How much did ABC want Jef Holm to keep his mouth shut about how The Bachelorette ended? Oh, a few million dollars' worth. In an interview with Utah Valley, Jef revealed the non-disclosure agreement he had to sign for the show. It came with a hefty penalty if he blabbed. "I was under contract -- I think it was for $5 million -- that if anything came out or leaked because of me, I was liable." Yikes!
Threatening Jef Holm with five million! I guess I can't blame ABC for wanting to protect the tantalizing details of the season's conclusion. But come on, Jef would have kept his mouth shut no matter what. He's just that kind of guy.
Seriously, of all the contestants, I think Jef was probably the most likely to respect ABC's rules about keeping the ending a secret. He just doesn't strike me as the kind of conniving jerk who would ruin everyone's surprise to make a few easy bucks from the tabloids. He runs a business that brings water to thirsty people in remote locations, for crying out loud. He's Mr. Good Intentions.
Maybe ABC had to get really specific with him about exactly how details can get leaked. ("Jef, just don't talk to your brother at all. Don't text him, don't email him, pretend he doesn't exist.") And maybe ABC was worried Jef might be too nice. Like, he wouldn't leak the ending for money but he might blab to his family because they're close.
But I doubt he really needed that five mil hanging over his head. Me, on the other hand, that's another story. Anyone need some secrets to be kept? I can keep my mouth shut for a few million. Really! Tell me anything.
Do you think Jef Holm would have spilled secrets if he hadn't signed the contract?
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