To say we’re in unprecedented times would be an understatement for sure. Clearly I did not end up going to Vegas this week for March Madness. But even before Vegas had a complete shutdown of their casinos, I wasn’t planning on going anyway. My trip was for March Madness. Once that was cancelled, I wasn’t interested in going. Then the casinos closed and, well, that ended up being the right move. And as you know, Clare’s season has been postponed, like most everything in the entertainment industry. It first came out in a press release on Friday, then Chris Harrison took to IG and told everyone they were postponing filming for at least 2 weeks. Now, I’m not an expert or anything, but I can pretty guaran-damn-tee you that “Bachelorette” production isn’t going to resume in two weeks. Two months maybe, but certainly not two weeks the way things are going right now. I know a lot of you want answers and how does this affect filming, and Clare’s guys, and “Bachelor in Paradise,” but the reality is, when we’re literally living hour-by-hour trying to find out how as a country we’re going to adjust to this, there are no solid, hard answers. All we can do is speculate at this time. However, some things that we do know are the filming schedule for this show and what it entails, so I will break that down for you in today’s column on Page 2. SPOILER ALERT – things don’t look great. But again, I preface that by saying none of us know anything about where this is headed. I’m just basing it off what projections are.
Lets get to a few things first before we dive into the possibilities for Clare’s season. I’m gonna hold off on “Reader Emails” until tomorrow and here’s why. There’s a chance that “Reader Emails” might be the podcast tomorrow. My guest I have scheduled will know today for sure if she can do it. If she does, then she’ll be the guest and I’ll have “Reader Emails” in the column tomorrow. If she can’t, it’ll be too late to find a guest for tomorrow, and I’ll just do “Reader Emails” for the podcast. You’ll know why if she’s the guest tomorrow it came down to the last minute. There’s a story that’s supposed to come out about her today in the news, so she can’t talk about it until it does. And no, it’s not someone from Bachelor Nation. But that’s the deal for tomorrow. Either she’ll be my podcast guest and “Reader Emails” will be in the column, or, “Reader Emails” will be the podcast.
So the biggest news to happen since we last spoke was the break up of Peter and Madison, which came to us late Thursday night. If you read my column on Wednesday or listened to the beginning of last Thursday’s podcast, you heard me say both times I didn’t even think those two would make it to the weekend. And they didn’t. So it brings up a ton of questions of how serious was this relationship to begin with and can you possibly even TRY to make the relationship work (like they said they were going to on the stage last Tuesday night), and then end it two days later. Not to mention, the next day Madison is hanging out with Selena Gomez and Peter is hanging out with his whole family telling everyone everything’s fine in his relationship with his mother. Something about all of this doesn’t seem right. To me, we knew these two were never going to last long term. Everybody saw that. But the quickness in which it ended, prepared written statement on IG from both that were about as generic as they come, then immediately posting stuff a day after the breakup? Yeah, there’s no way these two were ever serious about each other and really interested in making it work.
We can debate all day until we’re blue in the face on who was more serious about the relationship than the other, but I don’t think we’ll ever get a true answer to that since only those two know. But you can’t convince me that sitting up there on the stage 8 days ago saying you love each other and “that should be all that matters,” then two days later deciding it’s already over, that something doesn’t smell right. Either they were never in love to begin with and were just trying to convince themselves they were, or, what happened Tuesday night of Peter choosing to be with Madison wasn’t supposed to happen to begin with and took everyone by surprise. The email I got after the finale that I shared with you last week suggests the latter. Remember how I told you I got something that said “there could have been several outcomes tonight and I was truly shocked at that one.” Both of these two have moved on, they seemingly really didn’t care all that much about each other, and we’re probably never going to get the real answer. But the optics of it, to me, look horrible and not the least bit believable that Peter and Madison were ever going to give this a try.
The other major Bachelor Nation storyline that keeps popping up right now is Hannah Brown down in Florida right now with Tyler. You’ve seen the pictures everywhere of them at the airport with him picking her up Sunday night, then them on a boat partying, then them playing beach volleyball, etc. Sorry, but I don’t know anything more than you do which is, well, Hannah is in Florida with Tyler. Is she down there because they are such good friends and in this world crisis we’re in she HAD to go to Florida to spend time partying with her platonic friend? Ummmmm, sure. I know nothing about what’s going on between them, but looking at it from an outsider’s perspective, it sure does look like they’re “together” or at least trying to see what they can be. I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to see that. But hey, maybe they are strictly platonic and she traveled to Florida during a national emergency to hang with a guy who people WANT to see her with just because they’re friends. I don’t know.
