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“Reader Emails,” “Bachelorette” Talk, and Chris Harrison Speaks on Spoilers

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Guess what we’re doing tomorrow? Taking it back old school again on the podcast. I believe I’ve only had one guy on from Ashley’s season of the “Bachelorette” and that was Ben Flajnik. That is, until tomorrow. First impression rose recipient her season, Ryan Park, will be my guest on tomorrow’s podcast to talk about Ashley’s season, being somewhat of the “villain” although I use that term loosely with him as he’s genuinely one of the nicest guys ever. And that’s basically what his edit was. The guy that all the other guys thought was too nice, so they didn’t like him. Weird times back then I tell ya’. Ryan is also one of the few from this franchise I actually had the chance to meet a loooong time ago. I wanna say back in 2012 or so. He was here in Dallas on business, we had been in touch after his season ended, and had one of the more memorable dinners I’ve ever had. We’ll dive into that tomorrow as well. So fun catching up with Ryan and you’ll get to hear it all tomorrow. Had a good run of guests recently so hopefully can keep it going. Reached out to another old schooler last week and they said they’d do it – but then haven’t responded since. But yet another person I’d like to catch up with so hopefully she’ll check her DM’s again. Anyway, Ryan has lived quite a life since his stint on Ashley’s season, and he catches us up on it all tomorrow on the podcast, so look for that.

Speaking of “Bachelorette,” lets do a little “Bachelorette” talk. We’re basically two weeks away from them making their official announcement, since I’m assuming it’ll come in the last two segments of Peter’s 2 part finale on the 9th and 10th. They’ll introduce who it is, then I’m sure she’ll be introduced to 5 of her guys like the last 3 seasons where Rachel, Becca, and Hannah all did. Meaning a decision is coming soon. Anyone who says they’ve already chosen who it is is lying. Then haven’t made their decision yet. Clearly a lot of people get interviewed, and multiple women sign contracts so when they do make their announcement, they’re ready to go and start shooting intros. I can tell you three names that I know for sure have been in LA and met with production for formal interviews: Kelsey, Tayshia, and Tia. I’m sure there were more, but those three definitely did. I can’t tell you who they like better, like less, whatever. One thing I keep hearing is that they’re not gonna go with someone from Peter’s season. There may be something to that. I don’t know for sure. But those three women are in the running. Did they want Hannah Brown? Absolutely. She was their top choice but they couldn’t agree on money apparently and she’s out unless something drastic happens. That’s the latest I have on “Bachelorette.” A decision should be made within the next week or so on who they end up choosing.

A question asked a lot this week that I’ll address here is on Monday’s episode, it seemed like Peter did his overnights on three consecutive days. I don’t know the exact answer to this, but, with the show’s history, and some evidence we do have from paparazzi, I’m leaning towards that wasn’t the case. First off, that’d be three exhausting days in a row to film those back-to-back-to-back. I’ve always heard there was a day in between each one. So keeping that in mind, lets look at what we do know:

-The final 4 rose ceremony at the Camarillo Airport in LA was on Nov. 2nd.

-Madison had the third overnight date. These were the day portion pictures from that date that were taken on I believe on Nov. 9th or 10th.

-For the sake of argument, lets say her date was on the 9th. And lets say the overnight dates happened on consecutive days. That means that Hannah Ann’s was on the 7th, Victoria’s on the 8th, and Madison’s on the 9th.

-Well, the rose ceremony was on the 2nd in LA. This show doesn’t have 5 empty days of filming. I know the travel to Australia basically takes up a full day, but, there’s no way they got there on the 3rd or 4th, then waited another 3 or 4 days before they started filming overnights. That’s not how this show works.

-So basically, when they showed Hannah Ann arriving back from her date the next morning, then Victoria ready to go on hers, I’m pretty sure that was done for continuity purposes. Makes way more sense that they kept their normal shooting schedule of one day in between each overnight. So, I think the schedule probably looked more like this:

-Nov. 2nd rose ceremony in LA.
-Leave Nov. 3rd for Australia. All day travel.
-Get settled in and shoot exteriors and ITMs on the 4th.
-Hannah Ann overnight on the 5th. Victoria overnight on the 7th. Madison’s on the 9th.

It’s just a guess, but knowing when the rose ceremony in LA was, and knowing Madison had the last overnight and when those pictures were from, the schedule makes sense they took a day in between overnights.
So Chris Harrison had a stick up his ass when he went on Ashley I’s podcast this week. Not sure what led him to go off on this mini rant regarding spoilers, but here it was in case you missed it:

It’s just a bizarre and totally off base take to have. I’m costing people jobs? Huh? Your show is as healthy as ever. ABC is ordering MORE “Bachelor” related programming in 2020 with “Listen to Your Heart,” and “Summer Games.” What are you even talking about? And yes, I’m fully aware Chris never said my name specifically in that mini rant. Who the hell do you think he’s talking about? C’mon. It’s not too hard to figure out. There’s one person on the internet that has consistently spoiled this show season in and season out for the last 11 years. He doesn’t need to say me by name to know who he’s talking about. But hey, I hope Chris took a nice chill pill, went on a bike ride with Lauren, and feels better now that he got that out of his system. Geesh. Calm down, bro.

