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Matt James’ The Bachelor: Women Tell All Was So Boring


Once again, the women have told all—or at least they have told some.  

There was definitely something strange about tonight’s reunion episode of The Bachelor, given that the franchise has been through some serious turmoil since its taping on Feb. 4, and none of that could be addressed on screen just yet. Chris Harrison was still the host since this was filmed before he stepped aside. There was no discussion of racism at any point. 

However, the show did manage to find some things to talk about. 

The first half hour was spent rehashing the bullying that plagued most of the season, with somewhat surprising results. MJ got the chance to defend herself after the way she treated Jessenia, and the other women all expressed how unhappy they were with Katie, accusing her of telling on them to Matt James just to get ahead in her relationship. Anna did apologize profusely to Brittany for spreading rumors about her and Victoria apologized to Katie for some things she had said about her. 



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Matt Helps Rachael After She’s Hurt, Serena P. Leaves


Sorting out their feelings. Matt James reconsidered how serious he was about the remaining four women during hometown dates on the Monday, February 22, episode of The Bachelor.

Michelle landed the first date, taking him bike riding and introducing him to her students via video chat. She told Matt her parents were hesitant for her to join the show because she had to put her life on hold, but they agreed to support her no matter what. Michelle revealed she would say yes if Matt proposed and she thought he was The One, while he said he would move to Minnesota for her.

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Rachael, for her part, organized a skydiving date because trust is a big factor for her in relationships. However, things took a turn when she slammed into the ground upon landing. Matt ran over to check on her and confessed that he didn’t realize how strongly he felt for her until watching her get hurt. She cried over his admission and was appreciative of his concern for her. She later told her mom that makeup was covering the injuries to her face.

Rachael’s family — specifically her dad — was skeptical about the fast process, but she hoped Matt would ask for her father’s blessing. She admitted she was in love with him and noted she would accept a proposal. Ultimately, she was let down when Matt opted not to ask for permission to pop the question. He didn’t want to do it with all four families, but he promised to call Rachael’s dad closer to time if the opportunity arose.

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Matt James and Serena P. ABC/Craig Sjodin

Bri and Matt went off-roading in a Jeep during their date. He wanted to move past their level of comfort with each other, but she was scared to tell him she was falling in love with him. Matt believed he and Bri had a special connection, and although she wanted to put up a wall, she told him about her feelings.

Serena P., meanwhile, introduced Matt to her Canadian culture. He then met her family, who expressed their doubts that she was ready to get engaged. Serena’s anxieties deepened about making a mistake with Matt since she had hoped her hometown date would help her become more confident about taking the next step.

Matt felt something was off with Serena, so he confronted her before the rose ceremony. He told her he intentionally spent more time with her than the other women to build their connection. She thought she was afraid of her feelings for him, but she realized he was not her person. Matt was shocked and disappointed, but he wanted Serena to be happy. She chose to leave, which made Matt worry that the remaining women might do the same.

At the rose ceremony, Matt encouraged Bri, Rachael and Michelle to be sure they were ready for an engagement before accepting a rose. They all decided to stay and received roses.

The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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Matt James Breaks Silence on Bachelor Nation’s “Heartbreaking” Reality


The Bachelor contestant, who is still in the running to win over Matt’s heart, raised eyebrows after photos from her college days resurfaced on Reddit. In the images, which E! News hasn’t verified, Rachael was seen attending a fraternity formal in 2018, which the Reddit user described as an “Antebellum plantation themed ball.”

She would later apologize in a statement posted on social media. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” Rachael wrote on Feb. 11. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

Ultimately, members of Bachelor Nation have spoken out and sparked a conversation about race and diversity in the franchise. In fact, Bachelor contestants from Matt’s own season came together to release a statement. 



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Bachelor Matt Eliminates Heather Martin, Brings Rachael to Final Four


Major cuts! Matt James made difficult decisions about Heather Martin and six of his contestants during the Monday, February 15, episode of The Bachelor.

