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‘Wilder was silent – but what else can he say?’

Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum has accused Deontay Wilder of hiding from intrusive questions in the build-up to their trilogy fight.

Wilder chose to sit quietly wearing headphones to block out Fury’s words when they met a press conference ahead of their next WBC heavyweight title fight on July 24.

The American, who lost his belt and unbeaten record to Fury, had previously blamed the result on his ring-walk costume tiring out his legs, a “disloyal” trainer and made unfounded accusations about his rival’s gloves.

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder


Fury says the third fight against Wilder will finish even quicker

Fury’s US-based promoter Arum of Top Rank told Sky Sports about Wilder: “What can he say? After shooting his mouth off and throwing his trainer under a bus. Everybody knows [his axed trainer] Mark Breland is one of the nicest people in the world.

“He didn’t say Breland trained him wrong which fighters always say.

“He said Breland doped his water so he couldn’t perform! That is insanity.

“He said the referee Kenny Bayless was drunk! Insanity.

Deontay Wilder, Malik Scott
Wilder has teamed up with new trainer Malik Scott

“The gloves that Fury had were somehow not correct! Crazy. The gloves don’t go to anybody except the commission, they are locked up. They are put on, with all the cameras there, in the dressing room.

“So what is he talking about?

“If I said something like that I’d also put headphones on so nobody could ask me questions about it.”

Wilder exclusively told Sky Sports last month: “Not only is Fury in for a shock, but the whole world is.

“Of course, Fury [was more hurt]. I gave him concussion. Didn’t you see his eyes go back in the back of his head?

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder
Fury inflicted a seventh round stoppage on the American in their rematch

“Even under the circumstances that I was under, he can’t even knock me out.

“I was alive and well, still standing on my feet, so he has a lot to worry about. Not me.

“Like I said, the truth shall set you free. This is retaliation.

“The towel should never have been thrown in with a fighter like me,” said Wilder.

“When you have a fighter like me, you let me fight off my shield. Like I always asked to do so.

“When you have a fighter that, you have to be perfect for 12 rounds and he only has to be perfect for two seconds. You let it go until the fat lady sings and during that time, the fat lady wasn’t singing.”

Author: Andy Scott & James Dielhenn
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Heat is the silent killer we should all be worried about

This post has been updated. It was originally published on May 4, 2021.

It begins when you stop sweating. Perspiration usually cools you down by releasing heat into the air as sweat evaporates, but eventually, if your body becomes dehydrated or the external mixture of hot air and humidity gets too high, you can no longer push the salty liquid through your pores. You flush all over as blood moves toward your skin—an attempt to shuttle warmth away from your core. Muscles cramp up as your salt reservoirs deplete. Organs swell as your body kicks up an immune response. Your thinking gets fuzzy. You might start hallucinating. You vomit so your stomach can stop wasting energy on digestion. Your heart pounds and your head aches. You may begin to have seizures.

When death finally comes, whether within the hour or a few days later, it’s in the form of a heart attack or organ failure. In the throes of heatstroke, your internal temperature may spike above 105°F, but if you’re alone—victims often are—you’ll have gone cold by the time someone finds you. It’s likely no one will know that the true killer was heat.

The human physique begins to fall apart when it gets too hot. “We have to maintain a very specific range of body temperatures,” says Shane Campbell-Staton, a Princeton University evolutionary biologist who studies the impact of extreme temps on people and animals. Most of us are comfortable when the air around us hovers between 68°F and 77°F, which allows us to maintain an internal thermostat somewhere around 98 degrees. When the environment pushes us past those limits, the delicate balance of chemical reactions that keep us alive starts to wobble, leading to cascades of negative effects that can very quickly become fatal.

