon A Tyne in September.

Taking to Instagram, Ant said: "We've got a book coming out to celebrate 30 years of working together on the telly.

"It's full of backstage stories and gossip of our 30 years working together and it's very good isn't it Dec?"
Dec adds: "Yes it is, it's out September 3rd and you can preorder it."

The pair have become two of the nation’s most celebrated and well-loved TV personalities over the last 30 years hosting I’m a Celebrity, Britain’s Got Talent, Saturday Night Takeaway and more.

They first stepped into the limelight in the early 90s when they starred in children’s TV show, Byker Grove.

The pair then released the single “Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble” under their character names PJ & Duncan before settling on a career in TV presenting.

The new book's description reads: "Celebrating 30 years together, Ant & Dec look back on three decades in the spotlight, with the full behind-the-scenes story and never-before-seen photos of the shows that made them the nation's best loved stars."


But it hasn't all been smooth sailing over the last 30 years and Dec admitted he wanted to "punch and hug" Ant when he heard he had been arrested for drink-driving in 2018.

The Geordie duo are famously best friends but angry Dec said the scandal almost caused them to split up.

Speaking in a candid interview with Guardian's Weekend magazine Dec said: “It felt like a nightmare, that there’d been a mistake. ‘Of course he didn’t do that.’”

But the day after his arrest, Ant told his old friend it was all true.

“We had a heart-to-heart. I said, ‘Look, forget everything – TV, the partnership – you’ve just got to go and get well.’ I think I said I’d give everything up if he could just be happy again.”

Then he got angry. “How could he do that? I wanted to punch him and hug him at the same time – and I didn’t know which one I wanted to do first.”

The toll of the arrest and subsequent conviction took its toll on their friendship and they have admitted that they "considered splitting up".

"For the first time in many years, all we talked about were deep things like how we felt, and what the future held, and where we were, and all the chaos that has come along, especially for me," McPartlin told the magazine.

But after Ant took a year off from TV the pair are back and bigger than ever.

Last week they smashed ratings records with 11 million viewers for Saturday Night Takeaway – despite having no live audience for the show.

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Elfrid Payton’s Knicks rebirth includes David Fizdale ‘what if’

Part 10 of a series analyzing the New York Knicks

Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton is back in his hometown of New Orleans, doing lots of running to keep in shape during the coronavirus pandemic.

Payton is running the flat terrain of the Big Easy every morning, running as well as he ran the Knicks in his 45 games in orange-and-blue this season.

When the 6-foot-3 Payton wasn’t injured, he was the Knicks’ starting point guard, posting some real strong performances in victories with his penetration, dishes and steals.

With his deceivingly solid season, Payton became general manager Scott Perry’s best free-agent signing — a one-year, $8 million deal with a team option for 2021-22. Perry was instrumental in bringing Payton to Orlando in a draft-night trade after the 76ers made Payton a lottery pick in 2014.

“I just feel the team has been a noticeably better basketball team with him healthy,’’ one NBA source connected to the Knicks said. “He was out during that awful stretch. He just brings us defensive tenacity, a pace to the offense and a veteran craftiness to the team.’’

Former coach David Fizdale will always wonder “what if” Payton had not strained his hamstring in the season’s fourth game. Payton missed the next 17 games and made a rusty return in a Denver rout on Dec. 5.

Fizdale got whacked the next day with the Knicks at 4-18. Knicks owner James Dolan completely discounted Payton’s absence.

Interim coach Mike Miller reaped the Payton benefits. The Knicks’ offensive rating with Payton on the floor is 110.7 (15th in the league). Without Payton, the rating is 103.4 — which would make them dead last.

The Payton Effect only grew stronger as the season wore on. Since February, Payton averaged 12.3 points, 8.8 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games in which the Knicks were 7-7. He even posted a triple-double.

And yet there is no assurance new president Leon Rose will exercise an $8 million team option. That Payton is a Creative Artists Agency client, whose primary agent is Aaron Mintz, doesn’t hurt. Rose ran CAA’s basketball department until joining the Knicks last month. Payton’s only 26.

Even with youngsters Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr. locked up for next season, the Knicks have their sights set on adding a point guard in the draft or free agency. One of the top candidates in free agency is Toronto’s grinder Fred VanVleet, an NBA champion out of Wichita State.

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While Payton may be among the game’s most underrated point guards, his glaring weakness — 3–point shooting — can’t be ignored. Payton shot a miserable 20.3 percent this season and is 28 percent for his career.

