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The Block – Steve Clearly Didn’t Read His Reality TV Contract Carefully

Steve O’Donnell has lashed out at the producers of The Block about the editing he has received on the show.

He has ranted on social media about being made to look mentally deficient. He does come across as a bit of a dolt. Did he not read the clause that is standard in just about every reality TV contract that allows the production company to have carte blanche on how they are edited?


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In the latest episode Steve was the butt of a practical joke of his own making. He thought he had called Brad his plasterer but he had actually called Brad the contestants, who cheekily said he would get back to him. He only realised what had occurred when Brad rang him back a few hours later.




1 Anonymous { 02.27.14 at 8:35 am }
2 Fiona { 02.27.14 at 9:25 am }

I think Steve should use spell check before he goes on posts stuff like this. He does look a bit mentality deficient when he can’t even spell simple words. On the other hand it is nice to get his side of the story on that pool furniture. The show made it look like all he was getting for $11,000 was like 2 chairs and a table.

3 Maz { 02.27.14 at 9:29 am }

Rule Number One of Reality Television-don’t give them the material.
If that means you have to carefully craft your sentences so they can not be edited then so be it.
They look out of their depth.

OMG…who chose the black paint last night ( I was fastforwarding so didn’t catch that momentous decision) and WTF is Hollywood Regency?

4 ColonelKickhead { 02.27.14 at 9:41 am }

I’m going to assume that Steve didn’t read his contract because they couldn’t make a copy available written in crayon and with some nice big colourful pictures to help explain things.

5 Smythe { 02.27.14 at 9:51 am }

Maz #3
Black paint for favs’ room chosen by Brad and/or Dale. Maybe the girls were even part of the decision. They thought the paint was a charcoal color but when Dale started painted it was black. Instead of rethinking this and getting a different paint color he continued to paint. The girls did not agree with this and, if I remember correctly, stating it was too dark and then discussing what Neale might possibly say about this. Neale did not like the black in the fans’ room and they only painted the lower portion of the walls black so when it came to the favs’ room he truly hated it.

6 Maz { 02.27.14 at 12:09 pm }


I thought Alissa went shopping with Dale?

Don’t matter as it wasn’t a great prize anyway.

7 Tell It Like It Is { 02.27.14 at 12:21 pm }

Yes, Yes, Yes!
QUOTE: Fiona { 02.27.14 at 9:25 am }
I think Steve should use spell check before he goes on posts stuff like this. He does look a bit mentality deficient when he can’t even spell simple words.

8 Tell It Like It Is { 02.27.14 at 12:23 pm }

Also Yes, yes, yes! – including dimwitted looking faces and primary school tantrums… πŸ˜‰

QUOTE: Maz { 02.27.14 at 9:29 am }
Rule Number One of Reality Television-don’t give them the material.

9 ziii { 02.27.14 at 12:42 pm }

Well if the editing includes people burping, farting and singing in the car then there can’t be a lot of renovating going on.

10 Gidgitvonlarue { 02.27.14 at 1:03 pm }

I read his ‘rant’ yesterday – the morning after a few of us were actually tweeting about whether Steve is thick or not – and he needs to man up etc. I assumed he read the Block twitter feed and that next morning got on facebook and ranted. Turns out him defending himself makes him out to even be a BIGGER twit. These shows control you, they own you, they dictate what you can and cannot say. That’s why when all these reality show seasons finish all the contestants don’t run to media and reveal all the secrets etc. CONTRACTS.

Does Steve realize the show could easily take anything he wins away – give it to charity. He’s a silly silly boy. Should have kept quiet until the show was finished. Weird thing is the way he behaves on the Block – this outburst is not surprising. He comes across VERY reactionary (that’s probably not a word but eh!) I feel sorry for Chantelle – she seems like a very down to earth, fun girl.

Oh, and Kara’s a bitch.

11 Culinary Boner { 02.27.14 at 1:22 pm }

You’ve now got me imagining being “owned” by Scott, gidg…*shudders*

12 jec { 02.27.14 at 1:32 pm }

Gidgetvonlarue … what makes you say Kara’s a bitch? She seems really nice to me. What is it that you know or see in her? Thanks.

