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How to live longer: Promote longevity in 20 minutes by quitting smoking

If you make it 12 hours without smoking, the body begins to eradicate carbon monoxide – a poisonous gas – from the body, enabling oxygen levels to increase. If you continue on this path, other health benefits come your way. As pointed out by Stop Smoking London – a campaign supported by the NHS to improve the nation’s health – one full day without smoking can:

  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve circulation
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease.

Within two days of being a non-smoker, the receptors in your nerves begin to heal, helping to restore your sense of taste and smell.

If you forgo three days without picking up the unhealthy habit, all the nicotine will now be completely removed from your body.

It’s at this point that nicotine withdrawal might occur, but remember that each craving will pass if you don’t feed the addiction.

Nicotine withdrawal symptoms

The NHS pointed out that you might experience:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Frustration
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

“You may get a chesty cough, but this is positive – it means your body is getting rid of the debris in your lungs,” the NHS clarified.

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You may find that exercising from this landmark stage becomes easier and easier, as breathlessness starts to fade.

By the nine-month mark, your lungs will have significantly healed as the cilia (the small-like hairs inside of the lungs) will have recovered from the effects of cigarette smoke.

When you reach a whole year without having one puff of a cigarette, your risk of coronary heart disease will be cut in half.

From this point onwards, with every other successful milestone you hit, your risk of coronary heart disease will continue to decrease, thereby increasing your longevity.

Your chances of getting pancreatic cancer are the same as a non-smoker too.

Twenty years without lighting up will mean that your risk of dying from a smoking-related cause is now as low as someone who never smoked a cigarette in their life.

Health benefits of quitting

  • Improved chances of longevity
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved lung function
  • Able to breathe better
  • Improved sense of taste and smell
  • Reduced risk of numerous cancers
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Other benefits of quitting

  • Smell better
  • More money
  • Fresher breath
  • Improved self esteem
  • Whiter teeth
  • Better hearing
  • Better vision
  • Clearer, younger-looking skin.

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Steph McGovern returning to morning TV after quitting BBC Breakfast ‘My 3.30 alarm’s back’

Steph McGovern, 39, has announced she will be setting her alarm back to 3.30am this summer as she takes on a new morning TV role. The former BBC Breakfast host will be presenting the Paralympics Breakfast Show alongside former Paralympic cyclist and TV host Arthur Williams.

Steph previously used to wake up early to host BBC Breakfast during the weekdays from 6am to 9am.

However, she stepped down from the show in 2020 to spend more time with her partner and baby daughter.

The star now hosts Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4 from a more reasonable hour of 12.30pm, however that is soon set to change.

Steph typed on Twitter: “My 3.30am alarm clock will be going back on in the summer.

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The presenters will include the wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, who will front the highlights show Today in Tokyo, from Japan, as well as the disability advocate Sophie Morgan, former Royal Marine commando and Strictly Come Dancing star JJ Chalmers, and former professional rugby union player Ed Jackson.

Lee McKenzie and Vick Hope will be reporting from Japan, while in the UK, Clare Balding will present live sport finals from Leeds, and Arthur Williams and Steph McGovern will head a daily Paralympics breakfast show.

Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will present The Last Leg daily from London and will be joined by Rosie Jones, reporting from Tokyo.

More 4 will become a dedicated team sports channel and will broadcast matches live from Tokyo, featuring ParalympicsGB teams in wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball.

Ian Katz, the director of programmes at Channel 4, said: “Channel 4 has long played a fundamental role in bringing a global audience to the Paralympic Games and for shifting perceptions of disabled people through our significant investment in coverage and award-winning marketing campaigns for London 2012 and Rio 2016.

“Now we’re finally able to get excited about bringing the long-awaited Tokyo 2020 Paralympics to UK viewers, with even more coverage than ever before across multiple platforms, from multiple locations and hosted by a stellar presenting team.

