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Melissa Rycroft, who starred on The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars last year, has scored a gig as a special correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

That won't hurt ratings!

The gorgeous, just-married 26-year-old Texan just agreed to take the job with the entertainment and celebrity news program, according to her rep.

"She debuts on tonight's broadcast and is currently in L.A. working," her rep said. "She's going to stay in Dallas and fly in for special assignments."

We expect Melissa Rycroft to be a natural.

Once an entertainment staple, Melissa has become an entertainment reporter.

Her first assignment? The star-studded "We Are the World" remake. Her rep says ET will also sent her to award ceremonies, premieres and set visits.

Rycroft, who married Tye Strickland in December, is no stranger to the hustle and bustle of showbiz, or reporting on its goings on from the other side.

She's also working for Good Morning America as of last month.

If she's not in the bridal party, we hope she gets assigned to cover the wedding of Molly Malaney and Jason Mesnick. In two words: Awk. Ward.

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A year ago, Melissa Rycroft couldn't have been farther off the celebrity gossip radar.

Now, months after being dumped on national TV by Jason Mesnick, the former reality TV star has come full circle: she's happily married and gracing the cover of In Touch Weekly.

Tamera Mowry, Adam Housley

Inside the issue, the beautiful new bride gushes about her dream wedding, which took place opposite Tye Strickland in Isla Mujeres, Mexico on December 12.

"I was fine until 'Here Comes the Bride' started," Rycroft said "I think everything hit me at once. My dad started to walk down the aisle, and I just stopped him. I grabbed his arm, and I was like, 'Hold on,' and I started crying. And I saw Tye, and bless his heart, he had these big tears in his eyes, too. It was very emotional."

Strickland didn't keep it together much better.

"When I saw her, I just lost my breath — like I was in a football game and had the wind knocked out of me," he said. "I've never felt that way in my whole life, and I just couldn't help it. She was the most gorgeous bride I've ever seen in my life, and it was amazing. It was absolutely perfect."

After everything Melissa went through, we couldn't be more pleased to hear her add:

"My heart was pounding and we were both looking at each other and squeezing each other's hands. We were both so happy."

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It's official: Melissa Rycroft has beaten Jason Mesnick to the altar.

The former Bachelor winner-turned-reject got married to Tye Strickland earlier today in Mexico.

"Tye is my best friend in the world, and now he's my partner forever.  We have had such a journey within our relationship, that to finally look at him and see my husband, gives me the calmest, most content feeling in the world," Rycroft told In Touch Weekly.

"I love him so much and am so excited for our forever to begin!"

Together 4 Eva

During the ceremony, Rycroft wore an Alfred Angelo gown; her former Dancing With the Stars partner Tony Dovolani was in attendance, as was Bachelorette Jillian Harris.

The former will show up on television against next month, as she and Ed Swiderski advise new Bachelor Jake Pavelka during the show's January 4 premiere.

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As 2009 draws to a close, it is with great pride that The Hollywood Gossip staff unveils 10 finalists for its prestigious, Third Annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These celebs have given us their best, their worst, their nude pics (sometimes) and their scandals (often). Now it's time THG paid tribute to their greatness.

Yesterday, we kicked off the '09 countdown with Levi Johnston in the #10 spot.

Today: Celebrity of the Year finalist #9 … Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft!

  • Jason and Molly: The Bachelor
  • Jason Mesnick, Melissa Rycroft Proposal

Molly and Melissa are both famous for getting engaged to Jason Mesnick.

ABC's The Bachelor isn't know for creating much in the way of real drama. But this spring changed all that when its star changed his mind ... on national television.

Realizing he made the wrong choice, Jason Mesnick cast winner Melissa Rycroft to the curb in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney, who he went on to get engaged to.

This put America in a tough spot. It had fallen in love with Melissa, but Molly Malaney did nothing wrong. In the end, the controversy faded and everyone is happy.

Jason and Molly are planning on getting married and breaking The Bachelor's 0-for-12 curse. Melissa Rycroft also got engaged to insurance agent Tye Strickland.

