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He did what he had to do.

That was Jason Mesnick’s explanation for proposing to, then publicly dumping Melissa Rycroft in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney on The Bachelor season finale.

Jason says he would have preferred to have delivered the news to Rycroft off camera, but the contract he signed with The Bachelor’s producers and ABC spelled out that he had to make this painful declaration on national TV.

“That was part of the deal. I signed up for it in my contract. Your relationship is - good and bad - in front of everybody,” says Mesnick. “If I could have, I would have seen Melissa the night before. It killed me. It kills me now.”

After a romantic final date in New Zealand, the single dad, 32, proposed to Melissa Rycroft, 25, in the two-hour season finale of The Bachelor. She was happy.

But on the "After the Final Rose" special, filmed six weeks later but airing just minutes after the finale, he gave a seemingly unsuspecting Melissa the boot.

Moreover, he confessed he still had feelings for Molly Malaney.

Jason Mesnick in the Bachelor Finale

Jason Mesnick ponders his final decision on the finale of The Bachelor ... and how he's going to sleep at night after pulling off the elaborate ratings stunt concocted by ABC.

Supposedly having no idea about this, Molly was then informed by Jason that he just dumped Melissa, and accepted Jason's offer to give it another shot.

Mesnick knows what Bachelor viewers must think of him:

"‘That guy is a jerk.’ ... I’m not proud of what I had to do.”

Offering only a vague explanation of why - which lends credence to the Bachelor spoilers that suggest this was all contrived - Mesnick said only that after The Bachelor cameras stopped rolling, the chemistry with Melissa began to fade.

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Reunited Rihanna and Chris Brown have bid adios to Miami Beach, flown to L.A. together and checked in to a Beverly Hills hotel, according to E! News.

Brown is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles on Thursday for their February 8 confrontation, but the district attorney has said that the date may be postponed if detectives don't turn over the case soon enough.

As of this morning, prosecutors have yet to see evidence.

There's also the unanswered question of what charge(s) Brown will face or if he'll be more or less let off he hook amid the couple's patching things up.

Since that incident, Rihanna spent solo time in L.A., Mexico and her native Barbados, while Brown traveled to Las Vegas and his Virginia hometown.

Rihanna Concert Photo

Word broke late Friday that the couple was getting back together as they were spending time at Sean "Diddy" Combs' Star Island mansion in Miami.

Over the weekend, the "Disturbia" singer remained out of sight, while Brown, for the first time since his now-infamous arrest, appeared to be less camera shy, jet skiing and acting like a complete tool in the water around Diddy's compound.

Reps for Rihanna and Chris Brown have so far declined comment on the reconciliation, but Rihanna's father, Ronald Fenty, made clear over the weekend that he was behind his daughter, whatever direction her personal life may take.

"I love my daughter with whatever road she takes," he said. "I'm behind her win or lose. I will be supportive. If that's the road she wants to choose, I'm behind her."

Are you? Or should RiRi have booted Chris Brown for good?

 

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Britney Spears has signed an exclusive partnership with popular junior clothing brand for girls, Candie's, which is only available at Kohl's department stores.

She'll appear in the Candie's Only at Kohl's 2009 ad campaign. The brand will be integrated into Britney Spears' Circus tour and other promotional activities.

"I’m so excited to be the face for Candie’s Only at Kohl’s," Spears said in a statement. "Candie’s and Kohl’s are doing such great things with my tour. It’s great to work with a line that has such cool clothes and accessories."

Here are Britney's first images for the brand, which previously featured Hayden Panettiere ads that seemed like they should be somehow illegal ...

Candie's hearts Britney. Don't we all?

"Britney’s back and Candie’s has her," said Dari Marder, the chief marketing officer for Candie's. "We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Britney. There is a perfect synergy between our Candie’s girls and Britney’s fan base."

Amen to that. Britney Spears' career-remaking concert extravaganza kicks off tonight in New Orleans. Check out the official trailer for her Circus tour ...

