Lee Accuses Kenny of ‘Playing the Race Card’ Ahead of Incredibly Tense 2-on-1 Bachelorette Date with Rachel Lindsay

 

Last week, The Bachelorette touched on racial issues for one of the first times in franchise history — and this week, it truly zeroed in on them as the drama brewing between Kenny and Lee bubbled over.

The end result? A two-on-one date for the ages. Let’s jump in.

GROUP DATE, CONTINUED

Things picked up where they left off last week, with Kenny — once again — confronting Lee for telling Rachel that he was “aggressive.” The confrontation ultimately fizzled out when Lee walked away, but resumed just moments later after Rachel decided to hand out the group date rose to Bryan.

After Rachel left the room, Kenny took a moment to congratulate Bryan — and throw some serious shade at Lee, calling him a “snake” and a “bitch-a— dude.” Lee responded with a “f— you,” which tipped Kenny over the edge, sparking a trail of angry insults — including Kenny telling Lee he’d be “a stain on that couch.”

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ONE-ON-ONE WITH JACK

The next day, Rachel took Jack on the last date in Hilton Head Island. On paper, Rachel and Jack are a perfect match — around the same age, both from Dallas, both lawyers — but in person, these two have less chemistry than Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades.

This date was incredibly painful to sit through. Jack was grinning like the cheshire cat the whole time and it was honestly creepy. The poor guy was somehow completely unaware that it was going terribly and kept banging on about how great their “connection” was, even though Rachel could not have looked more uncomfortable. No, really. She was even worse at hiding her complete and utter disinterest than Nick Viall was.

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When Jack went in for the kiss, Rachel actually pulled the classic “I’m sick” excuse, which has been friend-zoning men everywhere since the beginning of time. But that didn’t stop Jack. Oh, no. Jack went for it, again. MAKE IT STOP, ABC, WE BEG OF YOU.

By the time we got to the evening portion of the date, Rachel admitted that things had been “comfortable” with Jack, but that the “passion” was definitely missing. Really, Rachel? Has it been comfortable? Is that the right word here?

But because she’s a good Bachelorette, she decided to give him one last shot at salvaging this train wreck and asked what they would do if they were on a date back home together and not on a TV show in front of millions of people.

Rachel: “If you could take me away to Dallas right now, what would we do?”

Jack: “First off, I’d lock the door, push everything out and just sit down and hang out. Just like, lay in bed and hang out, honestly. I think that’s the best way to chill.”

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Spoiler alert: Rachel sent Jack home right then and there. And he didn’t even get an exit interview. Harsh, ABC.

LEE GETS A HISTORY LESSON / ROSE CEREMONY

Meanwhile, the drama between Kenny and Lee was still lingering back at the house, so Will decided to take Lee aside in order to give him a brief history of racial tensions in the United States.

Will: “When you call Kenny aggressive, there is a longstanding history in this country of regarding black men as aggressive to justify a lot of other things.”

Lee: “So he’s the guy that gets mad and plays the race card and tries to get away with everything he does?”

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Anyway, Rachel ended up skipping the cocktail party and going straight into the rose ceremony. She sent home Jonathan the tickle monster and Iggy the pot-stirrer, neither of whom will be sorely missed.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH BRYAN

After the rose ceremony, the group flew to Oslo, Norway, for the rest of the week. The first person to score a date was Bryan, who took home the First Impression Rose week one and has slowly but surely been climbing his way to the very top of the competition.

But Rachel’s decision to give Bryan the one-on-one didn’t go unnoticed back at the house — in fact, it sparked further discussions about race, with Eric pointing out that of the five one-on-one dates thus far, only one had gone to a black guy: Anthony. “Maybe dating brothers might not be her choice at this time,” he speculated.

Meanwhile, Rachel and Bryan were enjoying the thrill of rappelling down Oslo’s historic Olympic ski jump — 187 feet above ground. Bryan even insisted on a kiss mid-rappel, which is classic because Rachel and Bryan are never not making out.

By the time the evening portion of their date rolled around, Rachel was pretty much eating out of the palm of Bryan’s hand — and vice versa. In fact, Bryan was the first guy this season to drop the L word, admitting to Rachel that he is “falling in love.” (He got the rose, obviously.)

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GROUP DATE

The next date card included everyone’s names — except, of course, for Bryan, Kenny and Lee — which confirmed who would be going on the dreaded two-on-one.

