After 27 seasons of almost painful heterosexuality, we were not optimistic that either “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” would introduce a gay or lesbian contestant. I mean, it took them this long to finally have a Latino “Bachelor.” And in an interview this weekend with The New York Times Magazine, longtime host Chris Harrison pretty much confirmed that any diversity in the casting department is a big HELL TO THE NO. Keep reading »
Hi everyone it’s Sarah, not Amelia, writing “The Bachelor” recap. It is both an honor and quite a bit of pressure given that last night was the dramatic season finale. The occasion, of course, called for a group of friends gathered around bowls of chips, salsa and rice crispy treats to fully immerse ourselves in this “so bad it’s good” TV.
I started watching “The Bachelor” three years ago with Jake’s season in an attempt to bond with a large group of girls in my Washington, D.C. dorm/apartment. (They had a group name and everything. I never quite got it, or fit in). I was the girl who sat in the corner and quietly made fun of everything. Despite thinking the “journey” was ridiculous, I’ve been hate-watching ever since. Keep reading »
I know “The Bachelor” is all about a dude finding true love with a girl and all. But let’s get real…probably the most romantic part of the entire “Bachelor” brou-ha-ha was during the “After the Rose” follow up show (btw, it’s federally mandated that you have to passionately whisper the phrase “after the rose.”) Bachelor Sean Lowe talking about his feelings with Chris Harrisoin. Surrounded by soft lighting and about a thousand candles (hello fire hazard!), the two men dished on Sean’s love life and his rejection of runner up Lindsay. And then the stage caught on fire! No, no, just kidding! But really, you so rarely see two dudes talking about their feelings. It was really sweet.
Say it isn’t so! Chris Harrison, “The Bachelor”‘s host and resident wise man, has split from his wife of 18 years, Gwen. As a diehard Bach fan, I’ve always felt affectionately about ol’ Harrison, and have been impressed with his stamina for this whole charade, especially since he clearly knew what it took to make a relationship work. Was I wrong? Remember when Rozlyn Papa, who was booted from Pilot Jake Pavelka’s season because she had some sort of romantic dalliance with a producer, accused Chris of flirting with that producer’s ex-wife? I thought it was total BS at the time … but what if being famous — for seriously delivering the line, “This is the final rose” — has gone to his head? All that being said, I am officially in favor of making Chris Harrison the next “Bachelor.” Why not? He’d be more fun to watch that Ben Flajnik. And he could still host! That’d be funny. [Have U Heard]
Sure, Jeff Probst has dimples the size of the Grand Canyon, but his function on “Survivor” is pretty much only to deliver the line, “The tribe has spoken.” Oh, and to snuff out that flame. Like Chris Harrison on “The Bachelor” and Ryan Seacrest on “American Idol,” he mainly blends into the scenery of the show and doesn’t actually get to show much personality. So we were surprised to hear that Jeff will soon be hosting his on daytime talk show, which will cover everything from “newsmakers to ordinary families in extraordinary circumstances.” I’m just not sure what to expect with that. [EW]
In honor of Jeff’s new gig, I think it’s time to Shun, Shag, and Marry he and his fellow reality TV hosts. Keep reading »
This season on “The Bachelorette,” there is a guy who makes Wes Hayden—the one who was so, so proud of himself for making it pretty far with Jillian Harris when he actually had a girlfriend—look like a nice guy. Bentley Williams is a divorced businessman from Salt Lake City with a daughter, and even though Ashley Hebert got a warning about him before he even stepped out of the limo, he’s the guy she’s falling for super hard. To Ashley’s face, Bentley is a doting dad. But to the camera, Bentley is downright nasty. “I can tell you right now it’s not going to work. She’s just not my type. I, to be honest with you, could almost care less,” he said. “Things could have turned out differently if the Bachelorette was Emily.” As in Emily Maynard, who Brad Womack ended up picking last season.
In the second episode of the season, things got worse. Keep reading »
“You realize how little I do on this show. So, please, please don’t take away the one thing I do. … I wanted to get rid of that very early on. Eight years ago, I’m like, ‘This is ridiculous.’ It’s not about the math. It’s not saying, ‘Ellen, there’s a coffee cup between us.’ You know that. It’s kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh. One of us is going home.’ It’s really about setting that moment. It’s silly. There’s really no way I can explain that it’s not silly.”
—Chris Harrison semi-defends his job on “The Bachelor” after Ellen DeGeneres points out that he doesn’t really need to step in and say, “Ladies, it’s the final rose,” because, hello, it’s pretty obvious. [People] Keep reading »
If you watched “The Bachelor” special last night, “The Women Tell All,” you definitely saw former contestant Rozlyn Papa — the one who got kicked off for having an “inappropriate relationship” with a producer — come on and attack host Chris Harrison. In fact, she even went so far as to imply that he’s a cheater! When Harrison, a married father of two, said that the producer with whom Rozlyn was allegedly involved was a dear friend, Rozlyn shot back: “That’s news to him, especially when you were hitting on his wife in New Zealand. He thought that was crazy.” Harrison cooly replied: “I won’t dignify that with a response. I hope you will become a better person through this.” (Clip above!)
After the jump, see what Harrison is telling “Entertainment Weekly” why he didn’t immediately reply to her accusation.
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Regardless of what you think of Jake the Pilot, this season’s “Bachelor,” or the 25 women he was introduced to on last night’s premiere, one thing is certain: There’s sure to be at least a little drama in the coming weeks. Yesterday, during a radio interview, “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison confirmed a rumor that one of the bachelorettes had an affair with a producer during taping last fall and that the producer was fired and the female finalist was kicked off the show.
“It was embarrassing for us … incredibly unfortunate, [and] horrible decisions were made. This is something that we took very seriously and it’s something that we couldn’t just sit by. With things in the past, we’ve been like, ‘Let’s just let the Bachelor or Bachelorette find out for themselves.’ We usually toe that line. In fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we decided to] nip this in the bud and take care of it. And that’s what we did. There’s train wrecks in this show where I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be great. Let’s let them have it.’ But … I felt bad for everybody, and it was an uncomfortable deal. This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, ‘Okay, these are the words you can say.’ It was intense. It was a wild night.”
— Chris Harrison discussing what we’re sure will be — come on, let’s all say it: the most shocking rose ceremony ever! [via US Weekly] Keep reading »