Narcos Mexico: Why did Diego Luna refuse to meet the real Felix Gallardo?

Narcos: Mexico season two was released earlier this year on Netflix for fans to follow the downfall of drug boss ‘el padrino’ Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. In the series he is played by actor Diego Luna whose depiction of the real-life figure has been widely praised.

Why did Diego Luna refuse to meet the real Felix Gallardo?

The first two seasons of Narcos Mexico on Netflix mainly feature the story of Felix Gallardo.

As fans of the show will know, he was a Mexican drug dealer who helped form the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1970s.

By the 1980s, he was in charge of almost all of the drug trafficking in Mexico and the border between the US which made it possible.

However, as the second season of Narcos: Mexico shows, this was not to last for the well-known drug kingpin.


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By the end of the 1980s, he had lost much of his power and was arrested by Mexican authorities in 1989.

He is currently serving a 37-year sentence in a Mexican prison and it is expected he will be out in 2026.

Although when it came to portraying him, actor Diego Luna revealed he did not consult with the real-man at all.

He spoke to Variety about this ahead of the second season of the show, explaining he did not think he would gain much from an interview.

Luna told the publication: “There is a very long interview he gives that I read, but then I realised it was more useful for me to read what people said about him.

“I think if I ask you who you are, you might say half-truths, but if I ask the people around you what stamp you left in their lives, I might understand who you were.”

The actor also told Entertainment Tonight how he would try to ignore any requests to speak to him or those around him if they came.

He explained: “If that ever happens, I will try to ignore it as much as possible.

“It’s not something I need to know. To me, the purpose of doing this is what can be said about the big picture.


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“I’m not here to give you a take or an angle no one has seen before, because that would be pretentious. And also, it’s not a character that you can find anywhere.

“It’s not like Escobar, where you have documentaries, you have other films, you have recordings, you have books, you have notes.

“Gallardo is pretty much a character that people don’t actually know, so that gave me some freedom.”

Now the second season has come to an end, fans of the show are eager to know if there will be a third outing of the show.

Nothing has been confirmed so far but if it does it has been confirmed Luna will not be back to reprise his role.


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This was confirmed by series showrunner Eric Newman to The Hollywood Reporter.

He said: “But I do think [this is our goodbye to that character]. Diego is going off to a galaxy far, far away!

“He’ll always be with us in spirit and, honestly, what an incredible privilege to work with him the last two years. I love him.”

Instead, viewers will be able to see him next in the Disney+ live-action series about his Star Wars character Cassian Andor.

Narcos: Mexico seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix.

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Tiffani Thiessen Has Been Sending Eggs to Friends Amid COVID Crisis

Tiffani Thiessen is making the most of self-isolation, and she’s already on her way to cultivating a more self-sufficient life for her family with a massive home garden.

The actress and mother-of-two joined ET’s Katie Krause via video chat from her home, and opened up about how she’s been keeping busy while staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak, including making her own food from her massive garden and her seven chickens.

“But they have been the highlight through all of this, I’ll tell ya,” said Thiessen, who shot a tour of her home garden for ET, including her rows of vegetables, her copious fruit trees and her chicken enclosure. “I’ve gotten a lot of phone calls lately of people wanting produce, and there’s so much citrus happening right now… I’m definitely a hot commodity in the neighborhood.”

Among the many people asking for some fresh food during these trying times are a few of Thiessen’s friends and former TV co-stars, including Saved By The Bell‘s Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who shared a video of himself picking up a bundle of eggs from her house.

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“He actually came to me. What I did is I actually put them outside our gates and then he actually came by and picked them up because he was out and about,” Thiessen said of the exchange, adding that Gosselaar had previously gifted them with some craft beer. “He doesn’t live far. Maybe 15 minutes, 10 minutes at most. So he’s not far at all.”

Thiessen added that she’s also gone on a few deliveries for friends and family, “Some that worked out great, some that didn’t work out so great.”

