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 that Nick will choose Vanessa, as predicted, or will he opt for Raven in an epic twist? What is the "first" we've been promised?
ABC has suggested, via a promo for the finale, that there will be something on that, or the After the Final Rose special, that's unprecedented.
What could it be? And how will it impact that question on everybody's mind, no matter who walks away with the engagement ring Monday:
Do you think it can possibly last?
Hit the comments below and tell us if you believe Nick and Vanessa will indeed get engaged, and assuming they do, if they 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!
Erin Moran, the actress best known for having portrayed Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days, was found dead on Saturday from causes unknown.
She was 56 years old.
According to TMZ sources, authorities in Indiana received a call just after 4 p.m. this afternoon from someone reporting he or she had come across an "unresponsive female."
When emergency medical technicians arrived on the scene, they found Moran's corpse.
Moran sky-rocketed to fame in the early 1970s when she was cast as the younger sister of Ron Howard’s beloved character on Happy Days.
In 1982, she went on to star opposite Scott Baio on the short-lived spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.
It was canceled after just one season.
Following her quick rise to fame, however, Moran struggled in life.
She appeared to have a drinking problem and, after a series of bizarre incidents, eventually landed her in a trailer park in Indiana.
She had reportedly gone broke and was kicked out of the mobile home she shared with husband, Steve Fleischmann.
Along with her aforementioned legendary role, Moran appeared on episodes of Murder, She Wrote, Desperation Boulevard and VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.
An autopsy has been scheduled to determined cause of death.
In 2011, Moran and three of her Happy Days costars (Don Most, Anson Williams and Marion Ross), along with the estate of Tom Bosley, who died in 2010, sued CBS for breach of contract.
Alleging that they had not been paid for merchandising relating to the series, they sought millions in damages.
In 2012, CBS and the actors settled their lawsuit, with the group receiving and undisclosed amount of money.
A Burbank, California native, Moran started acting in television shows and movies before she was 10 years old.
She was just 14 when she caught her major break on Happy Days.
In response to this sad news, former co-stars of Moran's took to social media and expressed their sadness. To wit:
Ron Howard: Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I'll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens.
Henry Winkler: OH Erin... now you will finally have the peace you wanted so badly here on earth ...Rest In It serenely now.. too soon.
Added Moran’s good friend, Erin Murphy, who played Tabitha on Bewitched:
“So sad to share that my friend Erin Moran has passed away. Rest In Peace, sweet girl.
Other stars also chimed in on Moran's passing, such as Yvette Nicole Brown, who Tweeted:
"Such sad news. #RIP #ErinMoran #HappyDays Star Dead At 56. We all loved #JoanieCunningham."
And Troy Hughes: "THIS JUST IN ... Erin Moran who starred in "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" has died according to @TMZ ... She was 56."
We send along our condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Erin Moran.
It's almost time for the new season of Marriage Boot Camp -- are you excited?!
You should be, because this season is a very special Reality Stars Family Edition, which means that we'll get to see four reality stars try to repair their relationships with their family.
We'll see Kendra Wilkinson and her mother, which should be extremely messy, and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino with his two brothers, which should be Jersey Shore-style trashy.
Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson will be there with his mother, and from what we've seen, it just looks like that will be terribly sad.
The group will be rounded out with none other than Farrah Abraham and her parents, Debra and Michael.
And that's where the magic lies.
The show was kind enough to release an extended look at what goes down this season, and it's ... well, it's disturbing and uncomfortable and really all the things we knew it would be.
In Farrah's introduction video, she explains that "I'm here because I'm done with f-cking crazy ass drama in my life."
OK, honey. Sure.
"I've seen my mom do very hurtful things," she says, "and I've gone to the point where I was like, 'then f-cking die already.'"
If she ever said "f-cking die already" to her mother, is there really any point in trying to salvage the relationship?
Farrah also says that if she has to choose one word to describe her father, it would be "pansy," so maybe they should all just pack up and save themselves some time.
Oh, and she ALSO says that she has no family support and no family to help her, which is funny, considering we've seen her parents step up time and time again when she decided to chase fame instead of raising her daughter.
Another fun fact: at one point this season, we get to see Chad Johnson's mother fight Farrah's father.
