Miss an episode of The Bachelorette? OMG, you’d never. Even though a teeny tiny (OK, huge) part of you knows that the chances of finding true love in ten heavily produced weeks is highly unlikely, if not impossible. Here, 12 truths about The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise that will break your rose-loving heart. (We’re sorry!)

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The free booze is constantly flowing.
Duh. How else do you wind up with almost every contestant sobbing (or throwing stuff) on screen?

And the most popular contestants all get coached on how to “woo.”
We’re not sure what’s worse: that somebody wrote those garbage pick-up lines or that someone else agreed to say them on camera.

Producers make it crystal clear that contestants are to talk to one another only about the current Bachelor or Bachelorette.
Which might explain why you never really hear anything about career aspirations, hopes or dreams.

All those tears in the exit interview? Yeah, they’re spurred by bringing up sad topics (like how much contestants miss their families) first.
It’s the classic bait and switch.

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BTW, they also won’t stop the limo ride home until you talk.
If you want to get out of the car, you have to spill.

Oh, and those romantic candlelit dinners? Contestants aren’t actually supposed to eat.
Chomping on steak looks terrible on camera, FYI.

As for awkward moments, producers are always there to bail you out.
Pssst….ask him about his family.

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Any “spontaneous” romance is mapped out with producers wayyyy in advance.
Like skinny-dipping. And all those steamy make-out sessions.

Speaking of which, the “Fantasy Suite” isn’t the first time contestants get, um, intimate.
According to former contestants, behind-the-scenes, the show’s an all-out sex romp.

True story: For a lot of the contestants, the rose isn’t the end goal.
Empires built on 15 minutes of reality show fame is their version of the “rose”.

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If a contestant wants to say “I love you,” they better run it by production first.
Everything (everything) is staged.

The rose ceremonies are more about ratings than romance.
Let’s just say the producers play God with who stays and goes. If love is found after they’ve, um, edited the group, huzzah!

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