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Reality Steve Podcast

The #1 source on the internet for all your "Bachelor," "Bachelorette," and "Bachelor in Paradise" spoilers, Reality Steve talks about each episode, answers your emails, and covers everything you need to know about what's going on in Bachelor Nation. For years, he's been giving you the inside scoop on all things "Bachelor"-related. Now, hear him speak weekly on the subject, along with candid conversations with former contestants and others in the reality TV world, along with all your latest juicy gossip. It's candid, it's colorful, and it may be crass, but that's why he's Reality Steve.
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Jun 21, 2018

(SPOILERS) Trish joins me and we talk about where she was in her life at the time she got cast for the show, Jesse forgetting a girls name at the first rose ceremony (14:50), them planting a spy in the house to help Jesse (17:04), playing the game of “I Never” with the women (20:16), the Gold Digger t-shirt (22:25), did she think she was getting sent home after her hometown date (28:19), being the first contestant to return to the show after being eliminated (31:30), how she handled the public backlash once the show started airing (38:20), appearing with other reality stars in the E! move “The Scorned” (41:44), how she met her husband and her life now in Florida (47:15), overall experience from the show (56:35), and does she still keep in touch with anyone from her season (1:04:31).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jun 14, 2018

(SPOILERS) Dalton joins me to talk about how his “Survivor” coverage for EW.com all started for him, what he thinks about “Survivor” spoilers in general (although none are discussed for future seasons) (8:58), fans now watching the edits very closely on this show (12:22), how much coverage he gives “Survivor” (16:13), his pre-show coverage of traveling to the locations and interviewing contestants pre-season (20:36), being able to test out the challenges (27:36), early impressions on contestants that he’s been right & wrong on (31:09), immunity idols talk & is it good or bad for the show (35:28), filming two seasons back-to-back every year (47:55), Probst talk – recent Emmy snubs, his role in the franchise, will he ever leave, etc (55:00), and we end with the Final 10 (1:06:15).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jun 7, 2018

(SPOILERS) Lauren joins me to talk about her contribution to my Fan Appreciation Party tomorrow night, the event she’s having this weekend for Skin Laundry (5:40), how she applied and eventually got cast on Ben’s season (7:00), being a flight attendant before the show (9:03), her memories from night one in the mansion (13:50), why all past podcast guests from her season all saw her as the front runner early on & did she feel she was (15:28), her feelings the morning of the final rose ceremony (24:21), how she felt and how she found out about Ben telling both her and JoJo he loved them (29:10), her thoughts on filming “Happily Ever After” so shortly after the “Bachelor” finale (35:21), why her and Ben broke up (42:17), her feelings on Ben’s podcast launch coinciding with their breakup (45:57), how she met her current boyfriend Devin (50:32), what made them get into the wine business with “Dear Rose” (57:04), thoughts on Becca’s season with the Tia/Colton situation (1:02:50), would she have done the “Bachelorette” if Ben had chosen JoJo and she was approached about it (1:08:25), and we end with the Final 10 (1:10:25). 

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

May 31, 2018

(SPOILERS) Ashley joins me to talk about the announcement I have to make (5:00), the timeline of how everything happened with the screen shots & how she got involved (9:09), dealing with the internet trolls & how they're going to handle this (19:08), how this is different than the Lee situation and more easy to overlook (22:56), why she took the stance she did on this (29:21), how would she react right now if she was Becca (40:15), how does she think it plays out (52:41), while recording we get the news of "Roseanne" being cancelled and how it relates to this situation (59:31), and we end with talking about her impressions of the first episode (1:04:44).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

May 23, 2018

(SPOILERS)  Meredith joins me to talk about how she got cast on Bob’s season of the “Bachelor,” how did she feel towards Bob (7:28), becoming the “Bachelorette” and how quickly that happened (14:34), Ian being the one she knew immediately (22:25), Meredith then talks about an alleged sexual abuse that happened to her (31:55), choosing Ian over Matthew (43:14), did she think Ian was going to propose (47:12), does she ever think she made the wrong choice (49:42), her engagement to Ian, where it went wrong, and what happened (51:36), is she still in love with Ian (57:45), her People.com story from 2013 where she admitted to being alcoholic & the factors that played into it - her abusive marriage, her father’s infidelity (1:02:20), does she still drink (1:17:50), and what she’s doing now (1:21:08). 

