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Joel Taylor Death Prompts FBI Investigation. Here is Why.

We have a pretty major and surprising update on the sudden death of Joel Taylor.

As previously reported, the former Storm Chaser star was found dead on Tuesday, passing away at the very young age of 38.

Multiple friends and ex-co-workers took to social media to confirm the sad news and also to pay tribute to Taylor, who graduated from the University of Oklahoma and who was rose to fame on the aforementioned Discovery Channel reality show.

He was admired by nearly everyone in the field of meteorology.

At the time of these reports and Twitter posts, however, the circumstances around Taylor’s death was unknown.

And the same could be said for his cause of death.

Now, however, TMZ and People Magazine have provided many more details on just what transpired Tuesday morning.

For starters, Taylor died on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise ship Harmony of the Seas.

It left from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico after his corpse was discovered by a fellow passenger.

“The U.S. Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico was notified today in the afternoon by the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas cruise ship that they had a death on board,” Ricardo Castrodad, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard’s San Juan sector, told People.

Taylor’s family has reportedly identified his body.

At the time of Taylor’s passing, the ship was hosting Atlantis Events’ all-gay Caribbean Cruise; Olivia Newton-John was the headlining act.

According to TMZ sources, drugs were prevalent on board the cruise liner.

It seems as though Taylor was partaking, per a law enforcement official who said the following to the celebrity gossip site:

“It appears the death could be an overdose and Joel Taylor was consuming controlled substances.”

A passenger who spent time with Taylor adds that he had consumed so much GHB on the dance floor early Tuesday morning that he was rendered unconscious and carried back to his cabin by two people.

A few hours later, his body was discovered and the authorities were called in.

TMZ goes on to write that the abundance of GHB, cocaine and ecstasy on the boat has triggered an FBI investigation.

Numerous individuals were apparently arrested for possession before the cruise left Fort Lauderdale and this agency will be looking into how the drugs ended up on board the ship.

And not merely on board, either, but on board in significant quantities.

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Taylor’s close friend and former colleague Reed Timmer was among the first to publicly mourn his passing on social media.

“RIP my best friend and storm chasing partner, Joel Taylor. I am shocked and absolutely devastated by the loss of my incredible, caring friend,” Timmer Tweeted along with image of the pals when they were chasing storms together since 2008.

He added:

“We chased so many intense storms, and I wish we could have just one more storm chase. I’ll miss you forever, Joel. We lost a legend.”

Added the Discovery Channel in a statement:

“We are so saddened to hear about Joel’s passing. We will always remember him fondly as an incredible meteorologist and driver of ‘The Dominator.’

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

We echo this sentiment. May Joel rest in peace.

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American Idol Will Be a Total Failure. This is Why.

American Idol is officially returning to TV this spring, as Ryan Seacrest and company will air new episodes on ABC.

We're as shocked as you are.

And also very pessimistic about this endeavor.

Why do we think this version of American Idol will fail miserably? Scroll down to find out…

1. Not Even Kelly Clarkson Wants To Be Part of It

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Wouldn’t it have been great to bring one of the most successful contestants back as a judge? It would have been a great way to market the series, but Kelly decided to defect over to NBC’s The Voice instead.

2. The Katy Perry Effect

Katy perry 2017 mtv vmas
It was reported last May that Katy Perry secured a massive $ 25 million paycheck for her role as a judge for ABC’s inaugural season of the show.

The big salary was apparently an offer she could not refuse, and producers only offered as much because they lost Kelly Clarkson, and they needed to have a big name attached before Fox’s upfronts.

3. Can Katy Even Judge Music?

Katy perry host pic
Katy Perry has built a career on belting out songs written by others that make very little sense. On the marketing side of things, she went for a bizarre live streaming event to promote her latest cure for insomnia that was titled “Witness.”

It found her crying, and doing a whole lot of sleeping as fans watched live thanks to Youtube.

She also appeared as a guest judge many years ago on The X-Factor UK, and well, let’s just say her critiquing skills were not up to scratch.

4. "The Farewell Season"

Simon cowell returns
American Idol came to an end in April 2016 with a season that was widely marketed as “The Farewell Season.” It’s hardly a farewell if the show will be returning to the air less than two years after its series finale.

When a show as big as American Idol gets the reboot treatment, it should be off the air for long enough that people actually miss it.

5. The Voice For The Win

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The Voice emerged from the shadows back in 2011, and ultimately wound up as the more popular attraction. The chair turning may not be as fresh as it once was, but the overall show is better produced than American Idol ever was.

6. The Ratings

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The show was already way past its prime when it concluded in 2016. It received a minor boost in the ratings vs. its 2015 edition because the marketing team at Fox made everyone aware it was the end of the series. There’s no getting away from the fact that show was losing viewers steadily the year

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Taylor Swift Just Crossed the Beyhive. Find Out Why.

In her brand new song, Taylor Swift takes aim at famous rivals such as Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Katy Perry.

