Reunited and it feels so good?
Not for The Real Housewives of New York City.
Quite the exact opposite, in fact.
Amid ongoing speculation that cast members on this long-running reality show do not get along - like, at all; in any way, shape or form -- Bravo has announced that there will be no Season 13 reunion.
This is an unprecedented step for The Real Housewives of New York City.
This is a step that forces fans to wonder if there will ever be any new episodes of the show again.
"Due to scheduling challenges around taping the reunion of The Real Housewives of New York City in a timely manner, Bravo confirmed there will not be a reunion for this season," a new spokesperson confirmed in a statement on Friday.
"It's disappointing to not be able to bring the cast back together.
"But we are happy to have ended on such a high note with the finale, and are now shifting our focus to next season."
As you can see, executives appear set on airing a new season in 2022.
But even if this happens, a whole slew of changes will likely be afoot.
The current cast includes Eboni K. Williams, Luann de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, Leah McSweeney and Sonja Morgan.
However, the addition of Williams (who is Black) has not been met with universal praise -- not after a season that some critics believed focused too much on race.
With ratings down these past several weeks, Williams has received the bulk of the blame... following a number of heated confrontations she had this year with her fellow Housewives in regard to their privilege and status.
Producers made it clear in June, though, that Eboni isn't going anywhere.
"Bravo invited Eboni K. Williams as the first Black woman to join the cast of The Real Housewives of New York to be her authentic self, which has brought a new perspective to the show," read a message this summer.
"We support Eboni in expressing her views, and we are proud that the show is addressing these important and relevant issues."
In an interview with Variety published last month, meanwhile, Williams looked back on her experience on The Real Housewives of New York City.
At the time, she addressed reports that there wouldn't be a reunion due to supposed scheduling difficulties.
"I was told a time. I was told that we're having a reunion," she told the outlet.
"I was told what to wear to said reunion."
What happened since then?
We can't say for certain.
Nor can we predict the future of a once-stable and popular franchise.
"Things are in a complete state of panic amongst the cast of RHONY," an insider previously told The Sun, suggesting that Ramona was almost certainly gonna be fired.
"There could be a complete revamp of the show. Three or more people may be fired," this report continued, concluding with a focus on Singer:
“People have been very vocal about their dislike for Ramona this season.
"It doesn’t make sense to have her on the show anymore.
"She has become completely unlikable."
Production for season 14 isn't expected to begin until 2022.
Bravo, therefore, has plenty of time to arrive at a resolution for the mess it created in 2021.
Which stars do you hope get the axe and which do you want to see return?
DING! DING! DING!
We have a winner.
It's just not the winner anyone or any outlet had previously anticipated.
On Wednesday, following reports that the next Bachelor lead will come from the array of suitors about to compete for Michelle Young's heart this fall on The Bachelorette, Variety confirmed the followiing:
Clayton Echard has landed the gig!
This seemingly reliable update comes after E! News published photos from the set of a promotional shoot for next year's Bachelor season.
These photos were snapped in Missouri... and Clayton Echard hails from Missouri... and this website joined Variety in writing that he is almost assuredly a lock for the role in 2022.
Echard will be introduced to viewers as a suitor on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.
However, his biography has already been released by ABC -- and this is what we can verify about the aspiring husband:
He's a 28-year-old orthopedic sales representative who calls the town of Eureka, Missouri home.
Echard is a former college footballl player (just like Matt James), who even signed as an undrafted rookie with the Seattle Seahawks.
The ex-tight end refers to himself as a “washed-up athlete now trying his luck in orthopaedic sales,” according to his Instagram bio.
Clayton Echard is also a former freelance rapper. Which is simply amazing.
We know, of course, that he's set to vie for Young's heart later this year on ABC -- and that he won't be selected as her fiance in the end.
But -- The Bachelorette Spoilers Alert, we guess -- it's safe to assume Echard advances pretty far or else producers would not have selected Echard him for this job
This marks a first for the franchise.
Never before has the network aired two seasons of The Bachelorette in one calendar year; and, as a result, never before have we known ahead of the premiere just which contestant would ba named the brand new Bachelor.
To be clear, neither ABC nor Warner Bros. has confirmed this Clayton Echard.
However, filming is complete for Young and we feel extremely confident in this report.
Prior to this Bachelor bombshell, there was chatter that Greg Grippo would be searching for a wife on national television in 2022.
This, despite Grippo gaslighting Katie Thurston and making a selfish fool out of himself toward the end of the previous Bachelorette season by yelling and screaming and then straight up quitting.
There had also been informal votes on social media for past contestants Andrew Spencer and Michael Allio.
Heck, Tyler Cameron is now single and many fans were hoping to see him again on their small screen.
Before settling on Echard, sources tell Variety the network had met with other suitors from Thurston’s season and also the current of Bachelor in Paradise.
The future star, meanwhile, loves the outdoors and exercising, explaining via his LinkedIn bio:
“When I am not spending time in the OR, working on my MBA and/or working out, I enjoy hiking and biking on the nature trails around the Columbia area.
"I make it my duty to emphasize living a healthy lifestyle, therefore I exercise daily and am in the process of learning to cook healthy meals that also surprisingly have flavor!”
Finally, has two brothers... and one fine looking body!
Check out photos of Clayton Echard above and then sound off:
What do you think of the next Bachelor?
Did ABC hit a home run? Or, to be more accurate in this case, did it score a touchdown?
With 8 people in the house, the road to the final six is proving to be a turbulent endeavor for The Cookout.
The plan going into the HOH competition was for Derek F or Azah to win and put Alyssa and Claire on the block.
Derek F dropped during Thursday's live eviction, leaving the only contender for the Cookout to win being Azah.
Unfortunately, Azah also dropped, leaving Tiffany and Azah to duke it out for the competition win.
Tiffany did not want Kyland in power with his third HOH win, and everyone else in the Cookout seemingly wanted someone other than Tiffany in power.
Tiffany secured the win, and it showed the cracks in the alliance.
Her allies were mad because they didn't think she deserved to win. Yes, they would have rathered Kyland in power.
How can Tiffany be blamed if X is throwing competitions and Azah and Derek F can't make it to the end of them?
The strategy for the Cookout has always been strong, but in recent weeks, the cracks have been forming.
At least with Tiffany in power, she thought she could save Claire. Did anyone else expect her to put her own ally on the block when Alyssa would gun for Tiffany if she got the chance?
Derek F and Xavier were so mad with Tiffany that they didn't even sit in for her HOH room reveal. They stormed out like sulking children to whine about her.
Say what you will about Tiffany, but it can't be denied that she's playing the game.
Xavier is worried about losing Alyssa and depending on how she plays in the veto, we could still see Claire going out the door this week.
Alyssa made a surprisingly coherent pitch to Tiffany in that Tiffany would win the jury by a landslide against her, but the vote would be more split against anyone else.
Still, Tiffany would not want to cut Claire so soon, especially if she could keep her for another week.
The wider issue for Tiffany is that the men in the Cookout want her gone, and it could be as soon as Thursday's double eviction.
Unless Hannah or Azah win during the double, there's a good chance Tiffany will see the block.
There's still a lot of game to be played before we get there.
Tiffany went the safe route and nominated Xavier and Alyssa, with the latter being the target.
Xavier could throw the POV to Alyssa for all we know.
Big Brother continues Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.
The Cookout is dominating the entirety of Big Brother Season 23.
The group of six have masterfully plotted all summer long, and with one of them on the block against their fake ally, it was obviously going to be another predictable vote.
When the episode picked up, Kyland and Sarah Beth were still on the block.
With the plan to eliminate Sarah Beth, it left Alyssa and Claire as the sole non-Cookout people in the house, and Alyssa said Claire would be the only white person left in the house at the end of this week.
"Maybe there's an alliance in the house I don't know about," Claire said with a laugh.
This whole exchange made Xavier uneasy, and he went to the bathroom to tell the cameras Alyssa would need to go next.
Alyssa has been such a pivotal part of X's game, but with her catching on to the Cookout, he knows she needs to be the next target.
There wasn't much of a scramble for votes this week due to Kyland being on the block.
That's why producers opted to fill the episode with Big D losing his chill when a beetle arrived in a backyard.
In one of the most comical scenes in the history of the series, he tried to escape the hammock with such force that poor Hannah rolled over the other end and whacked her head on the wood below.
While this played out, Claire and Azah cooked dinner, but with a twist. The oven caught fire, and they had to act fast to stop the flames.
When it came to the live vote and eviction, Tiffany gave Sarah Beth a sympathy vote, but everyone else voted to send her to the jury house.
It was a nice dose of karma for the way she treated Derek X last week.
Britini was shocked by Derek's arrival in the jury house, and the pair started to put together the clues to the Cookout.
Kyland has been dropping hints in his goodbye messages, which is not surprising. He wants their jury votes, and who can blame him?
When we returned to the house, it was time for the next HOH competition. Claire was forced to throw it because of her secret HOH power last week.
What's the point of the power if it's detrimental to the player the following week? It seems like a bizarre list of rules for something deemed "The Coin of Destiny."
The HOH competition was endurance, and it was supposed to last well into the wee hours, but Derek F dropped during the commercial break, and the only hope for a non-Cookout HOH was dashed when Alyssa fell before the episode was over.
Let's delve into spoiler territory below:
After the show, the Big Brother live feeds kicked off, revealing Tiffany was in power, once again.
This is especially intriguing because it means Tiffany could target Claire if Alyssa wins the POV.
Next week, we have a double eviction, followed by another double eviction the following week.
This means that if all members of the Cookout are left standing at the end of next week's double, two of them will be sent packing the following week.
Big Brother continues Sunday on CBS.
Dancing With the Stars has done it again.
The long-running ABC competition, which has often cast controversial contestants with questionable pasts, has once again given a platform to a so-called celebrity who is only famous for being really awful.
In this instance, the show may have plummeted to a new low, too.
On Wednesday, we learned that Olivia Jade willl compete on Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars.
And just who is Olivia Jade?
She's a 21-year old social media influencer who is also the daughter of disgraced actress Lori Loughlin.
Jade was also at the center of an enormous scandal in 2019 after her parents were indicted for a college admissions scandal.
Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli infamously admitted that they paid $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters’ admissions into the University of Southern California.
This scheme included pretending that Jade was a member of her high school rowing team.
At one point, Jade willingly posed for a photo (below) to make it look like she took part in this sport... in order to pad her high school resume and fool the aforementioned university into accepting her.
After months of social media silence, Olivia spoke out about the scandal on Red Table Talk in December 2020
“I think for anybody, no matter what the situation is, you don’t want to see your parents go to prison, but also I think it’s necessary for us to move on and move forward,” she said on Facebook Watch series.
“I’m not trying to victimize myself.
"I don’t want pity — I don’t deserve pity. We messed up.
"I just want a second chance to be like, ‘I recognize I messed up.’ I never got to say, ‘I’m really sorry that this happened,’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess-up on everybody’s part,’ but I think everybody feels that way in my family right now.”
As punishment for her sin, Jade has now been rewarded with a platform on national television.
And some people dare to say that certain folks benefit from white privilege!
As for who will be joining thiis pretentious and spoiled 21-year old on Season 30?
