Is ‘The Bachelorette’ Fake? This Is Why Some People Think So

It’s no secret that ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are one of America’s biggest TV guilty pleasures. In the first few seasons of the show, producers had an easier time hiding some of the show’s antics. However, with the rise of social media — and over 35 seasons (combined) to analyze — die-hard fans now question the show’s authenticity.

Are The Bachelor and The Bachelorette fake? We uncover some of the shocking reasons why some people think it is, ahead.

Ryan Peterson and Becca Kufrin on The Bachelorette

Ryan Peterson and Becca Kufrin on The Bachelorette | ABC

Reality isn’t essential to the show’s editors

Once footage hits the editing room, anything goes. According to Amy Kaufman’s book, Bachelor Nation: Inside The World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure the editors create “a sound bite that has been edited to have different meaning.” On top of that, show editors don’t care about what really happened. “There’s no allegiance to what happened to reality,” a former show editor told Kaufman in the book. “I don’t care what happens. It’s like I’m handed a big bucket of Legos and think, ‘What do I want to build today?’” they explained.

The producers track menstrual cycles

Some might argue the female contestants on The Bachelor have it worse than the men. In addition to altering reality in the editing room, producers allegedly track female contestants’ menstrual cycles to up the emotional factor. According to some reports, they swoop in at a time when the contestants are most vulnerable and provoke them during interviews.

It’s all about manipulating the moment

According to some reports — including in Kaufman’s book — one of the main show components is manipulating the moment. To make each season “the most dramatic yet,” show producers do what they can to manipulate situations and emotions to get a reaction.

In an anonymous interview with Cosmopolitan, a former Bachelor contestant explained how producers don’t necessarily force situations, but they do plant the seed. “They definitely say like, ‘Hey, how are you feeling right now? Maybe you should kiss her.’ They’ll say, outright, ‘Maybe you should kiss her,’ that’s for sure. But it’s not like they’re going to force you to do it,” explained the contestant.

‘In-the-moment interviews’ are interrogations

According to Kaufman’s book, the in-the-moment interviews are very similar to police interrogations. “I went out and bought Police Interrogation and American Justice, the 2008 book by Richard A. Leo that explained tried-and-true methods officers use to obtain confessions from potential criminals,” wrote Kaufman. “The similarities between a police interrogation and a Bachelor interview are rather striking,” she added.

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette | ABC/Paul Hebert

When they aren’t filming, contestants live in isolation

During casting and filming, contestants are basically on house arrest. According to several reports by former contestants, the show producers isolate contestants in their hotel rooms. That often leads to heightened feelings of loneliness and, of course, some outbursts of “crazy.”

Producers set up storylines before the show starts filming

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, former Bachelor contestant Courtney Robertson spills one of the show’s biggest secrets: Producers typecast contestants before the show even begins filming. “They know before you get there,” she said when asked whether producers set up specific storylines about the show’s contestants.

The bachelor or bachelorette spends very little time with the show ‘winner’

According to former bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky, the bachelor and bachelorette don’t get to spend a lot of time with the person they end up picking. “You spend so little time with the person you choose before the final rose ceremony. I would say you probably spend about 72 hours tops with the person you wind up choosing, and 12 of that is spent ‘sleeping’ in the fantasy suite,” she told Women’s Health. “You can’t really get to know a person in that time frame,” she added.

Contestants don’t eat during dates

One-on-one dates might look like the real deal, but in reality, there is one key factor missing: The contestants don’t eat the food. According to former bachelor Sean Lowe’s book For The Right Reasons, the meals are just for show because “no one looks good eating and microphones pick up all kinds of chomping.”

The roses are fake

According to former contestant Courtney Robertson, “the roses in front of the mansion are actually fake, but the ones they hand out at the rose ceremonies are real.”

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The bachelor or bachelorette doesn’t plan the dates

When watching the show, it seems as if the Bachelor or Bachelorette puts a lot of thought into planning the dates. However, according to former bachelorette Desiree Siegfried, they typically find out the details the day before and something the morning of. “The bachelor or bachelorette doesn’t plan the dates and doesn’t even know where or what the date is until either the day before or the morning of the day,” she told Women’s Health. “Though they do get to choose who they want to go on which date. In the beginning, producers will suggest guys, but it’s ultimately up to the bachelor or bachelorette,” she added.

The contestants are sleep-deprived

Another way producers like to up the emotional ante? They deprive contestants of sleep. That explains why things can get crazy during the first cocktail party and rose ceremony. It also gives more insight into how the show producers manipulate certain situations.

Producers get contestants’ hopes up

The night before the final rose ceremony, a producer visits with the show runner-up and gets their hopes up about the finale. According to reports by former show producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, it was her job to give contestants terrible advice and raise the hopes of the person going home. “The night they were going to get dumped, I would go to the hotel room where they were staying and say ‘I’m going to lose my job for telling you this, but he’s going to pick you — he’s going to propose,” she told the New Yorker.

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