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Lets get started with some “Bachelor Pad” news. Filming starts today but a few changes in casting over the weekend that I’ll update you on. Obviously I still don’t have the full cast list, but I should have that within the next week or so. As long as I can get it out before ABC officially does that’s fine with me. Last season they announced it on a Wednesday, 8 days after filming started. So going by the same schedule, it’ll be announced a week from tomorrow. Here’s the latest I can update you on:
-Rozlyn is not on the show. So when Seacrest reported a month ago she was, he had no idea. Yeah, they wanted her obviously, but she had never committed to it at the time and ultimately decided against it.
-Tanner pulled out at the last minute. Talked to him over the weekend and he just decided against doing it and never got on the plane.
-Ashleigh Hunt is not on it. Neither is Kathryn Sherlock.
-Holly and Michael are definitely in. Don’t even ask about their relationship because I have no idea what’s going on between those two. They were engaged, then Holly broke it off in Oct or November, then they were back together right around Xmas time, and then they broke up again two months ago. And from what I know, that break up was final. They didn’t even speak to each other after that. However this past Friday, they were at gift suite together in Hollywood with DeAnna, so your guess is as good as mine what their deal is.
-About half the people I put on the list last week shut their Facebook accounts off over the weekend, so they are definitely in. Those are: Alli, Jackie, Melissa, and Michelle from Brad’s season, Kirk, and Rated R Rego. Others who I’m pretty sure are on the show and didn’t shut their FB off are Kasey, Vienna, Holly, Michael, Erica Rose, and Graham.
-I was told Jake was gonna be on the show, but now I’m not so sure. He’s had FB activity all weekend, and even yesterday, so that’s not a good sign unless they’re letting him use his computer while being sequestered.
-And the one question/comment I got most this week? “I bet Bentley is doing Bachelor Pad.” Uhhh, no. That’s not happening. Bentley is not on Bachelor Pad.
Was I watching a different show than everybody else last night? I’m sorry, but the way Chris Harrison hyped last night’s episode all last week in interviews and on his Twitter, and how Mike Fleiss was tweeting about it, you’d think that Bentley’s exit was gonna be the most horrific things we’ve ever seen on television. Sure it was bad, but honestly, last nights episode wasn’t nearly as bad as they made it out to be. From the William roast to Bentley leaving, I don’t know. I guess I was expecting more. I mean, a month ago Mike Fleiss was calling Bentley the biggest douchebag in the history of this show on his Twitter account, so once again, they knew all along exactly how this show would play out the first three episodes, what the reaction would be, and knew what Bentley was saying, yet, they say it’s not their position to step in and tell Ashley about him. Chris can say all he wants about how production “warned” Ashley about Bentley and kept telling her be careful, but I’m sorry. There’s a difference between saying, “Hey, you sure you’re right about this guy?” and “Why are you giving him the benefit of the doubt” and “He might be playing you”, and them actually physically sitting her down and showing her what he was saying behind her back. You can’t convince me otherwise. The reason they didn’t show her is because they know she would’ve eliminated him the first night and they don’t have their drama for three episodes.
As for the Bentley reaction, I’m over it. Everyone else should try too. Did he say some really stupid sh**? Absolutely. Is he a jerk for acting one way in front of her then doing a 180 behind her back? Without a doubt. But for Christ sakes, it’s a television show. What you’re seeing I can guarantee you is not the full story. So how can you get so worked up over the guy when you know you’re not seeing the full picture? Read Twitter, read Facebook, read comments under Chris’ blog, and it’s mind boggling how a guy on a TV show can bring people to such anger and hate. Really? I’m not joking when I say I saw online somewhere last night that some anonymous commenter (real shocker there that they went anonymous), wrote “I hope someone rapes your daughter someday”. Are you f***ing kidding me? Whoever wrote that is sick in the head. I will never understand people that get so attached to people they see on this show when they don’t know a single thing about them and are only going off three edited episodes of the guy. I’m not saying Bentley is a saint, cuz he’s not, but you’re a complete loser if you write garbage like that. I really hope people like that don’t ever reproduce. Bentley left a reality TV show after three episodes and was insincere about it. I really don’t think it’s as big of a deal that most people are making it out to be. The show made it worse than it was.
