Even Richie Strahan’s mum doesn’t know who he’s fallen for on The Bachelor
NEW executive producer Hilary Innes felt an enormous responsibility on her first day on the upcoming series of The Bachelor.
Having been a self-professed Richie Strahan fan before landing the plum gig – “I wanted him to win
The Bachelorette,” she says – the pressure was on to make sure they found him an amazing batch of women to choose from when he took over handing out the roses.
“Meeting him and seeing he was as genuine and lovely as he appeared on the show, I though, ‘Oh man, we need to find girls who are real contenders’,” Innes says.
“That responsibility and burden was foremost in my mind from the first time I met him.”
Luckily for Innes it appears she’s done her work well. While Strahan is keeping mum on which girl he will choose from the 22 contenders we’ll meet this week, he confirmed to TV
Guide he found love on the show. “I’m absolutely really happy … she’s an incredible woman,” he says.
But before we get to that part, we have an epic – to use a Bachelor cliche – journey to go through first.
And Strahan promises it will keep viewers entertained from night one’s arrivals – which, according to the producers, will bring all the usual madcap antics we expect from the TV dating franchise.
“That first night was simply just brilliant,” Strahan says of his debut as The Bachelor. “I could put myself in the girls’ shoes because I’ve been there. So I’m trying to make the girls relax, but at the same time I’m like, ‘What is happening!’
“[That night was] something I’ll hold close for a long time.”
Osher Gunsberg has hosted the show since it debuted in 2013. And he says the reaction Strahan was met with from the incoming Bachelorettes was overwhelming.
“The amount of limos that pulled up where the ladies were like, ‘Oh, my god, I’m so stoked it’s him’, or, ‘I was hoping it was him’, was incredible,” Gunsberg says.
Making a good impression was just as important to Strahan.
In fact, Gunsberg says, the pressure Strahan put on himself to put each girl at ease actually had an audible reaction when it came time for each rose ceremony.
“I wait just outside the room and I’ve got an ear piece so I can hear what’s going on in there,” he says.
“I could literally hear his heart beating … that microphone picked up every sound of his heartbeat. And that’s significant.”
Strahan insists that while he felt nerves, he has no doubt he made the right decision about who stayed and went each week.
And now he’s just eagerly counting down the days until he and the woman who receives that last rose can take their love public.
Not even having told his mother of the outcome, Strahan jokes he has hired the SAS to hide the winning woman until the finale airs.
“We’ve got a full tactical response, black-hawk choppers, camo gear, it’s quite amazing,” he says.
“No, we’ve got a plan. And there’s a lot of trust there.”
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