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Bachelor Pad 2

What Happened at the After Party and Blake and Holly’s Engagement – 9/9/11

Your episode-by-episode spoilers for “Bachelor Pad 2” are in a link at the top of the page, or or click here. The finale spoilers have been included. You’ve been warned.

Even when I’m vacationing in Vegas, the “Bachelor Pad” drama continues. I’m gonna make this short and sweet, cuz I’ve got some gambling to do.

As for this fight at the after party on Tuesday night, here is what I know:

-Graham and Blake were in a heated argument over I don’t know what, but they were having words with each other.

-Rego stepped in to break it up, there was an altercation of some sorts between those two, and Graham was asked to leave the party.

-I have no idea what caused it, what the semantics of the fight were, or anything like that. I just know that there was an altercation between Graham and Rego, and Graham was asked to leave. Reports of a knock down, drag out fight with punches being thrown around is all speculation at this point. I wasn’t there, I didn’t see it, so I’m not gonna say that’s what happened. Just know those two got into it and Graham was kicked out of the party.

As for the Holly and Blake engagement, some new light has been shed on this. Just like on the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”, this whole “lets film the proposal and give Holly a ring” was a complete set up paid for by Neil Lane. Blake didn’t buy Holly anything. This was all done for TV purposes, Blake didn’t buy any ring, and this story has already been sold a tabloid. I’m not sure which one yet, but after the episode airs Monday, you’ll see some tabloid running with the pictures of the ring and pics from the proposal. Sickening.

Look, Holly and Blake obviously fell for each other on the show, but this goes to show these two will stop at nothing for the attention. Could’ve been handled totally different if you ask me. Do it off camera. Buy her your own ring. Do it once filming of everything is complete, and you’re away from the spotlight. But the fact that this was all a set up, and that the ring was paid for, and it was all caught on camera pretty much tells you all you need to know about this situation. If you think that was handled properly, then I don’t know what to tell you. They were presented with a storyline, a free ring, and publicity, and they took it over having a normal engagement away from the spotlight.

And oh yeah, one last thing: An anonymous emailer with a fake email address sent me this pic that landed in inbox late last night. It’s Holly at the after party with her ring on. Glad I could help.

Those in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, I’ll be on with Kidd Kraddick Monday morning to discuss the “Bachelor Pad” finale. Don’t know what time, but last month, I was on during the 8:00 hour. Send your emails to: To follow me on Twitter, it’s: Or join my Reality Steve Facebook Fan Page. Talk to you Tuesday.



  1. realityguiltypleasure

    September 9, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    I am sure the contestants know stories sell, and they can make money off of engagement stories, break-up stories, and any love triangles. It is a way to stay in the spotlight and make cash at the same time.

  2. bupkiss

    September 9, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    I actually wondered if something like this was the case, because I was thinking “how was the engagement filmed?” And then it seemed like such a convenient story for the Bachelor franchise / ABC, so it makes sense that it was orchestrated by them. That would also explain why it happened so quickly.

    The whole thing is pretty gross, I agree, and I feel like it makes a mockery of marriage. For her it’s her 2nd engagement in one year, this time to a guy too cheap to buy his own ring (and on a dentist’s salary that shouldn’t be too hard).

  3. bupkiss

    September 9, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Also, I wonder: who gets to keep the ring if they break up? I guess this question could be asked about any of the Bachelor/ette engagements? The girl? Or do they have to give it back to ABC? If Holly gets to keep the ring that’s a pretty good deal for her.

  4. bp2watcher25

    September 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Look what I found:
    Fast forward to minute 5:52. By Blake’s own admission, “love is a marathon, not a sprint.” Then he waxes poetic about how in his experience, relationships that are instantly passionate and fast out of the gate tend to burn out more quickly. Hmmmmm.

    Blake strikes me as someone who loves to win more than he hates to lose. I am not a gambler, but I’d be willing to wager that if Michael hadn’t shown interest in Holly, his FEELINGS toward her would have been lukewarm at best (although his libido would have still made him pounce). Maybe he’s just trying to save face by coming out the victor in this love triangle since he did not fare well during his last dating game stint. At least he didn’t spend money on that ring, because something tells me his premonition about how short lived these types of romances are will pan out.

    On another note, after about 5 minutes of research (via facebook :)), I noticed something. Blake seems to come from good stock – his family seems nice and proper. Jump to Holly’s – well, I’m sure her momma will soon make her profile private, but if you catch it now (Kathy Durst), you’ll see that most of her posts are all about BP2. “If you’re my friend, then you’ll watch BP” “I almost punched a 90 year old woman in the face because she said she wasn’t watching BP” “Look at my daughter on BP” “BP, BP, BP” As a parent, if your proudest achievement is that your daughter is on a reality tv show… I just won’t say it. But seriously, if it was my daughter, I wouldn’t be announcing to the world that there’s a show where my daughter hooks up with yet A COUPLE MORE reality male contestants.

