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ABC Plays Race Card in First Bachelor Promo: WATCH!

The news may not have fully sunk in yet for many fans of The Bachelor, but ABC is wasting no time in hammering home its stunning decision:

Arie Luyendyk Jr. really is the next star of this franchise.

Yes, Arie Luyendyk Jr,; Not Peter Kraus or any of the supposed contenders heading into next season.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. was the runner-up on the 2012 season of The Bachelorette and... well... hasn't been heard from very much since then.

But ABC decided to shock viewers by announcing Arie as the next Bachelor, and now it's gone ahead and released the first promo for his new season.

Yes, already.

In the trailer below, we get an actual glimpse at Luyendyk in this role, along with a few quality racecar puns.

(Did we mention Arie is a racecar driver?)

"Hearts will race," the teaser states, including with it footage of Arie from Emily's season in 2012 and shots of him from the unexpected reveal on Good Morning America.

"I was a little skeptical because we'd been in talks for a few years about doing it, so I just kind of went into it with an open heart, an open mind," he said on GMA. "It just hit me that yeah, I'm here."

Arie was supposedly under consideration in the past, losing out once to Sean Lowe and once to Chris Soules.

Known as The Kissing Bandit because he's very good at the game of tonsil hockey, there is a bit of controversy already surrounding Luyendyk.

There's also a lot of mixed reaction to his selection, as you can see here:

"We chose Arie because he's great," says Chris Harrison, adding:

"I love Arie, I'm a little biased because he's a friend of mine and I've known him for several years, so I'm actually really excited he's the Bachelor.

"I think he's a very sincere good gentleman and I think he'll be a good one."

The new season of The Bachelor kicks off in January.

Check out the first preview now:

(UPDATE: You can watch the video here.)

Arie luyendyk jr as the bachelor first promo

Yes, Twitter, This Person Really is The New Bachelor…

Upon announcing Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette, ABC made history by naming the first-ever African-American Bachelorette.

Now, upon confirming Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be the next Bachelor, the network has once again made history...

... by naming the first ever unheard of Bachelor!

Luyendyk is a 35-year-old race car driver who appeared on the eighth season of The Bachelorette, finishing second way back in 2012... and he hasn't really been in the mainstream celebrity gossip news for years.

Hence, the following reactions on Twitter to his selection:

1. We'd Love to See Zach Braff as The Bachelor

Wed love to see zach braff as the bachelor
And it sounds like the actor is up for it.

2. HA!

Ha
We do think Sean Lowe meant this in good fun.

3. This is the Same Person?

This is the same person
We're so confused.

4. A Picture Says 1,000 Words?

A picture says 1000 words
So does a look.

5. I'm Sorry?

Im sorry
Who?!?

6. Once Again:

Once again
Who?!?
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‘The Bachelor’ is Really Good at Breaking People Up

In heartbreaking news, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi split.

Oh, you don’t know who those people are? They got engaged on season 21 of The Bachelor, a show that still exists even though only two couples in 21 seasons are still together.

The divorce rate in America is 50 percent. The divorce rate on The Bachelor is over 90 percent. Please tell me why these people go on this show to find love when statistics say that they’re 40 percent more likely to end up divorced or broken up once the show is over. I’ll wait.

Anyway, these two released a joint statement that you can read if you care.

“It’s with a great amount of heartbreak for the both us as we have decided to end our engagement…We gave this relationship our all and we are saddened that we did not get the fairy-tale ending we hoped for. We will continue to be there for each other no matter what. This hasn’t been an easy decision, however, as we part ways, we do so with lots of love and admiration for each other.”

If you want a fairy-tale ending, don’t go on a reality show to find love. It’s a pretty simple concept.

This relationship was doomed from the start because Grimaldi quit her job as a special education teacher in Montreal to move to California to be with Viall who…was competing on Dancing With the Stars. Don’t leave your normal life in Canada, a much better place than America right now, to be with a guy who has been on five, yes five, reality shows. Kids who need to be adopted in Ethiopia are less starved than this guy.

Tune into season 22 of The Bachelor when two more people swear they are in love after a month where the guy dates 20 other women only to find out that, “nah,” when the cameras are turned off

The Bachelor Baby Boom: From Roses to Diaper Rashes!

No matter what Chris Harrison tries to tell you every year, The Bachelor is terrible at making actual love connections.

But that doesn't mean the women who have appeared on either The Bachelorette or The Bachelor haven't eventually made a different kind of connection: that of egg and sperm.

The following stars and contestants have all welcomed bundles of joy into their lives since becoming part of our lives on the small screen.

1. Jason Mesnick

Molly and jason mesnick with daughter
Jason Mesnick was already the father to an adorable boy named Ty when he met his wife-to-be, Molly, on his season of The Bachelor. Together, they are now also parents to a girl named Riley.

2. Desiree Hartsock Siegfried

Desiree hartsock siegfried
Desiree Hartsock Siegfried announced in April of 2016 that she and husband Chris, who met on Season 9 of The Bachelorette, are expecting their first child.

3. Trista Sutter

Trista sutter adorable baby
The original! This first-ever Bachelorette has two children with her husband, Ryan: seven-year-old Maxwell and six-year-old Blakesley.

4. Renee Oteri

Renee oteri
Rejected by Juan Pablo on The Bachelor Season 18, Oteri got married and gave her 9-year-old son Ben (pictured here) a little brother to play with; Oteri and her husband welcomed Jax in January 2015.

5. Ashley Rosenbaum

Jp rosenbaum and ashley hebert
Hey! A successful Bachelorette couple! Ashley and JP welcomed their first child in September 2014 and named him Fordham.

6. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa rycroft pregnancy announcement
Melissa Rycroft has rebounded nicely after being rejected by Jason Mesnick. She has a daughter named Ava and a son named Beckett with her husband, Tye.
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Peter Kraus: If They Ask Me to Be The Bachelor, I’ll Say …

Peter Kraus may have hearts on The Bachelorette -- of fans and of Rachel Lindsay. He didn't get the girl in the end, but he got a lot of fans.

The question remains, though: will the 31-year-old Wisconsin native be the next Bachelor?

Peter Kraus got asked exactly that question, today, and we have a video of that interview:

We've talked about this before, but it merits repeating:

Peter Kraus should absolutely be the next Bachelor.

He has the looks.

He has the charm.

He has the lovable personality.

He has the fans who are interested in seeing him again.

He has the deeply romantic idea behind what an engagement means coupled with the willingness to let his quest for love play out on television.

And ... did we mention that he has the looks?

We did.

We did mention that.

We're not the only ones who think that Peter Kraus would be perfect for The Bachelor, though.

On top of a huge portion fo Bachelor Nation who wanted him to end up with Rachel ...

(The ones who weren't following The Bachelorette Spoilers were crushed with disappointment at what the rest of us already knew)

... Peter Kraus even won the endorsement of his buddy and competitor Dean Unglert.

Because even before it was revealed that Rachel chose Bryan Abasolo, Dean Unglert was already saying that Peter Kraus would make a great Bachelor.

Obviously, they're friends and Dean wants his buddy to find love and success.

But it's worth noting that Dean Unglert is also a fan favorite to star on The Bachelor, so that's a statement against his own interests.

Very directly, on Good Morning America today, Peter Kraus got asked whether he'd say yes if he's offered that coveted spot on The Bachelor

His interviewer started by reminding him that, in high school when The Bachelor first began airing, he expressed a desire to occupy that spot on the show.

As in, he put it on his senior yearbook page.

"At the time I had not have a serious girlfriend -- I don't even think I'd kissed a girl at that point."

That's a little hard to believe, but sometimes even beautiful people can be awkward as teenagers.

