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Fleiss spoke out within the wake of a Variety report that claimed his exit from the franchise got here on the heels of an investigation into alleged racial discrimination and his on-set habits.
“Since its premiere 21 years in the past, occasions have actually modified, and I’d need to say we didn’t sustain with the tempo of these modifications,” Fleiss advised The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, March 31, two days after his announcement that he was leaving the collection. “I’m happy with the work we’ve completed over the previous 5 years to make the present considerably extra various, however I do consider I might have completed extra. Hopefully, the franchise will proceed to maneuver in the appropriate path.”
In the end, the franchise creator advised THR, he believed he left his put up with “extra good days than unhealthy, lifted extra spirits than damage emotions” and with “extra associates than foe.”
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His ultimate rose! Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss introduced he’s leaving the franchise after greater than 20 years.
“At first, congratulations are to ensure that Zach [Shallcross] and Kaity [Biggar],” Fleiss, 58, advised Variety in an announcement on Tuesday, March 28, referring to the season 27 lead, 26, and his fiancée, 27, after their engagement aired on the Monday, March 27, finale. “I want them a protracted and glad life collectively.”
Fleiss, who launched the ABC collection in 2002, went on to substantiate his departure as the pinnacle of the courting present.
“I need to thank WBTV and ABC for 21 extraordinary years,” he continued. “They’ve discovered the proper inventive group for me to entrust The Bachelor franchise and maintain this lightening in a bottle daring and shifting ahead. Let the journey proceed.”
The California native, who created The Bachelorette in 2003 following the Bachelor’s success, beforehand stepped back as executive producer and showrunner of the female-led collection in 2021. (Season 20 of the Bachelorette premieres later this summer season with lead Charity Lawson.)
Shifting ahead, The Bachelor will probably be helmed by showrunners Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich and Bennett Graebner, in response to Selection.
Forward of his departure, Fleiss made headlines in 2019 for his rocky marriage to Laura Kaeppeler. The Bachelor Winter Video games producer raised eyebrows in July of that yr when Kaeppler, who was pregnant with the couple’s second little one on the time, claimed her husband attacked her at their residence in Hawaii and demanded that she get an abortion.
Whereas Fleiss denied the allegations, the twosome called it quits that same month. Kaeppler finally dropped the assault claims she made in opposition to her partner, and their authorized separation was finalized in July 2019.
4 months later, the pair introduced that they made amends and were back together. “Completely satisfied to report that @FleissLaura and I’ve reconciled. I really like my spouse and am grateful for this chance to work on our marriage,” Fleiss wrote through Twitter in November 2019. “Thanks for the assist, #BachelorNation!”
Fleiss’ marital woes, nevertheless, weren’t his solely actions referred to as into query that yr. In October 2019, former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe slammed the present’s creator for allegedly blocking her from with the ability to compete on Dancing With the Stars after her 2015 seek for love.
“I’ll let you know precisely why I can’t go on Dancing With the Stars. Anyone that listens to this podcast is aware of why I can’t go on Dancing With the Stars,” Bristowe, 37, said during an appearance on the “Talkhouse” podcast. “I’ll say this with a mic in my hand and a smile on my face, that Mike Fleiss is a chunk of s—t! He’s the creator of The Bachelor, and he hates ladies.”
The “Off the Vine” podcast host claimed that Fleiss allowed “all the Bachelors” to compete on the dance collection however didn’t encourage her to do the identical.
“I used to be bitter for a very long time as a result of dancing was, like, a ardour of mine. Being advised no, simply because somebody desires to say no to you,” Bristowe completely advised Us Weekly in October 2019. “In case you have the choice to crush any individual’s goals or make it occur and also you select to crush their goals simply ‘trigger you’ve, like, a bitterness in the direction of them and I’m similar to, ‘What kind of person are you?’”
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Fleiss, for his half, beforehand claimed that he had no issue with the Dew Edit designer going on DWTS. “@kaitlynbristowe has my complete assist if she desires to seem on DWTS,” he wrote through Twitter in March 2017. Bristowe finally competed on season 29 of DWTS and won the coveted mirrorball trophy in November 2020.
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