The Bachelor is just beginning with its 21st season on ABC.
The magical, journey-ending Final Rose ceremony has already been filmed, however, and customarily, The Bachelor spoilers have already leaked.
Raise your hands if you're surprised ... anyone?! Hello?
No. By this point, The Bachelor spoilers leaking before the season is almost as much of a foregone conclusion as the winners breaking up!
We kid ... mostly. But the show's track record is not great.
Just saying, people. Anyway, back to the lecture at hand:
Nick Viall has finished filming his starring turn as The Bachelor, and we know the outcome well before the final rose is doled out on TV.
After being rejected by Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe on back-to-back The Bachelorette finales, will he finally find love this time?
Oh yes. With Nick in the lead role and doling out the roses, it was finally his time (whether it lasts is another story, but we'll get to that later).
Anyway, ready to meet Nick's final four - and the winner?!
1. Rachel Lindsay from Dallas, Texas.
2. Corinne Olympios of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
3. Raven Gates from Hoxie, Arkansas.
4. Vanessa Grimaldi of Montreal, Canada.
Nick goes on hometown dates with these four on the ninth episode of the season. Thanks to Reality Steve, we know how it plays out from there.
Hometown Elimination: Corinne Olympios.
According to Steve, the Oracle of Bachelor and Bachelorette spoilers, insiders were surprised that Corinne made it as far as she did.
Viewers, however, can't be that shocked, given how Corinne ... endeared herself to Nick from the moment the cameras started rolling.
Let's just say she hasn't been afraid to use her feminine charms, or "golden vagine" if you will, to get where she wants to get this season.
In any case, Olympios earned herself a hometown date, but hers was the one that didn't leads to the Fantasy Suite the following week.
For hypersexual Corinne, who likely had a novel-length list of things she wanted to do to Nick in there, that has to be hard to swallow.
Speaking of Olympios, Steve notes, accurately, that Corinne is 100 percent the "villain," and will be the talk of this season. He's good.
In any case, she's out. And then there were three ...
In Episode 10, the remaining women travel to Finland, where Nick probably gets naked with all three once the cameras stop rolling.
Sorry again, Corinne. So close, yet so far.
We kid ... sort of, about Nick getting his freak on with the ladies he takes on overnight dates. We just know if Liz Sandoz is any indication ...
Check out the gallery above. Enough said.
This is Nick Viall we're talking about, at the end of the day, so it's fairly likely he's not opposed to going there with his final trio of girls. At all.
Which makes it all the more awkward (as if it weren't bad enough even without sex) to send someone home after an intimate evening.
But he does, as there are only two finalists.
Fantasy Suite Elimination: Rachel Lindsay.
Rough. Though for the first time, an African-American contestant made the final four (or three), so that's a celebration of real diversity.
Or for this show, any. Not only that, but as you surely know by this point, ABC has made Rachel Lindsay The Bachelorette this summer.
Not only is she the first African-American lead in 34 seasons of the franchise, Rachel's announcement was historic in a different sense.
Due to the timing of the reveal, viewers know she will not get engaged to Nick ... before viewers know she will not get engaged to Nick.
Rachel's hometown date is still to come, and as The Bachelor spoilers indicate, she will make it past that as Corinne gets the heave-ho.
Why make the announcement at this odd time?
"They want to be able to cast guys specifically for her," says a show insider. "They wanted to have plenty of time to find the perfect guys."
"It was going to get out anyway that Rachel would be the next Bachelorette, so producers figured they might as well announce it now."
That way, they make it "official" to "make sure they get the most and best number of applicants" and hype up her hometown date as well.
Interesting indeed. But back to Nick ... with Lindsay out, the upcoming finale of The Bachelor will pit Raven Gates against Vanessa Grimaldi.
Who will prevail? Well, the rumors were true:
Nick Viall is engaged to Vanessa Grimaldi!
Weeks ago, we heard that much like Ben Higgins picking Lauren Bushnell and JoJo Fletcher taking Jordan Rodgers, this was a sure bet.
Vanessa was his favorite early on, according to the man with all the inside connections, and like Lauren and Jordan, she got the final rose.
Now, of course, we don't know for sure.
Until it plays out on ABC, we can't be 100.00 percent positive that the information above is correct. But we would bet heavily that it is.