So with the “Bachelorette” not filming or airing now (and probably not for a while), what does that mean for this site? Well, there certainly won’t be much “Bachelorette” coverage for a while, and that’s what you guys come here for. But I don’t want to disappear either. I’m going to write as much as I can, and I’ll throw in any Bachelor Nation related stories that there are to cover. But I doubt there will be many. I think when “Listen To Your Heart” starts up, I’ll probably now recap that just for the hell of it to keep myself busy. Because I’m sure that will be quite a shit show and easy to make fun of. In the meantime, I think getting podcast guests should be easier since no one should have too busy of a schedule going forward. But as for the site, even though there is nothing happening in “Bachelorette” world, I’m not going to disappear. Yes, my income is dependent on views to my site and I appreciate all of you that stop by. The good thing is Peter’s season has already happened and it was one of my better seasons yet in terms of viewership. But going forward, I’m still trying to figure out what content to provide during this downtime. Do I bust out an old season and recap it? Do I just do a “Daily Links” column again minus all coronavirus stories? Hell, do I start watching old 90210 episodes and recapping those? So many possibilities. I’ll figure it out, but, there will be content on this site even with “Bachelorette” out of production. I’m up for suggestions of what you’ll want. Let me know your thoughts.
Oh yeah, one last note that’s Bachelor Nation related. Remember when I posted this a couple weeks ago from Chad Johnson’s girlfriend?
Here’s Part 2 of the video… pic.twitter.com/fEUhpBo36Y
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) February 24, 2020
Since then, both of them did an interview with E! together and now both of them have OnlyFans account (which you pay a monthly fee) to basically watch them have sex on camera and post nudes for their fans. So all support she garnered by filming Chad’s destructive behavior is thrown out the window now that she’s essentially back together with him. It’s sad, she doesn’t get it, and unfortunately never will until it happens again. And even then, she’ll probably take him back. She’s lost and unfortunately we haven’t heard the last of this toxic relationship.
Now, lets talk about Clare’s season…
March 18, 2020 at 6:47 AM
Why is no one talking about how young the guys are that have been cast for Clares season!
I’m dating a younger guy atm and I’m 32 but some of the guys they’ve cast I wouldn’t even look twice at because they look like babies
March 18, 2020 at 7:45 AM
People will still come to your site because we like it (and we just can’t help it) and now that we’re staying at home, the internet is a place for people to escape and spend more time on. So glad your not going anywhere. I recommend covering other seasons, maybe a where are they now. Or look into Love is blind people to interview too. I’d be interested in interviewing someone who was out on night 1 too. They must think it all do weird.
As for filming, I think there best option is to skip the bachelor and fill that place with Claire’s bachelorette and probably do some recasting for guys who can’t make it or don’t seem too stoked anymore.
Thanks for the updates!!
March 18, 2020 at 8:25 AM
I’m glad the website will still be up!! I hope Clare stays as the bachelorette. Just an idea for recaps, maybe the TV show the Challenge from MTV. The show starts on April 1. Everyone stay safe and wash the your hands.
March 18, 2020 at 8:36 AM
March 18, 2020 at 11:07 AM
Just keep up posted on casting news. And yes, I hope this gives them time to recast for Clare’s season. No guys under 35 should be the goal. 35-44 or so. 23 year olds isjust stupid. But Fleiss is stupid, so there it is.
For a time killer, we need to get the Jesse Palmer season on air somewhere and to do a recap on that one as it goes. Still rates as maybe the best season ever. The Bachelor was a just done NFL QB who now is a famous CFB analyst, who also makes good money doing tabloid tv in the offseason. And the drama was great. Trish was a great and hot villain, and when it got to hometowns they were great, Finale was epic with some scenes. And the show was less contrived back then, so the drama was real.
March 18, 2020 at 6:03 PM
So glad you will keep the site up because we really like coming here. In reality filming might not start for a long time. Maybe they should just cancel Clare’s season as production does not seem to want to look for older guys people want, instead film BIP on schedule.
For recaps, I agree with another commentator, pick any old season and write about it. Seasons back than were so much better. Seeing and reading about one will serve as a pleasant reminder.
