The Bachelor 16 - Ben

Reality Steve Live Video Blog – Thursday, February 16th 9:00PM EST/6:00PST

Here is last night’s video blog for those that missed it. Since Vokle.com does not support Flash players, if you’re trying to view this on your Iphone or Ipad, it won’t work. I guess the main thing you should probably take from last night’s episode is that Ben and Courtney have NOT broken up, despite what you’ve been reading. However, there are some issues they are dealing with (namely the fact that it’s gonna be four months from the time filming ended til the time they are allowed to be out in public as a normal couple). So all the rumors and speculation you hear about a break up are false. The stuff about there are some issues, things aren’t great and that there’s trouble in paradise – yes, those are true. Looks like this will all come to a head when they tape the ATFR on March 4th. Should be a doozy.

34 Comments

34 Comments

  1. riddlek2

    February 17, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I am so sick of everyone saying “Courtney got a bad edit…. blah blah blah…..” I’m sure the producers definitely left edits in of her making fun of the other girls and looking like the villain in the confessional interviews intentionally, but all these little whisper comments to herself at the rose ceremonies, when the date cards come, in the group dates and at the parties are all her! Her cocky little “see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya” at the last ceremony just makes me sick! This is not just a bad edit – whether the producers decided to show these things or not, this is who she is. Vindictive, rude, cocky, self centered, and flat out mean. I don’t think she got a “bad edit”, i think this is who she really is. She is the girl who stands in the checkout line at her local grocery store eye-balling any “pretty girl” who may cross her path and making rude comments about what the girl in front of her is wearing or how her hair is done. I feel sorry for Ben being so blind, unless that’s exactly what he is looking for. He was warned, by more than one person and at this point, he gets what he deserves. Blame it on a “bad edit” all you want – Courtney is just a Mean Girl.

  2. Dianne

    February 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Sorry, riddle, I don’t agree. She was TOLD by the producers how to act and what to say. On Ben’s twitter page a few days ago, one of his buddies was razzing him about the tie he wore on Monday night at the rose ceremony. Ben’s response? “I don’t care what people think”. So, trust me, Ben and Courtney are totally made for each other..the other girls got off lucky.

  3. karynr

    February 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    The kids she went to high school with at Arcadia confirmed she was one of the mean girls. In other words, nothing has changed. She may have been told what to say and how to act, but her true colors came out in the process. What you see is what you get. The other girls really dodged a bullet.

  4. seya

    February 17, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    I think everyone who’s hating on Courtney does NOT know how to date! I see nothing wrong with Courtney’s confidence and I actually admire how she is active but not aggressive in her dating style. She wanted Ben and she knew what she needed to do to get his attention. Loved it!! She should actually make a book on how to date and you know all the haters would be buying it! Now, how she treated the other girls….hello, this IS a competition! She is just real, not two faced liked the other girls and she says it like she sees it. She didn’t
    like them, so what. It’s hard to make true friendships in
    that kind of environment if you are really focused on the
    goal and know everyone is against your goal…BEN!! Come on now, every girl is secretly wishing the other to leave even if they are not saying it in front of the camera. Every girl who cares to stay and is not there for the vacations and the fame. Courtney never said anything against Ben but had a few silly one liners about a few girls which was so funny! Her comments were never really cruel like casey or emily’s words against her. I think she is funny, corky, beautiful, and real. But more importantly, Courtney and Ben DO have a real connection!! Mabye even soul mates from what I’ve seen. I wish them the best under this kind of judgemental press!!

  5. breeves

    February 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Seya: Hi Courtney! Hope you are enjoying all the attention!

  6. seya

    February 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    sorry, im not courtney. Just another confident woman that says it like it is.

  7. seya

    February 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Sad, really, how confident woman are hated and are called bitches. Women love hating woman that are smarter or prettier or get more attention. Sad, really.

