'Vanderpump Rules': Celebrity Psychic Thinks Some New Cast Members Are in Over Their Head

Some Vanderpump Rules fans and original cast members had a hard time warming up to the new additions this season. Could it be because some of the new cast simply weren’t completely ready for reality television?

Celebrity psychic Chris Medina got the feeling a few of the new cast members have some regrets about doing the show. Some cast members looked up to the OGs and had high hopes of becoming like them on the show, but fell short.

For the first time, the original group expanded, adding seven new faces to the cast for a total of 19. Raquel Leviss and Beau Clark became full-time cast members after previously being known on the show as the significant other to main cast members.

But season 8 introduced viewers to five completely new, younger SURvers. While they all appeared to easily assimilate on the show, fans were hot and cold about whether or not to embrace them.

Medina says new cast members need to find their own identity

Medina told Page Six he read the entire cast and could sense a few new members simply weren’t ready for the show. “Here’s my thing with them, if you are in the business here, but now you’re regretting it, what’s stopping you from getting out of it?” he explained. “A lot of these women here, they look at Stassi, they look at [‘RHONY’ star] Sonja Morgan, they look at these women here and they want to be them, but they don’t have that in them to play the part.”

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“So a lot of what I’m doing here is having them come into themselves and telling them, ‘You can still be this boss b*tch, you can still be outspoken here, but you’re not Stassi. Your delivery isn’t that way here. You need to start coming into your own realizing your own identity,’” he shared.

Aside from issues warming up to the new cast, newbies Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni were exposed for sharing racist remarks on social media in the past. Lisa Vanderpump condemned the posts, but some fans were still angry.

The OG cast has somewhat of a similar feeling too

OG cast member Stassi Schroeder had a similar view about the new cast members. While she enjoyed newcomer Danya Kathan, she admits to not knowing the other newbies very well. “I think they’re just a lot younger, and so it’s like if I were to go on [Real] Housewives,” Schroeder described to The Hollywood Reporter.

“You know, they’d be like ‘What is this b*tch doing up in here?’ That’s kind of how I feel about the other ones. It’s like I don’t know how to relate to them. And I’m all about a new castmember, when it’s like Lala, caused a lot of drama and now one of my best friends. James [Kennedy], causes a lot of drama, great for television. But you have to kind of integrate them in a little more, so I think it’s just been a little overwhelming for us to have so many of them ’cause we kind of just don’t understand what we’re doing.”

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Scheana Shay said important storylines also ended up getting diluted because producers tried to follow too many people. “It’s almost like I’m playing a character. I am a ‘desperate, middle-aged waitress.’ That is my role to play here. Nothing from my actual life is shown outside of it,” she said on Channel Q’s The Morning Beat. “I had so much going on last year, but it’s just brushed over because we have eighteen other cast member’s lives to cover.” Shortly after that interview dropped, a Vanderpump Rules editor admitted to purposely portraying Shay in a negative light.

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ABC Reruns 2 black-ish Episodes That Tackle Issues of Police Brutality and Slavery

As protesters across the country demand justice for victims of police brutality and racism, two groundbreaking episodes of black-ish strike a powerful note.

In observance of Blackout Tuesday, ABC aired reruns of "Hope," a season 2 episode addressing police brutality, and "Juneteenth," the season 4 premiere commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

The reruns come amid ongoing nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in Minneapolis police custody last week.

In "Hope," which unfolds almost entirely in the Johnsons' house, the family gathers around their television to await the outcome of the case of an unarmed black man's brutal run-in with the police. When the kids start asking questions about it, Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross) are at odds over how to address them.

The episode originally aired in February 2016.

"It's been more than 4 years since we made 'Hope.' An episode that was inspired by conversations I was having with my own children about the countless examples of systemic oppression happening around them," series creator Kenya Barris wrote Tuesday on Instagram. "It's been 1,562 days since we first shared that episode with the world and it breaks my heart on so many levels that this episode feels just as timely as it did then and eerily prescient to what's happening to black people in this country today."

"I'm grateful to ABC for choosing to re-air 'Hope' and 'Juneteenth' tonight, but this is more than one night of television," he said. "This is about coming together as a country and as a humankind to say enough is enough."