Plus, Peter looks better now than he did as a teen. There are a lot of late bloomers in the world.

"The Bachelor had just started airing; this man was, like, the epitome of what every guy wanted to be: successful, intelligent, hard-working, he was known by all and desired by the girls. And I wanted the girls."

That ... definitely sounds like a high school boy. Yep.

Then, and only then, is he asked whether or not, if asked, he'd become the next Bachelor.

"I'd have to think a lot about it."

You almost can't hear Peter's reply over the chorus of voices in the background yelling "yes!"

As if they could answer for him.

Adorable.

Peter may be undecided, but it seems like just about everyone is in favor of him starring on The Bachelor.

Except, of course, for Rachel Lindsay, who apparently doesn't want him to find love or something.

Peter kraus if they ask me to be the bachelor ill say

Vanessa Grimaldi Engagement Ring: All the Details!

As previously reported, Vanessa Grimaldi is very excited to marry Nick Viall.

She doesn't really care what critics have said about her relationship with the Season 21 Bachelor.

But Grimaldi, who overcame the challenge of runner-up Raven Gates on Monday night's finale, is even more excited about something else related to her burgeoning romance: 

The giant rock on her finger!

Nick Viall with Vanessa Grimaldi Picture

“When I first saw the ring I thought ‘it’s massive’” the 29-year-old told People Magazine, adding:

“I think the thing I was trying to process was that Nick was on one knee. I had seen the ring but I’m like, ‘I can’t believe Nick is actually on one knee proposing.’"

We can.

Because we've been privy to very accurate The Bachelor spoilers all season long.

But Internet access is limited in The Bachelor mansion, so we understand why Vanessa may not have been reading along throughout her run on the show.

Anyway... Viall popped his all-important question to Grimaldi with a 3.75-carat diamond, one provided to him free of charge by jeweler Neil Lane.

It features a brilliant-cut round-shaped center stone that is set in a platinum band and accented with diamond baguettes, along with 164 smaller diamonds.

According to E! News, it is valued at $100,000.

Vanessa Grimaldi Engagement Ring

“I was going for a classical look with the round diamond but also something modern and fashionable, which the baguette-cut diamonds evokes,” Lane told People.

The celebrity designer, who has had a working relationship with ABC for years, added:

“It’s a very romantic, sparkly ring and Nick also liked the unusual detail and the fact that it was both classical and fashion-forward."

Lane said he envisioned Grimaldi's face while coming up with the ring.

And he clearly has one very happy customer.

“It’s very big, just like my personality,” Vanessa joked to People. “I didn’t know what kind of ring I wanted either way, so I was going to be happy with a proposal either way.”

Here is a close-up of the ring in question:

Vanessa Grimaldi Ring

"It's a traditional ring with an old-fashioned feel. It's got an old-soul–it's classic and elegant," an insider told E! of the rock, saying of Nick:

"He chose it because that's what he thinks of her."

In selecting Vanessa over Raven, Viall disappointed a number of viewers.

But he appeared to be pretty sincere when addressing Vanessa toward the end of the finale, right before proposing to his now-fiance.

"So much about me being here has to do with the past, but when I look at you, all I see is my future," he told her.

In return, she promised "to remind you every day how happy you make me, and knowing how much you love to talk, I promise I’m ready to do a lot of listening."

From there, Nick asked for Vanessa hand in marriage.

And she said yes.

Vanessa Accepts!

When might the wedding take place?

The couple admits to having no idea. It's far too early and they are first emerging from their reality TV show bubble.

"There’s no reason of speeding up the process,” Grimaldi told People. “We’re still in the process of getting to know each other outside Bachelor world. We’re still in the process of getting to know ourselves too.

"We’ haven’t planned a date yet.”

Concluded Viall:

“I don’t think you have to pretend what this world isn’t and what it is.

"We’re okay with saying we still have a lot to learn about each other and that’s okay. We’re excited about doing that! I think we want to focus on doing that than anything else and keep moving our relationship forward.”

Vanessa Grimaldi and Nick Viall Dismiss Critics, Insist They Really Are Happy

Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimadli are tuning out critics after a widely panned debut as a couple on The Bachelor: After the Final Rose special.

As The Bachelor spoilers predicted, Nick proposed, she said yes ... and predictions of their imminent demise also didn't look far off.

Vanessa Grimaldi Engagement Ring

Suffice it to say, alumni of Bachelor Nation and fans alike were far from confident in Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi's future Monday.

Past stars from Sean Lowe and Catherine Guidici to J.P. Rosenbaum and Trista Sutter all took to social media to voice their skepticism.

Typically you'd see a united front, with the alumni rallying around the couple, but Viall and Grimaldi’s interaction was just that awkward.

Yet despite the negative commentary from critics doubting their love for one another, the couple are focusing on the positive together.

“You can never make people happy. At the end of the day, we are focusing on our relationship,” said Grimaldi, a special ed teacher.

“It’s so easy to focus on the negative, which sometimes I do, and Nick tries to get me out of it. But it's the world that we’re living in.”

Nick Viall with Vanessa Grimaldi Picture

The duo admitted that it's been a struggle up to this point, and that they are ready to live life together without ABC TV cameras rolling.

“I was excited for it to end, but now I am sad,” Grimaldi said.

“I mean, I’m excited for us to start our real life together.”

(NOTE: Why is she sad about it then? This is confusing.)

“She’s very much looking forward for this to be over,” Viall added, admitting, “It was very difficult for us as a couple at the end.”

While the pair are engaged, they recognize that they “have a long way to go” and “are getting to know each other” these days.

“I don’t think any relationship is perfect,” said Vanessa.

Nick and Vanessa on ATFR

Definitely not, but most Bachelor and Bachelorette couples come out of the finale looking a bit more optimistic than these two lovebirds.

“I hope we came across as in love and passionate tonight," Nick said, responding to the widespread sentiment that they looked miserable.

"The reality is - we joke about it, but it’s true - we don’t know what it’s like to go to the movies together, to spend time together in the real world."

"Our relationship has been based off of stressful situations."

Vanessa, for her part, seconded that notion and said that “I feel like it’s been on standstill for a little bit ... I’m ready to move forward.” 

How far forward will they move, though?

Think it'll last? Vote in our poll below:

The Bachelor Finale Recap: Nick Viall ENGAGED to …

Nick Viall's final rose was on the line and the man tears were a-flowin' Monday as The Bachelor season finale arrived at last on ABC.

Weeks of rumors, tears, heartbreak and The Bachelor spoilers led us to this moment, but would Nick's fourth time truly be the charm?

Nick Viall, Vanessa Grimaldi, Raven Gates

All was revealed and all gossip put to rest at last.

Despite a season unlike any other in many respects, the finale followed a familiar pattern, with two hours building up to an epic conclusion.

For Raven Gates and Vanessa Grimaldi, Nick's only remaining aspiring wives, hopes and emotions ran high as the final dates approached.

You cannot blame them, considering the stakes.

Either could make the case to the leading man (or the fans) that they should be who Nick Viall picks, but there can be only one ring.

One Neil Lane ring, if you will, to rule them all. At least for the next 3-6 months until they break up and she returns it. Kidding! (Maybe!)

Anyway ... would it be a conventional season finale this year, or would there be a twist at the end that defied all predictions and conventions?

Nick Viall Bachelor Poster

Fans have been promised a franchise "first," and the producers, editors and writers are good at pushing our buttons like it's their jobs.

Hmm. Which it is, now that we think about it.

And for good reason. These people are pros at what they do. But will this literally unprecedented "first" be, and will it be truly noteworthy?

All we can do in the end is sit and watch.

Who did Nick decide on? And would there be a live, unpredictable ending to his journey for love on the After the Final Rose special?

