Love your site! My question is: if you were to pick any of the female contestants from past seasons you would like to have seen be the bachelorette, who would be your top 3 and why? Same with guys/bachelor.
Comment: The best answer I can give is I’ve never cared who the lead is. I don’t root or cheer for anyone. As long as there is a season is all that’s important to me. Who is in the lead role is irrelevant to me, because I know it’s gonna essentially be the same thing every season.
When you posted the pictures of Brittany’s IG posts, I got so excited. I’m so glad she finally laid it all out and defended herself with proof. I thought she handled it very well by explaining why she did it and how she chose to do it. She’s clearly not out for fame or anything. Like you said, she would have sold out to the tabloids if she cared about attracting attention. Anyone with common sense, or at least anyone who bothered to read what she wrote, can clearly see that she is only trying to show her integrity and not let herself be rolled over by Jordan and his defenders. And to everyone saying that it’s “pathetic” that she held on to texts, it’s actually not. I don’t normally get rid of texts. I don’t hold on to them waiting to prove that my exes were horrible or anything. I just don’t delete them because I don’t see the point. I don’t delete texts from my friends. So maybe I’m crazy and pathetic too, but there’s nothing unusual about what she did. Plus, if I had proof my boyfriend cheated, I’d keep it too just in case someone tried to attack me and call me a liar. It’s really sickening to see so many women attacking another woman for doing what she has the right to do. Jordan’s talking about the same relationship and defending himself, so why is she not allowed to do so? If you don’t believe her, fine, but don’t attack her and tear her down. No wonder she wanted to stay silent.
Comment: When dealing with the ignorant, it’s what I’ve come to expect. Judging by the responses, I think most people that attacked Brittany never even read what she wrote. Because their troll tweets make no sense in regards to what Brittany laid out. They’re mostly just Jordan and JoJo lovers who are infatuated with them to such an unhealthy degree, that any negative press they receive, those fans can’t look at it objectively. There will always be people like that around. Nothing much you can do. Well, other than laugh at them and hope they never reproduce.
I want to barf that I’m even saying this, but considering how much he’s brown nosing the producers in these interviews, is it slightly possible Nick is being considered for the Bachelor? Or at least that they’re telling him that? I know Luke is pretty much a shoo-in by all accounts. But I don’t see why Nick would suddenly be prostrate at the feet of a show that has made him look like an asshat multiple times if he didn’t believe he had something MAJOR to gain, and I don’t see what else it could be besides The Bach. I highly doubt the promise of another run on Paradise in a year would be worth much to him right now.
Comment: One thing I also appreciated about Nick in his interviews is he was honest about how people perceive him as an a**hole and egotistical and admitted he can be. I think this “press tour” that he’s doing is more of an ego stroke. He’s LOVING the fact that his narrative has changed and more people are liking him now (and in turn, hating on Josh) so he’s running with it.
But no, he’s not going to be the “Bachelor.”
How much are Jade and Tanner getting paid to be on Celebrity Marriage Bootcamp? Isn’t this a bad strategy on their part … Isn’t that for relationships in trouble? If they are the poster couple for “genuine” love and success, why would the Bachelor folks want them on that show? After all, they’re handing out advice to BIP couples tonight, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense if you’re needing a marriage bootcamp. I know everyone wants to extend their 15 minutes, but this just seems like the wrong move.
Comment: You seem to be unfamiliar with “Marriage Boot Camp.” It really has nothing to do with couples that are in trouble. The show has become a cash grab for reality TV couples. That’s why they’re all doing it. Yeah, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about your relationship here or there, but ask Sean & Catherine if they enjoyed their time on the show. These people are just taking advantages of business opportunities.
I know “Couples Therapy” pays around $40,000-50,000 to each person, so I’m guessing “Marriage Boot Camp” is probably around the same, but I don’t know for sure.
I recently discovered that Stassi Schroeder from Vanderpump Rules has a podcast. I recently decided to listen to an episode because Chad Johnson was her special guest.
The guy clearly has some issues but said a few things that were interesting:
1) He stated that Jordan had stolen money from Aaron and that was the primary cause of the family tension. He also suggested that Jordan used to have a substance abuse problem.
2) He stated that Jojo and Jordan are together primarily for publicity and will stay together simply for promotional deals (nothing surprising there).
3) Finally, he stated that the producers of the show were embarrassed by Jojo and Jordan’s blatant business deal. His conversation alluded that producers had given him some laxity in his media discussions about Jojo, Jordan and the franchise because of this embarrassment. Essentially, he got the “go ahead” to bash them.
I still think the guy is nuts, but based on your sources do you think he is telling the truth?
Comment: There are some things I agree with and some things I don’t. However, since I’m pretty much done talking about anything Chad, I’ll just leave it at that.
There’s been a lot said about Josh and Amanda, and I thought I’d add in my two cents. As someone who read Andi’s book, the way she described Josh, it sounds like Amanda is exactly the type of woman he wants– quiet, sweet, submissive, motherly. He wants to be the head of the house and Amanda seems like she would allow that. I don’t necessarily think it’s a good thing that they might work out, but I definitely think they’ve got a better chance than Josh and Andi ever did. I just hope she isn’t getting herself into another abusive marriage! Amanda and Andi couldn’t be more different if they tried. And we know Josh and Andi didn’t mesh. So if that means Josh and Amanda will succeed, I guess only time will tell.
Also, the more I see of Ashley I. outside of the show (interviews, her blog), the more I like her. I now think she’s a lot smarter than she comes across and 100% plays into what the show wants from her (I know, you’ve said this 1000 times). I really liked her interview with Afterbuzz TV. She addressed what Nick said about the “no-edit” and I felt she was a lot more honest about it without going all scorched earth.