"Black rights are human rights, and this continued injustice impacts all of us," he continued. "So while we hope these episodes can bring your families together in watching and learning, the real hope is that it inspires you to join us in demanding liberty and justice for all — once and for all."

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
  • ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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The Morning Watch: 'RoboCop vs Terminator' in Mortal Kombat 11, Working with Steve Carell on 'Space Force' & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what it’s like when RoboCop and Terminator go head-to-head as playable characters in Mortal Kombat 11. Plus, watch a featurette with the cast of Space Force talking about the experience of working with Steve Carell in his first TV series since The Office, and listen to Ricky Gervais answer the web’s most searched questions about him.

First up, Mortal Kombat 11 now has both RoboCop and Terminator available as playable characters, giving us a high-definition update of the video game and comic book series released back in the 1990s. In this video from Nerdist, check out the various special moves each of the cybernetic enforcers, from a teleporting sneak attack to the activation of ED-209, not to mention a deadly fatality that ridiculously violent.

Next, you can see Steve Carell back in TV comedy thanks to Netflix‘s new series Space Force, which the actor co-created with Greg Daniels. In this featurette, ensemble cast members John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Tawny Newsome, Jimmy O. Yang and more talk about the experience of working with Carell, and he even chimes in himself in the end.

In support of the second season of After Life on Netflix, comedian Ricky Gervais sat down to partake in Wired‘s autocomplete interview to answer the web’s most searched questions about him. What inspired the show After Life? What did Ricky Gervais study in his younger years? Does Ricky Gervais really play guitar?

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Bradley Walsh fights back tears as he turns 60 today during emotional chat on This Morning – The Sun

BRADLEY Walsh fought back tears as he spoke about turning 60 during a chat on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

Holly and Phil decked out the studio for Bradley's birthday and spoke to him over a video call ahead of his special birthday show special tonight on ITV.

He spoke to the presenters on a video call today, and when asked how he felt about being 60 years old Bradley welled up.

The telly veteran said: "I'm ok but the way it sort of come about, yesterday seemed like my 50th birthday.

"I feel quite humbled and emotional really, being on telly, I didn't realise that was going to happen."

Bradley's hour-long special will look back at his career spanning four decades.

From presenting some of the biggest shows to doing stand-up comedy for the Queen, his laddish charm has made him one of the most popular presenters on TV.

He admitted his incredible career didn't come easy and he choked up as he told Holly and Phil the secret to his success.

He went on: "Well I'm very lucky.

"A massive piece of advice I was given early on in my career was whatever you do, the easiest part of showbiz is giving up, so don't."

Bradley wasn't sentimental for long and soon had Holly and Phil in stitches when his video chat was interrupted by a live band rehearsing outside his house.

The noise drowned him out and he was forced to walk of screen and shout out of his window.

He was just telling viewers how he had gained over a stone in lockdown, when he hopped out of his chair and screamed: "Lads, lads, turn it in! Lads I'm on the telly!"

Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday will air tonight at 9pm on ITV and is narrated by Jason Manford.

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Love Island’s Molly Mae devastated as new puppy dies just six days after Tommy gave it to her as a birthday gift – The Sun

LOVE Island's Molly-Mae Hague's beloved puppy Mr Chai has died after suddenly falling ill – just days after boyfriend Tommy Fury gave it to her.

The 21-year-old former villa star – who was gifted the adorable puppy for her birthday last week – shared the devastating news on Instagram today.

She wrote: "Tommy and I are utterly heartbroken and shocked to even be writing this.

"Our beautiful new puppy Mr Chai was taken ill in the last few days and tragically has passed away.

"Chai became our whole world in the short time we had him and we couldn't have take any better care of him.

"We loved him so much and he brought us so much happiness than we can describe."


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Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan takes a stand for her Black co-stars ‘Not being quiet anymore’

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The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has spurred the Black Lives Matter movement across the United States. As protests continue on the streets and social media, actress Vanessa Morgan has voiced her support by criticising how both herself and other Black cast members have been sidelined on the CW series Riverdale.

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Vanessa Morgan has levelled multiple criticisms at Riverdale’s writers for the way storylines for the show’s Black characters have been mishandled and pushed to the side.

Although the series was initially praised for its diversity, Vanessa claims to be ‘paid the least’ of the show’s main cast and has spoken out against her lack of screen time on social media.

