15 BEHIND THE SCENES SECRETS OF BACHELORETTE THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW
Updated: Aug 16, 2019
1. Only the Bachelorette herself makes any money.
The male contestants compete on the show for free. But, they usually make up for it with social media sponsorships after the show. As for the Bachelorette herself, Reality Steve— the go-to source for "The Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" spoilers — claimed it's standard for the leading lady to earn $100,000 for her time on the show.
2. It films over only two months.
INSIDER previously reported that contestants have from six-nine weeks to not only fall in love, but get engaged.
3. But the winner's time with the Bachelorette is even shorter.
Former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky told Women's health that, when all was said and done, she and her winner Roberto Martinez spent around 72 hours together over a handful of dates. They eventually broke up.
4. They didn't always visit such luxurious travel destinations.
According to Romper, Bachelorettes in recent seasons have filmed dates all over the world, including Denmark, the Maldives, Argentina, Thailand, and more. But the budget wasn't always so travel-friendly. Season one Bachelorette Trista Rehn joked that she got the short end of the stick.
"They get to go on much better trips," she told Us Weekly. "I went to Seattle and Cabo and Sedona. And now [they're] going to Marseilles and Paris and Venice … Can you tell that I'm just a little jealous?"
5. The show took a three-year break between Seasons three and four.
The show went off the air from 2005 until 2008 according to Reality TV World. The reason for the hiatus could have had something to do with how Season three went…
6. Jen Schefft rejected both men.
Way before Season 11 Bachelor Brad Womack rejected his final two and earned the ire of Bachelor Nation, Schefft pulled the same move on "The Bachelorette" Season three. According to Reality TV World, she decided that she couldn't see a future with either man, and she sent them both packing. The show then took a three-year break. Once it returned, all the following seasons ended in a proposal.
7. Womack's decision to reject both women may have lead to the return of "The Bachelorette."
While Schefft's double rejection could possibly have led ABC to pull the plug on the show, Womack's blindside of both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft had fans so upset that ABC re-launched "The Bachelorette" with Pappas at the helm.
8. One former Bachelorette later married the brother of another contestant.
Pappas was the Season four Bachelorette and got engaged to Jesse Csincsak at the end of the show. Ultimately, that Bachelor Nation love didn't last, but another one did. According to People, Pappas later married Stephen Stagliano, twin brother of "Bachelorette" Season 5 contestant Michael Stagliano.
9. Season eight didn't film at the usual mansion.
The "Bachelor" mansion in LA has been home to many contestants over the seasons, but not during Emily Maynard's Bachelorette run. According to ScreenerTV, Maynard lived in North Carolina with her daughter, so production came to her.
10. The "Double Bachelorette" idea didn't come out of nowhere.
Viewers were shocked to learn that Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson would have to compete for the Season 11 Bachelorette spot, with the contestants choosing which woman they wanted to pursue after premiere night. But that's not the first time the show tried that unusual tactic.
As the Washington Post noted, "The Bachelor" Season six tried the same thing with Byron Velvick and Jay Overbye. Velvick was chosen by the women to continue as the Bachelor.
11. The engagement rings aren't theirs to keep.
If the couple breaks up within two years, they have to return the ring. The plus side of this deal is that they also don't have to pay for it in the first place.
12. Former Bachelorette Andi Dorfman has a famous cousin.
Refinery29 reported that the Season 10 Bachelorette is related to "13 Reasons Why" star Tommy Dorfman, who plays Ryan on the Netflix series.
13. Chris Harrison really didn't want Ashley Hebert to date Bentley Williams.
Who could forget the truest "Bachelorette" villain of all time, Bentley Williams? He gleefully exclaimed that he was going to make Ashley Hebert cry and that he hoped his hair looked good while doing it.
Host Chris Harrison revealed to Reality Tv World that he tried off camera to make Hebert rethink her decision to keep him on the show in the first place.
"I talked to her several times and was like, 'What do you see in this guy? Are you sure? You know that he's probably just playing a game. I really have a bad feeling about this,'" Harrison said.
Williams eventually dumped Hebert, who was heartbroken. But, all's well that ends well because she later married JP Rosenbaum, the contestant who comforted her after Williams' departure.
14. The first Canadian Bachelorette reportedly had to do speech therapy.
Season five Bachelorette Jillian Harris claimed to Allure that producers had her do speech therapy to downplay her Canadian accent, but stopped the lessons shortly into the season.
"After three or four classes, the producers realized I was losing my quirkiness, so they canceled the classes. I wasn't offended because I was the show's first out-of-country person. They were just afraid Americans wouldn't be able to connect," she told Allure.
15. Contestants don't eat the food on dates.
Former Bachelor Sean Lowe revealed in his book that the food you see on "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" dates is just for the show.
"Before we went on the date, the producers sent food to our hotel rooms. We ate in our rooms," Lowe wrote. "No one looks good eating, and microphones pick up all kinds of chomping."