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“Reader Emails,” Ratings, Final Thoughts on This Season, & The Amount of Things We DIDN’T See

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A lot of stuff to get to today before we dive into the last “Reader Emails” of the season before the “Bachelorette” starts back up. Speaking of that, did you hear the announcement that Hannah’s season begins airing on May 13th? That’s about two weeks earlier than the “Bachelorette” normally starts. Filming still lasts the same amount of time, they’re just starting airing it earlier. Could mean they’re gonna give more episodes to Paradise on the back end, since that show starts immediately after “Bachelorette” ends airing. They’re also doing a 2 hr special the week before on May 6th to celebrate 15 seasons of the “Bachelorette.” Even though no specific details have been given out about what’s gonna be on the show, you can probably guess. Former contestants, clips of all the seasons, Chris Harrison visiting fan parties, etc. So mark that on your calendars. It’s officially being called “Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!” Yes, that’s the working title they’re going with. Someone in marketing or PR should be fired over that title. How about just “The Bachelorette at 15?” Is that too hard? You repeat “Bachelorette Reunion” twice in the same sentence. But hey, who am I to start naming their shows? So expect a two hour trip down memory lane with some of our favorite “Bachelorettes” from the past.

And a correction that I made on Twitter last night to share with you guys. Originally Hannah’s season was set to start on Thursday, but now it’s starting on Saturday. Doesn’t really change anything as the season will no doubt end filming around the first week of May like every “Bachelorette” season does. All it means is that there will be a much shorter turnaround from the time Hannah’s season stops filming to the first episode airing. Roughly around 5 days. Hell, on May 6th when the “Bachelorette Reunion: The Bachelorette Reunion of all Bachelorette Reunions” airs, Hannah will probably still be in the last days of production. But her season starts filming this Saturday, meaning the two public group dates will be the two group dates in episode 2. Saturday is the meet-and-greet, Sunday will be the off day that the guys move into the mansion, Monday group date #1, Tuesday 1-on-1, Wednesday group date #2, rose ceremony #2 on Thursday, and so on and so forth.

Can I just tell you how giddy I am to Colton’s season being over, we’re on to a new season, and March Madness starts next week? Best time of year for me. Although since Hannah’s season will already be in episodes 2 & 3 while I’m plopped at the Venetian sportsbook next Thurs-Sun, I’m sure I’ll be able to give you updates on anything that comes through. I just want to fast forward a week and be there now. Best time of year for me. I know I go out for first weekend of NFL every season, but nothing beats March Madness. I can’t believe this is only the 3rd year in a row I’m doing it. I’d never been for March Madness before two years ago, which is insane. You can have your Super Bowl, or NBA Finals, or World Series, but for my money, being in Vegas for opening weekend of March Madness can’t be beat. I’ve been buried deep in my lab the last two weeks consuming as much college basketball as possible. I’m ready to go. Last year was the most profitable tournament I ever had. Lets see if I can approach that this year. Looking forward to it.

Ratings are in from Monday night and Colton’s finale did really well: 8.0 million viewers and a 2.2 rating, both season highs. In comparison, Arie’s Monday finale did 7.8 million and a 2.2 rating. And how many people screamed from the rooftops when Colton was named the “Bachelor” that they weren’t watching? That’s what I thought. It’s such a tired take, just like it will be for all the people that hate Hannah as the “Bachelorette.” No one cares you don’t like her because millions of people will still watch. And you probably will as well because you want to be informed in the conversation. More on Hannah in a bit…

Our Nell Kalter has your “Temptation Island” episode 9 recap now up for your reading pleasure. There’s only two episodes left. They haven’t been released to the media yet, so I haven’t seen the two-part finale. Supposed to be released later this week. All I know is that next week’s episode will be the final bonfire for two couples, then the following week is the other two couples. There will not be a reunion episode, but I know we’ll be getting updates on each of the couples post-show during these final two episodes. I don’t know which couples are on each episode, but I should by the end of the week. This is going to be interesting for sure.

I’m not going to recap detail for detail what we saw last night. I’m just going to address the things that came up most that were tweeted at me or emailed. Not to mention, I wanna talk about all the stuff we DIDN’T see this season. Look, you know where I stand on finale day. Go back over my site since September and you’ll see every spoiler I gave was correct outside of Colton going to CA to visit Cassie, when it all went down in Portugal. Now, I even had people questioning that last night saying I might’ve been right and it looked C&C filming in Portugal could’ve happened well after they came back from CA. I’m here to tell you that didn’t happen. And that’s coming from me, the guy who literally had one thing wrong this season, and now people are telling that one thing I had wrong may be right, and I’m STILL telling you, no it wasn’t. They never went back to CA and filmed and then went back to Portugal. Trust me, I’d be the first to tell you if they did. They didn’t. That conversation with Cassie was like 1-2 days later after dumping Hannah. Yes, he got a haircut. Guys haircuts take like 10 minutes. I don’t think that is some sort of giveaway a bunch of time elapsed. So just wanted to correct everyone, since that was the #1 thing I got sent to me last night, that people weren’t convinced C&C’s reconciliation happened so quickly. It did. The End. (Now, is it possible when my source emailed me they filmed C&C in California, they were talking about the Happy Couple visits and I misinterpreted it? Possible, but I’m not gonna die on that hill. Bottom line is he didn’t chase her back to CA, which is what the spoiler said. That was wrong).

