Natalie was up there for a long time, and much of that time involved talking about sports. Natalie knows a fair amount about football, for example, she was able to name all three New York-based NFL teams. Paul knows nothing about sports, however, and definitely let Natalie know that he "never cared" about it.
But Natalie's main message for the guys was this: She is sorry that she chose to trust James' judgement in the game this summer, and feels she made a lot of bad decisions because she worked with him. She also said that she and James are just friends, and never talk about the game.
The guys listened, but after Natalie left they were both going crazy seconds later, saying that Natalie just shit all over James and threw him under the bus. They saw Nicole and Corey in the kitchen on the Spy Cam and motioned for them to come upstairs.
Paul shared the news and Corey and Nicole had very different reactions.
Corey: Let's vote her ass out now. Let's do it.
Nicole: Oh no. Poor James.
Victor told Nicole that she should not feel bad about voting James out, because he's been gunning for her, but Nicole says that is not what is bothering her...she's just sad for James that Natalie could turn on him so quickly.
(For the record, I'm not sure Natalie is formally turning on James...she's just trying to align with Paul and Victor assuming that James is leaving this week. She also told James he should do the same thing if she is the one to leave this week.)
Paul: I just want to let you guys know, because once James is gone, she's going to be trying to hang with us but I'm not even listening to it.....we don't even care about her and she's going home next.
They started doing some light Natalie bashing, pointing out all of the inconsistencies in the things she has said and done all summer. They wonder if Natalie is really as dumb as she acts sometimes. Victor pointed out that during the Zingbot competition that Natalie hosted, he was sitting right there next to her and could hear how much she was struggling with the lines she was supposed to say. (Supposedly this made the comp take much longer than it should have....I heard Natalie apologize to everyone several times after that comp was over.)
Victor: And she spoiled all of the lines....I'd see her listen, and then say, "so _____ is out now?...okay" and then she'd announce it out loud again.
Paul: And what about what the Zingbot said about her? She can say all she wants, but it was about her armpit hair.
Nicole: Zingbot said she wasn't the brightest bulb, but she makes up for that in armpit hair. But she's been shaving her armpits ever since then.
(I still can't believe that Production couldn't come up with a more accessible and acceptable slam on Natalie for the Zingbot to say.)
Nicole and Corey went downstairs and Paul said he's glad they told Nicole and Corey about it, so they won't get paranoid about seeing Natalie come upstairs.
Paul: And let's face it...she's probably going to be on our side after Thursday, so that's why I didn't tell them everything. They might actually tell Natalie that they'll take her to the end, but we never really did her wrong, and they did, so we might be in a better position if she wins HoH.
Victor: I don't want to risk it though. Let's not risk it.
Hours later the PoV was over, and the Final Four were celebrating, because Corey won. The PoV competition was still going on when BBAD started, but ended sometime during the first commercial break.
It sounds like they took turns completing a challenge, and after finishing, they watched the others compete on the HoH room TV screen, enjoying pizza and soft drinks. The competition is apparently promoting the new MacGyver TV show that is premiering on CBS this fall.
(I say "new", but it's really a reboot of a classic TV series. MacGyver is a guy who can always use his wits to get out of a jam, making quick use of everyday items he finds laying around.)
Here's the Big Story: Natalie came very close to winning. And this is all the ammunition Nicole needs to push her agenda to give Natalie the boot this week instead of James.
Corey is clean, so I'm not sure if he already showered somehow, or maybe he just didn't get dirty. It sounds like they had to solve a puzzle by "going through lockers" and figuring out how to get a key out of something. Corey says he noticed that the key chain looked like one of those squishy key chains that boaters use, so he immediately knew that he needed to put water in the container to make the key chain float.
It sounds like James really blew it. Victor later said that one of James' problems was that he "didn't realize he needed the cord" when he went through the locker.
Nicole went first, and Natalie went second, but I heard Nicole say something about Natalie's turn taking so long due to "technical difficulties". But her time to finish was very fast, and Nicole says she had to sit and listen to Natalie babble about it while they watched everyone else take their turn.
Nicole: She kept saying, 'I'm from a third world country...if you give me a dollar I'll get to the United States with it", and 'I figured out Paris fourth', and I was like, yeah, okay...But then she kept saying that she knew she was going to lose, and she gets really mad if you say she's good at comps. She's all over the place.
They had to fill up something with water, and they discussed how many "shots" they each had to take. They think that Production had to use new carpet each time, so that the competitors couldn't figure out the water angle from noticing wet carpet.
Nicole is very proud of Corey, and thankful that he won.
Corey: Yeah, now I can use the PoV and you're going up on the block Nicole. And then out the door.
They all laughed. It's a joke, of course.
Nicole: And she said that she did such a good job in the comp because she said she didn't give an Eff You Cee Kay about it...she said that.
Paul: So she said she didn't give an Eff You Cee Kay? You're so cute, Nicole.
Victor asked out loud if he is supposed to leave the HoH room so "they" can put it back the way it was. (I think the bed is gone.)
Victor: Let's take the pizza downstairs and get it out of here.
