Back with another update, since once seems to be due right now with what’s going on in the “Bachelor/ette” world. There’s a lot of false information floating around out there, so who better to set the record straight than me? Reality Steve to the rescue. This weeks column will cover all that’s going on in the “Bachelor/ette” world, and there’s plenty. An update on my Thanksgiving holiday approaching, what I’m dreading doing next week, “Dancing with the Stars”, “Celebrity Rehab”, and of course, “24″.
I figured I’d get this column in before next week becomes super hectic. I’m moving. I hate moving. Dread it. Hate helping people move, hate the thought of helping people move, and hate moving period. But I figured it’d be nice to have a little yard for Maddie to play in and I like being on the first floor, so I’m moving to another apartment in my complex. I’m just not looking forward to it. I wish that day would just come and go. I move Tuesday and I haven’t done a single bit of packing yet. I know I’ll wait til Monday too. Everytime I’ve told myself, “Ok, todays the day I’m gonna start cleaning up and boxing stuff up,” I seem to get distracted and go watch “Gossip Girl” or fool around on the internet for 3 hours. I’ve got ADD when it comes to stuff that I don’t want to do. I think I’m purposely making excuses to put it off til the last minute. Oh well. Such the life of a procrastinator.
Of course, other than it being Thanksgiving, I’m returning back to California in two weeks for the annual Turkey Bowl flag football game, played Thanksgiving morning. I think my buddies and I have done it 10 years in a row now, and I’ve realized the older I get, the less I can play in it. Two years ago, I pulled my hamstring, and last year, my back pretty much allowed me to do nothing. I’ve got back problems. I know, I sound like I’m 50, but I do. It’s just the way it is. Sucks not being a world class athlete anymore and that I can’t do the things I used to be able to do. Well, you know, except THAT thing. Haven’t lost that touch whatsoever. In fact, I don’t think I ever will. So no worries. Whoever was curious. Man, in years past, I couldn’t wait til Thanksgiving morning to play in that game. I could go non stop for hours. Now? Psssshh. I play about two series before I’m gassed. Doesn’t matter. We brought in some ringers this year, so they won’t need me as much.
-Let’s first start off with the news that a lot of you seem to be interested in, which is the rumors that DeAnna and Jeremy spent the weekend together recently. This story made it into a local Dallas magazine, which then had a couple internet sites who ran with it. Obviously, I went straight to the source on this one and asked Jeremy if he had heard of this report and whether or not it was true. His response: “Totally ridiculous.” No, Jeremy did not spend the weekend with DeAnna, hasn’t spent any weekends with DeAnna since the show ended, and doesn’t have any plans to spend future weekends with her. In addition, he told me to throw in that the weekend in question, he wasn’t even in Dallas as he was out of town celebrating his grandma’s 80th birthday with family. So there’s that. You got your answer.
-Next item of business regarding Jeremy were pictures from a recent Halloween party in Las Vegas that had him “canoodling” with Aubrey O’Day, formerly of the group “Danity Kane”. Couldn’t avoid these pictures since they’re out there on the internet, so of course, I had to ask him about those. His response: “Yes, I was her guest to the Halloween party in Vegas, we’re very good friends, but no, we’re not dating. I spent the rest of that weekend in Vegas with friends who were in from Dallas.” I don’t know anything about Aubrey O’Day since I never watched “Making the Band.” She could be a great, wholesome, voluptuous, young woman with high moral standards, or she could be a giant floozy, as the media seems to portray her as. I have no idea. Here’s what I do know. Her breasts are the size of small children. So that must account for something. Like being able to solve our economic crisis.
-So where does Jeremy stand right now regarding his relationship status? Here’s what he had to say when I asked him.
“I can comment that I’m not dating anyone right now. I hang out with my friends but there are no proposals coming from me anytime soon. I just haven’t met the one yet. I am hoping I do but I’m not putting any pressure on myself. There is no hurry, and in the meantime, I have my newborn niece to play with as well as my other niece and nephew. I’m just having fun being an uncle right now.”
Hey, I’m here to help. If you need his social security number or bank account information, I can give you that too. Ha ha. Kidding people. After what happened with Paula Abdul’s stalker, I don’t trust any of the weirdos out there who consider themselves fans.