“I like Payton, but I didn’t like his reluctance to better his shot at the start of his career,’’ said ex-Knick and longtime Raptors broadcaster Leo Rautins. “That set him back. The big difference between him and Fred came into a winning environment and had to fight.

“Payton entered the league a high pick, was not held accountable, and to some degree, felt entitled. Plus, playing on struggling teams and for several coaches stunted his growth. I still feel if he wants it bad enough, in the right environment, he can be a solid point off the bench for a good team.’’

Payton’s ability to penetrate at will had Miller steadfast about starting him. Miller cherishes point guards who can touch the paint and Payton continued his solid chemistry with former Pelicans teammate Julius Randle.

With Payton on the court, 55.6 percent of the Knicks shots came in the paint. That’s highest ratio in the league. With Payton on the sidelines, just 43.7 percent of their points came in the paint.

If Payton didn’t get hurt, Fizdale may still be employed.

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Holly Willoughby says she’d ‘rather fart on TV than cough’ amid coronavirus crisis as Phil Schofield chokes on his spit – The Sun

HOLLY Willoughby says she'd "rather fart on TV than cough" amid the coronavirus pandemic – after Phillip Schofield choked on his own spit.

The 39-year-old presenter made the frank admission after hearing Phillip struggle to hold back a cough as they interviewed NHS workers.

When the camera returned to Phil in the studio, he took the opportunity to explain what had happened.

He said: "I'm alright by the way I just inhaled spit.

"I was laughing and that's what happened. I'm OK."

Amused Holly then shocked Phil by replying: "Coughing on the telly… you'd almost rather fart. It's so true."

She was referring to the fact many viewers may be worried that they have caught the virus.

The hosts have been classed as essential workers and are therefore allowed to travel to the Television Centre there and back to present This Morning.

Holly today admitted that she's struggling with isolation after a weekend without her usual routine.

Despite her bubbly persona, Holly has been experiencing mood swings as she tries to come to terms with the coronavirus pandemic.

She said: “I swing between, there’s no medium ground. I’m either ridiculously, euphorically happy or desperately sad and I don’t know what to do. I just want a medium ground.”

Holly also joked that it feels “like all the adults have left the building” as the pair returned to work today.

Phil admitted: “It’s all driving us crazy. We’re all going slightly mad.”

Over the weekend Phil was seen swigging from an enormous bottle of gin at his family home, while Holly was spotted wearing gloves as she stocked up at Marks and Spencer.

She looked sombre as she carried three bags filled to the brim with goods for her husband Dan Baldwin, 45, and kids Harry, 10, Belle, eight, and Chester, five.

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Rapper Scarface & More Reveal Coronavirus Diagnoses

Celebs are speaking out and advocating for precautions against the spread of coronavirus. 

The virus, also known as COVID-19, was declared a pandemic last week. Amid many Hollywood productions shutting down, actors, athletes and more using their platforms to encourage fans to stay healthy. 

Some like Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert have found themselves affected by the virus personally, revealing they have been diagnosed with the disease. COVID-19 can be fatal in the most extreme cases, but amid their diagnoses, celebs are staying positive, reminding fans to take the virus seriously, but not to panic. 

See which stars and public figures have tested positive for coronavirus and how they’re coping with their diagnoses, below.

Scarface

Famed rapper Scarface, a member of the Houston-based hip hop group Geto Boys, revealed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 during a live-streamed interview with bandmate Willie D on Thursday, March 26.

Scarface — who’s real name is Brad Terrence Jordan — revealed that he was at “the point where I felt like I was going to die” after suffering from symptoms for weeks, including a 103 degree fever, pneumonia, kidney failure and multiple visits to the hospital.

Despite of all his pain and life-threatening ailments, the rapper said that his test just came back on Wednesday, which is when he learned definitively that he had contracted coronavirus. With a pre-existing asthma condition, he said the breathing problems were exacerbated by the illness and it felt like “an elephant sitting on my chest.”

He went on to explain that he doesn’t understand why people aren’t taking the outbreak more seriously by adhering to quarantine mandates and social distance protocols. “I don’t see how nobody can even want to play them games,” he said. “I don’t want to have fun that bad, where it could take my life.”
 

Laura Bell Bundy

The Hart of Dixie actress shared her diagnosis on Instagram on March 25.

In her clip, Bundy says, “Do not be alarmed. I am OK. I am taking everything in stride. I am taking all the nutritional supplement that have been recommended by my doctor. I have been taking herbs for a while as well. What I wanted to do is explain to you some of the symptoms that I have.”

Paloma Garcia-Lee

The Broadway star revealed that she was positive for coronavirus in an Instagram posted on March 24.

