Reality Steve

The Bachelor 13 - Jason

Final Thoughts and Where Do We Go From Here

I’d say that the ATFR 2 was a complete waste of time last night. I told you Friday what was going to happen. Nothing surprising. All they’re doing is trying to make you hate Jason and Molly less and less than most people already do. Which is fine. I mean, that’s their couple after all now, so they got to make them look good however they can. Even if it meant embarrassing Melissa on national television. Like they care about that. Oh by the way, did you see the ratings from Monday night? Through the roof, as I thought they would be. 15 million watched the finale and 17 million watched the ATFR. Highest rated ATFR in the shows history, and highest rated finale since Guiney’s season. Thank you, thank you very much. I’ll take full credit for that. That’s why I never believed anyone who screamed after I ruined the ending on the You Tube videos, “That’s horrible! I’ll never watch this show again!” Please. You were all front and center on Monday night, and then some. How? Because the show was getting on average 11 million people weekly. Yet 15 million tuned in to the finale and 17 million watched the ATFR. So another 5 -7 million people, who didn’t give a crap about this show during the season, tuned in just for the end to see what all this hype was about. The hype that I created over a month ago. So ABC, feel free to scratch me a check at any point. Just don’t spell my name wrong.

ABC, Fleiss and Co. all got what they wanted out of this. They can BS us about “Well, we would’ve liked for Jason and Melissa to be our story if it meant sacrificing the ratings in the end”, when we all know that’s not true. This is Hollywood. This is TV. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING these people care more about than money and ratings. That’s it. That’s all their job requires them to do. Produce something that will get people to watch their show. I can’t make that any simpler. That’s why the contracts people sign to come on this show excuse ABC of any liability for how they portray any person whatsoever. You really, really, really think Mike Fleiss and Co. care about how Melissa ended up in all this? Please. There’s no better proof than him saying a couple weeks ago, “This is the best ending we’ve ever had.” You’re damn right it was. Take all human emotion out of Monday nights finale. Just pretend those were robots that were told to act that way (which some of you still believe was the case). Take all feelings and emotions out of Monday nights broadcast and just look at it from a pure drama/shocker/crazy ass plot perspective. That was damn entertaining. Finale not so much, but that hour of the ATFR show you can’t say wasn’t riveting television. You don’t think so? It was the lead story on most news and entertainment sites yesterday. I had over 700 emails for the day, did 5 radio interviews, and basically spent all day on the phone talking to people about it. And that’s exactly what they were going for. All the more reason I believe they had a plan, they executed it, and they got their results to the tune of 17 million freakin’ people.

Host Chris really had nothing good to say in his blog today either. I guess he’s had enough of going after me. Although, he really stuck his neck out there when gave us this beauty. “Five years down the road, when Jason and Molly are married, I wonder if many of you will feel different about this.” Holy crap! This couple is “a month” into their relationship and you’re predicting they’ll be married five years from now? For a show that’s never produced a marriage ever? Good luck with that. Please tell me somewhere in Vegas they’re posting odds on Host Chris’ beyond ridiculous prediction. I’d be a rich man if they did. If none of the previous 12 Bachelor couples have lasted, and they didn’t have even CLOSE to the pressure that Jason and Molly are starting their relationship under, why would I think those two will make it? Molly’s gotta have doubts about the guy whether she wants to admit it or not. He’s proposed to two different women in a year, and is now working on his 3rd “girlfriend” in that time. I’d say he’s a little fickle. And it’s almost like because everyone is hating on them already, and because people are expecting them to fail, they are going to try THAT much harder to please everyone by staying together and proving people wrong. In the end, I doubt it’ll work. I’ll stand by this shows track record, and that’s 0-for-12 in producing a marriage. I like playing the odds. Can’t get any better than a 0% success rate, can you?

