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Alina Mayo Azze on her departure from Univision: “Today this long chapter in my life closes” | The State

Alina Mayo Azze.

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Yesterday we told you that the emblematic journalist of Univision News, Alina Mayo Azze, who spent 30 years at the helm of the local Miami newscast, was fired.

Yes, the same day the new executives and positions were introduced Univision, began a wave of layoffs, especially in local stations, both television and radio.

Through her Instagram account, Mayo Azze herself confirmed the news by writing these moving and at the same time inspiring words:

“The day has come… Today this long chapter in my life as a television journalist closes. Thank you all for your support, trust, and love during my nearly 40 years of TV reporting in Spanish in South Florida. Of those years, 30 have been as presenter of the news of channel 23. This journey has been a privilege in which I learned a lot from my community and from those who form it. Here I will share my new projects.

For the moment I am going to dedicate myself to rest and charge batteries after such a difficult 2020. I am calm and happy! I ask from my heart that you continue to support the local press, especially my colleagues on television who bring you the news every day. At a time when the press is under siege by so many, the local television newscasts work very hard day by day and they do it for you, and for the well-being of your families. I don’t like goodbyes … from me, this is just a see you later … Peace, health and love to all ❤️ Alina ❤️ “, he concluded.

Alina Mayo Azze, who graduated from the University of Miami, began her career as a reporter on Univision Miami’s Channel 23 in 1981. She then joined Telemundo Miami as a presenter in 1988, and returned to Univision in 1991 to lead Noticias 23 until yesterday.

During his career, he has interviewed world leaders such as President Barack Obama, and has covered stories such as the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the death of the Princess Diana. He has received six EMMY Awards, four ACRIN Awards, and two ACCA Awards.

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Boris Johnson will hail new chapter in British history on the day of his historic Brexit deal vote 

Boris Johnson will hail a new chapter in Britain’s history today as his EU trade deal goes before Parliament.

On the eve of the landmark vote, Tory Eurosceptics announced they would support the agreement, finally ending decades of division in the party over Europe.

Their move paves the way for the legislation to be rushed through the Commons and Lords in just one day, ahead of the end of the transition period at 11pm tomorrow.

Urging MPs to back the accord struck on Christmas Eve, Mr Johnson will claim it resolves ‘the old and vexed question of Britain’s political relations with Europe, which bedevilled our post-war history’.

Urging MPs to back the accord struck on Christmas Eve, Mr Johnson (pictured) will claim it resolves ‘the old and vexed question of Britain’s political relations with Europe, which bedevilled our post-war history’

The PM will say: ‘We have done this in less than a year, in the teeth of a pandemic, and we have pressed ahead with this task, resisting all calls for delay, precisely because creating certainty about our future provides the best chance of beating Covid and bouncing back even more strongly next year.’

Mr Johnson will continue: ‘We will now open a new chapter in our national story, striking free trade deals around the world, adding to the agreements with 63 countries we have already achieved, and reasserting Global Britain as a liberal, outward-looking force for good.

‘Those of us who campaigned for Britain to leave the EU never sought a rupture with our closest neighbours.

‘We would never wish to rupture ourselves from fellow democracies beneath whose soil lie British war graves in tranquil cemeteries, often tended by local schoolchildren, testament to our shared struggle for freedom and everything we cherish in common.

 ‘What we sought was not a rupture but a resolution, a resolution of the old and vexed question of Britain’s political relations with Europe, which bedevilled our post-War history.’

MPs and Peers have been recalled from their Christmas break for today’s one-day sitting to rubber-stamp the trade deal.

The Commons is expected to spend five hours scrutinising the 80-page EU (Future Relationship) Bill from 9.30am, before the Upper House sits late into the evening.

The Queen will be on standby at Windsor Castle, where she is expected to give royal assent shortly before midnight. She may have to stay up until the early hours if the debate in the Lords drags on.

