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“Reader Emails” & More Bad Reality TV Coming to Network Television

In this day and age, essentially anything can be made into a reality show. You’ve seen it. Anything from a bunch of rednecks who make duck calls, to a bunch of overweight rednecks who butcher the English language and have a foul mouthed 7 year old kid in beauty pageants, to a bunch of redneck teens on MTV in the outskirts of West Virginia filming their teen years, to a bunch of redneck teens getting knocked up in high school. Is it safe to say that America loves watching what the majority don’t consider “normal?” I’d say so. The popularity of all the shows I just mentioned prove that. We love a freak show. It’s no different than slowing down to look at the car crash on the highway, even though you have no idea what you’re about to see and it might be someone’s leg facing in the wrong direction or someone lying there a bloody mess. Yet we all stop and at least look because it piques our curiosity. However, one thing that apparently isn’t peaking peoples curiosity is D list celebrities diving. Yet not one, but TWO networks have decided to air this crap on TV.

It’s bad enough that Fox is airing their diving show right now and it’s tanking in the ratings since no one wants to see people who aren’t professionals fall into a pool with no discernable diving skills whatsoever. But that didn’t stop ABC from having their own diving show beginning soon, which is pretty much exactly the same thing with an even more random cast that you could possibly imagine. If I said to you, “Find me the 8 most random, D-list celebs and athletes right now because I want them on my diving show,” I don’t think you could possibly come up with a more diverse group of zeros than ABC has come up with for “Celebrity Diving.” Don’t believe me, check out TMZ’s exclusive pics from the set the other day. It amazes me how lazy networks are to actually order a scripted, well written drama that they’d rather air this for a couple months. Fox’s ratings for their diving show are in the toilet, and I’m no network executive, but something tells me this one is gonna bomb tremendously as well.

Sometimes the “Bachelor’s” outtakes and deleted scenes are more interesting than what happens during the episode. I mean, we always look forward to the blooper reel they play during the “Women Tell All” airing, and every Tuesday, ABC’s website always puts up deleted scenes that weren’t included in Monday’s broadcast. So I think I’ll include those in every Wednesday column for the rest of the season. Here were yesterday’s two deleted scenes that were posted. The first one is of Selma telling us how great of a cook she is, while the other is of creepy Amanda. Like, really creepy Amanda (although about as choppy and highly edited of a conversation as you’ll ever see on this show):

Sean wants to eat Selma’s cake. Outstanding.

I found that Amanda/Desiree conversation hilarious for the sole reason that you could tell both were drunk, and Desiree was doing everything humanly possible to push Amanda’s buttons about getting the rose without actually coming out and saying, “Bitch please. You don’t have a chance at that rose.” Very nicely done by Desiree. Kept the sweet, good girl image all while ruffling all of Amanda’s feathers in the process.

Another big day of “Reader Emails” as we’ve gone over the 40 mark for the 2nd week in a row. A few EMT’s give their assessment of the Tierra fall, Catherine being hidden is debated, and why were all the women wearing roughly the same bikini during the volleyball game? These questions and many others answered right here. Enjoy…

Hi Steve.

I’ve been reading your site for a few years. Just read about the new lawsuit and wanted to send this note of encouragement.

I have worked in the entertainment industry as a contract administrator in TV/film biz and legal for several years. I happily no longer work in the industry. Had enough of the bullsh**.

Anyway, you’re no dummy and you know what’s really going on. They’re trying to shut you down by hitting you in the wallet. I have no idea how deep your pockets are but just keep fighting alright? This is nothing but corporate bullying. And I suspect a huge part of this is Mr. Fleiss’s ego.

