Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans comes to Denver, meets Phil Goodstein, acts like a child

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I will not say that Ghost Adventures host Zak Bagans (referred to in the Urban Dictionary as "Douche Bagans") is the douchiest guy to ever host his own TV show, that he's a certifiable uber-chad, that he looks like Ryan Seacrest and Ty Pennington's love child, or that the way his hair creeps sideways onto his face makes me want to barf. That would be rude.

But in Friday's episode, which featured Denver's Peabody Mansion, as well as the Tivoli, Douche Bagans went too far. Even for him. Because you do not mock beloved local author and historian Phil Goodstein. Goodstein was the best thing to happen to that episode, Douche Bagans, and I'll prove it.

Phil Goodstein is a goddamn national treasure. I've had the pleasure of interviewing Goodstein before, and his knowledge knows no bounds. His enthusiasm for history inspires young children to run gleefully to his side, pulling on his jacket and asking a thousand questions. His very appearance on your show, Douche Bagans, made me happily shout, "Phil!," while throwing my arms in the air. Then you -- yes, you, Douche Bagans -- had to act like a professional snob and ruin it all.

In the clip below, Douche Bagans meets Goodstein, asks Goodstein a question, and then mocks Goodstein for imparting facts the only way Goodstein knows how: thoroughly. Douche Bagans loses patience with Goodstein's floridity, and makes childish faces to the camera before finally giving the kill sign to the cameraman during one of Goodstein's answers and interrupting, "Got it. Got it. Sorry." He then directs Goodstein off-screen.

Then Douche Bagans switches to interviewing a girl named Nicole, who went on a tour of the mansion once and had a panic attack caused by ghosts. She notes that the tour guide told her a young woman was buried in the basement in the '70s. Douche Bagans then imparts his infinite paranormal expertise: "I just don't like how somebody could make up and say a story like that without any concrete evidence. Does he have concrete, factual evidence to support what happened? Or, is he just saying it to pump up a tour?"

You know what, Douche Bagans? You had facts. They were in Phil Goodstein's infinite historical knowledge. You know, the facts you interrupted with your immaturity and ushered off the show? Those were your facts. But thanks for trying this scientific method instead:

"You know before we do our paranormal investigations, the most important thing to do is to find out the reason for the haunting. Because if we find evidence, when we're in there, that supports one of these legends or stories, that might be evidence to support that this story may be legitimate. What do you guys say that we really up this up on the investigation to find out if this story is real, or if it's bullshit? You down?"

And did Douche Bagans "up this up"? No. He goes to the basement of the Peabody Mansion, turns on a cheap recorder and feels weird feelings. "I just felt like shit down there," Douche Bagans explains. "Dude, I am not bullshitting here."

Not bullshitting? Well, there you go. Ghosts for sure. Except then Douche Bagans says that his weird feelings could be an "airborne contamination" and that he may have recorded "spirit voices" but he couldn't tell for sure, just yet.

I stopped watching after fast-forwarding enough to watch Douche Bagans meet Tom Noel, another ace local historian. That was enough. All I needed to know about ghosts I learned from the first five minutes of the show when Goodstein said the ghosts were shutting the gate of the mansion to keep them out and Douche Bagans responded that it was probably the wind.

"These naturalistic explanations show up and they destroy the best ghost stories you can imagine," Goodstein says.

Genius. Pure fucking genius. Maybe pre-interview your sources to make sure their personalities mesh with yours, Douche Bagans. Maybe research your locations before you go. Maybe, just maybe, bring along someone who knows how to form a sentence, or actually find ghosts. Maybe then I'll watch your show again, although I'm guessing intelligent women aren't your target demographic.

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jmathome
jmathome

Are you people serious?!? You're Zak Bagans fans?!? Hahahaha!!!! That is hilarious!!!! I just hope you don't vote. I'm surprised you can read. Ohhh, man, thanks for the laugh.

Good article Tiffany.

Cupcake
Cupcake

Why would you say that? Zak has now 8 SEASONS of GAC!! With good facts and evidence. If you hate "Douche Bagans" so much why waste your time writing this article. Like legit. Get a life and stop hating on Zak. Also,if you too would have came face to face, you wouldn't have said this to his face. "Douche Bagans?" First of all NOBODY calls him that. Second of all, if you watch other episode's of Ghost Adventures, you would no Zak goofs around and then during lockdown takes stuff seriously. Their evidence is good. You wouldn't know, you don't watch it, you're hiding behind a computer. Stop hating. You said he needs to have respect? Why don't you have repect for Zak and all he does. You're a douche bag.

neonlover
neonlover

if you hate him, why the do you watch his show?

