‘Bachelor’ race discrimination lawsuit denied

Getty Images File PhotoPaul Ryan showed up to a soup kitchen sans patrons to take promo shots of him washing dishes.

Scoop has already reported on how lily-white the “Bachelor-Bachelorette” franchise is. It’s also apolitical, pedestrian, shallow and raunchy, so why anyone would sue over not being cast on the program is odd, but that didn’t stop Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson from going ahead with such a lawsuit. The men, who are black, said they were denied starring roles as “Bachelors” due to their race.

On Monday, a judge threw out the suit, citing the network’s “freedom of speech.” Show creator Mike Fleiss once told EW.com, “Sometimes we feel guilty of tokenism. Oh, we have to wedge African-American chicks in there! We always want to cast for ethnic diversity, it’s just that, for whatever reason, they don’t come forward. I wish they would.”

Just not in a court of law.

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Hey, Vern, it’s undead ernest

Call it a fifth sense, but the “Ernest” movie franchise could be returning, even though its original star, Jim Varney, died from lung cancer in 2000. Ernest P. Worrell, that hilarious, slack-jawed yokel who shared his adventures with you, Vern (yes, YOU were Vern. It was deep, man) reportedly may return through a prequel.

When asked why he was making a “Police Academy 4,” Bobcat Goldthwait famously quipped, “There were just so many unanswered questions from ‘2’ and ‘3.’” Can the same be said for “Ernest”? YES! KnowwhatImean?!

 

Dish whitewashing

Paul Ryan is an adherent of author Ayn Rand, who believed altruism was evil. But the GOP vice presidential candidate showed up at an Ohio soup kitchen last weekend — after all the food had been served and everyone had left — and reportedly scrubbed already-clean dishes for the photographers in his retinue.

Brian Antal, who runs the kitchen but was not there that day, told TMZ that Ryan actually did clean some dirty dishes. However, when asked if the dishes had been set aside for a photo op, he said, “No comment.”

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