Definitely will be doing a live video blog tonight as I’m sure a lot of you have questions regarding yesterday’s column about the lawsuit. One change: I’m going to move it up an hour tonight to 8PM EST/5PM PST as I’m heading out to Fort Worth to see a friends band play and I need to give myself a good 45 minutes to an hour to get out there. Come on out to Tomcats in Ft. Worth tonight and check out “Blameshift.” As I said, there is nothing in the Agreement that says I can’t talk about it. However, it’s a 14 page Agreement that has a bunch of details in it that frankly, are between me and the Plaintiffs. I will answer what I can, but just know, I’d really like to kinda put this thing behind me and not answer every specific detailed question you have about the case. I’ve done an interview with WetPaint that I will tweet out later today, and I’m sure I will be doing some radio interviews, but it’s more to talk about the case in general, and not every specific piece of the Agreement. So I will answer what I can and what I feel you should know, and hopefully yesterday’s column gave you a pretty good idea of what this whole thing was about.
The biggest news this week is probably the conflicting reports coming out from two different tabloids that Roberto is going to be the next “Bachelor.” Life & Style is reporting that he’s going to do it and the contract is signed. US Weekly came out yesterday and said Roberto has been approached, but that he has “no interest” in doing it. Well, after making some calls the last 48 hours, I can tell you right now that Life & Style’s report is true. Roberto is absolutely going to be the next “Bachelor.” Mark it down. I had heard a few weeks ago they were after him hard but that he hadn’t made up his mind yet. So when L&S’ story broke on Tuesday, I wanted to see if it was legit. It was. ABC won’t comment, and I’m guessing the earliest we’ll hear anything about the announcement of the next “Bachelor” is Emily’s finale on July 16th, but rest assured, it’s 1000% signed, sealed, delivered that Roberto will be the next “Bachelor.”
Also, I can tell you EXACTLY how US Weekly will play this out over the next month or so. Basically, they were outscooped by Life & Style. So in return, they ran with their “Roberto has no interest in being the Bachelor” story yesterday. Then in about two weeks, you’ll see them report “We’re hearing negotiations are heating up between Roberto and ABC and he’s re-thinking it now,” or something to that effect. Then later on, US Weekly will eventually come out with a story sometime in July with the likes of, “Exclusive to US Weekly: Roberto Martinez to be the next Bachelor!” and in that story, they will claim that reports that surfaced earlier about him signing a contract way back when were untrue, and that THEY have it from THEIR sources that the deal is done now, he just signed, blah blah blah. They are very predictable. You watch it over the next two months. It’s exactly what’ll happen. Roberto is the next “Bachelor.”
As for US Weekly’s front page Emily hatchet job this week? Yet again, predictable. Remember, it’s not like we just found out who Emily was this season. They are basically re-running stories they ran when she was on Brad’s season – she likes guys with money, she always wanted to be the “Bachelorette,” she’s a diva etc. None of this is anything they haven’t already ran in the past. However, they also threw in two stories worth mentioning:
-That when she found out during filming about Arie and Cassie’s relationship, she let him go immediately
-That she had a prior connection to Jef because Michelle Money’s brother, Doug Cartwright, called her and told her to keep him around.
Remember, when I first reported that Emily wasn’t happy when finding out about Arie and Cassie Lambert’s past, that was while hometown dates were still filming. So to say she let Arie go immediately is untrue. She couldn’t have let him go immediately because Chris was the one that got let go during the hometown rose ceremony. So that’s just flat out wrong. I guarantee they have no sources telling them that, they’re basically jumping to conclusions based off internet reports. At some point during the week of dates filming the hometowns is when Emily found out about Arie and Cassie’s past. She did NOT let him go right there because we know Arie is at least in the final three.
And the story about Doug calling Emily to tell her to keep Jef around? Really? Based on what information? Did they listen in on the call? They’re a tabloid. I expect them to write this. Look, it’s no secret that Doug knows Jef. He’s tweeted the guy, he’s commented on his Instagram pictures, they both live in Salt Lake, etc. I don’t know what their relationship is, but it’s obvious they do know each other. US is just trying to sell magazines by creating some bogus story that Doug called her and told her to keep him around because he’s a good guy because that’s what sells. I don’t think that ever happened because not only would Doug be taking a lot of heat for that, but so would Emily. I doubt he’d ever jeopardize his friendship with her, let alone his sisters, by leaking to her information about one of her contestants before going on the show. But it sure makes a good juicy headline, which is exactly why US Weekly ran with it. I’m quite skeptical that phone call ever took place.
As for “Bachelor Pad,” quick update: Contestants arrive this weekend, with filming set to begin on Monday or Tuesday. Definitely in: Reid, Ed, Blakeley, Jaclyn, Nick Peterson, Kalon McMahon, and Michael Stagliano. Two people who definitely aren’t doing it? Ben and Courtney, as reported by WetPaint yesterday. Outside of that, a whole lot of rumors floating around. I’m hearing even Chris Bukowski might be on it. Soon enough, I’ll be able to give you the whole cast before ABC does, but just wanted to update you on when things are happening with filming. Had my dates wrong. I thought they were arriving this past Monday the 4th with filming beginning the 7th or 8th. Was off a couple days.