-Well, well, well. Our beloved DeAnna has gone running to her MySpace page to give us her side of the story. And by “her side of the story,” I mean “nothing at all.” Here’s what DeAnna wrote about the breakup with Jesse:
First, I would first like to thank all of the people who have supported Jesse and myself. I, too, am saddened by the breakup of our relationship. While it would be easy to get on here and start defending myself against the recent negative attacks on me, I choose not to do that. I respect the relationship Jesse and I had too much to drag the issues we had out into the public eye. Some things need to remain private. I wish Jesse nothing but the very best life has to offer and I know that he will succeed and do well in his pursuits. I greatly appreciate everyone who has posted publically or privately offering kind words and support during this difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. DeAnna
Hey, I know I’m just as guilty as the rest of them when it comes to spell check since I’ve never used it once, but DeAnna, feel free to spell “publicly” correct next time. It might serve you well as you start your new blogging endeavor, which we’ll get to in a moment. When she says, “It would be easy to get on here and start defending myself against the recent negative attacks on me,” I really hope she’s talking about me. Hey, I’d love to go face-to-face with her. Hell, I’ll throw the invitation out there right now. Come do an interview with Reality Steve, DeAnna. The floor is yours. Say what you want to say. Mi casa, su casa. If it’s so easy to defend yourself, then why don’t you do it? Frankly, I don’t think there’s much you can say which would change anyone’s mind.
You see, what DeAnna seems to be missing here is that I’m not attacking her for breaking up with the guy, we all know that happens. Especially when it comes to this show. I’m not attacking her for “things that need to remain private” between her and Jesse. Those were their problems and none of my business. What I am attacking her for are things that can’t be disputed:
-the fact that all along, she wanted to be on television and used the “Bachelor/ette” as a spring board. If she were to say, “I went on the show with the intention of falling in love, and as a result, all these opportunities came about so I took them,” I’ll just call bulls**t on that since we know that’s not the case.
-the fact that her and Jesse were the only Bachelor/ette couple to create their own website dedicated to telling us where they were, where they’ll be, all homemade videos of them, and every interview or tv appearance they had.
-the fact that Jesse claims the only time she was affectionate with him was in front of the cameras.
-the fact that on Monday, the day the breakup reached the press, she was on a TV morning show and was asked point blank how things were with Jesse, and she responded by saying they were still getting married, even though they had broken up two days earlier.
Sorry, honey. Those are the undisputable facts. If you would like to tell your side of the story to every one of those examples, I would like nothing more than to hear what you come up with. Until then, have fun blogging.
-So DeAnna has been hired by Lifetime TV to be a co-host for a show called “Get Married”. She is also a blogger on their site, I guess to tell all the numerous wedding stories she has from her zero weddings. Really? People are going to be getting wedding advice from someone who’s never been married? Brilliant. I think I’m going to go write a book on parenting, even though I’ve never had any kids. Or better yet, how about someone hire me to host a show on the Travel Channel where I tell you all about all the hot spots and good bargains you can get in Europe even though I’ve never been out of the country? Unbelievable. Here’s the link to her blog. I found it hilarious that all the comments on there so far are positive. “Great to have you, DeAnna!” “You’ll find that love of your life someday!” “You are awesome. There is someone special out there waiting for you!” Please. I’m gonna barf.
My suggestion? Reality Steve fans and DeAnna haters start bombarding her blog with comments calling her out for being a fraud. I’m guessing they won’t let those on a million years. Gotta love how the media can spin things any way they want. Seriously, I’m flabbergasted that someone hired her to co-host a show about getting married when she’s never been married, nor has she ever planned one. Ok, well maybe her and Jesse were in the very beginning stages of their wedding, but please, we all know that was being put together by ABC. This is hilarious. You are truly lost in life if you watch this show to listen to her advice.
-I think I’ve pretty much said my peace on DeAnna and Jesse. Convenient that not one week after they break up, she’s got a TV gig lined up. Yeah, I’m sure that had nothing to do with it. Ok, that’s it. I’m done. No more about them. Until probably the next column.
