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Finale Night and “Bachelorette” News

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In this day and age, it’s almost impossible to keep a secret. Impossible. Social media is probably the biggest reason why. We hear things all the time, someone says something, and then you gotta scramble for the truth. When dealing with spoilers, this is basically my life this time of year. We are now in what I like to call the “fun zone.” This is my favorite part of spoiling the “Bachelor” franchise. It’s definitely the most fun. Being given tips on contestants, following up, making sure it aligns with other things I get, all while keeping my sources anonymous. I’ve been spoiling now for 7 years and it never gets old to me. And then once I see everything play out exactly like I laid out it would is definitely gratifying feeling. And why wouldn’t it be? I do get confused on why so many people want to know who or how I get my info. Why? As long as it’s right, what does it matter? It’s not like you’re paying for my information. It’s free. I put it out there, you choose to believe it or not. Why does it matter where I get it as long as it’s right, right? Then we have instances where what happened late Thursday/early Friday happens and things begin to get a liiiiiiitle bit tricky.

As a lot of you know who follow me on Twitter, I tweeted out Friday morning that there were some rumors circulating I was trying to get confirmation on and I’d let you know as soon as I found out. And I meant exactly what I said in the tweet. “Trying to get confirmation,” and “let you know as soon as I find out.” I wasn’t lying. I’ve never tweeted something then never followed up with it in another tweet or in a column. Never. Nor would I ever do that. Did you really think I wouldn’t address it? The fact is I was hoping I would get the confirmation I felt I needed sometime over the weekend from my sources – but I never did. Hence the reason I never followed up with it until now. If I had, I would’ve tweeted again or posted something Saturday or yesterday. I’ll tell you now what I was told and what led me to tweet what I did on Friday morning. Earlier that morning I received correspondence from someone telling me that Caila received a phone call Thursday night from producers who told her they were changing their mind and decided to go with JoJo as the “Bachelorette.” Obviously this goes against what I reported on March 3rd on Twitter, which was then parroted by numerous media outlets the following day. So not something I take lightly and definitely wanted to make sure I got this confirmed by more than one source. It sounded legit based on what I was told, but having been burned a couple times in the past, I’m not gonna run with something (especially when it’s to change a spoiler I currently put out there) unless I get it backed up. All weekend I tried to see if it could get it backed up by a second or third source – but to no avail.

So all I can do is go off of the original source who told me this information early Friday morning, which I then tweeted out. Just because I didn’t get it double or triple sourced doesn’t mean it’s not true. Just means I’m relying on the information of just one individual and I usually don’t like doing that. Most of the time in instances like that, the info has ended up being right. But obviously in this line of work, you can never be too careful. If you’re asking me based on who it was, how they knew, and what they told me, do I think what they told me is accurate? Yes. I believe it is. You’ve always known my stance on the final two girl being announced as the “Bachelorette” on the ATFR since they’ve gone to the current shooting schedule of filming beginning in just days. Seven consecutive seasons the final two girl hasn’t gotten the role, and there have absolutely been some worthy candidates. Honestly, I still don’t know how it’s gonna look to announce JoJo as the “Bachelorette” tonight within the same hour of her coming out and talking to Ben about the dumping. Yes, I know that this happened four months ago and of course she’s over it, BUT, a majority of this show’s audience doesn’t grasp that concept and they want her to feel devastated and asking for answers tonight. Then to turn around in the same show and say, “And by the way, JoJo is our Bachelorette” is just bizarre. But whatever the case, it sure looks like JoJo is getting the gig and it’ll be interesting to see how they play it tonight.

As for Caila and why she was filming in Ohio on March 3rd? Basically, she got played. They led her to believe it was her, she was convinced it was her, they shot her intro package that day in Ohio, then they told her at pretty much the last minute, “We decided to go with JoJo.” From everything I’ve heard, Caila is not happy, nor should she be. However, when you’re dealing with the slime that are these producers, you should always prepare yourself for the worst so that when it inevitably happens, you’re not disappointed. Granted, I’m sure a lot of Caila’s disappointment has to do with the fact that she lost out on a huge opportunity to build her brand, and all the classmates who voted her “Most Likely to Host a TV Show” in her high school yearbook will probably be stuck waiting longer now. Sorry guys. Caila’s star is starting to dim out already. Guess she’ll have to make an appearance on Paradise to get that thing ramped up again. I have no idea if she will, but within this franchise, that’s the next logical step if she wants to keep her name out there, which she most certainly does.

