Reality Steve is the spoiler provider responsible for preparing the world for the mourning that came with Rachel sending Perfect Peter home (we’ll miss you, you gorgeous gap-toothed prince), the weary acceptance that came with JoJo choosing Jordan, and the literally-who-cares ending to Nick Viall’s monotonous and largely nonexistent love story.
The popular blogger (whose real name is Stephen Carbone) published a post to his site on Thursday, November 30 explaining that he has received a cease-and-desist letter from NZK Productions trying to stop him from posting any more spoilers about Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season.
“They’re trying to silence me, again, and I’m not going to be intimidated,” he wrote in a blog post titled “Your Final Four Breakdown & They’re Trying to Silence Me.” “This is my job. This is my livelihood. And they are trying to take that away from me.”
He also detailed why he believes his spoilers aren’t harmful to the show:
“This isn’t insider trading. What I do is on such a small scale in even just the TV world, it’s not really a blip on the radar. If this were the only show on television, yes, it’d probably be a big deal. But it’s not. Never has been. I get information about the show from various sources and I report it. Seems pretty simple. And we’ve seen over the years that people love spoilers.”
“They are being completely unreasonable,” he continued, “bullying me essentially into giving up my sources, and are trying to prevent me from continuing my livelihood.”
The cease-and-desist letter allegedly came after Carbone posted a tweet hinting at spoiling the ending of the season.
This isn’t the first time Carbone has been involved in a lawsuit over his spoilers, Cosmopolitan notes. The show’s producers sued him in both 2011 and 2012, but both cases settled according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“The information I have this season did not in any way involve any wrongdoing or improper communications, hence the reason I’m spoiling what I am,” Carbone closed. “I refuse to be intimidated by their tactics in this situation, and I will proceed with this season as planned.”
Then, in the next page, he goes ahead with his spoilers. (Proceed with caution).