At the same time as the votes are held in Parliament, the deal will be signed by Brussels chiefs before being flown by an RAF plane to London for Mr Johnson to add his name to what is an international treaty. The European Parliament has begun its scrutiny of the agreement but will not get a chance to ratify it until after it comes into effect at 11pm tomorrow.

It has however been given the unanimous backing of ambassadors from the 27 EU nations – and the member states yesterday gave their written approval.

The Queen (pictured) will be on standby at Windsor Castle, where she is expected to give royal assent shortly before midnight. She may have to stay up until the early hours if the debate in the Lords drags on

The Queen (pictured) will be on standby at Windsor Castle, where she is expected to give royal assent shortly before midnight. She may have to stay up until the early hours if the debate in the Lords drags on

The European Research Group of hardline Brexiteer Tory MPs last night endorsed the treaty.

A self-styled ‘star chamber’ of lawyers – led by Bill Cash – was assembled to examine the 1,246-page text of the agreement.

They concluded that it preserved ‘the UK’s sovereignty as a matter of law and fully respects the norms of international sovereign-to-sovereign treaties’.

The ERG said: ‘The ‘level playing field’ clauses go further than in comparable trade agreements, but their impact on the practical exercise of sovereignty is likely to be limited if addressed by a robust government.

‘In any event they do not prevent the UK from changing its laws as it sees fit at a risk of tariff countermeasures, and if those were unacceptable the agreement could be terminated on 12 months’ notice.’ The ERG’s legal advisory committee included Sir Bill, Martin Howe QC, Barnabas Reynolds, Christopher Howarth, Emily Law and Tory MP David Jones.

Their backing will be welcomed by the Prime Minister but the Bill was likely to pass because Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged his MPs to vote in favour.

The ERG said: ‘The “level playing field” clauses go further than in comparable trade agreements, but their impact on the practical exercise of sovereignty is likely to be limited if addressed by a robust government.' Pictured: ERG chairman Mark Francois studying the deal

The ERG said: ‘The ‘level playing field’ clauses go further than in comparable trade agreements, but their impact on the practical exercise of sovereignty is likely to be limited if addressed by a robust government.’ Pictured: ERG chairman Mark Francois studying the deal

The SNP, Plaid Cymru, the DUP, the SDLP, Alliance and the Liberal Democrats have all indicated that they are opposed.

Labour peers are expected to pass a ‘motion of regret’, putting on record their dissent. Some 84 MPs are due to speak in the Commons debate, including former prime minister Theresa May.

Dozens of Labour MPs are set to defy Sir Keir’s orders. Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell, Clive Lewis and Ben Bradshaw have accused him of ‘falling into the trap of rallying around this rotten deal’.

Sir Keir dismissed the agreement as ‘thin’, saying it would not underpin workers’ rights or adequately protect sectors such as manufacturing and the creative industries.

But he insisted that a No Deal exit from the transition period was now the only other realistic possibility.

‘A better deal could have been negotiated. But I accept that option has now gone,’ he said.

In his Commons speech, Mr Johnson (pictured) will pledge the UK will be a ‘friendly neighbour’ to the EU, with whom it will work ‘hand in glove’ when its values and interests coincide

In his Commons speech, Mr Johnson (pictured) will pledge the UK will be a ‘friendly neighbour’ to the EU, with whom it will work ‘hand in glove’ when its values and interests coincide

Shadow Cabinet members – including the Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson, and the shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry – are known to have expressed concerns about the idea of supporting the deal. But they are expected to abide by collective responsibility.

The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘While recognising the UK would leave the EU, we proposed staying in the single market and customs union. The UK Government dismissed these ideas. It disregarded Scotland’s views, values and interests. It has agreed a deal which is disastrous for Scotland.’

Shares in London rose to their highest levels since the early days of the coronavirus crisis yesterday. On the first day of trading since the Christmas break, the FTSE 100 index closed up 1.55 per cent, or 100.54 points, at 6602.65. That was its highest level since March.

