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Ashley Herbert returns to television on May 23 to find love once again.

Following her rejection by Brad Womack on his most recent season of the Bachelor, Ashley, 27, was chosen to be the next Bachelorette, you know, after Brad’s runner-up and ABC’s first choice Chantal O’Brien declined the offer.

On the season premiere, the drama begins right away when Ashley reveals she already knows one of the men – Bentley – someone a former “Bachelor” cast member has warned her is there for the wrong reasons. Meanwhile, former baseball player Nick will try to woo Ashley with a love poem, while liquor distributor Tim will drink away his stress. Ashley will then eliminate seven men, with the remaining 18 moving on in the competition.

Ashley’s hunt for Mr. Right will take place during some of the most romantic and adventurous dates ever, with exciting surprises in store for her bachelors as they travel around the globe for intimate dates in Hollywood, Las Vegas, Thailand, Hong Kong and the Fiji Islands.

Below is the full list of the 25 bachelors!

Ames Brown, 31, a portfolio manager from New York, N.Y.
Anthony Santucci, 28, a butcher from Wyckoff, N.J.
Ben Castoriano, 28, a lawyer from New Orleans, La.
Ben Flajnik, 28, a winemaker from Sonoma, Calif.
Bentley Williams, 28, a businessman from Salt Lake City, Utah
Blake Julian, 27, a dentist from Greenville, S.C.
Chris Drish, 25, a sports marketing coordinator from Chicago, Ill.
Chris M., 27, a construction company CEO from Edmonton, Canada
Constantine Tzortzis, 30, a restaurant owner from Atlanta, Ga.
Frank Carpenter, 29, a college admissions director from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Jeff, 35, an entrepreneur from St. Louis, Mo.
Jon Ellsworth, 26, an e-commerce executive from Vancouver, Wash.
J.P., 34, a construction manager from New York, N.Y.
Lucas Daniels, 30, an oilfield equipment distributor from Odessa, Texas
Matt, 28, an office supply salesman from Bridgewater, Mass.
Mike Burns, 29, a technology salesman from San Diego, Calif.
Ryan “Mickey” McLean, 31, a chef from Cleveland, Ohio
Nick Peterson, 26, a personal trainer from Tampa, Fla.
Rob Dahm, 27, a technology executive from Monroe, Mich.
Ryan M., 27, a construction estimator from Royal Oak, Mich.
Ryan Park, 31, a solar energy executive from Corona Del Mar, Calif.
Stephen D’Amico, 27, a hairstylist from Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Tim, 35, a liquor distributor from Long Beach, N.Y.
West Lee, 30, a lawyer from Chapin, S.C.
William “Will” Holman, 30, a cellular phone salesman from Galloway, Ohio

The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 23 at 9/8c on ABC.

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After feeling the wrath of Nene Leakes on the most recent episode of the Celebrity Apprentice, Star Jones is now speaking out against her castmate.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today, Star struck back against the Nene. “What were you thinking when Nene was going off like that?” Ellen asked Star. “I was thinking my grandmother is going to watch this,” Star replied.

“I was thinking I need to keep calm because, not for nothing, but when you’re confronted in the wild with an un-caged animal you’re supposed to retreat. You’re not supposed to attack,” added Star, 49, referencing why she decided to walk away from Nene during the verbal attack.

But it didn’t end there. “No,” replied Ellen, “with a bear you’re supposed to appear bigger. You’re supposed to get larger.”

“If you can tell me how to get bigger than that, I got money for you,” responded Star. Ellen then wanted to know if there was a possibility of a reconciliation anywhere in the future for the two reality stars: “How do you all get along now?” asked Ellen.

“Well, the lawyer in me would say, ‘We were not friends before, we were clearly not friends during, we are not friends after,’” said Star, adding, “I don’t know that girl and I don’t hang with people like that.” Ouch!

As for the Nene, she seems proud of the way she behaved on the show as she tweeted yesterday, “I always tell the truth because I don’t c the point n lying & it worked 4 me on last nite episode! I had taken all I could take. Bye Hope.”

