The Bachelor and The Bachelorette do not lack for gorgeous women, and they do not lack for confidence when it comes to their looks.
Don't believe us?
Take a look at some of their most tantalizing, beauitful swimwear photos.
You're welcome, basically.
1. JoJo Fletcher in Black and White
2. Desiree in a Bikini
3. The (Michelle) Money Shot
4. Kaitlyn Bristowe in a Pink Bikini
5. That's So Raven (Gates)
6. Rachel Lindsay in a Black Top
The Bachelor Winter Games is more than just a way to pass the time between Bachelor episodes and reading each of The Bachelor Spoilers that leaks.
It's also a wild ride. This episode saw a very memorable Ghost homage on a surprisingly successful date. There was also an epic kissing contest with high stakes.
But Ben Higgins realized that he was in the wrong place. After talking it over and crying over Lauren Bushnell, he decided that it was time to leave.
For starters, it turns out that Dean and Lesley aren't just both beautiful — they're both pretty good with a pair of skis, blowing everyone away as they raced down the slopes.
Josiah couldn't help shading Dean Unglert at little — referring to Dean having "so many women at his disposal."
It sounds like a compliment or perhaps even a neutral description, but it's to remind everyone of Dean's disastrous love triangle in Paradise.
And Clare is much harsher about it.
(Oh, Deanie Babies, the Bachelor Nation is still so disappointed in you)
However, Dean and Lesley won two date cards and after a lot of soul-searching, decided to hand off one of them to Kevin and Ashley. Which is how we got this:
That's right, folks.
Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti did a full-on Ghost reenactment.
You'd think that a date that includes Ashley confessing that she's a virgin would be spent awkwardly, but Kevin was totally understanding.
(He is, after all, Canadian — politeness is kind of their brand)
That didn't stop either of them from enjoying their spin pottery date. And Ashley said that she could really see herself falling for Kevin.
A lot of folks are rooting for these two.
After Tiffany realizes that it was time to say goodbye, Ben Higgins started questioning whether The Bachelor Winter Games was really best for him at the moment.
This resulted in the tearful heart-to-heart that he had with Chris Harrison, which you can see in the video below.
"Coming back to a place like this really brings up a lot of weird memories."
He says that he's haunted by the "ghosts" of his past, which means that this would have made a great Halloween episode. Alas.
"And then, to try to engage in relationships here, and know that the last time that I did this was one of the best moments of my life. …"
Sometimes, you don't know that you're in the wrong place until you're there.
"But, right here, right now, it just doesn't feel right."
"My fear is not entering into a relationship, my fear is not pursuing somebody."
But he does know what his real fear is:
"My fear is that if I [were] to be broken again, I'm not full enough right now to recover from that."
We can totally understand that. You need to feel secure in yourself, emotionally. Some wounds stay raw for longer than you would think.
And perhaps being on The Bachelor Winter Games has exacerbated that.
And then he talks about what sounds like being deeply impacted by comments and fan speculation — and not only that which was hurtful or intentionally hurtful.
By leaving, Ben Higgins (and Michael and Yuki) missed out on the kissing contest, which was judged by Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher, and Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Which means that Dean, Luke, Josiah, and Bibiana were engaging in a makeout contest … in front of their exes.
Awkward beyond reason.
The best kissing was definitely Ashley and Kevin — they got a standing ovation.
The worst? Josiah and Ally. Ally threw up right beforehand, and that's just not a recipe to a good kiss.
Take a look at Ben's tearful conversation and decide for yourself if he was right to leave:
We guess that Nick Viall won't be giving Corinne Olympios that second chance after all.
As bizarre of a match as this is, Nick Viall is dating ... January Jones. It's Bachelor villain meets X-Men villain.
And it looks like things got started not too long after Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi parted ways. Whoops.
Getting a date with your celebrity crush isn't easy. Usually, anyway.
It helps if you're also a celebrity. Specifically, if you're a famously gorgeous celebrity actress who happens to gush about her own celeb crush while on television.
Speaking to James Corden, January Jones revealed that she is a Bachelor superfan, saying:
"You don’t know if you like him or if he’s a scumbag, but that’s why I’m attracted to him, maybe"
Most people might not be turned on by being called a scumbag, even if they're called attractive in the same breath.