I can sit here and break down every single thing Bentley said, and tell you how easily things can be manipulated, spliced, edited, etc. But there’s no point. It would take forever, I don’t have the time, and it’d be an effort in futility. Most of you don’t want to hear it anyway, you’d just rather assume they can’t possibly have edited that in a way to where he didn’t say it. Oh, he did say it. But not nearly in the context or to the degree the show made it seem. Hell, plenty of those comments last night were voice overs where you didn’t see his face. I immediately dismissed all of those. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy anything this show sells me. If you want to, by all means, you have every right to and that’s your choice. I’m just gonna remain skeptical about this whole thing. There’s a lot more than meets the eye. But just like the Wes, Rozlyn, and Rego interviews I’ve done, where they specifically tell you details of how the show can manipulate every single possible word that comes out of your mouth, I’ve learned my lesson than people will still believe what they see on television. So rather than sit here and try to convince you otherwise, I’ll just let it be. You think what you want, and I’ll think what I want. Bentley said some really dumb sh** on that show and gave them material to work with, but, I’m over it and moving on. She doesn’t pick him, they’re not together now, Ashley is happy, so why focus on it, you know?
I understand for the next week or so (then in 3 weeks when he makes his return), that Bentley will be the talk of this show in blogs, talk shows, entertainment sites, etc. But so was Rozlyn, so was Wes, so was Rego, etc. In two months, no one’s gonna care about anything Bentley did because you’ll all be so happy for Ashley that she’s engaged and in love. It happens EVERY season. Conflict, drama, confrontation in the beginning of the season, gets you talking about the show, then by the end, you don’t even care or remember because that person has moved on. Bentley will be yesterdays news in two months when we see Ashley at the final rose ceremony, and then immediately a week later we’re already in to “Bachelor Pad”. So why spend so much time talking about everything when in a month you won’t care about it anyway? It’s part of the show, yet, there’s still eight more episodes to go. We’re barely a ¼ through the season. It’s a story arc that the show does EVERY SINGLE SEASON. This is no different. I am officially Bentley’d out. Stick a fork in me. I’m done. No point talking about him anymore until he shows up again. Nothing I do or say will convince anyone on their feelings for him, so I’m not gonna try. I know what this show is capable of, and I don’t believe a single thing they sold me last night. Sorry. Not buying it. Call me stupid. On to last night…
-Host Chris comes in to give his morning wake up call to the guys, and surprisingly enough, they’re not screaming nor giddy with excitement. Chris reminds them that at the last rose ceremony, Ashley said that she sees her husband here. I’m sure this gave the Mask a giant hard on since, well, he’s gotta know she was talking about him. Or not. So what did Chris tell the boys? The exact same thing as last week. Hell, for all I know, they just ran the footage of last weeks intro and I didn’t even notice. “Guys, there will be a group date, and two 1-on-1 dates. Here’s your first date card. I’m outta here for the rest of the week to do nothing until they call me for the rose ceremony. I know, tough job huh?” And as you were informed two months ago, Ben C. has the first 1-on-1 date and it has to do with dancing. Cuz, you know, Ashley likes to dance. And so does Ben! Wow! Imagine how coincidental that is! I was so disappointed Ben didn’t bust out the sprinkler and the roll the dice moves because those are so fresh and current.
-So Ashley takes Ben to a dance studio first to teach him some moves, but little does he know, it will be part of a major Flash Mob Date production, that’s all the local craze now. I guess. Honestly, before I received the info about this date with Ben, I had no idea these kind of dance productions were such a big deal. Then I googled Flash Mob and everyones doing it. Good for them. Waste of time if you ask me, but whatever. Great. So a bunch of people break out into dance in an open area. I’m supposed to be entertained by this? On what level? Hey, I like dancing as much as the next guy, but if I’m actually going to watch it, I’d rather watch professionals. Not a bunch of local yahoos that are doing it for fun. The dance Ashley taught Ben was about as difficult as the routines the cheerleaders did at my basketball games in 8th grade. And just as corny. I half expected Ash to break out into, “Yell Green Green! (Crowd repeats) Yell White White! (Crowd repeats) Green! (Crowd repeats) White! (Crowd repeats) All together lets fight!” Yeah, that really fired us up. We were gonna blow out St. Bonaventure anyway. We don’t need your help ladies. Yes, I went to a catholic school growing up. Surprised?
