5 Surprising Bachelor Contestant Contractual Obligations

A lot of reality TV shows see a fair amount of producer intervention to ensure that events proceed in a manner that suits them. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that the people who participate on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are under numerous contractual obligations to ensure that they do what is necessary to create what the producers consider to be something that will bring in the viewers.

Here are 5 surprising contractual obligations for the people participating on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette:

No Internet

The people participating in The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have often complained about the lack of entertainment at the mansion, so it should come as no surprise to learn that they are forbidden a number of things that happen to include the Internet. The exact reason for this prohibition is unknown, but it is believed that it is meant to prevent the leads from becoming biased against the participants. After all, if the leads had access to the Internet, one suspects that there would be a great deal of Googling involving the participants.

No Politics

Since The Bachelor and The Bachelorette are meant as a sort of comfort food for the mind, they are determined to be apolitical. Humans being humans, but some of the people on the TV shows have been known to bring up politics from time to time. However, they are steered away from such topics as soon as possible. After all, if they bring up politics, that could jolt some of their viewers out of their comfort zone. It is interesting to note that this prohibition on politics extends past the participant’s appearance on the TV screen, as shown by one former participant who might have been pressured to drop out of a political race.

Hidden Cameras and Microphones

Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of cameras and microphones situated all over the place to make sure that the people behind the reality TV shows have all of what they need to create something worth watching. What is less well-known as well as less pleasant is that there are also secret cameras and microphones hidden all over the place, meaning that there is not much privacy available to the participants. Their one consolation is that they won’t be filmed in the process of using the bathroom, which is important but perhaps not as reassuring as it is supposed to sound.

Producers Have Ultimate Say Over Dates

The leads on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette often make an effort to make it seem as though the dates are their ideas. However, this is not the case, seeing as how the producers have the ultimate say over what they do. Furthermore, it should be noted that the leads are contractually obligated to do the dates that are requested of them even if said events have the potential to be physically dangerous.

Producers Have Ultimate Say Over Who Stays

Likewise, producers have the ultimate say over who gets to stay on the reality TV shows. In other words, when people are wondering why the leads want to keep troublemakers on while letting others go, there is a good chance are the producers are asking them to do so for the purpose of creating more drama. With that said, there are practical limits to this power for the simple reason that a disgruntled lead can do a great deal to ruin a season, meaning that the producers have strong incentive to use this power with care and consideration.



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