Well, let's get right into it and find out!

After dates with both women, meetings with family, and plenty of tears, fears and everything in between, Nick sucked it up and proposed to ...

Vanessa (The Bachelor) Photo

Vanessa Grimaldi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Bachelor spoilers straight up nailed it. No switcheroo a la Jason Mesnick. No double rejection flake-out a la Brad Womack 1.0.

Raven Gates was left out in the cold, literally, despite Nick letting her reach the final rose ceremony in Finland before giving her the boot.

Brutal. Don't get us wrong. Dude has been through a lot and looked genuinely torn at times, and clearly didn't relish cutting her loose.

Still. Dragging it out like that for effect?

We can debate whether that was bad form or not until we're blue in the face, but if you were #TeamVanessa, you had to love the outcome.

She and Nick had a strong connection from the start, and despite Raven, Rachel and Corinne Olympios' best efforts, she was his pick.

Nick and Vanessa

Think she was the right choice? Will Nick and Vanessa last?! Will everyone involved in this experience look back on it fondly?

As for the After the Final Rose special shocker ...

We were led to believe - or at least it was implied - throughout the final week of the season that the "historic" event had to do with Nick.

He's the star, after all, and he just got engaged. How could it not have to do with Nick and Vanessa? Well, slow your roll there, people.

Remember, Rachel Lindsay was announced as The Bachelorette before hometown dates, so the producers are mixing things up lately.

Our guess is it as to do with her. Stay tuned.

‘The Bachelor’ Power Rankings: Week 9

It finally happened. We finally saw the elimination of Corinne who expressed sadness, then anger and then went to sleep. I don’t know what else I was expecting. Contrition? Naaaah.

This week Nick chose Raven to go to the fantasy suite in Finland. And this is where Raven put her ex on blast and said he never gave her an orgasm. I’m guessing she was expecting Nick to give her one. Well, Raven, prepare for some disappointment. Aww, yea!

There’s only 3 girls left so these power rankings are pretty useless at this point. Add to the fact that we already know Rachel is the next bachelor and it’s basically 2 girls left. I’m still going with Vanessa even though Raven seems to be the girl to beat. Always go for the underdog.

1. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +0

This was Raven’s episode so not much about her.

2. Raven (Midwest girl) +0

She told Nick she loved him. After a month. The only thing I’ve ever told I loved was a Hershey’s chocolate bar and even then it took more than 6 months. These people are insane.

3. Rachel (Attorney) +1

We know she’s getting eliminated already. Why is it taking so long?

The Bachelor Recap: Who Made the Final Three?!

While The Bachelor spoilers have hinted at the outcome of the hometown dates for weeks, we never factored in the return of Nick's ex.

His first Bachelor ex, from 2014.

On The Bachelor Season 21 Episode 9, Nick Viall finds none other than Andi Dorfman, former The Bachelorette star, at his hotel door.

What surprises lie in store?

Not surprisingly ... AD just wanted to talk about Nick's life choices before he went to the Fantasy Suite with any of the remaining girls.

For reals. That was it.

After Nick reminds her that the last time she knocked on his hotel room door, it was to dump him, Nick talks to Andi about this season.

He's not planning on getting engaged to The Bachelor winner just because he’s The Bachelor, he says, not that we believe him whatsoever.

As for Viall's Fantasy Suite prospects, the fact that Andi made love to Nick in such a setting is not lost on her - nor is it a regret.

Nick and Andi Dorfman

Awkward as it is, as long as he can still see himself genuinely getting engaged to any of the women left, Andi says he should go for it.

Talk about a supportive ex.

Nick's issue, of course, is narrowing it down. Not even among the Fantasy Suite invitees, but the four women whose families he met.

That's right, he still hasn't eliminated a hometown date winner and he has no idea who he will send home. But he must make a choice.

At the rose ceremony, he shocks a lot of fans by giving Rachel Lindsay a rose, given that she's already been named as The Bachelorette.

For whatever reason, the announcement of Rachel Lindsay as The Bachelorette led to the assumption that she was the next to go.

Not the case, as we told you.

Rachel Lindsay with Nick Viall

Instead, it's Corinne Olympios who gets the boot, her fake tears and platinum vagine sent riding off into the limo/sunset/mall ... whatever.

Corinne is no longer in it, nor will she win it, but she promises us that, with God is her witness, she will never kiss up to a man again.

Phew. That's finally over.

For the aforementioned, highly sexualized Fantasy Suites, producers threw a little cold water on Nick by sending the hornball to Finland.

He says he couldn't imagine a more magical place to fall in love than Lapland, above the Arctic Circle. We're guessing a beach works.

Anyway, lest you thought we were done with bombshells for the week, first up is Raven Gates' secret that we told you about yesterday.

Oh, this one is doozy ... sort of.

Raven Gates Pic

Raven is kicking herself for not telling Nick she loved him in Arkansas, though mud wrestling him half naked did get the point across.

Gates has never told anyone she loved them - not even her ex-boyfriend of the previous two years - nor has she ever had an orgasm.

Not once. She said this.

What's remarkable about this is that Gates shared it on national TV, not that it's true, but hey, it says more about Raven's ex, arewerite?

In any case, Raven accepts the invitation to the Fantasy Suite, where she meets up with Nick and his uncomfortable looking turtleneck.

Will he be THE ONE to take her to the Oh-Zone for the first time in her young life on this hot night in Finland? Viewers can only hope.

And wait until next week.

‘The Bachelor’ Power Rankings: Week 8

Week 8 started off where last week left off. With the four women  talking about the surprise elimination of Danielle.

In no time at all, Nick came in and said no eliminations and that he was going to everyone’s hometown. Hooray?

1. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +1

Her gigantic family started making her question her relationship with Nick. Gosh. You think competing with four girls for an engagement ring would be a red flag or something.

2. Raven (Midwest girl) +1

So these two basically dry humped in a filthy swamp. I think it was supposed to be romantic or whatever but, really, all I could think of is that scene from Stand By Me where they get leeches on their dicks.

3. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny) -2

Corinne took Nick to Miami and showed her what she does every day. Shop. Girl dropped $3.5k like she was buying Dippin’ Dots at the fair. Nick got Pretty Woman’d.

Later there was an awkward conversation with her parents. So, yea. She’s materialistic and she’s about to get dropped.

4. Rachel (Attorney) +2

Hey, did you know she’s black?!

‘The Bachelor’ Power Rankings: Week 7

Some spoilers ahead if you care. Based on Bachelor news, we already know one person who ISN’T making it. Rachel. Sorry, but she was already last in rankings anyway. If you haven’t heard, Rachel is going to be the first black Bachelor or Bachelorette or whatever.

As far as this episode goes, Nick was a little bitch. How many times does he cry every episode? Because if this keeps going on, I’m just going to mute it. Quit being a little bitch, Nick. He also blew up my power rankings this week. Another reason for him being a little bitch.

Anyway, Danielle M. opened her heart to Nick and Nick was all, “Nah, byeeeee.” So she’s gone. Nick also got rid of Kristina. And she even let him lotion her inner thigh. Geez, buddy.

1. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny) +1

Corinne took her platinum vageen to Nick’s room to secure her spot… but she got rejected.

2. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian) +1

She’s just a special needs teacher!

3. Raven (Midwest girl) +2

Looks like we’re going to her hometown. Yee-ha!

4. Rachel (Attorney) +2

We all know what’s happening with her.

By the way, Amanda Seyfried was just as confused as I was during this episode.

Watch The Bachelor Online: Check Out Season 21 Episode 7

Nick Viall ran into some trouble on The Bachelor Season 21 Episode 7.

No one ever said that searching for true love on reality television would be easy, did they?