Everyone wanted to save the barbecued chicken pizza but Victor said it was all gone.
Nicole and Victor started peeking in the boxes to consolidate the leftovers. You can see that the pizza boxes all have the MacGyver logo on them. Victor tossed a huge pepperoni slice in Nicole's pizza box and said there was a whole cheese pizza in the box on the bottom.
Downstairs James is re-hashing his efforts in the competition, saying that he could have won so easily if not for just one mistake.
Later I heard Nicole and Corey saying that they haven't talked to James in a long time, and they need to do that so they can "reel him back in". I also heard Corey tell Nicole that he beat Victor at dominoes, and Nicole said that she told Corey that he needs to "keep letting Victor win".
Usually I can't fast-forward through the BBAD commercials fast enough. But even then you still end up having to hear snippets of the same thing OVER and OVER and OVER again. For example, that chorus girl singing the Florence and the Machine song....that one makes me crazy. And also the Baywatch commercial, where David Hasselhoff is trying to give us valuable life advice.
But this one is a new one, and it's fun to watch the little cars rolling around the little glow-in-the-dark tracks. I don't understand how it works, but it doesn't matter because I won't be buying it. It seems too inexpensive to work, right?
***CONSUMER TIP*** When you buy some of these items advertised on TV, they often tell you that you get a 2nd item free, if you pay only the extra shipping and handling. Now THAT is what you need to ask about, because THAT is how they get you. I have seen specific circumstances where someone says they do not want to pay the extra shipping and handling for the 2nd item, but they end up getting it free anyway, because it already comes packaged with the first item purchased.
I don't know if this is the case with Magic Tracks or not, just sharing some info.
Paul wanted to figure out whether Natalie or James would be the right person to evict for their games. Victor said he wasn't sure, but Paul definitely seems to be pushing for Natalie to go, based on her ability to win comps, and James' lack of ability to win comps.
Paul: James is not very intelligent....he just isn't. He does horribly on mental comps.
Nicole: And look at this comp...his butt is ON THE LINE and he still didn't show up.
Nicole has made it very clear that Natalie needs to be the one to go....I know everyone is slamming Nicole for targeting the women, but once again I think her reasons make sense. Natalie is definitely a bigger competition threat than James is, but I'm not sure if she would be a better choice as far as Jury votes go.
But let's face it, once again the entire decision is up to Nicole and Corey, as the majority votes. We can poke fun at their game play as much as we want, but the reality is that two crucial weeks in a row, they have had the deciding votes to evict. Nicole is playing this game, ya'll.
The Final Four ended up tentatively agreeing that Natalie needs to go this week, but they want to make it a true blindside. They all plan to say "I don't know yet" if they are asked about the vote. They think Natalie is probably going to say all week that she knows she's going home, but in reality both she and James will be shocked if she is the one evicted. They want James to be discombobulated for the next HoH competition.
Meanwhile Natalie is trying on clothes and fretting over which two outfits she should wear for the PoV ceremony, and then for the live show. Natalie wants to look right when she meets Julie Chen. But she says things like that, and then goes on and on (and on) about how after James leaves she won't have anyone to talk to in the house.
(I think Natalie has been itching to be evicted for weeks now, to get a taste of the Jury life and to get away from the game.)
She tries the lace top, but it is tight and she thinks it is too much with the skirt. She does want to let us know that the skirt is size 00, though.
She thinks her body is getting back on track, saying she only has 6-8 pounds to lose before being "back to normal".
The Final Four discussed Michelle for a little while, specifically how messy she left the house. They all noticed that when Michelle was finished eating anything, she would sweep the remaining crumbs or pieces of food right off the table, on the floor, no matter what room she was in.
(Can you IMAGINE living with that?)
Victor: That's why she had food stains all over her leggings.
Paul: You know what my big problem with her was? She would eat food by putting her whole hand in her mouth, like an infant.
Victor said he really liked Michelle as a person, but the game wasn't good for her and the stress sent her right off the rails.
Corey: I'm tired of talking about Michelle.
Victor finally showered his PoV mess off, while Paul kept saying that he would really like a blunt right now.
Paul: A blunt and a beer. I would win every comp if I could have a blunt and a beer beforehand.
Victor: That's what BB stands for...a blunt and a beer.
***WHAT'S THE REALITY BEHIND "BULLIES REALITY"?***
The time has come to talk about this "non-profit", since it's come up quite a few times this week, and is closely connected to the Big Brother community.
You can clearly see on the Twitter profile on the left that it says it is a "501c Non-Profit" company. Just so you know, you can't just "decide" to be a non-profit organization....you have to actually file paperwork and apply with the IRS for approval. And the government oversight doesn't end there...an annual tax filing must be made, and there are a number of public disclosures that must be made, including making the tax filing available to anyone who'd like to see it. A non-profit tax filing (Form 990) includes information about how much money was raised, and what it was used for. For example, how much of the money earned was used for the company's non-profit mission, and how much was spent on "overhead", as well as information regarding salaries paid to employees, and information about the Board of Directors.
