The Bachelor 15 - Brad

Brad the Bachelor…Again.

So if you haven’t read my Twitter and Facebook account from Monday morning, then you wouldn’t have known that two days ago I told everyone Brad Womack is going to be the “Bachelor”…again. Of course, plenty of news sites and tabloids have picked up on it now, some crediting me and some not. Look, not a single person in America was talking about Brad as the next “Bachelor” until after I posted on Monday. Hell, even People.com ran a story two hours after I posted talking about “Is Chris Lambton or Ty Brown the Next Bachelor?” So they were completely out of the loop and wrong. No one mentioned Brad until after I did because no one knew. Hell, I didn’t even know until Monday morning. But when I heard, it was pretty much solid. Then later on Monday, I got it 100% confirmed. ABC hasn’t announced it officially yet, but they will. It should be coming soon. Brad is the next Bachelor?again. ABC knows that the rumor is out there it’s Brad. And they know it came from me. Considering their utter dislike for me, don’t you think if it wasn’t true, they’d deny it by now. Chris Harrison is now tweeting saying “a lot of rumors out there. You’ll find out soon”. If it wasn’t Brad, the first thing those people would be saying to shut me up would be, “We can tell you it’s not Brad.” But they’re not. Trust me. It’s him.

As for “US Weekly” today claiming on their site it’s an “exclusive”, that just shows the depths of which those parasites will sink. Jeez, at least give credit where credit is due. It’s not an exclusive when I reported it two days ago AND one of your main competitors, Star Magazine, called me immediately after I posted and put it on their website Monday afternoon. So ridiculous. Every time I post a quote, or reference a story I read online about this show, I always credit who reported it or where it came from. All I ask is the same in return. Apparently that’s too much for them. I guess I somewhat understand. I mean, when a blogger in Texas is constantly beating you when it comes to inside information for this show, I guess you have to pretend you’re winning. Hell, take my website completely out of the equation. Starmagazine.com ran the story on their site TWO DAYS AGO because they actually followed up with my Twitter post and called me asking for quotes and verifying it.

The reaction to my posts have been, shall we say, very animated. I’d say it’s running about 80/20 against him. For the life of me, I’ll never understand why people get worked up over something so stupid. Who cares who the next “Bachelor” is and if it’s someone they used already? You’re still going to watch, and don’t say that you won’t. Die hard fans of this show will watch regardless of who is cast. As I said numerous times before, you’re watching for the process. The romance, the dates, the cattiness in the house, and for what lunatics they cast. I don’t think it makes a hell of a difference at all who’s the lead. You know how many people said to me, “Ugh, Jason? Why do I want to see him? Boooorrrrring.” And look what that turned out to be. Then the same with Jillian, then the same with Jake, then the same with Ali. Everyone says how much they hate so-and-so being cast, yet the ratings stay the same or go up every single season. I don’t buy it for a second. If you watched the last six seasons, you’ll watch this season.

And if by some random chance you really are sticking to your word when you use all you “!!!!!!!” at the end of your sentence?great. You won’t watch. You know who will? About 10 million other people. Just because you don’t agree with the decision doesn’t mean it’s not a good one. Honestly, I think ABC is genius for re-casting Brad. This is a brilliant television move. They don’t care about weddings and romance and love. Their job is to create a buzz for this show. Let me ask you something: If it was announced that Joe Blow, 31 year old good looking lawyer from Chicago, Illinois was going to be the “Bachelor”, would any of you have the same reaction you did when you heard it was Brad? Of course not. This show is about creating buzz. It’s about getting people talking about their show, whether positive or negative. What better way to do that then re-cast Brad Womack, the only guy in “Bachelor” history to dump both girls at the end? The response I’ve gotten on Twitter and Facebook since I posted Monday has been unlike any response for any announcement of any previous “Bachelor”. People are freaking out. And you expect me to believe those people won’t watch? Of course they will.

In order to help talk some of you people off the ledge, I will address some of the questions a lot of you seem to be having about Brad being re-cast. For the life of me, I don’t understand some people’s thought process when it comes to this show, but I’ll try and help out. So here’s been a few of the main responses I’ve been getting.

“Why?”

Ummmm, why not? It’s their show, they can cast whoever they want. Brad’s season essentially started the revitalization of this franchise. The guy is still single, he’s still successful, and they know by casting him, it will create a ton of buzz. Don’t you think when they decided on him they’ve already planned what he’s going to say to the media and how ABC is going to respond to, “Why cast a guy you already had on?” They’re smarter than you think. These people know what they’re doing. I’m sure the theme this season will be “Second Chance at Love” or something along those lines. When this show casts their “Bachelor”, the only prerequisite they seem to have is the guy has to be single. That’s it. Nothing else. Brad fits that, so he’s qualified to do the show.

And of course let us not forget probably the biggest reason why anyone would agree to do this show. Money. Yes, Brad owns a few very successful bars down in Austin, but that doesn’t mean money wouldn’t play a factor into this decision. Money is ALWAYS a factor. Very few people in this world right now can say, “Yeah, I’m good. I don’t need any more money.” Lets face it, getting paid some good coin to date 25 women for a couple months isn’t such a bad deal. And since he’s been through it already, he knows exactly what to expect this time around.

