That’s it. It’s over. Like, really over. Since May 23rd, there has been some sort of “Bachelorette” or “Bachelor in Paradise” recap to do every single week. Not anymore. It finally ended with last night’s overkill of engagements. So outside of “Dr. Reality Steve” tomorrow (which I believe I already have 8 or 9 emails), there’s no more recaps until January. Probably a good thing. I need a break. Granted, it won’t slow down once Nick’s season starts filming at the end of the month as you will have updates on girls, filming, spoilers, etc as soon as I can get them to you. And you’ll have your “Daily Links” starting next Tuesday, since I’m in Vegas this weekend and don’t get back til Monday afternoon. So still come here for all your “Bachelor” news and info like you do every season, but things will definitely slow down through the end of the year. No “Reader Emails” or “Dr. Reality Steve” until January 2017. I just don’t get enough emails in the off season to warrant a weekly column. If you have a “Dr. Reality Steve” relationship/marriage/sex question you want answered privately, I can do that, so send those over if you want.
Remember, you can now vote for me for “Best Reality TV Website” for the Reality TV Awards held Nov. 2nd in LA. You don’t even have to vote for all the categories if you don’t want. Just go to this site, enter your email address, and begin voting. You can vote once a day until Oct. 2nd when voting ends.
So Luke went on a morning show hosted by friend Chuck Wick and told him he’s bascially homeless now. According to someone who heard the interview and took notes, here’s what Luke said (I’ll try and put a link up later):
-He did, in fact, rent out his house. He had already been gone for three months filming Bachelorette, so he decided to rent out his house for filming the “Bachelor.”
-He had his suitcases packed up in the back of his truck. Chuck Wicks, one of the morning DJs, confirmed this. After they worked out together, Luke went back to his truck for a change of clothes and there were the suitcases.
-Luke was told by ABC the announcement he would be next Bachelor was to be announced on the BIP episode airing Tuesday, August 30. He was set to make an appearance that night on BIP.
-On Sunday night, August 28, he got a call around 10:00 p.m. that the show was “going in a different direction”. [So typical!]
-As to Luke’s opinion why ABC switched gears to select Nick, he could only speculate, but feels like ABC likes the shock value of changing things up at the last minute. He confirmed it was supposed to be either him or Chase, and he was completely blindsided.
So there you go. Someone start a GoFundMe for Luke so we can get him a place to live now. Maybe he can crash with Evan and Carly in Nashville. Find Luke a home!
In terms of last night’s BIP, I mean the first hour didn’t show anything that we didn’t already know was coming or shocked us with anything. But here are some random thoughts about both the finale and what happened on BIP:
-I guess if we’re really ranking who has the best chance to succeed out of the three couples (even though they’re all living with each other), it’s still gotta be Evan and Carly since neither of them had to uproot their life for the other. They live less than 10 minutes away from each other. That definitely helps. However, as I say every season, I don’t believe these couples until they walk down the aisle. I don’t care what they post on social media or how they act in public when other people are looking – that’s irrelevant. And we’ve seen it time and time again with couples who put on a good front for the public, then the next thing you know a statement is being released about their breakup, and people are asking, “What happened? They looked so happy.” Happy in what? Pictures they posted themselves that they allowed you to see? Ummm, ok. So give it some time with these three. It’s been less than 2 months they’ve been engaged.
-Of course, there’s already this story that came out this morning and, well, yeah. Been hearing the same thing for a couple weeks now. Again, lets give it time people. These people aren’t living in reality right now. Once it settles in, then lets see how it goes.
But hey guys, anytime Josh is raising his voice or his eyes are bugging out of his head, it’s only because he’s passionate. He has passion. Passion. Passion. Passion. That’s all it is. Just ask him.
-I’m pretty sure both Jen and Nick knew he wasn’t proposing that day. I mean, if you think the 3 couples getting engaged after knowing each other 18 days is ridiculous, just think about when Jen arrived. She didn’t get there until about a week in. Not to mention, Nick never had any intention of getting engaged to anyone on that show. That wasn’t his goal going in, so we shouldn’t condemn him for not proposing. It was never an option for him no matter what he tries to tell us.
-You like how Fleiss and Robert Mills got everyone’s panties in a bunch on Twitter the last couple days promising another “big announcement” on “After Paradise,” as some crazies actually thought that meant they do the double “Bachelor” by adding Luke to the mix? C’mon. Really? I can’t believe some people thought that. Nope, this “major announcement” was that BIP was renewed for season 4 next summer, something that any of us could’ve figured out on our own. And they made the announcement literally as the credits were about to roll, so all that is is TV trickery to get you to tune in for “After Paradise,” which suffered mightily in the ratings this season compared to last. However, in their defense, last season’s “After Paradise” was on Monday nights since the show aired Sunday/Monday. And BachelorNation is used to getting their programming on Monday night, so there’s no way they could’ve expected this season’s “After Paradise” numbers to equal last years, regardless of who was hosting.
-Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with Michelle Collins hosting this year. It’s a more fun, light hearted show, and Chris Harrison tries to be so serious and never let loose on “After Paradise” like Michelle will, so I’m fine with it. If they bring Chris back next season, I’m fine with that too. Sean is neither here nor there to me. Didn’t seem like he added much at all. But I can see why they used Michelle and she was fine for me, outside of the constant interrupting and then last night’s debacle with Jen.
-I’m sure ABC is protecting Nick now and they don’t want any bad publicity out there, but what the hell was the point of bringing Jen on? She even set Michelle up to ask her more about Nick with her, “I have some thoughts on him being the ‘Bachelor,’” but no, they decided to bring on some crazy astrologist, one of the biggest piles of manure segments ever. So I guess Michelle is just following directions, but to have Jen there and not even reference once that final day or what’s been going on since is embarrassing. But it was done to protect Nick since he’s their golden boy now.
-I have no idea what Jen would’ve said anyway, but from everything I’ve heard, Jen wasn’t bothered that Nick took the “Bachelor” gig. She’d expect him to. Nor were they dating, so it’s not like he broke up with her. All I heard was how he acted towards her and how he treated their relationship knowing that he was in talks to be the next “Bachelor” and had a chance. Apparently he was smooth talking her the whole time, which to me says he was keeping her around until he got a definitive decision from producers, and once he did, he cut her loose. Basically no different than what JoJo did to her ex and Nick last season while waiting on the “Bachelorette” gig. So form your own opinion on that. Personally I think it’s a sh***y thing to do, but I’m also not surprised.
As for Nick’s season approaching, I’m getting asked a lot that because it’s Nick, will they skew the girls ages to be higher? Will this season be totally different? Look, they’ve done the same things for 32 seasons. Why would Nick’s be any different? You know what kind of girls you’re gonna see on Nick’s season? The same types you’ve seen on the previous 20 seasons. Without knowing who all the girls are yet, here’s what I can GUARANTEE you’ll see on Nick’s season:
-The overly emotional girl.
-The drunk girl.
-The insecure girl.
-The girl with no filter.
-The front runner.
-The girl who tells Nick he is the only guy she would’ve come on the show for.
-The girl in the house who acts one way when Nick is around, and who acts different in front of the other girls.
-The girl who gets an early date then gets jealous and feels her connection with Nick slipping away as he dates others.
Same thing, different season. But it’ll be awfully fun to spoil again. Can’t wait.