ABC announces the spin-off's third round of slightly unbalanced housemates
Report: Three girls bounced from VH1 reality series
According to the gossip site, Reed was bounced because she can't get along with the other wives or discuss her baby daddy, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, due to a 2009 gag order. Williams is "too big a liability" after suing Nia Crooks for slapping her this past season. And Nichols was just "too boring."
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The decisions were apparently all made by show executive producer (and Shaq ex-wife) Shaunie O'Neal. On Monday, she told The Insider: "If I would like this franchise to keep going, yeah, three would have to go."
TMZ would not speculate on who might fill the vacancies, and VH1 had no comment about the report.
Fireworks explode over England as Emily goes 'West Virginia hood rat' on one bachelor
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This surprisingly entertaining season of "The Bachelorette" continues this week in London and Stratford Upon Avon, where, conveniently, we get to see the guys humiliated by Shakespeare, which was always going to be a pleasure. (It's like a 16th century revenge, played out 500 years later.)
But we're skipping ahead: First up on this week's one-on-ones is Sean. Is Sean the dark horse this season? He barely even spoke the first couple episodes, until Emily's friends sexually harassed him and made him (a) take off his shirt and (b) do push-ups for their own personal amusement. But he's proven to be a mature, level-headed guy, and Emily can't get enough of his Olympic swimmer looks: "Guys that look like you are usually really boring," she tells him. But he's not! Supposedly. They head to Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park, and he gives an impromptu (?) speech about love: "My parents have shown me great love, and I'm searching for that great love. I haven't found it yet, but I'm hopeful that I will." Emily's all, can we please make out immeeeeediately. They have dinner in the Tower of London. "As you know, I have a six-year-old daughter," Emily says. I'm sure that made sense in context, but it sounds like, "As you know, I have blond hair" or "As you know, we breathe oxygen" or "As you know, I'm a corporeal human being." Not shockingly, Sean did know that, and equally unsurprisingly, he's totally down with the dad thing. He, of course, gets the rose.
Back at the ranch, the guys get the group date card: "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Alejandro makes his sole contribution to the season by identifying the writer as Shakespeare -- which means that we're headed to the Bard's hometown of Stratford-Upon-Avon. The group daters are Chris, Arie, Ryan, Doug, Alejandro, Travis, John, and Kalon, who's put in an extremely bad temper by missing out on his chance for a one-on-one and sits in the back of the room stewing like Patrick Bateman before a kill. Though these outings inevitably reward a good sense of humor and penalize taking things too seriously, Kalon -- improbably cast as Romeo -- hasn't gotten that memo: "He needs to chill out and realize he's not on Broadway," Emily says. He doesn't do either, so Arie steals the show, good-humoredly tramping his way through a performance as a “Romeo & Juliet” nurse. Ryan similarly impresses Emily by finding a way to make out with her on stage.
Shakespeare might actually be proud to know that the real drama came after the play -- with the cocktails. The evening begins typically enough, with Emily and Arie making out, and Ryan continuing to swing the pendulum from douche lothario to smooth operator. (He accomplishes the latter by pulling a necklace out of his pocket and giving it to her: "I'm sorry this is not some nice box or something," he says.) We've already seen a bit of Kalon's bad behavior, when he said that he was waiting impatiently for a one-on-one date -- but that every date's a group date when you're dating a single mom. (As, Emily will soon remind us, Kalon's mom was.) The slow-motion blow-up begins when Kalon complains to Chris about waiting for his chance to talk to Emily: "I'll get a chance to talk to an exhausted sick mother who has a daughter waiting for her." Oh, and? Kalon thinks six-year-old Ricki is baggage. Chris talks this over with Arie, and probably nothing would have come of it except Doug becomes involved -- and single dad Doug thinks that Emily needs to know. Doug actually tackles this the most mature way possible: He asks Kalon if he actually did call Ricki baggage. (He did. He's "not going to apologize for it.") Thus reassured, Doug tells Emily. "I'm trying to to think of the most ladylike way to handle it," she says. Then, she says, "I want to go out there and rip his limbs off and beat him with them." Confronted with his own words, Kalon tries to reframe "baggage" as "responsibility," but it's not working. "She's the furthest thing from baggage, and anyone with the tiniest heart could see that," Emily says. (Her best line is actually "I love to hear you talk, but not before I'm done -- I got that line from you.") Emily kicks him out, but all the drama leaves her in an unhappily contemplative mood. "I'm worried about my judgment," she says. "No one said anything. It makes me wonder, whose back do you have?" Well, except for Doug, right? There will be no roses on this night. "My dream guy would be willing to fight for me," she says. "And I don't know if I have someone who would have my back like that."
