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‘Don’t feel sorry for me!’ Naga Munchetty hits back that she doesn’t have many celeb pals

Naga Munchetty, 46, has revealed she does not have “many celeb friends” as the BBC Breakfast host explained how most of her close pals are those who work off-screen. The broadcaster did divulge, however, that she would consider going on a trip abroad with her colleague Dan Walker if the occasion ever arose.

Naga made the admissions while speaking to Alan Carr on his Life’s A Beach podcast.

Speaking on if she had ever been on a holiday with celebrity pals, Naga said: “I did do one trip to Bermuda, with Nick Knowles, Dennis Waterman, Michael Winsor, who is the hand of Basil Brush, and that was a really interesting trip, seeing how people got on with each other. 

“There was Steve Coppell, ex-Crystal Palace, ah it was a very funny trip but I don’t really have many celeb friends.”

Alan replied: “Really?” 

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“And not for the reasons you may think,” she told Alan Carr on his Life’s a Beach podcast.

Naga recalled how she ended up stuck on the beach throughout her whole honeymoon after she cut her leg on barnacles in the sea.

Under doctor orders, she wasn’t able to get the cut anywhere near water for the rest of the holiday.

She said: “The honeymoon side was fine. It was all good.

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‘No one is gonna steal the election from me’: Echoes of 2020 in NYC mayor’s race

New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams speaks at a press conference outside his campaign office on June 17, 2021 in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City. | Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

NEW YORK — Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers head to the polls Tuesday to pick the next mayor of the nation’s biggest city. But the closing days of the election, and perhaps the weeks that follow, may as well be a referendum on the ballot itself.

The city’s new ranked-choice voting system, which will allow voters to pick their top five candidates in order of preference, has upended standard political assumptions since the start of the campaign. Now, a racially-tinged battle has erupted over the process, with the leading candidate leveling accusations of voter disenfranchisement after two of his opponents formed a last-minute alliance to bolster their own campaigns.

The claims by frontrunner Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and former NYPD captain, have laid the groundwork for him to contest the results if the race doesn’t go his way — an echo of the fallout from the 2020 presidential election.

Adams, who is Black, implied the alliance between Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang was a form of voter suppression, though such arrangements are one of the intended outcomes of ranked-choice voting. Supporters of the borough president went as far as to say the move was intended to “disenfranchise Black voters,” a claim made in statements distributed by the Adams campaign.

The controversy has led to uncertainty about how the outcome of the election will be received, since no ranked-choice tallies will be released until a week after election day and it could be weeks until a final call is made.

Asked Monday if he would accept the results of the election, Adams didn’t make any promises.

“Can you assure voters that’s not what you’re doing here?” a reporter asked, referencing former President Donald Trump’s claims that the presidential election was stolen.

“Yes,” Adams replied. “I assure voters that no one is gonna steal the election from me.”

But experts in ranked-choice voting, which has never been tried in an election of this size, argue Adams’ concerns are overblown — that in most cases the person leading the pack in the polls and the one who emerges with the most first-place votes on election night wins. In fact, Adams may be turning off some voters by casting doubt on the integrity of the election, they say.

“There have been 429 elections in the U.S. that have used ranked-choice voting. In all but 15, the candidate with the most number of first place votes won,” said Alex Clemens, a veteran Bay Area political strategist and lobbyist with Lighthouse Public Affairs. “It’s unusual when that doesn’t happen.”

The dispute about the election process comes after more than six months of concerted campaigning, much of it from behind Zoom screens as the city was still under pandemic lockdown. After a summer of protests against police brutality and chants of “Defund the Police,” a surge in shootings and rash of hate crimes has put public safety at the forefront of voters’ minds, boosting Adams’ anti-crime appeal.

Yang, whose presidential fame helped him dominate early polls, receded as Adams took the lead within the last few months. Garcia’s message of steady management, and endorsements by the New York Times and Daily News helped her surge to first and second place in some recent polls. And Maya Wiley is riding a late wave of support from the city’s far-left, with progressive luminaries like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams backing her campaign in recent weeks.

The new voting system and the rapidly changing dynamics at the top of the field have deprived Adams of the usual comfort a frontrunner would take into an election.

Rob Richie, the president of FairVote, a national nonprofit that advocates for electoral reform, said he was surprised by the vitriol coming from Adams, considering he stands to do pretty well in ranked-choice voting.

“If I was his campaign, I wouldn’t have done some of the same things they’ve done in the last few days,” Richie said. “The more you sort of separate yourself from other people, the more risky that is in a ranked-choice voting strategy.”

The Adams campaign has run a scorched earth operation since Yang, a former presidential candidate, teamed up with Garcia, the former city sanitation commissioner, in the final days of an unruly election season.

Adams said Monday that his competitors were tone deaf for beginning their alliance on Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery that was recently made a federal holiday.

“African Americans are very clear on voter suppression. We know about the poll tax. We know about the fight that we’ve had historically, how you had to go through hurdles to vote,” he said on CNN. “So if [my supporters] feel, based on their perception, that it suppressed the vote, then I respect their feeling.”