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

May 17, 2018

(SPOILERS) Andy joins me to talk about teaching media classes to college students, because media has changed so much has his message also changed (6:20), how the landscape of jobs in media after college has changed (7:59), how people consume news now and long form writing (12:27), his site RealityBlurred.com and how it came to be (15:20), how ads on websites are the bane of both our existences (20:09), are pay sites the new way to go (24:05), American Idol’s new look (33:04), DWTS going to a shorter season & ABC’s program shuffling (43:25), and we end with Survivor talk and the criticism we both receive when we are critical about shows we write on (54:36).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

May 10, 2018

(SPOILERS) Izzy joins me to talk about how she got cast on the show, her onesie gimmick the first night (6:00), lasting one episode and did she ever think it'd happen to her (9:30), who stuck out to her the first night on Ben's season (18:20), going on BIP 3 and how nervous she was that she'd get eliminated the first night again (23:14), how the relationship with Vinny was shown vs the doubts she was having (25:25), the arrival of Brett and how it changed things (30:20), her decision to leave the show (33:49), post show "relationship" with Vinny (36:22), her work life now and her current boyfriend (42:15), and we end with the Final 10 (51:53).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

May 3, 2018

(SPOILERS)  Stephen joins me to talk about how he originally got cast on this show, his first season of Survivor: Tocantins (11:09), the final Tribal Council in Tocantins (13:17), being on Survivor: Second Chances (21:18), the final Tribal Council on Second Chances (28:17), we play a Trivia game to test Stephen’s knowledge (36:17), the debate of taking someone to the finals who you can beat vs someone who is more deserving (51:17), the current season of Ghost Island where we debate my problem with it (57:52), Ben’s win last season and the “controversy” surrounding it (1:02:22), edits & spoilers on Survivor (1:09:53), the amount of Idols in the game nowadays (1:18:53), and we end with a Final 10 (1:29:54). 

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Apr 26, 2018

(SPOILERS)  Michael joins to talk about his lack of screen time on Winter Games, how he got on Des’ season of the Bachelorette (6:51), his beef that season with Ben Scott (10:32), the group date with Soulja Boy (13:14), Des & Chris’ relationship (19:30), he gives us the two raps he did in New Jersey on the group date that never aired (21:12), the 2-on-1 with Ben in Germany and how he acted (24:56), making the final 5 and did he think he was getting a hometown (33:52), Bachelor in Paradise 2 (38:11), how he liked Winter Games (45:01), the difficulties of being a diabetic (53:23), his dating life in Bachelor Nation and in NY (58:54), the past dating shows he was on before Bachelorette (1:07:25), and we end with the Final 10 (1:11:40) before heading off on a few tangents on sports and Des’ wrong spoiler that season. 

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Apr 19, 2018

(SPOILERS) I discuss Becca's final four guys, then Michael joins me to talk about how he got started in the business, what his role was when he worked on the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" and what that entailed (8:45), producers on site vs the people who edit the show (12:23), the first "Bachelorette" season and did he ever imagine the show would be on this long (20:42), producing a network reality show vs cable show (27:08), favorite seasons he worked on (31:10), reality TV producers getting bad raps - should contestants know what they're getting into (35:35), how he produces a contestant (40:09), is it his job to manipulate contestants and is there a line he won't cross (49:33), getting emotional responses out of contestants and how it's not as hard as you'd think (1:01:39), and we end it with talking about something which came up on last week's podcast and that's should there be more help given to contestants post-show (1:06:15).

Music by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Apr 12, 2018

(SPOILERS) Susie joins me to talk about how she first got involved with the franchise on “Road Rules,” her podcast last year that “broke” the Brad & Tori divorce (14:22), we discuss the Bananas/Sarah ending on Rivals 3 & she reveals new information that maybe not everyone knows about (16:40), her overall thoughts on Bananas (23:21), the Champs vs Stars franchise (30:18), meeting her husband through the show (38:15), the article she wrote two weeks ago about the reality TV world and how she feels production is doing contestants a disservice (43:01), male vs female villains on reality TV (1:06:20), and we end with the Final 10 (1:08:47).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI

Apr 5, 2018

(SPOILERS) Mikey joins me to talk about how he first applied for the show, who he thought was a front runner early on (6:54), butting heads with Ben (8:31), best group date (9:55), Desiree’s connection with Chris (15:16), the season of girlfriends (17:45), his bromance with James Case (21:37), Juan Pablo (24:49), how he was supposed to be on the first season of Bachelor in Paradise (28:43), being on season of BIP (31:32), his thoughts on the shutdown last season on Paradise and the weather conditions (36:57), post show life (41:01), having a girlfriend (44:59), and we end with the Final 10 (49:29).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Mar 29, 2018

