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“The Bachelor” Recap: The Women Tell All

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — The Bachelor: The Women Tell All special had it all on Monday night: heartfelt conversations, tears, and an onion.

The eliminated ladies from the current season of The Bachelor gathered to reflect on their romances with Chris Soules, and to revisit old feuds. The two finalists, Whitney and Becca, were not present.

Let’s start with the bachelorette who was eliminated on last week’s episode: Kaitlyn. She told host Chris Harrison she was confident heading into the rose ceremony in Bali, which is why she was so confused by her dismissal.

Later, Soules explained to her that he faced a difficult decision between the final three, comparing it to throwing darts at a dartboard. Kaitlyn wondered why he didn’t give her the opportunity to chat privately before the ceremony, as he had with Becca. Soules agreed that in hindsight he should have done that, but he did the best he could at the time.

Jade, who was sent home during the hometown visits episode after revealing her Playboy past, also had the opportunity to speak directly with Soules. She was upset that Soules said it was awkward for him to look at her Playboy photos and video. He said he was being honest with her, and that her experience with Playboy was not the reason he let her go.

The Women Tell All was also highlighted by the return of the most polarizing contestants of the season, Kelsey and Britt.

Kelsey insisted that she was not trying to manipulate Soules or curry empathy from him when she referred to the loss of her husband as an “amazing” story, as she had been accused of doing by some of the other women. Kelsey also said she did not believe she was better than the other bachelorettes, despite how she was depicted on the show.

Kelsey mended fences somewhat with Ashley I., with whom she went on the two-on-one date in South Dakota that ended with both being eliminated. She conceded that she felt “raw anger” when she mocked Ashley during the date, and she apologized.

Britt cried early and often during Monday’s special, mostly because of her interactions with Carly. She said Carly was friendly to her face during the season but was critical of her to Soules and to the cameras. Britt believed that if Carly had not meddled in her relationship with Soules, she would have remained in the competition.

In the strangest moment of the night, Harrison had a brief conversation with Ashley S., the bachelorette who mistook a pomegranate for an onion. She presented him with what she called a “hosting gift”: an onion, naturally.

When asked if she had put on an act for the cameras during the season, she claimed she hadn’t. An excited Harrison invited her to appear on the next season of Bachelor in Paradise, but he didn’t get a straight answer from Ashley; instead, she stated, “It’s so weird that we’re on TV.”

The Bachelor season ends next Monday night with Soules proposing to either Whitney or Becca…or perhaps neither of them.

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Faith Hill Recovering from Neck Surgery

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) — When country music star Faith Hill hit the red carpet at the Academy Awards with a sleek, new pixie cut last month, fans were concerned when they spotted a scar on her neck.

“Faith Hill has quite the neck scar! Hope she’s OK,” one supporter wrote, while another added: “Just saw Faith Hill on the Red Carpet. Anybody know what that big scar on her neck is from?”

Citing a source, People magazine has reported that the 47-year-old, five-time Grammy Award winner is recovering from neck surgery. The source told People that Hill, the wife of fellow country music star, Tim McGraw, had surgery in January to correct damage caused by an old injury.

Representatives for Hill confirmed the report to ABC News.

Patrick Gomez, a staff writer for People, said Hill has been dealing with this issue for some time. He also said the “This Kiss” singer first underwent surgery in 2011 to help alleviate issues related to an injury sustained years before.

Doctors say the procedure Hill underwent is called anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, and that it’s very common.

“We find it in elderly patients very frequently, but it can also occur in younger patients who have experienced some kind of trauma,” said Dr. Joshua Bederson, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery for Mount Sinai Health System, who did not treat Hill. “It does occur spontaneously from time to time.”

“Since the neck is so mobile any kind of minor injury can lead to a herniated disc or compression of the nerves,” Bederson said.

Hill, who has three children, isn’t speaking publicly about her recovery, but the surgery isn’t slowing her down. She attended several parties following her husband’s Oscar tribute to country music singer Glen Campbell.

“Faith has been going to physical therapy and the source says her recovery is going well and Faith is getting better and better,” Gomez said.

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“Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Returns with an Inhuman Twist

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) — With ABC’s well-received limited-run series Marvel’s Agent Carter all wrapped up, Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to the network Tuesday night.

Series star Ming Na Wen, who plays butt-kicking secret agent Melinda May, tells ABC Radio that fans should brace for an “incredibly intense” start to the second half of the show’s sophomore season.

