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The Bachelorette Recap: One of Kaitlyn's Suitors Has a Full-Scale, Sobbing Breakdown After Getting Eliminated

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The Bachelorette Recap: One of Kaitlyn's Suitors Has a Full-Scale, Sobbing Breakdown After Getting Eliminated

Originally posted 06/29/2015 10:00PM

Due to the nature of The Bachelorette's bizarre, semi-polyamorous approach to dating, more than a few tears were shed on this week's episode as Kaitlyn got closer to making her final choice.

For her part, Kaitlyn continued to feel guilty about her decision to sleep with Nick, as seen in last week's audience-dividing episode. Meanwhile, Shawn was as singularly focused on Nick's relationship with Kaitlyn as ever, likely because this is the first time in his life he's ever not had a woman's undivided attention. That's fair, really.

This week's episode also culled the herd ever more following a rose ceremony and a two-on-one date, and JJ confessed his darkest secret. (Spoiler alert: He cried a little but did not slap himself in the face this time over it. Character progression!) He was not the only crier, though – one of the men dropped to his knees on the cold, Irish ground as his body was wracked with sobs after Kaitlyn didn't hand over a rose. Really!

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The Bachelor's Chris Harrison Is 'Sorry' to Hear About Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff's Split

Originally posted 05/29/2015 07:50AM

Bachelor fans, host Chris Harrison was just as upset as you to hear about Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff's split.

"I was really sorry to hear this morning that Chris and Whitney had ended their engagement," he told Hallmark's Home & Family on Thursday.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Kupah Doesn't Understand Boundaries and Ben Z. Sends Jared to the Hospital

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The Bachelorette Recap: Kupah Doesn't Understand Boundaries and Ben Z. Sends Jared to the Hospital

Originally posted 05/25/2015 11:00PM

And you thought that having 25 men vote for either Britt Nilsson or Kaitlyn Bristowe as their next Bachelorette would be the most uncomfortable thing to watch, as a woman, on this season of The Bachelorette. Naïve.

This week, eight of Kaitlyn's suitors took to a boxing ring to fight one another and posture manfully, and Ben Z. ended up sending Jared to the hospital while Kupah appeared more enamored of meeting Laila Ali than interacting with Kaitlyn.

Later, Kupah accused Kaitlyn of only keeping him around as part of a "quota," and then he completely ignored her boundaries when she asked him to leave. It was bad, but more on that below.

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: 'The Power Was Back in My Hands'

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Kaitlyn Bristowe's Bachelorette Blog: 'The Power Was Back in My Hands'

Originally posted 05/20/2015 02:10PM

Kaitlyn Bristowe is the Bachelorette! She charmed her way into the hearts of the Bachelor Nation – and nearly the Bachelor himself, Chris Soules, on season 19 of The Bachelor. Now Kaitlyn has begun her own journey to love.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! I can finally say that I, Kaitlyn Bristowe, am the Bachelorette. What a whirlwind. When Chris Harrison told me the news, of course I was excited. But the first thing that came to mind was, 'How is Britt?' I wanted to run to her and give her a huge hug and make sure she was okay. Britt is a strong woman, so I knew she would handle it well, but that's just not something anyone would want to go through. It was without a doubt the strangest mix of emotions all at once.

I did feel guilty being excited because I knew someone's feelings were hurt. But I was grateful, eager and relieved. As the excitement took over, I was sooo stoked I got to call my mom! I knew how happy she would be for me and that my whole family was probably anxious. I had just been through such a roller coaster of a night, there were so many conversations and emotions happening, I couldn't comprehend doing another cocktail party and then having my first rose ceremony. It was the longest and the best night of my life.

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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'I Kiss Everybody!' | The Bachelorette

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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: 'I Kiss Everybody!'

Originally posted 05/20/2015 07:20AM

Former Bachelor Chris Soules got a lot of attention for his constant kissing on the show, and now new Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe says she might have him beat.

