Bachelor Who Got A Tattoo?
Bachelor In Paradise’s James Bonsall unveiled a full leg sleeve tattoo. Fans thought it was another joke with Aaron Clancy, but it’s the real deal. James Bonsall, a fan favorite of Bachelor In Paradise season 7, recently shocked Bachelor Nation by unveiling an intricate leg sleeve tattoo seemingly out of the blue.
Ever since James was introduced to the franchise on Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette , he’s maintained his signature clean-cut style, only once sharing with his followers a rare messy-hair selfie , much to their excitement.
Now, he’s taking his appearance to a new level with an entire limb of ink, leaving many shocked and speculating whether it’s just another prank between James and bestie Aaron Clancy. On The Bachelorette season 17, James made a grand entrance as ” box guy ” by remaining in a cardboard structure until he had the perfect moment to unveil himself to Katie.
- Though he didn’t find love with her, James found a bromance with fellow contestant Aaron, who was endearingly dubbed ” Union Leader ” by viewers for calling out problematic men;
- Their friendship grew on Bachelor In Paradise , which saw the guys leave the beach and head back to San Diego together after not finding what they were looking for;
Now, James and Aaron are inseparable as they impersonate each other, swap Instagram profile pictures and film hilariously cringey videos for TikTok. When James posted on Instagram a photo of him sporting a full-leg tattoo sleeve with intricate details, fans and Bachelor alums alike instantly thought it was fake — especially after seeing him in shorts throughout Bachelor In Paradise and not glimpsing any ink.
- Katie Thurston commented, ” Not me zooming in seeing if you’re trolling us with some photoshop;
- When did this happen?! ” Andrew Spencer, from the same Bachelorette season, said, ” Bro I had no idea your leg looked like that lmao;
” Despite the shock factor, the sleeve is, in fact, real. In response to a comment that asked, ” Is the leg ink new or was I just blind watching you in ‘Paradise? ,'” James responded, ” It’s new! ,” with a smiley face. He also tagged his tattoo artist Albert and the private San Diego shop Sacred Point.
Once it was clear that James’ tattoo is the real deal , fans praised the art. One commended him for sitting through what was surely a painful session: ” I respect you more now especially because of the knee and inner thigh portion.
” Another gushed, ” Didn’t think it was possible for you to get hotter but there it is. ” Of course, one of James’ posts wouldn’t be complete without some love from Aaron, who said, ” He know he fine, and the leg sleeve make him handsomer. ” Additionally, James’ caption may have revealed his current relationship status (aside from the bromance with Aaron). Next: Bachelorette: Chris Bukowski And Anna Redman Announce Relationship Status Source: James Bonsall /Instagram 90 Day Fiancé: Patrick & Thaís’ Storyline Ending Leaks (Spoiler) About The Author Samantha Bambino (278 Articles Published) Samantha Bambino is a Reality TV News Writer at Screen Rant. A multi award-winning entertainment journalist, she has been covering all facets of the industry since her first freelance gig for NKD Magazine in 2016. In the world of reality television, she’s obsessed with all-things Bachelor, Jersey Shore and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and even had the pleasure to interview her favorite queens, Rosé and BenDeLaCreme.
He said, ” Current Status: In a relentless pursuit of all my goals. And you can guarantee I’m having fun doing it! Feeling the love these days. Shoutout to everyone supporting me along the way! ” Though James was unlucky in love on national television after things fizzled out with Anna Redman and Tia Booth, the latter of whom ironically had a thing for ” Tatty Daddy ” Blake Monar , he seems to be living his best life.
When she’s not catching up on the latest Bachelor Nation gossip, this Philly native can usually be spotted reading the latest Stephen King novel or drawing realism portraits of her favorite celebrities. More From Samantha Bambino.
- 0.1 Did Kasey really get a tattoo on Bachelorette?
- 0.2 Do any contestants on The Bachelor have tattoos?
- 1 What happened to Casey from Ali’s season?
- 2 Who pays for the rings on the Bachelorette?
