Since its debut in 2002, the Bachelor franchise has revolutionized the world of reality TV. Over 24 seasons and spin-offs like The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, the on and off-air antics of the romantic empire has taken entertainment to new dramatic heights. From cruel lies to shocking surprises both on and off camera, here are the most scandalous facts about The Bachelor.

1. The Bachelor’s Low Success Rate

The premise of The Bachelor is pretty straightforward—a group of contestants compete for the love of one individual, and the winner receives an engagement proposal at the end of the season. A simple formula for true love that seems pretty hard to screw up, right? Well, somehow, many of the show’s participants never got the memo. It took a full thirteen seasons until a couple from the show actually went through with getting married in real life.

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