The Bachelor Contestant Tracy Shapoff Apologizes for Offensive Tweets

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It may have taken a couple extra episodes, but the two women from Bachelor: Vietnam got their happy ending after all!

While the show doesn’t frequently make waves across the globe, a September rose ceremony made headlines after Minh Thu asked her fellow contestant Truc Nhu to leave the show to be with her.

Although Nhu ultimately decided to stay in the house at the time, the show’s executive producer Anh Tran has confirmed that the pair are currently together.

“They left the show and have been together since. We delivered on our promise that two people would find love,” Tran told Nextshark after a Facebook post regarding the pair’s relationship status went viral.

In the post, a social media user wrote that during a later episode it was revealed that Nhu’s decision not to immediately walk away from the program was something the women “both agreed” on.

“They just wanted to make sure their feelings weren’t just a misconception of love because they are so close,” the social media user explained, adding that Nhu stayed on the show for two additional episodes before she asked to leave as she had “already found what she was looking for.”

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The romantic conclusion came as a big relief to fans of the couple, who had been dismayed when their love story seemingly hadn’t panned out.

During the September episode, after it seemed like she would not be receiving a rose, Thu tearfully explained to the bachelor, Nguyen Quoc Trung, that her heart belonged to another person.

“I went into this competition to find love,” she said. “But I’ve found that love for myself. But it isn’t you. It’s someone else.”

Thu then left her spot in the lineup and walked over to Nhu. After sharing a long hug, Thu implored Nhu to “come home with me.”

In an effort to get Nhu to stay, Trung asked the contestant to give him another chance, arguing that he thought she’d “have regret” if she left.

Making her own decision, Nhu proceeded to return the rose and walk away with Thu, although according to NextShark, she ultimately decided to remain on the show.

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Addressing the larger significance of the television moment, Bachelor: Vietnam producer Anh-Thu Nguyen told NextShark that their love story was “especially” powerful “in the context of Vietnamese culture.”

“It’s been a proud experience to see our clip resonate around the world and become an unexpected platform for discussing LGBTQI+ issues in Vietnam on a global scale,” she added.


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Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon Play “Most Likely To: Bachelor Wedding Edition”

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Becca Kufrin Reveals What Inspired Her to Find Love Through The Bachelor Franchise

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Bachelor Nation Shares Their Honest Reactions to Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon’s Romance

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The Bachelor Winter Games’ Dean Unglert and Lesley Murphy Split

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The Handmaid’s Tale Cast Unwinds on Set With The Bachelor Viewing Parties

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The Bachelor Finale Sneak Peek: Becca Kufrin Calls Lauren Burnham “a Huge Threat”

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The Bachelor Finale Sneak Peek: Becca Kufrin Calls Lauren Burnham “a Huge Threat”

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Name, Age, Occupation & Hometown: Bachelor Stats Reveal Trends Among Contestants

Throughout the past 22 seasons of The Bachelor, audiences have watched hundreds of women of varying ages, names and occupations compete for the final rose.

As a way “to see if there was any location bias” with the selected contestant since season 1 of The Bachelor premiered in 2002, Homes.com decided to examine the stats surrounding the show.

“It quickly became clear that there were a ton of interesting stats on The Bachelor, specifically focusing on the ‘ideal contestant,’ including her ideal location. We thought this was fun, relevant, and might inspire folks living in that area to apply as a contestant knowing, at least from a statistical standpoint, that they have a higher chance of being selected by the producers,” says Homes.com’s Vice President of Search Marketin, gGrant Simmons, whose “data sources were bachelor wikis, databases, and a collection of Homes.com team members.”

“It was great to identify the ‘ideal contestant’ and that is — drum roll please — a 36-year-old nurse from Atlanta named Jennifer,” says Simmons.

From their research, Homes.com found that Lauren is the most popular Bachelor contestant first name, with Sarah, Ashley and Amber tying for the second spot. (Will that stat fair well for current season 22 contestant Lauren B.? Find out next week on Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s dramatic finale!)

“Lauren is the most popular contestant name (15 mentions), but it was the average Jennifer who won the most roses (average of 4.88 vs. Lauren’s 3),” says Simmons.

As for cities that breed the most contestants, Chicago, Illinois, was the top spot, with Los Angeles, California, coming in second and Dallas, Texas, as a close third.

“Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas topped the list of most contestants with Chicago (19) having three times as many, and Dallas (12) having twice as many as Atlanta (6), our top city for winners,” says Simmons.

He explains: “California has the most contestants (103), most likely because it’s the most populous state, but it’s the top corners of the country and the Midwest that appears to have more contestants that catch the Bachelor’s eye.”

“The most surprising outcome of the data is that California, for all its sun, beaches, lifestyle and really expensive homes (in the top cities of L.A. and San Diego), doesn’t rate very well when it comes to roses given,” he shares. “Although that may be a numbers game with their 103 contestants averaging one of the lowest rose counts in the country.”

Bachelor Nation fans may or may not be surprised to learn that the majority of contestants were aged 25, with 26 coming in second and 24 in third place.

“It’s apparently true that Bachelors love the older women with the two 36-year-old contestants earning an average of six roses during their appearances,” Simmons explains. “On the flip side, it seems like nobody likes you when you’re 25, at least on The Bachelor. While that is the most common contestant age overall, it is also essentially the worst performing age.”

According to Homes.com’s research, the most common profession for contestants was teacher, second was student and third was in real estate.

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Did Dean Unglert Propose to Lesley Murphy on the Bachelor Winter Games Finale?!

Bachelor Winter Games host Chris Harrison has teased a “surprising, romantic and beautiful marriage proposal” on Thursday night’s reunion show — so is Dean Unglert the guy who pops the question?

In a promo for the finale, Unglert — a fan-favorite on Rachel Lindsay‘s season of The Bachelorette who earned a playboy reputation as the center of a love triangle on Bachelor in Paradise — bends down on one knee for Lesley Murphy.