The actress took to Twitter and said: “Tired of how black people are portrayed in Media, tired of us being portrayed as thugs, dangerous or angry scary people.

“Tired of us also being used as sidekick non dimensional characters to our white leads. Or only used in the ads for diversity but not actually in the show.”


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Vanessa then tagged her note: “I’m not being Quite anymore #BlackLivesMatter.”

Her character, Toni Topaz, was introduced as a Southside Serpent friend of Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse), and was promoted to series regular when she became the girlfriend of Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch).

However, as the recent season progressed, Toni was often regulated to the background, while her white and lighter skinned co-stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Cole Sprouse and Camila Mendes (who identifies as Latin American) are given more attention.

She added in a reply: “Too bad I’m the only black series regular but also paid the least. Girl I could go on for days.”

The star clarified she feels no ill-will towards her castmates and warned against her followers attacking the cast of Riverdale on social media.

Vanessa added: “My role on Riverdale has nothing to do with my fellow castmates/friends. They don’t write the show. So no need to attack them, they don’t call the shots & I know they have my back.”

Co-star Lili Reinhart, who portrays Betty Cooper, demonstrated her solidarity and responded to Vanessa’s tweets with a message of goodwill.

The series came under fire for delegating Vanessa to a ‘sidekick’ role for on-screen girlfriend Cheryl Blossom, who often share screen time together but solely in support for Madelaine Petsch’s Riverdale storylines.

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Moreover, Vanessa continued by criticising how the fictional band Josie and the Pussycats have recently taken a backseat to Riverdale’s ongoing drama.

Ashleigh Murray, who plays lead singer Josie for the series, was insulted by a fan who referred to the Riverdale actress as a ‘diva’ behind the scenes.

Vanessa Morgan leapt to her defence and responded: “Maybe the show should write for [Josie] like the white characters.”

In addition to Vanessa’s Twitter comments, her Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse was detained after taking part in a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Santa Monica.


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Demonstrations across the United States have been taking place after 46-year-old George Floyd was killed after being kneeled on by a police officer for over eight minutes.

Cole Sprouse clarified: “It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement.”

Finally, Vanessa Morgan tweeted her support for the ongoing movement: “[…] finally feel like I can speak up for myself and my fellow brothers and sisters & be heard. Usually everyone is fake listening. I really hope a change is coming.”

Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has promoted charities for the Black Lives Matter movement on Twitter, but has not addressed Vanessa Morgan’s comments. 

The CW has also been contacted for comment. 

Riverdale is available on Netflix. 

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'Tiger King': Why the Carole Baskin Ruling Is Devastating For the Animals at Joe Exotic's Zoo

In a court ruling on June 1, 2020, Carole Baskin gained control of the Tiger King Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park. Joseph Maldonado-Passage, aka Joe Exotic, is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence for attempting to hire a hitman to kill Baskin. Many fans are worried about what will happen to the animals still at the zoo after this ruling. 

‘Tiger King’: How did Carole Baskin take over Joe Exotic’s Zoo?

In the Netflix docuseries, viewers watched Baskin file a lawsuit against Maldonado-Passage for trademark infringement. The zoo owner intentionally designed his website to look like Baskins so that he could steal traffic from her site. 

Before the judge could rule on the lawsuit, Maldonado-Passage transferred ownership of the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park to his mother. He knew this would keep Baskin from taking the zoo as payment for the lawsuit. 

On June 1, 2020, a federal judge in Oklahoma City ruled that the transfer was “fraudulent,” according to CNN. He awarded the entire facility and all of the buildings and vehicles to Baskin to pay her the $1 million Maldonado-Passage owes her. 

‘Tiger King’: What will happen to the zoo animals when Carole Baskin takes over?

Baskin spoke out after Tiger King aired to explain that her Big Cat Sanctuary is very different from the G.W. Zoo.  She felt the Netflix docuseries told many lies about her.

“At the sanctuary, we take in abandoned, abused, confiscated, and orphaned cats and give them a permanent home,” Baskin wrote in a lengthy blog post refuting the allegations about her in the series. “A sanctuary does not breed, buy, sell, allow people to touch the cats, or put them through the stress of traveling offsite. It is basically a retirement home.”

It sounds like Baskin might be the best thing for the animals still at the zoo. However, the judge indicated that the Greater Wynnewood Development Group must remove all animals currently on the property, before Baskin receives it.