-In other “Bachelor” related news, looks like one of our other couples is officially back together. I’d been hearing rumors that Charlie O’Connell and Sarah Brice were back together, but there wasn’t anything official from either party. Until now. Charlie recently told “In Touch” magazine, “I donâ€™t want to jinx it, but itâ€™s going great. We are taking it slow and not taking each other for granted this time. The future looks good!â€ Anyone that’s been following my column for years knows that I’ve said the best season this show ever produced in terms of being the most realistic was Charlie’s season. They didn’t have extravagant dates, it was filmed in his hometown, every date involved something any normal couple would do in the beginning stages of a relationship, and at the end of six weeks, he wasn’t forced to choose anyone. They allowed him to continue dating both girls during the entire time the show was being aired to the public, then he made his final decision live during the finale. Why ABC has only chose to use that format once in 16 seasons is beyond me. I guess because it made too much sense. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the longest running couple, outside of Byron and Mary who like to beat each other up, is Charlie and Sarah. They went out for two years, took a year off, and now they’re back together.
-And how about the latest “US Weekly” story that has former Bachelor Travis Stork and Carrie Underwood now playing hide the pickle? Jeesh. Other than their Nashville ties, I wouldn’t have seen this one coming in a million years. I’d say that’s a step up from Sarah or that wet blanket Moana, wouldn’t you? Nice catch, Trav. Might wanna to hold on to that one. Then again, all of Carrie’s public relationships have failed, and the minute they do, she writes a song about it. Just don’t cheat on her. She might dig her keys into the side of your pretty little suped up four wheel drive, then carve her name into your leather seats. And if you’re not careful, she might take a Louisville slugger to both headlights and slash all four tires. So think before you cheat. Yes, I own the CD. I’m so gay.
DANCING WITH THE STARS
-Not really surprising to see who’s left at this point. Its definitely the four best dancers. I assume that the finals will be Brooke, Cody, and Warren. Some of you might say Lance stays over Cody, which I wouldn’t have a problem with, but let’s all remember who Cody’s partner is: Julianne. And people like her and want to keep her around. That’s why when she was gone the last two weeks and he looked completely uncomfortable with Edtya, he was still kept around. I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing Warren go, but that’s just because I’m biased against the guy having followed his sports career. Don’t like him at all. Never have, never will. Wanna know a pet peeve of mine? People who constantly laugh at their own jokes. Or laugh after every sentence that comes out of their mouth whether its funny or not. Sorry, can’t stand it. And Warren does it, ALL THE TIME. Annoying. Plus, if you really, really, really look at his dancing, it’s not that good. He just puts on a good performance, smiles a lot, and the crowd likes him. But technically, he’s the worst of the four left by far. But then again, that’s really never mattered since it’s mostly a popularity contest.
-Cody had to come out this week and defend himself after that video performance Tuesday night where he’s shown wailing away at Julianne being gone. Basically, Cody denied he has a crush on Julianne, even though everything he’s done this year suggests otherwise. Really Cody? You don’t? May I ask you something? Why not? She’s freakin’ Julianne. Have you looked at her recently? She’s right around your age, she’s hot, she can dance, she’s successful, and she’s not a diva, from what we know. It’s ok, Cody. Just admit you go to bed every night with dirty thoughts about Julianne and wake up feeling, ummmm, uncomfortable. Sorry, Cody. Don’t buy it for a second. You’re a 19 year old boy getting to dance with arguably the hottest woman on television right now. At 19, I was pretty much sweating anytime anything with a pulse talked to me. Now you’re getting rub bodies for 6 hours a day with that and you’re telling us you don’t have a crush on her? Please. Be a man and admit you want to take Julianne to prom and all will be forgiven.
-Speaking of Julianne, did you catch her and Derek’s performance during the results show on Tuesday? So let me get this straight. This chick was laid up for two weeks after having her appendix removed and an ovarian cyst, comes back, and can put that routine together where she’s dancing around stage non-stop for 3-4 minutes straight? She’s superwoman. I think one of the more interesting things about this show is, as much as we see the celebrities improve from week 1 until the end, every time you watch the pros dancing together, they are just in a completely different league and you realize, “Wow. The celebrities will never be that good.” Once again, I have no formal training in dance, didn’t know the first thing about ballroom dancing until I started watching this show, but I’ll be the first to admit, those professionals are awesome. I understand most of them have probably been dancing since they were little kids, but I’m still pretty amazed at what they can do. Men’s bodies aren’t supposed to be that flexible. Then I watch Derek dance and I think he’s Plastic Man. So kudos to all professional dancers on that show. You entertain me.
