Now, coming off a wrong spoiler, obviously once I release the ending for Juan Pablo’s season, whatever it may be, of course there’s going to be skepticism. As there should be. Just like after I was wrong about Ali and Brad’s season and then I came back with Ashley was engaged to JP, do you know how many people doubted that? Plenty. There’s nothing I can do about that. No matter how much I say I believe my spoilers, I’m truly never vindicated until the finale airs. Most of the time it’s been right, and last night was the first season where I was convinced even up through the final minute it was right and it wasn’t. Tough pill to swallow, but I’m a big boy. I can handle it. As many negative tweets and emails I’ve received since last night, there have been WAY more “Big deal if you were wrong” and “I still love your column and your spoilers” emails than the negative ones. You will see that in Thursday’s “Reader Emails” column. So for that, I’m appreciative. I didn’t lie to anybody, I didn’t intentionally deceive people for personal gain, I didn’t play anyone as some are suggesting. I flat out was given wrong information this season. Yeah, I may not be as good as the information as I’m given, but ultimately I’m the one who falls on the sword if my info is wrong. I’m not gonna pawn this off on someone else, or throw somebody under the bus. It’s my site, I choose to run with the information I’m given, and if it ends up being wrong, that’s on me and no one else.
With that said, lets put to rest some of the conspiracy theories floating around. There are three current themes I’m seeing on Twitter and email and I will address all three. They are:
1) ABC knows who my sources are and they paid them off to tell me wrong info
2) I’m on ABC’s payroll and this was all done just to generate interest in an otherwise boring season
3) I gave out the wrong spoiler on purpose just to generate traffic to my site
Ok, this notion that ABC knows who my sources are couldn’t be any further from the truth since that is insinuating it’s the same people telling me stuff every season. And that’s just not true. Every single season I have different people telling me different things. If I had one person feeding me info for 4 years now, surely ABC would’ve shut that person up by now. I know people are gonna believe what they want to believe, and trust me I like a good conspiracy theory as much as they next guy, but this one is beyond ridiculous. If they knew who was feeding me info, why would the last 7 seasons be right? The sources who gave me the “Des is engaged to Brooks” info are not the same sources who gave me Sean’s ending, who are different from the people who gave me Emily’s ending, who are different from the people who gave me Ben’s ending and so on and so forth. So there is no truth whatsoever to the theory that ABC knows who’s giving me info and paid them to give me wrong info. Paid them? A lot of you think my ego is already through the roof as it is, but not even I could imagine I have that much pull to where a network television show is so afraid of a blogger in TX that they are paying people to spread wrong info. If they are, well, then I win. There’s no way that’s the case.
The whole “Reality Steve and ABC are in bed together” is one of my favorite theories. Really? We are? Even though they’ve sued me twice in the last 18 months? Would you like to see my bank statements showing the payments I’ve made to legal fees in that time and then tell me that ABC and I are working together? Seriously, that would probably be the only way I’d ever be able to actually prove I don’t work for them and never have, but obviously I’m not posting my bank statements to show that. If people don’t want to believe me, that’s their choice, but two lawsuits against me are public record. If you honestly think those were made up, and two fat legal bills were just a side show, and it’s all a conspiracy that I’m working with them, you should probably focus your efforts on something else. Yet another theory that couldn’t possibly any further from the truth. I don’t like these people and they don’t like me. We are not working together on anything and never will. End of story.
The last thing I need to do is con people into coming to my site when this show is airing. It’s not like all these other sites out there were saying “Des is engaged to Chris – Reality Steve is wrong” and here I was all by my lonesome saying it was Brooks. There are no other sites on the internet that give spoilers to this show consistently year in and year out outside of mine. I’m the one putting my ass on the line every season with my spoilers, not anyone else. And if some message board dorks want to jump down my throat for that last sentence, be my guest. No one cares about them anyway. If a tree falls in a forest, does anybody hear it? I rest my case. But I do find it comical sometimes that the only site on the internet giving episode-by-episode spoilers everyone seems to enjoy, but then the second something is wrong, somehow I’m involved in a conspiracy, or I’m purposely misleading people just to get them to come to my site. That’s not how I work. I don’t need to beg, and plead, and mislead, and lie to get people to come to my site. My track record and accuracy over the years has built a solid enough audience that people know where they need to come to find their spoilers to this franchise. If I whiff on next season, and the season after that, and the season after that, and the season after that, then yeah, I think people can start to question me and my sources. To me, this is a bump in the road and I’ll be back next season to spoil what’s in store for Juan Pablo.
One thing I will take pride in is the fact that as much as this show hates me and what I do (even though they try to pretend they don’t), they basically showed their hand last night when Mike Fleiss, Robert Mills, and Elan Gale all directed tweets at me once the finale aired. So wait, if I don’t matter and they don’t care about me (which they all claim), why immediately take aim once the show ended last night. I mean, really? Robert Mills retweets a fake Chris Harrison account that said “Blow me, Reality Steve.” Nice. Glad to know I’m on their minds and I’m under their skin that much that they couldn’t wait to take subtle jabs not four seconds after the show was over. Funny stuff. I’m flattered boys. Keep it coming. The bottom line is this will continue being pissing match every season between myself and this show. My goal is to spoil it, and their goal that they’ve obviously started focusing more attention on, is how to prevent me from spoiling it. For 7 seasons in a row, they couldn’t. Last night they did. Not bad for a measly little blogger in TX running essentially a one man operation that I’ve got that much attention from a 10 yr network television show. Lets see what happens next season. Not to go all Charlie Sheen on everyone, but I’d say I’ve been winning more than losing when it comes to doing what I do. Last night, I gave up a walk HR in the bottom of the 9th of Game 7 of the World Series. Sucks. Just means I try and bounce back next season.