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For a week, the celeb gossip universe has been obsessed with The Bachelor's "After The Final Rose" special, which some perceived as pure public humiliation.

While the show's season finale and the reunion special were shown back-to-back, six weeks of real time had elapsed between the finale, when Jason Mesnick chose Melissa Rycroft as his bride, and the special, during which he announced that he had changed his mind and professed feelings instead for runner-up Molly Malaney.

As Rycroft fought back tears, and as Mesnick turned to Malaney, many fans became enraged, decrying Mesnick as a "jackass," "playboy" and "bastard."

This particular chapter of reality TV struck some as a little too real.

Yet The Bachelor creator and executive producer Mike Fleiss says the March 2 spectacle reflected not the worst, but the very best of reality TV.

Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney

"I'm not really surprised by this, it's just a sign that the show is working," he told Time magazine. "That's really your job, to create television that the whole country will sit down at one time and watch together."

"Honestly, I really don't see the difference between [Jason Mesnick] dumping Molly in New Zealand and then dumping Melissa [weeks later] in Glendale."

Some say the difference is that Malaney knew there was a chance she could get kicked off the show during the competition, while Rycroft's departure occurred long after she had already been picked as the winner and gotten engaged.

But Fleiss insists Mesnick's actions came as no shock to Melissa.

In the weeks leading up to the special, Fleiss said he started to hear word from other producers on the show that Rycroft and Mesnick were not getting along.

Two weeks before the reunion, Fleiss heard Mesnick was still interested in Molly Malaney - whom Fleiss had approached about starring in The Bachelorette (third-place finisher Jillian Harris would eventually be tapped for that role).

All of of which set the stage for the most unpredictable "After the Final Rose" event in The Bachelor history - as host Chris Harrison accurately hyped it.

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Fans are still buzzing over the debut of Melissa Rycroft on Dancing with the Stars last night.

With just two days to rehearse with partner Tony Dovolani - and just over a week since having her heart broken on national TV by Jason Mesnick - Rycroft earned the second-highest score of the night, as she performed a nearly-perfect Waltz.

How would she sum up the experience?

"Unbelievable, surreal - all those emotions," she told Us Weekly after the premiere aired. "I never expected, after what just happened, that I would be standing here right now. I got the call on Friday around lunchtime and was on a plane literally seven hours later, and now we are here!"

Rycroft, who studied ballet as a child, said she also benefitted from immediate chemistry with Dovolani.

"I came in, and we instantly started a friendship and began having fun and that made this experience so much better."

How far do you think Melissa Rycroft will advance on Dancing with the Stars?

 

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We've never met or spoken to Nancy Shevell.

Still, the steady girlfriend of music legend Paul McCartney is one of our favorite celebrities. How come?

Because she isn't Heather Mills!

Shevell and McCartney have been dating since November 2007, as she appears to be everything Mills is not (i.e. sane).

The couple was recently spotted having dinner together in Paris. Sorry for intruding on the date, Nancy and Paul, but you guys just seem to happy together...

Driver!

Click on the photos below for more images of Shevell and McCartney...

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Those familiar with model Amber Rose say she is the ideal match for Kanye West.

Both are tough-minded, confident individuals.

As the photos below depict - courtesy of the couple's trip to this week's Stella McCartney fashion show - Rose also shares West's taste in over-sized, hideous sunglasses. It's a match made in ugly accessory heaven...

Click on the images below to enlarge more pics of Amber and Kanye, as they make their way around mere mortals on the street...

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To use one of our favorite How I Met Your Mother quotes from the great Barney Stinson, the Britney Spears audio clip below is legen ... [wait for it] ... dary!!

Seriously, you gotta love the classy, intelligent act that is Britney Spears.

After leaving the stage for a wardbrobe change at her most recent Circus tour stop, she apparently didn't realize her mic was still on. Hey, when you don't actually sing into the thing during the songs, you can forget it's even there!