See all this madness and so, so much more in the clip below:
Remember earlier this week when, to celebrate the sacred holiday of 4/20, Kim Kardashian put a surprising new line of merchandise on her website?
Perhaps you don't. It was 4/20, after all.
To recap, Kim released some nifty new items like pieces of clothing proudly displaying the message "Sorry for what I said while I was high," a few lighters, and something called an "ass tray."
But the most controversial item for sale was -- wait for it -- a prayer candle lovingly decorated with a photo of Kim as the Virgin Mary.
Or insanely blasphemous, depending on your outlook.
As it turns out, many, many people were offended by the candle. And, as always, they took to social media to announce their displeasure.
"Really your face on the candle of the Virgin Mary are you that vane?" one person asked her. "Ooh wee are you going to get the wrath of God."
Another outraged soul wrote "Have you no respect for the Virgin Mary!!!! I am offended by your candle! Shame on you disrespecting Jesus' mother!"
One particularly salty person said "If anything, your face deserves to be on the fire inside the candle."
But hey, to be fair, maybe Kim wasn't fully aware of all the pieces in this new line or merchandise before she signed off on it, you know? She is a busy woman, after all.
It could have been someone else's idea, and she just agreed to it without really considering it.
Well, that could be possible, if Kim didn't step out in a Virgin Mary dress shortly after the controversy began.
Yes, photos have made their way to the internet of Kim wearing a short, tight, see-through dress with a photo of Mary herself (not the Kim/Mary hybrid from the candle) right in the middle of her chest.
She's obviously not sorry.
And the Catholic League itself considers the dress a step too far -- they said as much in a scathing new statement they made about Kim.
The statement begins with "We've never seen any indication that Kim Kardashian venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary -- she is a former porn star -- so her latest headline-grabbing stunt can only be seen as exploitative."
"Former porn star"? Yeah, this is going to get bad.
The Catholic League takes issue with Kim's candle, of course, but also with its inclusion with the other weed-tastic items. They also refer to an item with her "bare mammoth behind" on it.
Amazing. Simply amazing.
They hate on Kim's dress, which, honestly, is actually kind of cute, then close the statement with a solid bit of shade.
"We know that she and her family have been through a lot -- their problems are mostly self-induced -- but that is no excuse for ripping off Catholic iconography to make a quick buck and grab headline news."
Kim hasn't responded to this statement or any of the controversy, and we doubt she will.
But man, what a roller coaster this has been.
Seriously, what is it with airlines and their employees losing their damn minds on flights lately?
Earlier this month, we heard the sad, bizarre story of a United Airlines flight that had gotten overbooked: five passengers were selected at random to leave the plane, and when one man refused, he was brutally beaten.
A few days after that, we heard about a bride and groom who were allegedly removed from a flight to their honeymoon destination.
Even Jenelle Evans jumped on the new trend, claiming that an American Airlines employee assaulted her in an airport.
But right now, American Airlines is under fire again -- and there's a pretty damning video to go along with the allegations.
On a flight yesterday, a mother was boarding a plane with her twin babies and a stroller. A passenger on the flight explains that a flight attendant "violently" took the stroller from her, hitting her and "just missing the baby."
After that, several passengers began taking video -- you can see the aftermath of the incident below.
The mother in question stands at the front of the plane, sobbing, and you can hear a man say that he's "not going to sit here and watch this."
He makes his way to the front as well, and asks for the flight attendant's name. It's a little hard to hear what's being said, as the woman is crying so loudly.
Which, fair -- it must be hard enough to fly with two babies, and some guy has to hit her with a stroller?
The flight attendant who did the deed returns to the plane to talk to the pilot, and the man who'd been asking for his name confronts him.
"Hey bud," he tells him. "You do that to me and I'll knock you flat."
The attendant first tells him to stay out of it, but then he charges towards him, saying "try it, hit me, hit me," over and over.
The pilot and another employee diffuse the situation, and as they're leading the flight attendant away again, he tells the man "you don't know the whole story," which doesn't exactly make a ton of sense.
The man, rightfully so, says "I don't need to know the whole story, you almost hurt a baby."
American Airlines has already released a statement about the incident, and they say that they've started an investigation.
The flight attendant has been removed from duty for the time being, and the woman and her family were upgraded to first class for the rest of their trip.
