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Podcast #66 – Interview with Sharleen Joynt & (EXCLUSIVE) on the “After the Final Rose”

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It’s been almost a year since I had Sharleen Joynt on this podcast, so I figured it was time to bring her back. She last appeared after the finale of Nick’s season last year. You’ll be getting a double dose of Sharleen in the next week, as next Thursday will be episode #9 of the “He Said, She Said” podcast on Stitcher Premium where we take your calls on anything relationship related. If you still want to be a part of next week’s podcast, email me or Sharleen and, assuming schedules match, we can record next Tuesday night. Anyway, a fun interview with Sharleen since she is going unspoiled this season. I’ve done my best not to spoil her all season, although we did almost have an accident a couple weeks ago we go over. And then in this podcast, I accidentally let something slip as well, but not having to do with the ending. Always love talking to Sharleen about this show because she can put together in words, much better than I can, particular scenarios and how she feels about them. I just blurt it out. She actually breaks it down to its root. Like her assessment of all the “I’m falling for you’s” Arie gave during hometown dates. Excellent analysis. I’m positive you’ll love listening to Sharleen this week. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include her Twitter handle (@SharleenJoynt) in your replies. Hope you enjoy it.

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(SPOILERS) Actually, no spoilers this week because Sharleen is going unspoiled this season. She joins me to talk about her current run in La Boheme in British Columbia and being in an opera, how she’s going unspoiled this season (14:14), how we have completely different opinions on Arie as the “Bachelor” (19:47), hometown dates and the silly stages of “I’m falling for you” (25:48), her surprise at Tia leaving at Final 4 (32:58), her overall impression of the girls and the direction the show is headed (37:02), how social media response has changed the show (44:22), where does the show go from here and any changes she would make (55:10), her predictions on how it will end (57:54), the “Women Tell All” and her thoughts on Krystal (1:00:08), and we end with the Final 10 (1:07:47).

Twitter – @SharleenJoynt
Instagram – sharleenjoynt
Flare Magazine – Episode 8 recap

I tweeted this out last night, but for those that didn’t see it, the ATFR will be live over two nights, Monday March 5th and Tuesday March 6th. We’ll have the regular 2 hour finale on Monday March 5th which is with Becca and Lauren and everything that went down in Peru. I’m guessing that 1 hr ATFR will consist of showing us the footage of everything that happened post show when Arie broke up with Becca and ended the engagement, then also the footage of him traveling to Virginia to talk with Lauren. As for the Tuesday night ATFR, obviously since ABC hasn’t even announced it yet, we don’t know what it will entail, but if it follows the pattern of Jason’s season (where the exact same ending happened), I’m guessing that’s the night we’ll have Becca and Arie together for the first time since the break up, then they’ll bring Arie and Lauren out together. However, I can confirm exclusively that Jason & Molly will be part of the filming on Tuesday the 6th. Gee, I wonder why?

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  1. adelina

    February 22, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Some men (and I suppose some women too) are addicted to the chase but shortly thereafter when routine and monotony sets in, they’re bored. They need the adrenaline of the chase again. Like any addiction, this cycle repeats itself over and over again.

    This is clearly the case with Arie and his *uckboy reputation. Feel bad for Lauren because he’ll either break it off to resume his chase and catch routine or she’ll find him cheating.

  2. ctrealitygirl

    February 22, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    I’m guessing that they bring in Jason & Molly to give Arie some credibility, and to illustrate that, while what Arie did is terrible, it worked for a former bachelor and resulted in one of the few success stories. ABC does NOT want a huge hate-fest…so they’ll spin it as a good thing.