With that said, all this running of the mouth Colton did this season first tweeting “Wrong” before wiping out all his tweets before the season started, to then going on Kaitlyn’s podcast a few weeks ago and specifically saying the “spoilers were wrong” makes him look like a buffoon. Really? Because from my vantage point Colton, absolutely nothing I posted was different than what we saw over the last two nights. Fence jump? Correct. Going on an overnight with Tayshia, then Cassie, then not going on one with Hannah and dumping both her and Tayshia to pursue Cassie? Bingo. Dating but not engaged to Cassie? As you say, “Nailed it.” Yet you wanna stick to the “Bbbb…but you said I went to CA to chase her” narrative? Please. You tried to call me out and discredit what I spoiled and it backfired. I can’t believe how idiotic he made himself seem by going on Kaitlyn’s podcast and saying the spoilers were wrong. The thing is, now that he’s said it, anyone else who says it in the future no one will believe them either. You’re a trailblazer, Colton! You’ve been on our TV for three consecutive seasons in this franchise, something that’s never happened ever in this franchise. Time for you to go away.

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  1. rollingeyes

    March 13, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    As the mother of two teen sons, I was appalled at all the “virgin” talk. We watched about the first hour Monday and first hour yesterday (only episodes watched all season), and it was ridiculous. I had to make sure my sons understood that someone’s virginity is NOBODY’S business. Also that if it was a female, there would be so much outrage. And I stressed to them that there should be ZERO pressure on anyone to lose their virginity, whether Male or female. The short amount of time we actually watched reaffirmed to me why I haven’t watched that show in years. I will continue to read the site and avoid that crap-show.

  2. SeaDub

    March 13, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Chris Harrison has always had a bit of the creep factor, but the past two nights took it to a whole new level. The virginity obsession was disgusting from him and the song choice from Air Supply with fireworks going off on the video at the end? Showers were needed all around.

    I LOVE Hannah B…and loved her last night. She’s a riot and for the first time I am looking forward to the season because of a lead and not only just because of RS’s spoilers and recaps. I especially loved the “do better” to the 4 men who did not get roses. She’s going to add some much needed realism and hilarity to the show.

  3. crushonspivey

    March 13, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    The virgin talk was great for a while, and funny. Not many guys keep those morals for as long as Colton did. Regardless of reason. But as soon as he started asking in from of Cassie, it became outright disrespectful. And typical for this franchise, which really knows no shame.

    I actually think Colton and Cassie will get married. I bet they’re engaged in 3 months or less and married by the end of 2019. Different vibe with them that others from this show because they did it different. Even Kimmel congratulated them on doing it like normal people. Seems like a real relationship. And the religious background will play a factor, which can;t be undersold.

    As to Hannah, it was typical. the girls simply get brain locked and can;t express herself. It;s like her brain is buffering and she locks up. I expect it for weeks for her season. Maybe once down to the final 4 she might get a software upgrade and pull out of it. But that is who she is. She freezes in relationships, can’t express herself, looks deer in the headlights, and it is not changing just because she is the lead. She got picked because she can be easily controlled by the show. Simple as that. They wanted a simpleton, got one, but one with a glitch in the matrix.

  4. tinyred500

    March 13, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    I agree about the whole virgin theme etc., it got more and more ridiculous as the series wore on. Colton made it public knowledge during the bachelorette and never let it go, then that was his whole back story for the bachelor. It’s been flogged to death IMO. Chris Harrison can be like a dog with a bone, and I still haven’t forgotten how he kept going on at Juan Pablo and was he and Nikki in love…he was relentless. I suppose that’s part of his job, whether the viewers like his tact at times is another matter entirely.

  5. kayakguy

    March 13, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    All I could think about after seeing Hannah on stage last night fumbling with her words (and Chris Harrison cutting her off), was her first cringeworthy date with Colton (hot tub in Topanga Hills and zero conversation and her inability to later say a toast) and how this is going to be a long season….

  6. dogmomma

    March 13, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    I agree with SeaDub about the virginity talk and Air Supply song. It was so creepy the way Chris Harrison kept talking about it as if he were in middle school and one of his friends was trying to get lucky with a girl.
    And I agree on Hannah B. She isn’t polished and doesn’t have the textbook answers ready to go, but maybe her being spontaneous and not having a filter will bring something refreshing and new to the show. This season with Colton was very different and it pulled in the viewers toward the end, so maybe having a girl who is silly and says just what comes to her mind will end up being different from the norm and fun to watch. Or not….