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON STAR’S COMPARISON OF THE NENE TO AN UNCAGED ANIMAL?


Are they or aren’t they? This seems to be the question concerning two-time Bachelor Brad Womack, 38, who proposed to Emily Maynard, 25, in what was touted the most dramatic Bachelor proposal ever.

The couple has admittedly had several ups and downs, including a break-up which occurred before the pair appeared on ABC’s After the Final Rose, a night that ABC had hoped would be their actual wedding ceremony. It seems the network is hoping for another Bachelor “happily ever after” story, which are the glaring minority when it comes to the marriage (heck, even just relationship longevity) success rate of past seasons. Just last week, we reported that ABC was insisting suggesting the couple stay together and work on their relationship. It appears that ABC has gotten its wish.

The couple has not been photographed together in weeks, and most media outlets who reported the couple called it quits mid April had given up entirely on a reconciliation. However, Emily’s mother Susan Maynard, in an interview with People.com, reveals that all of the speculation is difficult to stomach. She tells People, “They have not officially broken up. It’s still kind of on and off.” Susan continues, “I hear nothing but good things about Brad. They are still just trying to get to know each other…My ex husband has met him and thinks he’s a very, very nice guy.”

And when asked about her granddaughter? Emily’s mother states that “[Little] Ricki seems to like him.” While I agree that this is all well and good, there is something a bit fishy about the fact that Emily’s mother has yet to meet Brad. I am not questioning the closeness between mother and daughter, as Susan had plans with her daughter and granddaughter for Easter weekend, but shouldn’t she have met her future-son-in-law by now? Susan Maynard does believe that both her daughter and Womack have the right intentions, but admits that she knows of no plans to uproot Ricki from her life in North Carolina to move to Texas.

The couple, who have been absent in paparazzi circles as of late, was spotted this past weekend getting cozy in Brad’s native Austin, Texas. Witnesses have given accounts to Us Magazine claiming the couple was seen Friday at Kona Grill and Saturday at Fado, a bar within walking distance of Brad’s condo. It is reported that both nights the pair looked happy, comfortable and at-ease with each other, even smiling and holding hands while posing for photographs with fans. In fact, Brad’s former girlfriend (yet another one?) from nine years ago (again, nine years?), Dayla Burkett, tells Us that she believes that Emily and Brad have what it takes to make their relationship work. She tells the magazine, “We speak all the time and he is a dear friend. Brad is a good guy and he is madly in love with Emily.”

It looks as though the couple is trying to work on their issues and strengthen their relationship. I am certain that things will work out the way they should, and I will refrain from adding my two cents. But I would love to know…what do you think about Brad and Emily rekindling the flame?

On last night’s episode of Bethenny Ever After, Christmas was celebrated, Skating With the Stars finally came to an end, and Skinnygirl reached the first stop on its big bus tour.

Bethenny starts out the day doing something millions of moms wish they could do: have their “Coordinator of Chaos”, Julie deal with the baby while they sleep in. Aaaahhh… lifestyles of the Bravo funded reality stars: Malibu lives on Downtown LA budgets. Immediately after hopping out of bed Bethenny pimps her new Skinnygirl Shapewear line by showing off her fake Kim Kardashian butt and prancing around the living room bending over and sticking out her prosthetic booty in front of her sexually harassed skating partner Ethan Burgess and poor, abused Julie and Dawa. Bethenny decides she’s to going hide how much weight she lost skating by pretending she earned her juicy booty the hard way by, you know, eating something instead of pulling on a pair of padded panties. When husband Jason Hoppy arrives, he’s not sure which is more exciting: the beach house or her new butt (which he totally believed appeared overnight??), until Bethenny burst his bubble by letting him know it was just another product placement for a Skinnygirl line she’s hawking and that sadly he’s stuck with her real butt. Oh well, better luck next time J!