Then, the camera pans to someone holding a Neil Diamond engagement ring … but only time will tell if Unglert, 26, really asked Murphy, 30, to marry him. (Remember that super playful kissing competition?)

Murphy previously told PEOPLE that she connected with Unglert because of their shared sad history: “We bonded over the fact that both of our moms had breast cancer and his mom unfortunately passed away. He knew about my surgery and my recent double mastectomy. He had the sweetest things to say about it. He was like, ‘I commend you so much for doing that.’”

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“We’re very different people, but that’s attractive in a way. He drew me in,” she added. Not to mention,“He’s hard to look away from!

Either way, wedding bells could be ringing for two of the international contestants in Vermont — and it looks like virgin Ashley Iaconetti finally heads to the fantasy suite.

The season finale of Bachelor Winter Games airs on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Bachelor Nick Viall Is Dating Again After ‘Unfortunate’ Split from Vanessa Grimaldi

Nick Viall is on the lookout for love.

Just over three months ago, the former Bachelor star confirmed his split from Vanessa Grimaldi — whom he met, fell in love with and got engaged to on his season 21 of The Bachelor — in a joint statement to PEOPLE, in which the pair explained, “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for.”

Despite their ended engagement, Viall, 37, is on amicable terms with his ex-fiancée.

“It was unfortunate, but we wish each other the best. I certainly wish her the best,” Viall told Access Hollywood‘s Natalie Morales and Kit Hoover on Tuesday.

Asked if the former couple stays in touch since they parted ways, Viall admitted it’s “not on a regular basis.”

“Obviously we’re there for each other if need be, but she has her things going on and I have mine,” he shared. “I think we’re both thankful that we still have very positive thoughts and feelings for each other.”

Though Viall unfortunately didn’t meet his match during his turns on The Bachelorette, The Bachelor or Bachelor in Paradise, does the Wisconsin native still believe in love and trust that he’ll “find that person”?

“I hope so,” he told Hoover and Morales, and quipped, “It might have given up on me, I don’t know.”

“But yes, I hope one day that it works out for me,” he said. “You know, I’m out there dating.”

Come Jan. 1, Viall will officially hand over the reins of Bachelor to the franchise’s newest leading man, Arie Luyendyk Jr., whom Viall revealed he has “yet to meet.”

“The timing is just so perfect in my life,” Luyendyk Jr., who was runner-up on Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette in 2012, told PEOPLE of being named Bachelor. “I could not be more excited for this journey I’m about to embark on.”

Season 22 of The Bachelor premieres Monday, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Bachelor Twins Haley & Emily Say Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi ‘Tried Very Hard to Make Their Relationship Work’

Bachelor twins Emily and Haley Ferguson are sticking up for Nick Viall.

After news broke Friday that the former Bachelor star and his final pick Vanessa Grimaldi recently ended their engagement, the reality stars — who vied for Ben Higgins‘ heart on his season of the hit ABC show and appeared on Bachelor in Paradise with Viall — opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the sad news.

“I think it’s funny that a lot of the girls from Nick’s season claim to know Nick and his relationship with Vanessa. Emily and I were both fortunate enough to become very close to both Nick and Vanessa,” the Ferguson sisters say in a joint statement. “We hung out with them not only together but also separately.”

“They both loved each other very much and tried very hard to make their relationship work. Like any normal relationship outside of the spotlight, they had their ups and downs. We love them both very much and hope that everyone will respect their privacy during this hard time,” the statement continues.

Viall, 36, and Grimaldi have battled split rumors since their awkward appearance on After the Final Rose, where they insisted there were no wedding plans in the works.

“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement,” the couple, last pictured together on Instagram Aug. 15, said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Friday. “We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairytale ending we hoped for. We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other.”

Viall appeared on two previous seasons of The Bachelorette and season 3 of Bachelor in Paradise before taking his turn as the lead suitor earlier this year.


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Corinne Olympios Is Done With ‘Bachelor In Paradise,’ Ends Investigation

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The Complicated Role Race Plays In The ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Scandal

The “Bachelor” franchise’s longtime problems with race have been cast into a harsh spotlight in the past couple of weeks. With rumors swirling over alleged on-set sexual misconduct between a black male and a white woman, both members of the summer spin-off “Bachelor in Paradise” cast, many viewers have been left unsettled by dueling narratives that play into the most damaging stereotypes about black men and about women.

Warner Bros., which produces the series, put out a statement this week saying that the investigation had been concluded and no evidence of misconduct had been found. Though no charges were filed against the man in question and the show has now resumed filming, the event left a trail of news articles about the man’s purported misconduct and about the woman’s speculated sexual promiscuity. 

While, in recent years, the problems with slut-shaming and victim-blaming of alleged assault victims have drawn attention from mainstream media outlets, audiences like the predominantly white Bachelor Nation have less frequently been asked to confront how race plays a role in how we react to allegations of rape.

Historically speaking…when accusations have been made against black men for the rape of white women, and these panics and fears ensue, there’s very often no correlation between the actual incidence of rape and the hysteria around it.
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To get some historical perspective on the particular issues raised by sexual assault cases involving black men and white women, HuffPost’s “Here to Make Friends” podcast chatted with Carina Ray, an Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, and author of Crossing the Color Line: Race, Sex, and the Contested Politics of Colonialism in Ghana.

“Historically speaking […] when accusations have been made against black men for the rape of white women, and these panics and fears ensue, there’s very often no correlation between the actual incidence of rape and the hysteria around it,” Ray said, pointing to the notorious case of Emmett Till, a black boy who was brutally murdered after he was alleged to have whistled at a white woman. “There’s this huge gap between reality and perception that has historically contextualized this question.” 

