Why MasterChef guest judge Shannon Bennett is ‘disappointed’ with Netflix show Byron Baes

Netflix’s new ‘docu-soap series’ Byron Baes is expected to begin filming this month, despite a huge uproar among locals who want to have it axed.

And now MasterChef guest judge and Byron Bay local Shannon Bennett has weighed in on the controversy.

‘I think any show in Byron Bay or in any town should be about the truth and unfortunately I’m disappointed because this show is trying to fool people,’ the celebrity chef, 45, told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

‘This show is trying to fool people!’ MasterChef guest judge Shannon Bennett (pictured) is ‘disappointed’ with Netflix show Byron Baes as he believes the series will misrepresent his adopted hometown’s values and lifestyle 

Shannon moved to New South Wales’ trendy coastal town Byron Bay from Melbourne four years ago after the sale of Vue Group.

‘It’s basically trying to depict what Byron life is, but it’s a lie. It’s trying to feed off the name “Byron Bay”, which is made up of an incredible community that’s been built up over decades.

Boasting about his adopted hometown, Shannon continued: ‘It’s a great town that has some great stories here, some great entrepreneurs, great people and the show is feeding off of lies.’

Shannon, ex-partner Madeleine West (of Neighbours fame) and their six children all reside in Byron Bay. Shannon and Madeleine amicably co-parent their children after announcing their split in September 2018 after 13 years together. 

'The show is feeding off of lies': Shannon claimed 'influencers' were not a true reflection of the town's incredible community

‘The show is feeding off of lies’: Shannon claimed ‘influencers’ were not a true reflection of the town’s incredible community

Full steam ahead: Netflix's new 'docu-soap series' Byron Baes is expected to begin filming this month, despite a huge uproar among angry locals wanting to have it axed

Full steam ahead: Netflix’s new ‘docu-soap series’ Byron Baes is expected to begin filming this month, despite a huge uproar among angry locals wanting to have it axed

Earlier this month, Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that cast ‘hated’ a recent PR post describing the upcoming series, and were forced to apologise over the way they were described.  

Que was responding after many mocked the press release, which read: ‘It’s not just Chris and Zac’s backyard, it’s the playground of more celebrity-adjacent-adjacent influencers than you can poke a selfie stick at’. 

‘They are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, models, on a spiritual journey and more,’ Que corrected.  

Backlash: Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub the Netflix production in April- and asked other local businesses to do the same

Backlash: Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub the Netflix production in April- and asked other local businesses to do the same

It came after a handful of so-called Byron locals recently paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.

Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub production in April – and asked other local businesses to do the same.

‘They’ve simply turned up unannounced and they are proposing to drag our name through the mud, and make millions of dollars without offering anything back to the community,’ he told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

'Yep, I feel embarrassed': Musician Billy Otto (pictured) claimed he quit the Netflix show just days after the cast was leaked, saying he 'felt embarrassed' to be associated with the program

‘Yep, I feel embarrassed’: Musician Billy Otto (pictured) claimed he quit the Netflix show just days after the cast was leaked, saying he ‘felt embarrassed’ to be associated with the program

Mr Gordon said the prospective reality series is ‘a complete misrepresentation of who we are as a community’. 

This month, musician Billy Otto claimed he quit the Netflix show, saying he ‘felt embarrassed’ to be associated with the program. 

Rumoured stars believed to be joining the line-up include Bachelorette star Nathan Favro, Love Island hunk Elias Chigros, model Jessica Vander Leahy, and Zac Efron’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Valladares.  

Coming soon: Rumoured stars believed to be joining the line-up include Bachelorette star Nathan Favro, Love Island hunk Elias Chigros, model Jessica Vander Leahy(pictured), and Zac Efron's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Valladares

Coming soon: Rumoured stars believed to be joining the line-up include Bachelorette star Nathan Favro, Love Island hunk Elias Chigros, model Jessica Vander Leahy(pictured), and Zac Efron’s ex-girlfriend Vanessa Valladares

Singer Billy Otto slams Netflix’s Byron Baes after being offered $200-a-day to join the series

Billy Otto has slammed Netflix’s controversial reality show Byron Baes for allegedly being misled by producers.

The Byron Bay rocker claimed he was told the show was a positive and empowering documentary but he was disappointed after seeing the press release on April 8.

‘The way that it was pitched to me was that it was really going to zone in on interesting people in Byron Bay and creatives and even creative influencers,’ the 33-year-old told The Daily Telegraph.

