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Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Becca Kufrin's first night as The Bachelorette included a guy in a chicken suit
Creator Mike Fleiss spent last night tweeting photos of Becca, the limos and her bachelors.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Bachelorette Becca tells Ellen "my brain just kind of shut off" after Arie broke up with her
Becca Kufrin, who begins filming The Bachelorette tonight, tells Ellen DeGeneres: "Watching it back, I didn't realize that I said, 'Just leave' or 'Get out' that many times. I felt like in the moment, my brain just kind of shut off and I was so shocked that I didn't take in everything. But watching it back now I'm like, 'Tell him to get out faster!'" ALSO: Ex-Bachelor Charlie O'Connell gets engaged to Playboy Playmate Anna Sophia Berglund.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The Bachelor's unedited breakup "crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to"
The NBA legend and pop-culture critic says of Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s uneidted, split-screen Bachelor breakup with Becca K.: "This may not be sexual harassment, but it definitely appears to be emotional harassment encouraged by the producers. Go means, Go! Worse was Chris Harrison’s campaign of damage control as the host tried to justify the show’s bad behavior. He didn’t seem to understand that what they did crossed a line that shredded the fantasy we were all willing to agree to — against our rational thinking — that the show’s ultimate goal was to give love a chance. But those scenes, and Chris Harrison’s unbridled glee in declaring this was 'reality television history,' revealed a malevolence and disregard that shocked and embarrassed us. Instead of being on a romantic journey together, we had tossed one of our own into the gladiatorial arena to be devoured for our amusement. But we were not amused."
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
The Bachelor would be better off if it dumped Chris Harrison
Harrison was 30 when The Bachelor premiered in 2002. He was about the same age as The Bachelors. But at age 46, Harrison has been struggling to keep up with his "host-as-pal" persona. He seems more concerned with The Bachelor franchise, and not The Bachelor himself -- or as Willa Paskin put in her review of Monday's finale, Harrison is "an emotional succubus posing as an empath.” Indeed, as Kathryn VanArendonk notes, Harrison is "a man whose onscreen personality has long since been scooped out and replaced with corporate-speak and a burning desire for better ratings and social-media engagement. He is a human-shaped instantiation of network notes." She adds that Harrison's approach to The Bachelor is stuck in 2002, and needs a shakeup. "His tone, his demeanor, and his transparent pleasure at hyping a calamitous breakup have become the embodied tone of The Bachelor," she says. "Outside, it’s all solicitous worry for the people involved. Inside, it’s a complete contempt for the softies who think maybe you shouldn’t, say, cast racist suitors for the first black Bachelorette. If Harrison is a puppet, what I’m arguing is that the strings are now way too visible."
- Harrison isn't worried about the criticism: "When people are angry, it just means they care...it means it struck a chord"
- Minnesota lawmaker drafts bill to ban Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the state
- ABC exec on Bachelor diversity: "We look at everything, and diversity is not only ethnicity, but also it’s the types of women that we had..."
- Arie on Bekah Martinez posting his DMs: "It shows her immaturity"
- Kelly Ripa doesn't think Arie and Lauren will make it 100 days
Posted Wednesday 3/07/18 at 1:41PM EST
The Bachelor failed in its attempt to do damage control after Monday's disastrous finale
Chris Harrison's "After the Final Rose" sitdown with Arie Luyendyk Jr., Becca Kuffrin and Lauren Burnham only made things worse. ALSO: Arie says dumping Becca on camera gave her the "opportunity" to be Bachelorette.
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 9:38PM EST
ABC exec defends use of unedited Bachelor footage, says Arie Luyendyk Jr. wasn't forced to break up on camera
ABC reality chief Robert Mills explains the decision to show the finale breakup in real time using a split screen: "Once we saw the footage it was a two-second thing," he says. "Instant. We really needed everyone to see this and have kind of the same reaction we were having. It's like the old saying, there's three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth. And no one's lying. And that's sort of the case here, where the more of that that we can capture, so everyone can actually see it, and not say, 'Well, I said this,' 'No, actually I said this.' Last night, there was no doubt as to what went down there, between Arie and Becca. You now know everything, whether you agree with it, or disagree with it. You see it all, and you're able to make your decision on how you feel about it." On the accusations that Arie was forced to break up on camera, Mills says "of course he could have done it off camera if he wanted to," adding: "You can't force somebody into doing something."