Black men have, in many historical and contemporary contexts, been falsely depicted or assumed to be sexual threats to white female virtue ― a racist perception that has endangered the lives of black men. Conversely, she added, white men have long enjoyed relative impunity for sexual aggression, especially when women of color, and black women in particular, are the victims. 

In an email, Ray elaborated on the point, saying, “We also need to interrogate the presumptions that underline how victimhood is defined and assessed. It’s quite telling that we proceed under the assumption that she is the victim and he’s the perpetrator,” she wrote. “But if we understand the history we must also understand that black men have often been the victim in these rape allegation cases. That is to say that it’s not a question of being cleared, but rather of the very real and often heinous consequences that the accusation itself results in. That might be something that the show’s producers need to think about ― the disparate outcomes that black and white men will face when something like this occurs.” 

Try to move beyond a question of, ‘does the history of interracial rape and the way in which black men have often been unfairly accused of rape…say something definitive about what happened in this case.’
Carina Ray, Professor of African and Afro-American Studies

On the podcast, Ray also emphasized that placing the event in context does not mean we can extrapolate exactly what happened in a given incident ― what’s more important, she explained, is understanding the prejudices and baggage that may be influencing our perception and working to counteract them.

“Try to move beyond a question of, does the history of interracial rape and the way in which black men have often been unfairly accused of rape, does that actually say something definitive about what happened in this case,” Ray said. “Instead of doing that, just say, how has that history influenced how people view this particular case?”

To hear more of the conversation, and an interview on the legal aspects of the case with civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom, check out the latest episode of “Here to Make Friends”:

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Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate these shows? It’s unclear. But here at “Here to Make Friends,” we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail. Podcast edited by Nick Offenberg.

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Bachelor in Paradise Will Be Back This Summer–But Which Cast Members Will Return?

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Corinne Olympios’ Lawyers: ‘Our Own Investigation Will Continue into Bachelor in Paradise Sex Scandal  

 

The Bachelor in Paradise controversy is far from over if you ask Corinne Olympios‘ legal team.

Shortly after Warner Bros. released a statement Tuesday announcing that an investigation had produced no evidence of sexual misconduct on the show’s set last week, an attorney for the 25-year-old business owner and former Bachelor contestant has confirmed she will continue to pursue the allegations.

“It needs to be made clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BiP producers and crew member on the set,” Olympios’ attorney Martin Singer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “It was not shut down due to an complaint filed by Corinne against anyone.”

The statement continues, “It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”

On Tuesday, 10 days after announcing production had officially been halted, Warner Bros. confirmed that filming will soon resume.

“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.  Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”

ABC confirmed the news with its own statement to PEOPLE on Tuesday: “We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production and will air this summer on ABC.”

PEOPLE sources previously confirmed season 4 production was suspended after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Olympios, both of whom had reportedly been drinking heavily all day.

Bachelor in Paradise will return later this summer on ABC.


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After days of speculation on the “Bachelor in Paradise” scandal, Corinne Olympios, a contestant who allegedly took part in a sexual incident during taping in Mexico last week, is speaking out.

ABC halted production of the show on Sunday over “allegations of misconduct” apparently involving Olympios and fellow cast member DeMario Jackson. Olympios has now hired top Hollywood attorney Marty Singer to represent her throughout Warner Bros.’ investigation into the situation.

In a statement released by her rep, Stan Rosenfield, Olympios characterized the incident as a nightmare becoming reality:

I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened the June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.

As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.

According to multiple reports, a highly intoxicated Olympios had a sexual encounter with Jackson in a swimming pool while crew members continued filming. Following that, a field producer reportedly filed a formal complaint and Warner Bros. suspended production of the show, sending the rest of the cast back to the U.S.

“Once the investigation is complete,” Warner Bros. said in a statement earlier this week, “we will take appropriate responsive action.”

Jackson, who reportedly claims that the sexual acts were consensual, also spoke out, telling Entertainment Tonight, “I have nothing to say. You know, Corinne’s an awesome girl and that’s all I have to say.” He added of his fans, “Love you all, thank you for the support.”

“Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4, which was set to debut Aug. 8, brings together former contestants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” for another shot at love.

At this point, it’s safe to say the show probably won’t go on. 

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‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Was Fun — And A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Just one week into production of the fourth season of “Bachelor in Paradise,” it all appears to be over.

The cast, after several days on lockdown, was sent home from the Mexican resort where filming took place. Reports have swirled about an inappropriate sexual encounter between two cast members ― an encounter in which at least one person was allegedly too drunk to consent. On Sunday, Warner Bros. issued a statement acknowledging that they “have suspended production” over “allegations of misconduct.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” the production company said. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”

Reports differ regarding what actually caused the show to shut down, but most now indicate that two contestants, DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympiosbecame extremely drunk during the first day of filming and had an explicit sexual encounter in the pool on site as the cameras rolled. A producer, who believed that the female contestant was too intoxicated to consent, reportedly filed a complaint of misconduct after the incident. Production was suspended, and the cast was eventually sent home after filming just a couple days of the series.

Where did it all go so wrong for a campy dating show that has spawned goofy GIFs galore, an alarmingly high rate of engagements and a still more alarming rate of broken engagements?

With an internal investigation still underway and most news about the situation coming to the public through anonymously sourced TMZ articles, it’s far too soon to diagnose exactly where this aborted season went off the rails. It may be weeks, even months, before the public gets any clarity about what happened in Paradise. Of course, that hasn’t stopped many from jumping onto Twitter or Instagram to confidently speculate about which contestants are to blame, or to make racist, sexist insinuations about them.  

Though it’s shocking, in another sense it’s unsurprising that the fun-in-the-sun ethos of “Paradise” has taken such a dark turn. Though this scandal may have been the first to halt production of the show, it’s not the first sign that the crew has been putting juicy plotlines ahead of the well-being, and even the safety, of its cast.