(SPOILERS) Laurel joins me to talk about her upbringing and how she eventually got cast on the "Challenge," appearing on her first season "Fresh Meat II" (13:24), having three 2nd place finishes in a row before winning "Free Agents" (21:45), her competitive nature & how she views eliminations (27:06), "Invasion of the Champions" & how the relationship with Nicole came to be (31:24), openly speaking about a very traumatic event in her life (37:37), the breakup with Nicole (45:02), any chance for a future with Nicole (55:35), her up and down friendship with Cara Maria (59:50), will she do another season in the future (1:13:43), and we end with the Final 10 (1:19:08).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Mar 22, 2018

(SPOILERS) Kristen joins me to talk about how long she's been covering the show, Chris Harrison's role in the franchise (3:58), the show's thoughts on me and this site (13:14), Jason Mesnick's season vs Arie's season (26:44), what her favorite seasons and favorite contestants are (32:46), how ratings have changed over the years for this show and TV in general (38:21), tabloid coverage and crediting sources (41:31), more Chris Harrison talk and if they'd ever not recycle a lead again (51:49), her favorite TV shows, current and past (1:03:21), and Kristen critiques my top 3 shows of all time (1:08:33).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Mar 14, 2018

(SPOILERS) Amy joins me to talk about her inspiration on writing the book, we get interrupted with news of Ashley & Kevin’s break up (5:10), producers with monetary incentives (10:16), the relationship in the early going of Mike Fleiss & Lisa Levenson which eerily resembles Chet & Quinn on “UnReal” (13:20), the contract, STD’s, and producer manipulation playing such a huge role in the show (21:26), how she role played with a former producer during a lunch date & thoughts on Elan Gale and his role with the franchise (28:08), Amy asks me about my treatment towards the men in this franchise (40:15), what led to her (probably) getting her coverage of the franchise revoked (48:50), and finally we wrap up talking about her coverage of the #MeToo movement for the LA Times (54:50).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Mar 8, 2018

(SPOILERS) Courtney joins me to talk about the conversation we had in September when she found out Arie was named the “Bachelor” and where they were in their relationship, Arie buying her a house (7:55), Sydney and Arie’s relationship (10:41), conversations she had with Arie after he returned from filming and what he told her (21:17), his thought process on the final rose ceremony day (25:32), his social media slip ups with Becca (30:14), what advice did she give him in regards to contacting Lauren (32:42), the proposal on the ATFR/break up with Becca on camera and why he did it (39:23), her thoughts on Arie & Lauren together publicly for the first time on the ATFR and their relationship (45:38), her reconciliation with Ben Flajnik (55:30), and where does her friendship with Arie go from here (1:00:44).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Mar 1, 2018

(SPOILERS) Sarah joins me to talk about how she always wanted to be in comedy, her comedic inspirations growing up and how she comes up with material (6:42), an unwritten rule of comedy (20:06), Last Comic Standing (23:02), getting a job as a writer on "Chelsea Lately" & writing her two books (31:32), how she met husband John Ryan Seattle Seahawks punter and being an NFL wife (40:00), a good 30 minute discussion on Arie's season and everything that has happened and will happen next week in the finale (55:29), Celebrity Big Brother talk since Ross Matthews introduced her to her husband and officiated their wedding (1:24:14), and we end with the Final 10 (1:27:54).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Feb 22, 2018

(SPOILERS) Actually, no spoilers this week because Sharleen is going unspoiled this season. She joins me to talk about her current run in La Boheme in British Columbia and being in an opera, how she’s going unspoiled this season (14:14), how we have completely different opinions on Arie as the “Bachelor” (19:47), hometown dates and the silly stages of “I’m falling for you” (25:48), her surprise at Tia leaving at Final 4 (32:58), her overall impression of the girls and the direction the show is headed (37:02), how social media response has changed the show (44:22), where does the show go from here and any changes she would make (55:10), her predictions on how it will end (57:54), the “Women Tell All” and her thoughts on Krystal (1:00:08), and we end with the Final 10 (1:07:47).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Feb 15, 2018

(SPOILERS) Jenn joins me to talk about that fateful day in 2005 at an FSU/Miami game where her life changed, the opportunities that came from it (9:21), getting jobs because of the way she looked (12:57), getting hired by the Jets in 2008 (15:33), when she was first told she needed to get a breast reduction to make it in the industry - and she agreed (19:16), everything before and after the Deadspin story breaking in 2010 (24:00), the recent Boston Globe story in December of 2017 about sexual harassment at ESPN and Jenn's role in it (52:42), incidents she experienced as a female reporter in the business (1:13:21), her recent marriage (1:22:47), being an animal activist (1:26:58), what she's doing now in her writing and stand up career (1:30:38), and her thoughts on the Paige Spirinac/Britt McHenry Twitter beef from a couple days ago (1:40:19).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Feb 8, 2018

