In case watching 25 women crave love from one man on The Bachelor didn’t already send you into a dry heaving frenzy, this little fact will.
LA Times staff writer, Amy Kaufman’s new book Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure (Out March 6th) reveals some dirty details from the ABC smash hit.
In the final step of casting, all contestants are required to take a medical exam.
the potential contestant would be taken for a medical examination. Samples of their blood and urine would be collected. These samples would be tested for drugs and sexually transmitted diseases. They would fill out their medical history and answer questions about their health. If they were on any medication, they would tell the medical professional, who would want to know whether they would need their pills during production.
Here’s the kicker, the most common reason contestants were kicked out of the running? STDS.
That’s right, Bachelor Nation is full of herpes.
“And sometimes you’d be the first person to tell a contestant that they had herpes. You’d be like, ‘Uh, you should call your doctor.’ Why? ‘We’re not going to be able to have you on our show, but you should call your doctor.’
Besides a medical exam, the women / men / contestants go through extremely thorough background checks.
“You’d know there’d be a possibility of [someone] being kind of unhinged — like, she passed, but just barely. You can see it at the casting events during the interviews: ‘Oh, this chick is going to go f–king nuts. She’s amazing.’ ”
Honestly, as someone who has followed the show for over a decade (gross), this doesn’t come as much of a surprise. I mean, the first few seasons were completely dedicated to hot tub scenes (RIP hot tubs).
Check out more of the salacious details at The New York Post or buy the book next month.
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