ABC previously confirmed that former Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kenya Moore would be coming on board.
So will JoJo Siwa, who will make history by competing with a same-sex dance partner.
We can now also report, meanwhile, that Matt James is on board.
The Season 25 Bachelor, James selected Rachael Kirkconnell as his champion... only to break up with her after a bunch of racist old social media posts surfaced... and then got back together with her.
The ex-athlete is one of many Bachelor Nation stars to take part on the show.
Trista Sutter, Melissa Rycroft, Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules, Nick Viall, Joe Amabile, Hannah Brown and Kaitlyn Bristowe all appeared on Dancing with the Stars over the years.
Elsewhere, Olympian Suni Lee has also been cast on Season 30.
Season 30 kicks off on September 20 on ABC at 8/7c.
The Cookout's grip on the Big Brother house continued on Wednesday's new episode of the CBS reality series, but did Xavier escape the block?
We picked up with Alyssa's botched Chopping Block Roulette win putting her closest ally, well, on the block.
Alyssa was understandably livid, largely because she could have saved her coins for another week to play for the Coin of Destiny, but Xavier was more so because he wanted to get to the end of the game without hitting the block.
It's a rare feat, but his attention quickly turned to the Veto. He needed to escape the block, and the only way to do that was to win the Power of Veto.
Claire realized the writing was on the wall for Derek X and she planned to win to take herself off so that she could try to rally the votes should he be put on the block. The worst-case scenario was the pair on the block at the same time.
In any case, Derek X would have to win the Veto, but unfortunately, he wasn't picked. He's struggled to get any luck in this game, and when you consider he was almost the HOH this week, it sucks.
Sarah Beth has no clue what is truly going on in the house, and the fact that she allowed Kyland to run her HOH is sure to have some adverse effects.
Alyssa worried about what would happen at the Veto, so she was totally on board with backdooring Derek X as revenge for him getting Christian out of the house.
The more comical side of this is that Sarah Beth and Alyssa think they are close to Kyland and Xavier when in reality, the two women will probably be on the block next week.
Big D, Alyssa, and Azah were chosen to play alongside Claire, Xavier, and Sarah Beth, meaning this was all on Claire if she wanted to evade the block.
The competition found people pressing forward with dominos and picking out advantages and disadvantages to get the best time.
Derek F went for all the prizes and got the best time, but he didn't choose the Veto, something that seemingly rubbed Xavier and Azah the wrong way.
Ultimately, Xavier won, but he had to agree to lose all of his Big Brother bucks and 24 hours of solitary confinement.
On top of that, he will be a third nominee at some point in the future, so there's that.
Derek X chatted with Tiffany, who said the best way to keep Derek X would be to get Hannah on the block, so Derek X reluctantly campaigned against his friend.
Did it work?
Sarah Beth opted to put Derek X on the block alongside Claire, so we have our final nominations of the week.
Big Brother continues Thursday at 8/7c on CBS.
The third time was the charm for one special contestant on The Bachelorette finale Monday night.
And so, it turns out, was a rather magical evening in The Fantasy Suite.
Heading into her concluding episode, Katie Thurston wasn't just torn between her pair of finalists, Justin Glaze and Blake Moynes.
She was also torn up about the way Greg Grippo left the show a week earlier.
What did it take for Thurston to rebound from this heartbreak?
A romp between the sheets with Blake, apparently!
"I love Katie," Blake said in an on-camera interview prior to taking her to bed.
"I love her a lot. But if Katie's still hung up on Greg and she can't match that, then there's no point in getting engaged if she's having doubts."
Blake then poured his heart out to Katie, pointing to her celebration after scoring a hockey goal during their hometown date that sealed his romantic deal.
"I love you and I'm f—ing really excited about life with you," he said.
Thurston said she was "speechless" upon hearing such a declaration, only to quickly find the right words.
"As much as I want to be stubborn and just do like you, it's scary and it's crazy, but I f—ing love you so much and I couldn't be happier that you're here," she told Blake.
The stars celebrated with a trip to the Fantasy Suite, where they shared cheesecake ... and then breakfast.
Katie referred to as the experience "truly perfect" and added:
"There's nothing I've ever wanted more than this adventure I think him and I could have together."
The Bachelorette even told Kaitlyn Bristowe that during her time with Blake in the bedroom, she "was plenty satisfied, many times" and:
"It was just the best day of my life. My heart officially belongs to Blake."
Before she could hand it over, however, Katie had to crush the hopes and dreams of Glaze.
"I was looking forward to today," she told Justin.
"However, I did have my overnight with Blake and in that, I did tell him that I'm falling in love with him. And that is something I can only say to one person.
"And you are someone I wanted to explore things with, but given how I now feel about Blake, knowing I am in love with him, it wouldn't make sense to have us move forward and go on this date.
"It wouldn't make sense to have you meet my family and that's where I'm at."
Understandably, Justin expressed his disappointment in Katie's choice, noting:
"Everything that I've said to you is 100 percent true. I just hope you know how special you are."
From there, though, this finale was all about Blake and Katie.
"I'm very unsure and uneasy about the decision that I'm going to make," Blake said after looking at engagement rings.
"I love Katie. I love her a lot but the 'I love you' that comes with a ring is just different than another 'I love you.' It just is."
The series clearly had to drag things out, but it was evident at this point where things were headed.
At the proposal site, Katie professed her feelings first, telling her aspiring husband:
"I never knew I'd be falling head over heels in love with you. You are caring and supportive and confident and passionate and you love me for me and that's a love I never even knew existed.
"The night that you said you loved me changed my life forever because I knew in that moment I wanted to love you for the rest of my life. You and only you.
"You have made me the happiest woman alive and in a world of change I want to be your constant.
"I love you today, tomorrow and forever and I can't wait for our adventure to begin."
Moynes then echoed the sentiment:
"I know how great of a wife you're going to be, mother you're going to be, but I know there's things that scare you.
"And I know that you in the past have talked about how you've had to compromise the way that you are to make relationships work and I don't want you to do that.
"But I can't give you what you came here for. Because you deserve a lot more than that.
"You deserve the world and I'm excited to support you and be there for you every day moving forward."
The two then kissed, and then the ring came out.
Thurston said yes, giving Blake her final rose in the process.
"This was meant to be," Katie said. "Like, this exact moment we were always meant to experience together."
Moynes proceededd to praise his new fiancée as "the piece I've been missing that's going to make life better" and Katie said "this is the start of forever" -- and they rode off on horseback.
And that was it!
But will this be it forever and ever? You tell us:
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Hope can be a dangerous thing.
So we were told around the halfway point of The Shawshank Redemption, and Katie Thurston didn't let such a saying fog her thinking early on The Bachelorette last night.
"I'm hoping to figure out who it is that I see blending into my life," she said in a confessional at the outset of the installment, prior to a trio of hometown dates.
"You don't just marry a man, you marry his family, so this is huge."
First up, Katie spent the day with Blake Moynes, getting a dose of his life in Canada... in New Mexico, as the guys had to replicate their native cities at the resort due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The duo rode a mechanical moose and played hockey before going to see Blake's family.
After awkwardly learning from her son that the physical chemistry between Blake and Katie was "1,000 percent there," Moynes' mom wanted to make sure some feelings were present as well.
Was Katie in love?
Not yet, she replied.
"It doesn't feel right [to use that word] while I'm still dating multiple people," she said.
And yet: the aspiring spouses eventually made out and Blake told the camera:
"The word 'love' is a scary word to use. Still, at the end of the night, the way she kissed me, if things keep going the way that they are, I see myself getting engaged to Katie."
Cut to Justin trying to make Katie feel at home in "Baltimore," but doing it without his parents around because they told him they just don't comprehend the whole premise of The Bachelorette.
"I was a little disappointed," Katie admitted of not meeting Justin's mom and dad.
"I was a little surprised, especially given how soon an engagement is. I think meeting the families is extremely important, and it's hard because with Justin's family not here, I do wonder, is Justin ready for a proposal?
"A marriage? That's a little bit of a struggle for me."
Thurston did end up spending time with two of Justin's very good friends, with one of them telling Katie how reserved he usually finds Justin.
But "he's just so himself around you," this pal observed. "I haven't seen him that way before."
To close their night together, Justin opened up to Katie about his feelings.
"As much as I'm trying to fight it, I know I'm falling in love with you and that is how I feel," he told her. "I'm not going to hold back."
The two then swapped spit and Justin said he could absolutely see himself getting engaged.
From there... it was time for Katie and Greg to pretend they were in New Jersey. And it started out well.
They rode a tandem bike down a makeshift boardwalk... ate pork rolls and Italian ices... and surfed on a motorized machine.
They also played basketball together, something Greg used to do with his dad before he passed away.
After meeting with Greg's mother and brother, Katie felt better than ever before about this potential husband.
"I hate to use the word frontrunner, but Greg is someone I have a strong connection with," she said.
"Greg is someone -- I don't care if I'm allowed to say this -- like, Greg will be here next week. Greg is someone I want to continue to pursue our relationship with."
This said, Katie reiterated to Grippo's mom that she hadn't dropped the L-Word yet because it didn't feel right while two other suitors remained in the picture.
Greg, however? He went alll in.
"I haven't been this happy in the longest time," he told Katie after the family gathering.
"I didn't know that I was going to fall in love with you. And I am in love with you. You just make me the happiest I've ever been."
Katie didn't reciprocate those feelings exactly -- and this is where The Bachelorette spoilers at last came true.
This is where an all-time argument broke out.
The reality stars kissed goodnight, but Greg told the cameras he felt "confused" about where his and Katie's relationship stood.
"I'm so sad because I spilled my heart out to her last night. I don't know. I told her I was in love with her. She really didn't have any reaction," he said.
"I wasn't asking for a lot, just the smallest thing to let me know she was feeling somewhat of the same."
Cut to Greg heading to Katie's room and saying Thurston "completely mowed" over what he had said to her. The whole love thing.
"There's obviously a disconnect here. It's, like, clear. That's obvious," Greg told her. "As much as it hurts me, I've reached my breaking point with this. I gave you everything and I really hope you find something."
"I can't even comprehend what it is you're trying to say right now," Katie replied. "Are you not wanting to stay anymore? Are you done?"
"Yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying," Greg confirmed.
"It was never about a rose for me this week and I was never asking for you to profess your love to me. I just wanted Katie."
Grippo proceeded to storm out of Katie's hotel room ... and she chased after him.
However, Greg stood firm on his position to leave.
"I deserve more than what I've been given on your side," he said. "I'm not happy here anymore. I'm done here."
That prompted Katie to declare the same thing: "I am done. I am done. I am done."
Kaitlyn Bristowe ran to Katie's room in response to the ddrama, where she found the Seattle resident crying over the breakup.
"It just feels like it's all for nothing," she said of her time on the program
When Kaitlyn asked how she wanted to proceed, Katie said: "I want someone to book my flight home."
And that's how the episode ended!
We can't believe there won't be a winner this season on The Bachelorette!
(Just kiddding. This was all just a bunch of scripted nonsense and Katie will be back next Monday, as usual.)
Big Brother is having one of the most impressive first weeks in the history of the series.
Instead of everyone working together to get one person out the door, the houseguests have been forced to work in teams, raising the stakes and causing problems for the Head of Household.
