Wow. I don’t think we’ve ever seen as explosive of a premiere episode as that before. No, not what we actually saw on screen. Psshhhh. That was the same ol, same ol – introduce Jojo, have her talk to past leads, guys intro videos, guys limo entrances, cocktail party, rose ceremony, the end. Wash, rinse, repeat. I’m talking about the social media explosion, specifically Jordan and Grant getting called out by women online during the show. In all my years covering this show, I’ve NEVER had this many women come to me (especially this early) in the season, with stories about the guys. It’s unheard of. In a span of about 45 minutes last night, I got FOUR new emails regarding women Jordan has been with, which did nothing but confirm everything I told you about last week. It’s crazy. I didn’t ask for it, and it’s nothing I hadn’t heard of about the guy before, but geez. It’s coming in droves. Then you’ve got a friend of Grant’s ex calling him out on Twitter, which is crazy, since I essentially got that exact same email 5 weeks ago. Let me ask if I can share it. And then the Robby stuff which I reported a month ago, actually becomes a storyline this season regarding his ex gf, Hope, who he broke up with in mid January.
But lets start with the Jordan stuff. In case you missed it on Instagram last night, I made sure to tweet it out. This was what his ex Brittany Farrar posted on IG:
Shots fired. This is only the beginning. Jordan should go into witness protection 4 the next couple months 2 b safe pic.twitter.com/vwQFlbfyfE
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) May 24, 2016
I had a feeling Brittany was talking this season. I just thought it wouldn’t be til later. She wasted no time firing that salvo. Not to mention for the entertainment mags to pick it up. People.com already ran with it this morning. And here’s the thing for those who tweeted at me calling her a “jealous ex” or “classless” – that makes no sense. How is she jealous? They dated two years ago. If Jordan is gonna go on the show and talk about how his relationship ended because he was concentrating on football too much, which is a complete lie, she has every right to tell her side. How does that make her jealous? Not quite understanding that one. All she’s doing is setting the record straight. All you need to do is read what I wrote last Thursday, and Brittany’s IG post confirms it. I don’t make stuff up just for the sake of it. If I’m gonna run with something like that, you can bet I vetted it out as best I could. She makes it clear as day why they broke up, which is exactly what I’d heard. And the fact that Brittany is close with Jordan’s brother’s girlfriend Olivia Munn, and Olivia even took the time to “like” that IG post, well, you have your answer as to why Jordan and Aaron don’t have much of a relationship. Man, if only Aaron took the time to “like” that post. That’d be utterly hilarious.
But here’s the thing: JoJo is in fantasy land right now. Come Aug. 1st when they’re sitting there at the ATFR and basically have 3 months of pent up frustration with not being able to address all the scandalous reports that are coming from now until then, Jojo will absolutely sit there and defend him publicly. We’ll hear phrases that night like “jealous ex’s,” “we’ve talked about it,” “we don’t pay attention to that stuff,” “we’re in love,” etc. You know it’s coming. But as a woman, there’s no way that isn’t a GIANT red flag to hear that about your new fiancé. She doesn’t see it now, and probably won’t for a few months, but she will. I can already see when we get their inevitable breakup statement to the media, or when JoJo finally opens up about her breakup with Jordan that “I should’ve listened to what others were saying more.” It’s coming. You can tell me til you’re blue in the face that his past doesn’t matter, and he fell for JoJo on the show and that’s all he wants now, and that’s fine. I’ll also tell you you’re nuts and you’re living in fantasy land as well. You don’t know half the story. This is not going to end well for JoJo in the long run, and I’ve been saying that for a month. As my tweet said, this is only the beginning. The Jordan stories of his skirt chasing will dominate the tabloids the next two months. You’ve been warned. Impossible that deep down that won’t bother the sh** out of JoJo.
Now, lets move on to our neighborhood fire fighter Grant. Seems like a good dude. Saves lives, good looking guy, and here for all the right reasons. Well, maybe 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. This was posted to Twitter last night:
— Erin Aschow (@erinaschow) May 24, 2016
I’m gonna go back to the person who emailed me this story about Grant and see if they want me to post that email. That tweet was the gist of it, but there’s a little more detail from the email I received back on April 15th. I’ll keep you updated.
In the season preview teaser, we see JoJo confronting Robby about his ex. This is what I posted back on April 13th in regards to what I was told about Robby and his ex’s relationship:
“Here’s what I can tell you from what I was able to find out: The breakup definitely happened in January, and remember, final casting weekend for this show is the last weekend in January and first weekend in February. Which makes for a whole boatload of questions, mainly what is a guy just out of a four year relationship doing on this show? Then again, we all know none of these people really care about finding a wife. He’s out to promote himself. Can’t fault him for that. They all do it. But geez, by that timeline he was no doubt in talks with the “Bachelorette” at some point while he was still with his 4 year girlfriend at the time. Also, I’ve been told she had no idea he was on the show until after he’d already left. He never told her he had been talking to the show, was thinking of going on, or had agreed to do it. So lets see how much he lies or downplays his 4 year relationship with Hope to JoJo, because there’s zero chance he can really be honest about it since no woman in her right mind would keep him around knowing he’d just done that. And by the way, JoJo and Hope look like they could be sisters. I guess Robby has a type.”
So yeah. We’re gonna have that to deal with this season as well. JoJo really found herself some winners. Translation: Production did a hell of a job casting a bunch of shady guys that’ll have people talking all season.
