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“Reader Emails,” Ratings, Tik Tok-Gate, & How Does a Pick Up Truck End Up On The Show?

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Ahhhh, back to normal with a whole season of “Reader Emails” on Wednesday. Life is totally back to normal, right? I can take of my mask, attend sporting events, and hang out with friends, right? Wait, no? I thought since it’s 2021 now everything was gonna be different? That’s what social media was telling me that 2020 was behind us and 2021 was gonna be totally different. Oh well. By the way, I’m all in on the “Masked Dancer” guys. You’ll be seeing me tweet about it tonight as I’m in a partnership with them, but dammit, I didn’t want to be sucked in and now I am. Tonight we get all new dancers, but I do think Charli D’Amelio was one of the ones last week. Can’t remember which costume because my mind is drawing a blank but I know I was convinced she was one of them. Did you see the commercial for tonight where someone falls and splatters on the stage? Hey, the fact that David Silver is a judge is really all the convincing I needed to watch this show. So tune in tonight at 8/7 Central for episode #2 of the “Masked Singer” on Fox. I wanna see some of your guesses. And oh yeah, don’t think I won’t be sticking around for “Name That Tune” afterwards. I watched that all the time in the 80s even though I barely knew any of the songs.

Yesterday I discussed the Tik Tok account of Maddy Bierster who accused Rachael of bullying her in high school and also making fun of her for dating black guys. Maddy said she’d follow up with more yesterday, and while she did put out more Tik Toks, there weren’t any receipts. She posted screen shots of text messages of other people saying yes, Rachael and her friend group did it, but unfortunately in today’s day and age, that doesn’t prove anything. I’m not saying Maddy is lying. I’m also not saying Rachael did this. The only people that know are the ones involved. This is the dilemma of just throwing out accusations on the internet. While it may be your reality and what you say happened to you, to try and get others to believe you you almost have to have some solid proof. What Maddy provided yesterday wasn’t any hard physical evidence that Rachael and her friends did this in high school. Have I had people email me and say Maddy is absolutely telling the truth and Rachael and her friends were mean girls and absolutely racist in high school? Yes. Rachael’s good friend did a Twitter clean up yesterday when people found racist tweets on her page from 2011. Screen shots were taken, so, that doesn’t help her case. Have I also had people tell me Maddy is a clout chaser and looking for attention and that Rachael and her friends never bullied her and it was the other way around? Yes.

So this was one of the texts Maddy got that she posted to her Tik Tok yesterday:

“Hey girl, I know you don’t know me but I saw all that tik tok drama and omg i’m so here for it don’t let these girls drag u down literally they are so mean and still to this day are mean. They literally attacked the hell out of me in high school and I know I am not the only one. Seriously stay strong and keep doing you the hell with them!”

First off, a little punctuation wouldn’t hurt anybody. Secondly, what do you do with something like that? While Maddy thinks that backs up her case, unfortunately in the court of public opinion, that text means nothing. This person didn’t attach a name, didn’t give any specifics, and it was so general, how is anyone supposed to look at that and go, “Yes, Rachael is guilty.” You can’t. Doesn’t mean she’s innocent either, but that’s certainly not evidence supporting her guilt. It’s all circumstantial evidence. So at this point, this is a she said/she said debate that will probably never have a definitive resolution barring some hard evidence this happened. I will not dismiss Maddy’s claims, nor will I convict Rachael. You saw what Maddy had to say, and I doubt you’ll hear peep from Rachael because I just don’t see her addressing this, publicly or privately. Make your own decision from there.