‘I felt lied to’: Singer Billy Otto (pictured) slammed Netflix’s Byron Baes after ‘being misled and offered $200-a-day to join the series’ 

But after seeing the press release, Billy said he felt ‘disappointed and upset with the way the situation was dealt’.

‘I felt a bit lied to and so when they called me back to see if I still wanted to be on the show after the press release, I was just done.’

‘They were talking about ‘hot Instagrammers’, fights, drama and flings, I thought “this is not me at all”.’

‘I’ve got a whole career that I’ve been building for the last 10 years, which is built on authenticity and for me to be paid $200 a day to potentially lose my career.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Netflix for comment.

'I felt a bit lied to': The Byron Bay rocker claimed he was told the show was a positive and empowering documentary but he was disappointed after seeing the press release on April 8

‘I felt a bit lied to’: The Byron Bay rocker claimed he was told the show was a positive and empowering documentary but he was disappointed after seeing the press release on April 8

It comes after Billy confirmed on Instagram on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the ‘docu-soap series’ which outraged locals before filming even began.

The musician shared a photo of himself at the beach holding an anti-Byron Baes poster, and explained in the caption why he’d decided to pull out.

Billy, whose name appeared in The Daily Telegraph‘s leaked cast list on Tuesday, said he did not believe the show would be a ‘true representation of the soul of Byron’. 

'Yep, I feel embarrassed': It comes after Billy confirmed on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the 'docu-soap series' which outraged locals before filming even began

‘Yep, I feel embarrassed’: It comes after Billy confirmed on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the ‘docu-soap series’ which outraged locals before filming even began

In addition to saying the Netflix production ‘doesn’t align’ with his personal values, he also claimed it did not receive blessing from the local Indigenous Elders.

‘Yep, I feel embarrassed to have been associated with this show,’ he said.

Billy explained he’d initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men’s mental health.

He's out! Billy explained he'd initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men's mental health

He’s out! Billy explained he’d initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men’s mental health

Billy claims it wasn’t until later that he learned what the show was really about.

‘I began to understand later the true nature of the program, and it became clear to me that I didn’t align with the ethos of the show… I don’t believe that the world needs a show like this right now,’ he said.

He said he wanted to help preserve the ecology of the Bryon region and didn’t support the ‘hyper-gentrification’ of the area.

Billy suggested that Netflix ditch their show about ‘influencers’ and instead make a more thoughtful series ‘working alongside Bundjalung Elders and capturing the dreamers, creatives and custodians that help make this place special’.

Uncovered: Billy's powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week. Pictured: Elias Chigros

Uncovered: Billy’s powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week. Pictured: Elias Chigros

Billy’s powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week.  

Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro, from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia.

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay ‘It couple’ Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton. 

Coming soon: The controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers, including Elle Watson

Coming soon: The controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers, including Elle Watson

Secret's out: Filming for the series is already underway in Byron Bay. Pictured: Saskia Wotton

Secret’s out: Filming for the series is already underway in Byron Bay. Pictured: Saskia Wotton

Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali.

Rounding out the cast is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren. 

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia

The unveiling of the cast comes after a handful of so-called Byron locals recently paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.

Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub production – and is asking other local businesses to do the same.

‘They’ve simply turned up unannounced and they are proposing to drag our name through the mud, and make millions of dollars without offering anything back to the community,’ he told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Mr Gordon said the prospective reality series is ‘a complete misrepresentation of who we are as a community’.

‘Today, what we’ve seen, is the real Byron, the community coming together for issues that we believe in,’ he said.

Nick O’Donnell, Netflix’s director of public policy, recently travelled to the NSW town ‘for crisis talks with stakeholders’ as the backlash continues to grow.  

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

Lily Collins wears a black coat as she gets made-up before filming Netflix hit Emily In Paris

She helped alleviate pandemic boredom when her popular Netflix show Emily In Paris was released back in October.

And Lily Collins was hard at work on season two on Thursday night when she was spotted on set in the popular tourist destination Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France.

The 32-year-old British–American actress was bundled up against the chilly sea air in a black down coat while getting her makeup touched up before filming a scene.

Night shoot: Lily Collins, 32, was spotted on set Thursday night in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France as she got made up to film a scene for season two of Netflix’s Emily In Paris

Lily’s lustrous brunette locks were coiffed in an updo to put the focus on her elegantly made-up face.