- 3 What is the tattoo on Brandon’s back Bachelorette?
- 4 Is Casey Woods still on Bachelorette?
- 5 Who is Casey on The Bachelor?
- 6 Is the Bachelor supposed to say I love you?
- 7 Are Bachelor ratings up or down?
Did Kasey really get a tattoo on Bachelorette?
Kasey still has the tattoo, but it has been slightly modified. ‘I got my wife and I’s anniversary day, wedding anniversary, which is coming up on five years, right above the tattoo,’ said Kasey proudly.
Do any contestants on The Bachelor have tattoos?
The Bachelor and body art have a sordid history. The show can’t seem to decide if it loves tattoos or eschews those who have them. Many of the contestants come decorated with their own ink, but the show rarely addresses the tats (except for one instance, but we’ll get to that later.
- ) On the flip side, the series seems a little fascinated with the permanent ink;
- Many of season 21’s contestants were asked in their initial interviews if they had any tattoos;
- Most of the tattooed ladies included in their responses that they were in the process of getting their tattoos removed;
This is, of course, their prerogative. But isn’t ogling their ink half the fun? I would wager that 10 of those 30 women vying for Nick Viall’s heart have tattoos. I can back that up — a Pew Research Study from 2010 stated that 38% of millennials aged 18-29 have at least one tattoo.
That sweet demo cohort is the primary group from which the franchise pulls its talent. So, like it or not, contestants on the show are bound to have a few tattoos. In fact, almost one in four will have a tattoo if the study holds true.
(More than likely, the odds have increased, upping the likelihood to one in three. ) Ahead, find the most notable tattoos that have appeared on The Bachelor franchise throughout history..
What happened to Casey from Ali’s season?
Kasey Kahl – Kasey was linked to Vienna Girardi after competing on Bachelor Pad season 2. They split in November 2011 after less than a year together. Kasey later found love with Amanda Kahl (née Waters) and opened The Body Building, a full body management facility.
Where is Casey from The Bachelorette?
Casey Woods job – According to his bio page , Casey currently works as an Advertising Creative Director in Flordia. But when he’s not delegating projects, he’s making music all about various events in his life. Will he ever write a song for Michelle, and if so, will we ever get a chance to hear it on the show? We’ll have to tune into the rest of season 18 to find out, so don’t forget to catch a brand new episode of The Bachelorette season 18 premiering later tonight to see all the love and drama unfold!.
Are Kasey and Vienna still together?
Story highlights –
- “I will always love, be there for her,” Kasey Kahl said on Twitter
- Vienna Girardi won Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor”
- Kasey Kahl wooed Ali Fedotowsky on “The Bachelorette” with song
It’s another ” Bachelor ” break-up: Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl have called it quits. “Yes vienna and I have split. It’s been 5 weeks now. I can’t fake it anymore. I will always love, be there for her, and wish her the best,” Kahl, 27, posted to Twitter on Sunday. “@KaseyRKahl will always be my best friend, but yes we have split. No idea what the future holds for us but we will always remain friends,” Girardi, 25, posted to her account.
- Girardi won Jake Pavelka’s season of “The Bachelor” but the engagement didn’t last long and the couple split in an ugly and highly publicized break-up;
- Kahl wooed Ali Fedotowsky on “The Bachelorette” with song, and his catch phrase, “guard and protect your heart,” ended up tattooed on his wrist;
Fedotowsky was unimpressed. Girardi and Kahl didn’t give up on love or on reality TV. On “Bachelor Pad,” Kahl and Girardi quickly became the power couple to beat, though they lost the competition to on-again-off-again couple Holly Durst and Michael Stagliano in the show’s finale..
Who pays for the rings on the Bachelorette?
Who pays for the engagement ring on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette? – According to Refinery29 , it’s been reported that no one pays for the engagement ring at all– The Bachelorette and The Bachelor couples receive the rings as a donation from Neil Lane! Yes, you read that right! Every newly engaged couple gets the big rock for free, in exchange for the jeweler getting publicity.
