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My top two choices, at this point. When we see all of Emily's guys in action, I'll have some new favorites to add to the mix.

Maybe two months ago, someone asked me if Reid Rosenthal and Kristen Dalton had broken up. I didn’t think so, but I didn’t know. Now I know. Or at least I know now what Reid tweeted last month — that he and Kristen are dunzo.

Apparently I’ve been way out of the Reid loop, but it does explain why he would’ve been at that “Bachelor” reunion to begin with. Will he be on “Bachelor Pad” Season 3? Reid also tweeted a link to “Bachelor” honcho Mike Fleiss’ tweet asking who should be the next Bachelor. Is Reid throwing his hat in the ring or just supporting Bachelor Nation?

Do you think Reid should be the Season 17 Bachelor or should they go with Michael Stagliano of “Bachelor Pad” Season 2, Roberto Martinez of “The Bachelorette” Season 6, one of Emily Maynard’s rejects from “The Bachelorette” Season 8 … or someone new? They won’t go with someone new, unless it’s some new guy they cast on BP3, but if enough people push for it maybe it’ll change their minds?


Just call Wes Hayden and date him next.

By Gina Carbone

First of all, why did it take so freaking long for Jessie Sulidis to pick up the phone when Chris Harrison called from Ali’s room?

Second, couldn’t Chris Harrison at least try to not look so pleased at this development? I know they are taping it all, so it’s no shock to anyone (and I believe anyone includes Ali at this point. They must’ve warned her that this was going to happen) but he could try not to seem so smug. “Sorry,” he says to Ali after the call, barely hiding a smile.

The video of the phone call kills me. Not from the obvious amount of editing they have to do between the two taping stations — in Turkey and Canada — but from Jessica Spillas’ fake reaction.

She immediately bursts into tears, as if this is all about her. Tip: THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU. The only reason Jessica came forward, it seems, is because she found out, through Justin “Rated-R” Rego’s Facebook account, that he was also dating some chick named Kimberly Kerekes.

Full. Of. Shite.

Jessica contacted Kimberly, who was also unaware that Justin was in another relationship.

Jessica contacted fellow Canadian Jessie — who was on Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor” with Ali and also lives in Toronto — and Jessie put her in touch with ABC. ABC ultimately decided to keep Kimberly out of the situation, so the phone call to Ali only includes Jessica.

Anyway, Jessica talks about how she and Justin have been dating for about two years. She knew he was going on “The Bachelorette” just to further his entertainment wrestling career. Apparently she was fine with him using Ali for sport like this.

She helped him buy his suits. She took him to the hospital when he broke his leg. She was fine with all of this until she found out that she was also being two-timed. It was OK for Ali, not for her.

And how about this chestnut from Jessica, during the video: “I’m really trying to be strong through all of this.”

Really? This is happening to you? You are the victim? PHONY.

Put her and Justin in a wrestling ring and let them fight it out. No cameras. They’ve had enough coverage for this mutual stunt.

Ali actually thanks this chick for telling her, as if some great favor has been done. And judging by photos of Justin kissing Jessica, they are still going strong. Unless these photos were taken a long time ago. But who would’ve taken paparazzi shots like this before he was a “name”?

They deserve each other. The part that really burns me? Justin is going to be on Reid Rosenthal’s upcoming Bachelor cruise. Reid, I’m disappointed in you. You should not associate with trash.

*June 30 update* Reid backed out of the cruise due to “other commitments”! It’s now being called “Fans of Reality TV Cruise.” I should have more details later, but Justin and the other guys are still on board. Literally, plus a few more names.  Justin also wants to share his side of the story. Part of me almost feels bad for him, but he did play “The Bachelorette” like “Survivor.” And lost. The tribe has spoken.


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I picked the guy on the left as the hottest. Other readers picked the guy on the right.

By Gina Carbone

Of course he does — I wrote the list!

And I stand by including Bob Guiney, despite the shock of many readers. Bob had personality. And apparently a very dirty mind. And I didn’t want to flood the list with guys just from Seasons 5 and 6.

Besides, someone like Kiptyn Locke — who also made the list — is undeniably gorgeous, but his personality never translated on “The Bachelorette.”

But it’s true, as one reader noted, Reid Rosenthal and Bob Guiney are in a different category from the “hotties with the bodies.”

