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Katy Perry Dishes on Taylor Swift Drama during Carpool Karaoke

What we all expected to be a cute new round of Carpool Karaoke turned into a total dish session on the feud between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

During The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017, Katy Perry joined James Corden in the car to sing a few of her greatest hits. What Corden probably didn't expect, however, was his question about her "bad blood" with Taylor Swift to get such an extensive answer.

"Honestly, it's really like she started it, and it's time for her to finish it," Perry said. "And I tried to talk to her about it, and she wouldn't speak to me... It was a full shut down, and then she writes a song about me, and I'm like, 'Okay, cool, cool, cool, that's how you want to deal with it?'"

For those unfamiliar, the kerfuffle started over a handful of backup dancers that moved from Taylor Swift's tour to Katy Perry's, and it snowballed from there. Swift has all but confirmed that she wrote "Bad Blood" about Perry, and Perry's new song "Swish Swish" is believed to be the latest clapback in the feud.

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"Karma!" Katy Perry continued, "What I want to say is that, like, I'm ready for that BS to be done. Now, there is the law of cause and effect. You do something, and there is going to be a reaction. And trust me, daddy, there's going to be a reaction."

Perry managed to finish on a positive note though, reminding the audience that women pulling together is what matters at the end of the day.

"I think personally that women together, not divided -- and like none of this petty sh-t -- women together will heal the world."

At the end of the day, Perry confirmed that all she'd need to kill the feud would be a text from Swift saying that it was time to "take the beef off the grill" in Corden's words.

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37/11:37c

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The Bachelorette Season Premiere: Is There A Little Bit of Whaboom In You?

Rachel Lindsay and Lucas, The Bachelorette | Photo Credits: Paul Hebert, ABC


The Bachelorette is back with Nick Viall's bronze medalist Rachel Lindsay looking for love. In the season premiere, we met her 31 guys and her adorable dog Copper. But most importantly, we met Lucas, whose catchphrase, WHAAABOOOOM (three a's and four o's), is going to be all you remember from this excellent season premiere.

Seriously, limo entrances are always one of if not the best part of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and this one didn't disappoint. These guys seem very fun. Some of them even seem charming!

I'm still worried that the show will use Rachel's race as another thing to mine awkward moments from in a way that will feel offensive, but race barely came up in the first episode beyond an acknowledgement that Rachel is the first black Bachelorette and somebody observing that it's a diverse group of handsome men. Rachel is setting the tone, and race just doesn't seem like something she wants to talk about a lot. Which is fine. She doesn't want her race to be her defining characteristic, and it shouldn't be.

Instead, night one was all about having fun. Rachel's a great sport. She's unflappable. She laughs at everything and she's nice to everyone. She has unflagging positive energy that transfers to the people around her. It makes a lot of sense that she used to be camp counselor. And she got that that one dude was doing Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle right away. JoJo wouldn't get that reference, you know?

Rachel is either going to be a great Bachelorette because she's so lovable, or she's going to be an underwhelming one because she's too normal. She still seems too well-adjusted for all this, you know?

But no matter what happens this season, we'll always have this terrific episode.

So much hilarious stuff happened. I loved Rachel's intro package, especially when she was in the fake courtroom and she was like "objection!" and the judge was like "sustained." Rachel's a lawyer on Law & Order, apparently. I loved when she was driving down Rodeo Drive and said, "I feel like I'm in Clueless right now." I loved her dog and I hope he's okay -- did you notice his leg was in a cast?

What's the Deal with Lucas and His Whaboom?

Also, it was interesting that they showed the house where she's staying during filming. I don't recall ever seeing the lead's private domicile before. It kind of spoils the magic of imagining they're in a separate wing of the mansion from their suitors, but this season has been about spoilers from the moment Rachel was revealed as the Bachelorette before she was eliminated from The Bachelor.

