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“Reader Emails,” Update on the Group Date This Saturday, and Final Live Video Chat For A While Tonight at 9:00pmEST/6:00pm PST

Quite an interesting couple days since the finale, no? All sorts of reports swirling around and speculation running rampant on what the hell is going on with Juan Pablo and Nikki, his relationship with the show, his relationship with Chris Harrison, what the hell happened at the ATFR, etc. I could seriously write 10 pages on it if you wanted me to break down everything, but honestly at this point, I don’t care. I’m Juan Pablo’d out. Sure, it’ll get brought up here and there in “Reader Emails” today, but to try and dissect that guy’s brain and what he’s thinking, and what’s gonna happen from here, it’s pointless. I’ll stick by what I’ve said for the last 4 months. He did this as a publicity stunt, he was never interested in finding a wife or step mom, and the reason he didn’t say he loved her on Monday was not because of some cultural barrier, or because he’s trying to be private or whatever…it’s because he doesn’t. And won’t. They are never going to get married, let alone ever get engaged. That’s not what he wants, nor ever wanted out of this show. Period. End of story. My tune hasn’t changed since November and it certainly isn’t changing now.

Tonight will be the final live video chat for a while now that the season is over. Probably will come back the week before Andi’s season starts. Her first episode is May 19th, so I’m guessing I’ll do a show the Thursday before that on the 15th, then every Thursday from there on out. So join me tonight at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST to put a nice little bow around this season and send it off into the dumpster.

Also, I have not decided if I’m gonna go back to doing the “Daily Links” column, or maybe do a “Reality Roundup” once a week, or both. Or neither. Gimmie the weekend to figure it out. I’ll be spoiling Andi’s season as it’s filming whenever I can, so you’ll know when a new column is up with info by following on Twitter or my Facebook Fan Page. Definitely be there on Saturday when I give info on what’s happening with the group date.

Chris Harrison has obviously spoken a lot since the show ended, but rather than link to every interview he’s done, here’s the best one I think he did and basically I agree with every single word he wrote in it. I know, shocking huh? His Q&A with was dead on. Juan Pablo had to keep Nikki a secret for 4 months, and the first opportunity they got to be a public couple, he sat up there for 20 minutes and refused to say anything remotely nice about their relationship. Not like he was trashing it, but geez, give us something, anything.

Thought it was funny to hear Cassandra go on a local show in Michigan and take shots at Juan Pablo and Andi. Good stuff.

I tweeted this out Tuesday afternoon, but if you missed it, here it is again. Did you see the ratings for Monday night? The 2 hr episode got 9.5 million viewers, basically 1 million more than any other episode this season. And the ATFR? 11 million! In comparison, Sean’s 2 hr finale drew 10.3 million viewers, with the ATFR drawing 10.8 million. So basically people saw Sean propose in his finale, and a few extras wanted to watch to see them be a happy couple on TV on the ATFR. Juan Pablo doesn’t propose, gets crucified by Clare on the way out the door, and an extra 1.5 million people tune in to see where their relationship is at. I’d say that’s pretty telling and is all you need to know about this show. People absolutely love a good train wreck. How many media outlets, friends and companions of yours, and social media comments have you seen that have said how bad of a season this was, and Juan Pablo was the worst Bachelor ever? Pretty much all of them. And although some people are tiring of Sean & Catherine, it’s safe to say they are way more liked than Juan Pablo & Nikki, right? Yet more people tuned in for Juan Pablo’s ending. Why? Because with Sean, you knew what you were getting. “Awwww how cute, they’re engaged.” There’s zero drama once that happens. But Juan Pablo? No engagement, can’t tell her he loves her, etc and it’s like, “We GOTTA tune in to see what happens next.” So yeah, Juan Pablo will be panned as the worst Bachelor ever, but do you think producers care when they get numbers like that? Hell no. People will watch if they get a love story, and people will watch if they get a train wreck. It. Does. Not. Matter. Been saying that for years.