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Kate Bosworth doesn't vary her diet much. It appears to be one bite of tuna fish per day and that's about it. Sometimes, a Diet Coke may be thrown in there.

The actress sure likes to mix up her hairstyles, though. The celebrity weight loss champ went for a loose, tousled texture for an Art of Elysium benefit in West Hollywood, then switched to an elegant updo at the Vanity Fair Oscars party...

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Which Kate Bosworth hairstyle is best?

 

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For Lauren Conrad, it looks like a case of life imitating art imitating life ... or whatever you can call The Hills and Laguna Beach.

The reality TV star revealed on her MySpace blog that her new book, L.A. Candy, follows the story of 19-year-old girl named Jane Roberts "who moves to L.A. and unexpectedly becomes the star of a reality television show."

In the book - which is "loosely inspired" by her own experience - Jane's best friend is named Scarlett and will be joining in her adventures.

We're just hoping there's a Jason Wahler bad-boy type.

L.A. Candy Author

The novel, the first in a three-book series by Lauren Conrad, which is being published for young adults by HarperCollins, will be released June 16.

"Some of the characters may symbolize people in my life," writes Conrad, who's gone through plenty of drama, "but it is in no way calling anyone out."

Adds the cute star, "I've always loved books that I could lose myself in, ones that would transport me to another place, but had characters I could relate to. So, I'm so excited to have this opportunity to write books like that for other readers."

Click to enlarge more pics of LC out and about recently ...

  • LC in LA
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  • Lauren in L.A.
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  • LC at Lunch
  • Stylish Lauren Conrad

[Photo Credits: Splash News Online]

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In the show's previews throughout this season, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has been promising viewers "the most shocking twist in Bachelor history."

Suffice it to say, he made good on the hype.

Jason and Melissa: The Bachelor

Despite proposing to Melissa Rycroft on the season finale that aired just moments ago, Jason Mesnick's engagement to the beautiful former cheerleader from Dallas, Tx., is apparently off after some unknown events took place in the past few months.

Turns out those scandalous Bachelor spoilers were more or less right.

The skinny: Six weeks have passed since the season finale was taped, but mere minutes for viewers. Jason tells Chris that it's not gonna work with Melissa, he's been thinking about Molly Malaney, and he's gonna dump Melissa on national TV.

Talk about a d!ck move. Oh, sorry, we mean "emotionally difficult."

Jason's news certainly did not go over well with Melissa, who calls Jason a bastard and makes completely valid points ... albeit ones that lose something when cameras pan to Chris next to her. She storms off, and Molly Malaney takes the stage.

Molly, who supposedly has no idea why she's there, and has not talked to him in six weeks, confides to Chris that despite his choosing Melissa in New Zealand, Jason is definitely still the man of her dreams. Convenient, and not at all staged.

Jason Mesnick returns to the stage and tells Molly how he just ended it with Melissa, then asks Molly on a date. She looks at Chris and stares blankly. This is beyond ridiculous and kind of depressing that a real network is airing it.

Molly agrees to take him back and "see where things go."

So, with another "After the Final Rose" special on tap tomorrow, we can only ask: What now? Are you upset by this turn of events? Comment below!

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After what was an incredible 13th season and an emotional, two-hour season finale chock full of twists, turns and heartbreak, Jason Mesnick got down on one knee and proposed to Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor Monday night.

It was an outcome many expected ever since a promo appeared to show Melissa's pinky ring. But it wasn't just ABC's sloppy editing job that gave the ending away - the chemistry between Melissa and Jason was palpable from the start.

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This is not to suggest Melissa Rycroft had it easy tonight. She was grilled hard by Jason's parents and brothers and even more importantly, win over little Ty.

Runner-up Molly Malaney put up a heck of a fight, only to fall just short. She may be second guessing the re-use of her high school prom dress as we speak.

As for DeAnna Pappas' much-hyped return? Well, that was completely useless, staged and comical, but it at least ate up a good 10 minutes of air time.