She sported fierce cat-eye makeup and showed off her famously full dark eyebrows, which have become a calling card for the rising star.

Back in October, around the premiere of Emily In Paris, Lily revealed to Glamour that she used to severely pluck her eyebrows up through high school, before her mother Jill Tavelman told her to lay off.

Now, she does all the upkeep herself in order to prevent anyone else from thinning out her recognizable feature.  

Lovely: She sported fierce cat-eye makeup and showed off her famously full dark eyebrows, which have become a calling card for the rising star

Lovely: She sported fierce cat-eye makeup and showed off her famously full dark eyebrows, which have become a calling card for the rising star

Reserved: Lily had a pale shade of lipstick applied by one of her makeup artists

 Reserved: Lily had a pale shade of lipstick applied by one of her makeup artists

Gorgeous: Her lustrous brunette locks were coiffed in an updo to put the focus on her elegantly made-up face and her prominent eyebrows

 Gorgeous: Her lustrous brunette locks were coiffed in an updo to put the focus on her elegantly made-up face and her prominent eyebrows

‘I do it all myself — I simply look in a magnifying mirror, get the tweezers and follow the line. I don’t let anyone touch them,’ she explained.

‘I really think less is more and I like to mess them up. But to be honest, I do maintenance every night.’

Lily was also seen getting a pale shade of lipstick applied by one of her makeup artists.

She was joined on set by her costar Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays her boss on the series.

The crew appeared to be filming on the beach, and a boat covered in lights was floating just past the beach, though it wasn’t clear if it was part of the scene or just helping to illuminate the shot. 

What a change: Back in October, Lily revealed to Glamour that she used to severely pluck her eyebrows up through high school, before her mother Jill Tavelman told her to lay off

What a change: Back in October, Lily revealed to Glamour that she used to severely pluck her eyebrows up through high school, before her mother Jill Tavelman told her to lay off

By the sea: She was joined on set by her costar Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays her boss on the series, while the two were filming by the shore

By the sea: She was joined on set by her costar Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, who plays her boss on the series, while the two were filming by the shore

Lily, the daughter of Genesis frontman Phil Collins, stars as the title character in Emily In Paris, a Chicago native who moves to Paris for work.

Once there, she tries to establish herself professional and create new friendships while struggling with the culture clash.

Although several critics found the show charming, many criticized it for being slight and narrow-minded in its comparison of Midwestern American values to French values.

Fish out of water: Lily, the daughter of Genesis frontman Phil Collins, stars as the title character in Emily In Paris, a Chicago native who moves to Paris for work and encounters a culture clash

Fish out of water: Lily, the daughter of Genesis frontman Phil Collins, stars as the title character in Emily In Paris, a Chicago native who moves to Paris for work and encounters a culture clash

Mixed bag: Although several critics found the show charming, many criticized it for being slight and narrow-minded in its comparison of Midwestern American values to French values

Mixed bag: Although several critics found the show charming, many criticized it for being slight and narrow-minded in its comparison of Midwestern American values to French values

The series was the subject of controversy earlier this year when it was nominated for Best Television Series in the musical or comedy division at the Golden Globes and Lily was nominated for Best Actress in the same division, while much more critically acclaimed shows were snubbed.

In February, the Los Angeles Times reported that 30 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that awards the Golden Globes, had been flown out to France for a two-night stay at a $1400-per-night hotel and treated with a visit to an esteemed private museum.

When the Golden Globes nominations were announced, several critics lambasted the organization for passing over acclaimed shows including Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You in favor of Emily In Paris.

Sweet: Missing from Lily's trip to France to film her second season was her fiancé Charlie McDowell, 37. She shared a cute photo of a FaceTime session back home featuring him and their cute dog Redford

Sweet: Missing from Lily’s trip to France to film her second season was her fiancé Charlie McDowell, 37. She shared a cute photo of a FaceTime session back home featuring him and their cute dog Redford

Missing from Lily’s trip to France to film her second season was her fiancé Charlie McDowell, 37.

The filmmaker, who is the son of A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen, FaceTimed with his love in snaps posted to Lily’s Insta Stories.

‘Family FaceTime vibes,’ she captioned a photo with part of Charlie’s face and their adorable dog Redford sleeping on the bed behind him.

‘When the only one completely in focus is the only one asleep,’ she joked.

A follow-up picture showed the dog awake and gazing into the camera

‘That’s better,’ Lily wrote.