Watch the absolute madness in the video below:
It may be hard to believe, but it's been two years now since Caitlyn Jenner first announced to the world that she's a transgender woman, courtesy of a Diane Sawyer interview.
Well, last night she had another chat with Diane, and the new revelations she made are nearly as shocking.
For instance, Caitlyn revealed that she really doesn't talk to many of her children anymore -- including the Kardashians.
"Some I have remained very close to," she explained. "A couple of them ... I'm a little more distant."
"I have to admit, I'll sit here and wonder, 'Is it because of my transitioning? Or is because their life is so busy that they don't call, like, all the time?'"
We have to imagine that she's "a little more distant" with Khloe, who's had big issues with Caitlyn ever since she announced her transition.
There's also a chance that Caitlyn doesn't hear from any of the Kardashians, since Kris Jenner is obviously feeling very attacked by Caitlyn these days.
"Nobody calls that much," Caitlyn admitted in the interview. "I mostly reach out to them. Obviously, the Jenner side calls more, but they all have their own lives."
Isn't that the saddest thing you ever heard?
Hold on, because it just gets worse.
She also talked about her famous Vanity Fair cover, the world's first introduction to Caitlyn Jenner, and how her children felt about it.
"I know my kids, they thought, 'You know what, it's a little too much,'" she said. "But, from my standpoint, I had suffered for 65 years. To have a beautiful shot of my authentic self was important."
"I wanted to end the old Bruce, my old life, and that picture did it."
And it worked -- these days, she's "Happy, peaceful, I have peace in my soul. All of that confusion has left me."
The confusion was real, as you can imagine.
She revealed that before she transitioned, she put specific instructions in her will that when she died, "when I'm buried, I wanted to be dressed as her. Because that's the way I was going to heaven."
As for settling down again, Caitlyn isn't too into the idea -- and understandably so, considering how some of her marriages have ended.
"I don't see really even dating in my future," she explained. "I have not been approached. I've never been out on date [in two years]."
"I just have a lot of friends. My life revolves around my kids."
But the interview wasn't all talk about love and family. At one point, Caitlyn got political.
She said that she did vote for Trump -- which isn't a surprise -- because she thought that he'd do a good job with the LGBT community. How she thought that, we have no idea, but it happened.
But, like countless other Americans, she's regretting her vote.
"This administration for me, it was extremely, extremely disappointing. Here's the deal breaker with the Republican party and the deal breaker is, you mess with my community, you don't give us equality and a fair shot, I'm coming after you."
So it sounds like Caitlyn is doing well these days, huh? She seems very settled in her new life, and very happy.
A few shocking new details regarding the suicide of Aaron Hernandez have reportedly been brought to light.
According to an article in Newsweek, the former New England Patriots tight end and convicted murderer left three suicide notes this week prior to hanging himself in prison.
One was to his fiancee. One was to his daughter.
And the third was to his boyfriend in jail.
All three hand-written messages were placed next to a Bible in Hernandez's solitary prison cell in the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
The Bible was opened to a section of the New Testament, John 3:16, which reads as follows:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him would not perish but have eternal life.”
As previously noted, Hernandez had scrawled this same verse on his forehead with red ink, while also making marks on his hands and feet with that red pen.
It was as if the disgraced athlete was mimicking the stigmata associated with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The Newsweek continues:
The 27-year-old ex NFL star - who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for a murder he committed in 2013 - proceeded to jam the track of his cell door with cardboard to make it difficult for guards to enter.
He also slicked the floor with liquid soap and shampoo. For what purpose?
Investigators believe he did this make it harder for him to back out in case he lost his nerve.
Hernandez then wrapped his bed sheet around his neck numerous times and tied one end of it to a bar on the window of his cell.
A guard saw Hernandez's dangling body around 3 a.m. on Tuesday; he was then transported to UMass Leominster hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m.
Hernandez was convicted in April of 2015 for shooting and killing his friend, Odin Lloyd.
There was plenty of evidence to convict the former University of Florida standout, but his motive for the crime remained unclear.
Now, however, interviews with multiple law enforcement officials closely tied to the case say Lloyd had information the football star did not want out:
That Hernandez was bisexual.
