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Oscars ratings hit all time low with only 23.6million tuning in to watch ‘woke snoozefest’ — which is six million LESS than last year

  • The Oscars audience shrank by six million, bringing in just 23.6million on Sunday
  • It also received a poor rating of only 5.3, down from 7.7 last year 
  • Viewers called the show boring and hated the ‘self-righteous’ speeches from celebrities while they accepted their speeches
  • There was also no host for the second year in a row 
  • The show was produced by Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain
  • Allain is a staunch democrat and frequently posts on social media about abortion and women’s rights 

Published: 19:11 BST, 10 February 2020 | Updated: 22:39 BST, 10 February 2020

The Oscars drew just 23million viewers on Sunday night, six million fewer than it did last year. 

A total of 23.6million tuned in to watch the show on ABC and it got a rating of 5.3 rating among adults 18-49, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

That is a significant decrease in rating from last year, when 29.56million tuned in and the rating was 7.7. 

It was the first time producers Stephanie Allain and Lynette Howell Taylor were in charge of the show. For the second year running, there was no host. 

Steve Martin and Chris Rock present the first award at the 92nd Academy Awards  

Producers Lynette Howell Taylor (left) and Stephanie Allain (right)  were in charge of the event for the first time 

Before the event, they said they would have to ‘roll with whatever’ came their way.  

They did say that they wanted to appeal to ‘a global audience’. 

‘Lynette and I have always embraced diversity and inclusion in our work and we already had plans before the nominations were announced to celebrate that, so I think you’ll see that in the presenters and performers,’ Allain said at a press conference last week.

Beyond that, they said they wanted people to be ‘surprised’. 

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Eminem’s shock performance. 

Many in the audience were thrilled with his unexpected return to the stage, while some — namely Martin Scorsese — seemed utterly perplexed by it. 

The show’s producers said afterwards that they were glad they were able to keep it a secret. 

Allain, left, and Howell Taylor, right, at Sunday night’s Oscars working backstage

Allain is a staunch Democrat who posts frequently about her political leanings 

‘So we reached out to see if that was something he might want to be involved in. He said yes.

‘We’ve been holding onto it for a while. It was nice that we surprised people — we don’t usually get to surprise anybody in this day and age,’ she said. 

Howell Taylor is relatively unpolitical on social media. 

She declares interest in causes like promoting women in film, but largely balances posts about her work project with photographs of her children.

Allain, on the other hand, is proudly ‘woke’ and liberal. 

She often posts pro-choice memes and quotes, and has shared photographs from women’s marches in the past.  

Ricky Gervais, a former host of the Oscars, said this on Twitter on Monday morning 

Viewers were unimpressed with Sunday night’s show, which they said was full of ‘woke’ celebrities 

Viewers were nauseated by the number of celebrities who used their acceptance speeches as an opportunity to make a political statement. 

Joaquin Phoenix talked about how mankind ‘plundered nature’s resources’ and complained about the artificial insemination of cows. 

Brad Pitt complained about the recent impeachment trial and how former national security adviser John Bolton was not allowed to testify at it.

While their complaints were the most memorable, there were plenty others. 

Documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert made a Marxist call ‘workers of the world’ to ‘unite’. 

Jane Fonda made a statement about waste and Sigourney Weaver said ‘all women are superheroes’. 

Many viewers called the stars ‘hypocrites’. 

The Oscars’ ratings has been in decline in recent years. Last year’s was the first time in years that the viewer numbers went up. 

Honour viewers are reduced to tears as slaughtered Banaz Mahmod’s father and uncle are found guilty of her murder in finale of ‘chilling’ ITV drama

Honour viewers were left in tears tonight after Banaz Mahmod’s family members were found guilty of her murder in the chilling final episode of ITV’s new two-part drama. Many expressed their horror when the tortured body of the 20-year Iraqi-Kurdish woman from south London was discovered stuffed inside a suitcase buried in a Birmingham garden (pictured left: Keeley Hawes as DCI Caroline Goode at the crime scene). And viewers took to Twitter in their droves to ‘thank God’ the men responsible (right) were brought to justice, with one tweeting: ‘It’s not often a drama reduces me to tears but this one has, what an absolutely heartbreaking and utterly shocking event that took place (inset).’ In tonight’s concluding episode, Banaz’s father Mahmod Mahmod and uncle Ari Mahmod were convicted of her murder after she fell in love with a man of her own choosing and who her family disapproved of — Kurdish immigrant Rahmat Sulemani (played by Moe Bar-El) — who committed suicide 10 years after the court verdict.

