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“Reader Emails”, Maddie’s Return to YouTube, and More on Emily as the “Bachelorette”

Some news in the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” world to get to today, along with Maddie’s triumphant return to YouTube, which went about as well as I expected. Which is to say, well, you’ll have to see for yourself. I think Scotch may have one upped her in the howling department. But then again, Scotch had Courtney standing next to him when he howled, and Courtney is better looking than me, so he had a good reason. I’d howl at Courtney too. And whistle. And say vulgar things under my breath. But that’s just me.

Jenna’s conference call with the media is today. Obviously it won’t be transcribed by the time this column is up, so if you’re looking to read it, I will tweet it out either tonight or tomorrow, courtesy of I’m sure Jenna will chalk it up to being drunk and tired, but who knows? Maybe she’ll surprise us and start lashing out. We can only hope.

First I wanted to start by congratulating Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright for the new show they just landed on HGTV called “Going Yard.” The show begins in the spring and you can read the press release right here. The mini description of the show is:

In Going Yard, Lambton, the co-owner of a landscaping company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, will transform neglected backyards into spectacular outdoor spaces suitable for entertaining family and friends. In each episode, he and his team will trick out a homeowner’s yard with such features as patios, arbors, water features and fire pits. In addition, Lambton’s fiance Peyton Wright will join the family business; pitching-in with design projects on the show and helping homeowners plan their first party in their new yard.

Another former cast member, Erica Rose, did an interview with WetPaint you can read right here. Pretty funny. I never actually thought about the fact they had a lawyer this season who said the “verdict is in” line who also happened to be named Erika. I’d sue for gimmick infringement. Is Courtney trying to be Michelle Money? Hmmmmmm, not sure about that. #1, Michelle is hotter than Courtney. #2, she’s also funnier. I think Michelle had much more comedic value during Brad’s season, even though plenty of people didn’t take it that way. Courtney is just coming across as a giant bitch.

Speaking of Michelle, probably the #1 question I’ve been asked since “Bachelor Pad” ended this summer is “Are Michelle and Graham together?” She did an interview recently where she finally confirmed that they are very good friends, but are not together. She is single. So all former “Bachelorette” contestants, the line forms to the left. Although I know that’s already started.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, Maddie’s return to YouTube. In the video, I try and get her to howl, I answer a reader email with her on my lap, give a few more thoughts on Emily being the next “Bachelorette,” and end it by updating what I can about the lawsuit. Enjoy…

One thing I forgot to mention in regards to Emily. I’ve read a few of your emails suggesting that it’s horrible of her Ricki will be subject to meeting so many guys, and what a horrible thing to do to a 5 year old, etc. Look, I’m sure Ricki will be on the show at some point, but it’s not like Ricki is going to be on every single episode and meet every single guy. Probably gonna be no different in how they handled Jason’s season with Ty. Ricki will probably only meet the final 2 guys if I had to guess. Lets quit acting like Ricki is gonna be Emily’s co-host. Jason had a child when he did the show, and that seemed to work out perfectly fine for him. I’m sure Ricki will be ok. I didn’t realize so many of you were all the sudden spokespeople for CPS.

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  1. loveau82

    January 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    War Eagle Steve!

  2. Dianne

    January 12, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Maddie is sooo cute..but she still hates that camera, ha! Thanks for the updates and Maddie!

  3. lauren2012

    January 12, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Hi Steve,
    I read your blog from time to time, but today, I did read this entire post about reader emails. I know at one time you were looking to date someone and since you haven’t posted about a new lady in your life, I assume you’re still single.
    Just a thought – if you speak like you write, you come off a bit like a jerk. You don’t answer people’s questions simply because you thought perhaps they were lying (about whether or not they were loyal readers)…I mean, c’mon, we don’t remember everything we read through the years, so why expect your readers to remember answers to questions you’ve already answered way back when. My point is, you’re not going to keep a woman responding to them like you do with these emails.

  4. oyoung1117

    January 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Am I the only one who likes Courtney? Here is the thing, if I watched The Bachelor because I was wanting to see the next great American romance unfold before my eyes then I would hate her and fall for the girl next door who came in on a horse. But I watch The Bachelor for the hot mess that it is and I want a competitor. She is confident (arrogant), and is fully aware that Ben is choosing with his penis. Do I think she has a smack of a sociopath? maybe, but on the other hand maybe she just looks at these girls as competitors and is using every ounce of manipulation to make sure she wins. I like it. lol

  5. poddington

    January 12, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    regarding the wet driveway and how leads remember names…I know this stuff gets addressed, but heck I don’t even remember the answers (I unload useless info pretty quickly) and I have read this site since Jason’s season. Maybe there should be a FAQ section that is required reading before asking a question!