“We’re looking forward to bringing the best coverage possible to the British public so we can all get behind ParalympicsGB and celebrate their success in Tokyo.”

Channel 4 and More 4 will carry live subtitles, and the opening ceremony will have live signing.

Author: Holly Fleet
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Why Police Have Been Quitting in Droves in the Last Year

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — As protests surged across the country last year over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, Officer Lindsay C. Rose in Asheville, N.C., found her world capsized.

Various friends and relatives had stopped speaking to her because she was a cop. During a protest in June around Police Headquarters, a demonstrator lobbed an explosive charge that set her pants on fire and scorched her legs.

She said she was spit on. She was belittled. Members of the city’s gay community, an inclusive clan that had welcomed her in when she first settled in Asheville, stood near her at one event and chanted, “All gay cops are traitors,” she said.

By September, still deeply demoralized despite taking several months off to recuperate, Officer Rose decided that she was done. She quit the Police Department and posted a sometimes bitter, sometimes nostalgic essay online that attracted thousands of readers throughout the city and beyond.

“I’m walking away to exhale and inhale, I’m leaving because I don’t have any more left in me right now,” she wrote. “I’m drowning in this politically charged atmosphere of hate and destruction.”

Officer Rose was hardly alone. Thousands of police officers nationwide have headed for the exits in the past year.

A survey of almost 200 police departments indicated that retirements were up 45 percent and resignations rose by 18 percent in the year from April 2020 to April 2021 when compared with the previous 12 months, according to the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington policy institute.

New York City saw 2,600 officers retire in 2020 compared with 1,509 the year before. Resignations in Seattle increased to 123 from 34 and retirements to 96 from 43. Minneapolis, which had 912 uniformed officers in May 2019, is now down to 699. At the same time, many cities are contending with a rise in shootings and homicides.

Asheville was among the hardest hit proportionally, losing upward of 80 officers, more than one third of its 238-strong force.

The reason has partly to do with Asheville itself — a big blue dot amid a sea of red voters in western North Carolina. Residents often refer to the city, a tourist mecca of 90,000 people tucked into the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, as the South’s version of Austin, Texas, or Portland, Ore.

Protests are commonplace, although none in recent memory had roiled the city quite like those prompted by the death of Mr. Floyd. Asheville has removed its three Confederate monuments, including the obelisk that dominated the central square for more than 100 years. In June, the City Council agreed to earmark an initial $ 2.1 million to pay reparations to the Black community of more than 10,000 residents.

The police already had come under criticism in recent years, churning through half a dozen chiefs in the past decade amid widespread complaints about overly harsh policing. Often cited is a case in 2019, when an officer pleaded guilty to assaulting a Black man after an argument over jaywalking — at night with few cars on the road.

The past year’s racial justice protests brought these long-simmering tensions swiftly back to the surface.

“There was a cloud over the building,” said Chief David Zack, 58, adding that younger officers were particularly traumatized by the events. “We knew we were going to be in trouble. I don’t think we ever anticipated getting to this level.”

The fact that the protests were directed at them pushed many officers to quit, he said. “They said that we have become the bad guys, and we did not get into this to become the bad guys.”

A sense that the city itself did not back its police was a key reason for the departures, according to officers themselves as well as police and city officials. Officers felt that they should have been praised rather than pilloried after struggling to contain chaotic protests.

Low pay deepened the frustration. With a starting salary around $ 37,000, few officers can afford houses in Asheville, where housing prices have sharply increased in recent years.

Finally, officers said they were asked to handle too much; they were constantly thrown at tangled societal problems like mental health breakdowns or drug overdoses, they said, for which they were ill-equipped — then blamed when things went wrong.

Officers who left said they endured a barrage of “good riddance” taunts on social media. Some said they were accused of leaving because the higher level of public scrutiny meant they could no longer beat up people of color with impunity.

