Fox NFL Sunday cast sacked from studio over COVID concerns

The “Fox NFL Sunday” cast will not be in studio when the network’s pregame show kicks off ahead of the Week 11 slate over COVID-19 concerns, Fox Sports announced Saturday.

So, no Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw or Michael Strahan in studio. Instead viewers will tune in to Chris Myers, Charles Woodson and Reggie Bush. Some members of the regular cast “will appear via remote,” the network said.

“In accordance with CDC guidance, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health safety guidelines — and out of an abundance of caution for our team — Sunday’s FOX NFL KICKOFF and FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame shows from our Los Angeles studio will not include their regular casts,” Fox said in a statement.

It’s unclear what precipitated the move.

Fox made a similar move earlier this month with its college football pregame crew, including analyst and former coach Urban Meyer, who announced a week later that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Remembrance Sunday – Cop pushes over piper who gets too close as they hold war veterans back in stand-off at Cenotaph

A COP has been filmed pushing over a piper who gets too close as they hold war veterans back in a stand-off at the Cenotaph today.

The confrontation happened after the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Central London earlier this morning.

Video shows a wall of officers blocking entry to the Cenotaph in line with this year's strict rules due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Today's commemorations have been impacted by the spread of Covid-19 and UK lockdown – meaning crowds had to avoid the area and stay at home.

Cops formed a wall around the perimeter of the Cenotaph to ensure the new rules were followed.

In the footage, a bagpiper is seen and heard playing while marching past the officers as a man yells: "Let the veterans through."

The piper then tries to walk through the police line before being stopped by cops and pushed to the ground.

The crowd can be heard yelling at the officers, with one man shouting "what the f**k?".

Some in the crowd then confront the cops, screaming and pointing in dramatic scenes.

The piper stands back up and also aggressively gestures at the officers before having to be physically held back.

A Met Police spokesperson told The Sun Online: "Police are aware of a video circulating online which shows an officer using force after a man had tried to enter a restricted area in Whitehall SW1.

"The actions of the officer will be looked at in the wider context of this incident.

"The man had previously been asked to wait while the restricted area was opened up and he would be able to attend the Cenotaph.

"The road had been closed off as the Remembrance Sunday event this year was a closed ceremony due to Covid restrictions.

"The area has since been opened up and members of the public can now go on their way."

Cops were also seen standing off with veterans near the same area, on the outskirts of the Cenotaph.

This year's Remembrance Sunday has sparked controversy as tributes have taken place on a much-smaller scale than usual.

People were told they must keep moving during this morning's two-minute silence or they would have to fill out test and trace forms.

A war hero blasted the rule which applied at services and parades attended by dignitaries and veterans.

Falklands veteran Maj Gen Julian Thompson said: “It’s government control freakery. This can only be invented by some guy in an office who doesn’t have anything to do with the public.” 

The Royal British Legion urged its members to support services that follow the guidelines, and only where social distancing measures can be adhered to.

“We are encouraging our branches and members to continue supporting local Remembrance services and parades that follow government guidelines and only where social distancing measures can be fully adhered to,” the charity said.

Under the rules on test and trace procedures, it states: “Event organisers must take reasonable steps to record the contact details of those attending including… members of the public who stop to spectate.”

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Give your Sunday lunch a lift with recipes to help feed the whole family a feast

DARKER days do not have to put a halt to delicious dining.

Tasty roast dinners with all the trimmings can make a welcome return to our tables.

With great deals on popular meats, you can enjoy a roast one day, use leftovers in a curry the next and stretch to cold-cuts for lunch or sandwiches.

Give your Sunday lunch a lift with Yorkshire puds or cauliflower cheese, then finish it all off with a comforting dessert. Yum.

Try out the excellent recipes below, from


Buy two for £6 on Tesco beef brisket joint in gravy and Tesco pork belly with apple sauce, each priced at £3.50 and serving two.

Save a third on British topside of beef at Morrisons until Sunday, down from £13 per kilo to £8.65.

Morrisons’ British roast pork loin joint is down from £6 per kilo to £5 until Sunday.

Save £3 per kilo on a Sainsbury’s half leg of lamb, now £8.50 per kilo.

If you’d prefer a bird you can get a ready-prepped roast chicken dinner for one at Asda for £2.40, or buy three for £5.50.

A whole 1.4kg British chicken at Morrisons is £3.

At Iceland you can buy four frozen joints for £10, including chicken breast, 525g, £3, pork leg, 600g, £3, and turkey breast, 525g, £3.50.

Side dishes

Get more roasties for less with Morrisons wonky potatoes, 2.5kg, down from £1 to 80p.

Grab your greens with a Morrisons savoy cabbage, now 49p, down from 65p.

Asda has McCain frozen roast potatoes for less than half price, down from £2.29 to £1.

Save 75p on Aunt Bessie’s honey glazed roasted parsnips at Asda, now £1.

Sainsbury’s roast potatoes with goose fat, 450g, are down from £2.70 to £2.

Tesco has 15 ready-baked Yorkshire puddings from the Hearty Food Co. for 50p.


For a proper winter warmer, Morrisons’ sticky toffee sponge pudding, 400g, is down from £2.50 to £2.25.

A chocolately treat is Asda’s two Belgian chocolate millionaire’s desserts, £2.50 or part of an £8 meal deal with two mains, a side and a dessert.

Get a taste of the US with Sainsbury’s New York cheesecake, down from £3.25 to £2.50.

Pot-roast beef with cranberry and port

This rich beef dish is great for a special meal. Serve with creamy mash with a little horseradish, and veg of your choice.

Serves eight

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 3 hours


  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1.8 kg topside or silverside of beef
  • 4 tbsp cranberry sauce
  • 150ml port
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 500g Chantenay carrots, scrubbed and trimmed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Heat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas 3.
  2. Using a large flameproof casserole dish heat the oil and fry the beef joint, turning to cover ever surface, to seal the meat.
  3. Mix together the cranberry sauce, port and stock and pour over the beef.
  4. Add the onion wedges and carrots to the stock, season and bring to the boil.
  5. Cover the pan and roast in the oven for three hours, removing the lid for the final 30 minutes of cooking.
  6. Garnish with the sprigs of thyme.

Super-crunchy apple crumble

Serves six

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes


  • 175g golden granulated sugar
  • 450g apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 cloves
  • 250g plain flour
  • 125g unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
  • 100g crunchy granola
  • 750g custard, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 5. Put the apples in a large pan with the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and a little cold water.
  2. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer until soft. Remove from the heat and tip into an ovenproof dish. Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves.
  3. In a large bowl, add the chilled butter to the flour and gently rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  4. Add the sugar and granola and stir well. Use to top the apple mixture.
  5. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and crunchy. Serve with warm custard.

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