During the Season 10 premiere of “The Bachelorette” this week, a familiar face showed up at the Bachelor Manse in the form of Chris Bukowski, an alum of both Emily Maynard’s season of “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor Pad.”
In the segment, he had to wait with security at craft services while host Chris Harrison asked “Bachelorette” Andi Dorfman if she would like to meet Bukowski and let him compete for her heart. Andi decided that wasn’t fair to the other men and Bukowski was sent packing — but not before he basically made it sound as though he’d been staking out the mansion for a week because he didn’t know when shooting would start and he didn’t want to miss his chance.
But was it all staged? It depends on your definition of staged.
Bukowski decided to come to Los Angeles after he was too late to be selected as one of the suitors on the show, as he tells Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, “[Andi] seemed like a girl I could hit it off with. I almost got on as a contestant, but it was too late, so I flew to L.A. and at that point there was no turning back.”
But Bukowski tells TMZ that it was the producers’ idea that he show up at the mansion unannounced with a bouquet of roses. “They made it seem like they didn’t know I was coming, but they knew,” says the reality TV star.
What it sounds like to us is that Bukowski took it upon himself to come to Los Angeles and then maybe did have to poke around a while to find out when the show started shooting. In doing so, the producers were aware of him being in L.A. and allowed him to “crash” the premiere. But what did host Chris Harrison know?
Harrison tells TV Guide, “I was literally sitting in the control room when I
hear, ‘Chris Bukowski is downstairs’ and I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’ They
were like, ‘He’s with security at craft service.’ Most people will
assume we produced this and put this together, but you see how awfully
produced it was and rough it was. If we had produced this it would’ve
looked a lot better.”
What do you think, “Bachelorette” fans?