For the group date, the guys were put to the test with a grueling game of handball — in skintight unitards, no less. Things went well, and the evening portion of the group date went even better. Rachel had a great time with all of the guys — except Josiah, whom she’s starting to sense might be here for the wrong reasons: “Josiah’s good — he’s smooth,” she said. “Do I question it? Of course. He sounds very disingenuous, and it makes me feel like he is more fascinated with the idea of me than really getting to know who Rachel is.”

One person Rachel is definitely into? Peter. The two snuck off in the middle of the group date, slipped into their bathing suits and spent a good chunk of the night hooking up in a hot tub. It was very intense.

Ultimately, though, the group date rose went to Will: “I had amazing conversations with every single person,” she said. “But I can only give one rose out, and so I’m going to give it to Will. I feel like I saw a different side of you today. It was very open, and you were very vulnerable.”

TWO-ON-ONE WITH KENNY & LEE

Finally, the time came for Kenny and Lee to go head-to-head one last time. The two hopped into a helicopter with Rachel, which, as per two-on-one franchise tradition, dropped them off in the middle of absolutely nowhere.

Rachel took Kenny aside first and he immediately launched into a calm, level-headed speech, explaining that yes, he had yelled at Lee, but now he really just wanted to put that behind him and move forward with his relationship with Rachel.

Then it was Lee’s turn to explain himself, and Lee ended up telling Rachel that Kenny had called him a “snake” and a “bitch” several times and had apparently become violent with him while trying to pull him out of a van. Lee claimed Kenny has a “dark side” that comes out when he drinks, and Rachel was floored.

“All I wanted out of today was clarity, but right now I’m getting two completely different stories,” she said. “I know there are truths to what both of them are saying, and I feel that there are exaggerations in what both of them are saying. I don’t know who to believe at this point.”

In order to get to the bottom of things, Rachel took Kenny aside again and informed him of Lee’s recent accusations. Kenny was shocked and denied the whole thing, and Rachel told him that she needed some time to think things over. The episode ended with a furious Kenny approaching Lee — stay tuned for part two.

The Bachelorette continues with a two-hour episode Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

DeMario Jackson Tearfully Reveals Bachelor in Paradise Accusations Made His Mother ‘Cry Every Single Day’

Almost a week after Warner Bros. announced an internal investigation found no evidence of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise, DeMario Jackson is speaking out about the ordeal.

“It was stressful — for me, mostly for my mother,” Jackson, 30, tells E! News in a sneak peek at his upcoming three-part, two-night interview.

The reality star found himself at the center of the scandal after two producers voiced their concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between Jackson and contestant Corinne Olympios. Production on season 4 was subsequently halted, sparking a flurry of accusations and speculation regarding the incident — but on June 20, Warner Bros. announced the investigation had concluded and the show was set to resume filming.

Now, an emotional Jackson admits the incident took a toll on his family.

“It’s hard to see your mom cry every single day,” he says. “It was very difficult.”

“My dad, he kept me extremely strong and kept me grounded and humble,” he adds. “But having your mom cry every day for something that you know you didn’t do…”

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In the wake of the news, several contestants have confirmed they are returning to Mexico to continue filming. A source previously told PEOPLE that Jackson and Olympios will not be a part of the rebooted season.

Warner Bros. said in a statement last week that the company “does not intend to release the videotape of the incident,” but insists that they “plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”

A source close to production also told PEOPLE that precautions are being taken to ensure a similar incident won’t occur.

According to the source, “in broad strokes, changes were made to ensure everyone’s safety” — particularly in regards to alcohol consumption and consent.

Meanwhile, Olympios’ attorney Martin Singer previously told PEOPLE that their own investigation into the incident will continue.

“It needs to be made clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BiP producers and crew member on the set,” said Singer. “It was not shut down due to an complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”

Bachelor in Paradise will return later this summer on ABC, and Jackson’s three-part interview airs Monday and Tuesday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on E!

Bachelor in Paradise: Who’s Returning to Mexico in the Wake of Corinne & DeMario’s Sex Scandal?

 

Bachelor in Paradise is coming back — and so are several of this season’s original cast members.

In the wake of Warner Bros.’ Tuesday announcement that production would be resuming after an official investigation found no evidence of misconduct, several contestants have confirmed they are returning to Mexico to resume filming.

“I’m really happy things got resolved and that we can finally move forward!” Jasmine Goode tells PEOPLE exclusively. “It’s so exciting knowing we are heading back to finish what we started.”

Many of the reality stars have also taken to social media to address the news, with Amanda Stanton confirming her return in her Instagram story.