Matt first dealt with Heather’s arrival. He was conflicted because he trusted Hannah Brown’s endorsement of her pal but he felt it was too late in the competition for them to make a meaningful connection. Even though she apologized for crashing the season, the women ganged up on Heather, causing her to cry as Matt weighed his options. Heather insisted she was serious about Matt and was willing to get engaged within a couple of weeks.

After a chat with Chris Harrison, who still appeared periodically throughout the episode despite his recent decision to temporarily step aside as host, Matt told Heather he could not let her join the season due to his strong feelings for the women already there. He believed that in another situation they could have worked out but the timing was off, so she left in her minivan. Matt then apologized to the ladies for the interruption and sent home Chelsea and Serena C. during the rose ceremony.

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Matt moved on to his one-on-one tantric yoga date with Serena P. He wondered if they were a match after having differing opinions about the activity, and he hoped to get beyond the friend zone with her. Matt appreciated that Serena was authentic, so he gave her a rose.

During the group date, Abigail questioned Matt about whether he could see a future with her. He admitted he was initially confident in their connection, so he focused on other relationships to the point that his feelings for Abigail could not catch up. He didn’t want to lead her on, so he eliminated her. Matt then gave the group date rose to Rachael, who he whisked away for a private concert.

Kit, meanwhile, told Matt during the group date that her timeline for marriage and kids would be delayed since she had career goals to accomplish first, and he had no problem with that. She later went to his room to confess she had doubts about getting engaged to him, so she needed to leave. Although she told Matt she was unwavering in her decision, she thought she could be making a mistake.

Matt then went on a one-on-one date with Jessenia. She said she was falling in love with him, but he felt they were not compatible, so he sent her home.

Matt had one more elimination to make before hometown dates, sending home Pieper during the rose ceremony. She lamented that the process was a waste of time as she exited. Matt selected Bri, Michelle, Rachael and Serena P. as his final four for hometown dates.

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‘Bachelor’ alum who came back for Matt James



She’s a blast from the past.

“Bachelor” fans were surprised to see former franchise contestant Heather Martin show up to shoot her shot with current lead Matt James.

The 25-year-old — who originally appeared on Colton Underwood’s season of “The Bachelor” — made waves on last week’s episode when she appeared out of nowhere asking to join this season. The episode cut off just as she approached James.

On Season 23 of “The Bachelor,” which aired in 2019, Martin made headlines for having never been kissed. On the show, she got her first peck from Underwood.

Though they had never met, James recognized Martin right away.

If this sounds convoluted, that’s because it is: While competing for Underwood’s heart, Martin befriended fellow contestant Hannah Brown, who later went on to be “The Bachelorette.” Though Brown did not end up with contestant Tyler Cameron, she remained close friends with him. Cameron is best friends with James, which is how he ended up as this season’s lead. James and Brown are also very close.

Martin claimed to host Chris Harrison that it was Brown who sparked the idea for her to come on “The Bachelor” to meet James before he gets engaged, because Brown thought the two would make a good couple.

Like lots of former “Bachelor” contestants, Martin works as an influencer (she has 256,000 Instagram followers). She’s based out of Carlsbad, California, a seaside town at the southern end of the state.

In September of last year, she starred in a music video called “Song for a Girl” by country artist Lawson Bates.

Martin has a strong Christian faith, and she regularly posts Bible verses on her Instagram stories. Her Instagram bio calls out Mark 10:45, which reads, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

She has two lookalike sisters, Colie and Shannon. The trio is starting a merchandise line together, called Tilted Three, soon. They’ve teased the project on Instagram.

She’s also known for her cheery disposition.





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Heather Martin Arrives on Matt James’ Season


Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron are once again at the center of the Bachelor universe! Heather Martin crashed Matt James’ season during the Monday, February 8, episode and left the leading man reeling.

First, MJ and Jessenia stated their cases to Matt during their makeshift two-on-one. MJ claimed she never lied to Matt about bullying the women in the house, but Matt chose to believe Jessenia’s version of events. Jessenia received a rose, and Matt sent MJ home. He then eliminated three more ladies — Magi, Brittany and Ryan — during the rose ceremony.

