How ‘The Bachelor’ took a creepy turn to make Kelsey, a young widow, this season’s villain

February 10, 2015 7:53 AM

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Seasoned television viewers know the drill: Exploiting a personal tragedy for attention is a time-honored tradition on reality TV. You see it everywhere from dating shows to competition series. If someone has a deeply tragic backstory, they’re far more likely to get more time on camera. It’s sick, but producers know it drives ratings when viewers get personally invested.

This has always been a key component on “The Bachelor” franchise, but the show took things to an astonishingly creepy level this season – one that should make any future reality contestant think twice about sharing a personal anecdote. This year, the producers not only zeroed in on a young widow (28...

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