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MasterChef Australia judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris have broken their silence hours after it was revealed they would not return next season.

Within minutes of each other on Tuesday night, the three chefs posted individual statements on Instagram, with Preston confirming they were "unable to agree to all terms for the new contract" and Mehigan denying that money was the reason why.

"Thank you so very much for supporting @masterchefau over the last 11 years," Preston wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of himself, Mehigan and Calombaris. "We have loved every single moment. It is however with a heavy heart that I can confirm that Season 11 was our last. We were really keen to continue but we were unable to agree to all terms for the new contract."

Preston finished by wishing the "the new judges all the best with the show that we love so much," and said he would not be making any further comment.

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Calombaris shared a similar statement, telling his Instagram followers, "We were close to signing a new contract for Season 12 however the dates just didn't align."

In Mehigan's post, the chef described MasterChef Australia as "a very exclusive club" and said, "it was time to move on [and] have more free time to explore our own creativity."

He denied that leaving the show was about the judges' salaries.

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"It was never about the money and never will be about the money," he wrote. "We couldn't agree on the term of the new contract for 2020 and Season 12. Something we felt very strongly about."

Mehigan finished by hinting he and his co-stars would collaborate again.

"The opportunity to work with Matt and George has been a blessing and something I cherish," he said. "Working together will continue to be the most important thing for us... The three musketeers."

On Tuesday afternoon, Network 10 announced in a statement that Calombaris, Preston and Mehigan would not return for a 12th season of MasterChef Australia.

"Despite months of negotiation, Network 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George," the statement read. "Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world... We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years."

The news came hours before Tuesday night's grand finale and amid calls by unions for Network 10 to dump Calombaris as host after his restaurant group was fined for underpaying 515 workers a total of $7.8 million.

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Ariana Grande has weighed in on accusations of misconduct herald against celebrity photographer Marcus Hyde.

The pop star took to Instagram to urge models not to work with photographers who make them feel uneasy after LA-base model Sunnaya accused Hyde of bribing her for nude photos in exchange for a free photoshoot.

"Please do not shoot with photographers who make you uncomfortable or make you feel like you need to take your clothing off if you don't want to," 26-year-old Grande wrote in an Instagram Stories message. 

"If you want to, sick. but if you don't, please don't. if they tell you you have to pay more money if you're clothed that's f---ed and i'm sorry that has happened to you. I promise there are so many respectful, nice, talented photographers out there.

"I hate hearing about things like this," she concluded. "I am sorry that this was anybody's experience and know that it doesn't have to be." 

But this was the scenario Sunnaya claimed to have been presented with. On Sunday, the model shared a screenshot of an alleged Instagram direct message sent from Hyde, in which he allegedly offered her a free photoshoot in exchange for nude pics. 

"Male photographers be like," Sunnaya captioned the screenshot of the exchange. "Ur f---ing wack."

In the message seemingly written by Hyde, the photographer allegedly asked Sunnaya to send him nudes, but when she refused, the free photoshoot offer was taken off the table. Instead, Hyde allegedly said the shoot would now cost Sunnaya $2000 because he "gotta see if your worth it."

Sunnaya continued to post messages on Instagram regarding her alleged exchange with Hyde — all of which have now been deleted by the social media site. Instagram has also threatened to delete her account altogether because they believe she's challenging "community guidelines."

Meanwhile, Hyde has since deactivated his Instagram account. 

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The photographer has worked with a host of celebrities, including Grande, Chance the Rapper, Jhené Aiko, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. In fact, so strong is his relationship with Kardashian that when Hyde had a near-fatal car accident last October, the reality star donated $25,000 towards his medical costs. 

At the time, Grande also expressed her concern, writing in an Instagram Story, "'I love u [Marcus Hyde] sending all of the light and healing energy I can possibly muster up."

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If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit their website. In an emergency, call 000.

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George Calombaris, Matt Preston and Gary Mehigan will not return as judges in the next season of MasterChef Australia.

Network 10 announced the news in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

"Despite months of negotiation, 10 has not been able to reach a commercial agreement that was satisfactory to Matt, Gary and George," the statement read. "Across 11 sensational seasons, MasterChef Australia has established itself as one of the most popular and respected cooking television series around the world... We would like to thank Gary, George and Matt for their contribution over the past 11 years."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the trio ended negotiations after Network 10 refused to increase their salaries — believed to be well over $1 million each — by more than 40 per cent.

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The news comes hours before tonight's grand finale and amid calls by unions for Network 10 to dump Calombaris as host after his restaurant group was fined for underpaying 515 workers a total of $7.8 million.

On Monday, Tourism WA dropped Calombaris from a major tourism campaign.