These mechanisms are put in place to protect people---if you are going to donate your hard-earned money, you have a right to know where it went, and what it was used for. I am all for charitable works....I donate regularly to causes that are important to me, and I also have a number of non-profit clients that I provide consulting and tax services for. So I am quite familiar with the non-profit business arena, and I know what aspects seem ordinary, or in this case, extraordinary.
Here's what I know about Bullies Reality. Let's start with the website (bulliesreality.org)
And look who the Head Honchos are.....that is Derrick Levasseur's dad Tim and his wife Krissy. Long-time readers know that I was a big Derrick fan during BB16, but this post has nothing to do with him. In fact, I don't think Derrick is involved much, or at all with this "non-profit" organization. I know he had some sort of fall out with his father after BB16, but I thought the source of the conflict was related to Tim's relationship with Caleb, but in retrospect I'm not sure about that, and Derrick certainly didn't say much about it. So I'm just going to leave Derrick out of this, other than to say that all I remember Derrick saying specifically about his dad on the BB16 live feeds was that Tim had some sort of business collecting and selling rare coins.
But apparently Tim is also a TV show creator and the CEO and/or President of a charitable organization. These two also have an LLC that was created in 2015 that may or may not be related to the charitable effort----but apparently when the LLC was created the goal was to "make a movie".
And James considers himself to be heavily involved with Bullies Reality, and has discussed the charity and also his relationship with Tim many times on the BB18 live feeds In fact, just last night on BBAD I heard James telling Natalie that he is careful to measure his words before speaking, so that he doesn't say anything to anyone that would cause him to not be able to make appearances with Bullies Reality.
***HERE'S THE THING***
I can't find Bullies Reality listed as an approved non-profit organization anywhere, not even on their own website....but they do say that on Twitter, and frequently identify it as a non-profit foundation every time we hear reality people talk about it.
As a CPA there are usually two places where I go to research non-profits for my clients, or to research prospective clients.
1. IRS website - I recommend doing some investigation on any charity that wants your money, particularly small charities whose names are unfamiliar to you. You can't deduct contributions to companies that aren't on the list, so there's that.
2. Guidestar.org - This is another great resource that provides all sorts of information about qualified non-profit organizations, including access to tax filings and administrative information.
I couldn't find "Bullies Reality" listed anywhere, on either website. It's possible that the corporate name is different. For example, the "Hearts of Reality" organization operates under the GKTW, Inc charitable corporation. Whenever I get a business inquiry from a non-profit organization, I ask for their IRS "determination letter", and they ALWAYS know exactly what I'm talking about, and asking them for.
So I tweeted some questions this morning, and will let you all know via an update to this post as soon as I get a response, one way or another.
Just to be clear, I'm ALL ABOUT helping people, but if donors are being MISLED or DECEIVED that is quite a different reality, and perhaps taking donation dollars away from organizations that are doing the right thing.
Before I even posted this, I did get a response from Bullies Reality, as follows:
If you start a business, one of the first things to do is to apply to the IRS for an EIN number, which is really just an SSN for a business. It even has nine digits, too, just like your SSN, but there is only one dash in the series as you can see above. It's great that Bullies Reality (i.e. Tim) replied to me, and in such a polite manner, but this has NOTHING to do with non-profit status. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
So I'll let you know if anything is clarified further. As you know I am all about the facts.
And guess who else Rob didn't properly introduce? Tim Lavasseur, who was with Rodney in the background of the podcast, since Rodney was apparently staying at his house. Rodney (and Tim) wanted to discuss the way James is throwing his game away this season, and also to promote this big event they are throwing in James' honor in the town where he lives.
If you want to sell tickets to a party, and maybe donate a portion of the proceeds to a charity, that's one thing, but I find the whole situation confusing. IS BULLIES REALITY A QUALIFIED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION OR NOT?
Here are a few tidbits that I remember hearing about all of this over the summer, just off the top of my head.
* James told Paulie that this Rodney fellow was moving to Texas (Austin,maybe?), telling Paulie that Rodney was looking for a roommate.
* I heard James gush over how great a guy Tim was several times this summer, even mentioning once that if James ever needed any money, Tim was happy to give it to him, and frequently tells James to let him know if "he needs anything".
(I've worked, and do work, with 100's of small businesses, and that statement immediately got my attention. But maybe Tim is just really generous with his personal funds. Who knows.)
* Just last week James was trying to convince Natalie that she should move to Texas, mentioning that his friend could get her a job "at a non-profit".
* I was under the impression that this organization was dedicated to empowering kids who are being bullied, but in the podcast Rodney said they are now going after "cancer, and anything else" that can harm people or kids.
Um....that's certainly a lofty ambition, but that's not the way a non-profit foundation works. After I heard Rodney say that, I knew I was going to write about this topic. Something seems strange to me about all of this.
Look, if you want to take advantage of celebrity to do good things for people, that's great. But if you want to grab a piece of the limelight to mislead, or deceive, then the spotlight cuts both ways. That's all I'm saying.
***UPDATE*** I wrote a follow up story about this, contained within this post. Bullies Reality made some changes....