“He already had his chance. Give someone else a try.”

This might be the stupidest argument I’ve heard about Brad being cast that I can think of. What the hell does that mean? Yeah, he had his chance and was the only honest Bachelor in the history of this show when he said, “You know what? I’m not in love with either of these girls, so I’ll take a pass.” People, it’s not like they’re re-casting the same 25 women that were on Brad’s season before. We’re not going to watch a replay of what happened in 2007. Yes, it’s the same guy, but it’s 25 new women. Saying he “already had a chance” makes no sense whatsoever. Is there a rule book out there that states ABC cannot use someone twice? If there is, I certainly haven’t seen it. The guy didn’t choose from the 25 women presented to him last time. Doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen again this time. Lets be real: Do you honestly think they’ll re-cast Brad and let him choose NO ONE again? Really? Please. Hell, I bet it’s even written into the guys contract this time he must choose someone. Even if it isn’t, the guy knows the backlash he took last time. He knows how the show works now. I’m guessing he’s a little more open to the process than he was three years ago.

I’ve spoken to Brad one time in my life. It was a few months after his season ended, and one thing he said to me always stuck out. He told me that despite everything he went through, and all the criticism he took, he said he loved being on the show, he wished it would’ve worked out with someone, and most importantly, he and Mike Fleiss will always have a great relationship because he likes the guy. Which I thought was rather odd since the show essentially threw him under the bus once they realized he wasn’t gonna pick anybody. But after all that, for him to still say he respected Fleiss as a businessman and that he was just doing what he needed to do to protect his show, I thought that said a lot. Come to find out on Monday that this has been in the works for a while. They wanted Brad to be the “Bachelor” last season, as they asked him before asking Jake. For whatever reason, it just never worked worked out and they ended up going with the phoniest, most unlikable “Bachelor” ever in Jake the Dork.

“He’s just doing this to promote his bars.”

Anyone who thinks that, please go back and watch every episode of his last season. Not one time were any of the names of Brad’s bars that he owned ever mentioned in an episode. Brad is doing just fine in his bar business down in Austin. The last thing this guy would do is go back on this show that once made his life miserable just so he could plug a couple bars. I tend to give the guy a little more credit than that. After what he went through last time, I gotta believe he’s a little more serious this time around.

“There aren’t any other single guys out there that they had to go with him?”

Exactly. Yep. Couldn’t be more right. Brad is the only single male in America right now so that’s why they went with him. Don’t be stupid. Of course there are other people they could’ve gone with. Chris Lambton didn’t want to do it. If he did, he’d be the bachelor but he turned it down for whatever reason. Probably realizes he doesn’t need to go on a show like this to get some ass, and considering he and Peyton have a little thing going on now, why would he?

“He failed the first time around so why would we watch him again?”

I do not understand this argument whatsoever. What does him being on the show the first time around have to do with the upcoming season? Like I said, they’re not re-casting the same 25 women. They’re giving a guy who didn’t find love the first time a second chance. You’re acting like it’s a sin against nature and the world will come crumbling down because they re-casted Brad. Is nobody in America allowed to be given a second chance at something? The only way this ends up failing is if ABC loses half their audience, and that’s never going to happen. So to all the people that hate this decision, what if he finds someone in the end, they’re in love, and they end up engaged? You’re still gonna hate that decision because “it wasn’t someone new”? Going by that logic, that means you’ll never be satisfied.
For the last six seasons, this show has always been looking for storylines that they’ve never had before. From Brad dumping both girls, to the Jason/Molly/Melissa fiasco, to Jillian choosing a guy who left earlier in the show only to return, to the Rozlyn scandal, to Jake choosing the most disliked female in the history of the show (at the time), to Ali traveling around the world, etc. They’re always looking to do something new. And this is something new. Giving an old Bachelor a second chance. I don’t see the problem with it whatsoever.

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72 Comments

  1. jackjg

    September 27, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    I think Brad was a great bachelor. Next to Jason, he was my favorite. I’m disappointed that Chris turned it down…but I think it will be very intersting/entertaining to watch Brad again!

  2. jenn

    September 27, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    Look I’m like Steve, I don’t get what the big deal is. I watch the show no matter who is on it just because I’m amused by it. Brad was honest, and I guess in a fantasy world, being honest is a bad thing, but get real. They guy did what he felt he needed to do. The girls that he turned down have forgiven him (in case you missed the special that follows all the Bachelor(ette) shows), so why not try again? If a guy does what most of the guys from this show do in real life, they are players. Now think of the real life reaction a guy would get if he had to make the same decision without the cameras around. He’d most likely be applauded but because the whole thing occurred in TV land, he’s made to look like this horrible man who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. I don’t think that’s it at all. Sure he’s drawn to the money, but he’s obviously doing good by himself. Sure he’s drawn to the endless female attention, but what normal guy isn’t? I think what he did was sincere and honest. When you don’t have feelings for someone that has them for you, the best thing to do is to address the situation and let them know that you’re flattered but not interested in pursuing that type of relationship. Get off the guy already. Though I will say, since they are re-using a Bachelor, it’d be insane if they decided to re-use some of the cast-off women from previous season that haven’t been in the lime light lately.