Fans are concerned for the well-being of the animals at the Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park

“Sounds like she’s just getting the land though,” one Reddit user wrote. “Jeff Lowe gets to keep all the animals, which is disappointing because he’s utter trash.”

Lowe bought the zoo from Maldonado-Passage after the latter filed for bankruptcy due to Baskin’s lawsuit. However, according to an interview with Tiger King producer, Eric Goode, the G.W. Zoo is not doing very well under Lowe’s leadership.

“I got a very long text today from Jeff Lowe, who is running Joe’s old zoo,” Goode told Entertainment Weekly. “All I can tell you is that he is basically operating on fumes. No one is going now, and there’s no source of income, and that’s been going on for a long time.”

Although Lowe is building a new zoo, the Oklahoma Zoo, will not open until late summer 2020. He often shares pictures and videos on social media with the animals at the zoo. There are no reports yet about what Baskin is planning to do with the land and buildings.

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Why 'Jeopardy!' Champ Ken Jennings Originally Turned Down the 'Greatest Of All Time' Tournament: 'I Told Them No'

Ratings soared when Jeopardy! aired its “Greatest Of All Time” tournament with top champs Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter competing for the title.

Though Jennings ended up winning the entire match, he confessed that he originally wasn’t on board with going another round on the game show.

‘Jeopardy!’ was literally a game-changer for the champ

In an interview with the Boston Globe last month, Jennings talked about the impact Jeopardy! has had on his life.

“It changed everything,” Jennings shared. “Them calling me in 2004 and saying, ‘Hey, you’re going to be on Jeopardy!‘ at that point, I could’ve died happy.”

The game show champion revealed that his first go-round on the competition was even more memorable than earning the coveted “Greatest Of All Time” title.

“Winning that first game, nothing — not even the GOAT — compares with that,” Jennings said. “Because you realize no matter what happens, they can’t take this away. I’m a Jeopardy! champion to the grave.”

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Taking notes on James Holzhauer

Since Jennings was familiar with Rutter’s gaming style, he prepped for the best-out-of-seven tournament by focusing on episodes featuring Holzhauer.

“There was a ton of watching James. Brad’s game I know — he’s a remarkable Final Jeopardy player, and if he gets his buzzer timer going, I don’t know how you beat him,” Jennings revealed. “But James had such an unusual strategy.”

The Jeopardy! GOAT began to pick up on Holzhauer’s strategy of jumping around the board and going ‘all in’ on Daily Doubles. “It really struck me how much of James’s impact is just psychological,” Jennings explained. “The notion that he puts the game away before the first commercial, [and competitors] just check out. It’s just so demoralizing.”

Watching Holzhauer made Jennings realize he needed to follow suit. “I realized two things: One, there will be games where he does that and I just need to keep my cool,” he said. “Two, his strategy is so effective, particularly with big wagers. The only way to beat someone doing that is to do it yourself.”

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Thankfully, Ken Jennings changed his mind

Before Holzhauer’s ratings-inducing run on the show, Jennings and Rutter had competed in a team tournament. The game show champ assumed that his stint on Jeopardy! was over after that.

“I heard very soon after James’s [initial] run,” Jennings recalled of being contacted for the GOAT challenge. “Brad and I had just been on earlier that year for a team tournament, so I thought I was off for a while, or maybe forever. They called me and said: ‘We want to have you, Brad and James [play] in prime time.’”

Surprisingly, the quiz master turned down the opportunity at first. “I told them no,” Jennings confessed. “I was having the Flowers for Algernon experience, being in my 40s, and not feeling as good at trivia as I did when I was young and sharp. I said I think I’m past my prime.”

Fortunately, persistence won out when Jeopardy! producers wouldn’t accept ‘no’ for an answer. “They called back and said, ‘We really would love you to do this.’ And [I realized] when the chips are down, I’m not going to turn down a chance to play Jeopardy! during the Alex Trebek years.”

After winning the grand prize of $1 million and earning the title of Jeopardy’s Greatest Of All Time, Jennings is probably very grateful he had a change of heart.

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Daisy Lowe reveals her hair fell out and she was forced into rehab after Strictly appearance led to secret breakdown – The Sun

FOR most celebrities, appearing on Strictly Come Dancing opens up a string of lucrative job offers — but for Daisy Lowe it also led to a secret breakdown.

