This past Monday’s “Bachelorette” 15 year reunion show was a fun trip down memory lane seeing old clips of past seasons and all the classic moments that a lot of fans tend to forget. It also left out two former “Bachelorettes” in Jen Schefft and Meredith Phillips. Meredith was on the podcast last year and we all know how that went, so I didn’t expect them to contact Meredith for this special. But what about Jen? Well, we got her and you’ll hear her answer today. So great catching up with her and talking to her about her time on Andrew Firestone’s season, getting engaged, moving to SF, and then their subsequent breakup. Then moving on and talking about how the “Bachelorette” gig came to be and why it almost didn’t happen. Little known fact: Unless you’re a long time reader of this site you wouldn’t know or remember, but back in the early 2000’s I had a major crush on Jen. Like I was giddy when she was becoming the “Bachelorette.” And then her season aired and, well, we talk about it. Oh I still liked her. I just don’t think America was thrilled with her season. She’s aware of it and we talk about how everything went down. Good times. As always, if you want to respond to the interview, please include Jen’s Twitter handle (@jschefftwater) in your replies. Great catching up with Jen this week and I hope you enjoy it.
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(SPOILERS) Before Jen joins me I talk a little spoilers regarding Hannah’s season starting on Monday. Then Jen joins to talk about if her kids are aware of her “Bachelor/ette” appearances (12:21), how she got cast on the show (14:18), some memorable moments from her season (17:15), her finale on the “Bachelor” (22:30), how often she and Andrew saw each other (25:41), her post-show relationship, moving to SF, & eventually breaking up (28:24), getting the “Bachelorette” gig & how it wasn’t a great season (35:05), her overnights, final rose ceremony, & post show relationship with Jerry (40:14), was she asked to be on this past Monday’s reunion show (45:20), what she’s up to now (47:35), and we we end with the Final 5 (51:10).
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A few things that I talk about in the first 10 minutes of today’s podcast that I also want to address here. First off is the tweet from late Tuesday night that I saw the evidence I needed to know that Luke Parker was eliminated after the final 3 rose ceremony. Which I guess surprised some people since around week 4 I said he was the front runner. Which he was. After watching the season promo, it’s clear to everyone that Luke just didn’t get along with a lot of the guys. We even see Hannah asking him why the other guys don’t like him and a scene of him screaming at Garrett and pointing in his face. This is the first time I’ve ever relayed what I was hearing early in the season and it ended up being wrong. Ben with Lauren, Becca with Garrett, Andi with Josh, the list goes on. When I report those about the front runners, all I’m doing is telling you what I’m hearing. I never think much of it at the time because frankly it doesn’t matter who the front runner is while the show is still filming UNLESS they end up winning. Then obviously that information becomes more important. But at the time I say it, it’s just to give you a feel for what’s going on. Luke got the first impression rose. Hannah was definitely into Luke. We’ll see what caused him not to win, but my guess is the fact that he just didn’t seem to be liked in the house was a major reason for it. I think it was his to lose and he lost it. We all want to date someone people like. I can’t think of one “Bachelorette” that ever chose a guy who was involved in a majority of the drama in the house because it’s never happened. And you will see Luke is involved in a lot this year. Some because he received the first impression rose and was an immediate target, some was jealousy, and some was his own doing. It’s not gonna be pretty for him this season if early social media reaction is any indication. If before the season even airs, and people were responding to my tweet with calls of him being verbally abusive, and having a temper, and being “scared” of him…yeah, he’s got a loooooong two months ahead of him unfortunately. Hope he’s got thick skin because this isn’t gonna be pretty. Social media is killing him already and they haven’t seen an episode.
Also, the first episode has not been released to the media yet and we’re 4 days away from the premiere. Hopefully it’ll go up today and tmrw and I can have your night 1 spoilers for you on Twitter and then posted in the column on Monday. You already know the 8 guys who were eliminated as I tweeted those out the other day, but I will let you know about all the other night one shenanigans once it’s released to the media. I would think it’s today, but don’t know for sure.
And finally, Hannah’s final rose ceremony is either tomorrow or Saturday. With this season starting to air two weeks earlier than normal, I can’t guarantee I’ll have your final four breakdown by Monday. Sometimes I’ve found out within 24 hours of the final rose ceremony who won, sometimes it’s been 3 or 4 days, sometimes it’s been a week or so. However, with the season usually starting on Memorial Day or the week before, the ending was out before the show starts. Unless I find out this weekend, you won’t know by Monday when it premieres. Doesn’t mean my sources aren’t there, doesn’t mean I won’t get any info, it just means they moved their show start time up two weeks so the timing is a bit off this season. Filming was the exact same as it’s always been – this year March 16th to May 10th or 11th. That’s standard. But me finding out the winner will probably come sometime in the next week or so like it usually does, so I can’t guarantee I’ll have it by the premiere on Monday. I point this out because I’ve already gotten social media and email response asking when I’ll know. I don’t know. I never know. I just know I will at some point. So just wanted to put get that out there to hopefully prevent as many “so when are we getting the winner” emails or tweets that will inevitably start heading my way. Like I say, thankless job sometimes. You give it to them, it’s expected. You don’t, and it’s “where is it, why don’t you know, when is it coming” on and on and on. Wash, rinse, repeat every season. Just be patient. You’ll get it like you always do.
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May 9, 2019 at 1:24 PM
Jillian chose Ed who got along with the guys, but he was sent home in the middle of the season to do something about the 2 girlfriends Jillian mentioned. He didn’t.
Both Ben’s Courtney and Jake’s Vivian were not well liked in the house, and their relationship didn’t fare well either. The edit usually doesn’t lie, so Hannah may indeed have had an instant liking for Luke, but the edit in the previews indicates that relationship might not go well for her. She has let him go.
She has said she wants someone who will fight for her. Since Luke has said in the previews he doesn’t know if he can get there, perhaps her second choice – which she has also been developing – will show her that he is willing to do just that? Maybe she still gets her happy ending like Desiree’ whose 1rst choice left, and Chris Harrison talked her into giving her F2 the chance. They are married with 2 kids now.
May 10, 2019 at 1:29 PM
Thanks Steve for having Jen as a guest on your podcast! She is a favorite of our B viewing party crowd. It was good to hear background about her season – delay in filming, not really interested in any of her guys etc. We all really loved her on Andrew’s season. Wished you would have dug deeper to get more info. You get much more detail from the more recent Bachelor/Bachelorette guests. Missed seeing her on the reunion show. Keep interviewing people from the early seasons! We know a lot less from the seasons before social media.