Because we’re in the “offseason” right now, I expected the email inbox to lighten up a little, and it has. So not many emails to go over this week. However, the biggest reaction I got this week was from people reading overseas after mentioning last week I’d be curious to hear from people who read about the site that didn’t live in the states. Well, I guess I got my answer. Crazy.
1) Hey Steve,
Just read your most recent column and thought I would let you know that I’m a fan of your site from London! My flatmate and I watch The Bachelor online in a purely ironic way because it is so ridiculous but we are hooked!
Looking forward to more columns and the Bachelorette in May.
Let me know if you’re ever in London and I’ll take you out for a drink.
2) Hey Steve,
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know you have a fan In Australia too.
Keep up the good work!
3) Hey Steve,
I’m an American who faithfully reads your column/blog from Kuwait. Thanks to my VPN, I keep up with my favorite reality shows. Just wanted to be added to your ‘foreigner’ list! Lol
4) I read your blog and I live in Australia.
Love your blog and Facebook page. Maddie is a doll-I love seeing her get a treat and tear ass back into your bedroom!
5) Hi Steve,
You can now add a Swedish fan to your fan base. I watch the show
online as well (even though we do get it with a delay) and enjoy your
spoilers. I watched the re-run from Jason’s season recently and my
guess is that the editing has shifted and become more obvious since you
started releasing spoilers. One thing that came to my mind was that no
one was crying; Brad must have had the whiniest girls ever!
6) Hi Steve
Just finished reading your reader emails and thought I would email you to let you know that I am a huge fan from Australia so you can add that to your list. I don’t know how many other Aussies read your column but I love your column. I don’t get to see every episode but I always read your episode recaps as soon as they are up because they are so entertaining. I sometimes wondered if all Americans were as crazy as they seem to be on the show but your column and humour has given me the realisation that there are Americans out there that don’t take this show so seriously.
Keep up the good work!!
7) I know you don’t read your discussion forum on your blog so I had to copy and send you this from your page. Very cool
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 !
8) Hey Steve,
I love you column, I’ve been reading it since Jason’s season. I just wanted to let you know that you have some other fans from Europe, Hungary in this case. The US version of the show is airing on Hungarian television, but we are obviously way behind so I prefer following the current season online. We had our own version called “A Nagy ?”. If I remember correctly it only lasted for 3 seasons, 1 female and 2 male seasons. I don’t think any of the couples lasted till the “After the Final Rose”, but I didn’t follow it that closely back then. It wasn’t a huge success here. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know that you have some other foreigners reading your blog. Keep up the good work.
9) You said you liked getting emails from abroad, so I decided to write
to you. I’m French but I live in Finland (where everyone
looooooooooooves Conan O’Brien). I started watching Jillian’s season
of the Bachelorette while on vacation in the US. Since then I’ve
watched every season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette as well as
Bachelor Pad. I love reading your spoilers, updates and miscellaneous
info about the show!
We had three seasons of The Bachelor in France. The show was called
‘Le Bachelor: le gentleman célibataire’, i.e. ‘The Bachelor: the
single gentleman’, since English-language titles the meaning of which
is not obvious have to be translated. 😉 Funnily enough, one of the
three bachelors rejected both women at the end of his season, as Brad
did the first time around. No one was shocked in France when it
happened. After all, as we often say, better alone than in bad
company! I don’t understand why so many people hated Brad after he
chose not to choose anyone as he didn’t really love either of the two
women. Being the Bachelor doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find love!
I’ll continue reading all the info you post on your website. Looking
forward to the next season of the Bachelorette! Thanks for the time
you spend to keep us informed.
Comment: Wow. I had absolutely no idea. I love all the different versions of the show in other countries. You wonder if the ones in other countries are as phony, manipulated, and contrived as the one out here is? A big thank you to all my foreign readers. I honestly had no clue anyone abroad would bother reading me outside of people who were from the States and may be traveling while the show was airing.
Quick question. Why do you think they haven’t tried to do the same ending they did in Charlie O’Connell’s season, where he continue to date the girls and then pick one at the end of that?
Comment: That’s an easy question to answer. Will never happen nowadays because of camera phones, Twitter, and Facebook. It’d be impossible to keep a secret. Look at all the lengths they go to now to keep their final 2 under wraps for as long as they can. Flying them in to LA separately, putting them in a safe house that they’re not allowed to leave, then making them leave separately as well. I just can’t imagine they’re gonna do that for two people in the end since then you’d basically be admitting “Yeah, our lead is currently sleeping with two women then will decide on the live ending who he’s choosing.” We’re living in a different world now than when Charlie’s season aired and he dated both Sarah and Krisily. Those couples would actually go out and date and do stuff in public. Could never happen nowadays because spoilers have become too big with this show, and it’d eventually get found out. Not like I’m not gonna find out about it already, but remember, I still only reach a certain percentage of their audience.
I know you answered a similar question last time but I was wondering
What would happen if in the middle of filming one of the contestants had a family emergency like a death in the family? Would they be able to go home for the funeral and come back a few days later or would they have to leave permanently? Just curious.
Comment: Someone reminded me of this because I had completely forgotten, but back in Bob Guiney’s season, I believe Meredith had to leave because she had a grandmother that died, then returned to the show a couple days later. Don’t really remember how it all played out and how much time she actually missed, but I do remember her leaving and she came back. If it were to happen now, I’m guessing they’d leave it up to the contestant on what they’d like to do, but I’m sure they’d accommodate them if they wanted to leave and come back.