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The Bachelor Ben Recap Including “Bachelor News” and an Appearance This Saturday in DFW

Some “Bachelor” news and notes to get to before we start this week’s column. This Saturday night, the “Bachelor” franchise is having their annual drunken hook up reunion. You know how last year it was in NY, and we got to see the footage at the “Women Tell All” of the Gia/Vienna/Wes triangle, guys hitting on Rozlyn, and hookups galore? Well, this year they figured they’d move it to a city more appropriate for this type of debauchery – Las Vegas. It’s gonna be at the Mirage Hotel, red carpet event and all. Yeah, don’t think for a second these people are passing on a chance to get their pictures taken on a fake red carpet either. No chance. It’s called a “reunion,” but essentially it’s a casting audition for “Bachelor Pad 3.” So whoever’s going, if you want on next season bad enough, go to Vegas, get as schnockered as you can, give some hilariously drunk ITM’s, and hook up with somebody. Hell, hook up with numerous people. That’ll pretty much assure your spot on BP3. And just like last year, when Brad’s season was airing and none of the girls from his season were allowed to attend, this year will be no different. I wouldn’t expect any of Ben’s girls to be there. Yet, four of the nine girls on BP2 were from Brad’s season (Michelle, Melissa, Alli, and Jackie). I would also expect Ben’s girls will have the most representation on “Bachelor Pad 3” than any other season for the girls.

Jenna Burke had her exit interview with the media on Thursday, and it went awful. Not awful as in she melted down again and started crying, but awful in that she was normal, owned up to her breaking down on the show, and didn’t say anything remotely stupid. Sorry Jenna, you were much more entertaining when you were bat sh** crazy. This new and improved Jenna who’s down-to-earth, concentrating on herself, and ready to take on the world just doesn’t do it for me. Go get blasted again and start stammering and crying over nothing. Much more fun.

And in just as important news for this Saturday night, yours truly will be making an appearance here in Dallas at the Reuse Jeans store across the street from NorthPark Mall on the other side of 75. If you remember, we ran their ad with a discount a couple times on this site last season because the owner, George Powell, is a longtime family friend and he’s having a Grand Opening this Saturday night. It’s the Reuse Jeans store in the Shops at Park Lane this Saturday night between 6-9pm. Randy Travis will be there, myself, and some others. You can call me a shill, you can call it sucking up to my family friend, but I’m telling you, these are the most comfortable pair of jeans I currently own. I’m very happy for his success and glad he’s finally opened a store here in Dallas. Ohhhh, the stories I could tell about George. Like the time I lost my front tooth in backyard when I was three. Or the only time in my life I’ve ever baby sat, I did for his two daughters and I fell asleep. Looking forward to Saturday night, so come on out if you’re in the area.

An excellent column about how fake reality TV is that I read a couple days ago. Nothing that I haven’t already tried to drill in your head before, but I think it does a good job of showing the extent of how contrived and manipulated it is. Check it out right here.

Had another appearance last night on WFAA-Channel 8 here in Dallas to talk about last night’s show. Here it is:

Boy, how excited was I that we had a sit down interview this week? I was giddy. In the waiting room, I was nearly practicing how I was gonna stand, then during commercial break they bring me out and tell me we’re gonna sit down. I couldn’t have been more relieved. The Boy Scouts in the background must be huge fans of mine. Thanks for coming out kids. I appreciate all your support. Or not.

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  1. mja

    January 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    From Ben’s blog on People:
    “Let’s put it this way – if Shawntel had started the journey with the rest of the women it might have been different. But I was already so happy with the group of women that I had that I wasn’t about to jeopardize the rest of my experience in trying to find love. I do want to thank Shawntel though for coming. She gave up a lot to try this and I really respect her for it.”

    — Prediction: after he and Courtney break up, he will get together with Shawntel… or at least will try.

  2. morrigan0

    January 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    great recap….not much to add other than how awkward it was when jennifer is complimenting Ben so he compliments her back and as a result of having 0 in common they end up making out because after all she’s the best kisser…

    Aside from that, Courtney seemed completely uninterested in Ben during their alone time and while it was semi-expected, the girls were outright bitchy to Shawntel. She knew not to expect hugs or anything which I think fully justifies her walking straight in and to the point but this show has made an art of showing the girls in the worst possible light. I too hope the lake of Kacie B airtime meant she was behaving or ignoring the situation.

    Another possible edit miss: When they showed Ben&(Emily)? on top of the bridge, they also revealed crew people in an adjacent tower.

