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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.

    'Bachelor' S25 Women Tell All with Chelsea Vaughn

    'Bachelor' S25 Women Tell All with Chelsea Vaughn

    We’re going to begin this week’s podcast with a discussion on Taylor Nolan’s old tweets that resurfaced over the weekend and what accountability, consequence and empathy look like within the community of The Bachelor franchise. The tweets, which included hateful language toward a plethora of communities, were shocking, harmful, hurtful, triggering and absolutely indefensible. 


    Later in the episode, we discuss the Women Tell All special with style icon and contestant on this season of The Bachelor, Chelsea Vaughn.


    Our Calls to Action this week:
    - Stop AAPI Hate, an organization which includes a hate crime tracker, founded in the wake of rising and alarming violence toward Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic https://donate.givedirect.org/?cid=14711 
    - The Asian American Federation, which specifically helps fight racism and for equality for NYC’s Asian community https://www.classy.org/give/253719/#!/donation/checkout 
    - Center for Disability Rights, a not-for-profit, community-based advocacy and service organization for people with all types of disabilities. https://cdrnys.org/donate/ 
    - The Disability Justice Culture Club, a collective of disabled and/or neurodivergent queer people of color operating out of East Oakland. https://bit.ly/3hONYqp 
    - The Trevor Project, which provides resources, support and a crisis hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. https://give.thetrevorproject.org/give/63307/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=EOY20&c_src2=headerdonatebutton 
    - The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, a non-profit, all volunteer, fat-rights organization dedicated to protecting the rights and improving the quality of life for fat people. https://naafa.org/joindonate 
    - Jews For Racial and Economic Justice, a NYC-based progressive Jewish organization that fights against anti-Semitism alongside other marginalized communities. https://secure.everyaction.com/MItl2aYLe0-_DmwDEiGULA2 
    - The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum, http://auschwitz.org/en/donate/ 
    - The Native American Rights Fund, which provides legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation. https://secure.narf.org/page/71129/donate/1?_ga=2.154578488.1462526717.1614619917-1113695369.1614619917 
     
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    'Bachelor' S25e8 with Caroline Moss and Erin Evans

    'Bachelor' S25e8 with Caroline Moss and Erin Evans

    **SPOILERS ALERT**
    We will be discussing reporting that includes spoilers. Please be warned. Skip forward to approximately 16:00 to get to the spoiler-free recap. Joining us to discuss our reporting on Matt James’ statement from last night is HuffPost Senior Enterprise Editor Erin Evans. Read our piece: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/matt-james-the-bachelor-race-problem_n_60342be7c5b67c32961fef84?7jk


     It’s hometowns week on The Bachelor, and you know what they say: home is in Nemacolin, where you all live forever now. 


    And so do your families! It’s like Noah’s ark -- each woman gets to save 2-3 loved ones from the pandemic.


    Just like Tayshia, Matt doesn’t get to actually travel to his ladies’ hometowns, but he does get to meet some parents this week.


    Here to discuss all the moms and all the sisters, we’re joined by Caroline Moss, host of the podcast Gee Thanks, Just Bought It!
     
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    'Bachelor' S25e7 with Phoebe Robinson and British Baekoff

    'Bachelor' S25e7 with Phoebe Robinson and British Baekoff

    It’s been a hell of a week, and before we recap the episode, we need to discuss what’s been going on offscreen. 


    For that discussion and our normal episode recap, we’re joined by the amazing comedian, author, podcaster, producer Phoebe Robinson and her wonderful boyfriend, British Baekoff.


    You can read our coverage of Chris Harrison, his remarks and the push to hold the franchise accountable here: 
    - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-harrison-interview-the-bachelor-rachael-kirkconnell_n_602437e6c5b6ddb3581568ab
    - https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-bachelor-chris-harrison-racial-reckoning_n_602aaee2c5b6d667582eb47e
     
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    'Bachelor' S25e6 with Ali Barthwell

    'Bachelor' S25e6 with Ali Barthwell

    Welcome to Here to Make Friends, where we preach harmony and peace, and lead by example, because actions speak louder than words.


    All the great lessons we learned from The Bachelor.


    We’re halfway into Matt’s season and there is actually a distinct lack of harmony and peace. The drama has never been more intense. When will we be able to rest?


    Possibly never. To recap another week of escalating, production-fueled sniping between the contestants, and Matt’s occasional breaks from mediating the conflict in order to make out with 23-year-olds, we’re joined by expert Bachelor recapper and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” writer Ali Barthwell. 
     
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    'Bachelor' S2e5 with Alexa Losey

    'Bachelor' S2e5 with Alexa Losey

    This week’s episode of The Bachelor may find a second life as a training video for teachers to recognize bullying dynamics in middle and high schools. Matt’s love journey was essentially on the backburner this week while he played Whack-a-Mole with the house bullies, so that’s what we’ll be doing as well. 


    Here to unpack all the truly distressing scenes with us is content creator, YouTuber and woman about town, Alexa Losey.


    Link to the TikTok we reference: https://www.reddit.com/r/thebachelor/comments/l5qjs0/tiktok_about_rachaels_alleged_racism/
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    'Bachelor' S25e4 with Zara Rahim

    'Bachelor' S25e4 with Zara Rahim

    This week on Matt James’s journey to find love, we took one step forward and two giant steps back. We actually ended this episode with, somehow, more women than we started with -- and they even managed to jack up the already high level of unpleasantness in the house.
    Matt’s task is truly Sisyphean … as is our own, as audience members in search of a happy ending. So on this episode we have a new friend of the pod joining us, Zara Rahim. She is a communications strategist who has formidable experience approaching her work through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. She’s worked for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Vogue, the list goes on.
    Our call to action:
    In light of all of the sex work shaming that went on during last night's episode, we want to encourage people to donate to the the Urban Justice Center Sex Workers Project to support advocacy for the human rights of sex workers. Because sex work is work. Period.
     
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

EZRAEDA ,

what happened?

Where is the podcast?????? we arent all on socia lmedia......

sissylove90 ,

Am I missing something?

Maybe it is because I am an educated white women in her 30s like the hosts, but I’m surprised to see such harsh reviews accusing Emma and Claire of being racist and using their “white superiority” to put down others. This past year, many podcasts (including this one) have made me think about institutional racism and subvert, subtle racism in a different way... and during Claire and Emma’s discussions of these complex topics, I thought they went out of their way to emphasize that they were not experts of any kind in this area, and that they were in the process of learning along with myself and many others. Of course all listeners should express their viewpoints as they deem appropriate... I was simply surprised by those who found the discussions on the podcast to be so incredibly offensive and “racist.”

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#1 Bachelor Recap Show

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PLEASE, please bring back the POD!!!!!!!!! Our lives are empty without it. This rug pulled out from under us is a bad move Buzzfeed. Fix it!

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Previous Update: You’re still the best. Keep doing you. Love the feminist fails. Love the political activism. Love the style of recap with or without guests.

Original post: I’d watch the bachelor just to be able to enjoy this podcast. Smart, funny, well-researched and thoughtfully articulate.

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