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“Reader Emails,” Ben & Lauren’s Reality Show, & (SPOILER) Who’s This Season’s Big “Bachelor In Paradise” Couple?

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The “Osbournes” started the family reality show craze back in the early 2000’s and it’s exploded since then. However, it hasn’t had the greatest of track records. Married couples that decide to have their lives filmed for a reality show have pretty much all inevitably broken up. Just off the top of my head (and I know there’s more), Nick & Jessica, Shana Moakler & Travis Barker, Hulk Hogan & his wife, Kris & Bruce Jenner, and hell, even the Osbournes all went to pieces after having their married lives filmed. So I guess we can take today’s announcement on Twitter with a little less excitement. Ben & Lauren announced they will have their own reality show on the Freeform channel beginning in October that focuses on their engagement/relationship. Now I’m not rooting for them to fail, I’m just pointing out the track record is not good. We’ve seen it so many times when these people want to keep putting themselves out there in the limelight what usually happens. Granted, all of about 14 people probably know what the Freeform channel is, so this could be a “tree falling in the forest” theory at work. I guess we’ll see. Good luck to them.

Update on the Vegas Party on July 29th. There are spots available. Everyone is invited until we get up to about 50-60 spots. I know I gave you less advanced notice than last year, but hey, it’ll be just as fun. Email me if you’re interested and once I see a flight itinerary or hotel booking, you will be on the confirmed list. No charge for the party and you get free food and alcohol. Not too shabby. Now I’m not going to make any promises, but I am working on getting some “Bachelor” people there this year. No guarantees though. Just know I’m trying.

Also, get your Dr. Reality Steve emails in for tomorrow. Right now I have one. I mean, I’ll do a column with one, but I’d certainly like at least 5 or 6. Then I feel like I’m doing my job. So get those in today for tomorrow’s column.

I can’t believe I forgot to post Jimmy Kimmel’s “Baby Bachelorette” series currently airing on his show. Thank you to the reader who reminded me. If you haven’t seen it, here are episodes 1 & 2:

Yesterday, Olivia Caridi did a 40 min sit down interview with US Weekly that was pretty informative. Talked about the “Bachelorette” this season, the villain role, and why she chose not to do “Bachelor in Paradise.”

Also, yesterday I joined the Ringer Podcasts Channel 33 for a discussion with Juliet Litman about the “Bachelorette.” Most notably talking about the producer interference this season, along with some “Bachelor in Paradise” stuff. You can listen by either subscribing to the Channel 33 Podcasts on Itunes, or you can listen right here on Soundcloud. My interview starts at the 22:10 mark:

As for BIP, I sent out these tweets last week teasing one of the couples this season…

Since I know some of you are dying for some of the hookups and coupling this season, I figured I can give you this one. You ready?

Josh Murray and Amanda Stanton.

Nick actually takes Amanda out in the first episode and they have a good date. Josh arrives in episode 2, takes Amanda on a date, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. So I’m sure the show will play up the fact that Josh got Nick’s girl – again. Expect to see that. Is it for show, is it real, what’s really going on? Hell if I know the true intentions behind any of these people’s relationships since we know there are plenty of showmances that go on. I’m just reporting what I’m hearing. Josh and Amanda are spending every minute together and are this season’s “power” couple. Needless to say, this coupling is HUGE for the the Josh Murray Image Rehab Tour. Lets face it, if Andi doesn’t write a book, Josh doesn’t do this show. Plain and simple. This is all about going on TV, connecting with another girl, acting great in front of the cameras and showing everyone how great he treats Amanda so everyone who’s read all this stuff about him says, “Awwwww, he’s nothing like what Andi described.” And what better way to win over America than “coupling” with the single mom? Just keep in mind that everything Andi said about Josh happened when cameras weren’t around. Big difference. But hey, congrats to Josh and Amanda…for the time being.

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  1. purplerayne

    June 22, 2016 at 10:42 AM

    “Based on what ive seen”…. I think some folks should keep their day job and never go into the body language/detective business. Lauren is goofy, Ben is a dry (white toast). If what Steve says is true, that he wants a political career, it explains why he’s a bit more restrained on social media.

    Im looking forward to Josh and Nick on BIP. Josh didnt hold back during Kaitlyn’s season, he was tweeting negative comments about Nick. So it should be interesting how they interact.

  2. rob22

    June 22, 2016 at 2:15 PM

    Yeah, launching a political career off of an appearance on The Bachelor. As a Republican. In Colorado. Smilin Pete’s definitely living on Planet Ben right now. The size of people’s egos never ceases to amaze me.

  3. cd12

    June 22, 2016 at 7:48 PM

    Isn’t Freeform the new ABC Family?

  4. cjscjs711

    June 22, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    @rob22 That’s what people said about Donald Trump and dismissed him. Reality Tv, name recognition, photogenic; there things give a candidate a head start on our culture. What office did Ben say he wanted to run for? Celebrity causes people to overlook gun ina lot they wouldn’t in mere mortals.

    I can’t believe anyone believed In Touch randomly appeared. However, I doubt they told the guys, “We’re going to have tabloids out with stories about JoJo meeting up with her ex. Please act as surprised as you can.” Why wouldn’t they surprise them to get natural reactions? That would not make anything easier for anyone.

  5. kmannone723

    June 22, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    @Cd12 yes Freeform is the new name for ABC Family. I am thinking the new wanting to be in the limelight for Ben is partially like a bid for a televised wedding to stay relevant and on peoples radar especially since we don’t know if Kaitlyn and Shawn really did tie the knot in Hawaii or not still. They figure I need to compete against them for the televised especially since Kaitlyn really had the raunchier season compared to him.

  6. rob22

    June 23, 2016 at 6:20 AM

    @cjscjs: I realize Trump is a candidate, but at least there was “some” evidence of competence in the real world. That’s being disputed, but at least there was something. Smilin Pete’s not Trump. Of course, if he’s running for Dog Catcher, I suppose if he has a dog he’d be somewhat qualified. Name recognition is fine, but there has to be some qualifications.

    The closer parallel is Clay Aiken, who parlayed an American Idol 2nd place & singing career into winning the Democratic primary for Congress in South Carolina. But, he lost the general election by almost 20 points. As things stand now, Trump looks like he’s going down in flames too. Maybe I’m just hoping that the American public doesn’t EVER elect a reality show contestant to any kind of office that they aren’t qualified to hold. We all know the type of person that’s attracted to reality shows. They aren’t the cream of the crop.

  7. jecoon

    June 23, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Clay Aiken is from North Carolina. Not South Carolina.

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