    Is it awful of me to STILL hope that RS got it wrong and anyone but Courtney is the final pick? It will make for great tv when he explains away all her “editing” but it points out just how “easily led” (read STUPID) guys really are.

  3. dtmaven

    January 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Before RS’s announcement of Emily Maynard being the next Bachelorette, I was thinking that Shawntel was being set up as the next Bachelorette. Not to rehash things already said, still, I never cared for Emily M; she seems very plastic, especially with the 10 pounds of face makeup. Maybe Brad had an epiphany after seeing her waking up in the morning!
    Anyway, EM is set for life with Hendricks’ money and similar to this season being an 11 week commercial for Ben, her season will be an 11 week commercial for Hendricks and NASCAR.
    As for this season, Courtney is not that attractive, especially without makeup. IMHO, she’s this season’s Vienna. Don’t care what anyone says about Blakely, I’d do her! I think she’s attractive and that she’s this season’s Michelle Money (I really didn’t like Michelle Money, mainly due to her attitude, which was worse than Blakely’s).
    Just my two-cents.

  4. morrigan0

    January 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    lol…I just watched a video I’m guessing from last weeks rose ceremony where Ben is reading a love letter from Courtney aloud…such BS.

  5. femailer

    January 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Agreed that the girls were pretty harsh to Shawntel – talk about low self-esteems shining through! And their objections to her “taking a spot of someone who left”, like it’s a numbers game! Either Ben felt a connection with an individual girl or not – they are gone for a reason. I think Ben would have given the last rose to Shawntel if Courtney had not given him his marching orders with her comments when receiving her rose.

    Speaking of Courtney, ever notice how she rarely looks Ben in the eye when being close with him? The whole scene on the balcony was painful to watch. Her body language and looking away when Ben tells her how much he is into her- speaks volumes. She is sooo dumping his a** as soon as the contractual and appearance commitments are over.

  6. carol

    January 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hehehe… “the pellet on your head”…. I assume you meant “pelt”. Hehehehe…

  7. janandbo

    January 17, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I’ve been watching the Bachelor pretty much from the beginning, just about every season. I have NEVER disliked anyone as much as Courtney. Maybe it’s editing. Vienna seemed like a sweetheart next to this one!

  8. carol

    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    So, what *is* the deal with the shoes and the tricky editing? Why show gold strappy stripper heals in the promo and later have Shawntel prance in wearing platform peep-toe pumps? Was there any purpose in it? It didn’t throw off the viewer any more than if they had used the same shoes, so I don’t get it.

  9. RaRa

    January 17, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Steve, this was hilarious, as usual. One thing: Emily being worried about bladder control was disturbing enough. Your comment about bowel control brought to mind a much more disgusting image (not to mention smelly)! Yikes!

  10. gloria

    January 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    People from San Francisco do not generally say San Fran, as Ben did a few times. Yuck.

    Nice analysis of Ben as Ashley’s retread. The Ladies this season are over the top. I may stop watching, it’s honestly just too exhausting. (And white.)


  11. karynr

    January 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    rhja…I completely agree with you. As soon as Courtney dumps his ass, he’ll; be after Shawntel like a dog in heat.

    All I saw last night was Ben having no interest in getting to know anyone, unless or until he is able to go after them with his sickening kisses. Does the man know how to use his tongue. Geez. Those little smacks and pecks look really unappealing. He is totalling thinking with his penis and that is the ONLY head involved. He could care less about the nice girls….Lindze, Nicky, etc., That’s okay. II used to like Ben, but I have lost all respect for the guy. Also, Shawntel would still be around if Courtney didn’t tighten the leash with her “whats-her-butt” comment. Once Ben knew Queen Courtney was was upset, he made his decision. There is no way he is going to miss out on the Fantasy Suite with A MODEL. Actually, the two of them do have something in common. They are both really shallow people. He only cares about his little head, and where it’s going, and she’s thinking about the PR she’s going to get from the show. I think they could put a plastic mannequin in a hot tub next to Ben, and he’s try to kiss him/her. He’s like a horny high school kid. He has a looong way to go before he’s ready to settle down! These women are a hoot. Women can be so frigging mean. Don’t worry Shawntel, once Courtney takes the leash off he’ll come knocking on your door. Hoepfully you won’t open it!

  12. Caroll

    January 17, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Ben goes for girls with weird lips. First Ashley and now Courtney. None of the other women twist their lips around in conversation, just those two.

