Trista Sutter started it all. The Bachelor franchise experienced a lot of firsts with the former Miami Heat dancer. She was its first-ever Bachelorette, accepted the franchise’s first-ever proposal when her now-husband, Ryan Sutter, got down on one knee, and tied the knot in its first-ever televised wedding.
Trista and Ryan were also the Bachelor franchise’s first lasting couple, and they’re still going strong, nearly 20 years later.
“It’s actually gotten to the point where it seems like you have to sort of remind yourself you’re even on it,” Ryan explained, as he and Trista spoke with ET’s Lauren Zima via video chat on Monday. Ryan added that the megahit show “has been a really positive component of our life and obviously brought us together. So I can’t complain too much.”
The first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette were featured on Monday night’s episode of the highlight show, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! For the Sutters, it was nice reliving their love story onscreen — although Trista admitted it’s easier for her than her husband.
“We met, we got engaged, we got married, had a family… for me, that’s why I want to watch, because I want to see our love story unfold again,” Trista explained. “And it’s easier for me to get past me kissing other guys.”
Trista was the runner-up on the first season of The Bachelor, starring Alex Michel, in 2002. Her season of The Bachelorette debuted the next year, in 2003 — and that’s where 30-year-old Trista met and fell in love with 28-year-old Ryan, a firefighter from Vail, Colorado. Seventeen million viewers tuned in to watch their wedding on ABC.
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These days, it’s Trista and Ryan’s two kids, 12-year-old son Maxwell and 11-year-old daughter Blakesley, who are keeping them busy at home in Colorado. Now, with this highlights season of The Bachelor, Trista said she’d be OK with their kids learning about how their parents met on TV.
“They are actually at an age where I’m OK with them watching. I think it’s part of their history, and the best part of our particular season of the Greatest Seasons Ever is that it’s like a highlight reel,” Trista shared. “So they don’t have to see everything!”
She also explained that their son “could care less” about watching his parents’ fall in love in front of the cameras, but Blakesley “is in tune with people who are like, TikTok famous and YouTube famous… and I think it’s coming up more amongst her friends too, so she thinks it’s kind of cool.”
Trista and Ryan have stuck together through thick and thin. In 2017, Trista suffered a seizure while on a family trip to Croatia, and the pair have dealt with life in the spotlight as well as they could hope to while remaining a normal, happy family.
According to Ryan, the secret to their successful relationship is maintaining balance and making sure to give each other enough love and attention. Ryan explained that, when couples find love on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, they usually don’t “walk off the show equally.” At least for them, Trista was the superstar and he felt like a supporting character.
“That’s how it is at first. And that can get uncomfortable. Especially, you know, when one person is getting tons of attention and the other person’s just sort of over at the water fountain, just drinking water and waiting to go home,” Ryan said. “[But] Trista did a great job of prioritizing what’s important in my life.”
“She brought a lot of the balance back so that it wasn’t one person on a pedestal and one person off the pedestal. It was more of like an equal relationship,” he added.
“I think that, you know, also marriage is hard work and we work constantly on trying to be better, and you have to,” Trista shared. “I think that there’s so many components that go into happy marriages. And we’ve been really lucky, but it takes a lot of work.”
Watch Trista and Ryan’s full, candid chat on Tuesday’s Entertainment Tonight. Check here for local listings.
The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. See more on Trista and Ryan in the video below.
Vanessa Bryant is sharing one of the many sweet gifts given to her by her late husband, Kobe Bryant. She took to Instagram on Monday to give fans a glimpse at the Sex and the City dress the Lakers legend bought her years ago.
“I found this beautiful dress [Kobe] gifted me a long time ago,” Bryant wrote on her Instagram story, with a photo of the dress side by side with a screenshot from the HBO series, showing Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw wearing the same dress.
“Not going to lie, I was taken back with emotion,” Bryant shared. “He was SO romantic. Still showing me he [loves] me from Heaven. Love you forever boo-boo. #Bestofthebest.”
She posted the same image to her Instagram and elaborated on the inspiration behind the present.
