Monday, January 4, 2010

The Bachelor Scandal: There Goes One of the Perks of Being a Reality Show Producer

What do reality show producers do, anyway? Don't they help with the "script" or something? Tell contestants where to stand? Make sure there's plenty of craft services?

Well, on "The Bachelor," apparently, they sleep with contestants.

According to clips airing on ABC to promote the new season, one of Jake’s female suitors may not be single.

“She’s been having this sexual affair with somebody else in ‘The Bachelor’ house,” a female contestant is heard saying in the promo clips.

According to Chris Harrison, the host of “The Bachelor,” one of the ladies became involved with a producer on the show.

THIS guy is Jake Pavelka, "The Bachelor". No wonder one of his suitors chose to sleep with a producer.

I am not the least bit surprised that this happened. Waaaaay back in the early aughts, when I'd first moved to LA, I met a surprising number of aspiring actors and actresses who had appeared on the late, lamented television classic "Blind Date" who told me that it was not the daters who ended up with the most action-- it was the cameramen and other crew who followed the daters. Not necessarily nookie, but action nonetheless.

What is surprising is that the contestant was removed from the show, and the producer fired.

“It was incredibly unfortunate. Horrible decisions were made,” Chris told 104.3 Myfm morning show host Sean Valentine, People reported. “It was embarrassing for us and in fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we said], ‘Let’s nip this in the bud and take care of it.’ And that’s what we did.”

Chris said the show will address the issue this season on “The Bachelor,” but according to Us Weekly, he also revealed on the morning show that the woman was kicked off “The Bachelor” and the producer was fired.

Then again, you might remember that "The Bachelor" was one of the reality shows specifically named in a class action lawsuit brought against several reality show producers regarding unlawful working conditions, that settled almost one year ago exactly:

The dual class-action lawsuits were filed in 2005 by several hundred employees who worked in various capacities, including story editors, editors and segment producers, on such shows as "The Bachelor," "Trading Spouses," "Are You Hot?" and "The Real Gilligan's Island." They alleged that Fox, ABC, CBS and various production entities told them to forge time cards and work 18-hour days with few meal breaks.

So now the producers are being fired for sleeping with the talent, but-- are they getting their meal breaks? Because that's what they brought the lawsuit for.

I hope they're happy.

Jake Pavelka pic source.

1 comment:

shampoo said...

hm... this is a little weird... revenge firing?

I don't watch that show...