  13. sarabrandon

    January 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Something I noticed that was so weird this week–when Ben is giving the rose out after Britney has left the show, it shows a few quick shots of Monica (sitting between Kacie Baton and Jamie) and Monica has tears streaming down her face (around 37:21 on Hulu). WHAT HAPPENED?! Hah hah. Monica never cries. And before he’s even given out the rose to Emily? This is so strange.

    Also, lets be real about Ben playing the piano. Just because he knows the intro to a David Grey song doesn’t mean he actually knows how to play piano.

  14. Ellieanne

    January 17, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Every time they show Courtney’s name and age, I wonder if they made a typo on her age. I could swear by her behavior she’s maybe 14, certainly not 28. She’d fit in perfectly with a bunch of 8th grade “mean girls”.

  15. breeves

    January 17, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    You mentioned the shoes in the promo being different from the ones Shawntel actually wore – I noticed the red dress was different too. Wonder why they didn’t just use a clip of the actual footage for the promo…

  16. wisewords

    January 17, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Steve failed to mention Courtney’s parting shot to Shawntell as Shawntell was leaving after the rose ceremony. Did anyone catch what she said? I will only say that ugly is as ugly does. And I am NOT referring to Shawntell.

    I strongly disagree with Steve about Shawntell’s motives for coming on the show. But I do agree that the producers knew they were setting her up. Shame on them. Of course they had to know it would be a disaster. Love our Shawntell. She is one my favorites in the Bach franchise I had the same thought too that Ben just might come running back to Shawntell once the Courtney thing fizzles.

  17. beezie1110

    January 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    I think Steve got the “spoiler” ending of the Bachelor all wrong. There is no way that Ben picks that crazy loon Courtney. I think the one on the top of the mountain in the “Final Rose” ceremony is a brunette, but can’t be Courtney. I think her lip action will get to him eventually, and he will discard her the way she should be discarded. I think the brunette at the “Final Rose” ceremony is Jamie. Think about it people, he hasn’t said two words to her in 3 episodes, and yet she is still there. Something is definately in the wind with this girl. Can’t wait to see that I am right!!!!!

  18. Alexandran

    January 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    I wonder how they climbed down from the top of the Golden Gate bridge! For someone who has vertigo (or at least dizziness) when high up in open space, it’s a whole lot harder to come down, because you see how far the ground is all the time, and it can be more dangerous than the ascent. So, how were they brought back to the ground? Via helicopter perhaps? Just curious.

  19. hordac

    January 17, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Oh boy, you can tell by what Courtney said to him when accepting her rose that she knew she already had him all sewn up. I am wondering it these two will last even as long as Brad and Emily did. Agree it is painfully obvious that he is way more into her than she is into him, if at all. She seems very blase when they are together, and of course Ben does not see it. Another thing, when Ben and Lindzi were on their date, I was so distracted by the bad hair. Ben’s was terrible as usual, no surprise there, but Lindzi’s hair was awful too, like she hadn`t brushed it all day or something! I think this was the first in Batch history where both people looked like any couple you would see in your neighbourhood, going on a date after a long day at work. Was weird. I too, didn`t see what the big hoopla was all about with Shawntel’s return. You’d think these idiot girls would realize what show they were on and expect some surprise twists. Well, I guess if you are hammered, it just explodes the smallest kernel of irritation. I noticed Monica crying really hard too, and was waiting for some kind of explanation. Loved the fainting! To me that was the best part of the night. Totally surprised it doesn`t happen more often. I really expected Ben to give her a rose just because he felt sorry for her, but no! ha ha, insult to injury for sure.

  20. kdgirl80

    January 18, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    I’m sincerely disappointed in you, Reality Steve. I have known Blakely since middle school and I can tell you that you have your facts wrong. I can’t believe you would even post that interview from “Blakely’s former co-workers.” She quit there A LONG time ago. Those caddy bitches are being just that… caddy. She is a really nice girl. Is she acting out because of insecurity? What girl on reality tv isn’t edited that way. Your commentary this season verges on vulgar, to be honest. Those women are someone’s daughter. Be respectful or you are just as caddy as the rest of them.

  21. rollingeyes

    January 18, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    @ kdgirl80 – The word is “catty”… in meow, catfight, etc. If you don’t like what Steve writes, don’t read it. Those women put themselves on that stupid show knowing full well they are fair game.

  22. sksksk

    January 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Loved all of your pet names for Lindzi (the Trucker): 18 Wheeler, Marlboro Lady, Skoal Cox, Beer Swillin’ Lindzi, Ol Mesh Trucker Hat, and Breaker Breaker 1-9. HYSTERICAL!

