Bachelor producers sue blogger over new spoilers

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Bachelor producers sue blogger over new spoilers
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Fri, 01-04-2013 - 2:53pm

Producers of the popular ABC unscripted show again are targeting "Reality" Steve Carbone, who runs a website devoted to spilling secrets and commenting on shows including "The Amazing Race," "Real Housewives" and "Survivor." They first sued Carbone in December 2011, alleging that to gain spoilers, he was attempting to induce contestants into breaching their confidentiality pledges. The lawsuit settled in June, with Warners expressing satisfaction that he had agreed to have no further contact whatsoever with any of the cast, crew or employees of "The Bachelor." Carbone pledged at the time to continue spoiling the show but to abide by the settlement so as not to "to give them an alleged excuse to file another (lawsuit)."

Now Carbone is back in court to answer new charges from the show's producers. On Dec. 12, Carbone posted spoilers for the first five episodes of "The Bachelor," which this season will feature Sean Lowe. Included in his post were the full names of the women eliminated from the competition. Carbone claims the suit is bogus; that the producers have no proof he violated the agreement.
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What do you think? Could he possibly be guessing? The producers are claiming he's offering such vivid "scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot" details -- But if he is somehow gaining insider info, what about the individual or individuals that are breaching confidentiality? Shouldn't they be held accountable, too?

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 3:04pm

I find it hard to believe that he'd be able to guess the "increasingly vivid details," including scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot descriptions" that the produers are claiming. But, I guess we'll have to wait and see what kind of evidence they have. But it does seem to me that if someone is breaking a confidentiality agreement and feeding the blogger info, they should be the ones being prosecuted... since they would have been in violation of a contract. 

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Registered: 08-01-2012
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 3:22pm

Geeze... and in the meantime, the publicity of the lawsuit just might help boost ratings a tiny bit! Yeah, I'm a bit of a cynic, I guess. Tongue Out

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Registered: 06-25-2008

Yeah, I'm torn between it being a publicity stunt or someone on the inside spilling the beans. Either way, there is no way the blogger is that good of a guesser. If so, he needs to play the lottery and stop waisting his time on blogging.

Brenda