‘The Bachelor’: Secrets About the TV Show That ABC Doesn’t Want You to Know

If you’re part of Bachelor Nation, you’d probably consider yourself an expert on all things Bachelor. However, the reality show has some dark secrets that ABC definitely doesn’t want you to know. Thanks to some contestants spilling the truth about what really goes on during the show, you’ll be questioning everything you thought you knew.

From remembering contestants’ names to the food on those one-on-one dates, here’s a look at everything ABC definitely wants to keep a secret about The Bachelor.

1. Contestants get tested for STDs before being cast

Contestants on 'The Bachelor' posing together in front of the house.

Contestants get tested for STDs before appearing on the show. | ABC

Before contestants are officially cast on the show, they need to go through an extensive application process. On top of all the contracts they have to bind themselves to, they’re required to take numerous tests. Those include “an extensive background check, STD testing, and a psychological examination,” according to Insider.

Plus, literally anything ABC learns about you through third parties is on the table to be released — as long as it’s under the condition that you’re exposing yourself to “the risk of death, serious injury, illness, or disease and/or property damage.”

Next: We’ve always wondered how they didn’t forget this about contestants.

2. The Bachelor or Bachelorette star often forgets contestants’ names

A woman smiles brightly as she receives a red rose.

They can’t remember the names of all their prospective mates. | ABC

Have you ever wondered how the Bachelor or Bachelorette remembers so many names during those rose ceremonies? That’s because they typically don’t know everybody’s name, and producers are regularly on-hand to help.

Former Bachelorette Ali Fedowski told E! News, “Throughout the night a producer is never far from your side and constantly reminds you about everyone’s name. [The producer] has flash cards with the pictures and names of every contestant.”

She added:

It is hard to remember everyone, even with the flash cards. It’s all so overwhelming. How do you remember the names at the rose ceremony? Well, I doubt many people could remember at 25, so the [Bachelor or Bachelorette] goes into the rose ceremony room and says a few names at a time and then leaves to get the next few names.

Next: You’d think ABC would provide more safety in the bedroom.

3. Fantasy Suites don’t come stocked with condoms

Courtney Robertson posing with a red rose.

Courtney Robertson revealed this interesting fact. | ABC

Courtney Robertson, winner of Ben Flajnik’s season of The Bachelorette, wasn’t afraid to spill some dirty secrets about her time on the show — especially considering the two have since split. One of the biggest bombshells was revealed in her tell-all book, I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain. Apparently, the Fantasy Suites comes stocked with many things — except condoms.

Given the Fantasy Suites imply the opportunity to get more intimate (often meaning sex), you’d think they’d provide protection. Robertson admitted to Radar Online, “I didn’t realize how big of a deal that was when we wrote the book!”

Next: That Neil Lane ring isn’t necessarily yours even if you get a proposal.

4. You have to return your Neil Lane ring if you break up in under two years

Evan proposes to Carly in 'Bachelor in Paradise'.

If the couple breaks up within 2 years, the ring must go back to the network. | ABC

When couples get engaged at the end of the show, the Bachelor proposes with a Neil Lane diamond ring. According to Insider, those rings can cost upwards of six figures — so ABC doesn’t want them going to waste.

If the couple breaks up in under two years, regardless of getting married, the ring has to go back to ABC. After two years, if the couple has split, you’re only able to sell your ring if you give ABC written notice.

Next: ABC does, however, let this one thing go to waste.

5. The food on dates goes to waste

Sean Lowe on a date at a dinner table.

The food on those romantic dinner dates? They don’t actually get eaten! | ABC

ABC might not want those Neil Lane diamond rings going to waste, but food is regularly left untouched. Have you noticed those romantically displayed meals on one-on-one dates that the couples typically eat only one bite of?That’s because producers make sure contestants are well-fed before the date to keep them from actually eating on camera. They’d prefer the date to be more about the discussions and less about the food.

Past-contestant Jaclyn Swartz explained how it all goes down. “The food on dates is usually good, but the catch is that you aren’t supposed to eat it! No one wants to watch people stuffing their face on a date. If you’re eating, you aren’t talking,” she revealed.

“Instead, we eat before the dates, as we are getting ready. The producers will bring room service to your room, or a plate of food to where you’re getting ready in the house.”

Next: This might be enough of a reason for people to go on the show.

6. There’s a reason why contestants drink so much

Leslie Hughes posing on a red carpet.

Leslie Hughes | Alberto E. Rodriguez

It’s not just the cameras making it look like contestants drink all the time. They’re provided unlimited alcohol during their time on the show, ranging from wine to beer to champagne to shots of liquor. However, the alcohol isn’t there just for fun.

“It’s how they get you to be more talkative, more sensitive,” as revealed by Season 17’s Leslie Hughes. “When I came in for the producers’ weekend, I remember it was like 12 noon, and they were like, ‘You want some champagne, wine?’ And I was like, ‘It’s 12 p.m., noon!’ And they’re like, ‘Welcome to the Bachelor family.’”

Next: Get ready to be immersed in Bachelor world, 24/7.

7. Contestants are cut off from reality while filming

The cast of 'The Bachelor' posing together.

The Bachelor contestants are often kept in their own world. | ABC

You really are stuck in Bachelor world when you’re a contestant on the show. Chris Harrison told Entertainment Weekly, “There’s no TV or internet in the house — the whole thing is to be about the Bachelor and the show.”

Season 14’s Ashleigh Hunt confirmed Harrison’s claim: “We are not allowed to speak to friends or family until we get home. Phones and computers are taken away the day you get there. We [would] sit in the house or by the pool; it gets pretty boring. You can not leave the house, ever.”

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