If you’ve watched a season of the show, you’ll know he does get major publicity once it’s time to pick out the bling. However, it’s been reported that if a couple gets engaged on the show and then breaks up less than two years later, they have to return the engagement ring to ABC.
Refinery29 also notes that the stars of the franchise have the option of buying their own rings if they would like. Neil Lane’s rings have a starting price in the tens of thousands range and their most expensive piece could cost someone around $142,000! So it’s safe to say that if you’re going the more economic route, scoring a free ring might be in one’s best interest.
- But then again, if you’re a Bachelor alum like Jason Tartick , you have no problem splurging on a ring with a big meaning;
- Kaitlyn Bristowe’s engagement ring reportedly cost a whopping $150,000, and now we certainly want to know how much these other fellas of the franchise have put up for the rings;
Neil Lane spoke about the ring Blake Moynes picked out for Katie during an interview for People , sharing: “You could tell it was very important to him. He wanted to get it right and was very thoughtful about each one. ” The bling on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette is certainly impressive, and it’s good to know the leads have the option of scoring a ring for free..
What is the tattoo on Brandon’s back Bachelorette?
His Back Tattoo Is a Bible Quote – Viewers have caught glimpses of Brandon’s tattoo in previous episodes, but he posted all of the ink via Instagram in October 2015. “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.
How many tattoos does Kaitlyn bristowe have?
Just when you think you know everything there is to know about a reality show contestant, something pops up and throws you for a loop. That’s right, there’s a new mystery for Bachelorette fans to start obsessing over. No, this isn’t about who will win the whole thing, if the new happy couple will stay together long enough to hit the reunion episode, or even who the next Bachelor will be.
This is about how many tattoos Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe has. By now everyone knows that Kaitlyn has two bird tattoos above her elbows, which is pretty ironic considering she’s deathly afraid of the animal.
“Yes I’m afraid of birds. And yes I realize I have them tattooed on me,” she recently posted to Twitter after people called her out on it. But, those aren’t the only tattoos she has. According to her ABC profile, Kaitlyn Bristowe actually has a total of five tattoos.
So, two of them are already accounted for (the previously mentioned birds that are covering her arms) but that still leaves three that we have never seen or heard of. I did some research (you’re welcome, Internet) to try and track down this missing three tattoos, and while I can’t tell you exactly where they are, I can say that they are really well hidden.
Check out this Instagram shot that shows off her two bird images, along with her rocking bikini body. Well, we can definitely rule out her back (and probably her butt) from where those other three tattoos are. We’re diving into pure speculation here, but I am less interested in where they are located, and more curious as to what they are.
- I honestly thought Kaitlyn would be the type to talk about all of her ink on the show, and am pretty surprised this hasn’t come up before;
- If I had to guess, just based on personality and the fact that she was willing to go on a reality dating show, I would say one of them has to be a heart;
Having it tattooed on her arm (or sleeve, if you will) seems a little too on the nose, but a small one behind her ear seems right, doesn’t it? I would also believe it if she had the symbol of the side of a finger; those tats are darling. I also feel like she could have some sort of inspirational quote or word somewhere hidden, like “just breathe” or “free.
” I’m thinking something small and cursive and hidden where just she can see it and enjoy it. The third one could be some sort of inside joke that would take just way too long to explain to everyone, which would explain why she never talked about it on the show.
Could I be totally right? Maybe! Could I be completely wrong? Very likely. Either way, I am hoping she reveals it to us someday. Until then, I’m going to keep speculating. Want more Bachelorette? Bustle’s app provides 24/7 coverage on ALL of the rose-colored ABC franchises.
Who is Ali with now?
Ali Fedotowsky – Ali accepted a proposal from Roberto Martinez during season 6 of The Bachelorette in 2010. After more than a year together, they announced their breakup in November 2011. Ali, now a host and Emerald Duv jewelry designer, married radio personality Kevin Manno in 2017.