The model needed two trips to rehab after she became a reclusive wreck due to the stress caused by the death of her grandfather Eddie Davis and a manic work schedule.

Her condition was so bad that her hair fell out, she could not speak and she barely slept for four months.

Daisy, 31, revealed: “I had done Strictly Come Dancing which was the greatest experience in my career.

“I knew what I was doing for six months straight, which, as a self-employed person, was the dream.

“But it’s incredibly high-octane and my favourite person in the world passed away on my very first day as I was being introduced to everyone who was part of the Strictly family.

“I got the call and I had to make my choice. I wanted to quit and come back some day after I’d grieved.

“But my grandmother called me and said, ‘Don’t you dare — go and win this for him.’

“Obviously I didn’t win, but I did have a wonderful time.”

Despite coping with her grief, Daisy and dance being partner Aljaz Skorjanec still managed to last until week eight of the 13-week competition, which was won by BBC sports presenter Ore Oduba.

Daisy added: “Getting kicked out after week eight, when I thought I could go all the way to week 12 or 13, was heartbreaking.

“I felt as though I’d failed my grandfather and his memory.”

After her stint on the show ended in October 2016, Daisy went on the Strictly nationwide tour.

During downtime she wowed fans with an Instagram pic of a steamy trip to a Liverpool hotel sauna with dance pals Karen Clifton, Louise Redknapp and Luba Mushtuk.

I had no idea how much I was struggling, but I was really clutching at straws

And thanks to the hit BBC TV show, the job offers came flooding in.

Desperate to make the most of her time in the limelight, Daisy filled her schedule with as many as eight work gigs a day.

But after using the pay cheques to buy a house and set up her own production company, the reality of Daisy’s new life hit her.

And it was the loss of her beloved grandpa — affectionately known as Fast Eddie — that affected her the most.

She said: “I wanted to pay off my mortgage faster than I originally planned. It was one of those big dreams.

“Also, I was 28 at the time and I thought that I’d be buying a home with someone.

“Maybe in the back of my mind I thought, ‘Wow I’m really doing this on my own’. And I’m doing it on my own because my gramps isn’t here to hold my hand.

“I had no idea how much I was struggling, but I was really clutching at straws.

“I was frightening myself. I was having heart palpitations and I was quite shaky and talking very quickly. I got to Christmas and I just broke.”

Things became so serious that she didn’t leave the house for seven months and was only able to speak a handful of words.

Daisy said: “The strangest thing happened. I think that I was so burned out that I lost the ability to speak.

“All I could really say was, ‘I’m sad’ or ‘I’m scared’ or ‘I feel really anxious’.

“Eventually I was like, ‘God, is this going to last for ever?’

“I’d been to the doctors and I’d been signed off work with clinical depression.

“I had been tried on a few different antidepressants and all of them had very adverse effects.

“I didn’t sleep for four months. The insomnia was so unbearable.


“I was shaking, I lost my appetite and my hair started falling out. It was horrific.”

Daisy’s mum, 50-year-old fashion designer Pearl Lowe, intervened by getting her to see psychotherapist John McKeown, who runs rehabilitation centre Ibiza Calm.

The luxury clinic, which is in a 500-year-old farmhouse on the Spanish island, focuses on individual and group therapy, educational lectures, meditation, yoga and exercise.

At first Daisy was reluctant to open up, even though she was with just a handful of other patients.

Talking on John’s podcast The Wagon, Daisy said: “I think I spent the first few days just looking at my hands, looking at the food I was eating, looking at the floor — a lot of looking down.

“It wasn’t until about week four that someone said, ‘Every time I look at you you’re just like this weak, injured bird. You’re actually a really powerful woman. Sit up’.

“People respond to the energy you’re putting out. So I thought, ‘Sit up, fold your arms, be tough’.

“When I had quiet moments I would go to visit the chickens. I learnt how to pick one up.

“I don’t eat chicken any more. I can’t because they were a really big part of my recovery. You get your hand held through this important recovery process.

"You feel like a family and even though I couldn’t really speak, I felt so much love for everyone in there.

“Yoga was so powerful and exercise got those endorphins going. I was doing kickboxing, and by the time I left I was beating the crap out of my depression. It was so powerful.”

By the time Daisy returned to the UK she felt herself again — but her joy was short-lived.

