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Reader Emails

Reaction to the Brad/Laurel Story & More “Reader Emails”


Is there anywhere people can watch old episodes of the bachelor/ette
in their entirety? I never saw the first season with Alex and after a
quick google search, it looks like there are only splices on you tube.

Comment: I hate to tell the person who sent this in to me this, but if you’re desperate for watching episodes from eight years ago with Alex as the “Bachelor”, you seriously might want to think of giving Brad’s fake therapist a call because you’re in need of some serious help. There isn’t enough beer in the keg to get me to re-watch a season an old season, regardless of if I’ve never seen it before, and Alex and Aarons were the only two seasons of this show I’ve never seen. Thank God. It’s bad enough I’ve written an episode recap of all 19 seasons since. I would rather be strapped to one of those “Clockwork Orange” chairs like Alex’s boyfriend in “Lost” than sit through Alex Michel’s season from 2003. No thanks.


Why do they keep saying this is “the most scandalous season of The Bachelor” ever?
Is it them assuming bringing back Brad (with his 0-0 track record as The Bachelor) is “scandalous,” or is it the gossip-type info on a couple of the girls (Chantal and Emily) that you refer to that will be coming out eventually?

I just don’t see this being so scandalous yet. Unless the former Mrs. Battier comes to St. Maarten to kick the ever-living sh** out of Crayon-Cray Michelle, but even that would be more entertaining than scandalous. I’m just dying to know if there are some mega skeletons in the top two girls’ closets!!

I also realize, too, that Chris Harrison loves to add the drama to his little voiceovers.

Love your column, by the way, thanks for adding fun to this otherwise dry season.

Comment: Just hyperbole. Happens every season. I’ve heard Chris refer to this season as the most “controversial”. I don’t remember him saying “scandalous” though. Maybe he did. I try to tune out the nonsense he spews in those voiceovers as much as I can. “Controversial” is just talking about Brad returning after picking no one last time and knowing they were going to get a lot of grief for it, which they did. As I’ve stated for two months, there’s no controversy or scandal on the show this season. All the drama would play out in the tabloids (Michelle’s affair, Chantal’s shady past, Emily’s little embellishment of her past, Brad’s ex showing his true colors, etc). All stuff that I was told about months ago that I told you I would comment on when it arrived. I’ve hit on the Michelle stuff numerous times, I gave you my thoughts on Chantal’s motivations this past Tuesday, and I addressed the Brad/Laurel stuff today. The only thing I haven’t really talked about is Emily and some of the stuff that has come out about her. Mostly because I don’t think it’s all that big of deal, but it does have me questioning her motivations as well.

Hi Steve

Wondering a few things:

1) When do they film “the women/men tell all”? It seems to vary every season, in the early years it was when there were 2 people left so we could hear from “all” the elimninated but recently it has been with more left. So wondering what the decision process is for that.

2) How do they decide who attends to “tell all”? Is it in the contestant contract? Clearly they want the drama causing people but beyond that do they care? OR do they just leave it up to the fame hungry eliminated to show up.

3) When do they film the after the final rose? Does that change season to season as well (Jason/Molly/Melissa excepted)?

4) during these 2 “specials” audience people used to be able to interact and ask questions of the participants, do you think they will ever return to that format? Have you ever attended one of these (clearly not an option anymore)

Comment: 1) “Women Tell All” usually always tapes the Saturday before the overnight date episode airs. Usually. Which means that gives them nine days to edit it before it goes to air the following Monday. On MOST occasions, that WTA has included the woman who gets sent home in the episode that is shown two days later, which in this seasons case, would be Ashley. So she would be in attendance. They show the audience in attendance the overnight date episode, then they bring the girls out. Now, for Jillian’s season, they didn’t have Reid attend the MTA, because they knew he was part of the finale, so putting him on the MTA made no sense because he would’ve had to lie about his journey being over. Then last season, Frank didn’t attend his MTA because, well, he hated what the show did and decided he didn’t want to be a part of it. He also skipped out on the “After the Final Rose” as well.

2) They ask the people they want to be there. They can’t force you to get on a plane and go, but pretty much everyone does because they want a free weekend vacation in LA to talk about the show. They want to bring back the people that the audience cared the most about that will give them the most dramatic show possible. Unless someone breached a contract, or they got mad at them for talking to me (Wes), usually most people go back to film it.