As for the emails between Melissa and Jason, someone released them yesterday anonymously (shocker) and now the entertainment sites are running with them. And yes, those are the ones I’ve had in my possession for a couple weeks now. I’m glad someone else decided to do it, because I was not going to release them. I didn’t want that on my conscience anymore so I’m glad my name isn’t attached to them. I’m not going to post the link to them anywhere on this site because I don’t want to be associated with them. But they’re out there everywhere now, so they shouldn’t be hard to find. Remember, those just randomly landed in my email box from someone who had never emailed me before. So I’m guessing they were the ones who released it or anyone else they could’ve forwarded it on to. I had nothing to do with those getting released, and I’m sure if you check the IP address or domain name of whoever released it onto that blog yesterday, that’ll prove my innocence as well. I just couldn’t bring myself to do that to Melissa. I figured she’d had enough.

Everyone has their opinions of what went down this season. These will be debated forever, yet another thing ABC wants. As long as people are talking about their show, they’re happy. I came to you in January and told you about the shocking ending of what was going to happen on the ATFR show. It happened. I told you I had sources at the ATFR 2 taping this past Friday and what went down, and it happened. The only thing some of you are still having a hard time believing is what my sources told me about Jason being told to do this and him accepting. Well, considering my sources have been right pretty much every step of the way, is it really that far fetched to think they were wrong about this? Of course ABC/Fleiss/Harrison/Jason/Molly will deny it til the end of time. They have to. They’d be guilty as charged if they didn’t. But I think I’ve given you a map of how this season played out starting on Jan. 27th and ending last night. And I’d say that map was pretty clear. All I want you people to do is use common sense, think outside the box a little bit, and realize that this is completely possible on the way the season went down. Hey, I’m always going to believe it because I have no reason to doubt my sources. One thing to remember: I was never guessing on how I THOUGHT this “Bachelor” season would play out. I was TOLD how it was going to play out by people in the know. Big difference. They never lied to me once and gained nothing from lying to me, which is why I believed them. So all I can do is tell everyone to remember this is TV. This is Hollywood. Its fantasy land. All they care about is the bottom line which is making money. They will spare no expense to do so. Unfortunately, Melissa was that expense this season. And oh yeah, for the record, the “Bachelor” does get paid to do this show. You might want to figure all that in to this equation as well.

So Jillian is going to be our next Bachelorette. Yippee. Nice girl. Cute girl. But seems like this will remind me a lot of Meredith’s season. I mean, does Jillian really reach into the hearts of all Americans (despite being Canadian) enough to get them to watch her journey of love for eight weeks? I guess we’ll see. Obviously, people are going to watch. But unless there’s a huge scandal like this season, I don’t expect them to come anywhere close to those ratings numbers. But of course, I’ll be back writing about the show. In fact, I was thinking everything was gonna be back to normal next season. Just me watching on Monday nights, then making fun of it in the column on Tuesday mornings like I’ve done for the last 7 years. But I sh** you not, as I sit here writing this at 11:15 CST on Wednesday morning March 4th, I’ve already gotten news regarding Jillians season. Is it as big as what went down this season? No. Not close. But its damn interesting to hear. Jillians season begins shooting in two weeks and will air starting in May. That’s not the news. However, I’m going to go do a little more research on this thing and let me find out a little more. All I can tell you right now is that this is definitely stuff the audience wants to know. I will get back to you on this in the near future. And don’t worry, no clues this time. Ha ha.

As for those asking about any possible interview with Melissa, I think that’ll be tough. She’s going to be on “Ellen” tomorrow to tell her story, and I’m sure she’s talking to the magazines, but after that, I have a feeling she just wants to get back to her life. For all those who think she was a plant, and in this for the money, and just wants to be on TV, well, that’s not the case. If it was, she would’ve been the next “Bachelorette”. In fact, she was asked to (Which also goes along with the theory this plan was put in place a while back), but turned it down. How do I know this? Mike Fleiss said it himself in an interview posted yesterday. Here is the brief snippet from the interview:

THR: So is Melissa the next Bachelorette?

Fleiss: Nope. She didn’t want to do it. She’s heartbroken.

You can read the full interview here.

