‘The Bachelor’: The Real Reason Why Arie Luyendyk Jr. Calls the Show “Overproduced”

Arie Luyendyk Jr. in The Bachelor

Arie Luyendyk Jr. in The Bachelor | ABC

The Bachelor claims to follow a single suitor looking for love. But the reality show obviously has its own tricks to keep things entertaining for an audience. Now Arie Luyendyk Jr. is opening up about his experience of being the star of Season 22. Find out the real reason why he calls the show “overproduced.”

Arie Luyendyk Jr. said The Bachelor is ‘overproduced’ and time off of it made him realize his feelings

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham

Arie Luyendyk and Lauren Burnham | Arie Luyendyk Jr. via Instagram

The former bachelor opened up about his experience on and off The Bachelor in a post for Today. He was controversial given he picked Becca Kufrin in the show’s finale then dumped her to get back with runner-up Lauren Burnham. The whole breakup was filmed and it was pretty brutal, which led to a huge backlash.

Arie Luyendyk Jr. wrote that he still doesn’t have regrets about his final decision. “In an ultra-produced show with so many moving parts, I found it hard to be myself,” he explained. “Ultimately, I made the wrong decision in front of millions watching at home. With space to think and time away from the show I knew where my heart belonged, and I am so thankful my now fiancée, Lauren, gave us a chance. I’m also thankful I took that leap.”

He said a lot of great things were left out of The Bachelor

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham | ABC

Luyendyk Jr. also talked about the pressure of being the star. “I cannot even describe what it is like being the Bachelor,” the realtor wrote. “While filming, there is an immense pressure. Hundreds of people are involved in production and it all centers around you. As a person who doesn’t like to be the center of attention, this weight is very real.”

What exactly was so “overproduced” about the show? The race car driver didn’t go too much into detail but he did mention that being on the show then watching it are two very different things. He wrote:

The experience is unlike anything else in this world. You make unforgettable memories and after months of your life are documented, you wait eagerly to see how the show turns out.

I always describe the experience as reading the best book you’ve ever read with all the beautiful details and moments you paint in your mind, then watching the movie version and leaving disappointed because so much was left out. This is how I describe my experience — the focus was on all the wrong parts in the book.

Those who watched Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of The Bachelor probably did notice there were a few things missing from the season. Becca Kufrin seemed like such a frontrunner because their discussions were shown while Lauren Burnham and the star hardly had any scenes of them talking. Also, the fact that Burnham met Luyendyk Jr. in real life before the show was never mentioned again after she gave him a picture of them as her first impression gift.

Either way, the couple is still engaged and are now expecting a baby. This is just another reminder that The Bachelor doesn’t show everything that happens between contestants.

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