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Rachel Riley left wide-eyed as Countdown viewers call out ‘filth’ over two cheeky words

When asked about this by MailOnline, she said: “As long as they’ll have me!

“I’m halfway there already. She did 26 years when I took over.

“I love it and I’m really lucky that it brings me other opportunities, and it’s not every day so I’ve been able to have loads of family time.”

“It’s really fun and I’m really good friends with Susie who I’ve worked with all this time and the team behind the scenes are brilliant.”

Countdown airs on weekdays on Channel 4 at 2.10pm.

Author: Fay Watson
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Report alleges ‘fallout’ at ESPN after leaked recording of Rachel Nichols’ comments on diversity

A New York Times report said ESPN is fixing damage after Nichols made controversial suggestions on diversity and hiring involving fellow reporter Maria Taylor.

A recording of a phone conversation which happened last year, said to have been leaked, is reportedly creating a tense situation inside sports network ESPN after one of their top reporters made some controversial suggestions on the issue of diversity aimed at a fellow reporter at the network. 

A Sunday New York Times report detailed how one of the ESPN’s star sports broadcasters, Rachel Nichols, who is white, was heard on a recording suggesting that her colleague at the network, reporter Maria Taylor — a Black woman — was given a hosting assignment to help the network with its diversity efforts.

The assignment was ESPN’s broadcast of the NBA Finals last year, where executives at the network are said to have selected Taylor over Nichols, making Taylor their primary host for the broadcast. 

In a phone conversation that included Adam Mendelsohn, a longtime advisor to LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, Nichols is heard voicing her frustrations with not getting the assignment, appearing to suggest that the decision to pick one of the two women was made on the basis of race, reports on the recording detailed

The report from the Times said the call was recorded on a camera that Nichols had in her hotel room at the time. The set up allowed her to appear on-camera from the NBA bubble. The audio recording of her comments were saved to a video server at ESPN’s headquarters. It is not known exactly how many ESPN employees had access, and were able to listen to it, USA Today reported

Nichols is heard saying on the recording, “I wish Maria Taylor all the success in the world — she covers football, she covers basketball.” In the audio take reported on by the New York Times, Nichols then goes on to say, “If you need to give her more things to do because you are feeling pressure about your crappy longtime record on diversity — which, by the way, I know personally from the female side of it — like, go for it. Just find it somewhere else. You are not going to find it from me or taking my thing away.” 

The New York Times made contact with employees at ESPN, and at least one expressed that the network’s choice to apparently not discipline Nichols for making the comments had been an “active source of pain,” according to at least one account reported on

A spokesperson for ESPN named Josh Krulewitz told the Times, “A diverse group of executives thoroughly and fairly considered all the facts related to the incident and then addressed the situation appropriately. We’re proud of the coverage we continue to produce, and our focus will remain on Maria, Rachel and the rest of the talented team collectively serving N.B.A. fans.” 

Nichols herself responded to the Times report suggesting that the conversation was simply her venting in private to her friend saying she was just “unloading to a friend about ESPN’s process, not about Maria.” Nichols said, “my own intentions in that conversation, and the opinion of those in charge at ESPN, are not the sum of what matters here — if Maria felt the conversation was upsetting, then it was, and I was the cause of that for her.” 

Taylor’s contract at ESPN will reportedly expire in a matter of weeks, which would fall during NBA Finals according to reports. The New York Times said there haven’t been many steps taken to form a new deal with Taylor. ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro reportedly highlighted Taylor as one of the network’s potential next stars. 

Krulewitz of ESPN said, “We, of course, are not going to comment on the specifics of any commentator contract.” Pitaro was not made available for comment on the story.

It is rumored that Taylor could possibly leave the network at the end of her current contract, but that could not be confirmed at the time of this report. 

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated. 

Author: Douglas Jones
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Rachel Zegler: 5 Things To Know About Unknown NJ Student Cast As Maria In ‘West Side Story’ Remake

Author: Ali Stagnitta
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

We are so ready for Rachel Zegler, an unknown high school student from New Jersey, to take on the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ remake!

The first glimpse of Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story dropped on Apr. 25, giving viewers a taste of what the remake will bring when it arrives (presumably in theatres) in December. It also gave the first look at newcomer Rachel Zegler as this big-screen adaptation’s Maria. The New Jersey native was just 17-years-old when she landed the role in 2019, beating out tens of thousands of other applicants for the chance to star opposite Ansel Elgort, David Alvarez, Ariana DeBose, and Rita Moreno (who won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in the 1961 film adaptation.) The honor was not lost on her.