And now even Mike Fleiss is throwing Jason under the bus saying he wasn’t contractually obligated to break up with her on the show. Gee, so now all the major players involved are on different pages. Fleiss says he didn’t have to do it, but Chris Harrison and Jason are saying it had to be filmed because that’s what the contestants agree to. So which is it? Here’s the link:

Fleiss Throws Jason Under the Bus

I would think that someone who wanted money, fame, and fortune out of all this would’ve certainly agreed to be the focus of a show for 8 weeks. But can you blame her? After getting thrown under the bus the way she did? I certainly don’t. Look, if she was a plant and was acting in all this, then she wouldn’t be phased and hurt by all this, and she definitely would’ve just moved right in to being our next “Bachelorette” since she wouldn’t have had any hatred towards ABC and what happened to her. But apparently Melissa’s dignity doesn’t have a price, which is something I can’t say for certain people we know. Good for her. I believe after this week, she is pretty much going to disappear and will get back to living a normal life. I really don’t think there’s much more you could say about her character after hearing that she turned down their offer to be the next “Bachelorette”. And I hear it was a damn good offer, as well.

A lot of you have been asking what happens now that the show is over? In the past, I’ve gone into hibernation and barely produced any columns til the “Bachelor/ette” starts up again. Not this season. I’m going to start dedicating a little more time to the site. Looks like we’re finally going to have some advertising on the site and I’m working on a few other things as well. One thing that I’d really like your feedback on is possible merchandise. I know that I have a very loyal fan base that has followed me for a while and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. And I’ve always done my best to repay you by responding to your emails and answering all questions that you have. Although, the last couple days have been impossible, so don’t take it personally. Anyway, I was thinking of possibly coming up with something tangible. Like tshirts, hats, mugs, bumper stickers, etc. Of course, my brilliant mind wants to make boy shorts with “” across the ass, but, well, I don’t think that’ll play. Especially if you’re married or have a boyfriend. Anyway, merchandise is always something I’ve thought of doing, but never too seriously until now. I think it might happen though, so stay tuned. It would not be ridiculously priced and I wouldn’t be making a whole hell of a lot of it, but it’s something.

So I will still dabble here and there on “Bachelor” stuff during this “offseason”, but beginning next week, back to “Reality Roundup”. I think each one will feature an episode recap of “American Idol”, and then focus on the other stuff I’m watching like “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, “The City”, “The Hills” (when it starts back up again), “Sober House”, and whatever else floats my boat in the TV world. But definitely it will focus on “Idol” since, well, that’s my favorite show going right now. I’ll just say this: I’d be shocked if Danny Gokey doesn’t win. The guy can sing his ass off and he’s got a story to boot. I mean, his wife dies 4 weeks before his audition? Who isn’t going to get behind that guy? Consider me the lead cheerleader on “Team Gokey”. Anyway, more on that next week. So thanks for sticking with the site during these last crazy ass six weeks. And to all of you new readers who had never heard of me until all this news broke, welcome aboard. Glad you’re a fan now. Any questions, comments, praises, criticisms, orders for your first “” t-shirt (ha ha), email me at Talk to you soon.



  1. sally

    March 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    I’m thrilled with Melissa being on DWTS. I can’t imagine a better revenge – Jason and Molly will continue to see her on tv. Love it.

    I presume she will be partnered with Tony – Tony was Nancy O’Dell’s original partner. However Jewell has also dropped out of DWTS (injury as well), and Jewell’s partner is Dmitry (new to DWTS but formerly with So You Think You Can Dance). The original partners were: Nancy and Tony, and Jewell and Dmitry.

    Holly Madison of Girl Next Door is rumored to be replacing Jewell. Since both are coming in at the same time, I would not be surprised to see a partner switch as well – Holly with Tony, and Melissa with Dmitry. I’m hoping for that (I just think they will “jive” better), but I suspect the partners will stay the same. Holly will be with Dmitry and Melissa will be with Tony.

  2. Cupcake

    March 8, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    I wonder how the other “star” contestants will feel about having the current “America’s sweetheart” added to the show at the last second. One with a background in cheerleading/dance at that! Hopefully they are good sports about it, especially since they’ve had more time to practice, but it hardly seems fair since she is coming into this on the back of an enormous amount of publicity and will likely get the sympathy vote from the 17 million viewers who watched her get dumped.