“One delivery I actually dropped all of the eggs and cracked every single one of them,” she recalled. “It was pretty funny, my friends were like, ‘Are you trying to egg our house? What are you doing?!'”

Thiessen, her husband Brady Smith, and their two kids — 9-year-old daughter Harper and 4-year-old son Holt — have been in self-isolation due to extensive social distancing protocols for more than two weeks, and the actress says that they, like so many others in the same situation, are just “taking it day-by-day.”

“We wake up every morning feeling thankful that we’re healthy and that we have each other, and everybody in my circle is good,” she shared. “It is what it is and we’re trying to make the best of it.”

One thing that has been a big part of the family’s life since the outbreak began is getting more in touch with cooking and gardening, as the actress said she “really wanted to teach [the kids] where their food came from.”

“I mean, here we are cooking three meals a day, two to three snacks a day, you know? I mean, that’s a lot. I cook a lot already, don’t get me wrong, but it’s a lot more than ever before,” she shared. “It’s given us more of a chance to get the kids in the kitchen with me, which they’ve always been huge about. They’ve always loved doing that, but it’s definitely been more of it because now we’re cooking breakfast, and lunch, and dinner.”

An upside for Thiessen is that having to stay home hasn’t been as much of a challenge from a mental perspective, because she’s always been “very much a homebody,” so not having to worry about getting styled for an event or an interview has been fine by her.

“I love not having to put hair or make up on. I love having my hair in a topknot or a ponytail,” she shared. “I don’t wash it more than twice a week at most, depending on how sweaty I get from my workouts. I never wear make up unless I have to. And I’m usually barefoot! Like, I never put shoes on ever.”

However, while she’s been making the most of a bad situation, Thiessen admitted that the nation-wide shut-down of the entertainment industry has had an impact on her directly.

“The last season of Alexa and Katie, we already shot, so that will be coming out,” Thiessen said of her Netflix series. “But there was a couple of other projects I had. I had a TV project that I was in like a week away from shooting. Another project that was literally two days from shooting. So a lot got shut down.”

Since neither project has been shot yet, Thiessen said she couldn’t elaborate on either one. Fans have speculated that she may have some involvement with the upcoming Saved By the Bell revival — which Gosselaar is confirmed to have a role in — but nothing has been announced or confirmed regarding Thiessen’s potential involvement.

As Thiessen has been gardening, cooking and delivering eggs during this national crisis, she said she recognizes that everyone is having “a hard time mentally grasping the sort of newness in our world right now,” and had a bit of advice for those trying to keep things together.

“The two things that have helped me the most are getting outside — literally just being outside with fresh air, whether you’re in cold, whether you’re in hot right now, it doesn’t matter. It’s just fresh air,” Thiessen said, sharing her tips for mental health while in self-isolation.

“And then secondly, just staying connected. Staying connected to people, to your family, with people that you’re close with, your friends,” she continued. “I’ve been doing these Zoom cocktail hours with my girlfriends. I’m literally going to be talking to my grandmother tonight, who is 94 years old. It’s super important to stay connected.”

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Emma Weymouth: Strictly star breaks silence after father-in-law’s death from coronavirus

Emma Weymouth, 34, has spoken after her father-in-law, Alexander Thynn passed away aged 87, after contracting coronavirus. The Strictly Come Dancing star thanked the NHS nurses and doctors for their care and support.

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Emma Weymouth

Emma shared her news and confirmed he had passed away on Saturday at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

The TV star wrote: “’It is with the deepest sadness that I share the news that my father in law, Lord Bath, has died at the age of 87.

“Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, passed away on Saturday.”

Emma continued: “He was admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath on March 28 where it was confirmed he had the coronavirus.

“We would like to express our great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexanders in these extremely difficult times for everyone.”

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AJ Pritchard on next career move with brother Curtis ‘It’s so exciting’

AJ Pritchard, 25, recently quit BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing after “an amazing four years”, and now the professional dancer has revealed his “exciting” dream career he hopes to achieve with brother, Curtis Pritchard, 24.