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  1. mgb970

    February 26, 2020 at 11:23 AM

    > Nov. 2nd rose ceremony in LA.
    > Leave Nov. 3rd for Australia. All day travel.
    > Get settled in and shoot exteriors and ITMs on the 4th.

    No. When you travel to Oz, you lose 2 days on the calendar. For example, if you leave on LAX on Sunday, you land on Tuesday. Travelling west across the dateline is easier than east though but giving a whole production crew only 24 hours to adjust being in the aluminum fart tube for that long is very aggressive scheduling.

  2. nursej

    February 26, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    That’s right, when we go to Sydney AU from the PNW we leave on a Tuesday evening and arrive Thursday morning on a nonstop 15 hour flight.
    When we come back we leave on a Thursday morning and arrive home on the same Thursday morning, nonstop flight.

  3. ladyjane747

    February 26, 2020 at 8:04 PM

    Oh no, please not Tia. Couldn’t stomach her on BIP – so desperate for Colton. Tayshia wouldn’t be bad; she’s lovely and seems mature. I wouldn’t mind Kelsey. I got to like her toward the end of the season and she has a story – wears heart on her sleeve, super emotional, sad family background. I’m pulling for Kelsey.

  4. JustAnotherLauren

    February 26, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Please be Kelsey, Please be Kelsey, Please be Kelsey.

    Cant stand the other two….

  5. mgb970

    February 27, 2020 at 7:35 AM

    Kelsey isn’t going to be great either… she’s just as much of an emotional wreck as Victoria F is.

    Steve always makes fun of viewers who say they won’t watch a season but always do…

    …but I’m going to sit this one out. Plus, the weather is getting better, the daylight is getting longer, time to start doing stuff instead of watching so much TV. I don’t see how this upcoming season of Bachelorette is going to be even remotely interesting.

    The notion that Tia and Tayshia are in the running tells you how much this season has sucked too.

  6. rob22

    February 27, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    The season was pretty awful as far as the women go. I can’t say for sure that Hannah Anne and Madison weren’t into Peter, but their level of interest is pretty low for a final 2. I think that explains why the show went to more extreme lengths to create drama, i.e. having the F3 women stay together. There really just wasn’t a love story there. And this drawn out ending seems like just the show trying to pull out some sort of a love story when there wasn’t one. Peter wasn’t that into Hannah Anne and Madison didn’t see it with Peter. What to do? Maybe throw in some cash & prizes to lure Madison back to film a fake ending? IDK. Not buying it. But I’m sure it will draw in some viewers, which is all they really care about. Then there can be a fake break up in a few months. By then, the Bachelorette will be on & the breakup will be a footnote. I can’t imagine it, but the only other possible ending is that Peter just doesn’t get love. The show will do everything possible to prevent that ending.

  7. rob22

    February 27, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    As far as The Bachelorette. It’s a hard no from me on Kelsey. Tia, no. We’ve seen maybe too much of her pining for Colton. Tayshia I could see a little more. But, she’s quite a rehash at this point as well. Is there anyone else out there? I guess it really doesn’t matter.

  8. ctrealitygirl

    February 28, 2020 at 7:33 AM

    When I think of Tayshia, all I can think of is her back and forth with JPJ. Ugh…next! Certainly with all the woman that have been on previous Bachelor shows…that’s all they can come up with?? How bout they go back to looking for a fresh face??? If they go with someone already part of the franchise, they need someone with some pizzazz and I don’t feel Kelsey, Tia and Tayshia generate enough excitement to pull off being the lead. But then again, Arie didn’t either and that didn’t stop the powers at be. When will ABC learn to listen to their viewers??

  9. nursej

    February 28, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    rob22 – How about Kendall Long? It is too soon after the breakup with Joe (and I was hoping they would reunite) but she would be lovely!
    Hard no for Tia. I would rather have Clare and some men in there late 30s-40s.

  10. tinyred500

    February 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    I’d choose Clare for the next Bachelorette, I absolutely don’t want Tia, I didn’t like her on Arie’s series or BIP. Tayshia would be my next choice after Clare.

  11. lembano

    February 29, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    I think the bombshell will be he is with Kelley F. That is why she isn’t on WTA or considered for next Bachelorette.

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