“What a wild time in the world. I want to take a moment to just share that I tested positive for COVID-19 when the shows and our world began to come to a halt. I am inspired to share this to share my experience and hopefully be another voice to take this virus seriously,” she wrote in part.

Prince Charles 

Clarence House announced Prince Charles’ diagnosis on March 25. The 71-year-old Prince of Wales is showing “mild symptoms” but is said to be in “good health.” His wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, has also been tested but does not currently have the virus. They are both self-isolating at their home in Scotland. 

Clarence House said Charles “has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.” ET has learned that Charles took the test on Monday and the results came back on Tuesday. 

The palace added, “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks. He has not been to the hospital. His symptoms are mild and [he] is in good spirits.”

Slim Thug

The rapper shared on March 24 that he tested positive for coronavirus. Slim Thug explained in an Instagram video that he had a fever and a cough but is feeling better amid being quarantined.

“The other day, I got tested for the coronavirus, yesterday, and it came back positive,” he said. “As careful as I’ve been, self-quarantine and staying home, I might of did, went got something to eat or did some stuff, simple stuff, nothing crazy. Stayed in my truck, had mask, gloves, everything, and my test came back positive.”

Jackson Browne

The 71-year-old Rock Hall of Fame musician told Rolling Stone he got tested for COVID-19 after falling ill with “a small cough and a temperature.”

“My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything like that,” he told the mag, noting he suspected he fell ill during a recent trip to New York for the Love Rocks NYC benefit. “The prognosis for what to do once you test positive is pretty much the same as if you don’t test positive, which is to stay put. And stay self-quarantined. Don’t expose anybody. Don’t go anywhere,” he reiterated. “I quarantined immediately upon feeling sick. It was before the mandatory quarantine orders were issued, because you don’t know if you had it or not… You have to assume you have it. You need to assume that you in some way could very easily pass it to someone else.” 

Jason Collins

The former NBA star announced March 24 that he tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing many of the symptoms. He also added that his partner, Brunson Green, has the flu-like virus and are both recovering at home.

“I tested positive for COVID19. I believe I got it while on a trip to NYC at the beginning of the month for the Brooklyn Nets Pride night game,” he tweeted. “I had my first symptoms on Wed Mar 11. Terrible headache. A few days later I had a fever and then the cough. On Saturday I went to the ER and got tested and spoke with some docs about the tightness in my chest. I’m home now resting but still experiencing some tightness and might go back to the hospital later today.”

Greg Rikaart

The Young and the Restless star announced his diagnosis on Instagram on March 23, describing his symptoms and encouraging fans to stay home to prevent the spread of the disease. 

“I just tested positive for coronavirus,” Rikaart began his post. “I am a pretty healthy 43-year-old who doesn’t smoke, doesn’t drink much, eats well and exercises regularly and this has been the hardest experience of my life.”

The actor revealed that as of Monday, he is fever-free, but will continue to stay isolated for another 72 hours before acclimating back with his family. 

“So, nice try coronavirus, but I have another 4-5 decades worth of experiences to have with these guys,” he wrote. “Furthermore, I want to thank you all for the well wishes and I hope you heed the warnings. Stay safe, stay healthy and stay inside. ❤️.”  

Sen. Rand Paul

Paul became the first senator to test positive for coronavirus, revealing his diagnosis on March 22. “Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19. He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person,” read a tweet on his official Twitter. 

“He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time,” the tweet continued. “Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul.” 

Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre

The Wire star shared on Twitter on March 16 that he had tested positive for COVID-19, despite not having any symptoms. As the actor shared, he decided to get tested after finding out on Friday that someone he had been in contact with had also tested positive for the flu-like virus.  

Elba wrote on Twitter, “This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus.  Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic.”

“This is serious. Now’s the time to really think about social distancing washing your hands. Beyond that, there are people out there who are not showing symptoms, and can easily spread it,” he said. “Transparency is probably the best thing for this right now. If you’re feeling ill, like you should be tested or you’ve been exposed, then do something about it.” 

“Now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other. There’s so many people whose lives have been affected,” Elba concluded. “This is real… Stay positive, and don’t freak out.” 

Elba’s wife, Sabrina Dhowre, revealed she had also tested positive for coronavirus during her March 21 appearance on the first episode of Oprah Winfrey’s new series, Oprah Talks COVID-19, which is available to watch for free on Apple TV+.

Debi Mazar

The Younger star took to Instagram on March 21 to share that she tested positive for coronavirus. Mazar explained that she has been feeling ill for weeks and couldn’t get tested until someone referred her to an urgent care location in New York.