[Related: 4 ways to keep cool when the temperature spikes]

Officially, only about 700 people in the US die from exposure to extreme heat per year, largely among vulnerable populations, like the unhoused and elderly, and people who spend long hours outside for work or sport. But scientists who study the links between weather and human health believe the actual number is much higher, says Scott Greene, a University of Oklahoma geographer who has been researching the subject since the 1990s. Exposure to extreme highs could be the culprit behind thousands of deaths in the United States each year and many more around the globe. It’s hard to say how many for certain, given that most of them go unrecorded. But whatever that grim tally is, we know one thing for sure: We can expect more in the years to come.

Without dramatic climate action in the near future, we will likely experience a sharp uptick in extreme heat events across the country by midcentury. That means a greater percentage of the population will deal with dangerous highs—according to the National Weather Service that’s triple digits, or anything in the 90s paired with 65 percent humidity or more.

Recent data from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicts that nearly 90 million people will experience 30 days or more of 105°F temperatures per year by 2050, compared to the fewer than 1 million who experienced such heat annually in the late 1900s. Those 30 scorchers will affect nearly one-third of American urban areas, predominantly in the Sunbelt and the southern Great Plains. Temperatures in the Northeast could exceed 90°F for up to 42 days a year, while some states in the Midwest can expect similar forecasts for more than 100 days a year. We can protect ourselves by changing our lifestyles to suit these climes, but public health experts say it will take a concerted effort from local, state, and national governments to edu­cate people on the dangers of heat, alert them when temperatures creep too high, and offer them solutions—like public access to AC and water.

Some of us are more vulnerable than others. The elderly generally don’t sweat or pump blood as efficiently as youngsters can, while children tend to perspire less and have greater surface-to-body-mass ratios. Certain medications, like antipsychotics and blood pressure pills, can throw internal thermostats out of whack. People without homes or access to air conditioning don’t have safe spaces in which to cool down, while construction workers and other laborers sometimes have no choice but to be outdoors, often during the hottest parts of the day.

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But anyone can succumb to rising temps. The National Weather Service’s heat index indicates that even temperatures in the 80s come with the risk of illness if you’re exposed for hours at a time and humidity is high, or if you’re engaged in strenuous outdoor activity like athletics. The risk goes up in lockstep with increasing airborne moisture and temperatures.

How likely a person is to die from exposure, however, remains somewhat opaque. That’s why Greene and others in his field examine how many people die in a given area during an unusually hot period, as opposed to just looking at those deaths that coroners or medical examiners code as related to hyperthermia. They search for what are known as “excess deaths”—fatalities that spike above the number typical for an area with the same demographics during that time of year. A similar analysis published by a different team in Environmental Epidemiology in 2020 suggests that heat is a direct or indirect cause of up to 10,000 fatalities in the United States each year—far higher than the official count. The circumstances are right for that number to keep going up, but the crisis is already at our door. Even based on official statistics, heat is already the leading weather-related killer in the country, ahead of winter storms, hurricanes, and flooding.

There’s still time, however, to prevent gruesome deaths. When Greene started researching this field in the 1990s, a stretch of fatally hot weather in the US—most notably, the 1995 Chicago heat wave that killed more than 700 people in five days—led cities across the country to start planning ahead. There hasn’t been sufficient research on such programs to quantify the exact benefits, according to the CDC, but what data we have is positive. The widespread adoption of warning systems to make residents aware of extreme temperatures and their health risks is one of the most important changes to come out of those efforts. An investigation of one such initiative in Philadelphia from 1995 to 1998, for example, found that the city’s interventions saved 117 lives in three years. The urban area’s accompanying response infrastructure also played an important role, Greene says. The media educated the public on the dangers of high temps, local utilities maintained services throughout the heat wave even in cases where payments were overdue, cooling centers offered access to shelter and water, and the city increased its staffing for emergency medical services. Greene and others are still working on tallying the exact impact of each of these mitigation efforts. Still, he says, it’s clear that simply making residents aware of the dangers can go a long way toward saving lives.

