But, yeah, about that reality TV portion of the show... There was a whole “Year in Reality” montage featuring nominated shows like DWTS, American Idol,The Amazing Race, Project Runway and So You Think You Can Dance, but they also included shows that were not nominated — and also not on ABC — like The Real Housewives and Jersey Shore.
So where was The Bachelor? Or The Bachelorette? Or Bachelor Pad? Or even just a misty close-up of Rosemaster Chris Harrison’s dreamy blue eyes? The franchise is a huge part of ABC’s lineup from January to September and when it’s not on the air — like now, during The Dark Side of the Moon months — it’s filming the new season of The Bachelor. It would’ve been the perfect time for a plug for what Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has already said will be the most shirtless season yet.
The Powers That Be took note of The Bachelor’s Emmys absence and were not pleased.
• “This was a slap in the face to all #Bachelornation,” Fleiss tweeted with a link to a story on the snub.
• Chris Harrison, who co-hosted the live red carpet Emmys pre-show, tweeted, “Epic fail #abc huge slap!"
• ABC executive Robert Mills was most offended, telling the Emmys to take a solo trip to the fantasy suite: “No #Bachelor clip in the #EMMYS year in reality montage. This show can go fuck itself. And it's on ABC to boot. What an insult.” Woof!
Many of the show’s fans also noticed the snub and took to Twitter to express outrage. Did you watch the Emmys and note The Bachelor’s missing presence? Did you care? The broadcast was so lacking in surprise or excitement, it could’ve used some of The Bachelor’s trademark drama. Next year they should let The Bachelor honchos produce the show — every winner gets a trophy and a rose and a shirtless kiss against a wall, and they’ll guarantee some kind of shocking ending instead of just Modern Family winning again. That would be a show worth watching!