Colin Trevorrow Will Return to Direct and Write Jurassic World 3

Colin Trevorrow, who directed and co-wrote the first Jurassic World movie back in 2015, will return to the franchise to direct and co-write the third Jurassic World film. Director J.A. Bayona has taken the the helm for this year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the second film in the franchise, which is due out in theaters on June 22, 2018. However, executive producer Stephen Spielberg confirmed to EW: “Colin Trevorrow is going to write and direct the third Jurassic World story.”

While Jurassic World was a box-office smash, with a record-setting opening weekend, it also received some heavy criticism for its treatment of women. From the infamous high heels run to the weirdly prolonged death of Claire’s assistant to this useless and degrading scene, Jurassic World was a real step back from the original Jurassic Park.

Trevorrow has also posted some questionable, sexist things about women directors on Twitter. Asked by a fan whether he would have been given the same opportunity if he were a woman, he wrote, “Many of the top female directors in our industry are not interested in doing a piece of studio business for its own sake … To me, this is not a simple case of exclusion within an impenetrable corporate system.” Trevorrow later clarified that he does believe sexism is a problem in Hollywood, and that “there are centuries-old biases at work at every level, within all of us.”

After seeing the first Jurassic World, I’m personally not particularly excited to see Trevorrow return to the franchise. Trevorrow has previously cited Claire as the center of the franchise: the character who “who evolves the most over the trilogy” and whose story “mirrors this changing world.” I love the idea of a woman-centric dinosaur franchise, but I don’t really trust Trevorrow to be the one to write it. My one consolation here is that Trevorrow will collaborate with Pacific Rim Uprising writer Emily Carmichael. I hope that having a female co-writer will help to curb the sexism we saw in the first film—but then again, he had Amanda Silver as a co-writer on the first movie, and we saw how that one turned out.

What do you think, though? Are you excited to see Trevorrow return to the world of Jurassic Park?

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Things We Saw Today: On Good Friday We Celebrate Tessa Thompson Serving Us Denise Huxtable Vibes

It is no secret that we at TMS love Tessa Thompson, for being both an amazingly talented actress, a gorgeous human being and of course a grade A-nerd. In her recent cover shoot with Bunch Magazine, Ms. Thompson serves some serious Lisa Bonet/Denise Huxtable looks with her waist-long dreads and bohemian style dress. It is a reminder of the amazing history of black fashion icons and Tessa wears it well.

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  • Some Star Wars fans are starting a petition to get Meryl Streep to take up the role of General Leia in order to continue on the story as it was intended. The passing of Carrie Fisher was (and frankly is still) an emotional event and while I understand that some fans want to see Leia get her final story, I think having Meryl Streep play Leia is the wrong move. Just release the story as an AU novel. Leia is Carrie Fisher and I’m more interested in giving her a powerful, final sendoff than replacing her with another actress. (via ComicBookMovie)
  • With all the reboots coming up, it is noted that a lot of the classic black sitcoms have not been picked up for that same attention. I mean a Moesha reboot or a Living Single reboot? I would be here for that. Y’all can keep Family Matters though. It is the Full House of black sitcoms and by that, I mean basic. (via The Hollywood Reporter)
  • Roxane Gay pens a thoughtful essay about the Roseanne reboot and despite its desire to “explore” the family dynamics of a post-Trump election, it fails more than it succeeds, even when it is funny. (via NYT)
  • Want to know all about the crazy cultural development of Easter, well here you go:

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A Planned Parenthood Suggested a Different Kind of Disney Princess and the Conservative Internet Lost It

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Welcome to The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies!

On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood ran into a bit of controversy—shocking, I know. This time, the “offense” was a tweet from a Planned Parenthood branch in Pennsylvania calling for Disney princesses who were undocumented, union workers, trans, pro-choice, or had had abortions.

The tweet was deleted shortly after, but not before it had been screengrabbed and subjected to widespread mocking and criticism. And yet, really, what’s wrong with what the tweet is suggesting? What is so fundamentally wrong with people whose experiences and backgrounds are seldom ever positively represented in the media being represented and made visible?

Plenty of inspiring young women are not citizens. In the same vein, young women are members of the labor force; not all young women were born female; and, of course, plenty of young women have abortions. However much one may love or hate this reality, reality is what it is, and our art and storytelling are bettered with diversity and representation.

All feminists should stand with Planned Parenthood not only for the myriad, crucial reproductive health services they provide to so many, but also for their recognition of the equality of all groups as a reproductive justice issue. This is reflective not just in their tweets, but through their work to make health care available to all.