  3. Kdogg

    March 8, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    I thought Melissa just wanted to go back to having a private life away from the cameras. Like I said before, Jason and Molly aren’t the only ones that can’t keep their stories straight

  4. jpchick

    March 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    Kdogg – Melissa’s private life is going to be off camera now. Going on DWTS isn’t going to change that.

  5. notsorealityfan

    March 8, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Just saw that Melissa has been announced as a replacement for Nancy O’Dell, glad to see that she’s gotten over the public humiliation. Things that make you go hmmmm! Got an offer she couldn’t refuse I guess. I’m guessing she’ll get the sympathy vote too Cupcakes; however her background should help her immensely.

  6. owl

    March 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Well the other shoe dropped. THUD.

    Interesting that Melissa has been signed up for an ABC show. No small coincidence that, right? Yeah right and I’m the tooth fairy. We’ve been played. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    This was a scam and everyone was in on it. Sure I know, there will be those who will maintain ABC is just doing damage control…yada yada. What damage are they controlling? Nothing happened to ABC. They got their ratings and everything they wanted. Mesnicked and Melaneyed were the ones taking all the damage and negative publicity. What do you want to bet that in order to continue the charade that Mesnicked & Melaneyed will be “required” by ABC to attend DWTS at least once to be there to show “moral support” of Melissa? No hard feelings or they are SO sorry and all that, right?

    Question: Hey, what’s there to be sorry for when its all fake and everyone was in on it?

    Everyone is a liar. Mesnick, Melaneyed, Simpleton, Fleas, and now Melissa.
    Private life? Yeah sure. DWTS is real private. Its called cashing in on pity. Disgusting. Well Steve, Melissa sure has dignity. Bet she was paid even more $ for being on DWTS than B’chte. And now ABC has 2 shows with popular people on them. Gotta hand it to ABC, they’ve got geniuses running things.


  7. carol

    March 8, 2009 at 3:52 PM

  8. tatersalad

    March 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Just Me said: “Could it be that Melissa is not a victim after all?”

    Exactly. I don’t disparage Melissa anything, she can do whatever she wants. But she is not and has not ever been a victim in any of this, other than she was lied to, and done so in a way that took her out of her comfort zone. It caught her a little bit off guard, and brought out her anger. That went away quickly, and in no time was back to living in the moment and making the most out of it before most others realized it.

  9. jpchick

    March 8, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    tatersalad – Melissa is every bit the victim in this as she has ever been. It is not how someone responds to a situation that determines whether they are the victim, it is the action that was done to them that makes them the victim…. suppose Melissa, had reacted in a much different way, suppose she had fallen into a deep depression and killed herself – would that have made her more of a victim???

    Melissa is/was the victim here, she has just chosen not to PLAY the victim – and for that I applaud her.

  10. whoknew

    March 8, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    Geez, guys – I’m amazed at the insults being hurled at Mel. What’s the problem? I get on here and check the comments occasionally and usually just overlook the negative ones – the people who pick fights – the ones who just like to fight over any topic. I guess I don’t get it – I don’t see the fun in that.

    I can’t imagine any of us would have chosen to be in Mel’s shoes on TB. She went through some heartache (just as Molly or Jason will down the road) – it hurt enough that she didn’t want to be The Bachelorette. If she was playing along with a script, she would have done TB’ette. She turned it down – it was hard on her. DWTS is nothing like TB – it is a show that features talent – not soft porn make-out sessions. It’s not about finding a lifetime mate – or a short term mate. It’s about dancing, which is something she is good at and likes to do. She’s not living her private life in front of the cameras – she’s just using a talent she has to earn a living. She has only appeared on one tv show (Ellen) to talk about TB – can anyone count how many interviews J and Mol have done???

    Please – leave the girl alone and let her try to get her life back in order. This should be some fun for her – and after that poor excuse for a show (TB) and a man (Jason), she deserves some light-hearted fun. I’ll be watching and enjoying it.

    Feel free to go on the attack – that seems to be all some of you do.

