Did Bachelor Creator Mike Fleiss Steal the Bachelor Pad Idea?
Bachelor Pad Season 2: On the Wings of Bitter Exes is poised to become the best/worst show of all time. So we need someone to applaud/blame. But who?
A new controversy has emerged over who came up with the alumni reunion game show idea. Interestingly enough, the two possible masterminds — Bachelor/ette creator Mike Fleiss, and The Godfather of Bachelor reunions, Bachelorette Season 4 winner Jesse Csincsak — don’t seem to be involved in the debate themselves.
“Obviously, it stems very close to an idea Jesse had,” Paul tells the site. “I don’t want to say they stole the idea – I’m not trying to say that – but it’s definitely a shock to see he wasn’t a part of it.”
Jesse has been organizing Bachelor/ette reunions for years. They were such a draw for alumni, Paul said, Jesse came up with the idea to turn the taped gatherings into a show, called The Castaways.
When Paul heard about Bachelor Pad Season 1 — which aired last summer, with past contestants living together and competing for love and/or $250,000 — he immediately thought of Jesse. “Even when I found out that Jesse wasn’t on the first show, I was quite shocked because that’s exactly what we had talked about and that’s exactly his concept,” Paul said.
Granted, reunions aren’t exactly an original concept and The Bachelor/ette family existed long before Jesse met DeAnna in 2008. But the “let’s make this a show” connection is interesting, especially since no one thought of it sooner. How was it not obvious that horny, boozed up, camera-hungry, money-grubbing recent dumpees = great summer TV?