We want to explore a variety of things.

Curtis Pritchard

After AJ shocked the nation and the Strictly bosses when he left the dancing competition, the professional dancer has now admitted what his real dream job would be.

The Strictly star told “I think for us it’s that variety show style, like bringing it back to what it used to be when you had, for example, Bruce Forsyth, who could dance, he could entertain and host the show.”

He continued: “These sort of Saturday night TV shows, that is our passion, definitely.

“But we would love to be doing more work as we did earlier last year with Lorraine, presenting, hosting red carpets.”


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Love Island star, Curtis then told the publication that they would both “love to do it together”.

Curtis said: “We want to explore a variety of things really, you know, where AJ and I, all we are is two young, hardworking lads and we just love to work.

“We love to do things and we love to do it together so let’s see what the world can offer. Let’s bring it on,” he added.

The Strictly star also revealed ideas are starting to come “through the door” after his exit from the BBC dance show.

He said: “And the way that myself and Curtis work. we work 110% of whatever project it is.

“So it’s nice to see all the ideas that are coming through the door, all the things that we’ve got planned for the future.”

After AJ announced his departure, he previously admitted that it was “a relief fo finally quit” and how it was “the right move” to The Sun.

The dancer said: “I did have to turn down things in the past, which I was upset about sometimes, but I understood I was part of Strictly Come Dancing.

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“Now I am going to pursue things I didn’t have the time for. It’s the right move.”

He then continued: “It’s a relief to finally quit. If I didn’t further my development now, while at my peak mental well-being, I would regret it.”

AJ joined the show back in 2016, and was partnered up with Youtube star Saffron Barker, 19, on last year’s series.

While speaking about his time on the BBC show, he said every year he told himself that he was going to win.


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He explained: “I keep telling myself every year [that I’m going to win] and then I get there and get to the semi-final and get kicked out and then I’m at the final crying.”

During the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, AJ and Curtis have been raising money for the NHS by teaching their followers dance routines to learn on social media.

The pair have encouraged their followers to donate and follow their social media campaign #DressUpDanceDonate.

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'Tiger King' Star Joe Exotic Gives Interview From Jail, Talks Carole

Tiger King star Joe Exotic is answering some of viewers’ biggest questions from jail.

By now, it seems like everyone has heard of Exotic — whose real name is  Joseph Maldonado-Passage — the extremely colorful star of Netflix’s docuseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. The Netflix hit follows big cat breeders and trainers across the country, namely, Exotic, who is currently serving 22 years in federal prison after being convicted for allegedly attempting to hire someone to murder Carole Baskin, his longtime nemesis. Baskin, an animal activist, runs the animal sanctuary Big Cat Rescue.

In an interview from jail that Netflix shared on Twitter on Friday, which was done on March 22, Exotic says he’s actually done with his intense feud with Baskin.

“I’m done with the Carole Baskin saga,” he says over the phone. “It’s now time to turn the tables and Joe get out of jail a free man and exonerated from all these charges.”

As for how things are with his fourth husband, Dillon, he said the two are still going strong.

“I can’t thank my husband enough for standing beside me,” he says.

Exotic still has a sense of humor despite being in jail, laughing when asked if he’s still going to be “as crazy” as he was before once he gets out of prison.

“That will never change,” he says.

“You know, it would be nice if I could actually see me being famous out there,” he adds about Tiger King going viral. “But I’ve seen these same four walls for a year and a half now.”

ET learned on Tuesday that Exotic is currently in quarantine while behind bars due to the coronavirus outbreak. He was transferred from a county jail — where he was being held since his sentencing in January — to a federal prison in Fort Worth, Texas. Due to concerns surrounding the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, the Tiger King star was quarantined as a safety precaution upon his arrival at the prison, which is currently a standard procedure for all inmates currently checking into any prison due to the circumstances.