But hot spells that take locals by surprise remain a concern, especially in cities. A phenomenon called the urban heat island effect can raise temperatures in areas with lots of heat-holding concrete and a dearth of trees by several degrees compared to surrounding areas. That means densely packed metropolises can fall into the danger zone while folks in the suburbs feel fine.

And even though new warning systems and infrastructure have helped, there’s more work to do. “The main thing that separates us from the rest of the tree of life is our unique ability to buffer ourselves against extremes,” says Princeton’s Campbell-Staton.

To keep dropping the number of deaths, even as temperatures go up, city, county, state, and federal governments need to coordinate their responses, Greene says. He wants to see a more robust centralized national forecasting effort that predicts temperature spikes as far out as possible. With advance notice, cities could prepare by freeing up emergency funds and properly staffing infrastructure like ambulances and cooling centers. Such alerts could also clearly spell out what extreme heat might mean for a given locale: Just as an inch of snow is more of an emergency in Atlanta than it is in Boston due to baseline preparedness and local knowledge, you might not need a heat alert in Phoenix for the same temperatures as in Anchorage. These efforts could help raise the profile of extreme highs as an issue, Greene says, and save lives while they do. But for now, it’s important to realize just how many people are at risk—and how few of them know it.

Author: Rachel Feltman
Read more here >>> Science – Popular Science

Next PS5 event rumours: Abandoned Silent Hill reveal, Bloodborne Remaster, PSVR 2 release

While PlayStation skipped E3, rumour has it Sony has another big PS5 event in the pipelines. According to the rumour mill, Sony may be hosting a PS5 event in just a few weeks time – on July 8. And in the run-up to the next PS5 event there are plenty of rumours swirling around about what Sony could announce.

Arguably the hottest rumour which has caught the attention of PS5 fans surrounds in-the-works title Abandoned.

When Abandoned was first announced in April PS5 fans were left wondering if the mysterious survival horror was actually a new Hideo Kojima game in disguise.

The Metal Gear Solid creator has form in doing this, with MGSV initially revealed as The Phantom Pain, a title allegedly made by Moby Dick Studio with the project fronted by ‘Joakim Mogren’.

This all turned out to an elaborate ruse, with ‘Joakim’ an anagram of Kojima.

While Abandoned developers Blue Box Game Studios were quick to deny any links to Kojima after the game’s initial reveal, the Silent Hill rumours have come back with a vengeance recently.

Ahead of an inbound reveal, the official Blue Box Game Studios Twitter put out a tweet that caught gamers attention.

The tweet said: “Guess the name: Abandoned = (First letter S, Last letter L). Reveal closing in… #PS5 #Exclusive”.

There is something that begins with S and ends in L, and that’s Silent Hill.

PS5 fans were quick to see this connection, which once again set the rumour mill abuzz.

After plenty of fan excitement Blue Box again had to issue a statement denying any links with Kojima or Silent Hill.

The devs tweeted: “We wanted to set things straight. We have no relations with Konami. Silent Hill is owned by Konami. We do not have any relations with Hideo Kojima. It was never our intention to tease the name as Silent Hill. We sincerely apologize for this.”

But this still hasn’t stopped the rumours from going away.

PS5 fans are still convinced Abandoned is Silent Hill in disguise, and have been spotting plenty of potential clues to back this theory up.

This includes fans taking a closer look at Hasan Kahraman, the game director of Blue Box Game Studios.

PS5 gamers have spotted the word Kahraman is the translation of Hideo from Japanese into Turkish.

While they’ve also spotted some interesting things on Hasan’s PSN profile, including a never before released game called Demon Blood.

And the artwork for the game features a monster that bears a striking resemblance to Pyramid Head.

There are plenty of tantalising clues that have been dropped.

And thankfully PS5 fans may not have too much longer to find out for certain.

The Blue Box Twitter has said an Abandoned gameplay reveal is “closing in”, with the trailer dropping on the PS5 trailers app.

But we could find out more information in an upcoming PlayStation event too.