Frenchie, bless his heart, has been making deals with the whole house, including both of his nominees. He wanted someone to volunteer to be a pawn, and in Big Brother, you might as well walk out the door if you agree to be a pawn.
Frenchie threatened to break the status quo, but in doing so, he's had the messiest Head of Household in recent memory, putting himself as a big target, and it's been pretty embarrassing.
As someone who tweets Big Brother, he should have known how the game goes and making deals with everyone was always going to come back and bite him.
Wednesday's episode picked up after the nominations ceremony, and Frenchie continued to try to convince everyone he was a genius at the game.
But all the other houseguests were blindsided by the nominations and not in a good way.
How can people really make deals with Frenchie if he's not sticking to his word?
Not one to mince words, Alyssa confronted Frenchie about nominating her after promising her safety.
My mistake. My mistake. My mistake.
We are totally paraphrasing here, but you get the gist of it.
Frenchie doesn't own up to his mistakes, and he knowingly put a target on Christian and Alyssa by implying they were in a showmance.
Like we said, messy!
Alyssa and Christian managed to convince him of his mistake, and he started worrying about the future of the game because of his big blunder.
Frenchie's attention switched to Derek X, who he decided had to be the one to go this week. He said Derek X was close with Travis (another meathead) and formed alliances with the rest of the house.
Yes, Frenchie's paranoia is embarrassing, but it's making the first week exciting. Nobody is voting with the house because they have no clue what is going on. This is Frenchie's world, and everyone is just living in it.
The good thing going for Derek X is that Brent told his ally about Frenchie's plant to target him, allowing his friend to make plans to stay in the game.
At the veto, we had Frenchie, Kyland, Alyssa, Tiffany, Derek X, and Kyland.
Derex X immediately decided to do the opposite of the other houseguests and started his puzzle from the bottom, leaving him the opportunity to look at the other puzzles when he finished that part.
It paid off -- big time.
Derek X won, but the other houseguests watching realized his plan, and that could solidify him as a competition beast.
Frenchie was in a panic in the aftermath as Kyland and Derek X pleaded with him to save one of them.
Ultimately, Derex X saved Kyland, leaving Frenchie's mouth on the floor. Karma, right?
Travis was the replacement nominee, meaning our final two nominations of the week are Alyssa and Travis.
The first eviction airs Thursday on CBS at 8/7c.
Are they in?
Or will they be out?
This is the question that's been floating around Bachelor Nation of late when it comes to an unprecedented step in The Bachelorette history:
A second season in the same calendar year.
As loyal viewers likely know by now, Michelle Young has already been announced as the next franchise lead -- only she'll be going on her romantic journey for a husband not in 2022.
But in 2021.
ABC has not yet announced a premiere date for Young's debut, but we know it will be some time this fall.
What we haven't known, however, is whether or not Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will serve as hosts during Young's search for a husband.
The former Bachelorettes, of course, have taken on this gig for Katie Thurston, helping her navigate her way through cocktail parties and solo dates and group dates after Chris Harrison was forced out of the franchise.
The long-time emcee took a temporary leave of absence several months ago after he mishandled a race-based scandal that centered on past contestant Rachael Kirkconnelll.
The temporary leave became permanent some time later, though.
Harrison will no longer be returning to The Bachelorette.
As for Adams and Bristowe?
Reality Steve Tweeted this weekend that they will, indeed, star alongside Young later this year.
Wrote The Bachelorette spoilers guru on Sunday:
(BACHELORETTE HOST UPDATE): Kaitlyn and Tayshia will be returning to co-host Michelle’s season of the “Bachelorette” when it begins filming later this month.
I’ll have some filming updates, locations, and timelines in my column on Tuesday.
We'd imagine fans will have mixed feelings regarding this news.
Some may have been hoping for a different Chris Harrison replacement.
Others may never get over Harrison leaving the show.
And still others may actually love Tayshia and Kaitlyn and could be jumping for joy right about now.
"I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter," Harrison wrote on June 8 via Instagram, adding:
"I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together.
"While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime."
Said Warner Horizon, the studio that produces the Bachelor franchise, and ABC Entertainment, in a statement of their own:
"Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise.
"We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey."
By the unfortunate sound of things, we haven't seen or heard the last of Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar.
Just over two months since their oldest child was arrested on charges of child pornography possession, and days after TLC canceled the reality show Counting On as a result, these misguided parents of 19 have released a statement.
Is it filled with sorrow and regret over the way they enabled son Josh and the unhealthy way in which they raised all their other kids?
"It is hard to believe that more than 17 years have passed since we were first contacted by a production company wanting to do a one-hour documentary about the logistics of raising 14 children," reads the message.
"Our family has grown (and grown up!) before our eyes and on national television, and the journey has been miraculous—following God is an exciting adventure."
The statement was posted on the official family website and made no reference to Josh Duggar allegedly downloading sexualy explicit material of minors.
For this supposed crime, Josh will go on trial in November and could be sentenced one day to up to 40 years in prison.
Continues the statement:
"Over the years, some of our most treasured moments have been those when we met children across the country who are alive today because of our testimony that children are a blessing—a special gift from God—and that the only real hope for individuals and families is a close relationship with Jesus Christ."
TLC confirmed the cancellation of Counting On this past Tuesday, revealing the network has cut ties with the horriblle family following Duggar‘s April arrest.
“TLC will not be producing additional seasons of Counting On,” executives said at the time.
“TLC feels it is important to give the Duggar family the opportunity to address their situation privately.”
The Duggars had worked with TLC since 19 Kids and Counting debuted in 2008.
After a decade on the air, the show was canceled in 2015 when Josh confessed to having molestated his own sister back when he was a teenager.
He then admitted to cheating on his wife, Anna Duggar, and entered treatment.
At the moment, Josh is confined to living with some family friends, while Anna is pregnant with the couple's seventh child.
The elder Duggar went on today:
"Since we began filming so long ago, we’ve had the amazing honor to share our lives, our faith, and our story with you—including some of the most difficult and painful moments our family has ever faced.
"We are full of deep gratitude for the love shown to us and the prayers of so many who have sustained us both now and through the years."
This is one of those times when we stop to wonder: Is there literally a single fan of Jim Bob and Michelle out there? Like... a single one?!?
Hinting that perhaps they had more television deals to come, the Duggars added:
"We look forward to all the new adventures and endeavors that may come our way, and with so many grown children and wonderful grandchildren, we know our love will only continue to multiply."
When you arrange for your teenage sons to marry teenage women and then pressure them to procreate as often as possible, this is literally true.
Isn't that right, Justin and Claire Duggar?
Concluded Jim Bob and Michelle:
We are forever grateful for our film crew and so many others behind the scenes who have become like family to us over the years.
The wonderful experiences that filming has provided us will be treasured always.
We look forward to discovering what’s next for our family and sharing more with you along the way!
Never say never in the world of reality television.
Not even when it comes to those who have been accused of having same-sex affairs by a co-star.
Indeed, just under a year since Denise Richards walked away from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills amid rumors that she slept with Brandi Glanville, we now hear that the actress may return.
And we hear this courtest of a rather reliable source.
Garcelle Beauvais, perhaps the only real friend of Denise's during her two seasons on the aforementioned franchise, just told Andy Cohen as much.
"I think she wants to come back," Garcelle revealed on the June 30 installment of Watch What Happens Live.
Just because Richards wants to, of course, does not mean that Richards will.
She peaced out on Bravo last September partly because Glanville continued to lob accusations of an illicit affair in her direction -- but also because a certain fellow colleague didn't have her back.
Not only didn't this certain other colleague have Denise's back -- but she attacked her right up front, on air, pulling out text messages and trashing Richards as a liar.
Yes, we're looking at you, Lisa Rinna.
In order for her pal to make a return, therefore, Beauvais told Cohen "somebody's got to go... just saying."
"Are her initials 'L.R.'?" Cohen asked, well aware that the answer is yes.
This is all premature, of course.
Both The Real Housewives of Orange County and The Real Housewives of New York City are undergoing significant cast shake-ups, but there's been no indication that Rinna's job is in jeopardy.
Ratings for the ongoing season have been holding strong compared to the past... and it's simply too early to look ahead.
Moreover, with Rinna's daughter (incredibly) dating Scott Disick these days, the former soap opera star has been gifted a prime storyline.
We can't imagine she'll be getting the boot in favor of Richards.
Richards, for her part, has said very little since leaving Bravo.
She didn't even issue a formal statement to confirm she was done with the show last September.
After Glanville claimed to anyone who would listen that she and Richards slept together in April 2019 -- even alleging that Denise's husband, Aaron Phypers, was very much aware of the shagging -- it was simply clear why Richards needed to step away.
(Denise was steadfast in her constant denial of this allegation all season long, it's worth noting.)
Richards battled most everyone except for Beauvais over Glanville's insistent accusations, too.
"You guys are so vicious," she yelled at the group to conclude an emotional reunion last summer.
Garcelle, meanwhile, also gave an update on her relationship with former frenemy Kyle Richards during her very recent chat with Cohen.
"That was the beauty of that lunch, the fact that she was open to receiving and hearing," Garcelle explained of mending fences with the one of the original Beverly Hills Housewives.
"She didn't do it intentionally, she didn't understand the history, but I thought that's why we were able to move quickly forward, because she got it."
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.
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Katie Thurston dealt with two very different men on this week's episode of The Bachelorette:
A liar and her alleged true love.
On the former front, there was Thomas... who confessed during last week's installment that he had focused on becoming the next Bachelor when he first arrived on the show.
"I have been a politician," Thomas said to Quartney at one point. "I have been just trying to say the right things to everybody."
On the latter front, there was Blake Moynes... who made a stunning debut and who The Bachelorette spoilers swear will propose to Thurston on this summer's season finale.
First up, though, was a group date.
On this outing, the men were asked to play a game of Truth or Dare, which ended up involving a lot of Twinkies; the chance to whisper sweet nothings into Katie's ear; and the challenge of waxing one another.
There was also the Dare of eating a spicy pepper and then getting down on one knee to ask for Thurston's hand in marriage.
Once everyone's mouths cooled off, they headed to an afterparty.
Andrew S. used his time there at this shindog Katie that he had "never had a woman understand me."
"I value every moment with you," he said before the pair kissed. "They're so brief, but they're so impactful."
One of the more polarizing suitors, Greg Grippo, also made his move.
"You're all I think about," he said to the leading lady. "I just love the connection I feel with you."
"I think obviously I have to see this out 'til the very end, and if it's something you and I can get through together, that says a lot," Katie replied to the contestant some critics think is an actor only on the show for fame.
"It says that … I'm starting to fall for you."
For his part, Tre was all about exposing Thomas.
"I think that there are some things that have been happening in the house that I feel like, if I care about you at all, which I do, I feel like you need all of the info that's available, especially when you're pleading with us to give it to you," he began.
Tre then called Thomas "someone we feel like maybe is not here for you" and asserted that the real estate broker had displayed "a pattern of manipulative behavior."
Katie said she was "blindsided" by this claim, but thanked Tre for "sharing" his "truth."
Before Thurston could decide about how she should handle the Thomas situation, however, BLAKE MOYNES SHOWED UP.