Hey, I’ve always hoped it would be JoJo over Caila, but I just never saw how it could happen once I knew JoJo finished second based on their track record. Hell, if you go back to my post on Oct. 19th when filming was still in the Bahamas, that was the day I released JoJo as a contestant and I even said then she’d be an early “Bachelorette” candidate. However, knowing now that Arie, Nick, and Caila have all suffered the same fate of having intro videos shot and then not getting the lead role, not to mention Caila getting the rug pulled out from under her 4 days before the announcement was official, goes to show that there really isn’t anything that’s confirmed anymore when it comes to that announcement. I mean, sorry for not being able to predict that the show will now tell people they are the “Bachelorette” then yank it away a few days before the announcement is made. Sucks, but what can you do? The good thing is I have no problem eating crow on this one since: 1) I wanted JoJo over Caila anyway and 2) You will hear zero retraction from US Weekly after they ran with Caila 24 hrs after I did. I’ll always take responsibility for every time I’ve been wrong. Trust me, although it sucks and I don’t like to give wrong spoilers, if I am gonna be wrong on something, I’d much rather be wrong on who the next lead is than wrong about the ending of the show. Speaking of…

So we’ve finally reached the pinnacle tonight. And well, since JoJo looks to be the new “Bachelorette,” I’m sure you all can put two and two together and realize that Ben didn’t pick her and the spoiler was right. All those stupid tabloid rumors are just that – rumors. They do it every season about the final couple already in trouble, or already broken up, yada yada yada. Same song and dance. They need to find a new shtick. Ben is with Lauren, he’s been with Lauren ever since Nov. 18th in Jamaica, they are engaged, and they are happy. So as mentioned, I’ll take the Caila over JoJo for “Bachelorette” spoiler being wrong after just giving you a whole season of spoilers that nailed every detail outside of Mandi going home in episode 2 instead of episode 3 which was in the original spoilers. Damn. Almost pitched a perfect game.

Now it’s on to next season. Filming begins on I believe Thursday just going by past schedules and knowing they like to begin on Thursdays, and tomorrow I will post your first guys that will be on the next “Bachelorette” season. Only going to be a few since as I’ve mentioned numerous times before, there’s no rhyme or reason to when I release the guys and how many I release. Some days I’ll release two, then a week later I’ll release ten. I’m not in any hurry. There are social media clues everywhere for contestants, so, you could probably even find some on your own if you wanted to. Releasing the contestants is not why people come to this site. You come for your inside information and your episode-by-episode spoilers, which you’ll get. You’re eventually going to know all of the contestants anyway. Whether you know them on March 15th or March 27th, or April 4th, or April 16th, whatever, I don’t think that matters all that much. I can tell you right now, I have six guys that I’m confident on, and two or three more I’m still waiting on confirmation of. As we go about these next few weeks, I’ll release those accordingly. Also, tomorrow I will reveal one U.S. location I know they are headed to this season. When I was told it, I can honestly say I’d never heard of it before. I’m sure most people haven’t to be honest. But they are definitely going there at the end of this month.

Enjoy the finale tonight and I’ll talk to you tomorrow…

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  1. karynr

    March 14, 2016 at 6:44 AM

    I sure hope this is true. I’d much rather watch JoJo than Caila. What was up with Caila at WTA? I finally watched it this weekend and it looked like either she didn’t have any make-up on, or something was changed that did not enhance her attractiveness. She’d be great in a Pantene commercial. She has gorgeous hair.

  2. shouldbeworking

    March 14, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Agree karynr. Caila’s hair is absolutely stunning. But I much prefer Jo Jo for Bachelorette. Hope the rumor is true.

  3. angelfish

    March 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    I’d still prefer Caila, but it’s certainly not going to affect my life.
    I am heartily sick of JoJo’s look, though. The ombre’ hair color with the center part and barrel curls make her look like every other brunette girl out there. And I hope her plastic surgeon at least gets a shout-out, because we know her implants are going to take center-stage from day one.

    No matter, I’m still only looking at the guys.

  4. kimmyfromdablock

    March 14, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    I am so relieved to hear this news. I could not figure out why producers would see Caila as an interesting lead. Agree on the gorgeous hair that others are mentioning, but besides that she didn’t present with much of a personality or self awareness. I also didn’t think she was going to be the girl that guys drooled over. JoJo is much more apropos in that department.