“#SexandtheCity When Mr. Big comes and gets Carrie back. Paris. Missing my boo-boo and my sweet girl,” she wrote. “So nice to have found this dress today. You set the bar so high baby. No love like REAL LOVE❤”
Bryant previously revealed that her late husband bought her another iconic outfit from a celebrated love story — the blue dress and shoes worn by Rachel McAdams in The Notebook.
In February, during her emotional eulogy at the memorial event “A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant,” she revealed the special meaning behind the presents.
“He gave me the actual notebook and the blue dress that Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie,” she shared about her husband, who died, along with their daughter Gianna and seven others, in a helicopter crash Jan. 26. “When I asked him why he chose the blue dress, he said it was because it’s the scene when Allie comes back to Noah.”
“We had hoped to grow old together like in the movie,” she continued. “We really had an amazing love story. We loved each other with our whole beings. Two perfectly imperfect people making a beautiful family and raising our sweet and amazing girls.”
For more on their 20-year romance, see the video below.
Actor Sebastian Athie has passed away at the age of 24. Disney Channel Latin America confirmed the news in a statement released Sunday.
“Rest in peace, Sebas. Your art and your smile stay forever,” reads a translation of the statement, written in Spanish. “We regret the departure of Sebastián Athie and we will always remember him for his talent, companionship, professionalism and above all, enormous heart. We accompany his family, friends and fans in his farewell.”
Athie starred in the network’s Argentine soccer series O11CE, as well as a Mexican drama, La Rosa de Guadalupe.
His cause of death has not been revealed.
Following news of his death, Athie’s colleagues paid tribute to his work and life on social media.
“I love you forever, brother,” co-star Guido Pennelli captioned a video honoring the young actor.
Another co-star, Paulina Vetrano, also shared a sweet tribute. “It’s hard for me to process it,” she captioned a slideshow of images. “I can’t say goodbye friend. Apparently this world was not prepared for people as special as you.”
Athie’s last tweet was a post he retweeted about how sleeping next to a loved one reduces depression.
The news comes on the one-year anniversary of Disney star Cameron Boyce’s tragic death.
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It’s been one year since Cameron Boyce’s untimely death, and his friends, family and co-stars are honoring his memory. Salma Hayek, Sofia Carson, and many others took to social media on Monday to pay tribute.
Dove Cameron, Boyce’s longtime friend and Descendants co-star, shared a trio of heartfelt snapshots to Instagram, alongside a message about the loss she feels at Boyce’s absence.
“One year without your light,” Cameron wrote alongside photos of the pair sharing a hug on set, laughing together and holding hands. “Something cosmic broke the day you left, something seemingly so impossible, so unjust, so unnatural.
“The universe cannot repair the gap in her weaving. you were huge,” she added. “I will love you forever, just like this.”
Fellow Descendants star Sofia Carson shared two tribute posts, including a home video montage of moments with Boyce and a photo celebrating his life.
“To our angel, It’s been 365 days of missing you. And every day, we miss you a little more,” Carson shared. “Not having you, hurts too much. But somehow, you still manage to light up our whole entire world. Our Cam. Our forever boy. Our sunshine wearing shoes. I miss you. So much. I love you. And I will love you. Forever.”
Hayek, meanwhile, shared a photo of herself and a young Boyce hugging on the set of Grown Ups, while bundled up against the cold.
“Remembering all the joy Cameron Boyce gifted us,” the actress captioned the sweet snapshot.
Here’s how others have paid tribute on the anniversary of Boyce’s death.
Boyce died suddenly in his sleep July 6, 2019, at the age of 20, after suffering a fatal seizure amid his ongoing struggle with epilepsy. His passing left an emptiness in the hearts of many of his co-stars.
ET’s Katie Krause spoke with Carson last month via video chat, and the actress reflected on Boyce’s bright personality and his legacy of kindness.
“I’ll never forget that day,” she said, recalling when she heard the tragic news. “All of us were just overwhelmed and thinking [how] he was just the happiest, most beautiful soul. And, that no matter what, his soul will live on forever in his legacy because he’s loved by so many and had the most selfless heart.”
“His legacy is living on in the Cameron Boyce Foundation: Wielding Peace, which his family is so courageously and beautifully pouring their hearts into,” she said. “So, I urge anyone who loved Cam, like we all did, to continue their legacy. Not only by supporting the foundation, but by being like Cam, and that’s just being someone who loves first and foremost, doesn’t judge and is like kindness walking.”