On the latest installment of this ABC Favorite, all of Nick's relationships were called into question as the remaining suitors dealt with Nick's admission that the process may not be working for him.

Uh-oh. Might he actually drop out? Might be become the first star to leave the program?

Unsure what to do, Nick sought council from Chris Harrison about his predicament. And what did Chris say to him?

Click on the video above to watch The Bachelor online and find out now!

Nick Viall to The Bachelor Producers: You Can Pick the Winner, It’s Cool!

Nick Viall is all too familiar with hard rose ceremony choices, but if a new report is to be believed, he needed some help with his decisions this season.

Like, all of the decisions.

Nick Selfie

Producers calling the shots would help explain why The Bachelor spoilers leaked even earlier than usual this year, but still ... this is nuts:

According to a tabloid insider, The Bachelor star either didn't want or couldn't handle responsibility of choosing which girls to keep around.

As a result, he allegedly yielded to the writers, producers and editors to make the final call in many, if not all, cases, including the finale.

"Nick had such a hard time making decisions about the women that he literally had producers decide for him,” the show insider dished.

“All season," this Bachelor Deep Throat says, "producers would have private meetings with Nick before rose ceremonies" in this vein.

The goal? "To try and help him pick."

Rachel Lindsay and Nick Viall

Yes, Nick developed strong connections with contenders like Rachel Lindsay (above) that involved real feelings and serious emotions.

That was part of the issue, though.

"Because he was so worried he’d be publicly humiliated once again if he chose wrong,” claimed the source, this all got into his head.

It’s no surprise Nick was cautious with his choices after almost getting engaged to Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette.

He also had his heart broken by Amanda Stanton on Bachelor in Paradise, so as exciting as being The Bachelor is, he felt a lot of pressure.

Said the source, “His emotions were all over the place ... [Nick] was in love with two different women and he didn’t know what to do.”

Nick, Andi and Kaitlyn

“They’d actually sway him into letting go of certain girls and keeping others just to spark controversy for the show,” the insider claimed. 

This story would be totally believable if it didn't claim that Nick's waffling extended all the way to the finale, where he let others decide.

Yes, if you believe this report, The Bachelor winner was chosen not by Viall, but the production team charged with crafting this season.

True love at its finest?

“[The producers] convinced him who to pick as the winner, too,” says the source, but that may not have been a good idea in the end.

Why? Well, getting engaged (even on reality TV) is kind of a big deal, and “now, Nick is scared that he ended up with the wrong girl.”

Nick Viall and Danielle

Seems like the apprehensive feeling might be mutual there.

Yesterday, a separate report claimed that the woman Viall chooses on the finale regrets it now that she's watched the season unfold.

This wouldn't be a huge stretch, given his antics with Corinne Olympios, which are just about guaranteed to turn off another woman.

Just knowing that Nick has, in all likelihood, been inside the "platinum vagine" of the franchise's all-time villain is a tough pill to swallow.

Well, unless you're Corinne, who some believe is the winner.

Of course, if you assume that hypothetical, it's equally easy to believe she'd be consumed with jealousy seeing Nick with other women.

It's a strange, emotionally complex world, Bachelor Nation.

What do you think, readers and viewers, about this story?

Cautious as he may be, would Nick Viall actually yield to producers and be content to see where things go with their consensus choice?

And whether it's Corinne, Rachel, Vanessa Grimaldi, Raven Gates or someone else, is there any chance their engagement will last?

Hit the comments to sound off now!

‘The Bachelor’ Power Rankings: Week 4

Week 4 went pretty much as expected. Corrine stayed. Christen and Brittany were eliminated as everyone could have easily guessed. There’s still Whitney though who’ll probably be eliminated next week because, again, who is she?

So here we are at week 4’s power rankings. The top 3 haven’t changed much. I really need to start a fantasy league so I can put this to use.

1.  Danielle M. (Child nurse person)

She didn’t do much this week except look tall. Eh, good enough for me.

2. Danielle L.

Danielle L. got a one-on-one date with Nick in his hometown and smooshed their pastries together. Not a metaphor. Along the way, they staged a meeting with Nick’s ex who played wingwoman. And then Nick took her to the park where he proceeded to tell her that’s where he banged his first chick. What a romantic.

3. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny)

Did Corrine just spoil the entire season with her Instagram post? What am I talking about? The now deleted post where she shows an engagement ring.

A red herring or is she fucking with everyone again? Who knows but with the amount of times she’s shoved her tits in Nick’s face, I don’t think she’s going anywhere.

4. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian)

Gave Nick a scrapbook that her students made. Total boner killer.

5. Taylor

She, who is younger, asks Corinne if she is ready to marry a 36-year-old. She also said Corinne has low emotional intelligence. Rawr. She’s not leaving at least for another week unless Corinne mindfucks Nick which, at this point, seems really easy to do.

6. Jasmine (Cheerleader, I mean, professional dancer)

Still trying to dance her way to the top but her chances are falling.

7. Kristina (Russian hygienist)

Tried to work herself into a group date and then put Corinne on tilt. Producers got to love that which is why she got the group date rose.

8. Raven (Midwest girl)

She got the 2nd one-on-one with Nick where he told him in detail how she caught her boyfriend cheating on her and beat him with a stiletto. She also loves that Nick hasn’t ever cheated. Great. Set the bar low.

9. Rachel (Attorney)

Huh. Was she in this episode?

10. Astrid (Plastic surgery person)

She walked in shit for the guy!

11. Alexis (Dolphin girl)

She fears Nic Cage and aliens. Face… off!

12. Jaimi (Septum piercing)

Man. She can milk a cow.

13. Sarah (Grade school teacher)

There are two teachers? Man, I can’t even keep up with this.

14. Josephine (Santa Cruz girl)

The Corinne enabler.

15. Whitney (Pilates)

Still. Who?

The Bachelor Winner: Revealed on Instagram?!?

WARNING: The following story may very well reveal the winner of The Bachelor Season 21.

WARNING, 2.0: The following story may also make you feel more depressed than the election of Donald Trump as our next President.

In other words: Proceed with caution, okay?

Nick Viall Instagram Photo

Over the weekend, Corinne Olympios went ahead and awoke the deepest, darkest fears of all who watch The Bachelor online or on television each week.

This season's most prominent villain, Corinne posed for a photo on Instagram alongside social media personality Claudia Oshry, who goes by the online moniker "Girl With No Job."

Wrote Oshry to her 2.4 million followers as a caption to the image:

"One of us is a Bachelorette contestant and the other has a nanny."

But fans of this ABC competition weren't focus on Oshry's joke. They quickly became focused on Corinne's finger.

Because... well... IS THAT AN ENGAGEMENT RING?!?!?!?!?!?

Corinne Olympios Engagement Ring?

Olympios is most definitely rocking a diamond on the same finger one would wear it if one were to get engaged.

This shiny piece of jewelry naturally has many viewers wondering whether Corinne is the final suitor standing on Season 21, with a handful of The Bachelor spoilers out there at least hinting strongly that she ends up in The Final Four.

It also has many of these same viewers burying their faces in their hands out of concern that this will end up being the outcome.

Corinne hasn't exactly endeared herself to fans over the opening few episodes.

She's thrown herself at Viall as much as any contestant has ever thrown herself at a Bachelor, yanking off her bikini top early on and letting Nick feel her knockers, for instance.

The stunt earned Corinne a rose at the time, which seems to be all she cares about on a weekly basis.

"Dad would be proud," Olympios said after her striptease turned every single suitor against her. "Even though I was naked."

Corinne Olympios Instagram Pic

It's also worth noting that Olympios jumped on Viall and straddled him in a very sexual manner while the two jumped around a bounce house last week.

