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What is a “Pickelsimer” and Our Biggest “Reader Email” Column Yet

For episode-by-episode spoilers of Brad’s season, click on the link above that says “Bachelor Brad Spoilers”. It has a breakdown of every date, rose, and elimination, all the way down to Brad’s final choice. However, there will be spoilers talked about throughout the course of this column. You’ve been warned.

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As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, earlier this week Star Magazine came out with a report regarding a “rap sheet” that Brad had from back in 1993. He had arrests for carrying a forged driver’s license and even one for public intoxication. He was also found guilty of passing a bad check. I’m sorry, but this really isn’t news. This happened when he was 20. Who in the hell DIDN’T have a fake ID and bounce a check when they were 20? Really? We’re supposed to think he’s a horrible person now? Sure, not all of us have had a public intoxication on our record, but lets calm down about “Bachelor Brad’s rap sheet”. My God, people are acting like he committed a double homicide and avoided jail. I think the more important part of the story is the fact that Brad’s last name was once “Pickelsimer”. He was born Stephen Bradley Womack, changed the last name to Pickelsimer at a young age after his step dad, then went back to Womack once he became an adult because, well, no one wants to be known as a Pickelsimer. I’m sorry, but starting Tuesday, I don’t think with a right mind I can ever call him “Brad Womack” again. He’s Mr. Pickle. Or whatever other variations I came up with over the weekend. He’s a big boy. I’m sure he can handle it. Hilarious.

A lot of you are aware of the blood drives the “Bachelor Gives Back” is a part of now. It was the reason why they had the PSA date in episode two, to raise awareness for donating blood. That weekend there was a blood drive in LA that Brad, Chris Harrison, DeAnna, and a bunch of other former cast members attended. Last weekend, there was one in Philadelphia. Well, tomorrow there is one in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that I wanted to make you aware of. As far as I know, the former contestants being publicized for being in attendance are Sadie Murray (Lorenzo’s season), Brian Westendorf (DeAnna’s season), Tanner Pope (Jillian’s season), Erica Rose (Lorenzo’s season), and some others. And oh yeah, I’m going. Still a little skittish about giving blood, but I think I might. If you’re interested in going, here’s the address:

Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Fraternity
Doubletree Hotel
1981 North Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080
12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

If you don’t have much of a life or a job and you have a free 90 minutes of your day to spare, you can listen below to the interview I did Tuesday night with Olivia Wilder. Yes, it’s long, but I think informative. Some good questions asked, addressed some things regarding this season, and briefly talked about the dating contest from this past summer. Briefly. To listen, just click on the “play” arrow.

Listen to internet radio with Olivia Wilder on Blog Talk Radio

I wouldn’t say we had as many repetitive questions as the first two weeks, but definitely some odd ones. Oh don’t worry, there’s a few ridiculous ones this week, but overall, I’d have to say this a more “informative” batch of emails this week where I can clarify things for some people. Not to mention, the amount of emails I’m getting are increasing each week. Obviously I can’t include all of them or else it’d be ten pages long, so I pick the ones I feel are the most entertaining. Lets get this started, shall we? Here goes nothing:
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Steve, am I the only guy out there that finds Madison extremely attractive? I mean sure the fangs might be a little much, but ask any guy one on one, and I think you’ll find that they will be into a little bit of biting, maybe even a lot of biting, and heck, if she’s into tying you up and choking you a little, well, that’s what I would call a dream girl. Wait, is that just me? Hmmm, oh well. What do you think?

Comment: Uhhhhhh, tying up, choking, and biting? Can’t say that I am, but hey, thanks for offering that up about yourself. I’m sure I’ll be seeing you on the news for your sexual assault in the near future. Good luck with that.
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This email was cut and pasted exactly how it was written to me:

I have been watching each week,I’m impressed but its just a show that ever body loves to love but to hate .But I seen the spoiler but its still instresting to watch tho .But personally I think Brad has angry issues under all that skin .I truly dont see him with any body when its all said and done .He seems to put on a front but I see him with a lot of built up angry problmes from where I dont know but thats just who I see in his eyes .Just because his family members are happy that dont mean he will be .So but I think in the realy world he could be one of those guys that likes to throw things and has a really bad temp in life general .But hope he proves us wrong .But time will tell .I like to watch it but its not one of my favo ones but i’ll give him a 2nd chance but i’m sure it want last 4 ever. luv ur blog.!

