Becca KufrinLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
How did The Bachelorette casting process go so wrong this season?
Last August, ABC reality chief Robert Mills said The Bachelor franchise would improve its casting process following the Bachelor in Paradise scandal and The Bachelorette contestant Lee Garrett's racist tweets controversy. "We’re in uncharted territory. Now we’ve realized that we’ll look at social media accounts and look through carefully,” Mills said. “Going forward, we’ll be looking at all of that, in addition to the background checks, which of course give you criminal records and all of that.” Yet from the Garrett Yrigoyen’s unsavory social media activity to Lincoln Adim's criminal conviction for sexual assault, it's clear the franchise's casting process needs an overhaul. “I just find it very hard to believe that a well-respected and a well-paid third party that was hired by the show to do background checks couldn’t do a better job than a nanny who had an hour to spare,” says former Bachelor contestant Emily Spivey, who helped uncover Adim's criminal activity. “It is unacceptable that they aren’t taking bigger strides to prevent casting racists, bigots, and now sexual offenders.”
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Bachelorette contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month after groping a woman on a cruise
Reality Steve and Bachelor alum Ashley Spivey first reported that Adim, who is still on the current season of The Bachelorette through four episodes, was convicted of a serious crime in Boston that may result in him having to register as a sex offender. Spivey received the following statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office: "Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016. He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge's orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars."
Posted Tuesday 6/05/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Did The Bachelorette spoil itself?
ABC and Becca Kufrin may have given away who won with the way she is speaking to the media. As Kathryn VanArendonk explains: "Many a Bachelor or Bachelorette season has been spoiled before the final rose. If you read the blogs that really dig into reporting, every season get spoiled. But generally, those spoilers linger on a subsurface level. They’re accessible enough — if you really want to know, the winner’s name is usually only a casual Google away — but strong hints about who the Bachelorette will ultimately pick don’t tend to make news outside of niche reality-TV websites. Especially not within the first weeks of a new season. This season of Bachelorette is different. Spoiler of the spoilers: It’s because of grossness and social media! To better explain why this particular Bachelor-related spoiler cycle feels unusual, here’s a rundown of the most recent events in the ever-churning world of Bachelor discourse..."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 9:13PM EDT
The Bachelorette frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen apologizes for his "hurtful and offensive" Instagram history
"I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my 'likes' on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive," Garrett wrote in a lengthy statement posted this afternoon to his new Instagram account , which he created after deleting his old controversial account. "I decided to take it down and start fresh because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself."
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
ABC reality chief on The Bachelorette frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy: "It is starting to be looked into, and addressed"
"We've made a really really big effort to make sure things like that don't happen, and we start scrubbing social media accounts," says Robert Mills, ABC's senior vice president of alternative series, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "In the case of the Garrett thing, first of all, like you said, it's an alleged account, and it's likes, it's not things he's actually posted, which are things you actually can't scrub for unless the person has a certain number of followers. ... Obviously, we want to know every single possible thing about these contestants. So we're working harder. I mean, it is such a new frontier, social media, and I think it's important for us to really be on top of this stuff, and certainly, we never want a situation like what happened last year with Lee to ever happen again. ... We are here telling everybody we are putting the best men and women forward for the lead to date, so I think we want to make sure we are absolutely doing that."
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Why isn't The Bachelorette allowed to check out her contestants' social media profiles?
"If social media stalking is a normal part of dating in 2018, why shouldn’t it be allowed on the show?" asks Alyssa Bereznak in the wake of the Instagram controversy involving frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen. She adds: "In any normal real-world scenario, this situation would’ve fixed itself. Elated after a nice first encounter with a handsome, eligible rando, Becca would’ve gone home and immediately Googled Yrigoyen, like any respectable millennial who has grown up stalking her crushes online." ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel picks Garrett to win The Bachelorette.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 1:00AM EDT
Why is The Bachelorette torturing Becca Kufrin with an apparently hate-filled frontrunner?
The revelation that frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen "liked" hateful posts on Instagram seems to be part of a Bachelorette trend. "I’m not saying that the people working behind the scenes over at ABC are cruel, but the franchise does seem to have moved away from matchmaking into cherry-picking the suitors who are most likely to torture the person they’re pursuing," says Amy Zimmerman. "So it’s no surprise that Garrett, the medical sales rep who snagged the first impression rose during (Monday's) Bachelorette premiere, has been promptly called out as a misogynistic, transphobic, anti-immigrant asshole whose opinions appear to be completely at odds with Becca’s #Resistance social media presence. Apparently, Surprise! That guy you really liked is alt-right! is the new Surprise! Your fiancé is dumping you for someone else on national TV!"
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Arie Luyendyk Jr. claims his notorious "unedited" Bachelor breakup scene "was completely edited"
“It was completely edited,” Arie tells GQ of his breakup with Becca Kufrin that The Bachelor boasted as being "completely unedited." “I was told to stay on that couch. I tried to leave, and then production was like, ‘You need to go back inside. She’s finally calming down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation.’ So then I went back in the house.” Arie says he was talked into filming the breakup because producers told him that it would make him look like he was following his heart.
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette premiere was filled with a "plethroa of weird and awful men"
"Speaking of Becca’s dating pool," says Amy Zimmerman, let’s jump right in—the water is warm and full of semi-professional athletes, sales reps, and a man whose profession is listed as 'social media participant.' Apparently, jilted women are expected to take whatever they can get, which in this case is a guy who has downloaded Instagram on his phone—that’s right ladies, he has a phone!"
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Is this week's flurry of Bachelor Nation news aimed at promoting The Bachelorette?
Becca Kufrin's announcement she was engaged days before her season premiere should've been expected. As Refinery29 points out, Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay announced her engagement at this time last year. But there was also a lot of news this week about Bachelor franchise alums, including Arie Luyendyk Jr. announcing he's getting married to Lauren Burnham.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
The Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is engaged
“It was the happiest moment of my life," she tells People. "And it feels so good to say it. I still pinch myself, like, did that all just happen? It’s been a whirlwind.”
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette suitors revealed
The men vying for Becca's heart include a former Harlem Globetrotter, a banjoist, two former professional football players, a stuntman, a "social media participant" and a sports writer who analyzes football for a living. "When did they start letting nerds on #TheBachelorette?," tweeted the sports writer, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus. (The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is a former sports journalist.) ALSO: Check out the cast photo.
Posted Friday 5/11/18 at 4:18PM EDT
Bachelorette Becca Kufrin greeted by a cardboard cutout of Arie Luyendyk Jr. and a man in a chicken suit
Here's the first glimpse of The Bachelorette's limo arrivals.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
Charlize Theron on The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk: "He just looked like a f*cking d*ck!"
"She is so much better off," Theron said of Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on Watch What Happens Live. "I mean, literally he -- not impressive. Not impressed with him at all."
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 8:42PM EDT
Becca Kufrin is an "independent woman" in her first Bachelorette promo
"Let's do the damn thing," she says.