'The Challenge': Host T.J. Lavin Says Season 35's Twist Prevents 'People Skating By'

We’re all excited for MTV’s The Challenge to return, as a few of our favorite veteran players will be taking center stage once again in an effort to win the huge prize money and grab the winning title. And it takes a lot more than just physical prowess to win the game. Over the years, we’ve seen none-physical threats get to the end based on their social gameplay alone. And some big-money winners never even had to test their physical and mental strengths in one of the tough eliminations.

Now, everything’s changing. Season 35 promises to be one of the most brutal yet. And host T.J. Lavin is done watching some players get to the end without having to earn their stripes. Here’s what we can expect.

MTV’s ‘The Challenge’ is known for its wild twists and turns

The Challenge has been on television for over two decades. And the show continues to evolve with big prize money, brutal eliminations, and finals that span multiple days at a time. We’ve seen excellent players totally crack under the pressure. And when it comes to the twists and turns that are introduced, no one ever sees them coming.

During Invasion of the Champions, rookies and underdogs were excited to try to win a season where they were just competing against newbies. MTV reminds us the twist involved veteran players coming back into the game, leaving players and viewers shocked by the results.

Another surprising twist occurred during Season 33, War of the Worlds. While everyone competing started in pairs, the pairs were then disbanded, leaving the 14 remaining players to go at it as free agents. And of course, the shocking twist that rocked both Final Reckoning and Rivals III left some players falling to their knees in defeat.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio benefitted from one of the most shocking twists ever

Final Reckoning and Rivals III involved the same twist. Players started the game in pairs. When they got to the finale, each person within each pair would accrue points on their own. The winning pair could split the winnings evenly at the end — but that decision was completely up to the person within each pair who accrued the most points through the final challenge. In both seasons, the one who had the most points took all the money, leaving the partner they worked with the entire time with absolutely nothing.

Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio was the one to betray Sarah Rice during Rivals III. The two had previously been friends, but Rice sent Devenanzio into an elimination during a previous season — and for that, he never forgave her. This ultimately led him to rip the rug out from under her at the end of Rivals III.

“I maintained from the beginning when I made my decision that it wasn’t about being vengeful and it wasn’t about spite. It was about me looking at the amount of money that was on the line and looking at what I would be able to do with it,” Devenanzio told People. “And then when I factored in the relationship Sarah and I had, or lack thereof, it wasn’t that difficult of a decision for me.” 

Host T.J. Lavin says no one’s ‘skating’ to the finish line for Season 35

The highly-anticipated trailer for Season 35, Total Madness, is officially out. “This season, you’re here to prove that you’re the best,” host T.J. Lavin says in the voiceover. “I’m done with people skating by. The only way to make it into a final is to win an elimination.”

This is a brand new twist for the game. And judging from the trailer, this might be the most intense season yet. One player says it looks like they’re playing in a “war zone,” and the typical beautiful Challenge house seems to be replaced by bunkers with no windows.

“I’m surrounded by liars, scumbags, and cry babies,” Devenanzio says in a voiceover. And the trailer states it’s “the most dangerous” yet.

Fans are loving the concept, too. “The concept of ‘no skating by’ might be the best one ever….but we all know certain people will still try to manipulate the system some how. I can’t wait,” one excited fan commented on the trailer.

We’re hoping to get more information on the season soon. Catch the premiere on April 1.

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Vikings: Can Alexander Ludwig sing? Bjorn actor reveals hidden talent

Vikings on Amazon Prime stars Canadian actor Alexander Ludwig as Kattegat’s ruler Bjorn Ironside. His character is a hot topic of discussion for fans during the midseason break as they wonder if he is still alive in the series. The actor has posted an update revealing what he gets up to when he is not filming.

Ludwig, who has also starred in Bad Boys and The Hunger Games, has just released a music video for his new song called Let Me Be Your Whiskey.

After filming for Vikings ended he has spent his time working on his craft as a country singer, and fans were shocked to find out he can hold a note.

Ludwig has retweeted posts from other media outlets who have shared his new music video and thanked them for their support.

