Secret Eden: Selina Scott rejects reunion attempt ‘outdated’ BBC Breakfast
The normally calm waters of BBC Breakfast have been whipped into a whirlpool by Selina Scott, who launched the show with the laterank Pugh. She declined the producers’ invitation to join her infamous 40th anniversary celebrations next week.
I’ve heard BBC bosses ask producers why they failed to lure Selena onto their sofa in Salford, Greater Manchester, to join the broadcast on opening day. “It’s like Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark,” said one senior executive.
BBC Breakfast is running late from its show to celebrate with repeated photos of Selena’s disgraced co-presenter,rank Pugh, who was sacked from the show after he was discovered in a brothel in Mayfair. Understandably, that promotion didn’t help much in enticing Selena back.
And despite her dislike of Pugh, who tried to seduce a co-star on the show and bragged about how big his “manhood” was, that’s not why viewers missed Selena when the show aired on Tuesday.
Selena Scott with TV presenterrank Pogue leaving at breakfast time
She told me: ‘The problem with the BBC is that it no longer inspires women like me. We’re only interested if we’re forever stumbling down Yellow Brick Road, reminiscing about the past, or encountering culinary demos.
“They must all be memory lane or we date them. Many women who still lead challenging lives refuse to bend the knee to these outdated and, frankly, ridiculous TV stereotypes. We’d rather look forward than back Back forever.Selena was poached by the BBC for her job as an ITN presenter and paid a then whopping £1,000 a week, leading to questions in parliament about her salary.At the time, she was the most glamorous woman on TV And she attracted as much press attention as Princess Diana, who was said to have a lookalike.
I can also divulge another reason for Selena’s “thanks, but no thanks”: After she agrees, after much persuasion, to take part in the 25th Anniversary Breakfast, she impresses the production team with her handling of the live show, and they urge the editors to rehire her. Unfortunately, this did not happen.
A friend told me, “It’s not that she feels rejected.” “They don’t look back angrily, but they say revenge is a dish best served cold.”
“I’m not going to watch the show, but I hope the show does well,” Selena told me.
Ramsay picks up Matt Hancock’s former lover Gina’s family home
ITV’s Next Level Chef, Gordon Ramsay’s “Toughest Cooking Competition Ever”, looks like a damp multi-storey car park. When the fiery Glaswegian is done working, he prefers somewhere sexier.
I can reveal that the potty-mouthed chef, 56, has just spent millions on a five-bedroom Edwardian home in one of London’s most sought-after areas.
It is understood that he and his wife, Tana, 48, purchased the property from Gina Coladangelo and her estranged husband Oliver Trace, founder of the high-end homewares and apparel chain Oliver Bonas.
It is understood that Gordon Ramsay and his wife, Tana, purchased the property from Gina Coladangelo and her estranged husband, Oliver Trace. Pictured: Gordon and Tana Ramsay at the GQ Men of the Year Awards, Tate Modern, London, September 3, 2019
I can reveal that the potty-mouthed cook, 56, has just spent millions on a five-bedroom Edwardian home in one of London’s most sought-after areas.
Gina, 45, left Trace, who has three children, for former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, 44, who competed on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! “Ramsay has been spotted out there, measuring,” one of his new neighbors in south-west London told me.
It was not known that the house was on the market and the price was not disclosed. Zoopla values her value at up to £4.75 million.
Tris and Gina paid £3.8m for it in 2015.
A similar property in the same street, with a 90ft garden, is currently on the market for £4m. Understandably, the TV chef paid cash.
Ramsay, who is worth an estimated £175m, actually owns a massive home, said to be worth £7m, less than a mile away.
His spokesperson declined to comment, but he may have purchased the home due to extensive work currently being carried out on his other London stand.
Last year, Tana and their five children were reported to have moved in temporarily after starting work in a supervillain.
The couple also owns vacation homes in California and Cornwall, where they at one point had three properties.
