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    Podcast #74 – Interview with Former “Bachelor/ette” Producer Michael Carroll


    The name of this week’s podcast guest might not jump out at you, but you can bet this is certainly one of the more interesting ones you’ll hear. Michael Carroll is a former producer on the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” back in it’s early seasons and you may have read some of his interview in Amy Kaufman’s “Bachelor Nation” book. Once I read him, I knew I had to have him on at some point. We’ve all heard the stories, we all see some of the backlash that producers from this show get. I’m the first to call out production for certain tricks and tactics they use and these are all addressed with Michael. He’s very open and honest about his craft, what he does, how he does it, and has a lot of interesting insight into the business that maybe a lot of people still don’t understand. Really learned a lot from Michael in this conversation and I think it will open your eyes to a few things … Continue reading

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    Podcast #73 – Interview with Susie Meister of the “Challenge” and “Brain Candy” Podcast


    Before I briefly discuss this week’s podcast guest, in case you missed my tweet late last night, I was informed that episode 7 of the “Bachelorette” starts filming this weekend in the Bahamas. They travel today and will begin filming dates starting tomorrow. It’s like Ben’s season all over again. Ben went to Vegas and Bahamas during his season and now Becca has to. Anyway, podcast guest #73 today is former Challenge competitor Susie Meister, host of the “Brain Candy” podcast with another former Challenge competitor Sarah Rice. Susie certainly doesn’t hold back her thoughts on the Bananas/Sarah Rivals 3 ending, even revealing something that apparently is well known in the Challenge world but I had no idea about. Susie is very well versed and has written a couple of pieces about her time in reality TV and how she feels things should change. I’ve linked to them below, but to hear her talk about it, definitely brings up relevant questions when it comes to talking about this … Continue reading

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    Podcast #72 – Interview with Mikey Tenerelli


    Another trip down memory lane this week for podcast #72 as I’m joined by Mikey Tenerelli from Desiree’s season of the “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise 2,” although he was supposed to be on the first season of Paradise and we discuss what happened. I realized the only person I’ve interviewed from Desiree’s season was Desiree herself, so I figured why not start getting some of the guys to talk about her season. I’m sure we’ll hear some more in the future. It’s interesting to hear different perspectives from those that were there, and Mikey pretty much confirmed what a lot of us watching that season thought, which was that Des and Chris’ relationship was pretty much hidden from the public. We also discuss one of the greatest group dates ever on the show, which was the Soulja Boy date, something I had asked Des about when she was on. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include Mikey’s Twitter handle (Continue reading

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