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The news of Chris Harrison separating from his wife of 18 years took many by surprise yesterday, but the venerable TV personality will still be back in his familiar role as The Bachelorette host and pimp on May 14.

In a recent article for EW, he previewed six guys to watch this season.

Will any of these fellas end up in the final four, or beyond? See The Bachelorette spoilers we've compiled so far for more on that. Then read the primer on a half dozen fellas who undoubtedly will be major players this summer ...

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Kalon McMahon, 27: This "luxury-brand consultant" is, Harrison says, "cocky, brash, and arrogant" and arrives on the first night in a rented helicopter.

"He makes a huge first impression, but the big story is, will it fade quickly?" Sounds that way ... considering his equipment wasn't that remarkable.

"I don't know where that helicopter came from, but it was pretty unimpressive," Harrison says. "It would be like showing up in a Prius instead of a limo."

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The Bachelor host Chris Harrison and his wife of over 18 years, Gwen, are divorcing.

The couple announced their separation "after much heartfelt consideration" today.

"Though we have made this incredibly difficult decision to separate, our love and mutual respect remain, and we look forward to sharing in the lives of our wonderful children," Chris and Gwen said in a joint statement Thursday.

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Harrison, 40, is best known for hosting ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. In 2010, he was accused on-screen of hitting on a producer's wife.

At the time, he was hardly ruffled by the "cheap shot" of controversial contestant Rozlyn Papa. "I had nothing to hide," he said. "My wife was there."

The couple live 35 miles from Hollywood with their kids Joshua, 9, and Taylor, 7.

Harrison, who coaches both kids' soccer teams, is "an amazing father," Gwen says. "He's very loving and involved." He's also amazing at his job.

No word if he will also be the next Bachelor, but Harrison will be back running the show for its popular spinoff (see Bachelorette spoilers) May 14.

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Yahoo will be introducing a web series that parodies The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, with Ben Stiller, Kristen Bell and Malin Akerman among the cast.

Burning Love, which debuts Monday, June 4 on the Yahoo Comedy Channel, depicts an over-the-top, dramatic and hypersexual reality dating show.

Scarily, this is not that much more absurd than the real thing ...

Yahoo’s Bachelor parody will follow fictional fireman Mark Orlando, played by Ken Marino, as the hunk searches for the perfect woman to give it to.

There will be bubble baths, hair extensions, spray-tans, bitter competition and genuinely insane women (one of them homeless) along the way.

Former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, hilariously, even makes a cameo.

Burning Love is totally a must-see. For more scoop on the actual series airing this summer, follow this link for all The Bachelorette spoilers so far.

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Ali Fedotowsky, the former star of The Bachelorette, looked poised to join the elite club of contestants on the ABC reality franchise to actually tie the knot with her chosen partner ... but it was not to be. She and Roberto Martinez split.

Not that she's sitting at home crying over it.

Ali has a new late night travel show, 1st Look, coming Saturdays on NBC after SNL. In an interview with SheKnows, Ali discussed the program, living the single life, controversial Bachelor winner Courtney Robertson and more ...

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"I'm so excited," Fedotowsky said of 1st Look. "It's just the best job that I could possibly imagine. I get to travel all over the country and go to cool places."

When she’s not working, she’s enjoying life in a new city three hours north. After her split from Roberto Martinez, Ali moved from San Diego to L.A.

"I love L.A. I love the weather. I love the interesting things there are to do. And I love my apartment. It's small, and cozy and I'm doing things really girly."

One of her favorite pastimes? Watching The Bachelor with friends.

"I definitely still have Bachelor viewing parties with my girlfriends," said Ali. "I watch in different light now that I've been through it, but I do enjoy watching it still."

Ali revealed that despite the backlash last season’s winner, Courtney Robertson, has received, she found the Santa Monica model to be nice in real life.

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ABC has released, in the form of a season overview, more details of Emily Maynard's search for love, commencing Monday, May 14 on The Bachelorette.

While kicking things off in her hometown of Charlotte, Emily will travel to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Prague, Czech Republic; and London, England this summer.

Read The Bachelorette spoilers we've pulled together so far regarding which men make it to the hometown dates and more, then read ABC's rundown:

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The 26-year-old former Bachelor winner first meets her 25 suitors at a southern mansion for a cocktail party after putting six-year-old daughter Ricki to bed.

Several of Maynard's bachelors will attempt to make memorable first impressions during their arrivals as always ... that's par for the course on this show.

