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The Bachelor 22 - Arie

The “Bachelor” Arie Finale Part 1 Thoughts, Becca Speaks Out, Former Contestants Weigh In, & “Bachelorette” Announcement Tonight

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Well that was certainly a lot to take in, no? Holy sh**. Even though you’ve known what was coming for weeks now, it still didn’t make it any easier to watch. When most of the contestants who’ve been on this show, ones that have signed contracts themselves and know what’s in them, are even calling out the show last night, you know something wasn’t right. You know, it’s weird. There’s so much to cover, yet, I feel that continually talking about everything I’ve talked about all season is nothing new to everyone. Sure, I have some thoughts on last night, but there’s no need to drag on here. I wanna show you some of the reaction of “Bachelor Nation” last night to answer some of your questions that I know you have, talk a little about what to expect in the future, and then kinda talk about the how of everything last night, not just the act itself. People seem to have a lot of misconceptions about what they saw last night, some even bordering on maniacal in thinking that it wasn’t real, so lets put that a lot of that to rest.

First off, I think the biggest thing anyone should do is read the interviews that Arie gave to and, most importantly, what Becca’s reaction was to everything. Class act. Everything Becca says makes perfect sense, couldn’t have handled herself any better than she did, and I don’t disagree with a word she said. Honestly, read it. Because I don’t want to repeat what she said, even though in a roundabout way, I probably will. I mean, how can you argue with any of that really?

For those that didn’t read page 2 of last Tuesday’s column, and for those that still might be in the dark of what happens tonight in regards to the “Bachelorette” announcement – it’s Becca. C’mon. You think after all that last night, and you think after all this coming tonight Chris Harrison is gonna say, “And our next Bachelorette…Tia!” Or Kendall. Or Bekah M. C’mon. I told you this in January on the day that I spoiled Arie had ended his engagement to Becca and taken up with Lauren that the “Bachelorette” would be Becca’s as long as she wants it. She will be announced tonight and there’s not gonna be any last second change up. Filming starts next week, and I will be releasing some of her guys to you then. Probably next Wednesday since I leave that morning for my annual March Madness trip to Vegas, I’ll be in a wonderful mood, and you can have a few guys to discuss amongst yourselves as before things get going.

So we had me spoiling the ending for you on Nov. 30th when I told you he was engaged to Becca. Then Arie & Becca twice spoiled they were together on Instagram during the month of December. Then on Saturday, Hulu accidentally posted a tourism video of Peru that was up for a couple hours which completely spoiled the proposal last night. Good thing I got screen shots of it and a reader took a video of it on her phone before they took it down. So last night’s first two hours had zero suspense. Anyone who didn’t know or believe he was engaged to Becca after Peru had their head buried for the last 3 ½ months. It. Was. Everywhere. Here’s what Hulu posted over the weekend:

Some of you suggested that Hulu did it on purpose, but I don’t see it that way at all. It’s not like they released the full episode. They released a 5 minute tourism video that had the proposal in it, which was obviously not supposed to be released until after last night. If it was on purpose, why wouldn’t they just leave it up? Why wouldn’t the show acknowledge it last night if it was purposely done? Look, I’m all for a good conspiracy theory when it comes to this show, but they didn’t need to release anything on Saturday for two hours to get people’s attention about the finale. Fans who watch the show were gonna be glued last night regardless of if Hulu accidentally posted anything. So lets just put an end to that conspiracy theory shall we?

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  1. tinyred500

    March 7, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Yep, I agree with you. I don’t think it was concocted by the producers because of low ratings either. Arie just changed his mind…end of, so then they had to work around that. It happens I personally don’t see that’s the issue, just the whole filming of the break up etc.

  2. tinyred500

    March 7, 2018 at 8:38 AM

    Yep, I agree with you. I don’t think it was concocted by the producers because of low ratings either. Arie just changed his mind…end of, so then they had to work around that. It happens, and I personally don’t see that’s the issue, just the whole filming of the break up etc., is the issue with me.

  3. tinyred500

    March 7, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    This reply is for …..katieottawa! I wondered where my comment went! Lol

  4. nobody1

    March 8, 2018 at 5:55 AM

    Wow, Steve, you sound like an ABC lackey. How can you NOT believe all that garbage wasn’t scripted? Are you so scared of being sued (again) that you have climbed into bed with them?

  5. nobody1

    March 8, 2018 at 6:03 AM

    Or I should have said “how can you believe all that garbage wasn’t scripted”? The biggest farce is Becca…… she’s so distraught over breaking up with that turd she instantly jumps at the chance to be the next lead? Bull.

    Everything on the show is scripted bull poo, and you know it. Or at least you used to think that way before something (money?) convinced you to change your mind and start believing otherwise. The truth is ABC is probably the one giving you the “spoilers”, and your columns have become part of the lure for viewership.

  6. dogmomma

    March 8, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    The breakup happened in January, so I don’t think Becca signing up for the Bachelorette is too soon. She barely knew the guy she got engaged to, and she’s had plenty of time to move on since January. She doesn’t need to grieve for a year over something that was very short-lived. She seems like a smart, sensible girl, so I think she will be fine as the bachelorette. Also, when people say she shouldn’t do it because of the way ABC treated her, just remember that she is going to be the lead, and the guys who sign up to meet her are the ones who open themselves up to being manipulated.

  7. cjscjs711

    March 12, 2018 at 10:05 PM

    I’m from Minnesota, too, and Becca is SO Minnesotan. So many ways. Like, the parents are really old school and repressed, and so the kids are very open with their feelings and thoughts.

    The scripting was probably the producers pushing Arie to choose Becca, knowing he really wanted Lauren, but being weak as he is he went along and chose Becca. Then were perfectly amenable to a break up.

    If the Washington Post said they were contractually obligated to allow the cameras, more than likely they researched it and that was the fact. If they didn’t, journalistic standards would be to say, “probably” or “perhaps” etc.

    These are not professional actors. The producers know this. So, to get a reaction of “surprise,” they have to literally surprise the person, etc.

    Her reactions were very similar to mine, having been in – well, situation similar in some ways.

    First, not in any way expecting it -> shock.

    When she looks down she almost laughs. Perhaps thinking, “Three minutes ago, I was madly in love with this guy. Now I see he’s just a complete asshole”

    If so, she’s correct there. Unfortunately, those insights are temporary.

    To those who say she didn’t cry. She does. She goes into the bathroom to cry. She says several times it’s all embarassing.

    I’m sure that having cameras follow you 24/7 you come to ignore them; especially know so much will be cut – which the producers might even reassure, like, “Don’t worry, we’ll cut that type of scene.”

    What I don’t believe is that it was all unedited. It looked more like it took place over a much longer period of time and they cut a bunch.

    Yes she should do Bachelorette. By the time it airs, the douchebag will probably have realized Lauren’s not The One either and want Becca back or something. Let him be miserable. His turn.

    Not necessarily a healthy thing to do, but after a break up where you have lifelong expectations – rebounding is common. Don’t think the producers don’t know this. Those intense feelings just ripe to be transferred to the next romantic date.

    And honestly, my gaydar was pinging constantly watching that guy. Lauren seems as shallow or conflicted as he is, maybe even in the closet like he is and that’s the kinship he feels for her. Closeted gayness.

    That’s my take on it.

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