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THE BACHELOR: “I Want Crazy” Hometowns Brings More Drama With Victoria F. And Later A Surprise Elimination

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It was “hometowns” on Monday’s night’s episode of The Bachelor! And, we all know what that means, right? Fathers questioning the intention of “The Bachelor’ with their daughters, said ‘Bachelor’ not quite saying the word “I love you” back when one or more of the contestants vying for his heart tell him the “L” word, mothers worried their daughters hearts will be broken …. and so it goes …

For Peter Weber’s season, he had “hometowns” with Hannah Ann, Kelsey, Madison and well, sort of with Victoria F.   First up is Hannah Ann’s meet and greet and grilling with her family.  When Peter talks to Hannah Ann’s dad, Rick, he tells him he is falling for her, but Rick doesn’t want him to say he loves Hannah Ann to her, unless he means it.  Later,  Peter does indeed tell Hannah Ann that he is in love with her and she repeats the same.   Hannah Ann continues to look like a frontrunner; especially after all that went down and is about to go down in the week ahead.

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Next, we go to Iowa to meet Kelsey’s family, where she first tells Peter she is also falling in love with him, to which, he can only respond, something along the lines of ‘thank you for telling me’, ‘that means so much to me’, or ‘so good to hear’.  Uh-oh!  He did not seemingly share her feelings.  Will that come back to bite Kelsey in the end? Kelsey’s mom is, of course, worried for Kelsey’s heart to be broken during their chitchat on the ‘hometowns”.  Stay tuned, mom.

Peter heads south for a date with Madison to meet her family in Auburn, Alabama.  Weber sees first hand that is a very religious family and that their faith means everything to them.   Madison’s mom, Tonya, asks her privately if she’s  talked to Peter about decisions she’s made about her relationships – that she is  saving herself for marriage.  It is then we learn that Madison is afraid to tell Peter, but won’t compromise her values, either.   Madison’s dad comes down hard on Peter about not breaking Madison’s heart, his firstborn daughter.   But in the end, it looks like Peter is still all in with Madison as a top contender for the final rose.

How apropos that the producers of The Bachelor brought in country singer/songwriter, Hunter Hayes for a guest spot and had him appropriately, sing his hit song, “I Want Crazy” during a big “set-up” impromptu concert/dance gathering in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Victoria Fuller’s hometown.   While the two have a fun-filled afternoon and seem to be enjoying each other, the drama ratchets up 100% when a mysterious woman called out Peter’s name, (while he is alone for a moment), and for some reason her face is blurred out during the conversation.

The woman is Merissa Pence, a former flame of Weber’s, who apparently lives in Virginia Beach, as well.  She tells Peter to be careful with Victoria F.  And, that Fuller has wrecked quite a few relationships around town, and is not the woman he thinks she is.   Gut-punched, Peter does not know at first what to do with the Intel.

At night, when it is time for the ‘hometown’ to meet Victoria’s family; Peter pulls Victoria aside and tells her what happened.  He notes that her ex Chase Rice stopped by one of their dates, and now the same thing has happened to him when an ex interrupted their date.  Victoria becomes extremely defensive, starts to cry, lashes out at Peter and walks away. “Do you think that I enjoy this right now?” Peter tells her,  but Victoria says it doesn’t matter anymore.  He gets in the limo, the ‘hometown’ is off, and Victoria is left crying on the street as her family comes out to her rescue to hold her.

US Weekly reported that the mysterious woman, Merrisa and Peter had dated for five months back in 2012 and ended their relationship as friends.  As to how Pence became involved in all of this, she said she reached out to the show producers, because she wanted to get a message to Peter about Victoria, expressing: “I talked to them for about an hour. They said they’d call me back. They didn’t call me back until about 9:30pm and they were like, ‘Hey, we don’t feel like we’ve vetted the situation enough to bring you on the show.’ I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a bummer, but I wish him the best and I totally understand.’ So I was kinda just like mulling over how I could still make it work,” adding that she called a producer the next day asking if she could watch filming and “maybe talk to Peter” after his date. The producer agreed and texted her 30 minutes before she needed to be there.”  The rest is, well, ‘Bachelor’ TV history.

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The next day, Victoria shows up at Peter’s hotel room and says she says she’s falling in love with him. He is confused and that they lack communication skills. No kidding!! These two put the “D” in dysfunction.  Peter says he needs some time to think about what he wants to do.