She and Charlie have been together since 2019, and they announced their engagement in September 2020. 

Rise and shine: 'When the only one completely in focus is the only one asleep,' she joked, though Redford opened his eyes in a subsequent snap

Rise and shine: ‘When the only one completely in focus is the only one asleep,’ she joked, though Redford opened his eyes in a subsequent snap

Byron Baes cast member Billy Otto quits the controversial Netflix show

A Byron Baes cast member has quit the Netflix show just days after the cast was leaked, saying he ‘felt embarrassed’ to be associated with the program.

Billy Otto confirmed on Instagram on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the ‘docu-soap series’ which outraged locals before filming even began.

The musician shared a photo of himself at a beach holding an anti-Byron Baes poster and explained in the caption why he’d decided to pull out.

‘Yep, I feel embarrassed’: Byron Baes cast member Billy Otto has quit the Netflix show just days after the cast was leaked, saying he ‘felt embarrassed’ to be associated with the program

Billy, whose name appeared in The Daily Telegraph‘s leaked cast list on Tuesday, said he did not believe the show would be a ‘true representation of the soul of Byron’.  

In addition to saying the Netflix production ‘doesn’t align’ with his personal values, he also claimed it did not receive a blessing from the local Indigenous Elders.

‘Yep, I feel embarrassed to have been associated with this show,’ he said.

Billy explained he’d initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men’s mental health.

He's out! Musician Billy confirmed on Instagram on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the 'docu-soap series' which outraged locals before filming even began

He’s out! Musician Billy confirmed on Instagram on Thursday he no longer had anything to do with the ‘docu-soap series’ which outraged locals before filming even began 

Fooled? Billy explained he'd initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men's mental health

Fooled? Billy explained he’d initially agreed to join the show after a casting producer had expressed an interest in his music and advocacy for men’s mental health 

Billy claims it wasn’t until later that he learned what the show was really about.

‘I began to understand later the true nature of the program, and it became clear to me that I didn’t align with the ethos of the show… I don’t believe that the world needs a show like this right now,’ he said.

He said he wanted to help preserve the ecology of the Bryon region and didn’t support the ‘hyper-gentrification’ of the area.

Billy suggested that Netflix ditch their show about ‘influencers’ and instead make a more thoughtful series ‘working alongside Bundjalung Elders and capturing the dreamers, creatives and custodians that help make this place special’.

Realisation: Billy claims it wasn't until later that he learned what the show was really about

Realisation: Billy claims it wasn’t until later that he learned what the show was really about 

Uncovered: Billy's powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week. Pictured: Elias Chigros

Uncovered: Billy’s powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week. Pictured: Elias Chigros

Billy’s powerful message to Netflix comes after the Byron Baes cast members were revealed by The Daily Telegraph earlier this week.  

Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro, from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia.

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay ‘It couple’ Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton. 

Coming soon: The controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers, including Elle Watson

Coming soon: The controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers, including Elle Watson

Secret's out: Filming for the series is already underway in Byron Bay. Pictured: Saskia Wotton

Secret’s out: Filming for the series is already underway in Byron Bay. Pictured: Saskia Wotton

Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali.

Rounding out the cast is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren. 

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), from The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, from Love Island Australia

The unveiling of the cast comes after a handful of so-called Byron locals recently paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.

Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub production – and is asking other local businesses to do the same.

‘They’ve simply turned up unannounced and they are proposing to drag our name through the mud, and make millions of dollars without offering anything back to the community,’ he told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Mr Gordon said the prospective reality series is ‘a complete misrepresentation of who we are as a community’.

‘Today, what we’ve seen, is the real Byron, the community coming together for issues that we believe in,’ he said.

Nick O’Donnell, Netflix’s director of public policy, recently travelled to the NSW town ‘for crisis talks with stakeholders’ as the backlash continues to grow.  

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

Lions fail to sell documentary rights for South Africa tour as major broadcasters all turn them down

Lions fail to sell documentary rights for South Africa tour as Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and Netflix all turn down chance to film fly-on-the-wall series following Warren Gatland’s side

  • The Lions have been hoping to sell documentary rights for South Africa tour
  • So far, their extensive negotiations with all major options have come up short
  • Sky Sports, BT Sport, Netflix and Amazon have all turned down the chance
  • News comes as a blow to fans, who are unable to travel due to the pandemic 

The British Lions have been unable to sell documentary rights for the South Africa tour despite holding extensive negotiations with both traditional broadcasters and streaming giants. 

