The Bachelorette: Reality Steve Claims Men Paid to Act Single

the-bachelorette-s05e04-488.jpgBefore you go off on the "How would he know?" comments, know this: Reality Steve, the blogger about all things non-scripted on TV, has a good track record when it comes to calling out the most scripted events on reality series.

Steve was the one to break the news that ABC told Bachelor Jason Mesnick to pick Melissa Rycroft at the final rose ceremony, even when he wanted Molly all along. He also revealed the damning emails between Mesnick and Rycroft before anyone else did. The man knows his Bachelor gossip.

So it should go without saying, but... SPOILER ALERT. Reality Steve is making some big claims about all the fabrication and fakery on this season of The Bachelorette with Jillian Harris. And Jillian seems to be in on it all!


First, in his weekly episode recap (which, not to brag, are not as funny or in-depth as BuddyTV's, but that's besides the point) Reality Steve had this to say about shy-guy-turned-lunatic-drunk David:

"Before we get started, let me first give you my first bit of information I found out about this season that is 100% true. I've heard plenty of rumors and innuendo, but finally something has come to the forefront that shows once again how well engineered this show is. Not surprising to hear this, but still, par for the course for ABC. As we all remember in the first episode, when David exited the limo, he stood in front of Jillian for a good ten seconds in complete silence. In episodes since, the guy has been anything BUT silent, and has come across as a drunken lunatic. Yet on the first episode, he said he couldn't think of anything to say, Jillian liked that approach and gave him the first impression rose for it. Well, I have found out in recent days, confirmed to me by three independent sources, that Dave was told on the night of the meet-and-greet to pretend he was nervous. In addition, the scene where he is speechless in front of Jillian was also re-shot THREE times because he kept laughing every time he did it. Like I said, not surprising to hear it, but it all plays in to "roles" that are created for each guy. So it's very tough to take any edit of Dave from here on out seriously, because it seems like they just decided to have fun with him. However, us as viewers can only go with what they show us, so that's what I'll comment on. But if the first impression rose was staged this season, exactly what are we supposed to think about the rest of this nonsense?"

He also reiterated a claim he's made before, that some men were offered thousands of dollars (50, to be precise) to appear on The Bachelorette in exchange for a place in the top four. But he adds a new angle, after seeing what one bachelor had to say about himself in Week 4:

"However Kiptyn, after telling us he's not a pursuer, not explains why he came on this show. Kip: "I was telling myself, 'You need to do this. You need to go after something.'" Well, either that or someone influenced you to come on the show with a few hundred benjamins in hand. Hey look, I said it a month before the season started, and I'll say it again. I know that there were two guys approached about coming on the show, both offered $50k and guaranteed at least final four, and both of those guys turned it down. Now, whether or not ABC decided to go after a couple other guys with the same offer, or more money, or less money, I don't know. Maybe they did, maybe they didn't. But I know that two individuals were offered money to come on the show and rejected it. It might mean that some of the guys this season were paid, it might not. However, I will say this. If Kiptyn ends up in the final two, doesn't get picked, and ends up as our next "Bachelor", I think the writing is on the wall. This show is telling a story, remember that. It's not that far fetched to think that's what's going on here. Time will tell."

Time will tell, indeed.


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Christyrenee said...

Very interesting! I def thought Dave's speechless entrance was fake, but being staged? wow! I'm definitely curious to see how this season plays out!

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