“Bachelor in Paradise,” like all the “Bachelor” shows, harvests entertainment from the irresistible human drama of gorgeous people competing for each other’s romantic attention. It doesn’t maintain its top spot in the reality dating pantheon by just “letting it happen,” though; the show’s producers notoriously coach contestants to make proclamations or romantic overtures that will actually sink their chances, but might make for more titillating TV. On the current season of “The Bachelorette,” the show brought on two unpleasant young men with a pre-existing rivalry from another, lesser-known reality show to milk their bad blood for ratings.

So far, so whatever ― these days, if you admit that you didn’t realize every confrontation and kiss on the show is likely producer-instigated, you’ll be called naive by members of Bachelor Nation. BUT that doesn’t mean we should be blasé about producers standing by during, and possibly even encouraging, dangerous situations.

The particular setup of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” typically keeps a lid on overt misconduct. With just one man or woman dating over 20 people, the jealousy between rivals is almost too spread out to explode. The lead’s desirability is too valuable to the franchise for encouraging criminal misbehavior to be a good business decision, and there’s no one else for contestants to get messy with in the corners (except, on one or two notable occasions, the crew themselves).

Nonetheless, the drama can get out of hand if producers allow feuds to escalate or fail to respond to red flags from certain cast members, and recent seasons have raised questions of how the show is protecting itself from liability. On Season 12 of “The Bachelorette,” several of the men became alarmed by Chad Johnson’s belligerent behavior, physical aggression and colorful threats (“I’m gonna cut everyone here’s legs off and arms off and there’s gonna be torsos and I’m going to throw them in the pool,” he exploded at one point), but he remained in the mansion until star JoJo Fletcher eliminated him from the competition ― albeit with the showy addition of an on-camera security guard to oversee peace in the house.

“Bachelor in Paradise,” with its unstructured setting and roughly equal groups of men and women from the show, takes more after “The Bachelor” franchise’s rowdier, gender-balanced cousins ― think MTV’s “Are You The One,” featuring 20-plus men and women living together and dating each other for several weeks. (“AYTO” has seen physical altercations and raunchy sexual encounters more than once.)

“Paradise” is known as the silly, chill member of the “Bachelor” family, but the combustible mix of partner-switching couples and lax oversight seems destined to have blown up sooner or later.

It was Johnson, brought back to the franchise after his unsettling turn on “The Bachelorette,” who exposed flaws in the “Paradise” safety measures last summer. On the first night of the third season, Johnson and fellow contestant Lace Morris became very drunk, flirted heavily and began making out amid the partying. Fairly standard “Paradise” stuff, except that an intoxicated Johnson began manhandling Morris, sparking an escalating physical and verbal altercation in and around the pool. Despite this, both contestants were allowed to stay as their teary, semi-violent fight continued into the night. At one point, Johnson threw an ableist slur at another cast member, Sarah Herron, who was born with only the upper part of one arm.

Not until the next morning, after Johnson’s unpredictable drunken rampage had petered out, was he removed from the situation; even so, his dismissal from the show by Chris Harrison was filmed in front of the entire cast, squeezing a bit more great TV from the situation. The cast, by the time he left, seemed genuinely rattled by how far things had been allowed to go. Sure, they’d signed up to be on a hookup-fueled reality show packed with tears and drama, but they hadn’t signed away their basic human rights, nor did they come with the expectation of being verbally and even physically abused.

With the night on the verge of a real catastrophe, viewers wondered, why didn’t production step in until it had calmed down? Were they gambling that things would go no further? After years of successfully producing the “Bachelor” shows, were they not even thinking of their liability? Are their contracts ironclad? Were they willing to risk a lawsuit for the sake of the juicy footage?

Meanwhile, contradictory reports on the recent scandal continue to filter through to the media. Reality Steve’s latest update reveals that his sources perceived the encounter as consensual and that Corinne was the instigator, while a Daily Mail interview with an anonymous crew member paints a disturbing picture of producers allowing cameras to roll while a borderline unconscious Corinne was assaulted, then put to bed without any medical care. Which, if any, account is true? It’s unclear. But most reports suggest that producers, as the ostensible adults in the room during a booze-fueled tropical speed dating zone, allowed a situation to escalate to the point that a credible complaint of misconduct could be made against the show.

The contestants, many happily point out, are adults and are not forced to drink or do anything; nonetheless, they’ve signed over a great deal of control in their life to a production team with the understandable expectation that those in charge won’t let anything genuinely dangerous happen to them. After this incident, in combination with past kerfuffles on the show, that expectation appears misguided, but it is a very human one. A production also needs to be prepared to take responsibility for setting up volatile situations and continuing to point cameras at them even after contestants have begun to act harmfully toward themselves or others. Regardless of the severity of what went wrong on set, public sex between drunk cast members arguably falls into that category. 

Fans of the show may be understandably disappointed that this season, and very likely any planned future seasons, will never air. (Though the show has not officially been canceled, all contestants were flown home, filming does not seem set to resume and the original premiere date is rapidly approaching, making it extremely likely that a formal cancellation is coming.) But the disappointment can, and should, be an opportunity for the show itself and for the audience to think carefully about how much messy drama we expect from our reality shows, and what risks cast members may assume in order to meet those expectations. In Johnson’s appearances, for example, production didn’t step in even when overt threats were made or he became drunk to the point of being out of control; fortunately, things didn’t go any further, but they easily could have. 

This season, the outcome was still worse ― and the questions about whether the “Bachelor” shows do enough to protect their contestants have only grown more difficult to ignore.

For more on the “Bachelor in Paradise” scandal, listen to this week’s episode of “Here to Make Friends,” featuring Reality Steve and former cast member Michael Garofola:

 

 

 

 

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Sadly, another “Bachelor” couple has ended their engagement. 

Ben Higgins, who starred on Season 20 of the ABC franchise, has officially called it quits with his fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, according to People. The two shared a statement on their split: 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways. We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time.

