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The Bachelorette 16 - Tayshia

The “Bachelorette” Tayshia – Episode 8 Recap, “Men Tell All” News, Update on Eazy, & Did Tayshia Spoil Her Own Season?

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-So last night I sat down to watch the show, turned on ABC about 3 minutes before it started per usual, and there was a message on my screen basically saying DirecTV and the local ABC affiliate had not come to an agreement, so WFAA here in Dallas isn’t running any programming until the dispute is settled. Uhhh, great. Guess I wasn’t watching the show then. I can only remember this happening once before in the 14 years I’ve had DirecTV since I moved here, and that was last summer in 2019 for CBS. That channel was out for about 2.5 weeks. But some of you immediately tweeted at me to sign up at and I’d be able to watch. Took me a couple minutes, and boom, I was watching the show live on my computer.

-I only missed the first 10 minutes, which I believe was JoJo showing up and replacing Chris Harrison because he had to go move his son into college. So not much missed there. Man, sucks for Chris. Really deprived him of a few extras days on the La Quinta links. Then again, there was that pic of Chris arriving back at La Quinta during filming and his clubs were with him. So either he played the day he got back, or he brought them to Texas and played while he was here moving his son into TCU. Either way, they’re basically paying Chris to play golf now. Because he’s certainly spending way more hours on the course than he does on this show. It’s not even close.

-Right when I started watching was the beginning of the Tayshia/Zac date. They were going to be shooting wedding photos, and Franc from “Father of the Bride’s” long lost brother is the one who was going to be helping them. As if trying on a bunch of wedding gear and taking photos as a first date isn’t incredibly awkward, trying doing that many wardrobe changes in 115 degree desert heat like they were in. Brutal. Uhhhh, no thanks. You could see Zac sweating through his shirt, and that was in the shade. If you’ve never been to the Palm Springs/La Quinta area, just know it is balls hot for about 4 straight months during the summer out there. Barely any breeze, and the sun beats down on you all day long. If you’re by a pool all day long, wonderful. If you’re trying on suits and shit, uhhhhh, no. Not the time or place, people.

-They have a mini picnic under a tree in the shade. Was probably only about 113 as the high during that part. You wouldn’t be able to tell though by the buckets of water streaming down Zac’s face. Tayshia talks about how she’s been divorced and Zac tells her for the first time that he also has been as well. Was married for about a year, and Tayshia tells him she was for a little under 2 years. So something she has in common with both Zac and Brendan. Not so much with Ivan and Ben, the other two in her final 4 men. I think for someone like Tayshia, our first divorced “Bachelorette” (I believe, right? Off the top of my head, none of the previous ones jump out as divorced), this wasn’t a negative thing for her at all. I think for some in the past it might have been. And not because there’s something wrong with being divorced. I just know some people look at it like, “The person I eventually want to marry I want to be their first marriage as well.” Plenty of people look at it that way. And clearly knowing what we know about the ending, the two divorcees are the two she’s into the most.

-At dinner, Zac goes all in on his drug addiction past, his drinking, the fact he got a DUI and his wife left him, etc. Said for 8 months after the DUI things got “pretty gnarly.” I mean, all you have to do is read this article written in 2014 that I linked to back in July and then again yesterday, to realize his addiction was quite serious. Like, when you get to the point of stealing money, making up ailments to obtain prescription drugs, and figuring out how you’re gonna get your drugs down on your honeymoon, you know it’s bad. But all the better this guy didn’t end up dead, he turned it around, and now works at the rehab center that he was once a part of.

-She gives him the rose over dinner, then they go to the make believe carnival production has set up at La Quinta. How cool. Well, sort of. I only say that because they stuck these two on a Ferris wheel and that’s so cliché. Like, really? I get that it goes slow, gives them time to talk, get to know each other, share their innermost thoughts and feelings, blah blah blah. Don’t care. You wanna test a relationship? Throw these two on the Zipper for a couple minutes and see if either of them yak up their insides after getting off. That’s when you really know if the one you’re with is your forever person. Not hurling after the Zipper. True love, I tell ya’. But no, we got the slow make out on the Ferris wheel. Boooooooooorrrrrrrrinnnnnggggggggg.

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  1. idontcare

    December 2, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Steve, maybe you should get rid of that dinosaur direct tv and change to cable. Really, ppl still have Direct TV?