One thing I didn’t do in last Thursday’s spoiler column was give my thoughts on who the next “Bachelor” will be. Well obviously, the three guys who finished top 4 that didn’t win – Chase, Luke, and Robby – are all under consideration. We know the “Bachelor” usually comes from top 4. Only Juan Pablo and Jake are recent Bachelors that finished outside of top 4 who got the gig. I think Robby’s ex stuff will be too much for him to overcome. I don’t see him getting the lead. Especially since it becomes a storyline on the show. Which leaves Chase and Luke, two guys who I think are rather similar in their approach, both spiritual guys, and as of this point, I’ve actually heard good things about. So your guess is as good as mine, and there’s still 2 months to before anything is even decided, but you can pretty much count on your next “Bachelor” being Luke or Chase. I could see either one. I have no preference either way.
Some Ashley and JP news, and not the one they shared with everyone yesterday. They announced on social media they are pregnant and having a girl. However, the more interesting note is what I can confirm today. Last Thursday night, I got 4 emails in a span of 30 minutes all asking me if I’d heard anything about Ashley and JP filming “Couples Therapy” on VH1. I hadn’t heard anything at that point. I’d noticed she posted a picture earlier that day hugging her son Ford saying that she hadn’t seen him in 2 weeks, which I thought was weird, but never gave it more of my initial thought of “Why would Ashley be away from her son for two weeks?” Once I was told in these emails that “Couples Therapy” had just finished filming and there were rumors Ashley and JP were on it, I went to a source to see if it was legit and got it confirmed. Yes, they were on it and just got back from filming last week. “Couples Therapy” usually airs in September.
There isn’t much in this franchise that surprises me when it comes to these contestants, but I gotta say, this one absolutely did. Not saying that I know anything about Ashley and JP’s marriage, because I don’t, but they just never struck me as two that A) were having any marital issues B) were having any marital issues that warranted them leaving their child for two weeks to go film the show. Obviously they’re fine since they’re having another baby and it’s not like they’re going to get divorced, but, you’ve heard me talk about “Couples Therapy” in this column a lot. That show is no joke. Like, the couples that go on that show are hot messes. Ashley & JP have always come across to me as one of the most normal “Bachelor” couples we’ve had. With “Celebrity Marriage Boot Camp,” when Trista and Ryan and Sean and Catherine went on it, they were the normal couples in their respective casts. You can go on that show and your relationship not be on the brink of disaster. Everyone else was crazy, and they just went on there to make some money and maybe improve their communication skills. The two “Bachelor” couples that have been on “Couples Therapy?” Kasey and Vienna and Juan Pablo and Nikki. HOT. MESSES. So yeah, to see Ashley and JP doing this show is rather surprising. They’ve never struck me as a couple that’s always capitalizing on money opportunities because of their “Bachelor success.” They moved to Miami, Ashley I believe is still doing dental stuff, and JP seems to be successful. I just don’t get it. I guess everyone has their own reasons for doing things, but wow, this one really surprised me. CORRECTION: After that long diatribe, I found out after this post that Ashley & JP did NOT film “Couples Therapy.” I’ll let you know if I find out if a show even was filmed, and if so, which one.
Now lets talk a little “Bachelor in Paradise.” We’re only a couple weeks away from filming beginning, and the rumors are running wild as to who will be on it. Remember, until someone has a ticket booked and in hand, NOTHING is a guarantee when it comes to being cast on Paradise. And hell, even Mikey Tenerelli was brought out to Mexico for season 1 and stayed in a hotel for a week before they told him he wasn’t cast. So I guess even a plane ticket isn’t a guarantee anymore. These names will be ever changing, and nothing is official really until the show is finished filming. A majority of your contestants will be Ben’s girls and JoJo’s guys, just like last season was mostly Chris Soules’ girls, and Kaitlyn’s guys, because they are the two most recent seasons in people’s minds. This is by no means an official list, but here are the names I am hearing for this season’s Paradise:
(If you ask me, that’s an All Star lineup right there. Especially if the Olivia and Caila rumors are true, which I’m hearing they are)
Former Contestants who are definitely being talked to:
CORRECTION: You can scratch Courtney off the list. Got info after the post that she’s not on it.
Whoa. Count me in. That’s some heavy hitters there. Again, nothing official about this list since nobody’s left for filming yet, but expect to see a lot of those names when the show films.
Ratings are in from last night, and it’s pretty steady with Kaitlyn’s premiere episode. Last year drew 7.2 million for the premiere with a 2.1 rating, and JoJo drew 6.7 million viewers with a 2.0 rating. Doesn’t mean one season is better than the other. But what it does show is the staying power of this franchise. “Bachelorette” isn’t going anywhere and those are probably numbers they expected. Next week will take a dip since it’s Memorial Day, but that’s expected.
It’s been two months but get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in now. I’m sure you have plenty to talk about this season, as I can’t remember a more tabloid-y season than this one. Holy crap we’re in for a glutton of stories the next two months. As for the live video chat, I honestly don’t know when that’ll start back up. I’m trying to figure some things out on what to do. This Thursday I’ll be in CA for my birthday weekend, so I don’t know if I’m doing Thursday’s show yet. The following Thursday I’m probably occupied as well. I really want to trend more towards podcasting, but need to do more research and get everything situated before that happens. The live video chats will happen this season, it just won’t be every week.
I did this video with friend and former WFAA anchor Amy Vanderoef talking about JoJo’s season. Also, yesterday morning I was on “Good Morning Texas” to talk about JoJo and the like. You can view that video clip here.
And finally today’s poll question is about none other than Jordan. C’mon, could it possibly be about anyone else?