13 Eliza { 02.27.14 at 1:58 pm }

It’s often never best to come out ranting, no matter what you’ll always come off crazy. Best to just let it go as the people that matter will know what you’re really like. Easier said than done, though.

True, Gidgit, re the contract and him coming out saying these things. One would think that you would have to be very careful!

@Smythe, Alisa and Dale chose the colour together. The twins came back and saw it then just decided that it was alright and let them keep going so it was a group decision. I guess they knew that it was either that or no paint as they ran out of time. Two days though to plan and execute a room.. they were never going to be great.

I wasn’t sure about Kara at first but I feel like I get her more now. I don’t think she is a bitch as I am a bit like her.. I know what I like and don’t like and sometimes if I don’t like something it can be misconstrued as being bitchy or rude. You can tell in the group challenges she is just trying to do the best job and I could sympathise with her when there was 3 against 1 when picking which art piece to pick. The faves definitely had the better pairing which was a shame no one got to keep them.

If they had picked the skulls, it would have been unfair to have had to have that in your apartment if you didn’t like it/it didn’t suit your style. I would have left it out.

Sorry that turned out to be quite the essay, you can tell I am bored today/procrastinating from cleaning the house.

14 Smythe { 02.27.14 at 2:29 pm }

Eliza…the twins said it was OK but they also made the comment about Neale because they knew it was too dark. They weren’t very happy with the color when they saw how dark it was. When that paint first went on the walls and they realized it wasn’t charcoal they could have gone out and got a different color. They had time to return the wallpaper so they could have done the same with the paint. I really felt as if the twins weren’t into this challenge all that much and maybe neither were the boys. They just couldn’t decide on the design and wound up creating a bordello style room.

Kara is entitled to her opinions and she makes them known which I like but she could be a bit more flexible. The Ks won the coin toss for choice of painting so at least let C & S have first choice of which painting to use in their loft.

15 brain dead dave { 02.27.14 at 2:39 pm }

Lawdy, some bitch called that bitch a bitch. How thick can the air in here get?

Makes Nth Korea sound the ideal holiday destination.

16 cam2 { 02.27.14 at 2:48 pm }

anyone have a link to steves facebook page ? can only find the official steve and chantelle one. or is it private the one he posted on?

17 Nikki { 02.27.14 at 2:57 pm }

This is my second series of The Block after watching Sky High last year, so I’m uncertain if it’s just me, just this series, or was just that there was so much bitchiness in the SH series from the contestants that I missed it – but it does feel there is a certain amount of nastiness to the edit of the show, and the voice overs. There have even been a few moments with Shelley and to a lesser extent Scotty where I’ve felt their comments and attitude has been quite negative and off-putting, and left me just thinking, “Whoa, where did that come from?” It’s a shame because whilst I quite enjoy most of the show, and am liking most of the contestants this year, there seems to be this undercurrent of wanting to see them fail and promoting drama. Sure, a little bit of drama and twists adds a certain dynamic but I feel like they’ve really lost perspective of it being a renovating show. Sorry for the ramble!

18 Eliza { 02.27.14 at 4:34 pm }

They really have lost the plot, Nikki! It used to be so much simpler in the earlier seasons and less focus on the bitchiness (from memory), now the focus is primarily on the drama and the renovating aspect comes last.. It has been slowly getting more and more this way.

Smythe, no, they certainly didn’t like it, I was just answering as to who chose it and they didn’t come back and say “no, let’s change it all!” Most likely they couldn’t be bothered. I certainly agree that they weren’t that into it. They always seem to have a negative attitude towards challenges because they say they never win.

I guess Kara could have been more flexible. Tis true that they got their pick of which pair to go for. She tried.. at first! Haha

19 PollyB { 02.27.14 at 5:49 pm }

Steve has suspended his facebook account!

20 cam2 { 02.27.14 at 5:56 pm }

ah thanks pollyb! i was wondering why i couldn’t find it!

im guessing he probably got in trouble

21 Lisa { 02.27.14 at 7:54 pm }

I saw Steve at my local Mitre 10 in January. They were filming and he was clearly confused and had no idea. He was all over the shop and constantly asking the producer that was with him for help (Chantelle was not there). I thought he must have been on a quick challenge that had thrown him. But now that I’ve seen him on the show it seems he was consistent that day with how he is everyday.
He seemed pretty useless.