  2. Nahu

    December 2, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    You’re such a hater, Steve. Bennett clearly knows what he’s doing. He’s getting more screentime than 90% of the guys, even some guys that get 1-on-1 dates, every weak; he has more followers on Instagram than any other contestant this season. You can take him too seriously. You should know better than anyone that the way people appear on the show doesn’t reflect who they are IRL.

  3. lydjo20

    December 3, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    Tayshia should dial it back. She is black. Be black. The black contestants don’t have a chance. She is just patronizing the black guys. Her kiss is tongue deep with white guys but surface and quick with black guys.

    She obviously tries really hard to be white. As a black woman, it is sad to see the black contestants compete for her. When she knows and most know she only wants someone white. it’s boring seeing another black bachelorette who only wants white. I hope Matt Jones gives everyone a chance!!!

  4. jmanpugh24

    December 3, 2020 at 8:24 PM


    Will you say it louder for those in the back??? I completely agree with you 110%!!!! When I originally heard she was taking over for Clare, the first thing I said was, “But Tayshia is only attracted to white men!” The way she did Easy was brutal….but it was expected and I swear I nailed her exit line to him before she even said it. You’re spot on!!!

  5. lydjo20

    December 4, 2020 at 2:30 PM

    And what is so sad is in anybody’s world she’s a black woman.

    I don’t care how she considers herself mixed It just hurts my heart to see how those black men actually believe they’re falling in love with her and she is not giving them a flying flip. She ’s just following the ABC process in hopes that it will take her further than what she is was as a phlebotomist. Now she considers herself a TV personality but it’s really really sad that people are still like this in the world. Lost Identity Syndrome (LIS). My acronym.

    I truly hope another twist will be the remaining black men will catch on if they have not already and see she very seldom gives roses to black men and all of them walk off.

    The ones who are lighter skin are tolerable to her but still not white. Just pleasing the black audience but her history and ex husband are white. All the men in Bachelor in Paradise were white!

    I have no problem as a black women with interracial dating but Ann a firm believer you don’t have to lose your identity to do so!!!

    When Ivan the mixed Filipino guy started crying and tearing up about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter she said nothing because she either she can’t relate or she doesn’t want to show the viewers who she is or not. I am glad they gave her some class in her attire this time. Her chest was always out in BIP and the Bachelor. It looks like she was leading with her chest.

    Just overall a sad and disappointing season.

    p.s. I heard she protested with BLM. But it may be her white friends did it so she followed suit.

    One thing I can say is they must take acting classes in order for her to pretend and make the black men think that she likes them look closely at the way she kisses them and hug them as a passing friends not someone she’s interested in marrying. But as we can see the selection of me and they’ve given her have lots of baggage from the past and in a black dating scenario she would dismiss the man immediately.

  6. ladyjane747

    December 7, 2020 at 4:05 PM

    Still not sure I understand all the upset about Eazy. A woman accused him of sexual assault, he denied it, no investigation was conducted, no charges were pressed, no conviction. Is he supposed to be shunned the rest of his life? A guy in my son’s fraternity was accused of rape at a party, and he claimed it was consensual. Turns out the woman was just telling a story because her boyfriend found out she slept with this other guy. She did come forward and retract the accusation, but what if she hadn’t? False accusations DO happen, maybe not the greater percentage of accusations are false, but they do happen. If we’re supposed to believe all women, all the time, then we are about to have (another) rapist in the White House, as Tara Reade accused Hiden’ Biden of rape. He denies it, he was never charged, there was no investigation and most people are perfectly happy to accept that.

  7. dbla31

    December 8, 2020 at 11:27 AM

    ladyjane, I totally agree with you about Eazy and can’t believe Steve won’t let this go. IF this accusation came about for something he supposedly did on the show then yes it would be ABC’s responsibility to get the the bottom of it, like they did that BIP season when a girl was possibly taken advantage of while inebriated. They shut filming down. But this was before the show, had nothing to do with the show, and should have been reported to the police, not ABC. This accuser is taking the easy way out (no pun intended) and trying to get Eazy crucified in the court of public opinion, and that’s not cool.

    I do however agree with him about Bennett. The guy is an immature douche. Given his poor spelling skills I have to believe his parents bought his Harvard degree, or had some other influence there. So glad she kept cute, young Noah.

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