The next 'Bachelorette' has yet to be announced, but there's a strong sign Ben Higgins reject Caila Quinn is getting the nod.
Quinn, who was eliminated from "The Bachelor" on Monday's episode, was spotted shooting something Wednesday around her hometown of Hudson, Ohio. Cameras followed her to local spots including her alma mater, Western Reserve Academy.
She was also seen sitting alone inside a gazebo looking pensively into the distance -- which has all the makings of a classic 'Bachelorette' intro scene.
We're told onlookers were asked to sign release forms to appear on television, and although the crew didn't specify what show they were shooting for ... there are reports Caila is the chosen one.
'Bachelorette' contestant Josh Seiter says he's being blocked from talking to the media about something as innocent as a charity event, because he accused the show of being staged.
Josh -- who got booted from Kaitlyn Bristowe's season -- says he was supposed to be on "Windy City Live" this week, but ABC contacted the show and Josh's manager to say the appearance would breach his 'Bachelorette' contract.
Josh says he's been allowed to do promotional gigs in the past, and thinks this is especially strange since he was merely going to talk up a breast cancer charity event.
He tells us he suspects the ban has something to do with previous interviews he did after getting booted -- including one on "TMZ Live" -- where he alleged most of the 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' shows are fake.
Josh says he's been told he can still do the charity event, as long as he doesn't talk to the media. We reached out to ABC and Warner Bros. (which produces 'Bachelorette') ... but no comment from either.
Former 'Bachelorette'contestantEd Swiderski says he got screwed out of his apartment security deposit because his landlord is blaming him for $12,000 worth of damage!
Ed and his wife Natalie moved out of the pad in Chicago's West Loop this past July, and he says they left it exactly the same way they found it -- minus reasonable wear and tear -- but never got back the $3,700 security deposit.
According to the lawsuit, Ed's landlord, Robert O'Bryan, tagged him for the following:
-$100 for missing chandelier crystals
-$60 for missing parking remotes
-$1,500 for fixing 5 doors with dog scratches on them
-$1,150 for a new carpet after he found dog feces and urine stains on the old one
-$4,950 in repainting costs ... all things the landlord says aren't "regular wear and tear."
Those are just the highlights, there's much more, but Ed says it's all BS since he cleaned the place, and a new tenant moved in the very same day he moved out.
O'Bryan tells TMZ the damage he found during inspection was "shocking," and thinks Ed is being ungrateful. He says he was willing to just take his deposit, and eat the rest of the damage ... which would have been more than $9k.
Ed and his wife are suing for $11,100 -- 3 times their deposit.
Hilary Swank, a two-time Oscar winner who's dated Hollywood stars, has gone reality, because she's getting cozy with a former contestant from "The Bachelorette."
Swank spent her 41st birthday Thursday night at Gjelina -- a popular restaurant in Venice, CA -- with Kasey Stewart, who was eliminated in week 9 during Desiree Hartsock's season of "The Bachelorette."
Stewart posted, "Happy Birthday to this beautiful soul. @hilaryswank."
This boy's not cryin'.
Turns out ... Swank and Stewart go back to at least 2013 ... when the pair posed for a photo together in nearly matching v-neck t-shirts.
'Bachelorette' runner-up Nick Viall ruined the big finale -- making it clear he wasn't picked -- because he was openly and notoriously cavorting with a hot girl who was NOT the bachelorette.
Viall was hanging poolside Sunday afternoon at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, clearly not caring that everyone around him could easily guess he was not bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe's choice. It's all the more interesting because most people assumed he was gonna win during Monday's show.
We're told Nick is saying the chick in the pool is just a friend from home.
He clearly has a type ... she looks just like Kaitlyn, but we're not calling her a consolation prize.
JJ Lane -- one of the so-called 'Brokeback Bachelors' from this season of “The Bachelorette” -- got ambushed by a gang of dudes waiting outside a cast and crew after-party.
The beatdown happened Saturday night when JJ was leaving the "Men Tell All" after-party. Production sources tell us he and a crew member got jumped by a group of at least 5 thugs.
It got ugly, real quick -- we're told JJ and the crew member took a few shots to the face, and the brawl continued until someone ran into the club to grab fellow contestant Ben Zorn. The hardbodied, badass jumped in and broke up the fight.
JJ suffered 2 black eyes, and his suit got shredded, but witnesses tell us he fought the good fight, considering the numbers. JJ believes the attackers were a gang, according to our sources.
We're told he ended up in an ER because he was feeling ill, and friends were worried he had a concussion. For some reason, neither JJ nor anyone on the production chose to call cops about the brawl.
JJ's only consolation -- he doesn't have to get engaged to Kaitlyn. She booted him 4 weeks ago. We hear Clint's still available.
Kaitlyn Bristowe andNick Viall apparently were the wet dreams of "The Bachelorette" producers ... they were drooling to make a story line out of the sexual tryst, but the other guys wouldn't bite.
Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, some of the contestants definitely knew Kaitlyn and Nick had sex. We're told producers did everything they could to goose those contestants into talking about it and making it a big deal.
Now here's the rub. The contestants wouldn't bite. We're told they all knew producers wanted to make it a story line and a source of conflict, but they felt if they did that it would help Nick and therefore hurt them.
The show has still not squarely addressed the liaison.
The so-called 'Brokeback Bachelors' – aka JJ and Clint -- may not be gay, but they do enjoy water sports ... as in showers. Naked. Together.
As we first reported, the new ‘Bachelorette' promo baits viewers into thinking the guys are hot for each other ... even though they're straight. However, sources on set tell TMZ the alpha males did have a bromance because they’re ex-athletes who dig locker room style showers.
We're told JJ and Clint frequently took advantage of the mansion's communal shower ... and bro'd down with soap and suds. Yes, they drank beers together ... IN THE SHOWER.
We're told that's what led producers to ask the guys strategic questions ... intended to build up the 'Brokeback' plot. As we told you, JJ and Clint are getting a kick out of all the attention they're getting now.
It’s all fun and games until the hot water runs out.