One sergeant who quit after a decade on the force, who did not want his name published because of the aggressive verbal attacks online, said last summer had chipped away at his professional pride and personal health. He could not sleep and drank too much.

In September, somebody dropped a coffin laden with dirt and manure at the front door of Police Headquarters. “The message was taking a different turn,” Chief Zack said. “The message was not about police reform, but, ‘We endorse violence against police’.”

Of the more than 80 officers who left, about half found different professions and the other half different departments, Chief Zack said. New careers included industrial refrigeration, construction, real estate and pharmaceutical sales — anything far removed from policing.

Some officers decided that Asheville was the problem. Alec N. Dohmann, 30, a former Marine infantryman, could not afford a house in the city, and the rage directed at officers during the protests shocked his wife, who watched it live on Facebook. He took a police job in nearby Greenville, S.C., and bought a house.

“It is night and day,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be in uniform and someone comes up and shakes my hand, thanking me for what I do.”

The George Floyd protests in Asheville lasted just four or five nights, far less than in other cities, yet many activists said they remain alarmed by the degree of force police used against demonstrators.

Officers fired tear gas to disperse them, and in one widely criticized incident, the police ransacked a medical tent, chasing off the volunteers, slashing water bottles and destroying first aid supplies.

City officials seemed torn about how to respond. At first Chief Zack defended the officers over the medical tent episode, saying water bottles were constantly heaved at officers, but he apologized amid the subsequent uproar.

Mayor Esther Manheimer dropped into one daily police briefing, lauding the department’s efforts. The very next day, she publicly accused the police of mishandling events, several officers said.

Ms. Manheimer, mayor since 2013, said in an interview that the city was facing a “clash of cultures,” and that she had “obviously not perfected” her efforts to “thread the needle of supporting law enforcement employees, but at the same time demanding and calling for needed change.”

Calls for defunding the police have continued, with many Asheville residents saying the department’s problems started long before last year’s protests.

Rob Thomas of the Racial Justice Coalition grew up in what he described as a “drug house” in the now gentrified North Side. He said the Black community has long felt targeted, and he learned early that there was an unwritten rule among police officers that they would beat anyone who ran from them.

To him, the officers’ leaving is not a big concern.

“The ones who left are collateral damage of people advocating for change,” he said. “It is not these individual officers who are so bad or so wrong; the system itself is kind of messed up.”

Recruitment all over the country, given negative attitudes toward the police, has also become a slog, prompting Asheville to approve a modest salary increase. Several other cities, hearing about the mood among the police in Asheville, put up billboards there hoping to attract officers who were ready to move. It takes roughly a year to train new officers in Asheville, and of seven who started in December, six have already quit, Chief Zack said.

To make do, the A.P.D. has trimmed its services even as shootings and other violent crimes escalated, a trend that has been seen across the country and which many experts have connected to disruption from the pandemic. The police received about 650 calls for “shots fired” last year, Chief Zack said, and there were 10 homicides, compared with seven the year before. Aggravated assaults were also up.

The department shuttered a downtown satellite office, stopped bicycle patrols and is making fewer traffic stops. It published a list of 10 incidents to which it would no longer dispatch officers, including some vehicle thefts, and urged citizens to file simple complaints online rather than calling.

All but one of the seven officers who investigated domestic violence and sexual assault left, so the department is trying to get three officers up to speed on the skills needed.

“A lot of our experience is walking out the door,” Chief Zack said.

With a third of the police force gone, some activists and residents said they worried that the city would squander an opportunity for change, hiring replacements instead of exploring alternatives.

Justin Souther, the manager of Malaprop’s Bookstore, said that what he considered police overkill during the George Floyd protests renewed his conviction that Asheville should not be as reliant on law enforcement for dealing with issues like the homeless people who inhabit downtown. “People need help, not punishment,” he said.

Jill Coleman in the Spice & Tea Exchange echoed those sentiments, yet admitted that she was worried when she heard about rising violent crime.