In the end, absolutely no one could quite measure up to Melissa Rycroft's rare blend of beauty, love and charm. She and Jason Mesnick are engaged and happy ...

... or ARE they?

You may have read The Bachelor spoilers suggesting Melissa and Jason are headed for a shocking early breakup - with Molly taking her place by his side.

Is this for real? Would you be happy if so? And did Jason make the right choice? We'll find out on the "After the Final Rose" special airing ... right now!

Sound off on Melissa Rycroft and The Bachelor finale below!

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With Britney Spears' Circus tour set to kick off tomorrow night, Kevin Federline was seen walking out of the star's hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

K-Fed oh-so-generously agreed to travel to Britney's tour dates so that their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, could be with her as well.

Essentially, he'll be receiving a not-so-shabby sum of $5,000 a week for doing nothing - more than enough to keep the ol' waistline expanding.

God Bless America and the recession-proof Bank of Britney Spears.

The Big Sleazy

Kevin Federline: Literally livin' large.

No sign of Victoria Prince, who has enjoyed playing mom with the kids on more than one occasion. Click to enlarge more pics of fat K-Fed rollin' in the Big Easy:

  • Not a Fan of Salads
  • Former Mr. Britney Spears

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Poor R. Kelly.

The guy just wants to move on with life.

If only that pesky child porno case would go away.

The filthy human being, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is being sued by a private investigator who claims the star stiffed him on a $300,000 bill.

According to a lawsuit filed last week in Missouri federal court, Charles Freeman claims he was hired in the midst of Kelly's recent trial to "obtain and/or recover certain tapes that were said to incriminate" R. Kelly.

R. Kelly Booking Photo

One of presumably many R. Kelly mug shots.

Kelly was pretty miraculously found not guilty on all counts, despite being charged with 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor (Lisa Van Allen).

Freeman said he did the job (which was somehow legal, apparently, if he's admitting to it) but never got paid. He's suing for damages, interest and costs.

Click to enlarge more R. Kelly pics (but wash your hands first) ...

R. Kelly mug shot

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Becoming a mom has allowed Katie Holmes to flex muscles she wasn't even aware she had. The star opens up to Glamour in its new issue about love and parenting, her life with Tom Cruise, her career, dealing with celebrity gossip and more.

Check out some Katie Holmes pics and quotes below ...

Katie Homles Glamour Cover
[on celeb gossip]: "We were changing diapers one time and [Tom] said, 'I don't want you to get upset,' And I said, 'Well, I am upset.' So we approached it together. But I definitely felt like - as a woman, as the mother of Suri - I want to handle this! My mom is very strong, and if anyone ever said anything about any of us, she would be, 'Excuse me?' That's my family!'" | permalink
[on marrying Tom Cruise]: "When Top Gun came out my sisters were like, 'Oh, my God, Top Gun! Tom Cruise!' And I very confidently said, 'I'm going to marry him one day.' It wasn't like, How do I get Tom Cruise? It was just: I think I'm going to marry him. Why not? He'll like me. I'm fun." | permalink
[on her career]: "I want to do it all. Bad girl, good girl, complicated girl. Aren't we all complicated?" | permalink
[on being a mom]: "Becoming a mom has been the most amazing experience - in an instant you become strong. You have to be a little bit wiser; it's the most important job you have in the world." | permalink
[on married life]: "As a woman, you make the transition from being singe to [being] a partner. I have a teammate." | permalink
[on her day to day life]: "We like to be together, so we use the house for our [business] meetings. [We] play Yahtzee, board games, Scrabble. We grill; have pool parties. We play "The Three Little Pigs" and Suri is the Big Bad Wolf. [Tom] reads story books to Suri and we all laugh. When a good song comes on, he'll break into dance. We have the best time. | permalink

Yawn. If you're still awake, click to enlarge more Katie Holmes pictures from the magazine's feature story. She's actually lookin' pretty good ...

  • Bad Katie Holmes Hairstyle
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