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More “Reader Emails” and Confirming Ashleys First 1-on-1 Date Guy


First, thanks for the insights and hilarious commentary, week after week. You are a true pleasure to read.

My question: Do you notice that Michelle Money received nothing but hate for leaving her daughter for several weeks to be on the show, yet somehow that same exact behavior was overlooked in reference to Emily? I’m not commenting either way, but it seems like a double standard is in place.

Comment: Yes, I did notice that. Here’s the reason why: editing. If you reverse the roles, and Emily was the outspoken one saying the things Michelle did in her ITM’s, and Michelle was the calm, quiet, southern belle with the tragic backstory, then we WOULD be saying that about Emily leaving her child. It’s only because Michelle was portrayed as the bitch and the villain this season as to why people are questioning her leaving her daughter and not Emily, when the fact of the matter is, both of them left to do the same thing, and each knew before they left they could be gone for roughly six weeks. So neither should be taking more heat than the other. If you’re going to give them heat for it, then they both deserve it. Not one more than the other.

Now, should they get heat for it? That’s impossible to say. Personally if I had a child, I wouldn’t go on this show unless the lead was a single parent as well, but that’s just me. Plenty of people disagree. It all depends on what you believe in. Are Michelle and Emily and anyone else who has a child who went on this show horrible people for going on it? Of course not. But if you do have a child, and you do go on the show, just don’t say at any point, “I left my child to come do this”. Hey, no one forced you to do anything. No one held a gun to your head and made you come on the show. Michelle never said that actually, she just basically sounded like she regretted leaving her daughter after the fact. Which is perfectly fine, but maybe she should’ve realized that was a possibility before she agreed to do the show in the first place.

Hi Steve and Maddie!

I LOVE your column! I never actually watched The Bachelor/ette because I thought it was ridonkculous, but I randomly came across your blog during Jillian’s season and have loved watching the episodes play out, knowing what’s going to happen. Its actually entertaining now so thank you. Now I can go to girls night and know what my mom-tard friends are talking about.

A few questions:

1) Do you think Emily may have been acting the way she was on ATFR because she’s pissed that she is not the next Bachelorette (her goal in the first place)? I mean, what are the chances she thought she’d actually be the final girl, you know what I mean? Now she’s stuck with this robot of a man with a temper who doesn’t eat carbs. Great.

2) Who, from all the former contestants, do you see making an actual really great couple? I know you’re pulling for Peyton and Chris, but are there any other combos you think would be good together?

3) In terms of Bachelor Pad, do you think we’ll ever see any ‘leads’ come on the show? Obviously a lot of them are single due to this shows ‘amazing’ track record of success.

4) Do you actually enjoy watching the show and all of its drama still? Which do you like better: Bachelor or Bachelorette? Or is the sleazy summer guilty pleasure Bachelor Pad your cup of tea?

One last thing: Cats totally suck, dogs rule! Team Maddie all the way!

Comment: 1) I don’t think Emily wanted to be the next Bachelorette. Remember, the info I was getting for three months regarding Emily being final two was wrong. So everything I said up until Feb. 28th about her you can throw out the window. Looking back now, hindsight is always 20/20, but I don’t think she would’ve made a good “Bachelorette” at all.

2) Yes, Chris and Peyton make a great couple. I hope they make it. Anyone else? I’m not sure. I’m terrible at playing matchmaker. I’d rather not. I’ll leave that to the dwarf. He seems to get his rocks off by making sure all his boys get laid by former female contestants. Breckenridge reunion coming up next weekend by the way. Expect that to be nothing other than a giant group orgy.

3) I don’t like any of these shows over the other. They’re all the same thing to me. I look at it as a second job at this point. The show airs, I write about it, and people talk about what I write. Wash, rinse, repeat every season. I think the “Bachelor Pad” could be the best of the three if they cast it correctly and don’t make it so trashy, but, that’ll never happen.

Hey RS,

Here’s my small list of questions:

1) Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

2) If you watch The Bachelor for pure amusement purposes, what do you watch and actually enjoy watching?

3) I think you said you got your start e-mailing friends about Joe Millionaire. Did you ever watch Average Joe? I think the ending of AJ2 (where the final guy left because the lead had dated Fabio) takes the cake on STUPID reality TV moments. If you started dating a girl and then found out she had dated Fabio, would that be the end of the relationship?

Comment: 1) Nothing out of the ordinary. Two things to know about me: I’ve never been a big St. Patricks Day or New Years Eve guy. I’ve kinda gotten back into Halloween over the last couple years, but those other two I honestly don’t care if I do anything. It’s never been a big deal to me. I remember about six or seven years ago for New Years, my girlfriend that I was living with made a homecooked meal, followed by us eating smores and playing board games all night. I was perfectly content with that. Sure, we might’ve broken up a month later, but hey, at least we enjoyed New Years together. If I’m gonna do something big for New Years, I’d rather do it on vacation somewhere with someone I’m with as opposed to just a giant local party. That’s just me.