  11. tatersalad

    March 8, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t disagree with you. She was a victim. She is no longer a victim. She rebounded quite well which is worthy of applause. That means she has successfully shed her victim status and very quickly. That is why I want to puke when I hear her referred to as a victim.

    People like her are very seldom victimized, and when they are, they recover very quickly. People need to stop worrying about her. It is continuing to feed the ABC beast for people to do so, as has been borne out in the DWTS develpment.

  12. Adelette

    March 8, 2009 at 5:48 PM


    Just because I think that it’s wrong to sell merchandise based on popularity earned by writing a sensationalistic blog about Melissa’s embarassment doesn’t mean I don’t like, or enjoy Steve’s blog. I never said I didn’t like him and I never said I didn’t like his blog. So don’t tell me if I don’t like it I have “the option of not clicking on his site.”

    That is such a cop-out argument, anyway. Steve opens his blog to comments, encourages it even. He must know not everyone is going to agree with his opinions and decisions. I was cheering him on when he was featured in US magazine. And I don’t even mind the ads, even though it will make coming here less fun. I told him, very gently, that I thought he was getting a bit smug and a humble attitude is a lot easier to take than a swaggering one. And since Steve seems to care so much for Melissa’s plight, I thought it odd that he would want to profit from popularity he earned through her distress.

    That’s my opinion. And I’m not going to be bullied into leaving for it either.

  13. yoduhh

    March 8, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    owl said, March 8, 2009 @ 3:04 pm

    Well the other shoe dropped. THUD.

    Interesting that Melissa has been signed up for an ABC show. No small coincidence that, right? Yeah right and I’m the tooth fairy. We’ve been played. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

    oh yeah, it’s NOT a coinkydink! that injury was planned so that melissa could slide into DWTS! MAYBE melissa even caused it by striking nancy in the knee with a lead pipe so she could have the opportinuty. she must have called up tonya harding for pointers!


  14. whoknew

    March 8, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Yoduhh – good point! 🙂

    Adelette – I’m sorry but I don’t know who you are. I wasn’t talking to you in particular, but you obviously took it personally. I don’t recognize your name – and I have been reading RS for quite some time. I’ll try to go back and find your comments at some point. As for RS’ ads – I don’t care one way or the other. He has blogged about all kinds of shows – not just Mel. It’s just a lot of people only discovered him during Mel’s TB. I’m fine with him making money on this – he’s providing a service for us, not ABC.

  15. Lyndsay

    March 8, 2009 at 5:57 PM

    I am beyond excited that Melissa is on DWTS, as well as my entire family. I’ve never voted before but will definetely be giving her my support!

  16. tatersalad

    March 8, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Message received by ABC: WTG Bachelor! Keep creating this kind of drama so that a new television cash cow like Melissa Rycroft can be created every season! The Bachelor now is the standard for creating future wealth for this network! ABC execs will take care of the first round of drinks…as they say “So Mike, whatcha got in store for the Jillian season?! Give the people the drama they want so we can keep the money machine rolling! It better be good!”

    Sooooo, let’s all set our DVR’s for Dancing with the Stars! I’m so excited, the only thing missing is the taste of vomit in my mouth….oh wait, there it is. Nevermind.

  17. Melanie222

    March 8, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    I just found out about Melissa being on DWTS from Naomi’s blog. WAY COOL!! Totally looking forward to that! 🙂 Though…is this more of ABC’s plot for ratings? LOL Ohhh the plot thickens. *grin*

  18. Sea Biscuit

    March 8, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    I saw Jason and Molly trip Nancy as she was leaving the “Ellen” show last week

    Can’t wait for The Amazing Race tonight, best reality show out there.

  19. yoduhh

    March 8, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    #Sea Biscuit said,

    March 8, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

    I saw Jason and Molly trip Nancy as she was leaving the “Ellen” show last week

    Can’t wait for The Amazing Race tonight, best reality show out there.

    i guess that backfired for them, since melissa got the job and not molly! 😀

  20. Kdogg

    March 8, 2009 at 7:33 PM

    of course the injury wasn’t planned but for someone who wanted to fade away from the public eye, jumping right onto reality show makes some people wonder if y’know, you weren’t being honest.