Nice to see Nikki’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan McDill tell her what everyone else is telling her in an interview he did with Star Magazine this week. Nice. And the chances of her listening to him are slim and none. Ryan, she’s off in la la land right now. Hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later before she comes to her senses. I’ve known about Ryan for a while now. Figured it was only a matter of time before he spoke out. In case you’re curious about what Ryan looks like, here are some old pictures of them together:


Ok, lets get to Andi. Filming started last night. 25 guys as far as I know. I mean, I’m good, but not that good. It’s only been a few hours since the rose ceremony ended, so I don’t know who was eliminated yet or how many. And considering I don’t know all 25 guys yet either, kinda makes it hard to say who’s gone. I can tell you that I have 15 of the 25 and will be releasing more of them on Tuesday next week. Today is an off day as the guys move into the mansion, and her first 1-on-1 is tomorrow night, with a group date Saturday, then another 1-on-1 Sunday and second rose ceremony Monday night. None of the producers live tweeted the limo exits last night so I guess they’re taking a different route this season. Whatever. Do what you want. Your season is still getting spoiled. You don’t think so? This was last night before getting into the limos. Well, hello Marquel:


There’s more where that came from. Lets save it for a little later.

As for Saturday’s group date, I can tell you now that it’ll be taking place in the Hollywood & Highland area and the “Hollywood Men” (a male exotic dance group) will be part of the date. So my guess is the guys will have to partake in some sort of male dancing show with minimal clothing on. I’m sure that won’t be too embarrassing. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed on Saturday as I’m sure I’ll be able to give you more details then.

A few things that have been updated on the “Andi’s Guys” page regarding the nine I posted about on Tuesday including Tasos’ age (30), and that Dylan no longer works for Ernst & Young, but a company in MA called Walter & Shuffain, P.C..

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  1. packgirl

    March 13, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    To the person who wrote the lengthy letter defending Juan Pablo and blaming “professional,” “North American” women for not being feminine and docile enough to please him…

    What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  2. angelfish

    March 13, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Regarding “Aunt Flow” in the fantasy suite….If a woman is on birth control pills, it’s easy enough to skip 1 or 2 periods during a situation like this. I’ll bet many of them do.

    And yeah, I think that defense letter sounds like it comes straight out of the 1920’s. New Flash, women can vote now too! *LOL*

  3. liz123

    March 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Oh oh oh. The letter describing in detail why Juan Pablo is great b/c he’s the “big man” who protects his fragile little woman. Oh, I can hardly take it. “And that’s what women need, sympathy, they are not logical creatures like men” <—- A woman living in 2014 said this? If a man ever told me that what I needed was sympathy when I was attempting an intelligent conversation with him, I think I'd just give up & kick him in the crotch.

  4. liz123

    March 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    @packgirl, I love Billy Madison & that quote has never been more appropriately used!

  5. serapa

    March 13, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I’d like to kick Juan Pablo in the crotch. Men like him should be infertile 🙂

  6. iheartvino

    March 13, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    @packgirl, LOVE it! Liz123 probably remembers this- I posted that same quote on here a few months back when we were dealing with a certain troll on here. LOL

  7. packgirl

    March 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    @liz123, why thank you! And don’t you wish a little bit that Andi *had* actually kicked JP in the crotch? Just sayin’.

  8. packgirl

    March 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    @iheartvino — lol, was this the troll with all the insane Bible quotes? because that was kinda creepy. :/

  9. liz123

    March 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    @iheartvino, why yes, I do remember you using it! 😀

    Yes, I would’ve loved to have seen Andi (or anyone for that matter) kick JP in the crotch! And my hatred of him has absolutely zero to do with the fact that he didn’t propose!!! The large majority of those hating on JP could not care less about that, but based on this week’s column that is what many of his defenders think. Please believe this: The disdain for JP has nothing to do with the fact that he didn’t propose & everything to do with him being a chauvinistic & narcissistic a$$hole.

  10. amyrn22

    March 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I’m glad Steve is taking care of the “problem.” Also, I kinda wonder if the letter we’re all referring to is a joke. Literally, as I read through it, I kept thinking at the end it was gonna say “Psyche! Haha!” or something like that. There is no way in hell that person is for real with that… right?