More to come.

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - The upcoming Lord of the Rings series at Amazon has made its first casting decision.

Variety has learned from multiple sources that Australian actress Markella Kavenagh is in talks for a role in the upcoming epic fantasy series. Details of Kavenagh's characters are being kept under wraps, but sources say she would be playing a character named Tyra.

Kavenagh is known for having previously starred in the sequel series to the Australian film Romper Stomper as well as for roles in the shows Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Cry. She is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.

Amazon and reps for Kavenagh declined to comment.

The Lord of the Rings series is being developed by the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay. In addition, Game of Thrones alum Bryan Cogman has signed on as a consultant on the project with J.A. Bayona set to direct multiple episodes.

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Little is known about the Lord of the Rings series beyond the fact it will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring. The show's official Twitter account sent out an image of a map along with the two messages: "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie," as well as "Welcome to the Second Age."

In the Tolkien mythology, the Second Age was the time in which the Rings of Power, including Sauron's One Ring, came into existence.

Variety exclusively reported in November 2017 that a Lord of the Rings series was in the works at Amazon, with the streamer announcing a multi-season production commitment shortly thereafter.

The series will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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Hollywood is going wild over Courteney Cox's new Instagram video — and it's not because she's wearing a bikini in the poolside footage.

Yeah, yeah, the former Friends star is 55 years old and looks fabulous, but it's the special effects the actress used in the clip that's the true hero.

In the clip, Cox has reversed a video of herself sipping juice, taking off her bikini cover-up and jumping into the pool. She appears to defy gravity and look effortless cool throughout. Naturally, Missy Elliot's 2002 hip-hop anthem 'Work It' provided the soundtrack to Cox's video.

"Oh so now I finally get what @missymisdemeanorelliott meant by put your thing down, flip it, and reverse it... Only took me ten years," wrote Cox, referencing the song's famous lyrics.

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Cox's celebrity friends were quick to comment on video, showering the actress with praise.

"This is epic," commented Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, while actress Allison Janney wrote, "I don't understand how cool you are." 

Cougar Town co-star Busy Phillips gushed, "This is great," and Aussie actress Isla Fisher let emojis speak for themselves by posting three flame emojis.  

But it was actress Erin Foster who put it perfectly with six flame emojis and this comment, "I don't know what's cooler, the video or how good your body looks."

Check out the video above. 

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The following contains spoilers about the Big Little Lies Season 2 finale.

The demand for more Big Little Lies worked before so why not try it again?

After an explosively successful first season back in 2017, viewers immediately started clamouring for a second season.

This despite the fact that the book by Liane Moriarty that the series is based on did not have a sequel.

But thanks to the magic of television, Season 2 has now happened and people are greedy for more — especially given the finale.

In the final episode Celeste (played by Nicole Kidman) has a massive showdown with Mary-Louise (played by Meryl Streep), who is the mother of Celeste's late husband Perry who was abusive.

Perry (played by Alexander Skarsgard) was pushed to his death at the end of Season 1, and Season 2 ends with Celeste and her friends — who were present when he died — appearing to turn themselves into the police.

Cue Twitter's "Are you for real with this?"

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"I can't believe it ended like that give me season 3 NOW," one person tweeted.

Earlier this year HBO president Casey Bloys didn't sound hopeful regarding a third season in an interview with TV Line.

"I love this group of people — I would do anything with them," he said. "But the reality is, they are some of the busiest actresses working in Hollywood. We have deals with some of them — Nicole [Kidman] is doing her next show [The Undoing] with us. I just think it's not realistic."

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

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Police have been called to investigate the circumstances which lead to reality star Kim Zolciak-Biermann and her family being "kicked off" a flight over the weekend.

The 41-year-old star — who is commonly known for her roles in reality shows Real Housewives of Atlanta and Don't Be Tardy — was travelling from LA to Atlanta with her six children when she and eldest daughter, Brielle Biermann, alleged the entire family were kicked off the plane.

"Tommy at gate 27 delta LAX just kicked my WHOLE FAMILY OFF the flight to ATL bc we were waiting on my dad with our service dog to finish going thru security," tweeted 22-year-old Brielle.  

According to Brielle, her stepdad Kroy Biermann — a former NFL star who played for the Atlanta Falcons — was deemed to be taking too long to fill out paperwork for their service animal, so an employee allegedly forced the family out of the aircraft. It was not revealed which family member the service animal belonged to. 

Brielle then said the incident was not only traumatic for herself, but also her younger siblings, Ariana, 17, KJ, eight, Kash, six, and twins Kane and Kaia, five. 