Fans are already loving the song, with one fan Tweeting: “I have had @alexanderludwig #LetMeBeYourWhiskey on repeat all weekend! This song is so good.”


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The Vikings star first tweeted about the single on February 12. He said: “My first single is now on Spotify and all other platforms.

“Link is bio. For those of you who know me, country music has been a huge part of my life. For the past year I have been making trips to Nashville writing and learning all I can.”

He also posted a video of himself in the recording studio, playing the guitar in a solo performance.

Entertainment Tonight Canada reported the 27-year-old had said the track was “a long time coming”.

Ludwig had posted on Instagram: “Thank you to my incredible team/producers for helping me on this new journey.

“I hope you like the music as much as I love making it. More to come in the next few months so watch out.”

The actor has revealed his hidden talent before on The Queen Latifah Show back in 2014 and he wowed the audience with his smooth vocals.

Judging by what the star has said he may well be taking a break from the acting scene to pursue a career in music.

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Another fan posted on Twitter: “Just discovered the dude who plays Bjorn Ironside on #vikings is a country singer and actually has one of the best country songs I have heard in a long time! #talented.”

The song was posted just after a video Ludwig had retweeted, which was an interview titled Vikings Alexander Ludwig Says Goodbye to Bjorn.

Fans may be wondering whether the king of Kattegat has indeed been written out of the series so he can focus on his singing career.

Ludwig has said Bjorn will be back in the next half of the series, in some form or another, but did not confirm whether Bjorn had died in the battle against the Rus.


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The last we saw of Bjorn was when he was laying lifeless on a beach after being stabbed by his brother Ivar (Alex Høgh Andersen).

There are many theories as to whether he is still alive, and fans believe he could still return as his name Ironside was given to him due to his superhuman strength in battle.

Throughout the series Bjorn has faced the brink of death but always manages to recover and comes back stronger each time.

Fans will have to wait until the end of the year to find out if he will be returning to the series, or he has left to pursue his music dream.

Vikings season 6 will return to Amazon Prime and History in December 

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'Wild Goose Lake' Film Review: Chinese Action Flick Is Indulgent but Fun

Director Diao Yinan puts his own spin on some familiar action tropes

After touching on financial precarity with “Sorry We Missed You,” social unrest with “Les Miserables” and refugee plight with “Atlantics,” the Cannes Film Festival put current issues on hold and rolled into a weekend full of girls, gangsters and guns.

As soon as the brute force punch of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Too Old to Die Young” had time to bruise over, the bloody festivities picked right back up for Saturday’s premiere of “The Wild Goose Lake” — a stylish Chinese crime thriller that feels an awful lot like a Refn movie funneled through Middle Kingdom sensibilities.

Or maybe that’s the other way around, because the rap on director Diao Yinan back home is that he’s the most American-minded contemporary Chinese filmmaker… but that could just mean that he likes to play around in genre.

Diao struck gold with “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” his offbeat neo-noir about a drunken ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved case and the top prize winner at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014, but his messier follow-up “The Wild Goose Lake” will almost certainly not have similar luck at Cannes this year. This follow-up is bit less impactful and a lot more indulgent, but it can also be an awful lot of fun in spots.

We follow Zhou (Hu Ge), an underworld gadfly who heads out on the lam after killing a cop. With seemingly the entire police force and criminal underworld hot on his tail, Zhou decides to hide out in a chintzy lakeside vacation town, where he enlists local prostitute Aiai (Gwei Lun Me) to help him get word back to his wife.

As with most films of this type, the pleasures arrive less in the originality of the story than in the way the way it’s told. The hooker with the heart of gold, the cops closing in, the lack of honor among thieves — the classic building blocks of the genre are all there. Still, if these tropes are familiar to all, that also makes them malleable, so Diao gets to put his own spin on some very familiar tunes.

Some of his larger choices don’t quite work. The film’s fractured chronology and flashback structure render the narrative somewhat opaque, while the move to clad the legions of police in plainclothes never fully creates the ambiance of paranoia and mistrust he hopes to achieve. On the other hand, many standalone sequences are infused with gory brio, including a motorcycle chase marked by a shocking decapitation, and a fight scene that ends with one assailant impaled by an open umbrella.