  3. adria921

    September 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    since brad is a re-tread i say use some of those women rejects. the cast offs from other bachelor shows–! yeah! good idea!

  4. HeidiT

    September 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    I stopped watching after Andrew Firestone’s season and tuned back in at Brad’s season because like many others thought now here’s a good looking bachelor. I thought he was a great guy and not boring to watch at all. I, like many others, was shocked that he chose no one and yes, was slightly disappointed, however, I watched a lot of interviews that he did after the fact and ended up respecting his decision to not lead someone on, like so many other’s do.

    I am quite shocked to hear he’s doing it all again, next to Mesnick, Brad was the most hated man in America, he got crucified by the media and the general public for his decision, I for one am quite surprised that he’d want to do this all over again, especially since he went into hiding for many months after.

    I will more than likely tune in to watch his season again because I’ll be curious to see if he actually chooses someone this time around. I will skip the spoilers because for once I’d like to not know the outcome and be surprised.

    You can imagine the last two girls if they know who he is will be wondering the entire time if they two will be dumped at the end, should make for interesting TV.

  5. mja

    September 28, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    I walked out of the room at the wrong moment during DWTS last night. Was Brad officially announced as the Bachelor? I came back in the room and they showed him sitting next to Chris Harrison in the DWTS audience.

    Never mind, I’ll find it online. :-)

  6. Fergie

    September 28, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Once again, RS nailed it on the head!

    http://www.tvguide.com/News/ABC-Announces-Bachelor-1023703.aspx

    Kudos, Steve!

  7. JustJenna

    September 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Why wasn’t Jen Schefft crucified for choosing no one? She did the same thing Brad did but no one hated her for it.

  8. Karen

    September 28, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Be prepared for Brad to walk away again…as he has already mentioned, he wouldnt hesitate to have the same LAME ending again. Kudos to ABC for spending millions on a show/guy who probably will end up doing the same thing…..Great move!

  9. Sundevil

    September 28, 2010 at 9:14 PM

    Not even sure if this guy is heterosexual! Awful choice! I’d be more fired up for the “weatherpud” at this point…

  10. Showsreality

    September 29, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    MeAnna was not the perfect girl for anyone…..She might be the perfect girl for Stephen Stagliano, who has no balls and is a wus a plain break dancer….lmao

    MeAnna’s would be a nobody either if Brad Womack didn’t bring her to the limelight, so yeah she should thank him….Otherwise she would be picking cotton in the fields.
    Who is she anyways?……..a wait bar person who serves drinks.

    She is in Iraq now and complaining and byotching how hard it is for her……Wtf did she go there for, did she think she was going to a 5 star hotel?

  11. Showsreality

    September 29, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Brad will be interesting to watch, they say his mother Pam really messed up his life as far as commitment goes….Too many step-fathers in his life.
    That’s the word out there, not my words.

    Watching this will be entertainment, bring Wes on to play guitar on each and everyone of Brad’s one on one dates….lol

  12. sweet tea

    October 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    I’m thrilled that it’s Brad. He’s smoking hot and seems like a real gentleman. I loved his season. I’m glad too because he’s a little older. Hopefully they will cast some women who are in their 30s and seriously ready to commit and not just famewhores.

  13. JustJenna

    October 1, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    OMG ShowsReality,enough with the stupid, judgmental names already! You never quit do you?

  14. sohoman

    October 2, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Hope he beats Bob G record and bangs them all and walks away alone and marries Bob G!

  15. Showsreality

    October 2, 2010 at 4:44 AM

    Nah…………he can never beat Bobby….Bobby holds the record, it’s what Fleiss said…Maybe Fleiss is jealous of Bobby…I bet Bob banged more than Fleiss did…lol

    Brad doesn’t look like the banger boy, he is just lost, I don’t think he found himself yet…
    If the shit about his many step fathers is true then the boy has some issues, and hey can you blame him.

  16. suefo64

    October 4, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    So I’m curious. What I’ve seen people reply as to being upset the most is this guy being what? in his mid to late 30’s? And they’re going to give him 25 twenty-somethings to choose from? What I’ve heard the most is the potential age difference of the Bachelor and the bachelorette. Any word on if they are choosing slightly older women than they normally do?

  17. suefo64

    October 4, 2010 at 4:29 AM

    PS… I don’t watch this show. I see recaps on PINT and I do follow RS. That’s as much as I need to see. 😀

  18. Troublebunnie

    October 5, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    I’m really surprised by this. Since by all accounts for the last 3 years Brad has said NO unequivocally that he would never do this again. Kinda makes you wonder how much $ they paid him.. After all, the Womack boys did just open a new bar. Not sure how it’s doing.. Well, all I can say is I hope he finds whatever it is he’s looking for because obviously he’s not finding it here in Austin.

  19. shangrilrao

    October 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    I watched it and thought “oh we’re not over this yet?” But now it makes way more sense that ABC would try to make him relevant again.
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