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The Bachelor 13 - Jason

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Ok, so I’m a little late. Sorry. Just needed to find the time and motivation to sit down and hash this thing out. First things first, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you saw me mention last week that I got dressed up for Halloween for the first time in probably 20 years this past weekend. Good times. Happy Hour lasted till the wee hours of the morning. No, I didn’t go as Jake. I thought it was rather obvious who I went as, but I’d say 75% of the people who came up to me asked, “Are you Octodad?” Huh? Who the hell is Octodad? Once I pointed out the Bluetooth, the earrings (which you can’t see in the pics), the Ed Hardy shirt, the eight kids, and the lovely inscription on the back, they seemed to guess correctly.

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So I’ve gotten this bit of info regarding a girl who was cast to be on this season with Jake. I emphasize “was”. This particular girl was flown out to LA to be one of the 25 bachelorettes. The afternoon of the meet-and-greets, she was upstairs getting ready, then came down to film her ITM (in the moment). When she sat down, her handler gave her a piece of paper with lines to memorize. She was told to memorize those lines and say them when they started filming. What was she supposed to say to the camera? “When I first saw Jake, I fell in love. I can’t wait to fly away with him someday.” The girl basically told her handler, “No, I’m not saying this. I haven’t even met the guy yet.” The handler told her she had to, and that they’d just run it after she met him. The girl said no. Back and forth they went, until the girl just decided she didn’t want to do the show anymore and walked out, got her stuff, and left the show.

Now, obviously no one will ever see this when the season starts. This girl will never be on camera since she’s not one of the 25 bachelorettes. She left before the filming started. When the show flys all the girls out for the beginning of filming, they bring in more than 25 girls just in case something like this happens. Wasn’t the first time it happened, and it certainly won’t be the last. But just know it happened this season. Kinda funny that now they are actually telling people exact lines to say instead of just putting them together and saying, “Here, talk about this.” Look, we’ve always known the show wasn’t real and I think a lot of people have come to accept that. But my problem has always been that they constantly are trying to tell us it is. That they just “throw 25 women in a house, roll the cameras, and drama ensues.” Uhhhh, not quite. “Here, read these lines about how much you love Jake even though you haven’t met him yet” is a bit much, don’t you think? So when you’re watching the first episode this season, and you hear girls falling all over Jake talking about how great he is and they are so in love, just know that those were filmed before they even met him, and that the girls saying that were basically ones who just agreed to do whatever the producers told them to. As opposed to the other girl I just told you about who basically stood up for herself and realized how ridiculous the whole thing was.

Had a great night last Wednesday night at the Dallas Stars hockey game with Jeremy, Tanner, and Kiptyn. Tanner has basically turned into a rock star from his appearance on the show. I think more women were interested in talking to him than watching the game. My first chance to ever meet or talk to Kiptyn. Glad to see that he got to witness his first hockey game. No need to go into details about what was talked about and all the shenanigans that transpired that night. Some things are better left unsaid. All good guys, we had a great time, and I’m guessing in the near future, we’ll be dropping more drinks and catching falling drunk women back there in no time. I will say this on Tanner’s behalf: I think he and I watch the same exact shows. After going through his recorded shows on his DVR, I could’ve sworn it looked like an exact replica of mine. The city of Dallas belongs to Tanner Pope. We’re just all lucky he lets us live in it. Daddy is a rock star, no doubt.

So did you see this article last week in “People” magazine regarding Ed and Jillian? Interesting to say the least. Why some reporter decided to ask them about Jillian’s lingerie collection is beyond me. Of course Ed, being a man who has such a way with words (“I want to molest you when I get home”, “Bring the beer and condoms”), had this to say when asked what’s the sexiest thing a woman could wear. “No panties.” Ok, first off, he didn’t even answer the question. The question asked the sexiest thing a woman could wear, and he responded with something that she SHOULDN’T wear. Secondly Ed, it’s perfectly normal for you like it when your girlfriend goes panty-less. Especially when they don’t tell you about it beforehand. I just tend to think that’s not the answer you want to give to a magazine read by millions of people. Showing some tact would be nice, but I guess then consider the source and everything we’ve read and heard about the guy. Maybe that’s just who he is. But c’mon buddy. Probably not the answer you needed to give in that situation. By all means you can think it, but personally, I just wouldn’t have expressed it to “People” magazine. To each their own.

