Report: ABC spoils 'The Bachelor' ending during upfronts presentation
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 05/17/2007
If you can't beat them, join them apparently. The question of who receives U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andy Baldwin's final rose at the conclusion of The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman's upcoming finale -- already reportedly spoiled by the bachelorette Baldwin selected -- has now reportedly been further spoiled by ABC, the network that airs the reality dating show.
(SPOILER ALERT: If you don't want to know the identity of the possible winner of The Bachelor's tenth edition, please stop reading this article immediately!)
During this week's "upfront" presentation in which the network revealed its 2007-2008 primetime programming schedule to advertisers and reporters, ABC reportedly presented a video montage that featured highlights of the network's current season programming. Included in the video was a clip that showed Baldwin kissing Tessa Horst -- the 26-year-old San Francisco social worker who just happens to be one of the two bachelorettes remaining on The Bachelor's tenth season.
"And if you don't know what that means -- the embrace -- ignore it; but if you do, you're a very loyal ABC fan, and yes it was a spoiler. At least I assume it was. Sorry about that," The New York Times television critic Virginia Heffernan wrote in a blog entry about ABC's Tuesday afternoon "upfront" presentation.
Earlier this month, The New York Post reported that Horst allegedly spilled the beans herself over "a few drinks." "Apparently he proposes and she declines, but they are still very much together," a "Page Six spy" reportedly told the newspaper's gossip columnists after allegedly sharing a few drinks with Horst.
However, The Post's report describes a different ending than what Baldwin recently told reporters during a Wednesday afternoon conference call. "All I can say is that the woman I propose to at the end most definitely says yes and we're very happily engaged right now," said Baldwin.
If the newspaper reports are accurate, this wouldn't be the first time the end of The Bachelor season has been spoiled. During the show's Fall 2002 second season, a gambling website suspended The Bachelor wagering after a large number of Springfield, Mo. residents -- the hometown of bachelor Aaron Buerge -- began betting that Buerge's TheBachelor season would end with him selecting Helene Eksterowicz.
Although ABC publicly denied there was a leak and insisted that the identity of Buerge's final bachelorette still remained secret, Eksterowicz did indeed end up being the woman Bueurge selected -- and proposed to -- during his The Bachelor season finale. (The pair ended up breaking up about five weeks after The Bachelor 2's finale aired, with Eksterowicz alleging that Buerge unceremoniously dumped her at a Starbucks near her New Jersey apartment.)
The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman will air its special two-hour finale on Monday, May 21 at 9PM ET/PT on ABC. A one-hour After the Final Rose special -- the long-running reailty franchise's first in two years -- will air the following night on Tuesday, May 22 at 8PM ET/PT.