As of this writing, we do not know whether or not Katie Thurston will bring her vibrator along for her run as the next Bachelorette.
We do now know, however, when the beautiful brunette will debut in this role.
ABC announced Thurston's premiere date on Wednesday, April 7, while also giving fans their very first look at Katie in the role.
Here it is:
The 17th season of this franchise, meanwhile, will kick off on June 7, while the same network also confirmed today that Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.
This, of course, will be a unique year for The Bachelorette.
Following a lengthy, race-based controversy on this past season of The Bachelor, producers said this spring that 2021 will feature a pair of Bachelorette leads.
First up will be Thurston, who was eliminated fairly early on by Matt James; then, this winter, Michelle Young, will take on this challenging gig.
Among the other major changes?
Chris Harrison will not serve as host on Katie's season.
Instead, with ABC essentially punishing Harrison for insensitive remarks he made during Matt's Bachelor season when it came to suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and her past social media posts...
... Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will anchor Season 17.
“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," read a statement from the network in mid-March.
"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.
"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season...
"We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks."
Back to Thurston, however:
She made a name for herself as "Vibrator Girl" almost immediately upon her Bachelor introduction... thanks to her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along when she met James.
She also earned praise from viewers around the nation because she stood up to bullies inside the resort that housed the suitors and basically told them to shut the f--k up.
For a brief period of time, there was chatter about Thurston being too racy for The Bachelorette gig, but executives appear willing to roll the proverbial dice.
Katie's season is currently filming in New Mexico and it will once again feature the star and her aspiring husbands quarantined on their own.
So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.
As for where Thurston comes down on Harrison and the scandal that enguled Bachelor Nation for nearly all of Matt's recent season?
"I stand with other alumni who have expressed that learning & growth require time," Thurston has Tweeted.
"I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work," she continued.
"We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does."
Will you be tuning in to see if Katie Thurston can find love on The Bachelorette?
Deshayla Harris, a cast member on the final season of Bad Girls Club, has been confirmed as as one of two victims killed in a trio of shootings in Virginia Beach on Friday.
She was 29 years old.
According to a state released yesterday by local authorities, Harris is believed to have been a "bystander at the second" incident.
The shooting remains under investigation -- and is not believed to have been connected with the other shooting incidents on Friday.
No arrests have been made in connection with the fatalities.
"We do believe that [Harris] truly is, at this point in time, an innocent victim that was probably struck by stray gunfire in some regards," Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said at a Saturday press conference.
Not many other details are available at this time.
On Saturday night, Bad Girls Club released a statement regarding Harris' death.
"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Deshayla's family and loved ones," the program wrote on its Twitter page.
Her murder was also mourned by fellow Bad Girls Club star Key Hamilton.
"You didn't deserve this man this sh-- jus don't feel real ....I'm sick affffff rest easy Babygirl," Hamilton wrote.
"Thank you for always pushing me and supporting me no matter where we were in our friendship...watch over me I love you ...we literally JUST talked 3 days ago."
The first shooting in Virginia Beach on Friday injured numerous individuals, but there were no fatalities, authorities said.
However, the third shooting, which was officer-involved, claimed the life of Donovon W. Lynch, 25, while the second took Harris.
The body cam on the officer involved in the incident with Lynch was not on for "unknown reasons," prompting questions surrounding his death.
A protest was held later that night, with demonstrators calling for the police officer involved to be held accountable for what transpired.
"As much as we would like to be transparent -- we pride ourselves on being accountable and responsive -- I do not have the answers that the community is looking for in regards to this death right now," said VBPD Chief Neudigate on Saturday.
Lynch's passing has been mourned by several family members and friends, with his father calling Lynch a "dream son."
"Intelligent, handsome, a scholar, an athlete, an entrepreneur and loved by all he came in contact with," he said in a statement to WAVY. "Rest in Peace Don!
In total, 10 people were injured by gunfire -- including two who died -- in three separate shootings Friday in Virginia Beach, according to police.
Three people have been arrested and each charged with seven counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm.
Harris, meanwhile, was known as “Shay" when she appeared on the 17th and final season of Bad Girls Club in 2017.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Harris was nicknamed “The Firecracker Fashionista” on the show and represented the East Coast.
We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.
May Deshayla Harris rest in peace.
Ryan Edwards does not sound bitter.
He does not sound mad.
He doesn't even sound as if he cares very much about what transpired this week in his professional life.
But we'll see forr how long this calm tone lasts.
On Tuesday, Edwards, his wife and both of his parents were effectively fired from Teen Mom OG.
To be even more specific, Edwards, his wife and both of his parents were effectively fired from Teen Mom OG... by Ryan's main foe and ex-girlfriend, Maci Bookout!
“Ryan and Mackenzie, as well as Jen and Larry, were all on a call with production on Tuesday informing them they won’t be on the show anymore going forward,” a source told our friends at The Ashley's Reality TV Roundup.
Added this insider:
“The Edwards were informed that Maci’s reps wanted to go a different direction and showcase all of her abilities.
"Maci went to production and explained she wanted her story to cover all the parts of her life and no longer focus on Ryan and his family.”
Such a power move doesn't come as a huge surprise, considering Maci has been feuding all season with Ryan and his relatives over how often they see Bookout's 12-year old son, Bentley.
At one point, Ryan's wife, Mackenzie, trashed her husband's baby mama as a "spiteful bitch," and, at another point, Ryan's father nearly came to blows with Maci's husband, Taylor McKinney.
It's been very ugly for awhile now.
“We the family have been let go from the show by the network,” Larry confirmed on Wednesday to The Sun. “It’s unbelievable.”
As for how Edwards feels about this development?
"I really haven’t given MTV much thought now that I have my own fabrication shop," Edwards claimed to this same publication on Friday.
Ryan not really caring, or almost even noticing, that he's been canned is a bit hard to believe.
But his dad did confirm back in October that Ryan was getting a garage built.
"He fabricates buggies from the ground up. He would love to build buggies for people. Put row bars on them. Not many people do custom work like that," Larry explained back then.
"He’s very good at it. He’s got all the tools and machines."
Mackenzie, meanwhile, has said that Maci went all the up the cable network food chain to the executives at Viacom in order to oust her rivals.
She added that Bookout's agent "said that they wanted to focus on all of Maci's abilities and her... whatever she does... and that we took up the time on the show that she could be using to show all that."
“It’s just more of an angry, I’m gonna show you who’s boss-type of deal.
"The truth in the matter is, she calls the shots here. This is her show. It is what it is. It’s fine.”
In closing, Mackenzie reached for a silver lining amid the chaos.
She said that she’s a bit “relieved” to be done on the show.
“It’s almost, like, a weight lifted off of my shoulders.
"I deserve to feel good about myself, I deserve to not be riddled with anxiety all the time.”
Maci has not yet commented on this situation.
She's probably too busy having the last laugh.
In the end -- following an unpredictable season that concluded with the temporary ousting of the only host the show has ever known -- The Bachelor ended in the most predictable fashion imaginable.
Matt James chose the woman everyone knew he would choose, almost since Day One.
While everything else surrounding the series went into upheaveal, the earliest Bachelor spoilers proved prophetic.
Matt James gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell.
Before arriving at this decision, though, Matt's mom, Patty, and older brother, John, joined their loved one at Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
Once there, they meet the two women with whom James was allegedly in love.
"I think it's a long shot that Matt would be engaged at the end of this," Patty told the cameras, perhaps hinting at the conclusion to come.
Michelle ended up making quite the impression, however, telling Patty she was "very much" in love with her son.
That was seemingly all it took for Patty to be convinced Michelle could be part of the problem, which prompted Jams to gush in a confessional:
"I'm extremely excited about where we're at in our relationship. Today couldn't have gone any better."
What about Rachael, though?
"I've loved people and I've cared for people but I don't think I've ever been truly in love with someone to where I can see my future with him," Rachael told John, adding:
"This probably sounds crazy but I just feel like he is the other half of me that I've needed."
Heck, Patty even cried listening to Rachael gush over her child.
"I just want to let you know that I really, really, truly do love your son," Kirkconnell said to Patty.
Despite the rave reviews both women received, and despite Matt saying he cared deeply for both Michelle and Rachael, Matt told Chris Harrison that he wasn't sure about proposing.
"I know that the easy thing for me to do would be to tell Rachael and Michelle what they want to hear and [that] is I'm ready and I've been through with this whole process and get down on one knee and do something that I'm not ready for," he explained.
"And then what happens?
"It sets off our relationship course on something that neither one of us are ready for."
Cut to Matt's final date with Michelle, which featured the pair rappelling down a building.
Later on, after confessing to the camera that he had some doubts, Matt had to come clean after Michelle gave him a basketball jersey and pulled out a matching one for her that said "Mrs. James" on the back.
"I'm just like, having doubts," he told Michelle.
"And I shouldn't be having any doubts about that. We're like, a day or two away. This is the first time I've felt any type of thing outside of wanting to be with you forever and having just any doubt in my mind at this point for me is just like, scary.
"I've been pushing through that feeling today and trying to get there because of how I feel about you and what I know life could look like with you.
"And I think the easy thing for me to do would be to tell you what you want to hear."
Young, heartbroken, wondered how Matt could just "flip a switch" and no longer be in love with her.
But Matt simply apologized and said it wasn't like that.
He then told Harrison that he wasn't in love with Michelle.
Which brings up to Rachael's final date on the finale... sort of.
To build drama, Matt actually canceled the date... pondered how he was feeling... and, of course, picked out an engagement ring as part of the network's advertising deal with jewelerr Neil Lane.
Rachael and Matt ended up meeting by the lake, with the former speaking first.
"I want to be there for you when you're hurting," she said. "And when you're hurting, I'm hurting. And I don't know what happened yesterday, but I do know I'm not going to run just when it gets tough.
"I don't know if you still want this but regardless, I feel so unbelievably lucky just to have felt what I have felt for you.
"I never felt a love like this in my entire life and at the end of the day I just want you to be happy, but I just know with all my heart that I love you and I will choose you every day from here on out if you'll let me."
Matt responded by telling Rachael she's "everything that I came here looking for."
"I want to be everything to you, I want to be everything for you that my dad wasn't to my mom," James continued. "And as I'm wrestling with what I'm going to do today, the easy thing for me to do would be to brush those feelings and emotions off and make you happy.
"That's to propose to you today.
"But I couldn't live with myself if I put you through what my mom has been through. I've seen what rushing into a proposal, a marriage can do in my family and it's ugly and it's not something I want for you or for us.
"And that's why I can't propose to you today."
Kirkconnell said she understood and both sides dropped the L-Bomb. Matt also added that he did see a future with Rachael.
"I do see you as my wife," the Bachelor concluded. "I see you as the mother of my kids."
Matt gave Rachael the final rose and, naturally, she accepted.
Then, Matt picked her up and they left together in a horse-drawn carriage.
And they lived happily ever after?
On the After the Final Rose special, hosted by Emmanuel Acho, James explained how he and Rachael were on an "extended honeymoon" after the finale wrapped.
Untill those social media photos were leaked online and Kirkconnell had to acknowledge mistakes she made in the past that were "racist and wrong."
