Osher Guns­berg

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Osher Guns­berg spends half his work­ing year count­ing roses for our Bach­e­lor and Bach­e­lorettes, and it’s a job he never gets tired of. The dat­ing se­ries’ host re­veals what’s ahead for Richie Stra­han — and the as­pir­ing Bach­e­lorettes — this sea­son.

So fill us in — how did our Richie do as The Bach­e­lor? Our boy be­came a man. It made me very happy to see.

Given you al­ready knew him from The Bach­e­lorette, do you have more of a vested in­ter­est in Richie? Ab­so­lutely. Richie’s such a lovely guy and he’s the man that won’t rest if ev­ery­one in the room isn’t smil­ing. So it was re­ally con­fronting for him to be the rea­son that, ev­ery week, some­one in the room is pos­si­bly cry­ing.

How did the women re­act when they re­alised Richie was this sea­son’s Bach­e­lor? It was so good, the amount of limos that pulled up and the ladies were like, ‘Oh, my God, I’m so stoked it’s him!’ Or, ‘I was hop­ing it would be him!’

Were there many gim­micks brought by the ladies this year? The ar­rivals are ab­so­lutely glo­ri­ous. The dresses are fan­tas­tic and the place looks in­cred­i­ble — we can land he­li­copters in the back­yard now, which is pretty good. There’s singing, there’s danc­ing and there’s po­etry.

What sets this new group apart from pre­vi­ous sea­sons? I’m just go­ing to say it be­cause the women on the pro­duc­tion said it: They’re re­ally hot. Sec­ond, ev­ery year there are women who you go, ‘How are you sin­gle?’ Then oth­ers that you’re like, ‘OK, that’s why!’ This year it was like, “What hap­pened that you’re here?’ Some of th­ese women are so amaz­ing in their ca­reers and so driven and ed­u­cated and funny. And some­how the lay­ers of per­son­al­ity go way deeper.

So can we sur­mise there will be sur­pris­ing per­son­al­ity re­veals? Yes. And cer­tain facets of the per­son­al­ity in two par­tic­u­lar ladies I’m think­ing of don’t be­come ap­par­ent un­til later on. Last year the women didn’t get on so well. How does this group of women mix? They be­come quite close. They’re all there be­cause they had the idea that this will be the best thing I do next. Some of them are more lib­eral in their views than oth­ers. The freer spir­its did tend to con­vene to­gether a bit more.

OK, so does that mean we’re go­ing to see a lot of mak­ing out? So much pashing. But you’ve got to make sure some­one’s a good kisser. And ladies like to kiss boys as well.

Any more TV plans for you out­side of The Bach­e­lor ? I think peo­ple will be pretty sick of me — my head’s pretty much ev­ery­where for half of the year. Right now Bach­e­lor is keep­ing me re­ally busy, ra­dio is keep­ing me re­ally busy, pod­casts keep me very busy and be­ing a step­dad (to Gigi, 12) keeps me very busy. Par­ent­ing is awe­some, I love it.

THE BACH­E­LOR, TEN, TO­DAY & TO­MOR­ROW, 7.30PM

Osher Guns­berg (above) will be in­tro­duc­ing this year’s Bach­e­lorettes (below).

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