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Bachelor Pad 2

More “Reader Emails”, Michael’s Excellent Post Show Interview, & What Does a “Bachelor” Acceptance Letter Look Like? – 9/15/11

A good full “Reader Email” bag this week. I’m guessing ones over the next few months might have a little less “Bachelor” related stuff in them, and be more questions regarding other shows, but we’ll see. Whatever the case, enjoy this one…

Hi Reality Steve,

I just wanted to say thank you for making my Tuesdays and Fridays that much more bearable at work. I really don’t know if I would still be watching the bachelor shenanigans if I wouldn’t have found your site. I think if anything Mike Fleiss should credit you for helping the franchise. I bet many of your readers agree with me that they wouldn’t be watching still if you weren’t blogging. I think it’s hilarious the amount of idiots who post dumb questions to your email… and then the others who will rant about how they hate the way you blog… yet they come back every week for more…. It’s the little things in life that make me smile. Oh, and the way you tweet JLH always has me cracking up and I noticed that you have more followers on Twitter than her! Nice! (Not that you were in competition). Thanks for taking life a little less serious and making it way more fun when the majority of people seem to be doing the opposite!

Comment: You’re welcome. I’m sure JLH appreciates my tweets too. According to her today, 30,000 people respond to her tweets. Which is why I fully don’t expect her to ever respond to me. Anyone thinking that was the point of my re-tweets to her was completely off base.

Hi Steve,

Thanks for posting the finale spoilers! I can’t believe Holly & Michael won, I really thought most would’ve voted for Michelle and Graham. Anyway, I thought Michael should’ve chosen KEEP but he seems too nice to do that to Holly. Plus they were teammates and all etc

My question is and you probably have been asked this before — but how do you get your spoilers? Do you know people from the show (ie staff from ABC) that anonymously give you spoilers? I remember you mentioning before that you do not pay your sources to get your spoilers so I was wondering how you/it all got started?

Thanks. Great blog.

Comment: I don’t talk about my sources. There’s no point. As long as they’re right, that should be all that matters. Why does it matter where it came from as long as it’s accurate?


Always love your columns. I was surprised and somewhat disappointed to see who won as I was rooting for Michelle and Graham. Given that Holly and Michael won, don’t you think it would have been cooler if Holly had embraced her villain status and chose to keep the whole $250k for herself? After finding out Michael chose “share” she could have ran over to Blake, jumped in his arms, and screamed “I won Michael’s $125k for you!!” while the crowd showered them with boos. Maybe Blake could have even walked over to Michael as if to shake his hand and then kicked him in the groin and gave him the Pedigree. The actual finale seems pretty boring.

Comment: Or, Michael could’ve pulled the biggest “f*** you” in TV history and chose keep himself after hearing Holly had gotten engaged. I think that would’ve been more shocking since you could tell from the show, and by the interview link this column, that he doesn’t seem to have a malicious bone in his body. However, if for some reason he listened to the little devil on his shoulder and actually did that – I don’t think anyone would’ve hated him for it. In fact, they probably would’ve applauded it. That’s how much I think people despise Holly and Blake right now. I’d say sentiment is running 80/20 against them right now.

Hi Steve,

If ABC were to do a different type of Bachelor show, what do you thing would be interesting? I think that a “Bachelor Mole” or “Bachelor Survivor” type of show might work. Maybe a “Bachelor Next” type of dating show, hell for that one they’d just have to follow them around and film all the shenanigans already happening, they’re already all hooking up with each other… but that would kill any ideas anyone out there might still have that Bachelor is about falling in love for real. Any thoughts?

Comment: I doubt they’ll try and come up with a new concept for the show. Maybe just continue to pump out seasons of “Bachelor Pad” and leave it at that. Next season of BP I’m guessing will feature more of the guys from Ashley’s season (so for you that are interested, start hooking up with chicks from past seasons and attend every reunion you can. That’ll pretty much solidify your spot), women from Ben’s season, a few guys from the next season of the “Bachelorette”, and then your randoms from seasons further back.

I think BP is another reason you can add to the list of why people go on the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette”. Sure they want to be on TV and get exposure, but BP helps that even more. And knowing that if you attend these reunions, and hook up with people is sure fire way to get looked at for future seasons of BP, you know people are gonna do it.

Hi Steve,

Love your blog! I just wanted to mention that you said in today’s reader emails that the former Bachelor/ette contestants are not allowed to ever utter, tweet, or mention Reality Steve’s name. I noticed earlier this week that Wes tweeted that thanks to reality Steve, he was all caught up on BP2 without having to watch for 2 hours. He thanked God and Steve.

Just thought you would want to know if you don’t follow him. He gave you a nice shout out!

Thanks for entertaining me!

Comment: That’s because Wes doesn’t give a sh** what producers say to him. I don’t think they care anymore if Wes references me to be honest. It’s the people that are on BP, or people that are on seasons that have most recently aired, or people who have a voice still within the show. Those are the ones they don’t want talking about me. They know they can’t control Wes so they’re not even gonna try. But if someone like, oh I don’t know, Natalie or DeAnna or someone like that referenced me, I’m sure they’d get a phone call shortly thereafter.