By handling the situation with class and grace, both ladies showed us that while there's very little real about reality TV, there are some real people who go on it.

Here's a little photo tribute to Molly and Melissa (and the men who will be lucky enough to call them their wives) Click to enlarge images of The Bachelor's finest ...

  • Melissa Rycroft of The Bachelor
  • Melissa's Revenge
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When does a semifinal four get overshadowed by a former final one?

When that quartet of contestants is part of the most boring season in Dancing with the Stars history; and when that one is the beloved Melissa Rycroft!

Indeed, Rycroft will perform on tomorrow night's results show. Before we get there, though, Donny Osmond, Joanna Krupa, Kelly Osbourne and Mya need to make impressions on the judges tonight.

"It’s anyone’s game,” judge Samantha Harris told People over the weekend. “The competition has picked up so much momentum in the past two weeks and now it’s come down to the final four and the right final four.”

Dancing Duo

Said Rycroft, who finished third last season and who looks gorgeous with partner Tony Dovolani above:

“I’m so excited, but I’m not nervous. I’m not being judged so it’s all for fun. But I remember that feeling last season when I made it to the semifinals. I was so happy I made it, but I also knew how much hard work was ahead.”

Let's take a look back at Melissa's time on the show. Click on the pics below to be taken back to a season of DWTS that actually excited us each week:

  • Paso Doble Routine
  • Third Place Finisher
  • Fine Female Finalist
  • Hot in Hats
  • Dipping While Dancing
  • Perfect Samba
  • Off to the Finale
  • You Da Woman!
  • Yay for Us!
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With the naked eye, it appears as though Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian dressed as Batman and Catwoman for Halloween.

But anyone familiar with them can safely assume they'd never don such lame costumes.

Because those comic book characters have been done so many times (and because Odom scarcely made an effort to be the Caped Crusader), it's clear that Lamar and Khloe arrived at a party as something else entirely, something entirely opposite from what they actually are:

A couple that doesn't want attention.

You've gotta hand it to Kardodom for the effort. The pair almost seems to be shunning the spotlight with such a weak effort, but we know better.

Below, contrast Odom and Kardashian with another dressed-up couple: Melissa Rycroft and Tye Strickland.

Lame Costumes

Which couple looked cuter?

 

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Jason Mesnick couldn't bear the thought of guys fighting over Molly Malaney on ABC's The Bachelorette. Fortunately, she gave up that dream for him. And love.

In a new interview with Us, Jason says that a week after his ill-fated proposal to Melissa Rycroft on The Bachelor, show producers started inquiring about Molly.

Malaney-Mesnick Wedding

"They kept asking me if I thought Molly would make a good Bachelorette," he said. "I realized I was not willing to let Molly go and have 25 guys fight over her."

Fortunately, Molly turned down that possibility, and Jason got it right the second time, receiving a second chance and ultimately a "yes" to marriage proposal.

Molly and Jason just got engaged in New Zealand.

With Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney now engaged, the controversial ending of The Bachelor last season now looks like it was for the best. As for Rycroft?

"Melissa is a great girl, but there wasn't any chemistry," Jason says of why he dumped her. "I broke up with her after Christmas, a month after we wrapped."

Don't feel too bad for Melissa, though. She made the finals of Dancing with the Stars and is now engaged herself, to Dallas insurance agent Tye Strickland!

Jason also adds that he and Melissa had already split in private, despite the appearance on the "After the Final Rose" special. But Molly Malaney wasn't aware.

Mesnick was contractually prohibited from contacting her until The Bachelor aired. "At that point, she would have started filming The Bachelorette!" he recalls.

ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL: Jason Mesnick's post-Bachelor switcheroo landed him in hot water with the viewing public, but everyone came out of it for the better.

Thus, it was the "After the Final Rose" taping that provided the less than ideal, but first available opportunity to rekindle things with Molly and win her back.

"Obviously, I didn't want it on TV, but I had to take the chance if it meant getting her back," Jason said. "I would rather have picked up the phone, trust me!"

