So here’s how the next few months are gonna play out in terms of my column. Since DWTS is on Mondays, and “Surivor” and “X Factor” is on Wednesdays, looks like “Reality Roundup” will be up on Thursday’s for the time being, which will include my thoughts on those three shows plus others and “Reader Emails”. In terms of any “Bachelor” news, that can come whenever. There’s not gonna be a set time when I’m gonna post that. I’ll try to post it in Thursday’s column, but no guarantee. If I get news or something over the weekend, and don’t feel like it can wait til Thursday, then I’ll post it Monday. Also, in addition to my “Reality Roundup”, there will be a “Survivor” column up every Thursday by Scott Ottersen, the guy who wrote the “Big Brother” recaps this season. His episode one recap is up now, so go check it out.
Wanted to point something out from the finale that I missed but an emailer brought to my attention. I’m guessing 99% of America missed it, which is why they were able to sell the “Vienna still hates Jake” storyline. It was when Kasey and Jake got up to hug it out. The video describes exactly what type of editing went on:
So yeah, they had a storyline of “Vienna still hates Jake”, and to continue with that, they show the quick clip of the pouty face in the middle of Kasey and Jake’s hug, which completely wasn’t the face she was making. That filming last almost 8 hours. The cameras are on you non stop. I never believe any facial reactions shown on this show because they could’ve come from any moment in the show. They just splice them in to create a storyline. Vienna has even said since the show ended she was fine with the Kasey and Jake hug, but the editing makes you think otherwise. Yet another poor editing job to try and sell the audience a story that wasn’t there. Only problem was, 99% of America bought it.
The girls arrive in LA on Saturday to be sequestered into their hotel rooms until the Meet and Greet begins filming on Tuesday night. I’m still debating when I will be releasing names and photos from this season. I just got two more names, so the total is up to nine that I have right now. Man, I’m over 1/3rd of the way there already. This is almost getting too easy. Definitely will release a couple names next week, but I’m not sure what day and how many. Keep it here though all during Ben’s season being filmed because stuff will be coming down fast and furious I assume. Hell, last year we were getting pictures from dates as they were happening. Will it happen this season? I have no idea. Maybe, maybe not. I will post what I know when I know it.
This will probably be the last column where “Bachelor Pad” related stuff, most notably the Holly/Michael/Blake triangle, will be addressed at length. I’m sure I’ll make references in the future to it, but since Holly and Michael both gave their exit interviews this week, I have some comments about them. First off, props to Michael for being such a stand up guy. Check out his full interview with the media this week by clicking on this link:
This guy pretty much nailed it on every answer he gave. 100% brutally honest, didn’t sugar coat anything, and really lets everyone know what he thought of the whole situation and how it went down. Some of my highlights from the interview:
When asked about Holly not contacting him to tell him before the taping, here’s what he said:
“…I don’t think there’s another way to say it, it was really sh*tty what she did and what happened. I really do feel like ABC had their role in keeping that information from me, I totally get that, but you know Blake and Holly both have said — what does this sentence mean, they said “We tried to call you.” You know what I mean? They had 48 hours, they got engaged on Sunday, the finale filmed on Tuesday. They had maybe 36 hours, but like I don’t get what that sentence means “I tried to call you.” It’s 2011, if you pick up a phone and dial the number that’s my number, I’ll pick it up in seconds.
So, and then, even to take it a step further, just out of respect for me — which I have certainly shown Blake and Holly the utmost respect this entire time, especially Holly — I think I would’ve gotten, I KNOW I would’ve gotten to the point where if the situation were reversed I would have not gone on stage. I would’ve put my foot down and said “There’s no way we’re going to let this happen. That we’re going to let him get blindsided and not find out about the engagement until he’s on national television and in front of a live studio audience and has the whole pressure of the game on him and then boom.” You know what I mean? I really feel like that was really terrible and really hurt me a lot and made me really disappointed in Holly. I really wish I could say it differently. I tried to handle it the best I could on the show, which was not freaking out and blowing up ‘cause I was really upset. But yeah, that really, really upset me and makes it really hard to, yeah, be great friends with Holly and be great friends with Blake and really wish them well. And I do, I do wish them well but, yeah, you know, it really upsets me.”