I do hope you are the victor in the end as spoilers are a part of the business. Those who love them (like me), seek them out. Those who don’t, don’t. Doesn’t ruin the experience. They know this. You’re not hurting their brand/business in any way. They just don’t like that you still find a way to spoil the show despite their efforts to stop you. Hoping for the best for you in this situation!! Fight on…

Comment: Thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate it. Look, I know what I do is fun and games and I don’t understand why others don’t see that. People are acting like I’m giving out CIA codes or something. For Christ sakes, it’s spoilers to a silly reality TV show. The day that what I’m doing causes someone to lose their job, or people are taking pay cuts and getting laid off, then I’ll stop. But since we know that isn’t happening with this show since they make money hand over fist, it baffles me how much they care about what I do. I don’t affect ratings, I don’t move the needle on their demographics, their ratings are solid for their Monday time slot every season, etc. Corporate bullying. Great phrase.

Hi Steve,

Love your site. I was just entertaining a hilarious thought that I would like to share: what if Chris Harrison is the next Bachelor with Melissa Rycroft as the host? I absolutely love Melissa and Chris is a train wreck waiting to happen. Oh, the absurdity that would ensue!

Comment: I can’t imagine a possible worse direction for this show to go than that. I like when people send me funny emails. That was hilarious.


I have read your column for a long time and don’t remember seeing this question answered, but it may have been. The girls always look so perfectly put together with their hair and makeup and they are all very fashionably dressed each season. Do they have hair and makeup people in the house to help the girls or do they always pick girls that know how to do this professionally? Do they have a wardrobe to choose from? I know – this is a girl question, sorry. I know they may have someone every now and then that looks bad (like the girl that was edited to make it look like she wasn’t talking to anyone), but it is rare! These girls don’t look like everyday girls walking down the street, but I guess a lot of them are wannabe actresses and such…

Comment: No hair and makeup people for the contestants and no free wardrobe unless you get to the final two, then you get to buy a dress on their dime.

Lesley doesn’t look like Emily O’Brien, she looks like Amy Smart

Comment: Good call. That one I see.

I always read your blog, for a couple of seasons already, i love it and even when i say im not going to read it cause i don’t want to know the final i always do.
However im really pissed and mad about what you wrote about Sarah, yes the bachelor producers must not be the best person ever but all you wrote about just putting her in the program and keep her and give her the first date to show the world they are good people seriously what was that about? Sarah is beautiful and a human being and she can do whatever she wants, if she wants to go to the bachelor why not? she is beautiful and smart, the only bad thing about her is that she have a super low selfsteeme but who are we to criticized? we are not in her position of not having one body part, and we don’t know how many rejects or comments she had to face growing up. I think its great that she is in this show. she is a human and her condition doesn’t make her better or worse than any of use, her personality is what makes her better or worse than any of us. and i think its great that Sean has something in his heart and brain that allows him to get to know her for who she is.

Comment: Either this person personally knows Sarah or is pretending to because how else would she guess she has “super low self steeme?” Yeah, Sarah definitely needs to get her steeme up. I never thought I wrote anything bad about Sarah. Look, I’d tell anyone who asks me (which has yet to happen) if they should go on the show, no. It’s not worth it for 98% of the people that do it. Most women that do this are fairly sensitive and don’t have the thickest skin in the world. Unless you can really handle criticism well from people you don’t even know, unless you have no problem with your past getting dug up by tabloids, and unless you don’t enjoy your privacy, then yeah, go ahead. But I tend to think most rational people value those things. I know it’s cool and exciting to be on TV and tell your friends about it, etc. But honestly you can just tell by the way contestants react on Twitter and in general that it bothers them one person out there has something negative to say. Especially anyone who answers with, “Well, you didn’t see the whole story. It’s a TV show, etc” Translation: I’m pissed that they decided to edit me in a certain light which is what is making people comment the way they do. Can’t feel sorry for those people anymore. It’s 2013 and this show has been on 25 seasons. If you don’t know by now what this show is capable of doing, that’s your fault, not the publics.

Hey Steve,

I love what you do, but hate reading the long Reader’s Emails, so hopefully this one is short enough: I’ve noticed that Chris Bukowski has tweeted more than once (after 2 episodes) that Lindsay is his favourite. I know you’re a fan of hers too, but so far she hasn’t stuck out to me at all (well, besides the wedding dress stunt!)… I think Chris knows she’ll likely be the next Bachelorette, and is trying to make it known to producers that he likes her so he’ll get on her season. Thoughts?

