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).