There is only one person that knows Bachelor Nation better than Chris “Somebody Save Me” Harrison. And that person is the man, the myth, the legend known as Reality Steve. This dude has accurately predicted almost every Bachelor and Bachelorette winner since the dawn of time, and has made a literal business out of spoiling the show. Any true Bachelor patriot reads Reality Steve’s spoilers, and to be honest, ABC should be paying him for all his free promo instead of suing him (but lol, more on that in a moment).
So who is this Steve character? It’s time to huff some rose petals and pull back the curtain on everything there is to know about the man behind your favorite website. Um, other than cosmopolitan.com. 😇
His Real Name Is Stephen Carbone
Thanks to The New York Times, we know our dude was raised in Southern California and is (maybe) single. At least he was, as of a few years ago! Things may have changed! Who knows!
What we do know, however, is that he definitely has a super cute dog named Luka, and that he started out in sports radio.
Side note—I just want to mention that Steve has been into roses for a whiiiiile now:
He Got into Bachelor Spoilers in the Craziest Way
Here’s the TL;DR version of his origin story. Steve started writing funny emails to his friends about Joe Millionaire. And apparently, said emails were so popular that his friends began to forward them to their friends, creating a Joe Millionaire content spiral that eventually inspired Steve to start his website. But he didn’t begin writing about The Bachelor until season 13, when he got a tip that Jason Mesnick had dumped Melissa for his runner-up Molly. Things escalated from there, and according to the New York Times, Steve quit his other jobs in August 2011 to exclusively focus on the professional art of ~spoiling~.
^Including this picture because endless breadsticks.
He Is Rolling in the Dough
Most websites make $$ based on ad sales and total readership, and trust: a TON of people are trolling around RealitySteve.com on any given day. In 2015, Steve told The New York Times that he earns a “comfortable” six-figure income, which is…wild. Again, this all started because he sent some funny emails to his friends. Remember that.
His Network of Sources Is Extensive
Aside from trolling around Twitter and Instagram looking for clues like the rest of us normal Bachelor fans, Steve has a huge network of inside sources. “95 percent of the stuff I get is legit,” he told Reality Blurred in 2016. “I think people, for the most part, want to help. The bottom line is, I don’t think a lot of people are out to give me misinformation.”
He Doesn’t Even *Like* The Bachelor
Turns out Steve just does this job because it gives him a chance to do what he does like: write. “I’ve always liked to write, and I’ve always liked to be very sarcastic and very snarky about things,” he told the not-failing New York Times. “This show makes it easier, but if this show wasn’t my job, would I watch it? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t care.”
ABC Tried to Sue Him…Twice
Not that shocking considering he’s turning a profit from spoiling their show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steve was sued for “attempting to induce contestants into breaching their confidentiality pledges.” Both cases were eventually settled and to this day, the dude is still spoiling.
“I think publicly they hate me,” he explained to the Dallas Observer. “I think privately they love me because they know what I do brings attention to their show. None of (the producers) will ever say my name or reference my name, but they know what’s out there.” IMO, if anything, Steve is making The Bachelor even more buzzy.
He’s Been Known to Date Through the Site
Get THIS: Steve “prefers to meet women through the site, and largely avoids dating people who don’t know about his work.” Sooooo, if you’re a superfan go ahead and @ him in the comments section?
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