  3. rob22

    February 22, 2018 at 1:52 PM

    @adelina: I agree with your take. This is hardly a new thing either. Some guys are just wired that way, for whatever reason. Women have to learn to spot them too, because they might come across as very sincere. They might even believe that they want a long term relationship. But they really don’t. So, they end up moving on to the next one, then the next one….. I was going to bring up a segment from Love American Style in the 70s with Bob Crane (who starred in Hogans Heroes) that was all about this topic. But I won’t bring it up, because it will really date me. 🙂 Not that much!… I was a kid who watched this show and thought I was getting away with something because the show was so racy for that day. TMI. Sorry. I was going to say that I don’t think we could have imagined The Bachelor back in the 70s. But, there was The Dating Game. Kind of a 30 minute version of The Bachelor, I think.

  4. jlal

    February 23, 2018 at 3:50 AM

    rob22 – Loved the Dating Game! Arie, as I said before doesn’t bother me. I would say I’m a “fan”, but he is good looking, sophisticated, educated, and seems like a nice guy. The person this season, Winter Games and Bachelor, who bothers me the most is Luke. He was dating someone before going on the show, used Stassi then iced her right when the cameras stopped rolling. He tried to save face by lying about a conversation they didn’t have. What a creep.

    Also, poor Dean. He is so young and just doesn’t know what he wants. Also, if he thinks anyone bought is crap about being torn between two women on BIP, then he really is a fool. He is a player and I hope Leslie doesn’t get hurt.

  5. rob22

    February 23, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Remember the “Chaperones” on the Dating Game? What a weird job… to go with two adults on a weekend trip, and your job is to prevent them from hooking up….. in the 70s.

  6. sam1

    February 25, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    @adelina I don’t necessarily think its the adreline of the chase. I think that men just get bored easily. Its the boredom that makes them want to leave, or if you run out of things to talk about. Men may also like having more than 1 sexual partner, so they cheat. As for Arie, I think Becca is too normal and plain for him. Arie may have been guilted into choosing her because of her sob story, and the producers wanting him to pick “miss perfect midwest” to please the fantasies of female viewers. But Arie has a history with blonde party-girls and that seems to fit blonde Lauren, even though it will piss off female viewers. I also think because Lauren held back and was so cold to Arie, that he never felt she liked him enough to get married/engaged. Lauren played hard-to-get and Arie wanted more. I don’t even think Lauren likes Arie because of the age difference, and Lauren’s ex is a hockey player and she may have wanted to date Peter instead.

    Same thing happened with Jason where he wanted the younger Molly, but producers pressured him into picking the “Miss perfect southern christian.”

  7. shenanigans

    February 26, 2018 at 7:16 AM

    The feedback about Melissa Rycroft has been surprisingly consistent: that she is a different person when the cameras are off. That told me everything I needed to know: that she played a role in order to win Jason, only to discover that it would never work because she presented a false front. Then, she acted like a scorned lunatic on ATFR, when they had already broken up.

    Jason dodged a bullet on that one.

  8. jlal

    February 26, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    Sam1, it is not just men who get bored, women do too. The percentage of females who cheat is quickly catching up with men. Back in the day, women had to take it because they had no other alternative. They were iced out of job opportunities, paid less when they did work, couldn’t own/control property, couldn’t get credit, etc. You get the idea. Women also cheat, like men for companionship the most. There are serial cheaters, but most people are missing something in their primary relationship, so they stray to find it with another.

    Also, Lauren in my opinion is far from a “party girl”, though she is blonde. I don’t have an issue with Arie picking one then changing his mind, nor did I with Jason. What, we want them to stay with the wrong person so as not to hurt their feelings? That is just stupid. Becca is a big girl, she’ll get over it as he obviously wasn’t “the one” anyway. They are all in such a confined, controlled environment I’m not surprised mistakes are made and false feelings develop.

    I also think someone can “play the field” and then get older, mature and find they’re ready to settle down. It happens everyday and most people I know dated around until they were ready to settle down or met the right person.

  9. millychicago

    February 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Sharleen Joynt was one of the most beautiful and noble person that appeared on that show. I don’t know why but I always see her to be match with long hair super cute and tall guy who rejected Desiree. They are both sophisticated and beautiful.

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