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Podcast #255 – Interview with US Weekly’s Emily Longeretta

You know over the years I’ve had issues with some of the entertainment sites and their coverage of this show, including how they’ve chosen to avoid stories that I’ve broke over the years. And for a while, US Weekly was #1 on my radar. It’s been well documented. But since Emily Longeretta and I got in touch over 18 months ago, that relationship has changed. She came on the podcast about 2 weeks into the pandemic last year, we’ve remained in touch here and there since then, and I thought it was time to bring her on again since she was behind the latest Clare/Dale story reported by US Weekly. We dive into that coverage and how it came to be, her podcast on the “Challenge” and what we’re both bothered by this season, along with the Brandon/Pieper story they ran pre-season before BIP filming even began. That and a lot more on this week’s podcast. If you were to ask me at the beginning of last year if I’d ever have an US Weekly writer on this podcast, I’d say you’re nuts. But Emily is one of the good ones with integrity, so I really appreciate that. If you’d like to respond to the interview, please include Emily’s Twitter handle (@emilylongeretta) in your replies. Thanks again to Emily for coming on. Enjoy.

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Music written by Jimmer Podrasky
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(SPOILERS) I begin by talking about the spoilers I posted about Michelle’s season this week, how the season preview helped me figure something out, and how tracking IG accounts of the women on Clayton’s season isn’t nearly as helpful as it used to be anymore. Then Emily joins me (13:58) to talk about the “Challenge” and what issues we’re having with it this season, her reporting on the Clare/Dale situation, US Weekly breaking the Brendan/Pieper pre-show relationship before BIP started, and much more.

Twitter – @emilylongeretta
Instagram – @emilylongeretta

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