Kara
Kara

Goldstein was quite annoying with his history.  All Zak wants is a general detail of the history, not some long, drawn out thing.  He may be a great historian, I'm not saying he isn't, but all of that wasn't needed.  Zak, however, does have a big heart.  If you watch more episodes, then you'd know.  One episode, he investigated Rocky Point Manor, and the guy who was living in it went to Iraq, and Zak said "Mad props for going out to Iraq and fighting for us, man.  I appreciate it."  Also, that Nicole interview, if you heard about a rape case like that, and just hearing it from a tour guide, wouldn't you think its just to "up a tour?" I definitely would love more evidence about a rape case like that, more credible evidence than just from a tour guide.  You can't honestly believe what someone says and act straight on it. 

pipsy28
pipsy28

FUCK YOU SLIMY LITTLE DEGENERATE CRETIN "INTELLIGENT WOMEN AREN'T HIS DEMOGRAPHIC"????? I TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT- FOR ALL OF US FANS MANY WHOM WHICH I KNOW. I FOR ONE AM A COLLEGE GRAD AND NOW GRAD STUDENT. I AM PROBABLY MORE EDUCATED THAN YOU WILL EVER BE AND SMARTER THAN YOUR WOEFULLY IGNORANT SELF CAN ASPIRE TO. BUM BITCH

Alenahan
Alenahan

You should not write these articles this is the most unprofessional piece of garbage I have ever read you're biased and the fact that you refer to someone in slang shows how much intelligence you have

Motivatedsoup
Motivatedsoup

 Umm...it wasn't JUST Zak who reacted the way he did. Nick and Aaron both were all, What the hell is going on? I don't think it was that Zak wanted to mock him really, it was more of a, "our viewers aren't going to understand anything he is saying and he is basically just reading word for word from his own book not making up his own on-the-spot thoughts." Kind of thing. Also, believing that something blowing open gates OUTSIDE could only be paranormal and nothing as simple as the wind is ridiculous. Sometimes Zak does act a little rude/unprofessional but I think that is just something that is a part of his personality. He is an over all nice person and he cares a lot about what he does...it's just sometimes the people he interviews are slightly outrageous.

I*heart*sixpackZak!
I*heart*sixpackZak!

Bec215 has summed it all up perfectly. I feel exactly the same about watching GA. It truly is one of my all time favorite shows. It's a little bit creepy, but is mainly just hilarious. Zak is certainly a character, but that is totally part of the fun of watching the show. (I personally prefer 'Dildo Bagans', but that is only because I am such a Tolkien fan) I'm so surprised at how much this blogger has taken anything from a TELEVISION SHOW so personally. But, truly, my sincere thanks to all who commented on the blog. I needed a good laugh today!

Lardy
Lardy

I know I'm a bit late but... How would you like it if someone came along and called you Tiffany Fitzbitchald? Yes, Bagans did act like somewhat of a douche, but on the other hand Phil Goodstein isn't the end-all-be-all of Paranormal phenomenon. He obviously wasn't open minded enough to consider a scientific explanation to these phenomenon. There are thousands of different opinions on the existence of Ghosts, Goodstein is just one. Whether or not he's more thorough than someone else is just another opinion. And that quote: "These naturalistic explanations show up and they destroy the best ghost stories you can imagine," just shows that Goodstein is an adamant believer in the Paranormal and desires no scientific or logical explanation to debunk haunts that could be as simple as faulty wiring or mold spores. That sort of devotion could get someone hurt, or worse, killed. You need to take a beat to rethink your position before you gallivant to Goodstein's rescue and before you determine that Goodstein, a well-grown man, can't fight his own battles. And whether or not he's a "Goddamn national treasure" is really up to the Nation, not just you. I've said my peace, God bless.