While the contestants' romantic futures often fade fast, with a few notable exceptions, The Bachelor spoilers are pretty close to a lock.
So even though Corinne, Rachel and Raven may get more air time, and ABC might pull out a lot of stops to keep you guessing, it's Vanessa.
Now just because Ms. Grimaldi was Nick's pick from the start and walks away the winner doesn't mean there won't be drama, of course.
You can take it to the bank that ABC promos, tabloids and other fan speculation will hint at various alternate outcomes all winter long.
Does Raven actually win in the end? Nick leave both his finalists hanging? Does he get rejected once again in what would be an epic twist?
No, no, no and no to other hypotheticals as well.
Steve is not "worried about being wrong," which is a telling sign. Speaking of signs, they don't look so hot for the winning duo's future.
The word on this street is that Nick has been bitten by the Hollywood bug, wants to be an actor and model, and is set on moving to L.A.
Doesn't exactly bode well if you're Vanessa.
The skeptics out there are no doubt asking how we can be sure they won't last as a couple before we've even seen them as a couple?
We can't. Nothing is set in stone, obviously.
Let's just say that the odds are against it for a variety of reasons, most notably the format in general, but also the leading man's ... history.
Despite all the talk that Nick "earned" the job or takes the process seriously, the trappings of fame and finding love on TV are real obstacles.
We wish them well, don't get us wrong.
But to state the obvious, based on what we know, we aren't holding our collective breath for the LIVE TV WEDDING EVENT of the year.
What about you, Bachelor Nation?
Do you think it can possibly last?
Check out the full gallery of contestants competing this season above, and tell us if you believe Nick and Vanessa even stand a chance.
Given the show's track record ...
Admit it: you've been had at some point in the past, haven't you?
You thought what you were watching on reality television was 100% real, only to later learn the devastating truth.
We've all been there. And now we can all be here: relive the most shocking reality TV show hoaxes in history below...
1. Dance Moms
We’ll just let Maddie Ziegler, arguably the show's top performer, lay it right out for you, courtesy of an interview with USA Today: "The producers set it up to make us all yell at each other. You know how I said that moms do fight? The moms have a fake fight sometimes. Afterward they just start talking and laugh about it." Host Abby Lee Miller really does suck, however. that's not fake.
2. House Hunters
Bobi Jensen blogged in 2012, on a site titled “Hooked on Houses,” that her experience on House Hunter was totally contrived. Turns out, the couple had selected its home prior to appearing on the show and producers even changed Jensen’s story over why she was moving.
3. Breaking Amish
Can we change the title of this TLC series to "Having Already Broken Amish?" After the very first episode aired, it came out that most participants had already left their Amish family for the bright lights of the big city.
4. Storage Wars
Dave Hester, a prominent presence on A&E’s Storage Wars, left production and sued the network over the phony aspects of the show. He said producers loaded units up with items to give each episode an artificial angle and that they even funneled money to teams to keep each episode's bidding competitive.
5. Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures star Aaron Goodwin was fired in 2014 after he stopped by the podcast Are We Alone and explained how the network staged reactions, sound effects and other aspects of the program. He said it was "sickening" that he was part of such a "fraud."
6. The Hills
Lauren Conrad, Brody Jenner and other cast members have come out and said pretty much everything you saw on this MTV reality show as scripted. Shocking, we know!
Brenda Buttner, a senior business correspondent and the host of Bulls & Bears on Fox News, died of cancer on Monday.
She was 55 years old.
With a heavy heart, Fox News colleague Neil Cavuto passed along this sad news to viewers a couple hours ago, via an emotional tribute to Buttner on his show.
“Brenda was among the very first to put a kind female face to this once-staid old male batch of the business,” Cavuto said, adding:
“She took stock of life more than stock in life.”
A financial reporter, Buttner graduated from Harvard University in 1983 and spent two years as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where she graduated with high honors in politics and economics.
She kicked off her professional career at an NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada, prior to hosting CNBC’s The Money Club and serving as a a contributor to that network from 1990 to 1998.
The New Jersey resident joined Fox News in 2000 and served as a senior business correspondent there ever since.
“In her sickest moments, battling an unrelenting cancer, there was Brenda, cheering you on,” Cavuto added on air.