“I have just tested positive for Covid-19.I AM OK! About a month ago my entire home (husband and two teen daughters) got an odd bug, Low grade fever, headaches, sore throat, body aches, ears ringing and a dry cough.It cleared up quickly. Seasonal I thought? but it felt unusual/different…” she wrote. “Two weeks later, March 15th, I woke up with all those same symptoms but super intense body aches, and 102.4 fever.I figured maybe I got the flu or..Corona?😬.”

She said she got tested on March 17 and self-quarantined until she had her results. “Well..today is day 5 and I just found out. I’m hoping I’ve been through the worst of it already. It’s very ‘morphy.’ One day I feel crappy and the next I’m normal. Today my lungs are heavy, but I’m tough,” she said.

David Bryan

The Bon Jovi keyboardist shared on his Instagram on March 21 that he received his positive coronavirus test results.

“I just got my results back today and tested positive for corona virus. I’ve been sick for a week and feeling better each day,” he wrote. “Please don’t be afraid!!! It’s the flu not the plague. I’ve have been quarantined for a week and will for another week. And when I feel better I’ll get tested again to make sure I’m free of this nasty virus. Please help out each other. This will be over soon… with the help of every American !!😎💪❤️.”

Colton Underwood

The former Bachelor shared on March 20 that he tested positive for coronavirus.

“We got this. I tested positive and I have been following all of the social distancing rules since last week. My symptoms started a few days ago, I was tested and just received my results today,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a video explaining more. “For anyone out there that is hesitant to self quarantine… please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and stay home. We will all beat this and come out stronger on the other side. I’ll keep you posted, Love y’all.

Daniel Dae Kim

The Lost star revealed on March 19 that he was diagnosed with coronavirus the day prior. 

“Hi everyone- yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Looks like I’ll be ok, but I wanted share my journey with you in the hopes that you find it informative or helpful,” he captioned a video posted to Instagram. Hope you all stay safe, calm, and above all, healthy.”

 

Placido Domingo

Opera Singer Placido Domingo is currently in self isolation after testing positive for coronavirus.

The multiple-Grammy winner shared the news of his diagnosis in a Facebook post on Sunday, March 22.

“I feel it is my moral duty to announce to you that I have tested positive for COVID19, the coronavirus. My family and I are all in self isolation for as long as it is deemed medically necessary,” Domingo wrote. “Currently we are all in good health but I experienced fever and cough symptoms therefore deciding to get tested and the result came back positive.”

“I beg everyone to be extremely careful, follow the basic guidelines by washing your hands frequently, keeping at least a six feet distance from others, doing everything you can to stop the virus from spreading and please above all stay home if you can!” he continued. “Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon,” he continued. “Please follow your local government’s guidelines and regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves but our entire community.”
 

 

Marcus Smart 

The Boston Celtics shooting guard announced on social media on March 19 that he had tested positive for the virus, though he said he currently had no symptoms and was feeling “great.”

“I’ve been self quarantined since the test, thank goodness,” he added. “COVID-19 must be taken w the highest of seriousness. I know it’s a #1 priority for our nations health experts, & we must get more testing ASAP.”

Additionally, two players on the Los Angeles Lakers also tested positive for the virus, the team announced on March 19. Though they did not name the players, the Lakers organization shared that they were “currently asymptomatic, in quarantine and under the care of the team’s physician.”

Sean Payton

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton also announced on March 19 that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Payton, 56, came forward with his diagnosis to ESPN “because he wants all people to heed the warnings of government officials, stay inside, and behave responsibly.”

“This is not just about social distancing,” Payton told the outlet. “It’s shutting down here for a week to two weeks. If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it. Take a minute to understand what the experts are saying. It’s not complicated to do what they’re asking of us. Just that type of small investment by every one of us will have a dramatic impact.”

Rep. Ben McAdams

The Democratic Congressman from Utah revealed to the public on March 18 that he has tested positive for coronavirus, which he got tested for after first exhibiting symptoms over the weekend.

“On Saturday evening, after returning from Washington, D.C., I developed mild cold-like symptoms. In consultation with my doctor on Sunday, I immediately isolated myself in my home,” McAdams shared in a statement he posted to Twitter. “I have been conducting all meetings by telephone.”

McAdams explained that after his symptoms got worse, his doctor instructed him to get tested on Tuesday for COVID-19, and his results came back positive the following day. 

