Mike FleissLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
The Bachelor creator on picking Colton Underwood: "He looks the part, he’s an all-American kid ...The virginity thing is interesting"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Mike Fleiss says the potential of Colton losing his virginity "creates added stakes for this season. When we sat with all the guys that we were considering, Colton just seemed like a star. When you’re in the room with him, you’re like, that’s a big personality, a big presence. He just won us over. And he has grown from the time he was on Bachelorette. I think the Bachelor in Paradise experience did add to his maturity." As for Blake Horstmann and Jason Tartick not getting the job after lobbying for it, Fleiss says: "Yeah, which isn’t necessarily a good thing, you know?" ALSO: Arie Lyuendyk Jr. tells "a**hole" Jef Holm to "pay up" after Jef tweeted on New Year's Day last year he'd give $5,000 to charity if Arie "lasts 1 year with anyone."
Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
Longtime Bachelor executive producer Elan Gale is departing the show
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss shocked Bachelor Nation when he announced Gale is no longer with the franchise. "Can’t comment on why @theyearofelan is no longer part of #TheBachelor team, but we wish him the best in all his future endeavors," Fleiss tweeted. Gale, who has been with The Bachelor for 10 years, made headlines in 2013 when his epic "Note War" on a Thanksgiving flight went viral -- which he later revealed was made up. ALSO: The Bachelor has gone from four Laurens to zero.
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
The Bachelor and Bachelorette mansion escaped destruction in Southern California wildfires
Source: USA Today
USA Today reporter Chris Woodyard visited the Agoura Hills mansion used to film the ABC reality show since 2007 on Saturday, tweeting a picture of it still intact. The mansion was fortunate as a neighboring house was completely destroyed by the Woolsey Fire. Hours after USA Today published it story, Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss tweeted: "I still don’t know exactly what condition #TheBachelor Mansion is in. But I do know that the beautiful community of Malibu — and the surrounding areas— are struggling. Good thoughts for all."
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
The Bachelor and Bachelorette mansion was partially burned in the Southern California wildfires
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"The back patio is burning and the flames are moving towards the house," reports The Hollywood Reporter of the Agoura Hills mansion, adding: "The lower house, which is often used as production headquarters, has been destroyed." The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss and ABC reality chief Robert Mills had posted earlier Friday that the house was in "grave danger." The mansion has been home to The Bachelor and Bachelorette since 2007.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 1:22PM EST
Mike Fleiss: Pray for The Bachelor and Bachelorette mansion
"Pray for Malibu— and
#TheBachelor Mansion," tweeted The Bachelor creator. The Woolsey Fire that is currently raging and causing mass evacuations is affecting the Los Angeles suburb of Agoura Hills, where The Bachelor mansion is located. ALSO: Alyssa Milano and Rainn Wilson are among celebrities who've had to evacuate.
Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 12:09AM EDT
President Trump again used reality TV tropes to announce his U.S. Supreme Court pick
Like the Neil Gorsuch announcement in January 2017, President Trump used primetime to make his selection of Brett Kavanaugh look like a reality TV reveal. The White House even tweeted a reality-style teaser less than a half an hour before the announcement. It was as if the entire event was, as Lisa de Moraes describes it, a Survivor: SCOTUS primetime special -- one that disrupted real reality TV shows like The Bachelorette. Still, Trump's reality-style announcement didn't seem as controversial this time around. Back in January 2017, says de Moraes, "Trump’s decision to summon both men to Washington, and his primetime TV special reveal seemed to shock some TV news talking heads and Supreme Court scholars not familiar with reality-TV tropes. (A year and a half later), the same reality-TV treatment for his second pick barely raised eyebrows."
- Stephen Colbert, who taped earlier in the day, covered his mouth and used a voiceover to dub in the name "Brett Kavanaugh"
- Yes, Kavanaugh resembles Crashing's Pete Holmes
- Fox News anchor Shannon Bream canceled plans to broadcast live from U.S. Supreme Court steps due to "volatile" protests
- Report: Some White House staffers felt ex-Fox News exec/new Trump communications chief Bill Shine picked 9 p.m. to boost Sean Hannity's ratings
- The Bachelorette fans were annoyed by Trump's interruption, despite being forewarned by Chris Harrison
- Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss retweeted The Onion's take on Trump's disruption of The Bachelorette
# TOPICS: U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News Channel, The Bachelorette, Hannity, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Bill Shine, Brett Kavanaugh, Mike Fleiss, Neil Gorsuch, Pete Holmes, Shannon Bream, Stephen Colbert, Reality TV, Trump Presidency, White House
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
The Bachelor and The Proposal creator Mike Fleiss is "horrified" that "abusive a–holes are on our shows"
"For the record, I am horrified that any of these abusive a–holes are on our shows,” Fleiss said on Twitter of his recent Bachelorette and Proposal casting controversies. “We are working very hard to find ways to do better.” In a separate tweet, Fleiss reacted to the accusation that The Proposal contestant Michael J. Friday facilitated sexual assault, tweeting: "How are we supposed to find out about something that’s never been reported???"