22 brain dead dave { 02.27.14 at 9:34 pm }

jec @ 12 .Hi, I haven’t seen much of any thing Kara did tonight to suggest she’s a bitch. Short changing Chantelle $100 could be seen as a careless mistake. “Bitch” can mean a whole range of things .I don’t know as I haven’t watched every night. Will probably watch Sunday for reveal and a a twin meltdown and blub session.

For me to stump up $8,ooo the bath would need to be delivered full of champagne and have a hot cougar reclining in it.

Please Scotty, bin the Wheel Of Misfortune, china.

23 Bronwyn { 02.27.14 at 10:04 pm }
24 Mia { 02.27.14 at 10:34 pm }

To me, Steve’s whole attitude is very reminiscent of Dan (as in Dan & Dani). I never liked him much either. Both come across like petulant children.

25 Violetta { 02.28.14 at 12:31 am }

The bath didn’t cost $8000 – it retails for that amount. Tonight they said it cost between 3 and 4.

26 Smythe { 02.28.14 at 4:19 am }

Thought I heard Kyal say that the bath cost 8K, never heard any comment that it was less, although I think Chantelle stated that it cost 7K. I would much prefer a spa bath to that egg shaped thing.

As for the $1000 owed to Chantelle. Didn’t Kara transfer $1000 to the twins by going online the other day? Why didn’t she just do the same with Chantelle? Was this some more scripting in order to create drama or conflict?

The Wheel of Misfortune does need to go. Just more filler.

27 Gabby { 02.28.14 at 9:09 am }

Thanks Bronwyn @23, funny how he has done an about turn. I think he must have got a little rap on the knuckles. He definitely has a chip on his shoulders and doesn’t like being asked to do anything.

28 Zhee { 02.28.14 at 9:49 am }

Awfully slow Thursday night, I even watched The Block Unlocked. And read through the Facebook comments of The Block site. Maybe I am too bored so I missed the bullying from Shayna the commentators on Facebook claim took place? The only thing I saw was Shayna rolling her eyes while Neale was talking and giving some positive remarks about the twins’s bedroom. On Facebook most of the commentators think Shayna is bullying the twins.

I think they’ll try to create even more drama with marking down the twins during room reveal (maybe a score which matches Kim and Matt’s first bedroom from Sky High?). The 10s might be Kara and Kyal, Shayna will have a timbergasm.

29 brain dead dave { 02.28.14 at 11:08 am }

I think the twins could have taken the money and run from last year but instead they got greedy and now Ch9 is using them for their sport. It’s breaking my heart to see their area used for storage and their dummy spit about the cement grinding.

Chantelle had enough pain medication in her hands to kill an elephant. Hopefully it helped her deal with the monstering she got from Keith about her parquetry roof panel. Keith thinks his time is as precious as Bill Gates. He needs to keep his spirit level.

Ch 9’s ads to vote for $cotty for a host Logie.Lol.

Dale’s bringing the Ned Kelly look back to the masses. See you in hell.

30 cam2 { 02.28.14 at 11:45 am }

have to say im looking forward to sundays ep and finding out what gets the twins into such a tizz.

im thinking its kyal and kara who get the tens. they’re looking pretty good for taking out the whole competition.

i do think shayna marks the twins harder. she did in skyhigh as well. i think she just doesn’t love their style overall as much as the other judges, and there is only so much the twins can do to wow her in the end.
must say lara looked absolutely beautiful on her wedding day. she was glowing!

31 sunny { 02.28.14 at 12:15 pm }

Kara is confident in her abilities, taste and knowledge of how to achieve goals to win. She is also a physio, so she is a health professional with serious training in how to communicate effectively with all sorts of people.
In dealing with a pair of unrealistic, defensive and scatterbrained halfwits who seem to have a massive sense of entitlement and very few team ethics, I think she is doing a remarkable job!
Kara chose the paintings and put most of the design together as well as doing the running around, all in a seemingly timely way.
I loved her subtle but very revealing car cam!
Those two numpties would be enough to do Gandhi’s cool head in.
Why shouldn’t Kara choose the painting she likes best? Those skulls were tacky and would get old very swiftly.
Chantelle is the real bitch. She’s all sweetness and light, but something just doesn’t ring true.
She is a manipulator.
Kara is upfront.
Stand by your woman Kyal, don’t tell her off!
Chin up twinnies, get it together.