“I am still working for Utahns and pursuing efforts to get Utahns the resources they need as I continue doing my job from home until I know it is safe to end my self-quarantine. I’m doing my part as all Americans are doing to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate the coronavirus outbreak,” McAdams continued. “I urge Utahns to take this seriously and follow the health recommendations we’re getting from the CDC and other health experts so that we can recover from this public health threat.”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart

On March 18, the Republican Congressman from Florida became the first member of Congress to officially reveal that he has contracted the coronavirus. 

After first coming down with symptoms while in Washington D.C. over the weekend, he decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution. Instead of returning to his home in South Florida, he stayed at his apartment in Washington D.C., due to his wife’s pre-existing medical condition which puts her at exceptionally high risk for infection.

On Wednesday, he was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19, and will continue to work from his apartment while self-isolating.

Diaz-Balart said in a statement he posted to Twitter, “I’m feeling much better. However, it’s important that everyone take this seriously and follow @CDCgov guidelines in order to avoid getting sick & mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times.”

Arielle Charnas

Influencer and fashion blogger, Arielle Charnas, has revealed to her 1.3 million followers that she’s tested positive for COVID-19 after showing herself getting tested in previous updates to her Instagram Stories. “This morning, I learned that I tested positive for COVID-19,” she wrote on Instagram on March 18. 

Charnas also addressed the backlash she received online after getting the test, writing that access to healthcare should be widely available. “It is the responsibility of our government offices to ensure all Americans can access necessary tests and I acknowledge how lucky I am to have had that access,” she wrote. 

Indira Varma

The Game of Thrones star mourned the shuttering of her West End production of The Seagull on March 17, with an Instagram post that seemed to indicate that she had also contracted the coronavirus. “We hope to be back soon and urge you all (and the govt) to support us when we do,” Varma wrote. “Phoenix/ Seagull rising from the ashes. I’m in bed with it and it’s not nice. Stay safe and healthy and be kind to your fellow people.”

Charlotte Lawrence

The 19-year-old singer-songwriter took to Instagram on March 17 to reveal that she was recently informed by her doctor that she tested positive for COVID-19. She went on to beg her fans, friends and followers to take this outbreak seriously and commit to self-isolation and social distancing.

“I am going to be completely fine. But many who get it won’t be if many people get sick too quickly,” she wrote in a lengthy post. “So this is not me asking for prayers, for love, for sweet messages. This is me pleading for you all to protect those less able to survive this virus.”

“Stay inside. Please. Whether you feel sick or not, stay inside… we have the power to slow this down,” she continued, in part. “So please, please isolate yourself. Stay clean. Stay informed. Stay aware and make others aware. And for the love of god, self f**king quarantine or you’ll be on my s**t list.”

Rachel Matthews

The actress best known for her roles in the Happy Death Day horror franchise and Frozen 2revealed via Instagram on March 16 that she too tested positive for COVID-19 and has been in quarantine for a week.

“Unsure of what the next step is (been getting mixed info so will keep you posted) but obviously will remain in quarantine until told to do otherwise,” Matthews wrote. “I’m feeling better but I will be posting some info that I hope will be helpful to some. Please feel free to reach out and ask me any questions. I would really love to help in any way I can.”

She continued by writing, “Again, let’s please be mindful of our decisions — now is the time to be smart and responsible. Let’s take care of one another.”  

Andrew Watt

The 29-year-old music producer — who aside from his work on Ozzy Osbourne’s latest album, Ordinary Man, has written hits for Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Post Malone and more — revealed he tested positive for coronavirus on March 17.

“12 days ago, early morning of March 6th, I started feeling like I was hit by a bus,” he wrote on Instagram. “I couldn’t move out of my bed for days and stared to run a fever. I was seen by a doctor at my house who told me I am positive for the regular flu and there’s no way I could have COVID-19 as I haven’t left the country and all I do is go to the studio and go straight home.”

Watt said he then visited an emergency room when his sickness wasn’t getting better but was denied a coronavirus test. He was eventually able to get a test from a private doctor and tested positive. Thankfully, he is feeling much better, but stressed that he wanted to be open about his story as a warning for young people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.

“To have this mentality ‘I’m young this can’t affect me’ is just straight up stupid and so dangerous to everyone around you,'” he continues. “Social distancing is to protect someone’s mom and dad, someone’s grandmother … it’s not about you.”

Kristofer Hivju

The Game of Thrones star shared on Instagram on March 16 that he had also been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Greetings from Norway!” he began. “Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus. My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes.”

“We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1,5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals,” Hivju continued. “Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy! Please visit your country’s Center for Disease Control’s website, and follow the regulations for staying safe and protecting not just yourselves, but our entire community, and especially those at risk like the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions.”