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Cassie Randolph is addressing her split from Colton Underwood. The Bachelor couple went their separate ways in May, after a year and a half of dating.
While speaking with host Chris Harrison on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, Randolph was hesitant to get into detail about their split — but said she was “doing OK” in the wake of their breakup.
“It was really good. We honestly had a really great relationship the entire time and we got along really well,” Randolph reflected, adding that the end of their romance is “kind of a sensitive subject” because she feels they are “still kind of going through it, and it’s still pretty emotional for both of us.”
In Underwood’s book, The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV, released earlier this year, he revealed that he and Randolph had previously broken up after his season of The Bachelor aired in 2019. Their split in August of last year only lasted a couple of days, but as Underwood told ET back in March, it was enough to teach him that there’s “no certainty” in their relationship.
For Randolph, it seems the fact that their breakup in May has been playing out in the spotlight has made everything a little more difficult.
“It’s been really hard. I think going through any breakup is hard, but going through one in public comes with a whole new set of challenges that, like, I’ve never gone through any of this before,” Randolph told Harrison on Monday. “We’re both kind of learning to navigate it. But we’re on good terms and hanging in there.”
Underwood said in The First Time that he and Randolph were hoping to get engaged this year. He told ET he was grateful to have her support amid his coronavirus recovery, but that it hadn’t made him want to propose. After his COVID-19 diagnosis, Underwood had been self-isolating on the third floor of the Randolph family home in Huntington Beach, California, but noted that the couple didn’t experience the same kind of time together that other couples have during quarantine.
“It’s still a day-by-day thing at this point,” he said of his relationship with Randolph at the time. “There is not certainty right now in this world.”
When asked by Harrison whether or not quarantining together, and Colton’s COVID-19 battle, factored into their split, Randolph stressed that it “had nothing to do with our breakup at all.”
“I think, if anything, that whole experience of him having COVID-19 and being with my family kind of made us closer even,” Randolph added. However, she stressed that she didn’t want to “go into detail about anything” regarding their eventual split, so it seems curious fans will just have to wait until the former flames are ready to open up on their own time.
The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. See more on Underwood and Randolph’s breakup in the video below.
Ross Geller and Rachel Green will reunite …it’s just a matter of when.
Friends star David Schwimmer speaks with ET’s Nischelle Turner about HBO Max’s upcoming reunion with the beloved sitcom stars that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. While many shows and movie casts have reunited via video chat while quarantining, Schwimmer says it’s important for him and his Friends co-stars to have their reunion before a live audience.
“I can tell you that we are hoping to shoot [the reunion] in August, in mid-August, but honestly, we will do it when it’s safe,” the 53-year-old actor, who played Ross Geller on the series, tells ET. “There has always been a hope that a component of that reunion show will have a live audience, which makes the whole thing really tricky. We are obviously not going to risk anyone’s health by doing this.”
Schwimmer further admits that he has “no idea” when they will be able to shoot the reunion amid such health concerns.
The TV star also addresses the lack of diversity on Friends, which he spoke about in an interview with The Guardian earlier this year. Schwimmer told the publication at the time that he pushed for his character, Ross, to date women of color during the show. Two of Ross’ girlfriends on Friends were Julie, played by Lauren Tom, and Charlie Wheeler, played by Aisha Tyler.
Lauren Tom on set with cast of ‘Friends.’
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“It felt wrong that there was not enough representation on the show,” he says.
Schwimmer is pleased, however, with how Friends portrayed a gay relationship at a time when it was taboo on TV. In the pilot episode of the NBC series, it’s revealed that Ross’ wife, Carol, is leaving him to be with a woman named Susan. It’s also revealed that Carol is pregnant with Ross’ child, which leads to her, Ross and Susan co-parenting throughout the remainder of the series.
“[Friends] was doing some incredible things,” he shares. “If you remember the pilot, my character was losing his wife to a woman. The way they portrayed gay marriage on the show and how we as a family made it work, I thought was great.”
Aisha Tyler on ‘Friends’ with David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc.
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That being said, Schwimmer notes, “I just thought, I really felt like Ross should date other people, women of all races.”