  8. thehumbleplant

    February 17, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    So, at the start of the season I, like everyone else in America, didn’t particularly care for Courtney. But as the show has gone on, I find her absolutely entertaining and roll-on-the-floor funny. She is the only reason I’ve kept watching this boring season. It’s like watching some crazy sociology experiment. Sure, she’s an unlikable person and says awful things, but her delivery is hilarious. She needs to be on Mystery Science Theater. Her behavior defies the basic guidelines of social interaction, like she’s missing a chromosome. She either lacks self awareness completely or she’s so completely self aware that she just doesn’t doesn’t give a damn. She’s like a cross between Luna Lovegood and the old men in the balcony on the Muppet Show. Either way, she cracks me up. And let’s be honest – do we really care who “wins?” I hope at ATFR she doesn’t cave and get all weepy, but stays true to the delightfully brutal and socially awkward girl we’ve come to know. Because that will be so much more fun to watch. And isn’t that the point?

  9. jawbreaker

    February 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    seya on February 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM said:

    Sad, really, how confident woman are hated and are called bitches. Women love hating woman that are smarter or prettier or get more attention. Sad, really.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Confident women do not act like that…insecure women do! She acts like a bitch, so she is probably called one.

    I do not think she is pretty. I think she needs braces for her buck teeth!

  10. hordac

    February 17, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Steve is adorable with Maddie. I have a feeling that ex bachettes will be finding their way into his Facebook and Twitter real soon! Without Courtney this season I really don’t know if I could have made it through. I think Steve has a point when he says they may have ramped up her edit just to have any kind of excitement going on. Ben is so average in looks and personality that it seems to be colouring everything about this season with her being the only exception. I find it very hard to believe she can be attracted to him. Although she is clearly not a nice person, I hardly think she has any trouble finding men that are “higher up on the scale” than Ben.

  11. RavenFischer

    February 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Let me tell you how these shows work. The producers don’t hand Courtney a script and say “read this,” because she, like most other contestants, are not actors. They couldn’t read lines and sound convincing. The producers know this, so they “suggest” roles for Courtney to play. “You’re going to be the bitch this season. And everyone will hate you, but you’ll be the talk of the season, and we’ll make sure Ben keeps you, and sooner than later you’ll see yourself on all the tabloids. This will help your career and no one will care in a few months if you found love or not.” THAT’S what happening this season and that’s the path Courtney has chosen. And while some may excuse her actions because she’s playing a “role,” what you have to remember is that SHE IS CHOOSING to play the role. There’s no rule against saying, “I don’t want to be portrayed as a major bitch” and then changing your tune once you make it a few episodes in. She’s choosing to play the bitch card, because she’s a bitch. If you don’t see that, than you’re not an adult.

    And you can justify anything she does as wanting to promote her career, but at some point, she could have realized, “I can play the kitten to Ben AND be nice to the other girls.” The fact she chooses to be a bitch to the girls means simply that she’s a bitch. Ben will see this and dump her, or vice versa, but by then, no one will care about either of them. She’s not even that hot…

  12. penguinfan01

    February 18, 2012 at 2:38 AM

    My take on Courtney is to remember that she is a model. Models are all about themselves, they do not like other women because that is their competition. They are waited on, fussed over, and coveted. Also think about other models who made it, are they nice? Examples, Gisele, Tyra and many others. With models, they need to stand out to land the job, so they do whatever it takes. They are not without shame. Also, many models are not pretty day to day, they get made up, and camera angels play into making them look sensational. Think about it people, Courtney is only being herself, that’s life in the big city.

  13. cindy01

    February 18, 2012 at 5:50 AM

    @ seya…I agree with you 100%!!! Everyone go read what seya has to say about all this. I don’t need to add a thing really…you summed it all up.

  14. dketch

    February 18, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    I added this to Steve’s previous blog post but realized I should have put it here…
    I just got round to reading Sunday’s NYTimes – article called “The Roses! The Romance! The Roasts!” and it quotes Mike Fleiss as saying: “I try not to take it too seriously, whether people are saying ‘this is my favorite season’ or ‘I’m never watching this show again’ – WHAT I LOOK AT IS THE SHEER VOLUME OF THE RESPONSE.”

