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The Bachelor Recap: So Damn Young!

We’re only three episodes into Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s journey for love on ABC, but The Bachelor spoilers are holding up nicely thus far.

There’s a long way to go until The Bachelor 2018 winner is revealed, but spoilers aside, the contenders are starting to emerge.

This week, on the fourth installment of the young season, Arie and his 15 remaining ladies took a road trip to Lake Tahoe, Nev.

What surprises awaited them there? 

Most significantly, one big question we’ve had since the beginning of the season was answered, as we now know Bekah’s age.

After some horseback riding and so many stolen kisses, Bekah revealed to the 36-year-old Bachelor star that she is only … 22.

Arie recoiled, calling her “so damn young” and asking Bekah repeatedly if she was ready for a commitment like this at that age.

Her answers weren’t exactly compelling, but hey, Bekah’s pretty and one of the “most amazing” people he’s ever met, so she stayed.

Meanwhile, Krystal continued to pit herself against the rest of the women, who she felt were trying too hard to procure Arie’s attention.

Yes … on The Bachelor.

Krystal vented to Arie that she was feeling bullied, frozen out, even targeted by the other women on the show, but she’s staying too.

She even interrupted Arie just before the rose ceremony so she could talk to him one-on-one, making just about everyone’s eyes roll.

What she had to say was pretty much unrelated to the situation, except for making the other remaining women loathe her even more.

One absolute gem of a quote:

“I feel like it’s hard for me to really, like, shine who I am while trying not to be intimidating to the girls I spend the majority of the time with.”

“I come across as flawless.”

Okay. She also mused at one point about how “I don’t know how I’m gonna get through the elimination of all these women.”

It can be brutal for sure.

In other news, Tia got the group date rose, while Maquel abruptly left the show after finding out her grandfather passed away.

Perhaps a DRAMATIC RETURN unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in BACHELOR HISTORY awaits us next Monday.

At the rose ceremony, Arie dispatched Brittany and Caroline, leaving only a dozen women vying for a life with Arie Luyendyk.

A life which he actually described as kind of boring in his speech to Bekah, but perhaps it wouldn’t be all that bad day to day.

Who knows.

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The Bachelor Recap: Wrestling For Roses

If The Bachelor spoilers have taught us anything, it’s that every season has a hero, a villain and some absolutely shocking twists.

Okay, maybe they’re not all that shocking, but they’re head-turning enough to be dubbed the FIRST IN BACHELOR HISTORY. 

This week didn’t offer too many jaw-droppers, though it did get us one week closer to finding out who wins The Bachelor 2018.

The first group date on this third episode of the season was brought to you by the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, or GLOW.

Naturally, the reality show spun this into its own acronymed offshoot entitled GLOB, or the Gorgeous Ladies of The Bachelor. 

Grab some Advil, as the eye-rolling may be so persistent and extreme that it actually gives you a minor headache after awhile.

Maquel, Jacqueline, Lauren B., Tia, Marikh, Bekah M., Bibiana and Krystal were coached by veterans of the original GLOW.

After plenty of tough love from the coaches and a few tears, the women got in the ring and channeled their pro wrestling alter egos.

It was actually somewhat entertaining at times, but the levity was short-lived after the group date when Krystal “stole” Arie. 

Yes, she pulled that s–t again.

Bibiana tried to tell him about the drama with Krystal, but he was unmoved, and at the end of the date, Bekah M. got the rose.

Lauren S. got the one-on-one date this week (there was only one of them) and spent it at a Napa Valley winery with Arie.

Sounds awesome, but it wasn’t. The date was one of the most awkward on the show in some time, and she left with no rose.

Lauren S.’s departure was a topic of discussion back at the house, and naturally Krystal made more enemies taking about it.

The next group date featured more trauma for Annaliese, who moved from last week’s “bumper car trauma” to a fear of dogs.

Oh yes, the group date – in which the girls and Arie got to partake in dog-show tricks with a group of pups – was scary for her.

Fortunately, Annaliese overcame her rough experience with a dog in her childhood and was determined to kiss Arie at the end.