“Sea you on the beach,” Raven Gates wrote on Instagram.

“Back to the beach we go,” said Lacey Mark.

“REALITY: it’s cold and cloudy, and this was taken in LA in February …but ‘Instagram’ seems more appropriate today,” said Taylor Nolan. “#weareback.”

Vinny Ventiera shared a photo of himself carrying a hammer, quipping: “Well, I guess it’s time to get hammered … again.”

PEOPLE sources previously confirmed season 4 production was suspended after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, both of whom had reportedly been drinking heavily all day.

In the days that followed, both reality stars retained legal representation and issued statements, with Olympios, 24, calling herself a “victim” and Jackson, 30, claiming his character “has been assassinated.”

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. had no comment as to whether Olympios and Jackson would resume filming alongside their cast mates.

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On Tuesday, PEOPLE spoke to three former cast members who said production is scrambling to cast the rebooted season, which will include some contestants who were not originally set to appear.

The contestants shared similar details: that they received exploratory calls to see if they would be immediately available to participate in the reboot, which was presented as “a new adventure.”

They were told that some of the contestants from the previous cast would not return and that contestants would need to be available later this week, though it remains unclear when they would actually resume filming. They were asked to clear their schedules until the end of July and would be compensated $12,500 for the adventure — with the opportunity to earn more.

Bachelor in Paradise returns later this summer on ABC.

With reporting by LINDSAY KIMBLE and STEVE HELLING

Bachelor in Paradise Investigation Finds No Evidence of ‘Misconduct’ Between Corinne and DeMario, Warner Bros. Says

 

Almost 10 days since announcing Bachelor in Paradise production had officially halted due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct, Warner Bros. has addressed the controversy.

On Tuesday, the company released their first statement regarding the investigation to PEOPLE, announcing that it was complete and concluding that there was no evidence of misconduct.

“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.  Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.” 

PEOPLE sources previously confirmed season 4 production was suspended after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, both of whom had reportedly been drinking heavily all day. 

In the days that followed, both reality stars retained legal representation and issued statements, with Olympios, 24, calling herself a “victim” and Jackson, 30, claiming his character “has been assassinated.”

News that production had been suspended first broke on June 11, one week after the alleged incident occurred while filming in Mexico.

“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico,” Warner Bros. said in a statement at the time. “We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”

A few days later, longtime host of the franchise Chris Harrison issued his own statement regarding the news, insisting that “the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us.”

“It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” he said. “An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done, a clear, concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”

Dads Everywhere, Beware of Jimmy Kimmel’s Father’s Day YouTube Challenge

Jimmy Kimmel‘s notorious Halloween candy pranks have become some of the best videos on the internet — and now, he’s come up with a new YouTube challenge that might be just as funny.

On Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host debuted this year’s Father’s Day-themed challenge, and it’s as simple as it is hilarious.

“Every year, we issue a Father’s Day YouTube challenge,” explained Kimmel, 49. “In years past, we’ve asked you to spray Dad with a hose on Father’s Day, to serve him breakfast in the shower, to dump breakfast on him in bed — we’ve had a lot of very bad ideas.”

This year, however, the task was much more straightforward: just sneak up on your father and yell: “I love you, Dad!”

“I was starting to think this might not work,” explained Kimmel with a laugh. “But I was very, very wrong.”

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In the compilation of clips, kids of all ages surprised their fathers while they were sleeping, getting dressed, cleaning the pool — and yes, going to the bathroom.

But the clear highlight? One dad’s reaction after being woken up from a nap with a megaphone.

“I am going to f—ing stick that thing so far up your a— that you’re going to taste it,” he said, staring right at the camera. “Do you understand me?”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights (11:35 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Rachel Lindsay Cracks Under ‘Pressures’ of Being First Black Bachelorette as Accusations of Racial Targeting Fly

 

We’re back, Bachelor Nation. On Monday night, The Bachelorette returned after a two-week hiatus — and it’s safe to say the men wasted no time getting right back into their messy drama.

COCKTAIL PARTY

Things picked up right where we left off at the last cocktail party: in the middle of a big fat confrontation between Eric and Lee — you know, this Lee. All you need to know about Lee for the purpose of this recap is that he is a master manipulator and openly relishes winding up the other men in the house.

Swiftly following his fight with Eric, Lee — who had already had his time with Rachel that night — strolled over to interrupt Rachel and Kenny’s one-on-one time. At this point, the other guys were starting to pick up on Lee’s relentless dedication to stirring the pot, and they weren’t pleased about it. In particular, Dean brought up the fact that Lee only seemed to be instigating drama with some of the other guys in the house — namely, Eric and Kenny, who are both African-American.

