Sir David Jason hints Only Fools and Horses would be cancelled today: ‘Not greeted well’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Sir David Jason, 82, has spoken out on the beginnings of Only Fools and Horses and how he believes the show would be perceived today. The actor said the first series of the hit BBC show “had about three people watching it” but bosses decided to keep it regardless.

He said: “It was not greeted well. With comedy you have to give it time to breathe, so the audience can learn about the characters.

“We got another series and even given the chance to keep improving.”

“They don’t want to do that these days, they just want the audience figures,” the Del Boy star concluded, according to the Mirror.

David’s remarks come after his co-star John Challis issued a warning about the future of comedy shortly before his death last year.

Patrick Murray, who portrayed Mickey Pearce in Only Fools and Horses, also spoke out against censorship.

The 65-year-old actor admitted he would like to see a film revival of the series, but feared it would be “constrained” by “woke” culture.

He said he was concerned viewers would now take offence over the word “plonker”.

Patrick also explained he would be worried the BBC could “ruin” the sitcom by being too cautious.

Amanda Holden, 51, causes stir with jaw-dropping nude snap wearing diamonds ‘worth £1m’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Amanda Holden, 51, stunned her followers once again as she dared to bare her incredible figure in a nude photograph. The Britain’s Got Talent judge concealed her modesty with just a white fur cover-up and informed her fans that she was dripping in “over 1,000 diamonds”

The sultry snap was taken in honour of Heart radio’s Make Me A Millionaire.

Amanda shared it to her 1.8 million Instagram followers and said: “So proud to be involved in the biggest day of the year for @thisisheart with the biggest prize on UK radio #MillionPoundFinal.

“To celebrate I’m wearing over 1000 diamonds worth £1 million!!!  

“There was a security guard hovering and they left with the ring and necklace within 10 minutes of this picture.”

Hundreds of her followers and famous friends took to the comments to share their stunned reaction to the jaw-dropping snap.

Piers Morgan shared three fire emojis and said: “Hot…diamonds.”

Fashion designer Melissa Odabash echoed: “Omgggg you are one hottie.”

And Amanda’s Heart co-presenter Ashley Roberts replied with four fire emojis. 

Megan McKenna opens up about ‘rough childhood’ after unknowingly ‘poisoning’ herself | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Megan McKenna, 29, says that she had “quite a rough childhood” as she was “poisoning” herself with food she didn’t know she couldn’t eat. Megan was unknowingly battling coeliac disease before her diagnosis at the age of 10 and was plagued by excruciating symptoms like stomach aches, bloating and diarrhoea.

The condition means that Megan’s immune system would attack and damage her gut whenever she ate gluten.

In a new interview with Express.co.uk, Megan says her condition had a particularly adverse effect on her childhood.

She explained: “I was very, very skinny when I was 10 and that was when I was diagnosed with everything.  

“It did take a few years to get myself strong again because I had been basically poisoning myself by eating the food I didn’t know I couldn’t eat for so many years.

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“Back then, coeliac disease wasn’t known so I had quite a rough childhood.

“But I think I am lucky that I went through it when I was younger because now I am so much healthier and I know what I can and can’t have.  

“I had to go for numerous tests and I had a homeopath so I could be guided in the right way.”

Despite eventually receiving the diagnosis, Megan’s struggles would continue into secondary school as she felt “embarrassed” about being “different”.

The reality star has now decided to help others suffering with the condition.

The X Factor: Celebrity winner has released a gluten-free cookbook called Can You Make That Gluten-Free?

It features 80 recipes with everything from “starters to cakes, posh dinners and cheaper meals”.

Discussing the book, Megan explained: “If people follow the recipes in my book they will be really surprised.

“I think people get so scared when you say ‘gluten-free’.  

“They think they have to eat something really plain and boring, but you can make everything gluten-free.”

Can You Make That Gluten-Free? By Megan McKenna is published by Hamlyn, £20.00, www.octopusbooks.co.uk

‘Celebrating lumps and bumps’ Denise Welch sparks frenzy as she flaunts curves in swimsuit | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

She jetted off on a holiday with husband Lincoln Townley, who she explained had whisked her away as part of a “birthday treat”.

In the pictures, she could be seen wearing a show-stopping neon pink, snakeskin swimsuit with a bright orange cover-up.

She paired the colourful outfit with a crimson red lipstick and a pair of white platform heels.

Denise told her Instagram fans she was having a “wonderful time” during her sun-soaked break.

Ray Liotta was sent horse’s head by Frank Sinatra’s family after snub: ‘Too uncomfortable’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ star Ray Liotta sadly died in his sleep aged 67, it was announced yesterday. The Emmy-winner was in the Dominican Republic shooting the movie ‘Dangerous Waters’, according to his publicist Jennifer Allen. Ray starred as Shoeless Joe Jackson in ‘Field of Dreams’ in 1989, before his most iconic role in ‘Goodfellas’ a year later. The legendary actor played the gangster Henry Hill in Martin Scorsese’s classic mob movie set in New York.

During his life, Ray was a much sought-after talent, who consistently had multiple projects in the pipeline.

The star’s abilities on screen even attracted the attention of Frank Sinatra’s daughters Nancy and Tina, who asked him to play their father in a miniseries about the crooner they were working on in the Nineties.

But the ‘Goodfellas’ actor turned the pair down, only to play old Blue Eyes in 1998 biopic, ‘The Rat Pack’.

His snub of the singer’s daughters did not go unnoticed, and they sent him a horse’s head in response.

Ray opened up about the gangster-inspired gesture in an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage in November 2021.