Elsewhere rumours are circulating that Bloodborne could be getting a remaster which will get revealed at a PS5 event.

The latest Bloodborne Remastered rumours have been sparked by Tim Rogers.

The video game journalist dropped the hint when replying to a Twitter user who posted: “Where’s Bloodborne Remastered”.

To which Rogers replied: “Has there been a sony event yet”.

And finally ahead of the next Sony PS5 event rumours have emerged about the PSVR 2 headset.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, PSVR 2 could have a release date in 2022.

It’s been claimed PSVR 2 could be launching in holiday 2022 and the new headset will use OLED panels from Samsung.

Separately, it’s also been reported that PSVR 2 will have a total resolution of 4000 x 2040 and will use eye-tracking tech.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Heart attack: What is a silent heart attack? Muscle pain and nausea among the signs

Chest pain is one of the alarm signals of a heart attack which can last a few minutes or longer. Typically, the pain feels like a heavy weight on the chest or like squeezing in the chest. However, there can be more subtle symptoms which could indicate a silent heart attack. What are the main differences between the two?

A silent heart attack is a heart attack that has few, if any, symptoms or has symptoms you don’t recognise as a sign of a heart attack.

A person might not have chest pain or shortness of breath, which are typically associated with a heart attack.

Most people don’t realise that they could have a heart attack without even knowing it.

Although these are commonly referred to as “silent” heart attacks, a more accurate term may be “unrecognised” heart attack.

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Some people do have symptoms, so in that sense, their heart attack is not silent, said Dr David Morrow, director of the cardiac intensive care unit at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

He continued: “They just don’t recognise the sensations as coming from their heart.

“They may think it’s just indigestion or muscle pain, when the real cause is actually reduced blood flow to the heart.

“People may also experience other atypical symptoms, such as nausea or excessive sweating during a heart attack.”

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During a heart attack, the duration and intensity of symptoms can vary quite a bit.

In general, there must be 15 to 30 minutes of reduced blood flow to result in a detectable heart attack meaning a part of the heart muscle has become damaged or has died.

But sometimes symptoms come and go, and these are known as stuttering symptoms.

Some people have mild symptoms from a very large heart attack, while others have severe symptoms with a small heart attack.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl Pre-Orders Are Now Live on the Xbox Games Store


  • Starting today, you can preorder Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl for 10 percent off on the Xbox Games Store.
  • The game will be discounted now through its May 20 launch week.
  • You can play Mall Brawl on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility.

A few weeks ago, our team at Interabang Entertainment revealed that we’re bringing our 8-bit-inspired Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl to Xbox with the latest version, Arcade Edition.  Mall Brawl is a prequel to our upcoming game Chronic Blunt Punch and a reward for fans who supported us during our development journey. Today, I’m here to share the news that pre-orders for the game are now live on the Xbox Games Store.

Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl

Starting today, you can preorder the game for 10 percent off from now through its May 20 launch week. You can play Mall Brawl on your Xbox One, or Xbox Series X|S via backward compatibility.

Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl

Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl is an old-school brawler, with awesome 8-bit graphics and a chiptune soundtrack. It’s easy for anyone to pick it up and have a good time, but players who take the time to master the nuances of combat will have an easier time getting away from LaFour’s forces. The Xbox version is enhanced from its original 2020 release, with crisper graphics and a rearranged score. We also re-tuned the balance and tweaked a few other things.

Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl

While it’s definitely a love letter to Kevin Smith’s cinematic universe, you don’t need to be a die-hard View Askewniverse fan to enjoy Mall Brawl. Anyone who can appreciate classic beat-em-up action is going to have a great time – either solo or with a couch co-op buddy – even if you don’t know your Jays from your Silent Bobs. Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl is coming to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on May 20 for $ 14.99.