"You hear things that are heartbreaking and you just pray they're not true," James told Acho of how he felt when he first learned Kirkconnell had attended a plantation-themed party in 2018.
"And when you find out that they are, it makes you question everything."
Mat then said the entire incident and scandal made him think "Rachael might not understand what it means to be black in America."
He referenced her apology and how she said in it that "there's a lot of work that needs to be done," emphasizing for the audience:
"I have to step back and allow her to do that work."
So you're no longer together? Acho asked.
No, Matt replied.
And there you have it.
James bristled at the notion that some viewers might be "triggered" by his reaction to Rachael's past actions, adding that those folks simply do not understand his experience as a Black man.
In the end? Neither does Rachael Kirkconnell.
And therein lies the whole problem.
So much for a slap on Chris Harrison's wrist.
About one month after the long-time host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette announced that he would step away from the franchise -- due to some racially-insensitive comments he made in response to an ongoing franchise scandal - ABC has confirmed that Harrison will not return.
Not for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette at least.
"Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a joint statement on Friday.
This same message went to acknowledge Harrison's recent missteps -- while naming his upcoming replacements.
"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing."
"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season."
Adams, of course, served as the most recent Bachelorette.
Bristowe was a contestant on The Bachelor and then anchored her own season of the latter show back on Season 11.
"As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks," the statement concluded.
"These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world."
So not only will there be two Bachelorettes, as per The Bachelorette spoilers, but two hosts.
Harrison came under major fire in early February after an interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay.
He was asked at the time about current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and a number of newly-surfaced social media posts.
They featured her dressed in Native American attire as a costume and also attending an antebellum plantation-themed college party in 2018.
Kirkconnell, who is expected to win The Bachelor Season 25 on Monday night, admitted herself these actions were "racist and wrong" and has asked for folks to NOT defend her.
Speaking to Lindsay, however, Harrison withheld judgment, seemingly going out of his way to focus on Kirkconnell, as opposed to those affected by her past behavior.
He even questioned the "lens" of 2021 compared to 2018 and said that people should have "a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for the suitor.
Harrison quickly apologized and said he would, at the very least, not be hosting the March 15 After the Final Rose special.
Emmanuel Acho will be stepping into this role in Harrison's place next week... talking to James and, we presume, Kirkconnell about all that has transpired on this chaotic Bachelor season.
For his part, Harrison appeared just days ago on Good Morning America and said he plans on returning to the franchise.
He shared in the interview with Michael Strahan that he is working with "a race educator and strategist," as well as faith leaders and scholars, like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
"Dr. Dyson often talks to me about counsel, not cancel. That is full accountability … owning from that, learning from that.
"Seeking council from the community that you hurt, gaining experience knowledge and moving forward," Harrison said on GMA.
To many viewers, Harrison said all the right words at the time.
But even Strahan later said it sounded like a "surface" mea culpa from someone who just wanted his job back.
"I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay."
"I didn't speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism ..."
"I'm sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I'm sorry to the Black community," Harrison said on air.
He added that he is "committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."
Continued Harrison this month:
"I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that."
"I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."
"And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it."
"This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change."
Alas, the new season of The Bachelorette will likely premiere in May.
It will reportedly include Katie Thurston as the lead, although there's also been chatter that there may be TWO Bachelorettes.
Either way, Chris Harrison will not act as host. Will you still tune in?
This much we can say for certain:
The Real Housewives of Orange County will look very different in 2022.
There's no real debate at this point that the long-running Bravo franchise will replace some cast members and keep other cast members, but this fact still leaves one obvious question out there:
Who is leaving?
Who is staying?
And why is this so gosh darn complicated?
Speculation over a mass firing by executives ran rampany a few days ago after a popular Instagram account shared a tipster’s alleged inside information about the program.
This individual person claimed that Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Emily Simpson, and Elizabeth Vargas had all been fired.
Tamra Judge, meanwhile, was supposedly set to return; while Heather Dubrow and Alexis Bellino had been extended a contract, but actually turned it down and were planning to become free agents.
Was there any truth to this detail rumor?
All we can do is quote social media user Deuxmoi, who wrote online this week:
“Same friend also works at Bravo. RHOC shakeup is coming.
Kelly, Braunwyn, Emily, and Elizabeth are out. Tamra will be back. Heather and Alexis said no.
"They’re trying to get Gretchen [Rossi] and her rich Newport [Beach] friends on but Gretchen won’t return if Tamra’s still on the show.”
Based on this intel, the only stars guaranteed to appear next season would be Shannon Beador and Gina Kirschenheiter.
But wait one second, people! Hold everything! Pick your jaws up off the floor!
Dave Quinn -- who refers to himself as the “Housewives scholar” on Instagram and who has shared reliable information in the past -- jumped in to the fray shortly after this rumor got started to say this:
It's total BS.
“[For your information], that [Deuxmoi RHOC] tea isn’t true so please stop sending it to me,” he tweeted on February 21.
A fan, hoping for Tamra’s return, subsequently asked Dave to confirm which part of the rumor isn’t true.
“All of it isn’t true,” he wrote. “There [have] been no decisions made yet.”
Oh, well. Okay then!
It's been discussed for several weeks, of course, that Dodd is on her way out, following her many anti-mask comments, her stark racism, her open disdain for public health and her general elitiism.
Until she claimed the opposite, that is.
"It’s actually kinda funny..." Dodd Tweeted this week. "I’ve heard these rumors every year for the last five years."
Kelly even boasted: "Looking forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16!"
Is she actually coming back, though? Have producers really arrived at this decision? Or any decision?
A network spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday that no casting choices have been made just yet.
What does all this mean?
Mostly that The Real Housewives of Orange County continue to win because here we are, in the offseason, obsessed with the show and what comes next.
But if Dodd truly does return? After all she has said and done and how much she just sucks so much?
It may be a pompous bridge too far for some viewers.
The Bachelor really is going through it these days.
We're talking not just about the franchise, either, amid an ongoing racism scandal that has engulfed the Season 25 favorite and also the only host the show has ever known.
We're also talking about The Bachelor himsellf, Matt James.
Shortly after James addressed the Rachael Kirkconnell-Chris Harrison saga on Instagram, he went on a quartet of hometown dates with his final four.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series brought Bri, Michelle, Rachael and Serena P.'s loved ones to Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania.
We opened with Michelle taking Matt on a bike ride and then on a virtual trip to the classroom in which she teaches.
"How many girlfriends do you have?" one student asked, to which Matt replied deftly: "I've got one right here, Ms. Young."
Another student, Kelsey, wondered if the couple planned on having babies.
"That's a great question. And yeah, I do want kids. A lot of them," James responded, while later telliing another student that he and Michelle are discussing the whole marriage thing.
After these cute interactions, the pair kissed and Michelle told the cameras that the day had gone "even better" than she could've imagined.
"I'm falling in love with Matt," she confessed, adding:
"And I think my family, they're going to have no problem falling in love with him, too. But tonight, if they for some reason said, 'No, we don't like Matt,' it would be really hard for me to move forward with our relationship."
No pressure, though!
On her own, Michelle told her dad that she would accept a proposal from Matt.
When this same father proceeded to ask Matt if he loves her daughter, James diidn't give a straight answer:
"I haven't told her that yet and it's not something I will share with her until I meant it. And I am all in for your daughter."
Michelle, Matt and her parents ended the night playing basketball together.
"I connect with you in a way that I've never connected with anyone before, and so I do want you to know that after you meeting my family, I knew that I was going to take my emotions to a whole different level and I was ready for that," Michelle said to Matt.
"And I can say that I am falling in love with you. And that makes me so excited and it's so scary but it's so genuine and it's so real."
They they smooched.
From there, it was Rachael's time.
She picked James up in a sports car, blindfolded him and took him to another location -- which ended up being the spot for skydiving!
Matt said it was the "perfect idea," while Rachael admitted to being pretty anxious.
"It's a different feeling when you're falling in love and that person's potentially, like, really hurt," Matt told Rachael after both survived the adventure, but the latter took a hard fall.
"And the thought of losing you set in in that moment. I was like, damn we're just getting started. I didn't realize how strongly I felt until something like that happened to you."
Later, when her parents arrived, Rachael held nothing back.
"I've definitely been falling in love with him so easily," she told her mom, adding:
"If he were to propose to me tomorrow, I would be confident in saying 'yes.' Like, I know we can make this work. At least I think so."
Kirkconnell's mom was supportive, but her dad continually told Matt that it appeared as if the romance was moving too quickly.
Rachael ended up disappointed when Matt eventually told her he failed to ask for her father's blessing, prompting this quote from her: "I will be completely crushed if I don't end up with Matt."
Up next, Bri took Matt off-roading; this time, with her behind the wheel.
When Bri's mother asked what Matt liked about her child, Matt mentioned the commonality they shared of being raised by a single parent.
"The level we connect on is different than the conversations and connections I have with other women here, and I realized that early on when I shared with her what it's like to grow up with a single parent," Matt said.
"It's made me who I am and everything that you've done for Bri has made her into this woman who she is today. And I see it working with Bri."
Matt refused to drop the L-Bomb either to Bri or about Bri, but she went all in after James met her mom and her BFF.
"After taking to my mom and [my friend] Bri, I feel like I'm falling in love with you and I just… I want more time with you," she told Matt, who gave her a kiss in response.
Would he give her a rose later on, however?
Finally, Serena brought Matt to a private bar decked out with Canadian flags, maple syrup and beaver stuffed animals.
She wanted to give him the full Canada experience.
Serena's mom, Rasna, pulled Matt aside to talk almost as soon as she got there, asking him what he liked about her daughter.
"She's smart, beautiful, has her head on her shoulders and she challenges me," he responded.
"She doesn't take crap from anybody and every time I've left a conversation with her, I'm thinking about her and wanting to know everything I can about her."
In a separate conversation, after hearing that Matt was "everything" she would want for Serena, the suitor's sibling, Talia, told her sister:
"You don't seem smitten.
"And I think it's because you're in your head, personally. I think you're logically thinking, 'Yeah, Matt checks all the boxes, but where's that it-factor?'"
While speaking with her dad, Serena confessed that the certainty she felt in her relationship with Matt had started to wane.
"On one end I was confident, but now I'm not 1000 percent sure," Serena said.
Sensing that something remained "off" after the quasi hometown date, Matt paid Serena a visit at her suite and she shared the decision she came to following their meeting with her loved ones.
"When it came to being able to actually talk about my feelings for you and how I felt about you, I really struggled," she explained.
"And I thought that it was fear initially, that I was just scared.
But I think if I'm being honest with myself, it's more than that. And I think that it just comes down to the fact that I don't think that you're my person."
Matt took a long pause, clearly not too upset about the decision, and said:
"It sucks to hear that, 'cause I just want what's best for you. And if that's not going to be me, I can't make you happy and be all those things for you then like, that stinks."
With Serena headed home, Matt had a message for his final three prior to Fantasy Suite week:
"I just want to reiterate what it means when I offer you a rose and what comes with accepting that rose is accepting what comes with being here for me that's an engagement," Matt told his remaining suitors before starting the rose ceremony.
