By Stephen M. Lepore Dailymail.Com
- The “live” special did not start until at least 9:15pm, over an hour behind schedule
- When it finally aired for subscribers, Vanessa Lachey admitted it was on tape
- Netflix grunted and tweeted an apology as the special kicked off
Netflix has apologized to subscribers after the ‘live’ Love Is Blind reunion was delayed for over an hour before it finally streamed… but no longer live.
Reunion Episode – Scheduled to start at 8pm ET and hosted by Love is Blind hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey – Viewers will be directed to just a screen saying “There is a problem with the live stream.” I was.
Followed by the message “Wait a minute! We are working to fix it as soon as possible.”
Vanessa Lachey took to Instagram to brag to the audience as the postponement progressed.
At around 9:30 p.m., Netflix tweeted the following statement: ” he tweeted.
“We are filming it now and will put it out on Netflix as soon as humanly possible.
The show finally kicked off shortly after 9:15 p.m., with Vanessa Lachey apologizing to viewers and acknowledging that the show is now airing in live tape format.
“I just want to say, sorry for the delay. We are no longer alive, but here we are!
“Everyone at home, we never missed a thing. We actually sat on these couches and didn’t talk to each other,” joked Vanessa.
Variety confirmed Live-to-Tape and said the show was broadcast live only at a viewing party in Vermont Hollywood.
The only live streaming event in Netflix’s history was Chris Rock’s comedy special Selective Outrage, which aired without incident on March 4th.
The delay prompted everyone from comedians to journalists to members of parliament to express their outrage online.
MSNBC host Chris Hayes wrote:
Comedian Desus Nice shared a meme of Tory Lanez’s father, posting, “NETFLIX YOU WILL CRUMBLE!”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez noted the series finale, in which a tailor was able to save one of the weddings by readjusting the tuxedo with less than an hour left.
“Somebody get Lucia a seamstress and fix this. I believe her,” the left wing tweeted.
The account that replied to her said: Americans deserve better.”
One Twitter user pointed out how Netflix squandered an opportunity to retain viewers after another streamer and another highly addictive TV show started.
Jomi Adeniran wrote, “In the meantime, turn on HBO Max in 15 minutes and #Succession is waiting for me in 4K. Shame on yourself @netflix.”
Another quote tweeted that host Nick Lachey tweeted early Sunday, “Who’s ready?!” “Literally everyone but Netflix!” he quipped.
Even a fellow reality show Bravo decided to spill the tea and wrote:
DailyMail.com has reached out to Netflix for further comment.
The megastreamer has been promoting the reunion special for over two weeks, particularly the highly anticipated live elements.
“You can’t miss the live reunion special,” they said in an April 4 press release.
Hosts Nick and Vanessa Lachey joined this front-row seat cast to unravel all the twists and turns of the season, share their reactions to watching the story unfold, and “I do” I’ll find a couple who’s still together after saying…don’t.
‘anything could happen! Literally anything – because it’s live!”