Lap of power: Boris Johnson in Downing Street last night with his dog Dilyn

Lap of power: Boris Johnson in Downing Street last night with his dog Dilyn

In total, £34billion was added to value of UK shares amid hopes the trade agreement and the roll-out of Covid vaccines will jolt the economy back into life in 2021.

Fund manager George Godber, of Polar Capital, said: ‘We should see some relief coming through as a result of the Brexit announcement. Whatever people think of the deal it is infinitely better than No Deal.’

  • Swiss and Norwegian politicians have said Britain’s deal is better than their arrangements with the EU. Marit Arnstad of Norway’s Centre Party said the agreement delivered more freedom and more independence than her country had.

In Switzerland, Hans-Peter Portmann of the country’s centre-Right Radical-Liberal Party said his government must ‘include the Brexit deal in the next talks with the EU in January and not go below the level that Britain has now’. 

I see no traps… that’s why I’ll seize our day of destiny  

Commentary by Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire  

Andrew Bridgen (pictured), Tory MP for North West Leicestershire

Andrew Bridgen (pictured), Tory MP for North West Leicestershire

The hour of freedom approaches. The moment of destiny is almost here. In just two days, Britain will once again take its place on the global stage as an independent nation.

That inspirational reality was fulfilled last week by the impressive Brexit trade deal negotiated by the British Government and the EU, heralding a new era of free co-operation in place of the former dominance by Brussels.

It was the cause of Euroscepticism that first led to my involvement in politics 20 years ago, when I joined the group Business For Sterling to campaign against Britain’s membership of the single currency, then an enthusiasm of Tony Blair’s. And as a member of the European Research Group (ERG) in Parliament – which consists of Eurosceptic MPs – I wouldn’t back anything undermining our independence.

But I’m satisfied the deal reached by the Prime Minister and his chief negotiator Lord Frost fully achieves the goal of Brexit. Since the welcome news of the breakthrough on Christmas Eve, I’ve seen nothing in the small print of real concern, though I would have preferred Parliament to have more time to scrutinise it.

Even so, it does not appear there are any nasty traps in the document. Indeed, I’m tremendously reassured by the verdict yesterday of the ERG Star Chamber – made up of the incisive minds of the ex-Cabinet minister David Jones, the lawyer Martin Howe and the veteran expert Sir Bill Cash – which stated that the deal is ‘consistent with UK sovereignty’.

In practice, Britain has everything it wants. From January, our country will decide its own laws, fix its own immigration rules, conclude its own international trade agreements, set its own taxes and make its own social policies. We are truly about to ‘take back control’, to quote the slogan of the Leave campaign.

Free movement will end, as will the jurisdiction of the European courts and the vast contributions to Brussels’ coffers. If you had offered me such a deal even before the Brexit campaign began, I would have bitten off not just your hands, but your arms and legs as well.

Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire said: 'I’m satisfied the deal reached by the Prime Minister and his chief negotiator Lord Frost fully achieves the goal of Brexit'

Andrew Bridgen, Tory MP for North West Leicestershire said: ‘I’m satisfied the deal reached by the Prime Minister and his chief negotiator Lord Frost fully achieves the goal of Brexit’

One of the beauties of the deal is a four-year break clause allowing a full review of its operation. Either side can walk away if they’re unhappy.

But the EU will be only too grateful for any future trading relationship with Britain as the bloc’s share of the global economy diminishes. In contrast, freed from the shackles of the EU’s bureaucratic regulation, Britain will flourish, exploiting our advantages of a flexible labour market, a world lead in innovation (in artificial intelligence and digital technology), the gift of the English language and our cultural power.

We could, for instance, create a free trade area with Canada, Australia and New Zealand based on our shared heritage and head of state.

In the final negotiations, the biggest obstacle was fishing rights, since control of our waters is a symbol of nationhood. But here, too, I am satisfied – although the gradual cut in EU quotas is smaller than we had hoped.