  5. realityguiltypleasure

    September 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    The engagement is all about fame, money, and attention. My prediction is we will see a story about how “in love” they are, how Holly is getting ready to move ( if it actually happens), then a story about some drama and dirt on them, and eventually a public breakup. Six months down the line and 500k richer, no hard feelings, just a job well played and they move on to “bigger and better”.

  6. jessi

    September 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    bp2watcher25 I totally agree! I crept Holly’s mom before and their family seems sooo trashy. I dunno WTF Michael ever saw in her when he seems to be such a family-oriented guy. Eww. I noticed the same thing about her profile. She seems like the kind of mom who encourages their kids to do these kids of trashy things for attention so can we really blame Holly for the way she is? lol

    Reality Steve said in the reader’s question column that Holly worked in retail; why the hell do they call her a ‘children’s book writer’? Are her books even available to buy? Is that just a lie to create a nice, sweet image for her?

  7. jessi

    September 9, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    ps looks like Blake’s dad is a dentist too

  8. SherryfromD

    September 9, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    bp2watcher25, good scoop! Just checked out Holly’s mom’s page and she just posted pics of US Magazine that Holly was in. And the rest of her posts…tacky.

  9. catgismo

    September 9, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    bp2watcher25 – thanks for the info, i dig in further on the facebook and saw Michael’s dad page (Frank Fiora Stagliano), he said it was sad to watch but Michael is ok, and his other friends posted that they couldn’t imagine how Michael’s mom could go through the whole show without breaking her heart…. pretty upsetting to hear this from his side of family

  10. bp2watcher25

    September 9, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    jessi and sherryfromD: So I guess we know where the fame-whoriness comes from.

  11. SherryfromD

    September 9, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Yep. You can see her Mobile Uploads too. Looks like Mom has had some surgery!

  12. bp2watcher25

    September 9, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I think Holly and her mom see $$$$$ when they look at Blake and his family. I honestly can’t imagine that his family would be too happy about their son’s choice. I bet his sister will soon regret signing him up for the Bachelorette in the first place.

    Also, you have to wonder, how is Blake going to feel when he shows up to one of those Bachelor/Bachelorette reunions/parties. He’ll probably be thinking, “So that guy’s been inside my wife… and that guy… and that guy… and that other guy… and him too… and…”

  13. nora j

    September 9, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    bp2watcher25…I disagree that Blake’s feelings would have been lukewarm at best without Michael there…Yes maybe they would have been a little less intense but I think he would have still fallen for her. You could tell when he first walked into the house even without Michael there that he was very attracted to her. Gosh maybe Holly’s mom sees Blake as $$ but I think Holly genuinely likes Blake…it was very obvious on the show. Anyway I didn’t care for Holly before but after seeing her on BP2 she seems like a nice sweet girl..I don’t think she’s using Blake for money.

    RS..I sense you don’t like Blake, Holly or Blake and Holly as a couple…I mean Molly and Jason, Trista and Ryan and several bachelors had this show pay for engagement rings and weddings and had it televised. Holly and Blake hooked up while on BP2…so it’s not anymore wrong then the others who had their weddings and rings paid for by the show…unless I guess you think they are all wrong too.

    I’m annoyed by everyone who’s annoyed by Blake and Holly.

  14. Tiffany_Michelle

    September 9, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    Hmm. I personally don’t see what Blake did with the engagement any different than what happens on the Bachelor/Bachelorette. Seems like the same set-up to me. Get a free ring and do it in front of the cameras.

  15. kimone

    September 10, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    To Tiffany and Nora, think about it. You go on a show where there’s a previously engaged couple. You, in a sense, become a third wheel trying to win this girl’s heart, knowing to some extent that her ex-fiance also wants her back.

    You win the girl. It appears to TV viewers that you’re flaunting your “win” in front of her ex-fiance. Not good in the eyes of TV viewers.

    You want people to believe that you’re in a serious relationship now and that the two of you are madly in love. What’s the rush then?? Why not allow your whirlwind romance to settle down once cameras stop rolling and, just like the bachelor/ette winners, try to be a couple in the real world for a while.

    THEN after you’ve gotten to know each other, even lived together, and acted as a normal couple, at that point propose in a normal, private way. Enjoy that moment between the two of you.

    Instead, you’ve got a couple that met only a few months ago, one of which just came out of an engagement and was visibly torn as to who she wanted to be with. You’ve got a couple who sold themselves out for money and publicity at the most inopportune time, since it’s obviously going to be a slap in the face to Michael.

