Where's Ryan Sutter been since he and Trista Rehn were reportedly paid $1 million to marry on prime-time TV? Unlike his Bachelorette runner-up, Charlie, he's not clinging to showbiz for dear life. The newlyweds moved to Sutter's hometown of Vail, Colorado, where he still writes poetry and works as a firefighter/EMT. He's also training for the Iron Man Triathlon World Championship taking place this fall in Hawaii, where he aims to raise cash for the Firefighters' National Trust.
"I love the job I have," he says. "People assume that if you go on reality television, you automatically are cast into this celebrity role and it's a springboard into the entertainment industry. It really isn't. We're not actors, we're just normal people."
Tell that to stunned fans who can't get over "Trista's Ryan" answering their 911 calls! "They think I'm filthy rich and I don't need to work," he says. "They have a lot of misconceptions." Like that he's free t
This month, The Bachelor's Jesse Palmer revealed he's broken up with Jessica Bowlin. The rest of the reality-dating series' leading men — Alex Michel, Aaron Buerge, Andrew Firestone and Bob Guiney — have also left their Chosen Ones in Splitsville. Meanwhile, The Bachelorette's leading ladies — Trista Rehn and Meredith Phillips — are holding on to their men. Why have the guys gone wacko, while the gals keep their relationships together?
"I have no idea," claims Rehn, who was reportedly paid $1 million to marry Ryan Sutter on prime-time TV. "I don't know that there's a magic potion. It may just be the luck of the draw that Meredith and I found who we were supposed to be with, and someone was watching over us.
"For each of the relationships, there were different reasons," she adds. "I don't know if it's because it's TV and the media craze that happens afterwards, or w
What's a dude to do after his reality-TV stint ends? Most guys try workin' their sudden fame to do some big pimpin'. Not Bill Rancic, 33, winner of NBC's The Apprentice. "I'm trying to turn the exposure I had into [something] positive," he says. "I'm not out trying to milk it and go to bars and pick up girls. Honestly, I've been so busy I haven't had a lot of time to date. I'm a red-blooded, heterosexual man, and I love women just as much as the next guy. But I've got a lot to prove."
Rancic, who says he's currently single, has been rumored to be romancing The Bachelor's Jen Scheff since her breakup with Andrew Firestone. "We went out a couple of times," he admits. "We're friends, but we were never boyfriend and girlfriend. [The tabloids] blew it all out of whack."
This year, Rancic's learning how to build Chicago's version of Trump Tower. But he's immersed in what he calls "Donald Trump boot camp" in New York until July.
Poor Justin Guarini. The runner-up to American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson hasn't had an easy time of it. Just think of the endless hair jokes. And the unflattering comparisons to Clay Aiken, that other AI runner-up who made good. Don't forget his box-office bomb, From Justin to Kelly, and the self-titled debut CD that flopped. Still, life's not so bad for Guarini.
Seriously, look on the bright side: He's not a barista at Starbucks yet. The 25-year-old says he's "amassed enough finances" that he doesn't have to work on stuff he's not interested in. Guarini hosted VH1's Top 20 Countdown in May and guest stars as himself in an upcoming episode of Fox's new nighttime soap, North Shore. "It was rather easy and fun," he says. "I played myself as a hotel guest. I got to say a few lines — the rest of the time was a vacation on the beach in Hawaii. And I got to spend time socializing with Brooke Burns