March 18, 2020 at 11:03 PM
My overly bored, isolated heart is hoping Hannah and Tyler are an item, haha! I know life has been hard and tragic for both of them, though. Tyler’s mom passed away and Hannah’s brother Patrick revealed today that he nearly died of an overdose earlier this month. They’ve both been going through some hard times in addition to the whole pandemic we’re all dealing with. I am getting the impression that maybe they’ve been talking longer than they’ve let on, though. But again, what do I know.
March 19, 2020 at 8:31 AM
> “Bachelorette” production isn’t going to resume
> in two weeks. Two months maybe, but certainly not
> two weeks the way things are going right now.
Warner is completely shut down now. It’s affected over 70 productions either in progress or not yet started. Across the board it’s dark at Warner right now.
If this goes until July/August like some health officials are prognosticating, it’s going to be a long time before anything is filmed.
March 19, 2020 at 10:10 AM
Regarding the Peter/Madison breakup: I can believe that Madison was sincere in her intentions and that her feelings were strong for Peter, but that the reality of what was going on with Peter and Hannah Ann (and Peter’s need for “closure” with Hannah Brown)finally got through to her, and reinforced the decision she made in Australia to walk away. The brief long-distance reconnection with him let her put to rest the “what if I made a mistake” doubts that were likely, naturally, tumbling around in her mind since Australia. I’m glad that she seems to be someone whose mind (and faith) overrules her emotions.
Fore Clare’s sake, I hope they recast her men older than the current group, with the guys being 28-45 or so, their average age being close to her age. The rule-of-thumb I’ve heard for successful relationships being that the younger’s age, at minimum, is half the older’s age, plus nine years, e.g. Clare’s age, 38, ÷ 2 = 19, +9 = 28.
March 19, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Clair’s men are going to Skew younger as they are also casting for Bachelor in Paradise. In the post “me too” m era you cannot have 45 year olds chasing 22 year olds on the beach.
March 20, 2020 at 11:55 AM
I’d cancel Paradise and just cast for Clare, and have it run in the Fall. The real $$$ is the main franchise, not the offshoot Paradise. IF they are smart they do Clare’s season right and cast for it accordingly.
March 20, 2020 at 6:50 PM
I don’t know if it was intentional or indecisiveness on Peter’s part, but I feel like Peter and the producers really leaned into and promoted the un-spoilable ending. It seems like the producers have been upset at finale spoilers by RS, so they pushed Peter to go through dumping Hannah Ann before the finale. In most situations, Peter like the many men before him, would have stuck with the engagement for 3 months before breaking up. I don’t know why Steve was unable to confirm that Peter chose Hannah Ann as the final episode winner, which she clearly was. I wonder if Steve had published that Hannah Ann was his choice, Peter would have been pressured to keep up the engagement. But since, Steve said he didn’t know the winner, it sort of gave Peter an excuse to dump Hannah Ann to keep up mystery of the ending. It does look bad that Peter is single again, after the disaster of Ari’s finale ending. I think Peter would have chosen Madison if she stayed, and then broken up with her later, since they had a stronger platonic relationship. I think Hannah Ann is beautiful but too boring to talk to compared to Madison. Peter was probably too bored by Hannah Ann to stay in a realationship. But it is funny that Peter says he made bad decisions, and I wonder if Madison told him she was a virgin and waiting until marriage earlier, I wonder if Peter would have kept Kelley. It seems that as far as personality and compatibility, that Peter feels more of a connection and future with Kelley, than Victoria or Hannah Ann. It seems that Peter just kept Hannah Ann and Victoria because they were superficially prettier and he just wanted to have the banging fantasy suites with the 2 of them before getting married to someone else (likely Kelley or Madison as wife-worthy material).
As for Hannah Brown, it seems like she was close to Tyler’s mom and attended her funeral. Its surprising that Tyler is still single, but he seems happy to have Hannah B around during the tragic time and upcoming coronapocalypse.
March 22, 2020 at 5:58 AM
Being stuck at home, I’ve become obsessed with the whole Tyler/Hannah B relationship. It’s so much better than Peter’s season, and it’s fun watching them tease people about their relationship and to read the comments that people leave on their social media. They are not showing any PDA in their pictures and keeping people guessing about what is going on. It’s actually refreshing to see them having wholesome fun together and I think they strategically are not showing any signs of affection towards each other to keep people guessing. Once this quarantine is over, it will be interesting to see what happens to their relationship as people go back to their former life.
March 25, 2020 at 10:58 PM
Hey Steve! Heres an idea for an article if you’re trying to up those views- release the story youve been teasing that hasnt broken yet! The time has come and we have all been patiently, patiently waiting to find out what this is