“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”

“We were actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.”
Manor House‘s Sir John, also known as John Olliff-Cooper, says in a chat that the family was “actually grateful and fond of the staff, though not reciprocated.” He also reveals that his wife’s sister, Avril, “won’t talk to me at all, which is fine.” He and kitchen maid Antonia Dawson, who challenged his comments about poor people, also discuss other parts of the show, including learning of the Sept. 11 attacks during the production, which occurred throughout the fall of 2001.
John’s wife, Anna Olliff-Cooper says in a chat with the butler that at first she “didn’t see myself as one of the upstairs participants” and now thinks she “could’ve done one of the downstairs jobs.” And butler Hugh Edgar reveals he “had training for four days from the adviser to ‘Gosford Park,'” and confirms that “[t]he chamber pots were used.”

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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