- 19 Ways Producers Double Crossed The Cast Of The Bachelor
- 19 They Prevent Contestants From Having Contact With The Outside World
- 18 They Demand Complete Dedication No Matter What
- 17 Contestants Are Humiliated To Get On The Show
- 16 Contestants Have To Pay For Their Own Clothes
- 15 They Force You To Forget The Word “Process”
- 14 They'll Make You Go To Speech Therapy If They Don't Your Accent
- 13 Contestants Do Not Get Paid
- 12 Contestants Aren't Allowed Much Privacy
- 11 Everyone Has To Use An Alias
- 10 Filming The Rose Ceremony Is Exhausting
- 9 They Plan Out The Order Contestants Exit The Limo
- 8 Couples Aren't Allowed To Actually Eat While Filming
- 7 ITM Interviews Are Sometimes Conducted Months Later
- 6 They Track Contestants' Periods
- 5 Contestants Are Mislead So They're More Emotional
- 4 They Make Contestants Cry
- 3 They Give Couples Very Little Time Before Getting Hitched
- 2 They’re Going To Make You Talk, One Way Or Another
- 1 They Can Make You Return The Ring
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19 Ways Producers Double Crossed The Cast Of The Bachelor
These days, reality television seems to have it all. You’ve got all the family intrigue you’ll ever want. You’ve got petty feuds and scandalous public fights.
You’ve got romantic moments and all the drama in between. Reality TV has got you covered as far as guilty pleasures go.
And when it comes to guilty pleasure, America can’t deny that it’s been following The Bachelor for quite some time now.
In fact, the 24th season of The Bachelor is slated to return in January, 2020. And according to the show, fans are in for a treat. The official website explains, “Returning home from Greece, Peter was forced to confront his pain and pick up the pieces of his broken heart. Now, Peter is back to take his search for true love to new heights…”
And while you may be looking forward to seeing that, you’re probably also curious about what goes on behind the scenes of the show. Well, we’ve just found the ways in which producers get a little sneaky with its cast. Check it out:
19 They Prevent Contestants From Having Contact With The Outside World
Throughout filming, the cast isn’t allowed to communicate with anyone outside the show.
And as a happiness expert has explained to Pop Sugar, “If contestants had the chance to escape to watch a show or read a book or scroll Instagram, it might give them a chance to get perspective on the situation they're in and maybe take a look at their relationship with the bachelor in a more healthy, stable light. But that's no fun for the show, right?”
18 They Demand Complete Dedication No Matter What
According to the eligibility requirements for the show, participants must be willing to travel and participate in the production process for at least six months.
Meanwhile, participation in the show may also go on for an entire year. And according to various reports, participants often leave their jobs as a result.
It is unclear if they are able to readily return to their jobs after production has wrapped.
17 Contestants Are Humiliated To Get On The Show
As the eligibility requirements on The Bachelor states, “Applicants acknowledge, understand, and agree that Companies (as defined below) use or revelation of Personal Information and Recordings, as defined in these Eligibility Requirements, may be embarrassing, unfavorable, humiliating, and/or derogatory and/or may portray him or her in a false light.” Moreover, applicants may not sue the show if they are humiliated or portrayed negatively.
16 Contestants Have To Pay For Their Own Clothes
When appearing on the show, contestants are expected to spend on and bring their own clothes.
As former contestant Jillian Harris explained on her blog, “The girls do have to bring all of their own clothing and of course, they want to be wearing the best clothes EVER to be seen on TV in!!! I had re-mortgaged my house and I spent something $8,000 on clothing (which is still a lot) … but now that designer labels are even more important, I can see how someone can spend that … easily!!!!!”
15 They Force You To Forget The Word “Process”
During an interview with Glamour, former Bachelor Sean Lowe explained, “Any time you call it a process, they will make you re-tape it and say ‘journey.’” Perhaps, it was a way of making sure that the whole cast immerses themselves fully into the making of the show. The word ‘journey’ also sounds a lot more authentic than ‘process.’