Not that he seemed interested, but whatever. At least she hung tough while Chelsea received the coveted group date rose.

At the cocktail party, Bibiana and Annaliese were getting increasingly antsy to get a rose or a kiss or an acknowledgement from Arie.

They came up empty on all fronts.

Annaliese finally caught up to Arie and mentioned how many other girls had kissed him. His response to that obvious invite?

“I just don’t think we’re there yet.” 

Ouch. Annaliese’s feelings were hurt, and he followed that up by sending her home on the spot when she wanted answers.

At the rose ceremony, Arie sent Bibiana packing, rounding out the night with three eliminations on this leg of the journey.

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The Bachelor: Winter Games Cast List Released! Who’s Missing?!

If you already follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season ends.

But you have something else to look forward to, starting the night before Valentine’s Day. It’s something new.

It’s called The Bachelor: Winter Games, and now we finally know the cast. And there’s a huge surprise!

The Bachelor is about a man trying to choose one woman among many to be the love of his life … for a few months, usually.

The Bachelorette has the same premise, but with a woman choosing between male suitors.

And then there’s Bachelor in Paradise. On that messy, messy spin-off, faves (and villains) from the two leading shows meet, mingle, and hook up for everyone’s entertainment.

Premiering on February 13th, The Bachelor: Winter Games is going to work along similar lines, in that the people you see will be familiar faces from the Bachelor Nation.

Or should we say … the Bachelor Nations.

As ABC explains:

“Throughout the run of The Bachelor Winter Games, fans can expect twists and turns on and off the ski mountain, as well as romance, heartbreak, love and, of course, roses.”

Contestants will come from Bachelor spin-offs from all over the world. Because yes, the franchise is that big.

“The bachelors and bachelorettes will participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge.”

Hopefully, things won’t be too athletically strenuous. They’re all beautiful, but most have desk jobs.

“Romantic dates will test the bachelors’ and bachelorettes’ perseverance in pursuing relationships with one another while faced with language barriers and cultural differences, including some amusing issues with intimacy.”

So, in case you were worried that there wouldn’t be any romantic drama … you can stop worrying.

Let’s take a look at which familiar names and faces will be representing Team USA!

Ben Higgins

Michael Garofola

Dean Unglert

Ashley Iaconetti

Luke Pell

Eric Bigger

Lesley Murphy

Josiah Graham

Clare Crawley

Jamie Kocan

Other contestants will be playing for Australia, Canada, Finland, Japan, Switzerland and Germany (one team), the UK, New Zealand, and China.

Incidentally, when we told you about this series event months ago, we mentioned that Peter Kraus would be making his Bachelor come-back on this spin-off.

It’s strange to not see his name on this list.

Don’t get us wrong — we’re excited for other things, from absolute legend Nancy Kerrigan’s promised appearance (as a guest) to what we hope will be Dean Unglert’s redemption arc.

But it’s not just that people in general would like to see Peter Kraus on the show. We heard months ago that this was his next thing. So … what happened?

Maybe this twist is just because of a falling out between Peter Kraus and producers. We sure hope not, but it’s possible.

It may be, however, that he will be on the list … but was for some reason momentarily excluded. Perhaps because he was already known? That doesn’t make sense, but we’re spitballing, here.

It is also possible that Peter Kraus has something else lined up on this franchise. Perhaps something a little more exciting … like, say, if he’s already lined up to be The Bachelor in 2019.

Finally, it’s possible that he just had an injury or something else that prevented him from taking part. Which would be tragic on multiple levels.

ABC is expected to release two more names for the cast list (at least). Perhaps Peter’s will be one of them.

We’re not sure, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we know more.

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The Bachelor Recap: Bumper Car Trauma and Other Drama

Monday on The Bachelor, Arie continued his quest to pare down the field / steal kisses from as many aspiring trophy wives as possible.

It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.

If you want to know who has the inside track, The Bachelor spoilers have you covered. Just saying. Follow the link if you dare.

Otherwise, if you choose to remain spoiler free, it’s a long road ahead before we find out who Arie picks. A long Journey, if you will. 