National Network of Abortion Funds files lawsuit against anti-choice groups for cyberattack

On Wednesday, the National Network of Abortion Funds filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Massachusetts. Along with five of their member funds against hackers, the organization told CNNMoney hackers had attacked their online abortion fundraiser, sending $66 billion in faulty donations, crashing the website and compromising donors’ contact information. Donors received vicious anti-abortion emails featuring pictures of fetuses and disturbing messages, including one that thanked abortion funds for “funding abortions for the lower races, such as Negroes and the Jews.” The email said, “I am indebted to feminism and this new opportunity it has provided to cleanse our future generations. Keep it up, NNAF.”

NNAF’s lawsuit says the hackers violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and also the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which specifically protects individuals and clinics from the “use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services.” In a day and age in which the internet is inextricably bound to the physical world and people’s physical safety, the hijacking and the messages sent by the cyber attackers in this situation closely reflect the language of the FACE law.

The group told CNN their lawsuit is about ensuring anonymous extremists know they will be held accountable. “We need to pull back the curtain on their activities, motivations, identities, and tactics. We want extremists to know they cannot hide behind … anonymous Twitter handles,” NNAF communications director Jenni Kotting said.

The lawsuit could have major implications for the future of online extremism. Notably, the incident in question took place two years ago during NNAF’s annual bowl-a-thon fundraiser, which is taking place right now. And while it would be easy for abortion rights supporters to be skeptical of tech, it’s worth noting that plenty of pro-choice advocates are also using their coding and programing skills not to threaten, but to promote and expand abortion access.

Kentucky House passes 11-week abortion ban

Approving changes made by the Kentucky Senate, on Tuesday, the state House passed a bill that would ban the dilation and evacuation abortion procedure, effectively banning abortion at or past 11 weeks. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk, awaiting the signature of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who identifies as “100 percent pro-life.” It makes exceptions only in cases of medical emergencies.

In the state of Kentucky, which is one of only seven states in the country to have just one abortion clinic (and, as of last year, the existence of this clinic is the subject of a heated, ongoing legal battle), 16 percent of all abortions involve the dilation and evacuation method for late-term abortions. They may not be the majority, but their cruelty and disregard for women’s rights and the law render this irrelevant. This is especially the case in a state with only one clinic, as, in the state of Texas, the lack of clinics and burden of traveling great distances for access seemed to cause a 27 percent increase in second trimester abortions. In other words, geographical struggles to access abortion can be a decisive factor in when that abortion takes place. (This is certainly more likely to be the case than restrictions causing a woman to decide not to have an abortion.)

A similar law that was blocked last week from taking effect in Mississippi banned abortion at or after 15 weeks. While, as previously noted, late-term abortions are a distinct minority (only 9 percent of all abortions take place after the first trimester), the ease with which late-term abortion can be equated to “baby-killing,” arguably makes it a popular target among anti-choice lawmakers. After all, the key to their success in passing anti-choice bills is rhetoric that humanizes fetuses, and represents women and abortion providers as murderers.

App-based birth control provider expands to new states

According to an NPR report this week, app-based birth control provider NURX is now offering its birth control delivery services in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Founded in 2016, the San Francisco-based company originally only offered its services in a very limited group of states, including California, New York, Washington state and Washington, D.C. Now, that group includes Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Colorado, and Texas.

And according to NPR, it’s making a critical difference in regions known as “contraception deserts,” or areas with severely limited access to physical clinics that provide affordable, reliable contraception. According to the National Campaign to End Teen Pregnancy, nearly 20 million girls and women ages 13 to 44 in this country have limited access to clinics that provide birth control; limited access is defined as around one clinic for every 1,000 women. Texas has the most contraception deserts, according to NBC.

Circling back to the beginning of this week’s column, tech is making a major difference in accessibility, and improving affordable access to birth control where the Trump administration and extremists on every level of government are failing young women. While public funding for birth control and family planning remain an absolute necessity, the spread of Nurx’s coverage to regions that need it most is important, too.

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These Stock Photos Are Taking the Toxic Out of Their Masculinity

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Stock photography is notorious for resting on and perpetuating clichés. “Women laughing alone with salads” is maybe the best skewering of this, but the stereotypes are wide-ranging. A search for “office” will result in mostly men in suits. “Office presentation” is nearly entirely men speaking. It’s pretty much impossible to get a generic stock image photo of a female director or filmmaker.

