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Podcast #81 – Interview with Lauren Bushnell

Well it was a long time coming, but so glad I was able to finally get Lauren Bushnell on the podcast. Started the conversation with her about six months ago, we always wanted to do it around the launch of her wine, but it kept getting pushed back, and I know Lauren was always a little skeptical in regards to speaking about Ben and their relationship. She’s moved on, she’s had a boyfriend for a year now, and she knows anything she says about her past relationship can get taken out of context, misconstrued, etc. But she was honest about her thoughts on him telling both her and JoJo he loved them, their break up, the “Happily Ever After” show, and Ben’s podcast. I think she was very respectful of their relationship, but I get that it’s tough to talk about when it was over a year ago and you’re in a new relationship. So I thank Lauren again for opening herself up and being candid about how she felt at the time. I think you’re really going to enjoy this one. Right at the top of the interview, I let you know how Lauren is contributing to Friday night’s party. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include Lauren’s Twitter handle (@LaurenBushnell3) in your replies so she can see them. Enjoy these 90 minutes with Lauren Bushnell.

You can listen to today’s podcast on a number of platforms, but you can also tune in by clicking the player below:

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Music written by Jimmer Podrasky
(B’Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

(SPOILERS) Lauren joins me to talk about her contribution to my Fan Appreciation Party tomorrow night, the event she’s having this weekend for Skin Laundry (5:40), how she applied and eventually got cast on Ben’s season (7:00), being a flight attendant before the show (9:03), her memories from night one in the mansion (13:50), why all past podcast guests from her season all saw her as the front runner early on & did she feel she was (15:28), her feelings the morning of the final rose ceremony (24:21), how she felt and how she found out about Ben telling both her and JoJo he loved them (29:10), her thoughts on filming “Happily Ever After” so shortly after the “Bachelor” finale (35:21), why her and Ben broke up (42:17), her feelings on Ben’s podcast launch coinciding with their breakup (45:57), how she met her current boyfriend Devin (50:32), what made them get into the wine business with “Dear Rose” (57:04), thoughts on Becca’s season with the Tia/Colton situation (1:02:50), would she have done the “Bachelorette” if Ben had chosen JoJo and she was approached about it (1:08:25), and we end with the Final 10 (1:10:25).

Twitter – @LaurenBushnell3
Instagram – laurenbushnell
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Wine website:

No “Dr. Reality Steve” today only because I got bogged down with stuff the last 24 hours in regards to the Fan Appreciation Party tomorrow night in Vegas, so they will be carried over into next week. We’ve currently got four so that’s good.

In regards to the party, you can follow along on Periscope tomorrow night around 9:15-9:30pm PST for the trivia contest. Should be a good time as it’s been for the first 4 years. Unfortunately, there are no spots available and this is expected to be the biggest turnout I’ve ever had. I will see with this many people if it’s possible to fit more in that room and keep it in mind for next year.

I’ll be updating my Twitter and Instagram with pictures from the weekend if you want to check those out. Lucky enough to get hooked up with tickets to Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight for the game, so I’m taking my niece Olivia. Even though she’s a ridiculously obsessed Anaheim Ducks fan, there’s no way I couldn’t take her to this one. She’ll be rocking her brother’s Marc Andre Fleury jersey as we both would like to see the Golden Knights win. Can’t wait.

One “Bachelor in Paradise” note: in case you missed my tweet last night, Colton is already down in Puerto Vallarta getting ready to be part of the show. Not a surprise at all. It was a given the second he and Tia had a past that they’d both be on Paradise. That’s a producer he’s with in the pictures:

Have a great rest of the weekend.

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