"I think I broke a record on night one for how many guys I kissed," Bristowe tells PEOPLE. "My mind-set was, 'Damn right I'm going to kiss everybody! I'm trying to find a husband here!' "

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First Interview with the New Bachelorette: Was the Twist Sexist?

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The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: The Face-Off Wasn't 'Just Sexist'

Originally posted 05/19/2015 09:00PM

The Bachelorette's face-off between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson may have incited online criticism, but Bristowe – who was revealed to be the last standing woman on Tuesday night's episode – says she doesn't feel the premise went too far.

"I definitely had my concerns and questions," the 29-year-old former dance instructor tells PEOPLE. "But I don't think I would have gone through with it if I thought it was just sexist. At the end of the day, it is still a TV show."

Shawn B. and Kaitlyn Bristowe on The Bachelorette Photo by: Rick Rowell / ABC
The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe: The Face-Off Wasn't 'Just Sexist'| The Bachelorette, People Picks, TV News, Britt Nilsson, Chris Harrison, Kaitlyn Bristowe
Bristowe, who works with RAW Beauty Talks to help empower women, says it took some practical thinking to get past any worries about sending the wrong message.

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The Bachelorette's Britt Nilsson Speaks Out on Rejection: 'I Was in Shock'

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The Bachelorette's Britt Nilsson Speaks Out on Rejection: 'I Was in Shock'

Originally posted 05/19/2015 08:10PM

She made a powerful first impression on former Bachelor Chris Soules, but when it came to the face-off to determine the next Bachelorette, Britt Nilsson was sent packing on night one.

"I was in a state of shock," Nilsson tells PEOPLE of hearing the news that Kaitlyn Bristowe won the vote for the title. "I was a little numb and then of course the other feelings started coming. I wasn't chosen, that's rejection. That's kind of embarrassing."

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5 Bachelorette Front-Runners (Yes, the Cupcake Car Was a Hit) | The Bachelorette

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5 Bachelorette Front-Runners (Yes, the Cupcake Car Was a Hit)

Originally posted 05/19/2015 03:35PM

While most of the attention was focused on the admittedly "awkward" (and frustratingly unresolved) competition between Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson on Monday's season 11 premiere of The Bachelorette, let's not forget that there were 25 handsome men at the mansion, too.

As usual, some guys pulled out the stops, including a cupcake-mobile (more on that in a minute), a "car pool" and hand-drawing; others floundered in introducing themselves to both Bachelorette hopefuls – we're looking at you, canned-statement-peddling "healer" Tony and sloppy, feel-copping Ryan M. (assuming the "M" stands for McDrunkedy-Drunk).

But this isn't a talent competition, it's a journey to love. With that in mind, the most important question moving forward is, Who genuinely seems like they could establish a real connection with this season's Bachelorette (whoever she may be)? In no particular order, we think the front-runners are ...

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Ousted Bachelorette Contestant Ryan McDill Blasted on Twitter for Rape Comment, Revealed to Be Nikki Ferrell's Ex

Ousted Bachelorette Contestant Ryan McDill Blasted on Twitter for Rape Comment, Revealed to Be Nikki Ferrell's Ex

Originally posted 05/19/2015 09:50AM

As Bachelorette devotees know, it's all about first impressions. And for one male candidate, his drunken antics caused quite an uproar on social media after Monday night's premiere – and sent him packing.

Fans took to Twitter to slam contestant Ryan McDill, better known as Ryan M., for his controversial comments and wild behavior during the first episode of season 11 of the dating reality show, which prompted host Chris Harrison to dismiss him.

The 28-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, was asked to leave after he grabbed contender Kaitlyn Bristowe's butt and made a comment about rape to another competitor, JJ, when he confronted McDill about his interaction with Bristowe.

McDill responded to JJ by asking him, "Why am I not raping you right now?"

Harrison wasn't amused by his exploits and told McDill, "You're clearly not here for either one of these girls or for sincere reasons … There's a car waiting for you."

Viewers quickly called out the moment on Twitter, reminding McDill – and fans everywhere – that rape jokes are never funny.

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