Now, we are back in Los Angeles for the rose ceremony, and Peter kicks to the curb Kelsey and keeps in the running Victoria F.!  But at the end of the episode, knowing that the group is going to Australia for the “Fantasy Suites” week, Madison chimes to Peter that she needs to speak to him.  Will she finally reveal that she is saving herself for marriage before embarking on the trip to Australia to compete for his heart?  Stay tuned.

So, what did you think about Kelsey exiting and Victoria F. staying in the running for the final rose? The “hometowns”? Comment below. But first, watch the confrontation between Victoria and Peter from last night’s episode.

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Lil Jon, Lance Bass & Tituss Burgess Added To Celebrity Guest Hosts Replacing Chris Harrison on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Now that Chris Harrison is completely gone from the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, more names were added revealed today as guest hosts for the upcoming summer season of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise.

Previously, David Spade was named as one of the celebs who will make an appearance, now Variety is reporting that Lil Jon, Lance Bass and Tituss Burgess will all take a turn at hosting the series that is currently in production in Mexico,

As well, the report indicates that former ‘Bachelorette’ contestant Wells Adams and his fiancée Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland will also appear on the series this summer, but just how, and their roles in it, are undisclosed at this moment.

Harrison took to social media yesterday after his official exit from Bachelor Nation expressing: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise, and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”

So, what do you think of this slew of guest hosts replacing Chris Harrison on Bachelor in Paradise? Comment below.

 

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Chris Harrison Exits ‘The Bachelor’ Permanently With Reported Eight-Figure Payout & Promise to Keep His Mouth Shut

After his 17-year-run as longtime host, and one of the executive producers of the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, Chris Harrison, is exiting the ABC reality-dating competition scene, after a legal settlement was finalized in the last 24 hours.

Harrison, who is not hosting this season’s The Bachelorette (which debuted last night), or the upcoming Bachelor in Paradise late summer season, reportedly will receive a reported, mid-range eight-figure payoff with a promise to keep his mouth shut on all the behind-the-scenes secrets.

Deadline broke the news Tuesday morning with an official public announcement on the parting of the ways slated for later today.

Apparently, a confidential settlement with franchise producers and the show’s distributor, Warner Horizon was finally reached on Monday night, and Harrison’s team pledged to expose The Bachelor’s ‘dirty laundry” unless Harrison’s financial settlement went his way.

Chris’ problems began earlier this year when photos surfaced on social media of ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Rachael Kirkconnell’s participation in an Old South slave plantation-themed party during Matt James’ season of the series, where he was the first Black male lead of the show.

Harrison was then interviewed by former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay on Extra where he seemed to offer ‘compassion” to Kirkconnell for her previous mistakes in this time of “cancel culture”.  His remarks were met with sharp criticism, and so in mid-February Chris announced he would be “stepping aside” from what was to be the finish of the landmark season of  The Bachelor.  Making matter worse was that Kirkconnell received the final rose from James, and then in the aftermath for the After the Final Rose season finale, Harrison was replaced by Emmanuel Acho, who learned that the two broke-up following the taping of the season.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.

So, glad Chris Harrison is OUT on all ‘Bachelor’ series hosting gigs?  Who do you think should replace him? Should the franchise pack-it-up? Comment below.

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David Spade IN, Chris Harrison OUT as Guest Hosts Planned for Season 7 of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’

Now here’s a hosting switch, and it actually makes more sense than some might think which comes on the heels of longtime ‘Bachelor’ franchise staple, Chris Harrison, still being sidelined after his controversial and insensitive remarks during last season.

With the summer Bachelor in Paradise season is set to air on ABC, the plan is to have rotating guest hosts.  One of which is comedian David Spade who closed his deal, while other celeb offers are still out.  All this, according to a report in Variety.

Spade is a huge “Bachelor” franchise fan and has provided hilarious commentary on social media in the past, and it appears the producers want to inject some humor into the upcoming series, amid all the heavy controversy that has fallen on to the franchise in 2020 and 2021.

The cast of contestants has yet to be revealed but Bachelor in Paradise will return on Monday, August 16, at 8 p.m. ET.

As to what other guest hosts may be in the season, stay tuned.  The show has made it clear that for Bachelor in Paradise it will not use former contestants as guest hosts as it has for The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Meanwhile, the overall fate of Chris Harrison with the franchise is still apparently in limbo.

So, what do you think of David Spade guest co-hosting Bachelor in Paradise? Comment below.

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