"I want you all to think long and hard about that commitment before you accept the rose tonight."
Michelle accepted "without hesitation," as did Rachael and then Bri.
However, Bri felt some type of way about being the last one offered a rose.
"There's just something a little bit disheartening knowing that I got the last rose," she told the cameras. "I can't help but just wonder where Matt's head is at."
We've read The Bachelor spoilers, Bri. We know the answer.
90 Day Fiance is back with Season 8, Episode 11.
After weeks of hitting it raw, Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina face a major pregnancy scare.
Brandon's first instinct is to tell Mother Dearest, but Julia is appropriately baffled, wanting to wait until they take the test.
Content warning: one of this episode's storylines includes an allegation of sexual assault.
That relationship is Stephanie Davison and Ryan Carr, which is fortunately over as of this episode's filming.
Tarik Myers and Hazel Cagalitan are on the path to their wedding.
When they open up to Tarik's friend about their plans to find a girlfriend, his friend has some valid concerns. It's a touching moment.
Yara Zaya puts on a brave face for an engagement party with Jovi Dufren's family.
But Jovi keeps blowing her off ... even on the same night that they tell his parents that they're expecting.
Rebecca Parrott is still grappling with her jealousy issues and a bewildered Zied Hakimi.
Visiting family mostly helps ... but it also brings up another sore subject.
Finally, Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva have what may be their worst fight yet.
And Natalie admits that a lot of her behavior stems from one thing from the past that she may have totally imagined.
1. Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina
2. Uh Oh
3. Brandon Gibbs wants to tell his parents about morning sickness
4. Brandon's first response is to tell his mom
5. Please no
6. Julia understands all too well
90 Day Fiance Season 8 just isn't the same without Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina's storyline.
Even though her 90 Day Farmhand nightmare seems to be over, a new problem has emerged.
In this sneak peek for Sunday's new episode, Julia reveals that she has morning sickness.
Even before Julia takes a pregnancy test, Brandon's first instinct is to blab to his mother.
As this sneak peek for Season 8, Episode 11 begins, Julia Trubkina is in the passenger's seat while Brandon Gibbs drives his car.
Julia is clearly feeling unwell, and rolls down her window for fresh air.
She warns Brandon that she fears that she may have to do the unthinkable -- vomit. (It's so gross to have to do, folks)
Brandon offers to pull over, but Julia does not yet see the need.
He asks if she's feeling unwell.
This is when Julia shares that she was actually throwing up "all morning."
That is an obvious bad sign, of course.
At this point, Julia suggests that perhaps something happened.
She reminds him of an incident -- and we can easily guess what -- from a week earlier.
Clearly, a week earlier, Brandon's "pull-out method" had been even worse than usual.
(It's always a bad method, but we're thinking that maybe he waited too long to pull out and, well, didn't)
Suddenly, Brandon is hit with the horrible realization that his fiancee might be pregnant.
At this point, the sneak peek cuts to a month earlier, when Brandon was oafishly admitting how careless he and Julia are.
He says that they use the pull out method ... and that it has worked well so far.
Well, lots of bad ideas work until they don't. That's what makes them bad ideas.
Aside from Brandon's toxic, controlling parents, no one is begrudging him for disliking condoms or Julia for avoiding hormonal birth control.
There are numerous options available -- the best one, for these two, would be if Brandon had the common sense to get a vasectomy.
They are easy, reversible, and relatively cheap -- costing $0 to $1,000 depending upon insurance. That is hundreds of times cheaper than becoming a parent.
Brandon's mother has such a stranglehold on his psyche that his first thought is even worse than their current birth-lack-of-control method.
He wants to run crying to his mother to let her know.
Julia, who has lived on this nightmare farm for weeks now, can scarcely believe her ears.
"Are you serious?" she asks.
Brandon is very serious.
Julia very understandably asks the question: "Why" in the world would he tell his mom now?
Julia explains that they themselves do not even know.
They haven't bought a pregnancy test yet.
They need to find out if she's pregnant or not before they tell anyone.
Only then, after they take the test, should they tell Brandon's parents.
(And if she's not pregnant, they've dodged two bullets -- pregnancy, and the parental nightmare that would follow)
Betty can find out 11 months after this when the episode airs, not freak out right then and there.
Brandon explains his line of "thinking."
In his opinion, they should tell Betty because she's so nosy and controlling that she'd never let Julia just feel a little unwell in peace.
Oh, that's not how he phrased it, but that's the truth.
Brandon and Julia are both in a state of disbelief.
Julia has clearly had this fear for hours already.
Brandon is just learning of the possible pregnancy. It's a lot to take in.
And, let's face it, it's a lot to take in on camera.
Meanwhile, Julia tells the camera that she's not buying Brandon's bizarre reason for telling his mom.
She knows him and the dynamics of his toxic family too well for that.
Brandon can't solve problems on his own.
This isn't his choice -- this is something that was done to him.
It's the result of decades of constant control.
But the result is that Brandon doesn't know how to approach a new problem head-on himself.
Instead, his first instinct when he's uncertain is to run to his parents.
This is the result of years of manipulation.
It's good that Julia at least recognizes what's happening.
But is she really prepared to spend the rest of her life with a man who can't buy a simple pregnancy test without holding his mom's hand?
We're genuinely rooting for these two, so ... we hope that this storyline is an opportunity for growth for both of them.
Wow, you guys.
Facing serious backlash for the way he has handled a race-based controversy on Season 25 of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison announced on Saturday that he's stepping back as host.
"I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful,' wrote Harrison on Instagram.
"My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike.
"I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke."
To what, exactly, is Harrison referring here?
Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell has been at the center of an ongoing scandal after photos emerged online of the Season 25 favorite attending a plantation-themed party.
She also Liked photos of the Confederate Flag in the past and was accused of a former high school classmate of mistreating Black students.
Kirkconnell has since admitted her actions were "racist," said she was "wrong" and has vowed to do better.
She said these words not long after Harrison got in trouble for what he said about Rachael in an inteview with ex-Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay.
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it, we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion," he said at that time.
"I have seen some stuff online. Again, this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart..."
"Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this..."
Harrison continued in his apparent defense of Rachael attending "Old South" parties:
"I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago that’s it... My guess?"
"These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old."
"Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me."
Harrison ended up apologizing for the insensitive nature of his remarks, but it was a matter of too little, too late in the eyes of many.
For the first time in series history, The Bachelor suitors got together to condemn any and all defenses of racism in the wake of Kirkconnell's behavior.
That, and Harrison's awkward, bumbling response.
Now he's out, and trying to explain himself.
"I set standards for myself, and have to meet them," he said.
"I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same."
"By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term 'woke police,' which is unacceptable."
"I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong."
"To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful."
"I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you."
"I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I've had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism."
Following her chat with Harrison, Lindsay hinted strongly this week that she was sick of being associated with The Bachelor franchise.
And this is all happening, of course, with Matt James, the show's first-ever Black lead, as the focus of each episode.
Wrote Harrison today:
"The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions."
"To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special."
It doesn't sound as if Harrison will appear again this season, and no replacement has been announced.
"I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day," he concluded.
"From here I can only try to evolve and be a better man, and I humble myself before all of you.
"I hope I will again live up to the expectations you all rightfully have for me and the expectations I have for myself."
Again, wow. And this situation is even crazier when you see how the season allegedly ends (see gallery above).
Natalie Mordovtseva to Mike Youngquist in 90 Day Fiance Sneak Peek: We Need Counseling to Save Our Relationship!
90 Day Fiance viewers are of two minds over the painful awkwardness of Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva.
Some feel that Natalie's hypercritical and controlling behavior makes her the villain.
Others wonder if Mike's dismissive silence earns him that odious title.
Season 8 resumes on Valentine's Sunday, and in this sneak peek, Natalie suggests a real solution to their issues.
As this sneak peek for Season 8, Episode 10 begins, Natalie notes to Mike that they are halfway through their 90 days alloted by the K-1 visa.
The two of them are out at dinner, and at times during this scene, it feels like they might as well have been at different tables.
Mike tells Natalie that, at present, he is feeling like they need "another 45 to 90 days" to sort through their issues.
Despite some stumbling due to the language barrier, Natalie tells Mike that she would like for them to go to couples counseling.
(Okay, she talks about going to "a psychology," but everyone -- including Mike -- understands her meaning)
Immediately, Mike shakes his head, saying "no" and "I'm not interested" ... leaving some to wonder how he expects problems to magically be fixed in the remaining 45 days.
Natalie then awkwardly waits for Mike to say something more.
She still smiles even as she asks Mike, who is still eating, "why" he is immediately turning down this genuinely good idea.
Mike, who just acknowledged that there were problems, asks "what do you think needs to be talked about?"
Natalie says that the whole idea is that they'll talk about whatever they feel like, but Mike turns the question on her.
She replies that because they come from "different mentalities" (an understatement), they could resolve these conflicts.
Natalie is very optimistic that this can be "fixed easily." Given that one of their key issues is communication, she may be right.
At this point, Mike does this thing that viewers have noticed where he rolls his eyes and is dismissive.
Lots of people disagree with Natalie over many things -- body-shaming, food policing, calling him "low class," and might do the same.
But even some of those same fans are angered when he does this. Why? Because that's not an acceptable way to treat your fiancee.
We do have to observe that Natalie is giving us the goofiest face in this scene.
It may be a cultural difference or a personal quirk or how she responds to being on reality TV, but she often smiles ... seemingly at inappropriate times.
But hey, if it helps her keep positive when her fiance is being obviously rude to her, more power to her.
Natalie then emphasizes how important that it is that they resolve their issues.
Mike agrees, but for some reason claims that he's "not ready" to go to "someone else" and talk about them.
This is a hangup that some people have ... but it's especially weird to see it from reality stars, who obviously don't have the excuse of feeling like their problems are private.
Mike's version of an explanation here is to say "I don't wanna."
He then asks "why can't we talk to each other," a problem that neither of them can answer but a professional couples counselor might.
Natalie replies: "Because we cannot agree on stuff."
Michael, despite her pleas, doubles down on his refusal to make this simple move to improve and potentially even save their relationship.
Natalie is disappointed, visibly.
Mike does his best to explain why he's being so muleheaded about this, for whatever that's worth.
Mike complains to the camera that he has been trying to work with her, and now she wants to see a counselor, and he takes an annoyed tone and asks "So what, you're gonna listen to him?"
It seems that he is fundamentally misunderstanding the point.
A couples counselor isn't there to repeat one partner's issues to the other. They're there to help the two of them come together and resolve things ... or realize that they don't belong together.
Mike tries to make an excuse to say that it's about spending a bunch of money "just to have a conversation with Natalie."
It's clear that the idea of any form of therapy makes Mike uncomfortable.
His refusal to work on things in a constructive manner, meanwhile, makes Natalie uncomfortable.
Natalie assures him that couples counseling helps.
Mike fires back: "We have some issues that are beyond talking."
My guy, that is all the more reason to get a professional to help you.
They're having clear communication issues that a third party could help immensely.
