a 2004 plane crash. She was supposed to be on the Hendrick Motorsports plane taking Ricky and a small group of others to a race in Martinsville, VA, but she stayed home that morning because she felt sick. All 10 onboard were killed. Later that week, Emily found out she was pregnant. READ FULL STORY »Ever since ABC ran the promo for next week’s episode of The Bachelor in which Brad Womack takes eight women on a group date to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Racing Experience (and an epic let’s-all-walk-in-a-straight-line-holding-our-helmets camera shot), some viewers have been outraged. Emily Maynard, one of the women vying for Brad’s hand, lost her fiancé, NASCAR driver-turned-car owner Ricky Hendrick, in
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Hey ladies, have some cheese with all that whining. This week you might have noticed that the ladies got just a bit emotional. One interesting side effect of Brad’s therapy and newfound honesty is every girl he’s with feels like she’s the only girl in the world. That’s a good thing — unless you’re one of 30 women dating the same guy. With each girl feeling so special and feeling so much emotion, things are bound to boil over. Before we deal with the drama, we have to deal with the great mystery this season, Michelle’s black eye. Here’s what we know: Everybody went to bed after the rose ceremony. I returned to the house early the next morning to wake the girls up and send them on their dates. Michelle woke up, looked in the mirror and bam, black eye. The truth is nobody has any idea whatsoever how Michelle got that black eye. I don’t think its possible to get a “stress black eye” as she said, and I don’t think she beat herself up. I’ve mentioned in the past that we don’t have cameras rolling 24/7, and we don’t have secret cameras in the girls’ bedroom. Much like the Bermuda triangle, Hugh Hefner’s upcoming wedding and the Kardashians’ popularity, some things just can’t be explained. It was pretty amusing to see Michelle milk it all week using frozen peas, corn and popsicles to try to keep the swelling down. READ FULL STORY »
That’s true, Brad. But if those dates happen on The Bachelor, they will also undoubtedly involve one or more of the following: public declarations of cheating, confrontations in the hot tub, mountain sports performed on the side of a building, and dinner by a large body of water. Tonight’s episode was no exception! While I won’t spoil the mystery of Michelle’s black eye here (click over to my full Bachelor episode 4 recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelor blog for more on that), I will say that I am now pulling for Emily 150,000%, based almost entirely on the previews of the incredibly tasteless date she endures in next week’s episode. But more on that later. What did you think of tonight’s installment of Brad’s “journey,” rose lovers? And would you rather spend a first date dangling off of a building or strolling the sea floor with a giant round helmet on your head?
If you’ve been watching The Bachelor this season — you have been watching, right? — you may have noticed that most of the “ladies” vying for 38-year-old Bachelor Brad Womack’s heart are considerably younger than he is. We’re talking anywhere from 8 to 14 years younger. (Exhibit A: Emily, 24, seen here with Old Man River.) Of course, the Bachelor has always chosen from a bevy of younger women — it’s not like he’s going to date someone his same age or GOD FORBID older — but usually we’re looking at a 5-7 year differential. If you’ve been reading our Bachelor coverage on EW.com — you have been reading my recaps, right? — then you know that The Age Issue is a hotly debated topic among the rose-loving population. Take this comment from trania: “On average the women are more than 10 years younger. It really seems that Brad was a last-minute replacement as I find it hard to believe that the producers didn’t cast anyone within 5 yrs of Brad’s age.”
So is it true? Did ABC cast this season of “ladies” based on the age of their first-choice Bachelor, 33-year-old Chris Lambton, who made it to the final two in last year’s season of The Bachelorette? Or does Brad Womack just like ‘em young? According to a source close to the show/Brad’s libido, the answer is… a little of both. Some of the women appearing on the current season were in fact cast for Chris L., including 25-year-old Shawntel the funeral director (not to be confused with 28-year-old Chantal, the woman who slapped Brad on night 1). But then Chris L. wisely turned ABC down on the first day of casting, so Team Bachelor had to course-correct… a bit. According to the show source, they continued to cast young women once Brad was chosen as the Bachelor, because that’s what Mr. Womack wanted. To quote EW.com’s Mandi Bierly, it’s yet another reason to knee him in the nuts.
What say you, rose lovers? Are you surprised by this “news”?
I’d like to start this week by talking about another dramatic show that I hosted, The 90th Annual Miss America Pageant. It was an honor — as a TV host, there are a few jobs out there that you always look forward to checking off your bucket list, and that is one of them. My thanks to the folks at Miss America and ABC for making it a great weekend. While I’m thanking people I want to thank one of my favorite people in this business, Ellen DeGeneres. She has always been such a huge supporter of our show. I have no idea how many times I’ve been on her show over the last nine years, but I love each and every visit with her, and I enjoyed being back on last week. Now, I’ll return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
The episode started with me walking in to talk to the girls the morning after the rose ceremony. You have to understand that rose ceremonies go late, so often times only a few hours have passed since I just saw them and the drama of the night before ended. In this case it was a rough night. Raichel and Melissa really stirred up the house and the girls really felt Michelle only got a rose because it was her 30th birthday. Not sure if you heard, but last week was her 30th birthday. READ FULL STORY »
I beg to differ with Chantal’s assessment above: There are crazies and craziers in Casa Bachelor… normal has nothing to do with it. That said, tonight’s was a particularly satisfying episode, in my opinion. From bad karaoke to an even worse exercise in action movie making, the humiliation factor was high. All that, plus we finally learned the truth about Madison’s fangs! I cried more than once during this episode, and not because I still watch this show (folks, I mourned my taste in TV a long time ago), but because Emily recounted the sad tale of her fiancé’s death — not once, but twice! Okay, enough from me for now (click over for my full Bachelor recap and Chris Harrison’s exclusive behind-the-scenes Bachelor blog)… tell me what you thought of the latest installment of Brad’s “journey.” Did the right “ladies” go home? Will you be downloading “Kiss From a Rose (Bachelor remix)” any time soon?