Matt James and Heather Martin. ABC/Craig Sjodin; Courtesy Heather Martin/Instagram

The drama still continued after MJ’s departure, though, with Serena C. pointing the finger at Katie after Matt canceled the cocktail party. Serena accused Katie of costing her time with Matt and not being there for him, while Katie retorted that Serena was “pathetic” for attacking her over the situation.

Amid the fighting, Heather arrived at Nemacolin and asked to speak to Chris Harrison. She said that her friend Hannah told her she and Matt would be a perfect match, so Heather decided to try to meet him before he got engaged to someone else. Chris eventually agreed to let Heather quarantine and then introduce herself to Matt.

Meanwhile, Pieper landed a one-on-one date with Matt, during which they went to a carnival in the woods. She told him it was hard to communicate her feelings but she was falling in love with him. They promised to be open with each other, and he gave her a rose.

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Tyler Cameron and Matt James on ‘The Bachelor’. ABC/Craig Sjodin

Matt then went on a bowling group date, which ended with the losing team being sent back to their rooms. However, Matt later invited them to the afterparty anyway because he wanted time with everyone. He ultimately gave a rose to Michelle.

Before his one-on-one date with Katie, Matt met up with Tyler for some advice. Tyler reminded him that he had a slow-burn relationship with Hannah during his season of The Bachelorette, and Matt revealed that he could see himself proposing at the end of the process.

Katie and Matt then pranked Tyler during their date, sabotaging his massage at the resort’s spa. Matt enjoyed his time with Katie but admitted his connections with other women were further along, so he sent her home. She was blindsided but had no regrets about being herself.

At the cocktail party, Matt was shocked when Heather, who said her dream was to fall in love and get engaged to him, arrived. He began laughing uncontrollably when he saw her. She promised to explain why she was there, while the women grew angry over her sudden appearance.

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Matt Groening draws Homer Simpson for high school fundraiser



They’re hoping to raise lots of D’oh!

Matt Groening has drawn a special picture of a mask-wearing Homer Simpson to help his old Oregon high school’s annual fundraiser.

“The Simpsons” creator donated the 30 ins by 22 ins sketch of his most famous character wearing a mask covered in his catchphrase, “D’oh!”

“Go, Lincoln High School! Safe, safe!” he wrote in red, signing it, “Your pal, Matt Groening, class of 1972.”

The Portland school listed the pic’s value as “priceless,” although as of Tuesday the highest bid was $1,500. Bidding ends Friday.

“Lincoln alum Matt Groening brings Homer along on the wild pandemic ride in a new collector’s drawing that captures ‘Covid times’ in a way only the Simpsons creator could,” the auction listing states.

“Whether you’re a Simpsons’ fan or not, this piece will likely play a part in the inevitable and great Groening and Pandemic retrospectives of the future.”



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Matt James ‘falling in love’


Chris Harrison said it, so it must be true: We’re past the halfway mark on Season 25 of “The Bachelor.”

It’s Week 5: This is when the show changes from being about drama to being about relationships. And that means Matt had to ditch the women that were only there to stir the pot — Anna and Victoria. They finally got their comeuppance for starting a horrid and vile rumor. Their airtime — and mentions in this column — are officially over, I hope.

Our boy also had two women tell him they’re “falling in love with him.” I think it’s a little early for that, but as long as you’re not lying about another woman being an escort, be my guest.

Welcome to Week 5 on “The Bachelor.”

The cocktail party

This wasn’t so much of a party as it was an exorcism. After Katie tipped Matt off that Anna spread a rumor that Brittany was an escort, he was determined to get to the bottom of the drama. “If you have to belittle someone else to let you shine, that’s not the characteristics I’m looking for in my life,” he told the women, before starting an investigation.

