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The same can’t always be said for the contestants on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Season after season, fans tune in to watch the drama created by close-knit quarters, awkward group dates and a competition where several people are vying for just one person’s attention. But what goes into creating this “reality” on TV? The more interesting question may be, not what, but who is behind the drama.
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro spent nine seasons working as a producer on The Bachelor. She told the LA Times she disliked the job so much, she informed her boss she was considering suicide in order to get out of her contract.
A decade later, Shapiro used her reality TV experience as inspiration to create the new Lifetime series UnReal.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez gets the inside scoop from the ultimate insider. Shapiro talks about why she’s particularly worried about this season’s bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe, what caused her to leave her job and which night is the best for the fantasy suite.