So the biggest news in the last week regarding this show was the engagement in New Zealand of Jason and Molly. Before I give my comments, I actually found this amusing, which is odd, since I didn’t think Regis Philbin has done anything funny in 20 years. But the re-enactment of the Jason/Melissa break up gave me a good chuckle. Here it is:

Lets first off talk about the engagement itself. Congrats to those two. If it works for them, then so be it. Personally would I have done the engagement back in New Zealand and immediately had the tabloids reporting it? No. I thought they wanted this all to go away? I understand most Jason & Molly fans are thinking more like, “Awwww, he proposed where they had their first date. So romantic.” But for as much as those two got criticized for everything that happened, and I was front and center leading that charge, I guess I would’ve just laid a little low and not made such a presentation out of it. The proposal back in New Zealand, pictures ready immediately, cover of “US Weekly” saying you’re not the “villain”, etc. Look, I get that he wanted to do it back where he says he should’ve done it in the first place. I just wouldn’t of if I’m trying to distance myself from everything that happened. Their words say they are, but the actions don’t.

With that said, I’m going to share something with everyone that very few people know. When Jillian’s season ended, I actually got in touch with Jason and we finally had a man-to-man talk about everything that went down. He shared his side, and I shared mine. Do we agree on everything? No. He was very persuasive in what he said, and I told him how I felt about how everything played out. Til the end of time, we will both agree to disagree on the events that happened while he was on the show. I feel my sources had no reason to lie to me, and he says that’s not how it went down. I’m fine with that. I don’t hate the guy. Never did. I just expressed to him I think he could’ve handled the whole situation completely different. But that’s yesterday’s news. It happened almost a year ago. He’s moved on, he’s happy, he’s engaged, Melissa’s moved on, she’s engaged, so who am I to harp on it anymore? It’s put to rest. We both said what we needed to say to each other, and I think both of us came out with a better understanding. I emailed him after I heard about the engagement congratulating him and Molly, and he responded with a thank you. I’ll admit, I was rather harsh on the guy for a good two months. Sure he deserved some of it, but probably not as much as I gave.

I don’t think Jason and I will ever be golfing buddies, and I’m certainly not expecting any sort of invite to the wedding, but for those that think I’m out to ruin peoples lives and constantly make fun of them, well, I just don’t think you understand the site and how I write. That’s ok. It’s not for everyone. I’m glad Jason and I hashed things out for the most part. Who am I rain on he and Molly’s parade? Hey, at least they got engaged as opposed to most of these couples who don’t even get that far. Personally, I just wish he’d stop going to the “I’m not a villain” card and just let everything that happened on the show go. No matter what he says or does, people are still going to hate him regardless. It’s almost like he’s trying to please everyone and that’s just impossible. He’s got his fans, and he should just enjoy them. The haters will be there no matter what he says. But telling people again his side of what happened just isn’t what needs to be done now.

I will say that what he told “US Weekly” about having to confront Molly on TV rather than lose her to the “Bachelorette” was exactly what he told me a couple months ago, so, I at least give him some credit for keeping his stories straight. We can debate that until the end of time (and I think I did on the phone), but regardless, it’s over and done with. They’re engaged, Molly’s moved to Seattle, she found a job, and they’re happy. In the end, I guess that’s all that matters, right? No need to bring them up anymore until their wedding or if there’s some nasty breakup. So good luck to the two of them. Been a pretty crazy year, but it seems like they’re happy and moving on. Good. Now I can too.

Yes, in case you haven’t heard the news, both Holly and DeAnna are dating the Stagliano brothers. Holly of course is still dating Michael from Jillian’s season, and DeAnna has been dating Stephen Stagliano for a good month. I really have no idea what to make of all this. Good luck to the four of them. I’m sure the world will be a better place with Holly Durst and DeAnna Pappas as sister-in-laws someday. Oh my. Somewhere Jesse Csincsak is gathering former contestants for another reunion, making sure video cameras are rolling, and shaking his head.

As far as the “Bachelor/ette” reunion cruise from LA to Mexico last weekend, I don’t think it’s going to be its own show. Probably just like the Vegas reunion, I’m sure there’ll be footage popping up somewhere on a “Men Tell All” episode. When I saw Kiptyn last Wednesday, he mentioned that he was going on it. As were Wes, Jesse Kovacs, Jesse Csincsak, Robby D, and a few others. That’s about all I know. Pictures are already all over facebook if you want to go look for them.

One final note on the “Bachelor”, it was announced yesterday that this season is going to be the first one in HD. Outstanding. So are we actually going to get to see the implant scars this season? Or the botox injections? I cannot wait. Jake is already claiming that his wife is one of the 25 women cast for the show. And now that we’ll get all their physical defects in HD, can this season possibly get any better? I highly doubt it. To see him get down on one knee and propose to some goody two-shoes, church going, southern belle might be the highlight of my 2010. Then to watch them celebrate by letting off a bunch of white doves and going crazy with the milk and cookies, can that possibly be topped? “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love” beginning January 4th. Get your barf bags ready, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

