'Bachelor' scandal (male producer + female contestant) sounds familiar...

Bachelor host Chris Harrison has confirmed that a male producer on the show started a relationship with a female contestant as she began filming her “journey” with Jake Pavelka. Harrison — who’ll address the “scandal” in his weekly post-show blog on EW.com tonight (it unfolds on next week’s episode) — told the radio show Valentine in the Morning that both the producer and the contestant were asked to leave the ABC dating show, usmagazine reports. “This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, ‘Okay, these are the words you can say,'” Harrison said of the uncomfortable situation. “It was intense. It was a wild night.” Harrison didn’t know if the couple was still together.

I have two thoughts:

First and foremost, this sounds like the plot of the 2004 ABC Family original movie I Want to Marry Ryan Banks (pictured below Pavelka). That’s the one in which Jason Priestley plays Ryan, a bad boy actor who tries to change his image by looking for love on a Bachelor-style show that allows America to vote on the match. Ryan’s best friend/manager Todd (Bradley Cooper) knows it will be best for Ryan if he ends up with the sane contestant, Charlie (Emma Caulfield), so he spends extra time with her trying to make her feel comfortable so she’ll stay on the show — and they fall in love. Ryan finds out about it and secretly turns it into part of the show. I find it interesting that Bachelor EP Mike Fleiss didn’t wait for Jake to figure this one out on his own when he normally keeps his Bachelors and Bachelorettes in the dark on contestants’ love lives. But that man is smart. He saw “good TV” (and headlines) and went for it.

Secondly, I’m not sure I consider this a scandal. We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out, of course. But the fact is, this woman probably got to spend way more time with the producer than she did with Jake since he’s also courting 24 other women. Just because she showed up for Jake doesn’t mean she’s going to feel a “connection” with him. It’s a matter of whether she acknowledged the lack of chemistry or tried to fake it to stay on TV, and whether the producer came forward or got caught. “It was a little bit of both,” Harrison teased.

What do you think? Scandal or no scandal?

Reminder: Look for Harrison’s blog, along with Kristen Baldwin’s full episode recap, after 1 a.m. ET.

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  • james

    sounds like Sk@anky mess to me – hey, it’s the guy in front of the camera that you are suppose to be chasing

    • kellybelly

      This is fake! No relationship happened. A producer started liking her, is all. Gave her too much attention and then admitted he had fallen for her. Which was against the rules and he was fired. They can talk to girls and all that but they can’t develop feelings for them. Nothing happened between them – no touchy, no kissey, no sexy.

  • Ambient Lite

    I’m embarrassed to admit that I know the very show you refer to Mandi, but I did indeed see it too.
    I fail to see how this is so terribly scandalous. I mean, maybe the producer is married, but that’s not scandalous – just sad. Gotta do something to drum up interest, Jake is borrrrrrrring!

  • Sharlin

    This happened similarly on The Real World Seattle. A cast member fell in love with a producer.

    • lagitha

      There was also a daytime reality show on about four or five years ago where women lived in a house and worked with life coaches on issues(what was the name of that show??); one of the women was asked to leave because she was becoming involved with the film crew member.

      • luluvoodoo

        i LOVED that show!! but can’t think of the name of it…

      • Kate

        Starting Over?

      • Katie

        Starting Over! I loved that show too.

      • Laura K.

        It was called “Starting Over.” I was sooo upset when it went off the air.

  • Chappel

    So… a woman was doing a guy while waiting in line to do another guy? Hardly scandal worthy.

  • Suz

    Way to reference a Jason Priestly made-for-tv movie. I’m impressed.

  • Abby

    <3 Emma Caulfield! I love her!!

  • Mr.Luminos

    YAWN,………relationship among consenting adults (married or not),…does anyone really care

  • sbwm

    I love it. Reality TV show backed by reference to Made for TV Movie. Perfect Mandi. Wish I had thought of it. Will be watching today without shame – New Years resolution to not lie about watching The Bachelor but admit it upfront.

  • Yes

    The scandal should be that this show is still on. I agree that the Real World already played this one out.

  • Maureen

    Dudes, this happened on Real World: Season One. Remember when Becky fell in love with one of the producers and then they put him on the show?

    • Em

      Good pull! It also happend to David and a female producer in the Seattle season.

  • danoregon

    me thinks this show needs buzz and nobody is too thrilled with another go-round.

  • Jed

    Again, get rid of this pile pf garbage once and for all ad that conveyer belt show afterwards…man does ABC suck again!

  • teendramawhore

    Love that movie. Double the 90210-ness with Jason and Emma, who did play lovers on the show.

    • teendramawhore

      Make that triple 90210-ness with Cameron Bancroft!

  • Snarf

    Ugh. Non scandal and a non story, which with editing and music will become…THE! MOST! SHOCKING! BACHELOR! PREMIERE! EVER! Yawn.

  • Isay

    Who is that girl’s name?

    • Luis

      I noticed that you were punittg me to the side too. I was a little hurt by that, but I’m over it now. I am very proud of you. I know its hard with a family and a full time job. Great job little bro -

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