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Maybe future presidential candidate Donald Trump has spent the past few weeks sharing his opinions on both his politics as well as President Obama, but the question today is has the Donald gone too far?

Gone too far as in is he now hurting NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice? Oddly enough, many critics feel Donald’s recent publicity tour is actually a stunt to increase ratings for his show. But that now seems to be backfiring as not only are some viewers threatening to boycott the show due to Trump’s political statements, but Groupon announced Thursday that it had decided to pull all future ads from the Celebrity Apprentice website at the urging of its customers.

After an online petition was launched last week urging a boycott of companies that advertised with the show, Groupon, which doesn’t advertise on the TV show but rather on the NBC.com website, stated that they would not place ads on the show’s website in the future so as to “[avoid] intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers.”

“Enough consumers have contacted us to warrant ensuring that we don’t place ads on the Apprentice homepage in the future. It’s the same reason we don’t run deals on guns or abortion… this isn’t a political statement, it’s avoiding intentionally upsetting a segment of our customers,” said Groupon via a statement on their website.

And according to NewsOne, a news service for the African American community, other advertisers are starting to pressure NBC to either control Trump or risk losing their sponsorship on the Celebrity Apprentice.

Meanwhile, the big question still remains – Is Trump actually going to run for president? “I am thinking of saying on live finale of The Apprentice finale on May 22 that in a few days I will be making an announcement about my decision,” Trump told the New York Times last month, claiming that the decision is a “tough” one because Celebrity Apprentice has been performing well in ratings. The decision is apparently tough because if Trump decides to run for president, he will no longer do the Apprentice.

Moving on to tonight’s all new episode of Celebrity Apprentice as we finally get to see the widely promoted smackdown showdown between Nene Leakes and Star Jones. A preview clip is below -

TELL US – SHOULD TRUMP KEEP HIS POLITICAL OPINIONS TO HIMSELF? IS HE HURTING THE SHOW? PLUS THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S NEW EPISODE?

Holy drama! According to the very reputable AJC media outlet, the Bravo network is currently in talks with Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak to do separate spinoffs with them.

Two sources who are familiar with the negotiations but not authorized to talk about them confirmed the news about the Real Housewives of Atlanta stars to the AJC.

When it comes to Kim, her spin-off show would be about her life with new beau/baby daddy to be/NFL player Kroy Biermann and her new baby which is due in June. Nene’s show would involve her efforts to break into Hollywood after moving to Los Angeles later this year.

However, fret not RHOA fans as Bravo realizes the Nene and Kim are the two biggest reasons we tune in each week. If both shows do come to fruition, Bravo reportedly plans to keep at least one of the ladies on the “Real Housewives.”

And while Nene and Kim are arguably the two biggest stars on the show, Bravo is experiencing a major problem which is that both ladies absolutely want nothing to do with each other following their latest blow up on the tour bus towards the end of season three. You know, the blow up during which the Nene lost her cool for no reason at all, called Kim’s assistant a slave, and even threatened physical violence.

This is likely creating challenges for Bravo producers who began shooting season four earlier this month, and would like to maximize interaction amongst all six cast members especially between Kim and Nene. And just as we speculated, Kim’s recent baby shower was indeed filmed for the upcoming season and Nene was not in attendance.

While Bravo declined to comment on the story, the network is reportedly considering adding a new housewife in case Kim and/or Nene leave the show for good following season 4. Perhaps Bravo might want to wait to see how things pan out on the Real Housewives of NYC this season with the departure of the show’s star Bethenny Frankel. If the latest lackluster episode of that series was any indication of what is to come, then the network’s decision to allow Bethenny to leave was a very poor one.

While a spin-off show for Nene and/or Kim might not be the worst idea, allowing one or both of them to leave the RHOA will be a disastrous idea. Even more disastrous considering the RHOA is the highest rated housewives series on Bravo.