    And gosh, I am so sick of people defending JP saying “Why are people hating on him b/c he didn’t propose or say I love you?” For the last time, THAT’S NOT WHY. No one cares about that. We don’t care about him proposing. We don’t like him because he’s a douchebag pig that went on the show for the wrong reasons and acts like a controlling, stubborn baby. Grow up, JP. His behavior on the AFR refusing to do what he’s PAID to do, which is talk about his feelings because he was mad about DWTS, was pathetic and annoying. Let’s all remember that he was paid for this. Not to say I love you, but to at least talk and answer questions. Jeez, at the end of the day it’s a tv show that the lead is paid to do, and he didn’t do the job well. Nor did he care for one second about the viewers who watch the show. I hope he disappears and we don’t see or hear from him again in the tv world.

    Did anyone have any idea what he was trying to say with his tweet today that said “LOVE how @Nikki_Ferrell and I made UP tweets that we WANT to say and we LAUGH at them cause we DON’T write them because we are PRIVATE” What the hell is he trying to say?

  11. bigfatwoman

    March 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM


    I saw JP’s tweet that you referenced above and I didn’t get it either……sounded like more blah blah nothing from this idiot.

    I just read their People Magazine cover story and believe it or not, he still sounds like an arse. Can’t wait for Nikki’s cover in a few weeks with the headline “It’s Already Over — What Went Wrong.”

    I am following Juan Poopy on Twitter just to keep track of his train wreck personality, but I don’t know how much longer I can hang on. It’s painful.

  12. kinbville

    March 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    “At the end of the day”, Andi probably wishes she’d kicked JP where it counts. I guess she got her revenge by milking it into the new Bach. gig.

  13. kinbville

    March 13, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    While I am no fan of JP, I think Clare looked totally stupid, and lost all credibility, getting upset about the helicopter comment but then running up to the final rose ceremony all doe eyed and ready to say yes. If she was so mad about it, she should have dumped him 1st. Some of that anger was pure and simple-Sour Grapes! Needless to say, she was super annoying the entire season with those huge fake front teeth that were so big she had to constantly lick her lips and lick the teeth to keep her lips from getting stuck on them. She was like Mr. Ed.

  14. caffeinequeen

    March 13, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    That letter from the (I assume) guy who thinks women should be barefoot and pregnant was really something. If this isn’t just another persona of the individual who goes on those lengthy bible-quoting rants, those two should get together. I think they’re on the same wave length.

    I didn’t really warm to the edited versions of either Nikki or Clare, but I think they both deserve better than JP. I can understand why she went through with the rose ceremony, even though she’d had a couple of big red flags waved at eye level by then. She probably felt like she had too much invested to just walk, so she decided to see it through. As insensitive and ill-mannered as his behavior was, I guess that wasn’t an absolute dealbreaker. I am sure she’ll have plenty of dating opportunities now, and I hope she follows her intuition and doesn’t waste any more time on bozos like JP.

  15. caffeinequeen

    March 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    To be clear, “She” meaning Clare.

  16. duckquack

    March 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Chris Harrison is sure peddling his way all over the place, seeing how most of the public did not favor his actions on ATRC…..
    not trying to paint Pablo as king, but there is a huge problem people not understanding cultures, if you have not dealt with it you will never understand it…2) Pablo never watched a show had no clue about the process, right there the ball starts on the wrong curve….To him it meant he would know how to handle it being popular with girls already…Right there the production sees your weaknesses smiles and says “aha we have got ourselves a fish this show will be easy we make him what we want him to be like…

    telling Claire he liked f****** her is nothing out of line it is what goes on today, and guess what girls compete for these type of guys for them its a compliment..if it wasn’t why was Claire smiling and ready to say I do if that comment bothered her?…because she wanted him, and then turned a phrase that is common in circles today into vulgarism with the audience. booo hooo hooooo you had no control over yourself, too bad…

  17. liz123

    March 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    @duck, what evidence do you have that the majority of the public disagreed with how Chris Harrison conducted himself on ATFR?

  18. bigfatwoman

    March 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    @Athena, I read the column and I agree too. Juan Pablo is who he is and should never have been cast on this show. ABC only has themselves to blame. I also think Chris Harrison had a hard time hiding his disdain for JP, but was also trying desperately to fill dead air on the show.

    The season of JP seemed to bring out the worst in everyone.