But that doesn’t mean it won’t be hella entertaining, or full of twists and turns that not even The Bachelor spoiler gods expect.

The drama ramped up this week thanks to the got the first one-on-one dates of the season, with Arie picking up Becca K. on a motorcycle.

Becca opened up about losing her father to brain cancer and being close with her family, and Arie gave her a rose in return.

Pretty standard.

For his second one-on-one date, Arie took Krystal to his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. Yes, he took her home on night two;

Krystal even met Arie’s parents and brother, and it went well, despite her being thrown off by her own upbringing being less traditional.

After she received a rose and a private concert (another Bachelor staple), the episode devolved into a massive car wreck.

Literally. The participants on Arie’s demolition derby group date made for perhaps the largest group date in franchise history:

Maquel, Marikh, Tia, Valerie, Annaliese, Lauren G., Kendall, Bekah M., Jenny, Seinne, Jenna, Caroline, Brittany, Bibiana and Chelsea.

Annaliese stole the show, or at least the other girls’ thunder, by claiming she suffered “bumper car trauma” as a kid and freaking out.

Producers (and the other women) had a field day with this at Annaliese’s expense, but she eventually did participate with the group.

Seinne won the demolition derby, and received a rose for that … along with her beauty and brains (she went to Yale, people)!

Bibiana, meanwhile, stormed off in a rage at the ensuing cocktail party after not getting any one-on-one time with Arie to speak of.

There’s one in every season.

Krystal pushed her over the edge a bit when she “stole” him during the cocktail party, even though she already had a rose of her own.

This never goes over well historically.

Bibiana tore Krystal a new one, accusing her of having a fake tone and worse. This sort of thing is what TV viewing dreams are made of.

Alas, Monday’s show was the end of the line for Jenny, Valerie and Lauren G., with the former going out in unique style at least.

Jenny told Arie: “I’m not sad about you.”

“I’m sad about leaving my new friends.”

Aww. Isn’t that sweet? She may not have found love in the romantic sense, but the bond with her new girlfriends is forever!

Who said these women all have to swoon over some guy … or that they have to hate each other and fight all the time!?

Way to defy convention, Jenny.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr: Did He Just Let Slip a Bachelor Spoiler?!

Jimmy Kimmel is at it again, interviewing Arie Luyendyk Jr. and pressing him to reveal forbidden The Bachelor spoilers.

Naturally, Arie can't actually divulge how the season goes. You know how this works.

Except that, as you'll see in the video below, it looks like Arie may have slipped up and revealed something that he didn't mean to.

Arie luyendyk jr and jimmy kimmel

As you know, Jimmy Kimmel has a history of interviewing each season's Bachelor (or Bachelorette) and confronting them with his wife's theory of which contestants will make it the farthest … and who will win.

Molly — Jimmy's wife — tends to do pretty well with her guesses. But only pretty well.

For example, Jimmy interviewed Rachel Lindsay at the beginning of her season of The Bachelorette. The theory presented? That Rachel was engaged to Peter Kraus.

That was a simpler, more innocent time, when people believed that Rachel Lindsay had sense.

Arie luyendyk jr pleads innocent

Arie, of course, insists that he can't reveal anything.

In fact, though past Bachelors and Bachelorettes have said "oh, my fiance and I are just laying low until the season ends," Arie's taking that a step further.

He's refusing to even tell Jimmy Kimmel when the last time that he saw his fiancee was.

Weird.

But then Jimmy Kimmel stops asking — and starts sharing his theories. Well, his wife's theories.

Arie luyendyk jr on jimmy kimmel

We already know who Arie Luyendyk Jr's final four will be, but here are the names that Jimmy listed:

First up is Tia Booth. Because Tia is nice and likable and so are her friends, though Jimmy (well, really Molly) predicts that Arie won't pick her in the end.

Next is Chelsea, whom Jimmy has pegged as this season's Bachelor Villain — great to keep around as fodder (though … all the way to the final four might be too much).

Then comes Bekah M, and we can only assume that her youth played a role in getting her into the (imagined) final four. Or perhaps Jimmy Kimmel just wanted to highlight how rare short hair is in the franchise.