“The only people that I’ve seen Lee pick fights with have been not the people that he’s used to seeing on a daily basis, from a cultural perspective. You know exactly what I mean when I say that,” said Dean. “The longer Lee sticks around, the more everyone will become aware of his intolerance.”

Shortly afterwards, Kenny took Lee aside to confront him about having interrupted him, claiming that Lee took advantage of their “friendship” to “snake” him for more time with Rachel. Lee, being the highly skilled puppet master that he is, knew just what to say (or not say) to frustrate Kenny even more, and Kenny took the bait.

The confrontation escalated as Kenny began raising his voice, and Rachel, who was just steps away mid-conversation with another contestant, ended up overhearing some of it. As for Lee? Well, he couldn’t have been more pleased with himself.

Lee: “I get tickled when I smile at an angry man and he gets angrier.”

Dean: “I just hope Kenny punches Lee in the face.”

ROSE CEREMONY

Eventually, the tension of the evening became too much for Rachel to handle, and she broke down during one of her interviews.

“The pressures that I feel being a black woman and what that is … I don’t want to talk about it,” she said, crying. “I get pressured from so many different ways being in this position, and I did not want to get into all of this tonight.”

“I already know what people are going to say about me and judge me for the decisions that I’m making,” she added. “I’m going to be the one that has to deal with that, and nobody else. And that’s a lot.”

Ultimately, she decided to cut the cocktail party short and headed straight into the rose ceremony, sending three contestants home — but keeping both Kenny and Lee around.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH DEAN

The next day, the group flew to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, and if you didn’t catch that, don’t worry, because they proceeded to remind us that they were in HILTON HEAD ISLAND approximately every three minutes. That’s HILTON HEAD ISLAND, folks, check it out sometime.

The first one-on-one in HILTON HEAD ISLAND went to Dean, who started off this season with a very questionable (though Rachel-approved) “I’m ready to go black and I’m never gonna go back” joke but has since made tremendous strides.

Dean is petrified of heights, so naturally ABC stuck him on a blimp with Rachel for the day. Despite his fears, things seemed to go really well on the date, and that night Rachel decided she wanted to dig a little deeper into their relationship. (As she pointed out, she’s 32 and he’s 25, so she wanted to make sure they were on the same page about what they were looking for.)

Adorable Dean, as he shall henceforth be called, made a very good case for his emotional maturity by broaching the topic of his family life and upbringing, including a very open and tearful discussion about his mother, who passed away from cancer when he was 15. When Adorable Dean cries, we all cry.

And duh, he got the one-on-one rose.

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GROUP DATE

This week’s group date went to Alex, Anthony, Peter, Bryan, Jonathan, Adam, Matt, Kenny, Lee, Iggy, Eric, Will and Josiah.

After spending the morning drinking heavily on a boat with their shirts off, the guys were put to the test with — wait for it — a spelling bee. The words ranged from incredibly simple (stunning, passion) to fairly challenging (boutonniere), and unsurprisingly, there were some seriously concerning blunders along the way. IN WHAT WORLD DOES COITUS START WITH A Q, PETER?

By the time the evening portion of the group date rolled around, things, overall, seemed to be going incredibly well — until resident snitch Iggy sat down for some one-on-one time with Rachel and proceeded to stir up drama for absolutely no reason by throwing shade at Josiah. (Has Iggy ever not brought up one of the other guys’ names during his conversations with Rachel under the pretense of “being protective”? Just wondering.)

Iggy then returned to the rest of the group and casually announced to Josiah that he had just been bad-mouthing him to Rachel. It’s hilarious the way Iggy confesses to his shady behavior almost immediately, with absolutely no remorse or awareness that it was shady.

Obviously, Josiah wasn’t pleased and promptly bashed Iggy as hard as he could, calling him “the lamest dude in the house” and alleging that Iggy “does drugs and shoots steroids in his nuts.”

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YOU CAN’T JUST DROP THAT KIND OF A BOMB ON US AND NOT FOLLOW UP, ABC. But alas, that’s exactly what happened, because before the Josiah/Iggy drama was even over, Lee swooped right in to reclaim his title as the most conniving contestant. During his conversation with Rachel, Lee ended up telling her an embellished version of his confrontation with Kenny at the cocktail party, alleging that Kenny was aggressive towards him, gave him the finger and berated him for 30 minutes.