Comment: If Chris Bukowski is put on another season, I’d be shocked. What would all nine of his girlfriends think? Ok, maybe not nine. Nobody would buy for a second he’d be there for Lindsay, nor should they. However, if that’s the angle he’s working on Twitter, I wouldn’t put it past him.


Is it normal for ABC to solicit women to compete for the next season of The Bachelor while the current season is on? I was surprised when I saw that on Monday’s episode. Maybe I missed the promo asking for men for The Bachelorette, or maybe they don’t do it the same way since not as many men watch, but I thought that was odd. Personally, I could do without the Bachelorette and watch the crazies who come on the Bachelor each time, but I assume they are planning the next season of the Bachelorette now.

Comment: They always run ads for the next season during the current season. That’s a staple. It’s very generic, except for Emily’s season when they announced her early enough so they could possibly get more guys to apply. They just want to get the word out to as many people as possible, lie to them and tell them, “Oh yeah, we can totally see you as the next Bachelor, but you gotta do ‘Bachelorette’ first,” then that’s gets the guys all excited, when little do they know that they basically tell that to every guy who applies. Just a way to draw interest in applicants.

Congratulations Steve on your 5 year anniversary with Maddie – that’s awesome!

I think I enjoy reading your column than actually watching The Bachelor. One thing I’ve always wondered about are the makeovers from runner-up contestant to Bachelor/Bachelorette status. Shaun was cute before but now he looks like an adonis – in a plastic fantastic sorta way. I assume the show supplies stylists for the leads — do you know if they also style the contestants? What about hair and make-up? I’ve never seen so many cheesy satin gowns in one room since HS prom…

Comment: The lead gets a stylist and that’s it. Every woman who shows up on night one is in their own dress they bought, borrowed, or made themselves. And every dress all season is theirs as well. Except if you’re final two, then they take you shopping to buy what you need.

Hi, Steve. I just need to correct both Sarah and everybody else who keeps saying that she has “one arm.”. Sarah has two arms, but she has only one hand. Thank you.

Comment: Technically, yes, you’re correct. However, Sarah even says herself she has one arm. Hell, we heard it at least 3 times in a :60 span before her 1-on-1 date with Sean. So if she’s saying she has one arm, then obviously she’s ok with others saying she has one arm.

Hi Steve! Has a black contestant ever been selected for a one on one date, or even a two on one date?

Thanks for all the entertainment!

Comment: Considering there are very few black contestants period on this show, it doesn’t leave a lot of chances for it to ever happen. Off the top of my head, in the last 10 seasons, I can only remember one, and that was Marshawna from Matt Grant’s season. She actually got a 2-on-1 with Holly Durst, and Matt gave Marshawna the rose. At the time, it made no sense to me. Now? It makes perfect sense.

Hey Steve,

I have a question for ya. Watching these first two episodes of Sean’s season, I think Sean has the hottest group of girls to choose from of any recent season. But as a straight woman, I’m sometimes baffled by what men find attractive (i.e. Vienna Girardi). So, I’m curious for your perspective. Which season of bachelor had the overall hottest group of girls, in your opinion?

Love the column! Best of luck with the lawsuit.

Comment: Kinda hard to say because the seasons practically run together for me at this point. I thought Brad 2.0 had a great looking group of women. Ben’s girls were an attractive group from top to bottom. And Sean definitely has some good looking girls this season. Tough to pinpoint who had the best batch. Can we judge it some other way, you know, like by cup size or something? Or is that too piggish? I think I know the answer.

Reality Steve-

Just thought I would send a link to a tweet that Kalon wrote on last Monday night during Sarah’s date with Sean:

We all know that he’s a jerk, but this is just ridiculous and very cruel.

Comment: Did you expect anything less?

Hey Steve,

All jokes aside!

I would love to see Sean & Emily together. They have the so much in common. Sean is not a player, he is a family, faith, loving man. I really feel he would be the perfect husband, for Emily. He’s home at night.

Waiting your opinion!

Comment: Emily and Sean will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever be together. He’s not her type, and she’s not his. Period.

