Bachelor creator complains about “fake” and “bullshit” reality shows

Mike Fleiss, creator and executive producer of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, is horrified about reality shows that are fake and/or loosely scripted and/or heavily manipulated. I agree completely with what Fleiss told the Calgary Herald:

“I think most of the shows are fake. I think there’s all kinds of bullshit going on behind the scenes with, I would say, outside of the talent shows and the Bachelor, where we really kill ourselves and spend a lot of money and time and destroy our staff to make sure its real, that 70 to 80 per cent of the shows on TV are bullshit. They’re loosely scripted. Things are planted. Things are salted into the environment so things seem more shocking.”

Planted? Salted into the environment? Bullshit behind the scenes? Things made to seem more shocking than they actually are?

Thankfully, The Bachelor has never done any of those things, ever.

about the writer

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.