The terms give us nine months’ notice to depart the fisheries accord, while the transition period of five and a half years will provide time to rebuild coastal communities.

'We were sustained by certain factors. First, the role of the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, who was ready to seize on any retreat,' said Andrew Bridgen

‘We were sustained by certain factors. First, the role of the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, who was ready to seize on any retreat,’ said Andrew Bridgen

Overall, Lord Frost and his team did a superb job, but they couldn’t have managed it without the firm leadership of Boris Johnson, who set out his red lines and refused to cross them. That was in dramatic contrast to his predecessor Theresa May, whose disastrous Chequers proposal in July 2018 would have reduced Britain to a vassal state, more restrictive than EU membership.

Her submissive approach – a Brexit in name only – not only dealt Boris Johnson and Lord Frost a difficult hand when they took over, but also justified the opposition of the ERG.

We were determined not to surrender to siren calls for compromise. There were moments when, to quote the Duke of Wellington about Waterloo, ‘it was a damned close-run thing’, particularly during the third meaningful vote when it looked as if our band of 28 might be overwhelmed.

But we were sustained by certain factors. First, the role of the Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, who was ready to seize on any retreat.

The second was the arrogance of Remain MPs. They had the numbers for a soft, meaningless Brexit, but overplayed their hand in of their eagerness to overturn the result.

The comprehensive nature of their defeat is illustrated by the fact that today, it is the Eurosceptics who will be voting for a sensible EU trade deal, while the hardline Europhiles – including Labour rebels, the SNP and Liberal Democrats – will be going through intellectual contortions to rationalise their opposition. They’re like Japanese soldiers in the jungle, still engaged in a futile fight after the war has been lost.

However, the greatest source of strength for the Brexit cause was the British people, who never wavered in their belief that the 2016 vote must be properly enacted. In the face of Remain hysteria they stood firm. Now, with the arrival of independence, they have their reward. 

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Xbox Debuts New Chapter of the Power Your Dreams Campaign | The State

Microsoft announced the next chapter of the Power Your Dreams campaign with a series of content inspired by the literal dreams of gamers, entitled “Made From Dreams.”

The “Made from Dreams” series begins with the short film “Lucid Odyssey,” created by Oscar-winner Taika Waititi, and the streamer MoonLiteWolf. Four pieces of content inspired by the other dreams include NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr, artist Quentin Deronzier and Stallion83, digital creator Johanna Jsokowska and Emericagirl24, and BlindGamerSteve.

  • “Lucid Odyssey”: The short film “Lucid Odyssey” was created by Oscar-winner Taika Waititi and with streamer MoonLiteWolf. The results of MoonLiteWolf’s sleep study were Taika’s inspiration for this film that tells the story of the MoonLiteWolf experience and the real dreams he had after playing Xbox, including exploring a magical forest with a glowing bunny, meeting a “Whale of the galaxy” made of constellations, and attend a concert in space where Master Chief was DJing an EDM version of Halo Monk Chant.
  • Odell Beckham Jr Dream Kit: Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., (OBJ) played Xbox and dreamed that he controlled large fiery stars in the darkness of space with a single wave of his hand, transporting him to a world where anything is possible. This dream inspired the custom Xbox controller as well as the interior of his custom Nike AF1 shoes. Fans will have a chance to win a pair of OBJ custom Nike AF1 shoes and a custom Xbox Wireless Controller by retweeting the Xbox giveaway tweet from Friday, December 11, through Thursday, December 24.
  • Fans will have a chance to win a custom pair of Nike AF1 shoes from Odell Beckham Jr./Courtesy
    • Dream Art: Artist Quentin Deronzier created a series of digital art inspired by the dreams of Stallion83, which include summoning a fleet of burning ships in the heat of a Viking battle, a nod to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, one of the many next-gen games you experienced before sleeping.
    • Sleep filters: Digital creator Johanna Joskowska created augmented reality social filters that allowed fans to upload different themed game experiences outside of their dreams. Emericagirl24. In a dream, Emericagirl visited a futuristic store with cyborgs shopping for different body modification accessories, probably inspired by her experience in the new game Cyberpunk 2077 before sleeping.
    • “Walking in Steve’s Dream:” Audio creators have brought dreams of BlindGamerSteve on “Walking in Steve’s Dreams” through an immersive spatial sound. The story captures Steve’s dreams of exploring Europe and fighting creatures using Stasis, an elemental power in Destiny Two: Beyond Light, the game he experienced before sleeping.