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  1. mkc1

    September 15, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    Oh my gosh, I SWEAR I noticed the Vienna smiling at Jake/Kasey hugging thing and I was gonna email you to ask if you had seen it, but I forgot. I can’t believe you noticed it too! I paused and went back like 10 times just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things.

  2. lexasmygirl

    September 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    First of all, anyone who doesn’t realize that reality shows are manipulated must be living on Mars. Even talent shows like American Idol are manipulated.

    So on to that master manipulation…Vienna’s look to Kasey when he and Jake were hugging. Does anyone really care what they all think of each other? Love or hate…don’t like anyone of them nor do I care. A bunch of loonies, if you ask me.

    Michael is a class act. He is lucky to be done with Holly. She’s immature and IMO she’s in love with love. He got off lucky.

  3. morrigan0

    September 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Is it just me or did Ben look MORE like Constantine in the introduction video? I can only assume it’s because they weren’t together to compare.

  4. realitybiteth

    September 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    The reason the women move to the man’s town is because they tend to pair up younger women with older men.

    Older people tend to be more established in their careers, so it’s easier for the younger party to move.

    For the last 3 seasons at least, a 100% reliable predictor of the preferred female was the YOUNGEST ONE.

    Ages that I recall (may not be 100% correct):

    Molly was around 24 (Melissa was TOO OLD at 25, which Jason realized right after he picked her). Jason 32, +8 years, and had a son he couldn’t move away from shared-custody parent, and was an account executive. Molly was a department store buyer.

    Vienna was 23. Jake 31, +8 years. He was a pilot with a house near the 4th busiest airport in the WORLD. Vienna, no career.

    Emily was 24. (Chantal WAY too old at 28) Brad 38, +14 years, owned brick-and-mortar business. Emily was an event planner.

    Ashley was 26 and not done with schooling yet, so she is *starting* her career in NYC. JP was 34, +8 years again.

    Remember Ali, she picked her career initially over the bachelor and left. When she became Bachelorette, didn’t she quit her job? Roberto still had his. And San Diego is a lot warmer than SF anyway!

    And I’ve read they paid Brad $500,000 to be Bachelor so apparently if you get the gig, you’re not gonna be hurting for money for a while. Ali could afford to not have to work.

    I don’t know about DeAnna. Did anyone move in or was it over too fast?

    Holly and Blake: Blake is a year younger but he just BOUGHT a dental practice. Holly is a “children’s book author”, much easier for HER to move, plus she has the $125k (before taxes).

    Jillian moved to Ed’s town because her career ambitions were easier to relocate than his (restaurant interior designer vs. an executive at Microsoft). Afterward she got gigs on US television which is a little easier when you live in the US.

    If they ever have a 35-year-old career woman AND she chooses, say, a 25-year-old grad student, I’m sure he’d move to where she is.

    But that is unlikely to happen because successful women almost ALWAYS marry a MORE successful man. If she’s a neurosurgeon, she’ll marry the *head* of neurosurgery.

    Katrina Shreiber was the first woman admitted to the largest neurosurgery residency in the world at Uni. Pittsburgh, and she married Andrew Firlik, an established neurosurgeon, who became a Venture Capitalist (re: RICH) and also is on an advisory board AND an advisory council at Cornell, where he was ALSO an assistant professor at NYU medical.

    The woman with the highest IQ (Marilyn vos Savant) of anyone on record, of either gender, married the *inventor of the artificial heart*, Dr. Robert Jarvik.

    JK Rowling is SO rich, finding a RICHER guy wasn’t an option, but whereas she wrote children’s books, she married a doctor who’s also an anesthesiologist. He has vastly more formal education and saves lives directly. If one of them had to relocate, he is established at a hospital while she writes in coffee shops.

    So the answer basically boils down to the fact that women are attracted to more successful men, because successful men can better support offspring, and it takes time to be successful so they tend to be older; PLUS men are attracted to younger women, because younger women would be more successful at *having* lots of healthy offspring. And a successful man is probably already living where he wants to (Chicago, Dallas, San Diego, NYC) while a young woman is often living wherever her parents happened to move to have kids, often smaller towns that are better for kids but worse for career prospects. *Cough* Chico. Poor Shawntel.

    tl;dr: Biology

  5. kimone

    September 15, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    Crazy…I think Lacey Pemberton was one of the card dealers on Card Sharks back in the 80s. She seems so sweet on that show. Who would’ve thought years later she’d be in such an entangled web of deception.

  6. colson521

    September 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    I caught that smile/frown edit and tweeted about it on Monday night. The other thing I found is this picture from the finale that shows Jake and Vienna hugging. ABC needs to get over this story line. I am sure they were keeping up the fight in the house because that’s what producers wanted but they are really past it.

