Meredith is more real than TV-friendly Trista; Estella won’t talk to Bob again.

Meredith is more real than TV-friendly Trista; Estella won’t talk to Bob again.
The host of The Bachelorette 2 says that the new star, Meredith Phillips, “is probably the most ‘real’ person we’ve had.” Chris Harrison says that Trista was basically made for TV: “With Trista, the great thing for those of us producing [The Bachelorette] was that she always [understood it was] a TV show, and did what she needed to do.” With Meredith, however, “if she’s happy, she’s happy. If she’s sad, if she’s pissed off, that’s it. She is who she is. She’s not faking it.” We’ll take that to mean Trista faked it. Speaking of faking it, Bob Guiney and Estella Gardiner are now talking about their failed relationship. Estella tells People that Bob is “not the person I thought he was. I don’t see any reason to ever have a conversation with him.” As Lloyd Grove reports, Bob blames his schedule: “I’ve been pulled in so many directions, and the one that I don’t think got enough of my time was our relatationship. For that, I feel awful.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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