  5. angelfish

    March 14, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Because guys drooled over Ashley & Dez? That’s definitely not even part of the criteria. Basic attractiveness is as high as that bar is set.

    JoJo will be their little reality robot and do what they want so she can build her brand. After all, they changed an established schedule and narrative for her, so she better be damn grateful and dance to their tune! LOL

  6. kimmyfromdablock

    March 14, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Angelfish – “drool” over as in age appropriate. I suppose if 12-13 year old girls with bouncy hair are your thing, then Caila would’ve knocked it out of the park.

  7. ashleigh11

    March 14, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Thank god! I’m so happy to hear this! I have nothing against Caila, but I feel like she’d make for a tedious season (too Disney, too worried about image and saying the right thing). Jojo’s personality is better suited to carrying off the lead role and I’ll bet the guys they’ve cast are thrilled as well. She’s got that ‘It’ factor (and no, not just because she has spectacular boobs).

  8. robman7789

    March 14, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    Still think it was a real crappy ting to do on Friday. While I appreciate all your hard work to get the leaks – you should never post a tease like that just to get clicks on your site. If you dont have the info – don’t post until you do.

  9. sef701

    March 14, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    SO happy to hear this. I would SO rather JOJO than Caila. I know you always say people will keep watching no matter who it is, (ahem Dez/Ashely) but I was really bumming about a whole season of Caila. I wonder if the producers felt that from viewers…(or from viewing the pole on your website!) I hope this is true b/c i think jojo is defintely more liked. Thanks as always I dont view this as a flub, they changed their mind! Keep spoiling and dont listen to the haters!

  10. elizabeth82

    March 14, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Wow, maybe Fleiss DID listen to viewers?!! Seemed like a lot more people (myself included) wanted JoJo than Caila for next ‘ette.

  11. xnuzboss

    March 14, 2016 at 11:35 AM

    robman7789, I appreciated the tweet, because it led to lots of fun speculation at my house, beginning with what it turned out actually to be. We’re big JoJo fans. Steve does a spectacular job with what he has to work with, and his task is much like that of a professional investigative reporter. However, this is a world FILLED with gossip, and I have zero problems drifting off in that direction, because I know Steve will clear it up when he has confirmation. I love his competitive nature, and in my view, Reality Steve is what makes the whole Bachelor phenomenon a must-view experience. He has my complete support, rumors or not.

  12. vessel

    March 14, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I’ll also jump on the bandwagon of being SO happy it’s JoJo over Caila. I would have still watched, but I was so NOT looking forward to her beauty pageant fake smile for an entire 2 months. She’s now free to go be a sex panther on BIP.

  13. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    First time ever posting though long time RS fan.

    FANS – this is all a set up by Bachelor producers. JoJo knew she would get chosen as the one before Ben said the two I love you’s. Caila has been used a s decoy. She was never going to be the ette.

    I believe this is what really happened —

    JoJo knew she was going to be the next Bachelorette BEFORE Ben told both that he loved them. The whole “telling two women he loved them” was a storyline created by the producers of the Bachelorette to save an otherwise predictable season.

    Since it became somewhat obvious for a while now that Ben would choose Lauren, I believe the Powers That Be at The Bachelor made a deal with JoJo that if she would go along with story-line of Ben telling two women he loved both even though he would eventually choose Lauren she would become the next Bachelorette. (a deal she would not turn down!) Both women knew for a while what was going on but in order to create drama in an otherwise predictable season they were all in cahoots with this storyline. Think about it – the episode where we see JoJo say “this is the best day of my life” was really a reaction to begin offered the ette position. Also think about how Ben always looked totally head over heals with Lauren in the way he looked at her and the way his physical relationship with her was (much more sincere) and Laruen even brought tears to Ben’s eyes – looked like real emotion in comparison to and how he was with JoJo – positive, fun and admiring her but not reacting the same way as he was with Lauren.

    Right after that episode where he told both women he loved them it became clear to me that having Ben tell two women he loved them was a concoction of the “writers” of The Bachelor. Ben does not come across as the kind of guy that would do this and nor did his body language convey the same intense feeling he has for Lauren as JoJo – the whole in love with two women is contrived. Since the contestants have to sign an NDA, none can divulge this is the case, but I am almost certain that having Ben tell two women he loved them was the only way to get controversy and have the Bach remain in the limelight up until now. It was all done for ratings!

