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There’s so much bitterness toward Michelle Money.
I can understand it from the women of “The Bachelor” Season 15. Michelle’s sarcasm may be funny to me at home, but I bet it is different when you’re on the receiving end.
But I think they went too far at “The Women Tell All,” especially Stacey (a fellow cheater!), who dissed Michelle as a mom for putting herself first — while ignoring the fact that Emily Maynard also left her daughter at home.
(Not to mention single dad Jason Mesnick, who left his son behind first on “The Bachelorette” Season 4 and then as “The Bachelor” on Season 13. And he had single mom Stephanie Hogan as one of his contestants.)
I still marvel at the idea that Charlie Sheen has more than 2 million Twitter followers, supporters and defenders, but Michelle can’t catch a break for being aggressive on “The Bachelor.” And I believe she did talk about her daughter, Brielle, on the show and ABC decided they already had a mom talking about her kid, so they stuck with Michelle’s other, more humorous comments.
So I can see Ashley Hebert definitely being “The Bachelorette.” I don’t like her (especially as a brunette) and I don’t care to follow her “journey” through “the process,” but whatever. I’m resigned.
I think it may be a lost cause, but Chris Harrison said earlier in the week that the Bachelorette had not yet been chosen, so go ahead and vote in this poll and support either Michelle, Shawntel Newton or one of the Ashleys. Reality Steve said the After the Final Rose is being filmed today, so it could be that they will announce the new lady right there.
And catch up on my “Bachelor/ette/Pad” articles in this nifty blog archive.
It will never happen, but it would be so much fun.
Emily Maynard seems very sweet and genuine and she’s undeniably gorgeous. The camera — along with everyone and everything else on the planet — adores her. But she would not be fun to watch as “The Bachelorette.”
First of all, she has yet to show a personality on “The Bachelor.” She looks worried most of the time. When she’s not worried, she’s pining (understandably) for her daughter. When she’s not doing that, she’s crying and talking about how she sabotages relationships.
She has no romantic spark with Brad Womack at all and it’s pretty much understood that she is this season’s Chris Lambton. The job of choosing between 25-30 (better?) guys on “The Bachelorette” is hers if she wants it and I HOPE TO GOD she doesn’t want it.
On top of not having much personality, Emily is the third rail of this season. You can’t say anything about her without getting a lashing from her adoring fans. Chris Lambton at least had a sarcastic sense of humor. He would’ve been fun to watch as “The Bachelor.”
But you saw the fan (over)reaction to taking Emily on a NASCAR date, can you imagine what will happen when she’s faced with a Justin “Rated-R” Rego or a Wes Hayden?
And ABC would feel compelled to cast some crazy person — like Madison “Fang Girl” Garton or Michelle “I”m Even Crazier Than The Last Michelle” Money, because that drama is what gets people talking, aka ratings.
If Emily is off-limits for drama, there is no season to be had. She’s not exciting enough to carry a season on her own and if all of her guys are as gosh darn sweet and vanilla it will be even worse than Brad’s therapy sessions.
On top of that — I hate double standards, but Emily has already spent a lot of time away from her daughter, Ricki, and if she becomes “The Bachelorette” it’s unlikely Ricki would be traveling the world with her. Jason Mesnick was a single dad “Bachelor” but his ex-wife is still among the living. I’m sure whoever is caring for Ricki now could continue to do so during “The Bachelorette,” but is that something Emily would want?
Am I alone here? I don’t care if I am.
Honestly, I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to watch Michelle as “The Bachelorette.“ Seriously. I love the way she tries to control and dominate Brad. She knows what she wants and she knows how crazy she needs to be to get it. No wishy-washy behavior.
It’d be refreshing to have an exciting, mildly insane person in the hot seat for once. And the one-liners she comes out with! I want more. I’m dreading the week after next when she’ll be gone.
(Of course, Michelle is a single mother, too, but I believe her ex-husband, Ryan Money, is still with us and should be able to care for Brielle during the show. … Not that ABC will cast her. They’d probably cast Vienna Girardi before Michelle.)
Is my Michelle a lock for “Bachelor Pad” Season 2? Probably, if she’s into it. Is that enough? No. No, I’ve decided it isn’t. I want her to either be “The Bachelorette” or get her own spinoff. I’m well aware that she’s an actress who has a (straight to video?) movie coming out. And I love the rumor that ABC has been paying her to play the villain. If they aren’t, they should be.
