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Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
How Bachelor in Paradise accidentally became the "Realest Show on Reality TV"
"You simply can’t find this breed of earnest messiness anywhere else on television—least of all, funnily enough, on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette," says Helen Homes. "Yes, BiP is the slapdash spinoff that’s marketed as light summer fluff, but it’s wittier than a network sitcom, more distressing than the most saccharine melodrama (looking at you, This Is Us), and as addictive as the ex you’ll never really get over. The main franchise is deadly serious, and suffers for it. Bachelor in Paradise winks while it delivers its message, but delivers it all the same: without true love, your life might as well be worthless. Here, have a daiquiri"
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
ABC stirs controversy with pick of Colton Underwood as the next Bachelor
Source: Vanity Fair
“Third time’s a charm. That’s what they say, right?” The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise alum said on Good Morning America this morning after he was announced as the 23rd Bachelor and the first virgin in franchise history. Colton's selection drew the ire of Bachelor Nation thanks to his antics on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, which have made him seem indecisive, fame-hungry and not a guy who is genuinely looking for love. The former NFL practice squad player first became famous two years ago with a "sweet video" asking gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman on a date after she competed in Rio, which led to them dating for less than a year. As Laura Bradley explains, the drama surrounding Colton isn't The Bachelor's biggest problem. "What’s more alarming," she says, "is what Colton’s selection indicates about the direction The Bachelor is taking: namely, staying the course despite flagging ratings for multiple disappointing seasons. For the past several years, the Bachelor franchise has faced a toxic combination of boring seasons—cough especially Arie cough—and scandals that range from exploitative editing choices to more alarming allegations from the set. Through it all, ratings have been falling. In choosing Colton, it appears that The Bachelor has chosen to double down. Whatever fans might think of Colton’s character, good or bad, he is clearly willing to play the producers’ game ... In truth, it’s unlikely he’ll bring anything new to the table; Colton is the kind of blonde haired, blue eyed, square jawed leading man that The Bachelor has always worshipped. Even in the face of certain future irrelevance, The Bachelor will not be changing its strategy any time soon." ALSO: Expect Colton's season to be packed with virgin jokes.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Bachelor Nation fears Colton Underwood will be named the next Bachelor
Source: Vanity Fair
Reality Steve predicts the former NFL tight and alum of Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette season will be named the next Bachelor. But according to Laura Bradley, Bachelor Nation doesn't think Underwood shouldn't be qualified for The Bachelor gig, since he's appeared to be flaky and in it for the fame on Bachelor in Paradise. ALSO: What's it like to wear former Bachelorette JoJo's Fletcher's clothing line.
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
Source: The Washington Post
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
Source: The Blast
“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 Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio is taking a leave from his Universal Studios job following sexual harassment allegations
Source: USA Today
Dottavio's leave comes after The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez shared screenshots accusing Dottavio of sexual harassment, which he denies. The company that employs Dottavio to do stunt work for Universal Studios' Water World show says: "We recently became aware of the situation concerning Mr. Dottavio. We are allowing him the time he needs to handle the matter privately as the allegations did not arise from conduct in the workplace."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay is a "little pissed off" after seeing Becca Kufrin's "happy ending"
Source: Us Weekly
In an Us Weekly article, Lindsay explained that she is thrilled that Becca received a happy ending. But watching last night's finale showed her "that I was denied my on-camera happy ending." She adds: "Do I sound a little pissed off? Well that is because I am. Take a trip down memory lane to exactly, oh let’s say one year ago. Becca did not sit on stage for three hours and watch the finale for the first time in front of a live audience. Becca did not have to deal with someone telling her she would live a mediocre life. Becca did not have to deal with being baited with real time questions about her emotions watching certain scenes. Nope, that was me. Let’s just be honest, Becca did not have the finale that I had. There was no controversy and she was not put in a position to face any. She was protected and I was placed on display for three hours and labeled an angry black female. And there will always be that stigma attached to my finale because it has been said that when truth is blurred by misinformation, perception becomes reality and all is lost."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 2:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette did something shocking in the season finale, acknowledging that politics do exist
The Bachelor franchise has always been political, but it's never acknowledged that politics exist before, says Kathryn VanArendonk. "It’s deeply entrenched in the politics of marginalizing people of color, celebrating and prioritizing privilege, and reinforcing stereotypes of gender and romance," she says. "It’s also always pretended that it’s completely neutral and none of those things exist. Any overtly political subject feels so out-of-bounds, so completely anathema to the show’s false veneer of inhuman romance, that brushing up against the hint of politics feels like a shock. It is surprising that the franchise finally felt so pressured by the political climate that it had to incorporate Garrett’s scandal into its fairy-tale world. But it’s not at all surprising that The Bachelorette responded to (the Garrett Yrigoyen Instagram) scandal by ignoring everything political about it." VanArendonk adds: "This season of The Bachelorette was presented with a political scandal, one that includes the messy intersection of social-media trolling, the selves we perform online versus the selves we perform in person, Trump-approved ideology, transphobia, the conservative fondness for casting immigrants as animals, and dangerous far-right conspiracy theories. Its response was to reframe the entire scandal as an easily surmountable obstacle in the path of a nice romantic relationship."