Comment: I hav no idea bout Brads temper .I don’t know the guy .Kinda hard to figure out where you’re coming up with that assessmunt, but if that’s the way you feel, then that’s yur opinyun .Seems like a nice guy that wood treet his wuman well, but that’s just me speakin from afar .Maybe you know sumthin I don’t .Lets hope not .ABC wood take a lot of heat for casting guy with angry problmes .
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Hi RS –

I read your Friday emails today, very entertaining, just as last week! I was pissed someone already asked about the ages (I was planning to), but it appears I wasn’t the only one wondering. Good thing I had another question in mind, here goes:

Does Brad get to see any footage of these women while he’s ‘deliberating’ before the rose ceremony? I would like to think he should get a chance to see how psycho some of these chicks are before he decides to give them a rose. However, I guess I just answered my own question…which would be “no, of course he doesn’t get to see footage, that wouldn’t make for good TV”.

Okay, go ahead and put me on the stupid question list. :)

Comment: Congratulations! Our first reader who in mid-email, realized she was answering her own question and pulled the ejection cord. Hey, I appreciate your awareness, but yes, you said it correctly. Brad is seeing footage of the women back in the house when we are, which is every Monday night for the next two months. They keep him as closed off from that as possible, since that would be giving a selected few unfair advantages.
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My question is – How much do you think Chris Harrison gets paid? The man’s presence on the show is baffling. He says the same words every year – WORD FOR WORD – and just substitutes the new names.

Anyways, it has long been my question how much a useless robo-host like that could be banking and why for the love of god they haven’t replaced him yet. Must be his complete lack of sex appeal so as not to distract attention from the star.

Thanks again for all your spoilers! If I could ask one more thing it would be to do a special on what its like to be a contestant (the dirty details/how the show works) from anonymous past contestants and your sources.

Comment: Yes, Chris is pretty much a robot on the show. Probably why they don’t need to replace him. There was a rumor going on within the last couple years that Reid was actually wanting to replace Chris at some point. Don’t know where that started, but that’s never going to happen. But hey, if Simon Cowell can get replaced, I guess if Chris flubs one of the 100 lines he repeats every episode, maybe he will get sh**canned. Or if he just shows up drunk one night and starts hitting on all the girls. Now that’d be some footage I’d like to see.

As for how much he gets paid? No idea. But I’m guessing it’s in the low six figures. Complete guess on my part, but if you’re doing something for 20 seasons, you’re probably not doing it for 50k. I’d say 200-300k. Lets just say life is good for him. The guy probably isn’t worrying about how he’s gonna put his children through college anytime soon. He’s well compensated for the meticulous, asinine, incredibly easy work he does. People think I hate the guy for some reason. I don’t. I just wish he’d get called out for some of the stuff he says to the media, and the canned answers he gives. Of course, he HAS to say those things so as not to give away the show. But still, he’ll never really answer questions that people want to know. Which is why he’ll never do an interview with me.
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26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. jax71868

    January 21, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    I loved your response to the last email, Steve. People sometimes take your posts way too seriously. These are probably the same people who think the Bachelor/ette is the ultimate fairy tale ending. I have the same sarcastic sense of humor and love your column and it’s a great way to take a break and laugh for a few minutes during the workday. Keep up the good work.

  2. kpetz

    January 21, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Steve, you come to CA often right? Ever checked out the price of things here??? I’m from Dallas and now live in a small CA farming community. Texas is cheaper. That said, I think you are way low-balling Chris Harrison’s salary, unless you mean per episode! My husband makes $200k a year as VP of Marketing and Sales. Is chris Harrison worth more than that, hell no, but I’d bet you that much he makes way more than $200-300k a year, way more. He’s seen too much, perceived as THE guy of the show, interviews, etc. I’m sure some people out there even think he made up the show! If they are as stupid as your emailers! It takes a lot of money to live in CA and a lot more to live well!!! And I’m betting Chris Harrison lives a much more luxurious life than me in my small town!!! And we struggle on $200k!!!! I’d double check that guess!