    I completely agree with Jillian’s comment about Sean Lowe’s claim that you have no choice but to lose your privacy once the show ends.

    Lunkhead and Gigglesnorts continue to milk their 15 minutes — that has been their choice long after their obligation to this show was over. Those two are such hypocrites, I wish they’d just go away. They have become so unlikeable and unaware.

  19. dawgfan

    March 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    To clarify-Andi’s father may like Aaron Murray but she went to LSU and not UGA.

  20. Athena

    March 16, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Completely apropos of nothing, looking at Nikki in the photos Steve shared, I realized what a tiny little thing she is. I don’t know how tall she is, but she sure is petite.

  21. kasey31

    March 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    So good to see familiar “faces” back on here commenting : ) And the new ones too! (Well, most of them at least haha).

    Thanks for the link, Athena.
    Just wanted to add myself to the list of those who agree 100% with Jillian’s comments and take on the show/ATFR ceremony. Jason and Molly also echoed her thoughts on their podcast.

    Chris Harrison did come across as a bully to me. While JP was certainly not the best bachelor the franchise has ever seen, I do believe ABC could and should have conducted themselves with more class than that.

    And as much as Molly loves Sean, she agreed that Sean and Catherine’s extended fame was all on them. “If you want to be left alone, you’ll find a way, and it IS absolutely possible.”

    With that said, the consensus from all the ppl I’ve talked to, most who strongly dislike JP, seem to think ABC still crossed the line, and I agree. It was incredibly uncomfortable, and awkward to watch. Still, I admit, it truly was the best AFTR I’ve seen so far.

    No disrespect to those who feel otherwise. I think that’s what made this season, ironically, so great- the polarization that came from months of built up tension between the 2 made for a good debate at the end.

  22. liz123

    March 17, 2014 at 8:06 AM

    I mean, I guess I agree that ABC should’ve tried harder to not throw their “star” under the bus since they are the ones who cast him in the first place. I don’t, however, blame Chris Harrison for everything on ATFR. I think a lot of that was due to his attempt to fill airtime on live TV added to his total confusion & dislike of JP & the studio audiences’ obvious dislike. Of course a pro is going to play to the audience. Plus, there isn’t a whole lot of time to think of diplomatic ways to say things when you’re supposed to be talking non-stop.

    As far as Sean & Cat & their take on whether you can get privacy afterwards, I see it both ways. I do think they chose to extend their time in the spotlight & that’s not mandatory for all ex-cast. I don’t really blame them for doing what they did, though. If you’re in love & can get paid to show a wedding you were gonna have & have to pay for alone anyway, why not. But, I do think Sean was right that at least for a time afterwards, the tabloids are going to be on you, like it or not. Now, if you hide away long enough, it’ll eventually die down, but do you think Star or US weekly give a crap whether JP & Nikki want privacy? No, they don’t. Kanye West beats them & they still won’t leave him alone!! I’m not saying JP is equal to Kanye, but for as long as the public has interest, the tabloids are going to follow & report on you regardless of whether you want privacy or not.

  23. kasey31

    March 17, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Very true, Liz.
    And I don’t blame Chris Harrison, either. Not completely. It was just a disaster waiting to happen. JP looked like he’d rather be on the side of the road picking up trash than at that ceremony, and Chris was only going off of his very negative vibe from the onset, along with the tone of the audience. I’m sure he felt even more awkward conducting that interview than we did watching it. What it really came down to was an obvious disdain towards both parties involved.

    As for Sean and Catherine, I agree. I’m not saying they *shouldn’t* have extended their fame, I think we’d be hard pressed to find most successful couples coming off the show to not take the opportunities and money offered to them once their season finishes airing. I’m just pointing out that it *is* possible to keep a much lower profile if that’s what the couple desires, and apparently Sean and Catherine didn’t mind- I don’t judge them for that at all.

    I also think it has a lot to do with how the final couple is perceived by the audience in the end. Jason and Molly can relate because they were hated, too. Sean and Catherine were America’s sweethearts, so they didn’t have to deal with the negativity from the media like others in the past. The interest in JP and Nikki will die down soon, I’m sure. Next, we’ll be reading about their break up.

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