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Despite endearing herself to millions of viewers throughout the United States and her native Canada, lovable, laid-back Jillian Harris was eliminated last night.

After last night's episode, The Bachelor field stands at two.

Or is it three?

Could Jason Mesnick possibly end up with DeAnna Pappas after all this time?

She shattered his heart on The Bachelorette. Might he similarly crush the hopes and dreams of both Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft in The Bachelor season finale?

The previews airing after Monday's episode of The Bachelor and the previous week's show made quite clear that DeAnna is returning - maybe to beg for another shot?

Some fans believe it's just crafty editing and this outcome is unlikely, but we know DeAnna will play a role in the March 2 season-ender. The only question is what.

So who do you think will win The Bachelor? Will it be Melissa Rycroft, Molly Malaney, or DeAnna Pappas in the biggest reality TV shocker in history?

 

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit.

Last night, the three women accompanied Jason Mesnick to New Zealand - where he made a surprise choice in which one he sent home. Let's get to it ...

Jason Mesnick, DeAnna Pappas Photo

Plus 10 for New Zealand. Jealous.

Jason took Jillian to the edge of a cliff and said: "It was just the two of us. There was no one else around for miles and miles..." Minus 5 for ABC's boom mic guy getting in the way of Jason completing that thought.

This week's special feature: Plus 1 for every boring euphemism for sex the writers can come up with. So far: Spend the night together. Connect physically. Handle all this fire. See the passion. Time alone. This week's total: Plus 5!

Sweet mother of ... Jason actually pulled the Titanic card and proceeded to spread his arms in an I'm-the-king-of-the-world sort of way. Minus Infinity.

Jason on the suite card: It was "from Chris to give to me to give to her..." Minus 5. Not as romantic to acknowledge the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this. But Plus 12 for the pimp-like role Chris Harrison plays in all this.

Despite giving off the impression that she's forcing it and isn't quite sure why she's there, Molly Malaney stuns Jillian for the second rose and earns a place in the finals! Could it be that less enthusiasm and insanity is more? Plus 11.

Melissa Rycroft just wants her parents to see how happy Jason makes her? Their dates are being FILMED! Minus 3, because that makes no sense, and Minus 6 more for the obvious overplaying of the parental absence for two weeks now.

The picture frames of the girls Jason gazes upon contain the same promotional stock pics we use on this site! You can't get any other candid photos, ABC? Minus 4.

Plus 5 for Melissa's video, because it is by far the most sincere and least awkward. On a related note, Jillian refers to Jason as "babe" in hers, while Molly goes with "J" and Melissa the ever-annoying "you." Minus 1 for Jillian and Melissa.

"Dude, when you're 90, you want to be with your best friend." - Jillian Harris. We know you're all laid back and cool and Canadian, Jill, but never start a sentence with "dude" and expect to be taken seriously. Minus 8.

Minus 7 for Jillian for making up that dream about Ty after getting eliminated. Just move on, girl. Sorry, that was mean. Bad us. Minus 5 for our staff.

Finally, Plus 30 for the melodramatic setup to the "shocking" finale and the "intimate" After the Final Rose special to follow. What happened is so emotional ... that we've decided to keep it as intimate as possible. What does that even mean?

Oh, and Plus 16 for that great deleted scene with Jason and Molly in the tub, with their microphones malfunctioning. We imagine 98 percent of the show is like this.

TOTAL: -Infinity, +47! A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Melissa.

Booted By Jason Mesnick: Jillian.

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Tonight on The Bachelor, Jason Mesnick takes the final three bachelorettes to New Zealand for overnight dates - where the fantasy suite may or may not be in play.

Later, the L-word is dropped by one of the three girls, and one is sent home at the end. Will it be Melissa Rycroft, Jillian Harris or Molly Malaney hitting the road?

Check out the sneak preview below ...

Pretty standard promo - except for the part about the "shocking" season finale, which is already being hyped even before tonight's elimination has been announced.

We're referring to the millisecond-long shot about two-thirds of the way in, which clearly shows Jason kissing a woman that really, really looks like DeAnna Pappas.

We know she's coming back to the show in some capacity, but is she really making a play for The Bachelor's heart? We're fairly certain it's her. See screen cap below:

Jason Mesnick Kissing DeAnna Pappas

Scandalous, to say the least - either if it actually happens, or if ABC used old footage from last season's The Bachelorette as the ultimate fake-out. Wouldn't surprise us.

What do you think? Would Jason actually choose DeAnna Pappas if given the choice over his remaining options this season, or is this all just reality TV smoke and mirrors?

