Rejected 'Bachelor' Women Boohoo That Producers Sabotaged Their Shot at Love

juan pablo talking to lauren higginson cocktail partyIf you caught The Bachelor premiere on Monday night, you undoubtedly found yourself cringing for a good deal of the two-hour show. The first night limo intros are always a bit awkward, but two of the contestants who were sent home faster than they arrived had encounters with Juan Pablo ... and the cameras ... that were especially horrible. Most notably, Lauren Higginson, who was a teary-eyed trainwreck over her struggle to get one-on-one time with JuanPabs. 

Lauren confessed that part of the reason she was having such an emotional reaction to the high-pressure evening revolved around having been abandoned by her ex-fiance. But she told E! News later on that she feels like producers made her out to look like an "idiot."

She says:

I didn’t really know what to expect [while watching]. I knew they would use that little meltdown. ... The talk with [Juan Pablo] I actually had to leave the room, because it was painful. First off, [producers] took out all [Juan Pablo’s] dialogue, seriously I did have an actual conversation [with Juan Pablo] so it just had me talking. So of course I looked like an idiot. The dramatic part I was ready for — I did that — but I did not like looking ignorant. So that bugged me more than anything. I can have a conversation, good lord!

Oh jeeze. She asserts that the post-production editing also manipulated the "context" of her meltdown, explaining:

There were tears, those were real. The words that came out of my mouth were real, but in terms of the order or the context absolutely not.


Meanwhile, Kylie Lewis -- who you may remember as the redhead in the pink prom dress who embarrassingly stepped forward during the Rose Ceremony to accept a rose meant for Kat Hurd -- told Chicago's B96 that she too was "set up" for humiliation. She claims that long shooting hours -- they began at 9 p.m., and by the time the rose ceremony rolled around, it was already 6 a.m.! -- on the horrifying slip-up. "Not to mention, Kat was standing directly behind me, so he was looking at me!" she says. Making matters worse, she alleges that producers forced her to dye her hair from strawberry blond to red and to wear pink instead of purple. Uh huh ...

Sorry, but I can't exactly find much sympathy for these two. Or anyone who feels like they were "sabotaged" by producers' suggestions or post-production editing. Do they not know anything about reality TV? Do they not realize that these shows are edited for MAXIMUM drama and comedy for ratings-sake

I feel like the women (or men, in the case of The Bachelorette, of course) who actually do the best on this show are the ones who know how to roll with any manipulative "punches" from producers. And it's clear Lauren and Kylie didn't. Oh well, obviously neither was meant to be with Juan Pablo! And for the record, botched editing job or not, it was pretty apparent Lauren may need a bit more time to get over her breakup before attempting to move on!

Do you blame the producers or these contestants for their missteps?


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Bobbi Jo Parr Simon

The thing about this is that it is reality TV, these ladies knew this from the start. It was obvious Lauren was not ready to move on past the situation with her X, so she should have never been chosen to have been on the show from the start. Kylie is an obvious drama queen which was as equally obvious, and is just seeking a few more minutes of TV time since she was not given a rose. It is her negligence she made a fool of herself during the rose ceremony, Kat and Kylie sound nothing alike. If she didnt want to color her hair or wear a pink gown she could have declined to have been on the show, but she wanted to be on TV so she made the choice to comply. Ladies, quit trying to make a quick buck,Lauren get some counseling to get over your X and Kylie, dye your hair back to normal, ditch the pink dress and have a hearing test performed.

Dianne Daraitis Rothenbuehler

When you go on reality TV, you had better expect everything and anyything the producers or directors throw at you.  There is a heavy price tag on fame.

nonmember avatar MAC

Sure many of us would hope our most embarrassing moments were edited to look worse than they were if we had the opportunity to watch them! That's what made them embarrassing! Quite frankly, that hideous pink Walmart prom dress was much more embarrassing than stepping forward when another name was called! Snap out of it, girls! Being in a victim mentality won't help you find your true love.

Linda Morton

They both needed to go producers did nothing wrong

Laura Jones

Editors/producers can surely only edit or manipulate so much. You are in control of your actions and if you make a fool of yourself it's caught on camera and you can't reverse it. Tears, drama , and not being over an ex are never good going forward on national tv - but sure makes what not to do yourself pretty easy after witnessing the crazy on the Bachelor. Who DIDN'T think Lauren was going to be a mess? Called that one early on in the interview by her bringing up her ex AT ALL!

Roxie Frausto-Thiessen

I don't think Lauren Higginson was made to look stupid. We get it that the show edits for more drama. I just think it was too soon for Lauren to be out there on a show like this. She needed more time to heal from her painful break-up. So it just was not her time.

Mary Lee M

Who in the Hell would spill their guts over being left at the alter when you get one-on-one time with Jaun??? especialy on the 1st night!!   NOT smart on Lauren's part !!  Jeezzz  go home and get some counceling. If you want to blame the producers for anything, then blame them for picking Lauren in the 1st place to be on the show.    As for Kylie.....get your hearing checked!!   Yes it may of been embarassing to start to walk up and realize it wasnt you he called, but it shows your character to blame the producers!!!  this is Reality TV....these 2 girls should of been prepared for everything and anything to happen!! 

Julie L Hewitt

Don't go on the bachelor after being dumped two months before your wedding, come on, obviously you aren't over it yet, if you're crying & getting emotional.  The show is totally scripted, I mean he sends the red-head home over the free-spirit one???  -he was told  to pick her don't you think??  & the one he gave the rose to was soo not into him at all, couldn't he see this-it was just to get under your skin & want to watch next week to encounter more drama.  I will admit I am sucked in every season, but yeah, you have to be ready for anything & everything to happen on reality tv.  If not, don't try out for the show. 

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