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Podcast #221 – Interview with Mark Walberg, Host of “Temptation Island”

Photo Credit: USA Network

Yes, it’s finally upon us. We didn’t have a “Temptation Island” season air in 2020 because, you know, we had a pandemic. As you’ll hear Mark say in the interview, he was set to leave for Maui on March 15th, which was only 2 days after Clare’s season was originally set to film. Filming ended up getting pushed back to October after having to jump through a few hurdles in Hawaii, but it finally got done, and season 3 begins Tuesday night on the USA Network at 10/9c. Mark joins me this week for his yearly preview of the season and what to expect to see – spoiler free of course. I’ll be having one of the members from the couples on every week this season, along with Kaci Campbell from season 1, and some of the singles, so keep it right here all season for all your “Temptation Island” coverage. By the sounds of things, this looks like it’ll be just as entertaining, if not more, than either of the first two seasons. Mark has always been a great guest to have on, and I think he’s one of the better TV hosts out there because he actually engages with his contestants, and if you watch, offers GREAT advice. If you’d like to respond to the interview, please include Mark’s Twitter handle (@marklwalberg) in your replies. Love having him on and looking forward to a great season and getting to know these contestants a little bit more.

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(SPOILERS) I begin by discussing the Chris Harrison interview with Rachel Lindsay from earlier this week, and his apology he posted last night. Then Mark Walberg joins me (15:36) to discuss the upcoming season 3 of “Temptation Island” from what it was like filming during a pandemic, breaking down the 4 couples who decided to join the show this season, how the singles were as a group compared to the first two seasons, any surprises to expect, and more.

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  1. GoingBlonde

    February 11, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    Steve, you’re saying Rachel needs to make a statement, but you also said it doesn’t matter what she says because “words are just words”. So which is it? Sounds to me like you’ve damned her no matter what she does or does not do.

  2. dbla31

    February 11, 2021 at 10:20 AM

    GoingBlonde, what Steve is saying is that Rachel needs to BEGIN by making a statement, but then she needs to back up her words with actions or it will be empty and meaningless.

  3. crushonspivey

    February 11, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    Maybe Rachael started backing up her actions years ago? Who are we to judge? Been a while since high school and college, right? Who is she now and how has she evolved is what matters here, isn’t it?

    And damn, people really want to go after others. I find is super ironic when Steve calls Bach Nation toxic for how they go after contestants on social media, yet here he is labelling others as racists and passing harsh judgment, condemning and being harsh on when forgiveness might be granted. Cancel Culture is destructive culture.

    I’m all more education ignorance. But when it happens, we need to be quick to recognize hte change and allow it, not hammer them for not doing it sooner. That is messed up.

  4. crushonspivey

    February 11, 2021 at 4:14 PM

    Edit:**All for educating ignorance.

  5. justsaying

    February 11, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    Ok now that Racheal has apologized, can we give her a chance and see what she’ll be doing to learn from this from here on out? I believe in comebacks and second chances.

  6. rob22

    February 13, 2021 at 10:10 AM

    Two things, Rachael lives in Forsyth County GA, which has quite the racial history. The southern part of the county has become part of the Atlanta suburbs, while the northern part of the country is, to be kind, kinda old south. I lived in that county for six year, and attitudes there aren’t great. So, to me, it’s no surprise at all that someone from that area has exhibited racist attitudes. At the same time, while being young isn’t an excuse, I do think that young people should be given a chance to grow & be better. I hate to think how I’d be judged based on what I did in my late teens and early 20s. It’s not my apology to accept, of course. It’s got to be tiresome for POC to keep running across these attitudes. But I do hope she gets a chance to mature & learn from this.

  7. lucyw4

    February 14, 2021 at 8:45 AM

    My problem with cancel culture is that often times the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. I personally can’t stand Chris Harrison…I stopped thinking kindly of him after Ashley Hebert’s season, specifically. To me, he’s as bad as the producers, in that he’s NOT these people’s friend but pretends to be for the show’s gain.
    So as of now he’s been called out, good…deserved. He apologized…expected. Self-serving statements from current & former contestants starting to come in…check, we hear you. He has stepped down from the show…ah I knew it. Inevitable firing because ABC stands against racism in any form…Are you fu*kin’ kidding me? There are levels to things and his is not a fire-able offense. This is insane. He was wrong, but was he so wrong that he should lose everything…really?

  8. justsaying

    February 14, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Where’s the accountability for Matt defending Racheal’s antics as rumors and give her the benefit of the doubt?? Or Dale dressing up as a taco and sombrero?

  9. justsaying

    February 14, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Let’s not stop here, Rachel Lindsay “slipped up” by callling the movie Rich Crazy-Asians during one of her interviews. Imagine if it’s Chris who “slipped up” this way?

  10. megs

    February 14, 2021 at 2:47 PM

    lucyw4 – it was my understanding that he wasn’t fired, rather, he chose to temporarily step down to “do the work” – correct me if I’m wrong though, that was just what I read.

  11. lucyw4

    February 14, 2021 at 6:38 PM

    megs…no, you’re right. He’s only stepped down temporarily so far.
    I wrote “inevitable” firing because that’s what I foresee happening, and I reacted to that.

  12. tinyred500

    February 14, 2021 at 11:37 PM

    From the time of its inception, The Bachelor has never been politically correct. So when you put it under a massive microscope and start to analyse and criticise those things, it doesn’t bode or hold up well at all.

    This season has been an unmitigated mess in every way imaginable; it’s attracted far too much negativity for it to have any positivity left in it. It would be better to write it off and cancel it.

  13. tinyred500

    February 15, 2021 at 3:27 AM


    When I say The Bachelor has never been politically correct, I mean in everyway, e.g. and including sexist, misogynistic. The shows’ format was outdated from the beginning.

  14. ctrealitygirl

    February 15, 2021 at 8:50 AM

    With all the bad press surrounding this season of the Bachelor, I’m wondering how they can even continue on with it, especially knowing that Rachael “wins.” I have lost my interest now, too much bad stuff going on. But I can’t help but wonder why the show is letting Chris Harrison take the fall, when it’s the show’s execs and producers who either didn’t properly vet their contestants OR, knew about Rachael’s past and cast her just to create drama? He’s just their mouthpiece and I’m sure his apology was scripted by TPTB. I kind of feel badly for him. This was a no-win situation from the git-go. And it’s all due to bad casting, which is becoming more and more of an issue with this franchise. I’m very eager to see what Matt’s reaction is? And how he feels about Rachael with all this negativity being spewed in her direction? My thoughts are that Matt really wasn’t looking for a wife when he went on the show, and may now be relieved that he’s got an out now. I’m guessing he’ll back her up at first (like Becca did when Garret’s she found out about his social media faux pas)…but I’ll bet the relationship ends pretty quickly

  15. justsaying

    February 16, 2021 at 8:14 AM

    Also how about Becca staying with Garrett who has liked many controversial posts and opinions. Is Becca to be canceled too for being enabling Garrett for a while?

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