Sky Sports declined the opportunity to secure documentary access when winning the rights to broadcast their seventh successive Lions tour last summer, while talks with BT Sport, Amazon and Netflix have also proved unsuccessful to date.

The lack of a fly-on-the-wall series in the manner of the seminal Living with Lions documentary that charted Sir Ian McGeechan’s successful tour to South Africa in 1997 will be a major disappointment to fans, particularly as they will be unable to travel due to the pandemic. 

As it stands, there will not be a documentary film crew following the Lions in South Africa 

It was hoped Amazon might be keen to use the Lions for their 'All or Nothing' Prime series

It was hoped Amazon might be keen to use the Lions for their ‘All or Nothing’ Prime series 

The 1997 'Living with Lions' documentary was a brilliant fly-on-the-wall look at Sir Ian McGeechan's successful tour to South Africa

The 1997 ‘Living with Lions’ documentary was a brilliant fly-on-the-wall look at Sir Ian McGeechan’s successful tour to South Africa

In the absence of a production deal Lions staff have filmed Warren Gatland’s selection meetings and last month’s reconnaissance trip to their Jersey training base themselves in the hope of receiving a last-minute offer. Failing that the footage will be released on Lions’ own channels at the start of the tour.

The failure to secure a documentary partner is a major setback for the Lions which could have significant financial implications as they seek to recoup tour costs of around £18million, with their revenues already hit by the absence of travelling fans. 

To compound matters the Lions’ pitch to broadcasters was for a genuinely ground-breaking documentary, as in addition to their own dressing room they were also offering film crews access behind-the-scenes access to the Springboks camp for the first time.

All of Warren Gatland's selection meetings have been filmed in the hope of a last-minute deal

All of Warren Gatland’s selection meetings have been filmed in the hope of a last-minute deal 

The news is a huge blow for fans, who will not be able to travel as they have done for previous tours, like the famous victory over Australia back in 2013 (pictured)

The news is a huge blow for fans, who will not be able to travel as they have done for previous tours, like the famous victory over Australia back in 2013 (pictured) 

In an innovative deal the Lions have agreed a joint venture with South Africa Rugby to pool all their commercial and broadcasting ventures around a centralised programme. Previous tour documentaries have only gone behind the scenes of the Lions team and it had been hoped that this new package would secure an additional broadcasting partner.

Amazon’s reluctance to table an attractive bid was particularly disappointing, as they have previously included the All Blacks in their All or Nothing series of documentaries that has also featured Manchester City, Tottenham and numerous NFL franchises. 

The uncertainty over the tour schedule caused by the pandemic and the absence of colour provided by travelling fans are too of the factors that have deterred broadcasters from buying documentary rights.

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Zac Efron shows off his chiseled jawline in new photo after sparking plastic surgery rumors

Zac Efron shows off his chiseled jawline in new photo promoting his Netflix show… after sparking plastic surgery rumors with new look

Zac Efron showed off his chiseled features as he promoted the new season of his Netflix show on Tuesday. 

After causing a stir online last month with his distinctive new look, the 33-year-old actor shared a new photo to Instagram which showed him in a greenhouse looking at some young plants.

‘Learning ways to restore the Earth’s soil @zacdowntoearth’ Efron captioned the snap.

Movie heartthrob: Zac Efron is seen in a new Instagram clip after causing a stir with his new look

The actor has been busy filming the second season of his Netflix show Down To Earth With Zac Efron, which is set to premiere in 2022.  

Efron recently started trending on Twitter after he was seen on a video for Earth Day! The Musical displaying a more prominent square chin and heavier jawline, leading fans to speculate that the handsome star has gone under the knife.

Last week Efron’s pal Kyle Sandilands spoke out last week to say the Baywatch star would never have plastic surgery.  

The Australian radio host, 49, who has known Zac for years, shut down speculation during The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday.

