It's mostly herpes that keeps most contestants from competing on ‘The Bachelor’
America's highest rated show is not all about a bed of roses but rather of psychological and medical tests back to back
Reality is not what it seems so it is only natural to wonder what goes behind the making of reality TV shows. There have been many recent revelations of America's favorite guilty pleasure show 'The Bachelors' and a recent book by Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman has shaken the world of reality TV, directly bursting the bubble of the highest-rated reality shows on television.
The book title 'Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure' reveals many shocking facts including how the top contestants are turned away after STD tests.
The starting point of the application process begins with an extensive filling of a form followed by a 5 to 15 picture submissions of themselves. The process also entails the applicant to produce a “well-lit” video of themselves “dressed as if going to a nice dinner,” showing off their apartment, their pets, and talking about what their ultimate fantasy date would be.
The producers then decide the potential contestant and she would be invited to Los Angeles in an all expenses paid trip for one of two final audition weekends.
Following a grilling 150 questions interview, the candidate is up for a second round, meeting the producer privately in a candle-lit room and then meeting a dozen of them for a rapid-fire session with questions like had they watched the last season of “The Bachelorette”? and if they would they rather have a DDD bra cup or write a cover story for Vogue?
A meeting with the show’s on-site therapist is arranged and a medical exam where the candidate must submit blood and urine samples are mandatory.
These samples would be tested for drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. They would fill out their medical history and swear on medications.
This is where many top candidates make an exit. If a person is diagnosed with STD, they would be immediately be chucked out.
“As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” said Ben Hatta, [creator and executive producer] Mike Fleiss’s old assistant. “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’
“Then they’d realize they’d been denied from ‘The Bachelor’ and now a bunch of people knew they had herpes.”
Now that we think about it, we wonder how many contestants have discovered they have Herpes in the process of making it to the show.
But STDs aren't the only reason why women get turned away from the show. “We’re really careful about who we let on the show,” Hatta said at the Banff World Media Festival in 2012.
“We lose a lot of great potential characters because we’re so tough and stringent...Anyone who has any sort of borderline personality disorder or instability or any sort of past involving contemplation of suicide — we just can’t take the risk. We just don’t.”
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