We write about women’s reproductive rights a lot here, but you cannot simply search a stock photography site for the term “abortion.” That leads to a lot of pictures of women curled up on bathroom floors, distraught women clutching their stomachs, and–my personal favorite–woman with an angry man yelling at her/sad man crying in the background.

While the stereotypes are hard to kick, trends in stock photography do change over time. Getty Images teamed up with Sheryl Sandberg a few years ago to address and change the way women are depicted in photographs. As the New York Times recently reported, in 2007, the top-selling image for a search for the word “woman” was a naked woman lying on a bed or maybe a massage table, draped in a towel, looking directly into the camera.

Starting in 2011, the top selling “woman” images began to become more action-based, with women running, hiking, or working. Often they are seen from a distance, or with their faces otherwise obscured. Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images, explained, “Who cares what you even look like? Let’s focus on what you’re doing.”

Now, Getty and a few other major stock photography sites are starting to look for similar shifts in the way their work depicts men, in a collection titled “Masculinity Undone.” It shows men and boys showing affection to one another. Sometimes they have longer hair, they may be shirtless without traditionally toned bodies, there are more men of color than we typically see in stock photography (though that is a low bar to clear). They show men being loving, present fathers.

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Stock photography isn’t the end-all, be-all of media representation, but it is a more ubiquitous part of our lives than many people realize. Stock photography is plastered all over the internet, but it’s also on your television, especially in commercials. It’s everywhere, silently regurgitating existing stereotypes back to us, reinforcing false, outdated ideas of gender, race, relationships (Distracted Boyfriend meme, anyone?), and countless other aspects of our lives.

Getty isn’t the only company challenging the way men are depicted in their photographs. Shutterstock has a “Modern man” collection, filled with fathers, teachers, and nurses. Adobe has a collection titled “The Fluid Self.” which is a celebration of all manner of queerness, gender fluidity, body positivity, and more.

These collections are small, but they’re beautiful, and hopefully, they will grow as other companies catch on. Stock images largely exist to be so unassuming, so generically universal that they can seamlessly reflect our world back to us. Well, this is the world I see.

What do you all think about this push from stock photographers challenging gender stereotypes?

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In the Great Infinity War Over Cultural Appropriation, People Need to Give POC the Right to Be Mad

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Cultural appropriation is one of the most exhausting topics on the internet. Not because it requires nuance and a sense of understanding about how cultural issues have developed in Western society for generations, but because of the bad faith people bring into the conversation whenever it is discussed.

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs continues a conversation that has been going on for a long time, carried by the momentum of Ghost in the ShellIron Fist and many other “whitewashing” and cultural appropriation controversies about Asian culture. On Twitter, I’ve seen Asian movie and culture critics like Justin ChangAngie Han, and Jen Yamato engage in thoughtful conversation, not even bashing the film (in fact they praise multiple aspects of the movie) but when they discuss how they feel about its depiction of Asian culture and the problematic aspects of it, they are vilified.

This, to me, is one of the problems when we talk about cultural appropriation, is that because we look at twitter and we use the extremes to define everything and we also ignore that sometimes that rage (if it is really rage and not just hyperbolic twitter speak) builds from a place of frustration over time. Now that we have made it to the point where we have people of color who are successful and are making great art that is highly regarded, there is this idea that we no longer have anything to be mad or frustrated about in terms of representation in media. In the words of Solange, “[we] got a lot to be mad about.”

The successes of Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover, Issa Rae and Lena Waite is the success of individuals, not an entire group. It is still hard for Asian-led movies that are not martial arts movies to be made here, darker skinned actresses still do not get cast as often in films as their lighter skinned counterparts, LGBTQ creators are still breaking new ground in terms of representation.

We are still putting in the work and we are always aware that it could end at any time. We had plenty of black shows in the 90s, but they all went away. Fresh off the Boat is the only East Asian family sitcom on television. Jane the VirginOne Day at a Time, and the upcoming Charmed reboot will be serving Latinx representation, but don’t have much color diversity when it comes to what a Latinx family can look like.

Back to cultural appropriation, the great battle for our media’s future, there is a feeling that it is all a “no-win” situation where you are either creating a “white savior”, “appropriating someone else’s voice” or you are lambasted for ignoring diversity altogether.

Since this seems to be the pushback I’ve seen almost across the board when cultural appropriation comes up, let’s break these down.

