“I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion that I didn’t believe what she was saying, even though it was clear to me in real-time, as I was watching the interview that there were a number of things which just couldn’t be true.”
Following his abrupt exit, he told press outside of his London home: “I don’t believe almost anything that comes out of her mouth and I think the damage she’s done to the British monarchy and to the Queen at a time when Prince Philip is lying in hospital is enormous and, frankly, contemptible.
“If I have to fall on my sword for expressing an honestly-held opinion about Meghan Markle and that diatribe of bilge that she came out within that interview, so be it.”
Meghan, who was also joined by Prince Harry during the tell-all interview, broke her silence on how she had been treated throughout her time as part of the family, and how she felt after she was ambushed by the UK tabloids.
Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, on Tuesday voiced his support for voting to be “accessible and equitable,” less than a week after the GOP-controlled Georgia legislature passed a swath of new voting laws that limit some voter access.
In a statement provided to CNN, Dimon said that JPMorgan Chase employees “span the United States.”
“And as state capitals debate election laws, we believe voting must be accessible and equitable,” he added.
“We regularly encourage our employees to exercise their fundamental right to vote, and we stand against efforts that may prevent them from being able to do so,” Dimon said.
CNN noted that Dimon did not specifically mention Georgia in his statement.
“Voting is fundamental to the health and future of our democracy,” Dimon added. “We are a stronger country when every citizen has a voice and a vote.”
The bill has been criticized by voting advocates as being racist as initial drafts included barring early voting on Sundays, which Black churches have historically used as a day to get churchgoers to the polls. The Sunday ban was later dropped by lawmakers.
Voting activists have called on several major companies to come out against Georgia’s new voting laws, mainly focusing on companies headquartered in Georgia, such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Home Depot. Though several have voiced support for voter access, none have come out against the voting laws in Georgia so far.
Coca-Cola’s apparent inaction has led to calls for boycotting its products by voting rights activists. AME Sixth Episcopal District said last week that it would be calling for a statewide boycott of Coca-Cola products in Georgia.
Cliff Simon has died aged just 58 after a tragic kiteboarding accident. The South African born star’s death was announced yesterday on Facebook, with his wife Collette sharing her “unimaginable heartbreak”.
She wrote: “To friends, family and fans, it is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.
“He was at Topanga Beach, California and sadly passed away after a tragic kiteboarding accident.
“He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. But as he said, ‘Acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am’.
“And he was SO much more — a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author.
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In a 2005 interview with The Sci-Fi World, Simon claimed that he met with the Stargate SG-1 producers eight months before the character Ba’al was created.
The meeting went so well that executives, Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright, decided to keep Simon on hold until they had created his alter ego.
The series was a spin-off of the 1994 science fiction film Stargate, in which the United States government discovers the title devices, which could transport users to other worlds in the blink of an eye.
Simon was such a hit with fans that he was brought back for the film Stargate: Continuum to wrap up the series, even though most of the characters of his race were no longer featured in the series by the end.
Simon was originally born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Jewish parents from Poland and Lithuania.
As a young man, he was a swimmer and continued to pursue his Olympic goals after moving with his family to the UK in 1975.
In the mid-1980s he moved to the US to continue his training, but he later returned to South Africa and enlisted in the country’s Air Force.
The future actor focused on his passion for water sports after leaving the Air Force, by teaching water-skiing and windsurfing.
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.