INTHEKNOW
INTHEKNOW

I can tell you FOR A FACT that they got all of the "facts" jumbled, confused and they twisted the story to make it fit the episode. How do I know this? Because while they never mentioned me by name I am the one that shared the story with the girl on the episode she twisted the story and dates. I don't blame her because she was recounting something told to her in a matter of ten minutes on a tour but I do blame the "fact checker" and producers of this show. I am also the one that was mentioned as being attacked in the house, facts were twisted on that as well. I was mortified when friends and associates told me about this episode of the show and that they used my likeness and footage of my mother from Chasing the Shadows as well. Are they so cheap and underhanded that they can't go to the source to at least get the accurate account? How did you find out about this property and haunting GAC? Because we told you about it but your producres said that it was too small and wouldn't work for your famous lockdown. Give me a break. Jeff B. and Zak... you know what they say about karma. I hope you are prepared.     

Bec215
Bec215

I find it highly amusing that so many fans of GA are behaving as rudely as they claim the author is, totally undermining their argument. I watch the show, and other similar ones, and my boyfriend and I think Zak is hysterical precisely because he does act childishly and douchey! And that's our opinion, which is not subject to argument from those who have other opinions about how sweet he is for adopting a puppy, or whatever other deep personal insights you might have gotten through watching him on TV.

I think he's a genius for turning his work into a hugely successful show and income, but the hair, the glasses, the clothes - in the original documentary, he was normal-sized and normal clothes and normal hair... his 'evolution' since the show was picked up is almost comical - he's a caricature of himself at this point. Yes, the article's author definitely has a strong distaste for him - but if you wanted actual journalism, you shouldn't be looking to a blogger (which by definition is not journalism) on an arts page for it. In the mean time, I'll continue to watch Zak's hysterical over-emotive expositions and goosebumps and taunting for the fun of it. After all, it is just TV people!

SeesTheD
SeesTheD

I loved your commentary.  Calling Bagans a douche was just a bit too complimentary for my taste.  Finally I've found a place to post a few of my thoughts about the "D".  I've timed how long it took to watch the show without the "coming next" comments (pre-commercials), and the "what you just saw" comments.  It times in at 10 to 20 minutes of dudes in actual research time.His hair looks like his head was stuck in a cow's mouth.  You know, the cow's tongue goes out each side of its mouth, slobbering, (like the sides of Bagan's hair), then someone pulled Bagans out of the mouth with a huge suction breaking noise to create the top notch.  ---And he won't let anyone touch it?  LOL  Probably afraid they'll get stuck to it on camera.His weird feelings are hilarious.  If he got a rise in his levi's while looking at a nudie picture, he'd swear it was from a nearby ghost.   And his chillbumps.... sheesh.  Fear will make most people get goosebumps.  Ok dude..  wtf.   I mean, dude, look at his bleepin bleep, dude.  Yeah bro, scientific bleep, yo.  Who wouldn't be dazed and amazed by him?

GACFanforever
GACFanforever

First of all... im a big fan of GAC, they are wonderful and sweet guys, if you had tried to know more about the kind of person they are, you wouldn't call Zak a Douche... I found Dr Goodstein really weird and apparently he doesn't know how to give straight answers and how to do interviews, I follow them on twitter, they are adorable and love their fans. They have a researcher named Jeff Belanger and before they go on lockdowns he does the research... you have the right to dislike the show but have no right to talk about Zak the way you did, you dont know shit about him, if you don't like him just don't watch the show and stop complaining.... I could say more but unlike you...I'm not a bitch

hoohareturns
hoohareturns

Oh God, I saw that and thought that was the most disrespectful thing I've seen in a long time.  I don't know of the guy from anything but he seemed warm and genuine and happy to answer any questions.  For Zakkykins to take the piss like that just showed how childish he is.

GAC_#1AaronFanGirl
GAC_#1AaronFanGirl

Seriously Phil was a little bit on the crazy side but that's what makes him different and I like that and heck at least the GAC shows their true side on the show, instead of acting like someone they are not....Heck I would of said somethings about Phil. Also Zak has his own style, so what it's different and unique. I think more people should do that be themselves, instead of trying to get the same hairstyle and clothes as all these "all I want is money" celebrities. To be honest calling someone "Douche bag" or "Douche Bagans" is WAY more immature than making a little joke about someone, who like I said before is a little on the crazy side.

So all I want to say now is just left not just the GAC, but everyone who is different alone, and quit making them out to be bad people just because they act like themselves.