    JoJo will come on tonight “acting” upset but will be able to get over quickly since she was given the new ette role and Lauren will act upset but is not really since she also knew the storyline too. More press for all of them – a win win for everyone!

    happy viewing tonight and remember, this was a set up. I’m surprised RS did not catch on to this. All makes sense when you think about it this way.

  14. vessel

    March 14, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    RS didn’t catch on to it because he hates conspiracy theories.

  15. crushonspivey

    March 14, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Ben should have picked JoJo. But since he didn’t glad we could get her as the Bach’ette. She is gorgeous and has a great head on her shoulders. She is straightforward, which is what this show needs.

    Honestly, her personality reminds me some of Ash H(Rosenbaum). She will be straight with the guys and will end up picking a solid dude.

    As for conspiracy theories, I suppose this could be one, but even if it is, I really do not care. Just hope it is JoJo.

  16. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    RS only hates conspiracy theories when he doesn’t come up with it first. He will say he “does not care” but the theory is true this time. It was all a set up when the season started to drag on with so much predictability. RS should own up to that just this one time (of course he won’t – he will resort to the “don’t care” attitude he is famous for. Still love RS even if he bashes my theory.

    Clearly the powers that be set it all up – the only way Ben’s season could stay interesting was to create a twist – something that has “never happened before in Bachelor history!”

  17. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    RS only hates conspiracy theories when he doesn’t come up with it first. He will say he “does not care” but the theory is true
    Clearly the powers that be set it all up – the only way Ben’s season could stay interesting was to create a twist – something that has “never happened before in Bachelor history!”

  18. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    double posted by accident – oops!

  19. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 1:37 PM

    they should put Caila on Dancing with the Stars to make up for using her as a decoy

  20. samseal2001

    March 14, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Samisez – what exactly do you want RS to “own up to”? He gives us spoilers based on sources who actually know things. You said that is your theory, and you believe that is what happened. Could it be true? Sure. Do you know for a fact that it’s true? Doesn’t sound like it. There are a 1,000 theories as to why the show played out like it did. Most of us reading this site do not care why Ben told both girls he loved them, because we know most of the show is fake.

  21. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    forget the “owning up to” part that I wrote – that is not the real focus of my post.

    The show is fun. I do not take it seriously and I like RS so not knocking him.

    If you review the episodes and watch in particular the one where there are three girls left, you will probably see how my theory makes sense. It fits the way everyone acted on that episode and how it was edited. And no, I am not obsessed with the show (I did not re-watch any episodes) but I am very interested in psychology of it all and the editing. It is really fascinating how the writers can script and how things are edited. The show is interesting from so many perspectives – you can learn a lot about how to persuade an audience/people. just sayin’

  22. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 3:53 PM

    I wouldn’t even put it past Bachelor production to have gone back and filmed new scenes after the fact to fit the storyline. I believ ethat is what they did with Ali post production when he was on the phone with Jake – the scene on the show when she asks for another chance. there was no real emotion in that scene. totally scripted to fit her becoming the next bachelorette. The leads always go along with getting more air time.

  23. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    excuse above spelling errors! cooking dinner while I type!

  24. samisez

    March 14, 2016 at 3:54 PM

    excuse above spelling errors!

    making dinner while I type!

  25. playtone22

    March 14, 2016 at 9:07 PM

    Personally, I don’t care for either of them as the Bachelorette (not that it will keep me from watching because I’m sure I will watch). Jojo lost me when she said “being a mom is my jam”. She just sounded so incredibly ignorant. Also, I find both girls extremely boring. I’d rather have someone more interesting be the Bachelorette – like the girl everyone loved to hate.

  26. cjscjs711

    March 14, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    I’m fine with either one being Bachelorette. JoJo will give them a more successful season in ratings.

    Caila was more difficult for this audience to read and relate to, evidenced by so many people seeing her as being fake all the time. I believe cultural differences played a role. I have clients who are Asian and the culture has many polite conventions and nuances that Western does not. It takes experience to be able to read well. I think Caila was often mis-read by viewers. And would have continued to be as Bachelorette! They both have mothers from different cultures, but I would peg JoJo’s mom as being more interested in Americanizing herself and children certainly than Caila’s. The current audience had much easier time understanding and relating to JoJo than Caila.

    I do like Caila and I think she is better off not having what might have been a bad season. I think that would have hurt her more in the long run than the pain of losing out.

  27. hamersr

    March 15, 2016 at 5:46 AM

    Congratulations Steve on running a perfect season with perfect spoilers! You even managed to spoil who the real next Bachelorette was: Jojo!

