Grey's Anatomy writer on Hollywood's 'sordid history' of sexism

I don’t have a female colleague in this town who doesn’t have stories like mine

– Krista Vernoff

A Hollywood writer has told Good Morning Britain stories of the appalling sexism she's experienced in the industry, claiming misogyny has 'never gone anywhere'.

Grey’s Anatomy writer and executive Krista Vernoff told GMB of how a show's boss belittled her at a meeting by reading her script before asking: "Did someone help you write it?". On a separate occasion another male showrunner asked her about her sex life in front of a room full of people.

Speaking to presenters Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Krista said: “We have a long history, a sordid history, of this kind of thing and it’s never gone anywhere. And it’s sort of thrilling at this moment that these very powerful actresses have come out and said ‘me too’."

She also spoke of her guilt over knowing she would have worked with Weinstein if given the chance, despite knowing of his reputation.

Should employees get paid leave to care for pets?

I didn't really cry when I got divorced but I was distraught when I lost Sam

– Liz Jones on how much losing her pet dog affected her

Should workers be given paid leave to look after their pets? You might think the question is barking mad but it follows a case in Italy where a woman has been allowed to claim sick pay after taking time off work to care for her unwell dog.

Sixty-seven percent of Good Morning Britain viewers said in a Twitter poll that they don't think people should get paid leave but animals are now recognised as part of the family in a landmark decision by a judge in the Italian courts. This comes after several UK companies - including the drinks firm Brewdog - have allowed their employees up to five days off to settle a new dog into their home.

This morning we spoke to entrepreneur and businessman Alex Proud who employs around 100 people and doesn't think they should be allowed paid leave when a pet falls sick or dies.

Top five headlines you're waking up to

Harvey Weinstein pictured in 2002 with Gwyneth Paltrow, who has claimed he invited her to his room for a massage during a casting

  1. Harvey Weinstein has resigned from The Weinstein Company's board days after he was fired by the firm following the flood of sexual abuse claims against him. Meanwhile, Amazon Studios' head of video content Roy Price has also stepped down from his role after he was accused of ignoring actress Rose McGowan's claims that Weinstein raped her. The latest high profile actress to say Weinstein harassed her is Game of Thrones star Lena Headey.

  2. Ambulance workers and A&E staff from across the UK are heading to Westminster today to lobby for tougher sentences for members of the public who attack emergency service staff. Last year there were 70,000 assaults on NHS workers in England and Wales, and 51 percent of ambulance staff say they have been exposed to sexual harassment whilst on duty.

  3. Plans to clamp down on unfair practices in the property management system in England which can lead to consumers paying over-priced charges have been outlined by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The Government will consider changing the law so that all letting and management agents, across both the private rented and leasehold sectors, must be qualified and regulated in order to practise. With over 4.2 million leasehold homes across the country and service charges reaching between £2.5 billion and £3.5 billion a year, the Government says it wants to fix problems in the property industry, drive down costs and protect consumers from a small minority of rogue agents.

  4. McDonald's has recently introduced mobile phone lockers in one of its branches in Singapore, encouraging diners to take a break from the virtual world and have real conversations over meals. Named the Phone off. Fun On. campaign, the first 100 transparent lockers are installed in the McDonald's Marine Cove outlet. So is it time to ban smartphones altogether at dinner?

  5. Also, should workers be given paid leave to look after their pets? The debate follows a case in Italy where a woman has been allowed to claim sick pay after taking time off work to care for her unwell dog. Animals are now recognised as part of the family in a landmark decision by a judge in the Italian courts. This comes as several UK companies - including the drinks firm Brewdog - allow their employees up to five days off to settle in a new dog into their home.

Top five headlines you're going home to

The Duchess of Cambridge's third baby is due in April, Kensington Palace has said

  1. Inflation in the UK is at its highest since April 2012 at 3 percent, figures released by the Office for National Statistics have revealed, with wages only growing by 2.1 percent in the last year on average. It comes as families already face rising airfares, electricity and fuel prices. The rise in inflation may also put pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates in November. The rise is being blamed on rising food prices and transport costs.

  2. A key economic survey has said today that reversing Brexit would have a 'significant' positive impact on the UK’s economic growth. The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also warned that a 'no deal', would see investment seize up, the pound hit new lows and the UK’s credit rating cut. Chancellor Philip Hammond said the UK would consider the report and see how it could act.