Olga Kurylenko

The Ukranian-born actress and model shared her coronavirus diagnosis on Instagram on March15, writing that she’s “locked up at home after having tested positive for Coronavirus.” “I’ve actually been ill for almost a week now. Fever and fatigue are my main symptoms,” she wrote. “Take care of yourself and do take this seriously!”

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau 

The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for the virus on March 13, Trudeau’s communications director revealed.  

The announcement came just a few hours after the Associated Press reported that Sophie was experiencing flu-like symptoms. She began experiencing mild symptoms, including a fever, on Wednesday night after returning from a speaking engagement in the United Kingdom.

Sophie will “remain in isolation for the time being,” according to the statement, while her husband will also continue to self-isolate. “She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild. The Prime Minister is in good health with no symptoms.”

Donovan Mitchell 

Gobert’s teammate, Mitchell, also tested positive for COVID-19. 

“Thanks to everyone who has been reaching out since hearing the news about my positive test. We are all learning more about the seriousness of this situation and hopefully people can continue to educate themselves and realize that they need to behave responsibly both for their own health and for the well being of those around them,” he wrote on Instagram on March 12. “I appreciate the authorities in Oklahoma who were helpful with the testing process and everyone from the @utahjazz who have been so supportive. I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help❤️🕷.”  

Rudy Gobert 

It was revealed on March 11 that the Utah Jazz player had tested positive for COVID-19, and by the next day, the NBA announced its decision to suspend the rest of the season. 

In an Instagram post after his diagnosis, Gobert apologized to “the people I may have endangered.” “At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse. I hope my story serves as a warning and causes everyone to take this seriously. I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus,” he wrote. 

“I am under great care and will fully recover. Thank you again for all your support,” he concluded. “I encourage everyone to take all of the steps to stay safe and healthy. Love.”

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson 

Hanks and Wilson revealed their diagnosis on March 11. 

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” Hanks wrote on Instagram at the time. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

“Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed,” he continued. “We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves! Hanx!”

Hanks and Wilson have continued to share updates on their recovery, thanking hospital staff, doctors, and “helpers,” as well fans for their support. On Monday, Hanks’ rep told ET that he and Wilson had left the hospital, and were maintaining quarantine in a rented house in Australia.  

See more on how coronavirus is affecting Hollywood in the video below. 

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

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Stacey Solomon reveals she’s rowing with Joe Swash in coronavirus lockdown as Loose Women launch first online episode – The Sun

STACEY Solomon  has revealed she's rowing with Joe Swash in coronavirus lockdown as Loose Women launch first online episode.

The TV presenter, 30, opened up about the pressures of keeping her romance alive while juggling homeschooling under the coronavirus lockdown.

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Stacey came clean about the troubles in her relationship with Joe during Loose Women's first ever online episode today.

The ITV show was taken off air earlier this week but the hosts are still doing a 15 min episode by video chat from home.

Speaking during the first live online episode of Loose Women today, she said: "Joe is getting on my nerves."

The mum-of-three added: "How are all your marriages going? He is driving me mad.I want to know so I don't feel as bad for myself."


Stacey explained the problems came from cleaning their house which is over three floors.

The mum-of-three said: "Me and Joe are arguing over who does what levels of the house."

She explained the top was the easiest, it only has one room, while the second floor was the hardest with all the bedrooms, and the ground floor was the next hardest.

Speaking of the Dancing on Ice winner who she shares son Rex with she said: "He hoovers the corridors, but then shuts the doors," explaining that while the corridors look great, he doesn't bother hoovering the rooms.


Meanwhile Kay Burley confessed her other half had turned into a "domestic goddess."

While Nadia Sawalha hinted that her sex life had never been better.

She joked: "I miss hugging people I'm not having sex with."

A shocked Stacey said: "What. Are you having  sex?"

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Blonde Mamba Teams With Emmy Nominated Kari Skogland on ‘An Innocent Fashion’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Blonde Mamba, the next-gen production house led by Amelia Baker and Mackenzie Munro, is partnering with Kari Skogland’s Mad Rabbit banner to develop “An Innocent Fashion,” an adaptation of R.J. Hernández’s debut novel.

Skogland, who was Emmy nominated and won a BAFTA for directing “The Handmaid’s Tale” and is now directing Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” for Disney Plus, optioned the novel, and is attached as showrunner and executive producer on the project. Baker and Munro are producing.