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Jay and Silent Bob – Mall Brawl

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Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl is a full 8-bit retro beat-em-up experience with big levels, big bosses, dope combos, and irreverent references to the View Askewniverse. Mall Brawl can be played solo in a 1 player experience where you swap between both Jay and Silent Bob strategically or played with a buddy, in a 2 player co-operative experience, where you fight your way through mallrats, delinquents and security guards to find your way out of the mall and back to the Quickstop.

Author: Justin Woodward, Co-founder and Creative Director, Interabang Entertainment
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Shades of 2016: Republicans Stay Silent on Trump, Hoping He Fades Away

It was a familiar scene on Sunday when Senator John Thune, Republican of South Dakota, tried to avoid giving a direct answer about the caustic behavior of former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Trump had called Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority leader, “dumb” and used a coarse phrase to underscore it while speaking to hundreds of Republican National Committee donors on Saturday night. When Mr. Thune was asked by Chris Wallace, the host of “Fox News Sunday,” to comment, he chuckled and tried to sidestep the question.

“I think a lot of that rhetoric is — you know, it’s part of the style and tone that comes with the former president,” Mr. Thune said, before moving on to say Mr. Trump and Mr. McConnell shared the goal of reclaiming congressional majorities in 2022.

Mr. Thune was not the only Republican straining to avoid confrontation with Mr. Trump, no matter how outlandish the former president’s public comments. The same day that Mr. Trump was delivering broadsides against Mr. McConnell, former Vice President Mike Pence and a host of other perceived enemies from both parties, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, presented Mr. Trump with a newly created award for his leadership.

And Nikki Haley, the former ambassador to the United Nations under Mr. Trump who enraged him when she criticized his actions in connection to the Jan. 6 riot, and indicated the party needs to move on, has also been trying a delicate dance to work back into a more neutral territory.

This week, she told The Associated Press that she would not run if Mr. Trump did, a display of deference that underscored the complications the former president represents to Republicans.

Like many Republicans, Mr. Thune, Mr. Scott and Ms. Haley were navigating the impulses of a former president who talks privately about running again in 2024, and who is trying to bend the rest of the party to his will, even after the deadly riot by his supporters at the Capitol on Jan. 6. He retains a firm hold on a devoted group of Republican voters, and party leaders have discussed the need to continue appealing to the new voters Mr. Trump attracted over the past five years.

To some extent, their posture recalls the waning days of Mr. Trump’s first primary candidacy, in 2015 and 2016. While Mr. McConnell and a few other Republicans have been directly critical of Mr. Trump’s conduct following the Capitol riot, most are trying to avoid alienating the former president, knowing he will set his sights on them for withering attacks, and hoping that someone or something else intervenes to hobble him.

Even as Mr. Trump makes clear he will not leave the public stage, many Republicans have privately said they hope he will fade away, after a tenure in which the party lost both houses of Congress and the White House.

“It is Groundhog Day,” said Tim Miller, a former adviser to Jeb Bush, the only candidate to repeatedly challenge Mr. Trump during the early stages of the Republican presidential primaries in 2016.

“I always thought that was like a rational choice in 2015,” Mr. Miller said, referring to the instinct to lay back and let someone else take on Mr. Trump. “But after we all saw how the strategy fails of just hoping and wishing for him to go away, nobody learned from it.”

Throughout that campaign, one candidate after another in the crowded field tried to position themselves to be the last man standing on the assumption that Mr. Trump would self-destruct before making it to the finish line.

It was wishful thinking. Mr. Trump attacked not only Mr. Bush but several other candidates in deeply personal terms, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and the businesswoman Carly Fiorina. Only Mr. Bush sustained a response, though he eventually left the race after failing to gain traction; Mr. Cruz, in particular, told donors during a private meeting in late 2015 that he was going to give Mr. Trump a “big bear hug” in order to hold onto his voters.

They all tried to avoid being the target of his insults, while hoping that external events and news media coverage would ultimately lead to his downfall. Instead, Mr. Trump solidified his position as primary voting began.