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CMA Best New Artist Nominee Carly Pearce Reveals ‘New Chapter’ Of ‘Personal Music’


Country songstress Carly Pearce has a big week ahead with the CMA Awards on Wednesday! The four-time nominee spoke to HL about the show & her new music!

2020 has been tough, but Carly Pearce‘s new music throughout the year has made it a little easier for us all! The country singer kicked off this ‘new chapter’ of music with her powerhouse collaboration with Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” that hit number 1 on country radio. It was her last song with her longtime producer busbee, who tragically died September 2019 from complications with cancer. She then released her scathing latest jam, “Next Girl,” and a subsequent music video that has fans wanting more from this side of Carly! In speaking to HollywoodLife.com in an EXCLUSIVE interview ahead of the CMA Awards, the Best New Artist nominee teased this “new chapter” of “personal music” that’s to come from her!

“‘Next Girl’ was kind of the start of just a whole new chapter of music, finding new producers and just feeling really inspired to write songs and having time to write songs and just really diving into that,” Carly explained. “As touring artists, we didn’t have a lot of time to just focus on music, now it’s kind of all the time we have, so it’s so much fun.”

Carly Pearce at the 2019 CMA Awards.

The singer split from fellow country singer Michael Ray in June 2020, but she proved with “Next Girl” she isn’t shying away from being vulnerable in her music. “I don’t know how to not be personal. I think I’ve built my career on just really being honest and there’s definitely going to be some more music coming before the end of the year,” Carly added. “Hopefully some sort of EP or a record, but definitely just coming from what I’ve already written this year.”

She just dropped her music video for “Next Girl,” that stars Carly in a variety of roles dealing with several cringe-worthy men. “I wanted it to be light hearted, because it’s a pretty heavy lyric song, but it’s still just makes you feel so good and empowered, so I wanted to make the light hearted,” she explained. “I also wanted to have to myself as far as ‘an actress’ in it. I really wanted to play myself and all the girls in the bar.”

Carly is due to perform her hit “I Hope Your Happy Now” at the CMA Awards on Wednesday, but her duet partner, Lee Brice, unfortunately won’t be able to join her due to testing positive for COVID-19. The “Hide The Wine” singer is nominated in four categories, including Song Of The Year, Music Event Of The Year, Best Music Video, and Best New Artist. Tune in to the CMAs Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8 PM ET on ABC.



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Elton John addresses his fallout with Rod Stewart in a new chapter from his autobiography Me


Elton John, 73, has reportedly addressed his fallout with Rod Stewart, 75, in a new chapter from his autobiography Me.

The stars fell out at some point two years ago, when the Maggie May rocker poked fun at the Your Song singer’s retirement tour and again in 2019 after he made a remark about the biopic based on Elton’s career called Rocketman.

According to The Sun, Elton has addressed their feud in a new chapter from the paperback version of his autobiography called Me.

New chapter: Elton John, 73, has reportedly addressed his fallout with Rod Stewart, 75, in a new chapter from his autobiography Me

In an excerpt obtained by the publication, the legendary musician is said to say that Rod had a ‘f***ing cheek’ lecturing him about ‘rock and roll’.

It reads: ‘I certainly didn’t feel like I needed a lecture on the feral spirit of rock and roll from someone who’d spent most of the last decade crooning his way through the Great American Songbook and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. 

‘What’s more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.’