The couple welcomed daughter Molly in 2016 and son Riley in 2018 and live in Nashville. “I’d like to think that I would’ve met my husband regardless of the show, but the truth is if I had never gone on The Bachelor and Bachelorette , I’m not sure I would have!” Fedotowsky told Us in 2018.
“I met him on another show that I wouldn’t of had the opportunity to host if I hadn’t been on the Bachelorette and now we have a daughter and a son and a beautiful life. I’m even lucky enough that I get to make a living blogging about motherhood, which I’m beyond grateful for.
What happened to Kirk from Ali’s season?
TV & Movies Now, he’s happy to step away from the spotlight. Jesse Grant/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images He didn’t find love on The Bachelorette with Ali Fedotowsky or on Bachelor Pad or on Bachelor in Paradise , but Kirk DeWindt did find love outside the show. Two years after breaking up with Carly Waddell on Bachelor in Paradise Season 2, Kirk started dating his current girlfriend Jess Peterson. He tells Bustle that they met on Bumble in the spring of 2017 and have been together ever since. Jess isn’t from Bachelor Nation, which was probably appealing to Kirk, who told Bustle in a 2016 interview that the TV world really wasn’t his thing anymore.
“I like life out of the limelight,” he said. “I was never really all that excited to go on TV, to tell you the truth. So normalcy is a good thing. ” Kirk and Jess’ Instagram posts are a window into the relative normalcy of their three-year relationship.
They’ve spent time with his family , gone fishing , celebrated holidays , and run races together. Jess’ Instagram bio proclaims her a “Runner / Outdoors(wo)man / Fun-haver,” and she shares her love of the outdoors, exercising, and hunting with Kirk. On Ali’s Bachelorette season, Kirk’s job was listed as a sales consultant, but he changed careers soon after leaving the show to embrace his love of working out.
Now he has an endurance coaching and personal training business in Minnesota, which is currently offering online classes for anyone who wants to get in shape while staying at home. He previously told Bustle that it was important for him to show the world that he wasn’t only a reality star.
“People think that we live these lives where we don’t work and we just slack off because we did a reality show, but that’s not true at all,” he said. “The show gets put on a pedestal and people overanalyze everything, but really, we’re just normal people who just happened to be filmed for a short amount of time.
- ” Even though he now prefers to stay out of the spotlight, he wrote on Instagram that he doesn’t regret having dipped into Bachelor Nation for a while;
- “I can say whole heartedly that I’m super grateful for the life/love lessons & experiences that I never would have had otherwise,” he said;
Jess is grateful to Ali and the show too, but for a different reason. When Kirk posted about Ali’s season airing as part of the The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever , Jess commented “glad ya got dumped” with smiley face and heart emojis..
Where is Roberto from The Bachelorette now?
Roberto Martinez – Roberto and Ali Fedowsky got engaged in 2010 but split in November 2011, 18 months later. Roberto lives in Colorado Springs and works as a State Farm Insurance Agent. In December 2019, he shared on Twitter that he is engaged to Kristiana Elliott.
“When you know you know. Found my forever sweetheart,” he captioned three photos of the couple — which he later deleted. In June 2021, Ali exclusively told Us that she spoke to Roberto after season 6 of The Bachelorette reaired as part of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! during the summer of 2020.
“I just wrote him and said I respect his decision not to be on the show because he decided not to be and just said, ‘I hope everything’s going well. ‘ And he just wrote back and said, ‘Yeah, I’ll never forget it. It was a special time for me, but I’m sort of doing my own thing,'” she explained, noting they check in with one another “every couple years” or so via text messages.
“I’m still friends with his dad on Facebook, you know, there’s, like, no animosity there, anything. And his dad actually the other day posted a picture of him and his brother. And I’m like, ‘Oh, he looks good.
I hope he’s doing well. ‘” Back to top.
How long did Colton and Cassie last?
Back in May 2020, Colton Underwood and Cassie Randolph announced their breakup after less than two years of dating. Several months later, ABC’s former Bachelor would come out as gay during an interview with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
Is Casey Woods still on Bachelorette?