Oh, and she has a nanny.

She's 24 years old and she has a nanny.

The nanny's name is Raquel and Corinne has talked openly about how much she needs this personal assistant, gleefully telling the world that Raquel does "everything" for her.

This includes the making of Corinne's bed and the doing of Corinne's laundry.

Raquel also makes cheese pasta for Olympios, who has no problem admitting that she cannot make pasta and mix cheese into it.

Did we mention that she's 24 years old?

Well aware of her villainous status on the series, Corinne has not only run away from it... she's embraced it.

Shortly after the clip of her taking her bathing suit top off went viral, and the backlash grew strong, Olympios sent a very clear message to all critics

"Haters, I [donut] care," she wrote on social media along with the following pants-free photo:

Corinne Olympios, No Pants

So now we're left to wonder:

Is Corinne really engaged to Nick?

On Sunday, she shared a picture of herself holding a drink (that we assume Raquel made for her), one that zoomed in on her left-hand fingers and did NOT feature the diamond ring depicted above.

So... perhaps ABC producers got mad at her for the initial photo and made her take the rock off?

Perhaps she was just messing with fans while posing with Oshry?

Perhaps we've already given way too much thought to the relationship status of Corinne Olympios?

Neither ABC nor Warner Bros. responded to a request for comment on this topic from Entertainment Tonight.

We'll likely be left to wonder about this rumored engagement for many weeks, at least up through The Bachelor hometown dates and Fantasy Suite episode.

Until then, we're just going to make our own cheese pasta and pray to the reality show gods:

Please don't tell us Corinne wins... Please don't tell us Corinne wins... Please don't tell us Corinne wins...

‘The Bachelor’ Power Rankings: Week 3

I’ve never seen an episode of The Bachelor because I have a life but now I don’t so I thought it’d be fitting to do a power ranking of contestants every week. Why? Because I like frustration and sighing.

For this season of The Bachelor, we have a dude who’s been on this show… three… four times? I don’t know. His name is Nick Viall and he’s a salesman or whatever. That’s about as much history as I have but seeing as how he’s failed however many times already, dude has problems.

The season started with 30 contestants and, by Week 3, they’ve already been whittled down to 17. It was supposed to be 18, but Dominque was axed this week for seriously bringing down the mood. My reason, not Nick’s.

This is as good as time as any to start the power rankings as most personalities have started to come out so here’s my power rankings for Week 3.

1.  Danielle M. (Child nurse person)

She’s the only normal girl in the group but didn’t get a lot of airtime Week 3. She did go on a one-on-one date Week 2 and it went sort of well. I’m declaring her the dark horse.

2. Danielle L.

Danielle L. won the dance competition this week. And how! That counts for something right?

3. Corinne (Runs a multi-million dollar company with her nanny)

This girl is a bag of nuts but she manages to shove a tit into Nick’s face every 5 minutes so I’m expecting Nick or the producers to keep her on for at least another week or more. That or she’s going to be axed because of the aforementioned reasons. I mean, she did sleep through the rose ceremony.

4. Vanessa (French-Canadian-Italian)

Threw up in zero gs. Still managed to makeout with Nick. She drops a couple places after calling him out for enabling Corrine.

5. Jasmine (Cheerleader, I mean, professional dancer)

I don’t know. Seems like a good rank though.

6. Rachel (Attorney)

She “won” the competition and got a rose or something. She will do what it takes to win as evidenced by her almost breaking Astrid’s hand with her foot. Damn, she’s savage.

7. Astrid (Plastic surgery person)

Came in last during the competition. Still managed to win. Got into a hot tub with Nick. Made out with him. She probably needs a double sports bra. Need I say more?

8. Alexis (Dolphin girl)

She didn’t make any dolphin noises this week so +++.

9. Jaimi (Septum piercing)

She seems alright. Not much else to go on.

10. Taylor

She’s getting airtime. And for that reason alone, she’s in 10th.

11. Sarah (Grade school teacher)

Maybe too normal

12. Raven (Midwest girl)

Not enough information but she’s also not crazy.

13. Kristina (Russian hygienist)

Has good teeth. Also confusing Russian accent. This will get her far enough.

14. Josephine (Santa Cruz girl)

She drops down after singing that song at the end of Week 3’s episode. I know there’s editing but Nick looked slightly worried.

15. Christen (The girl who knew that other girl’s secret)

She may actually need to drop a couple more ranks.

16. Brittany

Uh, who?

17. Whitney (Pilates)

Again. Uh, who?

Joel McHale Under Fire for Calling ‘The Bachelor’ ‘A Parade of Unstable Sluts’

What, y’all don’t like the truth?

In a recent interview, Joel McHale, a comic, pop culture critic, and star of CBS sitcom The Great Indoors, did what Joel McHale does and spoke his mind. He had a lot of shit to talk about The Bachelor.

Honestly, it’s not even talking shit. It’s just saying logical shit. After calling the show a ‘parade of unstable sluts’ he went on to say:

“The strange thing is people really do hope they find love under the guise of what is basically a 30-day game show. Which is really, really weird.”

Yeah. It’s totally weird. People got especially mad after he called out the show on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and I really wonder why any of these people don’t have anything better to do than get pissed off at Joel McHale for stating the obvious.

“No one cares who wins. I don’t care. They have what? Four couples who hooked up after 71 or whatever tries. What’s up with that track record?”

Maybe being rude to contestants to their faces is pretty uncalled for, and fans and past contestants are now mad at Joel McHale, but, again, who cares?

Jennifer Aniston Praises Nick, Makes Bold Bachelor Predictions

Jennifer Aniston made a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, gushing over Nick Viall as The Bachelor and making predictions about the season ahead.

Of course, she could just visit our accurate section of The Bachelor spoilers if she really wants to learn what will go down over the next few months on the ABC reality show.

But that's okay. It was fun to watch her take a few guesses last night.

Clearly a veteran fan of The Bachelor, Aniston said she likes Nick "a lot," while acknowledging that some critics "were iffy" about the network's decision to cast him as its lead.

Let's face it, though, Viall is "pretty cute," the actress explained; and is also clearly "pretty awesome" because ABC has given him 30 suitors to choose from, as opposed to the typical 25.

Because ABC has also unveiled portraits and profiles of these 30 women (below), Aniston proceeded to go into impressive detail over who she thinks has a shot to win Nick's heart... and why.

For example:

After passing over Whitney - a 25-year-old Pilates instructor who is “probably very bendy" - Aniston arrived at Corinne, a business owner.

“She looks like a business owner. I like that," Aniston explained, although she also surmised that, at 24, Corinne was too young to want to settle down and get married.

What about Elizabeth, the only doula on the board? Or Rachel, the attorney with the strong arms?

Check out the video below to see Aniston's thoughts and then prepare to watch The Bachelor online on television when Season 21 premieres on ABC January 2 at 8/7c.

We can't wait!

Jennifer aniston praies nick viall makes bold bachelor predictio

Former Bachelor Contestants Fall in Love… With Each Other!

Try telling Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon that one cannot find love on The Bachelor.

Granted, we've seen an endless number of couples fail to make it down the aisle after the man asked for the woman's hand in marriage to conclude the latest season of this franchise.

But perhaps that was the problem all along:

Perhaps The Bachelor was not intended to match up a man and a woman, but rather a woman and a woman.

Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon Photo

Marx and Scanlon met while filming the 2016 version of Australia's The Bachelor.

They were both aiming to win over star Richie Strahan in the end.

As time went on, however, Megan and Tiffany found grew more attracted to one another, as they continued to post photos on Instagram together long after filming ended.

These photos would include captions that mentioned the other as "my favourite person," and/or said "there are many things that I love but this is one."