According to the publication, Elton goes on to reveal that he reached out to Rod and told him they had ‘known each other far too long to fall out over something like that’. 

Feud: The stars fell out at some point two years ago, when the Maggie May rocker poked fun at the Your Song singer's retirement tour and again in 2019 after he made a remark about the biopic based on Elton's career called Rocketman (pictured in 2002)

Feud: The stars fell out at some point two years ago, when the Maggie May rocker poked fun at the Your Song singer’s retirement tour and again in 2019 after he made a remark about the biopic based on Elton’s career called Rocketman (pictured in 2002) 

Yet Rod’s manager reportedly told him that he was unable to speak to him on the phone as he was on ‘constant vocal rest’ between touring.

Elton is said to say: ‘I had no idea what I’d done to upset him so much. Which was ironic, given the hours I’d put in over the years deliberately trying to annoy him.’

MailOnline has contacted both Elton and Rod’s representatives for comment.

Rod previously addressed the comments he made on television in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine in 2018. 

Biography: According to The Sun , Elton has addressed their feud in a new chapter from the paperback version of his autobiography called Me, which he teased on his Instagram on Tuesday

Biography: According to The Sun , Elton has addressed their feud in a new chapter from the paperback version of his autobiography called Me, which he teased on his Instagram on Tuesday 

Tiff: In an excerpt obtained by the publication, the legendary musician is said to say that Rod had a 'f***ing cheek' lecturing him about 'rock and roll' (pictured together in London in 1978)

Tiff: In an excerpt obtained by the publication, the legendary musician is said to say that Rod had a ‘f***ing cheek’ lecturing him about ‘rock and roll’ (pictured together in London in 1978)

He had said on a U.S. TV show in 2018 that Elton’s retirement tour ‘stinks of selling tickets’ and added: ‘It’s dishonest. It’s not rock ‘n’ roll.’ 

Talking to Event about the remark, Rod admitted: ‘I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, ”I think it’s bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.”

‘I wish I hadn’t said it. I think he’s very upset with me. Penny keeps saying, ”Send him an apology.” So I should really.’

The new chapter comes after Elton promoted his paperback autobiography to his Instagram on Tuesday evening.

It reads: 'What's more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.' (Rod pictured in 2019)

Stewart V John: Elton pictured in 2019

It reads: ‘What’s more, I thought he had a f***ing cheek, complaining about me promoting a tour while he was sat on a TV show promoting his own tour.’ (Rod, left, and Elton, right)  

Posing with the book, he penned: ‘It’s here! I’m so delighted to release the paperback edition of ‘Me’ into the world. 

‘There’s a brand new chapter that covers the highs and lows of the last year and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it #EltonJohnBook.’  

It comes after a source close to Elton told The Sun over the weekend: ‘Rod’s continued barbed and personal criticism of his recent successes has crossed a line beyond their usual friendly rivalry. 

‘Elton cherishes his friendship with Rod and hasn’t wanted to go public so made attempts to contact Rod directly to clear the air.

‘When his requests to speak were either knocked back or went unanswered, Elton felt compelled to set the record straight with this new chapter in his autobiography.

MailOnline contacted representatives of Rod and Elton for a comment at the time. 

The source added that Elton claims he never received any attempt at an olive branch from his former pal. 

Last week, Rod made claims he had tried to reach out to Elton to try and heal their rift, only for this to be ignored.  

Speaking to Chris Evans on his podcast, Rod said: ‘We don’t talk to each other anymore. Big falling out.

Reaching out: According to the publication, Elton goes on to reveal that he reached out to Rod and said they had 'known each other far too long to fall out over something like that' (pictured in 1991)

Reaching out: According to the publication, Elton goes on to reveal that he reached out to Rod and said they had ‘known each other far too long to fall out over something like that’ (pictured in 1991) 

‘Last time I emailed him I said, ”I’ve got this football pitch, would you like the boys to come up?” You know, cos they both love football.’