First, there’s the “white savior” or its Great Wall counterpart, white dude put in the main role to be in a sea of non-white people. Why do we hate this? Because of the “mighty whitey” trope which was popularized in the 18th and 19th century by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter of Mars/Barsoom series) and H. Rider Haggard (King Solomon’s Mines/She).  All featuring white people in either Darkest Africa or “othered” societies where the white character was able to not only stand toe-to-toe, but actually best the natives. All these stories put whiteness as inherently superior (and in Tarzan’s case also his noble blood), which allows the protagonist to best everyone. The descendants of that trope are characters like Danny Rand in Iron Fist or Tom Crusie’s The Last Samurai.

Secondly, the issue of appropriating someone else’s voice. This is a trickier issue because, in many ways, it is subjective. I may find a white author or non-black POC’s take on blackness more authentic than another black person. Not to mention there are white creators like the people behind The Wire, Charlie Brooker (Black Mirror), or Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, and others who I think do manage to create nuanced depictions of blackness. So it’s not as if POC don’t recognize that non-POC creators make good art “for” us. The issues are that (a) white creators so often get the ability to tell those stories and authors of color do not and (b) there are certain narratives we are, frankly, tired of reading.

I don’t want to read another story written by a white person, about a person of color teaching a white person not be racist. I don’t care if it’s from the perspective of a POC or a white person, let it die. If you are engaging in a derivative narrative, even in a “well meaning” way, doing research isn’t gonna save you.

Anything you put out into the world will be seen differently by different people. Some black readers liked Underground Airlines by Ben Winter, other did not, and the conversation around the book went further than what he had written, but to be quite frank, if you write a book about an alt-reality where the Civil War never ended from the perspective of a black person … you better be prepared for it.

Finally, there’s the erasure fear. Look, if you grew up in white town USA and you don’t know how to write a black person or another person of color, not even a Stephen King style magical negro, then you make sure that your stories take place in white town USA forever and all time.

Don’t do what Sofia Coppola did in The Beguiled and create a narrative that takes place during the Civil War, that actually features a prominent black female character in the source material, and then say “I can’t write anyone but white women in my film dissertation on southern femininity.” Which became even more cringe-worthy after Lady Macbeth came out an manage to show the power dynamics between black women and white women in an adaptation of a Russian short story.

To wrap everything up as simply as I can, let me just say this: We have all appropriated culture at some point or another. There are plenty of things involving language and culture that we grew up thinking was the norm because we were not able to hear all the voices saying “this is bullshit.”

These are difficult conversations because no ethnic group is a monolith, especially if we consider mainland vs diaspora experiences, but at the end of the day, the most important thing we can do is listen. Just listen. Stop assuming that a mob of angry POC is coming to burn off your Dragonball Z tattoos, break all your rap CDs, and throw out your Ganesha ring you got in the East Village.

All anyone is asking, at the core of all these arguments, is to consider the larger issues. Not just your individual enjoyment or pleasure or fun, but to think about the larger things. The racism, the oppression and the historical background as to why people are bringing this up. Go enjoy the Isle of Dogs, but when Asian critics are posing the question “why did this movie take place in Japan?”  do not just toss them aside because it may make you pause for a moment in your enjoyment.

And to creators out there who are anxious about what they can and can not do as artists, I think Marc Bernardin from The Hollywood Reporter offers the best two pieces of advice anyone can give:

“First: Do the work. […]And second: Don’t be a strip-miner. Don’t treat culture like some kind of Vegas buffet, filling your plate with exotic flavors and setting it in front of a Caucasian protagonist to be tickled and amused by. Remember the importance of empathetic weight: Who is the story about? And if it’s about a person from the culture you are drawing from, you’ve already gone a long way towards achieving a fidelity of intention as well as execution.”

(via The Hollywood Reporter, image: Fox Searchlight Pictures.)

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What’s the Most Offensive/Insulting Thing Netflix Has Suggested to You?

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A number of progressives on Twitter were pissed to find that Netflix’s algorithm thought they might enjoy the docuseries Trump: An American Dream, in which “Friends, associates, and critics reveal the truly American story of Donald Trump, the brash businessman who defied the odds to become U.S. president.”

Now, I have not seen this docuseries, which might actually be great and critical of Trump, but that summary sounds like the opposite of everything true and decent in this world.

The Netflix algorithm has certainly had its flubs before, such as labeling The Babadook as an LGBTQ movie and giving birth to an internet icon. However, this is a different sort of error, the kind that suggests a fundamental misunderstanding of the user.

So it got me thinking: what’s the most offensive/insulting thing that Netflix has ever suggested to you, Mary Suevians?