Was it possible that two women who signed on to find a husband ended up finding true love in a member of the same sex?

Yes!

On Monday, Marx shared a new photo on Instagram that seemed to confirm the pair’s romantic relationship.

“I met Tiffany in a very strange situation. Well…we were kind of dating the same guy…” the caption to it began.

We'll just go ahead and let her take it from there:

And it was filmed and put on TV. From that first cocktail party, it was like this instant calibration between souls, as if we had known each other once before.

Friendship ripened into something bolder, trust in a very strange situation was formed, and now every adventure we have rivals the other- and continues to make plans for itself.

Yesterday I flew this beautiful woman to The Abrolhos islands for her 30th birthday! I have to admit that I felt so so proud to be with her, my favourite person, celebrating such a momentous occasion on the water- a mutual love of ours.

Tiffany Scanlon and Megan Marx

She is so confident in the ocean and in every adventure, as if every new experience is a winning of the lottery somehow; a chance to grow and learn and develop.

To Tiffany, experience wins over the worldly acquisition of 'things' every time- and I think this is why she is so open-minded, so accepting of others, so fun and so at ease with letting winds blow her towards a variety of opportunities.

She's helped me to disintegrate many of the ideals I've had that were harmful (about relationships, about career and 'stability') and for that I feel set free.

Thank you for always asking questions (detective Tiff), for being curious about people, ideologies and the universe; for loving people with such a wholesome love that I don't know if I would ever be able to emulate. It inspires me.

Happy Birthday Tiffany. I love you.

Megan Marx and Tiffany Scanlon

We don't exactly have any more questions about whether or not these two are together, do you?

We watch The Bachelor online and/or on television often and we feel comfortable saying this may be the greatest love story ever told on the program.

Can you imagine if two women who met on the show fell in love in America?!? What would Chris Harrison say?

It would break the Internet as we know it.

Nikki Ferrell and Tyler Vanloo: Married!

Nikki Ferrell has finally found herself a man that actually loves her. 

If you recall, she won The Bachelor Season 18, but she did not win the heart of Juan Pablo Galavis. 

He is hands down the worst suitor in the history of the franchise. 

Nikki Ferrell & Tyler Vanloo With Their Marriage License

Something seemed totally off with the way he treated Ferrell and that's why the relationship didn't pan out. 

Ferrell and Galavis even appeared on Couples Therapy to try and right the ship, but it was clear there was just nothing there. 

We previously reported that Nikki was engaged to Tyler Vanloo back in January and the pictures were super cute. 

Nikki Ferrell Engagement Photos

How amazing do they look together?

Could you imagine Juan Pablo Galavis being as romantic as that?

Galavis knows absolutely nothing about romance. 

Nikki married Tyler on Saturday.

Have a look at one of the pictures from the wedding below!

Nikki Ferrell & Her Bridesmaids

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. Andi Dorfman was part of the celebrations. 

Talk about keeping it in The Bachelor family. Right?

Nikki had known Tyler for a long time before they got married. 

It sure seems like he was the one who got away from her, but at least they are now a happily married couple. 

Nikki Ferrel & Tyler Vanloo Wedding Plans

Nikki kept her fans up to speed with what was going on in the days leading up to her wedding. 

She even uploaded a picture of her marriage license to Instagram. 

We are super pleased that Nikki has moved on from Juan Pablo. 

If you watch The Bachelor online, you probably already know that the dude just didn't seem like a very nice person. 

It's for the best that Nikki moved on. 

What do you think about all of this?

Hit the comments below!

Nick Viall: Whoa! I’m The Bachelor?!?

Are you still shocked that Nick Viall has been chosen as the next Bachelor on ABC?

You're not alone.

Nick Viall is as stunned as anyone.

Nick Viall in Shock

A few days after Viall appeared on the Bachelor in Paradise after-show to announce the news, he's made it clear over Instagram that he still can't believe it's true.

Yes, he's appeared twice on The Bachelorette and is currently a cast member on the aforementioned franchise spinoff.

But still. He's getting a FOURTH shot at love?!?

“The look when it hasn't quite sunk in yet," Viall wrote as a caption to the selfie above, adding:

"Couldn't feel more fortunate. Incredibly thankful for all the support. We are going to have some fun! #thebachelor."

Not everyone agrees with this assessment, of course.

There's a petition going around to have both Viall AND Pell as the Bachelors this spring, with the women on the show eventually deciding who ought to be the sole star.

Nick Viall and Company

Viall, however, seems immune to the criticism.

Soon after being confirmed as The Bachelor, he posted with the After Paradise crew (above) and wrote on his Instagram account:

“Wow!! Couldn't be more excited, nervous, and thankful for this opportunity!! It's going to be a wild ride.

"Thank you to everyone for all their support! So thankful!!!! HERE WE GO!! #thebachelor #bachelorinparadise #thankyou."

Most fans of The Bachelor had assumed that Pell would earn this gig, and that includes Pell himself.

He's gone on record in saying just how close he actually got to standing alongside Chris Harrison when the series returns next year.

“We were all satisfied, had agreed to the contracts and everything was moving forward,” Pell told Us Weekly on Thursday.

“I was checked in to my flight to come to L.A. I got a call from producers Sunday night at about 10 p.m. They said ABC had decided to quote-unquote go in a different direction.

"I was supposed to fly out Monday morning at 9 a.m. I had my bags packed and everything. Most dramatic Monday ever!”

Wow, yeah. We'd say so.

Do you think ABC made the right call? Who would YOU want to see as the Bachelor number-21?

And the Winner is?

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Viall has finished twice as the runner-up on The Bachelorette.

Many see him as an odd selection because he's actively involved these days with Bachelor in Paradise, meaning he's seemingly looking for love on television this summer already.

Lauren Himle - who costarred with Viall on Season 3 of that show - told Detroit's The Ticket radio station a few days ago that she isn't happy with how the newly-crowned Bachelor treated Jen Saviano. 

"I am not a big fan of [Viall]," said Himle.

"He dated my great friend Jen on Bachelor in Paradise … but it was my understanding that they were still seeing each other after the show completed."

Wait... so how serious were Viall and Saviano after the ABC dating show concluded filming?

Himle said they were "still together in a relationship."

And this was just last week!

The Bachelor producers, of course, is probably loving this controversy.

Look at how many headlines the casting of Viall has generated over the past few days?

Viewers may claim that they won't tune in to see Viall search for a wife again next spring, but let's face it: they will.

Even if you hate watch The Bachelor online or on television, you are still watching it.

ABC will gladly take your eyeballs and the ratings they bring in.

Amanda Stanton To Nick Viall: Good Luck Finding a Wife!

Amanda Stanton and Nick Viall were almost a thing on Bachelor in Paradise. 

It's crazy to think that if they did hit it off, Nick probably wouldn't have been cast on The Bachelor Season 21

The world works in some very strange ways, but Nick has Josh Murray to thank for taking Stanton off him. 

Amanda Stanton On Bachelor In Paradise Season 3

If you watch Bachelor in Paradise online, you'll know that Josh swept Amanda off her feet when he made his grand entrance to the villa. 

This didn't sit well with Viall, who put a lot of work in with Amanda and genuinely believed she was into him. 

Amanda Stanton and Nick Viall

It was recently revealed that Stanton and Murray are engaged, so their relationship is clearly going in the right direction.

Viall appeared on two seasons of The Bachelorette and was the runner up both times. 

It sucks to be Nick Viall, apparently. 

There's no love lost between Nick and Josh. 

If you recall, Josh Murray was the winner of The Bachelorette Season 10, but his relationship with Andi Dorfman didn't work out. 