The show ended with a cliffhanger. The agent fans knew as Skye had just been revealed as an Inhuman — a person with the potential to receive superheroic abilities; in fact, she was revealed as the Marvel comics character Daisy Johnson AKA Quake. As her name suggests, Quake has seismic powers, which lead to the death of one of her teammates.

Wen hints the season delves into how Chloe Bennet’s character comes to terms with her literally earth-shaking gifts — and how her former teammates deal with her.

“With the introduction of the Inhumans and having one of our own becoming that,” Wen says, “it brings a lot of the unknown into the S.H.I.E.L.D. world. Where at one point we knew about…the Thors of the world, or the aliens…But to have the Inhumans, and not quite understanding if their powers are for good or evil…we enter a much more dangerous field.”

For fans of the show — and for Wen herself — there’s always speculation about whether some of the series’ characters will eventually end up on the big screen. “No one’s told me anything yet,” she insists.

One thing is apparent: Agent May won’t appear in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. “I was still hoping for that phone call like, ‘Hey, come on out to New Zealand for a quick scene,'” Wen laughed, adding, “I can’t wait to see it to see how it all connects with our show.”

Marvel’s: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Jon Stewart Confronts WWE Nemesis in the Ring

Martin Crook(NEW YORK) — After two weeks of back and forth with WWE villain Seth Rollins, Jon Stewart confronted his nemesis in the ring on Monday night — and kicked him where it hurts.

Stewart called out Rollins in a YouTube video on Feb. 19, days after Rollins declared on the WWE program Monday Night Raw, “I could take over as host of The Daily Show for Jon Stewart and make that thing actually watchable.”

Rollins then surprised Stewart on The Daily Show last week, inviting him to appear on Monday Night Raw. Stewart did just that last night, and he continued to needle Rollins.

Stewart angered Rollins by making fun of the blond streak in the wrestler’s otherwise dark hair. The crowd at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center laughed when Stewart joked, “How could I make a fool out of a man dressed like a SWAT team stripper with Lady Gaga’s hair?

Rollins responded by grabbing Stewart by his suit jacket and shaking him. However, when another wrestler caused a distraction, Stewart took the opportunity to kick Rollins in the groin and slip out of the ring.

Stewart announced last month he is stepping down from The Daily Show later this year.

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Jared Leto Cuts Hair and Shaves Beard for Joker Role

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Jared Leto has undergone quite the transformation to prepare for his role as The Joker in an upcoming DC Comics film.

The Oscar winner has cut his hair short and shaved his beard for Suicide Squad. He documented his new look on Instagram Monday, first by posting a photo of someone holding a pair of scissors to his ponytail. He wrote, “I miss my beard already.”

Leto later shared a picture of himself with his new hairdo and a clean-shaven face. He wrote, “…#gone!”

Suicide Squad, which will also star Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Viola Davis, will see a number of DC’s signature supervillains come together for a secret government operation. The movie is scheduled to open Aug. 5, 2016.

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Suzanne Somers Weighs In on Patricia Arquette’s Oscar Speech

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) — Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech, in which she called for wage equality, resonates with Suzanne Somers.

For years the actress has claimed she was fired from the hit sitcom Three’s Company in 1981 because she wanted to be paid equal to the male TV stars of the day.

Somers said in an interview with ABC Radio, “I still don’t think they should have fired me for asking to be paid commensurate with the men.”

Somers agrees with what Arquette had to say at the Oscars a little over a week ago, when Arquette accepted her best supporting actress award for Boyhood.

Somers declares, “If you are selling more tickets than the man in the movie or the TV series, and you’ve got the talent, then you deserve to be paid commensurately. Because it’s show business.”

Somers will compete on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, premiering March 16.

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More ‘Vulnerable’ Bethenny Frankel Returns to “Real Housewives of New York”

Mathieu Young/Bravo(NEW YORK) — After a three-season hiatus, Bethenny Frankel is coming back to Real Housewives of New York, but from the looks of the season 7 trailer, she’s a little more humbled.

“It’s like starting over,” Frankel tells her therapist in a teaser for the new season, posted exclusively by Us Weekly. “Failed talk show, failed marriage.”

Frankel is returning to the show that first made her a star, after starring in her own reality show spin-off, in which she married Jason Hoppy and had a baby daughter, and hosting her eponymous talk show, which was canceled in February of 2014, after less than a year.

