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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
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.”
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
Ex-Bachelorette Meredith Phillips alleges she was drugged and sexually assaulted during her season
Phillips, who competed on The Bachelor in 2003 and starred as the second Bachelorette in 2004, detailed her allegations on Reality Steve's podcast, which was released Wednesday. "Normally (I) wouldn't really talk about this, but I'm going to tell you because it's bothered me for years," she said, according to Buzzfeed. Phillips proceeded to talk about how a producer sent a masseuse to her room who gave her what might've been a roofie. "The last thing I remember — she was in the tub with me and she was rubbing my back and she was rubbing areas that she probably shouldn't have. Then I was put in bed...I woke up naked. Don't remember much...I wasn't even drinking...so...yeah," she said. Phillips added that she could "remember everything until a certain point and when the pill kicked in and I literally couldn't even move my body." Phillips says she wanted to end filming, but ultimately decided to finish what she started. "I have kind of held it in for a long time because in a weird way I kind of wanted to protect the franchise, which is f*cked up," she said. ABC has yet to respond to Phillips' allegations.
Posted Wednesday 5/23/18 at 2:17PM EDT
The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham to wed next year in Hawaii
“We are very excited to tell you guys that we have booked a venue,” said Burnham as the couple appeared on The View. “We’re getting married in Hawaii on January 12th next year!”
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
Clint Eastwood is a fan of The Bachelor!?
Chris Harrison revealed on The Rich Eisen Show he once ran into the legendary filmmaker and actor, who told him: "I watch your show from time to time." Incidentally, Eastwood's son, Scott Eastwood, once appeared in a Bachelor spoof: "The Bachelor with Dogs."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
The Bachelor's Sean and Catherine Lowe welcome their second child
The Season 17 Bachelor couple announced on Friday the birth of their second boy.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Bravo's Southern Charm and Vanderpump Rules are the anti-romance reality shows, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The NBA legend/pop-culture columnist/Dancing with the Stars competitor explains: "While The Bachelor franchise peddles rose-colored romantic fantasies of happily ever after, Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules and Southern Charm deliver the down-and-dirty daily lives of the messy quest for love, lust and shabby fame; in other words: what really happens in millennial relationships after the meet-cute fades. What they reveal about their attitudes about romantic relationships may be the most honest, heartfelt and horrifying of any of the reality shows."
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Bekah Martinez: Competing on The Bachelor can be very expensive
Bekah had to spend a lot of money on clothing when she found out she would be on the ABC reality show 10 days before filming. Bekah said she had to pack for "prepare for eight weeks and all kinds of weather," and she had to provide her own dresses. "When I got back to Los Angeles, I was so broke I returned everything that still had tags on," she says. ALSO: Why The Bachelor deserves an Emmy nomination.
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Meet reality TV kingpin Mike Darnell, who oversees everything from The Bachelor to Ellen to TMZ to Basketball Wives
The Warner Bros. TV executive, who's in charge of alternative programming, oversees more than 30 shows. “He’s the best executive in reality television I’ve ever worked with,” says Peter Roth, the head of Warner Bros. TV and Darnell's boss. Darnell was responsible for putting American Idol and Gordon Ramsay's many shows on air when he worked at Fox. “The viewer is desensitized,” he says of trying to create a reality TV hit nowadays. “It’s much, much, much harder to get people’s attention with a crazy idea than it used to be. It’s been done. Now it’s less about jolting the viewer and controversy. Now it’s about being clever and finding stuff that you know will be broad-based. You have to smell the tide of where things are and where it’s going.”
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 Wednesday 4/25/18 at 1:14PM EDT
The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham have purchased a home together
“Buying a house is obviously another huge step in our relationship and we are excited to really make this our home,” says Arie after he and Lauren looked at nearly 70 properties.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
ABC orders The Pageant dating reality show from The Bachelor creator, hosted by ex-Bachelor Jesse Palmer
Ten eligible daters will compete in four pageant-style rounds for the heart of a mystery suitor (or suitress) on ABC's newest Mike Fleiss reality show. "I think Bachelor Nation is going to love it. It’s also great to welcome back a member of the Bachelor family, our host, Jesse Palmer," says Fleiss. Since starring on The Bachelor in 2004, Palmer has found great media success, landing a regular gig on ESPN and, for a time, on Good Morning Americ. ALSO: Fleiss also announced Bachelor in Paradise is returning this summer.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
The Bachelor's Nick Viall to host General Hospital's Nurses Ball
Viall has landed another speaking role on a TV series, guesting as the master of ceremonies for the daytime soap opera's annual charity gala. ALSO: Why is Channing Tatum hanging with Arie Luyendyk Jr.?
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Presenting 10 TV characters who are pretty terrible at their jobs
The Good Place's Michael, Atlanta's Earn and The Big Bang Theory's Wolowitz all seem to perform miserably in their respective fields.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
The Bachelor creator admits: Arie Luyendyk Jr "was one of our less popular Bachelors"
"I hate to be the first to say it, but I think Arie was one of our less popular Bachelors," Mike Fleiss tweeted this morning. Meanwhile, Arie and Lauren Burnham are said to be "heavily pushing" for a TV wedding by the end of the year.