AceShowbiz - A lot of people want to compete on "The Bachelor" franchise to find a new love, but not all of them are lucky enough to be accepted. Los Angeles Time's staff writer Amy Kaufman claims in a new book that the reason ones are turned away from the ABC dating show has nothing to do with their looks. In fact, it's because of sexually transmitted diseases.
In the upcoming tell-all titled "Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure", Kaufman states that the show's hopefuls are required to take a medical examination to ensure they are completely healthy and drug-free. Published by The New York Post on Tuesday, February 27, an excerpt reveals that if anyone is diagnosed with an STD, they will immediately be removed from the audition.
"As soon as the medical tests came back, you'd see that herpes was the biggest thing," Ben Hatta, former assistant of creative and executive producer Mike Fleiss, says. "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.' "
"Then they'd realize they'd been denied from 'The Bachelor' and now a bunch of people knew they had herpes," Hatta adds.
However, psychological tests are said to be less strict than the medical ones. "There's psychological tests they have to pass, but there's a window of the pass, do you know what I mean?" producer Michael Carroll claims. "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***ing nuts. She's amazing.' "
Former contestant %cRozlyn Pappa% echoes the statement. He says that despite her ongoing battle with depression, she came out as one of the fan favorites on the show. "If they were really trying to protect you, you'd think that would be sort of a red flag and they would say, 'Well, maybe this is someone who can't handle this kind of pressure,' " she opens up. "But instead, it was almost like, 'OK, perfect. You're perfect for the show. You're going to cry. You're going to say some really screwed-up stuff.' Looking at it, I can see why I should not have been a candidate."
"Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure" is scheduled to hit the stores on March 6.