"I guess I want to apologize first, because I know what kind of wrench this throws into your whole situation," said the man who had previously courted Clare Crawley and Taysia Adams on TV.
"I also at the same time knew this was the only way," he added, as if his arrival wasn't totally scripted, planned and known ahead of time to Katie.
In an on-camera interview, Katie admitted that she and Blake had spoken before via Instagram DMs.
"Blake reached out to commend me for my bold personality and, I mean, he's a very handsome guy," she said.
Still, Moynes confessed last year to having fallen for two previous series leads.
"It is concerning that you've dated, at this point, two Bachelorettes," Katie said to Blake.
"If you stay, I will be now your third Bachelorette, and I'll be honest, in the house, there's been a lot of drama regarding who's here for the right reasons and who's not.
"So that's still kind of fresh on my heart, and obviously it is a little concerning that here you are for now your third time."
Moynes vowed he came on the program with only pure intentions.
"I promise you that if it came down to the end and we connected the way I think that we might, we would be engaged at the end of this," he said to Katie.
Prior to the Rose Ceremony, meanwhile, Thomas visited Katie and tried to quell her concerns.
"I would sign something right now that says anything that you need," he said. "The only thing that gets me through being here is an opportunity to be with you, and I mean that."
Did Katie buy what this seemingly shady guy was selling?
To conclude the episode, she handed out roses to Hunter, Greg, Justin, Brendan, Andrew S., Aaron, Mike P., James, Josh, Quartney and Andrew M.
Then, she called Thomas' name, and all the men couldn't hide their shock.
However, when Thomas approached to accept his rose, Katie WENT OFF ON HIM.
"You told me things I wanted to hear. What I learned about you tonight is you're selfish, unkind and a liar," she said to Thomas in front of all the other men.
"Your Bachelor audition ends tonight, so get out."
WHAM! BAM! THANK YOU, SIR!
So, Thomas is out. And you know who is in, right?
"If you want to stay, I'd like you to join and see if this becomes something," Katie said to Blake after knocking on his door later that evening. "If that interests you."
Darn right it does!
Like we noted above, Blake is about to interest Katie, too.
Katie Thurston got especially candid and especially personal on The Bachelorette this week.
First, however, she sent some potential husbands home.
Still seething over the claim last Monday night about men being on her season for the wrong reasons, Thurston told her suitors at the outset of this new episode:
"I just don't have the right mindset to give some of the guys the energy and the time they deserve."
As a result?
"I'm not going to give any more time to anyone else tonight. We're just going to go straight to the rose ceremony."
With that said, Thurston doled out roses to David, Hunter, Conor C. and Mike P., yet stopped after the 31-year-old virgin referenced last Monday's allegation that a suitor was solely out for fame and fortune, saying to Katie:
"What Karl said wasn't the truth."
"Do you all feel the same way?" Katie asked.
The men nodded their heads and Thurston excused herself.
She explained to co-hosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe that she wanted to keep Karl around, but after Mike P.'s revelation, she second-guessed herself.
Cut back to the rose ceremony, where Katie chose NOT to give Karl a rose.
Michael, Connor B., Quartney, Tre, Justin, Andrew M., Christian, Josh, Brendan, James and Aaron moved on instead.
But the main focus this week had to be on Nick Viall making an appearance in order to lead a discussion between Katie and her men, prompting each of them to open about about problems from their past relationships.
The contestants then confessed to various things pertaining to divorce... substance abuse ... and infidelity... and, as they did, Thurston felt a need to speak up.
In a stunning twist, she went ahead revealed something of her own that “not even her own mom knows about.”
“I know you all know me as this sex-positive person now," Thurston said.
“But years ago at a New Years Eve party, I was drinking and there was a situation where I had sex with someone that I did not give consent to."
Also: Just awful.
Continued Katie on air, explaining that the incident happened a decade ago:
"I was in denial about what happened, so much still that I tried to form a relationship with him because I didn't want to believe what actually had happened.
"And when that didn't work out, for years I had a very unhealthy relationship with sex. I didn't want to have sex, which affects a relationship.
"I didn't like talking about sex. And it's taken me a long time to get to where I am now.
"And being open and comfortable talking about it and loving myself and accepting things that I can no longer control."
Considering Thurston showed up to meet Matt James on The Bachelor with a vibrator in hand, this admission likely came as a shock to most viewers.
But you just never know, you know?
Concluded Thurston on this topic:
"I just want you guys to know that I've come a long way in who I was 10 years ago and how important consent is, how important communication is and how important it is to not guilt trip somebody for not having enough sex with them, guilt trip them for not having sex with them in general."
At the afterparty, Katie called the group date and her confession "transformative."
But the guys were more concerned with Thomas, who claimed he had told Thurston on this same episode that he was in love with her.
"It feels fraudulent, it feels like, almost like a campaign, like, you want to be Bachelor. I don't know what it is," Hunter said to Thomas in front of the other men.
"I mean, is that something you've thought about?"
Thomas didn't deny it, either.
"Yes, coming into this, one of the thoughts on my mind was potentially being the next Bachelor," he finally admitted.
Whoa there! Total WRONG REASONS ALERT!
Thomas claimed he now cared a lot more about ending up with Thurston than ending up as the next Bachelor -- but his competitors were left with plenty of doubt.
However, bringing such a concern to Katie's attention will have to wait until next week.
If we were more mature, we likely would not report on this story.
We'd just let it go right on by, perhaps pausing for a moment to feel terribly for the folks involved.
We are not that mature.
Therefore, we're here to state that production on NBC's upcoming game show Ultimate Slip 'N Slide has been halted indefinitely after a crew member on its set in Simi Valley, California, tested positive for giardia.
This is a microscopic parasite that, when swallowed, causes diarrheal disease.
To be more specific, and nauseating, The Wrap reported on Thursday that “up to 40 crew members fell violently ill,” citing a “person with knowledge of the production.”
This individual said people were “collapsing” and “being forced to run into port-o-potties” due to “awful explosive diarrhea."
Reality television often makes us feel ill as well.
But no quite to this degree.
TMZ, for its part, quoted an anonymous source “close to production” as saying that multiple people were ill with gastrointestinal symptoms.”
Giardia can be found "on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected people or animals," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pet owners may be familiar with the sickness because dogs often come down with it after drinking dirty stream water.
A spokesperson for Universal Television Alternative Studios, which is producing the show for NBC, told People Magazine that it is “in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”
First, we presume, they must get out there and purchase every bottle of Pepto Bismol they can find.
"The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution we have made the decision to stop production of Ultimate Slip 'N Slide at the current location," added this spokesperson.
Ultimate Slip 'N Slide is currently scheduled to premiere on Sunday, August 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET, after the Olympic Summer Games' closing ceremony.
The series - hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches - takes Wham-O's iconic backyard waterslide game and transforms "into a real-life water park full of gigantic slippery rides with the chance to take home a big cash prize," an NBC press release previously read.
Jarrod Schulz has been accused of assaulting his well-known former girlfriend.
Who also happens to be his co-star on the long-running reality show Storage Wars.
He may be in serious trouble with the law.
According to TMZ, Schulz was arrested on April 30 for an incident involving Brandi Passante, from whole he split about two years ago.
Law enforcement insiders tell the celebrity gossip website that Passante was hanging out with friends at a bar in Orange County when she got into a heated exchange with Schulz.
Brandi eventually asked Jarrod to leave.
Instead, Schulz allegedly pushed his ex on two occasions and also continually screamed at her group of pals.
The police were called to the bar, but Jarrod had left by the time they showed up on the scene.
A police report was taken ... and a few days later Schulz talked to cops, denying ever placed his hands on Brandi.
However, the Orange County D.A.s Office charged Schulz nevertheless with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence battery.
Jarrod and Brandi have appeared on all 13 seasons of this smash hit A&E show.
They've been dubbed "The Young Guns" because they're the youngest auction bidders in the main cast, and they share two children.
On the Season 13 premiere, though, Passante finally admitted she and Schulz had broken up.
"I'm not with Jarrod anymore," Passante said on the episode.
In his own interview on the program, Schulz explained:
"Just because me and Brandi aren't together anymore, doesn't mean we can't go to an auction — but separately."
The premiere then featured the two crossing paths at an auction, with Passante calling Schulz "an idiot" for spending $400 on a storage unit that didn't especially look profitable.
According to Passante, she had actually called things off with Schulz after filming the 12th season of Storage Wars, which premiered way back in November 2018.
She quickly touched on the development last year during a Facebook Live interview with The Dad Diary.
When host Danny Jordan asked how has being a single mother affected her life, Passante -- who shares daughter Payton and son Cameron with Schulz -- responded:
"I did a lot of it on my own anyway, but it's the scary dad voice in the background that we're missing."
In February 2021, Passante spoke about her current love life while appearing on the Spirit Talk YouTube channel, revealing that she's seeing "no one in particular" and "just going with the flow right now" and concluding:
"I wasn't really allowed to have an identity for many, many years. And so these last couple of years, I'm kind of coming into my own and figuring out who I am.
"I just don't have an attachment to anyone.
"I've definitely dated and things like that, but ... right now it's not something I'm really trying hard to seek out. I'm waiting until I can feel an attachment to someone.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta may be over for 2021.
But the drama between Drew Sidora and LaToya Ali? The tension? The ugliness of their feud?
It's only just beginning, folks.
On Sunday night's finale, Sidora and Ali nearly came to legitimate blows after the former once again accused the latter of having a relationship with Prophet Anthony Lott.
(As a refresher: Both Prophet Lott, who is single, and Ali, who is in the process of getting a divorce, denied Drew's accusation during last week's installment.)
This time around, the confrontation took place at Cynthia Bailey's white elephant "Friendsmas" holiday party at her Lake Bailey residence... where each cast memberr and officialy Friend was asked to bring a gift not exceeding $1,000 in value.
(Yes, $1,000. For the average person, these kinds of gatherings come with a limit of, like, $25.)
Just ahead of the shindig, LaToya texted Cynthia Baily and said she would NOT be attending due to the ongoing drama.
"I just got a text from LaToya saying, 'I'm not coming. I don't want the drama. I'm over it,'" Cynthia read aloud to almost everyone.
Cut to the get-together and the women eating dinner together and then moving to the sofa to play the game.
After each ladies opened their extremely expensive gifts, Kenya Moore opened the final present, which was Drew's trio of boxes.
Unlike the other lavish items, Kenya unwrapped three packages, inside of which were: a tape recording, a $100 donation to the Humane Society and Drew's infamous wig.
What the what now?!?
"This is actually the hair that Kenya was obsessed with, and LaToya," Sidora told the group, holding up the wig that LaToya previously criticized.
From there, Porsha Williams asked if Drew was "still going to give the $1,000 gift though, right?" promptined Drew to reply:
"That was $1,000, those bundles."
"It's a gag gift. Let's laugh about it and you got bundles. I spent my $1,000, so I followed the rules," Drew explained in a confessional.
The time then came for the tape recording to be played; it was allegedly of Prophet Lott speaking with Drew's assistant, Danny, about Ali.