Great answer. The proposal was on Sunday. Michael’s phone wasn’t taken away until Monday night. If Holly REALLY wanted him to know, she would’ve found a way to tell him. And if it stated in her and Blake’s contract that they were not allowed to tell Michael, then just say that. Don’t say “I tried contacting him.” What does that mean?
As for his feelings on Blake, I loved this answer:
“…I think you can tell a lot by someone’s actions and also somewhat by what they say and I think on both of those accounts, yeah, unfortunately I don’t think Blake is a good guy. Examples of that are, I think that if you knowingly manipulate a woman to have feelings for you and kiss her and tell her things and promise her things and then when she kind of figures out that’s not really the case and is really upset about it, I think for — on national television — for you to call her a shrew of a bitch and Hurricane Melissa and all those things, I think a good guy doesn’t do that. I think a good guy would not do that.
And then none of this really aired, well none of it aired at all, but Blake actually kind of made a deal with me, came to me after he won the kissing contest and said “Hey, look I kind of realize where Melissa and I are at in the alliance, we’re kind of on the outskirts. So I want to make a deal with you where I’ll take Holly on a date, purely for strategy reasons, I’ll give her the rose and keep her safe as long as you keep Melissa around.” And, again, just one step further with that, he was shaking my hand, he looked me in the eyes and said, like, “I know where you guys are at. I know that you guys are trying to get back together, that she’s your ex-fiancé, I totally get it. It’s just purely strategy. I’m going to be totally respectful and not do anything.” And then even when he came up to Holly in the mixer to take her on the date, he shook my hand again and said “Look, you have nothing to worry about, man, I’m going to be respectful.” And then came back, you know, and kissed her. And then tried to tell Kasey and Vienna that the whole thing was my idea. So, again, I just don’t think a good guy does that.”
Yet another part of the game that was never shown, which was the reason behind Blake taking Holly on his 1-on-1 date instead of Melissa? After reading what Michael said REALLY went down, don’t you think the audience would’ve liked to have known that? Of course they would. But the storyline was much juicier if they just show Blake picking Holly and Melissa freaking out because she thought it was gonna be her. Producer manipulation at its best. And Michael’s sentiments towards Blake are on par with pretty much a lot of the people in the house feel towards the guy and that’s, well, he’s just not a good person.
And lastly, he couldn’t have been more dead on in what he thinks about Holly’s sudden engagement and move to South Carolina:
“… I found out about two weeks before we started taping. So I guess about three weeks ago now. I actually had to ask her, because I had heard from some of the castmates that she was moving, so I said “Are you moving to South Carolina?” and she said “Yes, I’m moving with with him.” Then I said “Do you have a job out there lined up? What are you going to do?” She said she didn’t know. And then, I didn’t say anything. Obviously I wanted to say a lot of things but I’m the last person in the world whose opinion matters in that scenario. So I didn’t say anything. And all she said after that was ‘I don’t know what I’m doing.’… I don’t know fully the relationship. I’m sure they’re great and she’s obviously very in love and I really do hope it works out, but I think it’s tough. I think she’s going down a tough road. She’s removed herself from everyone she knows and loves out here and from her job and doesn’t have a job out there and is moving in with him, a dude she’s only known for two or three months. So, yeah, I think that just sounds tough.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. She’s completely isolated herself from her real friends to go live with a guy. Sure, she’ll meet people in South Carolina, but those people will only care to be her friend because of who she is and because she was on TV. Those people come and go. Those aren’t your “real” friends. So let’s see how she does with all that. Hey, maybe those two get married, stay married for 50 years, and will all laugh at the naysayers years from now. I highly doubt it.