Just a random rhetorical question. If all the contestants signed up specifically for Sean, why did they have to tell Tierra who the Bachelor was? Wouldn’t she have known who she specifically signed up for?

Comment: Because they were lying when they said all the girls specifically signed up for Sean. That’s never been the case, and outside of Emily’s season, they can’t even possibly claim that to be remotely true. Impossible to know how many of Emily’s guys didn’t apply until they found out it was her without asking each one individually, but I’m willing to be that 90% of her guys (and I wouldn’t be surprised if all of them) were already part of the casting process before the announcement.

Steve, (Are you on a first name basis with your readers? Don’t want to offend you!)

2 quick questions:

1- Do the producers push certain ideas for the girls’ entrance out of the limo on night one? Do you think Lindsay really wanted to be “the girl who wore a wedding dress?” She seemed to genuinely regret it (and getting too tipsy) Same with 50 Shades of Weirdo girl.

2- I’m a huge college football fan. I justified University of Miami’s terribly embarrassing loss to ND by feeling sorry for Manti Te’o. (Huge UM fan, went to The U). Anyways, do you think he was “catfished” or do you think he was in on it? I’ve been paying attention to reports and personally think he knew and did it for publicity. I’m sure by the time you get to this more information will have been released. Manti for the next Bachelor?! Seems like he likes publicity! (Random side note– can’t stand former Bachelor Jesse Palmer because he bashes UM every chance he gets. How dare he!)

Comment: 1) Yes. They suggest things, the contestants ponder it, and if they’re on the fence, usually they end up doing it. I’m sure Lindsay had trepidations about wearing a wedding dress out of the limo. I’m sure she weighed the pros and cons of it. I’m also sure that a producer was the one who eventually pushed her over the edge to do it.

2) My Te’o thoughts were expressed in last Thursday’s column, then a little yesterday after hearing his side on Friday. The bottom line is I wouldn’t be surprised at this point by any turn this story took. It’s too weird, too bizarre, and too many people involved for me to be surprised by anything at this point. But after hearing what he told ESPN on Friday night, and reading the whole transcript of his interview, I’ll say I think he wasn’t in on the hoax. But on the other hand, I do think he knew something before Dec. 6th. Hearing him say that he still thought Lennay was a real person and alive up until last week? That blows my mind and makes no sense whatsoever.

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  1. iheartvino

    January 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I liked this batch of emails. Big props to the person who sent in the comment about Senior Skip Day on 90210- I had forgotten all about that one and I’m a big 90210 Junkie. Can’t believe I didn’t think of that on Monday during the Magic Mountain scenes.

    Totally random, but what’s up with some of the newer ads on this site? I just saw one asking me if I’d like to receive email updates from President Clinton. Ummm… NO. (And it’s not stemming from another site I visited.)

  2. lucky

    January 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Around the time of the first lawsuit, there were ads all over Steve’s website for the Bachelor (and the question was “why is abc advertising on RS while he’s getting sued at the same time”). RS explained that he has no control over what ads are placed. I forget exactly the ad-sale-terminology but it sounded like the site sells blocks of ads and that different ads are placed in different markets. It’s probably in a reader email about a year ago.

  3. iheartvino

    January 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Thanks Lucky, I wasn’t implying that I was under the impression that Steve had any control over the ads. I just found the Clinton ad amusing particularly because I’m a conservative. 🙂

  4. chloeparise

    January 23, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    …”We’re huge fans of Lindsay and Des. Even though we haven’t seen much from Catherine, it’s somewhat confusing or maybe even mind boggling as to why Sean wouldn’t pick one of them over Catherine..”

    Now, THAT made a lot of sense…lol;)

    And of course Sean is saying he fell in love with multiple woman and how hard the decision was…etc..
    I mean, I am sure the producers would be extremely happy with him if he´d wound up saying “You know, I knew without a doubt who I was going to marry after episodes 7, but I couldn´t dump the 3 other girls right there and then.”… Creating suspense (see: editing out Catherine…I just hope that this “masterplan” doesn´t backfire, because I can´t imagine S/C being to happy about it, I guess.)

