Kirstie Allsopp clashes with Esther Rantzen over Christmas coronavirus rules


Esther Rantzen and Kirstie Allsop p have very different opinions when it comes to celebrating Christmas this year.

The pair clashed over the government’s restrictions surrounding the festive period, as they both plan to celebrate the 25th in very different ways.

Appearing on Channel 4 News, the topic of coronavirus restrictions at Christmas time was discussed, and Esther’s view dramatically clashed with Kirstie’s.

Esther, 80, said: “I know that we love to hug and cuddle each other. Don’t think I don’t miss the hugs of the five-year-olds, and the seven-year-olds and the three-year-olds in my life – I miss them every day.



Kirstie says she believes everyone has the right to make individual decisions this Christmas

“But on the other hand, if my kids had to think of this Christmas as being the Christmas that killed granny, I don’t think they’d forgive themselves.

“The thing I wouldn’t forgive is if I took up a bed in ICU that somebody who really needed it and deserved should have it because I’d been selfish.”

Disagreeing with Esther’s view, Kirstie said: “I don’t think we can judge those people who can’t make that decision. I think there are people who desperately need those hugs and those kisses and they can’t wait.”



Esther says she misses hugs from her grandchildren

She went on: “Their circumstances are that June is too late. We know how many people are going to die through nothing to do with Covid. Far more people are going to die in 2021 from cancer, from Parkinson’s, from Alzheimer’s, from dementia, from heart disease, from stroke.

“All these other things, and those family members cannot be condemned for wanting that physical contact. And we all know we can self-isolate for 10 days, get in the car and drive to see family members and give them a hug without putting them at risk.”

Pointing out just how confusing the coronavirus guidelines are, Esther said: “I think this is all very confusing.”



Kirstie’s views clashed with Esther’s

She added: “I have never heard a doctor say, ‘All you’ve got to do if you want to meet someone who is vulnerable is wait 10 days’. No doctor has ever said that.”

To which Kirstie responded: “They have said that, they absolutely have said that.”

“No they haven’t,” Esther answered back, highlighting the tension between the two.

Kirstie went on: “Esther we know that people have made television. We had all those people who made all those television shows and that’s what they did.”



Esther argues we don’t “have the right to make individual decisions” about coronavirus

She added: “Let’s take I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here – all those people were allowed to mix without infecting each other because they self-isolated before they made those TV shows.”

And when quizzed on whether she would still abide by the rules if the government made a U-turn on their relaxed Christmas restrictions, Kirstie said: “It’s not about me. Every family has a right to make a personal decision to assess their risk for their loved ones and their family members.”

Esther: “I don’t think we have the right to make individual decisions. I think this is too big for that.”

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Kirstie Alley pretends to shoot up coronavirus drugs while criticizing CNN for ‘terrorizing’ viewers


Actress Kirstie Alley escalated her public feud with CNN by pretending to inject coronavirus drugs as she slammed the outlet for ‘terrorizing’ its viewers with its pandemic coverage. 

Alley put on the provocative display during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Sunday night, where the Fox News host asked her to explain her row with CNN. 

‘The thing that makes me mad is they’re terrifying people 27/4 but they don’t have any additional preventatives,’ Alley said of CNN. 

‘They’re saying the same thing, it’s the three same things we heard for eight months,’ she said in reference to coronavirus safety protocols. ‘Many people do that and they still get [the virus], so I don’t know what the mystery is behind that. 

‘But, if they were coming up with new preventives, I would be happy to listen.’ 

She then mimed a person shooting up drugs as she said: ‘God forbid we come up with any new, what are they called, therapeutics. Shoot them all down!’ 

Alley’s wild hand gestures caused Carlson to break down in a fit of laughter.  

‘You make such a rational point,’ he said. ‘Here you doing what you asked, you are not coughing on anyone in elevators.’

Alley made shooting noises as she mimed injecting drugs

Actress Kirstie Alley escalated her public feud with CNN by pretending to inject coronavirus drugs as she slammed the outlet for ‘terrorizing’ its viewers with its pandemic coverage

Alley put on the provocative display during an interview with Tucker Carlson on Sunday night, where the Fox News host asked her to explain her row with CNN

She then mimed a person shooting up drugs as she said: 'God forbid we come up with any new, what are they called, therapeutics. Shoot them all down!'

She then mimed a person shooting up drugs as she said: ‘God forbid we come up with any new, what are they called, therapeutics. Shoot them all down!’

Alley added that she has never instructed anyone not to wear masks, insisting that she herself has been following health safety recommendations aimed at stemming the spread of the virus.

Asked why CNN has been ‘broadcasting terror’, as she put it, Alley said it was a ‘deflection’ to avoid talking about the Hunter Biden email scandal. 

‘They don’t want to talk about what might be big news,’ she said. 

