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Podcast #24 – Interview with Ashley Spivey, & Some “Survivor” Links

Inevitably either in email or when I was doing the video chats, people have asked me to name a top 3 or top 5 female contestants on this show. Basically wanting to know my favorites. Anyone who’s followed me long enough knows that I’ve always mentioned Emily O’Brien. Sharleen would most definitely be in there. But another name that has always been in my top 3 has been this week’s guest, Ashley Spivey. What’s with me and North Carolina girls? Anyway, it was great to finally talk to Ashley yesterday. For a girl that was only on one season of the show (and 4 episodes at that), we were still able to talk for almost 2 hours about pretty much everything – and I felt we could’ve gone on even longer. She’s so much more than just her appearance on Brad Womack’s second season of the “Bachelor.” We dive into quite a few things and as you’ll hear, Ashley has plenty of opinions on things, which I appreciate. She shares some stories from her season not many people know, along with where she’s at in her life now. A very fun conversation that I’m excited for you all to hear. As always, if you’d like to respond via Twitter, don’t forget to include Ashley’s twitter (@AshleySpivey) so she can see your responses. Hope you enjoy this conversation. I know I did.

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(SPOILERS) Ashley joins me and we talk about her resemblance to Kellie Pickler, her online personality (2:30), getting on Brad’s season and not knowing who he was (7:40), getting the first impression rose yet knowing Emily was the favorite (11:52), her embarrassing 1-on-1 date (14:25), the dreaded 2-on-1 with her best friend in the house, Ashley Hebert (now Rosenbaum), along with getting tattoos with the other girls that was never shown (19:55), her live tweeting skills (31:10), why she stopped doing her blog (33:38), the Instagram craze with current contestants (39:55), her unhealthy and abusive relationships before going on the show (48:40), meeting her now husband Steve (54:12), her wedding video (59:00), being a nanny for 6 year old Berly (1:02:47), her hobby of book reviews including the misconception about what she said regarding Andi’s book (1:10:10), I ask her questions readers tweeted in including the most asked one of her current relationship with Ashley Rosenbaum (1:24:06), and we finally end with Rapid 10 (1:36:41).

Here are all your “Survivor” goodies this week from,, and Reality Our “Survivor” recapper Bryan Fischer will have his recap posted tomorrow. – Dalton Ross’ recap – Probst Q & A – Stephen Fishbach’s blog
Reality Blurred – Andy Dehnart’s recap

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  1. kimmyfromdablock

    May 4, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    I can’t imagine contestants from more than a few seasons back get much play. I enjoyed Courtney Robinson’s podcast, but I barely remember Ashley and certainly don’t remember her standing out…so it’s a pass for me.

  2. notimpressed

    May 5, 2017 at 11:06 PM

    I was reading her twitter….she apparently is a psycho liberal who is vehemently anti Trump and loves being a flaming liberal.

    She is pretty in your face politically which I find a turn off. Wish her well, but I don’t need this girl shoving her crazed politics in my face

  3. supersparklyday

    May 6, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    I barely remember Ashley, so I took a pass on this podcast.

  4. mh3xf

    May 6, 2017 at 10:05 PM

    This was one of my favorite podcast guests. She’s intelligent and funny and clearly has more to her than many other bachelor contestants.

    On another note, it amuses me that @notimpressed finds being “too in your face politically” to be a turn off, yet in the same post uses the terms “pyscho liberal” and “flaming liberal”…..hypocritical much?

  5. crushonspivey

    May 8, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    From my board name, I think you get the point. She is seriously funny and I miss her blog. Sassy.

    As to those only seeing the word through a political lens–grow up. I don’t share her politics on many things either, but so what. I am sick of the hyper political world we live in where everyone feels the need to define other people by the political views they do not share with other people. It is so tiresome.

  6. taxionna

    May 9, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Agreed with crushonspivey and mh3xf. I loved Ashley and she didn’t really say anything political on this podcast, so dismissing her out of hand because of that is just immature.

    Her honesty about being in abusive relationships and her sense of humor is very refreshing, and I loved hearing about her life. Thanks for having her on, Steve!

  7. shamelessbachfan

    May 9, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Always have loved Ashley Spivey! This was the first podcast I’ve listened to and I thought it was great.

    PS. I’ve seen you post on other things and was wondering if that’s who your username was referring to, crushonspivey 🙂

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