“People might be feeling a little shaky with not seeing police around, but it is also exciting to think that change is coming,” she said.

Officer Rose, leaving the police after seven years, first worked for a moving company started by a fellow officer who had also quit. She felt angry, tired, disgruntled and like a failure all at once, she said. She slept badly and had no appetite.

“My story is not unique,” she said.

Some time in January, she decided she wanted to retrieve her badge, to give it to her grandfather, who had pinned it on her when she had completed her training.

She had to apply to Chief Zack to get it, she said. Leaving the police had been the hardest decision of her life, she said, and the chief dangled a job as a community liaison officer designed to make the department more transparent to the public.

Plus in an effort to “humanize the badge,” he had relaxed some of the rules. She could now wear short sleeves, for example, displaying the bursts of floral and other tattoos on her arms. Her wife, an Asheville native, endorsed her return as well.

She said yes.

Officer Rose said she still nourishes the idea first planted when she joined the police that she can make a difference in people’s lives, but she is more wary. “It was a rude awaking,” she said. “It’s like you are in a loving relationship, and then all of a sudden you are dumped and you don’t know why.”

Author: Neil MacFarquhar
This post originally appeared on NYT > Top Stories

Look North star on why she's quitting show after 20 years

Much-loved weather presenter Lisa Gallagher has announced she is leaving Look North after 20 years.

In a post on Twitter she said she will no longer be setting her alarm for 2.30am and says she will leave next Wednesday – although she doesn’t reveal what she is doing next.

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Lisa, so also does weather forecasts for Radio Humberside, posted a picture of herself at the start of her career and at the end on Twitter.

The post said: “After over 20 years of setting my alarm for 2.30am I’ve decided it is time to stop. My last shift will be next Wednesday. It has been an honour.”

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Weather presenter Lisa Gallagher has announced she is leaving Look North after 20 years
Weather presenter Lisa Gallagher has announced she is leaving Look North after 20 years

Look North presenter Peter Levy responded to the announcement and commented on the way she seems not to have aged.

He said: “You are going to be missed by Look North viewers.

“How come you don’t look any older than 20 years ago?? We need your secret….good luck Lisa.”

Radio Humberside presenter Andy Comfort also reacted saying: “You will be missed and you’ve always been a joy to work with. Good luck in the new career.”

Author: [email protected] (James Campbell)
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Aljaz Skorjanec breaks silence on wife Janette Manrara quitting Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly professional Aljaz Skorjanec, 31, had nothing but praise for his wife Janette Manrara, 37, after she announced she would be quitting the BBC show to become the new host of spin-off programme, It Takes Two. In an emotional address to his fellow dancer, Aljaz shared his excitement to sit opposite the love of his life next series.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday night, he penned: “My @jmanrara is the new host of #strictlyittakestwo with @rylan.

“Beyond Happy for you!!! Can’t wait to sit on that sofa… @bbcstrictly.”

He ended his tribute with an inspirational quote: “Ps. ‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them’ – Walt Disney.”

The dancer accompanied his loving words with a stunning photo of Janette, while fans rushed to the comments section to share their thoughts.

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“I did say, ‘One day I would love to do that’, and here we are,” she added, telling viewers she would be sharing duties with Rylan Clark-Neal.

Going on to discuss her exit from the dance floor, she explained with an emotional tone in her voice: “I will not be dancing.

“I don’t want to well up because I’ve been welling up a lot today but that has been the hardest part of accepting this amazing honour.”

“I will not be on that legendary Strictly dance floor anymore but I feel this is the most beautiful and natural progression,” she continued.

“I’m still a part of the Strictly family and I’m still going to be seeing my fellow professionals all the time.

“I will keep dancing, as they say. I will find a way to keep dancing,” she concluded in much higher spirits.

In a statement released by the BBC on Thursday evening, the professional dancer spoke a little more about replacing Zoe.

Janette said: “It’s a dream come true to become part of the It Takes Two team!

