With the Bachelorette premiering in less than a week, everyone (that may be a stretch), including me, is wondering what to expect from mild-mannered single mom Emily Maynard. She infamously turned down being the Bachelorette (much to Bentley Williams’ chagrin) after first being approached, explaining she wanted to live out of the limelight with young daughter Ricki. However, the rose veteran and former “winner” of Brad Womack’s (second) season, has since done a one-eighty, agreeing to let twenty-five cheesy eligible bachelors vie for her hand in marriage on the show’s eighth season.
Realitytvworld.com has the skinny on her latest print interview in the upcoming PEOPLE magazine. Emily talks of finding love, little Ricki, and those ever-present hot tub scenes the ABC franchise loves to exploit.
The newest Bachelorette tells the magazine, “I don’t want to be kissing every guy. I want to still be a lady. I’m a mom first,” adding, “I’m hoping the hot tubs have been completely phased out.”
Emily also doesn’t want date time to ever interfere with daughter time. While Ricki has been traveling with mom throughout the season, she has spent a lot of time hanging out with her grandparents and a nanny, and, according to Emily, loving every minute of it. Emily reveals, “[The show] has been so good at making sure there’s time scheduled for the two of us.”
The couple, who has been engaged for what seemed like eons, exchanged rings this past Saturday at Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C., according to E! News. Among the attendees were fellow ex-Bachelor suitors Craig Robinson, Tyler Vermette, and Roberto Martinez.
The wedding happened just in time for the premiere of the couple’s newest reality venture, Going Yard. The new show premieres May 12 on HGTV and features Chris and Peyton traveling the country designing and decorating people’s outdoor living spaces (aka backyards).
Moving along, more reports are emerging accusing Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson of faking their romance for a paycheck. An insider tells In Touch Weekly (via their print edition) that the couple is hardly in love but they are making big bucks working the romance angle. At a recent Las Vegas MGM Grand Pool Party they scored $25k for showing up and hosting the gig.
“Ben and Courtney seem disconnected,” a witness reports. “I’ll be shocked if they ever make it down the aisle.” Yeah – you and me both!
However they don’t intend to call it quits until the checks stop coming. The couple allegedly made $125,000 in April by hosting events and attending photo ops pretending to be enraptured.
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ARE YOU SURPRISED CHRIS AND PEYTON FINALLY TIED THE KNOT? WILL YOU WATCH THEIR NEW SHOW? DO BEN AND COURTNEY HAVE CHEMISTRY?
It wouldn’t beThe Bachelorette without douchey suitors and plenty of drama. Emily Maynard may have been a diva, demanding producers only cast totally amazing guys, but that doesn’t mean she’s exempt from getting a ratings grabbing dud! Hey, it is reality TV after all! And dating – two things that are notorious for their calamities.
Unfortunately for Emily, it seems one of her finalists has a previous relationship with one the show’s producers – who was also very involved in the casting process for Emily’s season! While ABC has not officially released the names of Emily’s guys, rumored top four pick indie car racer Arie LuydendykJr once dated Cassie Lambert, a female producer for The Bachelorette. Upon learning Arie’s history, Emily is reportedly “very pissed off,” according to WetPaint.
Emily shouldn’t worry because Cassie and Arie’s romance ended long ago and Cassie is currently engaged to another producer on the show! But Emily can’t get past the odd connection. “Arie has definitely been a front-runner so far,” an insider reveals. “Emily’s developed serious feelings for him.”
The Bachelor stars hit the red carpet in Las Vegas, putting on a PDA-packed show for the photographers. Ben and Courtney were in the city to host an evening at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino.
Is it just me, or does Ben desperately need a wash and cut or maybe just a style—something!?
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Oh Chris Harrison…I have no doubt that you are the most moral, most ethical, most handsome host of any reality debacle, and, as such, any lawsuit against anything with which you may be remotely involved, needs to be escorted to a limo and ugly cry all the way back to the airport.
As you all have heard, there is a suit pending against the most dramatic show ever for never hiring minority applicants. Looking back over past seasons, they may actually be on to something! However, Bachelor producers are no longer staying mum about the accusations according to wetpaint.com.