For our own Princess Weekes, it was “every Adam Sandler film made after 2003. How double dog dare you?” For our own Vivian Kane, it was “that fucker Piers Morgan’s true crime shows. Like yes, obviously I want to watch a show called Killer Women—and then I see his face on the thumbnail and feel disgusted.” For me, it was probably Bright: not because it was necessarily the worst thing that Netflix ever suggested to me, but because it was so aggressive about the suggestion. Like, they really, really thought I wanted to see this movie.

There is, of course, a different kind of Netflix offense/insult. Sometimes, rather than suggesting repulsive garbage you would never watch, it suggests exactly the kind of repulsive garbage you would watch. Some of those suggestions almost feel like Netflix is intentionally calling you out and letting you know: “I see you.”

When the streaming service tips its hand and shows that it almost knows you too well, revealing all your trashiest tastes in film and TV, you can also want to say: “Excuse me! How dare you?”

So let’s rag on our computer overlords. How has the mighty Netflix algorithm insulted you lately?

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Fans rally around Lisa Armstrong as she breaks her silence following Ant McPartlin’s drink-driving arrest

Lisa has spoken out on Twitter

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Lisa Armstrong has received messages of support from fans after breaking her Twitter silence, days after estranged husband Ant McPartlin was arrested for drink-driving.

The make-up artist took to the social networking site to vent her frustration, claiming she is being hounded by paparazzi who she accused of camping outside her home in a bid to snap her picture.

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She wrote: ‘Another day another paparazzi taking my picture outside my house, wonder what this story will be?

‘Just going to work. #imboredofmyself #boreoff x.’

Fans rushed to tweet their messages of support, praising Lisa for behaving with dignity following her split from Ant in January after he was admitted to rehab late last year to tackle an addiction to painkillers.

One tweeted: ‘I don’t see why they think this is ok. Stay strong, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope you are ok. It must be so difficult to see someone you care about go through something like this.’

Read More: Fans rush to support Ant McPartlin’s estranged wife Lisa Armstrong after she HITS OUT at ‘intrusive and ugly’ photos

Another added: ‘They can’t deal with the fact that you are behaving with such dignity so they just carry on behaving badly. Stay strong Lisa, you are very talented and beautiful inside and out, love to you.’

A third said: ‘I have such admiration for you – not something I say a lot to be honest. You’re real, honest, hardworking and dignified. Don’t change. This too shall pass.’

While a fourth added: ‘Lisa, I’ve said this before, you are a strong, independent lady, lady being the operative word. Hold your head high my lovely. So many of us who don’t even know you, are on your side and send love and hugs. Things will get better for you, take care xx’.

Ant was arrested and charged with drink-driving earlier this month after he crashed his car into two vehicles in Richmond, south west London, and failed a breathalyser test.

He later cancelled his work commitments for the ‘foreseeable future’ to return to rehab for treatment.

His presenting partner Declan Donnelly will present solo for the first time in their careers as he hosts the last two episodes of Saturday Night Takeaway alone.

From our sister site Woman. 

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Geri Horner gets nostalgic with amazing Spice Girls throwback

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Weeks after they sent the world into meltdown with a mini reunion, Geri Horner has got Spice Girls fans excited all over again with a very nostalgic throwback.

The 45-year-old took to Instagram to share a snap from their early days in the band, showing five very fresh-faced Spice Girls beaming at the camera – yes, even Posh!

Ginger captioned it: ‘Fun times. Awh.’ Unsurprisingly, the photo got her followers, and us, very excited.

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One fan gushed: ‘You influenced a whole generation of girls to be themselves, be proud of who we are, but also to inspire and believe we could be anything we wanted. Those were the days!’

😌 fun times. Awh

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Another said: ‘This brings tears of joy to my eyes! You brought too much happiness to my life!’

While a third begged: ‘Reunite, do a tour again please! We miss the Spice Girls. Girl Power!’

MORE: Emma Bunton reveals last minute drama behind the Spice Girls reunion

It comes after Victoria Beckham broke hearts all over the world and insisted their recent catch up wasn’t to discuss a reunion tour, as fans first thought.

Victoria told Vogue: ‘I’m not going on tour, the girls aren’t going on tour. It was so great to see the girls. It was such a fun lunch. It was really, really, really lovely. I still speak to them al individually, but for us all to get together was really lovely.’

However Vic, 43, left us all with a smidgen of hope when she added that the five of them had been ‘brainstorming’ new ideas.

Now that we can live with!

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Eden Blackman confirms he WON’T return to Celebs Go Dating

The love coach will not be back for series five

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Celebs Go Dating love coach Eden Blackman has confirmed he will not be returning to the show, just a week after laughing off rumours the show had been axed.