14 They'll Make You Go To Speech Therapy If They Don't Your Accent
During an interview with Allure, Bachelorette Jillian Harris recalled, “Apparently, they didn't my Canadian accent, so they had me go to speech therapy.
After three or four classes, the producers realized I was losing my quirkiness, so they cancelled the classes. I wasn't offended because I was the show's first out-of-country person.
They were just afraid Americans wouldn't be able to connect.”
13 Contestants Do Not Get Paid
Even if the show is expected to be in production for months, contestants are not paid anything for their participation. And so, they would really have to ensure that they are financially sound before committing to the show. On the other hand, the show’s lead is said to receive a pretty hefty paycheck.
12 Contestants Aren't Allowed Much Privacy
The show’s eligibility requirements also explain, “Each applicant acknowledges, understands and agrees that he or she, if chosen as a bachelor or bachelorette on the Program, may be audio and/or video taped twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week while participating in the Program by means of open and hidden cameras, whether or not he or she is then aware that he or she is being videotaped or recorded.”
11 Everyone Has To Use An Alias
According to Lowe, “The show is so paranoid about spoilers and people getting inside information. From the very beginning, they never called me Sean over the radio; it was always Clyde. The girl, no matter what girl it was, was always Bonnie. It's almost you are in the Secret Service.”
10 Filming The Rose Ceremony Is Exhausting
During his interview, Lowe also recalled, “It is absolutely exhausting. On TV, what you see is I hand out a rose, the girl comes forward and accepts it, and then I hand out another rose.
In reality, there's about three to five minutes in between each rose because all 15 cameras have to reposition. That first night lasts until about 7 A.M., and then each one after that lasts until about 3 or 4.
9 They Plan Out The Order Contestants Exit The Limo
Lowe told Glamour, “I remember one of the producers said to me [before filming The Bachelorette], 'You are going to be the first one the limo.’ I didn't think much of it. But then he said, 'Because you are first, everyone here thinks you are going to do well.' They want to get the show started off on the right foot.”
8 Couples Aren't Allowed To Actually Eat While Filming
As Lowe has also explained, “Nobody eats, and that's primarily because nobody wants to watch you eat and the mikes will pick up the chewing. So between the two date portions, they would bring us to a hotel, where you can shower and change and get ready— and it's during that time that you can eat.”
7 ITM Interviews Are Sometimes Conducted Months Later
In his book For the Right Reasons, Lowe recalled that those “in the moment” interviews were not really captured in the moment. Instead, they can sometimes take place months later. In fact, according to Bustle, the production crew would even keep his clothes and arrange them by date so that they could go back and use it during the interview filming.
6 They Track Contestants' Periods
In a tell-all book by Amy Kaufman, she disclosed that former show producer Ben Hatta once told her, “When women cycled together in the house, it created a completely different vibe.
So a girl’s now crying mid-interview about nothing, or being reactionary to things that are super small. It helped the producers, because now you’ve got someone who is emotional — and all you want is emotion.
5 Contestants Are Mislead So They're More Emotional
During an interview with The New Yorker, producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro said her job was to “open up, and to give them terrible advice, and to deprive them of sleep,” which she sums up as “complicated manipulation through friendship.
” She also recalled misleading contestants saying, “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.”
4 They Make Contestants Cry
As Shapiro also recalled in her interview, “I’d have arranged with the driver to have the song play just until I got a shot of her crying— then cut the music so I could start the interview. She further explained, “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.”
3 They Give Couples Very Little Time Before Getting Hitched
According to BuzzFeed, former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky once recalled, “You spend so little time with the person you choose before the final rose ceremony.
I would say you probably spend about 72 hours tops with the person you wind up choosing, and 12 of that is spent ‘sleeping’ in the fantasy suite.
You can't really get to know a person in that time frame.”
2 They’re Going To Make You Talk, One Way Or Another
As Lowe has also recalled in his book, “They want interesting TV. In my case, I didn't want to talk about anything, until I realized the ride was taking a lot longer than it should and these guys are just driving around until I say the right thing. I knew if I didn't, we were just going to drive around all night.”