ET has recently spoken to a number of Tiger King‘s cast members via video chat, including Jeff Lowe and his wife, Lauren Dropla, who discussed their portrayal in the Netflix docuseries. The couple is seen taking over Exotic’s zoo prior to his arrest and conviction, but Lowe denied to ET that they set up Exotic.

“We did not do anything. We did not rat on Joe,” he insisted. “We did not snitch on Joe.”

“It’s sad that people think that we set him up, but what we did was we protected ourselves,” he continued. “Lauren and I didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m not about to take the fall for Joe’s crimes. When the feds started investigating Joe and we were tipped off by the confidential informant… we knew that we had no choice. We had to tell them what we knew. We handed them over our cell phones, our bank accounts, whatever they asked for we gave them, cooperated fully.”

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Death in Paradise: JP Hooper set for major move as fans spot big spoiler

Ralf Little who plays DI Neville Parker took a little while to get used to the way of the island, but once he did he realised it wasn’t so bad after all and at the end of the last series promised to stick around and help. The show should return sometime next year but Death in Paradise fans are always looking for clues as to what is to come for the characters. Now, Reddit users think they have spotted a major clue suggesting there could be a big promotion on the horizon for JP Hooper (Tobi Bakare). 

Hooper joined Honoré Police Station back in series four of the BBC show and has been a staple of the show since.

He joined when Sergeant Florence Cassell (Joséphine Jobert) was promoted to Detective Sergeant. 

Hooper quickly made great friends with Officer Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules) until he left the show in series eight. 

Dwayne opened Hooper’s eyes to a less conventional style of policing allowing him to carve his own path on the island. 


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But since Dwayne’s exit fans have been convinced that Hooper is in for a promotion at the beginning of the next series after spotting a pattern. 

Dwayne technically was replaced by Officer Ruby Patterson (Shyko Amos) last series and Hooper was put in charge of showing her the ropes. 

Ruby definitely wasn’t what Hooper expected and struggled to get to grips with the live wire new officer. 

But, Hooper has been working hard to prove himself and it’s not gone unnoticed. 

One Reddit user said: “JP up? Surely JP is getting promoted after smashing the test. Hopefully he gets promoted or else he might want to move to further his career.”

One user replied: “They’ve always had two sergeants in SM, a uniform, and a detective. 

“So JP will get promoted next season to replace Dwayne’s vacant position.”

Another fan explained: “I always thought it was a DI, a DS and two officers? 

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“I don’t think Dwayne was ever a sergeant. In fact there was an episode in S7 where he got temporarily promoted to DS because Florence was injured.

“I guess it depends on whether Tobi Bakare’s signed up for another series or not. 

“I think there’s a high chance of him leaving the next series – with such great marks in his sergeant exams, it’s not implausible that JP would decide to shift to a bigger police force with more scope for growth and progression in order to support his growing family.”

So what is in store for the officer and will he finally be promoted for his dedication?


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Actor Ralf recently revealed that he has a lot of work to do ahead of the new series. 

He told Metro: “There may be a scene that they write where it’s like, ‘Oh Neville’s having a shower’, and then he sees Harry and he runs out of the shower.

“What I want to happen on the day of shooting, when they go, ‘Okay, can you…?’ I’ll just take my T-shirt off and they’ll go, ‘Wait a second. Why are you ripped?’

“Neville is not meant to be ripped but I’m going to give them no choice.”

Death in Paradise is set to return in 2021 on BBC One. 

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'Tiger King' Jeff Lowe Denies He 'Set Up' Joe Exotic (Exclusive)

Jeff Lowe is speaking out following the release of Tiger King. In an interview with ET’s Lauren Zima via video chat, Lowe and his wife, Lauren Dropla, discussed their portrayal throughout the Netflix docuseries, in which they’re seen taking over Joe Exotic’s zoo, prior to his arrest and conviction. 

