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Reader Emails

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

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Hey Steve,

Funny thing about Grant, when he walked out of the limo he told her he won’t do what Ben did, he’s not gonna fall in love with 2 women which was pretty ridiculous altogether since the only girl there was jojo but the funny thing is that according to your article he started a relationship with another girl while he was ENGAGED!!! Lolll

Also, when does bip finish filming? And when will u have the spoilers for it?


Comment: Filming finishes next week. I’ll have spoilers some time after that I would assume. Just like every season.

Hi Steve,

I just started to watch last night’s video chat. I just wanted to send a quick email before I forget. I love the podcast idea. I think maybe every week you could do a 30 min. podcast where you talk about any updates in the franchise along with a few of the most popular questions you received via email. I loved listening to Jason and Molly and I would look forward to any podcasts you would do. Just a suggestion.

Comment: Still figuring out what I’m going to do, but you all will know once I do.

Hope you’re having a good week! Sorry about the Spreecast difficulties.

1. I’ve been reading through the archives on your site, and I was surprised to find you mentioning positive impressions of contestants and calling some of them your favorites a few years ago. More recently, it seems like you answer all questions about favorites/who you root for with “I don’t care.” Do you like recent contestants less, or have you disconnected more from the show? I guess they’re all now a decade or more younger than you are…Well, that’s because the show was different five 5 years ago. Twitter/Instagram weren’t nearly as popular. In the past, not saying that they were all genuine because there were plenty that just wanted to be on TV, but now it’s just impossible to really take anyone seriously anymore. Not to mention, my job isn’t too root for anyone. I’ve never rooted for anyone on this show. There are people that I’ve liked, some of which I talk to on a semi regular basis, but I wouldn’t say I root for them. I honestly do not care what happens to these people on the show. My job is to make fun of the show from an outsiders perspective.

2. I’ve heard a lot about Becca and JoJo’s friendship, but social media makes it seem like Becca is far more invested than JoJo. Why is she marketing herself as JoJo’s best friend? Does that actually make her more likely to get cast on other projects? Well, I doubt Becca will ever be on the “Bachelor” again and isn’t doing BIP ever, so I don’t know what projects she’d be in. I don’t know anything about who’s the stronger half of their relationship.

3. How long do guys in the franchise keep chasing the new girls? At this point I would assume that the girls don’t recognize most names from pre-2010 seasons. Are washed-up 40 year olds still messaging them day and night?

Thanks for all your work!

Comment: It has no boundaries. They cast a wide net, and whoever they can catch is fine by them.

Hi Steve! I’ve been a huge fan since Ben F’s season and thought it was time to send in an email! Based on what’s happened this season and fan reactions, who do you think has the best shot at becoming the next Bachelor?

Comment: Luke. I’d be pretty surprised if he doesn’t get it based on what I’ve heard.

Hi Steve,

I just read the reader emails post from last week. Had a good laugh over the one that stated all the emails received about Grant and Jordan were hearsay and that you probably made them up to generate clicks.

Do you get a lot of those type of emails and how stupid are people to think that these shows are real?

Comment: I do on occasion. It’s just impossible to really respond to people like that. Because I reply with a long ass email, dissecting everything wrong with what they wrote, but then I’ll get a response saying I’m being defensive. No, I’m actually just responding to everything you wrote to tell you how wrong you are. I’ll occasionally do it, but I try to avoid it as much as possible because someone who’s ignorant like that doesn’t listen to reason or logic, so no matter how much I put them in their place, they won’t believe it or care. So why bother, you know?

Hey Steve,

Not a question but a compliment to Nell Kalter. I have never watched a Housewives episode but casually read one of Nell’s articles about them recently when I had some free time. Her acid commentary on that franchise had me hooked immediately and I am now backtracking to read her previous writings that you have published. I am eagerly looking forward to her future contributions for Are You The One and am hopeful that she will continue to write on the ridiculously high number of Housewife shows that are running now. She is a great addition to your site and I highly recommend her to your readers if they haven’t already taken an opportunity to read her articles.

Comment: Nell is great. Glad I added her as a writer. Very funny. You should buy her book “That Year.” Interesting read. She’ll be a writer on this site as long as she wants to be. She covers a lot (2 Housewives shows, VPump Rules, and now Are You The One?), so I’m glad people are appreciating her work.

Hey, Steve,

I’m just catching up on things after spending a week on vacation with very limited Internet. I wish I could go to Vegas in July, but I just came back from vacation, and I actually go to Vegas every September for a week. So, if you ever plan one of your trips in mid-Sept, that would be great so I could go! We’ve got up to 50-60 people that can come to this party. I know it’s only a 5 week notice, but c’mon, it’s Vegas. Anybody can come. First come, first serve. Not sure when the next one will be.

Have you seen this old clip of Jojo? It’s from 2013, but I’m amazed at how different she looks in only a few years.


I missed the last Spreecast, but I just read that it’s now ending. I think the podcast idea would work, but I think your fans appreciate the personal interaction. You might have already thought of this, but I suggest that you take questions ahead of time and answer the ones you want as a part of your podcast. It will allow you to screen the questions beforehand and not have to deal with the repetitive ones. The only issue might be the timing because it’s not in real time.

Also, I just want to say, your live show tweets always make me laugh out loud! No one in my life watches this franchise, so your funny input is much appreciated!

Comment: Yeah, questions would all have to be done beforehand if I’m doing a podcast. So basically I’d just be taking some out of the “Reader Emails” every week and saving them an extra day (if I decide to post the podcast on Thursdays).

Hi Steve!!! I’m sure you caught onto this tonight but when they showed JoJo crying over the magazine article written about her and her ex, she was “crying”, but I didn’t see any tears during her interview or confrontation with the guys. She kept wiping her eyes but I looked closely and saw no tears until the end of her interview and I saw one roll down her left cheek lol. Did you notice that? And wondering what it means.

Comment: I agree. I didn’t see tears.

Hey Steve!

I noticed some weird things about last nights episode that I was wondering if you caught onto too.

Firstly, did you notice that they blurred out Jojo’s underboob? Lol. I wonder if it’s because she has a mark from plastic surgery or something. I missed that.

Secondly, please tell me you noticed that they did a voiceover with Jordan saying “I’m falling in love with you”. I noticed right away that his lips didn’t say it. Yet Jojo acknowledged hearing it and…. So confusing!!!! Any clarification? Don’t understand why they did that. Didn’t he tell her that in the street as they were walking to dinner? I don’t remember seeing it visually and I already deleted the episode.

Thirdly, Jojo confronting Jordan about meeting his ex and blah blah… Do producers really think we’re this stupid? Like the way they set up those magazines for the guys? PLEASE. I feel like this show is getting more and more unbelievable.

Thanks for what you do!

Comment: Yes, I do. They absolutely believe a lot of their audience are morons. Go look at some of the people who post on the “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” Facebook pages. Just don’t be around any sharp objects when you do. You’re liable to stab yourself with the amount of stupidity flowing in those comments.

Hey Steve…

Was the part about Jojo “bumping into one of Jordan’s old girlfriends” made up? Did they make Jojo say this to try to cover up the rumors that are spreading about Jordan? It just feels very fake to me.

Thanks 🙂

Comment: I think all of it. I think producers told her to tell him she ran into an ex. I don’t believe she did. I don’t have anything to base it on, just my opinion, but the story just doesn’t make sense. Too many questions. Much easier for them to just say that’s how it happened as a way for her to bring it up.

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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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