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Yesterday a class action lawsuit was filed against ABC and The Bachelor by Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, two Africa-American men who claim they were discriminated against at a recent Bachelor casting event. A photo of the two men is above.

“This is a case about equal opportunity,” said Cyrus Mehri, who is one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs. “It’s about putting everyone on equal footing. We’re not saying that these two men should definitely have been selected. This is saying that they should have been given the same level of consideration as white applicants.” According to the LA Times, both men say, upon their arrival at a 2011 casting call they were treated with disrespect and largely ignored while white counterparts were treated completely differently.

Nathaniel Claybrooks, a small business owner, alleges his on-camera interview was much shorter than the ones given to white applicants and he was not given the same opportunities. Christopher Johnson says after handing in his application, he was unable to proceed past the lobby into the main interview room while white applicants were ushered right through by casting officials.

Both men claim rejection has nothing to do with their suit, but an effort to change the process and bring awareness to blatant discrimination. It’s worth adding that in fifteen seasons of The Bachelor, there has never been a bachelor of a different ethnic background. Nor has there been a Bachelorette of a different ethnicity. Now I’m not saying that’s intentional on the show’s part, but it is worth investigating. Show creator Mike Fleiss joked about this in an interview, saying former Bachelorette Ashely Hebert may have been 1/16th Cherokee.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages. “But basically, this is about the need for reform,” their lawyer explains. ABC declined to comment on the recent suit.

Discussing the suit are two former Bachelor contestants. “It is clearly not right that after 10 years of successive seasons there hasn’t been a black Bachelor or Bachelorette, especially when we have a black president,” Matt Grant, star of The Bachelor, Season 12 told RadarOnline.

“As one of the longest running reality shows on TV, The Bachelor is a national brand, a part of American pop culture and part of the make-up of the country,” Matt continued “It should definitely be more racially diverse because it is not reflecting the demographic of the nation right now.” Matt adds that during his season, London Calling, there was only one African-American woman competing to be his wife – and he claims he brought up the lack of diversity with producers!

“While I don’t think any of the producers are inherently racist,” he added, “I just think that mistakes are being made.” Matt believes the contestants are merely chosen to reflect the primary viewership. “The real reason for it I think is because most of the viewers are from the middle of the country and are predominantly white. Which leads to the moral question, ‘Should The Bachelor cast reflect the viewing demographic or the real national demographic?’” This Matt is pretty smart isn’t he? He needed television to find a wife?

“If you have more black people involved in the show then maybe more black people would watch,” said Matt added.

Also speaking out, is former Bachelor and Bachelor Pad nut contestant, Elizabeth Kitt. “The cast was predominantly white,” she tells RadarOnline. “I didn’t hear any racist slurs during filming so to say the show is racist is going too far, if you throw that out there too many times it is the boy who cried wolf.”

Elizabeth seems to think the lawsuit is baseless and believes it’s simply a case of more white people applying to be on the show, a sentiment Mike Fleiss has also echoed. “I’m a little annoyed by the lawsuit, if you want to be on the show – then apply!”

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DO THE PLAINTIFFS HAVE A POINT? IS THE BACHELOR INTENTIONALLY CASTING WHITE CONTESTANTS OR IS IT MERELY A COINCIDENCE? DOES THE BACHELOR NEED TO DIVERSIFY?

The Bachelor Pad finale and reunion aired last night with Natalie Getz and Dave Good ending up as the show’s winners.

In an unexpected twist, the two were given the option to share the $250,000 prize with each other, or attempt to keep the money all to themselves. They both elected to split the prize money, giving viewers a happy ending to the show.

And when it comes to their romantic relationship, the two said they are trying to see where things will go, admitting their relationship was no where close to that of Tenley and Kyptin, who appear to be pretty serious.

RadarOnline is however reporting today that the two are not a couple. “Natalie really likes Dave but Dave just wants to play the field,” says a source “The girls are throwing themselves at him, and he is loving it.”  The site also adds that the duo did not act like a couple at a recent afterparty for the show, and that Dave ended up leaving the party with Jessie Sulidas.

As for the other couples, Jesse Kovacs and crazy pants Elizabeth Kitt are no longer together. According to PEOPLE, the pair gave things a try for a couple of days after filming ended for the show, but ultimately broke up because they wanted very different things.

Wes Hayden and Gia Allemand reunited on the reunion show, even sharing a kiss! The couple is going to give things a shot by dating long distance. “It’s going to be complicated,” Hayden says, “but maybe this was the way it was meant to play out all along. I waited and it paid off.”

