Reality Bits: Aaron Rodgers, Donald Trump, and Mama June

Aaron Rodgers Gives Bro Jordan the Silent Treatment

The perfect rose
Committing to the best ratings evah!

JoJo has presented her final rose, and the recipient Jordan Rodgers has reciprocated by proposing, so all is well in Bachelorette land. Here’s a recap, in case you missed it. Rodgers was obviously the most TV-friendly outcome: nothing promises numbers as much as a Bachelorette wedding in which the groom’s brother Aaron, who just so happens to be an NFL star, may or may not show up. Cliffhanger!!!

Of course Aaron Rodgers will not show up, just as he has studiously avoided saying much of anything during a season in which his brother has done little else other than talk about his feud with their family. It goes without saying, or perhaps not, that the producers on the show definitely provoked all these utterances (after all, who is Jordan Rodgers if not Aaron Rodgers’ brother?) and they will be quite happy to keep the feud alive leading up to the wedding.

Aaron Rodgers has proven himself extremely savvy, however, by pretty much refusing to engage. Asked by ABC about his brother and the show Rodgers said:

“I haven’t seen the show, to be honest with you, so it hasn’t really affected me a whole lot,”
“As far as those kinds of things go, I’ve always found that it’s a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just – I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition,” he said.

As any reality producer can tell you, the moment you agree to appear on our shows – or talk on camera at all – you lose the ability to control the narrative. We can make a sweetheart an asshole if we set our minds to it. So if Aaron Rodgers knows what’s good for him, he’ll keep on keeping on with the more or less silent act.

NBC Takes the Higher Ground When It Comes to Trump (or not)


In presidential election-related news, this just in about Celebrity Apprentice and Donald Trump, per EW

EW asked NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt after NBC’s execution session on the Television Critics Association tour in Beverly Hills on Tuesday if Trump could return to the show if he loses his presidential bid in November.

“No,” Greenblatt said firmly. “He would never be back on Celebrity Apprentice, as long as I’m here.”

While that sounds like good news for folks who would like to see the Orange Littlefinger (::kidding: Littlefinger is smart!::) down and out after his clown car of a presidential run, it turns out that NBC reversed itself almost immediately…

Greenblatt’s entertainment president, asked separately, hedged her reply to the same question, however.”I have no idea,” Jennifer Salke said. “I have no idea what our response would be. With him, we’re taking one day at a time and seeing where he ends up and watching this unfold like all of you. We’re not involved in his life.”

Translation: yes, we would take him back. In a New York minute.

Mama June Fights to Remain Relevant

Mama June

Finally, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s Mama June claims on the E! plastic surgery show Botched that she’s lost 150 pounds. Is it just me hoping that those 150 pounds were her pedo boyfriend? Anyway, never one to overlook a chance to pimp out her kid for TV, Mama June also managed to work in the fact that Honey Boo Boo’s head was sliced during a C-section.



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