Ashley Sharpton, daughter of the Rev. Al Sharpton, said in a statement issued by the Adams campaign that the alliance was “a cynical attempt by Garcia and Yang to disenfranchise Black voters. We didn’t march in the streets all summer last year and organize for generations just so that some rich businessman and bureaucrat who don’t relate to the masses can steal the election from us.”

In early June, well before the Yang-Garcia alliance, Adams had already begun to sow doubt about the ranked-choice process.

“What happens to everyday New Yorkers? The Board of Elections betrayed us once again and didn’t properly educate and get information out,” he said at a Lower Manhattan campaign stop. “It would be lucky if we get these results by January 18. We don’t know how long this is going to take. I’m really troubled about the outcome of this, I hope the counting does not equal the rollout.”

Under the new voting system, adopted by referendum in 2019, if no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote initially, the last-place candidate is eliminated and their supporters’ votes are redistributed to the voter’s second choice. That process continues until someone gets a majority of all votes.

“It’s been held up as a voting rights remedy and it’s been used in many diverse cities,” Richie said. “What it does, in kind of its most straightforward way, is it encourages candidates to reach out to more diverse groups of people.”

In 2018, London Breed, the first Black woman elected mayor of San Francisco, faced a similar scenario to what Adams is facing in New York.

“A Black candidate was leading the polls, and a white candidate and an Asian candidate formed an alliance,” Clemens said. “Ultimately the Black candidate, London Breed, prevailed.”

There are exceptions: In a 2018 Congressional race in Maine, an incumbent Republican was defeated despite winning the most first-choice votes. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat, won by picking up more down-ballot votes from two independent candidates. Mayor’s races in Oakland and San Leandro, Calif., and Burlington, Vt., have also been won by candidates who weren’t in first place in initial voting. But those instances represent less than 4 percent of the ranked-choice elections that have been conducted in the U.S.

“The headline for ranked-choice voting is that 96 percent of the time, the leader prevails,” Clemens said.

Other Black leaders condemned Adams’ attempts to inject racial politics into the maneuver by Yang and Garcia.

“It is disingenuous and dangerous to play on the very real and legitimate fears of bigotry and voter disenfranchisement by pretending it’s present where it’s not,” said Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who is supporting Wiley, former counsel to de Blasio.

Wiley, who is vying to be the first Black woman elected mayor, also decried Adams’ comments as “cynical and insensitive.”

“The leadership we need right now is a leadership that says, ‘Trust in our voting system because it works.’ We are not the city where we are suppressing the vote,” she said at a campaign stop in Washington Heights Monday.

Sal Albanese, a former City Council member who was appointed by Adams to the charter revision commission that proposed ranked choice voting for the ballot, said the borough president showed little interest in the process at the time.

“I really never heard from Eric,” said Albanese, who said he attempted to brief Adams but had five scheduled phone calls canceled. “I tried to brief him throughout the process, but it was radio silence.”

Albanese, who is running for Council again, has endorsed Yang.

“I think it’s unfounded,” he said of Adams’ criticisms of the Yang-Garcia alliance. “In my view, it’s a cynical political move. Ranked-choice voting, he understands it fully. He knows that there are alliances that are made.”

Jesse Naranjo, Janaki Chadha and Sally Goldenberg contributed to this report.

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Rafael Nadal given French Open warning by Cam Norrie ahead of clash – ‘No pressure on me’

British No 2 Cam Norrie has admitted that he is relishing the challenge of facing Rafael Nadal at the Spaniard’s favoured French Open on Saturday afternoon. The pair will go head-to-head for a place in the fourth round of the competition, with Norrie going into the match as the clear underdog against his vastly superior opponent.

Nadal breezed into the third round with a commanding victory over Richard Gasquet on Thursday evening to set up a meeting with the South African-born Brit.

The 35-year-old has gained a formidable reputation as the ‘king of clay’ after winning all but three editions of the French Open since 2005.

He will be widely expected to brush Norrie aside on Saturday on his way to a record 21st Grand Slam title, but his unfancied opponent has refused to rule out the possibility of a sensational upset.

The two players have already faced each other twice since the turn of the year, with Nadal winning every single set in their respective duels at the Australian Open and Barcelona Open.

However, Norrie has suggested that the lack of expectation on him to succeed at Roland Garros could aid his chances of pulling off a shock victory.

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“It is another great opportunity to have a crack at him [Nadal],” the 25-year-old told reporters.

“Obviously I’m going to be the underdog going in there, so no pressure on me. I will go out, see if I can execute my game and frustrate him.

“It is another wonderful experience for me playing him again in the third round of a slam, especially where he’s been very dominant.

“I feel great physically, which is a bonus for me. I’ll back my legs against anyone, even against Rafa. But I’m going to have to execute, and it’s not going to be easy.”

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Norrie has enjoyed an impressive French Open campaign so far, defeating Bjorn Fratangelo and Lloyd Harris in his first two matches at the tournament.