-Of course, what would a season of “Dancing with the Stars” be without finding out, “Who’s screwing who?” Now, we all know Cody has a crush on Julianne because who doesn’t? But come to find out this week that Maxsim and Karina are now a couple. Interesting choice considering that guy could probably pull any tail that he wanted, yet he picks up Mario Lopez’ sloppy seconds. On the results show Tuesday, no doubt I was watching them a little more closely in the professionals dance. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it was their first dance since it became public knowledge that they’re fornicating off screen. Over the years, there’ve been numerous rumors and stories about who’s hooking up with who and what not. Julianne and Apolo, Julianne and Helio, Sara Evans and Tony, etc. Plenty of rumors and stories. There is one couple I know for 100% fact was sleeping together and it was well known around the set. How do I know this? Because back during this particular season, I knew someone who worked on the show. No need for Reality Steve to go flapping his gums, but here’s a hint: One of the people in question is married, and the other is one of the “bigger” pros. That’s all you get. Just know I’m not making this up for attention sake, or just going off a hunch. This is 100% confirmed. Have at it.
-A lot of reality shows out there are trash. We know this. And a lot of reality TV gets a bad rap, which it deserves. Shows like “Flavor of Love”, “Rock of Love”, “I Love NY”, “Charm School”, let’s face it, they’re garbage. They’re purely put on TV for shock value and nothing else. However, there are obviously some reality shows out there which actually serve a purpose and are beneficial to people in some way. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and “Biggest Loser” are two that come to mind immediately. There’s nothing negative about those shows. They’re helping people change a lifestyle. Even “American Idol” to a certain extent can fit in that category for the sole reason it gives otherwise unknown artists a chance to perform in front of millions of people every week, and can give someone their big break. Yes, the audition episodes are there for comedy value, but we all know Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood wouldn’t be where they are today without “Idol”. Well, I think we can throw “Celebrity Rehab” into that category.
-If you’ve never seen the show, it’s pretty fascinating. Yes, the people chosen for the show are mostly B and C list celebrities that you probably don’t know or care about. But the show is pretty powerful to watch. Look, I don’t know anyone in rehab, I’ve never been into drugs myself, and I’ve never been huge on that whole party scene anyway, so I can’t speak for people in their positions, but it is pretty amazing to me to watch these people not being able to function without their drugs. It reminds of the old SNL skit where Will Ferrell plays a news anchor and the teleprompter goes down, and all hell breaks loose. Watching these addicts try to recover from not having their drugs is pretty good television. And the not so surprising thing to hear is, when they’re in group therapy, learning about their family life. Basically every single one of these people had parental issues. Either their parents were users, they’re parents neglected them, they were abused or molested, etc. Funny how it works out that way. Probably a good show to watch if you’re a parent too knowing that if you’re a complete f**k up, your kid’s probably gonna turn into one too. Watch the show. Trust me. It’s really good. And if I ever get to the point where I ever need to go into therapy or something, I want Dr. Drew as my doctor. Who wouldn’t want that guy?
-We are now only 9 days away from “24″ 2 hour movie event next Sunday night. I can’t tell you how painful it has been for me to sit around since May of 2007 without any new episodes of “24″. Damn writers strike. Last column had the “24: Redemption” trailer in it. If you’ve never seen the show, it is ok to start watching this season. Yeah, you know won’t know some of the backstory of a couple characters, and you might not completely understand the Kiefer Sutherland character, but they’ve pretty much started fresh this season, so you’ll probably be able to pick it up fairly easy. In case you missed it, here’s trailer:
As for season 7 which starts up in January, there’s a new trailer up for it now. Includes a little more footage considering they’ve already shot 20 of the 24 episodes. Usually the trailer for the season only has clips from the first few shows, but since this season will be the first time that the whole season has been completed before the first episode airs, they’re able to include a little more footage.
That’s all for this week. I’ll be back after the Thanksgiving holiday to update everyone on my Turkey Bowl game, how Maddie is enjoying her new apartment, and all that is good, and bad, on television. Any questions, comments, concerns, praises, criticisms, guesses on which former “DWTS” couple were banging it out on a nightly basis, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next timeâ€¦.