"So, everybody's been talking about this whole prophet situation and literally God dropped this in my lap. My assistant Danny gave it to me. Danny was really hurt that Prophet Lott was not telling the truth and this was a conversation that they had," Drew told the women.
"I just want y'all to sit back and listen, because I do not lie."
On the recording, Danny allegedly asked the following of Prophet Lott: "What is the relationship with Toya?"
"Do I like her? I really do like her," Prophet Lott allegedly replied.
"She's an awesome person. But I know the situation 'cause I've been there. I met my 3-year-old's mom while I was still technically married."
Cue Drew turning to those gathered and saying:
"He admits to liking LaToya, and he admits that when he was married, he started to date his baby's mother."
Kandi Burruss, however, stood up for Lott and Ali, saying nothing was happening between them and Drew wasn't even trying to uncover any kind of truth. She was just stirring $hit up.
The doorbell then rang and in walked LaToya, who appeared to give a hug to everyone but Drew.
Kenya proceeded to tell Ali thatn prior to her arrival, Drew "just tried to present some stupid recording of a prophet talking about you."
"The truth will go forth. LaToya has issues and things going on, and we have had a lot of drama that she has brought into my life," Sidora said to the women.
LaToya didn't want to hear it, however.
"Drew, shut up," she snapped at Drew, who replied by telling her castmate: "Something is wrong with you."
"You weren't looking for God!" Drew continued. "You were looking for some d---. You was looking for prophet d---."
"And your man looking for some new p----, 'cause yours is dried up," Ali fired back in amazing fashion.
LaToya later grabbed the wig Drew had brought as a gift and threw it at her costar.
Immediately, Drew jumped up off the couch and started moving towards LaToya before two men, who appeared to be members of production, intervened.
With that, the party -- and the season -- came to an end.
"You will not put hands on me and you will not throw things at me," Drew said in a confessional. "She is an animal and she needs to be tamed."
Gerren Taylor, a main cast member on the BET reality show Baldwin Hills, passed away on Sunday, according to the aforementioned cable network.
She was 30 years old.
"The entire BET family mourns the passing of one of our own, Ms. Ashley Gerren Taylor, beloved star of BET's Baldwin Hills," BET wrote in a statement.
"The untimely passing of such a young, bright light is difficult to process. BET's thoughts and prayers go out to Ashley's friends and family during this time."
No cause of death for Taylor has been announced at this time.
Baldwin Hills premiered in July 2007 and ran until March 2009.
The show was set in the African-American section of Beverly Hills.
It chronicled the lives of the privileged sons and daughters of doctors, attorneys, actors and athletes, as well as those less privileged teenagers who resided in a dicier neighborhood nearby.
Ray Cunningham, who has appeared on BET's College Hill and Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood, mourned Gerren's passing on social media.
"Just got the worst news ever and I'm still not processing it fully," he wrote on Sunday alongside a video of the pair.
"I've known @mstaylorxo since 2006, the #BaldwinHills cast was like the little sisters and brothers to #CollegeHill.
"I was sneaking her into parties with me."
Concluded Cunningham in a separate tribute:
"You will be missed. BET fam. Rest well love.
"We love u Gerren. Together today for unfortunate circumstances but my @BET family is forever."
Taylor worked a model and an actress.
Her career began at 12 when she was signed by the runway division of LA Models, making her at the time the youngest person to ever be signed by the agency.
In 2007, she appeared in the documentary America the Beautiful, which examined the stuggles of self-image and beauty standards in American culture and society.
In another message, fellow Baldwin Hills alum Moriah Johnson -- son of former NBA player Marques Johnson -- referred to as Taylor a "beautiful and confident soul."
"Still can't believe it.. Feels like I've lost a piece of my childhood.
"It's difficult to comprehend the brevity of life at times, and so we must live and love as best we can while we can," Johnson wrote. "
"Sending my love and prayers to the Taylor family and all affected by this untimely loss. Such a beautiful and confident soul. Enjoy your rest."
"Rest easy sis," Olympian Carol Rodriguez wrote in another social media tribute alongside a series of pictures of Taylor.
Added model Nia Riley:
"My beautiful supermodel angel!
12 years ago you entered my life being nothing but one of my most solid friends ever!! I'm so heartbroken! I'll never get over this, I don't understand.
"I love you, I'm going to miss you even more Pray for @mstaylorxo family please! Love you all!"
According to Essence, Taylor was a mother to a seven-year-old daughter.
We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.
May she rest in peace.
As of this writing, we do not know whether or not Katie Thurston will bring her vibrator along for her run as the next Bachelorette.
We do now know, however, when the beautiful brunette will debut in this role.
ABC announced Thurston's premiere date on Wednesday, April 7, while also giving fans their very first look at Katie in the role.
Here it is:
The 17th season of this franchise, meanwhile, will kick off on June 7, while the same network also confirmed today that Bachelor in Paradise will return on August 16.
This, of course, will be a unique year for The Bachelorette.
Following a lengthy, race-based controversy on this past season of The Bachelor, producers said this spring that 2021 will feature a pair of Bachelorette leads.
First up will be Thurston, who was eliminated fairly early on by Matt James; then, this winter, Michelle Young, will take on this challenging gig.
Among the other major changes?
Chris Harrison will not serve as host on Katie's season.
Instead, with ABC essentially punishing Harrison for insensitive remarks he made during Matt's Bachelor season when it came to suitor Rachael Kirkconnell and her past social media posts...
... Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will anchor Season 17.
“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," read a statement from the network in mid-March.
"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing.
"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season...
"We are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks."
Back to Thurston, however:
She made a name for herself as "Vibrator Girl" almost immediately upon her Bachelor introduction... thanks to her decision to bring her favorite sex toy along when she met James.
She also earned praise from viewers around the nation because she stood up to bullies inside the resort that housed the suitors and basically told them to shut the f--k up.
For a brief period of time, there was chatter about Thurston being too racy for The Bachelorette gig, but executives appear willing to roll the proverbial dice.
Katie's season is currently filming in New Mexico and it will once again feature the star and her aspiring husbands quarantined on their own.
So much for those expensive and exotic vacations.
As for where Thurston comes down on Harrison and the scandal that enguled Bachelor Nation for nearly all of Matt's recent season?
"I stand with other alumni who have expressed that learning & growth require time," Thurston has Tweeted.
"I hope that Chris Harrison continues to take more time to step away while sincerely educating himself & dedicating himself to the work," she continued.
"We can all grow and do better with time, and I hope he does."
Will you be tuning in to see if Katie Thurston can find love on The Bachelorette?
Deshayla Harris, a cast member on the final season of Bad Girls Club, has been confirmed as as one of two victims killed in a trio of shootings in Virginia Beach on Friday.
She was 29 years old.
According to a state released yesterday by local authorities, Harris is believed to have been a "bystander at the second" incident.
The shooting remains under investigation -- and is not believed to have been connected with the other shooting incidents on Friday.
No arrests have been made in connection with the fatalities.
"We do believe that [Harris] truly is, at this point in time, an innocent victim that was probably struck by stray gunfire in some regards," Virginia Beach Police Chief Paul Neudigate said at a Saturday press conference.
Not many other details are available at this time.
On Saturday night, Bad Girls Club released a statement regarding Harris' death.
"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Deshayla's family and loved ones," the program wrote on its Twitter page.
Her murder was also mourned by fellow Bad Girls Club star Key Hamilton.
"You didn't deserve this man this sh-- jus don't feel real ....I'm sick affffff rest easy Babygirl," Hamilton wrote.
"Thank you for always pushing me and supporting me no matter where we were in our friendship...watch over me I love you ...we literally JUST talked 3 days ago."
The first shooting in Virginia Beach on Friday injured numerous individuals, but there were no fatalities, authorities said.
However, the third shooting, which was officer-involved, claimed the life of Donovon W. Lynch, 25, while the second took Harris.
The body cam on the officer involved in the incident with Lynch was not on for "unknown reasons," prompting questions surrounding his death.
A protest was held later that night, with demonstrators calling for the police officer involved to be held accountable for what transpired.
"As much as we would like to be transparent -- we pride ourselves on being accountable and responsive -- I do not have the answers that the community is looking for in regards to this death right now," said VBPD Chief Neudigate on Saturday.
Lynch's passing has been mourned by several family members and friends, with his father calling Lynch a "dream son."
"Intelligent, handsome, a scholar, an athlete, an entrepreneur and loved by all he came in contact with," he said in a statement to WAVY. "Rest in Peace Don!
In total, 10 people were injured by gunfire -- including two who died -- in three separate shootings Friday in Virginia Beach, according to police.
Three people have been arrested and each charged with seven counts of felonious assault, use of a firearm in commission of a felony and reckless handling of a firearm.
Harris, meanwhile, was known as “Shay" when she appeared on the 17th and final season of Bad Girls Club in 2017.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Harris was nicknamed “The Firecracker Fashionista” on the show and represented the East Coast.
We send our condolences to her friends, family members and loved ones.
May Deshayla Harris rest in peace.
Ryan Edwards does not sound bitter.
He does not sound mad.
He doesn't even sound as if he cares very much about what transpired this week in his professional life.
But we'll see forr how long this calm tone lasts.
On Tuesday, Edwards, his wife and both of his parents were effectively fired from Teen Mom OG.
To be even more specific, Edwards, his wife and both of his parents were effectively fired from Teen Mom OG... by Ryan's main foe and ex-girlfriend, Maci Bookout!
“Ryan and Mackenzie, as well as Jen and Larry, were all on a call with production on Tuesday informing them they won’t be on the show anymore going forward,” a source told our friends at The Ashley's Reality TV Roundup.
Added this insider:
“The Edwards were informed that Maci’s reps wanted to go a different direction and showcase all of her abilities.
"Maci went to production and explained she wanted her story to cover all the parts of her life and no longer focus on Ryan and his family.”
Such a power move doesn't come as a huge surprise, considering Maci has been feuding all season with Ryan and his relatives over how often they see Bookout's 12-year old son, Bentley.
At one point, Ryan's wife, Mackenzie, trashed her husband's baby mama as a "spiteful bitch," and, at another point, Ryan's father nearly came to blows with Maci's husband, Taylor McKinney.
It's been very ugly for awhile now.
“We the family have been let go from the show by the network,” Larry confirmed on Wednesday to The Sun. “It’s unbelievable.”
As for how Edwards feels about this development?
"I really haven’t given MTV much thought now that I have my own fabrication shop," Edwards claimed to this same publication on Friday.
Ryan not really caring, or almost even noticing, that he's been canned is a bit hard to believe.
But his dad did confirm back in October that Ryan was getting a garage built.
"He fabricates buggies from the ground up. He would love to build buggies for people. Put row bars on them. Not many people do custom work like that," Larry explained back then.
"He’s very good at it. He’s got all the tools and machines."
Mackenzie, meanwhile, has said that Maci went all the up the cable network food chain to the executives at Viacom in order to oust her rivals.
She added that Bookout's agent "said that they wanted to focus on all of Maci's abilities and her... whatever she does... and that we took up the time on the show that she could be using to show all that."
“It’s just more of an angry, I’m gonna show you who’s boss-type of deal.
"The truth in the matter is, she calls the shots here. This is her show. It is what it is. It’s fine.”
In closing, Mackenzie reached for a silver lining amid the chaos.
