There is always a question of whether the bachelor is giving out roses to women he truly likes, or if the producers are making the decision. Arie Luyendyk Jr. decided to set things straight. This is what he said about how much control producers have over the rose ceremony decisions. on The Bachelor.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. said Peter Weber’s finale of ‘The Bachelor’ felt produced
Peter Weber’s season ended with him proposing to Hannah Ann Sluss, then breaking up with her. Chris Harrison then reunited runner-up Madison Prewett and Weber. They still didn’t end up together either.
Many fans compared the finale to Luyendyk Jr.’s because he proposed to Becca Kufrin first. He then broke up with her and reunited with runner-up Lauren Bushnell. Luyendyk Jr. proposed to her and now they’re married.
Luyendyk Jr. thought his finale was different from Weber’s. “I found it a little odd that: A. Chris Harrison flew there to talk to Madison and not Peter. So it felt like produced more than ours,” he said in his YouTube video. “I was like ‘No, this is happening. I’m going to go see [Lauren.] I’m talking to her and this is the way I want to go. She’s the person for me.’”
The former reality star later talked about production. “I feel like the show is so produced and they really want something dramatic that it forces the guy in the end to always have a lot of trouble emotionally,” he said. “And so I think that it’s like if they backed off a little bit and let things happen instead of trying to meddle in the relationships toward the end, I think we’d have a little bit of a smoother ending.”
Colton Underwood also thought the season was overproduced
Lyrendyk Jr. isn’t the only former bachelor to comment on Weber’s season. Colton Underwood also shared his opinion after he was asked for his thoughts in an Instagram Q&A.
“Interesting question. Since I was silenced this season and opted to not watch it I can’t go into detail. What I can say is I feel like it was way over produced and both parties could have done a much better job (Peter and production),” he wrote. “Peter could have stood up for himself and put his foot down when the tv show part of things started to control his relationships. Production could have helped guide him better, I spoke about how at some points you have to use your gut and trust them in my book with examples. I do feel very sorry for Pete.”
Luyendyk Jr. said producers do give input at a point in the show
How much power do producers have over rose ceremonies? Luyendyk Jr. addressed this in his latest YouTube video.
“I will say it’s a little bit of a team decision at some point to the show,” said Luyendyk Jr. He then talked about the first night of the season. “I guess the first night really goes through how he’s feeling about some of the relationships at that point. Then there’s ones toward the bottom I would say at that point. And producers do have their input on who they feel is best for you.”
He added, “You have to remember the producers are like your friends because they know you. They know you really well.” Lauren added, “They’re literally the only people you have with you that you can get input from.”
Luyendyk Jr. said this can be helpful when you don’t know how to pick between two people. “So they can give their input and say ‘Well, you know this is how we feel.’ And then once they say that you go, ‘You know what? I think you’re right.'”
He continued, “So a lot of times though everyone at home feels the producers have it out for the bachelor or to try to make drama. A lot of times it’s in their best interest as well.”
So it seems like producers don’t outright pick people for the star. But they do give their opinions to help with harder decisions.