Jennings D7413
Jennings D7413

you obvoiusly have a man crush on Zach and that scares you so you type a ridiculous story that tells nothing! go hump somebody elses leg and leave the self made star alone!

AshD
AshD

I found the episode HILARIOUS!

Chrissyb320
Chrissyb320

zak's childish? read your article over once more. THAT'S childish. and by the way, mediocrity always attacks excellence (; have a nice day

hey its not right to call somebody a douche. just do everyone a favor and keep your FACE SHUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       Oh and  let me know when you decide to grow up and stop acting like a 2 yr old!@!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nort712
Nort712

First off if you met Zak in person you'd get on your knees in a second..... Tends to happen when ugly woman (you) that need to hate on actors on a TV show hahahaha proves how smart u are thinking that he's the same person on CAMERA IN A HIGHLY RATED TV SHOW and in realLife. Just think its really funny you actually sourced urban dictionary.... I mean there's a reason you get paid 40k a year to pretend to be a decent writter but your better than that. But I should

Vgreenhaw
Vgreenhaw

I like the show, however... I did not like the way he treated Phil Goodstein. It was uncalled for and made Zak look more douchy than he normaly does. And the hair... Ugh... Dude, get over the kewpie doll doo. My favorite is Aaron anyway.... He makes me laugh. So does your nickname for Zak... Sadly it is accurate for his behavior in CO.

Polarb
Polarb

Bravo - loved the blog post Tiffany. Also found many minutes of enjoyment reading through the comments. What a fine group of people; very astute to sarcasm. I do hope Zak's cross-stitch skills are mentioned again. He will sew!

Jennifer8b
Jennifer8b

Wow. I've read better rants from a 4th grader. Somebody sounds just a little too bitter.

Dknauff
Dknauff

This was a downright NASTY article about Zak Bagans! HOW DARE YOU! Do you know Zak Bagans is loved by MILLIONS across the country??? As a long time devoted fan of the Ghost Adventures since they started on the Travel channel, I am outraged over the fact that you called him "Douche Bagans"! What kind of journalistic rag newspaper is this? SHAME ON YOU!!!!

Anny
Anny

Did you refer to yourself as being an intelligent woman in that last sentence? Oke, you got me there. I don't think there's a way I can lower myself to your level of immaturity, to properly respond to your rantings. Even my 8 yr old is smarter than that.

I'll just stand behind the other comments. Little tip: next time you trash a show, it's host and fans, make sure you actually watch the show and do some real research. Makes you look a lot smarter :)

Guest2
Guest2

First time seeing this interview is watching the embedded video, and it seems to me that Goldstein was stuck on a script from the tour. Even when Zak asked him a question with a simple answer Goldstein went back into his script that had nothing to do with the question.

Jasmine Mae With
Jasmine Mae With

Sigh.1.) I can agree that sometimes Zak is a jerk. BUT WHO ISN'T? For goodness sakes, was it really needed to write Douche Bagans like eighteen times? No. 2.) Are you aware that there are people who do some of the research for the show outside of Zak, Nick and Aaron? Well there are. 3.) This show is about ghosts. GHOSTS. They use equipment to capture evidence of them. That "cheap recorder" has a purpose ya know.4.) I'm pretty sure Zak doesn't do all of the editing for the show. Don't blame him for the lack of "infinite knowledge" that could have been shared.5.) Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. Really. I get it. But here's the thing...not everybody needs to know your opinion. You could have easily addressed this issue in a more mature way, my friend. Instead of constantly calling him "Douche Bagans", maybe you could use a little more class and explain your disappointment. Don't degrade him or the show or THE FANS the way that you have done here. It is completely unnecessary. It is, in fact, possible to state your opinion without slandering other people the way that you have here. 6.) Ghost Adventures rocks. The End.

Seeyouinyourdreams
Seeyouinyourdreams

Hmmm seems like to me Zak could sue you for Slander.....Definition of Slander is as follows:a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report: Which applies to your article if Im not wrong! which I know Im not!

Cleaninbend
Cleaninbend

Your a loud mouthed moron, Tiffany. Cheap equipment? That Mel meter costs almost $300. And while Phil might be a nice guy (and I'm sure he is) nobody wants to stand out on the sidewalk for an hour freezing their nuts off while somebody tells the life story of this mansion.