  21. ontoyou

    March 8, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  22. tatersalad

    March 8, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    There is no IT to be in on, there is only opportunity to exploit…..which ABC is in the business of doing. All they have to do is find out what commodity the public is buying and sell it before someone else does.

    Ladies and gentlemen, they have found it.

  23. spunk

    March 8, 2009 at 7:46 PM


    You need to take some anti-paraniod medication. The whole world was in on it except for the people that read this board! And you better watch your mouth or all of them are going to come after you!

  24. T-Girl

    March 8, 2009 at 7:59 PM

    Thank you Steve for bringing back the numbers!!! We Loveyou!

  25. BigKrem

    March 8, 2009 at 8:01 PM

    First of all, I would like to thank Steve for providing the information he had and giving everyone a place to discuss this “reality” TV show called the Bachelor the last few weeks.

    Here is an open question to all and especially you Steve. I am totally on board and know that the show was scripted. Certainly Jason was in on it, most evident by his lame acting, inability to keep his story straight and how even Melissa said on Ellen that he basically just ditched her after the finale. I also know that Molly was on it, at least from the time after the FRC. I tend to think that she knew well before the show was ever based on her “What happens if you mak the wrong choice” line and so on.

    I, like many other viewers, fell in love with Melissa. I still think she is a great girl but I now think she was definitely “in on it” as well. First of all, looking back on it, the whole Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader being the “dumpee” was brought up ad nauseum and it is just way too convenient. But here is the proof I need. Melissa admitted on Ellen that she knew the relationship was over before AFTR but she just didn’t know about Molly. However, Melissa told Jason at the AFTR “I thought everything was perfect”. WHAT??? Those two pieces don’t fit. She was overacting and screwed up.

    And now that Melissa is doing Dancing, we know she is nit upset with ABC and enjoys being in the public eye. My conclusion is that she wither KNEW it was scripted and is obviously ok with it b/c she is doing another show on ABC or KNOWS it wasn’t scripted. And right now, she can’t know it wasn’t scripted.


  26. Just Me

    March 8, 2009 at 8:12 PM


  27. Yankee

    March 8, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    I’m thrilled that Melissa will be on DWTS. I love dancing and I love the show. Nice to see her move on to something positive.

  28. Just Me

    March 8, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    yawn !

  29. fromichelle

    March 8, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    I’m a new, but now true blue fan… I’d love a t-shirt, but it would have to be really clever… you know… something like Reality Steve vs. the Bach-e-Bastard…

    What do you think of the DWTS announcement?

    I read your links and think that with Molly being seemingly close to signing on as the Bachelorette shows how this relationship is doomed.

    Thanks for your posts!

  30. LaLa

    March 8, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Ive never watch DWTS, but Im going to now! I think that was ABC’s plan, obviouslly. It will get more ratings riding on the coat tails of what just happened. Interesting enough for me to watch!

  31. yoduhh

    March 8, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    #680. LaLa | March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Ive never watch DWTS, but Im going to now! I think that was ABC’s plan, obviouslly. It will get more ratings riding on the coat tails of what just happened. Interesting enough for me to watch!

    so you’re saying abc planned for nancy odell to tear her miniscus in two places, requiring knee surgery, at the last minute just to get melissa on DWTS??? yeah right!

  32. owl

    March 8, 2009 at 10:45 PM

    I’m not say the injuries were planned on DWTS. That’s stupid and I’m not an idiot, thank you. I’m saying that ABC could easily add couples to DWTS and have done so in the past when it suits them. So Melissa was going to be added in anticipation of a dropout that’s almost certain to happen. The fact that Nancy got injured just worked out so they can say that’s the reason Mel was contracted. Baloney. I’m not buying it. It’s simple good fortune that got the contact done at the same time the injury occured. That’s one of the reason’s ABC casts so many couples for DWTS: people do get injured.

