#BachelorNation is alive and thriving in anticipation of next week’s finale. From saying “I love you” too soon to rumored controversy over how he picks, everyone is captivated. Especially this Dad, who coupled his enthusiasm for the reality-love show with a concern for his daughter’s sexual health.
Now, this Dad isn’t wrong to be worried. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 6 Americans between the ages of 16 and 49 have genital herpes. That means you probably know someone with herpes — whether they know it or not. Now back to why this is important with regard to The Bachelor.
According to excerpts from the new Amy Kaufman book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure (as reported by The New York Post), one of the top reasons why contestants didn’t make it onto the show wasn’t based on their looks, personality or mental health. Instead, it’s because they are one of the 17% of people who have herpes running rampant in their pants. This is how the show handled it according to the book:
“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.’
That’s one way to find out you have a highly-contagious venereal disease! Having a show where the producers allow you to sleep with a bunch of people before choosing the love of your life, only to find out someone gave you an STD? Sounds great for ratings, but we’re pretty sure that ABC doesn’t want to get sued.
On top of STD testing, potential contestants also have to undergo extensive background checks and psychological tests. Yet, if you are only “slightly unhinged” you made it past the psych round. That means if a contestant seemed like they would go a little crazy, it was fine.
“There’s psychological tests they have to pass, but there’s a window of the pass, do you know what I mean?” insinuated Michael Carroll, the producer who got so close to contestants that he even crashed in their rooms occasionally. “You’d know there’d be a possibility of [someone] being kind of unhinged — like, she passed, but just barely. You can see it at the casting events during the interviews: ‘Oh, this chick is going to go f–king nuts. She’s amazing.’”
We all know the show itself is a bit crazy, but it seems the whole selection process isn’t too far off either. Well, if it helps create “quality” TV, we’re here for it!
Can’t wait for the finale, and need to quench your Bachelor thirst? Read some of the best Bachelor-inspired tweets to hold you over until then:
If Kendall killed & stuffed Lauren would Arie even know the difference? #TheBachelor
— Imhallucinating (@imhallucinating) February 27, 2018
— pettybachnation (@Pacheltheories) February 27, 2018
Arie: I love that. Our connection is so deep. I'm in love with you. Wow.#thebachelor
— V (@whatasana) February 27, 2018
— Diggy Moreland (@diggymoreland) February 28, 2018
— Kristina Schulman (@kristinaschulma) February 27, 2018