With film’s artful arterial splatter, those Refn comparisons come roaring back — not least of all because Diao is equally interested in bathing each sequence in neon glow. Though they share significant aesthetic similarities, the two filmmakers employ that style towards very different ends: Refn’s impossibly polished images and pristine compositions fundamentally reflect an aesthetic of luxury, whereas Diao’s point of view is deeply tied to the working class.

Put it another way: Refn is a high-art fetishist, a director who uses neon tones to separate and elevate his chosen subjects, to consider them as unique and independent objects in the tradition of intellectual haute couture. Diao, on the other hand, is more of an earthy sensualist, interested in the full body experience of slurping down noodles in a dive bar and the kitschy pleasures of middle-aged men line dancing to Boney M. in disco shoes. Both approaches have value and have found their place.

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Divorce Court's Lynn Toler Exits Series After '13 Great Years' as She Praises Her Replacement

Lynn Toler is saying goodbye to Divorce Court after 13 years.

In a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, Toler announced that she had parted ways with the long-running reality series.

“I couldn’t wait any longer because the news is coming out and I wanted you to hear it from me. I’ve left Divorce Court, we parted ways. I had 13 great years,” she began. “It was time to move on.”

Though Toler, 60, won’t be returning to her seat at the judge’s bench, the position has been filled by Faith Jenkins.

“They found a replacement. Judge Faith,” she said, noting the former Judge Faith star. “She’s good looking and she’s smart and she’s capable, and I think she’ll take Divorce Court to another level.”

While Divorce Court fans are sure to be saddened about Toler’s exit, she asked that they embrace Jenkins in her new role.

“I remember when I took over for Judge Mablean [Ephriam]. There was a lot of consternation and people got cranky because people don’t like new things. But I’m saying give her a chance, because she’s really good at what she does. She’s going to be different, she’s going to be good,” said Toler.

She also teased that new projects are on the horizon. “I’m going to be moving forward with some new things. You will be hearing from me — sooner rather than later is the plan,” she said.

“I want to thank Divorce Court, I want to thank all my [executive producers], I want to thank the production people, the crew, everybody for those 13 fabulous years,” she said. “And I want to especially wish Judge Faith all the best. I have faith in you,” she concluded with a smile.

Her announcement video comes the same day that Deadline exclusively reported that Jenkins, 43, will headline the show come July 2020.

“I started watching Divorce Court in law school, so to be now joining the show is quite surreal,” Jenkins, who was Miss Louisiana 2000 and a first runner up in the Miss America pageant, said in a statement. “My legal expertise combined with my personal life experience – including years of dating in the world of social media and technology – provides me a unique perspective that will inform my empathy and judgment for many of the issues couples raise on the show.”

Jenkins has served as a barred attorney for 14 years in New York, according to Deadline, and previously starred on Judge Faith, which ran from 2014 to 2018.

“We are confident that Judge Faith’s energy and passion for each case will build on the legacy of this program created by the exceptional talents of Judge Mablean and Judge Lynn Toler,” Stephen Brown, EVP of Programming for Fox Television Stations, said in a statement to the outlet.

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Love Is Blind's Amber 'not okay' with Jessica after reunion confrontation

Love Is Blind star Amber Pike has confirmed that the dust still hasn’t settled between her and Jessica Batten after their explosive clash at the reunion.

The unfiltered contestant, who married Matt Barnett on the Netflix series, confronted Jessica in tense scenes during the special episode, where she branded her ‘fake’ and called her out for throwing herself at her husband.

Although the scenes were filmed just a few weeks ago, Amber has since revealed that she’s not currently on good terms with her co-star and it seems as though she doesn’t want to be.

Speaking to fans during a Q&A session on her Instagram page, one user asked: ‘Are you still not ok with Jessica?’

Amber replied: ‘Who would ever be? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice… just won’t happen.’