We'll find out soon enough. For now, follow the jump for a two-minute clip from tonight's episode, in which Molly Malaney and Jason go bungee jumping ...

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After the nuttiest hometown date in The Bachelor history, Naomi Crespo, 24, found herself out of the running for Jason Mesnick’s heart and on a plane home.

The flight attendant spoke to People about whether the dead dove was symbolic of her chances, her wacky folks and her pick for who will win The Bachelor ...

Q: Your hometown date was one for the books.

Naomi Crespo: It was embarrassing, oh my god. My mom is kinda out there. She obviously could not wait to make her television debut. I was apprehensive because I knew my mom had something up her sleeve. But I did not know it was going to be bringing out a dead bird and giving it a eulogy. That was so beyond me.

Jason Mesnick: [thinking] "Is this really happening?"

Q: Has your mom ever acted like that in front of your other boyfriends?

Naomi Crespo: My mom has met one serious boyfriend (my longest relationship), and obviously she has never done anything that crazy. My mom and I had a strained relationship for a long time. My parents divorced when I was young and my mom gave my dad custody. She was experiencing a mid-life crisis. We spent most of our childhood in New York with him. I spent my sophomore year with my sister, who was always my motherly figure. So she didn’t really have the opportunity to do that.

Q: Jason Mesnick claimed that your family didn’t have anything to do with you not getting a rose on The Bachelor.

Naomi Crespo: As far as letting me go, deep down it didn’t matter what I said, that’s what he felt [about] me not being ready at this time in my life. I think outside of this experience, I am ready. I want kids. I want a family. But because we weren’t meant for each other, it didn’t feel right. My parents are crazy - maybe had something to do with it - but I think ultimately he felt in his heart that I’m not the one for him.

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit. Last night, the four women took Jason to their hometowns. Let's get to it ...

Plus 5 for ABC subtly plugging Dancing with the Stars via Jillian Harris' mom's take on relationships: "Life is a dance and you learn as you go."

Minus 4 for Jillian literally mixing her cliches: "I literally catapulted off the couch. It was like a total cherry on the top of a perfect day."

In Michigan, Molly Malaney's dad offered her the best Guns n' Roses-themed advice of the evening: don't cry. Simple, yet profound. Plus 11. (Jillian's mom blew a chance to warn her about getting caught in November Rain... again.)

The Malaney hat box was great, too, leaving both Jason and Molly momentarily mortified. Plus 4. And Plus 3 more for Molly's adorable argyle sweater!

Minus 4 for mimosas in a Thermos. It's just weird, Naomi. But not as much as referring to Jason Mesnick as her "potential future husband" three times in 90 seconds.

Hector: There's just one God. Joanne: There are multiple lifetimes. Mmm. Minus 12 because this awkwardness sealed Naomi's fate long before the Rose Ceremony.

  • Jason and Jillian on The Bachelor
  • Jason and Melissa on The Bachelor

Canada's Jillian Harris was the big winner of the night, while Jason Mesnick received a bit of a surprise when Melissa Rycroft said her parents would not be participating.

A surprising Plus 13 for Melissa Rycroft's parents declining to participate on the show. No offense to Melissa for her decision to go on The Bachelor - thank goodness she did! - but you have to admire her folks' stance in a way.

Minus 5 at the same time, though, because they could support their daughter a little. They didn't even go to games when she was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader? Her surprisingly low self-esteem for a girl so gorgeous makes sense now.

Plus 6 for Jason Mesnick keeping Melissa around in spite of this setback. Besides, her family's no-show still leaves them light years ahead of Naomi's family. Let's hear it for victory by omission! You wonder if Melissa Rycroft heard how Naomi's date went, decided she already had a rose in the bag and told her parents not to bother.

Obligatory Plus 3 for Chris Harrison and his dashing good looks.

A brief discussion of next week's previews: New Zealand? Really? Jealous. Plus 4. OMG, is there some doubt about Jason and Molly's chemistry? Minus 7. Okay, did Melissa not tell her folks she was even going on the show? Minus 2. Finally, re: DeAnna Pappas' return - if we're supposed to believe what we saw (and it's not ABC having a field day with us), DeAnna tells Jason she made a mistake - and he still has a chance with her?! Minus 13, because we don't buy it ... but totally Plus 35 because that would be, as Chris Harrison's voiceover says, "the most shocking twist in Bachelor history."

TOTAL: +36! A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Melissa, Jillian.

Given the Heave-Ho By Jason Mesnick: Naomi.