The world No 41 could potentially achieve a career-high ranking on Saturday, but admitted that there is still plenty of room for improvement in order to start raising his game to the next level.

“It would be great for me to get a career high,” added Norrie. “I think I’m a lot more calm in bigger moments than I had been in the past.

“I’ve been very consistent and have kept the momentum with me, not really letting too many little things throw me off. I’ve been pretty dead set on improving and bringing my level every day.

“I don’t think I’m playing, like, out-of-this-world excellent. I’m doing a lot of fundamentals well, and I think that’s paying off.”

Norrie is the only British player remaining in the French Open after the premature exits of Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Dan Evans was also dumped out in the opening round of the competition by unseeded Serbian hopeful Miomir Kecmanovic despite winning the first set.

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Jimmy Kimmel questioned Harry’s key response about The Crown: ‘Didn’t ring true to me!’

Jimmy Kimmel mocks Queen statement after Oprah interview

Jimmy, a late night talk show host, is also a famous American TV personality and comedian who was part of the celebrity lineup for Vax Live earlier this month. The concert was co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and aimed to raise money for vaccine equity. But, weeks before sharing a stage with the Duke of Sussex, Jimmy actually mentioned the couple’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey during his show — and questioned one particular aspect of the jaw-dropping tell-all.
Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the star said: “I thought Meghan and Harry came across well, they seemed genuine — but there was one part of the interview that didn’t ring true to me.

“When Oprah asked them if they had seen a certain Netflix show.”

During the interview, the Sussexes explained how their dynamic within the Royal Family changed after their South Pacific tour back in 2018.

The success of that tour has since been compared to the triumph of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tour of Australia back in 1983, an event which featured heavily in The Crown’s latest season.

Oprah said: “I’m thinking, because I watch The Crown, OK? I watch The Crown. Do you all watch The Crown?”

Meghan giggled, while Harry said: “I’ve watched some of it. You’ve watched some of it?”

Jimmy Kimmel questioned Harry’s key response about The Crown: ‘Didn’t ring true to me!’ (Image: Getty)

Jimmy Kimmel with friend and actor Ben Affleck for Vax Live (Image: Getty)

Nodding, Meghan repeated: “I’ve watched some of it.”

Discussing this particular clip of the interview, Mr Kimmel told his audience: “Alright, no one watches some of The Crown — once you start The Crown, you finish The Crown, you’re hooked.”

Oprah then probed the couple to see if they were referring to Diana’s Australia tour, where she won over the hearts of the public — and was accused of outshining the Prince of Wales, as portrayed in Netflix’s fictional series.

Harry agreed the treatment of Meghan after their tour did bring back memories of his mother’s popularity, and added: “I just wish that we would all learn from the past.”

This line of questioning over The Crown came up again in Harry’s most recent appearance last week, when he was a guest on Dax Shepard’s Armchair expert podcast — but, the Duke maintained that he had not watched much of the series.

Podcast host Dax asked Harry: “So you’ve never seen it? I would imagine or have you seen The Crown?”

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Harry speaking during Global Citizen’s Vax Live event (Image: Getty)

Meghan and Harry speaking to Oprah Winfrey back in March (Image: Getty)

Harry replied: “I managed to get away with…”

Podcast host Monica Padman interjected: “Not answering.”

Harry continued: “I’ve seen elements of it.”

He then noted: “I hear it’s very popular.”

Dax, a famous Hollywood actor, said: “They make, you know, like seven season about my family, I would certainly be curious.

“And then also, I would feel very protective.”

Dax said it would be difficult for people to “indulge” in a traumatic family event, such as Diana’s death, but “you’re very drawn to find out as well”.

Harry admitted: “I think we all are, right?”

The Duke of Sussex discussed the divisive show, which his father’s friends dubbed “trolling on a Hollywood budget”, back in February as well.

Harry told his friend and TV personality James Corden he wanted Damian Lewis to play him in The Crown, if he had to choose a famous actor.

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Emma Corrin as Princess Diana on the 1983 tour of Australia (Image: Netflix)

Meghan and Harry on their South Pacific tour in 2018 (Image: Getty)

He also defended the programme and said: “It’s fictional.

“But it’s loosely based on the truth.

“Of course it’s not strictly accurate.”

He claimed it gave a “rough idea” of the pressures that come with “putting duty and service above family and everything else”.

He continued: “I am way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing stories written about my family or my wife

“That [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will.

Prince Harry drinks tea on a bus with James Corden

“But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”

Harry’s words were heavily criticised afterwards, especially considering the unflattering light Charles and the Queen were painted in during the fourth season.

Many thought the Duke did not want to insult the programme considering he had only recently signed a lucrative contract with the same streaming platform, Netflix, at the time.

Harry and Meghan’s dramatic time on the royal frontline is not expected to be covered in the ongoing series.

Although The Crown started at the beginning of the Queen’s marriage in 1947, the series is said to be coming to a conclusion around the year 2000.

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