In case you missed it yesterday, I posted the events of what was going to transpire last night and pointed out how ABC’s editing staff got tricky again with what they were showing you versus what really happened. Not to mention throwing in a voiceover that Emily didn’t say at the time they were claiming she said it. Also, for those that wanted a shortened summary of my 2 hour video blog from last Thursday night, I added that as well. So in case you didn’t read and want to get caught up on that, it’s in the post below this one.
Last Friday, Arie spoke with the media to talk about last night’s episode and things in general and it was fascinating to not only see a reputable news source like “Entertainment Tonight” but also ABC’s PR team as well promote something from the interview that was so overblown, it was pretty ridiculous. Here’s a link to Part 1 of the interview (Part 2 is actually at the bottom of Part 1). The fact that they’re letting contestants still on the show talk about it on the conference call with media means they are going to be extra careful about anything out of these guys mouths. There’s not a chance in hell any of these guys are gonna give anything remotely revealing away. Of course, if you got sucked in by ETOnline’s headline, you might think otherwise.
Here was the question and answer with Arie that had people talking.
Would you have any interest in becoming the next The Bachelor star if you don’t end up with Emily?
Arie Luyendyk Jr: “(Laughs) Well, you know, my fiancee might not approve of that. (Laughs) No, I’m just joking. (Laughs) Basically, it’s hilarious because I know that’s a hot topic right now, but who knows what will happen. If I am engaged to Emily, I don’t think it’s possible for me to become the next Bachelor.”
Pretty innocent, right? He’s just joking around, he’s not giving anything away, but he’s teasing people. Did you see what a lot of outlets ran with in their story on Friday? “Did Arie give the ending away?” Not only did other outlets do it, but one of ABC’s own PR people tweeted out the exact same thing. So this was obviously all done for publicity and to get people talking. And the fact that ABC purposely drew attention to it themselves only proves not only was it a stunt, but that Arie isn’t the one chosen in the end. The news outlets only ran with the “My fiancé might not approve of that” and “I don’t think my fiancée would approve of that” lines, without running what he said around it, which completely changes the whole context of his answer. Really people? Do you honestly think they’d let Arie on a conference call spoil the show? Arie didn’t spoil anything. Well, I guess he kinda did. He basically spoiled that he definitely isn’t engaged to her. So good job.
I apologize for not posting the most recent episodes to the “Burning Love” franchise in Thursday’s column.
And finally, I wanted to clear something up that happened yesterday morning. I received an early morning phone call to be on Kidd Kraddick in the Morning here in Dallas to talk about some news they had on the “Bachelorette.” One of the co-hosts of the show, Jenna, had seen Sean out at a bar Friday night, and in talking to him, he seemed to mention my name and referenced something to the effect of, “He’s got something missing about the final 3.” He never went into detail, and Jenna never pushed him for it, but that’s what she believe she heard him say. So they called me yesterday morning to give my thoughts, and honestly, I didn’t really know what to say because it’s well known that Sean, Arie, and Jef are the final three. Not only from spoilers, but there’s visual evidence of it when they showed clips upcoming this season last week. So there’s no disputing those three guys are the final three. So frankly, I have no idea what Sean is referring to when he told Jenna that. Who knows? Maybe Sean was just messing with her? Maybe he was being serious and there IS something that I’m missing with the final three? Which wouldn’t surprise me because I don’t have very many details of what happens once it’s down to three, so I didn’t even really know what Sean could’ve been referring to. Are the final three guys wrong? No. That’s Sean, Jef, and Arie. But yes, I’d agree there probably is something that I’m missing when it comes to the final three. I just don’t know what it is yet. Still got a month to go. I’ll get it eventually. Hopefully.