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Following the very dramatic and scandalous last season of the Bachelor, the ABC hit show returns this year in what is being called a scandal free season.

The 15th season of the Bachelor brings us back Brad Womack, a 38-year-old Texas bar owner. ABC’s decision to choose Brad as the new bachelor was met with some criticism as some felt he already had his chance and blew it. This is in reference to Brad’s now infamous decision to not pick either of this two finalists, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, back in 2007.

In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, Brad reveals he has turned a new leaf and even declares he is “very much in love” with his final pick. “I did find love, and I’m very happy to say that,” Brad said. “I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy.”

Brad adds, “A true love story happened.” The new season of the Bachelor premieres Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

In related Bachelor news, Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy blogged recently that he is now filming the Ukrainian version of the Bachelor. Even more interesting, Maksim revealed ABC had asked him to be the Bachelor on the US version but he declined.

The photos and brief bios of the 30, yes 30 bachelorettes this season is below!

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It seems Kyle Richards is the latest Bravo housewife to try to cash in on her Bravo fame with her gorgeous mane.

RadarOnline is reporting that the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is now in talks to start her own hair care line as fans of the show are always inquiring about her hair.

“This is an exciting time,” Kyle told RadarOnline. “Fans are constantly reaching out to me on Facebook and Twitter to ask me for hair care tips and I’d like to help them.”

A look at Kyle’s twitter does indeed show a lot of fans always inquiring about her hair. Kyle, 41, has said on many occasions that her hair is real and that she doesn’t use hair extensions or tracks.

As for what products she uses now, she tweeted two weeks ago – “I do use pantene and bio silk.” According to Radar, Kyle is now “in talks with a number of well known beauty brands.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KYLE WANTING TO START A HAIR LINE?

A sad day for rock star groupies and skanks all around the world as Bret Michaels is officially off the market!

It all went down on Monday night’s finale of his VH1 reality show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, during which he got down on one knee and proposed to his on-off girlfriend of 16 years Kristi Gibson.

“Please say yes or the rejection will kill me right now,” pleaded Brett and she said yes! “She’s the one who put up with me all these years,” Michaels tells UsWeekly of his bride-to-be.

Immediately following the proposal, Bret and Kristi broke the happy news to their little girls. Bret said, “[I told them] ‘I did it! We’ll all be together forever! Family hug!’”

Bret and Kristi have two daughters together — Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRET’S ENGAGEMENT?

Episode 12 of the Real Housewives of Atlanta brought us spa confrontations, Kim singing, and Nene snagging a huge/astronomical celebrity interview but the best part of Sunday night might have just been Phaedra Parks and her husband Apollo Nida’s appearance on WWHL, during which Apollo claimed he was 4 years younger than Phaedra. In this recap, I set the record straight on that while touching on whether or not Big Poppa aka Lee Najjar is broke and in foreclosure. Will also briefly touch which Bravo housewives I strongly dislike. They are now 5 by the way. Would also like to know which housewives you all despise dislike the most. With that said, let’s get right to the recap!

The episode begins with Kandi Burruss (who’s album Kandi Koated is in stores now – a nice album) rehearsing for her upcoming promo tour, which is a week away. The best part of this rehearsal is when Kim shows up to show Kandi what her performance will look like. Once again, Kim whines, complains before showing off her lazy performance routine to go along with the bad singing. Here’s a tip for Kandi – have her lip sync. Kandi is not too pleased with Kim’s laziness but doesn’t have time to dedicate to Kim as she also has to focus on her own performances. Kandi wants Kim “to pull it together.”

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In case you’re not aware by now, Bethenny Frankel is no longer a housewife on the Real Housewives of New York City.

Though Bravo wanted Bethenny, the clear fan favorite, to return for the show’s fourth season (currently being filmed), Bethenny decided she no longer wanted to do the show, instead opting to make guest appearances here and there a la Lisa Wu Hartwell on the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

According to a new report by Popeater, Bravo is now worried about what effect Bethenny’s absence will have on the show’s new season. “Bethenny is the biggest star the franchise has ever produced,” a Bravo insider reveals. “She not only connected with the most fans, but she also allowed the audience to laugh at how ridiculous the other ladies are. Without Bethenny making fun of the cast, the show just won’t be as much fun.”

Popeater adds that a main concern for Bravo is who will now call out Kelly Bensimon on her erratic/crazy/entertaining behavior. “Without Bethenny on the show, Kelly’s strange behavior is no longer funny, it’s just annoying,” adds the source.

Apparently Bravo became increasingly concerned after catching a glimpse of how the new season is going. Based on what they saw, they decided to ask Bethenny to return for more than the six appearances she is contractually obligated to make.

Bethenny, who is now gearing up for the second season of her Bravo spin off show, however doesn’t want to return for more appearances as she is ready to phase the NYC Housewives completely out of her life. Bethenny reportedly feels “physically sick” just thinking about having to return to the show, something she feels is a “toxic environment.”

A friend of Bethenny tells Popeater, “In her heart she wishes she could just move on.” The friend adds, “To tell the truth, she doesn’t even want to watch the new season let alone be forced to be part of it.” Ouch.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK BRAVO SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT A BETHENNY-LESS NYC HOUSEWIVES? THOUGHTS ON BETHENNY NOT WANTING TO RETURN TO THE SHOW?