Let the blood begin to flow. No not between Raichel and Melissa — we’ll deal with their battle later. I’m talking about National Blood Donor month. We here at The Bachelor are very happy to be partnering up with the American Red Cross to shine an entertaining light on a very serious topic. Last Saturday, Brad, a host of former contestants, and myself were extremely proud to host a blood drive here in L.A. This is the first of several we’re going to host across the country. For more info on these blood drives and how you can help, go to our web site. Now let’s get back to the show. This week as promised I didn’t watch with my family and friends, so don’t worry — you wont be digging into the archives for your Best of Eddie Money album. I checked, and there really is a Best of Eddie Money album. Who knew? The first thing we did this week was move the girls into the mansion. There’s a lot more to this than you get to see. Once I meet them on the driveway and move the women in, they run around the house checking everything out. One highlight you didn’t get to see during the move was Sarah P. diving into the pool with her clothes on. Madison followed close behind. They got dried off before I called them inside for the date card talk. READ FULL STORY »
I know what you’re thinking: Couldn’t that headline describe EVERY episode of The Bachelor? Yes, probably. But in tonight’s case it refers to the epic (and/or epically stupid) battle between two unhinged young-but-old-enough-to-know-better “ladies” that all but hijacked tonight’s group date and cocktail party. The good news from tonight’s episode: Bad behavior makes for good TV! The not-so-good news: Team Bachelor still thinks Pretty Woman is an acceptable dream-date archetype. File under: Things that make me sad. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over to read Kristen’s Bachelor episode 2 recap now, and don’t miss Chris Harrison’s exclusive Bachelor blog on PopWatch), but in the meantime, rose-lovers, I must know: How did you feel about tonight’s battle for bachelorette supremacy? Are you pleased with who went home? Will you be donating blood this month?
TV Insiders podcast: Who's nuttiest: Steven Tyler, Paula Abdul, or the vampire on 'The Bachelor'? It's a three-way tie!
For those of you who miss the delicious dose of crazy that Paula Abdul brought to American Idol, good news! Meet Steven Tyler! Our own Adam B. Vary has been inside the Idol audition room and conducted the only roundtable interview with the new judges (for our new issue on stands now). He joins Mandi Bierly and yours truly on the latest edition of the TV Insiders podcast to deliver all the scoop on the new judging panel. Do they actually get along? Can they survive the loss of Simon? And does Steven make one lick of sense? Listen in to find out! Also, we dissect a season premiere of The Bachelor that featured manscaping, singing, a (faux) proposal, and, naturally, a vampire with a real-life set of fangs. Mandi tries to make sense of it all while using her conversation with Bachelor Brad to shed some light on his controversial decision to stand up both ladies in season 11.
Finally, EW critic extraordinaire Ken Tucker stops by to preview midseason TV. Which new programs do you need to be watching — and avoiding? Let Ken tell you! Plus find out the show that threw me into a blind rage with its badness. To hear all that and more, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re now on iTunes, you can subscribe for free right here and take the TV Insiders with you on the go. And to send a question to the TV Insiders team, follow us on Twitter @TVInsiders.
Welcome back! I’ve missed all of you. It’s hard to believe this is season 21 of The Bachelor/Bachelorette. That is an amazing run in network TV, and I want to thank you for making that happen. As you all know, we tried something a little different this season. For the first time in the show’s history, we brought back a Bachelor for a “do-over.” The reaction to Brad has been mixed; many of you were skeptical and some of you were even a little angry. I have to admit, I kind of like that. We’ve never gone into a season where our Bachelor or Bachelorette wasn’t your overwhelming favorite. It’s going to be very interesting to begin this season with someone who, from the start, needs to prove himself to not only the women on the show but also to you, our fans. Believe me when I tell you that none of this pressure was lost on Brad — or me for that matter. When Brad and I met up that first night, despite his trademark smile and Texas charm I could tell this guy was feeling the weight of the world on his shoulders. Say what you will about Brad — you have to give the man credit for stepping up and owning what he did. He hasn’t just said, “I’m sorry” and moved on with life in Austin. He has stepped up to prove publicly in front of the entire world that he is a changed man. He is essentially putting all his chips on the table for one roll of the dice. If he comes off as anything less than sincere or committed to this, he knows he’ll be run out of town. That’s why my final words of advice to him that first night were “don’t screw this up.” READ FULL STORY »
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