ALISON BOSHOFF: It's a no from Amanda... Britain's Got Talent star quits top talent agency

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Power blondes Amanda Holden and Emily Atack person sensationally some discontinue nan talent agency YMU.

This is awkward arsenic Holden's hubby Chris Hughes is simply a elder supplier there. Atack's sister Martha was besides an supplier pinch nan patient but has near arsenic well.

Holden, 52, is 1 of nan astir successful TV presenters successful Britain, pinch her long-standing domiciled connected nan judging sheet of Britain's Got Talent. Recently she besides fronted Sex: A Bonkers History, for Sky.

She had been pinch YMU for galore years. They correspond a batch of nan biggest stars connected UK tv including Ant and Dec, Davina McCall, Paddy McGuinness, Richard and Judy, Graham Norton, Claudia Winkleman, David Walliams, Alex Jones and Ben Shephard.

However nan agency has deed a troubled period, pinch ample debts, and Holden's hubby — who looks aft Simon Cowell —stepped down arsenic a head of YMU earlier this year. It's not known whether he intends to travel her retired of nan door.

Amanda Holden is 1 of nan astir successful TV presenters successful Britain, pinch her long-standing domiciled connected nan judging sheet of Britain's Got Talent

Emily Atack, meanwhile, has enjoyed a successful career, peculiarly aft appearing connected I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here successful 2018

The pair's departure is awkward arsenic Holden's hubby Chris Hughes is simply a elder supplier astatine YMU

Atack, meanwhile, has enjoyed a successful career, peculiarly aft appearing connected I'm A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here successful 2018. Earlier this twelvemonth she fronted a documentary astir online intersexual harassment, Asking For It?

In August, YMU announced it was making 9 per cent of unit redundant and that a restructuring was to return place, pinch cardinal lender Permira Credit becoming its mostly shareholder. This came aft an independent reappraisal to measure routes to a firmer financial footing pursuing a testing post-pandemic period.

Filings astatine Companies House show YMU had debts of £74.7 million.

In July nan company's Global MD for Entertainment Holly Bott, who represents Claudia Winkleman among others, resigned. It's thought she will beryllium starting her ain talent agency.

YMU began life arsenic James Grant and was group up successful 1984 by erstwhile Radio 1 DJ Peter Powell and his pal Russ Lindsay. In 2008 nan institution was bought by media group Formation past sold a twelvemonth later to a backstage equity firm. In 2014, buyout patient Metric Capital took complete earlier it was sold to Trilantic and rebranded arsenic YMU.

The institution managed some Phillip Schofield and his This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby, but she near successful August 2020.

Schofield was dumped by nan agency aft his matter pinch a antheral This Morning workfellow 30 years his inferior emerged successful May. YMU besides employs Schofield's daughter, Molly, arsenic a talent manager.

A YMU spokesperson said: 'For each awesome agencies, group coming and going is simply a normal portion of nan business. We wish Amanda and Emily each nan champion for nan future.

'This year, we person been pleased to invited galore caller clients, including Paris Hilton, Mrs Hinch and much recently, Nicole Scherzinger.'

Sir David Attenborough, astir to return to our screens for Planet Earth III aged 97, announced that he was going to discontinue from wildlife filmmaking . . . successful 1989!

As he prepares to coming and narrate nan first section of nan caller bid connected BBC1 this Sunday, nan documentary's executive shaper Mike Gunton has revealed Sir David said he was quitting while filming nan Trials Of Life successful America 34 years ago.

Sir David Attenborough first announced he was going to discontinue from wildlife filmmaking successful 1989

Sir David will coming and narrate nan first section of a caller BBC bid this Sunday, aged 97

Executive shaper connected nan upcoming BBC documentary, Mike Gunton, said that Sir David had made nan remark astir his status while filming Trials Of Life successful America 34 years ago

'We were travelling crossed Wyoming erstwhile David said: 'I've now almost completed a bid astir animal behaviour — Trials Of Life — having already made ones astir improvement and ecology. Now that I've done each three, I'm going to discontinue from filmmaking.'

Gunton was truthful convinced nan presenter meant it that successful nan adjacent municipality he went into a shop that sold cowboy accessories — and bought a brace of spurs.

'I was going to coming them to David erstwhile we'd vanished filming The Trials Of Life and say: 'Here you are, David now you tin bent up your spurs.' To this day, for very evident reasons, I still person them!'

Nicole Scherzinger has won rave reviews for her 'electrifying' Norma Desmond successful nan extremist caller accumulation of Sunset Boulevard enjoying a constricted tally astatine London's Savoy Theatre until January.

The erstwhile Pussycat Doll says: 'It genuinely has changed my life and I've ne'er been much proud of thing I've ever done.'

Lyricist Don Black raved aft nan first night: 'Every connection — each comma — she bites lumps retired of nan songs.'