    Also another funny quote of the night: Ben was watching Kacie B skiing totally out of control and backwards down the street and says “Butt skiing backwards is definitely on my leap list!” Kacie B is my favorite. She is one of the few that actually acts her age on the show this season.

  23. Dianne

    January 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    @kdgirl80 – so, you state you’ve known “Blakley” since middle school. Funny how you, or the supposed other 2 ex-co-workers of hers don’t know how to spell her name correctly. Isn’t it Blakeley??!! Yes, yes, I believe it is. Cut the crap already! Oh, and I’m guessing the “80” in your nic is your birth year? Which would bring you to, what, 22?? Hardly close to Blakeley’s age.

  24. mtmom

    January 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Dianne, learn math, she would be 32!

  25. mpas

    January 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    I’m not even sure that the legs wearing the strappy gold sandals in the promo of Shawntel coming in were really Shawntel’s. The legs on the ‘promo girl’ were super tones and tanned. I remember being really impressed by them, but when Shawntel walked in, even with those different shoes and dress, her legs didn’t look so muscular (although of course she does has a beautiful body). I guess the producers didn’t get a ‘sexy’ enough shot of when Shawntel actually came in on the show, and so they had to re-shoot the scene with a slower, sexier walk to make it look more dramatic. LAME!
    Courtney’s mouth is disgusting. The only girls I like right now are Lindzi, Emily and Kacie B. Emily Maynard screwed it up for them by getting the Bachelorette gig. I think Eminemily (LOL) would’ve made a great choice for that one.

  26. addicted2rs

    January 18, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    I would pay Ben to not kiss me. He looks like a horrible kisser with his mouth wide open waiting to clomp onto the “lucky” girl.

    I think Shawntel had good intentions. It is too bad they didn’t let her start the season with the other girls, but that wouldn’t have been as dramatic.

    I think he was planning to give her the rose until Courtney told him basically she would be done if he did.

  27. Dianne

    January 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM sorry!

  28. karynr

    January 18, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    addictedtors….the thought of him kissing me makes me sick to my stomach. He looks like the worst. No technique, no tongue, no passion, no finesse…just dives in to peck and slobber. Yuch.

    kdgirl80…good point about these women being someone’s daughter, sister, aunt, etc. BUT, the classless ones, like Blakely, should have thought about their families before acting and talking in a sleazy manner. Blakely is acting like a sleazy slut. She owes her family an apology for her behavior. She certainly isn’t showing herself to be intelligent, classy or nice. Sorry….it is what it is.

  29. laurenashley

    January 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    All the names for Lindzi was freaking hysterical!!! Breaker Breaker 1-9, I was dying! On another note, did anyone else notice Courtney’s tree trunk legs in the shot of her walking to hear Ben & Shawntel’s convo? Not so modelesque in my eyes. She’s so creepy!

  30. carol

    January 19, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Yeah, I did notice Courtney’s fence-post legs in the same shot. She may be a model, but her legs don’t even compare to Lindzi’s. Lindzi has legs like Stacy Keibler – unbelievable!

  31. roboticbrad

    January 19, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    I was surprised that you did not comment about some additional editing brilliance. When Brittany decides to leave, she has a heart to heart with Emily while Emily is sporting a blue tank top. Brittany wheels her suitcase into the next room to tell the gang and Emily is sitting there with a few of the other girls in a bright purple tank top. Get it right editing folks!

    I’m sure Shawntel was put up to the whole thing by the producers. Do you really think a reasonably intelligent person would profess true love and the desire to spend a life with someone they had never met? I highly doubt it.

  32. pennyfarthing

    January 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    If anyone’s interested, I’m going to attempt to follow along with everyone’s tweets from this weekend’s Bachelor reunion in Vegas and post the choicest nugs here:
    I am also considering driving to Vegas tomorrow to snap some pics, but we’ll see how the day goes! 🙂

  33. BLT

    January 21, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    I too noticed courtneys tree trunk legs. Not very modelesque if you ask me!

  34. ghostly

    February 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    RS, I doubt you read the comments, but women don’t naturally hate each other. It’s called social conditioning. You think a little girl naturally hates other little girls and grows up to be that way on her own? Nope. And you really think any of the women they cast are even remotely feminist? I’d say no. I don’t blame them for only casting one archetype, but on behalf of all women who don’t hate each other for no goddamn reason, I promise the women on The Bachelor are not representative of the entire sex.

  35. ghostly

    February 1, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Oh, and as always, thanks for your blog.

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