- The chat show host boasted about his sex life during stint on Broadway in 2006
- Starred in The History Boys with Dominic Cooper as they would go out together
- Said he would 'pick up the women Dominic didn’t want'
- Cooper introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey
- The pair have two children together with another one on the way
- Last month Corden came under fire for a Harvey Weinstein joke at a gala
- Weinstein accusers Rose McGowan and Asia Argento condemned Corden
- The comedian later apologized on Twitter after being chastized
Published: 16:45 EDT, 2 November 2017 | Updated: 18:09 EDT, 2 November 2017
James Corden boasted about sleeping with women in a revealing interview after the backlash he received for a joke about Harvey Weinstein.
The 39-year-old late night chat show host was an open-book in a recently published '20 Questions' interview with Playboy magazine where he talked about his sex life during his stint on Broadway in 2006.
He starred in The History Boys alongside Dominic Cooper and said the two would go out together in Hells Kitchen aka The Theater District in the Big Apple for their five month stint there.
Opening up: James Corden – pictured last month in LA – was an open-book in a recently published '20 Questions' interview with Playboy magazine as he talked about his sex life
Ill-timed: This comes just weeks after the 29-year-old comedian faced backlash for making a Harvey Weinstein joke at the amFAr gala in LA
Corden explained: 'There's a high density of (a) dancers and (b) gay men.
'So if you’re young, straight, English and in the hottest play in New York City, you're gonna get laid. That’s it! I’d basically pick up the women Dominic didn’t want, but I was more than happy with that.'
The play ran from April to October 2006 at the Broadhurst Theatre. It was met with much critical acclaim and even took home six Tony Awards that year including Best Play.
Revealing: The funnyman boasted about bedding women during his 2006 stint on Broadway in The History Boys, as he is pictured at the time with castmates Russell Tovey (left) and Jamie Parker (middle)
Budding friendship: He also starred alongside Dominic Cooper and said the two would go out together in Hells Kitchen aka The Theater District in the Big Apple for their five month stint there, as they are pictured together in LA back in January 2015
It was his good friend from the play, Dominic, who even introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey.
James married Julia just six years after starring in The History Boys in September 2015.
The two have two children together: six-year-old son Max and three-year-old daughter Carey and are expecting a third child at the end of the year. Cooper happens to be the godfather to Corden's eldest Max.
Aww: It was his good friend from the play, Dominic, who even introduced Corden to his now wife Julia Carey (they are pictured together in LA last week)
His latest interview comes during a difficult month for the English comedian, who averted a near-career crisis that struck weeks back stemming from his hosting gig at amfAR's Los Angeles Gala October 13.
Corden came under fire after cracking a stream of off-colored jokes at the gala about producer Harvey Weinstein, who's been accused of sexual harassment, abuse and rape by more than 60 women as of Tuesday. (Weinstein's rep has said repeatedly that 'any allegations of nonconsensual sex are unequivocally denied by' the producer.)
Close bond: Cooper happens to be the godfather to Corden's eldest child Max, as they are pictured together in June
Love story: James and Julia married in September 2015 as they have two children together and another one on the way due at the end of the year, they are pictured in LA last month
In his monologue at the glitzy event, Corden joked, 'It’s so beautiful [tonight], Harvey Weinstein has already asked tonight up to his hotel to give him a massage,' to mild boos from the well-heeled audience. An undaunted Corden cracked, 'If you don’t like that joke, you should probably leave now,' before rattling off a few more jokes on the uncomfortable topic.
The backlash was quick, as a number of prominent names linked to the widespread scandal ripped the comic for his humorous take on the serious matter.
Two women who have accused Weinstein of rape – actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento – were quick to condemn Corden with sharp jabs, as McGowan called Corden a 'MOTHERF***ING PIGLET' and 'a close friend of HW’s;' while Argento wrote, 'Shame on this pig and everyone who grunted with him.'
Inappropriate: Corden hosted the amFAR gala in Los Angeles last month and made multiple jokes about the sexual harassment allegations swirling around former movie mogul Weinstein
Argento's boyfriend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, also razzed the CBS host, writing, 'Mr. Corden is free to tell whatever jokes he likes. As he should be. I'm free to suggest he's a porcine, pandering tool.'
A chastened Corden didn't wait long to apologize for the badly-received jokes, as he took to Twitter two days later to make amends.
'To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter,' he wrote October 15. 'I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior, but to shame him, the abuser, not his victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.'
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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms
The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.
The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.
All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.
It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.
British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.
The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.
The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.
It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.
“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.
“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”
The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.
It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55862128
Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official
Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.
The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.
Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.
Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.
“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.
“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.
Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.
Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”
However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.
Australia’s tight restrictions
The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.
Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.
A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.
Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.
Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.
Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.
Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.
The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.
While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.
Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.
In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55699581
Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection
The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.
Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.
Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.
It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.
The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.
Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”
“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.
“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”
Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.
Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.
For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.
Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.
A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.
Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane
Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane
At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.
When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.
Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.
While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.
But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.
And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.
And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.
Read from source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-55582836
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