First, he took Brittany aside. She instantly broke down in tears. “My mom watches this show, this could ruin my entire life,” she told Matt, shaken by the way she’s been treated. The Bachelor consoled her, and then went to find Anna.

“I said something rude about Brittany. The fact that that bites me in the butt now?” said Anna, failing to acknowledge the consequences of her actions. She apologized, but Matt told her plain and simple that he needs to make a safe space for all the women, and her words caused pain. He sent her home.

Next, he pulled Ryan aside, who spoke about her unfortunate interactions with Victoria, the apparent house bully who called Ryan a hoe, and shot her down for not being one of the original cast members. Matt was angry. Even though it was staring him in the face, he never noticed this side of Queen V before.

When he confronted Victoria about the takedown, she said her words were “taken out of context.” “What context would calling somebody a hoe be taken in?” he retorted.

Thankfully, she got sent home too. Unfortunately, so did some really great women: Catalina, Lauren and Mari.

The first one-on-one

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Rachael tries on a flouncy number during a shopping spree with Matt.
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Matt took Rachael to shop ’til she drops. She got to take home bags of dresses and gowns and wonderful shiny things. He gave her a Cinderella moment, slipping a red-bottomed Louboutin sandal on her feet.

Over dinner, Rachael talked to Matt about how insecure she’s been in past relationships, and how it’s difficult for her to open up. “I really am already completely falling in love with you, I want to walk out of here with you and I want to start my life with you,” she revealed. “You’re not crazy, because I feel the same way,” he said back. They smooched.

The group date

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Ridin’ dirty: Matt, Ryan and Magi laughed their way through the various farm activities during the group date.
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Abigail, Bri, Brittany, Chelsea, Katie, Jessenia, Magi, Michelle, MJ, Pieper, Ryan, and Serenas C. and P. had a less glamourous group date. In true Pennsylvania fashion, they got down and dirty on a farm. There was lots of mudslinging and chicken holding.

At the after party, Matt and Chelsea kissed after he told her “he’s really happy she’s here.” Abigail, who got the first-impression rose, spoke to Matt about her family troubles, and how her children may one day be deaf like herself. Michelle also got a kiss. “I feel what you’re feeling,” he told her.

Matt pulled MJ aside to let her know that some women had called her divisive. She denied it, and called out the rest of the women on the date to fess up. Jessenia stood up, and told MJ she made other women feel uncomfortable for making fun of the new girls. Katie backed her up, and MJ deflected, big time.

The date rose went to Abigail.

The second one-on-one

Young’un Kit Keenan was asked over to Matt’s for dinner. She had told him that her happy place was in the kitchen with her mom (designer Cynthia Rowley), and was brought to tears that he remembered.

The lovers whipped up some chocolate chip cookies in between kissing. Kit spoke to him about how tough it was for her to grow up in the public eye and the difficulty she has letting her walls down. She also said that she’s falling in love with Matt — though he didn’t say it back like he did to Rachael.

The cocktail party

Matt sent a note asking Jessenia and MJ to come early, wondering what “the truth” is about the drama in the house.

Before Matt showed up, the two of them went at it. Jessenia pointed out that MJ derisively coined the terms “JV” and “varsity” about the women in the house, and accused her of putting on different personalities on camera versus with Matt), MJ lied through her teeth (that she’s all about peace and harmony). We’ll see what Matt thinks next week.

Prediction

Matt is a bad judge of character. I bet he sends them both home for being involved. Also, never-been-kissed Heather from Colton’s season shows up to stir s – – t up.



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Bachelor Matt James Learns That Abigail’s Kids Will Likely Be Deaf


A tough conversation. Bachelor contestant Abigail Heringer is really thinking about her future with Matt James — and that means having hard discussions about how her hearing disability could affect them down the line.

“I haven’t felt like this for somebody in such a short amount of time, so I really want to open up to him,” the 25-year-old explains in a confessional interview in Entertainment Tonight’s sneak peek of the Monday, February 1, episode. “But it’s scary to open the door to being vulnerable and possibly rejected.”

