LONDON — Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress and nemesis of U.S. President Donald Trump, has pulled out of a British reality-TV show at the last minute after a dispute with producers. Daniels was due to take part in “Celebrity Big Brother,” which locks contestants in a house under constant surveillance. But she failed to join housemates including actress Kirstie Alley and psychic Sally Morgan for Thursday's first episode. Lawyer Michael Avenatti said Friday that Daniels argued with producers who attempted to “control her and produce a certain result.” Broadcaster Channel 5 said Daniels told producers hours before airtime that she no longer wanted to participate. Daniels alleges she had a sexual
'Human Ken Doll' Rodrigo Alves was reprimanded by Big Brother just hours after entering the house on Thursday, as he received a formal warning for his use of inappropriate language. In an evening which saw him flirt up a storm with Ben Jardine and grill Gabby Allen on her love life, the media personality caused viewer outrage after saying 'I prefer n***** boys.' It was a dramatic first episode of the Channel 5 reality mainstay as Rodrigo confessed he had already taken a shine to Married At First Sight star Ben, while Chloe Ayling also opened up about her horrific kidnapping ordeal. The exchange came as Rodrigo and Bad Girls Club star Natalie Nunn were bombarding Gabby with questions about her
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The common factor of the 2018 Celebrity Big Brother is supposed to be that all of the contestants have lived through public humiliation, tabloid hell and been traumatised by fame. During which time and for long after, they will, as well we and they know, find themselves living through public humiliation, tabloid hell and further fame based trauma. Addicted to fame as they all so obviously and painfully are – otherwise why go through it?
Celebrity Big Brother 2018: launch show - Kirstie Ally joins kidnapped model Chloe Ayling but no sign of Stormy Daniels
President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE's former attorney Michael Cohen was originally opposed to paying adult film star Stormy Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump, but changed his tune after the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged in October 2016, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. A day after the emergence of the tape, in which Trump can be heard talking about kissing and groping women without their consent, Cohen told a representative for Daniels that he was open to a deal, the newspaper reported.
Posted 11:40 a.m. yesterday HOUSTON — The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress says he's successfully reunited a 9-year-old boy with his mother in Guatemala. Michael Avenatti posted a photo on Twitter late Tuesday of 9-year-old Antony hugging his mother, months after the two were separated at the southern U.S. border. Antony's mother had been deported in June. Weeks after the Trump administration officially announced it would stop separating families, hundreds of children remain in government custody with their parents having been deported separately. In Antony's case, an immigration judge on Tuesday rejected Avenatti's motion to dismiss
Emma Willis was showing off her trim figure in a stylish tailored jumpsuit on Thursday as she prepared to host the star-studded Celebrity Big Brother launch. Taking to the stage to present the Channel 5 mainstay, Emma was suited and booted from the occasion in a plunging tailored blazer with long flared trousers, with her brown cropped tresses newly lightened and styled into a voluminous quiff. It comes as the famous Elstree house prepares to welcome it's biggest lineup ever, with stars such as Stormy Daniels, Kirstie Alley, Dan Osborne and Gabby Allen set to make their debut. Never one to shy away from a quirky ensemble, Emma showed off her gorgeous figure in a low-cut jumpsuit with a silk
It was a bit of a bru-ha-ha in a TV tea cup on the opening night of Celebrity Big Brother, with lots of z-listers clanking down the tunnel into the Channel 5 portacabin of doom – but no sighting of rumoured contestant Stormy Daniels. Reports that Channel 5 had smashed the piggy bank to woo the adult entertainment star, currently locked in a high-profile legal dispute with US President Donald Trump, were revealed to be the reality television equivalent of fake news. After the broadcast, movie gossip site Deadline Hollywood claimed Daniels had flown to the UK but had declined to enter the house after talks over her fee broke down. However, there was speculation on social media that she will make her appearance later in the competition, receiving a reduced payment of $250,000 rather than the $1 million her representatives are said to have initially requested. It was also a case of “Nil Brother” for Samantha Markle, half-sister of the Duchess of Sussex. Stormy Daniels, despite the rumours, has not taken up residence in the Big Brother house... yet Credit: AP Again, the internet had lit up earlier in the week with murmurings that she would be in the house and, again, she obviously had better things to do than spend a month rowing with TOWIE cast-offs over whose turn it was to make the tea. Instead, the line-up was as screamingly ho-hum as ever. Cheers actress Kirstie Alley was the best known entrant by a very considerable distance. Joining her were – deep but weary breath – rogue trader Nick Leeson, “Bad Girls Club” reality star Natalie Nunn, psychic to the stars Sally Morgan, former Emmerdale actress Roxanne Pallett, Married at First Sight (and now very single) contestant Ben Jardine, comedian and presenter (and recreational kilt-wearer) Hardeep Singh Kohli, Love Island graduate / escapee Gabby Allen, The Only Way Is Essex’s Dan Osborne, “Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves, model and kidnap victim (yes, I’ve just written that down) Chloe Ayling, footballer Jermaine Pennant and (nearly there) ex-Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas. Celebrity Big Brother returned for another year Credit: Channel 5 Still, it was the absence of Daniels that stood out. Celebrity Big Brother didn’t help itself by burdening this series with the theme “Eye of the Storm” or by naming Alley “President” of the house. It was almost as if Channel 5 had someone else lined-up for the job and was forced to reconfigure at the last minute. Here are the other talking points. Even without Daniels there’s one actual celebrity in the house Kirstie Alley is shown into the house Credit: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images CBB has historically stretched the definition of "celebrity" to snapping point. But the first guest unveiled tonight was, if no longer quite a-list, then still a few rungs above “internet famous”. It was Cheers star Kirstie Alley (sorry you knew that already). Presumably because she didn’t know /care what she’d signed up for, Alley was ferociously chipper in her natterings with presenter Emma Willis. The “media storm” she had gone through, though? A hoo-hah about her putting on weight after Cheers. Which, if obviously gruelling for her, pales against… becoming involved in a public legal battle with a sitting American President (to pick a random example). "I enjoy staying in my pyjamas all day," said Alley springing up the steps to the house. Many the veteran CBB watcher will have empathised. Celebrity Big Brother contestants now speak fluent Celebrity Big Brother Jermaine Pennant, the former football bad boy Credit: Ian West/PA "I just want people to see the real me," said "bad boy” footballer Jermaine Pennant. "Don't judge a book by its cover," he added. In his case, the cover included multiple drink-driving offences that landed him in prison and saw him play a Premier League match wearing an electronic tag. Ryan Thomas, meanwhile, “couldn’t believe” he was on the show and Hardeep Singh Kohli was looking forward to participating in a “social experiment”. Disappointingly, there was a reversal of a recent trend by which at least one contestant blurts out that yes, they’re here strictly for the big bag o’ lolly at the end. Is Human Ken Doll Rodrigo Alves the shiniest CBB contestant yet? Rodrigo Alves Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters With enough facial nips and tucks to give peak Michael Jackson the willies, the surgically-altered flight attendant looked like a villain from an Eighties horror movie that had burnt through its budget in its first week His personality, thankfully, seemed far less plastic than his chin and, unlike the other contestants, he was clearly there for the fame rather than the cold hard cash. "Rodrigo has four ribs removed and carries them around in a jar," said Emma Willis, which also sounded like something from an Eighties horror movie that had burnt through its budget in its first week . A month cooped up with Kirstie Alley and Barbie’s pretend boyfriend probably won't faze Chloe Ayling Chloe Ayling arrives Credit: Henry Nicholls/Reuters The London-based model was brutally kidnapped while working in Italy. Knocked unconscious and locked in a car boot before being dramatically rescued, she will no doubt bring some healthy perspective to a show in which famous (ish) people get paid to bicker over sleeping arrangements in a plastic shed. 'Themed' Celebrity Big Brother Seasons are unfortunately now a thing In January, it was a celebration of Girl Power and the centenary of women’s suffrage (with noted feminist Dapper Laughs among the house-mates). Now came a season titled "Eye of the Storm", featuring contestants who have been in bang in the middle of a media tornado. "These notorious VIPs have faced prison, bankruptcy and even an international manhunt," explained Willis, who had worn her hair in Jedward fright wig especially for the occasion (maybe she’d just heard Stormy Daniels wasn’t coming on). Does Channel 5 know what a “media storm” even means? Hardeep Singh Kohli Some of the contestants – Ayling and Pennant were the most clear-cut examples – could justifiably claim to have been all over the headlines. But not every controversy was quite as red hot as CBB's billing. "Nasty Girl" Natalie Nunn was once in a Twitter beef with rapper Whiz Khalifa; Osborne and Allen had been accused by the tabloids of illicit antics. Unpleasant for them – the tabloid accusations, not the alleged antics – but hardly a gale-force news event. They've redesigned the house "You will see and smell everything from here," said Emma Willis, peeping through the skimpy divider between loo and the bedrooms. "There's a massive wet-room," she added ominously. Later, she divulged that the theme was "Hollywood Cool". “Trump Tower on acid” was probably nearer. It was as if the red carpet had been rolled out for a guest who had declined to appear. As a former acquaintance of Stormy Daniels might say: "Saaad".