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Notes from Javad, Bakay, Graebner saved from cutting-room floor

One of the toughest parts of my job is cutting stories. Things I find interesting often are deleted because the stories are too long or they just don't fit the overall theme.

Without further ado, here are some items picked up from the cutting room floor from three recent columns.

At the end of interviews, a journalist often asks a subject if he or she wanted to talk about something that wasn't asked.

Former WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) Jonah Javad's answer shocked me and made me laugh at the end of the recent joint interview with his girlfriend, former WIVB-TV anchor (Nalina Shapiro). His words could serve as advice to anyone who eventually replaces him.

"You were right a lot of the times," said Javad, who is headed to a Dallas TV station.

He was agreeing with some criticism I had leveled at him for being arrogant and coming on too strong when he first came here before he matured and I began praising him.

"The best advice I never got was to not walk into a new job like you owned the place," said Javad. "Especially in Buffalo. Because the viewers are not dummies. I wish I had known that. That probably hurt and turned off a lot of people in my first few months and they probably never gave me a second chance."

It isn't as if Javad has any regrets.

"I'd rather people say good riddance he is leaving, but at least they knew who I was," said Javad.

Javad matured from his obnoxious persona over his five years to the point he is bound to make many people nationally know who he is over the next few years.

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Naturally during my interview with 1977 Nichols School graduate Nick Bakay, who is one of the showrunners of the CBS comedy "Mom," I asked whether he read the report about the school's investigation into inappropriate relationships in the past between students and faculty.

Bakay said he and his classmates read and discussed it on a private blog they share.

"I think it is a total black eye for the school," said Bakay. "It is first and foremost that this stuff goes unreported and swept under the carpet, is completely unacceptable and should be actionable. It reminded us there were wonderful teachers, there were a lot of fantastic aspects about that school.

"But if you weren't an old Buffalo family, there really were two sets of rules. I saw a lot of third generation total (expletive deleted) kids get pardoned a ton of sins and every time a mutt (expletive deleted) up, you're out. That is what struck with as well."

However, he also praised the school for helping him achieve his goals.

"Absolutely," said Bakay. "I had a great experience there. Ann Keiffer was the drama teacher and she encouraged me and taught me and had a huge role."

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Bennett Graebner, the City Honors graduate who is one of the showrunners of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," admits he wouldn't be much of a candidate to pick a spouse the way "The Bachelor" and "The Bacherlorette" do.

"I don't think I could do this," said Graebner. "I don't think I would be able to be as vulnerable as you need to be in front of millions of people. I don't think I have it in me. I think I would be a very poor cast member."

Viewers might think that it could be a deal-breaker for some who know the person selecting a mate has been involved with others -- perhaps multiple others -- on the show.

"It does become an issue some times," said Graebner. "The other side is looking at it as 'hey I just had the opportunity to meet and date and get to know intimately all these people and I chose you.'"

"There have been very seasons where people have not been intimate. That is simply part of the show. There are some Bachelors and Bachelorette who have chosen not to go down that path. Some haven't had sex; the majority do."

"It is not something that I personally focus on," said Graebner. "If these people are serious about finding a partner for life – and hopefully they are or we haven’t done our job well – and that is an important part of it, then I understand why they want to do that."

His show is far from a feminist's dream, but Graebner "is thrilled by the #MeToo movement."

"I'm the son of a feminist," said Graebner. "My mom took me around in my little red cart and we handed out fliers for the ERA back in the 1970s and my wife is certainly a very strong, outspoken independent woman. So I think it is really great that it is inspiring all kinds of conversations and hopefully changing things not only in our industry but others as well."

Graebner notes the shows try to be evenhanded but there are differences in content between "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette."

"There are certain things I much prefer to do with men than with women," added Graebner.

For instance, there was mudwrestling last season on "The Bachelorette."

"That's great with guys," said Graebner. "I would never do that with women. That is not something that would ever be appropriate. One thing I am very proud of with the show is that we do deal with some pretty serious issues. Like race, when Rachel was 'The Bachelorette.' It saddens me sometimes when the audience doesn’t see that we're really trying to delve into some important issues and topics."


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