Billed as a younger, lighter and more intersectional “The Devil Wears Prada” meets Brett Easton Ellis’ “Glamorama,” “An Innocent Fashion” follows the coming of age of Elián San Jamar – a sexually fluid Cuban-American from a working-class background in Corpus Christi, Texas. Changing his name to Ethan St. James, Elián graduates Yale and heads to New York City – where he confronts the reality of the millennial fairytale through a cut-throat internship at a prestigious fashion title. The biting truth of his ennui and the reality of the limitations his background places on him catch up to Ethan as he navigates the fashion world in the “Age of Woke.”

Hernández has been hailed as “a diamond-sharp satirist and a bracingly fresh chronicler of the heartbreak of trying to grow up” by Kirkus Reviews, and the Washington Post described the novel as a “portrait of postgraduate millennial dishevelment [which] rings true.”

OUT Magazine described the novel as “a haunting exploration of personal style, class divisions, and mental health saturated in the sensual imagery of New York’s ritziest nightclubs and unabashed personal vanity.”

Baker and Munro said in a statement: “Hernandez’s book is an original and compelling exploration of the American dream through a millennial lens – tackling the realities of privilege and class with biting humor and irresistible flair. We’re thrilled to be working on this adaptation together with Kari at the helm.”

Skogland added: “We are very excited to bring Hernández’s timely story to the screen in collaboration with Amelia and Mackenzie who provide a fresh vision as voices of a new generation.”

Blonde Mamba, which aims to produce projects that resonate with a Gen Z audience, has developed content for platforms such as Snapchat Discover and Facebook Watch. Recently announced projects include feature film “The Art of Love,” an adaptation of Betsy Franco’s novel produced with Nic Sheff (“Beautiful Boy,” “13 Reasons Why”), and executive produced by Skogland, and “Fangirl,” an original comedy developed with and executive produced by Jen Welter – the first female coach in the NFL.

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Mrs Hinch shows why cleaning rooms clockwise is the key to getting every spot spic and span

MRS Hinch has revealed the best way to get your house sparkling from top to bottom with a “clockwise clean.”

Taking to her Instagram story, the cleaning guru, real name Sophie Hinchliffe, shared a time-lapse video of her cleaning her dining room in a clockwise motion.

Captioning a snap of her cleaning caddy, she wrote: “I’ve put everything in the basket that I know I’ll need and the room I’ve chosen is the dining room.”

Explaining how to perfect a clockwise clean, the mum-of-one said: “Getyour Hinching baskets out walk into the room and start to your left (that’s your 12 o’clock) work your way around the room (1,2,3 o’clock)

“I love these cleans because I know I haven’t missed one thing in the room.”

She recommends carrying the baskets around the room with you as it makes things “so much quicker” revealing she purchased hers from Pound Stretcher.




She uses Elbow Grease spray on her PVC and Astonish window and glass cleaner on the mirror.

She uses a Pledge fluffy duster and Mr Sheen to polish the area before using Febreeze to freshen up the artificial flowers, curtains, rug and table runner.

Sophie was keen to remind Hinchers to clean their skirting board as they make their way around the room.

Once she had finished her clockwise clean, she added: “I’ll now hoover and mop throughout this room and I’m done.”

In other cleaning news, this handy guide reveals how often you should be washing your sheets to kill bugs.

And this mum showed off the huge cleaning haul she got for Mother's Day but was slammed for stockpiling.

Plus this Mrs Hinch fan drew a willy on her wall, but now she can't get it off.

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Boyzone’s Keith Duffy sparks rumours he’s returning to Coronation Street nine years after leaving the soap – The Sun

KEITH Duffy says the door is still open for a Coronation Street return.

The 45-year-old singer and actor played barman Ciaran McCarthy for two separate stints until his exit in 2011, and a possible cobbles comeback has been raised over the years but the timing wasn't right.

He's quoted by the Daily Star newspaper's Hot TV column: "Since I left I've been approached on a couple of occasions about the possibility of going back but it never suited my timescale."

The Boyzone singer – who appeared on Corrie from 2002 to 2005 again from 2010 to 2011 – previously insisted he wouldn't want to return for a third run because it's such a "full-on job".

Speaking back in 2018, he said: "A couple of times, yeah. [Am I tempted?] No, it's a full-on job, six days a week, 14 hours a day, living in Manchester.


"I love Manchester but my home is in Ireland."

However, he admitted he will always treasure his time on the ITV soap because it gave him direction after Boyzone split up in 1999 and taught him a lot about acting.

He told BANG Showbiz at the time: "I'd never say no [to going back], I loved 'Corrie', it came at a very important part of my life.