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"I am really excited for the hometown visits. This is really where everything changed for me last season with DeAnna and I know it will be the same this year. Naomi, Jill, Melissa and Molly have huge hearts and that was my ultimate goal finding my final four. I am not nervous, just excited to see the girls in their element." - Jason Mesnick

Tonight on The Bachelor, after the President of the United States talks about some economic stimulus thing, Jason Mesnick will embark on critical hometown dates.

This is where things can really click or go terribly wrong.

It's where Brad Womack was turned off by Bettina Bell's dad, Tessa Horst caught Andy Baldwin's eye, Lorenzo Lamas made a ridiculous cameo with daughter Shayne, and on the most recent The Bachelorette, Jason fell for DeAnna Pappas.

Jason Mesnick: The Bachelor Star

Now that the roles are reversed and he's The Bachelor, what will tonight's hometown dates - to Michigan, Texas, Canada and California - tell Jason about favorites Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft - and underdogs Naomi and Jillian?

That remains to be seen, but it wouldn't be The Bachelor without some major surprises. For one, the previews have indicated that the parents of Melissa Rycroft do not approve of this show - and he won't be meeting them in Big D.

She's been considered the favorite by many - will tonight's trip to Dallas put Molly Malaney in the driver's seat? Or will Jillian or Naomi make a run?

Tell us, who do you think will win The Bachelor?

 

Melissa Rycroft of The Bachelor

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Though The Bachelor was sleepless/clueless/shameless in Seattle on Monday's night's episode, trying to trim his bevy of beauties from five to four, Molly Malaney easily advanced once again, earning a "hometown date" in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"She's very caring and compassionate and fun to be around," said one of her oldest friends, Ryan Lacks, in the Grand Rapids Press. "She lives for the moment."

One tense moment for Malaney, an Indiana University grad, came when Jason Mesnick chose Melissa Rycroft for a one-on-one date on Monday's The Bachelor.

It looked like Melissa, not Molly, would get to meet his three-year-old son, Ty. She didn't - but did earn some quality alone time at Mesnick's Seattle home.

Malaney needn't have worried too much, though. Jason Mesnick told a radio listening audience in Seattle that Molly was the best kisser of the remaining field.

For next week's hometown date, which was pre-taped months ago, Molly Malaney will be taking Jason to dine with her family at Egypt Valley Country Club, play golf, then go to spend time at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids.

And forget her impressing him - Jason should be prepared to win over close-knit clan: "My family," she said on the show Monday night, "is everything to me."

Are Molly Malaney and Melissa Rycroft on a collision course for the finals? Or will Naomi or Jillian pull an upset? Tell us who you think will win The Bachelor:

 

Melissa Rycroft of The Bachelor

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Because our standard weekly recaps are clearly not enough to quench your thirst for The Bachelor gossip, commentary and insight, The Hollywood Gossip's own Bachelor Babe will be sharing her thoughts on each exciting episode with us as well.

Here's her take on Jason Mesnick and his five (now four) remaining ladies after Monday's trip to his native Seattle, where burning questions left J sleepless ...

On this episode of Jason Plus Five... Wait wait wait wait wait - First scene of Jason is on a houseboat?!!?!?!? 

That CANNOT be where he lives - it has to be made up, right?

The producers are just trying to recreate Sleepless in Seattle – I totally see right through that plot device. Well, I have news for you producers, it won’t work because we all know Jason doesn’t like blondes. The only girl that comes even close to the cuteness of Meg Ryan is Molly with her adorable little giggle. Okay, I’m totally right! Nine minutes later the announcer says “Burning questions leave Jason sleepless” - leave it to the rest of us to add “in Seattle.”

Anyway, after 30 minutes of recap and random shots of Jason and the girls, the episode actually starts. Melissa Rycroft gets the first one-on-one date, with a hand delivered letter from Jason who tells her not to open it 'til he leaves. When he leaves (approximately three seconds later) Melissa opens the note which says, “Let’s hit the town in style, J.”

Which part of that couldn’t be read in front of him??

Turns out the date is canceled so Jason can spend the evening with Ty (awwww), so Melissa goes to Jason’s house and proceeds to… clean up Jason and Ty’s leftovers. Nice, Jason. Remind us again what you’re looking for in a spouse?? Like any neglected housewife, Melissa pours herself a glass of wine and sits on the couch waiting for her man to show her some attention.

Melissa Rycroft and Jason Mesnick

Will Melissa Rycroft embrace playing housewife with The Bachelor?

