Bachelor producer calls spoilers and leaks “just more promotion”

Tonight on The Bachelor, Chris Harrison says, “for the first time ever, there will be no rose ceremony.” The shock! The horror!

If you’ve been able to slog through all of the text to find Reality Steve’s spoilers, you probably have a good idea why there is no rose ceremony tonight. Whatever you think about the conspiracy theories, it’s clear Steve Carbone has a production source–whether it’s someone who’s actively involved in production or just tangentially connected to someone who is–who offers accurate information about what happens episode to episode. And guess what? The show’s executive producer doesn’t mind.

Here’s how Mike Fleiss said the show dealt with leaks in the past: “We spent a lot of money and we hired these guys from the Israeli secret service to shake down people and look at phone records and stuff like that. We ultimately found out who it was. That person no longer works for us,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

However, the latest leaks, regardless of their accuracy, don’t merit that kind of response; instead, Fleiss just jokes about them. “That’s something that kind of bugs us. In some ways, it’s just more promotion. We would like to find out [who his source is].” Fleiss adds, “We would love to know if anyone knows [who the source is]. I’m offering a $25 reward!”

In other words, he’s so unconcerned that he’s flippant about it, and actually appreciates how those spoilers inspire publicity and media coverage. If I were to float my own conspiracy theory, one might even imagine the show is using Steve. Steve told EW the information and source(s) “just fell into my lap,” which makes it possible that the show sought out someone who’d leak information but was highly critical, and therefore not sound like a publicist while (unwittingly or not) promoting the show.

But that’s just speculation.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.