Ratings are in from last night and the “Bachelor” did…ummm…ok? 5 million viewers and a 1.2 rating. Tayshia’s finale on a Tuesday did 5.2 million and a 1.3 rating. Peter’s premiere last January did 6 million and a 1.9 rating. So numbers are definitely down. As we’ve said, network ratings are down across the board, so a part of it is that. Will be easier to judge as the season goes along. Next week, the numbers will definitely drop because it’s going up against the Alabama/Ohio St. game. Peter’s 2nd episode also went up against the National Championship last year and drew 5.2 million and a 1.6 rating. Matt won’t draw that just based on what his first episode drew. The biggest thing to look at will be how many tune in for Matt’s finale/ATFR and what the increase is from the beginning of the season. While it’s great as viewers there was only 2 weeks between seasons, it’s possible the numbers are quite average for Matt’s premiere just due to Bachelor “fatigue.” Maybe 6 straight months of “Bachelor/ette” programming is a bit too much for people. Because starting with Clare’s premiere in October to Matt’s finale in mid-March, outside of last week, the show will have aired every week for 6 months straight.

This was sent to me from a Facebook Group last night. I’m guessing very few of you after Monday’s episode thought, “Hey, you know that pick up truck that Khaylah showed up in? How did they get it?” Well, even though you probably never thought that, here is your answer:

So there you go. The life of how a random truck ends up on the show. Kinda bizarre.

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  1. ab38

    January 6, 2021 at 9:52 AM

    It’s actually mind blowing to me that people are so offended by a prayer. It’s not like he asked them to convert on the spot. He was doing it for himself. I was more offended by the vibrator but I didn’t freak out and turn off my tv. People need to grow a pair, honestly.

  2. becky23259

    January 6, 2021 at 10:07 AM

    To answer the first question about Zac holding a glass of champagne, he said in another interview somewhere that his glasses were always sparkling cider.

  3. all4one

    January 6, 2021 at 10:15 AM

    Let’s assume the worst case scenario that Rachael did these things back in high school. Is no one allowed to change and grow anymore? She obviously has no problem with interacial dating now.
    And if she did do this she should make it right, but we also should allow people to grow up.

  4. irisvioletgrey4

    January 6, 2021 at 10:35 AM

    Thank you. That’s exactly what I thought.

  5. justsaying

    January 6, 2021 at 5:04 PM

    I am so in love with sweet Abigail. If Matt was smart, he should have kept her around but I think he will face some backlash for breaking her heart!! Why oh why?? I am not sure I can handle her heartbreak.

  6. ladyjane747

    January 7, 2021 at 8:36 PM

    At least with the prayer at the beginning, Matt won’t run into the same issue as Tayshia and Ivan. If any of the contestants has a problem with prayer, then they’re not the one for Matt. Juan Pablo didn’t drink either, so I’m assuming his champagne glasses always had sparkling cider also. I don’t even know who Abigail is!

  7. megs

    January 12, 2021 at 10:29 PM

    I LOVE Abigail, and not because she’s deaf and it’s a fresh take for the show (though I do appreciate it), but because she seems so far removed from the rest of the girls in that she’s not “put on” or fake, she’s just herself. I don’t see her here for IG followers, rather, for the experience and possibly to end up with Matt.

    In *my* opinion, this is the most physically attractive cast of women that have ever been on the show (minus Victoria who, I am waiting impatiently to be without a rose because she is clearly only there to stir the pot, and not to be rude, but she’s not on the same level as the other women, and I’m really mad for Marylynn over Victoria’s BS). I can’t speak to the qualities of their personalities quite yet, but so far from what I’ve seen, I’m impressed.

    In regards to the prayer, I too found it a bit surprising, but considering how Tayshia let Ivan go over religion, I think it’s definitely best to establish that in the beginning. That said, apparently in an interview (that I myself have not read), Matt said that he wouldn’t shy from a relationship with someone who didn’t share his spirituality, rather that it was how he grounded himself and that he would only hope they would understand that, rather than insist they share his feelings.

    I dunno, I’m a white girl from Canada but I’m really hopeful for this season. I really like Matt, I really REALLY like that his exposure to BN (through Tyler) has been little at best, and I think the women are (almost entirely) a diverse, beautiful, and quality group. I’m excited for this season.

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