1 They Can Make You Return The Ring
The rings that are featured on the show are very much real and expensive. And the lucky couple who gets to use them typically gets to keep them. However, according to multiple reports, there is one strict condition. If the couple’s relationship fails to last beyond two months, the ring would have to be returned.
Sources: The Bachelor, Glamour, The Daily Beast, Allure
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On Friday the Australian published a double-page advertisement paid for by the mining magnate Clive Palmer, promoting his plan to fund 1m doses of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible cure for Covid-19.
The bright yellow ad took over pages two and three of the national broadsheet. The former politician had already placed ads touting his appearance on Sunrise, where he talked up his plan to launch a large-scale manufacturing plant for the drug.
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But as Guardian Australia reported on Wednesday, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine have not been approved as treatments for Covid-19, and may have potentially severe and even deadly side effects – including heart failure and toxicity – if used inappropriately.
Tests for its use in treating the coronoavirus are in their early stages, and the Therapeutic Goods Administration has said it is concerned about shortages of the drug for people who need it for other conditions after an increase in off-label prescribing as a result of the Covid-19 reports.
A man in Arizona has died from drinking a small amount of a chloroquine phosphate product, after the US president, Donald Trump, touted hydroxychloroquine as possibly “one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine”.
The Australian’s editor-in-chief, Chris Dore, has been approached for comment.
Crisis across the media landscape
Journalists at News Corp Australia will be forced to take take leave, even if it’s unpaid, and work a nine-day fortnight to keep the Murdoch empire afloat during the economic downturn.
That was the blunt message to staff across the mastheads on Thursday as the business reeled from a collapse in the advertising market and imposed unprecedented conditions on the workforce for the rest of the financial year.
The media union has told staff not to agree to anything until emergency talks with management are held. With newspapers already under pressure many are asking if the coronavirus will finally spell the end of some mastheads. One daily non-Murdoch newspaper, the independently owned Sunraysia Daily, will stop publishing on Saturday.
The cuts being forced at News Corp are not unique. Southern Cross Austereo, which owns 86 radio stations, including the Triple M and Hit networks, is imposing a 10% pay cut on staff earning more than $68,000 and everyone is taking 10 days’ leave.
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The irony is audiences have never been so big and so hungry for news, with News Corp reporting a 48% increase for the Australian and the Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, the Courier-Mail and the Advertiser last week. Digital subscriptions have also grown by 21%, but not enough to make up for the slump in advertising revenue as travel, entertainment, retail and other major businesses close down.
As News Corp’s chief executive, Michael Miller, said in an internal email: “While the public are turning to our trusted news brands in huge numbers, falling business confidence is impacting the advertising revenues of all media businesses.”
Audiences for television news are also booming. Channel Nine reported its highest-rating bulletin since 2015 on Wednesday as 1.26m viewers tuned in at 6pm.
ABC comes home
Although the ABC has pressed pause on job cuts during the pandemic, a handful of news and current affairs shows will be affected and some foreign correspondents have been ordered home.
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The Jakarta, Bangkok and Port Moresby posts have already been vacated for safety reasons, ABC News has confirmed.
The National Press Club regular program has stopped and will now be broadcast only “in special circumstances”; the Signal podcast is now Monday, Wednesday and Friday instead of five days a week; the Asia Pacific newsroom has combined Pacific Beat and Pacific Mornings into a single 55-minute Pacific Beat program, seven days a week; the Mix will cease production and move to “best of” programs from 19 April; and Planet America’s Fireside Chat on Fridays will not air on 10 April or 17 April.
Huge story, smaller staff
So how will News Corp cope with covering the fast-moving Covid-19 crisis with a smaller workforce while everyone takes enforced leave – including four days at Easter and at least 20 days’ long service leave for those who have it? Well it will print fewer pages and use more syndicated copy dressed up as a special Covid-19 section called “HiberNation” or “the most significant newspaper content initiative in living memory”.
