How Much Longer Will ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ Last?

Who would have guessed nearly 17 years ago when The Bachelor first premiered on ABC, that the show and its numerous offshoots would become some of the longest running shows on television? Today, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette consistently rank as two of ABC most watched shows.

As the years go on, you have to wonder just how much life these reality shows have left in them. The show has long been criticized for its portrayal of women and its overdose of drama, but just how much of an effect does this negative talk have? Let’s take a look at just why fans love these shows and whether the end is coming anytime soon.

‘The Bachelor’ was a surprise hit

Chris Harrison and Becca Kufrin
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The Bachelor premiered on ABC back in 2002. The show combines two things that people love to watch on television: drama and the chance at finding true love.

While viewers can’t always count on the couples living happily ever after —there have noticeably been more failures than successes — they can always rely on the drama. Whether it is crying over lost love or catfights in the living room, host Chris Harrison is always able to get viewers to tune in by promising the “most dramatic episode yet.”

The show has developed a long list of celebrity fans over the years, including Monster star Charlize Theron. Theron told The Late, Late Show host James Corden: “On Monday nights, because my kids can’t read a clock yet, I get them to bed at like 5:45 p.m., and then I open up a bottle of wine, I take a bath, I get all ready. And then I watch The Bachelor, and that’s my date night.”

Actor Taye Diggs is also a fan of the show. In 2012, Diggs tweeted: “I’m watching DVR ed episodes of the bachelor,” he tweeted. “I’m addicted. I may have a problem. I’m sorry.”

Not everyone is a fan of ‘The Bachelor’ franchise

While some fans will endlessly gush over their love for the soapy, drama-filled reality show, others have problems with the show. Recently, talk show host Kelly Ripa commented that she’s not a fan of the show. To put it more bluntly, Ripa told her audience: “You guys, you know how I feel about the show, it disgusts me.”

She elaborated, stating, “I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel, ladies, we are too special to be arguing over a guy.”

Ripa immediately received backlash for her comments with The Bachelor creator tweeting: “Easy, @KellyRipa #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!” The Bachelor host Chris Harrison also lashed out, writing: “Look out #BachelorNation@KellyRipa⁩ is coming after you and your “disgusting” Monday night habit.”

In response to the backlash Ripa was receiving from the men at ABC, Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo responded, noting the show’s lack of diversity: “Your show does NOT pay @KellyRipa salary.  Also we don’t attack successful women on our network and men certainly cannot take credit for their success.  Don’t get me started on your show cuz I’m a savage…. #bachelorsoooowhite.”

How Much Longer Will ‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ Last?

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The Bachelor and The Bachelorette continue to be two of ABC’s top performers. The Bachelor was just renewed for season 24 after seeing an increase in viewers over the last season. The Bachelorette is currently airing its fifteenth season. Though the series saw notably lower ratings for its season 15 premiere, it recently rebounded to normal levels.

For now, we don’t see either one of the shows going anywhere soon. While remarks like Ripa’s come up frequently, the shows have a loyal fanbase. As reality competitions continue to draw in fans, the networks will continue to produce them.