So if you haven’t read my Twitter and Facebook account from Monday morning, then you wouldn’t have known that two days ago I told everyone Brad Womack is going to be the “Bachelor”…again. Of course, plenty of news sites and tabloids have picked up on it now, some crediting me and some not. Look, not a single person in America was talking about Brad as the next “Bachelor” until after I posted on Monday. Hell, even People.com ran a story two hours after I posted talking about “Is Chris Lambton or Ty Brown the Next Bachelor?” So they were completely out of the loop and wrong. No one mentioned Brad until after I did because no one knew. Hell, I didn’t even know until Monday morning. But when I heard, it was pretty much solid. Then later on Monday, I got it 100% confirmed. ABC hasn’t announced it officially yet, but they will. It should be coming soon. Brad is the next Bachelor?again. ABC knows that the rumor is out there it’s Brad. And they know it came from me. Considering their utter dislike for me, don’t you think if it wasn’t true, they’d deny it by now. Chris Harrison is now tweeting saying “a lot of rumors out there. You’ll find out soon”. If it wasn’t Brad, the first thing those people would be saying to shut me up would be, “We can tell you it’s not Brad.” But they’re not. Trust me. It’s him.
As for “US Weekly” today claiming on their site it’s an “exclusive”, that just shows the depths of which those parasites will sink. Jeez, at least give credit where credit is due. It’s not an exclusive when I reported it two days ago AND one of your main competitors, Star Magazine, called me immediately after I posted and put it on their website Monday afternoon. So ridiculous. Every time I post a quote, or reference a story I read online about this show, I always credit who reported it or where it came from. All I ask is the same in return. Apparently that’s too much for them. I guess I somewhat understand. I mean, when a blogger in Texas is constantly beating you when it comes to inside information for this show, I guess you have to pretend you’re winning. Hell, take my website completely out of the equation. Starmagazine.com ran the story on their site TWO DAYS AGO because they actually followed up with my Twitter post and called me asking for quotes and verifying it.
The reaction to my posts have been, shall we say, very animated. I’d say it’s running about 80/20 against him. For the life of me, I’ll never understand why people get worked up over something so stupid. Who cares who the next “Bachelor” is and if it’s someone they used already? You’re still going to watch, and don’t say that you won’t. Die hard fans of this show will watch regardless of who is cast. As I said numerous times before, you’re watching for the process. The romance, the dates, the cattiness in the house, and for what lunatics they cast. I don’t think it makes a hell of a difference at all who’s the lead. You know how many people said to me, “Ugh, Jason? Why do I want to see him? Boooorrrrring.” And look what that turned out to be. Then the same with Jillian, then the same with Jake, then the same with Ali. Everyone says how much they hate so-and-so being cast, yet the ratings stay the same or go up every single season. I don’t buy it for a second. If you watched the last six seasons, you’ll watch this season.
And if by some random chance you really are sticking to your word when you use all you “!!!!!!!” at the end of your sentence?great. You won’t watch. You know who will? About 10 million other people. Just because you don’t agree with the decision doesn’t mean it’s not a good one. Honestly, I think ABC is genius for re-casting Brad. This is a brilliant television move. They don’t care about weddings and romance and love. Their job is to create a buzz for this show. Let me ask you something: If it was announced that Joe Blow, 31 year old good looking lawyer from Chicago, Illinois was going to be the “Bachelor”, would any of you have the same reaction you did when you heard it was Brad? Of course not. This show is about creating buzz. It’s about getting people talking about their show, whether positive or negative. What better way to do that then re-cast Brad Womack, the only guy in “Bachelor” history to dump both girls at the end? The response I’ve gotten on Twitter and Facebook since I posted Monday has been unlike any response for any announcement of any previous “Bachelor”. People are freaking out. And you expect me to believe those people won’t watch? Of course they will.
In order to help talk some of you people off the ledge, I will address some of the questions a lot of you seem to be having about Brad being re-cast. For the life of me, I don’t understand some people’s thought process when it comes to this show, but I’ll try and help out. So here’s been a few of the main responses I’ve been getting.
Ummmm, why not? It’s their show, they can cast whoever they want. Brad’s season essentially started the revitalization of this franchise. The guy is still single, he’s still successful, and they know by casting him, it will create a ton of buzz. Don’t you think when they decided on him they’ve already planned what he’s going to say to the media and how ABC is going to respond to, “Why cast a guy you already had on?” They’re smarter than you think. These people know what they’re doing. I’m sure the theme this season will be “Second Chance at Love” or something along those lines. When this show casts their “Bachelor”, the only prerequisite they seem to have is the guy has to be single. That’s it. Nothing else. Brad fits that, so he’s qualified to do the show.