Casey Woods was a contestant on the 18th season of The Bachelorette. He was eliminated in week 5.
Who is Casey on The Bachelor?
watch 01:36 We’re Getting Mutants in the MCU – The Loop Casey Shteamer Patak was a contestant on the 16th season of The Bachelor. She was eliminated in week 6 after having found out that she has a boyfriend back home.
Does Nick viall have tattoos?
October 21, 2021 | 6:53pm Enlarge Image ‘Bachelor’ star Nick Viall and girlfriend Natalie Joy head into Craig’s in West Hollywood for dinner twoeyephotos/MEGA Couples who get stuck together, stick together. Or so “Bachelor” star Nick Viall and girlfriend Natalie Joy may hope. The loved-up pair recently had a tattoo date at Inked NYC, Inked Magazine’s new parlor in its Chelsea headquarters. According to pictures shared exclusively with Page Six, the reality star, 41, got an intricate image of the Archangel Michael on his left forearm, and the words “Damaged Not Broken” on his right forearm, just under an older tat of the Manhattan skyline.
- They were both done by one of Inked’s resident artists, Shani Nizan;
- Meanwhile, Joy, 23, got the number 555 tattooed on the back of her upper arm;
- We’re told Viall — who was first linked to Joy in 2019 and first appeared with her publicly for the first time in 2021 — has got something off a tattoo bug lately;
Apparently, he started getting them a few months back and has already collected 25. Viall got the Archangel Michael inked on his left forearm. Back in August Viall said on Instagram Stories of his new ink, “[It’s] something I’ve been waiting to do. Each one tells a story of a member of my family [and] a couple are daily reminders to myself. ” Joy got the number 555 tattooed on the back of her right upper arm. According to his Instagram, they include a picture of his dog Jeff and one of a roaring lion on his chest. Viall got the words ‘Damaged Not Broken’ on his right arm Viall, of course, was the runner-up on two seasons of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” before starring in his own season of the “Bachelor” in 2017. He proposed to Vanessa Grimaldi on the show, but they split the following year ..
Is the Bachelor supposed to say I love you?
The Bachelor leads could say ‘I love you’–but are advised not to. For dramatic purposes, the lead is usually advised not to say ‘I love you’ or respond back with it until the finale.
Are Bachelor ratings up or down?
This past year, ” The Bachelor ” endured a heavy dose of controversy, the type of drama that even reality TV producers can’t make up — and certainly don’t want to deal with. And yet, the franchise has done what no other dating series has done, crossing its 20-year mark on the air.
With 26 seasons of the flagship, 19 seasons of ” The Bachelorette ,” eight seasons of “Bachelor in Paradise” and numerous spinoffs to date, ABC’s dating franchise isn’t going anywhere. With an international fanbase that considers “The Bachelor” to be a way of life more than a TV show, it’s entirely possible that viewers will still be watching in 20 more years.
Copycats have tried to mirror the formula. Most have failed. Turns out, the simple fairytale of limos, roses, extravagant jet-setting, tears and heartbreak isn’t so easy to replicate, as no new network hits have broken through in recent memory. It wasn’t until the pandemic when viewers were bingeing from home that the genre saw a boom in programming with unique formats hitting streaming services like Netflix, which fully leaned into the romance craze with an impressive slate of shows like “Love Is Blind,” “Too Hot to Handle,” “The Ultimatum,” “Indian Matchmaking,” “Jewish Matchmaking” and more.
- Or, HBO Max with “FBoy Island, which fittingly hails from a veteran producer from “The Bachelor” world;
- “The format is here to stay,” says Brooke Karzen, executive VP and head of Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, which produces the franchise;
“There are tropes that the audience relies on. There are parts of this journey that are to be expected, like night one arrivals, the rose ceremonies and going for a proposal at the end. ” As the show has evolved, critics have questioned if that proposal at the end is necessary, or if the prospect of finding your spouse after a matter of weeks is setting up television couples for failure in the real world.