“He intimidates people because he will attack viciously and relentlessly, much more than any other politician, yet somehow people crave his approval,” said Mike DuHaime, who advised former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in that primary race. Mr. DuHaime recalled Mr. Trump attacking Mr. Bush’s wife in one debate, only for Mr. Bush to reciprocate when Mr. Trump offered a hand-slap later in that same debate.

“Trump did self-destruct eventually, after four years in office,” Mr. DuHaime said. “But he can still make or break others, and that makes him powerful and relevant.”

Even John Boehner, the former speaker of the House whose criticisms of Mr. Trump in his memoir, “On the House,” have garnered national headlines, told Time magazine this week that he voted for Mr. Trump in 2020 — well after the former president had spent months falsely suggesting the election would be corrupt.

In his speech before Republican National Committee donors on Saturday night, Mr. Trump, in addition to attacking Mr. McConnell, also criticized Mr. Pence, whose life was in danger on Jan. 6 because he was in the Capitol to certify the electoral votes. Mr. Trump reiterated that Mr. Pence, who recently signed a book deal, should have had “the courage” to send the electoral vote tallies back to the states, despite the fact that the vice president had made clear that he did not think he had the authority to do so.

Jason Miller, an adviser to Mr. Trump, disagreed with the comparison to 2015, saying that Mr. Trump had more dominance over the base of the Republican Party now than he did then, according to public polling, and a greater number of senior Republican officials speaking out against him.

“In 2021, there are no candidates trying to take out President Trump, just some occasional sniping from menthol-infused nitwits like John Boehner,” he said.

Still, Mr. Trump does not have the complete control over the party that he did during four years in office.

And not all Republicans think that ignoring Mr. Trump is a mistake. One senior party member, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he didn’t want to engage in a lengthy back and forth with Mr. Trump, said that with the former president out of office and off Twitter, his reach is limited.

The Republican said there had been anecdotal evidence from members of Congress during the recess that Mr. Trump was less omnipresent for voters in their districts than he had previously been.

While Mr. Trump was ascendant in 2015 and 2016, said an adviser to another Republican who may run in 2024, that wasn’t the case now. And if party leaders fight with him publicly or try to take him on, it could only strengthen him, the Republican argued, giving him more prominence.

What’s more, the first senior Republican argued, Republican lawmakers have found common cause not just in battling President Biden’s policies but in the backlash to the Georgia voting rights law. Those fights have continued without Mr. Trump, and will accelerate, the Republican said, without being driven by the cult of personality around the former president.

Other Republicans are privately hopeful that the criminal investigation into Mr. Trump’s business by the New York district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., will result in charges that hobble him from running again or even being a major figure within the party. People who have spoken with Mr. Trump say that he is agitated about the investigation.

While all of that may represent just a slow turn away from Mr. Trump, those Republicans believe the turn has begun.

David Kochel, a Republican strategist and supporter of Mr. Bush during the 2016 campaign, sounded less optimistic.

He noted that even the horror of Jan. 6 did not break the hold Mr. Trump has on other elected officials, and that several anchors on Fox News — the largest conservative news outlet — had consistently downplayed the attack on air, numbing viewers to what took place as time passes.

In an interview on Fox News with the host Laura Ingraham late last month, when asked about the security around the Capitol, Mr. Trump said: “It was zero threat right from the start. It was zero threat.”

He added: “Some of them went in and there they are hugging and kissing the police and the guards. You know, they had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in and then they walked in and they walked out.”

Mr. Kochel said Jan. 6 was “being stuffed down the memory hole” with the help of Fox News, noting that the strategy of waiting out Mr. Trump and hoping he fades away has had a less-than-perfect history of being effective.

“We’ve seen this movie before — a bunch of G.O.P. leaders all looking at each other, waiting to see who’s going to try and down Trump,” he said.

Maggie Haberman
This article originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

Piers Morgan teases tell-all TV chat about GMB exit: 'Was I silent, or was I silenced?'

