‘The Bachelorette’ notes: Emily Maynard and … Kelly Ripa?

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Emily MaynardMrs. Carter: What’s happening with Emily now?

While we wait for more information to finally come out about Sean Lowe’s upcoming season of “The Bachelor” (which is currently filming its overnight dates in an undisclosed location), we might as well focus on some of the highlights coming in now from the world of “The Bachelorette,” whether they be some more romance rumors for Emily Maynard, or a crazy video that Kelly Ripa first showed off on her “Live! with Kelly and Michael” Halloween special that was delayed a week thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Both are fun, and both strangely have some sort of disturbing connection to the flagship series beyond just the initial headline.

Let’s start off with Emily, mostly because she is a woman who seems to attract attention from the tabloids wherever she goes. As a report from The Ashley states (using a photo from a Twitter feed for evidence), Jef Holm’s ex-fiance was spotted getting cozy at a nightclub recently with a NASCAR truck driver named Jason White, who is recently single himself after splitting from his girlfriend, who is a cheerleader for the hometown Charlotte Bobcats. So is this just all innocent fun, or something more? Until there is more evidence of something serious going on here beyond just a club sighting, you really have to go with the former.

As for Kelly Ripa, the fun story here is simply watching her simulate the popular dating show in the photo below, as she chooses her co-host Michael Strahan to be the perfect guy for her over such contenders as Simon Cowell, Hugh Jackson, and Jerry O’Connell. Of course, Ripa is actually married to Mark Consuelos … but remembering that really takes away some of the fun of what she is trying to do here.

Remember, be sure to check out some more scoop on Sean’s season here, and we will have plenty more to post as it happens.

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