Another fan then asked: ‘When did you watch the entire season and how long did you want to tell Jessica how you really felt??’

‘Honestly, I didn’t know about any of that until the show aired so I was probably waiting to tell her off as long as the viewers were lol,’ Amber answered. ‘But I’ve said my piece now.’

Amber slammed Jessica at the reunion after scenes from the series saw Jessica hit on Barnett.

‘To see her throwing herself at him in Mexico, b***h, you’re shiesty,’ she scorned. ‘You’re so fake, coming to my face like we were cool, you’re so fake.

‘I think you’re a very disingenuine [sic] person and you know what? I hope seeing this, you do grow from it, because that is not what the world needs, women that go behind other people’s backs like that.

‘You were engaged to another man that you were leading on. He was engaged, he made his choice. Anywho, no I’m not super happy seeing that.’

Jessica then apologised for her actions, and told Amber: ‘I really wanted to see how my relationship was with everyone.

‘Everyone needs to realise, this was days, not weeks, that we’re trying to find a connection to spend forever with someone so I really wanted to vet everything out.’

Love Is Blind is available to stream on Netflix.

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Corrie fans 'sobbing' as Bethany exits

It was an emotional night for Coronation Street fans, as beloved character Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) bid farewell to the cobbles, after turning down Daniel Osbourne’s (Rob Mallard) offer of marriage.

Bethany was all set to depart for her internship in London with Daniel in tow, but tragedy struck during tonight’s double bill when she came to realise that there was truth in what everyone had been saying, as Daniel evidently wasn’t over Sinead (Katie McGlynn).

The young man got drunk and decided that — in an effort to show Bethany how much he was committed to her — he would propose, and he did so using Sinead’s ring, but as he popped the question, he called her Sinead instead of Bethany.

Having come to realise that Daniel is still grieving, Bethany decided to let him go, and therefore departed for London in heartbreaking scenes, as she bid farewell to her friends and family.

Naturally, Corrie viewers were incredibly emotional over her departure, and many took to social media as a result.

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Miles Teller Says Coronavirus is Only Thing That Can Stop Tom Cruise (Exclusive)

Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible 7” was put on hold because of concerns over the growing pandemic.

Miles Teller said he got to know Tom Cruise‘s strengths and weaknesses pretty well filming the highly anticipated "Top Gun: Maverick."

And while the young actor waxed on about starring in the sequel with the iconic star in Los Angeles on Tuesday, he took a moment to muse on how Cruise — who has managed to convincingly portray action heroes for decades — would deal with the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which has infected more than 94,000 and killed more than 3,200, according to recent media reports.

"That’s probably the only enemy — antagonist — that Tom couldn’t defeat," the 33-year-old said during a grocery run outside a local Whole Foods.

Teller went on to say that Cruise’s "work ethic" could be intimidating. He also noted how the 57-year-old’s penchant for doing his own stunts was something Teller and his other co-stars tried to emulate while filming the follow-up to 1986’s "Top Gun."

"We were all a bunch of mini-Toms on the movie cause we were, ya know, we did all our own stunts. We were up in the jets the whole time," the "Whiplash" star admitted.

"We were pulling up to 8 G’s, we had 3 months of flight training," he added.

Meanwhile, concerns over the spread of the coronavirus has caused the production of the seventh installment of Cruise’s "Mission: Impossible" franchise to be put on hold, as the film was scheduled for a three-week shoot in Venice, Italy.

Italy has reported 3,089 people infected with coronavirus and 107 deaths over all at this time, according to The New York Times.

"Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our cast and crew, and efforts of the local Venetian government to halt public gatherings in response to the threat of coronavirus, we are altering the production plan," a representative from Paramount Pictures –which is distributing "Top Gun: Maverick" — said in a statement.

Other film and television projects have been affected as well, with "No Time to Die" — Daniel Craig’s last Bond film — being moved from an April opening to a November one, and the reality show "Amazing Race" postponing production for the time being.

No word yet if the expected debut date of June 24th for "Top Gun: Maverick" will be modified.

