Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Q&A on The Bachelor #2

Twice this season, contestants have interrupted other contestants' quality time with Juan Pablo. Should Juan Pablo and/or Chris Harrison be equipped with NFL-style penalty markers for such infractions?

I can tell by your question that you’re relatively new to The Bachelor viewerdom. This happens every season. The Bachelor or Bachelorette is talking with one person and another comes to break it up. It’s something that has bugged me from the very beginning. 

Do I think The Bachelor/ette should be given NFL-style penalty markers for such occasions? Absolutely. Unfortunately, that would make it way too obvious to the viewers that they are watching a game show and the producers don’t want that. You have fantastic ideas and questions, Mark.

My bigger beef with this is that the Bachelor/ette always acts like they have no choice in the matter. If someone comes to interrupt, they’re always all, “Oh. Well, sorry Person-I’m-Talking-To-Right-Now, but Person-Who-Interrupted-Us wants to talk, so I have to talk to them now.” No one has EVER put their foot down. I have a feeling the producers don’t want them to because these interruptions are often major tools to stir up drama between the women/men. What really needs to happen is for the Bachelor/ette to say, “I’m sorry, but I’m in the middle of a conversation right now. Once we finish up, I’ll come find you and we can talk. Thank you.” Then we wouldn’t need penalty flags at all.


Basically, my suggestion is that the contestants handle themselves like adults, but we know that’s not going to happen.

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