Schwimmer is now starring on the British TV comedy series Intelligence, which also stars the sitcom’s creator, Nick Mohammed. Schwimmer plays an American NSA agent who teams up with a computer analyst to form a new cyber crimes unit in the United Kingdom’s Government Communications Headquarters.
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Mohammed and Schwimmer both share with ET why it was important for them to have a diverse cast and crew for this sitcom.
“David and I sort of drive a fair bit of the action but there’s a really big ensemble, a lovely female ensemble around this. I think, I mean, certainly in the U.K., there really is quite a serious lack of representation onscreen,” Mohammed says. “In particular in comedy, it just felt absolutely the right thing to make sure that our makeup of people were diverse. I mean, it’s not just that, we have a lot of off-screen talent as well. We really tried to have a diverse crew. I think that’s often where the lack of representation does lie is off-screen.”
Schwimmer also felt it was important to portray “this guy who is emblematic of so much that I feel is wrong with people in power today.” He describes his character on Intelligence as “this arrogant, pompous, narcissistic, ignorant American, ultra-patriotic, mostly ’cause he’s never been out of the country and doesn’t speak anything but English.”
“I just thought it was a really fun opportunity to explore power and abuse of power,” the actor tells ET. “If you’ve seen the show, you know [my character is] racist, homophobic, sexist, he’s a bull in a china shop and full of self-belief. What he lacks in intelligence, he makes up for in confidence.”
Intelligence will be streaming on NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service starting Wednesday, July 15.
Amanda Kloots has performed her final musical tribute to her late husband, Nick Cordero. Cordero passed away Sunday following a three-month battle with the coronavirus. He was 41.
After the Broadway star tested positive for coronavirus, Kloots kept spirits up by starting an online musical tribute and challenge in April, which saw her and fans rocking out in honor of Cordero every day. The idea came about after Kloots initially played Elvis Presley’s “Got a Lot o’ Livin’ to Do!” to a hospitalized Cordero over FaceTime, during which a nurse observed his blood pressure had improved — prompting Kloots to encourage others to post videos using the track, as well as Cordero’s own song, “Live Your Life.”
On Monday, Kloots thanked fans for taking part in the daily tributes before emotionally performing “Live Your Life,” in his honor.
“Nick’s dream of becoming a rock star definitely happened and it was because of you guys [and] your support and for doing this with me every day,” she said, to which actress Sarah Michelle Gellar commented, “You are a rock star too.” “There were days that I did not think I could get on social media and sing, but I always felt better after I did. Singing and dancing — it’s an amazing way to have some therapy in your life.”
“I sang this song to Nick yesterday in his room and so many of the lyrics are so crazy on point and they’re just so beautiful,” she continued. “Life throws so many things at you and you never know what that is. It could be a serious illness like Nick had, it could be you get fired from your job, it could be you have a fight with a family member. I think Nick’s point [was] fight for it and don’t let that kill your life. Keep moving, keep striving, keep working, keep singing, keep dancing, keep living.”
She then performed the uplifting song, breaking down in tears after.
“Nick left this earth with people around him that he loved [and] listening to music — I don’t think he would’ve wanted anything else,” said Kloots, who shares a 1-year-old son, Elvis, with Cordero. “So, I think we gave him a good send off and I’ll miss him everyday of my life, that’s for sure.”
Kloots also shared a video made by her sister that chronicled how the family pulled together during the difficult period.
“This video captures these last 95 days,” she captioned the heartwarming clip. “The love, the exhaustion, the bonds, the smiles, the song, the exercise, the hard work, the care, support and most of all love. They did all of this for Nick, Elvis and I- selfless time from their lives to be with us.”
See more on Cordero’s death below.
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Teddi Mellencamp is opening up to her fans about her daughter’s frightening medical condition. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star took to Instagram on Monday, where she revealed that her 4-month-old daughter, Dove, is going to need to undergo brain surgery.
“Dealing with anxiety, especially when in the ‘public eye,’ isn’t easy… I was torn as to whether I should share this information, but as someone who tries to be as transparent as possible, and knowing I have a platform to reach others in similar situations, I would like to update you all,” Mellencamp wrote, alongside a snapshot of her baby girl.