Ericsmiles
Ericsmiles

The guy is a douche in my opinion. A simpleton and an egotist. Watching him is like watching a little kid scare himself and show everyone just how scared he wasn't. I like the article. So, so many other people feel the same way about this douche. I would rather see either of his team mates/employees host the show. Boo!

Linda Barends
Linda Barends

zak bagans is a great guy, you know something i watch every single,ghost show there is i am addicted to them and ghost adventures is my favorite one the whole crew is commical,funny and yes they know what they are doing has anyone ever really watched the show,not just the comments made on the show???zak probably  alled this guy a duchebag and you know what he probably is one because the zak i know from the sk]how and other things i rad he is the most loving,caring person than alot of people  i know... zak your fans love you for who you are,what you do, and the knowledgde you have to do it keep up the good work..always will love,and watch your shiw...

Linda Barends
Linda Barends

i happen to like zak bagans you have to watch his show to reall get his humor.that is just how he is. but as far as any ghost show i have watched he knows his stuff. and believe mr, i watch every ghost show out there. he is by far the best at what he does. who cares how he acted to one person who is probably just Jelous of him anyway.you go zak your alright in my book.

Rayjordan
Rayjordan

Lets start a hate campaign for this Tiffany bitch. Someone who obviously bangs Phil and gets butt hurt when someone has some fun with him. You call urself a journalist? Who taught you to write a 3 year old? You nail Zak for searching for the truth? Someone who has also raised $100,000 to save hundreds of animal's lives? I hope someone puts this bitch in her place obviously from your picture you cant show ur ugly face redheaded slut. Learn to write and as a journalist make sure you know ur facts. Phil never talked about the rape you dumb slut. BITCH SLAP

Pipsy-Killa
Pipsy-Killa

No Pipsy. All caps is a horrible way to try to convince people you're intelligent. Give mom her iPad back now.

syohannan247
syohannan247

I love it! This guy is quiet possibly the biggest tool on TV, next to guy fieri. He speaks like a person who wants to sound intelligent but is clearly a fucking moron. Even the opener to their "show" sounds dumb, he say, "with no big camera crews to follow us," ...that is what you wrote for the show opener? How about some proper English for the monologue that is going to intro your show ever time it airs. I think I would have probably said, "without any large camera crews." That is just the tip of the iceberg when this guy and his two lovers are concerned. What they try to pass of "paranormal" evidence alone makes me want to slap the gel out of his stupid hair cut.

Tiffany Fitzgerald
Tiffany Fitzgerald

If someone called me "Tiffany Fitzbitchald" I would ask he or she why they didn't go with "Tiffany Bitcherald." "Bitch" is practically built right into my name, so they'd be missing a golden opportunity. 

Pipsy-Killa
Pipsy-Killa

You don't have to have a show to have an opinion. Moron.

syohannan247
syohannan247

HA! sorry. is Douche Bagan, you fwiend? That guy is a fucking IDIOT! The show is pathetic!

Nort712
Nort712

Nt hate on you, but everyone knos ppl that are jealousOf someone's success or just so miserable with there lives because "douche bag" like Zak have just ten times moreTalent and success than you hahaha your a low level joke of a journalist..... It's actually patheticFor someone like you to write an article about a pretty big tv star and one of the biggest stars in his popular field, hahaha it also must be embarresing that when eve u do yourJob you get 50 comments about how your wrong and just come off as a jealousUneducated stupid less superior woman.....

Vgreenhaw
Vgreenhaw

Thanks for the sew reference. You made me laaaaaugh!

LilrosterGAC
LilrosterGAC

I agree jasmine your the best <3 lol it's Amanda :)

syohannan247
syohannan247

that tell us a lot about you linda. thanks

syohannan247
syohannan247

Talent!? That Troglodyte can even speak properly. Fucking Neanderthal.

syohannan247
syohannan247

i asked him. the whole show is fucking retarded. "is that you Mr. scary ghost? did you kill that girl? just then, we caught this unexplained bug flying past my head. OMG! something just touched my balls. hold an EMF meter next to my cock. right after I felt stroked off by a ghost, we caught this completely incomprehensible EVP, and we think it was a gay ghost telling zach to come out of the closet."

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