Things seem to be going best for Kiptyn Locke and Tenley Molzahn. The two live close to one another in Southern California, and are looking forward to building on their relationship.“There’s so much more to get to know about one another,” says Tenley. “So we’re going to date for awhile. Exclusively.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FINALE/REUNION? DO YOU THINK ANY OF THESE COUPLES WILL LAST?

Has the Bachelor Pad created yet another real like couple? That answer is yes!

Following their on screen flirting, it seems Gia Allemand and ABC resident bad boy Wes Hayden are now officially a couple.

The duo, pictured above on Friday at Melanie Segal’s MTV VMA Retreat in Beverly Hills, California, expressed their fondness for one another on the show with Wes even proclaiming his love for Gia. However, things could not go any further as Gia had a boyfriend at the time.

The two then reunited during the Wednesday taping of the show’s finale and reunion. With Gia now being single, it seems they are giving things a go. According to RadarOnline, Gia and Wes “were acting like a couple,” Friday night at the Voyeur nightclub.

“They were whispering in each others ears and smiling a lot,” says a source. “At one point, Gia grabbed Wes’ arm and pulled him close for a kiss. They were holding hands for most of the night and disappeared together at about 1:30 am.”

The finale of the Bachelor Pad airs tonight, and host Chris Harrison tells Zap2it that fans will be in for a big surprise. Coming up in tonight’s finale, Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Edyta Sliwinska makes a cameo appearance when she teaches Jesse Kovacs how to dance, much to the dismay of Jesse’s crazy pants girlfriend Elizabeth Kitt. Jesse and Elizabeth are still dating by the way.

The final six includes Tenley & Kyptin, Natalie & Dave, and Elizabeth & Jesse. The finale episode airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

Weatherman

Following his elimination on the Bachelor Pad, Weatherman Jonathan Novack is now speaking out on his time on the ABC spin off show.

In a new interview with UsWeekly, the weatherman had some choice words for crazy pants Elizabeth Kitt, who spit on her hands, rinsed them off in the pool and sniped, “I just realized how gross this is” after kissing Jonathan in the kissing competition on Monday night’s episode.

“I didn’t consider her a contestant,” said the Weatherman, 30, in a post-show interview. “I consider contestants to be of a human form, not of a demonic form. Everybody else was cool. If I don’t have respect for somebody, they can say whatever they want about me and it doesn’t phase me.”

As for why he was voted off the show, the Weatherman is still not sure, adding that “there were definitely girls that would have benefited and given themselves more longevity in the game by keeping me around.”


In other news, after sharing what seemed like a romantic connection with Wes Hayden on the Bachelor Pad, Gia Allemand is now opening up about the ABC resident bad boy.

Gia, 26, tells UsWeekly she feels she got sent home because she backed out of the very gross kissing contest.  Gia felt uncomfortable with the competition because she had a boyfriend, Hockey player Chris Campoli, back home.

“I took away a shot at winning the rose — that was huge,” said Gia. “But I had to do what was right for my boyfriend back home and what was right in my mind. Kissing people down the line was not right for me to do.”

And what about her close relationship with Wes on the show? “I feel bad that I got close to another guy on the show — even though I didn’t cheat,” said Gia. “My boyfriend handled everything with such class.”

So is she still with her boyfriend? Gia declined to answer stating the answer to that question will come out after the finale. However RadarOnline reported weeks ago that Gia and Chris are no longer together.  According to Radar, the two split up shortly after Gia came back from doing the show.

So is a single Gia dating Wes? Unlikely as she tells UsWeekly she has not seen Wes, 33, since she got sent home.  “We’re going to see each other at the finale,” she said. “That’s a little nerve-wracking.”

ABC The Bachelor Pad

The highly talked about Bachelor Pad is set to premiere tonight on ABC at 8 P.M./ET.

The show will feature 19 Bachelor and Bachelorette alums as they try to find love and win money at the same time. The lone winner of the show will end up walking away with $250,000.

In tonight’s premiere, the contestants will arrive separately via limousine to greet co-host Chris Harrison, the other host is Melissa Rycroft. They are unaware of who else is on the show and according to UsWeekly, and weatherman Jonathan is not happy to see his nemesis Craig M.

On more of the premise of the show – there will be a competition in each episode and the winner of each competition gets a rose and he/she gets to pick three people to go on a date with. During the date, the winner will hand out a rose to someone, and that person is then safe from elimination. One guy and one girl will be ousted each week.

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE BACHELOR PAD CAST!