  3. Julee

    January 21, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    kpetz- RS clearly stated he had no idea how much Chris Harrison made and that his guess was just that; a guess. We don’t need the whole back story on how far you and your family can or can’t stretch $200k while living in LA. Shit forbid RS’s GUESS be wrong.

  4. Dianne

    January 21, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Oh, I dunno, I have a feeling CH doesn’t suffer any financial problems. Remember, this is not the only show he does, the man is all over the map. So, I’d say RS’s guess is pretty bang on with his guesstimate.

  5. buzz1026

    January 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    “It’s kinda like Ricky Gervais this past Sunday at the “Golden Globes”.”

    Please, don’t flatter yourself.

  6. yohomie_99

    January 21, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    kpetz – Yeah, I agree. I am sure he makes at least $1 million per year, easily. LA is expensive, and he has been doing the show since the beginning. If he was only making $1 million, it would seem low.

  7. realitystevecomment

    January 21, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Lol @ your last comment. Steve I think you can do better than run around quoting Gervais as your life model. If you’re being honest like everyone else you do care what other people think, dearly. You’ve spent a lot of column inches defending “being right” about Ali’s season as well as this and that other indignities that people have accused you of. If you truly didn’t care you wouldn’t expend so much energy on those things.

    And dont worry about being a smart ass, being a dumbass is the danger lol. Most people dont read your column for the prose it’s for the sneak previews. Keep up the good work with the spoliers.

  8. Kerry

    January 21, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Hi Steve,

    LOVE your blog – do not change a thing! What part of “sarcastic” and “sophmoric” do some of these sticks-in-the-mud not get? Probably the same ones that don’t understand what “spoilers” mean and then bitch when they read and get spoiled!

    That being said, you have certainly piqued my interest with your reply to the “Skeletons in Chantal’s Closet” question. You said, “But I’m not at liberty to talk about it”. Now forgive me if I’ve misunderstood, but that doesn’t sound like you don’t know, or are not sure, or just plain ole don’t want to say – it sounds like you have been warned off. Has Daddy Carbucks had an attorney contact you or something? Sort of like a “…you can make fun of the show and the people on it, but do not mention “blank, blank, blank” about my little girl or face a lawsuit”?

    ‘Fess up if you can to this implication, Steve. It’s not like you to be Mother Teresa if you know what I mean.

  9. JustJenna

    January 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    So are you jealous of Ali or what? I could practically see the green oozing out of your words. Just like with Melissa. You can’t stand it that these women have more talent in their pinky finger than you do in your whole body – and quite a large body it is.

    Okay cheap shot, I know, but if you aren’t afraid to take them, why should we be?

    It sounds to me like you are pissed off that Ali has turned you down repeatedly for interviews, has made her distaste of you quite clear, and has ridden the Bachelorette bandwagon to fame and fortune – whereas you are only as good as the scraps they give you.

    Thanks for making sure this show is repeatedly spoiled for anyone who wants to read a recap on ANY blog for the duration of the season.

  10. CaliGirl

    January 21, 2011 at 9:35 PM

    Steve, today has been a day from hell for me and I just wanted to let you know that your response to the question about the type of champagne they serve on the show made me literally LOL and cheered me up. Thanks for all the info and spoilers as always.

  11. munnygirl

    January 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    RS: love the blog – helps me laugh at this show. One thing I am interested in are the production assistants – from what I understand these guys and gals are constantly in the house as monitors to make sure the rules are abided by, etc. And I know they sleep there, too. Any further information about the “backstage” set up of this bizarro show would be most appreciated.

  12. Nobody

    January 22, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Kpetz, Chris H. lives in Dallas, not SoCal. He said so in his last blog over at ew.com.

    JustJenna, admit that you have lesbian fantasies involving Ali and Melissa. People like you are feeding into their fame-whore existence.

