The Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is! The! Bachelorette! Scripted?!

Mehera Bonner
·2 mins read

From Cosmopolitan

Clare Crawley’s season of The Bachelorette is quite literally the most [*extreme Chris Harrison voice*] dramatic season ever—mostly due to her allegedly quitting the show after two seconds and being replaced by Tayshia Adams. This plot twist has inevitably increased interest in an otherwise—sorry, Clare—dull season (more ratings = more money), and raises some ~questions~ about just how real The Bachelorette really is. In other words: Is this show scripted, or is it actually this dramatic? Let’s find out, weeeeeee!

ABC Is Definitely Pulling Strings

This was made abundantly clear quite recently, when Reality Steve dropped the bombshell that Clare didn’t actually quit her season. According to him, producers always intended for her to be replaced by Tayshia—and planted the idea in Clare’s mind that she should risk it all for Dale Moss:

“This was in production’s plan before Clare’s season started. They knew Clare would be removed at some point during this season and replaced as the Bachelorette by Tayshia. Did Clare know? No. Did the guys know? No. But production sure as hell did.”

Producers Pretty Much Control...Everything

Including who the Bachelorette talks to during cocktail hour. Emily Maynard revealed as much in her book, I Said Yes, saying those can I steal you?” moments are “more orchestrated than it looks on TV.” On top of that, producers stopped Emily giving Arie Luyendyk Jr. her first impression rose and instead talked her into giving it to a less obvi contestant.

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Photo credit: Giphy

They Film Fake Scenes Months Later

We know this thanks to Bachelor Sean Lowe, who said in his memoir For the Right Reasons that he filmed those on-camera confessional scenes weeks after his dates went down.I’d say things like, ‘I’m having a blast with Des tonight, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.’ It wasn’t disingenuous, because I expressed what my true feelings were at the time. Mainly, it was boring.”

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Photo credit: Giphy

Producers Can Even Decide Who Goes Home

It’s right there in the contract, which allegedly states that the Bachelor and Bachelorette must “follow all of Producer’s rules, directions and instructions in all matters, including Participant selection.” Ummmm....wtf.

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Photo credit: Giphy

And Yeah, There’s Some Tricky Editing

Even if the show isn’t scripted, editors can basically cut the footage to fit their narrative. Luke Stone actually called out producers during Bachelor in Paradise, saying a dramatic moment featuring Chis Harrison was completely fake.

Watch here:

But Nah, There’s No *Actual* Script

In other words, contestants aren’t handed a piece of paper with a buncha lines on it. But...like...that doesn’t exactly mean this reality TV show is all real, ya know?

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