I generally enjoy your columns, but I have a major bone to pick with you. It has to do with the Reality Steve Dating Contest you mentioned a little while ago. You used your website to promote this contest. Your website is dedicated to the TV show “The Bachelor”, which gives details surrounding a dating contest.
It is COMPLETELY hypocritical for you to promote your own Dating Contest on this site and then not give your readers details of the dates. COMPLETELY hypocritcal and unacceptable. Your fans demand details on the dates you had related to the contest. How many women did you meet? How many did you give roses to (i.e. second dates)? How many were selected for Hometown Dates (i.e. come to Dallas?). What specifically happened on those dates?
We want details and we want them now!!
Comment: The very first thing I said when I started promoting the dating contest was at no point was I going to share the whole “journey” in my blog. Disrespectful to the women, and it’s something I just wouldn’t do. Have you noticed in eight years of writing this column, never once have I ever talked about my current dating life at the time? It’s pointless. Never have and never will. Now granted, there were plenty of stretches in there where I had no dating life to speak of, but regardless, when I was dating someone I never talked about it. I love how this person is using ALL CAPS to essentially curse me out on my own site for something I already told them I wasn’t going to do.
You wanna know about the dating contest? It didn’t work. There’s your answer. I met four girls, three from outside of Texas, and it didn’t work. That’s about all the details you’re getting. It was never for public consumption. Hell, even if it did work out with one of them I wasn’t going to talk about it. I mean, sure I would’ve mentioned it if we hit a 6 month mark or something like that, but if people were expecting play-by-plays of our dates, forget it. That was never going to happen. My “fans” weren’t demanding any details on the dates outside of this person. Geez, how nosy was that email? Yikes. Please tell me people are interested in something more than my dating life. Embarrassing.
I am really disappointed that you give away WHO Brad picks. You do it every time, and it is not even worth watching any longer. Unfortunately, many people no longer watch the series because of this. WHY, do you feel the need to “tell all?”
Comment: “Not even worth watching any longer”. Great. Then don’t. Unless someone is holding a gun to your head every Monday night for 2 hours, no one’s forcing you to watch this garbage.
“Unfortunately, many people no longer watch the series because of this”. Ummm, have you seen the ratings lately? 5 straight weeks it’s won the 18-49 Women demographic. Not to mention also for 5 straight weeks, it’s increased its audience size. This past Monday drew 10.3 million, it’s highest of the season. I’m telling you, it’s the same thing every season. First episode draws interest, then people go away for a few episodes because they feel the 2nd-4th episodes aren’t really that important because there’s still so many women around, and the exotic traveling hasn’t started. Then when it’s narrowed down to 6-8 people left, audience starts coming back since there’s less names to remember, the crazy location dates are usually starting, and you can start familiarizing yourself with everyone left. There is no secret formula to this show, people. It’s the SAME THING EVERY SEASON, just with a different cast.
“Why do you feel the need to ‘tell all’?” Because I can, that’s why. And plenty of people want to know. Just because you don’t certainly doesn’t mean others don’t want to. The traffic to the site suggests otherwise. Biggest season I’ve had to date regarding traffic.
Does every contestant on the show have his or her own handler throughout filming or do the contestants share them until the cast is narrowed down more? Do they use the same handlers from season to season? Do they have men handlers for male contestants and women handlers for female contestants? Are the handlers people who are trying to get into the entertainment biz? You’ve also talked about some of the responsibilities these handlers have in past columns, but what exactly are the particulars of their job?
Comment: Once again, back to our resident expert/former contestant to answer this one. I’ve never been on the show obviously, so it’s much better answered by someone who has:
“There are handlers around for the first few weeks of filming. Their roles are to get groceries when you need them, keep the bar stocked, tidy up, and get the contestants or production staff anything else they need.
Once you get to hometown dates, each of the 4 contestants is assigned a handler for the remaining time on the show. Since you are separated and living out of a hotel, at this point, they can take you out shopping, out to eat, etc. They are your only travel companion when you change locations, etc.
They use different handlers every season. These are basically a bunch of you people who are trying to get in to the entertainment biz, so they are all fairly new and useless.
Girls get girls and guys get guys.”