Anyway, check out the Top 10 Hottest Bachelors in ‘Bachelorette’ History and vote in the poll for your favorite. Right now Kiptyn Locke and Jesse Beck are just about tied for the top spot.

Reid, you will always be hottest to me. Sorry. You’re stuck with me for life. Or at least until Graham Bunn catches my eye again. Check back in five minutes or so.

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Kristen Dalton and Reid Rosenthal ... make me jealous.

By Gina Carbone

*April 2012 update* It took me long enough, but I finally noticed that Reid and Kristen are no longer dating. I don’t know how to feel about it. * End update*

How long has Honey Bear been into pageant chicks?

Actually, I guess I know the answer since Reid Rosenthal just announced it during the 20/20 special “Inside the Bachelor: The Stories Behind the Rose.”

"The Bachelorette" has been kind to Reid -- women have been approaching him, instead of the other way around. So did Kristen go after him, without even seeing him on the show? How did they meet?

Reid, who was dumped by Crazy Jillian Harris during “The Bachelorette” season five, has been dating Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton since November.

And thankfully, Reid said, Kristen did not watch his show.

Or so she told him.


Reid, she did. She may play dumb, but that’s a pageant trick. Along with Vaseline on your teeth to keep your smile going.

There was even a “New Couple Alert!” about them in December and somehow I missed it.

(But I did get to see him on HGTV, at least for a little while.)

I’m too sad for me. But happy for Reid. He deserves happiness, even if it’s with a blonde pageant chick.

*Update* Did you see this May 15 interview with Kristen? In it she says, and I quote/hurl, “We met during the year. There’s no engagement ring — yet. It’s all just going great. We’re having a good time together, and we are each other’s best friend. We’ll see where it takes us, but, yes, we’re in love.” When I stop clenching my fists in fury I will return to being happy for Reid. *End Update*

This is from the Las Vegas Sun. It's going to look great at the center of my dartboard.

*Update 2* My God it gets worse! Reid himself is quoted in this May 17 interview in the Las Vegas Sun — I knew I hated Vegas for a reason! — gushing over his pageant chick. When asked if a Tiffany box he was giving Kristen meant an engagement, Reid told the reporter “Not so fast! It’s going to happen, but not just yet. It’s a special Tiffany gift to celebrate the end of her reign. She’s had a fantastic year, and we have had an incredible seven months. But she had to give up her crown tonight, so I wanted her to have something else she can treasure forever. Kristen is a girl in a million — exceptional — and she’s the first pageant girl I’ve ever dated. I never thought she would be this wonderful in every possible way. I am a very lucky man.” Wait! What do you mean “it’s going to happen”? Reeeiiidd! Noooooo! Slowwww-mooottion screeeaaaammmm! *End Update 2*

Anyway, the rest of the 20/20 special was hard for me to watch, mostly because I don’t know that I ever really appreciated the creep factor of show creator and producer Mike Fleiss.

Seeing and hearing him — and re-watching clips of his pre-“Bachelor” sketch-fest “Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?” — really drove home the back alley roots of this show. Ick.

And that rubbish about how women love to watch other women cry because of the at-least-it’s-not-me factor. That’s not true. And, no, they don’t need to cast villains for other women to hate. They shouldn’t be a casting for specific types.

This is all just Mike Fleiss’ sexism coming out.

At least they are being open about how there’s less reality going on with “The Bachelor” than manufactured drama.

Even with a cameo by Wes Hayden (whose heavily edited smart-aleck limo time was re-run, and who was shown to give a long pause before saying, again, that he did not have a girlfriend during Jillian’s season), the 20/20 show was too ABC soft to take seriously.

I mean, Melissa Rycroft was the one who asked Wes about having a girlfriend. Not exactly an objective interviewer.

Although I am glad Melissa admitted she wasn’t attracted to Jason Mesnick at first and the show was more about “winning” than finding love. She saw herself as a “damaged” girl who just wanted to be loved and accepted. I think that’s the norm for “Bachelor” contestants.

(By the way, Brad Womack made the right call — even if he went about it the wrong way. Stay strong, man! Actually, consider giving him another shot as “The Bachelor.” I respect his integrity, now more than ever. Or is he dating someone now? Another Miss USA? Miss America? Miss Texas? That Laurel chick Wes supposedly dated, too?)