- The finale looked even more horrible through the dark lens of the #MeToo era
- Anti-Arie Lyuendyk Jr. billboards went up in Los Angeles and Minnesota
- Zach Braff tweets: "I don’t wanna look like this f*cker anymore"
- Erin Andrews is live-tweeting The Bachelor finale, but is holding back her true feelings because "my Fox boss would kill me"
- The Bachelor finale announces the next Bachelorette...
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 2:34PM EST
The Bachelor's use of unedited, dual-camera footage was a cruel new reality TV "innovation"
Last night's finale "made for insanely great and awful television," says Willa Paskin. "The whole episode was beyond canny," she adds. "The decision to use unedited footage would have made this a buzzy episode in and of itself, but it was a choice that fit the material: Only at full length do we get to see the accruing aggression of Arie’s attentiveness, the way his hanging around becomes so unappealingly claustrophobic. It also made the most out of the material, stretching what might have been a five-minute sequence to 20 minutes, while milking Becca’s relative restraint for all it was worth, getting to be unquestionably 'real' and lighting up social media with an 'innovation' in a long-running franchise."
- Bachelor fans are sending Venmo donations to Becca K.
- Monday's finale proved that reality TV is not always staged: "The episode captured a woman’s swift transition from happy and hopeful to angry and distraught"
- The Bachelor finale inspired a brutal editing war on Wikipedia
- "Deep down, I knew," Becca K. said in a "savage" tweet this morning
- Bekah Martinez: Arie DM'd me after he dumped Becca
- Bachelor finale gets season-high ratings
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
The Bachelor's trolling finale proves that it's a "abyss of meaning, vacant but transfixing"
Some viewers and Bachelor alums were outraged by the brutal footage shown on Monday night's season finale. But when you really think about it, says Samantha Allen, "none of this matters...The Bachelor is an abyss of meaning, vacant but transfixing. I don’t doubt that Becca K.’s heartbreak is genuine. But she is just one more spurned contestant who, in all likelihood, will go on to become the Bachelorette, collect a five-to-six figure check, and start a failed relationship of her very own. The cycle will continue, nothing will change, and I will still watch." Allen adds: The Bachelor has always been an exercise in forcing human beings to conform to rigid and arbitrary rules for finding romance, and yet we still act scandalized every time one of these relationships fails spectacularly. It is simultaneously thrilling and depressing to watch contestants get right to the brink of realizing that the system they inhabit is broken, like witnessing Westworld robots edge dangerously closer to self-awareness."
Posted Monday 3/05/18 at 2:51PM EST
Becca's ex says he pitched The Bachelor producers on "crashing" the show
Ross Jirgl, a Stanford football coach specializing in sports performance, explained that he had to crash The Bachelor after hearing from a mutual friend that his ex-girlfriend of seven years was a competitor. So he tracked down contact information for the producers. “It's kind of crazy to say, but I think it was going to take something big like this for me to actually be over her," Jirgl, who hasn't seen last week's episode, told The Athletic. "The way I look at it is, I flew to Peru during the busiest week of the year to go on a TV show, risking my reputation on national TV to get her back. When she said no, I could completely see it in her eyes." Jirgl said he's now totally over Becca. ALSO: What about Ross Jirgl as the next Bachelor?
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 12:25AM EST
The Bachelor's twist of bringing back an ex-boyfriend wasn't romantic, it was unsettling
"Although, as Becca points out, this entire mission could be seen as Notebook-style romantic, it actually feels decidedly unsafe," Ariana Romero says of Monday night's twist. "It’s obvious from her reaction to Ross standing in her doorway — staring at him in shock and then the camera — no one asked her if this invasion of privacy was okay. That means her location was shared against her will with someone she purposefully removed from her life. Although Ross repeatedly claims he’s thought about her nonstop since their breakup, Becca doesn’t share the same sentiments despite their seven-year dating history."
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
STDs are the top reason that Bachelor applicants are rejected from the show
An excerpt from Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman's new book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, delves into the search and screening for potential contestants. Potential contestants who become finalists for a spot on the show have to undergo a medical examination to test for drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. If they have an STD, they are immediately eliminated. "As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” said Ben Hatta, former personal assistant to Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’"
- Jennifer Lawrence has a Bachelor spinoff idea: Breakup Island
- Why producers shouldn't allow Arie Luyendyk Jr. to fall in love with two women
- Arie: “I know people are going to be hard on (me.) I made a mistake. And I’m prepared for the backlash"
- Becca K. calls out Chris Harrison for tiny tent used as a "fantasy suite"