For all your episode-by-episode spoilers of Ashleys season, either click on the “Bachelorette Ashley Spoilers” link at the top of the page, or click here. Do not read if you don’t want to know who Ashley is with. You’ve been warned.
Once again lets start with some “Bachelor Pad” info I mentioned yesterday on Twitter. Gia is in the cast. Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me how, because I’m just as baffled as the next person. She went on the show last year with a boyfriend, Chris Campoli of the Ottawa Senators, fell for Wes during filming, then broke up with Chris when she got home. We all know how that turned out. Now she’s dating Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic and decides to do the show. So your guess is as good as mine as to why she’s doing it. However, it makes more sense now that they were after Wes to do it. Talked to Wes last Saturday and he said they were trying to get him to do it last minute, but he declined. So even with Wes not there, I’m sure they will play up the Vienna/Gia drama, even though both have moved on.
Also, I decided to have a little fun with people this week by tweeting “Emily is on Bachelor Pad”. Of course, I figured everyone would immediately assume Emily Maynard, start freaking out, and sending me nasty Twitter posts about what they thought of her as a mother, etc. And they did. I was gonna leave it up there for an hour, before explaining it was actually Emily Harkins, who was sent home on the first night of Jakes season. I couldn’t last 20 minutes. The tweets got so ridiculous, I figured I’d put people out of their misery and explain to them it was Emily Harkins I was talking about and not Emily Maynard. Well, come to find out now that Emily Harkins did get flown out to be on the show, but as far as I know, never got cast since she was back on Facebook yesterday posting “False alarm. I’m back…”.
Then yesterday afternoon, EW.com ran this story that obviously confirmed Jake is on the show. So judging by the picture, we now know that either he or Jackie won the first challenge since they ended up on a date together, unless somehow the rules got changed. My guess is Jackie won the challenge for the girls just because I’m thinking if Jake won, he would’ve somehow ended up with someone other than Jackie. But that’s just a guess.
I’m hoping that by sometime this weekend or early next week I’ll be able to nail down the full cast. It’s getting tougher and tougher I tell you. I’m sure ABC will be releasing it in the middle of next week if they’re following the timeline of last season. I’m not as concerned about having the whole cast as I am about the spoilers for the season. Last year I released them at the end of June and I’m looking to do the same this season. We’ll see.
Hey, you wanna see Ashleys attempt at humor? This was a portion of her performance at the roast where she went after a few of the guys, namely Bentley, William, and Ryan. Lets just say she probably shouldn’t quit her day job:
Actually, the little dig on Ryan wasn’t that bad. Although Ashley, this is a roast. I know what you said might’ve seemed hurtful to you, but it kinda loses its effect when you go up and hug them after the joke. Ryan’s a big boy. I’m sure he can take it. So basically, William and Nick seemed to be the only two guys who actually understood the concept of a roast and performed accordingly. Although William seemed more interested in securing more material for his demo tape considering in his conference call with the media yesterday, Masked Jeff even said William went on for 20 minutes just killing Ashley. He’s a real bright one.
Chris Harrison was back talking to the media of course after Monday’s episode, and I just don’t understand some of the things that come out of his mouth sometimes. Here’s some snippets of the interview he did with TVGuide.com where he’s talking about the shows role in how they handled Bentley:
People are questioning why producers didn’t step in and do something to stop him.
Harrison: I’m catching heat and the producers are catching heat, but the only way we could have told her everything about Bentley was to completely affect her journey. What line do we not want to cross? Then it really opens up Pandora’s box and where to we stop the line? Do I tell her a snide comment that J.P. just made or “Oh I heard William said something about you too”? Why would she even date these guys when she could just go to the producers and watch the tapes and see how they act. It completely undermines everything we’ve been about for the entire show. I know it’s a sketchy grey area, but that’s the line we’ve drawn and we’ve stuck to it.
Ok, that’s just a ridiculous answer. We’re not saying that every time someone says something about Ashley she’s allowed to go look at the tapes. We know you’d never do that, nor would we expect you too. But for THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION, where you KNEW Ashley was falling for Bentley, where you KNEW by her ITMs she was telling you how much she liked the guy, and you KNEW by his actions when he was with her versus what he was saying behind her back, screw the “line we’ve drawn” BS. Your “Bachelorette” has looked ridiculous these first three episodes because you purposely didn’t tell her stuff. She should’ve been informed. You know it, I know it, and she knows it. Rego had a girlfriend back home, and you let Ali talk to her, so why can’t you tell Ashley about Bentley? If you’re really looking out for her best interests, then you don’t just “warn” her about Bentley, you tell her specifically what he’s saying. Did you see her on Kimmel this week? She’s mortified by what she’s hearing that Bentley was saying about her. And you still don’t think you should’ve told her? Just figured it’d be best that she found this out on her own and got embarrassed for three episodes on national television and made to look like a fool? Oh, ok.
Let me refresh peoples memory just a bit:
-On Feb. 24th, I announced in my video blog that Ashley was going to be the next “Bachelorette”.
-On Mar. 1st, I wrote an apology about being wrong regarding who Brad was with and told everyone Brad was engaged to Emily, and not Chantal.
-Guys didn’t leave for filming until around March 12th or 13th
-On Mar. 14th, the night of Brad’s finale and one day before filming began, ABC officially announced on Jimmy Kimmels show that Ashley would be the next “Bachelorette”.
My point is, Bentley was well aware before he left for filming that the “Bachelorette” was Ashley, and couldn’t have been Emily. Now, you might say, “But Steve, what if he didn’t read your site and didn’t know. Or even if he did, he didn’t know for sure.” Yes, that’s possible. But highly unlikely. If he didn’t know 100% it was Ashley, he pretty much knew there was a better chance it’d be her over Emily. And by what we’ve heard in his ITMs, Bentley would’ve preferred Emily over Ashley, which is fine. Everyone’s got their tastes, and if you’ve seen Bentleys ex-wife, lets just say she looks a hell of a lot more like Emily than Ashley. So why would the show continue to pursue Bentley for their show knowing he was more into Emily, and even in his hometown video, tells us as much?
I’m pretty convinced that the minute Ashley informed producers she got a text from Michelle Money saying Bentley wasn’t there for the right reasons, they knew they had their storyline. So that’s why I blame both parties. Thousands upon thousands of guys apply to be on this show. You had a guy here telling you he wasn’t into Ashley and she wasn’t his type, yet you still went after him to do the show? Why? Why not just be like, “Ok, well we tried, but there’s tons of other guys who do want to be here, so see ya.” It’s because they knew they had that storyline once Ashley told them about the texts from Michelle. Nobody put a gun to Bentleys head to go on the show, so he is definitely to blame. But the show could’ve easily backed off when they realized he wasn’t into her and chosen any of the thousands of other applicants, but they didn’t for the sake of drama and ratings. It’s my opinion, and that’s what I’m sticking with.