Bachelor Shake Ups & Paradise Twists
Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a hot minute since I’ve posted… life, man (insert emoji wide teeth face here). I’d give a long explanation but one of my favorite quotes is Elbert Hubbard’s: “Never explain — your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.”
Anywhoozle… Let’s talk about Bachelor in Paradise and the new Bachelor. And most importantly the runner-up for next Bachelor — Luke Pell!
I’ve really been enjoying watching Paradise this summer. But TBH, I need less cutaway crab shots and more consistency in Lace’s weave game… but all in all, it’s quite enjoyable to watch.
My prediction for the finale is that Nick will propose to Jen and get turned down for the umpteenth time. My hope is that Carly and Evan will make it work, he’s a total grower… right? I mean, uh, he grows on you. As a person. For the rest of the engaged couples, I predict a Lacy and Marcus Grodd situation: hot summer, cold shoulder winter. In case you missed it, Marcus told Life&Style his wedding on TV wasn’t really legal, and Lacy full on ghosted a few months in.
I was sad to see the twins leave, as they were my favorites. I recently met Emily and Haley when we shot a MadTV Bachelor spoof together. They were a lot of fun to work with, and super down to earth. On Paradise, I was proud of them for pulling their best girl, Amanda, aside and warning her about Josh. They’re truly the kind of girls that were trying to help her out, not milk the show for more air time, trust me. I think that’s a sign of a true friend.
Speaking of Joshipoo, what do you all think? I’ve been getting asked a lot lately, for my opinion on Josh calling Andi Dorfman’s book “fiction,” but more on that in a second.
I will say, he’s probably one of the best looking men I’ve ever seen, and 100% one of the best looking guys they’ve ever had on the show. Thanks for the eye candy, Mike Fleiss.
When news broke that I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends was hitting shelves, I got a lot of mixed reviews. One person tweeted me that they would never buy it, because I was a liar and that everything in my story would be made up. That made me spitting mad because I jumped through so many hoops to get my story published.
What does that have to do with Andi and Josh? To make a long story short, you CAN’T write a book like mine or Andi’s and make stuff up out of thin air. It would be illegal.
When I was writing my book, there was one big rule: If there was a detail that I wasn’t 100% clear on, I HAD to leave it out.
Nick Viall made many good points on the matter, and it’s honorable that he admitted the parts about him being true. I loved when Evan asked Josh why he didn’t take legal action if the book was so untrue. And Josh just stood there speechless. So, in my humble opinion, I believe Andi. And I love this tweet she sent out right around the time this came up on the show:
Moving on… holy NEW Bachelor news!
I was watching the live announcement last monday with my friend and favorite viewing partner, Arie Luyendyk. You may know him from Emily’s season of The Bachelorette, and he’s just as handsome in person, plus his commentary is on point.
We left our phones in the other room while we watched so we wouldn’t see any spoilers. I bet him that it was going to be Robby (maybe it was the new choppers? Yeah we saw that white wall at Men Tell All, pal). Arie thought it was going to be Luke Pell.
We cracked before the big reveal and looked online, then watched the live announcement on After Paradise.
I will say: the announcement seemed a little rushed and anticlimactic. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll certainly be watching the new season, but I was a little surprised by the selection.
Real talk: when it wasn’t Luke being announced that night, I could also see the sting in Arie’s eyes, as I’m sure it brought back memories of his own slight a couple seasons back. More on that another time…
I’ve met Nick once and he’s a nice guy. The thing I like most about him is his confidence. But real talk: I feel like Nick has made a career out of being on the Bachelor franchise. Paging Chris Bukowski! I don’t even know what he does for work.
I know these guys get women throwing themselves at them after their seasons, and I’m sure Nick has had plenty of options. So, why keep coming back to the show for dating help? I do believe it’s hard for people that have come so close to being the chosen one to let the dream go. Call me old school but I guess I just miss the good old days, when they picked a nice, normal, super successful man with a little mystery. Sigh.
What is more shocking in all of this is Luke Pell’s reaction. I feel for him, the same way I felt for Arie. Can you imagine the letdown?!
Your bags are packed and you’ve been training with a personal trainer for weeks, to be “camera ready,” only to get blindsided at the last second. OUCH! I agree with Luke when he told E! News “I felt like I didn’t deserve that.” In case you missed it, here’s what Luke said:
“The decision was made apparently on Sunday, and I was supposed to fly to L.A. Monday and already had all my bags packed. They called me Sunday night and said it wasn’t me. I didn’t know who the Bachelor was — I found out with the rest of America.
“I don’t have a problem with it if they think that they have a better candidate for the show, that’s fine. But it’s the way that it was handled. Asking me to be genuine and authentic and open and vulnerable…and then I don’t get genuine and authentic in return from the organization.”
Ding dang y’all, there you have it! Either way, I’ll be watching the new season. I hope everyone finds their happy ever after. Congratulations to all the couples that got engaged in paradise, and to Nick for getting what he’s been working so hard for. Booya!