This marks the close of my season 2 interview series with Style Network’s “Big Rich Texas” reality TV stars Bon (“Bonnie” or “Dr. Bon”) Blossman and her daughter Whitney Whatley. 😥 If you’ve read Part 1 and Part 2, you’ve been privy to Bon and Whitney’s take on cast members like Pam Duarte, Leslie Birkland, Kalyn Braun, and Tyler Bereiter all of whom have all fallen out of favor with Team Bon and Whit- either temporarily or indefinitely. I also made sure to probe into Bon and Whitney’s lives that aren’t given attention on the show. In part 3, you’ll get a little more insight into Bon and her husband Jason’s renewing of their vows, the impact of doing reality TV on Bon’s teaching career, and I find out if Whitney has plans to spread her wings and leave the comfort of her family nest.
INTERVIEW PART THREE
Bon and Jason Renew Wedding Vows
Bon: Well, my husband didn’t sign up to do the show and neither did my son. They wanted nothing to do with the cameras the first season, and the short time that you did see them was because they were making fun of me. This season I just did a lot of talking and got them to come around when the cameras were here.
VIDEO: The Derek Z Show interviews Bon Blossman
(click here to watch directly on YouTube)
Bon: Yes, this is kind of sad. I used to use puppets while I’m teaching, and I had funny videos and funny presentations and I would do skits and people loved me for that. I never had one bad review the entire time. In fact, I was ranked one of the top professors as far as teaching was concerned. Then, once the show aired, I felt that if I still taught in that method that they wouldn’t take me seriously. So, I kind of had to settle in to being more of a boring, traditional professor…I just feel like I’m robbing the students of what I’m talented [at], but it’s kind of the price I have to pay in order to have them still respect me as a professor.
Bon: That’s why I’m hoping to do my internet show because I can still get out my personality, and people learn better when they’re laughing. So I can tell them, ‘Look, hey, if you don’t understand Krebs cycle, go see my YouTube video. I’m not going to act like that in class, but hopefully that will help you.’
For more about Bon’s internet show, read part 1 of this interview series, and go to the subsection “Bon and Whitney’s New Ventures.”
Whitney and Her Plans to Leave the Nest…or Not
Whitney: No, I’m not right now. When the second season got brought up, I don’t think that I could’ve handled it – working and filming and going to school – because I wouldn’t have time to study, but I am going to go back to school in June .
Ifelicious: So I’m just going to go there with you, Whitney…when are you going to grow up? Do you have plans to move out on your own? Do you see yourself having a family, a job, like just being totally independent?
Ifelicious: It’s nice to kind of have your own and be able to do your own thing and still have the great close relationships that you have with your family…Do you have the desire to move out on your own?
Whitney: Well, I moved out when I was 17. I tried to grow up too fast, and I failed with all my bad decisions. So, I am now working on myself living in my mom’s house. (Whitney asks her mom) When did I move back here? Was it a year ago?
Bon: I was over-parenting her after she turned 18. I get criticized a lot for not being a parent to her, but I was a very strict parent, actually. I think she rebelled when she turned 18, and I was just nagging her constantly and she moved to Florida with her friends to get away from me.
Well, it’s a wrap…at least for now. Thank you, Bon and Whitney, for giving me so much great material that I had the pleasure of turning it into an interview series. I look forward to seeing how your lives and careers continue to develop. You’re my favorite badass chicks of reality TV! 😎
VIDEO: Whitney Whatley Teaches You How to Braid Your Bangs
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Read all of my blog posts related to “Big Rich Texas,” including cast interviews by CLICKING HERE. CLICK HERE for Part 1/3 of this interview series, CLICK HERE for Part 2/3 of this interview series CLICKING HERE.
Keep up with the latest from Bon and Whitney online:
- Dr. Bon Blossman’s website (includes a blog and comprehensive set of links to all of her projects), Twitter, Facebook fan page, YouTube channel
- Whitney Whatley’s website (also includes links to any of her other projects), Twitter, Facebook
- Pegasus News– UNT Professor Bonnie Blossman doubles as reality TV star
- MyStyle.com– Bonnie talks books and bullies
- MyStyle.com– Bon Blossman of ‘Big Rich Texas’ shares her wedding photos!
- Two Winey Bitches: Put a cork in it.– Big Rich Texas Season 2, Week 4, Bride and Doom
- Examiner– Big Rich Texas exclusive interview (with Bon and Whitney)
- Examiner (Sturgis Television Examiner)– Exclusive interview with Dr. Bon Blossman: the real behind reality