The Oregon native, who is the first deaf person to compete on the show, then heads over to James, 29, to talk to him about what a future for them could look like.

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“I think there’s just something about you, I’m super excited. I literally get the biggest smile on my face when I’m around you,” she says to the real estate broker. “But I’m also going to be as open with you, obviously, through this process. You want a wife and you want a family and you know I want those things too. But if I were to have a family, there’s a really strong possibility that my kids would be deaf.”

She continues, “My birth dad did walk out on my mom and my sister right after we got our cochlear implants [as kids]. When you have what should have been one of the most important people in your life walk out, it’s hard not to feel like, ‘If I fully open up myself to somebody, are they going to do the same thing?’”

Before the clip ends, James asks Heringer, “Can I tell you something?”

During the season 25 premiere on January 4, Heringer immediately opened up to James about her disability when they chatted at the cocktail party. Her honesty helped to earn her the first impression rose.

“I felt like you were everything that I am asking of these women tonight,” he said before handing over the coveted item. “Knowing that you’re a fighter, I thought it was only appropriate that I ask you something. Abigail, will accept this rose?”

The day after the premiere aired, the client financial manager explained why she chose to be candid with James about her disability right off the bat.

“I knew going into it that night that I wanted to talk about it, just because it’s something I normally don’t really say on a first date — even though it’s a huge part of who I am — with it being a hidden disability and you can’t see my cochlear implant when I’m wearing my hair down,” she explained on the “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast on January 5. “It’s kind of just a scary thing to bring up with somebody when you’re on a first date because you really don’t know how they’re going to take it.”

Heringer then admitted to being “in uncomfortable situations” while dating people in the past who were unaware of her health condition. “One time I went to Topgolf and it’s really loud there and I was missing half the things that he was saying,” she recalled. “And I still couldn’t bring myself to tell him, like, ‘Hey, this is my situation.’”

The reality star continued, “It’s just something that I’ve been insecure about in the past. And when you’re trying to be attractive to a guy, airing out insecurities is not always the first thing that you want to do.”

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The Resident’s Matt Czuchry on Pregnancy News, ‘Challenges’ to Come


Warning: This story contains spoilers from the Tuesday, January 19, episode of The Resident.

Big changes ahead! Season 4 of The Resident started with a wedding and it was followed up with an even bigger life event: a pregnancy! At the end of Tuesday’s episode, Nic (Emily VanCamp) reveals to her husband, Conrad (Matt Czuchry), that she’s pregnant. Needless to say, he’s completely shocked.

“It’s a beautiful thing for both of them, but also a little bit surprising,” Czuchry, 43, told Us Weekly exclusively. “There’s that shock in terms of how much that your life is going to change and what’s going to happen when this beautiful new one comes into the world.”

The Gilmore Girls alum added that there “will be challenges” involving what Nic has gone through in the past.

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“Fans of the show who have been watching from the beginning know we flashed back in episode three of season 2, where Nic had had a miscarriage. So anyone who has been through a miscarriage, male or female or a couple who’ve gone through that, they know how that changes when you’re pregnant once again and how that emotionally and mentally can affect you,” he continued. “That’s one piece of the puzzle that they’ll experience.”

He hinted that VanCamp, 34, has already started to film with a prosthetic baby bump.

“That can be a bit challenging at times, but she’s a trooper,” the former Good Wife star told Us. “I hope that people believe that this is a couple who is joyful and emotional and a little bit in shock as to what’s next. I hope that that is real and authentic, even though the belly is fake and plastic. We hope people can really connect to that.”

As for the type of dad Conrad will be, Czuchry hopes the doctor can find a way to balance his work and home life.

“I hope he can find a way to let go of his work and focus on his child a little bit. Most importantly, I think this season, Conrad is a little bit more vulnerable than we’ve ever seen him,” he added. “That’s because of being married. That’s because he has a little one on the way. It’s because of what he experienced with COVID. So I hope that he’s vulnerable with his child and that his heart is soft.”

The Resident airs on Fox Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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