Cue lots of tears.

Higgins and Bushnell got engaged ahead of the season premiere of “The Bachelor” Season 20 in January 2016. Although they had to keep their relationship a secret while the season played out on the air, it was pretty clear that Higgins had a special bond with Bushnell right from the beginning. She beat out runner-up ― and future Bachelorette ― JoJo Fletcher for his heart and a Neil Lane diamond ring. 

Rumors of a split have been floating around for months, but Higgins shot down any speculation with an Instagram post in February. 

In October 2016, the couple revealed they were in couples therapy, with Higgins telling People at the time, “We’re not the perfect couple. Far from it! But we are trying really hard, and we love each other a lot … ’Bachelor’ or not, our life is not easy to navigate. We have our struggles. But we won’t give up. And for every argument, we’re stronger for it.”

The pair, who debuted their own reality series, “Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After?,” on Freeform in October, moved in together last April in Denver, Colorado. (Clearly, the show won’t be back for a Season 2, but at least we still have the Ferguson twins!) 

Bushnell, who’s now a lifestyle blogger, hasn’t posted a photo of Higgins in a month. The former Bachelor, however, just shared a picture of his former love last week, writing, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. -Martin Luther King Jr.” @laurenbushnell continues to spread love while some feel it is their responsibility to spread hate, she is a light in this world. Proud of my gal, @laurenbushnell got me .”

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Lovebirds Joy-Anna Duggar and Austin Forsyth Dish on Their Joint Camping-Themed Bachelor and Bachelorette Party

Joy-Anna Duggar and her fiancé Austin Forsyth enjoyed the great outdoors for their joint bachelorette and bachelor party!

The engaged couple, who announced on the special episode of Counting On: Jinger’s Wedding in November that they had entered into a courtship, opted for a camping-themed party ahead of their upcoming nuptials.

“We were trying to think of ideas for what we should do for our bachelor and bachelorette party and actually Ms. Caldwell was the one that thought about a camping trip and floating down the river,” 19-year-old Duggar explains in a new Counting On clip.

Adds Forsyth: “I think I like outdoor activities because I grew up doing that. My dad took me camping at a very young age — our whole family — and it’s just something we’ve always enjoyed as a family and I hope to transfer that over to our family.”

Although Duggar admittedly has “never really been a big camper,” she says the experience “camping outdoors” has “been a blast.”

Reflecting on their special day spent on the river, Forsyth lists “hanging out with all the family and friends and just spending time together in the great outdoors and God’s creation” as his favorite part of the adventurous trip.

“Mine was definitely, of course hanging out with everybody, but as far as the adventure, I think kayaking down the rapids,” adds Duggar.

With their upcoming nuptials right around the corner, the soon-to-be newlyweds are preparing for their wedding day. And if it’s anything like older sister Jinger (Duggar) Vuolo, who tied the knot with husband Jeremy Vuolo in front of nearly 1,000 guests, it’s going to be a big and full house!

“Wedding planning is going great so far,” Duggar says with a smile. “I think Austin’s been helping out more than he ever thought he would be. He’s been a part of a lot of it.”

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While Forsyth is excited to say “I do” to his bride-to-be on the day of the wedding, he’s looking forward to spending forever with the Counting On star.

“I think I’m looking forward to the fact that it’ll be day number one of spending the rest of my life with this beautiful young lady,” Forsyth says, and adds, “and that I have finally married the woman of my dreams.”

In February, Duggar told PEOPLE that she and Forsyth have “gotten to experience so much already in our relationship,” including “Lots of church ministries, road trips, hiking, hunting and remodeling houses together.”

“It’s really special that I got to grow up with him and my family knows him really well,” she said about Forsyth, whom she first met when his family moved to Arkansas and started attending the Duggars’ church.

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“The Bachelor” franchise is far better known for perpetuating racism than for thoughtfully discussing it. But on this week’s episode, the painfully whitewashed show actually acknowledged that racism exists and that the current political climate has heightened the visibility of overt racism. The bar is very low, but for “The Bachelor” this is uncharted territory ― and it made for pretty great TV.

This isn’t the first time the show has skimmed the surface of race in America, but it’s certainly (and sadly) the most in-depth. A few contestants have brought up their own experiences of growing up biracial during their intro packages (Christian on JoJo’s season, Taylor on this season), and we’ve seen several in-season “in the moment” interviews and conversations between the leads and their suitors in which race is addressed. Marquel on Andi’s season of “The Bachelorette” and Robyn on Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor” both explicitly discussed interracial dating and the challenges they face as black contestants. But because contestants of color have traditionally rarely made it past week five or six, the show has never really discussed race beyond those simple acknowledgements that race exists. Rachel Lindsay, who got a hometown date on this season of “The Bachelor” and has already been announced as the next “Bachelorette” forced the franchise to dig ever-so-slightly deeper.

On Episode 8, Nick journeyed to Dallas to meet Rachel’s family. Though it’s already been announced that Rachel is the next Bachelorette ― and therefore won’t end up with Nick ― the date was still worth watching. Nick, who says he’s never seriously dated a black woman before, first joins her at her predominantly black church, where she makes clear that attending services together would be important to her in a relationship. Broaching religious divides, itself typically a third rail in “Bachelor” world, in such an open way made for a more honest portrait of two people navigating a possible relationship. But perhaps more importantly, Rachel makes it clear the church service was a bit of a culture test: While Nick has attended church, this would be his first time in a mostly black church. Whether he would be comfortable in that setting, she suggests, could reveal a lot about how well he’d fit into her own life. 

Next, the couple meets up with Rachel’s family ― minus her father, a federal judge who couldn’t appear on the show. During the family dinner, race is an open topic of conversation. Rachel’s mother, Kathy, and sister, Constance, directly ask Nick about whether he’s dated black women before. After he emphasizes that he’s not concerned with race because of his feelings for Rachel, her sister skeptically tells the camera that ignoring race isn’t enough.