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 11:17AM EDT
ABC yanks Monday's The Proposal episode after contestant was accused of setting up a sexual assault
Michael J. Friday, who was scheduled to appear on the second episode of the new ABC reality show, "was accused by a Milwaukee, Wisconsin woman named Erica Denae Meshke of facilitating her sexual assault in early November," reports People magazine, adding: "Meshke wrote about her alleged experience in a public Facebook post on Thursday. Initially, she did not name Friday but shared a photo of male contestants from the show and writing one of them 'was directly responsible for my date rape.'" In response, ABC and Warner Horizon Productions released the following statement: “An allegation has been made against a contestant on next week’s episode of The Proposal. While the accusation was not related to the contestant’s appearance on the program, we take it very seriously." The Proposal is produced by Mike Fleiss, whose other current show The Bachelorette has been under scrutiny for its casting process after the revelation last week that contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault last month.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
ABC's The Proposal is a "geyser of bad ideas" from the creator of The Bachelor
Source: The A.V. Club
The Jesse Palmer-hosted reality show, pr from Mike Fleiss, premiering Monday, is an "ill-considered step backward for human dignity," says Alex McLevy. In fact, it's very reminiscent of Fleiss' 2000 Fox reality TV disaster Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, which nearly sank his career. "When the premiere episode of this new series began, it seemed there was no way ABC would be dumb enough to bring back the most appalling and cringeworthy elements of a roundly scorned TV special from nearly 20 years ago," says McLevy. "But as it turns out, ABC is exactly that dumb. The shudder-inducing concept is just what it sounds like: One man (or woman—progress!) introduces themselves via voice-over to the studio audience, then takes an assigned place behind a wall where they can’t be seen, to sit, like an especially empowered Peeping Tom, and watch as 10 contestants are paraded out to present themselves as potential spouses. "
Posted Tuesday 5/29/18 at 12:43PM EDT
ABC's The Proposal trailer reveals a reality show that's basically a Bachelor pageant
Source: TV Insider
The Jesse Palmer-hosted reality show from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss will allow the winners to "present a romantic proposal of their choice."
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette suitors revealed
The men vying for Becca's heart include a former Harlem Globetrotter, a banjoist, two former professional football players, a stuntman, a "social media participant" and a sports writer who analyzes football for a living. "When did they start letting nerds on #TheBachelorette?," tweeted the sports writer, Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus. (The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is a former sports journalist.) ALSO: Check out the cast photo.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:12PM EDT
ABC orders The Proposal dating reality show from The Bachelor creator, hosted by ex-Bachelor Jesse Palmer
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Ten eligible daters will compete in four pageant-style rounds for the heart of a mystery suitor (or suitress) on ABC's newest Mike Fleiss reality show. "I think Bachelor Nation is going to love it. It’s also great to welcome back a member of the Bachelor family, our host, Jesse Palmer," says Fleiss. Since starring on The Bachelor in 2004, Palmer has found great media success, landing a regular gig on ESPN and, for a time, on Good Morning America. ALSO: Fleiss also announced Bachelor in Paradise is returning this summer.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
The Bachelor creator admits: Arie Luyendyk Jr "was one of our less popular Bachelors"
"I hate to be the first to say it, but I think Arie was one of our less popular Bachelors," Mike Fleiss tweeted this morning. Meanwhile, Arie and Lauren Burnham are said to be "heavily pushing" for a TV wedding by the end of the year.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
The Bachelorette to feature some Bachelor alums
Bekah Martinez is among Arie's Bachelor stars spotted in a tweet Wednesday night from Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Becca Kufrin's first night as The Bachelorette included a guy in a chicken suit
Source: E! Online
Creator Mike Fleiss spent last night tweeting photos of Becca, the limos and her bachelors.