32 Smythe { 02.28.14 at 3:06 pm }

Didn’t the twins have polished concrete floors in Sky High or was that another team? I know that Matt did a few polished concrete walls but I don’t think he did any floors like that. If it was the twins or another team, were they allowed to start their floor early?

I don’t know about Keith. He seems to flip back and forth a lot from ultra nice to ultra mean. His moods and reactions to things are predictably unpredictable.

33 PollyB { 02.28.14 at 3:08 pm }

Twins are finding this season difficult because
1) As they said, last season’s apartment plan was done for them
2) Having Shiran, an experienced Blockhead, was a huge bonus
3) Functionality is required, not just dressing (that looks good for Belle!)
Dying to see what the dummy spit is about.
I’m liking Kara too. She knows what she likes, goes for it and gets stuck in.

34 Gabby { 03.01.14 at 10:52 am }

Sunny @31 I am with you 100% Kara should definitely had got first pick of the paintings. If it wasn’t for her they would not have won that room. I could not believe Chantelle’s behaviour. As for K not sticking up for his missus and saying it didn’t matter, it did matter.
I was really annoyed how C thought she was entitled to first pick on the paintings.
Smythe @ 32 I also don’t get Keith, how was it he spent so much time on C and S bathroom ceiling? I didn’t think he was there to do any work. One minute he is getting stuck in to them and then the next he is doing their work.
Twins just showing themselves to be spoilt brats.
Hated the black in the bedrooms, what were they thinking, especially the Faves, it looked like a brothel room. I would hate to sleep in a room like that.
The right room won.

35 Gillian { 03.01.14 at 10:56 am }

The editing on these shows is pretty bad. When I was on a reality TV show, I knew they would try and take me out of context so I tried not to give them any material to play with and kept a neutral look on my face.

With the editing that was done, they took half of one sentence and merged it with another sentence which I thought was quite unethical.

They also had footage of me saying something very positive and added a voiceover which made it look negative. You would be surprised at the amount of editing that goes into these ‘reality tv’ shows.

36 Gabby { 03.01.14 at 11:55 am }

Gillian, I have to ask, what show were you on? Hope you will share with us, please?

37 brain dead dave { 03.01.14 at 12:18 pm }

I don’t need to know thanks, Gillian. These shows are basically the same with selective editing.

Your points have been made well, without unwisely risking your identity being uncovered by whoever. Thanks.

38 daisy { 03.01.14 at 12:40 pm }

I never doubted for a minute that’s what was going on Gillian but thanks for confirming it.

39 Fiona { 03.01.14 at 12:42 pm }

@ Gillian thanks for the input. This whole Steve from the block thing and your explanation of your experience is why I will continue to watch reality TV, but will never ever even think about being on it.

40 Gabby { 03.01.14 at 1:46 pm }

Sorry Gillian, I didn’t know that was a big no no to ask what show you were on. Please forgive me. Thank you for filling us in on the details of what goes on though. I had a fair idea that was probably what they got up to, anything to make so called exciting viewing for us the viewers.

41 Eliza { 03.02.14 at 2:54 am }

Agreed Polly @33 and Gabby @34!

The twins are good at styling but not so much the planning/spacial awareness. I find that their rooms often look wow but aren’t always as functional as they can be. This is why I think Shayna is harder on them so I don’t mind at all. Different perspectives. Other rooms may not be as wow but more functional and Neale will score lower. You could tell Shiran had a massive input last season.

I see a lot of myself in Kara and as I still didn’t think it was cool for the 3 of them, including her hubby, to go up against her. She is a hard worker. I much rather the up front approach than the sweet but not really approach some take. Agree with the comment about the skull artworks.. I think Chantelle liked them because they are ‘trendy’ now but as Neale would say, they are clique (IMO, anyway).

@Gillian, I remember you and I can understand we’re you’re coming from re editing. I met a guy (part of a couple) who was on the same show and he said that they really enjoyed it. It is interesting who they pick to portray in different ways.

42 Anonymous { 03.02.14 at 6:18 am }

Sunny @ 31- totally agree with you :)

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