American viewers in search of comfort food will have a new season of The Great British Baking Show—also known as The Great British Bake Off—to consume beginning next week.
On Tuesday, Netflix announced that the show will return September 25, the same day the new season debuts on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. As happened previously, new episodes will be available weekly to Netflix subscribers in the United States—three days after The Great British Baking Show airs overseas.
Production on the show resumed in July despite the coronavirus pandemic. Contestants and crew were placed into a bubble to complete production, and tested three times before being allowed to even enter the quarantined venue.
“It was a massive operation, we even built 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off,” Kieran Smith, a Love production executive, said in an interview. All told, the shoot lasted six weeks, with production occurring on a cadence that allowed for two days off for every two days worked. (Normally, The Great British Baking Show gives contestants five days between shooting episodes, during which they can return home to practice.)
Beyond the health and safety changes on the show, season 11 will also feature a new co-host, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids), who replaces Sandi Toksvig.
“He was practically living with the bakers,” executive Letty Kavanagh said in an interview. “It felt like he had always been there.”
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L’Avenue at Saks’ reopening set for Sept. 30
Celebrity favorite L’Avenue at Saks will reopen its doors on Sept. 30, completing the reopening of the Saks flagship store on Fifth Avenue.
“The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner at reduced capacity with enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience for all guests,” according to a press release.
The restaurant will operate at a 25 percent capacity. The Le Chalet bar and lounge — which has hosted parties for Billy Porter, Dionne Warwick and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” — will serve as a second dining room.
‘Counting On’ Alum Jill Duggar Started Wearing Pants After Setting ‘Healthy Boundaries’ With Family
Coming into her own! Counting On alum Jill Dillard (née Duggar) revealed she started wearing pants after setting “healthy boundaries” with family in a candid new YouTube video she shared on Wednesday, September 23.
During the Q&A, the TLC star, 29, explained how she often used to wear dresses or skirts in her younger years to please her conservative brood. However, as she and husband Derick Dillard, 31, “grew as a couple,” Jill reevaluated the decision and felt she could still be “modest” and wear pants.
Derick noted that not being closely associated with the show anymore gave her more confidence to wear them. “We were able to be ourselves,” he shared.
These days, jeans are a staple in her wardrobe and Jill admitted the first time she ever wore pants out was to an amusement park. The TV personality also opened up about her nose piercing in the video, revealing she was quite fond of them.
“I kind of always thought they were cute,” Jill confessed. “But I think that some of the decisions that we’ve made … even if I liked something before, I wouldn’t have done it because maybe of the backlash that I would get or something … from people close to me or something. I just hate confrontation so maybe I would’ve avoided it.”
The mom of two said Derick’s support helped her along the way. “I think because of the journey we had already been on as a couple that I was more comfortable with decisions that we make as a family,” she added. “Being OK sometimes with other people not being OK is a hard thing, but as long as we knew the decisions were not wrong, they could just be ones that other people might not make for themselves and that’s like, good for us.”
Jill later sounded off about tattoos, pointing out she is a sentimental person so she could see herself getting some ink in the future even though she hates needles.
The 19 Kids and Counting alum revealed she doesn’t feel obligated to discuss every decision with her family anymore, but conversations do come up from time to time. As for how they got to this point, Jill credited therapy with helping them get through some tough transitions and said their faith has kept them strong.
Briana DeJesus FINALLY Responds to Rumors That She’s Hooking Up With Chris Lopez!
Briana DeJesus and Kailyn Lowry have never been friends, exactly.
Depending on which one of them you ask, you might get a very different answer as to why that is.
Briana is likely to tell you that Kail didn’t like her from the moment she joined the cast of Teen Mom 2 — perhaps she felt threatened, or simply didn’t feel like sharing her spotlight.
Lowry, on the other hand, would probably say that her dislike for DeJesus has to do with Briana’s decision to date Javi Marroquin, the ex-husband with whom Kail was reportedly on the verge of reconciling.
We’re not sure which story is more accurate, but we do know the whole mess has been made worse by rumors that Briana is hooking up with Chris Lopez .
And Bri’s latest comments on the subject certainly haven’t helped the situation.
Take a look:
Chris Caught In the Middle
Briana DeJesus was recently accused of hooking up with Kailyn Lowry’s baby daddy Chris Lopez. And Bri’s latest comments on the subject are unlikely to put Kail’s mind at ease.
As you probably know, Kail welcomed her fourth child back in July. The baby boy, named Creed, is her second kid by Lopez.
An Honest Attempt
Though she’s never quite gotten along with Lopez, Kail has always been clear about the fact that she wants all four of her boys to have close relationships with their fathers.
A New Beginning?
And so, she allowed Chris to be present in the delivery room, and for a short period of time, Creed’s parents actually seemed to get along.
As usual, the problems that interfered with Chris and Kail’s relationship were numerous, but one act in particular seemed to serve as the final straw for Lowry.