She said that she’s a bit “relieved” to be done on the show.
“It’s almost, like, a weight lifted off of my shoulders.
"I deserve to feel good about myself, I deserve to not be riddled with anxiety all the time.”
Maci has not yet commented on this situation.
She's probably too busy having the last laugh.
In the end -- following an unpredictable season that concluded with the temporary ousting of the only host the show has ever known -- The Bachelor ended in the most predictable fashion imaginable.
Matt James chose the woman everyone knew he would choose, almost since Day One.
While everything else surrounding the series went into upheaveal, the earliest Bachelor spoilers proved prophetic.
Matt James gave his final rose to Rachael Kirkconnell.
Before arriving at this decision, though, Matt's mom, Patty, and older brother, John, joined their loved one at Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania.
Once there, they meet the two women with whom James was allegedly in love.
"I think it's a long shot that Matt would be engaged at the end of this," Patty told the cameras, perhaps hinting at the conclusion to come.
Michelle ended up making quite the impression, however, telling Patty she was "very much" in love with her son.
That was seemingly all it took for Patty to be convinced Michelle could be part of the problem, which prompted Jams to gush in a confessional:
"I'm extremely excited about where we're at in our relationship. Today couldn't have gone any better."
What about Rachael, though?
"I've loved people and I've cared for people but I don't think I've ever been truly in love with someone to where I can see my future with him," Rachael told John, adding:
"This probably sounds crazy but I just feel like he is the other half of me that I've needed."
Heck, Patty even cried listening to Rachael gush over her child.
"I just want to let you know that I really, really, truly do love your son," Kirkconnell said to Patty.
Despite the rave reviews both women received, and despite Matt saying he cared deeply for both Michelle and Rachael, Matt told Chris Harrison that he wasn't sure about proposing.
"I know that the easy thing for me to do would be to tell Rachael and Michelle what they want to hear and [that] is I'm ready and I've been through with this whole process and get down on one knee and do something that I'm not ready for," he explained.
"And then what happens?
"It sets off our relationship course on something that neither one of us are ready for."
Cut to Matt's final date with Michelle, which featured the pair rappelling down a building.
Later on, after confessing to the camera that he had some doubts, Matt had to come clean after Michelle gave him a basketball jersey and pulled out a matching one for her that said "Mrs. James" on the back.
"I'm just like, having doubts," he told Michelle.
"And I shouldn't be having any doubts about that. We're like, a day or two away. This is the first time I've felt any type of thing outside of wanting to be with you forever and having just any doubt in my mind at this point for me is just like, scary.
"I've been pushing through that feeling today and trying to get there because of how I feel about you and what I know life could look like with you.
"And I think the easy thing for me to do would be to tell you what you want to hear."
Young, heartbroken, wondered how Matt could just "flip a switch" and no longer be in love with her.
But Matt simply apologized and said it wasn't like that.
He then told Harrison that he wasn't in love with Michelle.
Which brings up to Rachael's final date on the finale... sort of.
To build drama, Matt actually canceled the date... pondered how he was feeling... and, of course, picked out an engagement ring as part of the network's advertising deal with jewelerr Neil Lane.
Rachael and Matt ended up meeting by the lake, with the former speaking first.
"I want to be there for you when you're hurting," she said. "And when you're hurting, I'm hurting. And I don't know what happened yesterday, but I do know I'm not going to run just when it gets tough.
"I don't know if you still want this but regardless, I feel so unbelievably lucky just to have felt what I have felt for you.
"I never felt a love like this in my entire life and at the end of the day I just want you to be happy, but I just know with all my heart that I love you and I will choose you every day from here on out if you'll let me."
Matt responded by telling Rachael she's "everything that I came here looking for."
"I want to be everything to you, I want to be everything for you that my dad wasn't to my mom," James continued. "And as I'm wrestling with what I'm going to do today, the easy thing for me to do would be to brush those feelings and emotions off and make you happy.
"That's to propose to you today.
"But I couldn't live with myself if I put you through what my mom has been through. I've seen what rushing into a proposal, a marriage can do in my family and it's ugly and it's not something I want for you or for us.
"And that's why I can't propose to you today."
Kirkconnell said she understood and both sides dropped the L-Bomb. Matt also added that he did see a future with Rachael.
"I do see you as my wife," the Bachelor concluded. "I see you as the mother of my kids."
Matt gave Rachael the final rose and, naturally, she accepted.
Then, Matt picked her up and they left together in a horse-drawn carriage.
And they lived happily ever after?
On the After the Final Rose special, hosted by Emmanuel Acho, James explained how he and Rachael were on an "extended honeymoon" after the finale wrapped.
Untill those social media photos were leaked online and Kirkconnell had to acknowledge mistakes she made in the past that were "racist and wrong."
"You hear things that are heartbreaking and you just pray they're not true," James told Acho of how he felt when he first learned Kirkconnell had attended a plantation-themed party in 2018.
"And when you find out that they are, it makes you question everything."
Mat then said the entire incident and scandal made him think "Rachael might not understand what it means to be black in America."
He referenced her apology and how she said in it that "there's a lot of work that needs to be done," emphasizing for the audience:
"I have to step back and allow her to do that work."
So you're no longer together? Acho asked.
No, Matt replied.
And there you have it.
James bristled at the notion that some viewers might be "triggered" by his reaction to Rachael's past actions, adding that those folks simply do not understand his experience as a Black man.
In the end? Neither does Rachael Kirkconnell.
And therein lies the whole problem.
So much for a slap on Chris Harrison's wrist.
About one month after the long-time host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette announced that he would step away from the franchise -- due to some racially-insensitive comments he made in response to an ongoing franchise scandal - ABC has confirmed that Harrison will not return.
Not for this upcoming season of The Bachelorette at least.
"Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette," Warner Horizon and ABC Entertainment said in a joint statement on Friday.
This same message went to acknowledge Harrison's recent missteps -- while naming his upcoming replacements.
"We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing."
"In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season."
Adams, of course, served as the most recent Bachelorette.
Bristowe was a contestant on The Bachelor and then anchored her own season of the latter show back on Season 11.
"As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks," the statement concluded.
"These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world."
So not only will there be two Bachelorettes, as per The Bachelorette spoilers, but two hosts.
Harrison came under major fire in early February after an interview on Extra with Rachel Lindsay.
He was asked at the time about current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell and a number of newly-surfaced social media posts.
They featured her dressed in Native American attire as a costume and also attending an antebellum plantation-themed college party in 2018.
Kirkconnell, who is expected to win The Bachelor Season 25 on Monday night, admitted herself these actions were "racist and wrong" and has asked for folks to NOT defend her.
Speaking to Lindsay, however, Harrison withheld judgment, seemingly going out of his way to focus on Kirkconnell, as opposed to those affected by her past behavior.
He even questioned the "lens" of 2021 compared to 2018 and said that people should have "a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion" for the suitor.
Harrison quickly apologized and said he would, at the very least, not be hosting the March 15 After the Final Rose special.
Emmanuel Acho will be stepping into this role in Harrison's place next week... talking to James and, we presume, Kirkconnell about all that has transpired on this chaotic Bachelor season.
For his part, Harrison appeared just days ago on Good Morning America and said he plans on returning to the franchise.
He shared in the interview with Michael Strahan that he is working with "a race educator and strategist," as well as faith leaders and scholars, like Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
"Dr. Dyson often talks to me about counsel, not cancel. That is full accountability … owning from that, learning from that.
"Seeking council from the community that you hurt, gaining experience knowledge and moving forward," Harrison said on GMA.
To many viewers, Harrison said all the right words at the time.
But even Strahan later said it sounded like a "surface" mea culpa from someone who just wanted his job back.
"I am saddened and shocked at how insensitive I was in that interview with Rachel Lindsay."
"I didn't speak for my heart, that is to say I stand against all forms of racism ..."
"I'm sorry to Rachel Lindsay and I'm sorry to the Black community," Harrison said on air.
He added that he is "committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."
Continued Harrison this month:
"I am an imperfect man, I made a mistake and I own that."
"I believe that mistake doesn't reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to progress, not just for myself, also for the franchise."
"And this is a franchise that has been a part of my life for the better part of 20 years and I love it."
"This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done. And I am excited to be a part of that change."
Alas, the new season of The Bachelorette will likely premiere in May.
It will reportedly include Katie Thurston as the lead, although there's also been chatter that there may be TWO Bachelorettes.
Either way, Chris Harrison will not act as host. Will you still tune in?
This much we can say for certain:
The Real Housewives of Orange County will look very different in 2022.
There's no real debate at this point that the long-running Bravo franchise will replace some cast members and keep other cast members, but this fact still leaves one obvious question out there:
Who is leaving?
Who is staying?
And why is this so gosh darn complicated?
Speculation over a mass firing by executives ran rampany a few days ago after a popular Instagram account shared a tipster’s alleged inside information about the program.
This individual person claimed that Kelly Dodd, Braunwyn Windham-Burke, Emily Simpson, and Elizabeth Vargas had all been fired.
Tamra Judge, meanwhile, was supposedly set to return; while Heather Dubrow and Alexis Bellino had been extended a contract, but actually turned it down and were planning to become free agents.
Was there any truth to this detail rumor?
All we can do is quote social media user Deuxmoi, who wrote online this week:
“Same friend also works at Bravo. RHOC shakeup is coming.
Kelly, Braunwyn, Emily, and Elizabeth are out. Tamra will be back. Heather and Alexis said no.
"They’re trying to get Gretchen [Rossi] and her rich Newport [Beach] friends on but Gretchen won’t return if Tamra’s still on the show.”
Based on this intel, the only stars guaranteed to appear next season would be Shannon Beador and Gina Kirschenheiter.
But wait one second, people! Hold everything! Pick your jaws up off the floor!
Dave Quinn -- who refers to himself as the “Housewives scholar” on Instagram and who has shared reliable information in the past -- jumped in to the fray shortly after this rumor got started to say this:
It's total BS.
“[For your information], that [Deuxmoi RHOC] tea isn’t true so please stop sending it to me,” he tweeted on February 21.
A fan, hoping for Tamra’s return, subsequently asked Dave to confirm which part of the rumor isn’t true.
“All of it isn’t true,” he wrote. “There [have] been no decisions made yet.”
Oh, well. Okay then!
It's been discussed for several weeks, of course, that Dodd is on her way out, following her many anti-mask comments, her stark racism, her open disdain for public health and her general elitiism.
Until she claimed the opposite, that is.
"It’s actually kinda funny..." Dodd Tweeted this week. "I’ve heard these rumors every year for the last five years."
Kelly even boasted: "Looking forward to my sixth season #RHOC 16!"
Is she actually coming back, though? Have producers really arrived at this decision? Or any decision?
A network spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday that no casting choices have been made just yet.
What does all this mean?
Mostly that The Real Housewives of Orange County continue to win because here we are, in the offseason, obsessed with the show and what comes next.
But if Dodd truly does return? After all she has said and done and how much she just sucks so much?
It may be a pompous bridge too far for some viewers.
The Bachelor really is going through it these days.
We're talking not just about the franchise, either, amid an ongoing racism scandal that has engulfed the Season 25 favorite and also the only host the show has ever known.