Nick Viall is clearly not most people.
(It probably doesn't hurt that January Jones is almost absurdly gorgeous on top of being a talented actress with roles on Mad Men and in X-Men First Class)
According to Page Six, that's how Nick Viall and January Jones met. Well, it's how they ended up going out for drinks.
Their source claims:
"They’ve been dating for about two months."
And it started with her confession to James Corden.
"She went on ‘The Late Show’ in mid-November and said Nick had reached out to her and tried to get her to lip-sync battle with him."
That would have been interesting to see. Emphasis on would have.
"She declined, but then he asked her out to a drink and she accepted. They’ve been seeing each other since."
Of course, if Nick Viall was already trying to do a lipsync battle with her, perhaps there was already some mutual attraction.
But let's take a look at this timeline.
Back in August, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi broke up.
If you're still shocked when Bachelor couples break up ... we don't know what to tell you. Most of them do.
It's almost like reality television's cameras don't prompt people to be their most authentic, honest selves! (Who knew?!)
Also, their split after 5 months was, by our count, Nick Viall's fourth failure to find love through the Bachelor franchise. Yikes.
We can, at least, guess with reasonable confidence that pining after January Jones isn't what ended things for Nick and Vanessa Grimaldi. It sounds like this new relationship started a couple of months later.
Maybe this romance with January Jones is exactly what he needs to actually have a successful romance?
Or maybe the Bachelor cameras weren't the only problem, and Nick Viall was the common factor that ended things again and again.
We hope not.
Not for the notorious Bachelor villain's sake, but for the sake of January Jones.
She maybe wasn't my first choice to play Emma Frost, but she's great and she doesn't deserve heartbreak.
And let's not forget that January Jones has a young son, folks. Dating gets more complicated when someone involved has kids.
If you already follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season ends.
But you have something else to look forward to, starting the night before Valentine's Day. It's something new.
It's called The Bachelor: Winter Games, and now we finally know the cast. And there's a huge surprise!
The Bachelor is about a man trying to choose one woman among many to be the love of his life ... for a few months, usually.
The Bachelorette has the same premise, but with a woman choosing between male suitors.
And then there's Bachelor in Paradise. On that messy, messy spin-off, faves (and villains) from the two leading shows meet, mingle, and hook up for everyone's entertainment.
Premiering on February 13th, The Bachelor: Winter Games is going to work along similar lines, in that the people you see will be familiar faces from the Bachelor Nation.
Or should we say ... the Bachelor Nations.
As ABC explains:
"Throughout the run of The Bachelor Winter Games, fans can expect twists and turns on and off the ski mountain, as well as romance, heartbreak, love and, of course, roses."
Contestants will come from Bachelor spin-offs from all over the world. Because yes, the franchise is that big.
"The bachelors and bachelorettes will participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge."
Hopefully, things won't be too athletically strenuous. They're all beautiful, but most have desk jobs.
"Romantic dates will test the bachelors' and bachelorettes' perseverance in pursuing relationships with one another while faced with language barriers and cultural differences, including some amusing issues with intimacy."
So, in case you were worried that there wouldn't be any romantic drama ... you can stop worrying.
Let's take a look at which familiar names and faces will be representing Team USA!
Other contestants will be playing for Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Switzerland and Germany (one team), the UK, New Zealand, and China.
Incidentally, when we told you about this series event months ago, we mentioned that Peter Kraus would be making his Bachelor come-back on this spin-off.
It's strange to not see his name on this list.
Don't get us wrong -- we're excited for other things, from absolute legend Nancy Kerrigan's promised appearance (as a guest) to what we hope will be Dean Unglert's redemption arc.
But it's not just that people in general would like to see Peter Kraus on the show. We heard months ago that this was his next thing. So ... what happened?
Maybe this twist is just because of a falling out between Peter Kraus and producers. We sure hope not, but it's possible.
It may be, however, that he will be on the list ... but was for some reason momentarily excluded. Perhaps because he was already known? That doesn't make sense, but we're spitballing, here.
It is also possible that Peter Kraus has something else lined up on this franchise. Perhaps something a little more exciting ... like, say, if he's already lined up to be The Bachelor in 2019.
