Katie Hopkins may have had her chat show cancelled here in the UK, but is she heading Stateside next.
I caught up with her at Westminster Live Studios in London, where she told me: “I have become a big hit on Fox News, thanks to my pal Donald Trump. We are talking and who knows, I enjoy the show and it’s always good to get your opinions out to a new audience don’t you think?”
The Great British Bake Off stars Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood were reportedly getting £100,000 pay rises. But not according to Paul, who tells me: “It’s a totally daft story, made up by the press, and if it’s true then it’s not hit my bank account. But really, why did they make it up in the first place?”
Peter Capaldi could be leaving Doctor Who at the end of the next series. A source reveals: “The show is having a total revamp with a new storyline editor, producer and many more. It’s always good to spice things up, and as yet there is no definite word on what is happening with the Doctor, but as we all know he simply changes his look and starts all over again.”
Controversial I’m A Celebrity Contestant Lady Colin Campbell is in talks with telly bosses to have her own TV reality show. Although she would be following in the footsteps of former campmates Katie Price and Peter Andre, the 66-year-old royal biographer hopes to emulate the success of Kim Kardashian...
Sheila Reid tells me: “I’m very excited to be back in Benidorm. I’ve missed Madge so much! She may speak her mind, but I think people really appreciate that side of her and besides it’s also refreshing, there are so few of us left now saying what we think.”
James May believes the BBC has been ‘harsh’ on new Top Gear host Chris Evans by celebrating the show’s history with repeats. “I do worry that it may be harder for him to establish the show as his, and his alone, because to many we are never off the box with repeats,” he said.
Comedian Ken Dodd has admitted that his memory is failing him, and he has to use a script when performing. Ken tells me: “I think I am doing well to remember to get up, but truthfully it does come as a shock. But a comic can just ad-lib a joke in and hopefully someone will laugh.”
It could be said that Ant and Dec are the jewels in ITV’s crown, attracting viewers to the channel with shows like I’m A Celebrity and Saturday Night Takeaway. But now, having had their US show axed after just one series, the duo may look to join new media giant Amazon like Top Gear, in a bid to gain world domination. A source tells me: “The boys have a new deal from ITV on offer, but ideally they want to break worldwide.”
The Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry turned down the chance to appear in Strictly Come Dancing. She tells me: “I adore the show, but honestly Ann, I would be terrible as a contestant. They ask me every year, but if I was to do the show it would have to be with Anton as he is so kind and a gentleman in every sense.”
Shane Richie says EastEnders has made it harder to learn his lines for a new stage play. Shane, 51, is about to tread the boards with co-star Jessie Wallace in a murder-mystery stage play.
“In EastEnders you kind of remember it for those moments you’re playing your scene,” he said. “If you’re lucky you’ll get three takes, maybe four – and then you throw it away, and you’re onto the next one.”
Actor Jeremy Piven, AKA Harry Selfridge, said: “When I was filming Mr Selfridge I stayed in a flat above the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker Street, so I had to wade through a lot of tourists to get in. It had a terrace where I kept my pull-up bar and kickboxing bag. I’d sit out there, smoke a cigar and learn my lines.”
‘David Walliams facing Britain’s Got Talent axe’, screamed a headline in the papers last week. Here at The Press I can confirm it’s all simply made up to try and make you watch the new series after last year’s ratings were down again. You have been warned...
X Factor may have dropped again in the ratings last year, but Olly Murs says he is confident he will be back in the fold as host later in the year. “I am working on an album right now, but then from May I am sure I will be back at the X Factor,” he said. “Simon told me he was pleased with what we did on the show last year.”
It was rumoured that he’d need hair extensions ahead of the second series of Poldark, but Aidan Turner has confirmed he won’t be needing any help in that department. He said: “Hair extensions? Never! I grow my own hair, I’ll have you know. It’s all I do well, are you kidding?!”
Is Take That singer Gary Barlow’s musical The Girls headed for the West End? A source tells me once the tour has finished it will be given a final polish and then a new venue in London’s West End will be sought. The musical, based on the Calendar Girls film, has been given rave reviews wherever it’s played.
Actress Paula Lane has announced that she is pregnant with her second child and is due to quit Corrie, prompting speculation that her character Kylie could be the next to go to jail.“I have no idea what they have planned, but I am sure it will ruffle feathers and many want to see justice done, but who knows,” she teased.