Meanwhile, Natalie feels hurt ... and presumably, this scene comes before Mike confesses to her that he's not sure if he's ready to marry her.
If that were the case, he shouldn't have started the K-1 visa process with her. They both have a lot to work on.
Matt James was a man on a mission this week.
The Bachelor wasted no time in stating that he was gonna settle the MJ-Jessenia feud... once and for all.
"This isn't how I was planning on spending the evening," he told the women.
"But I'm here to find a wife and there's obviously some tension in the issue between the both of y'all that we need to get to the bottom of."
For her part, Jessenia literrally said that MJ "started it" and was a huge bully, while MJ broke down in tears and trrashed Jessenia as a "little bitch."
"She's not going to get away with this," MJ said, telling Matt the following:
"The fact that Jessenia said that I was creating this divide in the house as I'm trying to bring everyone together, I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted.
"And then to have my character put into question ... that hurt me the most."
Matt was taken aback and confused and unsure what to do.
But, in the end, he said he couldn't trust MJ, sending the fan favorite home.
We then went straight to the cocktail party, where James kept both Serena C. and Katie, along with Serena P., Michelle, Pieper, Bri and Chelsea.
This meant newcomers Brittany and Ryan headed home, as well as Magi.
Despite Matt's attempt to clean house last week, the drama continued this Monday.
Because Katie stuck around, Serena C. chose to confront her.
"I'm just super frustrated by time continually being taken away by your antics," she told Katie.
"And the reason why I'm coming to you is because I don't think that you are truly here for Matt."
"The fact that you're sitting here still trying to attack me is pathetic. Pathetic. If you have a problem with last night, take it up with Matt.
"How is telling Matt about being a bully and toxicity and mean girls — that doesn't help your relationship at all," Serena C. shot back, prompting Katie to say she already did so:
"I'm not going to sit here and let bullsh-t happen in this house.
"I'm not going to sit here and let mean girls be mean girls in this house. So guess what? I told him, yeah, there's bullsh-t going on in this house."
Elsewhere, across the resort, Heather Martin from Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor showed up in a limo.
She explained to Chris Harrison that her close pal, former Bachelorette lead Hannah Brown, thought Matt was "like, the perfect match" for her, so she had to try to meet him.
Makes total sense, right?
Because this is totally how the show works...
Harrison, hilariously, acted as if this were a surprise -- and then said Heather could stay, but she had to quarantine first due to COVID-19.
Matt then spent his first one-on-one date of the week with Pieper at a carnival. The two played games, rode rides, ate cotton candy, kissed and opened up to each other.
"The culture in my family overall is we don't really say love," Pieper said, receiving support from James and then just coming out and saying it:
"I don't want to be afraid of how I feel anymore...
"You know, Matt, I am falling in love with you, and that is the scariest thing in the world to say because I have always seen that as giving up part of myself."
Matt ended up giving Pieper a rose, telling her: "I want you to trust me with your feelings and your heart and I will continue to be open."
For the group date, Bri, Kit, Rachael, Michelle, Jessenia, Serena P., Abigail, Chelsea and Serena C. went bowling with The Bachelor.
Serena P. told the hunk at the after-party she was falling for him and they smooched... but he ended up giving the group date rose to Michelle.
Prior to his solo date with Katie, Matt got a chance to hang out and play pool with BFF Tyler Cameron.
"She's owned who she is," Matt said of his upcoming date. "She is unapologetically herself and that's what I like about her."
Tyler said he understood, but told James to perhaps slow his roll, based on his own experience.
"My relationship on the show was a slower burning one that started really late, like, started catching fire later," Tyler said of Hannah.
"There's maybe some girl that comes out of nowhere where if you start building this different connection, you're like, oh what is that? Stay open and stay into these conversations."
Tyler asked Matt if he could see himself proposing at the end of this process, to which James replied, "I do."
"My boy's all boo'ed up!" Tyler responded.
(The Bachelor Spoilers Alert: We hear Matt is, indeed, engaged!)
For the aforementioned date, Katie and Matt played a prank on Tyler while he got a massage -- and James found himself quite smitten.
"Katie continues to blow me away," he told the cameras. "And I want this to work with Katie. She's incredible, but I need to see what the romance side looks like with Katie."
After a heartfelt chat with Katie about her latest three-year relationship and what she's looking for now in a man... Matt took the contestant by surprise.
"You've been honest with me and I owe the same honesty to you," he told Katie.
"And the truth is, my relationship with some of the other women in the house has progressed further along than ours has up until this point, and I can't give you this rose tonight.
"And that's not a slight at who you are and what our time's been together. I just haven't had those feelings that I need to have for finding a wife in this process."
BOOM! Katie was then gone, confessing she did not see the elimination coming at all.
At the cocktail party ahead of the next rose ceremony, Heather then made her grand entrance in a white gown, smiling and wavong at one group of women before interrupting Matt's conversation with Pieper.
James fell over laughing and asked Pieper for a minute with Heather.
"I feel like I'm in a dream right now," he told this newbie.
The other women thought they were in a nightmare.
"If you're going to let a new girl come in or if you're going to give a new girl a rose over some of us that have been here for this long, then you better marry that girl," Chelsea said in an on-camera interview.
"Because the rest of us are going to be pissed."
And, with that, we'll need to wait for next Monday to see the fallout from this unexpected addition to the series.
Lisa Vanderpump has a new job.
And a new home.
The long-time Bravo personality -- who struck it huge as a main cast member on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and then on Vanderpump Rules -- is on her way to E!.
On Friday, Vanderpump confirmed that she's gonna invite folks into her opulent residence via Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, a new series that will debut on March 18.
It will feature the famous businesswoman sitting down with guests and having an in-depth conversation.
Look for Vanderpump to host two or three celebrity guests for a, evening of homemade cocktails, snacks, games and of course, a great deal of surprises and revealing moments.
Gossip. There's gonna be a whole lot of gossip.
"I'm inviting you to an intimate dinner party," Vanderpump says in the preview.
"For it to be perfect, I have a few rules:
"You've got to bust your butt for the decor to be absolutely fabulous, the guests should be naughty, but the hostess must always be naughtier."
Among the initial round of guests announced today?
Anna Camp, Cheryl Burke, Gabriel Iglesias, Iggy Azalea, Jaleel White, Jeannie Mai, Jeff Lewis, Joel McHale, Lance Bass, Loni Love, Mario Lopez, Steve-O, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Heather Dubrow and Tori Spelling.
We're sure plenty of Vanderpump Rules alums will also show up early on.
According to People Magazine, the televised get-togethers will also include Vanderpump's signature games: "Rosé Pong," "Diva Croquet" and the house favorite, "Get Pumped."
"This dinner party rules," Vanderpump states in the trailer.
The new show will arrive more than a year after Vanderpump abruptly quit the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills after nine seasons.
"I had a great time on Housewives,” Vanderpump said in November 2019.
"But to have negativity during a time in my life when I needed to try to be positive … I decided it was over."
Lisa also made this decision not long after her brother died.
She admtited back then that she never should have signed on for another season because she was so deep in mourning and grief.
The combative nature of that show didn't help, either.
"I don't have room in my life for nastiness," she explained at the time.
Last July, Peacock confirmed that a Vanderpump Rules spinoff, Vanderpump Dogs, will be coming to the NBCUniversal streaming service.
The program, we assume, will chronicle the star and entrepreneur's dog foundation of the same name.
Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, meanwhile, premieres March 18 at 9/8c on E! and will move to a 10/9c time slot starting March 25.
Kelly Dodd would the world to know that she still has a job.
For now, at least.
No matter how many awful things she has said and/or done over the past several months.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member fired back on Saturday against speculation that she had been fired by Bravo executives, blaming former costar Vicki Gunvalson for starting the rumors in the first place.
“No I am not fired !!! Contacts [sic] haven’t come out yet ! Vicki stop being a hater,” Dodd Tweeted over the weekend.
We're assuming Kelly meant to use the word contracts in this message, not contacts.
But, even more important, here's the thing...
... KELLY DODD IS THE ONE WHO STARTED THE RUMORS THAT KELLY DODD HAD BEEN FIRED!
Following a year in which she constantly mocked the coronavirus pandemic, often refused to wear a mask and came across as extremely racist on numerous occasions, Dodd said the following to Bustle last week:
"My castmates talk at me, they talk about me, but they never talk to me. I take accountability for everything I have done. I've admitted to some really hard things.
"But now knowing the truth and what people are saying, I give up. I am waving the white flag.
"I can't keep doing this."
So... Dodd quit?
In a series of Instagram exchanges with followers recently, though, Dodd said on more than one occasion that she was gonna get fired because she's an inevitable victim of "cancel culture."
Dodd, as you may know, has been an outspoken supporter of infamous insurrection inciter Donald Trump.
“I’m fired assured because of my beliefs look at [Thomas Kelly‘s] Instagram.
"He’s my producer and claims [Braunwyn Windham-Burke],” Kelly added in another confusing message a few days ago.
To be clear, once again, Dodd has not been fired.
But, also to be clear, Dodd is the one who consistently pushed this narrative alll week, not Vicki.
On Saturday night, meanwhile, Dodd, her husband and some friends dined outside in Newport Beach at an establishment called Billy's at the Beach.
At one point in a video she shared on social media, Kelly raises a glasses and laughs up a storm when someone at a table offers up a cheers to the "super spreaders."
And, in case you somehow needed to ask?
The self-centered, entitled and bigoted reality star has said often over the past month that she simply can't film future seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with... pretty much anyone.
"I don’t think Vicki fits into the group,” Dodd told Hollywood Life onJanuary 21, adding;
"She just doesn’t.
"At least Tamra [Judge] is pretty to look at. She’s got a good body, she’s got a good husband, she’s a go-getter at things and she’s fun.”
Elsewhere, during an Instagram Live chat, she said the following:
“I know I cannot film with Braunwyn.
"I know for a fact that I cannot film with her. There's just no way and if she comes back then I'm out because I know for a fact that I cannot.
"She's dangerous and calling people racists and homophobic.”
To be clear, she doesn't just go around calling people racist and homophobic.
She's calls you racist and homophobic, Kelly.
Because you are both of those things.
Part Two of the The Real Housewives of Orange County Reunion began with Braunwyn Windham-Burke breaking down and sobbing.
But when confronted with her past actions, she offered a tearful and complete apology.
Kelly Dodd does not take criticism well, at all.
When Kelly was confronted with her mistakes from months earlier, she lashed out at everyone and everything, desperately decrying "cancel culture."
“Kelly, it was so disappointing to see you call protesters looters,” Andy Cohen read a gently worded critique from a fan at the Reunion special.
“As a Mexican-American," the fan question asked, "don’t you think you have a responsibility to stand with your fellow marginalized communities?”
For the record, Kelly also went on Instagram to watch footage of the historic BLM protests and brand them as "terrorism in America."
“Listen, I don’t have anything with protesting …Peaceful protests -- I’m all about it,” Kelly claimed.
Remember, 93% of the Black Lives Matter protests from last summer were peaceful.
The minority that were violent were usually a direct response to police escalation. But that didn't stop Kelly.