    If your love is real and one of you genuinely has Michael’s best interest at heart, why not tell ABC that you have too much respect for your relationship, your reputation, and Michael to sell yourselves out like that. They didn’t.

    It was all done in very bad taste. That’s what RS is trying to get at. In other words, if this was truly the path they wanted, they could’ve done it in due time away from cameras, with their own money, and without shoving it in Michael’s face. It would seem much more real and heartfelt. I hope that makes sense.

  16. Hitman206

    September 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Holly didn’t distinguish herself on Matt Grant’s season then starts going to Bachelor(ette) reunions and becomes the assembly like hump for all of the Bachelorette contestants. Her profile is raised when she befirends Deanna Pappas and RealitySteve gives her some pub on one of his podcasts. She is then cast on Bachelor Pad 2 not because of the impact she made when she was on the Bachelor but because she made the rounds at the reunions and who she dated. I really don’t know what all of the hoopla is about this girl. She’s a total airhead. BTW, I don’t think she had the tramp stamp when she was on the Bachelor.

  17. Hitman206

    September 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    Edited version.

    Holly didn’t exactly distinguish herself on Matt Grant’s season then starts going to Bachelor(ette) reunions and becomes the assembly line hump for all of the Bachelorette contestants. Her profile is raised when she befriends Deanna Pappas, and RealitySteve gives her some pub on one of his podcasts. She is then cast on Bachelor Pad 2, not because of the impact she made when she was on the Bachelor, but because she made the rounds at the reunions and who she dated. I really don’t know what all of the hoopla is about this girl. She’s a total airhead. BTW, I don’t think she had the tramp stamp when she was on the Bachelor.

  18. bp2watcher25

    September 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Hitman206: no, she eventually “earned” her tramp stamp! lol

  19. Shaggy

    September 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Thank you Nora J! I don’t love Holly and Blake, but it’s getting ridiculously annoying how much people have against them.

    Kimone, I think you are RS posing as a girl. (why else choose that name if you were a guy?). He obviously got dumped by Holly, as did 27 other ex Bachelor types, so no worries there. But gee wiz people! If I fell in love and a TV station offered us a 35K ring to have it caught on tape, you bet your ass I’d do it. Judge all you want, but youre lying if you say otherwise. Be in debt for 7 years with the ring my gf wants, or do it on TV and we are both happy and financially more secure. Hmmmm….

    Get cynical Steve to even admit he likes a woman, other than Holly, and that would be worth it. You just can’t be that cynical and be in love at the same time. It’s impossible. I’m here to tell you people: When Reality Steve FINALLY falls in love, that’ll be the end of his sophomoric, slanted, sarcasm!

  20. sameyeam

    September 11, 2011 at 8:05 AM

    Justin’s twitter says hes looking for a lawyer… and look at this article from TMZ

  21. Dianne

    September 12, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    hahaha..what a joke..looks like Rego used the same black-eye makeup Michelle used when she was on the Bachelor! ABC probably paid Rego a nice little sum of money for this act. Remember folks, Rego is a “fighter” from Toronto..why would he take a punch? I’m sure he knows how to duck if fists were flying. Fake, fake, fake!

  22. SherryfromD

    September 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Holly a nice sweet girl?? I don’t know if I get that impression. Not saying she’s a horrible person, but she does seem a little vapid and self absorbed. And of course we have all heard the stories of how many Bachelor/ette guys she has hooked up with…

    Kimone, agree with your post re: done in bad taste and that’s what RS was getting at. bp2watcher25, your post about Blake going to the reunions was hilarious.

  23. poddington

    September 13, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Holy crap, Jake came out on top this. I am not sure how it was possible, but in the end he did not look as bad as Vienna. Gotta hand it to this skank, but if she can make him look better…good grief.

  24. geekgirl

    September 14, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    I’m actually happy for Blake & Holly – Michael had his chance and he blew it. Now why exactly was everyone so on Blake – they should have been after Kasey & Vienna. They make me gag and I agree with previous posters *** please ABC – put us out of our misery ***.

    How did that cow-face ever convince Jake to pick her (he was smart enough to get his pilot’s license, so what’s his excuse?)

    Kasey was never that bright (nice tat buddy), so they deserve each other. So why didn’t everyone see through his goofy power charade on that show.

    I tuned in after an hour (PVR cut the first hour when I recorded for two), and I couldn’t be bothered to find out how they were voted off – just thrilled that four NICE people were left and I didn’t have to look at Vienna’s ugly mug again. Oh wait – ABC – could you have panned her face just a bit more?

    sore loser be-otch – that’s for sure.

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