Was last night’s wrap-up of The Bachelorette truly unscripted reality drama, or did the show’s producers orchestrate the closing scenes like a pro-wrestling match?
According to former Bachelor contestant Nikki Ferrell, it was all a big fake.
Note: Consider all spoiler alerts in effect from this point onward.
Best known as the winner of the most recent edition of The Bachelor (she was chosen by Juan Pablo Galavis, but they chose not to get hitched), Ferrell went onto Twitter (@Nikki_Ferrell) on Monday night to call out the show’s producers shortly after the airing of ABC’s post-finale After the Rose special.
Specifically, Ferrell appeared to take issue with the moment in the special when spurned suitor Nick Viall confronted Bachelorette Andi Dorfman for rejecting him after they slept together during their allotted time in the Fantasy Suite.
Said the devastated Nick: “Feeling the way you did, if you knew how in love with you I was, why did you make love with me?”
Tweeted Ferrell: “Gee I wonder who told Nick to say that… How the producers of @BachelorABC sleep at night is beyond me. #trash.”
Moments later, Ferrell softened her opinion of The Bachelorette final chapter in which Dorfman gave her final rose to ex-baseball player Josh Murray and accepted his wedding proposal (you can watch a capsulized recap of the finale here).
Ferrell’s followup tweet: “But on a positive note so beyond happy for @AndiDorfman and @jmurbulldog. I bet it feels so good to be free! #congrats.”
However reality fans choose to regard Ferrell’s cynical assessment, Dorfman and Murray didn’t waste any time being seen as a couple in public.
As reported by TMZ, the attractive couple were spotted together at Los Angeles International Airport last night getting on the red-eye flight to appear on morning TV shows in New York.
The interesting part: TMZ talked to Dorfman and Holloway at LAX around 9:15 p.m. PDT. Dorfman didn’t make her pick on The Bachelorette until 9:45 p.m.
Even in the make-it-up-as-you-go-along reality-TV world, that’s cutting it close.
Former Jersey Shore fixture Mike (The Situation) Sorrentino will take classes in anger management. The reality star agreed Monday to attend the classes as part of a plea deal to resolve assault charges following a fight with his own brother at their family’s tanning salon in Middletown Township, N.J., earlier this summer. In an interview with People magazine, Sorrentino said, “I’ve been arguing and fighting with my little brothers since I was 6 or 7. I work with my family, and I sort of live with them as well, so it gets a little tricky.”
Kiefer Sutherland has responded to recent claims of unprofessionalism levied against him by fellow actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Last weekend, Prinze told reporters at Comic-Con that working opposite Sutherland on the Fox series 24 back in 2010 made him “want to quit the business.” On Monday, a rep for Sutherland told E! News: “Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago and this is the first time he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”
HANGING IT UP
Maksim Chmerkovskiy will no longer perform on Dancing with the Stars. The Ukrainian hoofer made the announcement on the Tuesday episode of The View. “I’m done dancing,” said the 34-year-old hoofer. “I feel like it’s time.” Chmerkovskiy made his first appearance on DWTS in the show’s second season and has since been paired with such celebrity partners as actress Tia Carrere, boxer Laila Ali and Olympian Hope Solo. Chmerkovskiy originally left the show after the 16th season but returned for last fall’s 18th campaign that saw him winning the coveted Mirrorball trophy for the first time with Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis as his partner.
ONE AND DONE
Lisa Kudrow completed her jury duty in less than one day. The former Friends star was recently selected for the task by Los Angeles County Superior Court, where she reported for duty last week. According to TMZ sources, Kudrow was not selected for a jury panel, which lead to her being dismissed after several hours.
REST IN PEACE
Actor James Shigeta has passed away at 81. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shigeta rose to prominence following a lead role in the 1961 film Flower Drum Song, which earned five Oscar nominations. Shigeta also starred in the 1966 feature Hawaiian Style opposite Elvis Presley, played an ill-fated Japanese executive in the 1988 feature Die Hard and voiced the character of General Li in the 1998 animated feature Mulan.