Air hostess, 27, is jailed for 28 months after turning to cocaine dealing when she lost her job during the coronavirus crisis

An air hostess has been jailed for more than two years for drug dealing after turning to crime following the loss of her job during the coronavirus crisis. Alexandra Dobre (pictured), 27, who is thought to have worked for Ryanair and Wizz Air, had been based at London Luton Airport but was made redundant in the spring. She began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app and moved to Staffordshire, before agreeing to deliver cocaine after becoming short of cash. Staffordshire Police then stopped her grey Fiat Punto in Stoke-on-Trent on the night of August 7 this year and found six wraps of cocaine inside her purse. Neil Ahuja, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: ‘She was evasive with the officers about where she was living.’ Police searched a flat in Hanley and came across 81 small snap-seal bags of white powder concealed in a bedside table, which tested positive for cocaine. Another six sealed bags of the class A substance were found. In total, the 19.4 grams had an estimated street value of between £1,740 and £2,610. Detectives also seized £480 in cash, along with a mobile phone (all pictured, centre). Dobre pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

‘Sir Alex Ferguson BEGGED me to stay!’: Man Utd’s most famous flop Massimo Taibi says it was his decision to leave Old Trafford back in 2000… and says he is NOT the Premier League’s worst ever keeper

Massimo Taibi’s name has become synonymous with the infamous howler for Manchester United against Southampton but he insists the criticism was deeply unfair. The goalkeeper has opened up about a family issue causing him private turmoil at the time and revealed Sir Alex Ferguson was desperate for him to stay at the club. Taibi joined United in 1999 for £4.5million after Peter Schmeichel had left but he returned to Italy the following year having only played four games for the first team. Footage of the stopper allowing Matt le Tissier’s shot to roll through his legs and dribble into the net is still replayed but time has allowed old wounds to heal — at least partially — and Taibi can now reflect on the blunder and his time at United.

Breast-baring drunken mother-of-two, 33, avoids jail after £4,000 kebab shop rampage when she falsely claimed she had been raped

Ann Marie Fowler, 33, was spared a prison sentence and told to pay £400 compensation after she trashed takeaway Kebabish in Falkirk during an outburst shortly before midnight on July 21. Footage captured the moment Fowler threw food, flashed her breasts at horrified workers, smashed a glass cabinet and hit the owner in the head with a charity collection tin. She also grabbed a worker by the t-shirt as he was on the phone to police, and shouted ‘you raped me, you raped me’ while pulling down her top and bra to expose her breasts. Fowler — who was on her way back from visiting her son in hospital — admitted racially aggravated assault and a string of other offences when she appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court.

Dale Farm travellers fighting eviction own multi-million pound housing estate back home in Ireland

  • Saga blows apart travellers’ claims there is nowhere for them to go
  • Basildon Borough Council paid housing benefits for some travellers directly to a landlord based at the estate

A builder living on Europe’s largest illegal traveller site is secretly backing a lavish 33-home property development in Ireland, it emerged yesterday.

Michael Quilligan, the son of a traveller worth £24million, is among the 96 families who claim they will be made homeless when they are removed from Dale Farm in Essex.

However, planning records show that Mr Quilligan is the mastermind behind a multi-million-pound development in the town of Rathkeale, the spiritual home of travellers in the west of Ireland.

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Under construction: The multi-million pound development of large detached homes in Rathkeale in the west of Ireland

The large detached and semi-detached houses — worth up to £400,000 — are close to completion and are near to the local equivalent of millionaires’ row, where other substantial gated properties can be found.

Mr Quilligan is thought to have sold some of the properties to other travellers.

It is unclear whether Dale Farm residents are among the buyers but one local report yesterday claimed that a dozen of the families facing eviction have bought homes in Rathkeale.

Members of Basildon Council, which is responsible for clearing the Dale Farm site, are calling for an urgent investigation.

This latest twist in the saga blows apart the travellers’ claims that there is nowhere ‘culturally sensitive’ for them to go if they are evicted.

Their links with Rathkeale – where around half of the town’s properties are owned by travellers – prove they have a perfect retreat in their native land.

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Battle: Police will start to remove families from the Dale Farm site in Essex on Monday

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It also emerged yesterday that Basildon Borough Council had paid housing benefits for some of the Dale Farm travellers directly to a landlord based in Rathkeale.