"Business journalism is never going to be the same. I just don’t know, now that she’s gone, whether we’ll ever be."
Others who knew Buttner well also paid tribute to her on social media.
“She loved rainy days, cloudy places, motorcycles and her children most of all," wrote ex-Fox News commentator Tobin Smith on Facebook.
"I told her that I would spread a few of her ashes in her beloved Edinborough outside her favorite pub...she loved that idea.
"She called me her ‘office husband’ and I told her that ‘all I got was crap from her and none the benefits’ and she would laugh a hearty obscenity in response...
"My role in her life the last few years was to make her laugh...and I accomplished that goal on many phone calls. She was the type of friend you could not speak with with for months and then talk like we had just left off from yesterday.
"My dear Brenda Buttner..she was the little sister I never had. I miss her terribly and yet she is in my heart forever and an inspiration to all that knew her and her battle."
Eric Bolling, another Fox News co-worker, Tweeted his condolences Monday afternoon after the news broke.
“Our colleague and my friend Brenda Buttner passed today," he wrote. "She fought cancer heroically. RIP Brenda. We will miss you."
And Greta Van Susteren wrote simply: "We will all miss Brenda."
The late reporter is survived by her two daughters.
May Brenda Buttner rest in peace.
From Tina Fey and Alicia Keys to Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, these stars have spoken out against sexism, fought for women's rights, and much more.
Here's a list of 22 celebrities who proved without a doubt that the future is female!
1. Tina Fey
Tina Fey's career in and of itself is inspiring, and she's known for shutting down sexism in more than just her writing. At the Center for Reproductive Rights Inaugural Gala in New York City in 2012, she was quoted saying, "“And if I have to listen to one more grey-faced man with a $2 haircut explain to me what rape is,” Fey said, “I’m going to lose my mind!”
2. Amy Poehler
In all honesty, everything about Amy Poehler proves the future is email, but her foundation, "Amy Poehler's Smart Girls," is a pretty perfect example.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence stood up for what was right when it came ot equal pay. She published an essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter about the issue. Later, she spoke up about the word "feminism" stating, “I don’t know why that word is so scary to people... It shouldn’t be, because it just means equality.”
4. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington has spoken about women's rights on several occasions, and she's not been shy about her political views. Here's a quote from her op-ed piece in The Daily Beast: "We, the people, especially us women, have to make sure our leaders know how we feel, what we think and what we care about. Together, we need to stand up for the kind of America we want — one where women and girls are equal, strong and proud, and where we all have a president who has our back."
5. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson is sick of inappropriate questions. "Now, were you able to wear… undergarments?" a reporter asked her about a film. Her response? "What’s going on? You’re like the fifth person to ask me that question. Since when did people start asking each other in this industry about their underwear?"
6. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has had some of the best possible responses to sexism, including the perfect comeback to someone pointing out that most of her songs are about ex-boyfriends. "I think, frankly, that's a very sexist angle to take. No one says that about Ed Sheeran. No one says that about Bruno Mars. They're all writing songs about their exes, their girlfriends, their love life, and no one raises a red flag there."
Over the weekend, Angelina Jolie spoke publicly about her divorce from Brad Pitt for the first time.
It's been months since the couple parted ways following a still-mysterious confrontation between Pitt and the couple's eldest son aboard a private jet, but until this week, both actors have refrained from speaking about the split publicly.
That's not terribly surprising, considering how closely Pitt and Jolie guarded the details of their personal lives were throughout their marriage.
Of course, true privacy isn't possible at that level of fame, which means that in the absence of on-the-record updates from the tabloid media will meet the demand for Brad and Angie news with unsubstantiated rumors.
We've already heard (almost certainly bogus) reports that Brad is dating Kate Hudson.
Now it's Angie's turn for a made-up rebound relationship.
And gossip columnists have decided to set her up with an even more high profile and unlikely new boo:
Yes, according to Star magazine, Angelina is dating Jared Leto.
To be clear, we wouldn't put it past her, and when Jolie does move on, it will probably be with someone famous and weird as hell, not unlike Leto.
We just don't think it's happening yet.
A source tells the magazine that Angie and Jared aren't just hooking up, they're rushing headlong into a serious relationship:
“The word is they spoke several times on the phone before meeting up in L.A. for dinner, and they’ve been seeing each other whenever they can since then," says one source.