“Right now, in this climate that we’re in, I feel like we’ve seen more racism come out,” she says. “He does need to be more aware. It’s not just something you can hide and ignore and can live in your bubble.” (It’s also worth noting that this date was filmed mere days before Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.)

“The Bachelor” has historically tried to exist in a world in which real-life forces ― like religious identity, race and political viewpoint ― don’t exist. The idea that all you need is vulnerability and a spark and an open heart to find true love is an appealing fantasy that likely shields the show from putting off certain segments of its viewership (as well as its advertisers). But after 15 years, it feels obviously ridiculous at best and actively harmful at worst. We live in a country where Jewish community centers are receiving waves of bomb threats, where churches are being vandalized with white supremacist graffiti, where the President of United States signed a travel ban targeting Muslims. Even the sappiest of TV love stories cannot escape the world it takes place in.

No one wants Rachel’s arc ― on this season or her own season of the show ― to be entirely about the color of her skin. There are so many interesting things about her, it would be a pity to just focus on one part of her identity. But not talking about race has never proven an effective way of eliminating racism; being open and thoughtful about the challenges that might, sadly, accompany an interracial relationship is valuable.

A partner who understands what race and racism mean in Rachel’s life could offer her better support and understanding. It’s clear from the most recent episode of “The Bachelor” that her family wants that for her. Plus, a show that at least attempts to mirror the real-life challenges of the world it’s situated within may prove to be more interesting, relevant, and yes, entertaining, than ever before.

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In the the E! News video above, Viall breaks down some of the worst ways to end a relationship, including the classic “It’s not you, it’s me.” 

“It’s important to remember that when someone says, ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ that it is definitely you and they absolutely do not think it’s them,” he says.

Ouch.

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Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert Get Engaged On ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

“Bachelor in Paradise” ended with a bang, as expected. 

Contestants Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert got engaged on the finale Monday night. The pair, who dated throughout the entire season, were all smiles as they celebrated on the beach, Jade sporting a new Neil Lane diamond ring on her finger. They stopped by “After Paradise” to chat with hosts Chris Harrison and Jenny Mollen, saying their relationship is better than ever.

“We don’t want to have a long engagement, so …” Jade admitted.

Who knew this would be my last first kiss? #BachelorInParadise

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Other couples decided to take a chance at love outside the show, including Samantha Steffen and Nick Peterson and Cassandra Ferguson and Justin Reich. Oddly enough, it was revealed on “After Paradise” that Cassandra actually didn’t end up with Justin, but another “BIP” contestant – Jonathan Holloway. “It’s been about a month, and we’re taking it as slowly as we can,” Holloway told Harrison. 

But not everyone found happiness in paradise. Tenley Molzahn and Joshua Albers decided to go their separate ways, as did Carly Waddell and Kirk Dewindt, who had one of the most dramatic breakups in “Bachelor” history on Sunday night’s episode. Kirk “blindsided” Carly, telling her he didn’t feel as strongly for her as she clearly felt for him, despite the fact that they seemingly had a great connection.

“I had no idea … he never gave me any warning signal at all,” Carly said of the split on “After Paradise.” “My reaction [to the breakup], I think, was very valid.” 

Kirk apologized to Carly on the after show, saying that he tried to give their relationship a fair shot before realizing he was “behind.” He also took to Twitter to share his side of the story:

Carly pulled a Taylor Swift and released a song about the on-air breakup:

Ah, the drama never ends. Until next summer …

 

 

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Ben Higgins Named The Next ‘Bachelor’

Ladies, line up, because there’s a new Bachelor in town … and he’s a fan favorite.  

Ben Higgins, who was “Bachelorette” star Kaitlyn Bristowe’s third choice, was named the new star of “The Bachelor” on Monday night’s episode of “After Paradise.”

The 26-year-old was pretty much a shoo-in to star on the upcoming season after Bachelor Nation supported his campaign following his exit from “The Bachelorette” on July 13. Although, Season 11’s Nick Viall did give Higgins a run for his money. 

“I think he would be a great choice […] I have a lot of respect for Ben H. He is as sweet as everyone thinks he is,” Viall told HuffPost’s “Here to Make Friends” podcast earlier this month. “I might be giving myself too much credit, but Ben kind of reminds me of when I was 26.” 

Higgins seemed to be everyone’s No. 1 choice. Even Amy Schumer called into “After Paradise” to wish him luck. “Find love, and then send some my way, OK?” she said.

The software salesman is excited to begin his journey on the show. “It’s incredible. People like me don’t get opportunities like this,” Higgins told Harrison. “I never thought that this opportunity would be something I could have.” 

Higgins will be on “Good Morning America” to chat more about his upcoming season on Tuesday morning. 

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‘Bachelor In Paradise’ Season 2, Episodes 3 & 4: Joe Becomes The Franchise’s Newest Villain

It’s not “Almost Paradise” anymore — “Bachelor in Paradise” has finally arrived, and in abundance. The first week’s episodes, three hours in total, offered all the laughter, tears, making out and backstabbing we could possibly hope for.

In this week’s “Here To Make Friends” podcast, hosts Claire Fallon, Culture Writer, and Emma Gray, Senior Women’s Editor, recap episodes 3 and 4 of “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 2. We’ll discuss Joe’s sociopathic tendencies, whether Jared really is all that sweet, Lauren’s exit and Clare’s cliffhanger breakdown. 

Plus, Nick Viall, the polarizing runner-up of “The Bachelorette” seasons 10 and 11, joins to catch us up on his life, what the future might hold and to give us his thoughts on “Paradise.”

 

 

Do people love “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” or do they love to hate it? It’s unclear. But here at “Here To Make Friends,” we both love and love to hate them — and we love to snarkily dissect each episode in vivid detail.

