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Why Clare Crawley’s Bachelorette Shakeup Isn’t Really That Surprising

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“I’m tired of wasting my breath on men who don’t deserve it.”

Clare Crawley really wasn’t kidding when she said that on The Bachelor Winter Games in 2018. After kicking off her quarantined season of The Bachelorette in July, Clare is set to be replaced by Bachelor in Paradise alum Tayshia Adams, multiple sources told E! News. Why? Because the 39-year-old found the man worthy of her breath.

“The producers have told [Tayshia] that the season will still lead with Clare and her short-lived journey, and will show Clare falling in love with one of her suitors,” an insider revealed to us. “Clare will then conclude her journey and announce that Tayshia is the lead.”

A lead leaving the show midseason? Unprecedented for the longrunning ABC reality hit. But Clare doing things her own way? Nothing new when you look at her journey in the franchise since her debut on The Bachelor‘s 18th season back in 2014.

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The youngest of six sisters, the hairstylist from Sacramento became one of the most-talked about contestants during Juan Pablo Galavis‘ season after the pair’s midnight swim in the ocean became the biggest controversy of the season.

The following day, Juan Pablo told a “blindsided” Clare that it was “a mistake” and that it wouldn’t be “nice” for his then-four-year-old daughter to see. Yikes.

Still, Clare stayed.

Then during the finale, a source revealed the shocking conversation that went down between Juan Pablo and Clare during a helicopter ride that their mics didn’t pick up.

Apparently, Clare told her leading man at the time, “just tell me you love me,” and he responded with, “I loved f–king you.”

In her final one-on-one interview confessional on the show, Clare explained how hurt she was by his comment.

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“I’m shocked,” Clare said. “He chose to tell me something that no woman wants to hear. That he doesn’t know me and some sexual thing I don’t want to repeat. It was insulting and it was offensive.”

Still, Clare stayed and Juan Pablo chose to be with Nikki Ferrell in the end. And that’s when Clare finally had enough, refusing to waste any more tears or pleasantries on the polarizing Bachelor.

“I saved this moment for the man of my dreams, I thought that was you, I thought I knew what kind of man you were,” she said, before doling out this doozy: “I would never want my children having a father like you.”

Consider the rose dropped.

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While most viewers were cheering Clare on as she stood up for herself and told Juan Pablo off for his behavior, she later admitted that it was anything but empowering for her in the moment. But it was the beginning of her journey toward becoming the woman she is now.

“I was weak. I didn’t know who I was. I just wasn’t self-aware, I guess,” she said on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast in June. “And now coming from there and doing all the work…all in my 30s, I’m an empowered woman now and I’m a strong woman. And even more than being a strong woman, because I’m not always strong, there’s many a time when I am always weak, but more than anything I would say I’m a courageous woman now. And even when I am weak I still have the courage within myself to do hard things and that is something that I’m proud of now.”

Most of the work Clare was doing happened off-screen, though Bachelor Nation fans would see her return three more times.

She would sign on for two season of Bachelor in Paradise, including its inaugural season in which she quit in epic fashion. “This is why I wanted to do Dancing with the Stars,” she iconically lamented during her dramatic departure in week five.

But Clare once again hit the beach over the ballroom when she returned for season two, ultimately going home after failing to find love once again.

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Prior to becoming the 16th Bachelorette, Clare last appeared on The Bachelor Winter Games, the 2018 spinoff that brought U.S. alums and international Bachelor contestants together in the name of winter sports and everlasting love.

While she initially chose to leave the show on her own terms after ending things with Benoit Beausejour-Savard because she didn’t feel a romantic connection with The Bachelorette Canada star, the pair shocked everyone when they revealed they secretly started dating off-camera.

And during the World Tells All reunion special, Benoit got down on one knee and proposed to a surprised Clare.

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“I’m, surprisingly, a very private person,” Clare told E! News of managing to keep their romance private leading up to the engagement. “I’ve been in relationships before that nobody even knows anything about and you won’t see any of that on my social media. I like to keep personal stuff personal and this was important to me…so I wanted it to be this relationship just between us and see if it grew into something meaningful and it was even more than that.”

