Video Blog, An Update on the Laurel Interview, Why Chantal Isn’t the “Bachelorette”, & “Reader Emails”

March 3rd, 2011 | 54 Comments | Posted in Reader Emails, The Bachelor 15 - Brad

For episode-by-episode spoilers of Brad’s season, click on the link above that says “Bachelor Brad Spoilers” (it’s like, 1″ inch above this sentence. Twice). It has a breakdown of every date, rose, and elimination, all the way down to Brad’s final choice. Which of course was modified since there was some kinda big news revealed on Monday. Don’t know if you heard. However, there will be spoilers talked about throughout the course of this column. You’ve been warned.

Man, this was a little weird. I recorded the video on the same camera I used the first two times, don’t think I really fidgeted with any of the settings, yet this video is in HD. How about that? Quite scary, actually. But nonetheless, and most importantly, you get to see Maddie in HD. As you can tell, she was very excited for her performance this week. I can barely contain her excitement sometimes, you know? Sorry, no dancing this week. Just wasn’t in the mood. Maybe next time. The video will cover the status of the Laurel interview, information on the “Bachelor” finale watch party we’ll be having here in Dallas on the 14th, plus a very important reader email I thought everyone should hear. Easily the biggest week in emails I’ve ever had, but this one really stuck out to me. Someone put a lot of thought into what they wanted to say in regards to the news of Brad being engaged to Emily that I wrote about Monday, so I felt their voice should be heard. I really appreciated all the kind words and I hope you do too. If profanity isn’t for you though, you might wanna skip the first couple minutes of the video. Enjoy.

So as I’ve been telling you for over a week now, Ashley Hebert is going to be the next “Bachelorette”. Nothing has changed on that end, and I expect it to be announced within the next week or so since filming starts in two weeks. For those still holding out hope for whatever reason that it is Chantal, I have some news for you. Remember how on Monday I “speculated” the only reason Chantal would turn down an offer would be if she was dating or seeing someone? Well, I lied. That wasn’t speculation. It was definitely Chantal’s gig being the final two girl, and it was all set to be her until she backed out. And it was because she’s dating someone. On Monday when I said that, I knew that to be true, I just didn’t know what the guys name was. Now I do. Rabanco Ltd was one of the largest waste disposal and collection companies in the U.S. until they sold to Allied Waste in 1998. The Razore family were the owners of Rabanco Ltd, and they have I believe three or four sons in the family. Chantal is currently dating Jeff Razore. In doing a very easy google search, I found Jeff Razore works for Evergreen Capital Management, as you can see right here (he’s under Relationship Management):

http://evergreencapital.net/company/team

Jeff also is a 2000 graduate of Bellevue High School where he played football, and has been a coach at the school for the past nine years, as you can see his coaches profile here:

http://www.bellevuefootball.com/index.php/component/mvteam/staff/24/0

How convenient his picture is missing from both. He must not want it to be seen right now since he knows the attention that’s going to come with it. Whatever the case, this is the guy Chantal is currently seeing, hence the reason she is not the next “Bachelorette”. Will she say she’s dating someone when she tapes the “After the Final Rose” next week? Maybe she will bring it up, maybe she won’t. I don’t know. Just know she’s moved on from Brad, has a new man in her life, and Jeff is the reason she decided not to be the “Bachelorette”. Gee, no pressure Jeff. Good luck with that. I think every argument these two get into she can pull out the “I gave up being the ‘Bachelorette’ because of you” card. Man, Chantal should have him eating out of the palm of her hands. Work it, girl. On to your reader emails.

Hope you all enjoyed the email on the video blog. I’m glad someone took the time of their day to send me that nonsense. They do realize that no matter how much they dislike me, or think this site is useless now, I’m not going anywhere, right? If anything, this site is drawing more and more attention this season and I’ve gotten some good news on the advertising front so far. So that’s why I find those kind of emails more humorous than anything because they couldn’t be more wrong. So lets get started with your reader emails and I specifically chose to put this one first because it probably summarized the most asked question to me this week.
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Whether your spoilers r right or wrong at times shouldnt matter, your sense of humor & style of writing more than makes up for any errors. Your sources messed up. I get it. Now u state that they wouldn’t do u wrong & they r acquaintances of yours. OK But ya gotta wonder, “hmmm this has to be more than a coincidence.”

1.) Does this now cross your mind: Maybe the master plan is to let the whole season get spoiled by RS but when it comes to the F1 do everything in their power to keep real F1 from your sources, in turn making your biggest spoil(the finale) wrong as if to pull one over on u? Like a “haha gotchya Steve!” If u don’t blame your sources bc they only reported what they knew, well then who do u blame?

2.) Also, I know u said u have multiple sources & that they r acquaintances of yours. Do all your sources know each other? Is it a collective group of ppl that all agree on the info that is passed your way? Or is it multiple random ppl that don’t know each other & don’t know what info (if any) is being sent to u except their own? If it’s the latter, do u feel confident enough to share info w readers only when your stories match up amongst the different sources?