A Thin Line Between Like and Hate
Chris liked this photo of Briana on Instagram. Maybe it’s because Bri is her rival, or perhaps it’s the fact that DeJesus appears to be topless in the pic — whatever the reason, Kail reportedly went ballistic.
Chris Speaks Out
Lopez posted an Instagram Live in which he mocked Kail and the media for making so much out of a simple like.
Making His Case
“Are you butthurt about one picture?” he asked. “Oh my god, you need to grow up. You’re like probably 50 worrying about why I liked a picture. That’s what the app is for, guys.”
Chris later confessed that he liked the pic to get under Kail’s skin, saying, “At the time I was being petty. I can admit it, at the time I was being petty.”
Hilariously, Kail recently fired back by liking this photo of of Devoin Austin, one of Briana’s baby daddies.
Despite being caught in the middle of this vicious back-and-forth between Kail and Chris, Briana has mostly kept her opinions to herself and allowed events to unfold as they may … until now.
Poking the Bear
In a recent interview with the website Celeb, Bri finally responded to the allegations that she’s secretly hooking up with Chris — and her comments are sure to make Kail even more upset.
Speaking Her Mind
“I’m not sure why this is suddenly a topic of discussion again — even though I have to admit it’s kind of funny as you know Kail’s going to be aggravated and she’s been nothing but a b-tch to me ever since I came on the show — but since it is, I’m going to address it,” DeJesus began.
Summing Up the Situation
“Chris Lopez — Kail’s baby daddy — liked a photo of me on Instagram and suddenly there’s all these reports going around that either I’m trying to date him or he’s trying to date me or that we’re hooking up to spite Kail,” she continued.
Clearing the Air
“None of this could be further from the truth,” Briana stated in no uncertain terms. “I am not hooking up with Chris, I have never hooked up with Chris, and I never will hook up with Chris.”
From there, Briana roasted both Chris and Kail with one comment.
“Even if I was attracted to him — which I’m not, to be clear — I want NO involvement with Kail or anyone she’s been involved with nor am I trying to give her babies a half-sibling LMAO.”
The Past Is the Past
Briana admitted that she might be deserving of some suspicion due to her past involvement with Javi, but she insists she’s totally blameless this time.
Acknowledging Past Mistakes
“Yes, I know people will jump down my throat and say, ‘Well you already did cuz of Javi,’” Bri said. “I admit that and clearly, that relationship was a mistake.”
A Solid Point
“Not to mention he was cheating on all of us and playing all of us, so there’s that too- but unlike some people *cough* Kail *cough* I learn from my past. I would not repeat that mistake again,” she added.
At that point, Bri brought up another part of Kail’s past that the mother of four would probably prefer not to think about.
Bonded By Beef
“Say what you will about Jenelle Evans — who I’ve always had a cordial relationship with — but facts are facts and she’s right regarding Kail,” Bri said, alluding to the feud between the former co-stars. “Kail continues to come for the same people time and time again — namely, Jenelle and I.”
Trouble From the Start
“She has had an issue with me since day one,” DeJesus added, turning her attention back to Kail, “and while at first it seemed to be over Javi- which, again, if she was over him I’m not really sure why that would have been an issue in the first place- I’m not quite sure what her issue is with me now.
An Allegation of Snobbery
“While she thinks she’s ‘above’ me — and everyone else for that matter — the truth is that we all ended up on Teen Mom because we got pregnant at 16. For all of our ‘differences,’ we all started from the same place,” Bri added.
No Longer Trying
DeJesus went on to say that she’s through trying to patch things up with Lowry: “At this point,” she said, “I don’t care to engage with Kail in terms of exploring ‘patching a relationship.’ I offered that up in the past to no avail and she continued to put me down and come for me … For how mature she wants to appear to be, it’s clear she’s still holding on to a grudge from the past.”
The WAP Chronicles
“And I’m sure the rumors regarding Chris and I are only going to fuel her fire, but you heard it here from the source’s mouth — Chris and I are not an item and will never be,” DeJesus said. “I want no part of anything Kail’s WAP has touched, for real. Whatever’s between her and her baby daddies — including ones that beat her and cheat on her — is between her. I’m over anything involving her.”
Putting An End to the Rumors
“If Chris and I are friendly on Instagram, I’m confirming that’s the extent of our ‘relationship,’” Bri added. “I’ve never met him, don’t intend to meet him, and- again- am not and WILL not ever date him or hook up with him. And that’s that.”
Dropping the Mic
“I apologize in advance that Kail won’t have something new to bash me on or attack me over,” Briana continued. “But knowing that old dog never learns new tricks I’m sure she can continue to harp on me from whatever past issues she has with me in her head. I can’t wait to hear the next Coffee and Convos where my name will surely come up.”
A Final Burn
“You’re welcome in advance for that free press, Kail,” DeJesus concluded. “Next time I’ll charge. Peace.” Something tells us that this feud is far from over!
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