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Reader Emails

“Reader Emails,” Next Week’s Schedule, Ratings, & Lauren Bushnell on Tomorrow’s Podcast

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Not a huge “Reader Email” bag today, which might be a good thing. There were quite a few Garrett related emails, some of which I answered back personally, but my thoughts are I’m pretty much done talking about it. I gave my thoughts yesterday on the situation, he apologized, there isn’t really much else we can do at this point, so debating whether he’s allowed to like anything he wants or who cares what political side he’s on – yeah, I’m over it. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that’s what some people have minimized this story into, when that’s never what it’s been about. But it is what it is at this point. Hence the reason there’s really no point in continuing to dissect the story. If he didn’t apologize, then sure. It would’ve continued. But he addressed it, I think he meant it, but only his actions from this point forward will solidify if the apology was sincere. I’ve had people come to his defense, and I’ve had people say he’s full of it. So what else is there to do? I doubt he’ll address it from this point forward again, so I’m sure we’ll just have to wait til the finale before it’s brought up again and we can visually see him talk about it, rather than just a written apology. As far as I’m concerned, there isn’t much to talk about regarding the situation anymore so lets all move forward with all the other ridiculousness surrounding this season.

In case you missed my tweet yesterday, I’m very excited to announce that Lauren Bushnell is my guest on this week’s podcast. No, not Lauren Burnham as some of you seemed to read that as. Lauren Bushnell. Ben Higgins’ ex-fiance. Been a long time coming as I’ve been in talks on and off with Lauren to come on since the end of last year. We finally made it work, and you’ll get to hear that tomorrow before I’m off to Vegas. Which, in an interesting story, Lauren will as she calls it, “be there in spirit.” You’ll hear what she meant by that in the beginning of the podcast. I appreciated her candor regarding the Ben stuff. It’s been two years, she’s been in a new relationship for about a year now, so yeah, I’m sure it’s not something she felt completely comfortable talking about. But she also knew I couldn’t have her on my podcast and NOT ask about Ben and everything that went down. She’s honest about her feelings at the time, and I feel she wasn’t disrespectful to Ben in any way. But she made a few things known and cleared up a couple misconceptions for sure. Can’t wait for you all to hear it tomorrow, so look forward to that.

Ratings are in from Monday night, and the “Bachelorette” again won it’s timeslot for the evening and improved it’s ratings from last week, going from 5.5 million viewers to 5.78 million viewers, and drawing a 1.8 rating versus the 1.6 rating last week. Steady, solid numbers that are pretty consistent with previous “Bachelorette” seasons. I don’t think anyone expected some major drop off in this anyway, but, to see 14 years in they can always count on winning their 2 hour timeslot on Mondays, especially in the Women 18-34 demo, that’s all that really matters to them.

I mentioned last week and in the spoilers about next Monday’s episode falling on Game 5 of the NBA Finals. A few of you alerted me that your DVR is showing a “Bachelorette” episode on Tuesday instead of Monday. If the Warriors sweep the Cavs, then Monday would be available for them to run episode #3 in its regular slot. If they don’t sweep, then Monday is Game 5 and there definitely isn’t a new episode Monday. I looked on my DVR after being informed by emailers, and yes, it’s showing an episode next Tuesday as well of the “Bachelorette.” So my guess is regardless of if there’s a sweep or not, they’re just gonna run a new episode Tuesday and that’ll be that. However they still haven’t made anything official, but Chris Harrison usually stays on top of this on his Twitter, so I’m sure he’ll explain once we know what happens in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals.

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