Quite an interesting day yesterday. I got the gamut of emotions on Twitter and email regarding the change in spoiler. One thing to keep in mind is that original spoiler was posted Wednesday, May 17th. Rachel didn’t start doing her media rounds until the next day. You bet your ass the show is fully aware of what spoiler was put out there before they let Rachel start talking, so maybe that did play a role in her saying immediately she was engaged, with them thinking that everyone would just assume the spoiler to be true and they’d hope I wouldn’t find out the real ending. So remember what when you’ve seen Rachel in any interviews from May 17th up until yesterday. I guarantee she was coached to say certain things based on the spoiler that was out there. Now that it’s changed, lets see if anything changes in interviews she does. Although, I just don’t put too much stock into what is shown on the show, nor necessarily how Rachel says things in the media because nothing can change what happened on that final day of filming, which was what I posted yesterday. They can try and mislead and misdirect all they want, but they don’t fly back to Spain to reshoot endings, hence the reason that part can’t change. It’ll be impossible to ever know for sure, but you know they are very well aware of what I put out there every season. Almost TOO well aware to be honest. Now that the show knows two different spoilers have been out there, regardless if I know the new spoiler is the correct one (and they do too), they also still know people have in their heads “Well, I don’t know what to believe now.” So they can have a little fun with their media games. It’s fine. We’ll all see on August 7th.
Can’t believe it, but this Friday night is the Reality Steve Fan Appreciation Party in Las Vegas. There are no openings left unfortunately, but you can still participate – sort of. For the third year in a row I’ll be having the Trivia Contest which will be live on Periscope. Although that usually doesn’t start til around 9:30 PST, so you east coasters might have to wait up a little late into Saturday morning to watch. I made the contest a little easier this year (at least I think it is) as I kept most questions to recent seasons, and did away with a lot of “location” stuff, since that seems to be things people have the toughest time with. Look forward to seeing everyone there, and if you want to follow along on Periscope once the Trivia Contest starts, create an account, and you’ll be notified on Twitter once we go live.
The winner and all contest questions will be revealed in next week’s column for those who can’t tune in. Also, I’ll probably post it on my YouTube channel if you wanna watch it later.
Some podcast news to discuss. I told you I taped Olivia Caridi’s podcast a couple weeks ago. It’s now live and you can listen to it here:
A lot of good stuff in there. We cover plenty of things you want to hear about. Due to contractual issues, we couldn’t work it out where she came on mine, but I was more than happy to go on hers and she basically let me do the interview I wanted to do if she could come on mine. Even get to do a “Rapid 10” with her. So technically, consider it a second podcast this week because I asked and talked about everything I wanted to talk about with her. Your regular podcast will be up earlier than usual on Thursday morning since I’ve got an early flight out.
Get your “Reader Emails” and “Dr. Reality Steve” emails in the next couple days, and I guarantee they’ll get posted. You’ve been slacking on “Dr. Reality Steve.” I’ve only gotten 1 so far. Unacceptable. I want at least 5 this week, if not more. Get them in. Also, the podcast that I’m doing with Sharleen has a title now. It’s going to be called “He Said, She Said.” Thank you to the person who submitted that one. We liked it the best so decided to go with it. If you have a question/comment about anything regarding relationships/dating/sex/marriage, you have access to Skype Audio and you want to be a part of the first episode, contact me and we’ll set up a time where you can talk to both of us on the show.
One thing I’d been asked a lot recently is UnREAL and when it was coming back. We really hadn’t heard much since casting stories back in March, and the first two seasons always coincided with the “Bachelorette” season. Well, we finally got our answer Sunday night and it sucks. UnREAL season 3 is being delayed until the beginning of 2018. Odd choice considering they’ve already wrapped filming on the season. But my guess is since they just wrapped, not nearly enough time to edit it and air it while “Bachelorette” is on, and they definitely want it running when a “Bachelor” related show is on, and the next one would be in January when the “Bachelor” airs. Anyway, now we have our answer when we can expect season 3 of “UnREAL” to begin.
So with the new spoiler posted yesterday, lets check back in with Jimmy Kimmel’s track record. Last week I mentioned I’d be curious to find out how accurate Jimmy has been on his “predictions” over the years he’s been having the lead on and grills them about who they chose. They’re always basically a rip off of what I’d already posted, but I didn’t know for sure how right/wrong he’s been until now. A reader took the time to put together this chart:
So I remembered that when he had Chris on, all Kimmel did was show him pictures of the girls and he just played a game of “Crazy or Not Crazy.” He never did predictions of top 3 or 4 or the winner. And for Kaitlyn’s season, remember on her first night she was there with Britt. So he never got Kaitlyn by herself on his couch to grill her. She didn’t come on solo until the end of the season after it was revealed she’d picked Shawn and they talked about their snapchat snafu. So of the 10 “winners” he’s predicted, he was wrong on 3 of them: Rachel’s (Peter), Ben’s (JoJo), and Desiree (Brooks) – two of which were ones that I had initially wrong (Rachel & Des). Things that make you go hmmmmm….
A couple “Bachelor in Paradise” notes to get to:
-Filming started Saturday
-Fleiss tweeted out a picture of Jorge down there, so the rumor that he might be replaced by a contestant I guess isn’t true. Although Jorge definitely doesn’t work at the resort anymore, so, they brought him down just for the show.
-A couple additions and subtractions to the cast based on what I’m hearing: Cupcake is out. Didn’t get cast. But Vinny and Iggy are doing it. I’m pretty sure Vinny is original cast and Iggy is coming on later.