- The Bachelorette had its worst-ever season finale ratings
- Garrett Yrigoyen responded to reporters' questions on his Instagram scandal: "I don't believe David Hogg is a crisis actor. No, I don't"
- Becca defended Garrett: "When you use social media to create a judgment on somebody, it is such a small sampling"
- The Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. secretly visited Becca with Lauren Burnham during The Bachelorette taping
- ABC reality boss Robert Mills names The Bachelor frontrunners, including Grocery Store Joe, Blake and Colton
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Why didn't The Bachelorette explain Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy?
Source: The Washington Post
“Some stuff came out about my social media," Garrett said on last night's finale in explaining his Instagram controversy involving "likes" of hateful posts. As Emily Yahr points out, "despite an entire segment that followed about this topic, the show didn’t actually explain what Garrett meant with 'stuff' — which is a pretty crucial detail."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
The Bachelorette went from fantasy to "reality" with Becca Kufrin's season
Source: The Daily Beast
"When Bachelor historians look back on the fourteenth season of The Bachelorette, dissecting vintage final rose ceremonies from their couches on Mars, they’ll find a fascinating record of doomed romance on a dying planet," says Amy Zimmerman. "Whereas past seasons have constructed an elaborate fantasy, Becca Kufrin’s Bachelorette stint resembles something a little bit closer to 'reality,' as an undateable cast of losers competes over an emotionally-traumatized woman who’s ready to settle for anyone who doesn’t immediately ask for the ring back." Zimmerman adds: "Becca Kufrin is the face of The Bachelor franchise’s evolution from 'meet your prince' to 'men are trash.' Either ABC producers are just too exhausted to try and make heterosexual romance look like fun, or they’re betting that casually cruel viewers will tune in to watch women get their hearts broken and make bad decisions. Alternatively, The Bachelorette big-wigs have simply been overwhelmed and rendered powerless by a deluge of bad men. There are just so many of them, swarming the set with their commitment issues, bad politics, and assault and battery convictions."
- The Bachelorette finale was more airless than usual since Becca inadvertently revealed who won months ago
- ABC executive on Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy: Becca isn't going to be with a guy with those actual views
- Garrett says "I didn't mean to offend anybody" in response to his Instagram controversy
- Becca joked with Jimmy Kimmel about possibly changing her name to "Kufrin-Yrigoyen"
Posted Friday 8/03/18 at 3:50PM EDT
The Bachelorette's Leo Dottavio denies sexual harassment claims that The Bachelor's Bekah Martinez brought to light
Source: Us Weekly
“There have been some recent stories about me that have garnered attention and I want to address them,” Dottavio, who competed on the current season of The Bachelorette, said Friday on his Instagram stories. “I want to start by saying no one has ever accused me of sexual harassment. No one has ever come to me in any way and told me I made them feel uncomfortable.”
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 Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Chris Harrison: Omitting The Bachelorette's Lincoln Adim from Men Tell All was an "easy" decision
"Team Bachelorette made Lincoln disappear," as Kristen Baldwin put it. Lincoln's name wasn't even uttered on The Men Tell All special following last month's revelation, weeks into Becca Kufrin's season, that he has just been convicted of sexual assault and battery. "First of all, Lincoln was not invited and not welcome here," Harrison tells Glamour. "What he did was illegal and against the law, so that is a very easy call. There was no chance he was coming here tonight, no chance I wanted to talk to him or hear his side, because there is no side. What he did was commit a crime. That’s a very easy answer. As far as dealing with it, we wanted (Men Tell All) to remain about Becca, about the guys, and about this journey. And going there...this wasn’t the time or place. There really isn’t much to explain about Lincoln other than he lied, he deceived, he committed a crime, he’s not here, and he’s removed from the show and the franchise." Harrison was also asked whether Garrett Yrigoyen's Instagram controversy would be mentioned during next week's finale. Harrison responded "that people need to stop putting Lincoln and Garrett in the same sentence. That’s something that kind of pisses me off. What Garrett did is something you disagree with. That is different than what Lincoln did. Lincoln broke the law. That is a very, very different thing than liking something you don’t agree with on Instagram. I have no problem with you disagreeing with what Garrett did. I have no problem if it makes you angry, if it makes you sick to your stomach, but just remember it’s something you disagree with. It that wasn’t something that’s against the law, which is what Lincoln did. Just don’t put them in the same sentence. But if Garrett made you sick, that’s fine too. Will we talk about it? Probably. Maybe. I don’t know. It really depends on the situation in the moment."
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
The Bachelorette producers seem to be phoning it in this season -- this week's date seemed recycled
Becca Kufrin's fantasy suite episode set in Thailand was "extremely similar" to JoJo Fletcher's fantasy suite episode set in Thailand two years ago. "It’s enough to make you wonder if The Bachelorette producers are phoning in this entire season," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Poor Becca. The guy she seems likely to pick liked jokes about Parkland students being crisis actors, one of her other suitors was convicted of indecent assault, and this whole season exists because her fiancé broke up with her while a camera crew filmed the whole thing. Getting a recycled date pales in comparison to those problems. But it certainly doesn’t create the impression that anyone cares about making Becca’s Bachelorette season into good TV, much less into a real opportunity for romance." ALSO: How The Bachelorette failed Becca.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
The Bachelorette's Rachel Lindsay says she's in talks with ABC to broadcast her wedding
“Technically we don’t have to wait, and we really don’t care if the wedding is on TV, but we feel like we owe it to the fans that followed us on the show to give them that,” Lindsay says of marrying Bachelorette winner Bryan Abasolo.