“Although it’s impossible to fill in the shoes of a legend like Zoe Ball, I hope to make her and all of the Strictly fans proud.”

She added: “I will miss dancing on that iconic dance floor weekly, but forever grateful to continue being a part of the Strictly Come Dancing family!”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Celebrity News Feed

Avengers star Dave Bautista confirms he is quitting Marvel series over 'shirtless scenes'

Over the past ten years a large number of actors have stepped into some iconic Marvel roles. Guardians of the Galaxy introduced a massive amount of new heroes, including Bautista’s Drax the Destroyer. The actor, who was previously a professional wrestler, became a hit with critics as one of the standouts in the series. The star has now, however, revealed he will be stepping down after the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
Bautista recently appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show to promote the new Netflix movie Army of the Dead.

During the interview, he was asked if the next film will be his final outing in the role.

He replied: “It will. It’s weird because I said it recently … because I’ve been talking a lot about Guardians … I didn’t think it was going to be news!

“I figured everybody assumed this was how it worked.”

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It is no surprise that Bautista will be stepping down from the franchise once Gunn has also moved on.

The James Bond actor could not get an acting job before his appearance in the Marvel series, despite years of experience.

Gunn then took a shot on him, and – as Bautista puts it – changed everything for him.

He said in another interview: “I struggled, I starved for three years, I could barely get a job.”

Bautista went on: “There were a few people who believed in me along the way, but James [Gunn] was the one who really changed the course of my life.”

The plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 has not yet been revealed, but it is assumed to follow the titular heroes and Thor Odinson (Chris Hemsworth).

At the end of Avengers Endgame, the demigod revealed he would be joining the Guardians, before dubbing them the Asgardians of the Galaxy.

The Avengers series is available on Disney Plus now.

Army of the Dead is available on Netflix now.

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‘Broken up but still living together’: Cristiano Ronaldo intent on quitting Juventus, claim reports in Italy

Author: RT
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Reports from Italy have claimed that football legend Cristiano Ronaldo is adamant on an exit from Serie A giants Juventus following their Champions League exit to Porto, with the two parties ‘broken up but still living together’.

Local newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport broke the news on Friday, and wrote that the five-time Champions League and Ballon d’Or winner has asked his superagent Jorge Mendes to find him another club for the 2021/2022 season.

Ex-club Real Madrid can be ruled out, as the La Liga giants are mired in debt and rebuilding their Bernabeu stadium, while European Super League head Florentino Perez has additionally poured cold water on any approach.

“The rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Madrid are just rumors from his entourage. There is nothing,” the president explained during his highly-controversial appearance on the El Larguero program. 

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“In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez went on.

“When money does not flow from the rich clubs to the poor clubs, everyone suffers.”

“It’s impossible to make signings like [Kylian] Mbappe and [Erling] Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League,” he insisted.

Yet despite pulling out of the failed breakaway project, former club Manchester United are tipped as a possible next destination if Ronaldo can lower his current salary expectations of $ 37 million. 

Taxes would also be an issue, as the 36-year-old Portuguese star will need to pay more than in Italy.

But with Juve at risk of failing to qualify for the UCL and exiting it prematurely in this campaign to Porto, La Gazzetta claims that Ronaldo’s attitude has changed behind the scenes at the Allianz Stadium. 

“It’s almost like Juventus and Ronaldo have broken up but are still living together,” was the key takeaway from the Italian outlet’s piece.

With few friends there other than the Portuguese-speaking Brazilians and Carlo Pinsoglio, perhaps he won’t be missed by teammates who don’t enjoy as much “freedom” during Andrea Pirlo’s training sessions either.

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Away from the football pitch, Ronaldo’s life is even more complicated. 

Yesterday, it emerged that former model Kathryn Mayorga, who is accusing Cristiano Ronaldo of sexually assaulting her in a Las Vegas hotel room after meeting on a night out in 2009, is now seeking a total of $ 78 million in damages, according to court documents.