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The Women Of ‘The Bachelor’ Are All Of Us (No, Really)

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Last week, just a few days before the premiere of Season 11 of “The Bachelorette,” my colleague Emma Gray and I launched a podcast called “Here To Make Friends,” which recaps the dating reality show with love and snark. (You can listen to our recap of the first episode below.)

From around the newsroom, I received ripples of shock. Some were mostly bemused: “Oh my God, I would never have guessed you watched ‘The Bachelor’!” several colleagues gasped to me. Others were almost concerned. “I just…” said one of my male coworkers, furrowing his brow in consternation, “You seem like a smart person. Why do you watch ‘The Bachelor’?”

I’ve been getting versions of this question since I started live-tweeting the show a couple seasons ago. My unlucky followers must endure two hours of incessant tweets poking fun at contestants’ opening gambits and questionable outfits every Monday night, resulting in not a few unfollows and annoyed replies from my more high-minded friends and acquaintances. “Why do you watch ‘The Bachelor’?”

I was a Books Editor at The Huffington Post when I first started getting this query; the assumption was that 100 percent of my free time (rather than 90 percent) was spent reading. But hey, I’m a multi-dimensional person! People who watch “The Bachelor” also read books. Shocking.

“The Bachelor” won me over slowly when I was living alone in a tiny studio in Brooklyn. Folding laundry and cleaning seemed incredibly tedious — so I’d put on the most recent episode of “The Bachelor” on Hulu, at first barely paying attention as I scrubbed and sorted. Then I realized I was doing a lot of staring, rapt, as the Windex dangled limply in my hand. I was hooked.

Moving to an apartment with a TV changed everything. I could watch each episode in real time — which meant I could live-tweet. Suddenly, every episode of “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” became my version of the Super Bowl: God help anyone who tried to keep me from being in front of the TV when the cheesy intro started playing. Bring me appropriate snacks (wine, Thai takeout, ice cream) and absolutely do not talk until commercial breaks, if you must watch with me. If you have to say something about the show, I told my (very patient) boyfriend, say it on Twitter.

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Can you find love… on a beach? Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul apparently did on the first season of “Bachelor in Paradise”!

Still, why do I watch “The Bachelor”? There are actually a few answers to the question. (Emma has her own response.) Chick flicks and formulaic rom-coms feature among my favorite mindless distractions, and “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” offer a touch of that absurd, over-the-top romantic melodrama — and plenty of snort-worthy gaffes to keep things light.

Once I began live-tweeting, my enjoyment blossomed into something more involved. Nothing felt better than nailing a barb about a particularly outrageous group date (goat milking, anyone?) or getting into quippy exchanges with my new live-tweeting friends. The show felt like both a guilty pleasure and an intellectual exercise, a chance to hone my one-liners and rapid-fire banter.

That wasn’t all, though. As much as we mock the rigid rules and absurd formula of “The Bachelor,” one reason it’s endured so long may be its similarity to the real world of romance. Sure, it’s an exaggerated one — exaggerated to the point where we can barely recognize it — but it enforces and brings out dynamics that many of us experience, in subtler fashion, in our own dating lives.

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If you’re lucky, like Whitney Bischoff, you get proposed to on national TV after two months and swept off your feet by a muscle-bound hunk of love like Chris Soules.

When we see a 24-year-old, blonde yoga instructor sobbing after not receiving a rose, wondering if she’ll ever find love, it seems truly laughable, and we laugh. She’s young, and (duh) her success on “The Bachelor” is not a measure of her value. But for many women, a part of us also responds with secret compassion. We’re taught to value our desirability to men so greatly that any rejection can call our self-worth into question; how many of us have spent the weeks or months after a break-up or unrequited crush bemoaning our fated singlehood?

And sure, most dudes don’t date 25 women at once, narrowing them down by eliminating one or two per week, but women today (at least here in NYC) often do complain of the difficulty in finding a relationship when men are seemingly happy to casually date an ever-changing rotation of ladies. After you’ve been on a couple great dates, you don’t need to be on “The Bachelor” to feel the nauseating fear of losing out to a more alluring competitor. (And who hasn’t felt the sting of that asshole who strung you along, made you fall in love with him, told you he wasn’t ready for marriage, then turned around and proposed to some other girl, like, right away?)

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If you’re less lucky, like Kaitlyn Bristowe, you might feel strung along and humiliated, but who’s to say you won’t have the last laugh?

“The Bachelorette” is a different kind of crazy — a bunch of bros trying to pretend they don’t care about a woman, they just want to win, but also they’re there for the right reasons — but still presents plenty of head-scratching yet all-too-familiar vignettes from the world of love. And last night’s two-Bachelorette premiere felt even more familiar, as I watched Kaitlyn side-eye the ground with a forced smile while Britt enveloped suitors in a cloud of silky hair and lipstick. As much as we fight against it and proclaim our inherent self-worth, we all kind of want to be the popular one.

For the smart, intellectually engaged women I know who can’t stop watching this franchise, there’s a certain twisted pleasure in seeing the imbalanced gender dynamics of dating writ large: What might seem so slight an annoyance in our own lives that we’d be petty to mention it becomes a cartoonish offense in “Bachelor World,” and strident analysis seems like fair game. It’s like the Platonic ideal of modern dating, claiming to be evolved and empowering, but packed with degrading expectations and assumptions.

Sometimes it’s depressing, even with white wine and Twitter in hand, to see these worn-out tropes being visited on another generation; the women who must ooze sex appeal while never admitting to having had actual sex, the men who flex their muscles at each other instead of forming relationships. But those problems still exist in our society, and that’s why they exist on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” The reality shows just make them easier to talk about.

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Why Chris Harrison Would Never Go On ‘The Bachelor’

Sorry to dash your hopes “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” fans, but host Chris Harrison has no interest in being the next “Bachelor.”