Who else would be good for “The Bachelorette” if not Michelle? Last year I would’ve said Gia Allemand, but not after “Bachelor Pad” Season 1 and certainly not after the online drama between Gia, Vienna and Wes. I want nothing from them anymore.
Maybe Shawntel Newton. I really like her. I like her more than the Ashleys and she’s much more sane than Michelle. I could compromise and go with Shawntel, but please not Emily.
Catch up on tons of “Bachelor” stories at Wetpaint.com/the-bachelor — including my recap of Michelle’s not-so-dramatic departure on Episode 7.
Here’s the start:
Ding dong! The witch has fled! Which old witch? The wicked witch …
Yes, in a rare good decision, Brad Womack said goodbye to Michelle Money on The Bachelor Season 15, Episode 7. No more birthdays, ninjas, monkeys, black eyes and repellent rappelling dates. Maybe now she can go replace the “crazy” girl who looks and acts just like her in the Virgin Mobile commercials. (Read full recap here.)
Here’s my previous recap of Episode 6: Michelle Needs to be Dumped in All’s Cave:
Exactly what Brad should’ve said weeks ago!
(No good? Leave a better Michelle knock-knock joke in the comments. There’s gotta be a great one out there somewhere.)
When Michelle Money came a knockin’, Jackie Gordon and Alli Travis went a walkin’ on The Bachelor Season 15, Episode 6. Sanity seemed to check out of Costa Rica at the same time… (Read full recap here)
And if you miss Michelle already, catch up on 15 of her best quotes from Season 15. Come back to us, luv!
And catch up on my Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad stories in this blog archive.
Last week Brad Womack had two things to do: Quickly move past (the good decisions of) “The Bachelor” Season 11 and prove that he’s not really a boring Texas Ken doll.
He failed at both — drowning the Season 15 premiere in depressing apologies instead of showing the spark and sense of humor that occasionally pop up in his interviews.
Which leaves us with with “The Bachelor” Season 15 Episode 2, where the burden shifts to the ladies. Thankfully it looks like they will not fail in their mission to put some life back into this already troubled season. Cat fights galore!
Check out all the stuff that’s going to go down tonight, from two one-on-one dates (Ashley H. and Jackie) and a pretty epic group date involving the Red Cross that somehow also involves a Telemundo soap opera cat fight and Madison the vampire fang girl in dominatrix gear, telling Brad to lick her boot. (Fun!) And I guess Melissa steals a kiss from Brad that launches new drama. (Fun!)
“Bachelorette” cuties Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez will also show up before the rose ceremony to help Brad weed out girls who are not there for — wait for it — “the right reasons.”
You really should check out Wetpaint’s Bachelor site — and not just ’cause I write for it. We’ve added a crapload of stories and videos and updated spoilers in the past week.
Brad has been on a media blitz (poor fella), trying to sell this season. He’s already told us he’s madly in love and calls his chosen one 20 times a day.
Reality Steve has said Brad is engaged to his lady *spoiler alert* whom we can pretty much guarantee is Chantal O’Brien, aka “The Slapper.” Brad even made a special video begging people to stop being so uptight about her slap.
I worry about them.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to effing death of hearing Brad Womack apologize for making the right call back on “The Bachelor” Season 11 in 2007.
So what if he didn’t choose someone? That’s what happens when they cast for “types” instead of choosing the Bachelor first, then finding women that might be good for him — then giving the Bachelor and his chosen ones time to get to know each other, away from the cameras.
But that’s not the premise of the show. The premise of the show is putting 25 to 30 crazy people in the same room with a lot of booze. Then turn them loose and turn on the cameras. If love happens, bonus.
Brad is back tonight and he’s going to try to sell us all on how he’s a changed man. Warning: It will be dull. I saw a preview of “The Bachelor” Season 15 premiere — minus the rose ceremony — and it’s a shame how depressing it is. I am pulling for Brad, but if this season is going to survive it desperately needs to up the fun and out the funk.
Right now there’s a ton of info on Wetpaint’s Bachelor site. We have news stories, videos (Brad saying stuff, Ali and Roberto saying stuff…), gossip, photos, rumors and spoilers galore. I’ll have some kind of recap on the site after 10 p.m. East Coast time Monday night, too, if you care to check it out. It won’t be jolly.
Read my own “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” blog stories in this archive.
By Gina Carbone
Now we know: The way to get Brad Womack to commit is to just slap him around.
Or that’s what we think we know after Reality Steve’s latest round of spoilers. “The Bachelor” Season 15 doesn’t even start until Monday, January 3. Last season Steve was almost right about “The Bachelorette,” but that’s like being given a six-digit phone number.