Eden, 50, took to Twitter to share a statement, explaining: ‘Today I informed the team that I won’t be returning to my role at Celebs Go Dating if and when the show comes back for series 5.

‘I’m thankful to everyone at Lime Pictures and C4 for the opportunity, I’ve had a great time and following the best rated series to date, wish them nothing but more success for the show moving forwards. Thanks for all your support. Eden.’

MORE: Celebs Go Dating’s Eden Blackman takes social media swipe at fellow coach Nadia Essex

Earlier this year former show contestant Chanelle Sadie Paul, who claimed he’d been seeing her while in a relationship with his girlfriend of two years, blasted Eden.

Chanelle told The Sun: ‘I’m absolutely gutted, I’m so angry. People need to know he’s a bullsh*ter. Why would you go and be a dating agent and then lie like this?

Today I informed the team… #celebsgodating

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‘All the wining and dining and taking me out to nice places. I felt like he was my own Christian Grey. He was really good in bed and really experienced. I felt like I was actually dating a man for once but obviously not.’

MORE: Celebs Go Dating’s Eden Blackman accused of cheating on his girlfriend of two years with former contestant 

Eden previously hit back at claims he’d been axed from the show, writing on Twitter: ‘As I’ve said before, a new series hasn’t yet been commissioned. Meaning currently it doesn’t actually exist. Secondly, all three agency members are out of contract, as we are hired on a series by series basis.

‘We therefore are contractually free, which means I cannot be ‘sacked’ as I’m not employed for a role to be sacked from.’

If the show does come back (and we REALLY hope it does), will you miss Eden on Celebs Go Dating?

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Michelle Heaton reveals emotional reason behind signing up for The Real Full Monty

The Liberty X singer is sending an inspiring message

It was ladies’ night on Friday as a host of famous faces, including Megan McKenna and Sarah-Jane Crawford, posed topless in The Real Full Montyfollowing on from the boys on Thursday.

And, while it was undoubtedly an emotional experience for them all, Michelle Heaton revealed she was doing it for daughter Faith, after undergoing a mastectomy in 2014 and a hysterectomy in 2014 as a carrier of the BRCA2 gene.

Explaining that Faith will one day have to find out if she too carries the gene, Michelle, 38, said: ‘At some point Faith, who is only six, is going to have to face the decisions I did. I want her to realise I’m not ashamed of my body and she should never be ashamed of hers either.’

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Later on in the show, Liberty X singer Michelle, who also shares son AJ, four, with husband Hugh Hanley, admitted she is still ‘angry’ after having the operations and for not taking the offer of counselling at the time.

With less then an hour to go till you see what I & 7 of my new best friends have been though to get to this final moment. We all have very different reasons for doing this show .. we have all been touched by #breastcancer in different ways. My story? My reason? My motive? THESE TWO To raise #breastcancerawareness so that my beautiful children don’t have to make the life altering decisions I had to. AND for all those women and men out there who are about to make a choice, or who have already made the choice that will change the rest of their lives .. like I made. MY HOPE? to show you all no matter what’s underneath the clothes …. we are all BEAUTIFUL, even if for the most part, we don’t believe it. PLEASE watch @itv 9pm #therealfullmonty #ladiesnight I’ve not seen it, I’m watching it with you all at home (with tissues, chocolate and wine) .. I’m nervous and excited for the most part.. but more importantly I want you all to know me and the girls (and Ashley and everyone in the team from the runners to our commissioners) gave it everything and more, at times, it wasn’t easy. But it was the most rewarding thing I’ve ever be part of! So ladies and gentleman… “This is me….” @coleen_nolan @vicderbyshire @helenlederer @megan_mckenna_ @sarahjanecrawford #sally #ruth @ashleybanjogram

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Talking about the results of her breast reconstruction, Michelle said: ‘There is just no feeling there, I just feel disconnected with them. I was offered counselling but I just didn’t have time. I’m angry, I don’t expected anyone to feel sorry for me, I don’t talk about it with my family and friends as I don’t want them to feel awkward.’

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Fans were quick to take to social media with praise for Michelle, with one writing: ‘@wonderwomanshell you were amazing tonight. You’re an inspiration to all women and you should be proud of yourself.’

Another said: ‘@wonderwomanshell you are amazing! I cried quite a lot. Thank you for being brave, you rock!’

And a third said: ‘Never realised how gorgeous @wonderwomanshell is before! Sexy mama!’

We definitely agree!

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