Ugh, Lee is the worst. He’s about as stereotypical a reality show villain as it gets and literally says things like: “I’m going to find joy in smiling and crumbling his miserable world.” 

Unfortunately for poor Kenny, Lee is very good at being bad. Rachel then confronted Kenny about Lee’s claims, and while Kenny did his best to defend himself — and fully admitted he regretted the way he handled things with Lee — their conversation was sadly cut short.

Up next? Kenny is about to confront Lee, again. Stay tuned for the dreaded two-on-one.

The Bachelorette returns on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Inside Bachelor in Paradise Scandal: What Role Do Producers Play with Sex, Booze and Bad Behavior?

 

In the days since Warner Bros. announced that it had officially halted production of Bachelor in Paradise due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct, a spotlight has been cast on the popular reality show — prompting new focus on the role producers play.

PEOPLE sources previously confirmed season 4 production was suspended after a producer raised concerns about an alleged sexual encounter between contestant DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, both of whom had reportedly been drinking heavily all day. Olympios and Jackson have since both retained legal representation.

On Wednesday each issued a statement, with Olympios, 24, calling herself a “victim” and Jackson, 30, claiming his character “has been assassinated.”

While the specific details of the alleged incident remain unclear, a source close to production tells PEOPLE that the investigation is still ongoing, and that includes reviewing the tapes, but the source believes the matter will be resolved within a week.

Until then, many questions persist surrounding the production team’s involvement: Do they intervene when things are going too far, or contestants are drinking too much? How involved are they with the storylines?

PEOPLE caught up with several insiders, including former contestants and a past producer of the franchise, in order to shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes in Bachelor Nation.

Alcohol & Personal Responsibility

One point widely agreed upon by all is that while alcohol is readily available and heavily consumed by many, it’s certainly not forced on the contestants by the producers. But are they encouraging certain behaviors?

“Producers aren’t forcing people to do questionable things,” insists a former producer. “There are no storylines written. The worst thing they’ll do is let people know that the people who succeed here tend to make a lot of friends, or find someone to be in a relationship with.”

And several former contestants agree.

“When I was filming any Bachelor franchise show, I was in charge of my choices — I never once felt like I couldn’t make a decision for myself, or that I was expected to do anything outside of my own will,” BiP season 2 contestant Tenley Molzahn tells PEOPLE. 

“All of us cast members have a choice as to how we want to behave — how far we’ll go, how much we drink,” she says. “We sign a lot of legal paperwork acknowledging that we know we have these choices.”

How “Scripted” Are the Situations?

“The producers are there to help people interact with each other and ask questions, but in no way are they there to tell you what to do and to behave certain ways,” says season 2 contestant Daniel Maguire. “We’re all able to do and say what we want, and we’re all responsible for our own actions.”

Speaking with PEOPLE about her experience, current season 4 cast member Jasmine Goode says, “From my point of view, I just want to say that producers, they always engaged with the cast members — but the cast is never encouraged or forced to engage in behaviors, or make any statements or consume alcohol. Producers definitely check in on us and they make sure we’re comfortable with what they need but they never force us to do anything we don’t want to do.”

“I’m not bashing any side, but from what I know, production hasn’t ever made us do anything we don’t want to do or forced us to drink and things like that. And that’s what I think is being claimed right now,” says Goode, who adds that Jackson “was definitely like the type of guy who checked up on the girls and was attentive while we were there.”

While he never made an appearance in Paradise, former Bachelorette contestant and Bachelor star Ben Higgins also insists producers never “forced into anything.”

“I was talked through as a friend in situations,” he said this week on his iHeartRadio podcast with Ashley Iaconetti, Almost Famous. “If I was confused, they would sit with me and allow me to speak my mind and help me process. Yes, there’s producing that is done. It’s a show! There are situations that happen that they need to get something out of, but it’s never a forced situation.”

Season 3 BiP contestant Ryan Beckett tells PEOPLE that while producers encouraged him to “be more open,” that was as far as their prodding went.

“I didn’t get any encouragement to go sleep with a girl or to go hook up with a girl,” he says. “But I definitely had encouragement in terms of moral support to boost my confidence.”

“It might be surprising, but I really think that they try to keep it, relatively speaking, as genuine as possible,” he adds. “They may insert an idea in your head, but they want it to come from you more than anything. There’s some leading the horse to water, but at the end of the day, it’s always the cast that has to decide if they want to drink or hook up.”

Counterpoints

But other contestants have experienced a different side of things.