(SPOILERS) Sarah joins me and we talk about how I screwed up her career last week, how her season of the “Bachelor” is basically missing from the internet (5:46), how she got cast & how’d she find out the “Bachelor” was Charlie (7:28), her season being filmed all outside of LA for the first time (10:12), what she remembers about the first night (11:25), the dates being local & more realistic on her season (13:23), Charlie’s behavior on set & how they got along (16:40), the ending of Charlie not choosing anyone dating both girls (22:15), how secretive they had to keep their meet ups post filming while the show was airing (25:08), the live finale & did she think he’d propose (29:10), their 5 year post-show relationship (32:04), why they ultimately broke up (34:23), what she’s doing now (38:20), how she met her husband (41:28), and we end with the Final 10 (46:43).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Feb 1, 2018

(SPOILERS) Jason & Cortney join me to talk about where they were at in life when they decided to do this show, did they know who the other couples were (9:25), what did their parents think of them marrying a stranger (10:56), how detailed the application process was (12:12), did either want to walk out at the last minute (16:20), their first impression of the other one (19:19), what it was like saying vows to someone you had just met (21:36), getting to know each other at the reception (23:44), did they have sex on their wedding night (29:26), their honeymoon in the Poconos (31:06), post honeymoon life & the struggles that occurred (33:11), decision day (40:08), their first year of marriage TV show & how difficult it was (43:27), do they think they would have met if they didn't do the show (58:30), do they want kids (1:01:59), and we end with basically a Newlywed Game version of the Final 10 (1:03:49).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jan 25, 2018

(SPOILERS) Dana joins me to discuss in detail the spoiler that I broke this past Tuesday. I know some of you don't like to hear spoilers in the podcast, but this one is ALL about spoilers. So even people that are just reading this, instead of doing time stamps of topics which would reveal them, I'll even refrain from printing those for those not wanting to know. Just know that if you don't want to know anything about what happens at the end of Arie's season, today's podcast isn't for you. You've been warned. Everyone else who wants to hear the spoiler dissected from all different angles, I hope you enjoy it.

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jan 18, 2018

(SPOILERS) Tori joins me to talk about her pageant days, how she got cast for Road Rules: Viewers Revenge (7:57), would she rather be on “Road Rules” or “Real World” (12:49), her first season of the “Challenge” (18:43), meeting Brad on the “Gauntlet” (26:11), being married to Brad and competing on “Cutthroat” (31:16), why they chose to leave the franchise after “Cutthroat (33:42), how her divorce first became public (36:50), when did things start going south in the marriage and the mistakes she made (39:31), a recent tweet where she threw shade at Brad (46:59), her US Weekly interview (49:52), will we see her compete on the show again (1:04:05), and we end with the Final 10 (1:06:29).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jan 11, 2018

(SPOILERS) Ashley joins me to talk about if she's going spoiled or unspoiled this season, being critical of the current contestants as a former contestant (6:38), productions role in creating characters on the show (11:30), Krystal's actions last episode (17:18), her opinion of Bibiana (21:08), her early favorites and what the first night of filming is like (23:44), the idea of interrupting conversations and how it works (31:06), Chelsea's comment about giving up so much to be there (34:23), Arie & Courtney's relationship (36:56), the Twitter beef she had with James Taylor recently (50:25), her being a bit candid about being a sexual assault victim in the past and the current #MeToo movement (56:32), her husband being a huge Eagles fan & them attending the game this Saturday (1:05:52), her new job & her book club on Facebook (1:08:52), and we end it with the Final 10 (1:15:19).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

Jan 4, 2018

(SPOILERS) Juliet joins me to talk about if she’s going spoiled or unspoiled this season, her thoughts on Arie as the Bachelor (7:04), ratings from the first night (10:10), Winter Games talk (12:48), likes & dislikes from the girls’ intro videos (15:28), her top 4 based on the first episode (17:53), which limo entrances she was into (19:50), her thoughts on being in attendance for the first night of filming in past seasons (22:22), Arie saying he fell in love with two women this season (24:38), Bachelor contestants branching out to MTV shows now (32:20), and finally she updates us on all the podcasts she does for TheRinger.com & we have a little NBA talk (40:58).

Music written by Jimmer Podrasky (B'Jingo Songs/Machia Music/Bug Music BMI)

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