I also loved that the guys' intro videos zipped by quickly. We got eight in about 10 minutes, and they were packed with stuff. It's unfair to judge Blake E. too much on his sex talk, since the producers made that decision to only include stuff like "many women have told me about the amazingness of my penis," but he also said that, so maybe judge him a little bit. He's the aspiring drummer (in reality he's a personal trainer, one of like four this season), and he got really pissy with Whaboom, so I think he's going to be a villain this season.

Lucas introduced WHABOOM and it ruled. He explained its origin, kind of, and what it means, kind of, but mostly it was just him screaming "WHAAABOOOOM!!!!!" over and over again.

I'm envious of Diggy's sneaker collection.

But the most notable thing from the guys' intros was Josiah's truly upsetting story about his brother killing himself. It's much too early for the show to drop something that heavy. Last season we didn't get Kristina's sad story about growing up in Russia until we already knew her a little bit. That way we got to see what kind of person she was before we had this tragic backstory coloring what we thought of her. Now no matter what Josiah does on the show, he's going to be the guy who cut his brother down from a tree after he hanged himself. Which isn't fair to Josiah, and it's unfair to viewers to have to process something so devastating amidst all the silliness happening around it. The Bachelorette shouldn't lead with tragedy.

Speaking of Kristina (who looked incredible and has an open invitation to email me), she and several other of Rachel's friends from Nick's season -- Alexis, Corinne, Jasmine, Whitney and Raven, who apparently is not bitter she was passed over for The Bachelorette -- stopped by to give Rachel advice.

"Don't judge anybody if they come in a costume," said Alexis, who showed up dressed as a shark -- excuse me, dolphin.

Then it was finally time for the entrances. Peter got the hubby entrance, first out of the limo, so watch out for him (Lauren Bushnell and Jordan Rodgers were first out of the limo in their seasons). He has a gap in his teeth just like Rachel's, and he said he knows she hasn't had great luck with Wisconsin guys lately and he'd like to change that. Slick.

Next up was Josiah, a lawyer like Rachel, who said, "I am convinced that by the end of our experience together, you will have no reasonable doubt" that they should be together.

Rachel laughed and said, "Legal terms!" Rachel loves corny humor, as she confirmed when a guy actually broke a piece of ice with a hammer in order to "break the ice."

"See you later, litigator," he said as he went inside. And yet I couldn't forget that he had cut his brother down from a tree.

Bryan, who would go on to get the first impression rose, audibly went "mwah" as he air-kissed Rachel two separate times, so that's the kind of person he is.

Then they all started to blur together. One guy had a vacuum cleaner for reasons that never became clear. Another guy was wearing a penguin costume. Another guy brought a marching band. We met Jonathan the tickle monster. It was a lot.

Rachel also got her first demonstration of WHAAABOOOM. Lucas said it was just a taste, but it felt like a KFC Famous Bowl worth of WHAAABOOOOM to me.

One guy, Fred, knew Rachel when they were kids. She was his camp counselor when he was in 3rd grade and she was in 8th grade. Apparently he was a very bad kid in a way that left a lasting impression on Rachel, because she can't get over it. Poor guy. He should have let the past stay the past.

In one of the weirder twists, one guy had a creepy puppet version of himself. People seemed genuinely unnerved by it. Even Rachel, who's so relentlessly positive, was like, "I don't like that puppet." Eventually the puppet started speaking in French and gave a confessional interview. This season is going to get very weird, I think.

And the final stretch before the rose ceremony was dominated by WHAAABOOOOM. He was grating on everyone right away. But not me. I loved it. I loved his megaphone narration. I loved "let the big dogg eat" and Rachel's confusion over what that meant (no one knows what it means, but it's provocative). I loved the juggling. I want to buy a #WHAAABOOOOM shirt. Actually I don't, but I want the option to be available.

Lucas and Blake E., who objected to Lucas' obvious lack of interest in actually trying to date Rachel, are clearly each going to be troublemakers this season.

Of course Lucas was the last name called at the rose ceremony, and he let out the biggest WHAAABOOOOM of the night.

