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‘The Bachelor’s Rachael Kirkconnell Breaks Silence on Racist Social Media Controversy – Read Her Statement

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The Bachelor’s Rachael Kirkconnell is speaking out. 

Since the premiere of The Bachelor Season 25, the graphic designer, who is a frontrunner on Matt James’ season, has come under fire for liking insensitive social media posts. 

A former classmate even called her out for being a racist in high school.

Most recently, photos surfaced of her attending a plantation-themed party when she was 18. 

Finally, the 24-year-old has spoken out and she’s not denying anything. Instead, she’s taking the blame and hoping this will be a teachable moment not only for herself but others. 

“While there have been rumors circulating, there have also been truths that have come to light that I need to address. I hear you, and I’m here to say I was wrong,” she wrote on Instagram on Thursday, February 11. “At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them. My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist.”

 “I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended. I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me. I am learning and will continue to learn how to be antiracist, because it’s important to speak up in the moment and not after you’re called out. If you are a person who doesn’t understand the offense in question, I urge you to learn from my mistakes and encourage you to use them as a teachable moment,” she added. 

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“As for my family, I love them and how they raised me to be my own individual. They have always encouraged me to have my own views, opinions, and beliefs. As I was thinking about what I wanted to say, I couldn’t help but think about how sick people must be of reading these kinds of statements; how a person didn’t realize the trauma that their actions would inflict on other people. It must get so exhausting. I want to put my energy towards preventing people from making the same offensive mistakes that I made in the first place, and I hope I can prove this to you moving forward.”

“Racial progress and unity are impossible without (white) accountability, and I deserve to be held accountable for my actions. I will never grow unless I recognize what I have done is wrong. I don’t think one apology means that I deserve your forgiveness, but rather I hope I can earn your forgiveness through my future actions,” she concluded.

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison recently came under fire for defending Rachael and urging fans to hear her side of the story. 

While speaking to former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay about the photos, he said that Rachael was likely a victim of cancel-culture.

“People are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into her and her parents’ voting record. It’s unbelievably alarming to watch this,” he said. 

Shortly after, he walked those comments back and apologized to Bachelor Nation for not taking the time to listen.

“What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry,” he wrote on Instagram yesterday. “I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has first hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

James, who made headlines as the first Black Bachelor, previously weighed in telling Entertainment Tonight: “Rumors are dark and nasty and can ruin people’s lives. So, I would give people the benefit of the doubt, and hopefully she will have her time to speak on that.”
 


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Netflix Changes ‘YOU’ Season 4 Release Date

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Joe Goldberg will grace your screen earlier than expected. 

Netflix previously announced that YOU Season 4 Part 1 would drop on February 10, 2023, but now, the streaming giant revealed that it will arrive a day earlier on Thursday, Feb 9.

Part 2 of the season will debut a month later on Thursday, March 9.

The official Instagram account revealed that they would be dropping fun sneak peeks for fans on the following days: Nov. 24, Dec 1, Dec 15, Dec 18, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 5, and Jan 10.

It’s almost like the “12 days of Joe-mas” or a YOU advent calendar! 

Mark your calendar. 🗓 Professor Jonathan Moore looks forward to seeing you this semester,” the Instagram video caption read, alluding to the fact that Joe Goldberg has once again assumed a new identity as a Professor. 

Check out the clip below:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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In the new season, Joe has created a new life for himself in London, where he’s naturally become obsessed with yet another beautiful woman, an art gallery director named Kate (played by Charlotte Ritchie). And yes, he’s still pursuing his quest of finding Marienne (Tati Gabrielle).

And from experience, expect things to get very, very, very complicated. 

See you Feb 9! 


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Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Back! Everything We Know About the ‘Christmas With You’ Heartthrob

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Everything We Know About 'Christmas With You' Star Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr., the ’90s heartthrob, is back on our TV screens in Netflix’s newest holiday rom-com, Christmas With You. 

In the film, Prinze Jr. stars as a Latino single father, Miguel Torres, who teaches music class at his daughter Cristina’s (Deja Monique Cruz) school when his path unexpectedly crosses with Angelina (Aimee Garcia), a burnt out popstar looking for her next Christmas hit.

The actor, who starred in hits like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, admitted he felt pretty nervous getting back into the swing of things, but thankfully, it seems to be paying off as the film is being well-received by audiences for it’s heartwarming and important message. 

And now, we’re answering some of your burning questions about the leading man!

 

What Ethnicity is Freddie Prinze Jr.?

Since Prinze Jr. stars as a Hispanic father, the question of his ethnicity has come up quite frequently. The star reportedly embraces his Latin ancestry as his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican, from Boquerón, so he is fluent in Spanish. His mom is of Italian descent, along with German, English, and Irish.

 

Does Freddie Prinze Jr. Have Kids?

Prinze Jr. shares two children with his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar—13-year-old Charlotte Grace Prinze and 10-year-old Rocky James Prinze. 

In fact, the actor told TODAY that his return to acting has a lot to do with his daughter, stating, “My daughter has taken an interest in acting and performing, dance and things like that. So both my wife and I wanted to take a more active role to show her the way, so to speak, because we have very different processes (with) the way we deal with success and failure, rejection and acceptance and all those things.

“We wanted to give her an opportunity to see that it’s not just being famous, limousines and millions of dollars and all that. It requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work, time away from the people you love,” he added. 

 

Freddie Prinze Jr. Age

Since many of us grew up watching Prinze Jr. in the ’90s and early ’00s, we still think of him as this teen actor, but the truth is that he is 46 years old.

 

Freddie Prinze Jr. Wife

As mentioned before, Prinze Jr. wed his Scooby-Doo co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in 2002. In fact, the couple met on the set of 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, but didn’t start dating until a few years later in 2000. 

They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary together, with Gellar sharing a sweet photo from the nuptials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Instagram.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Who Plays Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Love Interest on Christmas With You?

Aimee Garcia, best known for her role as Jamie Batista in Showtime’s Dexter, takes on the role of Prinze Jr.’s love interest and pop sensation Angelina Chavez Torres, who visits the small town where Prinze Jr’s character, Miguel, lives with his daughter, who is preparing for her quinceanera. Her big holiday wish? To meet the pop star who remains the only connection to her late mom. 

Christmas With You is currently airing on Netflix.

 


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How to Watch All the New Year’s Eve 2023 Specials

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How to Watch All the New Year's Eve 2023 Specials

It’s almost time to ring in 2023, and if your idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve includes sitting at home and watching all the action from the comfort of your couch, we got you! 

There are a handful of specials to count down till midnight and welcome the new year!

Check them out below:

 

Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Join Ryan Seacrest for a classic. His co-hosts have already been announced—Billy Porter in New Orleans, Ciara at Disneyland, D-Nice in Los Angeles, Jessie James Decker will crown the Powerball First Millionaire of 2023, and Liza Koshy will also be on hand in Times Square. Tune in on ABC starting at 8/7 PM.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash 

Live music, fireworks, Nashville Music Note Drop, and more live from Nashville! Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band will be among the country music stars helping to ring in the new year, while Jimmie Allen and Elle King host alongside Rachel Smith.

It will air Saturday, December 31 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. ET/PT on CBS and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

How to Watch All the New Year's Eve 2023 Specials

 

 A Toast to 2022!

The NBC special takes a look back at the moments that we’ll never forget from 2022 in this two-hour special.

 

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party

Miley Cyrus is getting an assist from country music icon and her godmother Dolly Parton this NYE! She replaces Pete Davidson, who co-hosted last year. The extravaganza will feature a star-studded lineup of performances and special guests, which will be announced very soon.

It will air live on NBC from Miami on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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