But less than two months later, Winter Games‘ most successful pairing took to Instagram to reveal they had ended their engagement in a joint statement.

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“We think the world of each other, and we were both hoping we could make this work,” the statement read. “I’m sorry that this may not be what you want to hear, but it’s our truth. Just know there are no negative feelings here, we are simply two people who believed in love, and were open enough to give it a chance. We still care for each other very deeply (That is why no hate or disrespectful comments will be tolerated about the other.) Please respect our privacy as well, as with the end of any relationship, it is never easy. Thank you for your understanding and love while we have shared our vulnerability with the world.”

Following the high-profile split, Clare retreated from the public eye…that is until she was announced as the next Bachelorette. In was an unexpected, but not entirely surprising, decision that came after the franchise received backlash over the pettiness and immaturity displayed by some of the women during Peter Weber‘s season of The Bachelor.

At the time, a source told us, “They wanted someone who was older, more mature and had more life experience.”

Enter: Clare, a woman light years removed from the antics of the TikTok generation who is unapologetic about who she is and what she wants.

“For me, it just is more years under my belt, more learning and knowing what I want, what I don’t want,” she said on Good Morning America in March after she was announced as the new Bachelorette.

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She expanded on that during her interview with Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor Happy Hour podcast, telling the former leads, “It’s taken me a little longer to work on it, to feel it and believe it, but only ’til you feel it and believe it and you love yourself can you allow other love into your life…once that self-love came, I’m ready for this. However long that takes…and I want other women to know that it’s SO OK whenever in your life to be ready for that love.”

And ready for that love Clare was…until production on her season was shut down the day it was supposed to start due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

While she was initially upset over the delay, she ultimately came to realize, “Everything happens for a reason.”

Like Clare receiving an unexpected head-start when it came to her potential suitors as ABC had already announced the 32 men vying for her affection before filming was halted.

“I will say I have looked a little bit,” Clare admitted to Rachel and Becca of looking up the previously announced contestants on social media. “My friends have looked more than I have, to be honest. There are some things where, I don’t know, you can kind of tell people’s lifestyles from their Instagram Stories and I see some where I’m like, ‘That’s not really my vibe,’ and others where I look at them and I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s hot. I can’t wait to meet that guy, I hope he’s on the season.'”

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Just before production resumed in mid-July, with the show moving to one location, ABC revealed the new group of suitors, including 42 potential contestants, and it seems likely one of the men who piqued Clare’s interest made it out of the limo on the first night and lived up to his social media feed.

“I just kind of felt like I want to get to know them. I know how my Instagram is, it’s a piece of my life but it’s one of those you have to see and feel in person,” she explained on Bachelor Happy Hour. “So regardless of what their life is, what it looks like on their Instagram, it’s nice to actually see them in person and I am huge on pheromones. So that’s like the end all be all for me. Man, if they smell like the right smell, that’s everything to me.”

Clearly her chosen suitor smelled like roses because off they went setting the stage for the most dramatic mid-season twist ever. Leave it to one of the franchise’s most unpredictable contestants to deliver one of the most unpredictable love stories.

The Bachelorette will air this fall on ABC.

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Netflix is developing a live action ‘Assassin’s Creed’ show

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Netflix announced this morning that it’s partnering with Ubisoft to adapt the game publisher’s “Assassin’s Creed” franchise into a live action series.

The franchise jumps around in history, telling the story of a secret society of assassins with “genetic memory” and their centuries-long battle the knights templar. It has sold 155 million games worldwide and was also turned into a nearly incomprehensible 2016 film starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which underperformed at the box office.

The companies say that they’re currently looking for a showrunner. Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik of Ubisoft’s film and television division will serve as executive producers. (In addition to working on adaptations of Ubisoft’s intellectual property, the publisher is also involved in the Apple TV+ industry comedy “Mythic Quest.”)

