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A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelor, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark and recap the latest episodes from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.

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A HuffPost Podcast about The Bachelor, where hosts Emma Gray and Claire Fallon lovingly snark and recap the latest episodes from The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. Whether you love The Bachelor, or love to hate it, you will enjoy their witty discussion about this reality show and what it reveals about the world of dating.

    'Greatest Seasons Ever: Alex Michel and Trista Rehn' with LaNease Adams

    'Greatest Seasons Ever: Alex Michel and Trista Rehn' with LaNease Adams

    The year was 2002. We had it all: Dark neutral lipsticks, blurry camera phones, and, of course, The Bachelor! 


    We’re not saying that The Bachelor *took* our live show ideas, but we’re just saying, that if you liked Monday’s recap of Alex Michel’s season, you’ll REALLY like the deep dives that we did as part of our live tour last year. Way to steal our thunder, ABC. 


    But, alas, we persevere. We also got to revisit a slightly less familiar season -- one we don’t know better than our home phone numbers -- the first-ever Bachelorette season starring Trista Rehn.


    This week, we talked to LaNease Adams, who made history with Alex Michel as the first-ever on-screen kiss in Bachelor history. We wanted to dive even deeper with LaNease, so we reached out and chatted with her about her time on the show, that kiss, the racism she dealt with from viewers, and more.


    Our call to action this week: donate to organizations that are responding to COVID-19 related evictions.
    - The Human Utility, which helps people pay water bills in Michigan and Baltimore https://www.detroitwaterproject.org/
    - The National Low Income Housing coalition has collected emergency rental assistance programs, state by state https://nlihc.org/rental-assistance
     
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    'Greatest Seasons Ever: JoJo Fletcher' with Grant Kemp

    'Greatest Seasons Ever: JoJo Fletcher' with Grant Kemp

    This week on The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons -- Ever!, ABC is keeping us in the purgatory of 2016 with JoJo’s brutal season of The Bachelorette (aka the Trumpiest season of “The Bachelorette” ever.)


    We covered some highlights -- and lowlights -- from JoJo’s season during Monday night’s special, but we wanted to continue digging deeper into the stories of contestants who didn’t get as much screen time. This week we chatted with Grant Kemp, who appeared on JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette and season three of Bachelor in Paradise.


    Our call to action this week:
    Black Trans Travel fund, “a grassroots, mutual aid based organization developed for the purpose of providing Black transgender women with the financial resources necessary for them to be able to self-determine and access their safest travel options.” https://www.blacktranstravelfund.com/donate
     
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    'Greatest Seasons Ever: Ben Higgins' with Amber James and Jami Letain

    'Greatest Seasons Ever: Ben Higgins' with Amber James and Jami Letain

    This week, we took a trip back to 2016 to revisit the last pre-Trump season of “The Bachelor.”


    Though we got to relive some of the good, bad and cringeworthy times of Ben’s season on Monday’s Bachelor special, we wanted to continue speaking to contestants whose stories haven’t been in the spotlight. 


    We had the pleasure of chatting with Amber James, who was on both Chris Soules’ and Ben Higgins’ seasons of The Bachelor, AND the second season of Bachelor In Paradise, as well as Jami Letain, who was on Ben’s season of The Bachelor and BIP 3. 


    Our call to action this week: go to tinyurl.com/EmailBreonnaTaylor to email the Kentucky Attorney General & Governor demanding that the officers who killed Breonna Taylor all be fired and charged.
     
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    BONUS: When Bachelor Nation Declared Black Lives Matter (Sort Of)

    BONUS: When Bachelor Nation Declared Black Lives Matter (Sort Of)

    A lot has happened in the weeks since then-police officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd. This horrifying event sparked mass protests against racism and police brutality, around the country and around the globe. 
    Since then, arrests have been made, public schools have cut ties with police departments, white CEOs and Editors In Chief have been forced to step down, and famous reality TV stars have been fired. And it seems – maybe – that space has finally been opened up for anti-racist fans of The Bachelor franchise to not just demand real change, but actually get it. 
    Bachelor alumni who often avoid politics on their feeds in favor of shilling products, were suddenly put in a position where they had to speak up or signal complicity. Their comments sections became spaces for full-blown debate. Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin had a candid, raw, difficult conversation about race on the official Bachelor podcast feed. 
    Just days after a grassroots campaign for Bachelor diversity was launched and Rachel threatened to sever ties with the franchise altogether, “The Bachelor” named Matt James – the founder of nonprofit ABC Food Tours who was supposed to be a contestant on Clare Crawley’s season – as the first Black Bachelor. 
    Because so much has been going on, we wanted to dedicate a whole podcast episode to diving a bit deeper into this current moment of Black Lives Matter activism, and how it is playing out in Bachelor Nation. First, we spoke to two of the Bachelor Diversity Campaign's co-creators, Ria Ali and friend of the pod Brett Vergara about the grassroots campaign that now has more than 100,000 signatures. Then we caught up with Rachel Lindsay, the morning that the news about Matt James becoming the franchise’s first Black Bachelor broke. Finally, Taylor Nolan, who has been an outspoken voice for change within The Bachelor franchise, shared some very practical advice for white people who want to be actively anti-racist.
     
