Bachelorette 2013 Finale: Mike Fleiss Calls It “The Weirdest Ending” Ever
When you run a show like The Bachelor, you have to be prepared for some of the most gut-wrenching awfulness of all time. And we can only imagine that going into Desiree Hartsock's Season of Misfortunes (as we call it among friends), they had high hopes for our girl Des to find love.
But though we're sure The Bachelorette showrunners have seen it all: violent fights, disastrous dates, and more proposals than a Jumbotron kiss cam, there's no way they could have prepared themselves for this doozie. And when executive producer Mike Fleiss called Desiree’s season out as being unusual in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s podcast at the beginning of Season 9, we were curious to know what made it stand out.
Mike says that not only are the guys this season "always crying," but the finale is gonna pack a wallop. From what we saw on Season 9 Overnight Dates on July 29, he wasn't kidding. But does it get even crazier? Apparently. “All I can say is you will be shocked by how this ends.” Hmm, we’ve heard that before. Oh, someone proposes? Two people propose? The lead gives a girl a PLANE TICKET instead of a ring? Been there, seen that. But the producer swears that this time it’s different.
“It doesn’t make sense in some ways,” he says of the outcome. “It comes out of left field in other ways. But it’s the weirdest ending we’ve ever had, that’s for sure. I don’t know that Desiree is happy with it, or the guys are happy with it, but it sure is interesting to watch.” Um, cool? Entertainment value is something we value highly, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't really worried about Desiree.
And like us, Mike agrees that there have definitely been good and super lame seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. “You know, like in Ben [Flajnik]’s season, you kind of got the sense that he was gonna end up with Courtney [Robertson], and it was kind of a drag that way. Not that exciting.” Agreed. “I get bored with the show when it seems like I know where it’s going... I get like that with all television... but this season never gets that way with me,” he finished.
What could he be referring to that is so strange? Does Brooks return? Does Des decide to run off with Chris Harrison? We'll be waiting.