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TV personality Jerry Springer dies aged 79



His chat show became a symbol of low-brow television over the course of almost 5,000 episodes

T.V. Icon Jerry Springer, has died at the age of 79.

The TV presenter best known for his talk show, “The Jerry Springer Show”, which ran for nearly three decades from 1991.

His chat show became a symbol of low-brow television over the course of almost 5,000 episodes.

Springer’s publicists say he died peacefully on Thursday at his home in Chicago.

TMZ reports Springer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few short months ago, before his health took a turn for the worse this week.

A spokesman for the family, described him as “irreplaceable” and his loss hurts immensely, but his heart and humour will live on.”

Fellow chat show host Ricki Lake led the tributes on social media, saying: “A lovely man. May he rest in peace.”

Broadcaster Piers Morgan described Springer as a “TV icon and such an intelligent, warm, funny man”.

Springer’s family asked that in lieu of flowers, people should make a donation or an act of kindness to someone in need.

In tribute to the way Springer would sign off from his talk shows: “Take care of yourself, and each other.”

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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Tom Hanks open to continuing career with A.I. help



Despite the crackdown on A.I., one famous actor has raised the prospect of his career continuing after his death by using the technology

‘Forrest Gump’ and ‘Cast Away’ actor Tom Hanks says new tech could be used to recreate his image to appear in movies “from now until kingdom come”.

Hanks was asked about the legal ramifications of A.I. on a recent podcast with Adam Buxton.

He says talks are being held in the film industry about how to protect actors from the effects of the technology.

Hanks told the host: “I could be hit by a bus tomorrow and that’s it, but performances can go on and on and on and on.”

The award-winning actor acknowledged that tech developments could lead to an AI-generated version of himself appearing in films he may not not normally choose.

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