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'The Bachelor' recap: Madison deals Peter a devastating blow in first half of season finale

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ABC/John Fleenor(LOS ANGELES) — On Monday’s episode of The Bachelor, Peter, Hannah Ann and Madison traveled to Alice Springs, Australia, where his family was waiting to meet the two finalists, and hopefully help him make the right decision as to which of them will be his future wife.  However, Madison is about to complicate things even more.

First in the hot seat was Hannah Ann, whom his mother thinks is “breathtakingly gorgeous,” but she’s more interested if she’s “the right girl.” 

Mom turns out to be a fan of Hannah Ann when addressing the camera, saying she’s “just so loving and caring.  I can feel the love that she has for my son, and that speaks volumes to me.”

Peter’s father is also pleased with Hannah Ann’s declaration that “This is more than just feelings, this is a future.”

When Madison meets Peter outside his parents’ house, he asks how she’s doing, to which Madison answers “not good.”  She explains that she still hasn’t gotten past her feelings about him being intimate with the other women, arguing that he put his feelings, needs and wants before hers.

“I literally looked into your eyes and I was like, if he gets down on one knee right now, I’m saying yes…I want to spend the rest of my life with him,” says Madison.  “And that night, I just felt like…the rug was taken.”

Peter counters by saying he “had someone that means the absolute world to me still hasn’t even told me how she feels about me, and is now [giving me] kind of like an ultimatum.”

Madison agrees to go inside and meet his parents, but the conversations do not go well, as Peter’s family thinks that while Madison is a great girl, she may not be the right one for Peter.  The issue that concerns them is how Madison’s deeply held religious beliefs align with Peter’s more liberal views.

When the interviews are over, Peter’s family clearly prefer Hannah Ann, especially his mother, who makes an emotional plea to him not to let Hannah Ann go.  Peter, however, is leaning towards Madison, arguing that the bond they share is strong enough to get them past their differences.

Unfortunately, Madison hands him a devastating blow the next day when, during their final date, she tells him that after some soul-searching, she now realizes their differences with respect to marriage, faith and lifestyles are too much for them to overcome.

Peter escorts her to an awaiting SUV, and she’s driven off — this time for good, or so it seems.  Host Chris Harrison teases that there is a third act for Madison.

Meanwhile, following Hannah Ann’s final date with Peter, she’s looking for a little more clarity about where things stand between the two of them.

“After having given and…given…I just want something in return,” says Hannah Ann.  “It’s hard being so certain and so sure of someone and just not getting that in return,” she explains. “You just seem not…completely there like I am.”

Peter thanks her for being there for her, but offers nothing more in the way of reassurance.

Who will Peter choose? 

“If you think you know how this is all going to end, get ready to have your mind blown,” Harrison promises at the end of the episode, adding that “Peter doesn’t even know how this is going to end.”

Part two of The Bachelor season 24 finale Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Carly Pearce and Michael Ray will "Finish Your Sentences" with TV debut of their duet

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ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce and Michael Ray are set to make the live TV debut this week of their new duet, “Finish Your Sentences.

The couple will perform the song on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday during the 8 a.m. hour. This marks the national TV debut of the duet that’s featured on Carly’s recently released self-titled album. Immediately following the GMA slot, the pair heads to Pop of the Morning on the E! network for an interview during the 11 a.m. hour. 

Carly will end the week by making a solo appearance on The Rachael Ray Show on Friday to sing an acoustic rendition of “You Kissed Me First.” 

Carly Pearce was released on Valentine’s Day. It includes the current top-15 single featuring Lee Brice, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”

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Daniel Craig talks insecurity before Bond, says 'No Time to Die' "raised the bar"

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Nicola Dove © 2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND MGM. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) With his on-set ankle injury and an unplanned explosion on set, there were rumors that Daniel Craig’s last go-round as James Bond was doomed.

…And that was before the studio decided to bump the release over fears of coronavirus.

However, the actor tells GQ that the naysayers’ claims at the time, “pi**es me off.” He adds, “Because I’m just like, ‘Don’t curse our movie.’ And also, we’re doing our best here.'”

In a probing interview with the magazine, Craig brings up his financially strapped upbringing, his early love of acting, and insecurities playing the superspy, replacing Pierce Brosnan. 

Craig explained his hesitation with taking the role, and later his nerves with people accepting him in the part, what with all those “James Blonde” headlines before his first film, Casino Royale, opened in 2006.

His nerves ran all the way into the film’s premiere — perhaps not surprisingly considering Queen Elizabeth herself attended — and only waned when the audience began clapping after the traditional Bond opening “teaser.”