“But that was on a whole other level that I saw in New York," Kelly claimed, echoing widely mocked statements by The View villain Meghan McCain.
"There was looting," she whined. "There was burning down buildings and I don’t think that’s the way to protest.”
(Fun fact: protests escalating to property damage has a history going back millennia -- and in 2020, some of those protests turned out to be the most effective and prompting real change)
They then delved into Kelly's tasteless decision to wear a "Drunk Wives Matter" hat at her bridal shower.
The hat was a gift, it was a stupid pun, and Kelly could probably have apologized for choosing to share the photo and just moved on ... if her entire year hadn't been full of malice and blunders.
Kelly defended it, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas suggested that it was an innocent gaffe.
But Kelly had to go on and play the victim, using one of the most obnoxious and meaningless phrases out there: "cancel culture."
“I wasn’t being malicious and I get attacked by this cancel culture," Kelly whined.
She bemoaned her critics "that’s a bunch of haters that would never have any voice and here they are getting together and [coming] after me."
“It’s not just haters though," Braunwyn Windham-Burke quietly and politely pointed out.
"It’s people who have been oppressed,” she explained, adding that many of them have been finding their voices.
Kelly did not want to listen, so she decided to reach for every racist's favorite line -- I'm not racist, I have Black friends.
“Four of my best friends are African-American and they didn’t take offense,” Kelly yelled. Yikes.
The entire cast made the most awkward faces, as you can see in the clip. She insisted: “It’s white people who did!”
Obviously, even if we believe Kelly's claim about her friends, no one person -- or four people -- speak for an entire race.
And the hat thing was the least of her wrongdoings in 2020.
Other fans questioned why Kelly would have a wedding at all during a pandemic. Either get married privately or postpone until the pandemic ends.
As you can imagine, Kelly handled that like she handles all criticism: poorly.
“But it’s okay to protest?” Kelly interjected. “Everybody can have a protest and be amongst a billion people? But I can’t have a celebratory wedding?”
A couple of things about the BLM protests: One, they were outdoor and masked events, and none of them were superspreader events.
Two, protesting against violence, murder, injustice, and systemic racism is an essential activity. Weddings can be special events, but they are not essential activities.
At one point during the reunion, Kelly exclaimed "I'M BLACK."
She later explained that she did 23andMe to learn that she -- by her own account -- has Black, Asian, Mexican, Spanish, and Native American ancestry.
As if to remind everyone, she said the toxic "I don't see color" line, which massively misses the point every time. Typical Kelly.
But we suppose that congratulations are in order for Kelly getting four Black friends, since that's a huge step up from five years ago.
In 2016, she infamously said on camera that she did not "like Black guys," adding "I don't even know any Black guys."
It is no secret that people with Black ancestry can harbor anti-Black sentiments against others or even themselves. Racism is a horror. And Kelly is just being awful.
This week's episode of 90 Day Fiance was followed by a promo for Episode 9 that promised plenty of drama.
But all that people are talking about after they watch this preview is Brandon Gibbs ... and his parents.
After Julia Trubkina's ultimatum, Brandon finally stands up to his parents. Or he tries to, anyway.
Shocked and terrified that she might lose absolute control over her adult son, Betty turns on the waterworks -- anything to keep him under her thumb.
In Brandon Gibbs' part of this preview, it's just him and his parents, Betty and Ron, at dinner at a restaurant.
We wonder if he chose it so that they wouldn't make a scene in public. That ... might not work.
He tells them that he and Julia need to move out of the house -- something that he has promised Julia, who has been treated with indignity, disrespect, and forced to be free farm labor.
Betty's first reaction is a very visible and a vocal astonishment.
Though she takes center stage, look at Ron, who also looks surprised.
But as Betty says "what?" he looks to her -- almost as if seeking a cue on how to respond.
"No," Betty says, at first in astonishment and horror and then, more adamantly: "No, no, no."
There is a difference in tone between vocalizing your dismay and ordering someone to not do something.
Betty is clearly trying the latter.
After 27 years under Betty's thumb as she made sure that her son was the least assertive man alive, Brandon is not going to spontaneously regrow a spine overnight.
That is probably why his first instinct is to throw his fiancee under the bus, as he did with the tea.
"It's not my choice," Brandon says.
Ron, clearly furious, says "it IS your choice."
Now, Ron's anger is ridiculous here -- most parents would be overjoyed that their son has a full time job, a fiancee who loves him, and is looking for his own place.
But he is right -- it's Brandon's choice. What Ron clearly does not understand is that it's also the right choice.
We're not seeing every moment of the conversation in this preview -- it's just a teaser -- but Betty switches tactics, as all practiced manipulators do.
She tries to inflate Brandon's ego to get him wrapped around her finger once again.
Betty tells him that he's "the man of the family," whatever the hell that nonsense is supposed to mean.
Again, we can acknowledge Brandon's spinelessness while also recognizing where it came from.
Disturbingly, Brandon immediately tries to back down to appease his parents, suggesting a "bargaining chip" like allowing him and Julia to share a room.
That is unacceptable. He's an adult and he needs, frankly, years of therapy to heal from his family's toxicity.
Betty's tour of manipulation tactics has not ended. She started with admonishment, then moved on to praise.
Now, she's trying to guilt-trip Brandon, and it's sure to work after 27 years of very effective conditioning.
"That she's making you choose," Betty begins to say in a shaky voice.
"... That makes me so sad," she says while she begins to tear up.
First covering her mouth, so that her tears are visible, she then covers her face with her hands.
Mom Tears are never easy to witness. Well, except in this case, for those of us who aren't Brandon, it's pretty easy.
We're not accusing Betty of faking her tears. Suddenly realizing that her son might leave her absolute control could certainly make her genuinely cry.
It's just that it's difficult -- for me, impossible -- to feel sorry for such a terrible, rotten person. The way that she has treated Julia and Brandon is not okay.
Maybe she's genuinely expressing her anguish at the thought of her 27-year-old son living in an apartment and she's upset. In the wise, wise words of Kim Kardashian: "It's what she deserves."
On 90 Day Bares All, fans have learned a lot about 90 Day Fiance stars. Sometimes, more than they needed to know.
But that isn't the only new 90 Day Fiance spinoff coming to Discovery Plus.
Next month, 90 Day: The Single Life premieres.
Viewers will see an array of returning cast members whose on-screen relationships didn't work out the first time.
Shaun Robinson announced the spinoff on Sunday, January 24 while addressing Discovery+ subscribers.
90 Day: The Single Life will follow Fernanda Flores, Brittany Banks, Molly Hopkins, Colt Johnson, Danielle Mullins, and Ed Brown.
This spinoff premieres on February 21. Though we do not yet have a full trailer, here is what we do know.
Fernanda was a young adult in her late teens when she met Jonathan Rivera, who was on vacation and clubbing in Mexico City.
The two hotties hit it off almost instantly, and Jon extended his vacation to spend more time with her. Despite the age gap, they opted to marry.
But Fernanda was unhappy with their life in the US, and was specifically unhappy with how her new husband treated her after they married. They had a bitter divorce.
Fernanda is still in the United States, living in Chicago where she has been seen working as a high end server and as a model.
Despite her heartbreak, she eventually moved on and began to try dating -- over Zoom, as the COVID-19 pandemic had begun.
It will be amazing to see what this young woman gets up to, but some haters will not exactly be rooting for her.
Speaking of 90 Day Fiance stars who have a lot of haters, Brittany Banks dated Yazan Abo Horira for years before they were filmed.
Unfortunately, being on camera changed so much about Yazan's behavior -- out of a desire to please his parents and fear of his extended family, he acted like a different person.
Viewers saw very little love in their story. Instead, they showed Yazan's lies catching up with him as Brittany and his family realized that he had not been honest.
Brittany clearly has a lot of hard feelings towards the man whom she was once prepared to marry.
As a model and a rapper, she's going to have plenty of options as she tries to move on.
But fans will be curious to see how her experience with Yazan alters how she views life as a single lady and as she tries out dating again.
Molly Hopkins is part of a set of Georgian women who fell in love with much younger men from other countries.
In her case, she was with Luis Mendez. It was a toxic marriage, it was short, and it ended quickly.
In fact, just a few months later, Luis remarried ... which raised a lot of questions and eyebrows.
Since then, Molly has endeared herself to fans and viewers on Pillow Talk.
Fans are wondering what sort of life she is leading these days when she's not sharing her opinion on other stars.
Will her next dates be age-appropriate? Or is she once again dipping her toes into much younger waters?
Colt Johnson is one of 90 Day Fiance's most notorious villains, and cameras have followed his antics with two different women.
With both Larissa Lima and Jess Caroline, Colt was quick to try to blame his mother, Debbie, for his doomed relationships.
We might humbly suggest that perhaps the alleged mind games and the cheating had more to do with it than any MIL issues.
What is interesting about Colt joining this show is that we already know how he moved on after Jess.
First, he was with a very beautiful Mexican woman ... on whom he reportedly cheated with Vanessa. Then, he was with Vanessa.
Which part of Colt's story will this follow? We don't know.
Danielle Mullins is one of the stars who put the franchise on the map. Her marriage to Mohamed Jbali was must-watch television.
They were both using each other. Danielle wanted a young lover. Mohamed wanted to come to America. They both got what they deserved -- each other.
Obviously, it ended in disaster, with Mohamed accusing Danielle of having a genital odor and Danielle trying to get Mohamed deported.
These days, she and Mohamed are actually friendly -- but are not at all interested in remarrying.
Danielle has moved on and is dating again, but fans are curious about (and suspicious of) which colorful characters are drawn to date such an eccentric personality.
Speaking of colorful characters ...
Big Ed Brown is another 90 Day Fiance villain, who has been justifiably skewered by fans for his abhorrent treatment of Rosemarie Vega.
The guy is a creep.
But he is also one of the most memed reality stars on the planet, which is saying a lot when you're talking about someone who was totally unknown before 2020.
This means that, contrary to previous fan speculation, Big Ed has not been banned from all 90 Day Fiance spinoffs despite his gross behavior and a serious allegation of sexual assault.
Why? Because TLC loves money. Unless advertisers pull out or there's a concentrated fan boycott, they'll err on the side of filming a famous dumbass so long as he makes them money.
90 Day Fiance blogger John Yates was the first to break the news over the summer that Ed was filming again, so now we know that backstory.
Worst Cooks in America has been pulled from all networks and streaming services after its most recent winner was charged with the murder of her own adoped daughter.
Yes, tragically, you read that sentence correctly.
This is one of the most gruesome celebrity gossip stories we've ever come across.
Last Tuesday, Ariel Robinson and her husband, Jerry, were charged with homicide by child abuse and taken into custody at Greenville County Detention Center in South Carolina without bond.
Police have said they responded to an address along Sellwood Circle the previous Thursday afternoon after receiving a call about an unresponsive juvenile victim ... who was pronounced dead after being transported to the hospital.
This victim was then identified as Victoria Rose Smith.
The three-year old had been living with the Robinsons as a foster child, with Ariel confirming in December that she had either adopted the toddler or was making plans to do so.
