"The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are about to get a thorny rose -- in the form of a lawsuit.
We're told the 2 plaintiffs -- both African Americans -- went to a Nashville hotel to audition for the role of bachelor. Christopher Johnson -- an aspiring NFL player -- claims when he arrived a producer asked him what he was doing there.
Johnson and the other plaintiff, Nathaniel Claybrooks, both say they were taken to the side of the room and left out of the normal audition process. Neither was called back, and they believe it's because of their race.
They will be filing a class action lawsuit in federal court Wednesday AM. We're told ABC, Warner Horizon Television, Next Entertainment, NZK Productions and creator Mike Fleiss, will all be sued.
Moves on From Kasey Kahl
... With Another Ex
1/26/2012 4:30 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
While her ex-boyfriend Kasey Kahl deals with the aftermath of his drunk-and-disorderly arrest -- Vienna Girardi hung out in a bikini with her other ex-boyfriend Jake Pavelka Lee Smith in Miami on Tuesday.
In case you forgot -- Vienna stormed off "Relationship Rehab" last month, where she was hammering out issues with Kahl. Vienna was pissed because producers blindsided her with a surprise sit-down with Lee, an ex at the time.
But now, sources close to the couple tell us Vienna and Lee have since been talking and working on their relationship.
Fun fact: Lee was also the guy that allegedly sent Vienna flirty emails back when she was engaged to "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka.
'Bachelorette' Star Kasey Kahl
My Accusers Just Want
15 Mins of Fame
1/18/2012 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl is adamant ... the couple he brawled with inside a Fresno nightclub are just a couple of "Jersey Shore" wannabes bent on attaining their 15 minutes of fame.
Kahl's rep has released a NEW statement in the wake of an explosive police report, in which an allegedly intoxicated Kahl is accused of beating up a 25-year-old named Richard Chaney ... and smashing the dude's GF in the face at a Fresno nightclub this weekend.
Team Kahl says ... "As Kasey is in the public eye, it is not unlikely that we would not be surprised if these persons bent on attaining their 15 minutes of fame, while intoxicated and perhaps fueled by jealousy, will antagonize and attack stars such as Kasey in a 'Jersey Shore' type brawl given the opportunity."
He adds, "These persons wanted their 15 minutes, which they received, and now those 15 minutes are over."
Accused of Bashing Woman
in Drunken Nightclub Attack
1/17/2012 1:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl smashed a woman in the face at a Fresno nightclub, giving her a bloody nose ... this according to the alleged victim ... though Kasey claims it was all in self-defense.
TMZ broke the story ... Kahl was arrested early Sunday morning for drunk and disorderly conduct at Club Habano's nightclub.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ, Kahl was accused of attacking a man named Richard Chaney outside the club ... and then smashing Chaney's girlfriend in the face when she tried to break up the fight.
ARRESTED for Being
a Drunken Mess
1/16/2012 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelorette" star Kasey Kahl was arrested Sunday morning in Fresno, CA -- hometown of Kevin Federline -- after cops say he was drunk and disorderly at a nightclub ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Kahl -- who recently appeared on "Bachelor Pad" -- was allegedly involved in an incident at a place called Club Habanos. So far, it's unclear exactly what Kahl is accused of doing wrong.
Kahl was booked at a nearby police station -- where he took one of the prettiest mug shots we've ever seen and was released a few hours later.
Kahl just finished taping the inaugural season of VH1's upcoming "Relationship Rehab" with former GF Vienna Girardi.
4:25 PM PST: A rep for Kahl tells us, "Kasey and his friends were hanging out outside of the club where police officers allegedly thought they were being too loud. Kasey, along with a couple friends, were taken to the police station, but were released a couple hours later. No charges were or have been filed against him."
The rep adds, "Kasey was extremely respectful and very cooperative with the police officers despite the situation, even having a good laugh because of his model-esque mugshot. The police officers noted that it was the prettiest mugshot they've ever seen come into their station."
Emergency Spinal Surgery
1/6/2012 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kiptyn Locke -- a contestant on "The Bachelorette" who jumped to the show "Bachelor Pad" -- just underwent 4 1/2 hours of emergency surgery to repair severely ruptured discs in his neck ... that were perilously compressing against his spine.
Neck injuries are no joke ... but we're told Locke -- who is currently dating former "Bachelor" contestant Tenley Molzahn (left) -- is expected to make a full recovery. It's unclear how Kiptyn injured himself.
Tenley says, "There are definitely angels involved in this emergency."
'Bachelor Pad' Reject
PUNCHED Me In the Face!
9/10/2011 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The bad blood between cast members on "Bachelor Pad" has spilled into real life ... so says one of the losers who claims Graham Bunn punched him in the face at a nightclub this week.
TMZ spoke with Justin Rego (aka Rated-R) -- who was eliminated from the reality show last month ... who says he was hanging out at the wrap party at a Hollywood nightclub Wednesday night when all hell broke loose.
According to Rego, two other members of the show -- Graham Bunn and Blake Julian -- had gotten into an argument ... and it started to become physical.
Rego says he went to break up the fight -- when Graham punched him in the nose ... and he started to bleed. Sources at the club tell us security rushed over to the scene and escorted Graham out of the building.
Justin tells us he does not plan on pressing charges -- but says he's still pretty pissed off at Graham. A rep for Graham tells TMZ, "It was nothing -- just boys being boys.”
"Bachelor Pad" Peeps
Take a Lickin' in Vegas
8/30/2011 12:10 AM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Last season's "BIg Brother" "Bachelor Pad" winners David Good and Natalie Getz soaked up the sun, drinks and their fellow former cast mates at Nikki Beach at the Tropicana in Vegas this weekend.
They're like one big half-naked family.
Bachelorette vs. CMT Chick
WHO'D YOU RATHER?
7/28/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY Johnny Lopez
Ashley Herbert is giving out roses left and right as she looks for love on the latest season of "The Bachelorette" -- and Devin Grissom is using her southern charm to break hearts on the CMT reality dating series "Sweet Home Alabama."
Question is ...
Ali from 'The Bachelorette' -- Where There's Smoke ...
1/3/2011 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
How many reality TV stars do you know would put themselves in harm's way (kind of) to protect their fellow man? One: Ali Fedotowsky.
Ali and her fiance, Roberto Martinez, were chilling in San Diego yesterday when, according to her rep, she noticed smoke coming from a nearby bush. We're told Ali called police and upon further investigation ... the police recovered a small metal thing that Ali was told was nothing to be concerned over.
Her rep says Ali just wanted to "make sure everything was okay and the community was safe."
Angelina to Situation: You Look Like Popeye on Crack!
11/10/2010 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Angelina from "Jersey Shore" unleashed on her arch-enemy "The Situation" last night -- claiming the dude needs a full-on face transplant so he can stop looking like "Popeye on crack."
Angie -- who was hangin' with Justin Rego from "The Bachelorette" -- tore Sitch apart in an EPIC rant outside of Premiere nightclub in Hollywood last night ... renaming the dude, "The Bitch-uation."
Angelina was named "Villain You Love to Hate" at a reality TV show awards event earlier in the evening ... and after watching this clip, no one could possibly be more deserving.
Found Dead in California
11/4/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
One of the men who competed for Jillian Harris on the fifth season of "The Bachelorette" has been found dead in Riverside County, California.
The body of Julien Hug, a 35-year-old restaurateur from San Diego who was eliminated in the season's second episode, was found yesterday at 11:00 A.M. in a remote area near Pinyon Pines -- and according to local reports, it's an area one would have to "hike into."
The cause of death is still being investigated.