While the competition aspect sounds interesting enough, the juicy part of the show comes in form of the hooks ups amongst the cast members, and there are reportedly lots and lots of it! As for what to expect tonight and this season in terms of hooking up, and not who wins the competion. Some spoilers are below -

Elizabeth Kitt (Bachelor: Jake) is in love with Jesse Kovacs (Bachelorette: Jillian), but the feeling isn’t mutual, and when Jesse K tells her they should just be friends while doing the show, she threatens to have her girlfriends in the house vote him out.

In the premiere episode, Natalie Getz (Bachelor: Jason) and Jesse Beck (Bachelorette: Ali) strike up a quick romance and are quickly seen making out all over the house, thus making them a target to be split up by the other contestants.

Nikki Kaapke (Bachelor: Jason) and Juan Barbiere (Bachelorette: Jilian) are said to have dated off the show with things not ending well between the two, which will likely lead to some show drama.

Star magazine also gives these juicy tidbits about the show’s cast -

Gia & Wes: She may have a boyfriend back home, but that didn’t stop Jake Pavelka’s castoff from locking lips — a lot — with the aspiring country singer (from Jillian Harris’ season). “She was smitten,” says an insider.

David & Jessie: When it came to the ladies, he was like a kid in a candy store! David, who was also dumped by Jillian, hooked up with both Natalie and Jessie. “He’ll do anything to get ahead in the game,” says the insider.

Tenley & Kiptyn: The temperature spiked in the hot tub when these two and things “got really steamy” one night, says the insider. “I’m pretty sure Tenley fell in love with him, but Kiptyn is such a player.”

TELL US – WILL YOU BE TUNING IN FOR THE BACHELOR PAD? AND IF SO, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREMIERE?

The Bachelor Pad

ABC has now announced and released photos of the 19 Bachelor and Bachelorette alums that will be starring on their upcoming new show titled The Bachelor Pad!

The show, which is being hosted by Melissa Rycroft and Chris Harrison, will follow 19 fan favorites from the shows’ history as they compete for $250,000 and a second chance at love. The six-episode series premieres Aug. 9 on ABC.

Some of the more notable cast members include Tenley Molzhan, Wes Hayden, Gia Allemand, and Kiptyn Locke.

The cast also includes some guys from the current Bachelorette season featuring Ali. Those fellas are Craig McKinnon, Jesse Beck, and weatherman Jonathan Novack.

The show’s format sounds like a mix of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge meets Oxygen’s Love Games. See who’s moving in below!

The Bachelor Pad Tenley MolzhanTENLEY MOLZHAN, 26 – Appeared on: The Bachelor, starring Jake Pavelka

 

Wes Hayden of The Bachelor PadWES HAYDEN, 33 – Appeared on: The Bachelorette, starring Jillian Harris

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ABC The Bachelor 14 Jake Pavelka

The 14th season of The Bachelor premieres on January 4 at 8 PM on ABC, and ABC has now released the photos of the 25 bachelorettes vying for the love of Jake Pavelka.

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love will begin with the 31-year-old commercial pilot from Dallas, TX arriving at the same Malibu mansion where he first met Jillian Harris, who rejected him during The Bachelorette’s fifth season earlier this year. As we reported earlier, Jillian and fiance, Ed Swiderski, will be on hand to assist Jake in picking the right women on the premier episode.

In a new interview with USA Today, Jake promises a very dramatic and rocky season. “I can tell you from the get-go, it is a very rocky and dramatic season,” said Jake. “Some of the things that happened on the show, drama-wise, floored me.”

The question on everyone’s mind is did he find love? But did he find love? “I don’t want to ruin the ending,” he says. But adds, “I stayed true to myself from the very beginning. I went in and said very honestly, if I find love I’ll come out engaged. I didn’t promise a ring at the end of this and stayed true to myself. I didn’t necessarily do what everybody wanted me to.”

Jake, 31, reveals that picking the right woman was a bit tougher than he anticipated, “Half way through the entire journey, I still had no idea whatsoever. It was cast so well for my temperament. I had a lot of romance. My heart went out to multiple women.”

Interestingly, missing from the cast is Brittney Gammel. Brittney is the 25-year-old Learjet pilot from Franklin, TN, who had been cast to be on the show. That is until she prematurely revealed back in October that Jake had been chosen to be the new Bachelor. The problem was ABC had yet to formally make the announcement and was planning to do so 2 weeks later during a DWTS episode.

Tell Us – Are You Excited To Watch The New Season of The Bachelor?

PHOTOS & BRIEF BIOS OF THE 25 BACHELORETTES IS BELOW –

The Bachelor 14 Alexa McallisterAlexa Mcallister, a 25-year-old entrepreneur from Galloway, OH

 

The Bachelor 14 Ali FedotowskyAli Fedotowsky, a 25-year-old advertising account manager from Williamstown, MA

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