"Angie’s been telling friends Jared has a special way of making her feel good about herself.”
Another insider adds:
“He’s been good for her, helping put a smile back on Angie’s face.”
Yes, he's putting a smile on that face of hers.
We can't help but thing the person who made this source up got Jared confused with Heath Ledger.
Anyway, as we said, this almost certainly BS, but we wouldn't go so far as to say it's impossible.
This is a woman who went from Billy Bob Thornton to Brad Pitt.
In a way, Jared Leto is the next logical step.
Which would make this the only time there was anything logical about Jared Leto.
Milo Yiannopoulos has made a career out of courting controversy, but today, the alt-right provocateur finds himself on wrong side of a raging scandal that may bring his time in the spotlight to an abrupt end.
In recent months, Yiannopoulos - an editor at Breitbart News - has become a household name due in large part to his incessant trolling of politicians and celebrities with whom he disagrees.
The most baffling example of this tired routine was Yiannopolulos' spat with Leslie Jones of Saturday Night Live, whom he publicly denigrated for having the audacity to star in a movie.
That particular bullying campaign led to Yiannopoulos getting banned from Twitter, and many hoped that would be the last they'd hear from the alt-right's most articulate mouthpiece.
Unfortunately, in the months that followed, Yiannopoulos' far-right beliefs entered the political mainstream, and the 32-year-old became an inescapable media presence.
This past week may have been the biggest of Yiannopoulous' career, as his interview with Bill Maher went viral, and he landed a keynote speaking slot at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
However, it now looks as though Milo's meteoric rise may have come to a halt thanks to some shocking comments he made regarding sex with minors.
In a podcast interview that resurfaced last night, Yiannopoulos seemed to advocate sexual relationships between “younger boys and older men.”
Not surprisingly, CPAC organizers withdrew their speaking invitation shortly thereafter:
“Due to the revelation of an offensive video in the past 24 hours condoning pedophilia, the American Conservative Union has decided to rescind the invitation,” reads a statement issued by the organization.
Yiannopoulos took to Facebook to apologize for - but also to defend - his statement:
“I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim,” he wrote.
“My own experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous."
"But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humor might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, ‘advocacy.’”
Yiannopoulos has described being molested by a priest as a young student at a Catholic school, but he has repeatedly denied being a victim, and speaks of the experience in positive terms.
Many other prominent conservatives, including President Trump, are still scheduled to appear at CPAC.
These 15 celebrities used to model for Abercrombie & Fitch before launching music and acting careers. See if you recognize them.
1. Jennifer Lawrence
Oh yes, that's a young Jennifer Lawrence, the most beautiful Abercrombie model (or possibly human being) of all time.
2. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum, making people wanna Channing all over their Tatum even back in the day.
3. Nikki Reed
Nikki Reed modeled for the famous brand before breaking into acting.
4. Kellan Lutz
Kellan Lutz, Nikki's Twilight co-star, also got his start as a model with the brand.
5. January Jones
One of our favorites: A barely-recognizable January Jones in the early 2000s.
6. Penn Badgley
Penn Badgley, Gossip Girl himself (herself?) before the Upper East Side.
Happy Presidents Day 2017 from all of us at THG, as we come together to honor a couple of true American heroes. The truest, really.
It's time we determined who among these legends is the greatest of all time. OF ALL TIME! In a Fashion Face-Off for the ages, obviously!
They were both A-plus chief executives, but which U.S. President do you love more, Abraham Lincoln or George Washington? That's what we wanna know!
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Yes, we realize that Honest Abe and G-Dubs' duds haven't been popular with the mainstream in ages ... and ages and ages and ages.
By the same token, when you're a titan of history, you never go out of style. If you get your own national monument, well, 'nuff said.
The first President of the United States, George Washington led a rebellion over Great Britain, then oversaw the birth of a new nation.
Abraham Lincoln, four score and seven years later, valiantly preserved and paved the way for a more perfect union against long odds.
Sort of puts our own mundane lives in unworthy perspective all of a sudden, doesn't it? Maybe that says more about GW and AL than us.
We'll just go ahead and tell ourselves that. Anyway ...
