I was watching this week, and my husband was forced to be subjected to the show as well. He asked if the contestants are paid per episode, because why else would these guys be doing this? (I always figured it was either for the “once in a lifetime” opportunity of being on network television, or to actually fall in love.) I know you said the lead makes six figures for signing on, but I couldn’t remember reading anything about the contestants. Surely they get paid a little something to cover their bills if they’re away from their jobs for up to six weeks weeks or so? I mean, some of them live in CA or N.Y., where rent is pretty high and you’re screwed if you take unpaid leave from your job.
Comment: That’s always been a mystery. I know in the past if you’ve made it to a certain point they will reimburse you. But like guys who are eliminated in the first couple episodes, no, you don’t get paid to be on the show. And if you actually pay attention to the job titles on the screen for these people, it’s not like we’re dealing with many CEO’s and CFO’s here. Many of them have jobs that frankly don’t give two sh**s about them possibly being gone for six weeks. Sure, you’ll have your lawyers and such that appear, but obviously they’ve been given the time off to do it, so I guess it’s not a big deal.
I wonder if Ashley requested that the producers find her a bunch of guys with long, messy hair? There were so many, seemed like half of them at least! I presume she gives her preferences before they do final selection? Does Ashley get to screen the candidates? Bentley’s hair is a real fright, looks like big ole Brillo-pad… But then she chose the bald guy! go figure…
Comment: Well, Ben F and Constantine definitely take the cake on the hair contest for this season. It is funny that the two of them made it to the final four with almost the same exact head of hair. But that’s just coincidence. I think only Jen Scheft was allowed to screen contestants before her season since they showed it to us. After that, the lead has zero say in who gets cast since casting is done well before the lead is ever announced.
In the previews, Ashley said something about worrying that some of the guys were expecting/hoping for Emily (which is interesting because when filming began, were Brad and Emily still publicly together? Outside of rumors.)
Anyway what are your thoughts about Emily starting a video blog and the timing? (timing, referring to the Bentley situation). just a coincidence? Besides arousing interest ?
Comment: Yes, Brad and Emily were still together when Ashleys season started since their finale aired the day before filming began on Ashleys season.
I think the producers know that Emily is a fan favorite and someone that a lot of women would like to hear from, so they asked her to do a video blog after each episode on the Bachelor.TV website. If it was only her doing it, I’d say there might be more to that, but Ashley S., Shawntel, Britt, and Marissa have all done videos too.
Now getting together with the hens and taking some Bachelor is usually fun, until tonight’s episode; I have received over 10 emails tonight basically calling Bentley a sociopath and threatening to ban ABC watching until “they show women some respect”.
Now, how I am supposed to go to work tomorrow without telling all these crazies that need to retire their imaginary psych degrees and take a big whiff of SCRIPTED reality tv!!! Aaagh, so annoyed!
So here’s my question (since you’ve interviewed former “villains”) What ramifications has any of these baddies face, when back in real life? Did they get fired? Lose business? Disowned by their family? Endlessly mocked by their friends?
Seriously, I have 6 women alone way up here in Canada, wanting to END him. He seems like a loser, yes, but I’m not personally affected by him, other than he makes me laugh. Is this wrong?
Comment: Well, you definitely pegged your co-workers “crazies”. There’s no other way to explain it. How anyone can get so worked up over someone they don’t know after watching three episodes of him on TV is beyond me. Sure, you can dislike Bentley, but have you seen some of the Tweets and Facebook posts this last week? My gosh, it’s like Bentley personally insulted each and every one of them to their face. It’s something I’ll never understand about the viewers of this show. It happens EVERY SEASON and proves to me there are plenty of people off their rocker in this world.
As for ramifications, the only one I’ve witnessed in person was Wes. And that was pretty bad. Getting cursed out after a show, having a drink thrown on him, and people just constantly berating him for things he said. It was really frightening to see these women up close and in person attack him the way they did. I think to some degree, Wes, Rozlyn, Rego, and now Bentley will always be known as “the villain from the ‘Bachelor/ette'”. They can’t escape it. This show is watched by millions of people every week, and most of them believe everything they see. So yeah, anytime they are seen in public, I’m sure they get it all the time from people about what they did on the show.
Watching tonight’s episode I was left thinking about Michelle Money’s Tell All interview. I can just picture Bentley in a few weeks saying “oh I’m a dad I’m not like that at all.” I think at this point after all the “villains” on the show (Wes, Rozalyn, Justin etc) contestants can no longer go on the show say the types of things Bentley is saying and then say “oh I didn’t know I would get edited like that”
I was wondering, I think Wes was the first, but at why did Abc decide to go with the villain storyline. If I remember correctly, up until then they just overly dramatized drama already in the house. Did they decide that they needed the extra drama for ratings or did they just think hey let’s just go with it?
Second question did they scrap the planned date the JP to get some “sad Ashley” time at the house or was a night at the house the plan originally? Also it really seemed like they almost shut down production (Chris Harrison), since she went on a date the same day Bentley left, way to sell it Chris.
And maybe I’m a huge sap okay I’m definitely a huge sap but I really hope it’s JP because he’s hot and they’re cute together. I’m sure you’re going to put my on the reader emails because I’m the epitome of every girl that watches the show…. Eh guilty.
Comment: They’ve always seemed to cast a “villain” or the one person that people didn’t like in the house, but only in the last few seasons has it gone to the extreme that it has. You had your Trish’s or Moana’s in the past, but they were tame compared to what we’re seeing now. A lot also has to do with the tabloid coverage now that this show gets and makes it bigger deal than it probably is.
Well, going by what we saw, that date card for JP arrived before Bentley eliminated himself, so it looks like that was the date plan all along for those two. Although, I’m sure talking to Bentley behind the scenes, they were well aware he wasn’t lasting much longer on the show. Go read Masked Jeff’s conference call yesterday with the media that I linked to earlier. He was Bentley’s roommate. Bentley was making it clear from early on that he didn’t want to be there and missed his daughter.
Final note: I’m amazed by how many people continue to spell Rozlyns name wrong. She appeared on the “Bachelor” in January of 2010. Her name has probably appeared on the internet or on TV or you’ve seen it somewhere thousands of times since then. You know how many different spellings I’ve gotten of it in emails? Rozalyn, Rossalind, Roslin, Rozlin, Rosalee, Rosilin, and Rozzlin. Bizarre.