"Ronan [Keating] and Stephen [Gately] predominantly did the lead vocals in Boyzone so when we broke up, a solo career for me wasn't really on the cards – I'm a great singer like but I didn't have the profile Ronan had.

"Corrie picked me up when I was a little bit lost and it gave me direction and an education.

"I was there for 10 years, I did a lot of theatre, and I love to do that."

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George R. R. Martin says he’s writing next ‘Game of Thrones’ book while in isolation

Could the coronavirus outbreak be the catalyst that finally gives fans the next “Game of Thrones” book?

Amid closures and quarantines all over the country, 71-year-old author George R.R. Martin says that in taking precautions, he’s been holed up and deep into writing.

“I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone. Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day,” Martin wrote on his blog, “Not a Blog,” on Tuesday. “Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms… but maybe not as grim as they may become here.”

Fans have been waiting for the sixth book in the series, “The Winds of Winter,” for almost nine years. The fifth book, “A Dance with Dragons,” came out in July 2011. Martin has said he believes the seventh novel will be the last.

Martin assured fans that he is feeling “fine” amid the pandemic, telling them: “For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition. But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions.”

The writer, who normally resides in New Mexico, announced in the same blog post that the art collective he’s part of in Santa Fe, called Meow Wolf, has closed for the time being. He also closed the doors of the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a small movie theater he owns and his Stagecoach Foundation nonprofit.

“I prefer to err on the side of caution, so we’re shutting down the theatre until April 15, at which time we will take stock and re-evaluate,” he wrote. “Honestly, I have no idea where things will stand in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the US, or the world in a month’s time. Things have been changing so fast. But our intent is to keep the theatre closed until the relevant authorities tell us that it is safe to reopen.”

He also said he would be paying employees at both Jean Cocteau Cinema and Stagecoach Foundation for the “foreseeable future.”

However, his bookstore, Beastly Books, will remain open for the time being.

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George R R Martin suggests he WILL complete sixth GOT novel soon

Game Of Thrones author George R R Martin, 71, suggests he WILL complete the sixth novel in the fantasy series during coronavirus self-isolation… a DECADE after he started it

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After Game Of Thrones scribe George R R Martin informed his fans he was in self-isolation amid COVID-19 and spending all his time writing, fantasy fiction enthusiasts were left hopeful that they could finally be getting the sixth novel in the A Song Of Ice And Fire franchise.

And now they’re convinced the 71-year-old writing will be delivering the goods after he hinted he will finally complete it during the pandemic.

George admitted he’s aware he is at risk from the coronavirus, given his age, and so has been ‘spending more time in Westeros than in the real world’ writing book six – The Winds Of Winter.

Finally: After Game Of Thrones scribe George R R Martin informed his fans he was in self-isolation amid COVID-19 and spending all his time writing, fantasy fiction enthusiasts were left hopeful that they could finally be getting the sixth novel in the A Song Of Ice And Fire franchise

He wrote on his blog: ‘Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day.

‘Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms … but maybe not as grim as they may become here. I cannot help feeling as if we are all now living in a science fiction novel.  

‘But not, alas, the sort of science fiction novel that I dreamed of living in when I was a kid, the one with the cities on the Moon, colonies on Mars, household robots programmed with the Three Laws, and flying cars. 

‘I never liked the pandemic stories half so well… As ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks.’ 

George added: ‘For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition.

‘But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions. I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone.’ 

Inspiration: The writer took to his personal blog to provide an update on his current situation, and gushed about ‘spending more time in Westeros than in the real world’ as a result

What could happen: Teasing the Winds Of Winter, he said – ‘Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms … but maybe not as grim as they may become here’

He went on to say that his establishment, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, as well as his non-profit organisation, the Stagecoach Foundation, and New Mexico art experience Meow Wolf were now closed. 

Showing his support for the staff at these places, he reassured: ‘Despite the shutdowns, we will continue to pay our employees at Stagecoach and the Jean Cocteau, for the foreseeable future.’ 

George’s A Song Of Ice And Fire is set to end with The Winds Of Winter and A Dream Of Spring, the sixth and seventh books in the franchise.

The most recent book in the series, A Dance With Dragons, was published in 2011, and though George had begun writing chapters for the next book shortly after his progress has been marred by delays and his packed schedule.

Game Of Thrones, the TV show based on the books, came to an end in April last year, though its ending was met with a lukewarm reception. 

Coming to its conclusion: Game Of Thrones, the TV show based on the books, came to an end in April last year, though its ending was met with a lukewarm reception

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