Fast forward five films later, and Craig’s Bond movies have been critical and commercial successes, and he’s ready to hang the tux up for good. But first he had to get past the last day of shooting.

“I had a whole thing kind of put together in my head that I wanted to say [to the crew]. I couldn’t get it out.”

Tears and Campari flowed into the next day. Series producer Barbara Broccoli described herself as an “utter mess.”

Craig is now at peace with the decision to walk away.

“I don’t think I would have been if I’d done the last film [SPECTRE] and that had been it. But this, I’m fine.”

He opined, “We raised the bar.”

No Time to Die opens Nov. 25.

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Maren Morris is a boss at Houston Rodeo performance, weeks before her due date

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris owned the stage while performing at the Houston Rodeo nine months pregnant.

The superstar headlined the legendary livestock and rodeo show in her home state of Texas on Saturday night, sharing photos on Instagram of her rocking a nude jumpsuit accented with gems and glittering silver fringe. According to the Houston Chroniclethe singer’s set included hits “Girl,” “The Bones,” “My Church” and “I Could Use a Love Song,” along with her new radio single, “To Hell and Back” and more.

Maren also remarked on stage that the baby was “kicking” due to her adrenaline rush. “For the rest of my life, I’m gonna look back at this show and show my son footage of it and tell him it got him out the door,” she told the crowd of more than 64,000 people.

Her Instagram post also includes a video of her driving out of the NRG Stadium, blowing kisses and waving to hoards of cheering fans.  

The performance came just weeks before Maren’s due date. She and husband Ryan Hurd are expecting a boy.

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Prince Andrew not voluntarily cooperating with federal prosecutors investigating Jeffrey Epstein, US attorney says

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Prince Andrew has “completely shut the door on voluntary cooperation” with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating Jeffrey Epstein, U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman said Monday.

The office is now “considering its options,” Berman said.

An earlier press release on Prince Andrew’s behalf said that he would cooperate with the ongoing case but formal communication has not happened despite outreach by the U.S. attorney’s office, the office has said.

Berman did not make clear what options he is considering.

Prince Andrew’s barrister and Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Following the death of Epstein, Berman announced that the investigation into possible co-conspirators who worked with Epstein and facilitated his crimes would continue.

The U.S. attorney declined to elaborate on what prosecutors would like to know from Prince Andrew, although Berman said Epstein could not have committed the crimes he did without help from co-conspirators.

In a November statement, the Duke of York said, “I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations.”

The queen’s second son has long been associated with Epstein, the convicted sex offender who died in prison early last year. But Prince Andrew has downplayed his relationship with Epstein in the past.

The Duke of York acknowledged in November during an interview with the BBC that he “let the side down, simple as that” when he stayed at Epstein’s New York mansion after he’d been convicted of sex crimes.

“I kick myself for it on a daily basis ’cause it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the … highest standards and practices,” Prince Andrew said.

Prince Andrew claimed in an interview with the BBC that the purpose of that visit was to inform Epstein he could no longer be associated with him due to his criminal conduct.

“I felt that doing it over the telephone was the chicken’s way of doing it,” he said. “I had to go and see him and talk to him.”

Epstein had been the subject of state and federal investigations since the mid-2000s for allegedly recruiting underage girls for illicit sex. He ultimately served 13 months of an 18-month term in a Florida county jail for two minor charges after avoiding federal charges involving allegations of abuse by nearly three dozen girls.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre alleged in court filings in December 2014 that she’d been directed by Epstein and his longtime companion, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, to have sex with Prince Andrew on two occasions when she was 17, and on a third occasion when she’d just turned 18.

Prince Andrew maintained in the BBC interview that “nothing” happened between him and Giuffre but said he could be “duty-bound” to testify regarding the allegations under oath if he were asked.

The prince has said he never witnessed any of the criminal conduct that Epstein was convicted of or was accused of.

“Well I’m like everybody else and I will have to take all the legal advice that there was before I was to do that sort of thing,” he said. “But if push came to shove and the legal advice was to do so, then I would be duty-bound to do so.”

Attorneys for Giuffre say they have been seeking interviews and testimony with Prince Andrew in connection with civil litigation surrounding the Epstein case since 2015.

They say they first sent a letter seeking testimony to the palace and representatives for the prince in early 2015 — following his public denials of the allegations raised by Giuffre — and again in September 2019 after reports began to surface that he, through unnamed sources, was disputing the authenticity of the photo of him with Giuffre from 2001.

Prince Andrew later appeared to question the authenticity of the photo in the BBC interview.

After the ill-fated interview aired, the Duke of York stepped back from royal duties, saying in a statement that his ties to Epstein had become a “major disruption” to the royal family’s charitable work.

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