“People are pissed,” another contestant from the current season previously told PEOPLE. “We’re pissed that this whole thing happened. They could have stopped this. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is, too.”

Leah Block, who appeared on season 3, tells PEOPLE she “absolutely” felt manipulated by producers.

“The whole show was dumb — I completely regret doing it,” she says. “I really have nothing good to say about it. I thought that they had my best interests at heart, and they did not. They took advantage of me.”

“Of course some people have really great experiences and it’s going to be different for everyone,” she adds. “But in my situation, I definitely felt like I was being pushed to do things and pushed to say things.”

“It definitely didn’t get out of hand, but more so my edit was not what actually happened, and that was totally out of my control. So they definitely set things up to make sure things the way they want it to.”

Goode also tells PEOPLE she believes at one point another contestant asked producers if they should intervene with Olympios’ drinking, and were told she “was fine.”

Hard Limits

Storylines aside, where is the line drawn when it comes to actual producer intervention?

“I’ve seen producers intervene for sure — especially if someone has gotten too drunk and can’t handle themselves,” says the former producer. “If someone’s had a few drinks, but seem to know what they’re doing, you’re probably going to let that go. If someone is passing out or slurring, you’re going to take care of them.”

“Producers absolutely step in if they think there is something bad going on,” he adds. “They’re all over the place and monitoring absolutely everything. The majority of producers are women and there’s a real sensitivity to this sort of stuff about being taken advantage of.”

“In my experience, the producers definitely step in,” says former contestant Beckett. “I would not imagine that a number of producers would stand idly by. I would expect two drunk contestants to do something stupid, but it would be surprising to me that something nefarious was going on and it was allowed to go on.”

Handling Violence

Notorious franchise villain Chad Johnson has experienced producer intervention firsthand: He was kicked off Paradise last year after being verbally abusive and threatening.

“I mean, are really cautious,” he recently told Entertainment Tonight. “With me, it became a thing where they sent me home just because … even though they had it on camera that I didn’t actually swing at a guy, just because it slightly looked like it. They asked him and he said I did. And so, because he said that I swung at him, they sent me home. If somebody says they feel threatened, they have to send the person home.”

“I don’t think they would let something bad happen,” he added. “Like I said, they would pull me aside every few minutes and make sure I wasn’t going to rip someone’s head off.”

Official Stance

Warner Bros. has not commented on the matter since its initial statement, but longtime host of the franchise Chris Harrison insists “the safety and care of the cast and crew of our show is of the utmost importance to us.”

“It is with this thought in mind that we made the decision to suspend filming,” he said in a statement earlier this week. “An investigation into the situation was started immediately. Warner Bros. is handling the details of that investigation. They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done, a clear, concise decision can be made about where we go from here.”

“There are a lot of competing details in the various press accounts of the incident. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there too,” he added. “We urge everyone to be patient until the investigation is complete.”

—With GILLIAN TELLING, CHAR ADAMS, PATRICK GOMEZ & LINDSAY KIMBLE

Megyn Kelly Calls Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook Denial ‘Revolting’ — but Says Show Will Go On

 

Megyn Kelly has responded to the backlash of her controversial interview with Alex Jones — and the news that she will no longer be hosting the Sandy Hook Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday.

“I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night,” Kelly says in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?”

President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many,” she continues. “Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light — as journalists are supposed to do — on this influential figure, and yes — to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity.”

Kelly, 46, first previewed a clip of her interview with Jones — the conspiracy theorist and Infowars host, who has stated the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, was a hoax — on the most recent episode of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly. The full sit-down is set to air this Sunday.

The teaser and a corresponding promotional selfie of Kelly and Jones was met with widespread criticism and outrage on social media, and on Monday, Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, released a statement announcing that the NBC host would no longer emcee the organization’s annual gala on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

“This decision was spurred by NBC’s planned broadcast of Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, was a hoax,” the statement read.

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host. It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director.”

Additionally, J.P. Morgan Chase pulled local TV and online advertisements from NBC until after Kelly’s interview with Jones airs, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly airs Sundays (7 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Khloé Kardashian Only ‘Fake-Tried’ to Have Kids with Lamar Odom: ‘I Did a Lot of Covering Up for Him’

Khloé Kardashian‘s offer to be her sister Kim Kardashian West‘s surrogate is revealing more about herself than she might have expected.

In a previously released sneak peek at Sunday’s season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim takes her sister to her fertility specialist and Khloé receives some shocking news about her own fertility — and now, a second sneak peek at the scene touches on Khloé’s relationship with her ex-husband Lamar Odom

In the clip, the doctor asks Khloé if she’s ever tried to get pregnant before, and the star admits she “fake-tried.”