It was not known that the house was on the market and the price was not disclosed. Zoopla values her value at up to £4.75 million. Trace and Gina paid £3.8m for it in 2015. Pictured: Oliver Trace and Gina Coladangelo on September 23, 2014
The smart ensemble is about… Keeping Up With Reality Star Lady Sitwell
Forget Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Will Society Be Able To Keep Up With Martha Sitwell?
I heard the former ‘face of Royal Ascot’ has signed up for a documentary series about her fascinating life.
The Baron’s ex-wife, film producer Sir George Sitwell, confirms that work has begun. “We filmed for two days,” the daughter of the late food guru Justin DeBlanc told me, declining to elaborate.
The social worker, 42, gave birth to a son when she was 17, and decided that her aunt should raise him.
She admits that stripping Prince Harry of his soul made her nervous about revealing details of her private life: “Harry’s diary made me think, ‘Oh, my God, do people need to know this?'” I’m just incredibly honest at all times and happy to cover most things.
Forget Keeping Up with the Kardashians, will society ever be able to keep up with Martha Sitwell (pictured)?
The Queen’s Special Gift for Wedding Day Soldiers
While Prince Harry spent all week whining at American TV studios, staff at Windsor Castle were reminiscing about how happy his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was at his wedding.
I heard that two days after his marriage to Meghan Markle, four young soldiers were busy grooming and washing their horses in the stables in Windsor when they suddenly felt someone was watching them. When they turned to look, the Queen was there, with a smile on her face.
Of course, they bowed politely, and she said to them, “I am so happy with my children on their wedding day.” The horses were kept a decent distance from the carriage, and there were no accidents or problems with the horses. Indeed, I am so pleased with the manner in which I have treated the horses that, out of my own purse, I send you all on holiday to Canada. To stay with the Canadian mountains.
“They were thrilled and got a wonderful, unexpected break from their duties,” a source told me.
Idris and his wife, Sabrina, steal the show in Milan
Idris Elba and his wife, model Sabrina, took a leaf from the Prince and Princess of Wales’ fashion book yesterday when they arrived at the Gucci show at Milanashion Week.
The couple donned coordinating sportswear, just as Prince William and Catherine showed a united front in complementary emerald green and navy outfits during a visit to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital the day before.
At the fashion show, the Luther Elba star, 50, made a bold statement dressing up in a chic turquoise bodysuit.
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dorr arrive at the Gucci show during Milanashion Week, January 13, 2023
Meanwhile, Sabrina, 34, who married the actor in 2019, wore a turquoise-and-red leather dress from the Italian fashion house.
Sabrina said it’s not just a sense of style that she shares with Elba.
“Our values are linked,” she insists.
“We have the same interests and we have the same sense of comedy.”
Is Jerry Hall tired of country life – even the £11m Oxfordshire heap, near Henley, that was part of her divorce settlement when her six-year marriage to Rupert Murdoch ended last summer?
I hear the former model has just withdrawn her application, in the name of “Mrs. Murdoch,” to build a more or less stable block with east and west wings and covering nearly 2,800 square feet—twice the floor area of an average house.
Hall, who is the mother of four of Mick Jagger’s eight offspring, declines to comment. But it’s hard to imagine the Texan, 66, refusing to saddle for so long. She once said that she likes to ride at least three times a week. Evidence that, henceforth, will escalate elsewhere?
Here’s some tasty news to cheer King Charles as he walks away from Prince Harry’s unsavory revelation. The Balmoral butcher plans to celebrate his coronation with a special sausage — and it won’t have a trace of ginger. While his mother’s 1953 ceremony was celebrated with a coronation chicken, Her Majesty Sheridan at Ballater, who holds two royal orders, made sure the event went along with the sausage. ‘It would be a sausage fit for a king,’ Barrylorence, the butcher, told me. “His Majesty particularly likes lamb, so this is a bit of a clue, but it will contain many of his favourites.”