Warner Horizon, the parent company of the modern day fame whore love connection, released a statement citing, “This complaint is baseless and without merit. We have had various participants of color throughout the series’ history, and the producers have been consistently — and publicly — vocal about seeking diverse candidates for both programs.” The statement goes on to say that producers will “continue to seek out participants of color” for the franchise.
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It seems the most homogeneous dating pool in America will soon get a wake-up call! Shortly after Lamar Hurdstarted a campaign to become the first black Bachelor in the franchise history, two other African-American men have decided to file a class action lawsuit against the show for discrimination!
According to TMZ, the two plaintiffs attended a casting call in a Nashville Hotel to audition to be the next Bachelor. Christopher Johnson, one of those men—who also happens to be an aspiring NFL player—claims when he arrived the producers asked him why he was there.
Apparently, that’s when the discrimination began. Christopher and another African-American applicant, Nathaniel Claybrooks, claim they were then taken to the side of the room and excluded from the normal audition process. Neither man received a call back and both believe it is because of their race!
In response, they have filed a class action lawsuit today in federal court against ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and creator Mike Fleiss. More details will be coming this afternoon and Reality Tea will keep you posted on the developments.
In other news, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson continue their campaign to convince people they are in love. Hey, getting married following The Bachelor comes with a hefty reward – lifetime infamy! And likely some monetary pay-offs as well.
According to HollywoodLife, the couple is madly in love and will be walking down the aisle sooner than we think! “Courtney and Ben are getting married! They have totally rekindled their feelings for each other on an even deeper level,” Courtney’s friend reveals. “The drama that happened after the show actually brought them closer together and they both realized that they didn’t want to lose each other. Courtney has even been looking at wedding dresses.”
Indeed, the two were spotted at Mark Zunino’s recent wedding dress fashion show – which of course totally proves this wedding is happening, like tomorrow, and not that the couple is pretending to be in love for fame and publicity as some reports have claimed.
“They sat in the front row and were holding hands the entire time,” Courtney a friend reveals to HollywoodLife. “They looked really happy and very much in love. During the show, Ben played with Courtney’s hair and she was giggling and pointing to the different wedding dresses.” Apparently, when and if she weds, Courtney will be sporting a Mark Zunino gown. Ok, then.
And finally, with Emily Maynard‘s season of The Bachelorette premiering next month, ABC has released the first glimpse of her portrait. PEOPLE got the exclusive. Emily looks stunning, of course, and is obviously holding a bunch of roses! The portrait is below!
The Bachelorette premieres May 14th at 8:30/9:30 EST on ABC.
IS THE LAWSUIT AGAINST ABC AND THE BACHELOR VALID? DOES THE SHOW DISCRIMINATE? WILL COURTNEY & BEN GET MARRIED – OR ARE THEY IN LOVE WITH PUBLICITY?
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With a new TV show called 1st Look to promote Ali Fedotowsky is making the talk show rounds to discuss the thing that made her famous – getting engaged to Roberto Martinez (dreamy, Roberto *sigh*) and subsequently breaking up with him to pursue a life in the spotlight. Hey, she has to do something after she blew getting that million dollar Facebook stock deal!
First up, Ali paid a visit to the TODAY show where she told Kathy Lee and Hoda that despite falling in love on The Bachelorette and being one of the only participants in the history of the show to do so, things just didn’t work out. Chris Harrison has a worse track record than Patti Stanger!
“Sometimes [relationships] just don’t work out,” Ali shared. “We’re both healing right now.” Ali didn’t go into too much detail, citing a wish to respect Roberto’s privacy. One thing she was willing to admit is that she isn’t ready to date anytime soon. She’s too busy famewhoring!
Next, Ali stopped by Access Hollywood Live, and discussed – guess what?! Roberto! Ali claims that while it looked all romantical on the surface, things were very different in the real world. “The way we lived our lives on a daily basis was just really different,” she revealed. “We just found ourselves being unhappy at the end of the day and neither one of us wanted that for the long term.”
“It was 100 percent mutual, both of us,” she continued. “When you try and you and try and it doesn’t work out, then it can be mutual, when you really have worked at it for a long time.” One thing Ali confessed to was that it would be very hard for her to learn Roberto had moved on and was dating someone new.
Moving on, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson have been pedaling the love story that made them famous everywhere and despite being besieged by rumors of cheating and break-ups they appear to be going strong. Well, according to a new report the The Bachelor couple has some serious ulterior motives and their relationship is being kept alive for the money and fame!