Emily, therefore, is even more under the weather when she meets Jef for afternoon tea. And an etiquette lesson. "I realized my one-on-one turned into a two-on-one with [the etiquette expert] and Emily," Jef says, disheartened. It looks incredibly, incredibly painful. "I'm not used to someone correcting me after everything I do on a date," Jef says. The etiquette lesson seems to be cut short: "I'm ready to get the hell out of here," Emily says. They go for fish and chips at a local pub, and then head up the London Eye for dinner and views over the city. Emily tells Jef that she “questions if you're into me all the time,” which seems to utterly mystify Jef. He scores the best Ricki-related answer of the night when Emily asks him if -- when she and Ricki move to Salt Lake City to be with him -- “the party's over.” “No,” he says. “It's like the party's just begun.” Well played, sir. Jef, obviously, gets a rose.
The rose ceremony follows, and is most notable for Ryan recovering from his lame-o showings the previous two weeks, with a dramatic interpretation and bunch of kissing. Emily's not totally buying it ... but she sort of is: “He's so smooth he thinks he can get any girl, and here I am falling for it.” As for the roses, they're going to ... everyone but Alejandro. It's gotta be a little more embarrassing when you're the only guy who's not going home. “Gosh,” he says. “I was definitely not expecting to go home tonight [and not go to Croatia].” We hardly knew ye, friend.
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Mr. Dimples turns down Round 2 of ABC's ratings-buster
The future ex-Travel Channel star has 'No Reservations' about another network series
National Guard asserts stuttering country singer never injured by grenade
The stuttering country singer who wooed the crowd and judges on "America's Got Talent" is apparently a fraud.
Sgt. Timothy Michael Poe, who introduced himself during the first night of auditions in Austin on Monday night, said he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while serving with the National Guard in Afghanistan in 2009. He said the brain injury he received was responsible for his stutter, and that he only started singing after it was recommended to him as a form of speech therapy.
“Sgt. Poe’s official military records do not indicate that he was injured by a grenade in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2009, as he reports,” a spokesman for the Guard said in a widely reported statement.
Exactly what else is not true about the story is unclear. Records indicated that Poe did serve as a supply specialist for the Guard from Dec. 2002 through May 2011, a month of which he served in Afghanistan in 2009.
However, AGTNews adds that his ex-wife, an Air Force veteran, claims Poe is a compulsive liar whom she "never heard have a stutter like (he had on the show)."
On his Sirius radio show, Howard Stern blasted Poe this morning.
"You never lie about your military service," he said. "This lie is wrong on so many levels … This really sickens me."
"America's Got Talent" airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
The guys fight for Emily’s heart, while Ryan seals up this season’s villain role
By Diane Vadino
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It's Episode 4 of "The Bachelorette." And whatever charms of Charlotte, N.C., we've left unexplored will remain ever thus: "You'll be leaving this mansion forever," Chris Harrison tells the guys, not at all dramatically, because we're about to travel to "the first stop on a worldwide trip": Bermuda. The guys collectively whoop and holler until we arrive at their hotel, where we learn that there will be three dates: the group excursion, the one-on-one, and the "dreaded" (it's always "dreaded," in one of Chris Harrison's favorite recurring adjectives) two-on-one. Arie reads the first date card: "Arie, let's explore again." (He's kidding.) It's Doug. The guys razz him: "I think you're building it up too much in your head," one says. Doug is "over the top humble" (as Chris puts it later), but he does not take well to the razz.
In fact, if Emily arrived for their date a minute or so earlier, she would have seen him in his less-than-happy state. But because she didn't, she's still worried that Doug is Mr. Perfect (better known as: ex-fiancé Brad Womack.) "I never see you getting grumpy or short," she tells him as they sightsee their way across the island. "This guy can't be for real." Emily asks Doug to name his flaws, and he's all, I'm toooo perfect, it's soooo hard. Emily says that those really aren't flaws. "That's really sweet of you," he says. But she's not being sweet, she says. "I could probably come up with better flaws than 'I'm too good of a mom,'" she says. But then he asks her to name them, and she's basically like, I'm toooo perfect, it's soooo hard. So she gives up, conceding that putting people on the spot is not the right thing to do. "I'm not a genius, but I'm not a dummy; I'm not wealthy, but I'm not poor. I'm just Doug," he says. "Maybe Doug just is that perfect of a person," Emily concludes. One thing he is not perfect at is getting the good-night kiss. Never before has a group of bachelors been so totally inept with this. "I don't ever make the first move -- ever," Doug says. At the exact moment that he should have gone for it, he says, "Shall we?" and they leave.