John Flynn, 55, bought the former scrapyard at Dale Farm for £120,000 ten years ago and owns about five caravan pitches on the site.

The council admitted it paid money directly to Mr Flynn at an address in Rathkeale to cover the rent of his tenants, who were allowed to claim housing benefits, despite living on an illegal site.

Many of the homes in Rathkeale remain boarded up apart from a few months a year and at Christmas when a cavalcade of UK-registered Range Rovers, Mercedes, BMWs and Porsches roll into the town, pulling caravans behind them.

Extravagant traveller weddings and christenings in the local Roman Catholic church add to the carnival atmosphere over the Christmas period.

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Defiant: Travellers living at the Dale Farm site in Essex have vowed to remain there

Mr Quilligan, a father of four, runs a business called Michael Quilligan Building Contractor and is the son of Rathkeale’s wealthiest traveller, Simon ‘Sammy Buckshot’ Quilligan, an antiques dealer.

John Dornan, a Tory councillor in Essex, said: ‘I have long called for an inquiry into the funding of the site.

‘This new information needs to be looked at by the council to compare it with any homeless applications and housing benefits claims.

‘I do not want to prejudice any investigation, but if any of the same people are involved, it would have huge implications.’

Dale Farm, built on green belt land near Basildon, came to the attention of planners around ten years ago when illegal plots started springing up around a smaller approved site.

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Time to move: The Dale Farm site covers 52 plots and has a 400-strong community

Since then it has grown into a 400-strong community of travellers who have built roads and connections to electricity.

Bailiffs and police are planning to start removing travellers on the illegal camp from Monday after the council won a High Court battle to evict them.

Another traveller, Richard O’Brien – an uncle of Dale Farm spokesman Richard Sheridan but not from the site himself – is developing 44 houses near his home in Rathkeale, called the Castle Park estate.

A third housing estate of 18 properties, again linked to members of the Sheridan clan, is also thought to have been built.

Last night Mr Sheridan, who is president of the UK Gipsy Council, said: ‘This is all rubbish. I wouldn’t know anything about this.’

Len Gridley, 52, whose home backs on to the Dale Farm site, said: ‘This proves it is not just about people with nowhere to go. People have been making money out of this by renting out illegal properties.’

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Arsenal and Chelsea need midfield steel, United want to boost their attack, Spurs are after a centre-back and West Ham want additions in FIVE positions! This is who EVERY boss is chasing before the transfer deadline

The clock is quickly ticking down to Monday night’s transfer deadline and the vast majority of Premier League clubs still urgently need reinforcements. It’s time for action at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United (left) as they chase a right-sided winger and greater defensive strength. At Chelsea, Frank Lampard (third left) is short in defence and midfield, while Pep Guardiola (second right) may still bring in a left-back. Leeds United are getting there with Marcelo Bielsa (right) getting a midfielder in Michael Cuisance, but a winger is still a possibility. Scott Parker (third right) needs defenders after they shipped 10 goals in three games, while David Moyes and West Ham (second left) are searching for players in five different positions. Only Jurgen Klopp’s (centre) Liverpool and Newcastle are satisfied with their squads as we approach the final countdown. 

China muzzled its Bat Woman: Beijing authorities hushed up the findings of a scientist who unlocked the genetic make-up of the coronavirus within days of the outbreak – which is vital for tests and vaccines

 A Chinese scientist who is the one of the world’s leading experts on coronaviruses was ‘muzzled’ after unraveling the genetic composition of the new disease, which is crucial for developing diagnostic tests and vaccines.

The revelation will fuel fresh concerns over China’s cover-up of the pandemic after it erupted in the city of Wuhan. Critics argue that Communist Party chiefs frustrated efforts to contain the outbreak before it exploded around the world. 

At the centre of the new claims is Shi Zhengli, known as China’s ‘Bat Woman’ after years spent on difficult virus-hunting expeditions in dank caves that have led to a series of important scientific discoveries. 

The virologist was called back to her highsecurity laboratory in Wuhan at the end of last year after a mysterious new respiratory condition in the city was identified as a novel coronavirus – and within three days she completed its gene sequencing.

A virology lab like the one Shi Zhengli completed the gene sequencing of the coronavirus

Her team’s work, and several other breakthroughs in subsequent days, indicated the virus was linked to horseshoe bats found more than 1,000 miles away in Yunnan, a region of southern China. 

