The Bachelor Contract, Reality Steve’s Blog and Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky

A lot has been said about how contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette “reality tv” shows on ABC have to sign a contract, but very few people have been able to actually read the “shocking” contract themselves. Now you can. Reality Steve has talked at great length about the crazy contract, and how the heavy editing causes some contestants to be given “bad edits”, where they are made out to be and are treated like villains on and off the show.

Rozlyn Papa got a very bad edit during her stint on The Bachelor with Jake Pavelka “On The Wings of Love”, where claims were made that she and a producer had a shocking sexual affair or “inappropriate relationship”. Didn’t happen. What may be good for boosting ratings and viewership for the show hasn’t been good for Rozlyn’s reputation.

Reality Steve, Steve Carbone of Dallas, has done everything he could to dispel the lies and innuendo perpetrated against Rozlyn, including a two-hour interview with her, but a lot of people still choose to believe what they saw on TV was reality. Not so fast.


What is frankenbiting? Remember Wes Hayden from Jillian Harris’ season on The Bachelorette? Wes was the chosen villain during that season, with bad edits via “frankenbiting” editing practices that made it appear as though Wes had a girlfriend while “dating” Jillian. Frankenbiting is a controversial editing practice where editors combine bits and pieces of various soundbites to create new but purportedly representative quotes.

Time Magazine refers to frankenbiting as the splicing/dicing and editing of dialogue and action in reality TV shows to create interesting and completely false stories. It’s called “drama”. Ratings. Frankenbiting happens on reality tv a lot more than most viewers realize. In a post-show interview with KHFI-FM’s “Bobby Bones Show” radio program in Austin, TX, Wes explained how taking words out of context via frankenbiting on The Bachlorette (including his exit interview) made him look like a cheating dog:

“That is a bold-faced lie, I did not have a girlfriend,” Wes said. “I had a girlfriend last summer. She’s still a very good friend of mine, I mean every now and again we’ll go out and to lunch or something like that. I mean, I did some work for her mom, I’m good friends with her family.”

Regarding his exit interview, where it appeared that Wes admitted to having a girlfriend, he says:

“They [didn’t] play what I say after that. I said, ‘I’m the only guy in Bachelorette history to make it to the final four with a girlfriend’ [and then] I said ‘Get real dude, if I had a girlfriend, I’d be home with her right now and I wouldn’t be putting up with this,’” Wes told the radio station. “They said stuff like that all the way through, all the way through like that. They can take whatever they want and just play what they want.”

Bachelor and Bachelorette Contract Controversy

Now, about the Bachelor/Bachelorette contract that contestants have to sign to participate on the show. Contestants that sign the legal contract to be on either The Bachlelor or The Bachlorette are setting themselves up for bad edits and frankenbiting. Question is, Who will be the chosen villain for Ali Fedowtowsky’s season on The Bachelorette?

Excerpts of the 22-page Bachelor/Bachelorette contract that contestants sign, Part 1 under DISCLOSURES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

“If I am selected to be a Participant in the Series, I understand that my actions, voice, and statements during the pre-production period and on the Location during production will be filmed and recorded for the Series on and up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis, including, without limitation, by means of hidden cameras and microphones and I hereby consent to such videotaping, filming, or recording and knowingly and voluntarily waive any privacy rights I may have, regardless of whether I am aware that recording of my actions and conversations is taking place.”

With all the hidden cameras and microphones used on The Bachelor and Bachelorette, why is there NO video or audio of Rozlyn Papa’s “inappropriate relationship” or sex scandal with the producer? Huh ABC? Huh Chris Harrison?

Under “KNOWLEDGE OF SHOW” excerpt:

“I agree that before, during and after the Dates, I will appear in the Series to be interviewed and make observations concerning my experiences on the Dates and thoughts related thereto. I understand that the Series is an unscripted and/or reality series that may involve the element of surprise. I have been informed and understand that I should be prepared for anything, at any time during the production of the Series and that the Series may involve “twists” and that that Producer may make misrepresentations intentionally or unintentionally concerning the Series and/or any element or aspect of the Series. Said misrepresentations may be made by, without limitation, Producer, Host, other Series Participants, Producer’s affiliates and/or other parties connected to the show.

Knowledge of Potential Embarrassment and Surprises: I acknowledge that interviews on or in connection with the Series may consist of another Participant and/or my statements about other Participants, personal relationships and, perhaps, the opinions and statements of my family and/or friends and other people connected with the Series, and that some of these statements and/or statements by the host of the Series, Producer or Producer’s employees or agents or others may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory, or otherwise offensive or injurious to me, the viewing audience, Producer or Producer’s employees or agents and/or other third parties.” has Part 1 of the 22-page contract that contestants sign here for those interested in the entire first page of the contract excerpted above. Also, The Smoking Gun has a copy of the 17-page contract from Trista’s season on The Bachelorette here for anyone interested in comparing them.

Reality Steve’s blog and reported computer viruses:

A few people have emailed me saying they got a computer virus when they clicked on Reality Steve’s blog, and they wondered if I’ve had any such problems. No, I haven’t, but I did send a message to Steve Carbone on Facebook on January 17 letting him know that McAfee Security has a warning that his blog is in the red zone. The warning message found here on McAfee about says: “When we tested this site we found links to, which we found breaches browser security on our test PC.”

I haven’t had any problems or gotten a computer virus going to Reality Steve’s blog, but I also haven’t clicked on any links to “sirlinksalot”. I had no problem downloading Steve’s interview with Rozlyn, and I haven’t had any virus issues reading Steve’s episode recaps or Bachelor spoilers, except for the occasional server problems he was having before changing servers. If you have had computer virus problems from Reality Steve’s blog, leave a comment below explaining your experience.

The Bachelorette season with Ali Fedotowsky begins shooting on March 13, with at least some parts being filmed in New York. The Bachelorette is scheduled to premiere on May 24, 2010 on ABC. It will be interesting to see if Reality Steve gets to spoil Ali’s season too, and which contestant gets the short end of the stick with bad editing, a frankenbite hatchet-job and becomes the “love to hate” villain.

What do you think about Ali being the new Bachelorette? What do you think about the raw deal some contestants get from the editing process to make the “reality show” more dramatic for viewers?

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