But I believe this ending. Just watching the “first look” promo, you could see Chantal O’Brien (it’s written as “Chantel O’Brien” here and “adopted daughter Chantal” here) snuggling with Brad, saying “you’re so cute.”
She’s already coming off as the kind of take-charge gal he needs. He doesn’t need a sweet single mom like Emily Maynard.
*** FEB 26, 2011 UPDATE***
Yep! Steve admitted he was wrong. Brad proposes to Emily. Oh well!
*** END UPDATE ***
Emily can be the Season 7 Bachelorette if she wants. Brad needs a ballsy chick. Steve seems to think Chantal — the first one out of the limo — was told the slap Brad and maybe she was. She probably didn’t need the suggestion.
Here’s the scoop on Chantal and Emily:
Chantal O’Brien, 28, of Mercer Island, Washington, is the slapper. She’s also the daughter of Mike O’Brien, former Seattle Seahawk and owner of the O’Brien Auto Group chain in the Pacific Northwest. Sounds like money! She’s divorced, having been married from 2005 to 2009.
Emily Maynard, 24, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is our potential superstar. The father of her 5-year-old daughter, Rickie, was Ricky Hendrick, the NASCAR driver who died in a plane crash in 2004. Five days after he died, she found out she was pregnant with his child. She’s also dated Dale Earnhardt Jr., so it’s not like she needs this show to find high-profile men.
Brad supposedly has a one-on-one date with Emily on Episode 3. They take a private jet to Santa Maria, California, to fly kites in a vineyard and eat dinner in a barn. This is when Emily tells Brad the story about her daughter and the girl’s father, who died in a plane crash. Needless to say, she gets a rose.
On Episode 4, Brad and Chantal fly in a helicopter to Catalina Island, which is where Kiptyn Locke and Tenley Molzahn became “Kip-Ten” on “Bachelor Pad.” On this date, Brad and Cha-Cha walk across the bottom of the ocean floor and actually spend the night on the island, making the girls back on the ranch think Miss Chantal was eliminated. She and Brad stay in separate rooms and she gets a rose.
On Episode 6, in Costa Rica, Brad and Chantal go camping and get rained on and Brad lets her wear his shirt. She ends up wearing Brad’s shirt back to the house and there’s another Chantal jealousy moment. (Is she going to be this season’s Vienna Girardi?)
Steve said he didn’t have all the details on the finale, but he’s confident about the outcome. “Because on Thanksgiving, Brad was in Palm Desert, California with Chantal and her family celebrating Thanksgiving with them. The O’Brien family is not hurting for money, dad even owns a private jet, they own a vacation home in an exclusive part of Palm Desert called the Hideaways, and that’s where Brad and Chantal spent Thanksgiving with her family.”
Chantal/Chantel is divorced and seems to have a bit of a past, but whatever. (Was she married to Jason Vena, the lead singer of a band called Acceptance? The Fans of Reality TV boards seem to have some scoop on her ex.)
Based on previews alone, I think she’s a good choice. I’m pumped for this season.
Updates on Reality Steve’s Spoilers (just some minor details added, but it’s still interesting)
Catch up on “Bachelor” spoilers, contestant intel, news stories and other junk here at Wetpaint.com/The-Bachelor.
I forgot to visit Crazy Days yesterday, but I just checked it out and — what are the odds? — there’s a vice about Ali Fedotowsky’s season of “The Bachelorette.”
“This recent Bachelorette reject was a popular fan favorite this past season. Popular enough, in fact, that he was on the short list to be the next Bachelor. Unfortunately, however, the guy screwed himself badly by hooking up with a big-mouthed rookie publicist who had delusions of importance. Said publicist had dreams of molding her client into the next Jake Pavelka, but then made the mistake of trashing a major gossip tabloid with A-list name recognition. As a direct result, the celeb rag declared war on the poor guy. Unfortunately, the ensuing bad blood proved to be far more of a headache than ABC decided the guy was worth. The result? Brad Womack.”
Hmm… You always have to take these things with a grain of salt, but Crazy Days is a pretty legit site, so I’m intrigued.
The way I see it, the short list of fan favorites from “The Bachelorette” Season 6 can be boiled down to:
1. Chris Lambton
2. Ty Brown
3. Kirk DeWindt
4. Craig Robinson
That’s about all I can think of.
This sounds like it could be Chris Lambton. Chris told Star that he didn’t want to be “The Bachelor” but Chris Harrison’s wording has made it seem like ABC and the producers eventually decided they didn’t want him.
