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Showbiz 5: From SCD to BGT

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Showbiz 5: From SCD to BGT

Showbiz highlights with Penelope Teeth…

Things we learned in the world of showbiz include via The Sun, which reported ‘ITV has made some huge changes to This Morning after last year’s scandal, one of which sees under 18s forbidden from working on the show.’ Yes, following Philip Schofield’s little gay affair with a runner bosses at the ratings void have made changes. The tabloid adds, ‘bosses are barring minors from being employed at the channel altogether, while making it harder for staff to help out friends and family members under a ‘nepotism ban’.’

Over at the Radio Times former Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Giovanni Pernice responded to allegations of “abusive or threatening behaviour” on the set of the show the magazine reported. Speaking on his Instagram, Pernice’s statement read: “To my fans and followers. Every week, there are totally untrue stories about me in the media. As you know, I have always rejected any suggestion of abusive or threatening behaviour. The latest accusations are simply false. I am cooperating fully with the ongoing BBC investigation, which will determine the truth.”

While in other talent shows news the one-trick-pony former SCD judge Bruno ‘darrrrling’ Tonioli is in line for the chop by ITV executives who have also concluded he’s “one tone and hysterical”. Most acts command Bruno to burst into a loud camp outburst declaring great pleasure in the performance. It makes David Walliams seem reclusive in comparison. The Sun reported ‘Bruno’s future on the show could become a major bone of contention as ITV thrash out the conditions of a £100million deal between the channel and the show’s producers, Thames.’

Radio Times also reported on how the former face of the ITV Telethons Michael Aspel recalled the “irony” of being axed from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow back in 2008 for being too old to host the Sunday night cosy series. The 91-year-old who also hosted the game show Give Us A Clue (Thames), biographical seires This Is Your Life (BBC/Thames) and chat show Aspel and Company (LWT) said, “I fell on my sword because I knew they wanted me to go, it’s ironic being eased out of an antiques show because of your age.”

Aspel is just one in a long list of names that have accused the BBC of being agist.

Richard Madeley has revealed that his wife, Judy Finnigan, is “very happy to call it a day” on her career. Speaking to Bella magazine, Richard noted how his wife since 1986 is much happier these days away from the television cameras – although in recent times the couple has hosted occasional episodes of This Morning again for ITV. “For my money, Judy was the best presenter I’ve ever worked with I think she was gifted as a journalist and TV presenter she never really enjoyed it that much.”

“The actual moment, the broadcasting she did, but all the stuff that goes with it, especially for women on telly, she found it a lot of baggage to carry,” he added. While Judy is happy to write novels, something Richard has also dabbled in, he continues to be a regular host of Good Morning Britain for ITV alongside Susanna Reid.

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