In the show, the couple’s role in Exotic’s eventual downfall is questioned, but Lowe insisted, “We did not do anything. We did not rat on Joe. We did not snitch on Joe.”

“It’s sad that people think that we set him up, but what we did was we protected ourselves,” Lowe said. “Lauren and I didn’t do anything wrong, so I’m not about to take the fall for Joe’s crimes.”

“When the feds started investigating Joe and we were tipped off by the confidential informant… we knew that we had no choice. We had to tell them what we knew,” he continued. “We handed them over our cell phones, our bank accounts, whatever they asked for we gave them, cooperated fully.”

That cooperation began after Lowe and Dropla moved to Las Vegas because they “couldn’t deal with” with Exotic anymore. When they discovered that Exotic was changing passwords on their bank accounts, though, they returned to the zoo.

“We came in, we snuck back into town, went to the bank to get our bank statements, and the teller said, ‘You know, I am probably not supposed to tell you this, but the feds are watching your bank account,'” he said. “So we knew at the time that they had been monitoring the bank account, looking for money coming in from Joe selling tiger cubs.”

“We did not say anything, we just went over those bank statements and that’s when we found out that Joe was embezzling [and] forging my name 50 times on $50,000 worth of checks,” Lowe added.

Viewers saw Lowe confront Exotic on the series, in a video that was taken by Dropla.

“We were already planning to confront Joe that day… As soon as I opened the door, Joe came busting in and he actually pushed me up against the wall with the door and it just went off from there,” she explained. “So I just automatically started recording. I said, ‘We need to cover our a**.'”

Lowe added that his wife “records everything” and that the portion of the argument seen on Netflix is “just a tiny, tiny clip of that entire situation,” which was actually hours long. 

“That is I think effectively what saved us from the scrutiny of the federal investigators. Because, initially, I would have been a suspect in cub trafficking because my name was on the park and Joe was breeding all these cats here and selling them,” Lowe said. “We were in Las Vegas. We knew he was selling tiger cubs, everybody in the industry knew… but I couldn’t say anything. He was breeding his own tigers. They weren’t mine. It was none of my business.”

Despite the intense argument and all the problems that followed, Lowe said that he and Dropla “never set [out] to hurt Joe.”

“We came here to actually save Joe… We came back and we bailed him out. We got the park back on its feet,” he said. “… It’s a very small family, the exotic animal industry.” 

“You see all these beautiful animals, knowing that someone like Carole Baskin was going to possibly get all of them,” Lowe added of Exotic’s fiercest foe. “I didn’t want that to happen… We did not want her getting a hold of these tigers because she would have either made money or figured out a way to put them down.”

Overall, Lowe said that he and Dropla “absolutely” feel that they were exploited by the series and that they were “not at all” portrayed accurately.

“It’s aggravating because we lived it. We know where the mistakes were. You wanna get up and hit the TV,” he said. “… They misled all of us… They just twisted around on us. They tried to make us look like we were complicit.”

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Karen Hauer tells The One Show’s Alex Jones to ‘stop it’ as she grills her on romance

Karen Hauer, 37, who is best known for being one of the professionals on Strictly Come Dancing, was questioned about her new boyfriend, David Webb, by host of The One Show, Alex Jones, 43. The professional dancer shied away from the camera and said she was “so shy” when it came to talking romance.

Look at her face! Awww.

Alex Jones

It came during a discussion about Strictly’s Oti Mabuse, 29, and husband Marius Iepure, 37, hosting their own dance and stretch classes during the coronavirus lockdown, when Alex took the opportunity to ask Karen about her beau.

As the former wife of Kevin Clifton talked about her recent project, she said: “David will read a book at seven o clock,” with the presenter then interrupting the Strictly star.

Alex said: “Now wait a minute now, people won’t know who David is…

“Is he the man we just saw doing the exercises?” while they watched back a video of Karen and David doing their work-out class on Instagram.

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Carrying on, Alex then added: “Look at her face! Awww.”

