BECCA got to confront her former fiancé ARIE on the “Bachelor: After the Final Rose” special last night. There were no real fireworks, and while Arie probably didn’t make anybody like him more, chances are he didn’t make things worse for himself either. Becca asked him why he had to have a camera crew record their breakup, and he said, “I wanted everyone here and at home to know that this was on me, and it wasn’t on you.” He also said he regretted proposing in the first place, because he wasn’t ready. And he apologized . . . but he tried to shift some of the blame to the show. He said, “I think the pressure of this, the pressure of being the Bachelor, knowing that there’s a timeline and having to make that decision on that day . . . “And that’s no excuse. I should not have proposed. I was conflicted and I needed more time but I didn’t have any more time. I apologize for that.” Then Becca did what a lot of fans probably hoped she wouldn’t: She accepted Arie’s apology and forgave him saying, “I’m always going to have love in my heart for you. You were my fiancé, and I did fall in love with you. But I moved on and I’m ready for the next chapter of my life.” That whole “next chapter” of her life thing would come in handy at the end of the show, when Becca was announced as the next “Bachelorette”. She even got to meet some of her suitors for the upcoming season. One guy played her a song on the banjo, another brought his HORSE onstage and put her on it. But before all that happened, Arie was reunited with LAUREN and he got down on one knee and proposed to her formally.
Nickelodeon is rebooting “Blue’s Clues”! And they’ve made the wise decision to keep it pretty much the same. Blue will be more three-dimensional, and she’ll be, “even furrier and more huggable.” But Nickelodeon says, “[The audience] will probably be passionate about protecting it and making sure we do it right.” There’s an open casting call for a new host on April 14th in Southern California. Filming will begin this summer. The original “Blue’s Clues” ran from 1996 to 2006.
Somebody asked JUSTIN MOORE what he’s learned by being the father of three daughters. Well, patience for sure. Justin and his wife Kate also have a son who was born last summer.
USHER and his wife have split after two years of marriage. They were together for about 10 years total.
Sources say JOHN MELLENCAMP and MEG RYAN are planning their wedding.
TIM ALLEN says he’s interested in a “Home Improvement” revival, and several other cast members are too.
Hoda Kotb just published her first children’s book, I’ve Loved You Since Forever, and the title has a very special meaning for the Today co-host. “As I was waiting and hoping and wishing for Haley, when I started to believe that maybe I could be a mom too, maybe I didn’t miss my window, maybe there’s still hope here … It was that kind of revival. I was scribbling in my journal and that phrase, ‘I’ve loved you since forever,’ was something that I had written down because that’s what it felt like.” After a battle with breast cancer a decade ago left her unable to have a child, Kotb adopted daughter Haley Joy, born Feb. 14, 2017. Once Kotb wrote her book, she asked Kelly Clarkson to turn her words into music. “My heart exploded,” Kotb says after hearing the song for the first time. The song will premiere on Today Thursday. “Kelly is an unbelievable human being. She changed my life. This song is now part of our family history. It’s amazing that she did that for Haley and for me and for anyone that listens to it and feels like the song is about them.” Kotb’s book, I’ve Loved You Since Forever, is available Tuesday.
CHASE BRYANT posted a long message on Instagram about how he let his ego get the best of him after his first couple of hits. He vowed to be more honest with himself in the future, and is proud of the new music he’s been recording. He closed by reintroducing himself and thanking his fans for hanging in.
ALAN JACKSON says he’s not hearing much “real country music” coming out of Nashville these days. He says it’s been trending that way for a few years, and he doesn’t know if it’ll ever come back. But he is a huge Chris Stapleton fan. “He’s the closest thing to country out there.”
“Seth Meyers” – Hoda Kotb, and Old Dominion.
Jenna Fischer is 44.
Lynn Swann is 66
Franco Harris is 68
Willard Scott is 84