Causing a stir: Efron got everyone talking when he appeared on the Earth Day! The Musical Facebook video with a more prominent square chin and jawline

Causing a stir: Efron got everyone talking when he appeared on the Earth Day! The Musical Facebook video with a more prominent square chin and jawline

Candid: One of Zac Efron's closest friends has weighed in on the debate about his appearance, saying there's no way he's gone under the knife (pictured right last Thursday)

Making fans talk: Zac found himself trending on Twitter last week after he sparked surgery rumours by revealing a seemingly new appearance. Pictured in 2013

Candid: One of Zac Efron’s closest friends has weighed in on the debate about his appearance, saying there’s no way he’s gone under the knife (pictured right last Thursday and left in 2013)

Shutting it down: Kyle Sandilands (pictured), an Australian radio host who has known Zac for years, rubbished the speculation on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday

Shutting it down: Kyle Sandilands (pictured), an Australian radio host who has known Zac for years, rubbished the speculation on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Friday

‘I would know if he’d had any plastic surgery,’ Kyle declared, before telling his co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson that ‘of course’ Zac hadn’t had work done.

He then said it would be pointless for the High School Musical heart-throb to have surgery because he’s already so good looking.

‘It’s like getting a Picasso and having a kid finger paint all over it. Why bother?’ he said bluntly.

Kyle weighed into the debate several days after leading plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn offered his own hot take on Zac’s new look.

Efron is currently filming the second season of his Netflix show Down To Earth With Zac Efron

Efron is currently filming the second season of his Netflix show Down To Earth With Zac Efron

In a TikTok video uploaded on Sunday, Dr Youn claimed Zac may have undergone dental surgery, but not plastic surgery as some fans have speculated.

‘Everyone is talking about Zac Efron and how strange he looks. Has he had surgery to reshape his jawline, Botox or fillers?’ Dr Youn began.

‘I don’t think so. I actually think he has had dental surgery, not plastic surgery.

‘That’s why he is swollen [along his jaw]. If you’ve had your wisdom teeth taken out, did you look like this?’

'That's why he is swollen': In a TikTok video uploaded last week, Dr Anthony Youn claimed Zac may have undergone dental surgery, but not plastic surgery as some fans have speculated

‘That’s why he is swollen’: In a TikTok video uploaded last week, Dr Anthony Youn claimed Zac may have undergone dental surgery, but not plastic surgery as some fans have speculated

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The glamorous cast of Netflix’s controversial new reality show Byron Baes has FINALLY been revealed

The cast behind Netflix’s upcoming reality show, Byron Baes, has finally been revealed after weeks of speculation.

According to a report by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, the controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers.

While filming is already underway in Byron Bay, the show’s producers have until now remained tight-lipped about who will appear in the series. 

Uncovered: The cast behind Netflix’s upcoming reality show, Byron Baes, has finally been revealed after weeks of speculation. Pictured, Elias Chigros

Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro, who rose to fame on The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island.

Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton.

Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali.

Coming soon: According to a report by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, the controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers. Pictured, Elle Watson

Coming soon: According to a report by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, the controversial new series will feature a variety of local influencers. Pictured, Elle Watson

Rounding out the cast is Kyle Sandilands’ former assistant-turned-manager Alex Reid, fashion designer Jess Bell and her model sister Lauren.  

The unveiling of the cast comes after Netflix were recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as ‘influencers’ and ‘hot Instagrammers’. 

Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that the cast ‘hated’ a recent PR post describing the upcoming series.

Secret's out: While filming is already underway in Byron Bay, the show's producers have until now remained tight-lipped about who will appear in the series. Pictured, Saskia Wotton

Secret’s out: While filming is already underway in Byron Bay, the show’s producers have until now remained tight-lipped about who will appear in the series. Pictured, Saskia Wotton

‘They are artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, business owners, models, on a spiritual journey and more,’ Que wrote to her 7k followers.

‘Most of them hated the press release too! Did a lot of apologising that week. Fired the PR team (lol joking about firing, we’re all learning together).’   

She added: ‘They understand the power of influence. They are part of Byron. They understand the creative vision of the show that has been developed with them over several months. 

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), who rose to fame on The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island

Claim to fame: Joining the cast are former reality stars Nathan Favro (pictured), who rose to fame on The Bachelorette, and Elias Chigros, who appeared on Love Island

Que was responding after many mocked the press release, which read: ‘It’s not just Chris and Zac’s backyard, it’s the playground of more celebrity-adjacent-adjacent influencers than you can poke a selfie stick at’.

Que continued: ‘A postcard’s worth of copy doesn’t tell the whole story of what the show is. 

‘It looks at human connection, ambition, image and what lies underneath – not all glossy, often contradictory. Like the place itself. 