Karen, then shied away from the camera and covered her face with her hands as she told Alex: “I’m so shy, stop it!”

“She loves him,” Alex then teased, and asked: “That’s your new boyfriend, isn’t it?”

The Strictly dancer then responded directly as she added: “He is my new boyfriend, yes.”

While the hosts and Karen were watching the video of their work-out, Karen said: “Look at him go, he does a good shimmy!”

Matt Baker’s temporary replacement, Michael Ball, 57, also added: “The dog was getting involved in the back there.”

The professional dancer then explained: “Yes the dogs are getting involved, but again it’s our daily life.

“We’re just trying to build a structure. Oti, and Marius will do a dance class, I’ll do a stretch class.”

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The Venezuelan Latin dancer then went on to say that This Morning’s Briony Blake helps them out by filming make-up tutorials for people at home to watch.

She added: “What’s nice as well is that all of our friends are coming in and helping out so we have Bryony Blake doing a make-up tutorial.”

Karen and her ex-husband, Kevin, 37, who recently quit Strictly Come Dancing, have now reportedly made the decision to file papers to “dissolve” their dance school.

The Strictly stars opened it a year after they got married in 2015.


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Last year, Kevin stepped back from the responsibilities of the school and left Karen in charge of their business, but now they have decided to put an end to it, according to reports.

A source told The Sun: “Karen and Kevin always tried to stay amicable following the breakdown of their marriage but it hasn’t always been easy.

“The dance school in London was something they had built together but as time went on they felt they couldn’t continue.”

They then revealed that they found it “strange” that both their names were under the business as the insider added: “Having the school in both their names started to feel strange and they decided it was best to have a fresh start.”

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Steph McGovern teases being ‘stuck’ with partner during lockdown: ‘She’s gonna kill me!’

Steph McGovern, 38, made a light-hearted comment about her partner during Thursday’s epsiode of The Steph Show, cracking a joke about being “stuck” at home with her during lockdown. But it was all done in jest, as everyone’s favourite Yorkshire lass attempted to bring some much needed humour and cheer to everyone also stuck at home.

That’s like me and my partner – stuck together!

Steph McGovern

The former BBC presenter’s self-titled Channel 4 show, launched for the first time on Monday but not in a conventional studio.

Tougher measures have meant she has had to move the wouldn’t-be-studio to her own front room, with the boom guy standing outside the window and the sound techs sitting in the garage, all doing a super job to bring The Steph Show to life.

And you know what, it works!

It hasn’t stopped her from making a splash with the new daytime chat show, which so many viewers have praised her for.


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Yesterday, Steph spoke about issues that are affecting everyone across the nation and managed to squeeze in a cheeky swipe at her partner at the same time.

While discussing what has been on her “reasons to be cheerful” list, she encouraged others to send in theirs as well.

Scrolling through tweets from fans wanting to share how they’re getting through isolation, she read out one that provoked her to make the light-hearted remark.

“Lee on Twitter says ‘I’m enjoying this special time with my two rescue cats, they’re making me feel cheerful.’ Aw that’s nice isn’t it!” she cooed.

“‘Two boy cats who hated each other are now learning to like each other.’

“That’s like me and my partner – stuck together!” she mumbled with a grin, comparing it to her own family situation.

As she began to read aloud the next message, she quickly interrupted herself: “Just kidding, she’s going to kill me!”

But we’re sure she’s not alone on that one!

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The former BBC Breakfast presenter also revealed to viewers what she and her family have been doing to pass the time.

Steph and her partner welcomed a baby daughter – whose name has been kept private – back in November, so they’re got their hands full when it comes to being mums.

But speaking earlier in the week, Steph explained: “The real highlight of my day, once I’ve been chatting to all you guys, is going out for a walk, how exciting is going out for a walk now?”

