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Quotes: Kirsty Wark slams BBC pay gap; Morgan Freeman denies sex claims

Scottish journalist Kirsty Wark

"The idea that women should be paid less for doing an equal job is absolutely outrageous and what happened was that either knowingly or unknowingly, the BBC let that grow... and so it is being redressed now and it will have to be redressed."

Newsnight host Kirsty Wark criticises the BBC's gender pay gap in Good Housekeeping magazine.

"I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false."

Hollywood star Morgan Freeman responds to allegations of sexual misconduct and inappropriate behaviour.

"I'm incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica. This is a big learning moment for me. I shouldn't have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything OK."

Actor Jason Bateman tweets an apology to his Arrested Development co-star Jessica Walter after appearing to defend Jeffrey Tambor's verbal harassment of her in a cast interview.

"We carried on chatting and it was obvious she thought I was someone else, so I said: 'Do you think I am Zoe Saldana?' Victoria was absolutely mortified."

Thandie Newton jokes on The Graham Norton Show about the time Victoria Beckham confused her with fellow actress Zoe Saldana.

"I think next year might be the last one, certainly for a while. We may come back, who knows? There's a huge gap in the books, about 15 years."

Poldark star Aidan Turner says that he believes the next series of the BBC drama may be the last one for quite a while.

"I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man's inability to keep his s*** together is a very major problem."

Pop star Ariana Grande hits back at a fan who criticised her for ending her relationship with rapper Mac Miller, which she described as "toxic".

"I was asked to speak, and to have sections where I would take on Dale's voice, and at first I said, 'Are you sure?' And his friends and family said 'Yes of course, to hear his voice, that's really what we want.'"

Comedian Jon Culshaw shares his surprise at being asked to impersonate Dale Winton at the late TV star's funeral.

"To label it at all, when we don't ever question women discussing the things they are struggling with, contributes to the ever disastrous historical stigmatisation of men expressing themselves emotionally."

Musician James Blake takes to Twitter to hit back at the term "sad boy" being used to describe his music, and calls for less stigmatisation of men who express themselves emotionally.

"I'm sure my great-great-great-grandkids would watch the show in 100 years from now and think no way were we part of the suffragette movement and no way we got Italian roots, so it's something that has dawned that is really special that all the family members can look back on."

Michelle Keegan speaks about discovering she has links to the suffragettes – and also Italy – while taking part in the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series.

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