    That just goes to show you – he doesn’t care what the viewers think – you can hate Courtney, love her, or anything else about the show, but as long as whatever they put on the show, if it stirs up a big response (as it is definitely doing with the whole Courtney thing), that’s all Fleiss cares about. RS has had this show – and Fleiss – pegged from the beginning!

  15. lahlah

    February 18, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    totally agree with Seya. I also don’t understand why so many people think the other girls are all sweet and innocent. Courtney is very open and honest and direct. Even Emily in her exit interview stated that she felt like Courtney did say everything directly to her face rather than talk about people behind their back. I think Courtney brings out another side to Ben that makes him a bit more interesting and likable.

  16. seya

    February 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Imagine a world where women didn’t hate beautiful and strong women but inspired to be like them AND DID IT! We would be the boss at our job, we would have guys waiting for our calls, we would love being naked because we looked better without clothes, we would do our best to be at our best and yes, we would look in the mirror and say, “damn, I’m hot”! Nothing wrong with that, ladies!! If you are not saying that when you look in the mirror, then get on the treadmill and start doing some situps!! I assure you, your hate for all the “stuck up models” will dissolve. You’ll focus on how beautiful you are and not envy what you think you can’t be.

  17. morrigan0

    February 18, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t really care for Courtney but the season would have been pretty boring without her antics. Saying that, anyone who believes you have to put others down to be self confident/assured is completely wrong. Being nasty or slutty is NOT the only way to stand out.

  18. jawbreaker

    February 18, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I guess the people who agree with Seya think that Courtney is great!

  19. jbhopkins

    February 19, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Ben’s best bet is to stay with Courtney, not dump her. He won’t save any face by dumping her, his reputation for being the douche that was manipulated is already there. His best shot at the utmost fame and celebrity status would be to perpetuate their “evil” relationship as long as possible.

  20. lawbunny

    February 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    To help get rid of the feedback, use headphones.

  21. JovisMom

    February 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    I competely agree w\ seya… It’s strange, everyone was hating on Michelle Money and after the season was over and she got the boot everyone changed their toon about her. Granted I think Michelle was hell of a lot better looking then Courtney but they played the same role.

  22. monasez

    February 20, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    @riddle, I agree about the editing, the producers didn’t have to do any editing to make Courtney look bad, but they probably had to do a lot of searching to find any good/nice bits. lol
    @Dianne, totally agree, the other girls are dodging a huge bullet and they should thank Ben for cutting them loose.
    @humble, no worries about Courtney caving…she will always be deliberately brutal and socially bankrupt. (did I get that right? lol)
    @jbhobkins, “douche”….lmao
    These two won’t last 30 days ATFR airs. I haven’t be watching this season…but I will tune in for the “tell all”.

  23. boredhusbandwa

    February 20, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    So I have to sit here for an hour hour and listen to mindless drivel on order to maintain domestic tranquility and tune the idiot box to motorcycle racing when it comes on. Thanks to RS to giving the answer to the question so I don’t have to listen to this disgusting grasping manipulation of how actualhumans interact. At least more I can fart ar ound my phone and act interested.
    My only question is how the parents can handle th

  24. boredhusbandwa

    February 20, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Fame whores their children are.

  25. ang23

    February 21, 2012 at 6:24 AM

    I used to be a big fan of this show but. It anymore. I feel like the participants are there to promote their business or get tv exposure for a future career in the entertainment industry. It would be no surprise if Ben is asked to be in Dancing with the stars. I feel like ABC has their favorites and they coach the bachelors and bachelorette to pick those with the intention of increasing ratings. Abc drove me sick with overexposing Jake Pavelka. They guy could not be more fake!!! Now it seems that the overexposing will be for Emely. Not sure what they see in her ! Her big teeth ??? The woman can’t hardly talk because those massive teeth ! She sworn many times she would not do another show and look at her exposing her daughter one more time to the cameras and paparazzi ! I bet she was offered lots of money and the possibility of doing dancing with the stars afterwards. One thing I’m sure about Ben, if he did not find love at least he found an incerease in sales in his winery in Napa valley : )

  26. Dianne

    February 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    ummmmmm, ang23, can we try that again in english please? You are making NO sense at all.