In an interview with HuffPost Live Monday, the host of the ABC reality show said it doesn’t make sense for him to follow in the footsteps of Juan Pablo, Chris Soules and all the rest.

“Here’s the thing about being ‘The Bachelor’: I believe in it and I love the show,” he said. “But I have been producing this show — hosting it and been behind the curtain — for 13 years. To come on and act like I don’t have any knowledge of how this is put together — you have to have a little sense of naiveté and innocence coming into this. I just know a little too much.”

That said, Harrison admitted he hasn’t had much luck dating since splitting from college sweetheart Gwen in 2012. He called himself “tragically undateable” given his busy schedule. (Hey, we still believe in your journey for love, Chris.)

In an interview with GQ magazine earlier this year, the 43-year-old host entertained the idea of having his ex-wife appear as the next “Bachelorette.”

“Now, there’s an idea,” Harrison said. “There’s a part of me, the producer side, that knows it would be epic television, good or bad. It could be like the Hindenburg — the greatest disaster ever — but even then that would be great TV.”

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All The Times Vulnerable ‘Bachelor’ Contestants Had Their Guards Up, In One Video

And the final rose goes to: Whitney!

During this fairytale season of “The Bachelor,” guards** were let down as vulnerable contestants — who were there for the right reasons — competed to win the heart of their potential future husband, Chris. For Kaitlyn, whose guard** was a topic of constant conversation, Prince Farming was not The One. For Britt, who was woken up in the most vulnerable way, Arlington, Iowa was not in her future. Here’s hoping Kaitlyn and Britt will finally let their guards** down next season on “The Bachelorette!”

**HuffPost Women has yet to confirm what a guard actually is, and how one goes about letting said guard up or down. We feel really vulnerable without this knowledge.

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7 Lessons From ‘The Bachelor’ Season 19 Premiere: Chris Soules Is Prince Farming

Welcome back to the wonderful world of white wine tears, roses, grammatical incorrectness and two-month journeys toward engagement. That’s right, “The Bachelor” has returned — this time with Chris Soules, the all-American, corn-loving #PrinceFarming at its helm. This season, we’ll be recapping the highlights of each episode.

7 Things We Learned From Farmer Chris’ Premiere

1. “Love is a lot like farming.” Plow her field? Plant a seed (of love)? We can look forward to many farming-related puns in the weeks to come. Farmer Chris will never live down his choice of career in the “Bachelor” world, but we’re OK with that.

2. Arlington, Iowa is filled with old white men, Chris Soules, and one hairstyle for women. We got to catch a few glimpses of Chris’ hometown, where his future lady love will presumably move. (Our fair Bachelor is a commercial farmer, so there’s no way he’s leaving his quaint 400-person town — and his livelihood — for the big city … or medium city … or large village.) Last night we saw Chris hangin’ with his bros, who happen to be white dudes exclusively over the age of 65, and we were introduced to a few women Chris grew up with. Spoiler alert: They all had Kate Gosselin hairdos.

3. Not every event needs a red carpet. For some confusing reason, ABC decided that two hours of “The Bachelor” wasn’t enough. Apparently, what the premiere really needed was an hour-long live red carpet where old “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants loitered, chatted it up with Chris Harrison and took selfies with screaming women. To the powers that be: Please never do this again.

4. Sport Fishing Enthusiast is a viable career path. Who knew? Add this to the list of creative faux careers featured on “The Bachelor” franchise. Prince Farming’s cast of “amazing women” also includes a freelance journalist, an executive assistant, a chiropractic assistant, a dental assistant (who has a son named Kale), a news producer, a cruise ship singer, a flight attendant, a fertility nurse, a widowed guidance counselor and a crazy-eyed ballet instructor. True diversity … of jobs. There’s still only one woman of color in the 30.

5. It’s acceptable to discuss baby-making and/or human tissue on a first date. Other topics of conversation on last night’s premiere included the complexity of onions, Chris’ karaoke selections (Tim McGraw and Faith Hill songs), the six-step and the parallels between the holidays and “The Bachelor.” “It’s like Christmas morning, except your presents are women,” exclaims one of Chris’ suitors. No. NoNoNoNoNo.

6. Great first impressions are rewarded … with kisses. Hollywood waitress Britt, who according to her ABC profile loves Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace, which will really earn her some brownie points with the snarky Twitter crowd, snagged both the first impression rose and the first kiss from our farmer. “I actually really like you!” she says. (No worries, Britt. We’re surprised too.)

7. If you get rejected, it’s probably best to accept defeat and move on. After Chris made the “gut-wrenching” decision to send home eight of the women he’d gotten to spend three minutes chit-chatting with — the emotional horror! — one of the contestants refused to slink off into the 6am sunrise limo. Kimberly (we think that’s her name?) returned to pull Chris aside, though we won’t see the inevitable uncomfortable outcome until next week.

And The Final Rose Goes To…
SAFE: Kaitlyn, Jade, Samantha, Ashley I., Tandra, Nikki, Kelsey, Megan, Alissa, Amber, Juelia, Becca, Trina, Mackenzie, Tracy, Tara (woo hoo!), Jordan, Jillian, Whitney, Carly, Ashley S. (a.k.a. Onion Girl)
ELIMINATED: Amanda, Bo, Brittany, Kara, Kimberly, Michelle, Nicole, Reegan

This Season, On “The Bachelor”
Air balloons! Popping champagne! Iowa! Throwing leaves! Bikinis! Widow feels so lucky! No one is more genuine! Guns! Private concerts! This is amazing! Making out! Virgin! Stripping! Ashley is freaking out! Girl would rather chew glass than lose! Private tent hookups! Chris makes a mistake! Tears! More tears! Mascara tears! EMTs! More tears! Even more tears! Chris takes responsibility! Chris says women can go home! Widow gives Chris a second chance! Doubts wiped away! Kisses! More kisses! A future in Iowa! Chris tears!

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