2) This is everything I have set in my DVR on a daily basis. Shows I absolutely watch every single week:

Monday – 90210. Awful, yet so good.

The Event – Ummm, I haven’t caught up since they came back from hiatus, but it’s not looking good. I only started watching because it came from some of the people who worked on “24” and “Lost”, probably two of my top three all time shows. “Event” isn’t nearly as good, but it holds my interest. Barely.

Dancing with the Stars – This show never gets old to me and I have no idea why. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy watching most of the female pros dressed half naked every episode.

Tuesday – Glee. I honestly find myself asking every week, “Why am I watching this show?” The plots are completely ridiculous, there MAY be only about three or four good singers on that show, and it couldn’t be any more cheesy and campy if it tried. Matthew Morrison went to my high school, so I guess that’s another reason. Or not.

Wednesday – Survivor. Still pound for pound the best reality show on television.

American Idol – Once the recaps start up again next week, you’ll get my full thoughts on everything about this season, but I can say this right now: I’m enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would without Simon.

Modern Family – Best comedy on TV right now and it’s not even close.

Thursday – Idol Results show. Because there isn’t anything more laughable than the choreographed, lip synched number they put on at the beginning of every show.

The Office – I’m really struggling with whether or not I will continue to watch next season without Steve Carrell. It’s already getting less and less funny the last couple seasons.

Parks and Recreation – Most underrated comedy on TV now. It’s become way more funny than the “Office”.

Private Practice – My guilty pleasure. I would bang every one of the cougars on that show.

Friday – Smallville. When you’ve seen every episode for 10 seasons, it’s not gonna be easy watching this show go away for good after this season. One of the more underrated shows on TV. Confusing as hell sometimes with where their storylines have gone, but ultimately, I’ve always loved the “Superman” franchise, so it’s why I’ve been attached to this show.

Saturday – Saturday Night Live. I think this has been a really good season so far. Some great episodes and some memorable sketches. Plus, the four newest cast members actually bring something good to the table.

Sunday – Celebrity Apprentice. I could watch this show for the next 10 years as long as they keep casting marginally acceptable celebrities. And you can’t NOT watch Gary Busey on a weekly basis. He’s the biggest nutjob on TV.

3) Yes, I even did episode recaps of Average Joe 1 & 2 I believe. Go down the right hand column and click “Archived Columns” to find them. And you better believe I’d dump any chick who dated Fabio. Total deal breaker. Or if they dated Ricky Martin too.

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  1. dori

    March 25, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Looking forward to your roundup of Survivor, AI & DWTS.
    Have fun in LA

  2. SherryfromD

    March 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Hey Steve, you didn’t answer #3 of the person who had 4 questions on page 2. Was curious to hear your answer on that one:

    3) In terms of Bachelor Pad, do you think we’ll ever see any ‘leads’ come on the show? Obviously a lot of them are single due to this shows ‘amazing’ track record of success.

  3. mja

    March 25, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    These are the most interesting questions and answers since the Reader Emails column began, imo.

    @SherryfromD, you might want to email him with your question. He has said in the past that he never reads the comments to his blog posts.

  4. Ellieanne

    March 26, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    My daughter reads you in Hungary. Her husband is a Lt. Col. in the USAF stationed at the NATO base in Papa, Hungary. They don’t get Air Force Television, but I do the old fashioned DVD recording of the show (and others) for them and send them the DVD’s as they have their American DVD and TV system. She reads your column, then watches the DVD’s a few weeks after the shows have aired (I record 4+ weeks, then send the DVD which takes another 3-4 weeks to get to her), so basically, by the time she gets the DVD’s the show is over here, but she loves seeing it anyway. She can’t log into CBS, ABC or NBC from Hungary as “that content is not available in your geographic area”. The networks block foreign countries ISP’s from logging in to their sites. So, you can add an American in Hungary to your list of people who follow your column for sure, plus I do know she’s passed on the link to your site to a lot of other American AF wives in Germany, England, Italy and Austria!

  5. JenJen

    March 30, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    @mja Regardless of what he says, he does read these comments. My roommate had a field day telling Steve off in the comments for what she called his”arrogant attitude” and he ended up banning her from the site.

  6. dg

    April 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    West Lee no longer works at the Attorney General’s office in Columbia, SC. He left his job to be on the show. His last day was in mid-March and his office is cleared out. I hope the producers check those facts.

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