-That brings us to the inevitable question I get at this point every season and that’s do I think they’ll last? I don’t know. My guess would be no, but we do know that the “Bachelorette” has a much higher success rate than the “Bachelor.” It’s not even close. This is the 14th season of the “Bachelorette” now with Becca’s in the books. 7 of them are still together: 3 marriages (Trista & Ryan, Ashley & JP, Des & Chris) and 4 still engaged (Kaitlyn & Shawn, JoJo & Jordan, Rachel & Bryan, and now Becca & Garrett). So the odds are certainly better. I do think these two are into each other. But something about them together long term just doesn’t fit with me. Who knows? I could be wrong and these two get married and stay together until one of them dies. There’s just something about them as a couple I don’t see. Others do see it, and that’s perfectly fine. Neither one of us is right or wrong. It’s all guesswork at this point. I’m just telling you the sense I get.
-A couple articles came out on People.com last night right after the finale aired. They’re happy but also admit the IG likes by Garrett was definitely a point of contention in their relationship. When Becca admits it was a major thing they had to talk about in the beginning of their relationship, I don’t think she’s telling us anything crazy there. Of course it was. His likes completely went against her ideals and what she believes in. It’s why I thought it was a big deal when people told me it wasn’t. His own fiancé sure thought it was a big deal, so yeah, that’s what we were saying. But they’ve said they’ve talked it out, she knows what kind of man he is, and they’ve grown from it. That’s really all we can ask for as an audience from them. Is it just rhetoric? Nobody knows. Time will tell. But they seem happy now and they have their whole life ahead of them. Or 6 months. Or a year. Whichever comes first. If they walk down the aisle, they’ll get a gift from me like I’ve bought for all the successful couples. That will always stand.
-Well guess who felt the need to chime in last night? Good ol’ Arie. In case you missed it, here’s what he posted last night.
Lauren and I flew to the Maldives at The Bachelor and Becca’s request. It’s a conversation that unfortunately won’t be shown but it was really positive for all of us. You can imagine this trip could have been very difficult for Lauren but she has supported and stood by me in all of this… I thank and love her everyday because of that. We wish Becca all the happiness in the world and can’t wait to see how tonight goes!
Now, I’m not as hard about this one as others on social media were, and I’ll tell you why. Becca told Kimmel at the beginning of the season that she had a talk with Arie during her season and that he makes an appearance. You’ve seen the “Reader Emails” the last few weeks of people asking me when that happened. So it’s not like he just brought this up out of the blue for no reason. It was something people were curious about because Becca first told us. I had no idea until Becca said it on Kimmel that Arie showed up this season. But as for why it was cut out and left on the editing room floor? I mean, why WOULD you air that during the finale? It was something I’m sure they thought would be nice to have in their back pocket, but what a buzzkill that would’ve been to see those two talking in the Maldives. Just unnecessary to air and I’m glad they didn’t. By the sounds of it, it wasn’t some big emotional get together either. It was just to clear the air, get the closure they needed, and move on. But yes, finally production made a smart move in not airing that. We didn’t need it regardless of how you feel about Arie. It just would’ve felt completely out of place to shoe horn that in just because.
-Which brings us to the next “Bachelor” question that came up a lot last night. In going over the last three “Bachelor” announcements, they all came late August/early September. Ben and Nick were both announced during “After Paradise” at the end of August. Arie was announced on GMA on Sept. 7th. I’m guessing that’s when the announcement will be. They like to keep the same kind of timeline on these things. Gives people the whole month of August to debate it and keep the show in the pop culture discussion. As I said last week, I have no idea where they’re leaning. If they want shock value, they’ll pull an alum from the past like they did the past two years with Arie and Nick. If they’re not looking for shock value, it’ll be Jason or Blake, both of whom have already said they’d “consider” it. Translation: Of course either of them would take it in a heartbeat. These guys saying they’d “consider” it is funny. Just say you’d do it. I know you don’t want to sound like you’re campaigning, but trust me, we all know you want it anyway. Might as well.
Thank you again to everyone who visited and supported the site for the last few months. Been a good ride. Got another six weeks of this with Paradise on, then “Bachelor” filming begins and while the frequency of the columns on the site will slow down, I’ll still be spoiling in real time on Twitter and posting whenever something comes up. Already starting to gather some of the women for the next season. You know, the next group of women whose DM’s Becca’s men will be sliding into. Yeah, those women. Got a few already but won’t release those until we’re much closer to filming time. Fun season, not nearly as much drama as Arie’s (at least on camera), and now here comes Paradise. Keep it here for all your latest info, recaps, etc. “Reader Emails” continues on Wednesday, “Dr. Reality Steve” on Thursday’s along with the weekly podcast. Thanks again to everyone for following. Hope I could entertain in some way.
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