5 Shocking Behind-the-Scenes Secrets About ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise

With Bachelor in Paradise producers coming under fire over the recent scandal that took place during the taping of season four, the attention has ignited new scrutiny over what really goes on behind the scenes on The Bachelor shows.

Even devoted fans might be surprised to learn what producers do to get a storyline. From manipulating contestants to forcing participants to shell out thousands of dollars to buy their own gowns, it’s no wonder women are so desperate to get a rose! Watch the video below, which breaks it all down.

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This isn’t the first time former participants and producers from the show have spoken out about the franchise. Many past contestants like season 16 winner Courtney Robertson and season 17 bachelor Sean Lowe have written tell-all books about their experiences. However, probably the most shocking revelation was made by former producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who took her experiences working on The Bachelor and turned it into a scripted drama, UnREAL.

“The night they were going to get dumped, I would go to the hotel room where they were staying and say, ‘I’m going to lose my job for telling you this, but he’s going to pick you—he’s going to propose,’” Sarah explained on how she got contestants to cry on camera. “They’d often tell us to drive up and down the 405 until the girls cried—and not to come home if we didn’t get tears, because we’d be fired.”

Yikes! But despite all the manipulations, there have been quite a few happy endings that came from the show. Check out the gallery below to see couples from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette that miraculously are still together!