Of Melissa Rycroft, Jason says she was also offered a chance to be the next Bachelorette star (Jillian Harris was ultimately chosen) and he wishes her the best.

His attention is now fully on the future with Molly and his five-year-old son Ty, however. We hope he can expect some little brothers and sisters before long.

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Melissa Rycroft is a pro at staying strong in the face of adversity.

On the most recent season of The Bachelor, she received the final rose from Jason Mesnick, only to be dumped on national TV in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney.

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She went on to appear on Dancing with the Stars, where she battled through a hairline fracture in her ribs to make the final three and dance on the season finale.

Here's hoping she can bounce back similarly from swine flu.

“Poor Melissa is really, really sick,” a source close to the situation tells Radar Online. “She was due to do a photo shoot today but had to cancel at the last minute."

At least Melissa Rycroft has Tye Strickland to care for her. Unless he's holed up in the guest room with surgical mask on to prevent getting the dreaded H1N1 himself.

“It’s so unlike Melissa, as she’s usually such a pro, so you know she has to be on death’s door, figuratively speaking.” Good to know she's not there literally. Phew.

Melissa Rycroft has been sick for several days now, Twittering Monday: “Why did I wake up feeling like I got hit by a Mack truck last night?? Ughh... stupid flu...”

Hopefully, her insurance agent fiance, Tye Strickland, who she got engaged to a few months ago and plans to marry December 12, can nurse her back to health!

Get well soon, Melissa!

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Former star of The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars Melissa Rycroft has set a wedding date with her fiance, insurance-agent Tye Strickland!

They will tie the knot December 12 of this year.

Tamera Mowry, Adam Housley

Their wedding plans, aside from the big date?

"We aren't doing much. I think small, we plan small," says Rycroft, who got engaged to Tye Strickland than six months after being dumped in January by The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick, who proposed to her on the season finale of the show.

"Whether it turns out the way we have it in our minds, I don't know!"

Melissa Rycroft flaunts her bling as Tye Strickland wonders how the frick that thing cost him so much money. The payoff? He gets to see Melissa Rycroft ... well, you know.

Bachelor co-stars Jillian Harris (who's still engaged to shady Ed Swiderski) and Naomi Crespo have scored invites to the beautiful winter wedding.

Rycroft's former Dancing With the Stars partner Tony Dovolani, with whom she made the finals, is reportedly attending the beauty's nuptials, too.

Jason Mesnick? Probably not gonna be on hand.

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Despite her fiance's blatant, confirmed alleged cheating, Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski are doing fine and looking forward to moving on with their life together.

That's according to friend Melissa Rycroft, who competed for the love of Jason Mesnick along with Jillian (and eventual winner Molly Malaney) on The Bachelor.

"She is doing really well," Rycroft said at a Kenneth Cole charity event in L.A. "Jillian and Ed are happy, and I know she is excited to become a U.S. citizen."

"She's moving to Chicago [where Ed Swiderski lives] soon."

The buzz surrounding Ed in recent weeks has centered around dalliances with Lindsey Johnson and Bethany Steffen before, during and after The Bachelorette.

Basically, he two-timed both of them before Jillian was in the picture, then continued to text and have sex with at least one of them after he proposed.

There are even reports he left a Chicago bar with another woman last week.

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Melissa Rycroft said she hopes Jillian Harris will marry Ed Swiderski.

"I absolutely do. I know they love each other, and I know they are planning a wedding, and I know she wants to marry him. I hope it works out for them."

"You know, granted it's not my business to comment, but Jillian's real life is fantastic," Melissa Rycroft stressed, diplomatically and perhaps untruthfully.

As for her own wedding to Tye Strickland, M-Ry said, "We had to register online!"

Tye added: "I think it's the coolest concept ever, of course! I have never registered for a wedding before. I can just go online and pick out all the stuff and people are going to buy it for me! We should get married more often!"

Hopefully for Melissa, this engagement actually takes, unlike her previous effort.

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