- When “The Bachelor” debuted in 2002, rom-coms were all the rage and Hollywood was selling narratives rooted in finding Prince Charming; now, storytelling has become more raw, complex and realistic;
- In fact, it’s hard to imagine a pitch in today’s world, centered around one man dating multiple women at the same time;
“In 2001 — and remember this was in the heyday of ‘Temptation Island’ on Fox — I think the idea was one guy dates 25 women and breaks up with 24 of them. If you were pitching it now, the pitch is that this person has tried everything and they just want to find the love of their life,” says Rob Mills , executive vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television.
- “At the end of the day, everything about the show and why it works is relatability;
- Everyone wants to find love and everyone has had their heart broken, like the people on-screen;
- ” Just like a medical drama, the well on “The Bachelor” never runs dry;
Falling in love paired with rejection is an endless cycle for ripe storytelling. And yet, while every network has wanted their version of “The Bachelor” for the past two decades, ABC has continuously led the pack. “Over the years with so many shows that have come and go, none of them have worked without high stakes,” says Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros.
Unscripted Television. “The high stakes is that you hope at the end of the show, there is an engagement. I think that is extraordinarily important to the DNA of the show — because if not, what are you going for? ‘I just want a boyfriend or girlfriend’ doesn’t really say it.
That’s not what they’re in it for, the be honest. ” So, what are they in it for? Since the beginning of time for reality TV dating, skeptics have wondered if you can truly find love on television. But in today’s swiping culture, you could argue that a TV show is just as good as any dating app.
Perhaps, the bigger issue is the rise of Instagram fame. With lucrative social media deals looming for any prospective reality star, the question of being “here for the right reasons” has hit an all-time high.
“I’m not going to lie, it’s a challenge for casting,” Karzen admits. “We want people who are interested in the lead, and who are there to really fall in love. They’re not there to be famous. It comes with the territory, but when the show started, there was no Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. ” Trista Rehn becomes engaged to Ryan Sutter on the first season of “The Bachelorette” in 2003. ABC Funny enough, the show started with what turned out to be the most successful couple in the franchise’s history: Trista Rehn, who left the inaugural season of “The Bachelor” heartbroken, met Ryan Sutter, one of her contestants on the very first season of “The Bachelorette,” in 2003.
It wasn’t even a thought. The duo is still married today, living mostly away from the cameras with two children in Colorado. To showcase just how much network television has changed over the past twenty years, when they tied the knot, their million-dollar televised nuptials drew in more than 20 million viewers — at the time, the network said the special drew the largest U.
audience for a TV wedding since Prince Charles and Lady Diana. The past season of “The Bachelor” hit a series low, topping out at 4. 7 million for its grand finale. But, it’s all relative. With viewership steadily declining across broadcast, the show still ranked as one of ABC’s top in the 18-49 demo in its 26th season, which starred leading man Clayton Echard.
Echard may not have been a fan-favorite, but the drama did not disappoint. In fact, it was so intense that after he broke up with the same women numerous times (and at the same time), the creative team decided to make two heartbroken women, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, the next stars of “The Bachelorette,” creating a history-making moment, casting two leads for the first time.
“What’s allowed the show to remain a hit is that years ago, we started making leads from previous seasons,” says Mills. “It really feels like a primetime soap opera. We take back-burner characters and put them on the front burner and continue telling the story that viewers want to see.
” “The Bachelor” has created a web of interconnected storytelling, almost like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and its audience is similarly invested, too. Bachelor Nation, the community of fans and cast, make the show a top trending social media topic with each episode.
“Bachelor Nation is a legion of fans,” says Karzen. “It’s almost like Comic-Con. ” “Bachelor” is one of the last series standing that makes for appointment television with audiences eager to tune-in every Monday night, live-tweeting or calling their friends during commercial breaks.
Viewing parties are par for the course among fans, and executives joke that Nielsen should learn to track communal viewing habits. The morning after an episode airs, a series of fan-made podcasts, TikTok videos and memes are birthed with millions upon millions of views and “Bachelor”-devoted accounts that have created social media stars in their own right.