‘I have two friends who almost died [of coronavirus], I’m not downplaying it, I’m just saying what good is it if you provoke terror? 

‘It makes people commit suicide or not go to the doctor if they have cancer, god forbid, or pneumonia, they won’t show up at the hospital. Because they are afraid of covid.

‘I like hopefulness with a report.’

Alley's row with CNN kicked off on Twitter on Friday after she accused the outlet of causing people to 'live in terror' as a result of its coverage of the global health crisis

Alley’s row with CNN kicked off on Twitter on Friday after she accused the outlet of causing people to ‘live in terror’ as a result of its coverage of the global health crisis 

 

Alley’s row with CNN kicked off on Twitter on Friday after she accused the outlet of causing people to ‘live in terror’ as a result of its coverage of the global health crisis.

‘I know why my personal friends who walk around in SHEER TERROR of contracting COVID are simply CNN viewers!’ the 69-year-old Scientologist wrote.

‘I decided to watch CNN myself to get their viewpoint and oh my God DID I EVER!!!! If YOU TOO WANT TO LIVE IN TERROR WATCH CNN!! FEAR OF DYING IS THEIR MANTRA! OMG!’ 

CNN’s official communications page quickly issued a response to Alley, scorning: ‘Kirstie, you are welcome to change the channel — just like countless viewers did every time “Veronica’s Closet” came on TV,’ in reference to her 1997 sitcom.

‘But don’t downplay the loss of nearly 230K American lives. And please, wear a mask,’ the tweet continued.

Alley, who has been vocal about her support for Donald Trump, hit back: ‘Meow… if only you paid as much attention to Joe Biden’s alleged corrupt business dealings as a TV show that was rated top ten in 1997… guess you got that wrong too.’

While the direct exchange between the actress and CNN went no further, she later addressed the incident in an additional post, insisting she has never discouraged wearing masks during the pandemic.

‘Find ONE tweet I’ve tweeted to encourage people NOT to wear masks or NOT be careful or that has said anything disrespectful about sick people or those who have died… there isn’t one,’ Alley tweeted.

‘THIS is how FAKE information spreads like,’ she continued, followed by a GIF of oozing lava.

She further defended herself in another message, writing that she ‘should be ashamed of CNN terrifies people 24/7 & that the only news they’re reporting is Covid? I’m a mask wearing social distancing devotee. I know the death count you f**king moron. That still doesn’t discount CNN terrifying people 24/7 with ZERO NEW SOLUTIONS!’

Alley, who has been vocal about her support for Donald Trump, hit back: 'Meow... if only you paid as much attention to Joe Biden's alleged corrupt business dealings as a TV show that was rated top ten in 1997... guess you got that wrong too'

Alley, who has been vocal about her support for Donald Trump, hit back: ‘Meow… if only you paid as much attention to Joe Biden’s alleged corrupt business dealings as a TV show that was rated top ten in 1997… guess you got that wrong too’

As of Sunday, more than 9.2 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, and over 230,000 have died.

On Friday the country set a record for new daily infections of more than 94,000 in 24 hours, breaking the record of 91,000 it had set just one day earlier.

The Trump administration’s head of COVID-19 testing said this week that the record-breaking numbers of new infections in the country are ‘real,’ and not because of an increase in testing, in contrast to claims made by Trump.

‘Testing may be identifying some more cases, I think that’s clearly true, but what we’re seeing is a real increase in the numbers,’ Testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir, also an assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, told the Washington Post.

Giroir urged Americans to keep up hygiene practices, wear masks and social distance as the crisis could get worse.

‘So, you know, we really have a mixed picture, but we are tenuous now,’ he said. ‘We really have to re-engage the public health measures that we know work or those hospitalizations can go up substantially.’

As of Sunday, more than 9.2 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, and over 230,000 have died

As of Sunday, more than 9.2 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19, and over 230,000 have died

Weeks ago, Alley sparked further controversy online when she announced her support for President Trump, saying she was voting for him because ‘he’s NOT a politician’.

‘I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it.’

The declaration earned her praise and criticism in equal measure. 

 

Fellow celebrities were quick to blast her, including director Judd Apatow who responded: ‘Shelly Long was way funnier than you’ of the actress whom Alley replaced on the beloved sitcom Cheers.

Actress Patricia Arquette tweeted: ‘Well my vote for Biden canceled yours out. I have done my civic duty of the day.’

West Wing star Bradley Whitford added: ‘Exactly, @kirstiealley, @realDonaldTrump gets things done! Like the wall he built that Mexico paid for, the healthcare plan that he passed, the infrastructure plan, the way he neutralized the NK nuclear threat, and the way he released his taxes and kept us all safe! Great point!’

In response to the mounting critique, Alley doubled down on her convictions, writing: ‘Stick to your guns. Not always easy to be under fire but always easier than going against your integrity.’



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