A new tell-all about the reality show The Bachelor has revealed that numerous potential contestants get turned away because they have sexually transmitted infections. But that’s not even close to the whole story.
The journey toward the sanctity of television matrimony may seem like fun, but getting picked to be on the show requires an incredibly in-depth background check, a new book reveals.
‘The Bachelor’ Eliminates Most Potential Contestants For Having STDs
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Discover the STD that keeps most contestants off ‘The Bachelor.’ pic.twitter.com/qWUeMFb0CS
— Shawn (@rowingtofit) February 28, 2018
Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Guilty Pleasure chronicles the aggressive and thorough—testing—potential contestants most undergo in order to make it onto the show.
Most notably, many contestants are turned away for the same reason: herpes and other sexually transmitted infections.
"A 150-question personality test is filled with multiple-choice and true-or-false questions: Do you have out-of-body experiences? Do you think you can control things with your mind?" https://t.co/TgGSDtQWJo
— New York Post (@nypost) February 27, 2018
Applicants are subject to “a 150-question personality test,” reports the New York Post. The questionnaire “is filled with multiple-choice and true-or-false questions: Do you have out-of-body experiences? Do you think you can control things with your mind? Have you ever wanted to kill someone? Some of these questions would be asked several times, with different wording.”
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— Matt Lindner (@mattlindner) February 27, 2018
If you think that’s horrible, keep reading.
Aspiring contestants are also subject to psychological questions, such as: “Had they ever cheated on anyone? Did they have a history of mental illness or depression? Did they ever drink too much? Did they ever get into fights when they were drunk?”
Then, according to the New York Post, questions surrounding possible criminal histories were asked.
“Had they ever been arrested? Had they ever sent nude photos to anyone? Had they ever made a sex tape? Had they gotten a DUI?”
The most invasive and decisive part of the interview process, however, is the medical examination.
Medical histories, including any physical conditions, prescriptions, chronic conditions, you name it, are documented and taken into consideration when deciding who eventually gets cast on the show. But most contestants who were turned away had one thing in common: herpes.
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) February 27, 2018
“As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing,” said Ben Hatta, creator and executive producer. “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,” Hatta said.
That’s a helluva way to find out you have a virus that up to 80 percent of all adults carry, and to which 90 percent of people are exposed at some point.
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— Polish Perfect (@polishperfectt) December 23, 2017
So if you’re thinking about auditioning for The Bachelor, please, consider what’s in store for you. Or, for more Bachelor coverage and spoilers, click here.
You can buy your copy of Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Guilty Pleasure here.
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