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‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’ PG-13 Rating Is the Best MPA Decision in Years

It’s been an eventful week for the MPA (formerly the MPAA). In between handing down PG-13 ratings to titles like “A Quiet Place: Part II” and “The New Mutants” the ratings board also slotted in the most important film rating of the year: Eliza Hittman’s “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” Per the MPA, Hittman’s latest film is rated PG-13 for “disturbing/mature thematic content, language, some sexual references, and teen drinking.”

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” Hittman’s acclaimed abortion drama that won major prizes at Sundance, stars newcomer Sidney Flanigan as a Pennsylvania teenager who discovers she is pregnant. State law dictates that a legal guardian must give permission for an abortion, so the teen joins her cousin (Talia Ryder) on a trip to New York City, where the abortion can be done without parental consent. The film contains enough suggestive sexual material and frank discussions about sex, abuse, and other adult topics that it wouldn’t have been a surprise for the MPA to hand it an R-rating. With a PG-13 rating, “Never Rarely” gets to be seen by the audience that most needs it.

Variety and The Guardian film critic Guy Lodge celebrated the rating on social media not long after it was reported, writing, “Glad to see the film has a PG-13 rating in the US, where practically anything remotely adult-themed gets an R: it’s a film that everyone should see, but that could be life-changing for some teens.”

Lodge makes a great point. Two of the last decade’s most vital coming-of-age films were Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” both of which were branded with R ratings. “Boyhood” included “sexual references and teen drug and alcohol use,” while “Eighth Grade” got an R rating for “language and some sexual material.”

These R ratings limited young teenagers from seeing films that spoke to the teenage experience with honesty and authenticity. More importantly, the R ratings for “Boyhood” and “Eighth Grade” exposed the ludicrousness of the then MPAA’s rating system. The use of more than one F-bomb immediately calls for an R-rating, which hurt “Eighth Grade” even though most teenagers are using curse words daily. “Eighth Grade” would have still gotten an R-rating had it only contained one F-bomb because there’s also a scene where characters talk about a “blow job.” It seems the MPAA views conversations teens 18 and younger are having in real life as only suitable to be seen in theaters by those 18 and older.

"Eighth Grade"

“Eighth Grade”


IndieWire’s Chris O’Falt slammed the “Eighth Grade” rating in July 2018, arguing, “The irony is the film shows nothing that isn’t part of middle school sex ed, and the underlying message about social media, nude selfies, and being pressured into having sex is the exact conversation educators struggle to have with their students. Burnham’s film is an incredible aid to those adults. It uses the medium to do what movies can do so well: Make the viewer emotionally relate to what a character is thinking and feeling.”

Common Sense Media, the industry’s go-to source of entertainment recommendations for families and schools, did not agree with the MPAA in these cases. The group said “Boyhood” was suitable for teenagers as young as 15 years old, while parent users on that site said “Boyhood” would be fine for viewers as young as 14 years old. Common Sense said “Eighth Grade” was safe for 14-year-olds and above, even with two F-bombs and a discussion about oral sex.

Hittman’s matter-of-fact storytelling in “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” makes the film an essential and non-didactic look at the abortion process. For teenagers who read about abortions in textbooks, the film offers a chance to emotionally understand the process and learn some of the insider specifics about how Planned Parenthood operates. Hittman even cast real Planned Parenthood workers to make the film as authentic to the real world as possible.

“Never Rarely” could be more effective in communicating the abortion process than most health classes are around the country, which makes its PG-13 rating matter. As Lodge wrote, it might even save some teenagers’ lives now that they have the MPA’s permission to see it.

“Never Rarely Sometimes Always” is opening in select theaters beginning March 13 from Focus Features.

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Noughts and Crosses fans furious over ‘missing’ character in BBC series

Noughts and Crosses made it’s debut on BBC last night, the long awaited TV adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s evocative novels. And it drew in quite the audience.

But among the heaps of praise the high-budget series received, fans noticed it was missing one thing.

To be more exact, it was missing one person who is deemed integral to the story.

The series explores an alternate Britain that is strangled by societal racism.

