Back for the 24th season of this franchise. Sixteen “Bachelors,” and now Emily being the eighth “Bachelorette.” And this will be the 22nd season I’ve written episode recaps of the show. Holy crap. Wow. Has it been that long? That’s absolutely crazy to me. Started off as an email to three people and it’s now spawned into this – my full time job. With the new season starting up that means there will be a minimum of two columns a week, but there will definitely be weeks where I squeeze in three or four. Tuesday will be the recap column of the episode, and Thursday will be “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve,” along with any news and notes about the show. So get your emails in this week for Thursday’s column since for the last couple months, when the traffic is lower, the emails pretty much dwindle down pretty low.
So since a lot of you have been gone ever since Ben’s season ended and haven’t visited since then and kept up with news, photos, info, and spoilers on Emily’s season while it was filming, I want to fill you in on something you may have missed. As you know, I’m currently still involved in a lawsuit that the production companies of the “Bachelor” franchise have filed against me. I’m fighting this as best as I can, but it’s obviously costing me a lot of money. I need all the help I can get due to the fact that this is a one big bad media corporation, and I’m basically a one person shop running this site. My webmaster handles the technical side to everything you see on the site, but it’s just me here pumping out columns and getting spoilers and has been for years. I want to continue to fight for what I believe in, but it’s getting awfully hard considering how much legal fees are piling up to defend myself. A lot of you have already donated in the last couple months and I can’t thank you enough. We’ve raised a little over $8500 in that time, and it’s gone straight to my lawyers. But there’s still more work to be done in this case, and anything that you’d be able to contribute would be much appreciated, no matter how small or how big it is. If you click the “Donate” button at the top of the page, you can read more about the case and everything involved, and if you’re so inclined to donate, it would be much appreciated. Just know every cent I’ve made has gone to my lawyers and will continue to do so in the future. Please take the time out to read the basics of the case by clicking the “Donate” button at the top of the page. Thanks.
Speaking of ads, I think one of the most repetitive emails I’ve received in the last two weeks has been, “Steve, how come if ABC is suing you, they’re running an ad for the ‘Bachelorette’ on your page? That doesn’t make any sense. Are you in cahoots with them?” The answer is no, of course not. Read the court documents to know there’s nothing phony about this lawsuit. The ad you saw on this site for the last two weeks promoting Emily’s premiere episode last night is not a private ad. That same ad was on numerous Bachelor/TV/pop culture websites. As I’ve said many times before, anyone can start a blog and put the same exact ads that I use on my site on theirs. But volume and traffic is what determines how much money you make of those ads. So ABC obviously in efforts to promote their show, started targeting pop culture/TV websites, and submitted that ad as part of a way to target audiences. The ads I run are based a lot through Google AdSense, and they just have a bunch of different inventory, and whatever is relevant to my site, pops up when you’re viewing. That’s why if you refresh the page, or click on the next page, ads will change. They’re in a rotation and I have no control over which ads appear when. So to answer your question, no, ABC is not paying me to run that ad on my site. That ad was EVERYWHERE the last two weeks. Hope that clears things up.