I tweeted this out yesterday shortly after my column went up, but it’s a really interesting look at the “Bachelor” franchise in terms of longevity. Every year I get asked, “When do you think this show will end?” And every year I say the same thing, “Not anytime soon.” These numbers back it up. How many times have I heard or been asked about the travel schedule the last few seasons. “They only left the country once during Chris’ season, their budget must be low.” Really? They made $187 million in ad revenue for the 2014-15 year, so you can throw that ridiculous theory out the window. They can go wherever they want whenever they want every season and not think twice about budget. For a show over 10 years old and 30 seasons in to be that relevant still is pretty amazing. Good. Keep it coming. I like having a job. Because as long as this show’s on the air, I’m going to continue to spoil it.
The only issue I have with that piece is how do you write a detailed story on all things related to the “Bachelor,” and not reference spoilers once? Sure, they talk about “spoiling” in the sense of doing dates that fans can come see, but it’s obvious what they were trying to avoid. And I’ll tell you why. Any piece written on this show where they interview Fleiss, Mills, and Harrison certainly isn’t going to mention my site. It’s just not. Those guys are controlling the narrative. But it’s pretty irresponsible journalism to write a story that in depth about the program and not once mention of the fact that it’s literally the most relevant reality show on television that’s constantly getting its show spoiled on an episode-by-episode basis every season before the first episode even airs.
This is not patting myself on the back. This is about the piece itself. Writing an all-encompassing piece on the “Bachelor” franchise, from revenue to demographics to social media relevance and not mentioning how it’s been spoiled for 6 years now is just poor journalism. Hell, you could even mention the fact on how the show still thrives DESPITE it being spoiled every season. There’s obviously a story there since I’ve talked about it for years here. I don’t spoil the show so you won’t watch. That’s not my intention. I spoil it to give you a better perspective on HOW to watch. The spoilers don’t affect viewership negatively. Never have and never will. If anything, it enhances viewership. But I get it. They can’t mention me since the higher ups there won’t allow them to reference me. It’s ok. Just like when US Weekly runs “exclusives” that are weeks and months behind what’s on this site, it only makes those outlets look out of touch and adds more credibility to this site.
-Some of you may have known this and some might not, but Josh Murray recently had a new girlfriend. Well, not anymore. He broke up with his latest girl – Anna von Staehle. I would think the distance probably played a role in it since I believe this girl lives in Oregon. I know she attended the University of Oregon, and nothing I’ve seen leads me to believe she isn’t still in that area.
-Nell Kalter has your RHOC recap on last night’s Part 2 of 457 reunion shows for this season. Enjoy it. UPDATE: Apparently I mixed up my “Housewives” shows. This season is still airing. Reunion shows haven’t started yet. I was thinking of Teresa Giudice’s 3 parter.
-Your DWTS recap from Glamour Magazine has all your inside scoop from after the show.
-I hope you’re sitting down for this one. “Playboy” will no longer have nude photos in it. I thought that was a misprint when I read it, but it’s true. And frankly, it makes sense. The story makes the point that anyone anywhere can access pretty much nudity and any type of porn with one click for free, so waiting a month to see nude photos seems kinda ridiculous. Not to mention how much the subscription service is down over 4 million in the last 40 years. I’m surprised “Playboy” still has 800,000 subscribers. It’s gotta be all men over 60 years old who don’t know how to use the internet.
-“Esquire” Magazine named their 2015 Sexiest Woman Alive and it’s “Game of Thrones” star, Emilia Clarke. If you ask me, I know her from the latest “Terminator” movie since I’ve never seen 5 minutes of “Game of Thrones.” And she got topless in that too. Safe to say this chick likes taking off her clothes. Hey, maybe she should do Play…oh wait. Their subscriber count will go to about 5 after the latest announcement.
-John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, after trying for what seems like forever, have finally gotten pregnant. This seemed to be one couple who was constantly being asked about why they don’t have kids and Chrissy kept having to tell people they were trying. Well here you go. They have a baby coming. Maybe someday their baby will be the side kick on “Lip Sync Battle” season 30 that has absolutely no reason for being there. To sing along? To laugh?
-Selena Gomez says she has a healthy perspective on her sexuality in a recent interview. Well thank you for that Selena. That will no doubt help me sleep better at night. By the way, you’re 23. You haven’t even begun to have a clue about your sexuality. But hey, you keep thinking that.
-So it didn’t take long for Calvin Harris to take to social media yesterday and shoot down the rumors that Tay Tay broke up with him because he went and got a $40 handy:
It's not going to be a 'happy ending' for everyone I sue for defamation of character for all these bullshit stories bye bye
— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) October 12, 2015
Look, when Taylor and Calvin break up, or on the flip side get engaged, it will be the lead story on every entertainment site. Why? Because they control the narrative and they’ll release it to those sites in a joint statement. We’ll know when they break up because they’ll announce it. The fact that only one site had that story, and a flimsy one at that, pretty much told you all you needed to know.
-Hide yo’ wife, hide yo’ kids. Amanda Bynes is going back to school. She’s taking classes at FIDM. Oooooohhhh, maybe she’ll be classmates with Lauren Conrad. Or Tenley. They went there, right? Or are there FIDM’s everywhere? Hell if I know. I just remember in the first season of “The Hills,” Lauren was attending FIDM. And now look at her. See Amanda? There’s something to strive for. Just stay away from going bat sh** crazy and you’ll be fine.
-Eva Longoria was photographed recently with bandages covering her tramp stamp, I guess because she’s having them removed. I mean, why else would you have bandages on your lower back in the place where you once made a giant mistake? Unless your latest boy toy is releasing some sort of acid, yeah, it probably is her getting her P.O.T. removed.
-There is now a Will Ferrell themed bar in New York City based off his Ron Burgundy character. Like any restaurant, this will succeed only if the service and food is quality. The nostalgia of having meals and drinks named after Ron Burgundy catchphrases might keep them in business for a month. But if the food sucks, it’s going under. Plain and simple.
-Ending today with three sports stories. First off, Steve Spurrier retiring yesterday was out of nowhere, so its time to look back on some of his best quotes he gave throughout his career. He’s a quote machine. And no, I don’t think he’s done coaching. I just think he’s done coaching at South Carolina where he saw he’d pretty much maxed out there.
-You think the New York fans are going to send Chase Utley and Christmas presents this year? Needless to say, they aren’t fans of the guy. Some of them are even hoping he dies. I know “fan” is short for “fanatic,” but lets all calm down about that play. And no, I’m not saying that because I’m a Dodger fan. Even I will admit the slide sucked and wasn’t within the rules. But it’s not like while Utley was approaching the base thinking, “I’m planning on breaking this guys leg. Here we go.” The broken leg was a byproduct of the aggressive slide. But since all aggressive slides don’t result in broken legs, Chase Utley isn’t some horrible human being. If Tejada doesn’t get injured, this isn’t even a story. It’s baseball. Injuries can happen anywhere anytime. Jamaal Charles blew out his ACL Sunday before anyone even touched him.
-And finally, yet another pro athlete who can’t keep it in his pants and gets busted by his girlfriend, who then tells social media about it. Klay Thompson’s girlfriend put him on blast for catching him in the act with another woman. A groupie, she says. Klay, can you be a bit more discreet. Like if you’re gonna sleep with a groupie, maybe do it on the road in a hotel room like the rest of the NBA does and not your own bed? Is that too much to ask?
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