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Bachelorette’s Ben Smith on Speculation He Dropped Clues on Instagram


After Bachelorette fans watched Ben Smith struggle to say the L-word to Tayshia Adams during season 16, some viewers thought he used Instagram to try to make it up to her as the show aired.

Ben, 30, was initially sent home by Tayshia, also 30, during the December 15, 2020, episode. He returned during part one of the finale, which aired on December 21, to get another shot with the former phlebotomist. Before the finale aired, eagle-eyed fans noticed his Instagram bio read, “I love you lot.” Ben also signed several posts “I love you” and shared a selfie with the phrase written on the bottom-right-hand corner with a heart.

Ben Smith and Tayshia Adams. Courtesy Ben Smith/Instagram; ABC/Craig Sjodin

The Army vet addressed fan speculation for the first time during an appearance on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s “Off the Vine” podcast on Thursday, January 7.

“It was never that,” he told Kaitlyn after the season 11 Bachelorette asked whether his social media activity was because he didn’t initially say “I love you” to Adams on the show.

Ben explained: “This is like me seeing other people where they’re at, and I understand that maybe other people don’t have as much love in their life as I happen to have now, so I’m gonna give it every chance that I can.”

The personal trainer also shot down fan chatter — and Rachel Lindsay’s suggestion — that he only returned to get a better shot at being the next Bachelor. “I never had any intentions of doing anything more,” he said, noting he agreed to go on the show because “something might happen that’s great.”

During part two of the finale on December 22, Tayshia sent Ben home for the second time and accepted a proposal from Zac Clark.

“When you love someone you let them grow, you let them go do what that thing that they need to do. So, I’m completely sincere in that I’m incredibly happy for her,” Ben said on the “Viall Files” podcast after the finale aired, noting that he’s grateful Tayshia sent him home before proposal day. ”I’m so thankful that she did it there and didn’t let me walk that fire hazard path into the woods to not get a rose at the end. I’m so thankful. She did an incredible job.”

Tayshia and Zac, meanwhile, opened up to Us Weekly about her decision to send Ben home early.

“I think you’ve seen it play out throughout my entire journey, like, the second I feel like, I am not there, where the other person’s heart is, I have to tell them,” the Bachelor in Paradise alum told Us post-finale. “I would hate to be strung along and be led on to believe that I have an opportunity or a chance to be with someone when they’ve already made their mind up. And that has happened to me in the past. I would never want to do that to somebody. So, I did what I had to do when I figured it out.”

Zac added, “I didn’t know that they typically send two guys up there! That’s borderline not nice.”

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Searching for Clues to COVID-19 Immunity


Joel Ernst, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the division of experimental medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco.

Santosha Vardhana, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and attending physician, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Nicolas Vabret, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York.

Medline Plus: “Immune response.” 


Journal of Experimental Medicine: “The many faces of the anti-COVID immune response.”

UCSF: “Ask the Expert: Seeking Immunity Against COVID-19.”

La Jolla Institute for Immunology: “T Cells Take the Lead in Controlling SARS-COV-2 and Reducing Covid-19 Severity.”


Cell: “Antigen-Specific Adaptive Immunity to SARS-CoV-2 in Acute COVID-19 and Associations with Age and Disease Severity.”


Immunity: “Immunology of COVID-19: Current State of the Science.”


The Lancet Infectious Diseases: “Genomic evidence for reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: a case study,” and “What reinfections mean for COVI-19.”

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.


The Lancet Infectious Disease: “Longitudinal antibody and T cell responses in Ebola virus disease survivors and contacts: an observational cohort study.”


mBio: “Decline of Humoral Responses against SARS-CoV-2 Spike in Convalescent Individuals.”

Science Immunology: “Persistence and decay of human antibody response to the receptor binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in COVID-19 patients.”

BRO News: “COVID-19 reinfection tracker.”





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Is Archie Dying? The Riverdale Showrunner Might Have Just Tweeted Some Big Season 5 Clues


Episode three is fairly obvious. It’s called “Graduation” and the comic is someone holding a photo of the gang in their caps and gowns. 

The text reads: “Sometimes I feel like standing in the middle of Main Street and screaming, ‘Archie Andrews grew up! He’s not an innocent teenager anymore, so stop treating him like one!’ But I guess you don’t really care about that!” 