Think actual glass slippers being presented, dudes riding in on skateboards, a party MC who breaks down into dance, and a gesture from a true southern gentleman who gives Emily something to symbolize how he'd protect her and Ricki.

In addition, Maynard will also encounter one suitor who makes a grand entrance in a helicopter ... is it Brad Womack? Is it Bentley Williams? No and no.

The promos always mislead you that way ...

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Outspoken comedian Sarah Silverman has harsh words for women to choose to compete on The Bachelor, calling the enterprise "offensive" and degrading.

While being interviewed on the debut episode of Amanda de Cadenet's The Conversation Thursday night, the conversation turned to the ABC reality show.

She is not a fan.

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"I'll tell you what's offensive about these shows... that are on ABC during prime time," she said. "Twenty-five women in JCPenney prom dresses, fully grown, going, 'He took us to a castle!' No he didn't. Producers procured a castle."

"And there's 25 of you, that's how special you aren't," she added.

Silverman, who recently sparked controversy with this abortion tweet, says that the real problem with the show is not that adults watch and make fun of it, but that young, impressionable girls think what they're seeing is worth emulating.

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Emily Maynard, the single mom who captured America's heart on The Bachelor, is back! She's The Bachelorette! In a newly-released promo for the new season (premiering Monday, May 14), we get our first look at the Southern Belle's reality TV return.

She may have to kiss a lot of frogs, but she will find her prince charming.

Or so we're told. The hometown dates are still filming and there's been no proposal made or accepted as of yet. For a look at who goes on those coveted dates, see The Bachelorette spoilers page on THG! Then take a look at ABC's promo below.

This season, evidently, will keep us guessing from the opening night. We're guessing that neither Brad Womack nor Bentley Williams arriving in the chopper, however. Crafty and misleading editing by the producers? Already in mid-season form.

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Emily Maynard debuts as The Bachelorette May 14, and we're starting to piece together the coming season of the long-running ABC guilty pleasure.

The Bachelorette spoilers revealed thus far show that the men competing from Emily mostly range in age from 25-35, and are Caucasian. Shocker!

She'll meet a teacher, a gym owner, a model, a bunch of of executives, a big-name race car driver (seriously) and a Jef with one "f" (also seriously).

Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette Portrait!

Emily Maynard, 25, won Brad Womack's season of The Bachelor, but that didn't work out. She bested Ashley Hebert, the previous Bachelorette star.

As he did then, Reality Steve has been digging like a madman for spoilers on the upcoming season for those of us who can't wait until the summer.

What has he found out through his mysterious unnamed sources? Quite a bit, and his track record would suggest it's more than a little accurate.

Come along as we reveal the men who will vie for the North Carolina native's heart - and the final four who are left standing! Who are the lucky fellas?

Follow the jump and let's get this party started!

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The producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are not exactly coming up roses in a new lawsuit from two African-Americans who auditioned last year.

They were turned down, allegedly, because of their race.

According to court papers, the two plaintiffs went to a Nashville hotel to audition, either as The Bachelor star or as contestants on The Bachelorette.

Christopher Johnson, an aspiring NFL player, claims when he arrived a producer asked him what he was doing there ... then shunned from the process.

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Johnson and the other plaintiff, Nathaniel Claybrooks, both say they were taken to the side of the room and left out of the normal audition process.

Neither was called back, they say because of race. In 20+ seasons, there has never been a black Bachelor (which Lamar Hurd seeks to change) or Bachelorette.

They will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court Wednesday morning. ABC, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and creator Mike Fleiss, will all be sued.

A beacon of diversity, The Bachelorette returns Monday, May 14, with 25 white guys doing their best to woo beautiful white girl Emily Maynard.

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Ready to fall in love again?

The new season of The Bachelorette is just one month away, with Emily Maynard ready to dole out the roses beginning May 14. To mark the occasion, ABC has released the first promotional poster and photo featuring the star.

Check out both Emily Maynard pictures below:

  • Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette Portrait!
  • Emily Maynard: The Bachelorette!

Unfortunately (and obviously), her relationship with Brad Womack ended, and along with it, the dream of moving on and starting a new family with daughter Ricki.

But when one door closes, another opens, and now that she's the one handing out roles on ABC's hit show, she's ready to seek love she richly deserves yet again.

Let the new round of summer guilty pleasure viewing, wine guzzling, drama contriving and general disregard for dating etiquette and sometimes human decency begin!

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