Ben Flajnik will be The Bachelor 16’s star, ABC confirms

Today, ABC confirmed reports from last month that The Bachelorette reject Ben Flajnik has been cast as the star of The Bachelor 16.

The network said that we “shared the heartbreak” he felt “when his soulful and heartfelt proposal was rejected by Ashley Hebert.” That sentence is more interesting than her whole season, but I digress.

The press release calls him “a rare, modern Renaissance man” because he likes to go crab fishing and plays piano, among other things, and says that he “is ready to put all the disappointment and hurt behind him in order to move on with his life” and that his “easy going charm and sense of humor made him so popular and relatable to viewers.”

The new season debuts next January.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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