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Bachelor in Paradise

“Reader Emails,” “Dr. Reality Steve,” and Live Video Chat Tonight at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST

Back tonight with a live video chat at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST. One of only two live video chats I’ll have for the remainder of the calendar year, so get your questions in. I’m off next week then back the following week with one final wrap up after the BIP finale. I’m back at home so we shouldn’t be having any technical issues tonight. Remember, Spreecast has gone to a new format, so the videos will only be viewable for 7 days after I post them. Once next year rolls around and I’m back to doing them weekly again, I’ll pay the monthly fee to have them stay up for as long as they can. But in the interim, with only two shows remaining, didn’t feel like it was necessary to pay a monthly fee for a service I’m only using twice more this calendar year. And oh yeah, tonight’s the beginning of college football season, so I’ll apologize in advance for being completely distracted for the whole show. I’m kidding. I’ll pay attention. I think. Maybe I’ll just have the South Carolina/A&M game on in the background. How’s that? Ok fine, I won’t.

You know what I didn’t realize until yesterday morning? This whole time since the beginning of Andi’s season, I thought Chris’ last name was pronounced “Soolz” not “Soles.” I guess it’s “Soles.” Then again, when has the show ever said the guy’s last name? They never said it and he never said it, so I guess when he was announced yesterday morning, that’s the first time we’ve ever heard a media outlet have to report his last name. It was kinda like Ben’s season. The whole time he was a contestant on Ashley’s season, I just assumed he pronounced it “FLAZH-nik” until he was announced as the “Bachelor” and it was “FLANN-ik.” I wonder how many other contestants last names I’ve been mispronouncing all these years?

TMZ came out with this cast wish list yesterday which people mistakenly took as meaning these people were definitely cast for next season. Whether Andi was offered or not, I don’t know. But as I’ve said for months, she’s not gonna be on DWTS. Another TMZ report today talked about the cast, and there was no mention of Andi. She’s not on next season everyone. Just making that clear.

In case you missed it, Marquel put up a blog post yesterday saying how he thinks his race was the reason why he wasn’t the next “Bachelor.” Do I think it played a factor? Sure. There’s never been an African American lead in 28 previous seasons of this franchise, so obviously this would be something new to them. Do I think it played as big a role as Marquel is making it out to be? No. The column is kind of bizarre in that he keeps telling us he’s fine with not being the “Bachelor,” but what he writes seems to make it seem like he isn’t fine with it. If you’re gonna take the time to write a blog post dedicated to why you weren’t cast, seems to me you aren’t fine with it. If he ever wanted to be the “Bachelor” in the future, which it sure looks like he does, I don’t think this is helping his chances. And as good looking and well rounded as Marquel has come across on TV, lets face it, I don’t think he got cast because Marquel really wasn’t great television. I think he comes across as uncomfortable on these shows if you ask me.

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  1. rob22

    August 28, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    A couple of things. Re: Josh playing golf and goofing off from his “Financial Advisor” gig. The local word is that Josh’s sole client is his brother Aaron, who’s competing for the backup QB spot for the Bengals. So, at this point, it’s barely a real job. The guy is pretty much a classic millennial slacker. Have fun with that Andi.

    And Marquel, I can’t believe he went with the ” I didn’t get it because I was black” line. No Marquel, you didn’t get it because you are boring, possibly gay since you absolutely refuse to get physical with girls, and you chose to swim in the BIP cesspool. Stop with the excuses. You’re not Bachelor material…. Which considering that prior Bachelors include Ben Flatdick, Huan Pah Blow, Jake Pukevelka, and Bob 5.5 Guinney… Your rejection should probably be considered a compliment.

  2. vessel

    August 28, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Have to agree @rob22. At the Men Tell All his defense was all about “If I had only known everyone else in the house was all about kissing, etc!” Okay, forewarned, and yet you do a spinoff and keep it PG13, or not even? Meh, and people thought he could/should carry a season as the Bachelor? Zzzzzzzzz

  3. mush

    August 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Graham and Michelle were a couple and are now friends. he supported her emotionally when her dad died. hes a true, loyal friend. they will always be real friends. as for Cody, yes hes into the gym and tanning. but so is michelle way into her looks with makeup, hair, spray tanning. and so what. they are fun spirited people. I hope they last a long time. have you seen michelle’s youtube? shes energetic and silly. so is cody. I say its a match made in heaven.

