Of course probably the second thing I’ve been asked is “Where are the episode-by-episode spoilers and who did Emily choose?” The episode-by-episode spoilers are coming. Hopefully before next Tuesday’s column. If not, then shortly thereafter. Still gathering info and just want to make sure I’ve got stuff in the right order. As for the final one and who Emily chose, seems like a lot of you have a short memory. Ben and Courtney got engaged on Nov. 16th and I didn’t spoil it until Dec. 14th. Before that, Ashley and JP got engaged on May 13th, and I didn’t spoil that until the first week of June. Before that, Brad and Emily got engaged right before Thanksgiving in 2010, and I didn’t reveal (albeit wrong at the time) the ending until Dec. 9th. Whoever Emily got engaged to just happened last Thursday. We’re only 5 days removed from that happening, so I’m sorry, but my sources haven’t gotten back to me yet on what happened. Have I heard rumblings? Yes, but not enough where I feel confident saying who the final one is. Jef, Arie, and Sean are your final three this season. Chris was eliminated at the final four rose ceremony held in LA, which you already knew. I do not have a breakdown yet of the final three. When I do, you will know.
Here’s what I can tell you about what I know happened: After the final three rose ceremony happened in Curacao, ALL THREE guys were sequestered. Whoever got eliminated did not come home right away as in past seasons. Does it mean they made a reappearance in the finale? I have no idea. All I do know is Sean, Jef, and Arie did not return home until this past weekend. So maybe because the final three was spoiled in real time (something that’s never happened before), production had to change things around to not make it obvious. Remember, Ben and Courtney’s season ended filming on Nov. 16th, and I didn’t announce the final four until Dec. 7th, with the ending released a week later. So there was no worries about sending the final three girl home since it wasn’t out there who was left. This season, I spoiled the final four of Chris, Jef, Arie, and Sean before they even started filming the hometowns, then tweeted Chris was eliminated, meaning as they headed off to Curacao, they knew the spoiler was out there of who the final three were. Maybe that’s why all three were still out there until after the finale was filmed, maybe not. I just know that all three guys returned home this weekend. I obviously want to be as sure as possible and hear from my sources before running with how the final three breakdown went. And when I know that, that’s when you’ll get your “winner.”
Another thing I want to mention that’s been a talking point ever since Emily was named the “Bachelorette” is, “What about the overnight dates? Is she really gonna spend the night with three different guys being a single mom?” I’ve got an answer to that one, and it’s what I suspected from the beginning. The answer is no, she didn’t. Emily had dates with all three of them for the overnights, but did not actually end up staying overnight with any of them. So that’s a good thing. Can you imagine the sh** she would’ve taken if she did? I didn’t think they could possibly convince her that was a good idea, and it looks like they didn’t. She had dates with all three of them in Curacao, but didn’t stay overnight with any of them. Maybe there’s a glimmer of hope after all for Emily. We’ll see.
I understand a lot of you want spoilers immediately and need to know everything as soon as you can because that’s the day and age we’re living in now, but just be patient. Last season of the “Bachelorette” with Ashley premiered May 23rd. The season before that with Ali premiered May 24th. So they are 10 days ahead of schedule with Emily and the season just ended filming 5 days ago. I need a little time to gather all the info I can before I report it. This has nothing to do with the lawsuit, this has nothing to do with sources not willing to talk, and has nothing to do with any of the things some of you have emailed me about. The “Bachelorette” has a much quicker turn around time than the “Bachelor” in regards to when filming ends, to when the first episode airs. There’s a 6 week difference in the “Bachelor,” and Emily’s season, there’s 5 days. So hopefully I’ll have your episode-by-episode spoilers sometime later this week or this weekend. But it could be a few days or a couple weeks before my sources confirm to me who Emily chose. So stay tuned and I’ll let you know when it’s confirmed to me.
And finally before we begin, what season of the “Bachelorette” wouldn’t be complete with Chris Harrison doing a beginning of the season conference call to kinda lay the groundwork for what to expect this season. A conference call that was filled with a bunch of PC answers, gushing over the season and the guys, and of course, lies. You can read the full transcript here from his conference call that took place, but it’s amazing to me how this guy can just flat out tell a bunch of B.S. and not get called out on it. Like this answer:
Question: “And you know, there had been a lot of talk about the show filming in Emily’s hometown of North Carolina due to her daughter Ricki. And based on the information that ABC released last week, it seems like you guys spent the initial cocktail ceremony and the first round of dates there but then began traveling immediately afterwards.
So what happened there? Did that end up not being as much of a concern for Emily as it had originally been or something?
Chris Harrison: “No. I mean we always had the plan. Usually, what we do, and again it changes depending on who the bachelor/bachelorette is. And I kind of love the organic way the show has changed depending on who our person is.”
And we usually start the first three, four weeks, you know, in Los Angeles. You know, we use the Bachelor pad which we used for years and years. But with Emily, you know, part of the thing was, you know, she has Ricki. She didn’t want to take Ricki out of school and wanted to continue her life. So not only did we start the show in Charlotte, but you’ll see that we, you know, kept Emily in her home with Ricki.
And she continued her daily life of taking her to school and soccer practice. And she, you know, didn’t have to jump out of her world to start the show for the first month or so; and that was huge. You know, she knew we would still travel and then Ricki would come along with us from time to time.”
Uhhhh, Chris. In case you lost track of time in Charlotte, you were only there 10 days. You started filming on March 14th, and took off for Bermuda on the 24th. So no, you weren’t in Charlotte for the “first month or so,” you were there less than 2 weeks. Yeah, the first three episodes (May 14th, 21st, and 28th) will be episodes that were shot in Charlotte. But in real time, you weren’t there a month. Emily was hop-skipping all across America after 10 days and according to what she said last night, “Ricki was with her every step of the way.” So no, it doesn’t look like you guys did much accommodating in terms of Emily staying close to home and having Ricki not miss much school. As far as I know, no school systems in North Carolina had spring break from March 24th through May 10th. But hey, maybe Emily found a school for Ricki that did. I’m guessing not though. No need to lie to us, Chris. We can see right through your B.S. You probably convinced Emily when she signed on the dotted line, “Oh, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you’re close to home most of the season, and you won’t have to get out and do much traveling at all,” then the minute she signed, this season was no different than the rest. Bermuda to London to Croatia to the Czech Republic, then back to the states for four hometowns, then off to Curacao. And Ricki gets a months vacation. Weeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! On to last night….