'The Bachelor' Producers Reveal The Top STD That Causes Contestants To Be Disqualified

Date March 1, 2018 11:23

The Bachelor is a dating and relationship reality show that has been on the air since 2002. Its premise is simple. A man looking for love gets to take his pick from the 20-or-so female contestants. Every week, he says goodbye to more women until the finale where he goes down on one knee and proposes to his chosen lady.

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Contestants are not just randomly allowed to compete on the show. They have to undergo a series of physical and sometimes mental evaluation test to ensure they are fit to be a part of the cast each season. So, one has to wonder, what will cause a person to be disqualified? Well, a fascinating book is letting us in on some secrets.

The STD that dashes the hopes of many.

In a book written by Los Angeles Times staff writer, Amy Kaufman titled 'Bachelor Nation: Inside the World Of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure,' readers get a glimpse of what really goes down behind the curtains.

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To get on the show, Kaufman reveals that prospective contestants will have to fill an extensive application and submit up to 15 pictures of themselves. These pictures show some details of their lives including their apartment, pets and so on. They also have to share some pretty private details, for example, describe their ultimate fantasy.


After this step, they undergo a personality test which has 150 questions such as "do you think you can control things with your mind?"

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They will then get to see a doctor, a psychologist, and even an investigator whose goal is to dig into their past for any skeletons.

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The final test is the medical examination. This is when they are tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Anyone who tests positive at this point is immediately given the boot.

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Ben Hatta, a former assistant to the creator and executive producer of the show, Mike Fleiss, revealed that one major STD that has led to many disqualifications is genital herpes.

As soon as the medical tests came back, you’d see that herpes was the biggest thing. 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.’

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Fleiss also said that the show is very thorough when it comes to background checks and evaluation:

Anyone who has any sort of borderline personality disorder or instability or any sort of past involving contemplation of suicide — we just can’t take the risk. We just don’t.

Gearing up for a big season finale.

Arie Luyendyk Jr, the current Bachelor has shared some intriguing details about what promises to be one of the most dramatic season finales yet. The 36-year-old told PEOPLE:

I know people are going to be hard on [me]. I made a mistake. And I’m prepared for the backlash. But all I can say is I had to follow my heart.

The final episodes of the season will air on Monday and Tuesday.

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