She continued: “After the show, what I do is get the baby in the pram and [say] ‘Right let’s go out’ and we get a bit of air, bit of exercise, wave at the neighbours and all that jazz, and then you’re wondering along, I’m chatting to my baby and then that moment when you see someone, you do the social distance dance!”


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And, with Steph being at home more often, she shared that she’s managed to get their little bundle of joy into an improved sleeping routine.

While speaking to Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke, Steph explained: “Because I’m here all the time now, I’ve actually been able to get the baby into a sleeping pattern!”

Admitting it came as a surprise to her, she exclaimed: “I never thought I’d be able to do [it].”

“I think it’s just because I’m here all the time.”

The Steph Show continues daily at 12pm on Channel 4.

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Clap for our carers on ITV: How to donate to NHS Charities Together

Clap for our Carers is launching tonight on ITV and it will see the channel pause its programming to encourage the nation to pay tribute to NHS staff. The initiative is hoped to spread cheer across the nation and thank the key workers across the country for their selflessness and dedication as they battle coronavirus. Here is everything you need to know about what is happening tonight and how you can get involved.

On April 2, ITV will be getting behind the nation to show their support for the NHS and other frontline workers.

The Clap for Carers trend was made popular in March when households across the country stepped outside their homes and applauded in unison.

The sight was an emotional one and it was the first time the country has felt unified since the coronavirus pandemic started.

Wanting to give a little something back to NHS workers and help spur them on, ITV will be encouraging households to step away from their TVs for a moment.


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Just before The Martin Lewis Money Show at 8pm, ITV will turn off the channel and will urge members of the public to step outside, following the two-metre social distancing rule.

Once outside they are encouraged to spread some cheer and applaud the key healthcare workers who are trying day and night to treat those with COVID-19.

During this time ITV’s regular shows will be replaced by idents created especially by ITV Creative, encouraging viewers to donate to NHS Charities Together.

The first Clap for our Carers took place last Thursday, March 26, and will continue on a weekly basis to offer encouragement.


Viewers are also asked to share messages of support and love, check on their neighbours during isolation and support the mental wellness campaign called Britain Get Talking.

The campaign, which continues throughout the month, urges families to keep in touch with one another over the phone, and check on friends, to support mental health.

Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive at ITV, said “ITV is joining the rest of the country in thanking everyone in the NHS and carers who are doing such a vital and fantastic role.

“So we will pause our programming at 8pm to applaud the heroes within the NHS for the remarkable efforts they are making, and raise as much money for NHS charities as we can thanks to our viewers’ generosity.”

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NHS charity staff have been overwhelmed by the amount of support the public has shown for key workers over the past few weeks.

Families have also been drawing pictures of rainbows which they have stuck in their windows to show their appreciation for key workers.

Annemarie Plas, the creator of the #ClapforourCarers movement in the UK, said: “I am really delighted that ITV is backing the initiative to clap for all who there are out there taking care of us, and helping keep that Thursday 8pm moment alive.”

NHS Charities Together Chief Executive Ellie Orton said: “Joining the wonderful wave of support for the NHS to say a massive thank you together with Clap for our Carers is already making such a difference and today, and because of the brilliant British people, we have already raised nearly £17 million for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.

“Now with ITV’s generosity to give free air time to remind everyone of the opportunity to express their love and thanks and to also give back, we are even more grateful so thank you.

“We are distributing funds to over 140 NHS charities who are the legal way that the NHS receives, holds and spends charitable funds. These funds are above and beyond the funds that the government has provided and together we help provide the very best care for NHS patients.”


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People of all ages have been getting creative and are coming up with new ways to show support for NHS staff.

Some neighbourhoods have been stepping out onto the streets to clap NHS and emergency services staff as they head off on their way to work.

Children have been placing teddy bears in their windows, and of course, the rainbow drawings are becoming more popular, adding a splash of colour to the empty streets.

Families are encouraged to step away from their TV sets tonight, to spend some time thanking those who are working around the clock for the benefit of others.

ITV will host Clap for our Carers tonight at 8pm

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