  6. JovisMom

    January 13, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    @ poddington – Could not agree w\ you more!! LOL!! I think the driveway has something to do w\ making it look better. Ever notice how must car commercials have water in them as well? The names, I believe the lead has an ear piece, or he/she goes off for a while and talks to the producers and get s a few names at a time.

  7. ali

    January 13, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    sorry steve that i didn’t remember the answer to how the lead remembers contestants name during the ceremony..for the record, i am a loyal reader i read every week and even checked your website throughout your off season..however i only started reading since ali, so forgive me if i didn’t take the time out of my life to read every reader email prior to that…sincerely, your still loyal reality steve reader

  8. rollingeyes

    January 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Lets see…..its been a while since I read an answer to how the lead knows the names, but if I remember correctly, it has someting to do with the rose ceremony isn’t filmed all at once. The lead calls a few names at a time, takes a break, collects his thoughts…..figures out the names, then goes back and calls a few more. This is why the rose ceremony takes all damn night. No, the names are not written on a rose petal, nor are they on the back of the rose.
    Also, yes, they hose down the driveway, because it just looks better. Yes, this is all useless info, but I guess that I’ve read it enough times from the number of repeat questions RS gets that I can’t help but to file it away. Yes, I read RS and I pay attention. Go figure.

  9. pennyfarthing

    January 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    I agree that it’s fun to watch a real competitor, but only for so long… At some point I really do root for the Bachelor/ette to find at least a relationship with someone nice that they wouldn’t mind dating for a year or so to see how things go. Watching Courtney just makes me feel bad for Ben!

  10. mommyof2

    January 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I’m kind of tired of the Bachelor franchise, and this season just seems so boring. I’m thinking I may skip out on the rest of the season until maybe the last few episodes, especially since Alcatraz premieres on Mon. Also, I’ve been watching Sweet Home Alabama since on CMT Since season 1 premiered in July, and season 3 just premiered tonight. It’s so much more interesting in that it pits country vs. city for the heart of the lead. It takes place on the gulf coast of Alabama, and it’s just beautiful! The country people are so real and charming and have values, and they say some of the funniest things, too. You can’t help but love so many of the “characters” rather than “hating” sp many like you do on the Bachelor/ette. It’s simpler and not overly-produced as the Bachelor/ette is. It’s an awesome show!

  11. mommyof2

    January 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Here’s an interesting article about Sweet Hpme Alabama on Fridays on CMT.

  12. stef

    January 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    My favorite editing boo-boo this week came early in the episode where the girls were flying to Sonoma, via SJC. Did you notice they took off in a US Airways plane, the interior cabin was a Southwest Airlines 737-300, and when the plane landed it was an Alaska Airlines plane? Way to go on the editing!

  13. My3girls

    January 15, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Hi Steve,

    Please don’t take this as an insult; it’s just an observation and my opinion. But your picture in the banner at the top of your blog reminds me a little of Jose Baez, the slime ball lawyer who helped get Casey Anthony off for killing for little girl.

    Linzi reminds me of Guiliana Rancic (sp?). They’re both skinny, have heart-shaped faces, similar hair color, and bubbly personalities. I agree with another poster that Courtney looks much prettier when her mouth is closed. She does seem to be very narcissistic and oblivious to the feelings of others. She really turned me off when she basically told Linzi that her horse got her the first impression rose. It was so hurtful the way she said it, but it didn’t seem like she was aware that she was being hurtful or intentionally trying to get under her skin. It’s like that sensitivity chip is missing. Or the editing.

  14. mja

    January 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Does anybody here ever watch The Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo? It isn’t on right now, since the latest season ended just about a month ago or so. I find it hilarious!

    Anyway, the reason I mention it is that Patti Stanger, the matchmaker herself, always advises her male clients that “the penis does the picking.” She believes that males will not be happy with somebody where the sexual chemistry is not there right away. The actual good, solid communication is part of a good relationship but that needs to develop through time.

    Anyway, I really like that show, for a lot of reasons. It’s very entertaining.

  15. wisewords

    January 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    “Steve I hate your website. I hate your opinions. I hate you.” ROFL Finally somebody gets it right!

    Would you all stop telling Steve how “loyal” a reader you are and how much you “love his column” blah blah blah. He does not care. Not that he hates all of us, but he definitely has very little, if any, affection or appreciation for his fans. Save your breath, people.

  16. Ellieanne

    January 15, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    I saw Ben do an interview last week (forgot what channel or why it was on) and he said he is terrible at remembering names. He didn’t know ONE girls name at the first rose ceremony, and had to go into a back room, look at all their pictures, memorize 4-5 names, go out, call them up for a rose, then take a break and go back into the back room, memorize 5 more and so on until he’d chosen who he wanted. He admitted that he had no connection to the girls that first night as it was a big blur of faces and names that he couldn’t connect, and that he barely knew anything about them. So, from the horse’s mouth, he had to take breaks to learn the girls names, and decide who to keep, who to send home, not knowing one thing about any of them. A dartboard would have worked just as well…

  17. Dianne

    January 16, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    That is a load of bull, Ellieanne. Each of the roses has a name on them, and all Ben had to do was look and call out that name. He does not choose who stays or who goes, the ABC producers do. And they also tell Ben what and what not to say. Sad, but true.

