A little birdie tipped me off to this Jason and Molly Mesnick podcast, where The Bachelor alums dropped huge behind-the-scenes bombshells about the ABC show. You’ll have to listen below to believe it, but the shocking secrets include the incredible amount of pressure placed on Mesnick to propose at the end of the show, and the severe editing to make its stars look better. That editing entailed the infamous Graham Bunn departure on Deanna Pappas’ season, which was edited to appear as if Graham got dumped by Deanna, when in fact it was the opposite. Mesnick also disclosed that he knew Deanna was wrong for him on the overnight date, but the pressure from Mike Fleiss “with a checkbook in hand” was enough for him to ditch his doubts and bend his knee. Listen below.
Until now, Kristin Chenoweth had yet to publicly address her odd romantic rendezvous with The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka. For a woman with such a stellar dating resume (see Aaron Sorkin), it was certainly a shocking pick. Watch her reaction to Kathy Griffin’s inquiry.
The biggest revelation on this season of Bachelor Pad happened about two minutes into the show when Ed Swiderski admitted to cheating on The Bachelorette’s Jillian Harris. Of their relationship, Ed said he’s “not an angel,” and he “definitely was not prepared to be in a serious relationship.” Um . . . WHAT?! Didn’t he get down on one knee at the end of the show? Did this revelation come before or after he popped the question? And if all of the details about what Ed actually did before he proposed are true, he might in fact be sociopathic.
This scene on Monday’s episode of The Bachelor broke my heart. I know the immense pain of unrequited love, and the amount of effort it takes to stop making excuses and put aside the thoughts of “what could have been.” I also know what it’s like to be led on into thinking things will change despite a gut instinct that suggests otherwise. So when Casey S. left The Bachelor after her ex-boyfriend revealed to Chris Harrison that she is still in love with him, my heart broke for her. She clearly went on the show in an attempt to move on, and it failed. When she revealed her feelings to Ben Flajnik, he predictably made it all about himself and had absolutely no sympathy for a girl that was clearly in a tremendous amount of pain. Translation? — He’s a heartless, selfish prick and the worst bachelor in history. At least Chris Harrison hugged her.
Ever since Ben Flajnik was eliminated on Ashley Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette, I’ve been saying he has anger issues. And he proved my point on last week’s show when he eliminated Samantha. She asked him why she has yet to receive an alone date and he scolded her for the inquiry. He called her highly emotional and impatient and then curtly told her to leave. Sure she seemed slightly nuts, but he’s an arrogant douche who should thank his lucky stars that a woman would even feign interest in him. Don’t pick on someone weaker than you, Ben. It’s just poor form.
“Did I find true love on the show? Um, no. Not one little bit. I proposed to a woman who was about a foot and a half shorter than me, who had nothing in common with me, and thought there were palm trees in London. Did I make a mistake? Yes. Did I look like an idiot? Yes. Do I regret it? A little bit.” Matt Grant on whether he regrets proposing to his ex-fiance, Shayne Lamas.
If you’re not watching The Bachelor this season, allow me to explain the title of this post. There’s a girl on the show whose fiance died in an airplane crash just days before she found out she was pregnant. Her fiance was a NASCAR driver, and on next week’s episode, Brad Womack takes her to a race track. Can you guess why? Well, because the producers want good television, and they know that if they capitalize on this poor girl’s back-story, she’ll probably cry for the entire date. And tears are ratings gold! It isn’t shocking that the producers would pull such a trick, especially considering the many former cast members that have complained. When Jerry O’Connell’s brother (Charlie O’Connell) was on the show, the producers tried to get his parents drunk and kept yelling at them for being “boring.” Chris Harrison has consistently defended the producers of his cash-cow-show, and this date is no exception. When asked about it, he said it was “therapeutic.” Yeah, I’m sure that’s why you guys did it . . . for therapy.
I’ve loved Dr. Drew since the days of Loveline on MTV, when he taught me everything I didn’t want to know about random callers with third nipples. He was the expert doctor who was there to help. At no point in the show did I believe he was in it for the fame. I’ve since changed my mind. I’m fine with him lending his expertise to Celebrity Rehab, but I draw the line at Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor. If you are going to whore yourself out for money, at least stick to your field. Watch his extremely uncomfortable and inappropriate appearance on Dancing With the Stars below, to see what I mean.
Brad Womack is my favorite bachelor in the history of the show. Why? Because he’s the only guy with the guts to say the much hated phrase: “I’m just not that into you.” Sure, it was a disappointing ending for a show that’s all about “love,” but he did those women a favor. So when he returned to the show, I thought the decision was genius on the part of the producers. Why not give the guy a second chance? What’s so wrong with not finding a wife in a group of 30 women? There’s about a 100 single men at every bar I attend and I have yet to find a potential suitor. So is he really a villain? If you ask Brad Womack, he’d probably say yes. The guy waxed-on about his commitment phobia, confessed his “intensive therapy,” and even met with Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft to apologize for the ending. Deanna still seemed pissed, though I get the feeling she generally comes off that way on television, because if you read her tweets you’ll see that she’s newly engaged and never been happier. Everyone’s fine except for Brad, who presumably lived in a cave for the last three years doing self-analysis. So lighten up, Brad. And ease-up on the guy, America.