With that said, don’t expect to see “The Bachelor” jumping to a streaming service, like “Dancing With the Stars,” which is heading to Disney Plus , after 30 seasons on ABC. “The brand is so strong, it could probably live anywhere,” says Darnell, “But it’s one of the few things that works well on broadcast. ” Jimmy Kimmel hosting “The Bachelor” in 2015 on Chris Soules’ season. ©ABC/Courtesy Everett Collection “There is definitely a fluctuation season to season and you know when it’s working, but really, I pay more attention to the social buzz than the actual ratings,” admits Mills, who noticed that power when Jimmy Kimmel hosted in 2015.
“Jimmy told me, ‘I know those ratings are wrong because I got more feedback on that episode that I hosted than anything else I’ve ever done in my career. ‘” Aside from a plugged-in audience, the show is very much in the pop culture zeitgeist, still landing magazine covers, just like it did when the Sutters graced the cover of “People” back in 2003.
(Remember when Trista was a guest on “Oprah?”) “You can hardly say the word ‘Bachelor’ or ‘Bachelorette’ without thinking of the show. It means one thing,” says Darnell. “This is one of the few shows in the world, not just in this country, that has resonated for so long, but more importantly, is still relevant. ” Chris Harrison, who hosted “The Bachelor” franchise for 19 years since its launch in 2002, departed in 2021. Courtesy of ABC It’s no secret that “The Bachelor” has faced severe backlash, as of late. The continuous calls for increased diversity on the franchise hit a boiling point last year when Chris Harrison defended a contestant who was embroiled in a racist scandal in a widely-panned interview where he invoked the term “woke police.
There are shows that have been on for a long time, but they have lost their relevance. ” The controversy resulted in Harrison stepping down, after having hosted all the “Bachelor” series for 19 years. Jesse Palmer, an ESPN sports commentator and former football player who starred on “The Bachelor” Season 5 in 2004, took over as host — easily, the biggest creative change the franchise has seen in its twenty years on television.
“Chris had done a wonderful job hosting the show for almost 20 years, but 20 years is a long time. I think probably at a certain point, there would have been some sort of stepping aside. At some point, change happens in every show that is on for this long,” says Mills, commenting on the situation for the first time.
- “It obviously did not happen when or in the way that we wanted it to;
- But addressing it and hearing the feelings among the cast, it was important that we listened to them;
- We have a responsibility to them and hopefully the cast feels that they were heard;
” Beyond the cast, Mills speaks to the responsibility the franchise holds with its fans. “There have been hurdles these last few years,” the executive says. “We’ve had diversity issues that we’ve needed to address that were long overdue that we’ve started, but we still have a lot more work to do. ” Warner Bros. produces three official “Bachelor” podcasts, hosted by fan-favorite alums Mike Johnson, Bryan Abasolo, Natasha Parker, Joe Amabile, Tia Booth, Michelle Young and Becca Kufrin. Jeff Lewis/Warner Bros. Television Group So what’s next? For starters, execs hope the show can last another 20 years.
This is not the strongest Bachelor Nation has ever been, but I think we’re on our way to get there. The silent producer of the show, and the biggest producer of the show in some ways, is the audience. We need to listen to them.
But in the meantime, aside from new spinoffs that are continuously in development — yes, that senior citizens show is still on deck — the franchise has begun to tap into a lucrative merchandising strategy, testing out “Bachelor”-branded wine, Vegas slot machines, official podcasts, plus a touring show, “The Bachelor Live on Stage.
” “It’s like being at a Beatles concert,” jokes Darnell about the live shows. “OK, maybe not, but it’s like ‘Chippendales’ or ‘Magic Mike. ‘ … There are so many ways to monetize the brand and really explode the business.
We have started, but we expect to blow it up more. ” Karzen has a project in mind. “I would love ‘Bachelor: The Musical,'” she says. But before the fans get too excited: “That’s just an idea. It’s not real,” she cautions. “That’s the dream.