We're also talking about The Bachelor himsellf, Matt James.
Shortly after James addressed the Rachael Kirkconnell-Chris Harrison saga on Instagram, he went on a quartet of hometown dates with his final four.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series brought Bri, Michelle, Rachael and Serena P.'s loved ones to Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania.
We opened with Michelle taking Matt on a bike ride and then on a virtual trip to the classroom in which she teaches.
"How many girlfriends do you have?" one student asked, to which Matt replied deftly: "I've got one right here, Ms. Young."
Another student, Kelsey, wondered if the couple planned on having babies.
"That's a great question. And yeah, I do want kids. A lot of them," James responded, while later telliing another student that he and Michelle are discussing the whole marriage thing.
After these cute interactions, the pair kissed and Michelle told the cameras that the day had gone "even better" than she could've imagined.
"I'm falling in love with Matt," she confessed, adding:
"And I think my family, they're going to have no problem falling in love with him, too. But tonight, if they for some reason said, 'No, we don't like Matt,' it would be really hard for me to move forward with our relationship."
No pressure, though!
On her own, Michelle told her dad that she would accept a proposal from Matt.
When this same father proceeded to ask Matt if he loves her daughter, James diidn't give a straight answer:
"I haven't told her that yet and it's not something I will share with her until I meant it. And I am all in for your daughter."
Michelle, Matt and her parents ended the night playing basketball together.
"I connect with you in a way that I've never connected with anyone before, and so I do want you to know that after you meeting my family, I knew that I was going to take my emotions to a whole different level and I was ready for that," Michelle said to Matt.
"And I can say that I am falling in love with you. And that makes me so excited and it's so scary but it's so genuine and it's so real."
They they smooched.
From there, it was Rachael's time.
She picked James up in a sports car, blindfolded him and took him to another location -- which ended up being the spot for skydiving!
Matt said it was the "perfect idea," while Rachael admitted to being pretty anxious.
"It's a different feeling when you're falling in love and that person's potentially, like, really hurt," Matt told Rachael after both survived the adventure, but the latter took a hard fall.
"And the thought of losing you set in in that moment. I was like, damn we're just getting started. I didn't realize how strongly I felt until something like that happened to you."
Later, when her parents arrived, Rachael held nothing back.
"I've definitely been falling in love with him so easily," she told her mom, adding:
"If he were to propose to me tomorrow, I would be confident in saying 'yes.' Like, I know we can make this work. At least I think so."
Kirkconnell's mom was supportive, but her dad continually told Matt that it appeared as if the romance was moving too quickly.
Rachael ended up disappointed when Matt eventually told her he failed to ask for her father's blessing, prompting this quote from her: "I will be completely crushed if I don't end up with Matt."
Up next, Bri took Matt off-roading; this time, with her behind the wheel.
When Bri's mother asked what Matt liked about her child, Matt mentioned the commonality they shared of being raised by a single parent.
"The level we connect on is different than the conversations and connections I have with other women here, and I realized that early on when I shared with her what it's like to grow up with a single parent," Matt said.
"It's made me who I am and everything that you've done for Bri has made her into this woman who she is today. And I see it working with Bri."
Matt refused to drop the L-Bomb either to Bri or about Bri, but she went all in after James met her mom and her BFF.
"After taking to my mom and [my friend] Bri, I feel like I'm falling in love with you and I just… I want more time with you," she told Matt, who gave her a kiss in response.
Would he give her a rose later on, however?
Finally, Serena brought Matt to a private bar decked out with Canadian flags, maple syrup and beaver stuffed animals.
She wanted to give him the full Canada experience.
Serena's mom, Rasna, pulled Matt aside to talk almost as soon as she got there, asking him what he liked about her daughter.
"She's smart, beautiful, has her head on her shoulders and she challenges me," he responded.
"She doesn't take crap from anybody and every time I've left a conversation with her, I'm thinking about her and wanting to know everything I can about her."
In a separate conversation, after hearing that Matt was "everything" she would want for Serena, the suitor's sibling, Talia, told her sister:
"You don't seem smitten.
"And I think it's because you're in your head, personally. I think you're logically thinking, 'Yeah, Matt checks all the boxes, but where's that it-factor?'"
While speaking with her dad, Serena confessed that the certainty she felt in her relationship with Matt had started to wane.
"On one end I was confident, but now I'm not 1000 percent sure," Serena said.
Sensing that something remained "off" after the quasi hometown date, Matt paid Serena a visit at her suite and she shared the decision she came to following their meeting with her loved ones.
"When it came to being able to actually talk about my feelings for you and how I felt about you, I really struggled," she explained.
"And I thought that it was fear initially, that I was just scared.
But I think if I'm being honest with myself, it's more than that. And I think that it just comes down to the fact that I don't think that you're my person."
Matt took a long pause, clearly not too upset about the decision, and said:
"It sucks to hear that, 'cause I just want what's best for you. And if that's not going to be me, I can't make you happy and be all those things for you then like, that stinks."
With Serena headed home, Matt had a message for his final three prior to Fantasy Suite week:
"I just want to reiterate what it means when I offer you a rose and what comes with accepting that rose is accepting what comes with being here for me that's an engagement," Matt told his remaining suitors before starting the rose ceremony.
"I want you all to think long and hard about that commitment before you accept the rose tonight."
Michelle accepted "without hesitation," as did Rachael and then Bri.
However, Bri felt some type of way about being the last one offered a rose.
"There's just something a little bit disheartening knowing that I got the last rose," she told the cameras. "I can't help but just wonder where Matt's head is at."
We've read The Bachelor spoilers, Bri. We know the answer.
90 Day Fiance is back with Season 8, Episode 11.
After weeks of hitting it raw, Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina face a major pregnancy scare.
Brandon's first instinct is to tell Mother Dearest, but Julia is appropriately baffled, wanting to wait until they take the test.
Content warning: one of this episode's storylines includes an allegation of sexual assault.
That relationship is Stephanie Davison and Ryan Carr, which is fortunately over as of this episode's filming.
Tarik Myers and Hazel Cagalitan are on the path to their wedding.
When they open up to Tarik's friend about their plans to find a girlfriend, his friend has some valid concerns. It's a touching moment.
Yara Zaya puts on a brave face for an engagement party with Jovi Dufren's family.
But Jovi keeps blowing her off ... even on the same night that they tell his parents that they're expecting.
Rebecca Parrott is still grappling with her jealousy issues and a bewildered Zied Hakimi.
Visiting family mostly helps ... but it also brings up another sore subject.
Finally, Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva have what may be their worst fight yet.
And Natalie admits that a lot of her behavior stems from one thing from the past that she may have totally imagined.
1. Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina
2. Uh Oh
3. Brandon Gibbs wants to tell his parents about morning sickness
4. Brandon's first response is to tell his mom
5. Please no
6. Julia understands all too well
90 Day Fiance Season 8 just isn't the same without Brandon Gibbs and Julia Trubkina's storyline.
Even though her 90 Day Farmhand nightmare seems to be over, a new problem has emerged.
In this sneak peek for Sunday's new episode, Julia reveals that she has morning sickness.
Even before Julia takes a pregnancy test, Brandon's first instinct is to blab to his mother.
As this sneak peek for Season 8, Episode 11 begins, Julia Trubkina is in the passenger's seat while Brandon Gibbs drives his car.
Julia is clearly feeling unwell, and rolls down her window for fresh air.
She warns Brandon that she fears that she may have to do the unthinkable -- vomit. (It's so gross to have to do, folks)
Brandon offers to pull over, but Julia does not yet see the need.
He asks if she's feeling unwell.
This is when Julia shares that she was actually throwing up "all morning."
That is an obvious bad sign, of course.
At this point, Julia suggests that perhaps something happened.
She reminds him of an incident -- and we can easily guess what -- from a week earlier.
Clearly, a week earlier, Brandon's "pull-out method" had been even worse than usual.
(It's always a bad method, but we're thinking that maybe he waited too long to pull out and, well, didn't)
Suddenly, Brandon is hit with the horrible realization that his fiancee might be pregnant.
At this point, the sneak peek cuts to a month earlier, when Brandon was oafishly admitting how careless he and Julia are.
He says that they use the pull out method ... and that it has worked well so far.
Well, lots of bad ideas work until they don't. That's what makes them bad ideas.
Aside from Brandon's toxic, controlling parents, no one is begrudging him for disliking condoms or Julia for avoiding hormonal birth control.
There are numerous options available -- the best one, for these two, would be if Brandon had the common sense to get a vasectomy.
They are easy, reversible, and relatively cheap -- costing $0 to $1,000 depending upon insurance. That is hundreds of times cheaper than becoming a parent.
Brandon's mother has such a stranglehold on his psyche that his first thought is even worse than their current birth-lack-of-control method.
He wants to run crying to his mother to let her know.
Julia, who has lived on this nightmare farm for weeks now, can scarcely believe her ears.
"Are you serious?" she asks.
Brandon is very serious.
Julia very understandably asks the question: "Why" in the world would he tell his mom now?
Julia explains that they themselves do not even know.
They haven't bought a pregnancy test yet.
They need to find out if she's pregnant or not before they tell anyone.
Only then, after they take the test, should they tell Brandon's parents.
(And if she's not pregnant, they've dodged two bullets -- pregnancy, and the parental nightmare that would follow)
Betty can find out 11 months after this when the episode airs, not freak out right then and there.
Brandon explains his line of "thinking."
In his opinion, they should tell Betty because she's so nosy and controlling that she'd never let Julia just feel a little unwell in peace.
Oh, that's not how he phrased it, but that's the truth.
Brandon and Julia are both in a state of disbelief.
Julia has clearly had this fear for hours already.
Brandon is just learning of the possible pregnancy. It's a lot to take in.
And, let's face it, it's a lot to take in on camera.
Meanwhile, Julia tells the camera that she's not buying Brandon's bizarre reason for telling his mom.
She knows him and the dynamics of his toxic family too well for that.
Brandon can't solve problems on his own.
This isn't his choice -- this is something that was done to him.
It's the result of decades of constant control.
But the result is that Brandon doesn't know how to approach a new problem head-on himself.
Instead, his first instinct when he's uncertain is to run to his parents.
This is the result of years of manipulation.
It's good that Julia at least recognizes what's happening.
But is she really prepared to spend the rest of her life with a man who can't buy a simple pregnancy test without holding his mom's hand?
We're genuinely rooting for these two, so ... we hope that this storyline is an opportunity for growth for both of them.
Wow, you guys.
Facing serious backlash for the way he has handled a race-based controversy on Season 25 of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison announced on Saturday that he's stepping back as host.
"I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful,' wrote Harrison on Instagram.
"My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike.
"I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke."
To what, exactly, is Harrison referring here?
Contestant Rachael Kirkconnell has been at the center of an ongoing scandal after photos emerged online of the Season 25 favorite attending a plantation-themed party.
She also Liked photos of the Confederate Flag in the past and was accused of a former high school classmate of mistreating Black students.
Kirkconnell has since admitted her actions were "racist," said she was "wrong" and has vowed to do better.
She said these words not long after Harrison got in trouble for what he said about Rachael in an inteview with ex-Bachelorette lead Rachel Lindsay.