As if to emphasize the many, many redundant names in this season, Jimmy also named Becca K (Becca Kufrin, not to be confused with Bekah with a K), whom he noted Arie must have taken notice of to some degree after just the first episode.

Arie luyendyk jr shrugs helplessly

Jimmy Kimmel even goes so far as to name Becca Kufrin as the prospective winner.

Now, if you've taken the plunge into our spoilers, you know who Arie chooses at the end of the season.

But what's catching people's attention is how Arie responded — seeming to let his guard slip — when Jimmy brought up Chelsea, the potential "villain."

"Chelsea, you gave her the first impression rose, she’s very attractive, she’s aggressive."

He uses that aggression — often a positive quality — to lead into how he sees her role on the show playing out this season.

"She’s also clearly going to be the villain, so you need to keep her around for a while."

The producers need to do that. Arie may have other priorities.

"You won’t pick her, you’ll just keep giving her roses so she can antagonize everyone else in the house."

Arie seemed to break character in that moment (as you'll see in the video), going from nodding to shaking his head. Was he saying that she's not in his final four, or protesting her "villain" label?

Arie luyendyk jr and jimmy kimmel bec slash ka 3 way discussion

We don't know.

Jimmy Kimmel created a distraction after he'd named all four women, by proposing that Arie have a threesome (since he'd mentioned falling in love with two contestants) with Becca and with Bekah.

Jimmy's delivery sounds more like a guy broing it out and less like someone promoting healthy polyamory, so it was a line bound to rub people the wrong way.

But also a line bound to help Jimmy take some of the heat for Arie's possible slip-up.

Decide for yourself if Arie really slipped up — or if it's some kind of misdirect or whatever — by watching the video below.

Arie luyendyk jr did he just let slip a bachelor spoiler
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The Bachelor Recap: The Race of His Life

Buckle your seatbelts, THGers and card-carrying members of Bachelor Nation. Season 22 is underway, and Arie is on the race of his life.

While The Bachelor spoilers have already revealed much about the outcome this season, Monday’s premiere offered our first TV glimpse …

Following a runner-up finish on The Bachelorette all the way back in 2012, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is back in the driver’s seat … so to speak.

Seeing him in the starring role after five and a half years may please  Bachelor Nation … or not. But either way, it’s got people talking.

Is this 36-year-old race car driver, real estate broker and distinguished, graying gentleman finally ready to fall in love again this winter?

We can’t say for sure, but … the spoilers have revealed the OUTCOME OF THE ENTIRE THREE-MONTH SEASON, so there’s that.

Hey, you don’t really, truly know who Arie picks and if The Bachelor spoilers were on point until the finale, right? You just never know.

But you probably do. Anyway, whether you’re a Bachelor spoilers junkie or not, proceed for the recap of the Janu-Arie 1 premiere now!

As you know – or may not know, since this was so long ago now – Emily Maynard rejected Arie Luyendyk Jr. on The Bachelorette finale.

We were treated to quite the retrospective on that, partly so we’d remember who Arie is, and also so we’d remember he’s a good guy.

He was SO in love with Emily, we were told, that he sent her his journal even after she got engaged to Jef Holm, hoping it would sway her.

Arie was in the hunt for The Bachelor job the next winter – that went to his fellow competitor Sean Lowe – and on Chris Soules’ season.

After those near-misses, he’s finally getting his second shot at TV love, and to be perfectly, honest, he’s pretty nervous about the journey.

Seeing these 29 girls will help, though.

First we meet Chelsea, 29, a mom from Maine (above). Then Caroline, 26, a realtor from Florida. Then Maquel, 23, a Utah photographer.

Nysha, 30,  is an orthopedic nurse and adrenaline junkie. Tia, 26, is a small town Arkansas girl who’s actually friends with Raven Gates.

Kendall, 26, is a taxidermy enthusiast. That’s a new one. The youngest contestant, Bekah, does not say her age. That’s a new one also.

Marikh, 27, owns an Indian restaurant with her mom in Utah, while Krystal, 29, works as health and fitness coach, and volunteers as well.

After these intros, it’s limo time!