-They have their date at an outside mall in Glendale, CA called The Americana at Brand. If you missed when I first reported, it’s exactly where Howie Mandel’s “Mobbed” show did a Flash Mob wedding, filmed months before this date was filmed. So obviously producers share info and that’s exactly where they got the idea for this date. Very unoriginal. Ben is still clueless that a bunch of other people will eventually join in and dance as awkwardly as him. He just thinks he and Ashley are having a picnic in the middle of a crowded mall. Of course, she asks him “Lets dance.” And Ben, turning into a giant vagina before our eyes, is hesitant at first since it makes no sense whatsoever to just practice your dance moves in the middle of an outdoor mall, but finally gives Ashley his nuts…uhhhh…succumbs. “Yeah, ok. I’ll do it for you.” They start dancing, a bunch of other strangers join in, and it’s like freaking Solid Gold all the sudden. Except without the bellbottoms and giant afros. But Ben is loving this. “Seeing Ashley in her element, she is totally the type of girl I could spend the rest of my life with.” Because of a Flash Mob dance date? Really? You realize you will never do this date again, right? What a shock. Some guy is smitten with Ashley after one date. That never happens on this show.
-Ben is still gushing. “This is the most ridiculous first date I’ve ever been on.” Exactly. Cuz you’re on a TV show and that’s how this thing works. They put you on dates that you’ll never go on again the rest of your life. Calm down Ben. It’ll be ok. Just breathe. The Flash Mob part of the date is over and now Far East Movement is gonna perform a mini concert for them. You know what? I like those guys. I will not confirm nor deny that both of those songs are on my ipod. It’s possible. At this mini concert, Ben and Ashley dance some more. Well, Ashley did. I think Ben just moved his hips and flailed his arms a few times. However, that worked for Ashley. “Any doubt about Bens dancing ability, they’ve been put to rest. Ben was awesome.” Really? I must be Michael Jackson then. You know what’s funny? When this date actually occurred back on March 21st, Ashley actually did an interview with E! who was covering the date and I remember she gave Ben a 4 out of 10 on his dancing skills. So if you only need to impress Ashley by being a 4, she’d fall head over heels for me if I met her. I’m at least a 7 or 8. I wouldn’t make her cry like Bentley.
-Time for these two to head to dinner and Ben is rocking the white pants with dark blazer and purple shirt. He almost looked like one of the Warblers from “Glee”. To say that Ben was a little giddy on this dinner date would be an understatement. Ashley sets him up with the “I wanna get to know you more. Tell me about yourself” line, and then Ben all the sudden has diarrhea of the mouth. He’s talking 1000mph going on and on and on about love, and relationships, and I think he even started breaking down the Theory of Relativity at one point. Ashley never got a word in edgewise. His actual answer when asked about relationships was, “I want to live in an unrealistic, idealistic bubble with someone where we’re convinced we’re like more in love than any other couple that’s ever lived.” Did he really just say that on a first date? Even though Ashley says in her ITM she was blown away by Ben and that’s exactly what she was looking for too, uhhhhh, she was lying. Sorry. Ben was trying waaaaaay too hard. I know you get very little time with her on this show, and when you do, you have to make the most of it. But he went completely overboard. Like, fell-into-the-water-without-a-life-vest-and-is-currently-drowning-with-no-help-in-sight overboard. Geez. She wants Bentley anyway dude. Chill out.
-And it didn’t stop there. The guy just continued to keep speed talking her to death about love and relationships, I thought she was gonna tell him to shut up at one point. He even mentioned, “This is our first date, but I’m already thinking about second date.” Talking about if it were real life (hey, what a novel concept), he’d find a clever way to text her the next day, and what emoticon to use, etc. Someone please shoot me if I ever use an emoticon in my texts. Ever. If you’re a female and you want to use them with me, that’s fine. But you will never get one in return. Just not my style. Until they start coming out with emoticons that have a little dude with his pants down and a face suggesting that he wants to be in bed with you, I guess I’ll just pass on the emoticons, thanks. Speaking of emoticons, what would be the one to describe that incredibly awkward kiss her and Ben had at the end of dinner? Yes, I know Ashley is short, but Ben hovered over her and had like a King Kong Bundy bear hug on her all while tonguing her down. I felt like she was fighting for oxygen. Squeezing the life out of your date on your first real kiss is never a good option.