I’m sure you’ve seen the outrage in the last week once a Bachelor fan unearthed a bunch of Lee’s old tweets. Embarrassing and disgusting. For Lee sure, but also for the show. Chris Harrison tried to address it and failed miserably:
For those asking, no, of course we didn't know about the offensive tweets from Lee's account. None of us were aware of them Very unfortunate
— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) June 2, 2017
Chris, “we didn’t know” should’ve been “we SHOULD’VE known.” You guys give every contestant 1000 question psych tests. You run all sorts of medical tests on them. You contact exes of theirs for information. You’re telling me you do all that but don’t bother to search their Twitter account? Yeah, you might not have known Lee had tweeted that stuff in the past. The point is, you should’ve. You guys dropped the ball. I’d be shocked if Lee is invited to the “Men Tell All.” My guess is they’re going to stay as far away from this one as possible.
Your poll question for the week is regarding yesterday’s spoiler change. What do you think?
June 6, 2017 at 9:39 AM
I didn’t really see anything that offensive in Lee’s tweets; he was expressing his opinion about the NAACP (as well as Black Lives Matter) being a racist organization (although he goes so far as to also label them “terrorist”). I didn’t see anything in his tweets which would be considered evidence of himself being racists (he didn’t imply that blacks are inferior, etc.). It may have been in poor taste, but not racist in my opinion.
I’m equally happy with Bryan or Peter. Hopefully Peter will be the next Bachelor.
June 6, 2017 at 11:10 AM
@RaRa: so you AGREE with Lee that the NAACP and BLM are racists organizations? Hmmmm.
To summarily call them racists is just a smear to dismiss their legitimacy. If people want to take issue with certain positions they take, and make legitimate arguments, I don’t think anyone would have a problem with that. I’m personally not a fan of some of the things they say and do (like blocking traffic and repeating statements in public commentary about scenarios that have been proven false). But dismissing them as racists? That’s what’s called an ad hominem attack. By definition that’s a logical fallacy…. basically just character assassination, and not a valid critique. Any way you look at it, Lee’s tweets were way out of line.
June 6, 2017 at 12:02 PM
The guy Lee revealed who he is. I know it’s just a TV show, but still a shame that someone so blatantly racist got on.
June 6, 2017 at 12:33 PM
@rob22: I didn’t say I agreed, I said it was his opinion, regarding the racism of those other organizations. Having an opinion about a race-based organization’s approach to racial issues does not necessarily make you a racist in and of itself. I can’t judge whether he is a racist or not unless I hear his reasoning behind his opinion. I do agree that some organizations seem to work to the detriment, rather than to improve, the plight endured by blacks in today’s world, even when they are well intended. I don’t want to make the mistake of assuming that he is basing those opinions simply on the fact that they support minorities. I will say again that even with giving him the benefit of the doubt surrounding his statements, he should have not gone the joke route, but stated his viewpoint in a clear manner. As it was, it came across making him look like an insensitive jerk at the very least.
June 6, 2017 at 1:37 PM
@RaRa: Comparing the NAACP to the KKK is pretty darn racist. One is a civil rights organization, and the other is a hate group. Period.
Steve – it’s not “kink in his armor” it’s “chink in his armor,” although “kink” would certainly be more entertaining.
June 6, 2017 at 3:33 PM
This season has been about as exciting as Anthony and Rachel’s date. Complete with plenty of horse crap. Seriously, super dull mostly.
And the new reveal on who she picked? She blew it. I give her a 0% chance they are still together in 6 months. 37 year old Miami wannabe playboy? Ok, sure, great choice. Not.
June 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM
I agree with RaRa. “Racist” is a word that gets thrown around too much. It’s an ugly thing to call someone and its inappropriate use diminishes its true meaning. I don’t know whether Lee is a racist but I didn’t see anything in what he posted that would warrant him be branded as such. Maybe he’s just immature, or uninformed, or a complete snake; I don’t know.
Peter for bachelor.
June 7, 2017 at 8:03 AM
I think the larger point about Lee’s comment is that an attack on an organization is not an “opinion”. When you call an entire group racist, without backing it up with any evidence, it’s an attack. So it was very uncalled for Lee to attack a couple of organizations in the way he did. If he wanted to take issue with something that BLM or the NAACP did, and make a coherent argument to back up his views, I’d welcome that. I think advocacy groups often get themselves into hot water by overdoing their advocacy & stretch their reach into places that are inappropriate. I’d even be OK that maybe Lee forgot to mention the good things that these organizations do. But he shouldn’t get a pass for a social media attack on those groups. Just because that’s what people do these days doesn’t make it smart or right. Your friends MIGHT give you a pass for attacks you make on organizations or groups of people (actually most of your friends think you’re an idiot for doing so) but if you climb into the limelight, you’re no longer going to get the benefit of the doubt.
June 8, 2017 at 7:11 PM
It wasn’t illogical of Rachel to give Eric the rose–she wants to form her own opinion as every adult should. Had her friends *seen* Eric do something questionable, that’d be a different matter, but all Raven did was essentially relay gossip from two biased sources. That’s valid intel to receive from a friend, but not enough info to completely disregard a guy she seems more in. All the rose does is let him calm down and give them both time to get to know each other. Rachel knows first hand not how difficult it can be. Plus she’s friends with Corinne so probably also feels there are unfair “ganging up” that happens for multiple reasons.
As for listening to crazy lexxxi, that was more about seeing demario’s lying and shady ways coming out! Rachel is a smart investigator let’s remember!!! Always questioning sources and making observations for herself. Love that we have a smart Bachelorette!