Announcing “HiberNation” the chairman of the editorial board at News Corp Australia, Peter Blunden, said: “No story we’ve ever told has been so big, so rapid to evolve or so widespread.” The eight-page section will “provide practical advice and tips to help Australians with their lives during this crisis health”, as well as TV guides, recipes and puzzles.
Most drama and reality TV shows have now shut down production, including Nine’s The Block, which was still soldiering on days ago.
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James Taylor and his wife donate $1M to Boston hospital
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From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here’s a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
CELEBS ARE WRITING BIG CHECKS
Grammy-winning singer James Taylor and his wife, Kim, have donated $1 million to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to help with its battle against the spread of the new coronavirus.
The gift announced Tuesday will help the hospital direct resources where the need is greatest, whether purchasing supplies and equipment, repurposing space, or furthering research seeking treatments and means of prevention for COVID-19, the hospital said in a statement.
Taylor, 72, has deep ties to the hospital. His father, Dr. Isaac Taylor, completed his residency in internal medicine, served as chief resident and conducted research there. James Taylor was born there in 1948.
“There is no question that it’s a point of pride for New Englanders to claim the MGH as their hospital – our hospital – and this is especially true today with the threat coming from a new and insidious virus,” Taylor said in a statement. “Kim and I want to be part of this fight. We have been so inspired by the courage and sacrifice of the health care heroes in the trenches who are working so hard to protect us all.”
The gift will support the hospital's Emergency Response Fund, established in response to the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 to provide flexible resources that can be deployed quickly to support immediate needs.
The Taylors aren't the only ones opening their wallets. Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the owners of Columbus Crew SC and the Cleveland Browns, have pledged to donate $1.5 million to multiple coronavirus relief funds in Ohio. And soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo plus Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have each donated 1 million euros ($1.08 million).
JACKSON BROWNE TESTS POSITIVE
Jackson Browne has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Rock Hall of Fame inductee is currently recuperating at his Los Angeles home. He first told Rolling Stone magazine and the news was confirmed By The Associated Press through his representatives.
“My symptoms are really pretty mild, so I don’t require any kind of medication and certainly not hospitalization or anything that,” he tells the magazine.
The 71-year-old musician isn’t sure where he got it, but he suspected his recent trip to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit may have been the source. That benefit also featured Cyndi Lauper, Dave Matthews, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
MONEY FOR BROADWAY WORKERS
Financial relief is on the way to Broadway actors and workers.
More than 20 Broadway producers are offering a $1 million challenge match to double the impact of their donations and the Actors’ Equity Association is contributing $500,000 to launch a new fund and will match another $250,000 of contributions from other donors, dollar for dollar.
The producers — including Broadway heavy-hitters Marc Platt, Daryl Roth, David Stone, Jeffrey Seller and Scott Rudin — have pledged their donation to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund.
Actors’ Equity, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers, announced the creation of the Actors’ Equity Emergency Curtain Up Fund, and issued a grant to The Actors Fund to provide support for members at risk due to work cancellations resulting from COVID-19.
ATLANTA OPERA DOES ITS PART
The Atlanta Opera is making its costume and wardrobe shop available to create face masks and protective clothing for use by area hospitals.
Costume director Joanna Schmink created a face mask prototype this week, and the company said Wednesday that area hospitals will provide operating-room sheets for use as fabric. Tomer Zvulun, the general and artistic director, said the opera house is shuttered but its staff want to help.
“The simple idea is to bring it together and use the incredible skill of our people and the equipment that we have and manufacture garments that are much needed for the medical community,” he said in a video. “This is not rocket science. It's a very simple idea.”
APOLLO AMATEUR NIGHT GOES ONLINE
The Apollo Theater's Amateur Night, the famously high-pressure crucible through which countless performers have passed, is going online for now.
The Harlem nonprofit theater on Wednesday said it will conduct auditions exclusively through online submissions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Contestants can submit 5-minute clips for a chance to perform later this summer or fall on the Apollo stage.
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