After 10 seasons of The Bachelor and three seasons of The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison informed us tonight that only four couples are still together. In addition to our newest couple, Charlie and Sarah are happily living together in Los Angeles; Byron and Mary are cozy in Texas and will wed in the fall; while Trista and Ryan have been married for four years and are expecting a little one at the end of the summer. And on a bittersweet note, my favorite bachelor of all time, Andrew Firestone, recently proposed to his girlfriend, which sadly means he is once again off the market. In years past, the reunion show meant we got to see all of the ladies one last time, as they rehashed their feelings with one another and fired uncomfortable questions at the bachelor. Tonight's gathering was much smaller and much more subdued, as we were only privy to seeing five of the original 25 women from this season. Amber, Danielle and Steph T. were the first three to grace the stage with Chris. As ...
Next Wednesday night, The Bachelor's Byron Velvick awards the final rose to Mary or Tanya. How did the 40-year-old bass fisherman narrow his choice down to these two ladies? Two words, kids: Niceness counts.
"Both of them weren't really malicious toward other people," Velvick says. "They weren't doing a lot of attacking and they weren't caught up in the drama of the house.
"Tanya put it best when she said, 'I'm a schoolteacher for special-ed. children. This is nothing compared to some of the classrooms I've been in.' Both she and Mary are just kindhearted women who showed they could be extremely gracious under difficult conditions. They were more stable."
By now, Bachelor fans hardly need to be reminded of the show's dismal relationship success stats. But just to be wicked, we'll do it anyway! So far, the previous five Bachelor fellas all broke up with their chosen ones, while the two Bachelorette gals have h
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
How does Meredith Phillips compare to ABC's original Bachelorette, Trista Rehn? The 30-year-old makeup artist and catalog model seems eager to distance herself from her fame-crazed predecessor. "Trista and I are very different," she says. "I went into this situation being myself, totally. I was very realistic and I wanted to make it my own. I wasn't trying to follow up Trista's show. I wanted it to be my own, and I think that's one reason I'm so happy at this point."
By happy, Phillips means she's "very, very happy" with her chosen suitor. "It exceeded my expectations," she says of the show's result, which is obviously top secret. However, the brunette looker does hint at a new twist, which occurs in the first rose ceremony. "I had to hand out 14 red roses — and a white rose to the person I wanted to get to know better." Hmm...
Back to Bridezilla. Um, we mean Trista. If Phillips m