    What I’m saying is that the conditions leading to Melissa being on DWTS seemed fixed and are. Melissa’s popular. Was this the plan at the start of the season? Heck no. A lot of this IS variable, like ABC not knowing who the most popular people are going to be preseason. But they certainly take advantage of this situations. The part I’m objecting to is that the focus of the show is love and fantasy, but ratings. It’s like going to Vegas. Enjoy the entertainment, but the percentage is against you and you will lose.

    The way ABC’s producers operate is similiar to what we see on professional wrestling, which is entirely scripted. Even so, things don’t always go as planned, so they have a bunch of plots and set pieces that can be in play at any one time and spun according to whim and circumstance. DeAnna is case in point. She was a set piece in play before Mesnicker’s season began. How they would use her wasn’t determined precisely. She could be a love interest, an advice giver, even someone who visits the girls to stir up their feelingsand make good tv. In fact. rumor reported was that the
    last one WAS on the table as a possibility.

    All I’m saying is that this whole thing is scripted. Not every element, but ALL the important ones, as much as possiible so as to generate the most ratings and publicity for the show and the ABC brand.

  33. Steph

    March 8, 2009 at 10:53 PM

    This whole thing with Melissa being on DWTS is a new twist to everything. Obviously they never antipated 2 women getting seriously injured. But the fact they turned to Mel is a twist for what? RATINGS! She is now America’s sweetheart, who has heartbroken and humilated. So I wonder who might win now? She has fans on her side they are actually able to vote for her. I’m not saying she won’t do well, she does have a dance background but it she a true “star” like the rest of the celebs are? Her 15 mins that she was apparently over is now turning into another 10-12 week show…hmmmm…..

  34. l.a.l.

    March 8, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    #683 – Steph:

    Re: your question “is she a true star like the rest of the celebs are”?

    ARE YOU SERIOUS? Have you seen some of the names of the other “celebs”? Just check them out and see what their claim to fame is? Some of them are legitimate “celebs”, but a whole bunch of them have a lot less celeb status than Melissa has right now. Every year we see rankings of the most powerful stars in Hollywood, and one of the key indicators of their star power is how often they are mentioned in the news during that given year. How much do you want to bet that Melissa has had more news coverage in the PAST WEEK than most (though not all) of the other DWTS contestants have had in the PAST TWELVE MONTHS. That news coverage alone makes Melissa a legitimate “celeb”/star.

  35. Isitsafe

    March 8, 2009 at 11:37 PM


    I was watching the movie That Thing You Do! today. The breakup scene between Jimmy and Fay has a whole new meaning to me now. Fay, “Just watch as Jimmy begins a slow tortuous descent into the loveless life that he deserves.” Jimmy, “Who told that we were engaged.” Mr. White, “The same person that said you had class, Jimmy.” If you get a chance watch it.

  36. venus

    March 8, 2009 at 11:42 PM

    What a brilliant strategy on ABC part! Just brilliant! Melissa’s appearance on DWTS will bring in more viewers and that is what every tv show aims for.

    The fact that Mel isn’t a “star” per se isn’t important. It’s about ratings. Many of the contestants in the past have caused people to say, “Who is that? Never heard of her/him before!” I recall Jay Leno poking fun at this and asking, “Who are these people?”

    Speaking of ‘stars’…remember, Trista was on DWTS one season too.

    Also in reference to Mel’s private life staying private when on the show…quite often many of the contestants are featured in fan mags like People and US Weekly with ‘at home’ photo’s and such stuff.

    I just hope she read, understood and had a good lawyer when she signed this latest contract with ABC. Also I hope she negotiated some big bucks to appear.

  37. jpchick

    March 8, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    685 – I love that movie!! – and that line is perfect.

    I just have a question for Steve… are you going to blog about DWTS now?

    I don’t watch it that faithfully – I have half an eye on it, if I’m in the room while my daughter is watching it, but this season I will definitely keep up with it.

