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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 9:52PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise is derided as the "trashier cousin" of The Bachelor franchise, but it has couples who stay together
Despite the reality show's controversies, Lisa Bonos says "a more wholesome conclusion from Paradise is that the show is on its way to a better success rate than the franchise’s other shows. The Bachelor, which wrapped its 22nd season in March, typically ends in engagements, although the couples tend to break up quickly. The Bachelorette, which wrapped its 14th season this month, has a 50-50 success rate for the final couples. But Paradise is on track to yield roughly one lasting couple per season. At least four couples who met on the show are still together, and this season, the show’s fifth, could bring more engagements. ALSO: A filmmaker put together a five-minute compilation of The Bachelor women adjusting their hair and clothes.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio says he's planning to sue The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez over sexual harassment allegations
“I took a leave because I didn’t want bad press coming to my public place of work,” says Dottavio, who works at Universal Studios' Water World show. “I am still employed and as far as I know there are no allegations against me. I have never been accused of any sort of sexual harassment at work or anywhere else.”
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 10:51PM EDT
The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez accuses recent Bachelorette contestant Leo Dottavio of sexual harassment
Source: New York Post
Martinez on Wednesday posted screenshots she found on Reddit to her Instagram account that allegedly show that Dottavio has acted inappropriately towards women in the past. But Dottavio, who competed on Becca Kufrin's season, tells the New York Post that the screenshots are photoshopped and he's asking his lawyer to look into it. Becca responded that her posting of the screenshots led many women to come forward to share their negative experiences with Dottavio.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 1:37AM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise's Corinne Olympios: Sacha Baron Cohen pranked me, too
Source: The Daily Beast
Olympios says she was lured on to Who Is America? with a reality star of the year award. Cohen, she says, played an Italian man who essentially trapped her in a photoshoot --- his crew pretended not to speak English. “I was like grabbing every cameraman, like, am I going to die? Am I ok? Where’s the exit? why can’t I leave?” she recalled. “And they’re all looking at me like trying not to laugh or say anything, and they’re like, no English, no English. I’m like, oh my god, I’m going to die here. It’s going to happen!” ALSO: Who Is America? pranked victims with fake identities, dummy websites and media opportunities that leaned on flattery, intrigue and the disarming use of the word "Liberty."
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Becca Kufrin is supposed to be The Bachelorette's heroine, so why does it feel like she's the punching bag?
From The Bachelor to The Bachelorette, producers keep throwing Becca under "the feelings bus," says Ariana Romero. Monday's episode was "the third time the series has maximized the Minnesota native’s emotional turmoil for television tension," says Romero. "At this point, it’s starting to feel like Becca is the franchise’s sacrificial lamb." ALSO: ABC releases Bachelor in Paradise's Season 5 trailer.
Posted Monday 7/02/18 at 1:27PM EDT
How former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey blew up this season of The Bachelorette
Source: The Washington Post
Spivey, who competed on The Bachelor in 2011, exposed Bachelorette contestant Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram "likes" of hateful content. Weeks later, Spivey, joined by Reality Steve, revealed that contestant Lincoln Adim had been been charged and recently convicted of indecent assault and battery. “I really wasn’t expecting it to have an impact on this season,” she says of her role as a de facto investigative journalist on The Bachelor franchise. “But I am glad that people have been more upset about it. I only wish that production was making more of an effort to edit Lincoln out of this.” Recalling her own intense screening for The Bachelor Brad Womack, Spivey says she isn't buying the background checker's competence. “There are so many things with this season that seem to be taking them by surprise, and that worries me,” she adds. “I think in today’s climate, you should really be paying attention to not only people who have sex offenses in their background, but you should be trying to make the best possible match for the show.”
Posted Tuesday 6/26/18 at 1:55PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise contestants include many of Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s exes
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Three men from Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season are also taking part in the summer reality show.
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
The Bachelor and The Proposal creator Mike Fleiss is "horrified" that "abusive a–holes are on our shows"
"For the record, I am horrified that any of these abusive a–holes are on our shows,” Fleiss said on Twitter of his recent Bachelorette and Proposal casting controversies. “We are working very hard to find ways to do better.” In a separate tweet, Fleiss reacted to the accusation that The Proposal contestant Michael J. Friday facilitated sexual assault, tweeting: "How are we supposed to find out about something that’s never been reported???"
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 1:35PM EDT
The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham bought a house together
Source: E! Online
"Officially new home owners!" Luyendyk, a licensed real estate agent, wrote on Instagram in jointly announcing with Burnham that they've purchased an $870,000 home in Phoenix.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
Unlike The Bachelor, ABC's The Proposal isn't able to hide its icky premise
"Season after season," says Willa Paskin, "The Bachelor has gotten away with proffering a harem of women to one man by framing it as a quest for true love—even though dozens of seasons in, we all know true love is hardly ever found. The show obscures its icky premise with mood (romantic tropical locations, the soulless model homes that pass for fancy on reality TV), promises (host Chris Harrison’s assurances that love is truly in the air), emotions (the good-faith efforts of the participants—or at least the production team coaching and editing them—to state and restate their commitment to being there for 'the right reasons,' while feeling all their feelings on camera), and, of course, drama. But The Proposal, unlike The Bachelor, does not take place over a period of weeks. It has no ambiance, no emotional connections. It has a premise, not promises. And it has no dramatic throughline. The Proposal trying to manufacture romance is like a chef trying to make a meal out of half a Rice Krispies Treat."
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 Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
ABC's The Proposal is a "geyser of bad ideas" from the creator of The Bachelor
Source: The A.V. Club
The Jesse Palmer-hosted reality show, pr from Mike Fleiss, premiering Monday, is an "ill-considered step backward for human dignity," says Alex McLevy. In fact, it's very reminiscent of Fleiss' 2000 Fox reality TV disaster Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, which nearly sank his career. "When the premiere episode of this new series began, it seemed there was no way ABC would be dumb enough to bring back the most appalling and cringeworthy elements of a roundly scorned TV special from nearly 20 years ago," says McLevy. "But as it turns out, ABC is exactly that dumb. The shudder-inducing concept is just what it sounds like: One man (or woman—progress!) introduces themselves via voice-over to the studio audience, then takes an assigned place behind a wall where they can’t be seen, to sit, like an especially empowered Peeping Tom, and watch as 10 contestants are paraded out to present themselves as potential spouses. "
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 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 Thursday 5/24/18 at 2:03PM EDT
Bachelor in Paradise will require contestants to give their consent on camera before they have sex
Source: Fox News
Bachelor Nation author Amy Kaufman says The Bachelor spinoff is instituting two new rules. One will limit contestants to two-drinks per-hour minimum beginning at noon. She added: “The other rule that production instituted was one where if you wanted to engage in sexual activity with someone or spend the night with someone, you had to go to a producer before you went to the bedroom and say, you know, ‘I am Amy and I would like to spend the night with Brad. I am giving my full consent,’ and that had to be filmed so that they knew that both parties were willing participants.”