Since filing for divorce from Hoppy in January 2013, the Skinnygirl founder has struggled.

“My divorce has made me a vulnerable person,” Frankel says in the trailer.

Later, she’s seen in the trailer with tears in her eyes, saying, “I don’t want the same life back, I just want a new life.”

But there’s still a lot of snark left in Frankel, as the trailer also shows her clashing with the other housewives.

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Julianne and Derek Hough Going Back on Tour

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough are headed back on tour. The new Move Live on Tour 2015, which was announced on Monday’s Good Morning America, will see the dancing pair hitting 40 cities across the U.S.

“We had such a fun and high energy show last year. It was amazing to see such a great reaction from our fans the first time, and we can’t wait til they see what we have up our sleeves now!” Julianne said in a statement. “Our goal then, and our goal now is to have it feel like a rock concert for dance, and I think we have and certainly will accomplish that again.”

Derek added, “Our fans haven’t stopped asking when we would go back out on the road so we are excited to be able to tell them that because of their support and demand, we are headed out again to bring them a new and exciting show. We can’t wait to see everyone on the road.”

The tour kicks off June 12 in Phoenix, Arizona and ends August 8 in Las Vegas. Tickets for Move Live On Tour go on sale Friday via MoveLiveOnTour.com.

The brother and sister dancing duo will also be seen on the 20th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. It returns Monday, March 16.

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Kim Kardashian Defends Taking Selfies, Talks Upcoming Book

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian loves taking selfies so much, she’s even publish Selfish, a book of her best snaps. As for criticism that it’s just more evidence of her own self-obsession, Kardashian says it’s not so.

“I live my life on a reality show. But sometimes people take it very seriously, or they think it’s ridiculous,” Kardashian tells Adweek. “I’m kind of letting them know, yes, it is ridiculous, but it’s all fun. I can look at a photo on social media and see a picture and know exactly where I was by the outfit I had on or who I was with. I take it more as a fun, emotional

scrapbook that I love to look back on.”

“[I took] my first selfie in 1984 and that opens up the book,” Kardashian explains. “For a decade, I’ve carried a big digital camera, and I think it’s just fascinating to see the process of what types of photos evolve. Mine started off on digital cameras, then they went to a BlackBerry and then a smartphone. There’s just such an evolution of the selfie. And I captured that, I think, really well.”

The reality star said ultimately, it’s all in good fun.

“You have to have a sense of humor every once in a while,” she said. “So many people think that taking so many selfies is just ridiculous. For me, what’s so funny is I love taking pictures and posting them on social media for memories. I genuinely love the glam of life and hair and makeup and all of that, so I love just sharing my life with people — that’s who I’ve been.”

Selfish hits shelves May 5.
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William Shatner Defends Absence from Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral

Amanda Edwards/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One day after publicly saying he couldn’t make his dear friend Leonard Nimoy’s funeral because he was “doing charity work” for the Red Cross, William Shatner fired back at critics who had blasted him because of his absence.

On Sunday morning, he started on Twitter by citing a report calling Shatner a derogatory name because he missed Nimoy’s funeral.

“Let’s discuss it,” Shatner, 83, wrote. “So my daughters Melanie and Lisabeth are attending Leonard’s services. I chose to honor a commitment I made months ago to appear at a charitable fundraiser. A lot of money was raised. So here I am; tell me off.”

He then took questions from fans and reporters and responded.

“Walking out on a major fundraiser wouldn’t have you calling me a jerk for leaving a charity high & dry? Hmm?” he wrote after someone questioned why he just didn’t leave the fundraiser.

He also wrote, “One of the other misconceptions seems to be that folks think flights to LAX occur all night long” and joked about the costs of a private jet from Florida, where he was with the Red Cross, to Los Angeles.

“A jet from FL to LA is about $30K,” he later wrote.

Shatner then spent some time to remember his “intelligent, insightful, just a precious gem of a” friend, who died Friday at age 83.

The one word he used to describe Nimoy was “love” and that the two were very close after Star Trek ended.

He answered fans on what kind of father he was, saying “the best. He was also an amazing uncle to my daughters.”

He closed by writing, “I do want to thank everyone for coming here and sharing their memories and celebrating the life of #LeonardNimoy LLAP! MBB,” adding about the critics, “Gang, all haters do is hate.”

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