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‘Bachelor’ Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell’s Break-up Revealed on ‘After the Final Rose’

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The one-two punch of the three hour ‘Bachelor’ season finale addressed what happened between the contestant who received the final rose, Rachael Kirkconnell, and Matt James, who was the first Black bachelor in franchise history.

In the two-hour season finale, many viewers on social media were outraged that Matt let Michelle Young go, and sent her home, saying he could not get there with her, ahead of the day of the proposal leaving Rachael Kirkconnell as the last woman standing.

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However through the finale, Matt was haunted by the words of his mother, who told him to be cautious due to her history with Matt’s father.  This affected Matt so deeply, that in the end when it was time for Rachael to meet him for the proposal ceremony, he ultimately did not propose, but instead he gave her the final rose, and wanted to continue their relationship.  Seemed like a happy ending? Not so fast.

 

As everyone who follows the show now knows, during the latter part of the season, photos of Rachael emerged of her attending an Antebellum-themed party in 2018, as well as her “liking” posts with racially insensitive slants.  Later, Chris Harrison defended Rachael during an interview on Extra with Ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.  He then stepped down from his hosting duties for the After the Final Rose wrap-up episode.  Enter Emmanuel Acho who hosted the final hour.

It was on After the Final Rose that viewers learned publicly for the first time that Matt had broken-up with Kirkconnell once the photos came to light and that he did it over a phone call with her.

When speaking with Acho about the photos, James explained that at first, “I dismissed them as rumors, because that’s what they were to me.  You hear things that are heartbreaking … and you just pray they’re not true.  And then, when you find out that they are … it just makes you question everything.”

Later, in the episode when Rachael and Matt saw each other for the first time since the break-up, Matt said to his now ex, “When I questioned our relationship, it was in the context of you not fully understanding my blackness and what it means to be a Black man in America.  It broke my heart, because this is the last conversation I thought we’d be having. I didn’t sign up to have this conversation.”

When Acho pressed Rachael about her photos from the Antebellum-themed party, and what she sees now looking at them, she said, “I see someone who was living in this ignorance without even, like, thinking about who it would be hurting.”

Acho asked Matt if there was a chance at reconciliation which he shut down, saying Kirkconnell had work to do and she needs to do it alone.  As Rachael cried, James added, “I don’t want to be emotionally responsible for those tears, ’cause it’s like, the work and the reconciliation that needs to be done is work that I can’t do for you.”

So, what did you think about Matt choosing Rachael over Michelle? Then, what did you think of the break-up of Rachael and Matt? Happy to hear it is over, or do you have a different opinion on the matter? Whatever the case, this season of The Bachelor, where it should have been inclusive, would up in the end being divisive. Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Tracy Learns Gregory Died from Cody; Finn and Chase Share Their Grief

Friday’s May 24th episode of General Hospital featured some very touching scenes.

First, when Tracy (Jane Elliot) returned to the stables for a ride, she is met by Cody (Josh Kelly). He tells her she is needed in the house. Tracy doesn’t think anyone needs her there.

Tracy relates how Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) are on a plane to Florence. Cody tells her that they couldn’t get on that plane. Cody can only say, “He’s sorry.” It’s at that moment Tracy is hit with the realization that Gregory passed away.

Cody tells her what he knows of Gregory’s passing, but Tracy says that she knew this was eventually going to happen, but this feels so sudden. Cody is sorry she had to hear the news from him.  Tracy says, she’s not. She poignantly thinks Gregory must have been a lot like Cody when he was younger. Tracy goes on to say they both have an open way about them as he doesn’t miss a thing, doesn’t talk much, doesn’t push people around, and that he gives people a lot of grace. Cody is moved. Tracy decides she needs to head out.

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Next, Tracy comes to the hospital and meets with Stella. Knowing Stella (Vernee Watson) is a patient advocate, Tracy tells her if anything comes up for Gregory’s death regarding bills or anything she can handle with her hands or her checkbook, to let her know. Tracy reveals that she doesn’t want Gregory’s family to worry about anything right now. She goes on to say to keep her name out of it.

Stella tells Tracy this is her loss to and its OK for her to grieve. Tracy shared that Gregory changed her, and she doesn’t want to let him down, at least not so soon.

At Finn’s, Chase tries to console his brother. Finn tells Chase he also lost his dad, but Chase can see how hard finding Gregory dead has hit Finn; given he has been drinking. Finn tells Chase that the person he found in that bed didn’t look their dad.  He cries that he didn’t want this to happen and Chase hugs his brother tight and says neither did he.

Sitting down together, the two brothers have a heart-to-heart. Finn realizes he handled the entire situation the wrong way and even pushed Elizabeth away.  Chase says there is no correct way to grieve. Finn feels such guilt over how many times in their lives he hurt their father, and now he threw his sobriety away, which Gregory was proud of him for.

Chase says he rebuilt his relationship with their dad, and he can do the same now with his sobriety. Finn asks Chase to get rid of the liquor bottle and so Chase takes care of it.  When Violet (Jophielle Love) and Brook Lynn return, Finn tells Brook Lynn he is so sorry that she and Chase had to miss their honeymoon. Brook Lynn assures him she is here for him for whatever he needs. Next, Finn says he needs a meeting and Chase says he thinks that is a good idea.