  4. jmania123

    August 29, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    I thought Marquel proved himself to be a dud on this show. He seemed inarticulate and prone to simple observational statements. A few people commented/asked about Jamie in Married at First Sight. It gives a sense as to why she was so messed up on BPad and Ben’s season. Chaotic family background. She breaks down crying when she saw they set her up with an ugly dude who lived at home. Must be too used to guys like Chris Bukowski (or too used by guys like Chris B).

  5. vessel

    August 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    @Mush I love Michelle’s Youtube channel. She cracks me up!

  6. karynr

    August 30, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Totally agree with everyone who thinks Marquel would have been a dud as the Bachelor. He’s either gay or a player and there’s something off about him. I can’t put my finger on it, but he’s one of those people who can fool you into thinking he’s a great guy, but it’s a major façade hiding the real person, which in my experience usually means a lot of anger and turbulence. I, too, thought he was great looking and possibly one of the good guys. I guess a show like BIP is a good place to go to let your true colors come out.

    I haven’t watched this weeks’s shows yet, but look forward to seeing that scumbag Jesse leave at the end. I thought he was cute when he was on Jillian’s season, but after seeing the way he treated Elizabeth Kitt, the guy’s a d***. His family must be so proud. Maybe they can start a support group with Chris Buttkowski’s family…..DFA….Douchebags Family Anonymous.

    I sure hope this is Sarah’s last foray into anything Bach related. Run Sarah Run…..find a nice normal guy and get away from this dysfunctional Bach family!!!!

    If the Michelle/Cody thing is real, I wish them luck. She seems like a person with a good heart, not to mention absolutely stunning. He seems like a sweetheart too. He’s kind of adorable in a goofy way. I guess time will tell with those two. Same with Marcus and Lacy. Isn’t she really involved in her work? It must be hard for her to give that up to move to Dallas.

  7. rob22

    August 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I’m not buying the Cody thing. OK, he puts on a good show, but a meathead is a meathead. Ever see Jersey Shore. When the going gets tough, punches will be thrown. Michelle better have a good woman’s shelter on speed dial.

  8. cjscjs711

    August 30, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    @rob22 and @vessel You should go to Marquel’s blog and tell him that. He won’t read it here most likely. The guy likes to get up on his soapbox about race and will use any excuse.

    Meanwhile he can run around looking for the white half to his black and white cookie, or the vanilla for his chocolate chip cookie, overlook a beautiful African American woman who was obviously attracted to him and choose the white woman who had no chemistry and probably asked him on the date because she didn’t want to step on toes and he was unattached. But in his mind, none of this is race-based when it’s himself doing the choosing.

    The tags on Lacy’s dress. It’s called “wardrobing” and so many of the stylists etc. do it for shoots. It is wrong but people rationalize it. I have found it is more work to find designers who will lend clothing for shoots (free in exchange for images) but it of course is more work getting these connections. Those companies in my experience take the tags off for you and put them back on and the dress probably goes on the discount rack. Not sure the case here – could also have been an ID tag on a mic pack. Very weird place for anyone to put a price tag. Would you think, looking for the price tag on a dress, to unzip the back and look inside, at the bottom of the zipper? I wouldn’t. I’d look in one of the usual places.

  9. vessel

    August 31, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    @rob22 That’s a pretty broad generalization you make about Cody. Because a guy works out all the time and has crazy huge muscles (and btw, isn’t his job personal trainer?) doesn’t necessarily make him capable or inclined towards violence against women. If I read your comment correctly this is what you seemed to suggest. Even putting that aside, isn’t this the guy that Steve basically said is the lone person ever in this franchise he can’t get a single negative piece of info on, all positive glowing praise?

  10. jmania123

    September 1, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    I just read the Marquel blog and found it as inarticulate as he was on the shows. They really need a bachelor who is too timid to kiss the girls and stays in the friend zone. It would have been funny to watch the final 2 both turn him down and say they just wanted to be friends – if any even stuck around that long.

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