Caroline (the Florida realtor) is the first to step out, with this one-liner: “If we do our jobs right maybe we’ll both be off the market.”

Good one. Chelsea, meanwhile, plays hard to get, and leaves him wanting more, assuring Arie, “There’s a lot to get to know.”

Tia (above) gifts Arie a tiny wiener so he remembers she’s from Weiner, Ark. “Please tell me you don’t already have one of these,” she jokes. 

Probably a safe bet.

Racing jokes abound, while Bekah shows up in a classic car and says, “I may be young, but I can still appreciate something classic.”

As more and more ladies arrive, we learn there are four Laurens this season and one Maquel. Yes, Maquel, who made quite the entrance.

Her race car arrival instantly raised the stakes for the other women and made them nervous, as did Maquel stealing him away at the party.

Arie’s first kiss when to Brittany T., but the coveted first impression rose went to Chelsea, to the dismay of Krystal (and everyone else).

The Maine mom definitely got the most screen time on the premiere, but it remains to be seen if she has a real shot to make the top four.

Sadly, we know more than a half dozen people who won’t be there for sure, as all good 29-woman cocktail parties must come to an end.

At the first rose ceremony, Becca K., Marikh, Kendall, Lauren G., Krystal, Bekah, Lauren S., Seinne, Caroline, and Brittany T. get roses.

Bibiana, Annaliese, Jenna, Valerie, Jacqueline, Jenny, Lauren B., Ashley, Tia and Maquel follow, all advancing to fight another round.

Eight down, 21 to go.

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The Bachelor Women: Shady Pasts… Revealed!

With Arie Luyendyk Jr. set to embark on his totally unscripted and natural adventure as The Bachelor next week, we’d like to issue the following warning to the star:

BE CAREFUL, DUDE.

Be very, very careful.

The good folks at Radar Online have been doing some digging and what they’ve unearthed sheds some troubling light on three of Arie’s suitors.

(Might two of them be the two with whom he allegedly falls in love?!? It’s too early to say for certain.)

This is what we’ve learned about a pair of the women you’ll meet when The Bachelor returns on January 1 at 8/7c.

Krystal Nelson (who goes by the last name Pallesen in court documents) earned a citation for illegal alcohol consumption when she was caught with an open Coors Light can on June 9, 2006.

She was ordered at the time to pay a fine and attend eight hours of an alcohol education class.

Is open container a big deal? God, of course not.

However, Krystal did the same thing on February 8, 2008!

She was busted again, at the age of 20, for underage consumption and was sentenced to a year of probation. Moreover, her license was revoked for 90 days.

This is a photo of her:

Then there’s Rebecca Kufrin.

She received her own summons for underage consumption on January 17, 2009, pleading guilty to the misdemeanor and paying $ 431 in fines.

This is a photo of her:

Now we can move on to Ashley Luebke.

In a lawsuit Radar obtained from Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, she was sued for injuring a man in a car crash on November 9, 2010.

Reads the legal document: “Ashley Luebke negligently and carelessly [operated] and [maintained] her motor vehicle so as to cause it to collide with a motor vehicle owned and operated” by the Plaintiff.

The lawsuit requested Ashley to pay $ 40,000.

The case was dismissed after a settlement was reached.

This is a photo of her.

The thing is, Arie himself was arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2008.

So he isn’t exactly Mr. Innocent himself.

Arie has even been accused of cheating on former The Bachelor contestant Courtney Robertson after she split from Ben Flajnik.

What will become of him and his women on the season ahead?

You can visit our section of The Bachelor spoilers to find out.

You can also scroll through the photos below to get to know Arie’s women in general.

One of them will become his wife…or at least his temporary fiancee. Who will it be?!?

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Arie Luyendyk Jr: Oops, I Fell in Love With TWO Women on The Bachelor!

If you’ve been following The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how this season of the hit series is going to end. 

But there was a time when even Arie Luyendyk Jr. didn’t know which contestant would be the winner.

And, by his own admission, he took a page out of Ben Higgins’ book — and ended up falling in love with two different women.