Splitting her claim between “past pain and suffering”“future pain and suffering” and punitive damages, she also wishes to claim for smaller amounts covering expenses and legal fees.

Mayorga’s legal team has reportedly filed a list of more than 60 witnesses they are targeting to testify, including three police offers involved in the original complaint, Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli and ­his already-mentioned agent Jorge Mendes.

But Ronaldo has always denied the accusations stating: “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”

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James Bond: Regé-Jean Page responds to casting rumours after quitting Bridgerton

No Time To Die is due for release in September this year, ushering Daniel Craig out of the James Bond role he has played for 15 years. The 007 character has a number of British stars clambering to jump into the tuxedo, with the odds backing three actors in particular. The new leader of the pack is Regé-Jean Page, who rose to fame as the heartthrob Duke Hastings in Netflix show Bridgerton.
Page has now spoken out about the chances of him playing 007 in a future film after Craig steps down.

Speaking to The Mirror, the actor was questioned over the rumours to which he said: “Ah, the B word.

“I think that if you are British and you do anything of note, that other people take notice of, then people will start talking about that.

“I think that’s fairly normal and I’m flattered to be in the category of Brits that people have noticed.”

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Page continued: “I’m very glad to be in the company of such people who have the badge, but it’s just a badge.

“Bridgerton is the only B word I am allowed to say. I am not going to talk about the other B words!”

Since then it has been announced Page will not be returning to Bridgerton for its highly-anticipated second season.

An announcement on Netflix’s social media accounts read: “Dear Readers, while all eyes turn to Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s quest to find a Viscountess, we bid adieu to Regé-Jean Page, who so triumphantly played the Duke of Hastings. We’ll miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family. Daphne will remain a devoted wife and sister, helping her brother navigate the upcoming social season and what it has to offer – more intrigue and romance than my readers may be able to bear. Yours truly, Lady Whistledown.”

Page responded to the news on his own Twitter account, replying: “Pleasure and a privilege!

“An honour to be a member of the family – on and off screen, cast, crew and incredible fans – the love is real and will just keep growing.”

The Hollywood Reporter has since reported Page was offered a recurring part in season two of the hit show, where he would reprise his role for three to five episodes.

They claimed the British star was offered $ 50,000 per episode, but he turned it down.

Could he have declined a return because he’s already in talks with Bond producers?

James Bond No Time To Die is due for release on September 30, 2021.


Linda Robson speaks out on Pauline Quirke quitting Birds Of A Feather

The picture uploaded by Lesley in December was altered to include just herself and Linda as part of the promotion for their Christmas special, with Pauline noticeably cropped out.

It is unclear who had cropped the original photograph, however, they had made a mistake by not entirely cutting out Pauline, as they had left a tiny bit of her face in the shot.

Lesley captioned the post: “CONFIRMED: Birds Of A Feather is returning this Christmas for a one-off episode starring Les Dennis as Dorian’s new fella.”

She added: “But Pauline Quirke will NOT appear as she’s taking a step back from acting!”

A representative for Lesley previously told Express.co.uk “no comment” over rumours of rows between cast members.

Express.co.uk has also previously contacted reps for Pauline and Linda for comment and is awaiting a response. There has been no confirmation of any tension from the actors themselves as of yet.

Piers Morgan speaks out for the first time since quitting GMB: 'Trust your gut'

ITV released a statement on Tuesday evening regarding Piers’ departure, which read: “Following discussions with ITV, Piers Morgan has decided now is the time to leave Good Morning Britain.

“ITV has accepted this decision and has nothing further to add.”

Following the announcement, the outspoken host posted a crypitc message, tweeting a gif of a ticking clock to his account and leaving fans wondering what had gone on behind the scenes.

It was a pretty explosive day for the TV presenter, who has been at the centre of a whirlwind of backlash after his eye-raising rants about the Royal couple.