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‘The Bachelor’ Poll: Who Will Get The Final Rose From The Three Women Left Vying For Peter’s Heart?

Hometowns are over, and now we move on to next week’s ‘Fantasy Suites” episode  of ABC’s The Bachelor, which we know already has some drama, because Madison is saving herself from marriage, and from all the previews an ultimatum may be given to Peter from her!

This season of The Bachelor is supposed to conclude with something that has never happened before, or is very drama-filled.

The question is: from the three women left in the reality-dating competition; does anyone of them get the final rose and Peter’s heart?

We have Hannah Ann, Madison and Victoria F. who will be on next week’s episode when the series heads to Australia for the seemingly all-important episode.

But will none of these women get a proposal? Will someone such as Hannah Brown come back at the end and stir things up? Is there someone else from Peter’s past about to pop up?

Vote below on who you think Peter chooses in the end in our ‘Bachelor’ Poll.  Then let us know in the comment section why you cast your vote that way.

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Former ‘Bachelor’ Colton Underwood Comes Out as Gay

This morning on the highly-promoted sit-down interview with GMA’s Robin Roberts, former ‘Bachelor’ lead Colton Underwood, revealed that he was gay and that he has finally come to terms with it.

The ex-football star shared: “Obviously this year’s been a lot for a lot of people, and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or what they’ve been putting off in their lives. For me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time and I’ve hated myself for a long time, and I’m gay. I came to terms with that that earlier this year and have been processing it. The next step in all of this was sort of letting people know. I’m still nervous, but it’s been a journey for sure. I’m like the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my life. That means the world to me.”

Underwood expressed he went through a very dark time to be able to reveal his truth: “I got into a place in my personal life that was dark and bad. I can list a bunch of different things, but they’d all be excuses. I think overall the reason why now is because I got to a place where I didn’t think I was ever going to share this. I would rather have died than say ‘I’m gay,’ and I think that was sort of my wake up call. There was a moment in L.A. that I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,” he said. “I didn’t have the intentions of waking up, and I did. And I think for me that was my wake up call, that, ‘This is your life. Take back control.’ I think looking back even beyond that is… even just suicidal thoughts and driving my car close to a cliff, like, ‘Oh, if this goes off the cliff, it’s not that big of a deal.’ I don’t feel that anymore.”’

As to the questions or anger that ‘Bachelor Nation’ are going to have that Underwood misled the female contestants on his season, or he duped the audience, Colton said: “I thought a lot about this…Do I regret being ‘The Bachelor?’ And handling it the way that I did?’  I do think I could have handled it better, I’ll say that. I just wish I wouldn’t have dragged people into my own mess of figuring out who I was. I genuinely mean that, but also at the same time I can say ‘I’m sorry’ to all of those women, I can also say ‘thank you,’ because without them and without the ‘Bachelor’ franchise, I don’t know if this would have ever come out.”

Colton was highly-promoted during his season as the “Virgin Bachelor”.  He acknowledged he was indeed a virgin at that time, but it was because he was gay, but just “didn’t know how to handle it”.   Underwood also shared he was thankful to God that he was cast on the reality-competition as one of its season’s leads because he thought that would make him straight.  He told Roberts in his talk with God, ‘Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fiancée, and then I’m going to have the kids, then I’m going to have the house, and then I’m going to have all this.’

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As to his contentious break-up with ‘Bachelor’ contestant, Cassie Randolph, where she had at one time had a restraining order put on Underwood and later revoked it, he admitted: “I would like to say sorry for how things ended. I messed up, I made a lot of bad choices.”  But told Robin Roberts, he indeed loved Cassie, sharing, “That only made it harder and more confusing for me. if I’m being very honest, I loved everything about her. And it’s hard for me to articulate exactly what my emotions were, and going through that relationship with her was, because I obviously had an internal fight going on. I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.”

Underwood shared that his upbringing in the Catholic church and being in the world of high school, college, and pro sports contributed to why he never came out previously, citing,: ” learned in the Bible that gay is a sin. I had made mistakes in my sports and in my athletic career, and when you make mistakes, ‘that play was gay’ or that was a bad… gay was always affiliated with a connotation of negativity, and I think there’s a lot of things when I look back, like, ‘No wonder I held it in.’”

So, were you surprised that Colton revealed he was gay? How do you feel about the journey he expressed in his interview on GMA to speak his truth? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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

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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Chris Harrison In First Interview Since ‘Bachelor’ Controversy Says He Wants To Be Back as Host; But GMA’s Michael Strahan Says Apology was a “Surface Response”

Thursday’s Good Morning America featured the highly-publicized first interview with ‘Bachelor’ franchise host and executive producer, Chris Harrison, since he stepped away from the show following his controversial remarks on current Bachelor contestant Rachel Kirkconnell, amid the airing of a season that has seen the first-ever Black male lead of the reality series, Matt James.

Speaking with GMA co-host, Michael Strahan, Harrison spoke of remarks he made during his interview with ex-Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay on Extra that sparked the firestorm.

Harrison admitted the words he spoke to Lindsey were “in a manner that perpetuates racism,” adding “I am an imperfect man I made a mistake and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for.”

 

The incident began when photos surfaced on social media of Kirkconnell at an Old South-themed party that she attended back in 2018, along with allegations she “liked” many Instagram posts that were racist in nature, and what many viewed as Harrison coming to her defense in this time of what he then called “cancel culture”.

On GMA, Chris expressed: “Antebellum parties are not OK,  Past, present, future, knowing what that represents is unacceptable.”

He also apologized to Lindsay, who had to shut down her Instagram account because of viral vitriol being sent her way over the incident with Harrison, adding this message to the public, “Anyone who is throwing hate towards Rachel Lindsay, please stop. It’s unacceptable.”

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As to how he is trying to make amends, Harrison shared: “I made a mistake and I own that, Racism, oppression, these are big dynamic problems and they take serious work. I am committed to that work.”  The longtime Bachelor host then announced he is working with race educator Dr. Eric Dyson who has taught him about the idea of “counsel, not cancel”.

Chris says he plans to be back hosting the reality-dating series, expressing:  “I plan to be back. I want to be back.  This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done.”

Following the exclusive, Michael Strahan described his conversation with Chris Harrison stating: “His apology is his apology, but it felt like it got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. Obviously, he is the man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”

So, what do you think of Chris Harrison’s responses during his first interview since the controversy? Should he return to hosting The Bachelor franchise? Comment below. But first check out his GMA exclusive.

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