    And thank you for making this frankly boring Bachelor season more interesting with your comments and views of the show, with the exception of Jubilee and her back story. As you and many people said and I witnessed myself, and even confirmed by Jojo on the ATFR show, Ben was clearly into Lauren B.

    I found the ATFR show even cute with the families of Ben and Lauren mingling together, and I hope Ben and Lauren will be happy together (against all odds). Now, unto the next season of Jojo as the Bachelorette!

  28. trixibelleschott

    March 15, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    I agree that both available and Jojo are boring. Even Ben was boring and just average in the looks department, in my opinion. I will tune in for more but will fast forward frequently just as I did for this season. Gone are the days when missing a few minutes might have been missing something worthy of conversation at the water cooler. The best part of Ben’s season was wide mouthed Olivia…her insane confidence, her rude selfish behavior…all great stuff for viewers. Why can’t they just make the show more fun for us. It’s mediocre but could be compelling if only they would make better choices. They need to choose more crazy and just plan to edit out what can’t be shown. People love a train wreck. They were lickety split to invite that wild one,Lace to scurry on down to Bachelor paradise. Please guys, more nuts.

  29. trixibelleschott

    March 15, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Sorry about not fixing the auto correcting.the page kept reloading,so I hurriedly posted

  30. click

    March 15, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    The interesting part was that both families were present last night. It didn’t make sense and it appeared as a cruel joke with the priest and all. Of course they knew what we didn’t know, that JoJo is going to bounce her Jo-Jo’s some more for us! I liked how she took the Jo-Jo’s away for Ben as a punishment but not without giving him a little pee-a-boo view for him to compare them Lauren’s stack.

  31. brittanypaige

    March 15, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    @playtone22, you do know that Jojo is not the mom. Amanda was the mom and she is one who said ‘being a mom is my jam”

  32. shari253

    March 15, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    @Playtone22: Jojo did not say “being a mom is my jam.” That was Amanda, the one with the two little girls. Jojo doesn’t have kids. I agree with you that Amanda sounded stupid when she said that.

    @cjscjs711: I get your point about Asians being reserved, but I grew up around Phillipinos, and in general they do not fit the “reserved Asian” mold. Their culture is very warm and friendly with lots of fun and laughter. I think the reason behind Caila being reserved is her elite upbringing. Not just being rich, like JoJo, but attending an exclusive $35,000/yr boarding school. The kind of people produced by a school like that are very “finished,” and not likely to let spontanaeity get the best of their self control. Obviously JoJo’s family lets their passions bubble forth without censure, which should make for a more interesting bachelorette.

    @Click: Lol, my husband and I thought the same thing about JoJo’s “jojos.” (Nice moniker btw. When “jojos” becomes the new euphemism for boobies, you can claim, “You heard it here first.”) JoJo uses her jojos very strategically. When JoJo walked up to her non-proposal in that low-cut pink gown, Ben’s face had that Chris Christy “What have I DONE?!” look.

    @Reality Steve: Thanks for fixing your website so your text does not jump around anymore. At least we can read it now. Next job is try to fix the comment section so posting goes more smoothly. The experience is very frustrating with freeze-ups every few seconds and a jumpy cursor. My hat is off to all the previous posters who had the patience to finish their posts.

  33. shari253

    March 15, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    @karynr: I agree with you that something was off with Caila’s appearance on WTA. Usually at that point the presumed next bachelorette has had a professional makeover and looks beautiful. Calila looked very bland and washed out with her lighter hair and minimal makeup. Also her face looked swollen like she either gained weight or had botox treatments. Hopefully she will be back to her naturally pretty self on BIP.

  34. mariet

    March 15, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    @samisez I totally agree with your theory on this one. I always thought Desiree’s season was a set up, too. She was definitely going to pick Chris, but that was too boring. So let’s have her act “head over heels” for Brooks and then he dumps her. Drama! She got over him in two seconds and immediately falls in love with Chris. uh huh…

  35. cjscjs711

    March 15, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    @Shari253 Good point about Philippine culture and you could see that was very much a part of her – the bubbly fun and laughter. And the elite upbringing and exclusive boarding school would have contributed a lot to what we saw, too.

    I really look forward to seeing more of JoJo’s family interacting with multiple suitors. Every one of them is entertaining. I think if given a choice, I’d rather have dinner with Caila’s family, but JoJo’s will be far more fascinating to watch on TV. I think Fleiss made the right choice.

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