Crank up the audio around the 30-second mark and here what she says:

Pretty much speaks for itself, doesn't it? Fortunately, it wasn't like she was wearing no pants, but still, not what you expect from a family-friendly Circus.

Click to enlarge some photos of Britney relaxing between tour dates. Seems like she's gotten the wardrobe problems resolved by the pool here ...

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In terms of natural beauty, talent and personality, few celebrities can compare to the lovely Carrie Underwood in our minds. It's only natural, then, that of all the celebrity birthdays out there, this is one we're pretty excited about.

Our favorite American Idol turns 26 today. Happy birthday, Carrie!

We got go on for many paragraphs about Underwood, but our feelings can also be summed up this succinctly: we have no clue what Tony Romo was thinking.

Birthday wishes also go out to Timbaland and Olivia Wilde today. Hooray for them too! Click to enlarge many more pretty Carrie Underwood pictures below ...

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I don't know the Bachelor guy, but he's a loser.

Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli echoed the sentiments of reality TV fans around the world with this critique, but he didn't provide it simply to help mend a broken heart. Instead, Bruno - along with fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba - were enamored by the performance of Melissa Rycroft.

With just days to prepere her waltz, Rycroft and partner Tony Dovolani earned the second highest score of last night's DWTS premiere, a combined 23 from the panel.

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Here's a rundown of the rest of the night, including the final score for another late addition to the show and celebrity gossip favorite: Holly Madison.

  • Lil Kim and Derek Hough: 23
  • Jonathon Roberts and Belinda Carlisle: 17
  • Kym Johnson and David Alan Grier: 19
  • Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: 23
  • Dmitry Chaplin and Madison: 18
  • Cheryl Burke and Gilles Marini: 24
  • Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray: 14
  • Lacey Schwimmer and Steve-0: 14
  • Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Denise Richards: 18
  • Edyta Sliwinska and Lawrence Taylor: 16
  • Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks: 20
  • Karina Smirnoff and Steve Wozniak: 13

Who do you think should be sent home tonight? Click on the pics below for a few more images from last night's premiere:

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Mischa Barton will be eating meals of iceberg lettuce by herself now.

The actress and singer Luke Pritchard have called it quits, following a three-month relationship.

"I'm sure you guys are all going to hear about it soon enough so I just wanted to tell you what is real first - I broke up with Luke when I got to London," Barton blogged yesterday. "Things just didn't feel quite right. There was no cheating or anything terrible, the bad just started to outweigh the good and a long distance relationship is never an easy thing to do."

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The lead singer of The Kooks was magnanimous in his statement, as well.

"I'm very lucky. She's beautiful, so I feel lucky she decided to go out with someone like me. It came about because we have lots of friends in common and kept going to the same parties."

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When Hayden Panettiere isn't being immature and classless at charity functions, filming scenes for her mediocre TV show or sucking face with Jesse McCartney outside clubs, she's still fighting for the cause that matters most to her.

That would be her fight to save the whales.

For Hayden, it's a fight that's never-ending.

"A few months ago I announced a goal of getting 1,000,000 signatures for our petition to stop all commercial and lethal scientific research whaling in time for the June 2009 meeting of the International Whaling Commission," the Heroes star writes.

"So far, we’ve done great and gotten over 90,000 signatures but with just a couple of months left, we really need to take this to the next level to reach our goal."

Sign the online petition below if you want to help Hayden Panettiere out. Keep in mind, though, that Paris Hilton has probably clicked on this widget. Gross ...

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That's what supermodels do, so this isn't really news.

Still, we're not sure what's more incredible, Miranda Kerr photos like these new swimsuit shots, or the fact that Jay Lyon from The City once hit that.

Ponder that, and despite how it might upset you (or Whitney Port), try not to let it detract from your enjoyment of the Miranda Kerr pictures below ...

Miranda Kerr: Hot

The Australian supermodel is the first Australian to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel and has been in the Victoria’s Secret Runway Show for three years now.

Well done on that, Miranda. Click to enlarge more pictures of the current Orlando Bloom squeeze modeling various swimsuits for the enjoyment of all below ...

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