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The actor chatted to the late night talk show host and car fanatic as they drove around in one of Frank’s vintage motors.

He said: “We were doing the movie and I got delivered a horse’s head.

“Obviously, it wasn’t a real one, but it was a horse’s head. And, you know, a horse’s head means you’re toast.”

The symbolic sending of a horse’s head is one of the most shocking scenes of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 gangster epic, ‘The Godfather’.

Film producer Jack Woltz receives the decapitated head of his prize racehorse Khartoum after refusing a request from the Corleone family to cast Johnny Fontane in a new movie.

Ray’s film ‘The Rat Pack’ was a critical success, bagging three Emmy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe for Don Cheadle, who played Sammy Davis Jr.

Following Ray’s death, tributes flooded in from film fans and the actor’s fellow Hollywood stars.

Among them was Martin Scorsese, who admitted he was “absolutely shocked and devastated” at his passing.

In a statement, he said: “He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so courageous as an actor.

“Playing Henry Hill in ‘Goodfellas’ was a tall order, because the character had so many different facets, so many complicated layers, and Ray was in almost every scene of a long, tough shoot.

“He absolutely amazed me, and I’ll always be proud of the work we did together on that picture. My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it aches for his loss, way too early.”

Kevin Spacey charged with four sex assaults in UK | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday said the Oscar-winning actor will face five charges – four for sexual assault and one for another serious sexual offence.

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in London, between March 2005 and August 2008, and in Gloucestershire in April 2013.

The Metropolitan Police said the alleged victims are in their 30s and 40s.

While the CPS has authorised the charges, it is understood the US actor has not been formally charged because he is not in the country.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “The CPS has authorised criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.

He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent.

“The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.”

She added: “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Spacey are active and that he has the right to a fair trial.”

The CPS would neither confirm nor deny whether Spacey will need to be extradited to the UK.

But in general, an accused person can choose to return to face charges. If this does not happen, prosecutors can seek to begin extradition proceedings.

Spacey, a former artistic director of

The Old Vic theatre in London, has won two Oscars – for best supporting actor in the 1996 movie The Usual Suspects and for best actor in American Beauty, made in 2000.

The sex offences charges come after a trailer for his new film, Peter Five Eight, was launched at the Cannes Film Festival.

Spacey, who was not at the French resort, plays a villain in the movie opposite co-star Rebecca De Mornay.

It is not the first time the actor has been accused of a sexual offence.

In 2019, he was arraigned and later appeared in court in Nantucket, Massachusetts, US, after an 18-yearold bus boy alleged Spacey had groped him in a restaurant.

But the case was later dropped because of “the unavailability of the complaining witness”.

In recent years, the actor has kept a low profile but in July, 2021, he was spotted on set in Dunsmuir, California, smoking a cigarette.

Spacey’s representatives have been approached for comment.

Bond Girl Ursula Andress looks breathtaking in unearthed photos from movie She | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Bond Girl Ursula Andress, 86, stunned in unearthed behind-the-scenes photographs from the 1965 film, She.

In the sensational stills, the Swiss actress can be seen looking fierce in a gown and headdress featuring gold details.

The fabulous outfit featured feathers all over and cinched Ursula’s slim waist.

Ursula’s long, blonde locks were mostly covered by the head piece, while her features were accentuated by a smokey eye and light makeup.

In the adventure film, Ursula portrays an immortal queen who rules the lost city of Kuma in central-east Africa.

Ursula had her film breakthrough as Bond Girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962).

She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the 1967 Bond parody Casino Royale.

Eva Longoria, 47, wows in risqué cut-out gown as she parties with A-listers at Cannes | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Eva Longoria, 47, turned heads at Thursday’s amfAR charity gala in a black gown with cut-outs to show off the actress’ toned torso and a leg slit which went all the way up to her hip. Eva’s sculpted figure was on full display in the asymmetric dress which was held up by a thin strap over one shoulder. 

The petite star elevated her height with a pair of sparkly black heels and accessorized with some silver earrings. 

Eva kept her hair off her face in a ponytail and sported smokey eye-makeup with a nude lip for the evening. 

The 47-year-old looked like she was having a ball as she partied with a host of celebrities at the event. 

In attendance was Christina Aguilera, Naomi Campbell, Ricky Martin, actress Milla Jovovich and Russian model Natasha Poly. 

The amfAR charity gala is held in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival and raises money to support the organisation’s dedication to AIDS research. 

‘A fighter and a champion’ Alec Baldwin announces mother’s death in heartfelt tribute | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

“Born Carol Newcomb Martineau, in Syracuse on December 15, 1929, she was the child of Roy and Marion Martineau and had one brother, Daniel, and five sisters, Patricia, Joan, Diane, Louise and Rebecca.”

The message added how Carol met her future husband, Alexander R Baldwin Jr, also known as Alec, while both attended Syracuse University.

In 1954, the couple uprooted to Long Island where Alec died in 1983 at age 55.

The statement also revisited Carol’s achievements in breast cancer research and support after battling the disease herself.

Jennifer Aniston gives rare insight into Brad Pitt divorce during Ellen Show final episode | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Reflecting on The Ellen Show’s debut, the presenter asked: “What do you remember? I remember vividly you being on the first show.

She continued: “I want to talk about the ending of Friends – what did you do to deal with that?”

Hit NBC sitcom Friends ran from 1994 to 2004, featuring Jennifer alongside her main co-stars Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

Speaking candidly, Jennifer replied: “Well, I got a divorce and went into therapy.”