The racial discrimination lawsuit against the Bachelor and Bachelorette has been dismissed by a judge. Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks claimed racial discrimination after they auditioned for the show in April. As a result, they filed a class action lawsuit against ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions, and creator Mike Fleiss.
Christopher and Nathaniel drew attention to the fact that neither show has ever featured a person of color and the majority of contestants vying for roses have been white. The pair's lawyers argued that the producers of the Bachelor needed to respect the Civil Rights Act and other anti-discrimination laws. In addition, Christopher and Nathaniel wished to force the Bachelor to have persons of color as finalists.
Judge Aleta Trauger ruled in favor of ABC and granted their motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
"The Shows' casting decisions are part and parcel of the Shows' creative content, which the plaintiffs seek to reform. That is plainly an attempt to regulate the content of the Shows, which the First Amendment forbids," Judge Trauger ruled. "In this respect, casting and the resulting work of entertainment are inseparable and must both be protected to ensure that the producers' freedom of speech is not abridged."
I'm embarrassed to admit I actually had hope for these two, but among cheating rumors and sexting allegations, it seems another Bachelorette couple has officially bitten the dust!
In a statement to People Magazine Emily Maynard and Jef Holm confirm they have broken up! Emily didn't want to be the girl engaged three times, but apparently she is! "I am sorry to tell you that Jef and I have, indeed, parted ways," Emily reveals. "It was a very difficult and heartbreaking decision."
"As you know, at first I wasn't sure that I should even be The Bachelorette, but I am a hopeless romantic and I do believe in the show," Emily continues. "I have no regrets because I did find love and shared an incredible journey with a really special person – and you know what, we tried our best because the love between us was so real."
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No one ever likes to admit when they're wrong. It's humbling and very embarrassing…even more so when you're eating crow about the Bachelor franchise. Until I fell for quirky One F Jef Holm on the Bachelorette finale, I was a tried and true Arie Luyendyk Jr. fan. In fact, I loved that Emily Maynard chose Jef because that meant that Arie was still on the market. In addition to reality television, I am also somewhat of a racing fanatic. Weird, I know. Since Carl Edwards is married, I hung all of my hopes on Arie.
Alas, those hopes have been dashed…along with my once Pollyanna-esque views that Arie was a happy-go-lucky, love struck dude who enjoyed awkwardly intense make-out sessions. It turns out my friend (a Sean Lowe fan, go figure) tried to warn me that Arie was just another player, and it seems she was right. Why else would he be caught sucking face with fame harlot Courtney Robertson less than a week after she was able to shake former fiance Ben Flajnik? At least she upgraded in the hair department!
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According to Reality Steve, Emily and Jef are no longer engaged. "This isn’t a rumor, I didn’t hear this 5th hand, and I’m not making something up for attention," Steve wrote in his blog. "All I’m here to tell you is that Jef and Emily are no longer an engaged couple and have broken up."
“The wedding will be big, about 300 people,” a source tells Wetpaint Entertainment. “And yes, ABC will be filming the whole thing. J.P. and Ashley’s contracts were finalized the week before last.”
Jef's ex Kaylee Shepherd claims Jef told her he is only with Emily to keep up appearances. Kaylee says Jef told her he "was in love, but things have changed."
Kaylee alleges that she and Jef have met twice since September 16, once at a hotel and once at Burger King. "Jef said their relationship isn't what it seemed, it's basically for TV," says Kaylee. "He said, 'If I was happily engaged, I would never have texted you.'"
According to Kaylee: Jef admitted to her that the sexting scandal really happened. As a result and despite Emily's apologies and pleas to reconnect, Jef was over the romance. Jef gave Emily two options: go to the media with the dirty cheating truth or pay him half of her Bachelorette salary to pretend it never happened. Desperately clinging to her wholesome image, Emily chose to pay Jef.
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First comes love, then comes a sexting scandal, then comes marriage plans, and then comes… whoppers?
Reportedly, Jef reached out to an old flame, and then she agreed to meet him at Burger King (honest, I couldn't make this stuff up). Did they try on BK King crowns, talk, eat whoppers? We're not sure. Sadly, the source skimped on the details.