3.) Lastly, now that u know that Brad chose Emily & they r engaged, do u feel differently about his motives & his sincerity in finding true love thru The Bachelor? I know the whole Laurel thing def doesn’t make him look good at all but every angel has a past & every sinner has a future. My opinion of him has changed a lil knowing he didn’t pick Chantal. Choosing to be w someone who has a child shows that u r serious about love, life, & commitment. I’m a mom, life is different w kids in it, even just one. Brad has big shoes to fill (as a stepdaddy) & he took on the challenge. Does that say anything about his character to u? I would hate to think it’s all a gimmick for tv & he felt it necessary to pick Emily as to avoid the third degree by society for dumping the poor lil single mommy. Time will only tell & if pattern predicts anything they will be apart in six months but still I’m rooting for their love to prevail. Can’t help it, I’m a woman! LOL. Thx

Comment: 1. I understand where you’re coming from. The best way I can answer that is this: there are SO many things that people don’t know regarding the information I get. But getting into those details would be giving away my sources, so that’s never gonna happen. If people knew how, where, why, and in what form I got the spoilers this season back in November, they would understand why I ran with what I did. I expect people to think ABC/Fleiss/Next Entertainment was behind it, but they weren’t. It just happened to take me three months to find it out. Kinda like how last season it took me up to the finale to get the Ali and Roberto ending. Obviously they don’t know who my sources are since my sources were able to get me this seasons correct ending, including details of what you’ll see in the finale. I’m not worried in the least bit that they know who gives me spoilers. This has gotten bigger than they can imagine.

2. I don’t talk about my sources. People can speculate til the end of time about who they think they could be, but no one has a clue who they are and never will.

3. Feeling is the same. I don’t see Brad and Emily getting married. There have been 15 seasons of the “Bachelor” and not once has the guy ever married the final girl he picked on the show (Jason married his #2 girl). So what makes me think Brad Womack of all people will be the first? I just don’t see it. They have a great wedding gift waiting for them if they do, but I won’t hold my breath.
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Hey Steve,

Love love your column. I’ve been hooked on reading since Jake’s season. I have a few questions,

1) Do any of the girls from Brad’s season have active twitter’s? I saw a twitter “MsEmilyMaynard” and she’s posting all the time, but I thought they weren’t allowed to be tweeting or anything during the season? Is it a poser?

2) Do you know exactly what happens in the overnight suite?

Thank you, and I hope you reply!

Comment: 1) The “MsEmilyMaynard” twitter account is not Emily. But she does have one. However, most every girl this season has an account that is currently set to private. Some have been tweeting, some haven’t. They’re not supposed to, and judging by Chantal’s tweet yesterday about “getting caught”, doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing anything from any of them until after the finale. Brad doesn’t have an active one. Chris Harrison tweeting last week that “none of the girls are on Twitter” is just stupid. Yes they are Chris. And most of them have been tweeting each other and fans.

2) Yeah. A bunch of kissing, groping, touching, heavy petting and sex. With all of them every season? No. But it does happen a lot.
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Just how extensive are the background checks on these contestants/leads? Are they ever surprised when a mugshot, or a ditched fiancee appear on the radar? I mean, anything for ratings, but what happens if someone comes along with something very serious is his/her past.

Comment: Apparently not extensive enough nowadays since they just let on someone this season who admitted to having an affair with a married NBA player. If anything, they’re probably looking for contestants like that now since all it does is draw attention to their show. Yet another reason why Michelle, no matter how much people will feel for her after Monday’s “Women Tell All” episode, would never be the “Bachelorette”. I’m sorry, they’re just not gonna take that much scrutiny to put someone with that past in the lead role.
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54 thoughts on “Video Blog, An Update on the Laurel Interview, Why Chantal Isn’t the “Bachelorette”, & “Reader Emails”

  1. Okay, I admit I didn’t read all of the previous posts, so I’m definitely going to be repeating stuff, but these are the things I LOVE:
    1. Michelle: The absolute best part of the show this season was her awesome sarcasm. I wanted to slug Jackie. What was up with that?
    2. Emily. I’m SO happy she’s going to win and not Chantal. I don’t know if the “dirt” on her is true, but who cares? It’s not that bad of dirt, let’s be honest.
    3. Ashley’s new look. I know a lot of people are saying she needs to keep the nice, girl next door look, but I LOVE the bangs, and I think she needed a little makeup.
    4. Boca. :)

    Things I DON’T love:
    1. Brad. Great abs, but let’s be honest. Not a lot of interesting dialogue this season. The best scene was when Michelle shut him up.
    2. Ashely H. being the new bachelorette. I don’t know how much peppy girl speak I can take! And remember how awkward their Africa date was? Do you think she can do this?
    3. The Melissa vs Raichel thing. I’m so over this.

    There you go. Who agrees?

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