She said: “I came home and got all excited that I could speak again.

“I was very happy and I did exactly the same thing — worked myself into the ground.

“I think I managed two months before the anxiety was through the roof and I couldn’t cope.

“I signed up to do all of this work and I was like, ‘I can’t cope’.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with their mental health, be it addiction, burnout, depression

Daisy returned to Ibiza for rehab.

She said: “I think I got more out of my second stint because I wasn’t afraid to be there.

“In the group therapy I really dealt with some old issues, old resentments. Before my burnout I really struggled with anger.

“I still find it hugely uncomfortable but I think that was a big thing for me.

“I realised that I had never really gotten angry and it is a really powerful emotion.

“The whole spectrum of emotions are really important and I think I had suppressed it so much that it had all gone inward.

“I then got very angry, and probably not in a very constructive way, with all the people that I’d been angry with for a very long time and never said anything to.

“That was very important to my full recovery. I had been holding on to that stuff for a very long time and I had to expel it all in an explosion.”

Daisy says she probably “wouldn’t be here” if it were not for her mother’s intervention and her trips to the rehab centre.

She says she is now actively working on keeping well to avoid another relapse.

Daisy revealed: “Every morning I write three things I’m grateful for and three things that are my intentions for the day.

“Even if I’ve woken up a bit groggy, had a bad dream or haven’t slept that well, that at least steers me in a positive direction.

“Through being really unwell I have a really incredible, tight-knit and small support network.

“They are all hilarious and I can be completely real with them.

"I can show up with no make-up on, spot cream and a tracksuit and I won’t be judged at all.

“I make sure that I don’t ever isolate again. That was a big one for me — never allow myself to get to a place where I can even do that.

“I know that without talking about this stuff there will still be a stigma attached to it.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t struggle with their mental health, be it addiction, burnout, depression.

“Everyone experiences it. Whether they admit it is another thing.”

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'Jeopardy!' Fans Slam the Game Show For Underpaying Its Contestants

The popular game show Jeopardy! has been around since the 1960s, though it went through a revitalization in the 1980s that turned it into more of what it is today. These days, the show is still the same at its core, and those who come in second and third place don’t win nearly as much money as they might have accumulated through the rounds. Now, some fans are calling for that to change.

‘Jeopardy!’ rewards the first place winner with the most money

Those who watch Jeopardy!certainly know by now that whoever comes in first place wins the earningsthey accumulated for that show. And as the winner continues his or her streak,the money continues to add up.

Former contestants such as Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, Julia Collins, and Brad Rutter have all accumulated copious amounts of money from the game show, with Jennings and Holzhauer winning more than $2 million each. But for those who finish second and third on the game show, the prize money is far less.

The second and third place winners don’t win as much as we thought

Although the second and third place winners sometimes accumulate a ton of money during the show based on answering high-point-value questions, they don’t walk away with as much as it seems. Actually, the numbers are often much lower. The second place winner earns $2,000, while the third place winner earns $1,000, regardless of the monetary value of the questions the contestants answered. The only contestant who keeps their actual earnings is the first place winner. Now, though, some fans are speaking up.

Fans suggested the consolation prize money is too low for those appearing on the show

Jeopardy! fans often take to Reddit to discuss their thoughts on the show. And though it’s typically positive discussion, a conversation about Jeopardy! earnings prompted some fans to speak out about the payments being unfair — mostly for the third place winner.  

“… The $1000 third place wins is often just barely enough, or not enough, to cover your expenses of coming to the show,” one fan posted to Reddit, suggesting that it’s time to increase the prize money for those who place second and third. Others agreed, with one user suggesting that “after taxes” the third place prize almost certainly wouldn’t cover travel expenses.

Fans also debated whether points should convert to dollars the way they do for the first place winner, though one user suggested it might mean that those in second and third place don’t try as hard.

‘Jeopardy!’ is currently on a filming hiatus due to COVID-19

The show took a hiatus in March after COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, and filming has not resumed. There has been no date announced for when filming will start again, but the show is reportedly taking the California lockdown into account as well as Alex Trebek’s health and how many people it is safe for him to be around. Filming could be on hold until late August, which is the length of time for which California has debated continuing the lockdown. For now, avid watchers can watch the teacher’s competition in the show’s regular time slot each night.

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