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Reader Emails

“Reader Emails,” Ratings, “Temptation Island,” and Tomorrow’s Podcast

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During the course of doing 114 podcasts up to this point, and even including the “He Said, She Said” ones I’ve done with Sharleen and Ashley, there have been some pretty powerful stories we’ve been told. From Jenn Sterger, to Meredith Phillips, to a rape call we had, there have definitely been a few that were on the more serious side. Tomorrow we’ll get another one of those, and honestly, it’s probably one of the most important ones I’ve done. A former Bachelor Nation contestant, and someone who I’ve had on before, has a story to tell that very few people know. Definitely hasn’t been talked about publicly, and I only found out about it in October when they reached out to me. This is someone that I kept in touch with on a fairly regular basis, they kinda fell off the face of the earth this summer, then I heard from them in October and I found out why. There’s a lot of layers to the story, but I think it will be helpful since I gotta believe there will be at least one person listening tomorrow who’s either been through this themselves, or are currently going through it. You will know tomorrow when I post the podcast, but I hope you all take the time to listen. I promise you it’ll be one you won’t forget and I can’t thank this person enough for sharing their story, because I’m guessing it wasn’t easy for them.

Ratings are in from last night, and they aren’t exaggerating this time. Not only did they get their highest rating of the season, but also their highest total numbers of viewers drawing 6.35 million and a 1.8 rating. For those keeping track, here is the ratings breakdown for the first 4 episodes:

Ep 1: 5.1 million (1.5 rating)
Ep 2: 5.6 million (1.7 rating)
Ep 3: 5.96 million (1.6 rating)
Ep 4: 6.35 million (1.8 rating)

“Temptation Island” episode 3 recap with our Nell Kalter is now available for your reading pleasure. Because I saw episodes 1-4 over two weeks, I kinda got mixed up a bit of what aired in each episode. Yes, last time was a little tamer than I remembered. What I can tell you is the next 3 episodes ramp it up in a big way. Sh** is gonna start to get very real, very quick. Even some stuff that I don’t even know how to react to. Yes, I know it’s television and I’m aware these people knew what they were signing up for, but to watch what happens in the next 3 episodes – some of it made me visibly cringe. Just wait. I can’t give out anymore. But some of you tweeted that last night was a little slow and lacking drama, and you may be right, but trust me, you get it all and then some coming up. Here’s an exclusive clip from next week’s episode as Kaci begins to feel the pressure at bonfire:

And of course don’t forget, Kaci will be on at the end of tomorrow’s podcast to talk about what happened in last night’s episode.

Some really good emails this week. A lot of informative stuff in there. It all starts on Page 2…

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  1. iampunka

    January 30, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Most exciting part of this season is to see who will win the race to be the next Bachette. And who gets our condolences for “winning”.

    And Kaitlyn Bristowe? Move on Shawn. She was no prize. You can do better.

  2. adelina

    January 30, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Lots of Kaitlyn/Shawn questions on here. I have always related more to Shawn’s personality than Kaitlyn’s. I think since the show ended, Shawn stayed true to who he always was and now as an extension of his fitness brand, he has his own gym…good for him.

    What I saw from Kaitlyn was dramatic changes to the way she looks (now she looks a little road hard), extensive “branding” of herself (although she has a huge following) and a lot of drinking.

    They seemed destined to break up just on their lifestyles alone. I think she and Jason have more in common in that they both crave the spotlight and like to party. I don’t see it lasting because ultimately I think Kaitlyn is a little too rough around the edges for him.

    I also agree with the email regarding Colton’s reaction to Caelynn and somehow linking it to his relationship with Aly Raisman. I saw Chris Harrison on Access Hollywood being interviewed by the Access Hollywood hosts and the Queen of Thirst, Ashley I, and Chris said this Caelynn/Colton conversation would allow viewers to see Colton in a much different light. All I thought was that it made me dislike him even more.

  3. screenname

    January 30, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    surprisingly liking Temptation Island! but why no spoilers for that show? Is it just not as popular and people don’t really care? or you’re just not allowed?

  4. meredith1972

    January 31, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    As I take into account C. Harrison’s hype of the rape conversation and the way we saw and heard it, I also must take into account editing.
    I have NO doubt there were clarifying details given, but they were edited out for the same reason Ali’s name was.
    Colton said his virginity was complex.
    He has stated in interviews he was in love with Ali.
    Ali was one of front women in the group who brought the sexual abuse accusations out against the gymnist doctor who publically went on national trial.
    Unlike the married former gymnists, it is highly possible that Ali has not emotionally worked through the sexual abuse.
    In short, emotionally and mentally she may not be ready for sex yet. That HAS to be there for women!
    If I am right, how could they have put any of this on TV? It was well known he had dated Ali!
    Anyway…that may well explain a lot of that and why Colton had no sex with Ali.

  5. Laurie

    January 31, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    The reason veneers are big is they have to cover up the already existing teeth.

    My guess would be that Hannah G. proposed something along the lines of ‘If we messed up your bed, would you have to fix it right afterward?’

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