  27. mommyof2

    February 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I agree that this season with Ben as the bachelor has been a big disappointment. I have to admit though that I am really looking forward to seeing Emily as the next bachelorette. I don’t understand why some people are upset by this. Her daughter will be just fine. Since it’s taking place in her hometown of Charlotte during the spring, Ricki will continue going to school every day just as she does anyway. Her grandparents are there to help, and I’m sure Emily will be there for her just as much as she has been already considering she was a working mom before all of this. People need to chill about the daughter thing. Ricki will be just fine. It’s not like she’ll be going out on these dates with her mom! And so what if Emily gets paid for it? Good for her! She can use that money for Ricki’s college fund or whatever. People need to stop judging and just chill.

  28. jenniferboston1

    February 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    I like Courtney, but I wouldn’t compare her to Gisele. Immediately after the Super Bowl, Gisele was heckled repeatedly, therefore, she made the “comment” to her friend. Unlike most other celebrity wives/girlfriends, you hardly ever see Gisele. Remember the Colts/Saints Super Bowl? You saw more of Kim Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson-Basset then you did of their significant others! Zero class.

  29. jenniferboston1

    February 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    JMHO, but I think they made a HUGE mistake casting Emily as the next Bachelorette. She’s incredibly boring, and as fake as they come…hair, teeth, face. Google her older pics, she looks like a totally different person! She was a beautiful girl.

  30. wenchy

    February 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    hey mommyof2, are you kidding me? Do you know who Emily’s dead fiancee was? The Hendricks family has tons of money and as long as sweet Em, doesn’t move little Rikki out of the state, they will have everything they will ever need. Save for her college fund HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA do some research.

  31. mommyof2

    February 22, 2012 at 8:11 AM

    Do my research? Are YOU kidding ME? I have no interest in wasting my time researching reality stars’s lives. I wast enough time watching this miserable show, reading these recaps, and commenting on them. I refuse to wAste any more time than that. Despite that, I DO know who Emily’s fiancé was, and I’m well aware that his family is wealthy and lives in Charlotte, etc. however, maybe Emily wants to help provide for her daughter as well instead of always depending upong the Hendrick’s family. She was only 19 when she was pregnant, and I’m site she’s grateful for all the Hendrick’s have done for her and Ricki. But now that she’s older and Ricki’s in school, maybe she’d like to provide more on her own. All I’m saying is don’t judge her for choosing to do this.

  32. mommyof2

    February 22, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Sorry for these typos. Autocorrect on the iPhone is constantly disappointing me.

  33. finny

    February 22, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    seya on February 17, 2012 at 3:15 PM said:
    Sad, really, how confident woman are hated and are called bitches. Women love hating woman that are smarter or prettier or get more attention. Sad, really

    @Seya – first of all confident women dont act like children making faces and fidgit all the time. A true confident women walks with her head held high AND always shows class in every situation and is not hated because…SHE HAS CLASS! If you think that Courtney is a good role model for confident women…you need serious help! A real CONFIDENT women is someone like Reese Witherspoon or Sandra Bullock, they are smart, attractive, dont HAVE to use sex appeal to get ahead and have CLASS!

  34. finny

    February 22, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    seya on February 18, 2012 at 10:21 AM said:
    Imagine a world where women didn’t hate beautiful and strong women but inspired to be like them AND DID IT! We would be the boss at our job, we would have guys waiting for our calls, we would love being naked because we looked better without clothes, we would do our best to be at our best and yes, we would look in the mirror and say, “damn, I’m hot”! Nothing wrong with that, ladies!! If you are not saying that when you look in the mirror, then get on the treadmill and start doing some situps!! I assure you, your hate for all the “stuck up models” will dissolve. You’ll focus on how beautiful you are and not envy what you think you can’t be.

    @seya – Wow do you live in a fantasy world! Strong confident WOMEN are the bosses, have men wait for them and feel great naked. Your comment that if we are not saying to ourselves that we look hot then we should get on the treadmill and so sit ups…you just answered my question…you are superficial! Bet you like the Kardashians too!

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