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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:30AM EST
A hardcore Bachelor fan had her brain scanned to determine if watching the show makes her dumber
Washington Post reporter Hannah Jewel, accompanied by colleague Anna Rothschild, traveled to Indiana University to find out what would happen if she underwent an MRI while watching clips of Arie Luyendyk Jr. (watch the video). "My head never feels more empty than at the end of an episode," she explains. "Is this because the show sends me into a state of deep, meditative relaxation? Or does each rose ceremony carry off a dozen of my brain cells, never to return? I recently set out to answer this question by having a brain scan while watching clips of The Bachelor. Functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, uses a powerful magnetic force to track the passage of blood on its merry quest around the human brain. By seeing what parts of the brain are awash in iron-rich oxygenated blood, you can see what regions are more active than others."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:32PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games debuts to disappointing ratings
About three million watched last night's premiere, or about half of The Bachelor's audience from the previous night.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez explains she was already finished filming the show when she was reported missing
"I was about a week off the show and just needed some time to get away and decompress," she said on Good Morning America. She also told Jimmy Kimmel that she was hoping that The Bachelor was going to be Peter Krause.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
The Bachelor Winter Games boss: "It was shocking" how hard it was to bring in international stars in Trump era
"We have outside counsel who helped us in the visa process — counsel that has also helped with other Warner Horizon Television shows in the past — and they were surprised at how difficult things were in 2018 compared to 2017," said co-showrunner Bennett Graebner. "It was shocking. I had a lot of sleepless nights wondering if certain people were going to get into the country. We had real trouble with Germany. There was one guy who was on the German version of The Bachelorette; he was smart and funny, good looking and charismatic, and he spoke English very well. He was also of Persian descent and his visa was denied immediately. That was really unfortunate. There was another guy from Germany who also had visa issues. We had a lot of trouble getting Jordan, the New Zealand Bachelor, into the country."
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars had a superb parody of The Bachelor
Last night’s “The Bitchelor” episode was so great it deserves its own series.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
Ex-Bachelor Chris Soules asks Iowa’s Supreme Court to dismiss his felony charge for leaving the scene of a fatal accident
A judge has already declined to dismiss the charge before it goes to trial. Soules is facing up to five years in prison if he’s found guilty.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
The Bachelor’s Bekah Martinez reacts to missing persons report, says she’s mortified that her driver’s license photo is now public
Bekah tweeted this morning: “honestly the scariest thing about this story is that my efforts to conceal The Worst Drivers License Photo Of All Time have been thwarted.” She later posted a picture of herself on the back of a milk carton.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
Until this week, The Bachelor’s Bekah Martinez was on a missing persons list
Martinez, considered Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s frontrunner, was one of 35 people listed as missing from Humboldt County on the California Department of Justice's website. As the North Coast Journal reports, it turns out Martinez’s mom reported her as missing on Nov. 18 when she hadn't heard from her daughter for six days after she said she was going to work at a marijuana farm in Humboldt County. Martinez was never actually missing, as she's been regularly posting to Instagram since the missing persons' report was filed.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
Chris Harrison says Bachelor Arie critics will have their “mind blown,” promises Winter Games will be “the best television of the year”
Harrison said The Bachelor Winter Games is so good that there's talk about it becoming an annual event. Meanwhile, Harrison offered some comments for Bachelor viewers complaining about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season. “If you are a critic of Arie’s season, I would tell you to wait. Just wait," he said, "and prepare to have your mind blown. It will be a phenomenal finish. If there are critics out there, then trust that it’s going to be phenomenal." ALSO: Meet The Bachelor Winter Games’ “athletes.”
Posted Wednesday 1/31/18 at 11:59PM EST
Chris Harrison refers to his 16-year-old son as “The Bachelor” since he is the same age as the show
Joshua Harrison was born shortly before The Bachelor franchise launched in 2002. His younger sister Taylor is 14 years old. “What's life been like for them?" Steve Harvey recently asked Harrison on his talk show. "It's been The Bachelor," Harrison replied, later adding: “I always say, 'The Bachelor's' driving now, it just got its license, and is a sophomore in high school now."
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 4:45PM EST
Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the most boring Bachelor ever, even worse than his many dull predecessors
The problem with this season is not the women, says Kathryn VanArendonk. “The issue,” she says, “is that Arie Luyendyk Jr. has less charisma than one of his beloved antique cars in an auto museum. Like Arie, those antique cars are mostly inert. But at least they feel unusual. They’re conversation pieces. Arie, meanwhile, may be perfectly nice in life, but as a Bachelor, he’s about as remarkable as a Kia Sorento. He’s functional. He gets the J.D. Powers award for “highest in initial quality,” which is what you say about something you don’t actually want to have to live with for any length of time. And he’s being given the most boring Bachelor edit imaginable.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:32PM EST
The Bachelor creator found lower ratings for first black Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay “incredibly disturbing”: “It revealed something about our fans”
“I found it incredibly disturbing in a Trumpish kind of way,” says Mike Fleiss. “How else are you going to explain the fact that she’s down in the ratings, when — black or white — she was an unbelievable bachelorette? It revealed something about our fans.” Speaking of President Trump, Fleiss said the current White House made it harder to bring in more Bachelor franchise stars from around the world for The Bachelor Winter Games because securing visas for them proved difficult. “Our president didn’t make things any easier,” says Fleiss. Eleven countries other than the United States will be represented.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Bachelor runner-up Becca Tilley has turned her 15 minutes of fame into big bucks as a Instagram influencer
Tilley, who was runner-up on Chris Soules’ season and a contestant on Ben Higgins’ season, generated 1.1 million Instagram followers from her national TV exposure. Now, she works as a full-time Instagram influencer, with brands from McDonald’s to Dermalogica helping to support her. “I felt like L.A. was where I needed to be, so I took this leap of faith, hoping Instagram could support me,” says Tilley, who previously worked as an assistant in a San Diego chiropractor’s office.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
This Bachelor season seems like a “serious misstep” in the #MeToo era, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The NBA Hall of Famer and Hollywood Reporter pop-culture columnist writes that Arie Luyendyk Jr., with his “vapid, out-of-date masculinity,” is a disappointing follow-up to Rachel Lindsay — and even Nick Viall. “Yes, it’s a game show more than a reality show. Dozens of women compete for the attention of one man, which is to real romance what being trapped in a crowded elevator for two days using an empty Starbucks cup as the only toilet is to an elegant cocktail party,” writes Abdul-Jabbar. “It’s crock-pot romance, with the women constantly stewing on high heat. That’s what makes it so addictively entertaining. However, with today’s heightened awareness through the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the entertainment media has a clear responsibility not to perpetuate stereotypes or behavior that negatively influences how we see people and therefore how we treat them. The higher the ratings, the greater the responsibility.” ALSO: SNL had the perfect Bachelor parody.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
John Mayer: “The older I get, the more I can relate to the crying girls who don’t get a rose on The Bachelor”
Surprisingly, Mayer as one of The Bachelor's many stressed-out fans. ALSO: Arie Luyendyk Jr. says he'll be done with show business after his season is over.