When I say Chris Harrison is just a mouthpiece for the show, it couldn’t have been more evident than when he sat down with Blake in the hot seat. He starts asking Blake about his feelings towards Holly, Blake says he loves her, then Chris throws him this ridiculous question: “Have you guys seen each other since we finished taping the show?” Chris, stop it. Quit pretending like you didn’t know where there relationship stood. Hell, a minute later, you’re then saying, “We actually have something else to show you about Blake and Holly…” Huh? Yeah, that made a whole hell of a lot of sense. I understand that he wanted Blake to be the one tell America he and Holly have been together since the day filming ended, but, he didn’t have to act dumb about it. Just say, “I hear you and Holly have been seeing a lot of each other”, and then let him take it from there. Made him look like a total mouthpiece who just does what he’s told to tell a story. Just a bad job all around of pretending to not know when he obviously did.
As for the proposal itself, I mean, what else can you say? That was ridiculous. I know Holly may not act like the sharpest knife in the drawer sometimes, but when it’s two days before the finale is set to tape, and you and Blake are on top of a hill having a picnic and cameras happen to be there with you guys, I’m guessing she knew exactly what was coming. That was utterly ridiculous. For the 1000th time, I have no problem with Blake and Holly falling for each other while on the show. Perfectly normal to fall for someone under those circumstances. However, if you tell me it couldn’t have been handled any other way than what was shown, I’d call you an idiot. Blake and Holly love each other. Great. Then propose to her off camera. Propose to her after the finale airs. Hell, do it right when you walked off stage for all I care. Propose to her without cameras around. Nothing Blake can or will say will convince me he couldn’t have done that at another time. He did it because he knew it would add to the drama of the finale, I’m sure he was prodded to do it by the producers, and ultimately he gave in because Neil Lane gave him a ring to do it with. If there was no product placement involved in that proposal, I guarantee Blake doesn’t propose last Sunday.
Holly could’ve moved to South Carolina last week, they could’ve started their life together out of the spotlight, they could’ve spared Michael the embarrassment of having to find out about it at the taping, and they could’ve done it off camera. Everything about doing it the way they did screams for attention and publicity. It didn’t have to be done that way. Nobody held a gun to his head and made him do that. I’m sure they really warped his mind into thinking it’d be great drama for the finale, then presented him with a fat rock to give to her on Neil Lane’s dime, and that swayed him, but ultimately it’s his decision, and that’s what he chose to do. Completely selfish, could’ve been handled 1000 times better than it was, and I don’t feel any remorse for backlash he’ll get from this.
Now, of course Blake ran to Twitter last night and won’t shut up about his edit. For the love of God, if you don’t like the way the editing works, DON’T GO ON THE SHOW. You know what the producers are capable of, you know they’re gonna tell you what you want to hear then do the exact opposite. This guy will not shut up to everyone who tweets him about how bad his editing got screwed. Man, he just doesn’t get it. And he never will. Oh well. Go live your life in South Carolina with Holly and hopefully we’ll just never have to hear from you again.
@BlakeMJulian: “I’ve had enough of ABC’s editing. That conversation seemed so choppy because I brought to light the fact that I got it in writing from them that that wouldn’t happen. I was also told Holly and Michael would have time to talk prior to the finale to strategize. I tried expressly to avoid the awkward situation ABC worked to cultivate at the expense of everyone involved.”
The situation he’s talking about?
@BlakeMJulian: “That Michael wouldn’t be on stage while the proposal was shown. I missed the loophole where he wouldn’t be allowed to talk to Holly prior to going on stage. Something we were ALL promised. Bullshit if you ask me.”
Even Holly tweeted:
@HollyDurst: “I’m so angry and upset that I wasn’t able to talk or see Michael before the finale!”
Ummmm, of course you weren’t. That was the whole point. They wanted to get a genuine reaction from Michael for the sake of the show. And Blake bitching about “I was promised that Michael would know before coming out on stage and got it in writing” is sour grapes. What, is he trying to say he wouldn’t have proposed to Holly that way if he knew Michael wouldn’t find out until he got on stage? Please. Him believing ANYTHING those producers told him was his biggest mistake. Ask any former contestant in the history of this show if they’ve been lied to by a producer and they’ll say yes. It’s his own fault for trusting them. If he actually thought they were gonna tell Michael before he got on stage about the engagement, then Blake is dumber than I thought. Not a chance in hell that was happening. He never should’ve believed it.
Hell, I BELIEVE Blake and Holly when they say they what they said their tweets last night. I know how this show works. Sounds to me they told Blake, “Yeah yeah yeah, don’t worry. Michael will know before he gets out there” but then since Holly and Blake are sequestered from each other, they tell Holly that part of the contract is “We’re not going to let you tell Michael about the engagement”, all while telling Blake that Holly will tell him, was all part of the show’s plan. They don’t give a sh** about Holly and Blake’s feelings and never will. They’re out to create the most dramatic show they could, and blindsiding Michael with that info was their way of getting the most genuine reaction.
Some are saying today, “How did Michael not see the ring Holly was wearing?” Well, the whole time Holly and Michael are backstage, it’s not like they were hanging out together. Everyone is sequestered in different rooms until they’re brought out. And even when they came out, they came down separately. So not until they sat down in that chair could Michael have had a chance to even notice the ring. And why would he think to look directly at her hand? He had no idea. And if you go back and watch it, within minutes of them sitting down, Holly’s hands are folded in her lap covering up her left hand, and they immediately get into the Blake stuff. So no, Michael didn’t know, the show purposely kept it from him, they lied to Blake making him believe Michael knew, and they wouldn’t let Holly talk to Michael to tell him. All to be expected.
WITH ALL THAT SAID, who knew, when did they know, and Blake bitching about being told Michael would know before he got out there – irrelevant to the fact of the matter, which was Blake absolutely did NOT have to propose on camera two days prior to taping the finale. Period. End of story. Whether they told him Michael would know or not doesn’t matter. The guy should have either done it off camera before the finale taped, or, waited until they slinked off to their private life in South Carolina and done it how 99% of couples in America do it – with zero fanfare. He’s addicted to the attention, got caught up in all the coercing that the producers did, and gave in. Simple as that. Each of them are eating up the attention and publicity the public proposal is now getting, and any backlash they get from it is all on him. He deserves it. Totally classless. You reap what you sow.