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    ‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Kaitlyn Bristowe’ with Jonathan Holloway + Kupah James

    ‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Kaitlyn Bristowe’ with Jonathan Holloway + Kupah James

    This week, we go back to where it all started – for this podcast that is. Kaitlyn’s season was the first one that Here to Make Friends recapped, all the way back in 2015.


    By then, The Bachelor was more consistently casting people of color on the show – but they didn’t often get far or have very positive portrayals on the show. Of Kaitlyn’s contestants of color, only Ian Thomson – who had a very rough exit – got any real screen time during Monday’s recap. Once again, the supercut approach made the show even whiter.


    But Ian wasn’t the only Black man to have a very unflattering storyline on the show. Kupah James left at the beginning of episode four, after a painful conversation with Kaitlyn about their lack of connection and a dramatic exit interview. Jonathan Holloway, a soft-spoken single dad, made it a bit further despite being #TeamBritt. To find out more about that messy exit and what it was like in Kaitlyn’s Bachelorette mansion, we talked to Kupah and Jonathan about their time on the show. 


    It may seem like the protests are simmering down, or at least like they’re out of the news cycle or your Twitter feed. But people are still in the streets, fighting for a better world, and it’s incumbent on us to stay tuned in and to keep doing what we can. As promised, we are going to give our community calls to action each week:


    (1) The Okra Project – “The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.”
    - https://www.theokraproject.com/
    (2) Native Women’s Association of Canada – Canada is having its own difficult conversations about racism and police brutality, and many of these dialogues center around police violence against First Nations peoples 
    - https://www.nwac.ca/
    (3) Subscribe to 2 Black Girls 1, support their Patreon 
    - https://www.patreon.com/2blackgirls1rose
     
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    ‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Sean Lowe’ with Robyn Jedkins and Leslie Hughes

    ‘Greatest Seasons Ever: Sean Lowe’ with Robyn Jedkins and Leslie Hughes

    We are coming back in the midst of a global pandemic and a series of nationwide (and global!) protests against racism and specifically police brutality. We always want the podcast to feel like it’s adding something to the world, not taking up space. So the context of the world has changed how we will be approaching this season. 


    On this episode, we have a short discussion about Sean Lowe’s season, which was the first Bachelor season after a class-action lawsuit was filed against the show by two men, Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson, alleging that “the deliberate exclusion of people of color from the roles of the Bachelor and Bachelorette” violated their civil rights. 


    One of the results of trimming the season down to spotlights on its final six or so contestants – and fan fave Sarah Herron – was that the only woman of color spotlighted was Catherine. None of the black contestants really got any screen time.


    But two black women actually had notable arcs on the season – Leslie Hughes, who made it to week four, and Robyn Howard, who made it to week five. Leslie garnered a glam one-on-one, the annual Pretty Woman shopping spree date, and Robyn, when she wasn’t getting mixed up in Tierra drama, had a pretty frank conversation with Sean about race. 


    To look back at that season, the first for several years that even had any black contestants, we talked to Leslie and Robyn about their time on the show. 


    Links:
    National Bail Fund - https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory
    Bachelor Diversity Campaign - https://www.change.org/p/abc-a-campaign-for-anti-racism-in-the-bachelor-franchise
    Follow @bachdiversity on Instagram and Twitter 
     
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    • 1 hr 30 min

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cwolfor2 ,

Love you guys but some of the jokes are tired

I am as annoyed with the far right as you guys are but some of the jokes are just old/tired. I agree with them and get it but just not as entertaining anymore. It’s all very expected and not as fun to listen to.

BeachMommy3 ,

Too political

They can be entertaining but they are super judgemental and the political commentary is exhausting. If they could stick to the show it would be good but they are constantly judging people who don't have same political beliefs as they do. Today’s pod is the one sending me over the edge and unsubscribing.

AllieLeven ,

From fab to a drag

Your podcast used to be one of my very favorites… If not my #1 favorite to listen to. I loved hearing your smart funny quips about shows and honest commentary about real issues, such as sexist behavior and an obvious racially imbalanced casting on behalf of the producers. However, now it seems that issues of social injustice is all you ever talk about. I would much rather read the news or read what real experts on these issues have to say, than listen to you all preach on and on about this -you both used to be funny and now you’re honestly a drag. I’m not saying I wouldn’t suggest to ever bring these worthwhile issues up- but it now dominates your podcast and it’s too bad.

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