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“Bachelorette” News & Notes with Pictures

Wow. Do you realize today is exactly one month away from my 40th birthday party in Vegas at Mandalay Bay? I’ll be giving more updates as we get closer, but right now we’re pretty much right at capacity. If you are still interested in coming, and you are not driving, to confirm a spot on the guest list you just have to show me you purchased a plane ticket. Not a lot of room left. I really can only take maybe 5-7 more people, so if you’re still interested, you would have to purchase soon. Anyone who has already purchased and I’ve told is confirmed for the guest list, if anything changes on your end, please let me know. The party is Friday night, June 5th in my room. Appetizers and open bar, along with a little surprise I have for everyone. If you can’t make it Friday and are interested in hanging out Saturday, that’s fine as well. Just let me know you’ll be there and I’ll update what the plan is for Saturday as we get closer. Obviously if you want to show up, I can’t stop anyone from coming to Vegas. I just cannot guarantee entry into the room party Friday night due to capacity in the room. But there will definitely be a meeting place Saturday night if you’re interested in showing up, so let me know if you’re interested.

One correction that I’ve made to yesterday’s column. The people Britt and Brady were hanging out with in Cardiff on Saturday was not her sister. Britt only has a younger brother, Karl Nilsson. And neither of Brady’s siblings live in San Diego, so I’m not sure who the people are they were with.

I told you that every day leading up to the premiere on the 18th (minus this Friday and next Monday), I would give you some info regarding the “Bachelorette” that I haven’t released yet. Today you’re getting pictures. Yay! Pictures! We all like pictures, no? I’ve had these pictures since, well, the day they happened. Are they earth shattering? Jaw dropping? No and no. But hey, they’re pictures that no one else has so I figured I’d share them with you so you can get more familiar with Kaitlyn’s Guys. As you know, filming started on Thursday night, March 12th and the first 3 episodes they filmed this season were in LA before they headed off to New York. They left for NY on Tuesday, March 24th out of LAX. I told you at the time I had pictures of a few of the guys at the airport. Here they are:

(L to R): Tanner Tolbert, Ben Higgins, Jared Haibon


Ryan Beckett (Jonathan in hat with the earring)

JJ Lane (on left in plaid shirt) & Justin Reich (in the background getting their bags – Joe Bailey with the sideburns & Ben Zorn next to him)

Corey Stansell (Jared in background)

(L to R): Corey, Chris (middle), Jared (in hoodie), Shawn Booth (far right w/ water bottle)

What’s funny about the airport pictures is, I’m not sure how many of you know this, but when they’re early in the season and traveling in groups, they are not supposed to interact with anyone in the airport or on the plane other than each other. If people randomly ask them questions, they are supposed to lie about who they are and what they’re doing. For past seasons whether it’s “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette,” they have been told to tell people they are a traveling volleyball team or soccer team. On this particular day, the guys were telling people they were on a rowing team. Once they were pressed on exactly where they were headed and what rowing team it was, they basically shut down and their “chaperone” with them told the person to stop taking pictures. Oops. Too late. I love how the show wants to keep this sh** guarded like it’s the CIA, yet every single season it gets spoiled. A volleyball team? Yeah, totally believable. The girls on the “Bachelor” season even have to say that too when they travel. So dumb. So anyone who’s ever traveling in the future and you see a group of good looking people not wearing any sort of matching uniform sweats or jackets yet say they’re part of a traveling volleyball team, just know it’s probably the “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette.”

Once they were in New York, I already gave you the breakdown of who and what happened on the rap date, so here are a few pictures from it:

(L to R): Jonathan, Tanner, Ben Z., JJ (plaid shirt), Corey, & Shawn Booth

(L to R): Shawn (behind Kaitlyn), Tanner, Justin

Rap Battle: JJ vs Corey



Kaitlyn & Doug E. Fresh

And finally, I’ll end it by giving a little background to one of the teaser answers I gave you earlier. I asked you what Roberto had in common with one of the guys from this season, which ended up being Chris. I loved hearing some of your guesses, but honestly, none of you were anywhere close to what the answer was. Remember in Ali’s season when she had an episode in New York she had a group date where the guys auditioned for a role in the “Lion King,” Roberto ended up winning and the two of them got to perform in the show? They did the same exact thing on Kaitlyn’s season, except the show the guys auditioned for was “Aladdin.” Chris ended up winning the group date and got to perform briefly with Kaitlyn in “Aladdin” that night. I’m sure just like Ali and Roberto, they stuck these two in the back and nobody noticed or had a clue they were in it. Although afterwards, a couple people caught Kaitlyn and Chris outside the theater as they were being filmed:

So that’s it for today. Back with more tomorrow including “Daily Links.”

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  1. tgp51

    May 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM


  2. olestinker

    May 5, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Any bets on how quickly after the rap battle date airs Slate runs a story about the already notably racist Bachelor franchise dabbling in cultural appropriation?

  3. abby9

    May 5, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    @Olestinker: I created this account exclusively to say that your comment is maybe one of the best I’ve ever seen in an “internet comments” thread. I can only hope that cultural appropriation was on the brain because of Cinco de Mayo. And, I give it 48 hours minimum.

  4. cjscjs711

    May 6, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    Does anyone besides me see the logic in crying after being booted from DWTS and leaving the glamour and adoration, the young Witney and others; now to be set free to go back to the farm in the middle of nowhere to plant corn, talk to cows, and celebrate engagement to the new fiancee he barely knows?

    I haven’t seen Tuesday’s DWTS yet but I liked how they choreographed Chris’ part on Monday. They just had him just stomping around the stage, as though they finally realized the guy will not count music beats to save his life, so they might as well try to make it look like he’s not supposed to be counting. Nice try, but, couldn’t fool anybody.

    Whitney going back to Chicago to mourn her mother’s 10th anniversary of death didn’t make a lot of sense to me. Nor being seen with Andi (also dumped Chris) at the Kentucky Derby having fun. The big pink hat didn’t look very mournful, either. Nice cover-up story and more power to her. I really hope this beautiful woman with so much going for her doesn’t waste more precious time on this make-believe romance. The Bachelor franchise might not like it but I think the public would totally comprehend. With no detailed explanation needed.

    On Sean divorcing Catherine at some point (that someone speculated in an earlier post) – I don’t see it happening any time soon due to his commitment to a quite fundamentalist brand of Christianity.

  5. keddo

    May 6, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Anyone else see the resemblance between Ben Higgins and Donny Osmond?

  6. tgp51

    May 6, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    @cjscjs711 You read my mind! I was just gonna post something about the tears last night on DWTS. He really thought he was gonna win the mirror ball trophy???

    More like:

    A. Sad because he won’t have a driver to haul him around LA anymore?
    The paparazzi won’t be staked out in the corn fields to make him feel special?
    B.He’s gonna miss Witney C horribly( did you see that lip latching kiss?)
    C. The pigs won’t care he can do the cha cha?
    D. He won’t know what to do without ABC telling him what to post, say, act after 3 reality shows?

    E. All of the above

  7. kmannone723

    May 6, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    Yeah it was time for Chris to go home and start to patch up his relationship with his fiancee although he might have some explaining to do for the “I love you” thing to his dance partner if she saw that or his mom spills the beans to his fiancee.

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