Blake K., Grant, Jedidiah, Kyle, Michael, Milton, Mo and Rob got sent home, and the rest of their journeys begin. It's going to be a preposterous 12 weeks.

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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What's the Deal with The Bachelorette's "Whaboom" Guy?

Lucas, The Bachelorette | Photo Credits: Paul Hebert, ABC

The premiere of Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette introduced us to one of the most colorful characters to ever appear on the dating competition: Lucas Yancey, or as he shall henceforth forever be known, Whaboom. Or perhaps more accurately #WHAAABOOOOM (that's three A's, four O's).

Lucas' occupation is listed in his bio as "Whaboom," and as Chris Harrison explained when introducing Lucas last week, "It's a lifestyle. It's an essence. It's who he is. It's a noun. It's a verb. It's an adverb, like you can be whaboom, and you can be whaboomed, and you can whaboom. And you can call somebody a whaboom. It's a lot." Boy howdy, is it ever a lot. In his intro video, Lucas explained its origin -- it evolved from "boom," which, sure -- and sort of explained its meaning, but I mostly missed it because I was laughing too hard and looking at his ridiculous rubber face.

Mostly what it is is a catchphrase. An extremely loud, incredibly annoying, screamingly hilarious (for now) catchphrase. Seriously, Lucas had me laughing harder than I've ever laughed at The Bachelorette. Every time he shook his face to gather power before exploding into a "WHABOOM!" I lost it. He's like a Super Saiyan whose power is yelling.

He completely took over the premiere with his outrageous antics. He showed up carrying a megaphone, which he didn't need, since he's louder than the ambulance that that one guy rolled up in. It was pretty clear from his ridiculous intro video that he's just on the show for comedy purposes, and then he said one of his testicles was larger than the other and confirmed it.

In fact, I don't think there's ever been a contestant on the show so transparently Not Here For the Right Reasons. He was wearing a shirt with his own self-promotional hashtag on it. That shirt is available to purchase on his website for the low price of $15. The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have become opportunities for individuals to build large social media followings that they can advertise to, and Lucas is obviously trying to build his brand. He's on The Bachelorette to promote his comedy career, and the show is letting him do it. It's a sign of the franchise's continuing loosening up that a guy who makes no pretense of actually being here for love can get screen time. It's like the show is saying "this guy is a clown, and we are in on the joke" in a way that it usually doesn't allow. Or maybe creator Mike Fleiss is taking a cut of his t-shirt sales.

His website describes him as an actor/writer/producer. It features his acting reel, which includes a comedy sketch with Rob Riggle. It also includes a special section for his hashtags. He's also a rugby player -- which we saw in his intro -- and a real estate investor, which is a cliché job for a Bachelorette guy to have. "Whaboom" is much more interesting.

He's also been doing "whaboom" for a long time. The earliest use of #whaaaabooom (an earlier draft of the hashtag we now know and love) was all the way back in 2012.

"Let the big dogg eat" goes back that far, too. That's his other catchphrase. When he referenced it to Rachel, she answered "I don't know about that yet," which made me have a giggle fit. He has yet another catchphrase, "#burgertyme," that we haven't heard on the show yet, but I'm sure eventually we'll hear all about how any time is #burgertyme when you believe in yourself or whatever.

As if you need more evidence of his transparent fame-mongering, he also appeared on WE's dating reality show Ex Isle last year. He didn't say "whaboom" and he didn't get famous. He was probably like, "I see where I went wrong, and I know what I must do."

One dude, Blake E., who's clearly being set up as one of the season's villains, reacted negatively to #Whaaaboooom, calling Lucas out for Not Being Here For The Right Reasons, which Lucas didn't really dispute.

"I feel that everyone has a little bit of whaboom in them," Lucas said, partially as an explanation and partially just as a non sequitur.

I think after tonight he'll be right. And after two weeks all the whaboom will have left us because we'll be so sick of him, just like Blake E., who has no whaboom in him. But for now, #WHAAABOOOOM!

The Bachelorette airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.

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