Behind-the-Scenes Secrets About ‘The Bachelor’ and the Couples Who Are Still Together Despite It All

With a show as dramatic as The Bachelor, there are bound to be tons of behind-the-scenes secrets and juicy gossip. From manipulating contestants to forcing participants to shell out thousands of dollars to buy their own gowns, it’s no wonder women are so desperate to get a rose!

Many past contestants — like season 16 winner Courtney Robertson and season 17 Bachelor Sean Lowe — have written tell-all books about their experiences. However, probably the most shocking revelation was made by former producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, who took her experiences working on The Bachelor and turned it into a scripted drama called Unreal.

“The night they were going to get dumped, I would go to the hotel room where they were staying and say, ‘I’m going to lose my job for telling you this, but he’s going to pick you — he’s going to propose,’” Sarah explained about how she got contestants to cry on camera. “They’d often tell us to drive up and down the 405 until the girls cried — and not to come home if we didn’t get tears, because we’d be fired.”

Additionally, season 16 contestant Jamie Otis said there are more producer-contestant relationship “than viewers realize,” she told Women’s Health in 2015. “One day, I was the first interview and the ‘interview room’ was being set up in a producer’s hotel room. I headed down to that floor, and when the doors opened, I bumped right into that producer and one of the contestants. Her hair and makeup were a mess, and she was in the same dress as the night before. Her face turned bright red—total giveaway that something scandalous had gone down!” Jamie recalled. “They’re always kept hush-hush.”

And as for the dirt on the massive Neil Lane engagement ring, couples have to stay together for two years if they want to be able to keep the massive rock.

Despite all the manipulations, there have been quite a few happy endings that came from the show. Check out the gallery below to see couples from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette that miraculously are still together!

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