Next we have our group date, which pits the red team against the yellow team. Spoiler: The yellow team wins, so the red team (despite Sean's Division I football-playing competitive spirit) head back to the hotel -- there is some bellyaching about this and, actually, a tiny but noticeable bit of crying. There is some good news in this for Emily. She gets more time with yellow-teamers Arie, with whom she promptly makes out, and Jef. The Utah entrepreneur is afflicted with the same disease as Doug, and at the exact moment he should have gone for his own smooch, he instead says, "Should we go back?" (Is it because she's a mom? Because she's Barbie-doll perfect?)
The real drama, such as it is, is reserved for Ryan, who continues his devolution into total douchebag. He begins by calling Emily his "trophy possible wife." "She's been given great responsibility, and I want to see her do a lot with it," Ryan says. (And yes, he is cribbing from Spider-Man.) Everything he says sounds like it was stolen from the Olympics of annoying guy lines: "I'm not here to impress you but to make an impression on you." "There's a lot of depth here." (He's talking about himself.) Emily reminds him of his previous annoying lines, like the one about how he wouldn't love her if she gained weight: "Would you like [my figure] if it hadn't been to the gym because I was chasing your kids around?" "Some pretty kids..." Ryan muses. "You're trying to get out of answering my question," says Emily, in a record-setting (for this show) level of holding someone accountable for his words. "God designed you to be a beautiful woman. So, be a beautiful woman," Ryan says. He's no Bentley, but he sure is quickly turning into this season's villain. Jef, thank goodness, gets the rose. Ryan, of course, ably reworks this as positive news for himself (it seems that Emily intuited that he'd be mad if she gave it to Arie). "I just feel like [Ryan is] judging me," Emily says.
The two-on-one date goes by mercifully quickly. It really does look like torture. Accountant Nate seems to spend half the night -- at dinner in a room of caves -- talking about the quinoa. "We can get boxes to go if y'all are hungry later," Emily says. Then, to us: "This is going to be the worst date of my life. John (a.k.a. "Wolf") does a much better job of keeping his issues under control -- as seen when Nate breaks down in tears describing how much he loves his family and friends. All John has to do is sit back and watch Nate self-destruct -- which is exactly what happens. "I wouldn't be honest if I said I saw us together forever," Emily says to Nate. He's going home, and John has the rose.
All that's left for the evening is the rose ceremony -- which would have gone without any fireworks if not for Ryan, essentially, setting himself on fire. He does this by revealing that he has not come on "The Bachelorette" for the right reasons, the gravest of all "Bachelorette" sins: "If it doesn't work out I'm involved with the media back home -- let's do "Bachelor Ryan," he says. "Whether I end up with [Emily] or, not this is part of the journey that I'm walking." Here's hoping that he's the guy Emily curses out next week. (I still have a suspicion that that honor goes to Alejandro. I can think of no other reason why we've suddenly seen so much of him.)
Out on this night: Two guys who get more screen time walking out of the hotel than they did the rest of the season -- Charlie and Michael, who is so adorable. Here's hoping that guy is exceptionally boring, or Emily has made a terrible mistake.
Next week: London -- and Emily's F-bombs.
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
On vacation from filming, the reality clan keeps on filming
The Kardashians feel they don't spend enough time in front of cameras. That's why, on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, they felt it necessary to film their own video for the Notorious B.I.G. song "Hypnotize."
The vid shows they like goofing around with each other, and that's great. Particularly fun is Bruce Jenner's choice in bongos: Kris Jenner's butt.
"We always have the craziest time filming these," Celebuzz quotes Kourtney Kardashian. "It's become a tradition now." (This BuzzFeed post links to the similar Kardashian lip-synch videos produced during similar vacations.)
However, the latest video shows nothing more compelling than familiar faces and friends pretending to rap and grind like Biggie while positioned on different areas of a yacht, then making it rain with fake money on a beach. Here, check it out for yourself:
Doesn't this family already do this for a living?
What brings this tradition to a higher level of wrong is the family's choice to proudly release these clips to YouTube instead of keeping them in their private DVD collection.
Then again, Kardashians don't have a sterling reputation for keeping private videos very private, do they?
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!