As for Nene, she continues to get hosting gigs which included covering the royal wedding with Perez Hilton for WE-TV on Friday. Plus she is currently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, you know, just in case you haven’t seen the previews of her highly promoted upcoming blow-up with Star Jones this Sunday.

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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THIS REPORT? WHOSE SPINOFF SHOW WOULD YOU PREFER TO WATCH – KIM OR NENE? WOULD YOU CONTINUE TO WATCH THE RHOA IF KIM AND NENE LEFT THE SHOW?

This episode of Real Housewives of New York City was scattered, hard to follow, and all over the place – so the writing is reflective of how difficult it is to connect the plot points. The episode, which Bravo dubbed “Ramona’d” was all about Ramona Singer unleashing her Pinot Personality and letting her cray-cray take over, I call that Cramona. Crazy Ramona. We’ve seen it before from Mrs. Mario Singer – however not like this, but lets start out the recapping by focusing on another lady who is losing her marbles and a different one who is losing her teeth. Sonja Morgan and Cindy Barshop take it away!

Replacing Jill Zarin this season as Empress of the frienemies, Sonja agreed to trek all the long way downtown to TriBeCa and meet Cindy for some shopping and designer schmoozing at Vivienne Tam and then lunch at Cipriani. Unfortunately, when Sonja arrived Cindy had some news: after having a few too many Martinis at Ramona’s event the previous night, she devoured a bunch of pistachios and the veneers on her two front teeth fell off! A likely story if I’ve ever heard one –I personally think she took a drunken tumble after all those martinis. It happens to the best of us. :-) The ladies proceed into the store where Cindy actually pulls out the broken front teeth, which she has brought with her in a Ziplock baggie along with an accompanying tube of Fixadent. While in Vivienne Tam Cindy, asks Sonja to help her put her teeth back in. Yuck. Sonja is understandably grossed out! Who wants to eat lunch after all that? Sonja still does, actually.

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Kardashian Sisters Khloe, Kourtney, and Kim

Khloe Kardashian graces the latest cover of UsWeekly magazine telling us her sob story letting us know it’s not easy being the “biggest” Kardashian.

Khloe, 26, admits that taking red carpet photos with older sisters Kourtney and Kim Kardashian has taken a toll on her self esteem. “They are 5-foot and 5-foot-2, so I look massive next to them,” says Khloe, who is 5-foot-10. “Everyone expects me to be 9 feet tall and weigh 200 pounds [when they meet me].”

Poor Khloklo, as she also had to deal with criticism about her weight from momager-pimp Kris Jenner on a recent episode of her show Khloe & Lamar after Kris told her to lose weight due to her endorsement deal with Quicktrim. On the same episode, Khloe later cried to hubby Lamar Odom about her weight. “I’m so f****** fat,” she sobbed to Lamar. “I’m so tired of pretending that I’m happy with my weight, just to be a good role model, when I’m so f****** disgusting.”

Khloe has “struggled with her weight since she was 8 years old,” Kris a family friend tells UsWeekly. “She was always taller and developed much broader shoulders than her petite sisters.”

Khloe reveals she first gained weight following Kris’ divorce from her late father Robert Kardashian Sr. “My brother [Rob] and I were always heavy. They gave us food to keep us comforted. All we did was eat crap,” she recalls. “I had older women tell me, ‘You should really work out,’” she explains. “It really got to me.”

As of today, Khloe claims she is now happy with the way she looks.”Now I can say that I’m proud of my body,” Khloe wrote Wednesday on her blog, in response to the UsWeekly cover story. “My body weight will always be something that I will have to work on for the rest of my life,” she said, “but I am finally in a really good place and learning to love me for me and not for someone else’s standards.” Khloe was also pictured hitting the gym yesterday in LA wearing all black, a day after the UsWeekly story came out. That pic is below.

In other news, a new episode of Khloe & Lamar airs this Sunday on E!. A preview clip is below -

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE USWEEKLY COVER STORY? DO YOU BELIEVE KHLOE IS REALLY HAPPY WITH HER WEIGHT TODAY?

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