“I was married, but I knew the circumstances weren’t the healthiest so I just kept pretending I was doing it,” says Khloé, 32, who wed Odom, 37, in 2009 after a whirlwind, month-long courtship.

“When I was doing my fertility treatments, they were more so for Lamar,” she continues. “I had to stop because there was much deeper stuff that was happening in our marriage.”

Khloé and Odom’s marriage fell apart after the former basketball player’s cheating scandal and drug relapse, and Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013.

“I knew it wasn’t the right situation to bring a child into, and I think I’ve done a lot of covering up for him — even when it made me look like I was the problem,” says Khloé in the clip. “But I was fine taking on that burden on my shoulders, because he had a lot of other deeper s— to deal with.”

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Khloé and Odom’s divorce was officially finalized last December, and the two have since gone their separate ways: Odom recently completed a 30-day drug rehab program and has been working on getting back into shape, and Kardashian has been dating Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson since last September.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on E!

Laura Prepon Shows Off Her Growing Baby Belly on the Red Carpet with Fiancé Ben Foster

 

Laura Prepon is ready to pop!

On Wednesday night, the Orange Is the New Black actress stepped out with her fiancé Ben Foster to attend the premiere of her new film The Hero at the Whitby Hotel in New York City.

Prepon, 37, who is expecting her first child with Foster, 36, was all smiles as she rested her hand on her growing baby belly, wearing a polka-dotted off-the-shoulder top and a bold red lip.

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The low-key duo — who have known each other for almost two decades — have largely kept their relationship under the radar, though sources confirmed to PEOPLE in October that the two were engaged. (Even Prepon’s close friend and former That ’70s Show costar Ashton Kutcher was out of the loop about it!)

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In January, PEOPLE confirmed the news of Prepon’s pregnancy, just one day after the couple attended the Creative Coalition’s annual Spotlight Awards at the Kia Supper Suite during the Sundance Film Festival.

“Ben seemed really protective and kept very close to Laura the entire night,” an onlooker told PEOPLE. “He was holding onto her arm as they walked in and kept by her side during the dinner.”

Khloé Kardashian’s Offer to Carry Kim’s Baby Is ‘Snowballing’ as She Gets Troubling Fertility News

Khloé Kardashian wants to do everything she can to help her sister Kim Kardashian West have a third child — but it’s not as easy as she might have hoped.

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim takes her sister to her fertility specialist to explore the possibility of becoming her surrogate — but Khloé receives some shocking news about her own fertility in the process.

After a brief discussion, the doctor decides he wants to do a “quick ultrasound” and the sisters head into the exam room.

“I come here just for doctor’s appointment — I have no idea I’m about to even get an ultrasound,” admits Khloé, 32. “This whole thing is just kind of snowballing, and it’s moving really fast for me.”

“I remember this room — I’ve cried many times in that chair,” says Kim, 37, who experienced two high-risk pregnancies of her own with daughter North, 3, and son Saint, 18 months.

“What we’re looking for, really, is that there’s nothing that’s going to get in the way of a healthy pregnancy,” explains the doctor as he begins the process of the ultrasound.

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“Okay, here’s your uterus,” says the doctor. “So if we’re trying to get you pregnant, this is where we look forward to seeing a pregnancy. There’s nothing there today. These are follicles — these hold eggs — so this is just giving an idea of how young your ovaries are.”

“Are they young or old?” asks Khloé.

“There are fewer follicles than I anticipate for a normal 32-year-old,” he replies.

“Shut the f— up,” says Khloé as Kim remains silent, standing by her side. “This is definitely not all how I thought this appointment was going to go. What if I can’t get pregnant?”

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on E!

Uh-Oh! Which Guy Might Be the Next ‘Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing’ on Rachel Lindsay’s Bachelorette Journey?

 

She’s already had to deal with finding out that one of her suitors had a girlfriend back home — but it looks like Rachel Lindsay might have to brace herself for more even more drama on The Bachelorette.

In an exclusive sneak peek at Monday’s episode, Lindsay, 32, invites her Bachelor besties Corinne Olympios, Alexis Waters, Raven Gates and Jasmine Goode to join her on a group date, and like any good friends, the women are on a mission to do one thing and one thing only: weed out the bad guys amongst their BFF’s crop of potential fiancés.