But it’s a different A-Lister who now has a beef with the artist.

Or, perhaps we should more accurately say, it’s a different artist’s fan base.

On Friday afternoon, Swift unveiled a music video teaser for “Look at What You Made Me Do,” two days ahead of when the full video will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards.

You can check it out HERE.

It doesn’t reveal very much.

But it has revealed enough to severely anger the Beyhive, the loyal group of Beyonce fans who worship at the feet of the world’s most popular solo singer…

… and who have now set their sights on Swift.

In one frame from her video teaser, Swift is dressed in a black leotard and fishnet tights while leading a group of male dancers who are all rocking similar looks.

The footage appears to be set in an ornate ballroom.

Critics, meanwhile, are pointing to  Beyonce’s Lemonade visual album as a comparison.

In the video for the Beyonce track “Sorry,” the superstar and Serena Williams dance in the halls of a lavish Louisiana plantation… while wearing – you guessed it! – black leotards.

Queen Bey also donned the look with a contingent of similarly dressed backup dancers during her performance of “Formation” at Super Bowl 50.

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One fan tweeted side-by-side screen shots of Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” teaser and video from Lemonade, captioning it “Lemonade and Minute Maid.”

Ouch.

That’s harsh.

But is it fair?

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Added Beyonce fan added: “Taylor Swift wanna be Beyoncé so bad.”

Taylor has received A LOT backlash for this new single, which many Internet users believe to be petty and simply not very catchy.

It also has a very dark tone.

Others, meanwhile, thought back to Swift’s infamous feud with Kardashian and West and accused the singer of “playing the victim.”

This is a charge Swift has faced for years, having often sang about being wronged by ex-boyfriends in some way, shape or form.

This is different, though. This is Taylor Swift daring to cross the Beyhive. We’d be a tad frightened if we were her.

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Are these criticisms justified?

Do you think Swift really did copy Beyonce?

Or is this just a coincidence? And it Swift receiving an unfair rap?

Sound off below and also answer this question:

Are you excited for her new album?

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Dean Unglert Might Not be the Bachelor, Either. Here’s Why.

Today, the sun is getting eclipsed. But so are your hopes and dreams.

If you were hoping to see Dean Unglert star on the next season of The Bachelor, anyway. Especially after hearing that Peter Kraus is unlikely to get the role.

Nothing’s for certain just yet, but based upon what Deanie Baby has revealed, he might not qualify to be the leading man. And no, it’s not because he allegedly makes an ass of himself on Bachelor in Paradise.

So, it was a little while back when Dean Unglert revealed that he finds love in Paradise in a Glamour interview.

“Did I find love in Paradise? Yeah, I’ll be honest with you. I did find love in Paradise. Yeah. I don’t see any need to hide it.”

We’ve known for a while that Dean Unglert is on Bachelor in Paradise, well before Dean was sent home after his Hometown Date with Rachel Lindsay.

But what we didn’t know until recently was that Dean would find love.

We can’t say that it’s surprising — with his endearing personality and baby blue eyes.

(Even DeMario Jackson, in his very short time in Paradise, found Dean’s eyes memorable enough to mention in his Instagram tags when he reflected on his time there)

But, if Dean found love in Paradise, people have to wonder: what does this mean for his future? What does this mean for The Bachelor?

Right off the bat, Dean Unglert seemed to really hit things off with Kristina Schulman.

From what we’ve already seen on Bachelor in Paradise, Dean and Kristina hung out and they opened up about their past hardships.

Dean talked about his emotionally distant father and his mother’s death when he was still a teenager.

(That’s why he has her name tattooed on his body)

Kristina talked about spending eight years growing up in a Russian orphanage before being adopted by a Kentucky couple.

That’s sort of par for the course when it comes to trying to find love on a reality television schedule, but they did seem to have a connection.

The thing is, though, that lots of people find love in lots of places.

There’s a difference between “aww I love you” and “i think I’m in love with you,” both of which are very different from the sort of lifelong bond of love that happens in Disney movies and allegedly in real life sometimes.

Dean might find love in Paradise.

(In fact, a recent promo shows him confessing that he’s in love with two women there, so that’s … potentially complicated)

But that doesn’t mean that he’ll come out the end of the season having forged a lasting relationship that will preclude him from appearing on The Bachelor.

Because, you know, a lot of love is fleeting.

Dean Unglert is a fan favorite to be the Bachelor, and he was a frontrunner on The Bachelorette.

That doesn’t mean that he’s a shoe-in, unfortunately.

One factor is that Dean is still in his mid-twenties, which you’d think would be fine, but it’s a little younger than the Bachelor tends to be and might bring about different age dynamics.

But we’d still love to see him, or Peter Kraus, in the role.

And, of course, we’d love to see Dean find love. If he has to not be the Bachelor, it would be ideal for it to be because someone already won his heart.

We hope that, at the very least, Dean Unglert got to have some fun on Bachelor in Paradise.

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