Been a few days so I figured I’d post today to update everyone on a few things. First things first, the live video blog will still be on this Thursday (9PM EST/6PM PST). However, Maddie will not be making an appearance, that’s because I’m in California this weekend for my nephew’s 5th birthday. Which means – yes, you guessed it – my niece and nephew will be making an appearance on Thursday. I will try to give them both equal air time, but something tells me they will fight over who gets to be on more. Although they don’t have embarrassing stories to tell about me like my mother could’ve, it might still be a train wreck. So tune in for that. I have no idea how that’s gonna go.
Also, this Saturday night I will be attending the Chris4Life Dream Date Benefit at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. If you are interested in attending, you can still purchase tickets for only $60 by clicking here. You can win a date with some of your favorite “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” contestants as they will be auctioning off Jillian Harris, Dave Good, Erica Rose, Natalie Getz, Roberto Martinez, Michelle Money, and just added Kacie Boguskie from Ben’s season. Hmmmmmmm, which one do I bid on? Should be a fun night all around and I’m looking forward to helping out such a good cause. For more on the event, check out the video Michelle Money made:
As for what’s going on with me, let me just say that I realize a lot of you were worried about the tone of my last video blog and expressed to me you felt I was defeated, sad, etc. I’m not gonna lie, it hasn’t been easy. I don’t think it would be for everyone. Until this thing is over, it’s ALWAYS going to be on my mind. Some days are better than others. I think this weekend will be good because I’ll be keeping busy and not thinking about it. But yeah, there are days where it weighs more on me than others. It’s not because I’m afraid of losing, since I’ve said from the beginning of this that I’ve done nothing wrong or illegal, but more so that every single day this case is still being litigated is costing me a lot of money. So I wake up every morning knowing I have this giant debt over my head that really isn’t going away anytime soon, and that’s not fun.
But thanks to all your donations, I’ve been able to raise almost $8000 now for my legal defense fund, so I can’t thank you enough (Neither can my lawyers). If you haven’t donated and you’d still like to (or would even like to donate again), the donation button at the top of the page will bring you to the initial column which explains a lot of what you need to know regarding this lawsuit. Anything you can donate will help. This is going to be a long battle and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate everything that’s been donated so far and what’s to come. A lot of you have asked me since Thursday’s live video blog if that person who said they’d donate $5000 actually did, and unfortunately, the answer is no. I haven’t received that $5000 donation just yet. Maybe she was kidding, maybe it’s still coming. I don’t know. She never left her email like she said she would, nor did she email me the next day to explain who she was. So we’ll see. Sounded a little too good to be true, so I’m not holding my breath. Although it would be an unbelievably generous donation if she did.
The man who started this whole cause, Matthew Chan, has more articles posted on his site that you can read by clicking here. A lot of good columns that he’s posted, as well as having started an online petition with Change.org. You can sign the petition here:
We’ve garnered over 1,100 signatures to date, so however many we can get will definitely help get the word out. I do think this case needs to be heard by more than just the “Bachelor” audience. Whether you like this site or not, or whether you like me personally or not, is not the issue in this case. It’s about my right as a “journalist” to be able to continue to do my job without having the big network watching over me like a hawk.