  7. wiggy5

    March 13, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    I Love the mindless entertainment this show has! If not for reality Steve I would not be watching it! Anyway I had a comment/question if anyone could answer. I thought when someone is eliminated or leaves the show of their own volition, they leave that night or the next morning. I’m wondering why Cassie was still in Portugal three days later?

  8. tinyred500

    March 13, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    When it’s down to the final 3 they all leave the country/location together. That way it was ‘supposed’ to stop spoilers. 😀

  9. rob22

    March 13, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    I can’t quite figure out Hannah B. If you are doing beauty pageants at the highest levels, you’re on stage in front of a lot of people, you’re even on TV for the really big ones. There’s a lot of pressure to perform. You’re getting graded for poise and preparation and you have to answer questions that are posed to you. I do not see how she could be as successful as she was if she’s so easily thrown off her game. But throughout the show, and especially last night, she is very easily thrown off and just turns into a bubbly, giggling bowl of jello. How hard really is it to meet 5 random guys, say hi to them and sound semi put together? I guess really hard for her. It should be an interesting season. And by interesting, I mean a total melt down. By the time she gets to hometowns they’ll need to go to Costco to get enough Prozac to keep her upright. I can’t tell if her season will just be a train wreck or a train wreck so bad that it’s a hoot to watch. I always hope for the latter. But unfortunately, it’s often a “Colton”. I think that’s a new verb for horribly boring and stupid.

  10. rob22

    March 13, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    As for Colton’s final episode, it was exactly what I expected. The first 12 minutes and 30 seconds, including the standard intros were the whole show. That was the interesting part. The “date” was stupid. I guess they had to do it to show some growth to make the ending believable, but it went on forever. The “guests”, except for the standard Ben cameo, were completely the D List. It had the feeling of a thrown together ad lib. I mean Goose? Did they have him because he was free and desperate to be on? Why? I mean usually we get a good final show. Lots of emotion, leading up to the final rose. And those shows are usually pretty decent. Well, we didn’t get that. Then on ATFR we get to see the happy couple and the runner up gets to ask questions. We kinda got that on Monday night. But there really wasn’t anything last night worth watching after the first 12:30. Shame on me for watching. I am embarrassed. After Chris Harrison’s 50th reference to Colton’s virginity I was close to putting my shoe through the TV. Chris better step it up. He embarrassed himself last night. Not that he ever had any shame.

  11. wiggy5

    March 13, 2019 at 4:16 PM

    Ok got it!

  12. ladyjane747

    March 13, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    I also caught that Hannah G. was about to say, “I didn’t even get a chance to explore…Portugal.” LOL As for Hannah B., I think being from AL has something to do with the way she talks. I remember my husband watching Jeff Sessions on TV and saying, “he talks so sloooowly, it makes him sound stupid. I wish he’d get to the point.” So, maybe it’s partly that slow southern drawl, and I think she was truly nervous, but so cute! She’ll get over that. I think she’ll be a breath of fresh air and I’m looking forward to her season.

  13. screenname

    March 13, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Since Hannah already gave out the first rose, do you think she’ll still give out a “first impressions rose?” on the first night? Only asking because the last 4/5 bachelorettes have chosen their “first impression” guy at the end.

  14. mtngirl

    March 13, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Someone in the reader emails asked if anyone had ever turned down the leading role and I immediately thought of Chris Lambton who said no to being the bachelor. Maybe the reader was just asking about bachelorettes but this stuck out to me because I really wanted Chris to be it. Now I don’t remember who it was instead.

  15. 4starsparkel

    March 14, 2019 at 12:30 AM

    Hello Steve!

    I’m New to your Spoilers & to being able to investigate this via Social Media…

    Really Enjoy knowing more ahead of time!!! Getting to see who Hannah B will be meeting, in advance, has me So Much More Involved in the Drama!!! It’ll be Such a Different Experience to See the Initial Greetings… I’ll actually be able to get a Memorable Glimpse of Who’s Who!!!

    Thanks for All U Do!!!
    ??? LOVE IT!!!

    xoxo C*
    (Constance in Berkeley, CA)

  16. realitynyc12

    March 14, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Weren’t there also rumors that Peter Kraus turned it down as well and that’s how they ended up going with Arie?

  17. realitynyc12

    March 14, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    I’m going to have to add my name to the “hate watch club” for this upcoming season of the Bachelorette. I have an allergic reaction to Hannah B, her huge teeth and constant confused and terrified look on her face. They better coach or edit her to be more polished on the show because ATFR was more than painful to watch, I was covering my face with my hands and visibly cringing through all of it. If we are in for this much awkwardness for the entire season, I’m going to need Botox afterwards from all the cringing Haha who the f decided Bachelorette needs to be “real and relatable”?? Um, why. This is an escapist guilty pleasure, just give us someone visually stunning like Hannah G that can at least string 2 sentences together…. This is going to be a loooong season, sigh

  18. mtngirl

    March 14, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    You’re right! Can’t forget about him 😉

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