Ernest Wallace, a co-defendant in the Lloyd murder case, told detectives the victim had called Hernandez a “schmoocher,” which was translated at the time by Hernandez and his friends as a gay slur.
Wallace, who is in prison for helping Hernandez get rid of the Lloyd murder weapon, also allegedly told his cousin during a jailhouse visit that he would not have assisted with this crime if he had known Hernandez was a “limp wrist.”
Source tell Newsweek that Hernandez penned his third suicide note to a male lover in jail who is now on suicide watch.
This same detailed article claims that Hernandez had a longtime boyfriend prior to being sentenced to prison.
He was a high school friend and this man was interviewed extensively by authorities after Lloyd’s murder; he was even forced to testify in front of a grand jury.
Law enforcement confirm that Hernandez moved a significant amount of money into three accounts shortly before his arrest for the Lloyd killing:
One account was for his fiancée; a second was for his daughter; the third, where the majority of the cash was moved, was for this unnamed boyfriend.
Officials have confirmed that Hernandez did, indeed, kill himself.
Some people close to the ex-Patriots player have made controversial comments that Hernandez never would do such a thing. They've implied a murder is being covered up.
But if the details of this latest extensive report are accurate, it may be the case that Aaron Hernandez kept a lot secret from those who thought they knew him well.
Aaron Hernandez smiles here with his fiancee. The late tight end is believed to have lived a double life, afraid for years that his bisexual preferences would be made public
We may never know every last aspect of his life.
But we do know this life is now over.
Hernandez leaves behind a four-year old daughter.
One year ago today, Michelle McNamara passed away in her sleep at the age of 46.
McNamara was an accomplished true crime writer, but was probably best known to the general public as the wife of beloved comedian Patton Oswalt.
Today, Oswalt marked the anniversary of his wife's passing in simple, but profound fashion.
Oswalt tweeted two photos of McNamara this morning.
He captioned the images:
"A beautiful friend ... She opened up her heart and let me in..."
In the months since McNamara's death, Oswalt has been open the grieving process as well as the challenged of raising an 8-year-old daughter on his own.
McNamara's unexpected passing appears to have been the result of an accidental overdose caused by low doses of multiple medications that interacted and exacerbated a pre-existing condition.
"We learned today the combination of drugs in Michelle's system, along with a condition we were unaware of, proved lethal," Oswalt said back in February.
Medical examiners reported that McNamara had Xanax, Adderall and the potent prescription painkiller Fentanyl in her system at the time of her death.
In a tragic coincidence, her death came on the same day that Prince suffered a fatal overdose on Fentanyl, a drug that's responsible for much of America's worsening opioid epidemic.
In the months of her life, McNamara was hard at work on a book about a murderer she dubbed "the Golden State Killer."
McNamara's unfinished work will serve as the basis for a 48 Hours special about the killer, set to air on Saturday night.
“She had a mind for the details of true crime the way other people have for baseball or me for films,” Oswalt says, discussing his wife's work for a segment the show.
“She could recall the details of pretty much every late 20th and 21st century crime. It was just in her head."
After a several-month hiatus, Oswalt recently returned to acting and standup.
He's currently on tour and can also be seen in new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, available on Netflix.
We've always been fans of Patton's comedy, and now we're in total admiration of his strength, as well.
Our thoughts go out to Patton and his daughter on what must be an incredibly difficult day.
It's been one year since the world learned that Prince had passed away at his Minnesota home at the age of 57.
We know that Prince was a victim of the opioid epidemic currently ravaging the US, but while questions remain about the circumstances of his death, there was never any doubt about the enormity of his talent or the lasting impact of his life.
Today, fans marked the one year anniversary of the Purple One's death by paying homage on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Check out some of the most moving tributes in the gallery below:
1. At Paisley Park
Prince's impromptu performances remain a fond memory for the tens of thousands who ere lucky enough to witness one.
2. Prince: "For You" Lyrics
Some fans sought solace in the Purple One's lyrics.
Some fans have suggested an official holiday to mark Prince's passing.
4. "Dearly Beloved..."
Others noted that Prince addressed the big questions of life and death in his massive body of work.
5. A Life of Service
Some fans took time to acknowledge Prince's humanitarian efforts.
6. Prince Mural
Murals commemorating the Purple one have sprung up all over the country. Not surprisingly, most are in Minnesota.