That's the case with most couples in the Bachelor franchise, so it's hardly surprising. 

Now, Amanda Stanton has weighed in on Nick being signed up for The Bachelor. 

Her tweet to him was surprisingly sweet.

"4 is my lucky number!" Stanton, 26, tweeted cheekily.

"Hope it's yours too, @viallnicholas28! Congrats!"

It would be interesting to see Josh Murray's reaction to Amanda tweeting his enemy. 

It might cause another Bachelor breakup. 

What do you think about all this?

Hit the comments below!

Nyle DiMarco: Could He Be the Next Bachelor??

Fresh off his first place win earlier this week on Dancing With the Stars, Nyle DiMarco is already considering another turn in the spotlight.

Nyle DiMarco in a tux

It would appear that reality TV really is his bag, as the former America's Next Top Model winner is already contemplating joining The Bachelor.

"I mean, I don't know. Let's see if they reach out to me and see what happens," the star, who is deaf, told Us Weekly.

"We'll see what happens," he added. "I think it's funny because it would be kind of awkward to have an interpreter involved during the whole thing."

Aww, that could be cute to see the contestants try to learn sign language, like that scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral when the cute deaf guy asked the girl to dance and she signed, "That would be mice."

But DiMarco makes a good point:

"[The fantasy suite] would be a triangle," he joked.

Oof. Yeah, that could get awkward.

However, DiMarco is single, and his identification as sexually fluid could really spice things up on the dating show, which has been running for 20 seasons.

The Bachelor franchise has come under fire for lack of diversity in the past.

Earlier this year, ABC addressed the possibility of casting a black bachelor in the role, but no confirmation was made.

Could DiMarco be the first deaf, sexually fluid Bachelor?

Prior to his mirror ball trophy win, the handsome star dedicated his final DWTS performance to the deaf community, particularly hearing impaired children.

"There's about 70 million deaf people in the world and only two percent have access to education and 75 percent of parents don't sign to their deaf kids," he said.

"The show has made me realize how I can impact other lives," he continued. "It's not really about me. It's about the millions of deaf people that live."

I bet there'd be tons of ladies willing to accept a rose from that charmer.

JoJo Fletcher: Cheating on Ben Higgins with Chad Rookstool?!

Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher may be the next Bachelorette, but according to Chad Rookstool, the Texas beauty may be hiding a pretty big secret:

Him.

JoJo Fletcher, Chad Rookstool

While the season premiere is still two months away, it's never too early for The Bachelorette spoilers of sorts ... or at least juicy rumors.

Fans may recall that before ABC named JoJo Fletcher The Bachelorette, she dropped bombshell on Ben Higgins during The Bachelor.

When she showed Ben a letter from her ex, that threatened to torpedo their fledgling romance even more than her brothers' scrutiny.

Now, that ax himself, Chad Rookstool, has upped the ante, telling tabloids that JoJo got back together with him after filming concluded ...

... then dumped him to be on The Bachelorette!

The Dallas, Tex., resident says that he dated JoJo for two years before they split in June of last year, just before she went on The Bachelor.

But were they even broken up for real?

"As soon as she got home," Rookstool tells In Touch Weekly, "we started hanging out every single day and being intimate again."

"We were sneaking around the whole time The Bachelor was airing," he adds, "because she wasn’t allowed to be seen with me."

Rookstool continued to the magazine:

“When she got home, she kept telling me she loved me and that we should have stayed together and fought through our issues."

"She said we would’ve been married by now, and I agreed with her. She told me there were many nights she’d cry thinking about me."

Chad, who owns a hair salon, said his gorgeous girlfriend would openly "question whether she made the right decision by being there."

Moreover, he alleges that JoJo was never in love with Ben and just got “sucked up” in the insanity of the long-running ABC reality show:

“JoJo told me, ‘Chad, come on, you know it's TV.' I think she just got sucked up in the show rather than actually trying to have legit feelings."

Fletcher, 25, "thought the show would help branch out her career. She said it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Rookstool alleges.

He said their relationship ended for a second time when ABC dumped Caila Quinn for JoJo and she became 2016's The Bachelorette.

And tried to have it both ways, he claims.

“JoJo said, ‘I don’t know if I’m the next Bachelorette, but let’s just have a conversation as if I am,’” he said, but he wasn't having it.

“She tried to tell me she wasn’t saying goodbye forever ... but I told her that I’m not going to sit around and wait for her [this time]." 

"And that was it.”

Cold.

JoJo Fletcher: I Do NOT Talk to Ben Higgins Anymore!

If you watch The Bachelor, you know this season's big story was that Ben Higgins fell in love with two women - Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher - but ultimately chose the former because the rules say he can only pick one and this isn't Sister Wives.

As you may recall, just before the final rose ceremony, Ben grappled with how he could possibly say goodbye to this amazing woman forever when he loves her so much?

Well, he did, and it seems JoJo, who is now The Bachelorette, is okay with it.

"Ben and I don’t communicate," she revealed in an interview with Good Morning America. "I kind of have my relationship with Lauren, which is my first priority.”

That sounds like an incredibly PC answer. Ben loves two, picks one, and the ladies remain besties! Yay!

If this is the case, it's super mature and we applaud them. It would deffo be awkward as hell if JoJo and Ben still texted and stuff, right?

But she doesn't really need to, because she's got a gaggle of gents pursuing her as we speak. The Texas native is in the middle of filming The Bachelorette, and she's already got the feels for some of her suitors!

"I am connecting with these guys, I'm having fun with them," she said. "I'm actually feeling feelings, which I didn't expect so early on."

The show's creator, Mike Fleiss, has been giving us the skinny on JoJo's relationships via Twitter. 

Fleiss tweeted that the current kiss count is up to 4.5 (what happened to the other .5?), that two of the guys "nearly came to blows" and that crew members agree that this is "one of the hottest casts" they've ever seen.

Don't they say that every year?

With such a smokin' hot cast, JoJo remains optimistic.

"I want to be engaged, I want marriage, I want a family," she explains. "I feel like this could happen right now!"

We hope it works out for JoJo, she seems like a sweet lady. Even Kaley Cuoco thinks so.

Watch JoJo's interview below:

Jojo fletcher i do not talk to ben higgins anymore

The Bachelor Finale Recap: Ben Higgins ENGAGED to …

For card-carrying members of Bachelor Nation, it has all come down to this. At last, Ben Higgins' final rose was on the line this evening.

Months of rumors, tears, heartbreak and The Bachelor spoilers have led us to this moment in time. But how would this fairy tale end?

JoJo Fletcher, Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell

All will be revealed and all rumors will be put to rest at last. Those who watch The Bachelor online or LIVE on ABC know the routine well.

Two hours building up to Season 20's epic conclusion, followed by one hour of analysis, make for one compelling three-hour EVENT.

For JoJo Fletcher and Lauren Bushnell, both of whom Higgins admits he is so in love with, hopes and emotions ran very high coming in.

You can't blame them, considering all they've been through. Either could make the case that they should be who Ben Higgins picks.

Only one can wear the Neil Lane ring, of course.

Ben breaking Bachelor tradition by professing love to not one but two women has been the big storyline in the back half of the season.

Is that all it is, though? A compelling storyline?

We don't doubt Ben's professions of love, but these producers, editors and writers are good at pushing our buttons in all the right ways. 

Just saying. Simply because there were some emotional declarations doesn't mean there's an epic, unprecedented twist in the offing.

There could be, sure. But not necessarily.

Who did Higgins decide on? And would there be a live, unpredictable ending to Ben's journey to find everlasting love on reality TV?

Well, let's get right into it and find out!

After romantic, last-chance dates with both women, one dramatic phone call, and a whole lot of tears, Ben gave his final rose of 2016 to ...