I wanted to cover more this week, but I’m tired, I have a long day ahead of me, and I still need some catching up to do on some shows. So next week we’ll return with “Reality Roundup” as I cover “Survivor”, “Dancing with the Stars”, the new “Celebrity Apprentice” cast, “Sex Rehab”, the “Ruins”, plus some other tidbits. Also, the interview with former “Survivor: Micronesia” and “Fans vs Favorites” Eliza Orlins will be happening soon as well, so stay tuned for that. To follow me on Twitter or become a friend on Facebook, scroll down the right hand column and find the corresponding link under “My Stuff”. Any questions, comments, emails, praises, criticisms, or opinions, feel free to email me at Until next week…



  1. Becky

    November 5, 2009 at 9:56 PM

    For I minute there I thought you said Deanna and Holly were dating the Voltaggio brothers

  2. Becky

    November 5, 2009 at 9:57 PM

    For a minute there I thought you said Deanna and Holly were dating the Voltaggio brothers

  3. lemon

    November 6, 2009 at 12:05 AM

    Be sure to read what Deanna wrote about Stephen (the boyfriend, not RS). Sounds like she’s craaaazy in love, good for her!

    thanks for the update on Jake’s season, I’m not at all surprised to hear about the girl who left. I think they fed Jake lines to say during his first one-on-one date with Jillian. (He was saying wild stuff, like he was ready to put a ring on her finger, etc.) Everything he said sounded loosely scripted.

  4. lemon

    November 6, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    this link to Deanna’s gushing about Stephen is better, it will go directly to the relevant post:

  5. mja

    November 6, 2009 at 12:44 PM

    Welcome back, Steve — and thanks for Regis and Kelly video. Hadn’t seen that.

    That story about the girl who walked away from the Bachelor show is interesting. Thanks for mentioning that. I still haven’t decided whether to watch the Jake Bachelor series…. am leaning towards not. But will keep checking here!

  6. ironicbarbie

    November 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Funny how you print this article about how you know someone who refused to be scripted and lie on camera and subsequently walked off the show and suddenly there are folks on every message board believing you wholeheartedly. Seems to me many of the very same folks on the very same boards found it IMPOSSIBLE to believe you when you made similar accusations in past seasons. I knew you were right about B13 and B’ette5, and I watched in disbelief as so many people angrily, stubbornly and foolishly argued with every word you said. Wonder what it is about your latest scoop that has people so willing to accept it. You present fact-based scoop about someone they watch on tv every week and they go into complete denial but you present fact-based scoop about someone they never saw on tv and never will and voila, you’re right on the money. In the words of Husker Du—-Makes No Sense At All. Thanks for telling the truth as you know it regardless of the response from your readers.

  7. Chi Town Stepper

    November 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Thanks for the insight about the contestant walking out on Jake’s season! Nice to know someone was not willing to compromise their beliefs on honesty. Steve, could you comment further on Jillian and Ed’s post show behavior, especially concerning their TMI comments and over indulgence in alcohol when at public events (i.e., Jillian’s recent balancing of her cocktail on her head at a charity event to check her “posture”)? How does this type of behavior impact their jobs, and ability to continue to make money post Bachelorette through appearances, endorsements, etc.? Thanks!

  8. creep

    November 10, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Hey steve….good read.

    That bachelor girl story seems real familiar…any more info on that? A girl i know came home with close to the same story…..

    i wonder if this was her?

  9. Coach10

    November 13, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Ok Steve so I’m curious, are the challenges in Survivor scripted or rigged? I find it awfully ironic that Russell and Shambo talk about voting out Laura and they comment that the only thing stopping them would be her winning immunity. Well shock of all shocks Russell is within inches of knocking Laura out of the immunity challenge when his hook comes off the bag at the last second and she pulls hers in ahead of him to move on. Then she’s way behind in the second challenge and all of a sudden comes out of nowhere to win the challenge and individual immunity. The entire episode just seemed entirely too fishy to me so I was wondering if you had any insight.

  10. Sue T.

    November 16, 2009 at 7:34 PM

    I don’t think we’re surprised that this is scripted, but can’t Mike Fleiss at least hire some decent writers? The people on the show use the same canned lines over and over, season after season.

    I’m sure they’re already rehearsing people to say:

    “I can’t believe how real this all is….”

    “It’s unbelievable how I could fall so hard for Jake so fast…”

    (Jake) “I’m so torn between these women. They are all so great, and these emotions I’m feeling are so instense. I feel so bad I’ll have to break someone’s heart….”

    “This is the most dramatic rose ceremony ever!”

  11. mja

    November 17, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Sue T., Good ones!

    They will also have at least one wild “bad girl” who will try to tempt Jake into giving up his squeaky clean persona.

    And they will also have innumerable “cliff hangers” keeping people in suspense for later episodes, that turn out in reality to be not so suspenseful or interesting at all.

  12. jan

    January 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC will air “The Bachelor: Jason and Molly’s Wedding” on March 8. It will feature not just the ceremony but Molly’s dress fitting, bachelor and bachelorette parties and general wedding planning.

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