It sounded like spin to me, but here’s how Chris H. put it to Ryan Seacrest, “We got to this season and realized, you know, Chris Lambton, last year’s second place guy, just wasn’t right to be The Bachelor…”
And here’s Chris H. to TV Guide, “Ali’s season ended phenomenally with Chris L. as the No. 2 guy and our immediate thought was obviously Chris L.’s the guy. The more he kept thinking about it and we kept thinking about it, he realized he wasn’t going to be right for it. A great guy, which Chris L. is, doesn’t necessarily make a great bachelor. I think he realized it, we realized it we and ultimately decided to go our separate ways.”
Or it could be Ty Brown, since Ty is the one who really parlayed his “Bachelorette” time into an entertainment career. He’s all about his music now, ala Wes Hayden.
Or could it be Kirk? Kirk got the pre-Bachelor treatment on “The Men Tell All” and it looked like he was being prepped to be The Guy, then he hooked up with Jessie Sulidis and disappeared.
But Chris L. is the only one a tabloid seems to have declared “war” on, claiming he is living it up as a single guy. Although I suppose you could consider jumping on Kirk + Jessie to be going after Kirk, making it seem like he’s not single enough to be “The Bachelor.” All talk of him as the next Bachelor disappeared after the two of them dated, however briefly. Jessie did “Bachelor Pad” and Kirk just … went away.
Anyway, Reality Steve now says Chris Lambton is hooking up with Peyton Wright. Not sure if that’s to be believed or not, but there it is.
Read all kinds of “Bachelor” news stories every day at www.wetpaint.com/the-bachelor.
I’ll tell you now what. Now we e-stalk his season.
Hey, he asked for it. Brad Womack wanted another shot at this silliness, so head over to Fans of Reality TV’s Bachelor forums where the FORT “sleuthing” has already begun.
Then check out all these Wetpaint Bachelor stories:
By the way, I loved the Jonathan “Weatherman” Novack fake out. I almost bought it for a minute, panicking a little when I saw him sitting next to Chris Harrison in the “Dancing with the Stars” audience.
Can you imagine? There goes the hot tub. And the kissing. But there’d be plenty of tears … from him.
I missed these pissing matches. I really did.
Two days ago Reality Steve tweeted the news that Brad Womack would be the next Bachelor.
Two hours after that 90-something-percent sure post, People magazine dropped their own story about how Chris Lambton and Ty Brown were still being considered.
Star Magazine called Steve to get their own tabloid scoop on the story. Steve confirmed with his sources later the same day that it would indeed be Brad Womack. Someone posted a “confirmation” from Chris Harrison on his Facebook page, but it turns out the page was fake.
(Now Chris H. is saying he will sit next to the real Bachelor this Monday on “Dancing with the Stars.”)
And yet today Us Weekly has an “exclusive” story with a insider who says Brad Womack will be the next Bachelor.
I love Us Weekly. It makes me smile. The back and forth between Us Weekly and “The Bachelor” universe is such fun to observe from the sidelines.
It’s especially interesting to see how the rag completely ignores Steve’s new intel considering they — Us Weekly —were actually right about Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez being engaged after “The Bachelorette” when Steve stuck with his sources, who were wrong for once, insisting that Ali was single.
But other than Steve’s “Bachelorette” glitch — and the apology he’s supposedly going to explain tomorrow — he’s been right about most things. Or, I should say, his sources have been right. He’s not like the Fans of Reality TV sleuths. FORT doesn’t wait to be told.
Brad Womack, take two!
After infamously jilting both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft during the season 11 finale of ABC’s The Bachelor in 2007, the Texas-bred hunk, 37, is close to signing on for a return engagement.
“Brad is very sincere and believes in the show,” a source close to the series tells the new Us Weekly (on newsstands now). “That’s why he didn’t pick someone last time. He was never in it for the publicity. He wants to find a wife.”
But this go-round, the Austin bar owner will show a different side. “Brad knows he has to open up more,” says the insider. “Last time, he was reserved with the women.”
And while the insider says producers are also considering aspiring country singer Ty Brown, 31 — the fourth runner-up on Ali Fedotowsky’s season of The Bachelorette — viewers can all but rule out that round’s runner-up, Chris Lambton, 33.
“Chris has been living large,” says the source. “He isn’t ready to settle down and is having a blast being single.”
