This Is the Main Reason People Don’t Make It on ‘The Bachelor’

L.A. Times staff writer Amy Kaufman penned a book revealing all kinds of Bachelor secrets and we can’t wait to read it. In an excerpt of her book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, obtained by The New York Post, Amy reveals the number one reason applicants don’t make it on the hit ABC dating show 

According to Amy, the STD herpes is the cause of the majority of applicants being turned away. (According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15.7 percent of people in America between the ages of 14 and 49 have herpes.)

After going through the initial audition process — which consists of submitting a video of yourself, meeting with tons of producers and answering a 150-question long survey with questions consisting of things like “Have you ever wanted to kill someone?” — contestants then are evaluated by the show therapist and also given a medical exam. 


“As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” said Ben Hatta, [creator and executive producer] Mike Fleiss’s old assistant. “And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’ Then they’d realize they’d been denied from ‘The Bachelor’ and now a bunch of people knew they had herpes.”


The applicants who do make the cut then have to sign contracts agreeing to be filmed up to 24 hours a day, seven days a week and also “by means of hidden cameras and microphones,” and that they should have “no expectation of privacy.” They also have to acknowledge that “elements of surprise” will be included and be “prepared for anything,” including “twists” and “surprises.”

Sound off in the comments, would you want to go on The Bachelor or Bachelorette?

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