'Bachelor' Execs Need Dose of Reality When It Comes to 'Reality Steve'

ABC is suing Steve Carbone, the owner and operator of the website Reality Steve, best known for spoiling the past few seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and letting us know every detail of the show weeks (and sometimes months) before it airs.

ABC's The Bachelor is claiming $75,000 in damages, according to reports, particularly stemming from the way Carbone goes about “soliciting information from participants, cast, crew, and/or other employees” by “inducing them to breach their confidentiality obligations.”

They have a point, but they also need to realize a good thing when they see it. They owe so much of their recent success to Carbone.


The producers say they sent cease-and-desist letters to Carbone earlier this year, but they say his tactics “constitute unfair and illegal business acts” and are “unscrupulous, immoral, unethical, oppressive, and injurious.”

These actions include emailing former contestants and trying to call ABC on their $5 million bluff by claiming their contracts are useless and will not be enforced if they spill the beans. He solicited information by promising secrecy and anonymity, and he pushed contestants to reveal their spoilers to him.

Yes, it was unethical, and yes, it was badgering, but ABC shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. They should hire the dude. In fact, I wonder if this "lawsuit" is some elaborate ruse to make us believe he isn't a friend to ABC because, in so many ways, he really is.

People watch the show specifically to know if he is right or wrong. They watch the show because of him. They should be paying HIM $75,000.

ABC has deep pockets, so in all likelihood, if they want Carbone to stop blogging, he will have to do so. This is why I call BS on this lawsuit. Something smells fishy and the fact is, it will completely drum up publicity for the January premiere of Ben Flajnik's season of The Bachelor. The timing is very strange.

Do you buy this whole thing?


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