Lauren Bushnell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The spoilers and editors were both correct in a sense. There was no real jaw-dropper or last-minute switcheroo a la Jason Mesnick.  

Jojo Fletcher was left out in the cold, despite Ben being all over her (and gushing over her) as much as was Lauren all episode long.

Could Ben have been prodded to openly profess his love for both women and to say that he's "struggling" countless times? Of course.

Nevertheless, dude looked genuinely torn at times, and more upset than most Bachelors in his position when he had to cut her loose.

"I didn't know if I could find love ... I did find it with you. It was real. I just found it with somebody else more. I don't want to say goodbye."

Brutal. Dragging it out like that for effect.

Anyway, it was pretty romantic from then on (if you're #TeamLauren) as Ben got down on one knee and asked her to spend a lifetime with him.

As for the After the Final Rose special ...

Despite reports that Caila Quinn The Bachelorette ... Jojo got the job! And the crowd goes wild! Ultimate win-win for tonight's final two?!

Think she's a good choice? And it will last for Ben and Lauren?! Will everyone involved experience their happily ever after?!

The Bachelor Spoilers: Who’s on the Phone?!

Tomorrow night on ABC, after many weeks of drama, tears and meltdowns, it is time for Ben Higgins’ final rose ceremony at last.

Will he choose Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher - and is there a surprise twist in the mix? Well, The Bachelor spoilers say ...

Ben Higgins Can't Deal

Obviously, Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher have both made it this far for a reason, and obviously, there is only one final rose.

The Bachelor openly admits that he is in love with both women. But how will it end for Higgins, and will Ben choose Lauren or Jojo?

Moreover, is there an additional jaw-dropper in store beyond Higgins' final rose presentation - and the inevitable soul-crushing breakup?

WARNING: The Bachelor spoilers await. Obviously

Insiders confirm that both Lauren and Jojo will be introduced to Ben's parents on the March 14 season finale of the ABC reality staple.

You don't need The Bachelor spoilers to tell you that the man of the hour will consult with his folks about his incredibly tough decision.

He will full-on AGONIZE over it, again and again.

Both girls will go on last chance dates with Ben as well, and you can bet your a$$ that these will be as romantic and intense as it gets.

Will the final dates be enough to clear his mind?

Doesn't look like it. Previews show (or appear to show) Ben bidding farewell to a broken-hearted runner-up, without ID'ing her of course.

He looks like he may have made a mistake, or that he's unsure of himself, or is just sad ... or perhaps a little from Columns A, B and C.

The show's writers and editors (yes, a reality show has both) want you to buy into narrative this, at least. But is there anything to it?

Fueling fan theories that something CRAZY is about to go down on the finale is a phone call Ben receives (or makes) at the 11th hour.

Specifics about this particular call are not clear, but the network (of course) teases that it could change everything. EVERYTHING.

Does Ben call his mom? One of the two finalists? Does he receive a new tidbit of information that potentially alters the course of history?

All we know is that the possibilities are endless.

Is Ben really going to pull a Jason Mesnick and change his mind? Or get dumped by his fiancee after his love for her rival was exposed?

At the end of the day ... we don't think so.

According to the Oracle of The Bachelor Spoilers, Reality Steve himself, the hype machine may be in overdrive, but that's all it is: Hype.

Ben dumps one blindsided young woman, proposes to the other, they get engaged, and they are happy to this day. Or so we're told.

As for which woman wins? Jojo Fletcher gets sent packing, while Lauren Bushnell receives the fairy tale proposal and Neil Lane ring.

Tomorrow night's "After the Final Rose" special will answer all of these questions officially (and confirm Caila Quinn as The Bachelorette).

Until then ... hit the comments and share your thoughts, predictions, guesses and theories as to what we can expect tomorrow evening.

Bachelor Baby Bonanza! All the Updates on Bachelor Nation’s Next Generation (Including Some Unexpected Moms-to-Be)

Sean and Catherine Lowe

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes…

One of the greatest testaments of the power of The Bachelor is when its success stories go on to create their own families, and that was certainly on display during Sunday night’s special, The Bachelor 20: A Celebration of Love.

During the special several Bachelor alums gave updates on their growing families.

“I can’t wait to be a dad,” Sean Lowe said to host Chris Harrison. “I hope I can be half the dad my dad was to me. And Catherine will be an amazing mother. I honestly owe my life to The Bachelor. I wouldn’t be married to my wife, I wouldn’t be having this child right now if it weren’t for The Bachelor, and I’ll be forever grateful for that.”

Elsewhere, Emily Maynard sent her love in a video message with her own 1-year-old son Jennings.

And Molly Mesnick said of her daughter with husband Jason: “Riley has been the greatest addition to all of our lives. I love Jason, but I really love Riley.” (It seemed mutual as Jason rocked his daughter’s hot pink nail polish.)

Newly engaged Ashley Salter from Chris Soules‘ season showed up with a 29-week baby bump.

And Erica Rose is also ready to take on the roles of both mom and wife. Engaged and expecting, she’s planning a wedding for May 1, joking “It’s a shotgun wedding — just like I always wanted!” In Bachelor-appropriate fashion, she told Harrison she dated her fiancé for eight weeks: “My mom tells me that because I was on The Bachelor, I think love should happen really fast.”

Finally, though they are already a very happy family of three, Ashley and JP Rosenbaum have their eyes on expanding their brood. Hoping to give 1-year-old son Ford a sibling, Ashley revaled, “There’s talk, and there’s action of more babies. We’re talking … and we’re rockin’!”

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The Bachelor Preview: Is Ben Higgins the New Jason Mesnick?

An extended preview for The Bachelor last night hints at Ben Higgins following an absolutely stunning pattern from years past.

One that the star could ask Jason Mesnick about.

If you read The Bachelor spoilers, well, you know how this season supposedly turns out, but many blanks must still be filled in.

The latest promo could be the handiwork of a master editing team (okay, it definitely is that), or a hint of crazy drama to come.

Maybe a little of both? We'll have to wait and see.

It sure looks like that when Ben gets down to two bachelorettes, however, he sends one home, then changes his mind at the last minute.

Ben is in love with two women, we're told ... no doubt as misdirection to combat the widely accepted notion that Lauren Bushnell wins.

“I love both of them,” Ben says in the promo, pretending to look distraught. “They’re too good to walk away from, and I just don’t know.”

“I have to say goodbye to a woman that doesn’t deserve it."

"It doesn’t feel right. This is the biggest mistake I’ve made and I want to keep her in my life ... I don’t want to say goodbye."

"'Cause that’s how much I love her.”

Meanwhile, when Ben's about to propose to the other girl - or so it appears - he’s losing his mind thinking about the first one he cut loose.

No, for reals! Ben says: “I’m about to get on one knee and ask a woman to marry me, unfortunately I just love somebody else more.”

Jason Mesnick, of course, chose Melissa Rycroft with his final rose, only to pull a 180 after the cameras stopped rolling and break up.

On the After the Final Rose special, he asked out runner-up Molly Malaney ... who he went on to marry. Pretty incredible, to be honest.

It doesn't sound like Ben is ready to copy that strategy exactly, but he does look like he's in the throes of similar, emotional indecision.

"There was a time when I couldn’t imagine saying goodbye to you, but I know that I’m always going to miss you,” Ben tells one woman.

Damn. This is either brilliantly choreographed or it's going to be intense, but rest assured, he feels good about how it turns out.

“And now I’m going to ask a woman to love me for the rest of her life, cause I’m ready, I’m really ready,” quoth The Bachelor.

Oh, and it looks like Kaitlyn Bristowe may be making a cameo. We can only hope there's a Snapchat video involved. Peep it:

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