22 Seasons And Counting
For the last 16 years, The Bachelor has been a staple on television sets across America. When the show first premiered back in 2002, many of us were still placing and receiving calls via the landlines in our homes. Suffice it to say, much has changed in our everyday lives since 2002, yet The Bachelor has remained a heartthrob in our culture, as well as on television.
Whether you’ve hung on for the love or the drama (more likely for the love OF the drama), there’s no denying the magnetic allure of the show that has kept viewers coming back week after week, year after year. To date (no pun intended), there have been around 500 hours of Bachelor programming shown on television- which incidentally happens to be the same amount of hours you can store in HD on the Hopper 3. If you have an Alexa-enabled device, you can even integrate it with your Hopper 3 and control your TV using only your voice. Learn how to set up the Alexa voice integration here. Yes, friends, we’ve come a long way since the initial debut of the show in the era of the VCR and portable CD player.
To celebrate the show’s now 16th anniversary and the original inspiration of franchise spinoffs such as the Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, we’ve elected to take a walk down memory lane and revisit the history as well as current events of some of the more notable Bachelors of seasons past:
Alex Mitchel (Season 1)
Fun fact: the first season of The Bachelor did not even feature a proposal. The first bachelor, Alex Mitchel, ended up dating winner Amanda Marsh for a year before they called it quits. Believe it or not, today Alex is…well still a bachelor! He is also currently the CEO of a tech startup in Washington D.C.
Andrew Firestone (Season 3)
The great-grandson of Firestone founder Harvey Firestone, Andrew Firestone and Jen Schefft broke up after 7 months engaged but continued to remain friends. Andrew is now married with three children to former model Ivana Bozilovic, while also running his own hospitality and events development company.
Bob Guiney (Season 4)
Bob did not end up proposing to winner Estella Gardinier, but instead gave her a promise ring with the intention of continuing the relationship. However, they broke up shortly after the show ended. Bob later married All My Children star Rebecca Budig in 2004, but they eventually divorced 6 years later. In November 2016, he married Jessica Canyon in Mexico.
Jesse Palmer (Season 5)
This former NFL star was actually the first non-American Bachelor (Jesse hails from Canada), and was famously remembered for forgetting a contestant’s name during the first rose ceremony. He also did not propose to winner Jessica Bowlin. The two continued to date after the show, but broke up after several weeks. He is currently a college football analyst for ESPN.
Travis Lane Stork (Season 8)
During the season that was set in Paris, Travis Lane Stork did not end up proposing to winner Sarah Stone, and in fact they broke up several weeks later. He was married to another doctor, a pediatrician named Dr. Charlotte Brown before divorcing after 3 years. Today, he co-hosts on the talk show Doctors.
Brad Womack (Season 11)
This two-time Bachelor was most famous for his first season where he ended up not choosing anyone in the season finale. He returned to the Bachelor limelight in 2011 where he and Emily Maynard broke up while the season was airing, then rekindled their romance after the finale. They continued to date until finally breaking up in May 2011, but continued to remain friends.
Ben Higgins (Season 20)
Whether you’re a devoted Bachelor fan or whether you’ve simply tuned in sporadically to pass the time, you’ve most likely heard about the season of Ben Higgins. Ben famously snubbed JoJo Fletcher in the season finale (who arguably got the last laugh by becoming the next Bachelorette) in favor of Lauren Bushnell. Ben and Lauren have since ironically split after filming a follow-up reality show- Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After.
Nick Viall (Season 21)
Nick Viall first rose to prominence as the undisputed villain of season 10 of the Bachelorette, where he finished as the first runner-up. After again seeing his marriage proposal rejected in the following season finale of the Bachelorette, he was selected as the Bachelor of season 21. His third Bachelor universe proposal was to Vanessa Grimaldi in the season finale, however the two have since broken up since the show went off the air.
The current season featuring Arie Luyendyk Jr. is also already shaping up to go down in Bachelor Hall of Fame. Keep up on the latest happenings with The Bachelor as well as with your other favorite TV shows when you subscribe today to DISH.
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