Piers Morgan, 56, will be appearing on Tucker Carlson Today on Fox Nation to discuss being “cancelled”. Piers is expected to discuss his controversial Meghan Markle comments as well as his Good Morning Britain exit in the “wide-ranging” chat.
Piers teased the new interview on his Twitter today in front of his 7.9 million followers.

He said: “UPDATE: On Monday, I will give my first interview since leaving Good Morning Britain to @TuckerCarlson on his new @foxnation show, with highlights that evening on his @FoxNews show.”

“Was I silent, or was I silenced?,” added Piers with a laughing face emoji.

Tucker will be presenting the one-hour interview with the outspoken presenter on Monday, April 5.

The 51-year-old Fox Nation host confirmed the news in a video teasing the segment.

He said: “So, Piers Morgan was banished from television for asking a simple question: how is it that the most privileged people in our society get away with posing as the most oppressed?

“And for asking that, of course they crushed him, they took his job away.

“On Monday we will speak to Piers Morgan for his first on camera interview since he was cancelled.”

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Although, this is by no means the first time the presenter has spoken about what happened.

He has been very active on his social media about his exit.

This included Piers publically standing by what he said in a tweet on March 10.

He wrote: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.

Rebecca Ferguson speaks out on bullying and blackmailing ordeal ‘Not being silent anymore'

Former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, 34, has hit out about the way she claims she had been treated in the music industry after an unearthed video surfaced online tonight. The singer said she was not staying silent anymore as she shared details about treatment she had received, which included being bullied and blackmailed.
The singer began by sharing a video of herself and her fellow X Factor stars Cher Lloyd and Katie Waissel being interviewed by Jeff Brazier.

The trio were mentored by former judge Cheryl on the show in 2010.

In the clip, the group were seen having a laugh as they tried to impersonate the X Factor voiceover. 

She captioned the video: “OMG! how sweet and innocent was I, how could anybody be cruel I am looking back and baffled at how I have been treated in this industry. How could you do that to a kid?”

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Rebecca said watching back certain videos had reminded her how some people treated her at a young age.

The former X Factor star didn’t disclose any names, but told fans she had been bullied and blackmailed.

In her first tweet, she wrote: “I am not even being silent anymore.

“You forced me to sign contracts, blackmailed me, bullied me, robbed me, I am not even being scared anymore I have looked back and I am disgusted in how you all treated an innocent young woman! Who just wanted to sing! Shame on you!”

She went on to say: “Up until 3 years ago, my music was blocked In the U.S because I offended a music boss!!

But, added: “To an innocent woman who just wanted to sing, I am heartbroken for the younger me who had to go through all of that.”

In view of her 644,000 followers, she concluded: “On a final positive note, I have a great and loving team around me now and I have found happiness which I am really proud of, I overcame and I survived it!

“And I am proud of myself for that and thankful to my fans and the people that supported me throughout. x.”

Express.co.uk has contacted a representative for Rebecca and ITV for comment. 

The singer auditioned for the X Factor in 2010 aged 23.

She duetted with Christina Aguilera in the final, but missed out on the win to Matt Cardle.

Despite not winning, she went on to have a successful music career with hits including Nothing’s Real but Love, Backtrack and Glitter and Gold.

Most recently, she duetted with Nile Rodgers for her new music.

Speaking to Express.co.uk in July, she said she believes she had a fair run on the singing show, but believes reality shows could be improved.

“There’s lots of things on these reality shows that could be improved, I’m not going to go into it all as I feel like for the past five years I’ve pretty much covered it.

“I think all reality shows need to be looked at and making sure everyone is treated respectfully and fairly and all that.

“There should be a lot more care for the contestants and their mental health. These kids coming off these shows they don’t have any after care.”’

In light of racism accusations on the show last year, Rebecca added she didn’t experience any racism while on the show herself.