  18. angela

    January 16, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Am I the only one who doesn’t think Courtney is the prettiest one he should be so consumed with if he was going just on looks? I don’t really know many of their names but there are a lot of pretty girls and Courtney is pretty also but kind of looks like a frog or something in some of her poses.

  19. JenJen

    January 16, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    LOL Dianne, you’re wrong.

  20. kmdk

    January 17, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    I am hoping that you are wrong about Courtney…she is classless! Also, the one Ben doesn’t select should be the next bachelorette…if it is Emily, I wonder if they will have the freak Bentley come back….

  21. JovisMom

    January 17, 2012 at 8:14 AM

    I think Courtney is the least attractive… She looks like a puppet. Lindzi (the one w\ the horse) is very pretty!! I hope they bring back Bently… At least have him come out of the limo and pretend he is one of the guys until the rose ceremony and then leave on his own…. That would be greatness!!

  22. smf28

    January 17, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Hi Steve,

    It would be an interesting twist for all the bachelors to know in advance that the bachelorette is Emily and for them to be cast specifically with her in mind. In truth, I’ve lost interest in Ben’s season and am no longer watching because the women seem so random, too many model/pageant/hooter girls competing for air time. I recognize the whole thing is fundamentally fake…but I don’t think the audience wants that aspect to be thrown in their face quite so much. The strong backlash from Kim Kardashian’s 72 day wedding fiasco undoubtedly served as a warning to other reality shows not to push it too far. In contrast, Emily’s ‘After the Final Rose’ episode and break-up interview were amazing because they seemed so genuine. I will absolutely watch her season.

    Changing the topic completely, I heard from a previous Bachelorette contestant, that the men in his season didn’t drink at all. They all ordered non-alcoholic drinks that the bartenders/producers then made to look like alcoholic drinks. None of them wanted to be drunk on camera and they were sober the whole time. From reading your recaps and people’s comments, sounds like the women on Ben’s season have been dumb enough to get drunk on national television?

    Be well!

  23. irena

    January 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Love your writing, Steve. Love sarcasm. So, my thoughts about the show so far. 1. Objectively, Ben is ok looking guy. Not great looking guy. Take a “winery owner”(financially secure guy) appeal and not that much left. He is not ugly obviously. 2. Courtney is… in a way very common case in LA. Not smart, shallow, beautiful, gold digger, NEEDS to land a man.. Though she is a working model. Different from though so called models in LA that are not really models but you know what… Good acting with men on her part though. It is going to work for Ben. Men can be quite stupid. And no, they normally don’t see through the crap. Ah… though women as well. Remember, Ashley and Bentley? (Did I spell Ashley right? I am a foreigner). I can’t say I hate Courtney, but obviously she is not a nice individual. Though a lot of other women as well. Internally ugly. 3. I am a chick myself and I guess watching the show makes me feel better about myself. I see the internal world of other women and that is why it makes me feel better. Geez, women are crazy, insecure and bitches. I am super emotional myself and somewhat crazy, but watching this show…. I never behave like that. I never humiliated myself like that for the guy. I dont desperately compete for guys like that even those I was crazy in love with… When I see women being like that, I respect men more. Just compare the atmosphere at Bachelor and Bachelorette. Men are always simply very competitive at first. Later feelings might kick in and its different, but at first they never say stuff like ” I am falling in love” on the first date or smth. The women get so pathetic and desperate, they make me ashamed of being the same gender. Its almost like shallow bitch like Courtney is better than the other pathetic ones. And the super crazy ones. Geez, I am sane apparently… Anyway, the show is entertaining and Steve is even more. You crack me up, Steve

  24. bahurupiya

    January 21, 2012 at 4:06 AM

    I don’t think Chris Harrison was the only one in on the shocking surprise.

    Ben and Elyse’s little “one on one” chat that Shawntel “interrupted” wasn’t just vapid.

    It definitely sounded “guided,” as if they’d been told to have standard Inane Bachelor Cocktail Party Conversation #7893 and keep having it till Shawntel came up and spoke to Ben.

    Also, I never saw Ben’s hands on the piano. Did I just happen to turn my head at the wrong time?

  25. karynr

    January 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    The more I watch Kacie B., the more I realize Fleiss made a big mistake not considering her as the next Bachelorette. She is absolutely delightful, and would have been a breath of fresh air for the franchise. Instead we are stuck with the boring ice princess.
    Kacie really dodged a bullet with Ben. She is way too good for him. I’m sure she’ll nurse a broken heart for a while, but have no doubt someone that beautiful, nice and good has better things coming her way!

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