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So yesterday I tweeted and posted on Facebook that I had some info regarding some behind the scenes stuff regarding the Bentley situation that you all should know about. I’m sorry, but for the time being, I’m gonna have to hold off on that. The ridiculousness of this situation is reaching such epic levels of proportions (that sentence just sounded cool), that I need more time on this. So I apologize for tweeting that yesterday, then not following through today, but yesterday was kind of a whirlwind and I guess I sent out my first “emotional” tweet. Got caught up in the moment and didn’t realize the magnitude of what we’re dealing with here. I cannot get into detail just yet, but I can tell you that (not that you didn’t already know this), this show is SOOOOO shady, it’s disgusting. And what you’re seeing on TV is definitely not the full story. Sure, Bentley said all that stuff in his ITM’s, although I’m sure a couple of those things were spliced up, but for the most part, he dug his own grave by what he said. I’m not defending Bentley at all, and his life will probably never be the same again after saying the things he said on this show.
I guess I just look at the show a little differently than 99% of their audience. Pretty much everyone who watches this show, their immediate reaction when watching Bentley is, “What an ass. What’s his deal? I can’t stand him. He shouldn’t even be on the show” etc. Trust me. Just go on Twitter or Facebook after either of the first two episodes and look what people are commenting on. It’s 90% Bentley. And you have every right to think that. My mind just works a little differently. When I see people like Bentley, and in past seasons the Wes’, the Regos, the Rozlyns, my immediate reaction is, “Ok, what’s the real story behind this”. I don’t let what those people say and do get under my skin. I try and find out what truly is going on. Sometimes I find out, sometimes I don’t. But I’m very much an over analyzer, and I know how ridiculously manipulative and fake this show can be, so I like looking for more answers. There’s definitely more than meets the eye to the Bentley story, I just want to make sure I have everything in order before I present it.
So enjoy Bentleys antics in the meantime, I’m sure all of you will be screaming at your television on Monday night after he leaves, because apparently things he says and does on Monday, it makes what he did in the first two episodes seem harmless. It’s just so hypocritical of the show to sit back and crucify Bentley publicly now, by saying he’s the worst contestant they’ve ever had (Chris Harrison called him disgusting) but yet in the same breath, they are using him to promote the show on Monday. Anyone else see the irony in that? Don’t believe a word Chris Harrison or ABC is putting out about their hatred for Bentley. Privately, they are eating up every second of it, they love the interest his character is generating, and by all means, could not care less about the things he said about Ashley. Publicly they have to pretend they do. Privately? Please. They love this. Bentley is TV gold to them.
He’s a jackass for saying the stuff he did, but for the show to act like they couldn’t have stepped in and stopped this, and kicked him off the show themselves, or gone to Ashley and showed her his ITM’s and what he saying behind her back, shows you how hypocritical they are. “It’s not our job. We need to let Ashley figure this out on her own. Everything is in Ashley’s hands.” Such BS. Then don’t promote him like you are. Doesn’t this basically show that they don’t give a sh** about Ashley either? So she’s your lead character in the show, the one who’s here to find a husband, you can clearly see that Bentley is acting one way towards her when he’s with her, yet trashing her behind her back in his ITM’s, and you don’t think it’s your job to inform her? You don’t think you should step in and say something? You think by saying, “It’s her journey, she needs to find this out on her own” is an honorable answer? Ha ha. That’s laughable. It’s just proof the show absolutely loves what Bentley is doing. Think people. If they truly cared about Ashley’s feelings, they never would’ve let it get to this point. They knew what footage they had on film of Bentley saying things behind her back, yet purposely kept it from Ashley because they wanted it to play out for TV sake.
If you didn’t read Chris Harrisons conference call with the media this week, you can read the summary here. One thing I think that was clarified in this conference call, is now we know why Bentley returns to the show in Hong Kong. Look at Chris’ answer when asked about reports that Bentley returns:
Will Bentley return to the show? Chris wouldn’t confirm a Bentley reappearance later in the season (Reality Steve says Bentley does return), but he said Ashley “definitely has a hard time moving past this” and the only reason they would allow Bentley back on the show is if Ashley wanted it. It’s her call.
So there’s your answer. When Bentley returns to the show in Hong Kong, Ashley is fully aware he’s coming back and is the one that asked for him to return because she needs some sort of closure from him. I guess the reasoning he gives Monday night for leaving doesn’t sit well with her, and three episodes later, Bentley is still on her mind, so they bring him back per her request. Wow. Yet another reason this makes the show hypocritical. I don’t care if Ashley wants the guy back for some closure or not. If Bentley is the devil like you’re claiming he is, and he was ruining Ashley in his ITM’s with some of the rudest, most condescending things anyone has ever said about anyone on this show, why not step in and say, “No, he’s not coming back on the show. Sorry. This guy is a jerk, he treated you like crap, and we’re done with him.” No different than them promoting him for Monday’s episode, no different than him being the talk of the season so far, and no different than them counting the days until the “Men Tell All” where they can have him back on again. This whole situation reeks of hypocrisy, and I just hope some of you out there are intelligent enough to see it. Bentley is no doubt to blame, because he could’ve avoided all this by not coming on the show in the first place, but the show is just as bad for knowing what they knew, and not saying anything. Moving on….
The “Bachelor Pad” cast members should be arriving in LA this weekend, with filming beginning on Tuesday. Here is the latest most updated cast list I can give you from everything I’m hearing. A couple changes since the last one, so pay attention. Remember, nothing is official until Tuesday rolls around, but here’s the latest names I’m hearing:
(Whatever guys from Ashleys season they decide on)
That’s only 15 names, so obviously there will be more people cast, and maybe even some on this list won’t make it, but that’s about as updated as I can get right now. Any news I hear this weekend I will tweet about, so be sure to follow me there. Hopefully by next week, I’ll have the full cast list for you and maybe some early spoilers. It’s going to be tough considering there are very few dates outside of LA with this show (last season there was only one), and filming only lasts 3 weeks. I fully expect to have all the spoilers by some point, I just don’t know when. Could come at any time. Last season, it was about a week after filming ended, which was the end of June. I’m guessing it’ll be roughly around the same time this year when I have everything again.
As far as I know, it’s gonna pretty much have the same format as last season. Challenges, dates, and girls vote out the guys, and guys vote out the girls. I just hope they change up the challenges to things that are somewhat more interesting than egg tosses, games of Twister, and eating a pie. Unless of course that pie eating is, well…forget it. The one major change I’m hearing though this season is that since all these people saw what happened on season 1, you can’t possibly have the same twist at the end, where the final winning couple goes to the back room to decide whether to share or keep the money. So I’m hearing that they want just a sole winner this year to take home the $250,000 prize. So I expect it to play out like it did last year, but instead of getting down to two couples at the end (Kiptyn & Tenley vs Natalie & Dave), it’d just be two people up on stage, and all the other voted out contestants will vote on who they think deserves the money. That’s just a guess based on I heard they want one winner taking home all the money.