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” said Netflix’s vice president of original series Peter Friedlander in a statement. “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It sounds like there could be follow-up shows as well, with the announcement saying that Netflix and Ubisoft will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptations of live action, animated, and anime series.”

Netflix recently placed an eight-episode order for “Resident Evil,” another video game franchise that was previously adapted for the big screen. And it also had a big hit with its adaptation of “The Witcher,” which is based on a fantasy book series that was popularized via video games.

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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The short, strange life of Quibi

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“All that is left now is to offer a profound apology for disappointing you and, ultimately, for letting you down,” Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman wrote, closing out an open letter posted to Medium. “We cannot thank you enough for being there with us, and for us, every step of the way.”

With that, the founding executives confirmed the rumors and put Quibi to bed, a little more than six months after launching the service.

Starting a business is an impossibly difficult task under nearly any conditions, but even in a world that’s littered with high-profile failures, the streaming service’s swan song was remarkable for both its dramatically brief lifespan and the amount of money the company managed to raise (and spend) during that time.

A month ahead of its commercial launch, Quibi announced that it had raised another $750 million. That second round of funding brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

“We concluded a very successful second raise which will provide Quibi with a strong cash runway,” CFO Ambereen Toubassy told the press at the time. “This round of $750 million gives us tremendous flexibility and the financial wherewithal to build content and technology that consumers embrace.”

Quibi’s second funding round brought the yet-to-launch streaming service’s funding up to $1.75 billion — roughly the same as the gross domestic product of Belize, give or take $100 million.

From a financial perspective, Quibi had reason to be hopeful. Its fundraising ambitions were matched only by the aggressiveness with which it planned to spend that money. At the beginning of the year, Whitman touted the company’s plans to spend up to $100,000 per minute of programming — $6 million per hour. The executive proudly contrasted the jaw-dropping sum to the estimated $500 to $5,000 an hour spent by YouTube creators.

For Whitman and Katzenberg — best known for their respective reigns at HP and Disney — money was key to success in an already crowded marketplace. $1 billion was a drop in the bucket compared to the $17.3 billion Netflix was expected to spend on original content in 2020, but it was a start.

Following in the footsteps of Apple, who had also recently announced plans to spend $1 billion to launch its own fledgling streaming service, the company was enlisting A-List talent, from Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro and Ridley Scott to Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and LeBron James. If your name carried any sort of clout in Hollywood boardrooms, Quibi would happily cut you a check, seemingly regardless of content specifics.

Quibi’s strategy primarily defined itself by itself by its constraints. In hopes of attracting younger millennial and Gen Z, the company’s content would be not just mobile-first, but mobile-only. There would be no smart TV app, no Chromecast or AirPlay compatibility. Pricing, while low compared to the competition, was similarly off-putting. After a 90-day free trial, $4.99 got you an ad-supported subscription. And boy howdy, were there ads. Ads upon ads. Ads all the way down. Paying another $3 a month would make them go away.

Technological constraints and Terms of Service fine print forbade screen shots — a fundamental understanding of how content goes viral in 2020 (though, to be fair, one shared with other competing streaming services). Amusingly, the inability to share content led to videos like this one of director Sam Raimi’s perplexingly earnest “The Golden Arm.”

It features a built-on laugh track from viewers as Emmy winner Rachel Brosnahan lies in a hospital bed after refusing to remove a golden prosthetic. It’s an allegory, surely, but not one intentionally played for laughs. Many of the videos that did ultimately make the rounds on social media were regarded as a curiosity — strange artifacts from a nascent streaming service that made little sense on paper.

Most notable of all, however, were the “quick bites” that gave the service its confusingly pronounced name. Each program would be served in 5-10 minute chunks. The list included films acquired by the service, sliced up into “chapters.” Notably, the service didn’t actually purchase the content outright; instead, rights were set to revert to their creators after seven years. Meanwhile, after two years, content partners were able to “reassemble” the chunks back into a movie for distribution.

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