Robinson, a former middle school teacher and aspiring comedian, was Season 20 of Worst Cooks in America last August.
She took home a $25,000 prize at the time and said on air, in response to the victory:
“I wanted to win this so much for [my family], to give them a better life and things they never even imagined.
"This is going to change our lives forever.”
Just a few weeks after Robinson shared a photograph of herself, her husband and their adopted kids... Victoria, pictured below, died of several blunt force injuries, a medical examination has revealed.
The Food Network has since scrubbed all content related to Season 20 of the show, although executives are yet to comment on this tragedy.
The competition was filmed in February 2020 and aired last year.
The content for Season 20 is not available on the Food Network’s Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube page -- but episode summaries are still available on the official website.
The reality competition -- hosted last season by series mainstay Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli -- challenges 16 self-proclaimed terrible amateur chefs to undergo a cooking “bootcamp” to improve their culinary skills.
Each season, the winner takes home $25,000.
The latest season of the program premiered on January 3 and new episodes are currently airing each week.
According to Deadline, Ariel and her husband added three foster children to their family in March of 2020, following the taping of her season.
TMZ, meanwhile, has obtained footage of Ariel performing a stand-up routine in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2019.
At one point in the set, the alleged murderer talks about trying to adopt a daughter ... explaining that a social worker came to her home to make sure she would be a fit mother.
As Robinson recounts the story, she brings up two kids of hers, an eight-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy, both of whom wanted a little sister.
She jokes that she should have locked them in cages because they were acting wild.
She then quips that she turned around during this social worker interaction and pointed upstairs and said:
"Shut up before I come in there and punch in your throat!"
LOL? We guess?
Except not at all, especially in light of what Robinson has now allegedly done.
We'll conclude here with a tribute to Victoria.
“She was sweet as could possibly be, so it makes no sense how somebody could hurt her in any kind of way,” said Alan West to a local ABC affiliate last week.
West said his aunt was the baby’s foster mother for nearly a year before she went to live with the Robinson family.
May the three-year old rest in peace.
Natalie Anderson took viewers by total surprise on Wednesday night.
According to host TJ Lavin, The Challenge: Double Agents cast member was 'no longer cleared” to compete on the season of this beloved reality show, with Anderson simply adding in her own interview:
"I have a personal matter that requires me to leave the game. I have to deal with something, and it sucks that I have to step out because all I want to do is compete.
"It’s breaking my heart to leave."
Following the episode and her mysterious, Anderson opened up to Us Weekly, revealing that she exited the MTV series after finding out that she was pregnant.
The Survivor winner -- who has been in a relationship with boyfriend Devin Perez for more than a year -- had been trying to conceive, but only took a pregnancy test after telling her sister over FaceTime that she had missed her period.
The test then came back positive.
And Anderson's plans changed completely.
“For me, the money was basically in my pocket, the check was already written,” she told the tabloid, very confident in her odds of winning the season.
“This money was mine and there was nobody who was gonna come get my skull for me.
"I was literally just waiting for the final to get there, so I could just cross everybody else and take the money.”
Anderson then explained that she was SO focused on winning... the joy of the pregnancy news didn't sink in right away.
"It was just the most awkward way to find out you’re pregnant, because it could have been an amazing feeling.
"But I didn’t have the opportunity to feel like that because I was just so confused and torn about having to leave the game.
"But also was super excited and happy.”
Anderson left the show, which filmed in Iceland and returned home, only to be told by a doctor that she was eight weeks along.
However, a week later she began experiencing intense cramps.
And then she learned she had suffered a miscarriage.
Just to terrible all around.
"It was really difficult because I had just kind of come to peace with leaving the game and saying goodbye to the competition of the challenge, which I love, came back home and changed my mindset into this new journey.
"And that was then taken away from me. It was hard for me.
"I just did everything I needed to do to make peace with what had happened and embrace the difficulty of everything, but also use it as a way to strengthen my bond with my boyfriend.
"I think it definitely was a make or break for us because it was so much emotion and I’m just really proud of coming out of this.
"I was dreading the show airing because it would remind me of everything I’d gone through.”
Anderson also told People Magzine that she feels "excited to move forward and figure out the next steps in my life" and that she hopes to return to The Challenge someday.
She joked to this publication after this whirlwind experience;
"I feel like the universe owes me $2 million from Survivor and half a million from The Challenge."
The Challenge: Double Agents airs on MTV Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
TLC's lineup is going to be part of the new Discovery+ streaming service, including all of 90 Day Fiance and some new exclusive spinoffs.
Some fans have a lot of questions. Others are mad. And some longtime viewers are worried that they're about to lose their favorite shows forever.
So, what is Discovery+ exactly?
It is not, contrary to what some confused fans have assumed, some sort of premium TV channel.
It is a streaming service, just like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, DC Universe (formerly), HBO Max, Amazon Prime, and so on.
Interested fans who want to see this content from all across the Discovery "family" of content, including 90 Day Fiance, can get Discovery+ here.
The streaming service is subscription-only; it costs $4.99 per month with ads, and $6.99 per month completely commercial-free.
Like any streaming platform, it can be watched on your computer or tablet, or on any streaming device -- devices like a Roku, a Playstation console, or a smart TV.
In general, when streaming services launch, they include a catalogue of past episodes and past seasons -- more or less anything to which the parent company owns the rights.
That means that, barring some unforeseen licensing conflict, fans will immediately be able to view all past seasons of 90 Day Fiance, its many spinoffs, and Tell Alls.
But what will that mean for those who don't get the streaming service, who continue to pay an arm and a leg for cable instead of an arm and a half for a multitude of streaming services?
When Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021, viewers will have just seen 90 Day Fiance Season 8, Episode 5.
Some fans are genuinely fearful that Episode 6 will not air on TLC at all, but will air exclusively on Discovery+ where they cannot watch it.
Are they right to worry that they're about to lose their favorite show?
In a word: no. Watching most parts of the franchise will be more convenient with Discovery+ ... but no, they're not going to lose the actual shows.
Though it is clear that Pillowtalk and perhaps The Other Way's mysteriously unaired Tell All special aren't airing on TLC, the rest of currently running series are not following suit.
Why? Because that's not how this works.
Pillowtalk has always been bonus content, compared by some to the Untucked episodes that followed RuPaul's Drag Race.
A few years ago, Untucked moved from airing on cable television to airing exclusively online -- even though the after-show segment contained some of the show's most historic, eye-catching scenes.
Sometimes, aftershows and bonus content get moved to online-only to encourage viewers to use a more lucrative platform, or simply to free up time slots on the network.
But there is no reason whatsoever to believe that TLC will stop airing new seasons of 90 Day Fiance, including spinoffs like Before The 90 Days, The Other Way, and Happily Ever After?
They don't want to lose viewers -- and this franchise is one of the most popular on the planet, and has consistently received ratings in recent years trouncing more established reality series.
The goal is to attract current viewers to a streaming platform, plus new viewers who haven't had cable for years but would love to watch the series on streaming.
Discovery+ will be home to new original 90 Day Fiance content that will likely never air on cable.
(Never say never, though -- notably, some of DC Universe's once-exclusive programming has since gone on to air on The CW, and the niche service was so successful that it accellerated plans for HBO Max)
Given the target demographics of the shows and other factors, including worries of streaming fatigue, some analysts are unsure if Discovery+ will be a success.
It is, among other things, a US-only streaming service -- at least for now.
However, Discovery expects to net as many as 10 million subscribers -- a hefty grab, but modest compared to the colossal subscriber numbers of platforms like Disney+ and Netflix. Only time will tell.
Tragedy has once again struck the world of reality television.
Nick McGlashan, a seventh generation fisherman who starred on the wildly popular series Deadliest Catch since 2013, died on Sunday in Nashville.
He was 33 years old.
The sad news was broken by TMZ and has since been confirmed by outlets such as People Magazine and E!.
McGlashan appeared on a total of 78 Deadliest Catch episodes, making his debut seven years ago and quickly growing into a fan favorite.
Nick's sister has also confirmed the unexpected development on Twitter, writing:
"My brother nick passed away. This is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. Please hold your loved ones tight."
Born in Alaska, McGlashan started crabbing at the age of 13, frequently leaving school and heading straight for his father's boat to help the crew, according to his Discovery biography.
This same bio reads as follows:
"Nick is known for his witty quips, working through the pain, and not stopping the job until it's done.
"He has also kept the boat running through all kinds of mechanical issues, manufacturing quick fixes on the fly. Nick has a wealth of fishing experience…the epitome of a true crabber."
During season 13 of Deadliest Catch, McGlashan entered rehab due to addiction to alcohol and drugs.
"My life went from Bering Sea badass to full blown junkie very rapidly," he wrote in an essay for Chosen magazine, adding:
"I was broken and soulless. I was living without any hope of happiness. All I wanted was to stay loaded.
"Every bit of happiness stripped away by a powerful, cunning, and baffling disease."
Shortly after news of McGlashan's passing went viral, numerous fans took to social media to express their sadness and sorrow.
"RIP Nick McGlashan...
"This guy was immense on #DeadliestCatch and I send my condolences to Bill, all the crew of the Summer Bay and all the family and friends of Nick. Rip Nick," one person wrote.
"My heart is broken.
"Nick McGlashan was one of my favorite guys on @DeadliestCatch & as strange as it is, all the guys felt like family. We watched them grow & fall & grow again & I’m honored to have followed his life.
"You will be [email protected] Much love to the DC family."
At McGlashan's lowest point, he was drinking "a half a gallon of vodka, shooting two grams of heroin and one gram of meth every day," he wrote in the aforementioned essay.
The reality star even admitted he had overdosed three times before seeking help in November 2016.
Once sober, though, the TLC personality took pride in being an advocate and helping others get clean.
"The greatest thing about my recovery is that I can change someone's life just by talking about my addiction and recovery," he said.
"As I thrive in my recovery my world begins to make sense...When I look at my life and feel at peace with the changes I've made, that's recovery."
Over the course of its 16-season run, Deadliest Catch has had at least six other cast members pass away.
For example, deck hand Mahlon Reyes died back in August after suffering a heart attack.
No cause of death for this latest tragedy has been released yet to the public.
May Nick McGlashan rest in peace.
And then there was one.
But was he The One?
On the season finale of The Bachelorette, Tayshia Adams had to choose not from two suitors, both of whom had won over her heart, but three... thanks to the stunning return of Ben to the show on Monday night.
"I'm in love with you. I have been in love with you," he told a teary-eyed Tayshia on the penultimate episode of Season 16.
The installment ended with a cliffhanger; with Adams needing time to think of how she should respond to Ben's candid message.
But it didn't really take long for her to make up her mind on the finale.
"I know what my heart wants, and it's not Ben," Tayshia told the camera, following a serious heart-to-heart with her father and one last date with Zac.
"I wish my heart was with him, but it's just not. ... I know what I need to do. I don't like hurting people," she added.
Hurt him she had to do, however, as Adams visited Ben in his sutie and shattered his heart into a billion pieces.
"Through this whole week, all I've been thinking about is the entire journey here," she began.