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Meanwhile, in Albany, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) is having all sorts of trouble in her attempt to get her law license reinstated during her her hearing vs. Fergus Byrne (Lane Davies). The judges will render their decision within 30 days and notify the parties. Will she head back to Port Charles, find out about Gregory, and wind up at an AA meeting with Finn?

In this episode, the always fabulous Jane Elliot touched out hearts in her scenes as well as Josh Kelly, Michael Easton and Josh Swickard.

So, what did you think about Tracy’s reaction to Gregory’s death? The scenes between Finn and Chase and what will happen to Alexis next? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase Confronts Finn On His Drinking After Gregory’s Death

The saga of the aftermath of Gregory Chase’s (Gregory Harrison) death continuesdon the Thursday May 23rd episode of General Hospital. At Finn’s (Michael Easton), Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) who knows he has lost his sobriety and has been drinking, attempts to tell the good doctor that she cares about him too much to let him throw away seven years sober.

Finn lashes out at Liz and tells her she doesn’t get to tell him when he is allowed to drink. Liz says she’s looking out for Violet (Jophielle Love) as he in turns looks out for her boys. Finn announces that Liz can stay here and make bracelets with Violet or leave. Next, he opens the door, and she walks out.

Immediately, Liz calls Chase (Josh Swickard) telling him to get over to Finn’s as his brother really needs him.  Meanwhile at the Q’s, Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) gives a tender hug to her dad, Ned (Wally Kurth) because she can’t bear the thought of losing him.

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Now back at Finn’s, he takes another drink and Violet emerges with the friendship bracelet and inquires where did Aunt Elizabeth go? Finn covers for the situation and says Liz got called back to the hospital, but she can show the bracelet she made to her later.

Just then, Chase and Brook Lynn finally show up. Surveying the situation, Brook Lynn can see that Finn has been drinking. She takes Violet for a walk so the two brothers can be alone.

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Chase wants to know what happened, “step by step.” He shoots a look at the bottle of booze and says to Finn, “I mean everything that happened.” Finn tells him that Violet was at school and he came upon their father, dead in his bed.  At the point, Finn also admits he had a drink, maybe more than one, although it’s been such an emotional day he is not sure how many he has had. In addition, Finn did not cop to taking a sip of champagne at his brother’s wedding reception, which started this downfall.

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Now the question becomes, what will Finn ask Chase to do? Cover for him? Help him to a meeting? Will he get rid of his brother quickly so he can continue his downward spiral? Weigh-in and share your theory via the comment section below.

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: Cole is Fraught After Seeing Jordan Alive; Ashley Collapses After Her Plans for Tucker Go South

On Wednesday’s May 22nd episode of The Young and the Restless, Cole (J. Eddie Peck) is reeling from finding a secret passage way to the basement where Victor (Eric Braeden) is holding a very much alive, Jordan (Colleen Zenk).

Behind the bars that hold her captive, she pleads with him to get her out of there. Jordan’s convinced Cole will help her because her sister, Eve, was his mother.

A stunned Cole asks, “How did you get in here? We heard that you drowned in that river!” Jordan reveals Victor took her and has been torturing her. Jordan pleads with Cole that she’s reformed. She then says, if he gets her freed she will leave town and never return.

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Cole pushed back,“Do you think that I would actually believe you after everything you’ve done?!” Jordan tells him to please call the police on Victor because being in a real jail would be better for her than this. She says, “I can’t take this anymore.” Jordan panics when Cole leaves her there.

Later, a stunned Cole is trying to decide what to do. He has lunch with Victoria (Amelia Heinle) and Claire (Hayley Erin). Next, C9le excuses himself and makes a phone call to Michael and says, “How soon can you meet me?”

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Meanwhile, Ms. Abbott has Tucker (Trevor St. John) alone at the jazz club and is doing everything she can to seduce him, all the while with her intent to kill him. He is on to her, and knows he is not talking to the real Ashley (Eileen Davidson).

Meanwhile at the Abbotts, Alan Laurent (Christopher Cousins) talks with Jack (Peter Bergman) and Traci (Beth Maitland), revealing he believes Ashley’s different behaviors seems unlikely to have been caused by a break-up in Paris with Tucker, He feels something else more traumatic happened in Paris after Tucker left.

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At the end of the episode, Ms. Abbott loses her cool with Tucker as he tells her her to stop running away, “You are not safe,” he says. Next, holding her head as her different alters fight for control, Ashley falls to the floor and passes out.

For more on Ashley’s alters and this storyline, make sure to check out the latest interview with Eileen Davidson on the subject matter via her visit to the Michael Fairman Channel below.

Now let us know, what do you think Cole will do about Jordan? Has everyone finally gotten knocked over the head enough that Ashley has multiple personalities? What happened to her in Paris after she left Tucker that caused the split? Share your theories in the comment section.

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