“The Bachelor” franchise still needs a good hard investigative scrub, but it’s going to have to be done on a different network. There’s too much conflict of interest going on with ABC, which is clearly just trying to keep the 8 to 10 p.m. Monday spot open to “Bachelor” viewers for as long as possible. (They get to keep it up with Jake Pavelka on “Dancing with the Stars,” starting March 22.)

And Reid, if you get bored dating a perfect, gorgeous blonde pageant chick who “didn’t watch” your show…


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Ali said she was shaking with nerves when she came out on stage to sit with Chris.

By Gina Carbone

We all knew, or at least suspected, that Ali Fedotowsky would be named the next “Bachelorette.”

And it has happened.

Her new season will start Monday, May 24.

Ali and Chris during the "After the Final Rose" special.

What will be the cheesy title for season six? “The Bachelorette: In Your Face, Facebook”?

She told host Chris Harrison during “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love: After the Final Rose” that she wants 50 guys instead of 25, which I have no problem with.

She wants “a funny, smart, kind of quirky guy.”


So do I.


I’ve been back and forth on Ali.

At first, I wanted Ali as “The Bachelorette” because I knew she would pick 25 Reids, whereas Tenley would pick 25 Jakes.

Reid! Reid! Reid!

Then she left for her job at Facebook and made such a whiny pill of herself I got irritated.

But now I am just impressed. Because she was playing the long game this whole time.

Why settle for Jake when you can have 25 better men?

Well played, ma’am. Well played.


ABC just issued a press release on Ali being named as the new “Bachelorette:”



Ali Fedotowsky has finally decided to risk it all for love. The energetic and charismatic career-oriented woman from San Francisco has re-prioritized her life – and now love comes out on top. She will have her own opportunity to find her soul mate when she stars in the sixth edition of “The Bachelorette,” which will premiere MONDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new Bachelorette was revealed tonight on “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love — After the Final Rose.”

Ali, 25, has been a fan favorite from the moment she stepped out of the limo with her sexy raspy voice and a peacock feather to meet Jake Pavelka on the last season of “The Bachelor.” She became the front-runner for Jake’s heart, but instead they found themselves in a heartbreaking situation when she made a gut-wrenching decision to choose a job she loved over the man she loved. Ali made the surprising safe choice to go back to work, but regretted it immediately. By the time she sorted out her work affairs, Jake had already moved on with his search for love with the three fabulous women who stayed with him, and he did not allow Ali to return. But it’s not too late for Ali now. Admitting that she made one of the biggest mistakes of her life, she has let go of everything this time – her apartment, her job, her stability – to really make a life-changing commitment to put her heart first.

Ali grew up in Williamstown, Massachusetts, with one sister, one brother and their parents. Although she gave up her chance at a future with Jake, she has set her sights on a reliable, funny and humble guy who can challenge her. Even though this Bachelorette is known more for her work ethic, she loves to play. She enjoys hiking, wake boarding and playing soccer, but also takes pleasure in going to wine tastings.

After attending Mount Greylock Regional High School, where she played varsity soccer for four years, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from Clark University in New England. She also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ali moved to California after graduation in 2006 and most recently was employed as an account manager in online advertising.


A full recap of “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” finale.

Jake and Vienna talk to Chris during “After the Final Rose.”

I like where you're head's at, Gia, but even if you choke Vienna to death Jake will probably still pick her.

By Gina Carbone

Mike Fleiss — Second cousin to Heidi, did you know? Explains a lot — told Entertainment Weekly it “bugs” him and his “Bachelor” minions that someone is singing like a canary to Reality Steve — aka Steve Carbone.

(Go Carbones! I just found out even my dad, John Carbone, watches the “Bachelor” — hi Dad!)

The subject came up because we’re coming up on a year after the Jason Mesnick/Melissa Rycroft/Molly Malaney situation (before the situation was The Situation).

Those three landed well — Jason & Molly are getting married on ABC and Melissa is a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, which is probably what she wanted most to begin with.

But Reality Steve was the one who told us Jason would pull that naughty nonsense months before it actually happened.