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Making a name for herself: Co-creative director of local boutique BISQUE Hannah Brauer (pictured) will also appear, alongside Byron Bay couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

‘Byron is a symbol to so many Australians.

‘The participants number in the double digits, a quarter born/raised in the area, most have lived there a meaningful length of time, a few newer to the area… kinda like how Byron works.

‘Mayor Simon Richardson had it right when I spoke to him weeks ago and he described the show as “young people having a go”, not the “wrong sort of person”.’

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

Life of luxury: Others in the cast include investment company employee Elle Watson, influencer Jade Kevin Foster (pictured) and spiritualistic therapist Simba Ali

It comes after a handful of so-called Byron locals recently paddled out into the ocean to protest the show, while others stood by with placards that read ‘give Netflix the flick’ and ‘consult traditional owners’.

Ben Gordon, owner of The Byron Bay General Store, led calls to snub production – and is asking other local businesses to do the same.

‘They’ve simply turned up unannounced and they are proposing to drag our name through the mud, and make millions of dollars without offering anything back to the community,’ he told Today hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

Sorry: The unveiling of the cast comes after Netflix were recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as 'influencers' and 'hot Instagrammers'. Pictured, couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Sorry: The unveiling of the cast comes after Netflix were recently forced to apologise to the stars of the show for painting them as ‘influencers’ and ‘hot Instagrammers’. Pictured, couple Dave Frim and Saskia Wotton

Mr Gordon said the prospective reality series is ‘a complete misrepresentation of who we are as a community’.

‘Today, what we’ve seen, is the real Byron, the community coming together for issues that we believe in,’ he said.

Nick O’Donnell, Netflix’s director of public policy, recently travelled to the NSW town ‘for crisis talks with stakeholders’ as the backlash continues to grow.  

Not a fan: Netflix¿s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that the cast 'hated' a recent PR post describing the upcoming series. Pictured, Elle Watson

Not a fan: Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia Que Minh Luu confirmed that the cast ‘hated’ a recent PR post describing the upcoming series. Pictured, Elle Watson

If Bridgerton’s dashing duke Rege-Jean Page is the next James Bond, where’s his Aston Martin? 

An Audi – and it’s not even a Q007! If Bridgerton’s dashing duke Rege-Jean Page is the next James Bond, where’s his Aston Martin?

Even the most casual film fan knows that James Bond prefers one particular brand of car above all others: an Aston Martin brimming with gadgets.

So the decision by Rege-Jean Page, widely tipped to replace Daniel Craig as 007, to star in an advert for the rival Audi marque might cause a bit of a stir in Q Branch.

Dressed in matching navy-blue trousers and jacket, the actor, who shot to prominence last year as the Duke of Hastings in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, was pictured next to one of the company’s £40,000-plus Q4 e-tron cars.

 Dressed in matching navy-blue trousers and jacket, the actor, who shot to prominence last year as the Duke of Hastings in the Netflix period drama Bridgerton, was pictured next to one of the company’s £40,000-plus Q4 e-tron cars

He was accompanied on the shoot in Docklands, East London, by his real-life duchess, Emily Brown, 30, with whom he shares an £800,000 flat in the capital

 He was accompanied on the shoot in Docklands, East London, by his real-life duchess, Emily Brown, 30, with whom he shares an £800,000 flat in the capital

He was accompanied on the shoot in Docklands, East London, by his real-life duchess, Emily Brown, 30, with whom he shares an £800,000 flat in the capital.

The Audi deal is thought to be the 31-year-old’s first endorsement project since he was catapulted to fame, thanks largely to a series of steamy love scenes with his Bridgerton co-star Phoebe Dynevor.

As the face of Audi’s fully electric new model, the actor has already featured in an achingly woke promotional film entitled A Story Of Progress. 

So the decision by Rege-Jean Page, widely tipped to replace Daniel Craig as 007, to star in an advert for the rival Audi marque might cause a bit of a stir in Q Branch

So the decision by Rege-Jean Page, widely tipped to replace Daniel Craig as 007, to star in an advert for the rival Audi marque might cause a bit of a stir in Q Branch

During the two-and-a-half-minute clip, he doesn’t mention the name ‘Audi’ but instead appeals to viewers to improve themselves.

‘There is an element of the work I do that feels like a constant love letter to the people that I see in the world,’ he says in sentiments rather unlikely to be uttered by James Bond.

‘That’s the thing that inspires me most – it’s finding people who have a story to be told. And thinking how can I contribute to that?’

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