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The meaning of ‘New Amsterdam’ co-star Tyler Labine’s tattoos

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“New Amsterdam” springs back into action Tuesday night — with the pandemic and psychiatrist Dr. Ignatius “Iggy” Frome (Tyler Labine) at the forefront.

The NBC hospital drama’s Season 3 premiere, delayed due to the industrywide shutdown, opens with a five-minute (silent) montage dramatically relating how the pandemic impacted the New Amsterdam medical staff, both mentally and physically — followed by hospital chief Dr. Max Goodwin (series star Ryan Eggold) scrambling to solve the season’s first medical crisis after a plane crashes into the East River. Janet Montgomery, Freema Agyeman and Anupam Kher are back as Drs. Bloom, Sharpe and Kapoor.

While Iggy performs his professional duty, treating the doomed flight’s pilot, he’s also wrestling with long-repressed personal demons — an eating disorder, which will eventually bubble to the surface and mirrors Labine’s psychological journey.

In fact, the story arc was his idea.

“There were seeds planted [in previous seasons] with Iggy’s weird behavior around food,” said Labine, 42. “He’d be eating a Crudite and then eating Gummy Bears and pigging out on chocolate bars and then talking about some juicing diet.

“Those stories are all true and are all from my life,” he said. “As a person who’s struggled with an eating disorder and body dysmorphia my whole life…I felt a little irresponsible, at some point, by having Iggy suffer from these, like, ‘What are you guys playing at?’” he says of the show’s writers.

“So I wrote [showrunner] David Schulner a big e-mail and said, ‘I don’t think we should play at something that’s so serious to a lot of people unless we’re really going to go for it.’ I also talked to David Foster, one of our writers, who’s a doctor. And to their credit they came to me and said, ‘What’s the story you would like to tell? It’s interesting to us.’

“I talked with them and with [executive producer] Shaun Cassidy and was on the phone for a couple of hours and we basically decided that if we’re going to represent eating disorders in men, which we never see, we should do it.

“So it became very clear for me what the next arc for Iggy was going to be.”

In next week’s second episode, viewers will see how Iggy’s eating issues relate to his childhood — particularly to his relationship with his father, which cuts close with Labine.

“It’s obviously my story and it was really hard for me to see that written in a script,” he said. “It made me really look at it differently and realize that a lot of people have these stories [of] body issues and body-shaming. And it comes from a place of love. I don’t think my dad is a bad guy. I love him. He just had some…bad information given to him when he was a kid from his dad, and it became an epidemic of your worth being caught up in how much you weigh.

“I don’t blame my dad. I did for a long time,” he said. “He’s a huge fan of the show and I haven’t told him about that episode and I know when he watches it he’s gonna be like, ‘That sounds pretty familiar.’ I should probably tell him before it airs.”

Labine said that Iggy’s storyline has been extremely “cathartic” for him.

“I’ve had huge breakthroughs with both of my parents and I have tattoos on my biceps that commemorate my experience on what we’ve shot on the show and telling these amazing stories. One [tattoo] says ‘All the Good’ and the other says ‘All the Bad.’ I just had this unification happen to me. I’d been walking around with all these shadows and demons for years, trying to extricate them or pretend they’re not there. And finally, in and around shooting some of this stuff and talking with my therapist I had this moment where it was like, ‘This is who I am.’

“And it’s f—ing cool.”

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Joe Buck will take a turn as ‘Jeopardy!’ guest host

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Joe Buck will be a guest host on “Jeopardy!” putting him in contention for the coveted permanent job, The Post has learned.

Buck’s episodes are expected to air at some point in the mid-summer, according to sources. Guest hosts have done one- or two-week stints. No word yet on how long Buck will be on.

The tryout will not impact Buck’s schedule as the voice of MLB and the NFL on Fox.

Buck will join a group of guest hosts who have vied to replace the late Alex Trebek. He will be the second from the world of sports.

Over the past two weeks, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers hosted the program. Before Rodgers, the host list included Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ken Jennings and the longtime executive producer of the program, Mike Richards.

Anderson Cooper, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta are all on the schedule, as well.

Buck, 51, has been the voice of the World Series for Fox since the 1996 Yankees were winning the World Series. He has called Fox’s top NFL game since 2002.

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‘Borat’ star Maria Bakalova’s secret plan to sneak into White House

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She gave herself a leg to stand on.

Maria Bakalova, a best supporting actress nominee at Oscars 2021, devised a special contingency measure in case she was busted infiltrating the White House for “Borat 2” — writing her lawyer’s number on her leg.

The Bulgarian star spilled the beans during a Wednesday appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

“I was shaking, I was scared, I had a number of a lawyer written on my leg,” said Bakalova, 24, who played Borat’s daughter Tutar in Sacha Baron Cohen’s acclaimed mockumentary.

The bombshell said she devised the lifeline because she was “without her phone, without anything.” At the time she thought, “If I make it [out of here], I’m going to be so grateful to the universe and to Sacha [Baron Cohen] and the whole team,” she explained.

“You’re literally going there alone,” the Critics’ Choice award winner continued. “It was extremely scary. But I made it with my passport and my name.”

The deleted White House scene shows the undercover actress carousing with Donald Trump Jr. while sporting a brunette wig. She later appears in the same room with former President Donald Trump.

Bakalova, however, didn’t disclose how she managed to sneak in.

Her shocking admission came after Amazon said it will release a supplemental series to “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” that promises hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes and even more outrageous antics from Baron Cohen.

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Gucci and Balenciaga unveil biggest fashion mashup of 2021

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To celebrate its 100th birthday, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele threw a bedazzled party complete with a secret club, bright lights and flashing cameras, and the reveal of a highly anticipated noncollaboration with Paris-based luxury label Balenciaga.

And yes, you read that last part right: After rumors of an actual collaboration between the two Kering-owned brands swirled throughout the fashion industry earlier this week, a statement issued by Gucci after unveiling a 16-minute video celebrating its centennial collection (dubbed “Aria”) clarified: “Please note, this is not considered a collaboration or a capsule, and should not be referred to as such.”

But at a juncture when everyone and anyone in the industry has dabbled in monster-hit collaborations (Supreme x Louis Vuitton, Adidas for Prada, the list goes on), what, exactly, does a noncollaboration between two fashion powerhouses sharing a runway look like?

If your mind works anything like Michele’s, envision a “hacking lab” (a term Michele also referenced via press release) in which signature Balenciaga codes reinforced or established under Creative Director Demna Gvasalia are boldly peppered throughout the collection’s just-under-100 looks: majorly exaggerated shoulders, immaculately tailored skirts, outerwear padded at the hips, wasp-waist detail and an impossible to miss whiff of ’80s influence.

Combined with Michele’s fantastical flourishes — feathers! sequins! rainbows! — as well as Michele’s references to Gucci signatures and eras past (horse bit accents, BDSM-inspired black leather whips that double as top handles on purses and a red velvet pantsuit recalling Tom Ford’s reign at the brand), the looks, collectively, offered glimmering hope of the return of festivities — as well as ideas of what to wear to them — in our not-too-distant future as they walked their way through the imaginary Savoy Club. (This was Michele’s nod to brand founder Guccio Gucci, who worked as an elevator operator at the Savoy Hotel in London.)

Die-hards will go straight for looks stamped with both of the iconic brands’ logos (cue the silver embellished skirt suit, which doubles up on logomania with sparkling aplomb) and a chain-link “Balenciaga” necklace bearing Gucci’s signature double-G logo where the single “G” would typically be.

And those emoji heart crystal embellished minaudières? Be still.

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