Kardashians

Despite having spent the past few months dating the NFL and NBA leagues, it seems Kim Kardashian would rather remain single.

During a recent appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star vowed to remain single — through 2011. “I want to try to be single my whole year of being 30,” said Kimmy. “I’ve never just dated and done whatever I wanted.”

Kim has definitely done a lot of dating this year. Following her break-up with boyfriend Reggie Bush (NFL), Kim, 30, has dated Miles Austin (NFL), Gabriel Aubry (ex of Halle Berry), and is now currently dating Kris Humphries (NBA).

In fact, Kim and Kris, 25, stepped out for the first time a week and a half ago as the two attended a party in NYC. And though they tried to avoid being photographed together, the couple was eventually snapped while entering Kim’s hotel in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. That photo of Kim and Kris is below.

“I’ve made a promise to myself and I’m really trying hard to stick to it, but I’m such a hopeless romantic that it’s hard,” Kim explains. “I don’t think that’s going to last, because that’s just how I am. But the fact that I’m trying is a big step for me!”

In other Kardashian news, the sisters were the subject of a highlarious Saturday Night Live skit this Saturday. In the skit, Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe were mocked as they whined their way through a Christmas message.

“We even went to visit Santa,” Kourtney whines. “I sat on his lap and told him what I wanted.” Adds “Kim”: “I did the same thing with Reggie Bush! I got a Rolex.” Kim’s sex tape with Ray J was also mocked. The skit is below -

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KIM WANTING TO BE SINGLE AND THE SNL SKIT?

Los Angeles native Jud Birza aka Fabio became the $1 million winner of Survivor:Nicaragua after outlasting, outwitting and outplaying his fellow competitors following 39 days in the rain forest.

The 21-year-old college student and model beat out musician Chase Rice, 24 and real-estate broker Matthew “Sash” Lenahan, 30, to become the youngest Survivor contestant ever to win the game.

Fabio won by a 5-4 vote, beating out Chase. And in what can only be described as the Russell Hantz effect, villain Sash received zero votes.

Fabio, who won the last three immunity challenges, stated numerous times that he is not as dumb as others thought he was. Dog trainer Jane Bright, 56, was declared the fan favorite, winning the $100,000 Sprint Fan Favorite award. NaOnka Mixon, who host Jeff Probst called “a great villain” admitted that she “acted a fool” on the show but ultimately defended all her actions.

And thanks to NaOnka and Purple Kelly aka the Quitters, Jeff announced last night that starting with the new season, quitters will now have some repercussions, such as not being allowed on the jury. The decision will however be in the hands of the show’s producers.

The next big announcement was that the new season will have a new twist called Redemption Island. According to Jeff, when a contestant is voted out, they will go to Redemption Island and stay there alone, before being ultimately joined by the next person voted out. The two will then compete in a duel and the winner will remain on Redemption Island. After a certain period, the last person left standing on Redemption Island will get to return to the game.

We also got an update of Boston Rob and Amber. The two just delivered their second daughter Carina Rose on December 10th.

My Thoughts – I thought Fabio made an excellent move in deciding to vote out Holly. He’s definitely not as dumb as he appears. Holly would have likely won had she made the finals and quite frankly, I believe she deserved to win. She is the only member of the older tribe left in the game, the only woman left standing and she made some great moves in the game. She is the one who orchestrated the elimination of Brenda — a major competitor. Had it not been for Holly, Brenda would have likely been in the final 3 with Sash.

Personally, I was rooting for Fabio the most and I’m glad he won. I did not think Chase deserved to win at all and believed his game play was about as impressive as Kelly Purple’s. He just seemed to go with the flow, doing what others told him to do. I’m not surprised Sash didn’t get a vote. I’m guessing he failed to watch Russell Hantz’s performance on the last season. Part of Survivor is the social game and pissing everyone off and backstabbing everyone is never a good idea. Sash was a bad player in my opinion because he lied when he didn’t need to, thus making himself more enemies than he needed to.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS SEASON OF SURVIVOR AND FABIO WINNING? SHOULD PLAYERS LIKE SASH & RUSSELL BE PUNISHED FOR BACKSTABBING? THOUGHTS ON THE NEW RULES?

The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s 12th episode is coming our way.

On tonight’s episode, titled ‘Not So Fine Print,’ as Kandi’s tour draws ever closer, she scrambles to finish her CD while trying to get Kim’s opening act in shape. Elsewhere, Cynthia makes moves to reconcile with NeNe, who feels the stress of trying to score a celebrity interview for her local show. Also: Kim’s past jesting at Phaedra’s due date comes back to haunt her, and Cynthia is not happy to discover that Nene told the others about her friend contract.

The new episode airs at 10/9c tonight on Bravo.

Watch What Happens Live – Joining Andy Cohen in the Bravo guest house tonight will be Phaedra Parks and Apollo Nida. Should be good!

In other Atlanta news, BlackVoices is reporting that professional mistress Kim Zolciak is now planning on writing a book. And no, it’s not an instructional on how to be the best gold digger you can be, but rather a book about relationships.  Yes, you read that right.

BV reports that Kim, 32, recently signed a deal with Farrah Gray Publishing, considered one of the largest African-American owned book publishing companies in the country. BV adds that Kim’s book will be about relationships and her advice on love and happiness.  No words.

TELL US – WOULD YOU TAKE RELATIONSHIP ADVICE FROM KIM? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW CLIP AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE?

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