    Picture of the Jake Vienna hug….

  7. jcrb

    September 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM

    For the record, Roberto moved to California to be with Ali; they moved to a neutral city.

  8. kimone

    September 16, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    You would think after ABC rips you apart in editing that you wouldn’t want anything to do with them anymore. IE: Rego. He might be a bad example since his ego is obviously much bigger than his pride, but Vienna…you would think now after getting such a bad edit, she’d be done. They said they were gonna lay low for a while, but I doubt it. I would be livid if ABC edited my story that way and made me look like a biotch at the finale, knowing that wasn’t the case at all. People will do anything for fame, I guess.

  9. DawsMA

    September 16, 2011 at 6:34 AM

    3 seasons ago? So Brad’s season then? I’ll guess Marissa; she seems eager to have a role in the Bachelor/ette/BP mix. I’d be surprised if it was anyone in the top 3, although maybe Emily. Chantal seems so far removed from the spotlight.

    Actually it is probably some obscure random who was let go the first night or something.

    I can’t believe people still bother to email Steve and ask who his sources are or why he doesn’t like Holly. He has been pretty adamant about keeping those things private. Particularly the sources; I mean, don’t these people realize if he said who they were, the spoilers would likely stop coming?

  10. Momma2

    September 16, 2011 at 8:28 AM

    Thanks Reality Steve for your blog – love it and have shared it with many friends!!
    Just thought i’d let everyone know that Steve’s prediction about Mark Ballas was soooo on the money! He and Pia Toscana broke up just recently…well whatdya know!?!?! Since he and Kristin have started rehearsals for DWTS, now he’s got his eyes on her!! Go figures!

  11. luv it

    September 16, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Here’s a quote regarding Jake’s decision to appear on BP….from

    And Jake, meanwhile, came off pretty well.
    Harrison: He came on for one reason and that was to rehab his public image. He accomplished exactly what he set out to do.

    Wish Jake would just admit he wants to be an actor; and let the chips fall were they may in the unemployment line.

  12. mommyof2

    September 16, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Thanks for the form letter, Steve! Very interesting. I noticed a long time ago that the contestants never wear sunglasses and are often squinting on camera when the sun is in their eyes. It was really obvious during Ashley’s season b/c she was always shielding her eyes with her hands. She must have eyes that are really sensitive to light, like me.

    Also, I loved Mike S.’s interview. He is such a good guy. He says in it that he’s giving 10-percent of his winnings to his church, too, paying off debt, taking a much-needed vacation, and then what little is left will go into savings. Sounds very rational, so I’m happy for him. I love how open and honest he was about his thoughts and feelings. I don’t fault Holly so much for all of this as I do Blake. She and Michael were broken up and she developed feelings for Blake (who knows why, though). She still stayed loyal to her partnership with Michael, which is good. I doubt she had anything to do with the proposal, so that was on Blake. The only thing is that she should have called Mike ahead of time or refused to go on stage for the finale until she spoke to Mike privately first. Blake, however, is another story. He could’ve waited to propose AFTER the finale to spare Mike the shock, hurt, embarrassment, etc… But, Blake was just thinking about Blake. I doubt he and Holly will last. He seems to be too obsessed with “winning” and himself. Maybe I’m wrong, but this is just my opinion.

  13. Sunnyside422

    September 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

    Of course Fakey Jakey came to Bachelor Pad 2 to rehab his reputation. Also to get some much needed camera time in the hope he can actually get a real acting job. NOT! Say what you will about Vienna, she knows what he is and what he is all about. Nothing that comes out of his smarmy mouth is to be believed. He is still in love with himself and telling that he still doesn’t ahve a relationship going with a woman. Here’s hoping he disappears once and for all. Don’t want to see shrimpy ever again!

  14. JenJen

    September 17, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Twit pic of Jake and Vienna hugging

  15. MizSazzy

    September 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Did Bryon move to Mary?

  16. jdub

    September 19, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Congratulations ON the Kyle CHANDLER win.

  17. mermaidadrift

    September 19, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    curious why no one is talking about holly’s integrity? she played both guys pretty well and no one has commented on that. maybe she and blake are suited to one another….

  18. karynr

    September 21, 2011 at 7:44 AM

    mermaidadrift….no one has commented on Holly’s LACK of integrity, as anyone who would want a relationship with Blake, after watching HIS apparent lack of integrity, probably doesn’t place a lot of importance on it, which tells you all you need to know about both of them. How any woman could do what she did to Michael on national television, plus watch how Blake treated Melissa and still want to be with him, is beyond me. She seems like she might be a nice person, but she is sure messed up about what she wants out of life. And to move across country to be with someone she has only know a couple months makes her look needy, desperate and unable to be on her own, without a man. I wold love to know what her friends and family think about that slimy man. I was hoping she would watch him on BP and run the other way after that, but the fact that she didn’t speaks volumes about what is important to her. Holly gets her sleazy man and Michael can now move on to someone who actually has integrity.

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