Nicole Scherzinger has won rave reviews for her 'electrifying' Norma Desmond successful nan extremist caller accumulation of Sunset Boulevard

And Andrew Lloyd Webber looked proudly on. The composer, 75, finds his musicals are enjoying extremist reinventions astir nan globe. Cats is being reimagined arsenic a queer shot successful a New York accumulation which will unfastened adjacent year. Meanwhile Ivo van Hove — down A Little Life successful London — is preparing a accumulation of Jesus Christ Superstar successful Amsterdam adjacent twelvemonth successful which Jesus and his disciples will deterioration hoodies.

Lloyd Webber says of nan moves: 'It's very absorbing to maine to perceive caller minds and spot caller ideas. Some of them I'm going to for illustration and immoderate of them I'm not.'

Lloyd Webber was famously peeved pinch starring woman Scherzinger successful 2016 erstwhile she first accepted, and past declined, his connection to return her Grizabella to Cats connected Broadway. He memorably said she had made him look 'like an absolute twot' by dropping retired a week earlier they were owed to commencement rehearsing — successful favour of a slot connected The X Factor judging panel.

Three years later she was 'devastated' not to moreover beryllium called to audition arsenic Grizabella successful nan movie type of Cats (a blessing successful disguise.) Happily nan brace person intelligibly put each of that play down them.

Steve Coogan told nan Radio Times he believes arguable Jimmy Savile play The Reckoning 'will vindicate itself'.

The assemblage is still retired connected that one, pinch immoderate reasoning that immoderate effort to move nan horrific crimes of BBC prima Savile into a play was misconceived. Others consciousness it fto his employers astatine nan BBC disconnected excessively easily.

The process of processing a play astir nan prolific paedophile was fraught and it has already been reported that nan show was delayed for months by agonising complete Savile's portrayal.

Steve Coogan told nan Radio Times he believes arguable Jimmy Savile play The Reckoning 'will vindicate itself'

Now it tin beryllium revealed The Reckoning had 2 directors, 1 of whom has 'chosen' not to beryllium credited.

The first head hired was Sandra Goldbacher, well-known for directing Jenna Coleman successful Victoria and Sarah Lancashire successful The Accident.

I'm told she completed astir half of nan 16-week sprout and was initially enthusiastic astir having nan chance to springiness survivors of his attacks their voice. In a Press merchandise successful September past twelvemonth she said: 'I consciousness judge that Steve Coogan's powerful capacity arsenic Savile will create a statement astir really nan cult of personage cloaked him from scrutiny.'

She moreover helped pinch nan casting of Coogan (pictured).

However she near 'by communal agreement' during nan filming and wasn't location astatine nan bid launch.

Goldbacher was replaced by David Blair, a Bafta-winner known for Care and The Lakes.

He completed nan show but his sanction is not included successful nan on-screen credits and he besides wasn't coming astatine nan bid launch.

In an question and reply earlier broadcast, Coogan said: 'The BBC are damned if they do and damned if they don't, and I judge nan correct prime is to beryllium damned if they do.

'Broadly, it's amended to talk astir thing than not. The squad had nan correct cognition and it was done pinch nan practice of survivors. I deliberation erstwhile it's broadcast, it will vindicate itself.'

Barbie head Greta Gerwig, seen present pinch Margo Robbie, said that she was having a 'nightmare' penning two  upcoming Chronicles Of Narnia films

Barbie head Greta Gerwig told nan BFI London Film Festival past week that she is having a 'nightmare' penning her caller project: 2 Chronicles Of Narnia films, based connected C.S. Lewis's beloved novels, for Netflix.

Greta (pictured pinch Barbie prima Margot Robbie) said: 'I'm moving connected thing correct now, but I'm successful nan penning process and it's difficult and I'm having recurring nightmares.'

No wonderment she is fretful: thing is apt to unrecorded up to smash-hit Barbie, commercially astatine least. It has now taken $1.4 cardinal worldwide, making it nan biggest movie of nan twelvemonth — and nan 14th biggest grosser of each time, conscionable down Frozen II and Top Gun: Maverick.

Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades has formed a relationship pinch King Charles and is simply a instrumentality of his clothes.

Speaking connected nan Rosebud podcast, he said: 'I respect his style. He's sewage a beautiful overcoat and his double-breasted suits are to dice for.' Blades, who filmed pinch Charles successful Dumfries successful a impermanent one-off typical of his TV show, added: 'I had a kilt made and he conscionable said to maine 'Jay, look, you're missing something'.

'I didn't person a sporran, which wasn't good. And fundamentally he told maine astir a shop I should spell to. So they've made maine 2 typical ones.'

Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades has formed a relationship pinch King Charles 

Ricky Gervais shares his life during his hugely successful stand-up shows, but says he would ne'er make a movie astir himself and nan thought of publishing an autobiography gives him 'the creeps'. He told his online followers: 'I could people a diary and past spell 'don't publication this 'til I'm dead!' truthful I didn't person to get each nan reaction.' 

J.K. Rowling's position arsenic a lightning rod successful nan trans statement has had zero effect connected her book sales. The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith — her nom de plume — debuted astatine No 1 successful nan hardback fabrication floor plan and though it's proved powerless against mighty Richard Osman, it's still nan 2nd fastest-selling big fabrication title of nan year. 


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