It appears the invite to Rod’s personal pitch was not of interest to Elton – who shares sons Zachary, nine, and Elijah, seven, with husband David Furnish – as he allegedly never replied.  

Rod, who is married to Penny Lancaster, has two boys too, of a similar age: Alistair, 14, and Aiden, nine.

Last year, Rod revealed the feud during an interview with Dermot O’Leary.

'Vocal rest': Yet Rod's manager reportedly told him that he was unable to speak to him as he was on 'constant vocal rest' between touring (Elton pictured in January)

‘Vocal rest’: Yet Rod’s manager reportedly told him that he was unable to speak to him as he was on ‘constant vocal rest’ between touring (Elton pictured in January)  

‘We’re not talking nowadays. He has got the hump with me now,’ Rod revealed. ‘We’re both very stubborn, so neither of us call each other.’

He had previously claimed: ‘I do love Elton, only we’re not talking at the moment. We’ve had a spat. I criticised his tour as being money-grabbing.’ 

The tour in question – titled Farewell Yellow Brick Road – is an ongoing endeavour, which was announced in 2018 and is said to last until 2023, consisting of 300 gigs worldwide. It’s supposedly the crooner’s last-ever tour. 

Rod also branded Rocketman – which lost out on scooping any Oscars last year – ‘not very flattering’.

He compared it to the Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, from the previous year, saying: ‘I don’t think [Rocketman] quite lived up to it.’

Rod also said of Elton that they were, at one time, ‘close friends’ and that Elton was ‘a wonderful ally’. 

‘He’s one of the most generous people I’ve ever met,’ he told Dermot at the time. 

Apologetic: Rod previously addressed the comments he made on television in an interview with The Mail on Sunday's Event Magazine in 2018, he said: 'I wish I hadn't said it' (pictured in 2019)

Apologetic: Rod previously addressed the comments he made on television in an interview with The Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine in 2018, he said: ‘I wish I hadn’t said it’ (pictured in 2019) 



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Richard Agar ready to add another chapter to rich Challenge Cup family history


Richard Agar is steeped in rich Challenge Cup history. The Leeds boss grew up watching dad Allan first play and then coach successfully in Wembley finals, and reached the quarter-finals himself as a player with Dewsbury.

As as coach, Agar was assistant when Hull FC lifted the 2005 trophy, made the 2008 final with the Black and Whites when in charge, and also as a Warrington no.2 eight years later.

Now he stands one win from a fifth personal final ahead of today’s semi-final with Wigan. Agar said: “My first trip to Wembley was when my father played there in 1980. There was a minibus full of people shy of 100,000 watching the Hull derby, and I have strong recollections of that day.

Richard Agar and brother Jonathan in Hull KR shirts ahead of the 1980 final

“It was a pretty dour game but a great weekend to be involved in from a family perspective.

“The big one for me was 1983 and watching Featherstone beat Hull at Wembley. I can recall pretty much everything about the weekend.

“As a player I think the furthest I got was quarter-finals with Dewsbury and it was Leeds at Headingley, but I was injured and didn’t play.

“We also got to a quarter-final when I was coach at York City Knights as a second division team and played Huddersfield – another terrific experience.

“I’ve got a lot of great, vivid long-term memories about the Challenge Cup, particular from the 1980s era.”

The Agar family before the 1983 Challenge Cup final

Agar is taking nothing for granted on Saturday however against a Wigan side that beat the Rhinos 28-10 in Super League seven weeks ago. He added: “They’re a really good team with some of the best players in the comp in their side.

“Sean O’Loughlin brings another dimension to them, particularly when they’re coming out of their own half. When he plays they have different points of attack.

“Bevan French has probably been the most exciting individual in Super League and is one of those players people would pay to go to a stadium to watch. Liam Farrell is a tremendous player and they have a couple of real unsung heroes in Sam Powell and Willie Isa.

“We’ve prepared for them, we’re very aware of the threats and we know we’ll have to put our best performance on to get this one.”





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