“Some of you might not know who these girls are, but these are my girls!” says Lindsay, introducing her fellow alums from Nick Viall‘s season of The Bachelor.

“My friends are everything to me, and so is their opinion,” she continues. “I need their help today, so they’re going to be here on the group date. I have no idea what they have planned, all I know is that they’re here and I’m giving them control today.” (Spoiler alert: They’re going to make the guys mud wrestle. Shirtless.)

“My girls know me better than my guys do at this point, so I’m hoping that they can figure out who’s here for me,” she admits later. “I’ve already encountered one wolf in sheep’s clothing, and who knows — maybe my girls will find another one today.”

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The group boards a bus to head out on the date, and Gates, who was the runner-up on Viall’s season, immediately zeroes in on the two guys sitting next to her: Bryce and Lee.

“I sat next to Raven on the bus, and she went straight to the point, in my ear, like: ‘Who isn’t here for the right reasons?’ ” says Bryce.

So who does he have his doubts about?

“The guy that I see being the least appropriate person for Rachel … Eric,” he whispers to her.

“I am concerned for Rachel, because Rachel told us that she was most excited about Eric,” Raven says later. “I asked the two guys that I was sitting by, Bryce and Lee, who they thought wasn’t a good match for Rachel, and they both said Eric. That’s a red flag.”

But could the red flag actually be staring right at her? This week, Lee found himself facing serious backlash after a series of tweets alleged to be sent from his Twitter account featuring offensive, racially charged insults were discovered. He did not respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, and neither Lindsay nor ABC has addressed the news.

The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

Kim Kardashian West: Caitlyn Jenner ‘Started Three Families with Three Different People and F—ed Everyone Over’

Caitlyn Jenner‘s tell-all memoir has been stirring up tension on this season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians — and this week’s episode is no exception.

In a sneak peek at Sunday’s episode, Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian West sit down to discuss Caitlyn’s book, The Secrets of My Life, which was released in April.

“She has her thoughts and you have your thoughts and that’s fine, but I do feel like there’s a way to tell your side of the story without being so negative,” says Kardashian West, 36. “Like, everything is always your fault.”

The women then get into the discussion about Caitlyn’s claims that her now ex-wife Kris had been “hoarding” money for years.

“She never paid a bill from 1972,” says Kris, 61. “She didn’t know how much a gardener was, and in the book writes: ‘Well, Kris didn’t need me anymore. All the checks for Keeping Up with the Kardashians, they all went to Kris.’ Went to Kris?! How about it went to the mortgage, and the insurance, and education?”

“You start talking about how I was hoarding money when we didn’t even have it?” she continues, outraged.

Kris also brings up Caitlyn’s marriage to her second wife Linda Thompson, claiming Caitlyn, 67, wasn’t truthful about why they split.

“I said to Cate: ‘You were married before, how did you and your last wife break up?’ And she weaves this elaborate story about how she and Linda broke up,” says Kris. “Cate could have told me the story that she writes about in the book, which is: ‘Gee, Linda got so angry and nasty that Cate had to tell her about her gender dysphoria.’ Like, why wouldn’t you have just told me what happened with Linda so at least I could make my own decision if I wanted to get married to someone who really wanted to be a woman?”

“She just literally started three families with three different people and f—ed everyone over,” says Kim of Caitlyn, formerly known as Bruce, who was previously married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972-81, Thompson from 1981-86 and Kris from 1991-2015, and shares two children with each woman.

“One hundred percent,” agrees Kris. “But can’t handle that negative publicity, so I’m going to be the scapegoat. She’s going to throw me under the bus.”

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Caitlyn previously addressed Kris’ angry reaction to her memoir during a Good Morning America appearance in April while promoting the book.

“First of all, I feel like the book is extraordinarily honest,” she said. “It is my perspective, and obviously when you do a book like that there are different opinions. I have a lot of friends that know the truth and know what I’ve been through and know the whole situation.”

“Hey, it’s a reality show, it is drama, but I’m just kind of sorry she went down that road,” she added. “But she’s a good person, and we’ve had 23 great years together and raised wonderful, phenomenal kids.”

Most recently, Kardashian West addressed the current status of the relationship between the exes on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, saying Kris was so hurt by Caitlyn’s claims about her in the memoir that the two aren’t speaking.

When asked by Cohen if there’s a chance her momager would ever speak to Caitlyn again, Kardashian West responded “Zero.”

“No, one. No, I would say two percent,” she added, adjusting her answer. “And those are Kendall and Kylie. That’s their percentage. All fair, I think.”

Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on E!