Hot on the heels of the news that Bachelor In Paradise has resumed production after a recent scandal comes another hard hit for The Bachelor franchise. The contract that constants are required to sign in order to appear on any the shows has been leaked and it is a doozy.
If you ever thought you'd have to sign your life away to star on The Bachelor franchise, you'd be correct! ?JZhttps://t.co/tZchC8EgVx
— Bach Bunnies (@2Girls1Recap) June 23, 2017
Thanks to CNN Money, who obtained a copy of the official contract from a source close to Bachelor In Paradise production, it has been revealed just what contestants give up to be on the hit ABC shows. The short version is that each contestant basically allows the producers to use his or her image any way the show sees fit to create the best episode or season.Anyone who participates in the shows forgoes all of his or her rights to privacy and cannot hold the show liable for any way a contestant is portrayed or actions that may arise during filming.
While the contract is not laid out quite that simple, that is basically what it means. In more specific terms, by signing a contract each participant on any of the Bachelor franchises, allows the producers to film them all the time, air any details they want whether they are manipulated or not, create drama and portray a constant in any way the producers feel will be best for the show.
— Ronnie Blair (@RBlairWriter) June 23, 2017
If basically giving up all control to the producers is not enough, The Bachelor contract also states that the show is not at all liable for the way a character comes across on TV. Plus the show or producers are not responsible if there is injury, harassment or harmful situations on the show. While the last part is in the contract, the law may prevail should a contestant actually be harmed or hurt while participating in the show.
Anyone looking to be on any of The Bachelor franchises will pretty much have to sign his or her life away. A contestant will become who the producers want them to be for the benefit of the show and as long as the contract is signed there is nothing the contestant can do. That brings up the question, why in the world anyone agree to such outrageous terms? Is 15 minutes of fame really worth what a person has to give up to be on the show?