Back with a live video blog tonight 9PM EST/6PM PST, with a special guest that will be joining me for the last half. I’m going to set the show for an hour tonight, with the first half taking your questions, and the last half, I’ll bring on the guest to talk about things that I’m sure plenty of you will want to hear. And I’m sure she will take questions as well. Ok, it’s my mother. She’s in town visiting, and it’s only right that I put her on. I just need to make sure she doesn’t start rolling with all the embarrassing stories she likes to tell about me. God help us. I apologize in advance and will do my damndest she doesn’t start reeling those off. This could be fun or a complete disaster. We shall see.
Wanted to give people an update on Emily’s season. As you can see from the picture to the right, Emily started shooting her intro video yesterday in Charlotte. Looks like she’s having a fake lunch with all her friends, laughing, giggling, and telling stories about Brad. I don’t know. But I do want to make people aware that Emily’s seasons spoilers will definitely be different than season’s past. There will be plenty of stuff popping up on the internet and Twitter that other people see and here about before I do, just because filming is not happening in a city of 8 million people like LA. This picture was taken by the Twitter account of Audrina Bigos (@AudrinaBigos) who’s a reporter for the FOX news affiliate in Charlotte. Obviously people are going to see and hear things before I do, so I will do my best to keep up with what I hear.
Basically what I’ll do is when I post my column, so you don’t have to sit there and scour random peoples Twitter accounts etc, most of this stuff gets emailed to me at some point anyway, so I will basically gather all the information from one column to the next and present what I’ve heard and where the info is coming from. Sure, I’ll have other information that I find out by myself, but I have no problem crediting people on Twitter who post pics of filming, because obviously they’ll probably have it before I do. Another Twitter account that’s been pretty up-to-date with some Emily info is Charlotte Paparazzo (@CelebsinCLT). I believe they were the ones who first gave the address out of the house on Marvin Road back at the end of January. So I will follow them during filming, and maybe if any others pop up, and just report back what I’m hearing on Twitter and Facebook, along with giving you info I know about. I do know that Emily will be filmed this Friday using horses from the Blue Wave Stable (www.bluewavestable.com) to shoot an upcoming piece. Probably also for her intro video. And if horses are used during the season, it will be provided by this company. They posted about it last week on their Facebook Fan Page
As for the ATFR taping, I have a few details to fill you in on, but not much that the tabloids haven’t already covered. There’s zero suspense left. Ben is engaged to Courtney, he gave her the ring, he re-proposed, she said yes, and they were in the safehouse in LA from Sunday night through yesterday getting their groove on. Monday was their photo shoot with “People” magazine that will be the cover story next week. And for all those wondering why “People” magazine will never ever credit me with anything regarding this show, you should have your answer now.
Here’s what else I can tell you:
-Emily Maynard was NOT at the ATFR taping. I guess they figured running her promo during the middle of the episode two weeks ago got enough people knowing she’s the next “Bachelorette,” they didn’t feel the need to bring her on again and talk about it.
-Ashley and JP did NOT set a wedding date. They came on, talked about their relationship, how happy they are, etc. But any reports that they gave a date is not true. They are moving to New Jersey as you’ve probably seen, since Ashley has gotten a job in Philly, so they decided to split the difference so that each will commute.
-Courtney and Ben did address the problems they had over these last four months, including when he apparently did not call on Valentine’s Day. There was no “absolute 100% breakup,” but there were tough times where I don’t think either thought it was going to last.
-The wedding dress photo shoot last week that Courtney did was purposely done in direct response to take attention away from Ben and the tabloid attacks he was getting about the alleged cheating. This was addressed on the show.
-Ben does address the scandalous pictures and does swear that the women in the pictures were just friends, and also not taken at the time they were claimed to have been taken. He says he never cheated on Courtney. Obviously I wasn’t there, so we’ll have to see exactly how he explained them, but he claims he never cheated.
-As for the media tour for Ben and Courtney – it ain’t happening. I’ve been told neither of them want to do it, they’re basically obligated to do the “People” magazine story, but once the finale airs, they will not be doing a media tour and making the rounds. They have shot down all requests and are going to try and work on their relationship. I’m sure small things will pop up here and there, but in terms of going on all the talk shows, and pimping themselves out to every microphone stuck in there face, I was told it’s not going to happen. They are staying away from all media due to the fact that, well, the media has done nothing but publicly rip both of them for the last four months. Makes sense. Probably a good thing.
-Courtney will be spending more time up in San Francisco, and slowly but surely, will start looking for places together with Ben. She wants to move out of LA and start her life with him. They sure are trying to make it work at least. Who knows if it will.
-I have no idea what Lindzi said when she was up there, and at this point, I honestly don’t care. She’s been a background player all season. I’m sure she gave the, “It was tough watching it back, I remember that day, brings back emotions, but I’m happy he’s moved on, blah blah blah.” I mean, what else can she say?
As for Blake’s tweet on Monday night, since he deleted it like a coward because he was getting so much flak for it, I can’t re-print it. Basically he alluded to the fact that watching Courtney cry was like a repeat of Michelle Money crying, and hash tagged it with her being fake and looking for sympathy and not a real person. UPDATE: Here was the tweet from Blake to Michelle Monday night:
“@BlakeMJulian: the upcoming tears about to flow from Courtney’s eyes will redeem her. #Michellemoney #stillfake”.
To which Michelle immediately struck back, along with numerous other supporters of her, and he took it down. Blake, you did this during “Bachelor Pad” season constantly trying to defend yourself and your edit on Twitter (not to mention calling people out), and it didn’t work then. Do you not learn your lesson? You will NEVER win a Twitter war. EVER. It’s impossible. No matter what you say, especially if it’s about someone a majority of the people like, people are going to attack you for it. How do you not see this by now? Deleting your tweet, in my mind, was just as bad as what you wrote. For a guy who’s in love and getting married in 3 months, you’re spending an awful lot of time on people that don’t matter to you. Let it go. I swear, this guy seems to be the most bitter man in the “Bachelor” franchise. Is he ever NOT complaining about something when it comes to this show? Turn the page. Either stay off Twitter all together, or actually have the balls to stand by what you say. Good luck with your nuptials. We’re all on pins and needles waiting for that to happen (And yes, I’m fully expecting this to get back to him and for him to go after me on Twitter. And I won’t respond. I’ve said what I needed to say. Good riddance).
And now for what a lot of you are probably wondering, and what’s my reaction to all the negative feedback from Tuesday’s column. I’m not going to win this battle. You can’t rationalize with people who already have that much hate for something they read, so no sense in trying. I’m not going to apologize for anything I wrote. I’m not going to take any of it back. It is what it is. As I’ve said every season, the “Women Tell All” is not a regular column. There are no ridiculous dates, or people giving cheesy ridiculous lines. There’s much less to make fun of during that show, and I never do. It’s usually a small summary of what happened on stage, plus my thoughts on the season in general. I can’t remember the last WTA column I did that was funny. I wasn’t trying to be. I write what I write. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it isn’t. If people want to take issue with what I wrote, go ahead. But it’s not changing what I do. Once I was alerted to a lot of the negative feedback, I went to the comments section and read the first five comments. Whatever. I kinda chuckled at them to be honest. It rolls off my back. If I changed the way I write my column based on negative reaction, I’d be doing myself a disservice. Not going to happen. I don’t write my column to get a bunch of comments, good or bad. You can’t please everybody. I know this. Been doing this long enough. Only thing I will say is the negative comments that I did read, just goes to show that people take what I say waaay too seriously and personal sometimes. It happens. I blame their parents. Moving on…