"And that starts with us, really. I remember seeing you out of the group of guys, and you were someone I wanted to continue to get to know.
'I don't think I've told you this, but you kind of set the bar for people, because you were being vulnerable with me, and I saw that, and I started falling for that guy more and more.
"And this week, it's a really heavy week, and I care about you so much. I just feel like my heart is with somebody else."
Ben, who some believe is angling to be the next Bachelor, took the dumping like a champ.
"I'm in love with you, that doesn't change. I saw it going differently, but when you love somebody, you want them to be happy," he replied.
"I'm happy for you. I'm dead serious," he added, giving her one last hug. "It's alright."
Okay. So then we were down to Ivan and Zac.
In somewhat of a surprise, Tayshia rejected the latter... over religious differences.
"This past week, we've talked about some important subjects... There are some things that kind of posed concern," she said on camera.
"I wish I could say that there were a lot of red flags prior to this week. And there haven't been," Tayshia continued.
"It's just like, at the end of the day, religion's part of my morals and my beliefs."
No other specifics were offered, but Ivan didn't really argue.
"I definitely get it," he responded.
"We found out a lot of stuff about each other and I was definitely struggling with bringing it up, because all the girls I have dated in the past, it never ended because of religion or anything.
'But I know that's something that's important to you and I do apologize for that and I wish I did bring it up a little sooner. That is the roadblock for the two of us."
Ivan and Tayshia said their farewells, and he confessed to the cameras that he had suspected their differing beliefs could come between them.
"I knew in the back of my mind -- I was like, this thing could really just be the bomb that just explodes everything here," he said. "And it just happened."
It's a shame, but was it for the best?
It sure seemed that way... after Zac met Tayshia's family; everyone got along well; and Adams had many of her worries addressed.
"I love Zac Clark," she gushed to the cameras. "There's so much sincerity behind everything that Zac says."
Cut to Proposal Day!
Zac met with jeweler Neil Lane and picked out an emerald cut engagement ring. Then, he arrived to do his thing, getting down on one knee in the process.
"From our first kiss to riding the Ferris wheel to meeting each other's families, nothing has ever felt so right my entire life," he told Tayshia.
"You've helped me experience the love that I didn't know existed and you've made me smile more than anyone has ever made me smile. I love you, Tayshia."
Tayshia returned the sentiment. And then some.
"There was one point in my life where I thought I would never get married because of all of the pain and the heartbreak that I've been through," she said.
"I hit absolute rock bottom and I know that I told you that I love you but, sorry, it's more than that.
"It's this wild, wild love that I have tried to come up with so many reasons to not believe, and you have truly just made me believe that there doesn't need to be flaws and that I deserve a love with a man that won't run away."
Continued The Bachelorette:
"I'm truly looking at my heart and yes, it is real.
"And I want to make more traditions and jump into fountains all over the world with you. I'm ready to hail a taxi. And I'm ready to start a life with you.
"But also, I love you, Zac Clark, and I'll do absolutely anything to keep that huge smile on your face, because you do everything to keep a huge smile on mine."
After telling Tayshia, "I'm going to choose you forever," Zac presented the ring box and asked: "Marry me?
Tayshia accepted the proposal, kissed Zac and told him, "You're mine," prior to dancing around with her fiance and exclaiming "Oh my God, we did it!"
As for what's next for the couple?
Simple, Zac joked. Or maybe didn't really joke...
They would "make beautiful babies and all that stuff."
But this summer, she was filmed attacking Black Lives Matter activists as she faced off against her castmates. This week, that footage aired.
It started off with the usual -- talking behind a castmate's back.
Kelly Dodd and Elizabeth Lynn Vargas stepped away from the other ladies and gossiped about Braunwyn Windham-Burke's participation in this summer's historic Black Lives Matter protests.
Kelly, not being able to fathom why anyone would do something good for its own reasons, seemed to think that Braunwyn was just doing it for PR.
"Be for the cause but don't have a professional photo out there," Kelly demanded, as if the participation of famous people did not help raise awareness.
"Everything's about her image," she accused, "and she's full of s--t."
"If you're truly invested in it," she added, "you don't go around into a protest and have a professional photog taking photos of you. That just defeats the whole purpose of the protest."
Later, things became more heated as they ladies discussed Rick Leventhal, Kelly's then-fiance, now-husband who works for noted engine of societal collapse Fox News.
Kelly insisted that Rick wasn't actually conservative, merely interested in "facts," a claim that didn't hold any water, and which Gina openly chided as absurd.
Kelly did very quickly confess that her claim wasn't true, if not in so many words, by saying that Rick "doesn't believe in tearing down history."
Kelly whined about the push to remove a photo of one of history's greatest monsters, describing Christopher Columbus as someone "who has been there since 1886."
(Fun fact: Christopher Columbus' crimes against Native Americans were considered so vile in his own time that he was later imprisoned in Spain by the people who started the Inquisition -- that's how bad he was)
Braunwyn, as you can see in this clip, very succinctly explained why it's important to listen to marginalized communities when they raise their voices.
Kelly, like a thousand clowns before her this summer, exclaimed: "You can't rewrite history!"
"I don't think anyone's trying to rewrite it," Braunwyn replied. That makes sense, given that monuments glorify -- they're not where history is stored.
Kelly only became more unhinged and absurd as the talk continued.
"Are you gonna tear down Rome?" Kelly demanded. "You are gonna tear down the Coliseum? You have to learn from history so it doesn't repeat itself!"
Well, there is no actual evidence that slave labor was used under Vespasian when the Flavian Amphitheater was constructed, but we'll let that slide.
Because the real point is that Ancient Roman monuments do not reflect atrocities committed just a few generations ago or policies under which people continue to suffer.
And again, monuments aren't where you learn history. That's books.
Which is sort of funny, because Kelly is the one who tried to bring up Braunwyn's lack of a college degree as if this made her less informed on this particular issue.
Kelly's real goal was of course to silence her, which did not work, which is likely while Kelly's outrageous statements became more frantic ... and began to include more audible racist dogwhistles.
"You can't go and destroy and loot and destroy things," Kelly whined, as if what little looting there was this summer wasn't part of a tradition spanning thousands of years.
Looking is the language of the unheard, and this was true millennia before the Roman Empire came into being.
"They shouldn't ruin it, they should get together and vote on it. We're a democracy," she complained, ignoring that gerrymandered legislators often block locak governments from democratically doing just that.
Braunwyn countered that "hundreds of years of being nice" has clearly not done much good.
Millions of Black and Indigenous Americans are tired of driving to work by statues glorifying people who murdered, tortured, and enslaved people who look like them.
"You don't destroy history by taking down a statue," Braunwyn explained to her. "A statue does not educate, a statue sits there and pigeons s--t on it."
Kelly's jab that Braunwyn is "not college educated" did not really amount to much.
Braunwyn countered that she has "never seen anyone go to Arizona State who thinks they are a Mensa member, besides Kelly Dodd."
Kelly also tried to deflect by pointing out her Mexican heritage, but Braunwyn again noted that this is not the same.
"When you go to the grocery store in a hoodie, you're not worried about being shot. None of us here are," Braunwyn pointed out.
"Black people are being killed disproportionally by cops," she correctly noted.
"There's bad cops! I know," Kelly yelled in response. "You're not going to fix it by destroying things!" (Really? Because a lot of the communities with the biggest improvements were places where protesting was the most intense)
Gina recalled her DUI arrest from last year and, like so many of us with white privilege, explained how that resonates in her mind now.
"I was scared because I f--ked up, I was scared of the consequences," Gina said, adding that "never once was I scared of the police officers that were arresting me."
Even Elizabeth chimed in that she's learning about her own white privilege this year. Kelly, unable to win outside of a conservative bubble, went to plate the salmon for dinner.
We've noted on numerous occasions how kind Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead have been to each other since their divorce.
As it turns out, however... this divorce has also been kind to Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead.
Despite their divorce over three years ago -- or, heck, maybe because of their divorce three years ago -- the former couple still star alongside each other on Flip or Flop.
They've also been given their own spinoff HGTV shows, Christina On The Coast and Flipping 101 with Tarek El Moussa, respectively.
But now? With all of these programs considered a cable network success?
The Discovery Channel think we simply don't have enough of Tarek and Christina in our living rooms.
Discovery+, which is the recently-announced streaming service for Discovery Channel shows, announced on Friday that Christina and Tarek will be receiving an additional new show ... each.
The new series “will show more of their personal lives as they continue with their home renovation businesses in individual spinoffs,” the network explained in a press release.
Tarek, for example, will anchor Tarek’s Flip Side.
It will chronicle Tarek’s engagement to Selling Sunset star Heather Rae Young, as well as his life with the children he shares with Christina.
Viewers will get a glimpse into Tarek and Heather’s wedding plans and will also see Tarek trying to get his 10-year-old daughter interested in the real estate business in which he's exceled.
“Tarek takes Taylor on a tour of his latest house flip,” the show’s description reads, adding:
“He wants to know what she thinks of the project and hopes he can inspire her to get an early start in the family business.”
As for Christina?
She'll star in Christina: Stronger by Design, a personal series that focuses on the reality TV personality's “fresh chapter” in life.
If you'll recall, Christina announced her separation from husband Ant Anstead in September.
They were only husband and wife for two years and they share a son who was born in September of 2019.
According to the network press release, Christina and her friends “get real as they open up about life, motherhood, friendships and new beginnings" on the show.
The series will also cover such fascinating topics as Christina’s backyard renovation, her “personal wellness journey” and her self-care routine and beauty regimens.
The new shows will premiere when Discovery+ launches on January 4, 2021
Which has you most excited?
As previously reported, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are preparing their first child.
This is very exciting news.
Conversely, however, Bravo viewers must now prepare themselves for something previously unimaginable:
A season of Vanderpump Rules without both Taylor and Cartwright.
"The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life," Taylor wrote on Friday.
He did so while sharing a multitude of throwback photos from his time on the series via Instagram.
"Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules.
"We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new endeavors.
"@bravotv, @evolutionusa and our Vanderpump castmates will always remain close to our hearts.
"Thank you to all the fans who have shared our journey with us and supported us through everything. We love you."
As you can see, Taylor did not exactly say that he and Cartwright are leaving of their own volition.
And, according to Variety, the stars have actually been fired.
A spokesperson from Bravo siimply confirmed to Variety that “Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright will not be returning to Vanderpump Rules."
We do not have any further details at this time.
"Stay tuned, We can’t wait for to share what we have planned," Jax concluded. "Have a great weekend."
Brittany, meanwhile, shared this same message on her social media page, along with several old photos, including some snapshots from the duo's wedding.
As noted above, Taylor and Cartwright are expecting their first child together, announcing in September that they are having a baby boy.
It's worth noting, of course, that Vanderpump Rules has not started filming a new season and that restaurants are currently closed for in-dining business in Los Angeles, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
So we have no idea when the series will returrn.
Whenever it does air new episodes, though, it will do so without stars Stassi Schroeder, Kristen Doute, Max Boyens and Brett Caprioni ... all of whom were fired in June.
Schroeder and Doute were given the heave-ho for accusing former costar Faith Stowers of being a suspect wanted by the police -- with Schroeder admitting she called the authorities on Stowers.
