1)How far in advance does the bachelor/ette get to watch the episodes before they air?
2) Do you think the producers would ever allow the final two to watch all the episodes in advance together? It seems that one of the biggest obstacles to these couples staying together is that the guy or girl chosen by the bachelor/ette, has to watch the episode each Monday alone, and then talk it out over the phone their partner? I would think that if the two of them could sit down shortly after filming and just watch the whole season together, it would at least diffuse one of the obstacles, and wouldn’t affect the production value of the show. If anything they would just end up with more couples together that last. Thoughts?
Comment: 1) Not very much. Less than a week.
2) It all depends on when the final twos “safe house” meeting is. If its over a Monday, then I’m sure they watch it together. But those meetings are strictly done according to both parties schedules. The final couple sees each other enough while the show is airing to determine whether or not its gonna work. I don’t think whether they watch the show together or not has correlation to how long they last.
You mentioned contestants can’t shop, yet from time to time they show up with gifts, ie: JP’s flowers. What about the Bachelor/ette – they always have something to present to parents, and then there are those often idiotic gifts that have been exchanged on the final date before the final rose ceremony – picture frames, scrapbooks, used condoms. (oh, sorry) Just curious if all of those are producer’s ideas, or if both sides are allowed time-to-shop and creativity as the season dwindles down.
Comment: Since I really didn’t know the answer to this one, I asked an anonymous former contestant. Here’s what they said:
“If they show up with gifts (i.e. flowers, gifts for parents, etc.) the producers or handlers go out and get these.
For the gifts that the contestant gives at the ‘last chance date’, you can go out with your handler to get supplies.
Once it is down to 4 people left, you are allowed to go out with your handler. The handlers are just always in contact and know where each other are, so that no one run’s into each other.”
There you go.
Let’s just suppose Bentley really did think Emily was going to be the bachelorette and the producers never told him otherwise. If when he realized it was Ashley he told them he wanted to leave, would he be in violation of his contract? If the producers wanted to keep him around would they have made a deal with him (you can go home after 3 shows if you do such and such), would they have strongly suggested he stick around (so as not to make Ashley feel bad) but still let him make the decision, or would they go so far as to offer him money to stay?
Also, wouldn’t you think that someone like Ashley who has already been on another show and watched it and probably read or at least heard of your column would realize the manipulation that might be going on?
Comment: I offered my opinion on that above, but I will say he definitely wasn’t in violation of his contract if at any point he wanted to leave. These people just get talked into staying longer for whatever reason. Mostly because they’re lied to and told or promised things that’ll never happen. If Bentley wanted to leave after the first night, and he told the producers as much, yet he stayed three episodes, my guess is they urged him to stick it out and see what happens, and for some reason he obliged. I’m not gonna say it was money because I have no idea. I just know these producers hold a very strong hand over a lot of these contestants that those of us who’ve never been on the show will never understand.
I’m sure Ashley is well aware of how things are manipulated and coerced out of people on this show, but not to the extent of which the Bentley stuff was being said. Not to mention that she signed up for, and is paid to be the “Bachelorette”, so, they pretty much own her and she does pretty much what she’s told. This nonsense about “Ashley was ready to quit, we almost had to shut production down”, or “this was almost a four or five week show”, is nonsense. Ashley had an obligation to fulfill when she signed on the dotted line. This show was finishing production come hell or high water whether she liked it or not.