Comment: I haven’t watched her Afterbuzz interview. I’ll try and check it out.
Not sure if this is the correct way to send a reader email so my apologies if this email is in error. I have a potentially equally foolish question for you this week:
Was Chris Harrison actually present for all his scenes in paradise? I know this sounds absurd but I can’t help but notice that he seems greenscreen’d in during a lot of these scenes. That is in fact stupid and incorrect, right?
Thanks for keeping us up on all the drama and spoilers! You make the show so much better.
Comment: No, he was there.
What do you think about Ashley I’s bashing of Caila on social media, interviews, etc. Clearly she does not like the girl, but seems a bit immature and childish. She is clearly still friends with Jared and Caila is not, so why the need to act like that? Seems to just love the spotlight.
Comment: Ha ha, back to back emails with completely polar opposite views on Ashley. And that’s exactly what makes her a polarizing figure.
I absolutely love your site! Thank you so much for making the shows so much better with your spoilers and recaps. My husband doesn’t believe that ABC would let you continue to spoil the show. He says you are being paid by the network to satisfy the fans that want to know the spoilers before the show airs. How can I prove my husband wrong?
Comment: Well, someone who’s already convinced of that probably won’t believe anything I tell them anyway. It’s simple: I’m not. They sued me twice. Tell him to go read the legal proceedings that are online somewhere. But other than showing people my bank statements of where my monthly income comes from (advertising), which I’m obviously never going to do, I guess there’s really nothing I can do to convince him. With that said, anyone who thinks I’m an ABC plant is just ignorant. There’s like 248 things wrong with a statement like that. But as I said, conspiracy theorists that want to believe that, I just let them be. It’s nonsense.
You said that you weren’t sure why Nick was doing so many interviews and sucking up to the show lately. Could it be simple fame addiction? You’ve written previously about how easily the contestants get sucked in by the attention and how the nature of the show has changed with social media. Nick and others who play along may be hoping to keep their names out there as long as possible by returning to BIP, guest starring on Celebrity Family Feud, playing Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, etc. Yes, he’s loving the attention and the “turn” of his character for sure.
Are there any conspiracy theories you’ve heard about the Bachelor/Bachelorettes pregnancies this spring? Unless I missed some, it was Bachelorettes 4-9 (Deanna, Jillian, Ali, Ashley, Emily, and Desiree) plus Catherine Lowe. I know it’s just coincidence, but wow! They could practically do a Baby Bachelorette of their own. What would a conspiracy theory be around women getting pregnant at the same time? They all made a pact to like a bunch of high schoolers? No, haven’t heard anything. Obviously just coincidental.
And a question you can answer without names if you prefer: what’s the greatest number of other contestants you’ve heard about an alum of this show hooking up with? (Male and female.) For instance, has any guy who went on the Bachelorette slept with more than five girls from the Bachelor? I just think that aspect of it is hilarious.
Thank you! I hope you’re having a good time gathering information about Luke’s potential girls.
Comment: I’ve lost track of who hooks up with who. I mean, when I hear stuff like that, I make mental notes of it. But I don’t have a running spreadsheet of who’s been with who, so I couldn’t tell you who’s in the lead.
General question: Do you still have favorites? Do you still like Ashley Spaaaavey, Emily the rapping epidemiologist, Britt the almost-bachelorette? Do you read old contestants’ snarky live-tweets of Bachelor in Paradise? And have you later come to have warmer feelings for old contestants who were annoying at the time (Courtney the trash-talking temptress) out of nostalgia? Thinking about Courtney, how do you feel about her now having either read her book or probably heard a lot about it when it came out?
Comment: I’ll always like Ashley Spivey, Emily O’Brien, Ashley Hebert, and a few others. That hasn’t changed.
I only see the tweets of the people I follow, and that isn’t much. The only time I see any others is if a reader alerts me to it, or someone else I follow retweets it.
I’d say Courtney I definitely came around on, mostly because of her book. It showed a side to her most of us didn’t see.
Thoughts on Jen? I think she’s stunning
Off of that, who do you think is the most attractive woman in Paradise? You answered it: Jen.
It definitely seems true that Jared and Caila aren’t an item. On top of it being very obvious she wasn’t that into him, Ashley I has made several comments on Twitter about how fake she is-even quoting your girl Taylor’s lyric tonight-and given how close she is with Jared, regardless of her jealousy, I don’t think she’d post stuff like that if they were together. Thank goodness she wasn’t the bachelorette
Comment: Yeah, they definitely aren’t together. Was told that by a good source last week and shared it on Thursday’s video chat. And again in yesterday’s column. As much as people maybe want them to be, they’re not together.
Long time reader, zero-time emailer. But for some reason i have been watching this show for years, and i’ve gotten sucked into BIP as well. Ashley I is clearly best friends with Nick, but very supportive of Josh as well. She was on the After Buzz after show yesterday, and she kept singing Josh’s praises. Interesting how she could support them both…
Also – did you notice that Josh retweeted your column last week? I was pretty surprised, considering you haven’t been a fervent Josh-maniac… and what do producers think about contestants directly interacting with you on twitter as you spoil episodes? (Wells, Nick, Carly) Well, we know why Josh retweeted it. Because the content of it was to clarify what wasn’t shown on camera between Nick and Amanda.
And finally. Is it a common sentiment that nobody likes Caila? She’s getting a lot of heat and subtweets directed towards her from current BIP contestants.
Comment: I don’t want to say it’s common sentiment because I haven’t taken a poll of everyone who was there who questioned her intentions, but as Carly’s tweet on page 1 says, it wasn’t just Ashley who warned Jared about Caila. So you gotta assume it was a handful of people that doubted her sincerity.
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