|'The Bachelor' Tells All in Email Exchange|
Note: Read the following series of messages from bottom to top for proper effect.
Email example contributed by Adair L., 30 April 2002:
Subject: FW: RE: The Bachelor
Read from the bottom up - of course, the bachelor was in the fly!
Please do not email me anymore and tell Jeff that if I ever meet him, I will kick his ass for giving my address to all of his high school friends. Anyway, there is no doubt that Amanda is much fatter than Trista, but the producers made me pick the underdog. Don't worry, I bagged Trista.
PS - Sorry for the follow up, but please do not forward the email around. Apparently, I forgot to take out his email address and I would feel really bad if it got around. Thanks
Great to hear from you. I'm glad you like the show.
I'm a little worried that the schedule change has confused people, so I have a special request for you. I'm trying to do a little last minute guerilla marketing. Would you be willing to send an email to your friends reminding them that the finale is tonight from 8-10 and encouraging them to forward the email and spread the word? If not, no problem...I just thought I'd ask. If you're willing, just please make sure not to include my email address in the email.
Enjoy the show. Maybe I'll see you at the Garden Party.
Comments: Scandalous, if true which it's not. According to ABC-TV publicity director Lauren Topin, who characterized the apparent email exchange as "an unfortunate prank that rapidly got out of control," the indiscreet comments attributed above to "The Bachelor" star Alex Michel were completely fabricated.
The perpetrator of the hoax, one Jonathan Locker, confessed in the May 2 edition of the New York Post. "I feel really bad about it," he said, and well he should. According to the Post, Michel whose personal address was revealed in the forwarded exchange is up to his ears in email as a result. Much of it, presumably, is none too friendly.
"The Bachelor" had its season finale on April 25, when Michel selected Amanda Marsh over Trista Rehn as the woman he most wanted to show (but apparently not give) an engagement ring to. During the course of the six episodes, he dated 25 eligible bachelorettes, gradually narrowing the field to the final pair. For the record, neither can be accurately described as "fat."
Sources and further reading:
'Bachelor' Bedtime Story
New York Post, 2 May 2002
18 Million Watch 'Bachelor' Finale
Associated Press, 27 April 2002