    Also, I don´t know, but Sean does not strike me as someone who would propose to his F1 while being potentially in love with a bunch of other girls… He could just say that he likes her the most and he would like to give a relationship a shot…
    Plenty of other Bachelors did that before, actually….
    So yeah, I do believe that he pretty much has had his mind(heart) made up if he indeed proposed to Cat.

  5. Sunnyside422

    January 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Steve commented that Sean and Emily will never ever hook up that they were not each other’s type. Question for Steve:
    what exactly is Emily’s type? The buff bar owner didn’t fill the bill, the millionaire, fun guy didn’t, so what/who is her type? Wish he’d answer that one cause I think any guy who would continue to adore Emily and treat her in her accustomed Princess ways would be one I’d say was her type.

  6. Dianne

    January 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    @Sunnyside. I think as long as a) he pays absolutely no attention to anything but her would work, b) is filthy rich therefore she’s able to have anything she could possibly want c) is a so-called “good daddy” to her little girl, d) never gets angry, upset, out of line etc. e) pretty much a Ken doll to her pretending to be Barbie. THAT is probably what Emily is looking for. Pretty pathetic, isn’t it?

  7. iheartvino

    January 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Dianne, your description of what Emily looks for in a guy is spot on, but you forgot to mention that she would also like to find a guy who wouldn’t mind her occasional sexting with another dude.

  8. bigfatwoman

    January 23, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    As for me, I just don’t find Amanda all that “creepy” as Desiree calls her. I think she’s very pretty, may be a little odd, but hardly creepy. I’m sure she’s also a victim of selective editing.

    I don’t know…..unless someone is huddled in a corner chanting to themselves, I think one woman calling another woman “creepy” on national television is in poor form and kinda tacky. I think Desiree needs to show a little more integrity and be above the name calling. Like, get over it girl. Enough already.

  9. kasey31

    January 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    steve seemed to be in a good mood today, not griping about having to answer the same question multiple times.. thanks, steve! there were some good questions asked, different from the norm..

  10. kasey31

    January 23, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    iheart- haha.. that clinton ad is ironic for u.. and about as strange as smokey the bear telling me to “get my smokey on,” while reminding me that i am the only one who can prevent wildfires.. thats putting a lot of pressure on me, no?

  11. heliofan

    January 24, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Is anyone going to watch the Te’o interview on Katie today? I’m taping it. Don’t really think it will answer our questions but it should ne interesting.

  12. Dianne

    January 24, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    @iheart..LOL!! Sorry, forgot that very important element that Barbie..errrr..Emily is looking for in a man..hahahaha! Love it!

  13. freeasabird

    January 24, 2013 at 6:48 AM

    Let’s all hope kasey31 was able to sleep last night. Big day ahead being she is “the only one who can prevent wildfires.” That’s way too much pressure to put on one person. I’d be happy to help but I guess Smokey doesn’t think I can handle it. Maybe he will show up later. Good luck!

  14. kasey31

    January 24, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    freeasabird- haha, thankfully its raining in cali, but what about the rest of the country? there is only one “me!”

    heliofan- im recording it, too.. i want to see him look katie in the face and say he had nothing to do with it..

    ok, back to fighting fires! have a good day everyone! : )

  15. Sunnyside422

    January 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Yup Dianne, I’d have to agree with everything you detailed as Emily’s ideal man. Pretty much a robot would do the trick. Or maybe someone who is into superficial as much as she is. She has perfected the role playing…little Southern belle and all.

    Since her has not found anyone in 9 years since she got pregnant maybe most men are looking for more reality in their women and she fails big time.

  16. karynr

    January 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    A robot with deep pockets and the ability to ignore high-maintenance whining and behaviors….bless her heart.

    Urban Dictionary definition of bless her/your heart:

    1. This is a term used by the people of the southern United States particularly near the Gulf of Mexico to express to someone that they are an idiot without saying such harsh words.

  17. kasey31

    January 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    karynr- haha, so true!

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