While a lot of The Bachelor fans think that they know the name of the winner … thanks to, believe it or not, some math and maybe some tongue-in-cheek reasoning, 

The one thing that everyone knows for sure is that Arie was pretty determined to become the leading man on this season.

So much so that Arie dumped his real-life girlfriend to become The Bachelor … just two days before the big announcement.

But now Arie says that he was totally taken aback by his own feelings. Maybe being the star of The Bachelor isn’t as easy as he’d imagined?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. spoke to People, where he admitted to being caught off-guard by his own feelings.

“I fell in love with two women, and I didn’t know I was capable of that.”

If he’d been in real life and both women had been open to it, they might have been able to work out some sort of polyamorous option. Alas, The Bachelor doesn’t give that much leeway. (Maybe one day!)

In real life, people feel conflicted all of the time. But apparently this was a first for Arie.

“I’ve never been in that situation, and it was really hard.”

That line is not, we think, intended as a double entendre.

Arie provides a single hint, saying: “And they were two very different women, and that’s what made it even harder.”

We’d imagine that two deeply similar women could be just as challenging, sure.

“I didn’t know I was really capable of having strong feelings and being in love with more than one person, but that happened.”

It can be a shock when you’re no longer a hormonal teen but you still end up catching feelings.

“The end was really difficult for me. And I think that it’s because it’s such a huge decision, and it’s my life.”

It absolutely is. (Though, to be fair, most post-Bachelor relationships seem to either crash and burn or to fizzle out within a few months)

“But I’m happy, and I wouldn’t have changed anything,” Arie says.

He speaks of the many women who were courting him.

“There were so many different types of women and so many different personalities.”

Yep. That’s how people work.

“I think I learned that I can be very open and that I can be attracted to a lot of different types of people.”

And, overall, he enjoyed being the center of attention for more than a dozen beautiful young women. Surprise!

“I’m very happy. I have no regrets. It was an amazing experience.”

If we’re being entirely honest, this reads as more of a tease for the upcoming season than a confession.

Maybe we’re just projecting the tone that we imagine Arie striking. We’re totally willing to admit that possibility.

But teasing the season is, you know, part of the job.

We also think that, because it’s so widely believed that Arie is going on the show to boost his social media standing (despite Arie’s age and supposed maturity) rather than to find love, he’s probably trying to soften his image.

That, too, goes with the territory. He wants people to tune in, folks. And love triangles attract viewers.

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Emily Maynard: I’m NOT Going to Watch Arie Luyendyk Jr on The Bachelor!

Fans of The Bachelor have a lot of questions about this upcoming season. Questions like why was Arie Luyendyk Jr. picked? And is Arie too old to be The Bachelor?

But Arie’s no stranger to the franchise. In fact, he very famously dated Emily Maynard on her season of The Bachelorette.

How does she feel about the guy who was “devastated” by their breakup going on to star on his own season? Is she going to watch?

Remember Emily Maynard?

Back on Season 15 of The Bachelor, she competed for Brad Womack’s heart and even won it.

They eventually broke off their engagement. (Gee, I’m really starting to think that reality television might not be the most reliable vehicle for finding love)

Then, Emily became the leading lady on The Bachelorette, where Arie Luyendyk Jr. was among the fiercest competitors for her hand.

Arie was apparently thunderstruck when Emily broke up with him. He had, after all, made it so far, only to lose to Jef Holm.

(Since then, Jef Holm has referred to his former friend Arie as “disgusting,” citing that as the reason for which they are no longer friends)

If you remember the post-final-rose drama, Arie actually flew to Charlotte where Emily lives, intending to speak to her, because he was that desperate for fame … we mean, heartbroken.

And instead of speaking to her, he delivered his diary to her, which might be one of the most extra things that we’ve ever seen from the Bachelor Nation (which is saying a lot). He allegedly hoped that it would help to erase any doubts she might have had about his character.

She didn’t read it.

But she and Jef Holm went their separate ways after a few months.

Now Arie, Emily Maynard’s ex who was so “devastated” by their breakup that he almost confronted her at her home about it, is The Bachelor.

What does Emily think about that? She spoke to People about her mixed feelings.