And this season he has been well ahead of the curve on Rozlyn Papa, the final four and the woman Jake Pavelka eventually chooses as his special lady friend.

“That’s something that kind of bugs us,” executive producer Mike Fleiss told EW exclusively. “In some ways, it’s just more promotion. We would like to find out [who his source is]. … I’m offering a $25 reward!”

If anything, Reality Steve could be secretly be on the ABC payroll, or getting info from people paid to give it to him. But I doubt it. The world is not really that complicated.

More likely, The Carbone I Am Not Related To — who is sporting quite the ego — is just excited to milk this new publicity. In fact, he already is.

Reality Steve told EW he relies on several tipsters who “just fell into my lap.”

“I don’t go looking for this stuff, it comes to me because I’m willing to throw the show under the bus,” he said.

Well, sure, we all are! But we’re not all getting “only about 400,000 to 500,000 page views a week,” which doesn’t really deserve an “only,” in my view.

In other “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” news, Jillian Harris joined the design team of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” as a special guest designer during the episode entitled “Skaggs Family,” which began shooting on Monday. The episode will air later this season on ABC.

ABC issued a press release about it, which makes me wish HGTV had issued a press release when Reid Rosenthal was on “My First Place.”

Hey, it's Reid. I'm the cute one Jillian dumped.

By Gina Carbone

I’m coming to this late, not because I didn’t know Reid Rosenthal — Jillian Harris’ worst mistake of many on “The Bachelorette” — was going to be on HGTV’s “My First Place,” but because I did not realize it would be on RIGHT NOW.

Thanks to Temi, who just let me know!

I was not prepared in many ways, so it took me five minutes to figure out which channel HGTV is on. (I have a tiny apartment with no taste, sue me.)

Reid with his client

Reid, as we know, is a Realtor in Philadelphia and the Tuesday, Jan. 5 episode that started at 8 p.m., called “Lowballing and Losing,” is about an attorney who wants a place in Philadelphia but his frequent underbidding causes him to lose properties and frustrates his real-estate agent.

When I started watching, Reid was signing some kind of deal with a musician. Is the musician the attorney? Is he frustrating my Honey Bear? Honestly, I don’t care. It’s just good to see Reid again.

Reid, I adore you. Always will. Come back to us. “The Bachelor” needs you.

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Ed does not look well at all.

Ed does not look well at all.

I’m not feeling it. The whole Ed Swiderski thing.

I do think he has more of a connection with Jillian Harris than Kiptyn Locke.

Then again – no offense – I’m thinking amoebas may have more of a connection with Jillian Harris than Kiptyn Locke.

Please tell me the rumor about Kiptyn being the next “Bachelor” is false. Nice guy. Good guy. Just not interesting to watch (unless we just watch the abs).

This is how it played out:

Ed met Jill’s family.

Kiptyn met Jill’s family.

As usual, the fam liked both of them. No real help there.

Jill had overnights with both guys.

Jill’s romantic problems with Ed are over. Volcano eruption over.

The guys picked out rings. They both planned to propose.

Kiptyn got out of the limo first — which, five seasons into “The Bachelorette,” we know is a bad thing.

Kiptyn made a lovely speech that Jill should’ve cut off at some point. At least she didn’t let him pull a Jason Mesnick and propose.
He was “hurt” but not devastated, it seemed.

But before Ed could get out of his limo and propose, Reid Rosenthal returned.

No shock there, but WHY does ABC pull this crap? Why did they rush him from the limo between Kiptyn’s and Ed’s limos?

Host Chris Harrison said Reid didn’t have much time because Ed was on his way, forcing Reid to do his quick “I love you” and bended knee thing and forcing Jillian to make a quick decision.

Jillian isn’t good at decision-making, even on the best of days.
So this was obviously contrived, especially if Reid really did decide to return on the plane ride back to Philadelphia. That must’ve been at least a few days – if not a lot more – before this last episode was taped.

They had plenty of time to bring him back, even if he did have to pull a million strings, as he claimed.

(Doubt it. The producers needed a dramatic finale to at least come close the climax of Jason Mesnick’s “Bachelor” earlier this year.)
Chris Harrison sat down with Jill and basically talked her into sticking with Ed.

Ed came out, he said he loved her. She said she loved him. He proposed. She said yes.

All very happy ending?

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