Next, Stephanie, Jillian and Molly get the group date and head to a harbor cruise, where Jason promises to show them “The Best of Seattle” (isn’t that a coffee slogan?).

He chooses this moment to bring up Sleepless in Seattle again, when they motor past the houseboat where Tom Hanks lived in the movie. Jason pulls Stephanie aside for alone time, but you don’t really see any spark between them.

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The Hollywood Gossip's recap of The Bachelor is a rundown of our favorite (and least favorite) moments, with points awarded or deducted as we see fit. Last night, the five women stopped at nothing to impress J-Mes in his native Seattle. Let's get to it ...

Jillian's way with words amazes: "As soon as I saw Jason, I literally catapulted out of the limo." NOTE: Catapult not shown. Plus 5.

Jason: "Today's gonna be an awesome day. I'm gonna show the girls the best of Seattle." - Jason. Not included Last season's NFL or MLB standings. Minus 2.

Molly Malaney, through the glass, during the radio broadcast: "I'm trying to read his lips. He's saying: 'Molly, I love you.'" If he's not, Mols, we sure are! Plus 7.

Speaking of Molly ... there's family beer pong waiting in Michigan?! We gotta start rooting against this girl so someone on our staff can gobble her up. Plus 17.

Why does Jillian try so hard and appear nervous at all times? Her answer to the bedroom question: "I like fun!!! And then... it ends with you wanting to spend the rest of your life with that person." Way to cover all bases. Minus 8.

Come on, Ty. Get your $h!t together. Whining while Jason Mesnick has his shirt off??? Millions of women would kill to be in your position. Minus 12.

Jason Mesnick Shirtless Photo

Jason Mesnick shirtless should not induce whining. Even if you're three.

Must the girls always say the phrase "hometown date" and talk about bringing Jason to their "hometowns" every five seconds? Does anyone really refer to where they live that way? Might want to mix up your scripted lines a bit, ABC. Minus 3.

Plus 15 for Melissa Rycroft casually mentioning that it's hard to bring someone to meet her family ... then in next week's preview, revealing that her parents don't approve at all! The plot thickens. Will this lie-via-omission derail our favorite?

Since Naomi's parents haven't stayed together, Jason worries she may not be the most stable partner. 1. The Bachelor stars are 0-for-12 lifetime. 2. Jason is divorced! Way to gloss over that for the sake of faux controversy. Minus 20.

Obligatory Plus 9 for Chris Harrison. From his mini-recap of the episode with Jason, to reminding us for the 378th time that those who survive tonight's elimination will go on "hometown dates," to his declaration of the final rose each week (ladies, the final rose... as if they forgot), this guy has the best job on TV.

Jason tells Stephanie she's "the greatest person he's ever met." Aside from, you know, the four younger, hotter girls he's keeping around. Minus 7.

TOTAL: +1. A quick list of who's in and out on The Bachelor...

Roses received at ceremony: Molly, Naomi, Melissa, Jillian.

Given the boot by tearful Jason Mesnick: Stephanie.

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Does Jason Mesnick shun favorite Melissa Rycroft? Or does he send Naomi packing? Is Molly Malaney the cutest thing ever? Will DeAnna Pappas return again?

All these questions and more will be answered on tonight’s much-anticipated episode of The Bachelor as the reality show's 13th (and best) season continues.

The surprises have been manifold. Last week, Jason Mesnick shocked the world when he declined to hand out the final rose during the dramatic rose ceremony.

Megan, Lauren and Shannon were all sent home broken-hearted, even though the show's rules permitted Jason to dole out one last rose to a lucky lady.

This epic season is quickly drawing to a close, with a number of questions unanswered. For one, DeAnna Pappas' much-touted appearance has fallen off the radar so far. DeAnna hasn’t appeared since the premiere. Will she be back tonight?

Jason Mesnick and DeAnna Pappas on The Bachelorette season finale.

Elsewhere, in case you missed the previews for tonight’s episode, big things happen with both Melissa and Naomi (Molly, Stephanie and Jillian round out the field).

ABC makes it seem as if Melissa Rycroft is stood up by Jason, and that it’s Naomi crying at the end of the rose ceremony. But you know how those previews can be.

What do you think? Will Jason Mesnick send Naomi home at the end of the Seattle dates? Will Melissa get stood up so Jason can go on a date with DeAnna instead?

We'll see, but don't count Melissa out based on a stupid promo.

Their love connection is, like, so real. Follow the jump for a touching video (put together by someone with even more time on their hands than our interns have) of some of Jason Mesnick and Melissa Rycroft's best moments so far ...

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