The author presents a world that runs contrary to history, with white people who are referred to as “Noughts”, being subordinate to a black ruling class who are referred to as “Crosses”.


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The adaptation runs several backwards scenarios which imagines a world where white people are oppressed.

It follows the story of forbidden young lovers Callum McGregor (okayed by Jack Rowan) and Sephy Hadley (Masali Baduza), who’s romance leads them into dangerous territory.

But fans of the books were wondering where Calum’s sister Lynette was.

The character doesn’t seem to exist in the series, and sone viewers took to twitter to share their confusion with the line-up.

One fans wrote: “My only criticism is: where the hell is Lynette? She’s so integral to the story. The show is amazing but absolutely missing an important, heartbreaking context #NoughtsAndCrosses.

Another asked: “Where’s Lynette #NoughtsAndCrosses,” alongside a crying face.

A third user replied with the same thoughts: “I was wondering that too.”

“Loving Noughts & Crosses on BBC but where is Lynette?! Her story was heartbreaking in the novel! #NoughtsAndCrosses,” a fourth exclaimed.

But will she make an appearance in future episodes?

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Lynette, nicknamed Lynny in the books, was the older sister of Callum and Jude McGregor.

She had dated a Cross named Jed prior to Noughts and Crosses and as a result, was attacked along with her boyfriend and left for dead.

The men who attacked them were Noughts who believed mixed heritage relations were wrong.

After the attack, Jed left Meadowview and never returned, with Lynette left mentally traumatised but the events.


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Battling her sanity, she wasn’t able to come to terms with the fact she couldn’t be with Jed and later took her own life by walking out in front of a bus.

With fans adamant that she should have featured in the series adaptation, will this pave the way for her entrance?

Will Lynette become the important character she was in the books?

Noughts and Crosses continues Thursday at 9pm on BBC One. The entire first series is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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The Bachelor's Victoria Fuller Thanks Ex Peter Weber: 'You Showed Me What Kindness Truly Is'

The Bachelor‘s Victoria Fuller has no hard feelings against Peter Weber.

On Wednesday, the medical sales rep, 26, thanked Weber, 28, in a sweet Instagram post for her overall experience on the show following her elimination at the penultimate rose ceremony during Monday’s episode.

“Pete — Thank you,” she began. “Thank you for teaching me about myself, even when I didn’t want to know. Or when it was unpleasant. But most of all teaching me that I’m worth it.”

“Thank you for always pushing me to get to the root cause & never judging me along the way,” she continued. “You showed me what kindness truly is. What patience means in a relationship. You showed me the definition of a good thing. & you showed me that I can be loved apologetically with all my flaws. For that I am forever grateful for you.”

“I’m excited to see where life takes you & I have all the respect in the world for you,” Fuller added. “You’re doing great sweetie. Cheers xx.”

During Monday’s Women Tell All special, Fuller sat down with Weber for the first time since being sent home, thanking him for how he treated her during their relationship.

“For me, the relationship that I know we had, those are moments that I will cherish forever,” she said. ” knew I saw something in you that I didn’t want to give up on. I’m happy I didn’t. I wish you all the best.”

From her past relationship with country music singer Chase Rice, to her involvement in an offensive ad campaign, to allegations that she has broken up marriages, Fuller had her share of controversy this season.

But she made it to the final three on the show, and Weber had nothing but kind things to say about how she handled herself at the WTA when speaking to PEOPLE after the taping last month.

“I really enjoyed that moment with her and her coming up and having that conversation,” he said. “We definitely had a struggle with communication throughout our relationship on the show. But I could see just in that month or two months since we ended our relationship, the growth in her, and seeing that she has really just taken a lot of lessons in her articulation, with her communication.”

“It was definitely on point tonight, and that was really cool for me to see,” he added. “I think she knows it now. That girl, she’s so worthy of love, just like everyone is. And I hope that she never forgets that.”

The two-night live finale of The Bachelor airs next Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Share your thoughts on this season in PEOPLE’s exclusive Facebook group for fans of the franchise.

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