ABC says The Bachelor 7’s Charlie is “dating two [of the] women now.”

ABC says The Bachelor 7’s Charlie is “dating two [of the] women now.”
The New York Post looks at reaction to Bachelor 7 star Charlie O’Connell, who apparently most people think is a major tool. Some of the evidence: “he’s voted off one contender because she’s a single mom and nixed another contestant who bleached her hair to impress him,” and “he made out with Kimberly then blabbed about his conquest to all the other women, including Sarah W., whom he snogged on a previous episode.” But the most incredible part of the story comes at the end; the Post asked ABC for comment, and ABC wouldn’t comment except to say that Charlie is “dating two [of the] women now.” In other words, the network essentially revealed the general outcome of the series. Unless he ends up proposing to both of them, it looks like our man won’t help improve the series’ track record for forming lasting relationships.
+ update: A reader writes in to say that this isn’t really a surprise, but actually one of this year’s lame-ass “twists.” Apparently, he’s going to keep playing two women until the live finale.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.