On Monday, we published a story detailing a rather lengthy rant from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” creator Mike Fleiss about Steve Carbone — a blogger with the name Reality Steve who has been responsible for revealing intricate details about the outcome of his show before it airs for years without fail. Despite his attempts to publicly ruin the website through a lawsuit and even through what we can best refer to as an internet version of a public flogging, Steve persevered and even spoiled the elimination from Monday night’s episode of Emily Maynard’s season before it aired — and this led to the rather colorful rant from Fleiss, in which he claimed that he had won, suggested that Steve had broken some sort of agreement that was created as a part of his lawsuit, and that the “parasite has been exterminated.”
Unfortunately for Fleiss, he may have spoken a little too soon in that Steve seems to be very much still be alive and kicking — and in a blog on Monday, he responded to Fleiss’ statements by claiming that he hasn’t done anything wrong to violate the terms detailed in his settlement with ABC:
“My response, as it was yesterday [on Twitter], is I have no idea what he’s doing or what he’s talking about. Let the record be clear, I have not violated the settlement agreement, nor do I have any intention in doing so. I don’t need to. I continue to successfully spoil the show legally and he doesn’t seem to like it, so he tweeted incessantly about it on Saturday then again yesterday. I don’t know why he did it, I don’t know his motivations, and I don’t care. Let him continue to tweet as much as he wants, whatever he wants.”
Since we really do not know what sort of evidence Fleiss really has of any wrongdoing on Steve’s part, all we can confirm is that this may be one of the ugliest battles in recent reality TV history between an executive and someone who puts out information about his or her show. Clearly, Fleiss does not like the idea of fans getting spoiled about the ending of Emily’s season despite not wanting to find out before it airs — unfortunately for him, though, Steve not only seems to enjoy what he does, but he also makes a decent amount of cash out of it. The real losers here are of course the people who get the show ruined for them against their will — which Steve obviously does not seem to care about so long as he continues getting to do what he does. So long as he doesn’t break any laws or his agreement, though, he is very well in his Constitutional rights to keep spoiling away.
Whose side are you on at the moment — Mike Fleiss or Reality Steve? Do you think someone should be allowed to spoil the results of someone else’s hard work for their personal gain? If you want to read our review from this past episode, be sure to head on over to this link.