Overcoming similarly huge obstacles, redefining what was possible and then fighting to preserve it, both patriots delivered for America.
In their respective eras and now, giants among men.
Comparing achievements and legacies by people in such rarefied air is impossible ... but we can at least pick a fashion winner, right?
Would you rather rock George's 18th Century Colonial garb or Abe's 19th Century Civil War-era attire? Talk about the toughest of calls.
Make it. Vote for the top Presidential attire above!
Then check out what people are saying about the 45th President below and tell us how long you think it'll be before we get our 46th!
For many of those who are old enough to remember a time when music was purchased in brick and mortar stores and MTV played videos, it's difficult to believe that it's been nearly 23 years since Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life.
Though only 27 at the time of his death, Cobain's influence on the music world was so profound that one seldom hears a conversation about the cultural climate of the '90s in which his name isn't mentioned.
Sadly, Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, has few memories of her father, as she was four months shy of her second birthday when he died.
There's a tragic irony in the fact that the most potent living reminder of Cobain's inimitable style, droll humor, and artistic temperament doesn't remember the man herself, but Frances is clearly acutely aware of the ways in which she's been influenced by her iconic father.
Today would have been Cobain's 50th birthday.
The occasion has prompted outpourings of grief and nostalgia from family, friends, and fans, but perhaps no tribute is as moving as the one paid by Frances early this morning.
The 24-year-old posted the following image of a handwritten note to her Instagram page:
"Today would have been your 50th birthday. You are loved and you are missed," the message reads.
"Thank you for giving me the gift of life. Forever your daughter, Frances Bean Cobain."
In the past, Frances has spoken with surprising candor about her troubled father's short life and death.
"The world demanded it of him," Frances said of her father's suicide in an interview last year.
"I think that was one of the main triggers as to why he felt he didn't want to be here and everyone would be happier without him."
"In reality, if he had lived,...I would have had a dad. And that would have been an incredible experience."
Early in life, Frances faced challenges few young people encounter (she was estranged from her mother, Courtney Love), throughout much of her life, she seems to have developed into a surprisingly stable and grounded adult.
She's mended fences with Love, endured a high-profile divorce with dignity, and built a career for herself as a a visual artist.
Nothing can make up for the absence of a parent in a child's life, but we hope Frances finds some comfort in knowing how proud she would've made her father.
It appears as if Chris Zylka has spent at least one night in Paris.
Hilton, that is.
In a sexual manner of speaking.
The socialite-turned-DJ-turned-Donald-Trump-voter shared several PDA-filled Instagram photos with over the weekend of her and her new boyfriend.
There hadn't been any rumors prior to these pictures of Hilton and Zylka even knowing each other, but it's now pretty obvious that they do know each other... intimately.
“My #Valentine,” Hilton captioned the above photo of the couple dressed in some rather fancy clothes.
That pretty much says it all right there, doesn't it?
In a second photo from the same evening, Hilton looks beautiful in a maroon-patterned dress and diamond choker, while The Leftover actor dons a tuxedo and black tie.
“The best feeling is when someone looks at you like you are magic…” Hilton wrote of this snapshot.
Zylka is likely best known for his role in HBO's The Leftovers, as mentioned above.
But he also appeared on The Secret Circle, 90210 and in The Amazing Spider-Man.
He was born on May 9, 1985 in Warren, Ohio.
Prior to whatever occasion prompted Hilton and Zylka to dress to the nines for these images, the latter attended the entrepreneur’s star-studded birthday party in New York City last week.
He was joined there by Paris’ sister, Nicky Hilton Rothschild, Ashley Benson, Keyshia Cole and other celebrities.
Hilton posted an Instagram video from the night, in which her handsome new man presents her with a massive cake while the rest of the crowd sings “Happy Birthday.”
In another new Instagram picture, meanwhile, the ex-reality star is embrace from behind (not like that!) by Zylka, as the two holds hand and appear to be very much in love.
"Live. Love. Sparkle…" Paris wrote as a caption.
Zylka was previously engaged to model Hanna Beth, but they broke up in 2015. He also dated Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale.
Hilton has been with businessman Thomas Gross, Greek billionaire Stavros Niarchos, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Hills star Doug Reinhardt.
That's quite the eclectic dating resume, huh?
We wish this relatively new couple nothing but the best!