“I am so thrilled to be playing the iconic role of Maria alongside this amazing cast. West Side Story was the first musical I encountered with a Latina lead character,” Rachel said upon her casting, per Variety. “As a Colombian-American, I am humbled by the opportunity to play a role that means so much to the Hispanic community.” As viewers start to decide if they’re either a Jet or a Shark, here’s what you need to know about Rachel.

Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in ‘West Side Story’ (20th Century Fox)

1. Rachel responded to an open casting call for West Side Story. 

Steven Spielberg began casting for the role of Maria in January 2018. Wanting to keep the movie as “ethnically authentic” as possible, the open casting call requested Latinx actors. Zegler responded to the call with a video of herself singing “Tonight” and “Me Siento Hermosa [‘I Feel Pretty].” Those submissions stood out from the 30,000 others, earning Rachel this potentially star-making role.

“When we began this process a year ago, we announced that we would cast the roles of Maria, Anita, Bernardo, Chino, and the Sharks with Latina and Latino actors,” Spielberg said, per Variety. “I’m so happy that we’ve assembled a cast that reflects the astonishing depth of talent in America’s multifaceted Hispanic community. I am in awe of the sheer force of the talent of these young performers, and I believe they’ll bring a new and electrifying energy to a magnificent musical that’s more relevant than ever.”

2. Rachel Acted In High School. 

Rachel Zegler is no stranger to being the lead role! Born in Hackensack and raised in Clifton, Rachel developed her acting chops by partaking in theatrical productions at Immaculate Conception, an all-girls Catholic high school. She played Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” Dorothy Brock in a production of “42nd Street,” and Princess Fiona in a production of “Shrek the Musical.” Each role earned her a Metro Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress.

She has also portrayed Mimi in Rent, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Serena in Legally Blonde. In June 2019, Rachel graduated from high school.

3. She Has A YouTube Channel.

If you want to get to know Rachel better, there’s no better place to start than her YouTube channel. With 200k subscribers (as of April 2021), Rachel entertains her growing fanbase with covers of pop songs, Vlogs, and other videos. Rachel’s cover of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born went insanely viral with over 3 million views and counting. Then, when haters said it was autotuned, Rachel took to Twitter to post a soundcheck where she belted out some more “Shallow” lyrics, and DAMN, this girl has PIPES!

4. Rachel is a gun-control activist and speaks out against social injustices. 

Rachel has shared a number of posts to support the March For Our Lives movement and stand with immigrants on her Twitter page. “Protect kids, not guns. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: change is necessary for survival. our children are too precious and too important to be lost to the senseless need of guns,” she wrote in March 2018 with the “March For Our Lives” logo. In another, Rachel posed with a “Deport Trump” graffiti. While Rachel’s Instagram is mostly professional (with the occasional glamour selfie or goofy photo), her Twitter is highly active in social issues.

4. She Was Cast In ‘Shazam 2’. 

Rachel is primed to be the next big thing in Hollywood. West Side Story will not be her only shot at the big time, because she will be part of Shazam: Fury of the Gods, the sequel to the surprise hit superhero movie starring Zachary Levi. Rachel’s role, as of early 2021, was kept under wraps, but she did tweet, “I am in my key role in Shazam 2 era,” per Variety.

Grand National results LIVE: Aintree winners as Rachel Blackmore looks to create history

The holy-grail of horse racing gets underway at 5.15pm today and Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the winners from the moment they cross the finish line. There is seven racing in totoal througout the third day of the Aintree festival.
But all eyes will be on the main event as 40 horses battle it out over the four-mile course.

History could be made as two female jockeys, Rachael Blackmore and Bryony Frost, are in with strong chances of becoming the first ever woman winner.

“Look, it’s the Grand National and anything can happen, but I wouldn’t swap him anyway,” Blackmore said of her mount Minella Times.

And well respected trainer Paul Nicholls, who has had 11 champions, is backing the girls.

“Bryony’s got a chance. Rachel Blackmore’s got a very good chance. She’s been riding at the top of her game,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“It’d be really good for the sport if one of the girls did win the National. They’re more than capable of winning it.”

Grand National results LIVE

1.45 – Manifesto Novices Chase

1) Hometown Boy

2) J’Ai Froid

3) Tea Clipper

4) Ashtown Lad

2.25 – Betway Mersey Novices’ Hurdle

1) My Drogo

2) Minella Drama

3) Guard Your Drea

3.00 – Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Chase

1) Shishkin

2) Funambule

3.35 – Ryanair Stayers Hurdle

(results to follow)

4.15 – Betway Handicap Chase

(results to follow)

5.15 – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase

(results to follow)

6.20 – Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle