I love your blog. I bet abc’s executives are so furious right now not only because kaytlin spoiled her own show but because she corrected your spoiler and for sure they love it when you’re wrong.
Can you right down what she was saying to Shawn in that snapchat video? I didn’t understand what they were talking about
I’m so happy that she ends up with Shawn cuz I really want Ben z to be the bachelor he’s such a soda baby 🙂
In fact they should call his season the soda bachelor.
Regards from Bahrain
Comment: It’s not wrong that I didn’t have the faintest clue where Bahrain was, right? Ok just checking.
I’m not sure I know what a soda baby is. Must be some Bahrain lingo I’m not familiar with.
In the video, Shawn said something about 20 years and Kaitlyn said she had 200 more points than him. We have no idea what they were discussing and probably never will know. All we know is that they were definitely together that Friday night.
You’ve said multiple times that the reason your spoilers aren’t in the magazines or reported widely by the media is because the tabloids don’t want to ruin their relationship with ABC. What’s the difference between that and the snapchat video? The snapchat video is a spoiler and it is being widely reported on by all kinds of mainstream media, which kind of surprised me given what you said about how your spoilers are largely ignored by them (in the sense that they aren’t printed, not that they aren’t noticed). US Weekly and People have the biggest relationship with them and they were the only two major outlets that haven’t addressed it to this day. And they never will until maybe once the season is over when they do their cover story on Shawn & Kaitlyn.
Also, completely unrelated question – I just finished Courtney’s book on audio. Great recommendation, although she does not have a future career in voiceovers. Do you know generally how many contestants make it all the way to finals week and are then turned away after the STD results come back in? With as promiscious as these people seem to be, I find it hard to believe that someone like Chris Bukowski didn’t have SOMETHING.
Comment: I would have no clue what those results were.
Just wondering if you had any insight on how to get in touch with a couple of the guys from this seasons bachelorette? I’m really interested in Ben and Shawn, if you have any suggestions that would be great!! Thanks for your time!
Comment: I thought my site’s URL address was www.RealitySteve.com, not www.Match.com. Apparently I was wrong.
Hi steve, I’ve been thinking a little bit about the next bachelor, and heres what I think. Let’s take a look at this season’s final nine, because they obviously wouldn’t go past that for casting a bachelor.
JJ- Everyone hates him and hes on BIP
Tanner- On BIP
Jared- On BIP
Joe- On BIP
Nick- everyone hates him so obviously not the bachelor
Shawn who wins
So from that list, the only people left are Ben H., Ben Z., and Chris. Ben H., I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about him that just doesn’t seem like someone who would be the bachelor. Same with Chris. Ben Z. however, does seem kind of bachelor like. Even though he is eliminated pretty early, he leaves in episode 6 which is as far as Jake and Juan Pablo made it. As for the age issue, you said he’s too young, but he is 26 and Jesse Palmer was only 25 when he was the bachelor if i recall correctly. And Ben Z. definitely seems like someone they would want on BIP, so I think the reason they didn’t put him there is because he is in consideration for the next bachelor. I would say it’s either him or Josh. What do you think?
Comment: Obviously you’re a fan of Ben Z. and are making a case for him because that’s who you want to see. Noble effort, but it’s not going to be him. Sorry.
You make the Bachelor/ette worth watching. They should thank you. I’m sure that for many viewers, interest in the show would have waned by now if not for your column turning the otherwise unwatchable into can’t miss monday.
Aaaaaanyway, I have been sitting on this question for awhile thinking that there was nobody to ask. I should have thought of you sooner.
Bo Stanley, the plus size model from Chris’ season (friggin knockout!) got about a minute of airtime. Was casting a non-skinny an experiment? Cut immediately to show all the normal girls out there that apply that they are wasting their time?
Just curious about the motivation to cast her. I wish they would cast more healthy looking women, but I’m sure that won’t happen so why bother doing it once?
Nosy in the North
Comment: I have no idea why they did it and I doubt they’d do it again.
Is there a chance that Shawn proposed without knowing that Kaitlyn had slept with Nick prior to the fantasy suites? No. According to the interview with TVGuide.com posted on the previous page, Kaitlyn told some of the guys. So yes, he knew.
Do you think that snapchat video was sent from a safehouse visit? Yes. The only time they CAN meet up are safehouse visits. They can’t just meet up whenever they feel like it.
Will you continue to recap Unreal? (I know this week was crazy with the change in spoiler) I don’t think so. All depends on if I feel like doing it. It’s tough with it being on Monday nights right after the “Bachelor.” The two that I did I was able to write earlier because the episodes had already aired. They aren’t releasing anymore early, and I don’t like doing recaps more than a day out. I just don’t see how I can finish both recaps on Monday night/Tuesday morning.
Lastly, I’ve never understood people that get angry when the spoiler is wrong. You’re simply telling us what other people have told you. So it’s not even your fault.
Comment: Because they have no lives, I assume. Why they care so much about me and revel in my wrong spoilers is beyond me. Probably says more about them.
I didn’t vote in this weeks poll because there should have been a 3rd option… Don’t care.
I watch the show because it’s habit and we talk about it in the office the next day and because I follow your blog about it. I don’t care if your spoilers are 100% correct. And I don’t care who she picks.
The people who flip out when you’re wrong need to chill. (In my best Rodney from survivor voice “you need to relax bro”)
Comment: They do, but they never will. There will always be a faction out there that like to see the top dog get taken down. Human nature. But like I said, says more about them than it does me. I’ll continue to chug along and do my thing not worry about it. It’s all I can do.
First of all, I think you should replace the word sophomoric with sardonic on your header. Sophomoric refers to juvenile or bathroom humor and although you are funny, I see your posts as more sardonic. Particularly if when you are writing a scathing reply or post, you quirk one eyebrow up and maybe slightly curl your lip.
Enough of that…My questions for you are as follows:
1) Several people have made the comment that it looks like Shawn is holding the camera and perhaps he was the one who posted the video. Your thoughts? Regardless of who posted it, it was on Kaitlyn’s snapchat account.
2) You mentioned and I have also read elsewhere that the ratings for Andi’s season were terrible. Yet Kaitlyn’s numbers appears to be about the same as Andi’s. Who had the best bachelorette ratings season? I never said Andi’s ratings were terrible. They are solid summer numbers that the network will take any day of the week. Kaitlyn’s is basically on par with it. Maybe doing a tad better.
I believe Trista had the best ratings but that’s comparing apples to oranges. Different show, it was early in the reality TV franchise, and WAY less TV options at that time. Those ratings will never be topped by anything they do now.
3) As my first choice for bachelorette, I hate to see Britt fade into obscurity. Any word on upcoming things she may be doing? That was answered today.
4) Is it really true that Britt and Kaitlyn despise one another? How do you know? How do I know a lot of things when it comes to this franchise? I just do. I have good sources.
5) Love the pic in bed with your dog. Does she sleep with you every night? Yes.
Good job on the new spoiler. I’m glad Kaitlyn gave it away and you were able to confirm it. As long as the ending hasn’t occurred, it’s still a spoiler. Keep up the good work! And oh by the way, haven’t you been right so far about the episodes? You’ve been right about each episode, group dates, who gets the rose, who goes home, etc. Sheesh, what do people expect? Next week’s lottery numbers? Apparently. They just have to complain about something. Let them. I don’t care.
Anyway, I’m curious about a few things. Can the producers stop a person from leaving the show? Could they have stopped Ian from leaving? Isn’t it in their contract they have to stay until they get eliminated by the lead? It just seems to me it’s very easy for someone to just walk away from the show. They have to have some kind of control, otherwise they could potentially end up with everyone leaving! Yes. Plenty have people have wanted to leave earlier than they did but were kept around because producers convinced them. And some just stick around because they know they have a role to play.
I have more questions, hope you don’t mind. Does the show hire writers? And if so, what do they write? Did they write the words “Ladies, this is the final rose” or did Chris Harrison make that up? Writers? No. Story editors? Yes. They’re the ones who listen to hours and hours and hours of audio to splice up conversations and piece together things to create “characters.”
Who pays for the medical bills when someone is hurt on the show? What about if someone were to get seriously hurt? Boxing, sumo wrestling, parachuting, climbing tall buildings…there’s a lot of potential there for someone to get seriously hurt. Who pays those medical bills? Isn’t OSHA involved somewhere along the line?
Thanks again Steve, you are appreciated!!
Comment: It’s in the contract, but I don’t have it memorized. Not 100% sure.
As an avid watcher of that show, Sean and Catherine’s appearance is easily explained. Each season they pick a “perfect” couple in the public’s eyes and then they tease with edits similar to the Bachelor/ette show that the couple cheated or had something terrible happen when in reality they are cast to just play the perfect couple.
Trista and Ryan are 1 example of it Jeff and Jordan (Big Brother fans will recognize them) are currently playing that role.
So that’s all Sean & Catherine are cast for aside from the paycheck.
Comment: Yeah, they’re not there because they have some major marital problems. Definitely not. Just an opportunity for them to make another appearance on TV and get paid for it.
Hi Steve. Thanks for the UnReal recommendation. Great show!
Questions for your column:
1) If next season UnReal has a story line about a blogger who spoils the show, can you think of a good name for that character (you). I have no idea. I’ll have to think about that one.
2) Why isn’t Tony going to be on BIP? Judging by his Twitter page he wants to be on it and he is a recent contestant who is memorable, so I’m surprised ABC doesn’t want him. Not sure why they didn’t choose him, but he’s not on it.
