How producers from 'The Bachelor' manipulate contestants
The dark secret for getting people to open up on camera
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Audiences of 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' know that the reality shows are tear-filled and overly dramatized. But that's what makes it good TV, right?
Amy Kaufman, the author of the tell-all book, 'Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure,' reveals how the producers of the show would manipulate that contestants into the on-camera drama.
She wrote how the producers, “have been known to keep track of when the women in the house are menstruating,” according to a report by Page Six. “When women cycled together in the house, it created a completely different vibe,” Ben Hatta, a former 'Bachelor' producer, told Kaufman. “So a girl’s now crying mid-interview about nothing or being reactionary to things that are super small. It helped the producers because now you’ve got someone who is emotional — and all you want is emotion.”
While it is no secret that reality television is somewhat of a dirty industry, Kaufman's book shows that this is a whole new low.
Hatta continued to explain that, “If a girl’s feeling the butterflies for a guy already, when she gets into that state, her feelings just become more powerful, so she’s probably more willing to tell that guy she loves him. And maybe one of the producers knew she was in that emotional state and was like, ‘You know what? Now’s a better time than ever. You should do it, you should do it, you should do it!'”
Kaufman's book, 'Bachelor Nation,' is on shelves and available online. Check it out for a peak behind the curtains of the interview rooms.
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