“They’re both addicted to the limelight, and they both want to be famous,” a source tells Reality Weekly (via their print edition). “They are getting many freebies out of this ‘romance’ and that’s a hard thing to walk away from.”
While the couple looks lovey-dovey everywhere a camera be, the reality is they barely interact with each other! “Ben and Courtney showed zero chemistry together,” said an eyewitness who observed them at Night of a Billion Reality Stars. “They showed no affection all night. They never touched or engaged each other unless it was for a picture. They certainly don’t look happy.”
C’mon did anyone really expect these two to make it?
DO YOU THINK ALI AND ROBERTO’S SPLIT WAS MUTUAL? WILL YOU WATCH HER NEW SHOW? IS COURTNEY AND BEN’S RELATIONSHIP LEGIT OR A FAMEWHORE SCHEME?
It’s no secret that ABC wanted Emily Maynard to be The Bachelorette something desperate, but according to a new report, producers were so anxious to get the southern beauty to sign on they were willing to go to extremes. And tolerate some pretty diva behavior!
Many were surprised when Emily seemed to have a abrupt change of heart about finding love on TV after a first failed attempt, but according to In Touch Weekly (via their print edition), producers agreed to accommodate all of her demands in order for her to agree to the show – including moving the Bachelor house to her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. And the network is reportedly paying Emily a whopping $250,000!
A source close to Emily disputes that she is getting a huge fee to appear on the show, telling RumorFix that Emily is not being paid. “None of the reports are true. None of the contestants go on the show for money – only for love.”
Even more surprising is how far the network is willing to go for Emily’s cooperation. “The producers have completely changed the format this season in order to meet Emily’s demands,” a source tells In Touch. Emily has some pretty strict demands for her potential suitors, too. She allegedly requested that producers “pre-qualify” the men to make sure she isn’t getting any losers – or any broke guys. “She wanted only the best-looking, most mannered guys,” the source reveals.
After viewing former competitor Ashley Hebert‘s season, Emily made it perfectly clear she is not accepting any Bentley Williams-esque villains. Furthermore, Emily knows what she’s looking for and the single mom is quickly sending men home! “She’s whittling it down to a handful of candidates who she will spend a lot more time with,” an insider explains. “If she doesn’t like a guy, he’s gone.” During a recent group date in Bermuda where the men were involved in a boat race, a source claims that Emily “had the producers change the teams so that her top guys were in the same boat.”
Most surprisingly, is that after Emily insisted that her six-year-old daughter Ricki would have no interaction with any of her dates, a source is reporting that Emily is keeping Ricki very involved. “She took one of the guys to watch Ricki play soccer on day one!” Not sure I believe this allegation…
Moving on, the most hated Bachelor couple ever, Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, are still proclaiming that their love is real and a wedding is in their future! “We’re very much in love,” Courtney recently told US Weekly (via their print edition). “We’re talking about getting married maybe at the place where we had our first date in Sonoma. Ben’s open to it.”
For now the couple hasn’t moved in together, but they are going on dates and learning about each others’ lives. “I’m going to be in San Francisco a lot, and he’s going to be in LA a lot,” Courtney shares. “We’ve got a lot of trips planned.”
“They need time to have that normal relationship before saying ‘I do,’” a source asserts. “He wants to take the time to court Courtney.”
Ben adds that they don’t want to rush into things because they want their relationship to last. “We want to figure out who we are together, so we’ll have a better chance.” And putting those cheating and break-up rumors to rest, Ben assures us that he and Courtney have been spending plenty of time together. “When the show was airing, we spent a lot of time together and got to know each other really well.”
Things are continuing to go well for the couple who just returned from a romantic vacation in Puerto Vallarta. “Courtney and Ben have the same sense of humor, and their friends do too,” a friend of Ben’s tells the mag. “Everyone hangs out like they’ve known each other for years. It’s been a very comfortable combining of worlds.”
IS EMILY BEING A DIVA ON THE SET OF THE SOW? IS SHE MAKING DEMANDS OF THE PRODUCERS? DO YOU THINK BEN AND COURTNEY ARE RIGHT TO TAKE THINGS SLOWLY? WILL THEY GET MARRIED?