  3. IS has been defeated in Raqqa by a US-backed coalition made up of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters. Raqqa was regarded by the extremist group as their 'capital' of their 'caliphate', imposing their idea of strict Islamic law and carrying out their most radical behaviour, including beheadings, crucifixions and torture to terrorise residents who opposed its rule. A statement declaring victory is expected to be made soon as the clear up operation begins.

  4. Ex-hurricane Ophelia has brought more disruption to the UK as winds of up to 77 miles per hour were recorded today. The storm has killed three people in the Republic of Ireland as it ripped off roofs, tore down trees and whipped up waves in the country. More than 200,000 people remain without power in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland today. Scotland, Wales and parts of England are also braced for disruption.

  5. The Duchess of Cambridge (above) is expected to give birth to the in April, it was announced today by Kensington Palace. The child will be a younger brother or sister for Prince George and Princess Charlotte with the couple saying they’re 'delighted'. The new baby will be fifth in line for the throne.

Samantha Geimer forgives Hollywood's Roman Polanski after rape conviction

Samantha Geimer was assaulted by director Roman Polanski in 1977, when she was aged just 13 and this morning told Good Morning Britain she forgave Polanski "many, many years ago".

Samantha said: “Forgiveness doesn’t come hard to me. I was having so much other trouble in life due to the court and the media that that really overtook and overwhelmed my whole family.”

Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid meet their distant relatives!

Do you ever wonder where you come from? Forget straight family trees - in a modern twist millions of people around the world have undergone DNA tests to find out more.

Not only did we find out the ethnic makeup of our presenters, but this morning Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid met their matches, literally.

Piers discovered he's a descendent of Robert the Bruce, who was the King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329. He also found out his genetic makeup consists of 91 percent Irish/ Scottish/ Welsh, 6.5 percent Eastern European, 1.6 percent West Asian and 0.8 percent Middle Eastern.

Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Scotland will face the full force of Storm Ophelia after three died in Ireland and around 360,000 homes were left without power. Winds of up to 70mph and heavy rain are expected to pound into Scotland.

  2. Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker agree that EU negotiations should “accelerate” over the coming months. Their meeting comes after the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said that the latest Brexit round of negotiations have reached a "disturbing deadlock".

  3. Under new police guidelines, officers will shy away from investigating crimes such as shoplifting and criminal damages in an attempt to save £400 million by 2020. The Metropolitan Police said they will focus their attention to “high level” crime rather than “low level”.

  4. American Actress Alyssa Milano has sparked a new social media campaign called #MeToo for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. The post was geared to shine the spotlight on the issue after dozens of claims of sexual harassment were made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. The campaign has seen hundreds of women posting their own stories of harassment through Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

  5. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has formally put the Premier League club up for sale. The football club owner is hoping to complete the deal by Christmas.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Three people have been killed in Ireland in accidents caused by Storm Ophelia. Two women in their 50s and 70s were killed in separate incidents when a tree fell on their car and a man in his 30s died while trying to clear a tree with a chainsaw. Meanwhile, winds of more than 96mph have left 120,000 homes without power and 130 flights cancelled from Dublin airport - and footage has appeared online showing a school's roof flying through the air in Cork.

  2. The comedian Sean Hughes has died aged 51, his management company has said. Known for appearing on BBC Two's Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the comic's last tweet simply stated "In hospital" on 8 October. Many of his peers in the comedy and entertainment world have paid tribute to him on the website, with David Baddiel writing: "Sean Hughes was one of the best comics of our generation, and someone I spent formative days with. I can't really believe he's dead at 51."

  3. The death toll of those who perished after a truck bomb went off in Somalia has risen to over 300, according to an ambulance service chief. Fifteen primary school children are among the dead, said Dr. Abdulkadir Adam of the Aamin Ambulance service. He added that more people have died of their wounds in the past few hours.

  4. Actress Alice Evans has told Good Morning Britain about an incident she says took place between her and shamed movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2002, telling us the Hollywood heavyweight tried to follow her into a bathroom so he could grope her. She also hinted her rejection made Weinstein threaten to ruin her husband Ioan Gruffudd's career.

  5. A Cambridge graduate has pleaded guilty to blackmailing more than 50 people into sending him abusive images of themselves and children. Dr Matthew Falder, 28, pleaded guilty to over 100 charges including sharing degrading images on the dark web.
    The geophysicist, who was employed at the University of Birmingham, humiliated his victims under the name '666devil' and 'evilmind' and now faces years in prison.