"KJ & Kash started crying bc they thought we left [dad] and Kaia was literally S----ING AND HE KICKED US OFF!!!!! WTF," Brielle wrote in a since-deleted tweet. "If I f---ing miss my flight home I swear to God."

Matriarch Kim later weighed in on their ordeal saying that authorities were now investigating.

"Unacceptable @Delta but police are now involved," she tweeted. 

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Delta Airlines have released a statement on the matter, denying Kim and Brielle's claims that they were told to alight from the aircraft by an employee.

"Mrs. Zolciak Biermann and family elected to deplane their flight after her husband remained behind to provide proper paperwork for an emotional support animal," read the statement obtained by Us Weekly

In the statement, Delta claimed that Kim and her children boarded the plane without Kroy, 33, who stayed behind to "clarify paperwork". The former footballer then got to the gate to board but the aircraft door was already shut.

According to Delta, the family then deplaned and the airline helped to book them on another flight to their hometown of Atlanta, but they decided to make their own travel arrangements. 

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David Spade has reflected on the suicide of his sister-in-law Kate Spade one year on from the tragedy.

The comedian opened up about his heartbreak on Monday in a new interview with The New York Times, telling the publication that the fashion designer would never have taken her life if she had just held on a while longer. 

"I feel like Katy wouldn't have done it, five minutes later," said David. "But these things happen and there's no going back."

Kate was found dead by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment in New York on June 5, 2018. She was just 55.

The designer was married to David's 56-year-old brother Andy Spade, who co-founded her successful fashion and lifestyle brand, Kate Spade New York. But in the months leading up to her death, Kate and Andy had reportedly separated after 24 years of marriage. Still, David has found memories of his sister-in-law. 

"Katy was so funny," said David, 55. "I don't know if agoraphobic is the word, but she didn't like to mingle a lot; she'd have people at her house and she was always so funny."

RELATED: Reese Witherspoon, Ivanka Trump and more stars react to Kate Spade's sudden death

At the time of Kate's death, David also took to social media to express his sadness.

"Fuzzy picture but I love it. Kate and I during Christmas family photos. We had so much fun that day," he captioned a happy Instagram snap of the pair during the holidays. "She was so sharp and quick on her feet. She could make me laugh so hard. I still can't believe it. It's a rough world out there people, try to hang on."

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Sadly, this wasn't the first time David had lost a family member to suicide. When he was just 15, his stepdad took his own life. Likewise, during high school and university, David lost close friends to suicide. 

"People just started going right and left, and I would sit and stare at a wall," he recalled to NYT. "I just said, OK, I guess I'll cross my fingers that it doesn't happen to everyone. And more people would go."

In a cruel twist, Kate's father passed away just one day before her funeral, with family believing he died on June 20, 2018 of a broken heart.

"We are deeply saddened to announce that Katy's father, Earl F. Brosnahan, Jr. (Frank), passed away last night at age 89," read a statement released by family. "He had been in failing health of late and was heartbroken over the recent death of his beloved daughter."

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or vialifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

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John Oliver has revealed Beyoncé was photoshopped into the Lion King cast photo.

The Last Week Tonight host was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert while doing the publicity rounds for the live-action remake when he confirmed what fans have spent months speculating over.

"Yeah, she wasn't there," Oliver told Colbert, explaining that the singer's appearance in the photo is thanks to photoshop magic.

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The photo caused a stir online, with many assuming that Beyoncé was absent due to the noticeably wide gap between her and everyone else in the photo.

Oliver explained that a strip of tape had been laid out on the floor with Beyoncé's name on it, but that was merely a space for her to be cropped into the photo.

"I can't remember, I think almost everyone else was there. I remember Chiwetel [Ejiofor], we were setting up the shot and Chiwetel was sitting up in the front and he said, ‘You need to be careful where your foot is'."

But as it turns out, the simple idea of being in the same photo as Beyoncé was enough to generate intense levels of excitement for Oliver.

"The future presence of Beyoncé was so intimidating," Oliver said. "And that's because what I'm doing is imagining that I am about to be put into a photo with Beyoncé, and that was nerve-racking enough," Oliver revealed.

Despite being cast in the same movie, it appears that Oliver missed the chance to meet Beyoncé in person.

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By Marianne Garvey, CNN

(CNN) -- Just in time, Sony has released the first trailer for the upcoming film about the late Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

In the teaser, schoolchildren sing to Rogers on the subway and we see Tom Hanks dressed as the US children's television host on the set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

The film is loosely based on a 1998 Esquire article by Tom Junod, about the effect Rogers' optimistic kindness had on millions of people — and the initially skeptical journalist himself.

Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) directs the film.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired for 31 seasons before coming to an end in 2001.

Rogers died in 2003.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is slated to release in November 2019.

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