  38. Kam

    March 8, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    If Melissa is a replacement on DWTS I think no less of her than before. Given her audience popularity, I am sure they made it worth her while to partake in a dancing reality show. So was Melissa supposed to go away and never be seen again? Does that make her a better person? Personally, I think ABC got slammed all week not just the Bachelor franchise and they are trying to smooth some audience feathers and yes get people to tune in who might not have otherwise. As far as Melissa’s integrity being in question for taking them up on the offer that is plain hypocritical. I am sure many of you would go dance your butt off on TV if paid to do so. At least, we know they can’t fake dancing ability.

  39. darryn02

    March 9, 2009 at 12:33 AM

    675. BigKrem | March 8th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Best observation I’ve read all day. She DID say at ATFR1 she thought everything was “perfect”, then later on Ellen said things deteriorated pretty much immediately when they got back – both certainly can’t be true at the same time! Perhaps she was in fact in on it as well. Then again, maybe the producers simply got to her after the fact and gave her some incentive to throw water on the fire by convincing us that the relationship was basically over prior to ATFR1, to spare Jason some of the fallout.

    Either way, it certainly looks like we’ve been played. Unfortunately, they’ve won in my house because I’ll probably be DVRing DWTS, but for no other reason than Mel is hotter than the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel beach in July (props to anyone who can relate!)

  40. BigKrem

    March 9, 2009 at 1:04 AM


    I’ll be DVR’ing DWTS for the same reason my friend. Melissa is, without a doubt, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader hot! Props to the Bachelor producers for pulling this whole thing off and nobody has to worry about whether a heart was really broken.

    I think the one important thing going over people’s head is that Jason is not a bad guy. He took a bunch of money to do what the producers wanted, knowing that nobody wasn’t going to get hurt in the process. So everyone can back away from Jason for a minute, as the guy just played his role on a television series. His acting (crying) was terrible and he has tarnished his image for as long as people will remember him (maybe another 2 weeks).

    I’m happy that the whole thing was fixed and hope that Melissa is still a cool girl like she appeared to be on the show. If she isn’t, well then she still is hot!!!

  41. LaLa

    March 9, 2009 at 8:49 AM

    681. yoduhh | March 8th, 2009 at 10:24 pm
    #680. LaLa | March 8th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Ive never watch DWTS, but Im going to now! I think that was ABC’s plan, obviouslly. It will get more ratings riding on the coat tails of what just happened. Interesting enough for me to watch!

    so you’re saying abc planned for nancy odell to tear her miniscus in two places, requiring knee surgery, at the last minute just to get melissa on DWTS??? yeah right!

    Oopsie! Not what I meant!! I meant asking her was a good idea IMO. Because of what just happened to her, I think it will bring in more ratings. I didnt mean that this was all planned, lol.

  42. T-Girl

    March 9, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    OHHH… Bonnie Hunt was NOT nice but was was very TO THE POINT! It was great! She was not nearly as nice as Ellen was… Ellen seems to have been a cakewalk compared to Bonnie!
    She was very accusing in her tone and Jason didn’t confirm or deny anything but said…. wel basically they towed the line but he’s more wiling now to say he wishes he wouldn’t have shown up for the ATFR1 taping.
    Now it’s SWEET revenge, I was looking forward to DWTS before, but NOW!! I’m SUPER excited!!

  43. darryn02

    March 9, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    My favorite Bonnie Hunt moment – she mentions that Molly was going to be the next bachelorette, Molly coyly denies it, but basically admits it with her smirk and tone. Then Bonnie says to Jason: “And you panicked!” — Jason’s face was priceless! Very Deer-in-headlights – he had NO IDEA what to say and just stared blankly at Bonnie! BUSTED!!!

  44. canusaybrainwash

    March 9, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Hmmmm…another reality show for Melissa, the victim. Who would have thunk it?

  45. Adelette

    March 9, 2009 at 12:34 PM


    My apologies. I *did* think you were referring to a comment I made. Paranoia on my part then?

    I’ve gotten too upset over drama that is really none of my business. I’m taking a deep breath and adopting a new philosophy. Live and let live. I won’t be buying RS boyshorts but if someone else wants to, then more power to ’em… but I might be tempted to buy a Team Melissa baby tee… guess that makes me a sell out but whatever.

    Hey Steve, can I get that in pink, size small? 😉

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