And here’s Steve’s response in his blog today:
As for “US Weekly” today claiming on their site it’s an “exclusive”, that just shows the depths of which those parasites will sink. Jeez, at least give credit where credit is due. It’s not an exclusive when I reported it two days ago AND one of your main competitors, Star Magazine, called me immediately after I posted and put it on their website Monday afternoon. So ridiculous. Every time I post a quote, or reference a story I read online about this show, I always credit who reported it or where it came from. All I ask is the same in return. Apparently that’s too much for them. I guess I somewhat understand. I mean, when a blogger in Texas is constantly beating you when it comes to inside information for this show, I guess you have to pretend you’re winning. Hell, take my website completely out of the equation. Starmagazine.com ran the story on their site TWO DAYS AGO because they actually followed up with my Twitter post and called me asking for quotes and verifying it.
Steve also says the response to Brad 2.0 has been 80/20 against. Over on our Wetpaint Bachelor site it’s more like 95/5 against.
I’m completely in favor. I don’t think this is a good idea. I think it’s a great idea.
Also cheerleading for Brad: Trista Sutter. She took to Twitter in favor of the guy. So there are at least a few of us hoping for the best.
Steve also said the filming of Brad’s season is being moved up. Taping will begin this weekend. The new season always starts the first Monday in January, so just expect that again.
I don’t know if Brad Womack has a Twitter yet, but it doesn’t look like it. I want a way to e-stalk him find out what’s going on, but it’s tough right now. FORT, can you help me?
Anyway, it looks like it’s on in a big way so catch up on my Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad archive here and bookmark www.wetpaint.com/the-bachelor for all news, gossip, spoilers, top 10 lists and other stuff. Seriously, we’re posting about 4-5 stories a day on there, even in the Bachelor “off season.” Why? Because we’re effing nuts about the stupid show! You should be too.
I’m dying. Mike Fleiss and “The Bachelor” Powers That Be are on the verge of making a good decision. I don’t know how to handle it. I’ve spent so long thinking of them as The Enemy.
But maybe this is good karma all around. Brad Womack was vilified after “The Bachelor” for picking neither DeAnna Pappas nor Jenni Croft.
I remember it was pretty shocking, because it just didn’t fit with the formula. But in hindsight, GOOD FOR HIM.
Didn’t Chris Lambton say he would only be “The Bachelor” if he could break the rules? Well, here’s the original rule-breaker.
Yes, Jenn Schefft rejected both guys on her season of “The Bachelorette,” but she technically chose Jerry Ferris. She probably wishes she had pulled a Womack.
I was convinced Ali Fedotowsky was going to pull a Womack at the end of “The Bachelorette,” because that’s what Reality Steve was saying. He got Fleissed.
But now I am excited … because the same Reality Steve just tweeted “Definitely looking like Brad Womack is the next Bachelor. Again. Wow. Didn’t see that one. Still trying for 100% confirmation. Stay tuned.”
*Update* A few hours later, Steve tweeted “Not a rumor anymore. Brad Womack will be the next Bachelor. Expect them to officially announce it later this week, if not tonight on DWTS.”
*Update 2* On Sept. 22, Steve wrote a blog confirming yet again that it’s Brad.
But I think Brad deserves this second chance. After all the crap people have done after him — Jason/Molly/Melissa, Wes and his alleged girlfriend, Jake fighting with Vienna, Justin and Frank and their girlfriends — we need a guy with integrity who isn’t afraid to stand up to the brass and say “I know I’m going to get my ass kicked for this, but I know what’s right for me.” (To paraphrase a possible conversaion.)
Hell yeah, Brad Womack. I hope this is true. I am much more into Brad as the next Bachelor than Chris Lambton. 100% more.
Having said that, Keep Laurel Kagay out of it, please. She’s the one Brad supposedly dated and then Wes Hayden (also of Austin, Texas) supposedly cheated with during Jillian Harris’s season of “The Bachelorette.” Just keep her away.
Forgot the deets on Brad? Here’s some bio intel.
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Miss Ali, I wish you many years of joy with Roberto Martinez. But, seriously, if you ever get sick of him, I’ll be right here.
Ali turns 26 today and you should see the cute cooking video she did with Roberto this morning on Fox 5 San Diego.
You should also consider telling Tenley Molzahn what to get Ali for her birthday since they are supposedly hanging out today and Tenley is looking for advice.
And get all kinds of news, top 10 lists and other stuff here at www.wetpaint.com/the-bachelor.
Is it finally time to give up on the idea that Chris Lambton will be the next “Bachelor”? I’m fine with a newbie. Totally down with that.