At Bachelor reunion, Ben complains, producer coaches Courtney with spoiler

What happened behind the scenes during the taping of last night’s The Bachelor reunion was far more interesting than what happened on it, including a producers’ spoiler-filled coaching of Courtney Robertson and Ben Flajnik complaining about having to appear on the show.

The Los Angeles Times reports from behind the scenes, highlighting five things, including Chris Harrison’s illness, which required him to break right after bringing Courtney on stage, and he had to lie down and have an IV. Ben told some people backstage, “One more of these [expletive] things and I’m done. I have so many better things to do with my life.” And while Chris was backstage, a producer consoled and coached Courtney, talking about her like of American Spirits cigarettes and, when she told him, “I don’t know if I can show that emotion again,” he told her, “You have to. This is for you. This is for you and Ben.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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