“I haven’t talked to Rachael about it, we all need to have a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion," he said at that time.
"I have seen some stuff online. Again, this judge, jury, executioner thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart..."
"Until I actually hear this woman have a chance to speak, who am I to say any of this..."
Harrison continued in his apparent defense of Rachael attending "Old South" parties:
"I saw a picture of her at a sorority party five years ago that’s it... My guess?"
"These girls got dressed up and went to a party and had a great time, they were 18 years old."
"Now, does that make it OK? I don’t know Rachel, you tell me."
Harrison ended up apologizing for the insensitive nature of his remarks, but it was a matter of too little, too late in the eyes of many.
For the first time in series history, The Bachelor suitors got together to condemn any and all defenses of racism in the wake of Kirkconnell's behavior.
That, and Harrison's awkward, bumbling response.
Now he's out, and trying to explain himself.
"I set standards for myself, and have to meet them," he said.
"I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I will do the same."
"By excusing historical racism, I defended it. I invoked the term 'woke police,' which is unacceptable."
"I am ashamed over how uninformed I was. I was so wrong."
"To the Black community, to the BIPOC community: I am so sorry. My words were harmful."
"I am listening, and I truly apologize for my ignorance and any pain it caused you."
"I want to give my heartfelt thanks to the people from these communities who I've had enlightening conversations with over the past few days, and I am so grateful to those who have reached out to help me on my path to anti-racism."
Following her chat with Harrison, Lindsay hinted strongly this week that she was sick of being associated with The Bachelor franchise.
And this is all happening, of course, with Matt James, the show's first-ever Black lead, as the focus of each episode.
Wrote Harrison today:
"The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions."
"To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special."
It doesn't sound as if Harrison will appear again this season, and no replacement has been announced.
"I want to ensure our cast and crew members, to my friends, colleagues and our fans: this is not just a moment, but a commitment to much greater understanding that I will actively make every day," he concluded.
"From here I can only try to evolve and be a better man, and I humble myself before all of you.
"I hope I will again live up to the expectations you all rightfully have for me and the expectations I have for myself."
Again, wow. And this situation is even crazier when you see how the season allegedly ends (see gallery above).
Natalie Mordovtseva to Mike Youngquist in 90 Day Fiance Sneak Peek: We Need Counseling to Save Our Relationship!
90 Day Fiance viewers are of two minds over the painful awkwardness of Mike Youngquist and Natalie Mordovtseva.
Some feel that Natalie's hypercritical and controlling behavior makes her the villain.
Others wonder if Mike's dismissive silence earns him that odious title.
Season 8 resumes on Valentine's Sunday, and in this sneak peek, Natalie suggests a real solution to their issues.
As this sneak peek for Season 8, Episode 10 begins, Natalie notes to Mike that they are halfway through their 90 days alloted by the K-1 visa.
The two of them are out at dinner, and at times during this scene, it feels like they might as well have been at different tables.
Mike tells Natalie that, at present, he is feeling like they need "another 45 to 90 days" to sort through their issues.
Despite some stumbling due to the language barrier, Natalie tells Mike that she would like for them to go to couples counseling.
(Okay, she talks about going to "a psychology," but everyone -- including Mike -- understands her meaning)
Immediately, Mike shakes his head, saying "no" and "I'm not interested" ... leaving some to wonder how he expects problems to magically be fixed in the remaining 45 days.
Natalie then awkwardly waits for Mike to say something more.
She still smiles even as she asks Mike, who is still eating, "why" he is immediately turning down this genuinely good idea.
Mike, who just acknowledged that there were problems, asks "what do you think needs to be talked about?"
Natalie says that the whole idea is that they'll talk about whatever they feel like, but Mike turns the question on her.
She replies that because they come from "different mentalities" (an understatement), they could resolve these conflicts.
Natalie is very optimistic that this can be "fixed easily." Given that one of their key issues is communication, she may be right.
At this point, Mike does this thing that viewers have noticed where he rolls his eyes and is dismissive.
Lots of people disagree with Natalie over many things -- body-shaming, food policing, calling him "low class," and might do the same.
But even some of those same fans are angered when he does this. Why? Because that's not an acceptable way to treat your fiancee.
We do have to observe that Natalie is giving us the goofiest face in this scene.
It may be a cultural difference or a personal quirk or how she responds to being on reality TV, but she often smiles ... seemingly at inappropriate times.
But hey, if it helps her keep positive when her fiance is being obviously rude to her, more power to her.
Natalie then emphasizes how important that it is that they resolve their issues.
Mike agrees, but for some reason claims that he's "not ready" to go to "someone else" and talk about them.
This is a hangup that some people have ... but it's especially weird to see it from reality stars, who obviously don't have the excuse of feeling like their problems are private.
Mike's version of an explanation here is to say "I don't wanna."
He then asks "why can't we talk to each other," a problem that neither of them can answer but a professional couples counselor might.
Natalie replies: "Because we cannot agree on stuff."
Michael, despite her pleas, doubles down on his refusal to make this simple move to improve and potentially even save their relationship.
Natalie is disappointed, visibly.
Mike does his best to explain why he's being so muleheaded about this, for whatever that's worth.
Mike complains to the camera that he has been trying to work with her, and now she wants to see a counselor, and he takes an annoyed tone and asks "So what, you're gonna listen to him?"
It seems that he is fundamentally misunderstanding the point.
A couples counselor isn't there to repeat one partner's issues to the other. They're there to help the two of them come together and resolve things ... or realize that they don't belong together.
Mike tries to make an excuse to say that it's about spending a bunch of money "just to have a conversation with Natalie."
It's clear that the idea of any form of therapy makes Mike uncomfortable.
His refusal to work on things in a constructive manner, meanwhile, makes Natalie uncomfortable.
Natalie assures him that couples counseling helps.
Mike fires back: "We have some issues that are beyond talking."
My guy, that is all the more reason to get a professional to help you.
They're having clear communication issues that a third party could help immensely.
Meanwhile, Natalie feels hurt ... and presumably, this scene comes before Mike confesses to her that he's not sure if he's ready to marry her.
If that were the case, he shouldn't have started the K-1 visa process with her. They both have a lot to work on.
Matt James was a man on a mission this week.
The Bachelor wasted no time in stating that he was gonna settle the MJ-Jessenia feud... once and for all.
"This isn't how I was planning on spending the evening," he told the women.
"But I'm here to find a wife and there's obviously some tension in the issue between the both of y'all that we need to get to the bottom of."
For her part, Jessenia literrally said that MJ "started it" and was a huge bully, while MJ broke down in tears and trrashed Jessenia as a "little bitch."
"She's not going to get away with this," MJ said, telling Matt the following:
"The fact that Jessenia said that I was creating this divide in the house as I'm trying to bring everyone together, I'm mentally and emotionally exhausted.
"And then to have my character put into question ... that hurt me the most."
Matt was taken aback and confused and unsure what to do.
But, in the end, he said he couldn't trust MJ, sending the fan favorite home.
We then went straight to the cocktail party, where James kept both Serena C. and Katie, along with Serena P., Michelle, Pieper, Bri and Chelsea.
This meant newcomers Brittany and Ryan headed home, as well as Magi.
Despite Matt's attempt to clean house last week, the drama continued this Monday.
Because Katie stuck around, Serena C. chose to confront her.
"I'm just super frustrated by time continually being taken away by your antics," she told Katie.
"And the reason why I'm coming to you is because I don't think that you are truly here for Matt."
"The fact that you're sitting here still trying to attack me is pathetic. Pathetic. If you have a problem with last night, take it up with Matt.
"How is telling Matt about being a bully and toxicity and mean girls — that doesn't help your relationship at all," Serena C. shot back, prompting Katie to say she already did so:
"I'm not going to sit here and let bullsh-t happen in this house.
"I'm not going to sit here and let mean girls be mean girls in this house. So guess what? I told him, yeah, there's bullsh-t going on in this house."
Elsewhere, across the resort, Heather Martin from Colton Underwood's season of The Bachelor showed up in a limo.
She explained to Chris Harrison that her close pal, former Bachelorette lead Hannah Brown, thought Matt was "like, the perfect match" for her, so she had to try to meet him.
Makes total sense, right?
Because this is totally how the show works...
Harrison, hilariously, acted as if this were a surprise -- and then said Heather could stay, but she had to quarantine first due to COVID-19.
Matt then spent his first one-on-one date of the week with Pieper at a carnival. The two played games, rode rides, ate cotton candy, kissed and opened up to each other.
"The culture in my family overall is we don't really say love," Pieper said, receiving support from James and then just coming out and saying it:
"I don't want to be afraid of how I feel anymore...
"You know, Matt, I am falling in love with you, and that is the scariest thing in the world to say because I have always seen that as giving up part of myself."
Matt ended up giving Pieper a rose, telling her: "I want you to trust me with your feelings and your heart and I will continue to be open."
For the group date, Bri, Kit, Rachael, Michelle, Jessenia, Serena P., Abigail, Chelsea and Serena C. went bowling with The Bachelor.
Serena P. told the hunk at the after-party she was falling for him and they smooched... but he ended up giving the group date rose to Michelle.
Prior to his solo date with Katie, Matt got a chance to hang out and play pool with BFF Tyler Cameron.
"She's owned who she is," Matt said of his upcoming date. "She is unapologetically herself and that's what I like about her."
Tyler said he understood, but told James to perhaps slow his roll, based on his own experience.
"My relationship on the show was a slower burning one that started really late, like, started catching fire later," Tyler said of Hannah.
"There's maybe some girl that comes out of nowhere where if you start building this different connection, you're like, oh what is that? Stay open and stay into these conversations."
Tyler asked Matt if he could see himself proposing at the end of this process, to which James replied, "I do."
"My boy's all boo'ed up!" Tyler responded.
(The Bachelor Spoilers Alert: We hear Matt is, indeed, engaged!)
For the aforementioned date, Katie and Matt played a prank on Tyler while he got a massage -- and James found himself quite smitten.
"Katie continues to blow me away," he told the cameras. "And I want this to work with Katie. She's incredible, but I need to see what the romance side looks like with Katie."
After a heartfelt chat with Katie about her latest three-year relationship and what she's looking for now in a man... Matt took the contestant by surprise.
"You've been honest with me and I owe the same honesty to you," he told Katie.
"And the truth is, my relationship with some of the other women in the house has progressed further along than ours has up until this point, and I can't give you this rose tonight.
"And that's not a slight at who you are and what our time's been together. I just haven't had those feelings that I need to have for finding a wife in this process."
BOOM! Katie was then gone, confessing she did not see the elimination coming at all.
At the cocktail party ahead of the next rose ceremony, Heather then made her grand entrance in a white gown, smiling and wavong at one group of women before interrupting Matt's conversation with Pieper.
James fell over laughing and asked Pieper for a minute with Heather.
"I feel like I'm in a dream right now," he told this newbie.
The other women thought they were in a nightmare.
"If you're going to let a new girl come in or if you're going to give a new girl a rose over some of us that have been here for this long, then you better marry that girl," Chelsea said in an on-camera interview.
"Because the rest of us are going to be pissed."
And, with that, we'll need to wait for next Monday to see the fallout from this unexpected addition to the series.