“I’ve been rooting for Arie to be the Bachelor since my season ended — he’s a great guy.”

Uh-huh.

She says that “it’ll be great TV.” True.

Emily also says that it won’t be “TV that is watched in my house.”

“I feel like it would probably not be appropriate,” she explains.

We totally get that.

“But I’ll catch the highlights on [People],” she adds.

if she wants to get ahead of the game, she could follow The Bachelor Spoilers.

Just saying.

Of course, Emily Maynard is now a mother of four. Her youngest is just a couple of months old, so we imagine that she has her hands full.

She’s not the only ex of Arie’s who’s likely to have complicated feelings about all of this.

If you’ll recall, Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped his girlfriend to become The Bachelor. Like, two days before the big announcement.

That sounds awkward as hell.

We wonder if Sydney Stempfley’s name will come up during this season of The Bachelor.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr: Too Old to Be The Bachelor? Too White?

For better or for worse, Arie Luyendyk Jr. is the leading man on this upcoming season of The Bachelor, and there are some people who are very unhappy about this upcoming season.

And there’s more to that frustration than wishing that someone else were starring on the show.

Is Arie Luyendyk Jr. too old? Is the cast of contestants too young? Are they all (or most of them) too white?

Before you say it, this isn’t just about why Peter Kraus isn’t the Bachelor.

Peter’s a fan favorite and, unlike precious puppy Dean Unglert, didn’t soil his reputation on Bachelor in Paradise.

Peter was an easy pick to win.

But, you know, fans think they know who’ll win The Bachelor based upon names and math, so … sometimes a fan theory is really just a guess.

(Hint: if you follow The Bachelor Spoilers, you have a pretty good idea of how all of this is going to end)

But showrunners felt that Peter wasn’t up for it, or maybe they just wanted to surprise fans by defying their expectations. And picking Arie certainly does that.

That said, the concerns that fans have over this upcoming season (The Bachelor will be upon us so soon, you guys!) are a little less personal and a lot more important.

First of all, we have to talk about race.

Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette was historic, and not just because Rachel was the franchise’s first black female lead.

Though that, in and of itself, was a huge deal — and many are disappointed that The Bachelor did not follow in its sister series’ footsteps.

Eric Bigger isn’t quite Peter Kraus …

(Even Rachel Lindsay knows that, even though she’s thrown Peter under the bus at every opportunity since her season ended)

… But some fans feel that he would have made a stronger, handsomer Bachelor.

(Especially with that revenge beard!)

And, quite frankly, even with Arie at the helm of the show, they could have made the contestants a little more racially diverse.

Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette was historically diverse.

Yes, she is black, and that was an amazing and embarrassingly long overdue bit of the bare minimum amount of inclusion for the franchise.

But if you look at her suitors, you notice that they were a much more diverse crowd than we’re used to seeing — on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor.

Nearly half of Rachel Lindsay’s suitors were men of color.

Then we look at the women competing for Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s “rose” (or “heart” or whichever euphemism you prefer), and see that the series has taken a step backwards.

Finally, we need to talk about age.

Nobody likes this topic, because time is cruel and unfeeling and robs us of all capacity for pride or joy with time, but we need to address it.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. is 36.

His absolute oldest contestant this season is 33. A 3-year age difference barely matters in college and is a blink of an eye when both people are in their thirties.

Most of the women are in their mid-to-late 20s.

There are a couple of women who are 23. And scuttlebutt is that Rebekah, whose age was conspicuously absent from early reports, may be as young as 22.

Of course, people have whined about recent Bachelors being “too young,” allegedly wanting to increase their social media visibility instead of genuinely looking for love.

(As if anyone believes that Arie’s here for love)

All of these criticisms make sense. Diversity matters. Reasonable age ranges matter.

But we have to wonder if The Bachelor is preparing to pivot.

Perhaps their next leading man will be a 26-year-old man of color, and Arie is just the dull build-up to a groundbreaking 2019 season.

In the mean time, take a look at Arie’s prospective mates, and decide for yourself if, beautiful though they all are as individuals, the make-up of the overall cast leans a little too young and white.

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