Back with another live video blog tonight at 9:00PM EST/6:00PM PST. Have to make it a short one (no longer than 30 minutes), because I have to be somewhere later. But I’ll try and get in as many questions as I can in the time I’m on. I’m sure plenty of you will have Jef and Emily questions to ask about. I probably won’t have many answers for you, but hey, it’ll be a blast reading them. Even the crazies. I invite you to join too. I wanna hear all your reasonings and theories on why they are America’s greatest couple even though you only know them through what you see on TV, Twitter, and Instagram. Fascinating stuff. Can’t wait. Of course, we can also talk about the National Enquirer report that says Jennie Garth and Luke Perry are now dating. Brandon is not going to be happy. I just hope David Silver DJ’s their wedding reception. UPDATE: There will be no live video blog tonight. Plans have changed and I can’t make it.
Seems to be a rumor floating around the last couple days that Arie is going to be named the next Bachelor since some random fans were posting on Twitter saying they saw him at Davanti Enoteca restaurant in Scottsdale with a film crew for the “Bachelor.” Well then, it must be true if someone’s reporting it on Twitter. This isn’t news but sorry Arie fans, as I’ve said for the last month, I hate to burst your bubble, but just because he was in a restaurant with a film crew doesn’t mean he’s the next “Bachelor.” He’s not. It’s Roberto’s gig to lose. If he turned down their offer, then they are going to go with Sean. And yes, I’m well aware Roberto took a recent international Costa Rican vacation with Chelsea Meissner from “Survivor: One World.” It’s not like it was being hidden or anything. Could mean they’re an item, or it could just mean he’s a single guy having fun like most of the guys in this franchise. We will see.
Wanted to bring this up since Michael Stagliano decided to take to Twitter last night and publicly call me out. He said, “In respone to @RealitySteve, he has a talent for being inaccurate. I was 100% single before and during the show. Didn’t break up anyone.” I’m assuming Michael wrote that because he was being attacked by Twitter crazies that are upset he’s not with Rachel and has a “new” girlfriend named Emily. I don’t know if Michael has actually read what I wrote recently, but judging by those tweets, it sounds like he didn’t. This is specifically what I wrote in my August 21st column:
“What if I were to tell you that the before filming of “Bachelor Pad” even started, Michael was involved with someone (not from this franchise), and after filming ended, he went back to her and is still involved with her now?”
All of that is 100% true and cannot be disputed. And since the show has ended, he started the relationship back up with her and they are together now. Everyone on the BP cast knows this, and it’s why Michael never says in his tweet that he’s single now, because he isn’t. Michael knew Emily and had spent quite a bit of time with her before BP started filming. Then when I released the BP spoilers last Monday the 20th, I said this:
“Michael was seeing a girl named Emily from Chicago that he met during one of his touring shows before filming started, I guess broke it off right before leaving to film (assuming so he could hook up on the show), then they started back up right when filming was over…Although I do hear it’s pretty serious between Michael and this Emily girl and either she’s gonna move to LA, or he’s moving back to Chicago. But lets face it, the Michael we saw on “Bachelor Pad” was definitely not being 100% honest with Rachel. He knows he had someone else he was more interested in the whole time.”
Go back and read any “Bachelor Pad 2″ columns where I specifically said of all the people I’ve talked to in this franchise, not one of them has ever had a bad word to say about Michael. He’s well liked by a lot of them. Well maybe not Erica anymore, but you get my point. This would never be a story if Rachel doesn’t bring up his girlfriend at the finale taping, but once I heard she did, I figured I’d let everyone know what she’s talking about. I guess we’re dealing with semantics when talking about Michael’s relationship status before the show. Was Michael technically “single” before and during the show? Yes, he was. I never said he wasn’t. Was he “dating” Emily? Absolutely. I don’t know what labels these people want to put on it. The whole point was he was definitely involved with her before the show and is now. I think last column I may have said the word “girlfriend,” but only because I didn’t feel like writing “Emily from Chicago, the girl he was seeing before the show.” I clearly stated in the Aug. 21st column Michael was seeing someone before the show, ended it before filming started, then got back together with her once the show was over.
But lets be honest, he knows where his head was at when he started filming. So all this, “I’m definitely here for love this season” was just playing a role. And the fact that he and Emily are together right now pretty much solidifies it. Michael seems like a good guy who went on the show to promote his music career and made a bad mistake by getting involved with Rachel knowing he still had something for Emily. That’s all. I guarantee you if you ask Michael today if he could get a re-do, would he go back and do BP, he’d say “no.” He’s getting a lot of heat on Twitter now, and of course the crazies are already stalking Emily’s twitter account and giving her crap when she’s done nothing wrong. I think Michael got caught up in the hype of this show and it was a way to keep his music career out there, but once he hooked up with Rachel, knowing there was a girl watching at home who he had something for before the show and has since rekindled it and is with now, I think he realizes he probably didn’t handle things the best way he could. Good guy, bad mistake. Moving on.