Their findings showed it was similar to SARS, a respiratory disease that sparked an epidemic in 33 countries after emerging from China in 2002. 

Gao Yu, a Chinese journalist freed last week after 76 days of lockdown in Wuhan, said he spoke to Shi during his incarceration and revealed: ‘We learned later her institute finished gene-sequencing and related tests as early as January 2 but was muzzled.’ 

She warned, according to a leak on social media confirmed by activists and Hong Kong media, that ‘inappropriate and inaccurate information’was causing ‘general panic’ – thought to refer to eight whistle-blowing doctors whose warnings to local citizens had led to their arrest. 

Wang said the National Health Commission ‘unequivocally requires that any tests, clinical data, test results, conclusions related to the epidemic shall not be posted on social media platforms, nor shall be disclosed to any media outlets including government official media, nor shall be disclosed to partner institutions.’ 

Eight days later, a team led by a professor in Shanghai who received samples from an infected patient, published a genome sequence on an open access platform. 

His laboratory was closed for ‘rectification’ two days later. 

Shi Zhengli is known as China’s ‘Bat Woman’ after years spent on difficult virus-hunting expeditions in dank caves that have led to a series of important scientific discoveries

At the time, the public was being told that no new cases had been reported in Wuhan for more than a week and there was no clear evidence of human transmission, although dozens of health workers were starting to fall ill with the disease. 

In an online lecture last month, Shi Zhengli said her team found on January 14 that the new virus could infect people – six days before this fact was revealed by China. 

On the same day, the World Health Organisation issued a tweet backing China’s denials of human transmissions. 

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She was a key part of the team that traced SARS to horseshoe bats through civets, a cat-like creature often eaten in China. 

HUNDREDS of students cram into Coventry University halls for illegal late-night rave flouting ‘rule of six’ — despite rising outbreaks of coronavirus among freshers across the UK

At least 200 students are thought to have crammed into a common room at Arundel House, close to Coventry University’s main campus, ignoring social distancing guidelines and the rule of six. Some revellers could be heard screaming, while a group of male students clambered on top of a ping pong table as they sang along to the thumping music. The accommodation block is just a two minute walk from campus and is also close to the town centre. A spokesman said Coventry University was aware of the incident and said any students found to be in breach of the university’s code of conduct could face disciplinary proceedings. An investigation is underway to find the organisers of the party, with police shutting down communal areas in the accommodation blocks and beefing up security in light of last night’s gathering. The footage emerged despite coronavirus causing havoc at universities across the country. Up to 4,000 students across Britain are now self-isolating for a fortnight after more than 500 cases of Covid-19 were confirmed across at least 32 universities. There have been 5 diagnosed cases of Covid-19 at Coventry but the students have not been asked to self-isolate or go into a local lockdown at this stage.

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Jon Venables is REFUSED parole — with James Bulger’s family saying they can ‘rest easy’ as 38-year-old murderer is told he must stay in jail after child porn conviction

Jon Venables, 38 (left aged 10 after his arrest for killing James Bulger), and his friend Robert Thompson were 10 in 1993, when they killed James Bulger (inset), two, after taking him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside. They served eight years before being freed on licence with lifelong anonymity, before Venables was jailed in 2010 for child pornography. He was released three years later with yet another new identity but was sent back to prison after more child porn was found in his laptop in 2017. His bid to be released on parole has now been refused and it is understood he will have to spend another two years in jail before he can apply for it again. Venables would normally be allowed out automatically after 20 months, but he has a life licence, meaning he has to face the parole board before he is released and is on parole until he dies. James’ father Ralph (right) Bulger hailed the decision to deny Venables parole.

From a terraced home in Blackburn to self-made billionaires on the brink of buying Asda: Rags-to-riches story of petrol station pioneer brothers, 48 and 49, bidding to bring supermarket giant back under British control

Mohsin Issa, 49, and his brother Zuber, 48, (left) whose parents came to Britain from India ‘with nothing’, built EG Group from one site bought for £150,000 in 2001 into a £9billion giant employing 44,000 staff. The brothers are now worth an estimated £3.56bn, including a £25m Kensington townhouse (top right) and a private jet that is kept in a hangar at Blackpool Airport alongside Donald Trump’s personal helicopter. They are also building five identical mansions just three miles from the humble Blackburn two-up two-down where they were raised (bottom right). Inset is an image of an Asda store.

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