Finally, it's possible that he just had an injury or something else that prevented him from taking part. Which would be tragic on multiple levels.
ABC is expected to release two more names for the cast list (at least). Perhaps Peter's will be one of them.
We're not sure, but we'll be sure to let you know when we know more.
For better or for worse, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the leading man on this upcoming season of The Bachelor, and there are some people who are very unhappy about this upcoming season.
And there's more to that frustration than wishing that someone else were starring on the show.
Is Arie Luyendyk Jr. too old? Is the cast of contestants too young? Are they all (or most of them) too white?
Before you say it, this isn't just about why Peter Kraus isn't the Bachelor.
Peter's a fan favorite and, unlike precious puppy Dean Unglert, didn't soil his reputation on Bachelor in Paradise.
Peter was an easy pick to win.
But, you know, fans think they know who'll win The Bachelor based upon names and math, so ... sometimes a fan theory is really just a guess.
(Hint: if you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how all of this is going to end)
But showrunners felt that Peter wasn't up for it, or maybe they just wanted to surprise fans by defying their expectations. And picking Arie certainly does that.
That said, the concerns that fans have over this upcoming season (The Bachelor will be upon us so soon, you guys!) are a little less personal and a lot more important.
First of all, we have to talk about race.
Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette was historic, and not just because Rachel was the franchise's first black female lead.
Though that, in and of itself, was a huge deal -- and many are disappointed that The Bachelor did not follow in its sister series' footsteps.
Eric Bigger isn't quite Peter Kraus ...
(Even Rachel Lindsay knows that, even though she's thrown Peter under the bus at every opportunity since her season ended)
... But some fans feel that he would have made a stronger, handsomer Bachelor.
(Especially with that revenge beard!)
And, quite frankly, even with Arie at the helm of the show, they could have made the contestants a little more racially diverse.
Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette was historically diverse.
Yes, she is black, and that was an amazing and embarrassingly long overdue bit of the bare minimum amount of inclusion for the franchise.
But if you look at her suitors, you notice that they were a much more diverse crowd than we're used to seeing -- on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor.
Nearly half of Rachel Lindsay's suitors were men of color.
Then we look at the women competing for Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s "rose" (or "heart" or whichever euphemism you prefer), and see that the series has taken a step backwards.
Finally, we need to talk about age.
Nobody likes this topic, because time is cruel and unfeeling and robs us of all capacity for pride or joy with time, but we need to address it.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. is 36.
His absolute oldest contestant this season is 33. A 3-year age difference barely matters in college and is a blink of an eye when both people are in their thirties.
Most of the women are in their mid-to-late 20s.
There are a couple of women who are 23. And scuttlebutt is that Rebekah, whose age was conspicuously absent from early reports, may be as young as 22.
Of course, people have whined about recent Bachelors being "too young," allegedly wanting to increase their social media visibility instead of genuinely looking for love.
(As if anyone believes that Arie's here for love)
All of these criticisms make sense. Diversity matters. Reasonable age ranges matter.
But we have to wonder if The Bachelor is preparing to pivot.
Perhaps their next leading man will be a 26-year-old man of color, and Arie is just the dull build-up to a groundbreaking 2019 season.
In the mean time, take a look at Arie's prospective mates, and decide for yourself if, beautiful though they all are as individuals, the make-up of the overall cast leans a little too young and white.
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.
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.)
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
3. This is the Same Person?
4. A Picture Says 1,000 Words?
5. I'm Sorry?
6. Once Again:
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
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
2. Desiree Hartsock Siegfried
3. Trista Sutter
4. Renee Oteri
5. Ashley Rosenbaum
6. Melissa Rycroft
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:
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 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.
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.
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!
“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.’"
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.
“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:
"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.
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.”
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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?
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?
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 ...
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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?!
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.
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 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.
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."
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.”
“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.”
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!
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.
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)
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?
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?!?!?!?!?!?
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."
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.
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:
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...
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.
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.
17. Whitney (Pilates)
Again. Uh, who?
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 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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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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 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.
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.
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!
Fresh off his first place win earlier this week on Dancing With the Stars, Nyle DiMarco is already considering another turn in the spotlight.
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.
Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher may be the next Bachelorette, but according to Chad Rookstool, the Texas beauty may be hiding a pretty big secret:
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.”