3) “After the Final Rose” definitely changes season to season, but it’s usually a different weekend than the WTA. That one in recent years has been closed set because they don’t want leaks getting out. Which at this point, I mean c’mon, it’s gonna happen. Try as they might, I’m still gonna find a way to spoil it for the most part.

4) The WTA is always in front of an audience. Sometimes they take questions from the audience, but those are stupid because those people are told what to ask. Have I ever been to a WTA taping? Never. Would I ever go if I somehow got an invite? Never. They’d never let me walk through those doors. All the people in attendance have to sign contracts stating they will not talk about what they witnessed. Yeah, that really works.

Hey Steve,

I used to love reading the spoilers you wrote but now the Bachelor is back on I haven’t found anything new about it on your website? Are you still writing spoilers? Or is there anywhere I can go to read about them?

I wrote this woman back, “Please tell me you’re kidding”, to which she responded:

No, kidding about what? The last spoiler is from like Dec. 8

Comment: Six weeks of “Reader Emails”, and I think in every one, this question has been asked in some way, shape, or form. Let’s see if we can continue this for all 11 weeks. C’mon people! Show me your ignorance! We can do this!

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  1. smd64

    February 16, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I am a loyal reader and have been for years and yes, I hate the “I know something you don’t know” stuff, but whatever…I still like the content of the blog. I think if Steve is not going to get into what he says he knows, he shouldn’t mention it at all. It’s annoying and seems like he is trying to prove something. But it is his blog, he can do what ht wants.

  2. aligerman

    February 18, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Yes!! Great to see Maddy. I literally laughed out loud at her face on 6:25 in

  3. Amy

    February 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    I came across this written by you in the Bachelor Brad #11 archives (go figure lol):

    And in Brad’s case, I have no doubt he’s dated some amazing women. He seems like one that would stay in touch with his ex’s. Maybe even call her on occasion. Even when he’s filming the show. You know, just to tell her he’s bored or something and wants her back. Hey, just a guess

  4. MightyMel

    February 22, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Anytime someone sells someone to the press, no matter what their “reason” is, I can’t help but be skeptical. To me, it seems like she not only wanted some cash, but also wanted to be known. Sooo, she sold him out. I can understand doing that when someone else has slandered your name and you want to set the record straight but no one knew about her, which is exactly why she sold the story. Now scores of people know of her AND she has some extra cash. Sounds win/win for her. Here’s the thing with Brad and every man/woman who has been approached to do the show…they aren’t sitting around innocently polishing their halos when all of the sudden an ABC producer pops out of no where and offers them a contract to do the show. They then don’t jump up and down at their sheer luck of opportunity in finding love without a care about the contract/money. IT’S A SHOW. Of course these things are discussed and of course they care about them. They aren’t thanking their lucky stars for just a chance at finding love. They are thanking their lucky stars at a chance at finding love PLUS great publicity, PLUS money, PLUS maybe becoming semi-famous. If any of them say all they cared about was finding love, then that’s a load of bull. So when Brad was contacted about the show, its only natural he’d mention the money part to someone he had been close to. And if he and Laurel were off and on, maybe this was the added push they needed to either be together or not. He says he’s a changed man, not a saintly knight. He never said he was perfect or that he happened to be polishing his brand new halo when the show’s producer’s fell out of the sky and wouldn’t he be like ANYONE ELSE if he had a bit of baggage with him at the time? So he had an on and off connection with someone at the time the show’s producers contacted him. I wouldn’t be surprised if that wasn’t the case for most of the Bachelor/Bachelorettes, at least to some extent. The difference between Brad and Laurel is this, Brad is making more money being the star of this season’s Bachelor than Laurel did selling him out, but HE never sold HER out and since no one is perfect, I’m sure she wouldn’t appreciate him showing some of HER texts. There are two sides to every story.

  5. glamourcat

    February 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM

    I think Laurel is getting a bad wrap for spilling her story for money! HELL I’d sell my Ex out for free if he dumped me for a reality tv wife with big ta ta’s! Cut her some slack!! Her biggest mistake was not seeing through Fake Jake’s promises of marriage to her!!!

  6. MightyMel

    February 23, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    You can’t control the crappy things others do to you, but you CAN control your own behavior. You can be classy or you can be vengeful. Does she feel avenged? Probably not. What she probably feels is a little richer. But hey, if being a vengeful person is what someone wants to be, then so be it. But a bad wrap may be the consequence.

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