Trista Sutter is happy with Ryan Sutter. They are still going strong. Now, The Bachelorette alum is opening up about how producers influence the show.
Trista and Ryan Sutter were the first winners of The Bachelorette and one of the only couples to stand the test of time, but it looks like even their time on the show wasn’t entirely innocent.
Trista was the very first Bachelorette back in 2003. Ryan proposed to her on the finale and the two have been together ever since. As is tradition, their wedding was televised during a special event. Their marriage is still strong today, despite many Bachelor franchise couples disintegrating over the years. During The Bachelorette season 16, there has been lots of controversy about the intervention of producers in the show. Clare Crawley’s season was cut short when she chose Dale Moss after only 3 weeks. Although producers first said they were blindsided by Clare’s decision, and that she refused to continue the show, more recent reports show that it may not have been Clare’s decision to leave the show at all. Trista chimed in on the claims on The LadyGang podcast.
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As reported by US Weekly, Trista said on the podcast that she discovered producers were fabricating storylines during her televised wedding. “One of the producers left their binder out,” she recalled, “and one of the people who was at the bachelor/bachelorette party picked it up and gave it to us.” In the binder, the couple found the names of all of their friends and relatives, with short bios and labels next to them. “It had, like, their characters – the story lines for every person. They had all of our friends who were invited,” explained Trista, now 48. “I think they had titles like “the villain” or “the sweetheart,“ she continued.
Although it must have been disturbing to find this during the wedding, Trista didn’t seem surprised. “It’s a TV show, it’s always going to be a TV show,” she said, “The editors have to know who these people are and be able to pull certain clips.” However, she did admit that The Bachelorette was becoming “more of a TV show” than it had been when she was on the show. “I just don’t know how you get back to that innocence,” she said, referring to how The Bachelorette was made in 2003. In terms of how often producers manipulate the show, she said, “I know that it has been going on since my season, but that’s TV.”
What do fans think of The Bachelorette striving to be more dramatic? Have viewers simply outgrown the format, or can it get back to truly being about love? Maybe if Clare Crawley and Dale Moss can make it, we’ll all have more faith.
The Bachelorette airs Tuesday nights on ABC at 8PM EST.
Source: US Weekly
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