3) If Josh doesn’t work out for next bachelor, any chance they might break with their tradition and bring someone totally new in? Doesn’t seem to be many front runners with Shawn B out of the running. No. It will be Josh or Ben H. based on everything I’m hearing right now.
4) Will they bring any surprise people into BIP besides those names in the list you shared?
Comment: This was answered today.
I think you should consider making a Frequently Asked Questions page so you won’t be asked the same questions over and over again.
Comment: Nah, I’m good. For reasons that I’ve explained 459 times.
Is it me or does Ben Z. look like Emily’s husband Tyler Johnson?
Comment: Sort of. Tyler just looks a tad more metro than Ben.
I will echo what many others have stated and hope that ABC reads this, but I would not watch this show without you!!
Who has been hooking up on BiP? You’ll find out soon.
Are they going to get rid of that YOPO statement since there are now repeats on the show? Lets hope so.
Have you seen this twitter exchange (attached) in reference to Kiptyn becoming a dad? A mutual friend of his (apparently a good enough friend to have been the best man at his wedding!) and his baby momma didn’t even know the news (of their relationship nor pregnancy) until they sold their story to the tabloids!
I think they were joking. Neither Murtz or Kiptyn are married. I believe he’s referencing Murtz had a “fake” wedding to Natalie Getz and Kiptyn was somehow a part of it.
You reference contestants wanting to help “their brand.” Why do people care about their “brand”, unless they’re going into entertainment? Doesn’t have to be entertainment. They could start a blog, pitch product, make appearances, etc. That’s the route most end up going.
Did you see that Ali got cut from E! News? Yes. She will no longer be on the show come the fall.
Were the guys bummed that they only got to travel to Ireland? Usually it seems that they do more international travel for the Bachelorette (to keep guys interested in appearing on the show). Why did they change it this season? I don’t know.
You have stated that you won’t read Sean nor Andi’s books. Do you think all leads will start penning books now, after Courtney successfully paved the way? Is there anyone in the franchise who could write a book that you would have interest in reading? Not sure of any particular person’s I’d care to read, but if it’s in the same vain as Courtney’s, I don’t care who wrote it, I’d read it.
Funny story — my husband watches the show with me (I know, I’m lucky). On Tuesday morning he was in an elevator at work with two women he did not know. For the entire elevator ride the women were gossiping with each other about the Bachelorette (which was on the night before), and he listened in silence. The elevator stopped at his floor first, and he walked off the elevator, but right before the elevator doors closed, he turned around and said to them, “yeah, but wasn’t it crazy when Ian totally flipped on Kaitlyn at the cocktail party?”, and the two women burst out laughing! 🙂 I know you always talk about the female demographic for viewership, but it’s fun that guys can watch this show (for what it’s worth) and have fun with it too.
Comment: I think that’s how most husbands watch. I can’t imagine any are requesting that two hour block Monday nights. Most are doing it to appease their wives. And to get laid.
I’m finally catching up on my DVR’d Unreal (it’s awesome so far). The teddy bear from the MILF (or her “daughter”) was a prop. Do you think Whitney’s expensive wine for her “future husband” that she opened for Chris in her apt was a prop too? If not, she really wasted that bottle.
Happy belated bday!
Comment: Lets hope so.
Hi Steve: long-time reader… Thanks for putting the “real” in “reality” dating, LOL. I couldn’t watch this show without your columns, though I know you hear that a lot. And “UNreal” just proves what you’ve been saying for years. It’s a great addition to the absurd fun of these shows.
One question that apparently I didn’t get in in time for the video chat tonight. Do you think it’s possible that either Caitlyn or Shawn “intentionally” slipped the snapchat out as a way of getting back at the show for the edit that both of them are getting? Sort of an FU? I can think of a number of motives, knowing it would look accidental and they wouldn’t be sued? Also, it looked to me that Shawn might have been holding the phone… And I could see Caitlyn doing something like that, since she appears to be a bit of a rebel and strong willed.
Thoughts? And thanks for all your hard work…
Dubious in Delray
Comment: No. The video wasn’t intentional. She screwed up and they aren’t happy about it but there’s really nothing they can do at this point.
I’m pretty new to your commentary, so you may have commented on this in the past? Has anyone else noticed how completely checked out Chris Harrison is on the show these days?
To me he was never a super important figure, but in the past it seemed he at least kinda cared how people were feeling? Now he just looks soulless and blank in response to the crying and emotions. In particular when he interacts with Kaitlyn, he looks like he’s interviewing a potential new dentist. I’m wondering if he’s not fond of Kaitlyn? Maybe the myriad seasons of ludicrous people have desensitized him to the dramatic lack of real emotions displayed in front of him? Have the producers put him in a more backseat role this season? Any insights?
Comment: I mean if you read his Yahoo blog yesterday, he went to bat for her so I wouldn’t say he’s not fond of her. He’s defended her all season.