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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

Hi Steve,

The column is awesome! You had me at DeAnna’s season! My 2 questions are:

1. Since Blake and Holly are engaged and fell in love on the BP show do the same rules apply with you as far as getting them a wedding gift if they actually get married? Or is this only for the Bach/Bachette couples? I wouldn’t be surprised if Holly pulled a runaway bride and the wedding doesn’t happen. With all of those 50 cent words that Blake throws around it is hard to imagine Holly can even keep up with him!. Unless it is her edit she seems to be…well for lack of a Blake 50 cent word…DUMB and I’m talking straight Kelly Bundy dumb! I could have really used Blake to help me out with this one!

2. Are you going to do anymore interviews with previous contestants from the Bach/Bachette or BP show? My favorite interview was the one you did with Jeremy…that was good stuff! I remember you saying you did one with Rego (Ali’s season) but then took it down after all of his girlfriend/no girlfriend BS. Are there any other interviews you did from Bach/Bachette I missed and can still listen to?

Thanks for the entertainment and Props to you and your sources as you are always…SPOT ON!

Comment: 1) No. I’ve always said I will only buy a wedding gift for the final couple from “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette.” However, even if I extended that to ANY two people from this franchise that got married, do you honestly think I’d buy something for Holly? Not a chance that would’ve happened.

2) Ok, since this person mentioned it, I guess now is a good time to bring it up. Starting in October, every Tuesday on the site for the three months leading up to the Jan. 2nd premiere of the “Bachelor”, I will have an interview with a former contestant from this show. Might be someone from “Bachelor Pad”, might be someone from last season’s “Bachelorette” or “Bachelor”, and it could be someone from many seasons ago. But it will be there every Tuesday for three months straight barring technical difficulties, which I don’t expect. Some of the interviews may actually be Skype interviews. Will all depend on if the person I’m talking to uses Skype themselves. I’d love for them all to be Skype interviews, but there’s no guarantee of that. I’m really looking forward to this. I think a lot of you will be surprised at some of the people I plan to have on.

Hey Steve,

Reading through your reader e-mails from 9/8, something really bothers me. I mean, from the moment that I read in your finale spoilers that Blake and Holly are engaged, my mouth about hit my keyboard. Your last comment in your reader e-mails says that Blake and Holly got engaged on Sunday and then by Monday all contestants were sequestered and had their phones taken away, so there wasn’t a lot of time for Holly to tell Michael about the engagement. So, did Blake plan to propose on Sunday because he knew she couldn’t tell Michael before the taping or did some stupid PA working on set plant a little bug in Blake’s ear that he should do it this way so it would make great TV? Why am I even asking? I know what you’re going to say.

I’m sorry but something just really doesn’t sit right with me and the whole Blake / Holly / Michael triangle. I think it’s a combination of a very rushed decision by Blake and Holly to get engaged and the fact that Holly is really coming off to be a very fickle woman who just wants to get married, regardless of whom she is marrying. When she got close to getting married to Michael, she got scared and ran. Maybe she’s one of those women that is in love with the idea of marriage but runs when it’s coming close? I don’t know, but I don’t expect Holly and Blake to get married.

I wish you would share with us your connection to Holly but I know you let that ship sail a long time ago. I just know I missed the boat because I wasn’t following at that point. I just wonder if knowing whatever your connection was would cause me to think Holly’s even more fickle and undecided in her love life. But it’s okay if you don’t share, I understand. It’s your business and I am just a nosy reader.

Something really bothers me about the Holly situation and the funny thing is that I blame you for me caring about this so much. Before I found you, I never read into anything that happens on this show, I took it all at face value and that was that. Now that I have been reading your blog for a few seasons, I find that I am literally delving into every situation and thinking it’s all just bogus. But at least now I can admit to my fiancé that it’s just a stupid show . . . knowing you’ve helped me to keep that into perspective.

Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re a delight to my Tuesday / Friday routine.

Comment: Many people have brought it up this season because they’ve picked up on my dislike for Holly, so I will address one thing in particular in regards to her. My feeling towards Holly this season has absolutely in no way, shape, or form have anything to do with some sort past relationship with her. Holly and I have never hooked up, we never dated, we never even talked about any of that stuff. It was never like that between us. I’ve met the girl once in my life, and that was this past April when I was in LA for the Reality Rocks Convention. We hung out with her friends at a bar for a couple hours and that was it. So no, none of the way I feel about her now has anything to do with any sort of past physical relationship, or being rejected by her, or anything of the such. She’d say the same thing if you asked her. She’s moved on, and so have I. The end.

1. Is it possible that Holly and Michael planned for Michael to be the spurned lover – to get the sympathy final vote if they made it to the final 4 in Bachelor Pad (which they did of course). It could also garnish sympathy for Michael to be the next Bachelor (which some fans were hoping for). Or perhaps this theory is all just my wild speculation!

2. Steve – you said you had a full time job – is writing this website it? If so, how does it produce you income? If not, how did you become the go-to man for Bachelor and all its subsidiary shows? I think I’m not the only one who would like to hear the history of how “Reality Steve” came to be!

Comment: 1) I don’t think Holly and Michael planned anything like that, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t in the back of Blake’s mind when he proposed. He had to have known that everyone would feel bad for Michael and that they’d vote for him, which in turn helps Blake since she’s engaged to her and she’s now got 125k in her pocket. Did Holly and Blake concoct the whole plan together? No, I don’t think that. I just think her winning the money was a byproduct of the engagement being shown and announced before the voting took place.

2) I think I’ve told the Reality Steve story a gazillion times. Don’t feel like getting into it again. As of about a month ago, yes, the website is now my full time job. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Hi Steve,

Just seen on that supposedly Emily was asked to be the next Bachelorette but declined because she is already dating someone. Do you think they really asked her? Wouldn’t they want to take someone from Ben’s upcoming season? Any word on who her new man is?

Comment: For the 1001st time, Emily is not going to be the next “Bachelorette.” Period. End of story. Don’t ever believe any rumor concerning it and don’t ever bring it up again. Not happening. I’ve been saying that for the last 4 months since the rumors started. I’m sure the “Bachelorette” will be one of the girls from Ben’s season, just like it has been the last four seasons, where they’ve taken a top 3 or top 4 girl from the most recent “Bachelor” season.

As far as I know, Emily does not have a new boyfriend. The tabloid story of her dating some family friend is just speculation with no proof whatsoever – like most tabloid stories.

So reading your reader emails from last week and honestly some people are just plain stupid. My favorite was the ONE that talked like THIS. She capitalized RANDOM words that had NO meaning.

Comment: I get that a lot.

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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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