“Our sweet baby Dove was diagnosed with Lambdoid Craniosynostosis and has to undergo neurosurgery at the end of the month,” Mellencamp continued. “We are so grateful to have an amazing team of doctors and surgeons who have caught this early and will be working on her.”
Craniosynostosis is a condition in which the fibrous joints connecting the bones in a baby’s skull fuse prematurely, before the brain is fully developed. In this particular case, the condition affects the lambdoid structure, running along the back of the skull.
“Originally, like Cruz before her, we thought Dove had Torticollis and would likely need a doc band for re-shaping,” Mellencamp continued, referring to a condition that previously affected her 5-year-old son. “Instead a CT scan showed Lambdoid Craniosynostosis.”
Mellencamp explained that the recovery process would likely take “about a week in the hospital and a couple weeks at home,” but that the procedure has “a very high success rate.”
“So although we are filled with nerves as neurosurgery sounds scary, we have our faith that she will be ok,” Mellencamp concluded. “Please keep baby Dove in your prayers and if you have had a child with this same surgery, please let me know below, as I would love any additional insight and support.”
The reality star and her husband, Edwin Arroyave, welcomed Dove on Feb. 25.
The two are already parents to daughter Slate, 7, and son Cruz. Arroyave is also the dad of an 11-year-old daughter, Isabella, from a previous relationship.
Mellencamp has been self-isolating with her family at their home during the coronavirus crisis, and she spoke with ET back in April about what it’s been like living in quarantine with a newborn baby, and how homeschooling and parenting has been an adjustment.
“I have really good days, and then I have days where I feel super emotional and I’m like, you know — especially for a control freak like me, not knowing what’s happening can be challenging,” she shared. “The unknowns, there’s so much uncertainty … but I mean, all things considered, my kids are definitely doing better than I am.”
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Nikki and Brie Bella are so close to meeting their babies! With just a few weeks to go (the 36-year-old twin sisters are due around the same time), the two got together for a beautiful pregnancy shoot, baring it all and highlighting their baby bumps.
Brie is 37 weeks pregnant with her and husband Daniel Bryan’s second child, while Nikki is expecting her first baby, a boy, with fiancé Artem Chigvintsev in four weeks.
“This pregnancy has been a special one,” Brie captioned one of the pics, which were shot in black and white. “To experience this with my sister during a time of uncertainty and turmoil has been a blessing.”
“As twins I kept wondering if our bodies were going to change the same or if we’d be different. It’s crazy how identical our pregnancies have become…from cravings to symptoms,” she continued. “We are coming to the end of our pregnancy and this will be one I’ll remember forever. Can’t wait to meet her little boy and I can’t wait to see what I’ll be having. This pregnancy started as a surprise and I’m happy to end it as one.”
Nikki shared the same photo on her own page, writing, “Pregnancy has been an incredible journey so far, even through some of the toughest times we have faced in this world so far and through some of the most beautiful life changing times as well.”
“I have embraced the changes of the human body, even though that can be tough at times. I have embraced the feeling of being uncomfortable knowing I am growing a life that will be one of my own,” she explained. “I have already felt the lioness in me come out even more knowing that I am ready to protect, teach, love and guide. And to go through all of this with my twin sister? Goodness, I would say I am one lucky woman that God knew my timing of becoming a mom was divine. Can’t wait to meet you little boy in 4 weeks.”
“Covered up a little here for my A @theartemc,” Nikki added in another post. “Loved this moment with him! He was so nervous it was the cutest thing ever! Goodness he is going to be such an amazing Dad. I just can’t wait for it!”
See more of their recent pregnancy pics below:
Back in April, ET spoke with Nikki and Brie about what it’s been like being pregnant amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“This isn’t what I imagined my first pregnancy to be,” Nikki admitted at the time. “I had a really important ultrasound appointment and Artem couldn’t come. I had to go by myself. I was literally in the car, crying. I was like, ‘Just walk in, you’re fine.'”
“This pregnancy has been a lot harder than when I was pregnant with Birdie,” added Brie, telling ET “just being pregnant and having a toddler” is already difficult, without the added hardship of a global crisis.
Hear more in the video below.