And of course let us not forget probably the biggest reason why anyone would agree to do this show. Money. Yes, Brad owns a few very successful bars down in Austin, but that doesn’t mean money wouldn’t play a factor into this decision. Money is ALWAYS a factor. Very few people in this world right now can say, “Yeah, I’m good. I don’t need any more money.” Lets face it, getting paid some good coin to date 25 women for a couple months isn’t such a bad deal. And since he’s been through it already, he knows exactly what to expect this time around.
“He already had his chance. Give someone else a try.”
This might be the stupidest argument I’ve heard about Brad being cast that I can think of. What the hell does that mean? Yeah, he had his chance and was the only honest Bachelor in the history of this show when he said, “You know what? I’m not in love with either of these girls, so I’ll take a pass.” People, it’s not like they’re re-casting the same 25 women that were on Brad’s season before. We’re not going to watch a replay of what happened in 2007. Yes, it’s the same guy, but it’s 25 new women. Saying he “already had a chance” makes no sense whatsoever. Is there a rule book out there that states ABC cannot use someone twice? If there is, I certainly haven’t seen it. The guy didn’t choose from the 25 women presented to him last time. Doesn’t mean it’s gonna happen again this time. Lets be real: Do you honestly think they’ll re-cast Brad and let him choose NO ONE again? Really? Please. Hell, I bet it’s even written into the guys contract this time he must choose someone. Even if it isn’t, the guy knows the backlash he took last time. He knows how the show works now. I’m guessing he’s a little more open to the process than he was three years ago.
I’ve spoken to Brad one time in my life. It was a few months after his season ended, and one thing he said to me always stuck out. He told me that despite everything he went through, and all the criticism he took, he said he loved being on the show, he wished it would’ve worked out with someone, and most importantly, he and Mike Fleiss will always have a great relationship because he likes the guy. Which I thought was rather odd since the show essentially threw him under the bus once they realized he wasn’t gonna pick anybody. But after all that, for him to still say he respected Fleiss as a businessman and that he was just doing what he needed to do to protect his show, I thought that said a lot. Come to find out on Monday that this has been in the works for a while. They wanted Brad to be the “Bachelor” last season, as they asked him before asking Jake. For whatever reason, it just never worked worked out and they ended up going with the phoniest, most unlikable “Bachelor” ever in Jake the Dork.
“He’s just doing this to promote his bars.”
Anyone who thinks that, please go back and watch every episode of his last season. Not one time were any of the names of Brad’s bars that he owned ever mentioned in an episode. Brad is doing just fine in his bar business down in Austin. The last thing this guy would do is go back on this show that once made his life miserable just so he could plug a couple bars. I tend to give the guy a little more credit than that. After what he went through last time, I gotta believe he’s a little more serious this time around.
“There aren’t any other single guys out there that they had to go with him?”
Exactly. Yep. Couldn’t be more right. Brad is the only single male in America right now so that’s why they went with him. Don’t be stupid. Of course there are other people they could’ve gone with. Chris Lambton didn’t want to do it. If he did, he’d be the bachelor but he turned it down for whatever reason. Probably realizes he doesn’t need to go on a show like this to get some ass, and considering he and Peyton have a little thing going on now, why would he?
“He failed the first time around so why would we watch him again?”
I do not understand this argument whatsoever. What does him being on the show the first time around have to do with the upcoming season? Like I said, they’re not re-casting the same 25 women. They’re giving a guy who didn’t find love the first time a second chance. You’re acting like it’s a sin against nature and the world will come crumbling down because they re-casted Brad. Is nobody in America allowed to be given a second chance at something? The only way this ends up failing is if ABC loses half their audience, and that’s never going to happen. So to all the people that hate this decision, what if he finds someone in the end, they’re in love, and they end up engaged? You’re still gonna hate that decision because “it wasn’t someone new”? Going by that logic, that means you’ll never be satisfied.
For the last six seasons, this show has always been looking for storylines that they’ve never had before. From Brad dumping both girls, to the Jason/Molly/Melissa fiasco, to Jillian choosing a guy who left earlier in the show only to return, to the Rozlyn scandal, to Jake choosing the most disliked female in the history of the show (at the time), to Ali traveling around the world, etc. They’re always looking to do something new. And this is something new. Giving an old Bachelor a second chance. I don’t see the problem with it whatsoever.