This is where Riverdale theoretically leaves high school behind, though Aguirre-Sacasa was feeling apprehensive about that. 

“At the beginning of the season we said that we were going to focus a little bit more on the high school stuff, and I feel like we did, like the last football game and the last Vixens, and then prom and getting into college and a lot of those things, and really, I’m asking how do we keep that franchise going?” he said. “High school, it’s so important to the characters and the brand. And I guess in a way I’m not ready to say goodbye to it, is the truth.”

But based on the look of the fourth episode, we’re definitely not in high school anymore. 



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The new host of ‘Blue’s Clues’ watched the original show as a kid


Gimme paw … “Blue’s Clues” is back.

The iconic children’s series returns to Nickelodeon Monday (1 p.m.) in a new iteration, “Blue’s Clues & You!,” starring Joshua Dela Cruz who, armed with his Handy Dandy Notebook, works with his (CGI-animated) puppy pal Blue, her friend Magenta and the rest of the crew (Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, the talking Mailbox et al.) to educate and entertain preschoolers.

“Our mission is to help kids be prepared for kindergarten and beyond,” says Dela Cruz, 30. “It’s my job to make kids laugh and forget they’re learning … and to create positive memories for kids associated with learning that they can take with them for the rest of their lives.”

The original “Blue’s Clues” aired from 1996-2006, first with host Steve Burns as “Steve” and then with Donovan Patton as Steve’s brother, “Joe.” Both will occasionally appear on “Blue’s Clues & You!” (they’re in the series premiere); Burns is a consulting producer and helped cast Dela Cruz, who was chosen from over 3,000 hopefuls.

Joshua Dela Cruz and Blue.
Joshua Dela Cruz and Blue.Nickelodeon

“[Steve] was at my first screen test but kind of snuck off on me,” says Dela Cruz, who spent five years in the Broadway production of “Aladdin.” “The room was draped — there were curtains everywhere for sound, lights, etc. — and this figure emerged from behind a curtain and I realized it was Steve Burns staring me right in my face. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I had no idea.’ I was filled with sheer terror that for the past 10 minutes he was watching me doing this thing he created.”

Dela Cruz, who lives in New York City with his wife, Amanda, grew up in North Jersey (New Milford) and watched the original “Blue’s Clues” with his younger sister — but says his entree into children’s television is an unexpected career path.

Steve Burns on "Blue's Clues."
Steve Burns on “Blue’s Clues.”Everett Collection

“I never thought I’d work in children’s TV and I definitely didn’t think I’d work on ‘Blue’s Clues,’ which is so iconic and had run its course,” he says. “I loved ‘Aladdin’ and loved doing the show and working with the company … but I found myself still wanting … to help people and do something more than just entertaining them.”

Dela Cruz went through a number of auditions and callbacks before winning the role which, due to the show’s animated components, necessitates him working on a set missing most of what viewers will see in the finished product. Each episode can take anywhere from three-to-five shooting days.

“It’s completely weird, especially coming from the stage, where there’s an audience and you can pretty much tell what’s working by the audience’s reaction,” he says. “When I got to the set [to film the show] it has to be silent and many times I’d end a take and turn to someone and say, ‘Was that funny?’ You really have to trust yourself and your timing. I was working with a green box and acting to pieces of tape on the floor, a tennis ball if I was lucky.

Joshua Dela Cruz and Blue.
Joshua Dela Cruz and Blue.Nickelodeon

“I have an amazing on-set assistant, Ashley Kranz, who plays every single character before the actors [playing the other roles] get into the sound booth,” he says. “She’s Blue, Salt and Pepper, the kids at home etc. and she’s also an actor. Without her the show wouldn’t work.”

Angela Santomero and Traci Paige Johnson, who created the original series (along with Todd Kessler), are back for the new version.

“Angela has a background in childhood development and everyone on her team and on this show … everything we do from the script to the animation to the colors to the way our games are presented to the notes I get on the set — is based on research they’ve tested with kids,” Dela Cruz says.

“They’re so familiar with the show and what it means that when I’m on the set I can fill in the blanks and play in the house they’ve built for me.”



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