    Both of them need to be pushed off a very high cliff. Think anyone would miss them? Not hardly…

  13. adria921

    January 22, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    like kpetz says it costs a lot to live here in calif so any ‘y’all thinkin’ of moving here–forget about it!

  14. adria921

    January 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    i’d be so mad if i was one of those women and then i learned brad had such
    a bad background. people can change but why give a man like that–forging checks–??-
    a change to be the bachelor? and not just once but TWICE? “pickleslimer”? holy christ what a name.
    i thought he was creepy from the start. the more i watch him the more i think he is a big dum-dum.
    he would not be interesting to me all if i was young. not much in the way of smarts or brain power.
    what are his interests? riding motorcycles?
    does he ever READ ? if so what does he read? can he have intellectual discussions about anything?
    i don’t think so but neither can any of those dumb-ass 20-something bimbo babes either.

  15. Kerry

    January 22, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    Ummmm, adria921 – I think it said Brad “passed a bad check” as in bounced a check – not that he “forged” a check. Big difference. It said he had a forged driver’s license – as in a fake ID.

    It’s called reading comprehension. And yes, I’m sure Brad can read. He can probably capitalize the first word of a sentence properly also.

  16. adria921

    January 23, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    oh gee kerry–i guess you are such a superior person that you feel you can make condescending remarks to people on this forum?

  17. lemon-lime

    January 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    @Kerry: I’m also sure Brad can use proper capitalization. I’m sure he can also use words correctly, unlike adria921:”… why give a man like that–forging checks–??-a change to be the bachelor?”
    By books, adria921 must mean comic books.

  18. Dianne

    January 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    ummmmmm..adria, who’s being condescending?? You quote:

    “i don’t think so but neither can any of those dumb-ass 20-something bimbo babes”

    And if THAT isn’t condescending, I don’t know what is. Your rude and immature comments are not appreciated, so maybe you need to go away for a while, and do some growing up.

  19. Dianne

    January 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    @ buzz1026 – Please, don’t be so rude!

  20. JustJenna

    January 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    @nobody

    lol Nobody even if I was a lesbian, what would that have to do with anything? Actually my fantasies revolve around hot latino men, but that’s got shit-all to do with my positive feelings for Ali and Melissa. I think both of them take an unfair beating on this site, mostly because neither of them will give Steve the time of day. I’m sure if Ali were willing to do an interview and “be his friend” like some of the others, he’d do a quick 180 and be singing her praises. He’s just pissed she chose Team ABC.

  21. AJ13

    January 24, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I’m the author of the 1st e-mail and, come on, low blow! I don’t think some hair-pulling and mild-choking is an indicator of future sexual assault. Sounds like a logical fallacy to me. For shame, RS. It’s not like I’m going to stop reading your column, though. And I know you won’t admit it, but you’d probably let Madison do that to you, also. Just sayin’.

  22. pek1487

    January 24, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Steve, the only reality here, is that you treat your readers, who are only asking honest questions, like they are idiots. Stop acting like some smart-ass jerk and realize that if these people weren’t reading your column your site would be a failure.

    Try to grow up a little, and stop acting like a cocky bitch.

  23. adria921

    January 25, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    lemon-lime you can go straight to hell and dianne the purpose of this forum is so we can make remarks about the people on the SHOW and about reality steve. not about the other commenters. so when i spoke about the dumb-ass bimbo babes on the show, i am fulfilling the purpose of this forum. i wasn’t
    attacking other people who comment. now that they attack me, i am attacking them back. so go grow up yourself, you moron.

  24. RaRa

    January 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Not that it’s really important, but I think the reason people feel it was insensitive to “put Emily on a plane” is because it is a small charter plane, as was the one her boyfriend was killed in. That’s a different experience than flying in a big airliner. I myself am more nervous on a smaller (private) plane, maybe because I’m never sure whether they are held to the same standards, both equipment- and pilot-wise, as the airlines.

  25. SherryfromD

    January 27, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    RaRa, that’s exactly what I was thinking about the small plane.

  26. bebe

    February 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Dianne shut up you are all over this site with your ‘be nice to everyone’ crap.

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