So this is what Maddie looks like the night before her live video blog debut. I guess she needs her beauty sleep. Either that, or this is her every night when I’m on the couch and I just decided to take a picture. Don’t forget, 9PM EST/6PM PST tonight, check back on the site and I’ll be doing a live video blog talking about all things “Bachelor” related, some news and notes regarding what’s going on, I’ll answer your questions in the live chat, plus I have some left over “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” questions. How I’m going to manage to be able to do all this? I have no idea. Maybe I’ll have some alcohol nearby to spice things up a bit. If you still want to get an email to me, send it in the next 8 hours or so and maybe I’ll be able to get to it on the air. Looking forward to tonight.
There will be a live chat going on while I’m on, and you can participate by registering now and signing up here:
Depending on how many questions I get to and quickly can answer will depend on how many other “Reader Email” and “Dr. Reality Steve” questions I answer. I will try to get to as many as possible, so ask away. Nothing is off limits. Well, except the lawsuit. You can certainly ask anything, but it doesn’t mean I’ll give a serious answer either. I might just laugh at it. And haters, by all means, show up tonight in all your ridiculousness so we can have fun at your expense as well.
If you missed my tweet yesterday, a couple things regarding this season’s “Bachelor.” First, it looks like what I reported back in October about Casey S. having a boyfriend back home will become a storyline on the show. The Bachelor Facebook page even posted it yesterday teasing, “Which girl has a boyfriend back home?” I’m guessing it’s Casey based on what I told you back then, which was right around the time Mike Fleiss had that tweet about “every year someone thinks they can outsmart our producers.” I hinted it might be Casey because I had been told she was seeing a Michael Patak before she left, and now with confirmation from ABC themselves that one of the girls has a boyfriend back home, my guess is it’s her.
Also, it came to my attention that there’s a syndicated show hosted by Jerry Springer called “Baggage.” I’d never heard of it til yesterday. Never even seen an episode. Silly show. One guy, three girls, each girl has three “baggage” secrets that are locked up, and as you advance, you have to reveal one more personal “baggage” of yours, and the guy eliminates them based off that. And wouldn’t you know, one of Ben’s girls just happened to be a recent contestant on it, and that was our Miss Pacific Palisades 2011, Samantha Levey. You want to check out the episode, here’s how:
1) Click this link: http://tv.gsn.com/shows/baggage/videos/
2) Click on “Full Episodes”
3) Go to page 2 at the bottom
4) Find “season 3, episode 51”
5) Watch Samantha embarrass herself
For those that don’t have the time to watch this brilliance, Samantha ends up being the first girl he sh**cans. Her three “baggages?”:
1) She burns all her exes belongings if they cross her
2) She plans to get 7 plastic surgeries
3) She takes naked pictures of every guy she sleeps with and posts them online.
Classy. And for sure she went on the “Bachelor” looking for her husband.
And finally, Chris Harrison gave his first public comments on Emily being named the “Bachelorette” to EW.com. You can read the whole interview right here. He even address the question you all love to ask, which is “Why do they recycle the lead? Can’t we get a new face in here?” Chris actually agrees with those people, but looks like he’s being overruled and sees why they don’t. Here’s his answer:
EW.com: When rumors of Emily’s casting surfaced, it reignited the debate over recycled contestants: Some fans love it, some fans hate it. What’s your position on it?
Chris Harrison: Agree to disagree on all aspects. I’ve always been really on the other side of the fence from the creator of the show, Mike Fleiss. I say you can easily go out and find that Bachelor, that everyday guy — Aaron Buerge and Andy Baldwin, we’ve done it before. I’ve always fought for going out and finding someone new. I can’t guarantee it, but we’ll do it again. We will. That’s what the whole show was predicated on. We’re gonna find this great guy — not necessarily a celebrity, not necessarily someone you know, not necessarily millionaire but just a great, great guy that’s sincerely looking for long and would be an awesome catch — and let’s let it play out. I would love to get back to that. But on the flip side of the coin, Mike Fleiss, who is far more of a genius than I am — it’s why he’s the millionaire, and I’m the host — says you have that built-in story, and there’s a lot to said for having a built-in story coming into reality television. The hardest thing to do is start a show, whether it’s Survivor, Idol, anything, and making you care about these characters. And when you already care, we got you. We already have half the battle won … I think when it comes to Emily and The Bachelorette, when you have such an obvious home run and it’s such a great story and a great social story with the single mom as well, there’s so much that we’ll bring into the show. Anyone who says they’re not watching, they’re not happy, fine. You don’t have to watch. I think this is gonna be a great show, and I totally agree with “recycling” Emily and bringing her back.
So it doesn’t look like the recycling is going anywhere anytime soon. Unless Chris Harrison takes over as show creator. Not happening.