Schroeder and Doute have both issued public apologies for their past racially insensitive actions towards Stowers.
New cast members Boyens and Caprioni, meanwhile, were fired after old racist tweets resurfaced last winter.
Stowers -- who appeared on seasons 4 and 6 of the Bravo program -- pushed for Taylor to be held accountable for his actions a few months ago.
"I think for sure Jax needs to have somebody take a look into his behavior," Stowers told People Magazine this summer.
In a resurfaced tweet from 2017, Taylor falsely claimed that Stowers was "wanted by the police," after Schroeder and Doute's allegations of the same nature.
Former costar Billie Lee has also called on Bravo to also cut ties with Taylor, saying that he "refused to film with me because I was trans and called him out on his white cis privilege."
We can't say for certain whether this is the reason Taylor was at last fired, however.
But we'll update this story with more information as more news breaks.
90 Day Fiance Sneak Peek: Natalie Mordovtseva Packs Up in Tears One Day Before Wedding to Mike Youngquist
Ever since the 90 Day Fiance Season 8 trailer debuted last month, fans have been hyped for new and returning couples alike.
It already seems obvious that Mike and Natalie do not end well. This sneak peek makes it much more clear.
This is not Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva's first season of 90 Day Fiance.
In the past, they have had their problems, from differences of religion to ... well.
To this: real problems being on the same page in terms of affection with each other.
Mike is from the US and Natalie is from Ukraine.
And in this sneak peek for Season 8 of the series that started it all, Natalie is headed back to Ukraine.
The circumstances could not be more miserable.
According to the little graphic provided by TLC, this is happening just one day before the wedding.
Our guess is that it's not happening at all now. We're seeing her packing her bags.
"I will fly to Europe and from there," Natalie explains through tears to the camera, "I will figure out how I [will] get home."
"I don’t know honestly yet how,” she admits.
As you can imagine, this was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is no good time for a painful, last-minute breakup ... but this year made already bad things even more complicated.
“I feel scared because of coronavirus," Natalie explains.
It's not just that COVID-19 is frightening to us all.
She has travel logistics to worry about in a time of massive global uncertainty.
Natalie has to make her way home to Ukraine despite that.
"And," she laments, "I have to f--king go through the airport."
Airports are more or less the last place that you want to be during a pandemic, folks.
"It’s f--king scary," Natalie explains before correctly expressing: "And it’s not OK."
Clearly, she is not merely speaking of the grim realities of navigating the world during such a crisis.
She is talking about Mike, whom she blames for this situation.
"I think that a man who does this to me doesn’t love me,” Natalie tells the camera.
In this clip, she does not explain what Mike allegedly did.
Did he dump her out of the blue? Did he get cold feet? Did they have a fight? Did someone reveal a secret? What is happening?
“This is my last day in America," Natalie proclaims.
We have seen other previews making it clear that this season puts this couple through the wringer.
At one point, though we do not know the context, Natalie tells Mike: "Maybe I'm bitchy but I'm not a cheater, and you know it."
We also see Mike apologizing to Natalie at one point, looking genuinely remorseful.
Natalie responds: "You're sending me home?"
"I'm honestly scared," she confessed to the camera.
"But I have to leave the country because I’m illegal here," Natalie said.
It is unclear if she means that there is a problem with visa paperwork or if she simply means that she has to leave because she's not marrying him.
Whatever the case, malice or paperwork blunder or something else, Natalie can be heard declaring: "Michael is [a] monster.”
Whitney Collings, one of the original and most famous member of the reality show Bad Girls Club, died this week, according to a Facebook message shared by her mother.
She was 33 years old.
TMZ broke the tragic news on Friday evening, alerting readers to the sad note left by Colliings' mom.
"I am completely broken and will never get over this. Life is so unfair. She was kind with a big heart," it reads.
The cause of death has not yet been revealed.
However, sources have told TMZ that Whitney died on Thursday morning at a hospital near her native city of Boston.
Collings appeared on 12 episodes of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club between 2008 and 2009, but was eventually given the boot due to her bad and even violent behavior.
She then returned to film the Bad Girls Club Reunion Special.
Prior to joining the popular reality program, Collings worked as a sales representative for Priority One Marketing Group in Florida, according to her IMDB page.
At the time of her passing, she was working as a senior sales executive at Ecigarettes Wholesale.
A friend of the late reality star, Christina Marie, also confirmed this horribe news on her Facebook page, writing as follows:
“I am completely heart broken Whitney Collings we have so many fun memories together. Rest easy beautiful angel your with your dad now…”
Collins was only 21 years old when she rose to fame on Bad Girls Club.
While she was working hard as a barmaid in Boston, Collings was also studying biology and physics at Salem State, as reported by The Boston Herald.
Fans of Bad Girls Club will remember Whitney for being a (VERY) straight shooter when it came to confrontation and for having a temper, although she often showed her playful side with her sense of humor.
She was kicked off the series, as cited above, due to a physical altercation.
What transpired at the time?
"We were all in Cancun, Mexico at a club and Leah got into an altercation with Amber," she explained over a decade ago, adding:
"I tried to calm everyone down as we were leaving, when Amber came after me with a shoe. I got into it with her, but then stepped back and realized it wasn’t worth it.
"I tried to walk away when Amber started swinging at me. I ended up kicking her in the face and got kicked off."
As for how she felt about being part of Bad Girls Club?
"It was an opportunity of a lifetime. Good or bad, you just have to go with it. I would definitely do it again. I don’t have any regrets," she said way back then.
We send our condolences to the friends, family members and loved ones of Whitney Collings.
May she rest in peace.
90 Day Fiance: The Other Way's second season is winding to a close.
On Season 2, Episode 21, multiple stars and their parents and in-laws found themselves not seeing eye to eye.
First, Ariela's mom all but begs her to come home with her before her own departure.
Sumit invites his parents, planning to tell them his wedding plans, but they only agree to the visit because they want to take him away from Jenny.
Deavan and Jihoon get the apartment ready before Deavan's parents visit.
Tim gives Melyza news that could mean the heat death of their relationship.
And Brittany meets with Yazan and then with his brother, this time with a translator.
This is how she finds out exactly how dire things are ... and that Yazan's life has been threatened.
1. Ariela Weinberg and Biniyam Shibre
2. Janice is alarmed
3. She begs Ariela to speak her mind
4. Ariela insists that it's worth it to live as a family
5. Another early morning
6. This is SUCH a big deal to the Shibre family
90 Day Fiance is a massively successful franchise consisting of an ever-growing bouquest of spinoffs.
Memes from the show are spread far and wide, some shared by people who have never watched the show.
The cultural impact of this hit TLC series cannot be questioned.
But what a growing portion of the audience -- even hardcore fans -- are questioning is whether the show's cultural impact is a good thing.
The show has undertones of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny.
This isn't just about the stars, either.
At every stage of the process, it sometimes appears that 90 Day Fiance aims to appeal to the worst assumptions that viewers already have.
This doesn't mean that we can't watch 90 Day Fiance or enjoy it, but it's important to be cognizant of exactly what we are consuming.
And 90 Day Fiance has some real problems that are growing bigger as the show tries to outdo past seasons with each new season and spinoff.
1. 90 Day Fiance has a race problem
2. Not all racism looks the same
3. This is a complicated, multi-faceted topic
4. In a way, 90 Day Fiance is not alone
5. Step 1: Casting
6. Step 2: Meddling
After the premiere of RHOSLC, most viewers were still reeling from Mary Cosby's marriage to her grandfather.
But many still had time to fume about a tasteless, ignorant AIDS joke that Jen Shah made on the series premiere.
The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City star Jen Shah is Tongan, Hawaiian, and characterizes herself as "a little bit" Chinese.
She notes with justified contempt that, in the eyes of many of her white neighbors in Salt Lake City, she is "Black."
"They don't know any better," she says.
Her husband, Coach Shah, and two sons, Sharrief Jr. and Omar, are Black -- something that impacts her life in multiple ways.
First and most notably, as far as the show is concerned, she notes that she converted from Mormonism to Islam more than two decades ago.
Her reason was race -- learning that the Church of Latter-Day Saints had longstanding racist policies that kept Black Mormons out of specific religious positions.
In addition to ensuring that her faith does not invalidate her family, Jen also has to be cognizant of the systemic racism in society.
Her sons cannot go for a jog after dark even in their very safe community.
All that it takes is one white neighbor seeing a young Black man running to call the police ... and then Jen could end up burying one of her children.
Jen is the first to acknowledge that being married to a professional coach is not for everyone.
Her husband keeps busy and very weird hours.
Of course, she keeps busy, too.
But the scene that is drawing attention is from the pilot, when Heather and her husband and sons enjoy breakfast.
They sat at the island bar, Last Supper style for convenience of filming.
Jen finds a way to make it clear to everyone that Sharrief Jr, who could do very well as a model, is planning to go to medical school.
26-year-old Sharrief Jr. then teases Omar, who is 16, has an alleged girlfriend.
"What did you say?" Jen asks. "He has a girlfriend?"
Doubling down on embarrassing her son, as most parents do, she asks if he has kissed this girl.
Omar says that he has not, and Jen seems determined to keep it that way.
“If you kiss a girl, you might be like, ‘Oh she’s cute,’ but guess what?" she told her son.
Jen warned Omar: "You can contract herpes, probably AIDS.”
Coach Shah was nodding along to the first part of that, but then looked at her in bewilderment.
It was the embodiment of the "they had us in the first half, I'm not gonna lie" meme.
"I don't think that's true," Omar replied.
Jen then began to ramble about her concerns about sexting.
For the record, there are only two legitimate "concerns" to have about sexting.
The first is to make sure that it's consensual and that anyone sending or receiving pics is an adult. The second is to be careful whom you trust. That's it.
But instead of wishing that one could personally horrify Jen with the stories of all that many young men have done by Omar's age, we have to talk about the "AIDS" comment.
Herpes can be transmitted orally. Mouths, genitals, and anuses can transmit herpes to each other in any of the various fun combinations, and sharing sex toys without cleaning them also does the trick.
AIDS, the condition caused by HIV, cannot be transmitted through any form of normal kissing.
In order for a kiss to transmit HIV, one or both parties would need to have open wounds in or around their mouths.
Now, Jen may have some confusion on this topic -- she was raised Mormon and likely had sex ed during the 1980s, when very little was known about AIDS.
But it seems more likely that she was trying to make a joke ... which is, well, worse.
The AIDS epidemic was a horrific tragedy that was worsened when the virus was politicized by an administration that did not care about the people who died.
We who are living in 2020 can imagine what that might be like. It is important to remember tha entire communities were lost.
An entire generation of gay men was decimated. More gay men died in New York from AIDS than US soldiers died in Vietnam.
Viewers took to Twitter to share their outrage over Jen's comment.
Whether it was a joke made in poor taste or an example of wild ignorance, it was simply not an acceptable thing for her to say.
Honestly, we know that this is just the season premiere, but we hope that this comes up at the reunion. Jen needs to apologize, and she needs to do it on Bravo.