How The Misogynistic Mess That Was 'Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?' Inspired 'The Bachelor'

February 13, 2015 2:02 PM

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How The Misogynistic Mess That Was 'Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?' Inspired 'The Bachelor'

Sunday, Feb. 15, marks the 15th anniversary of Fox's "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionare?" -- the beauty pageant in which women competed for the prize of marriage. If that sounds like a short-hand description of "The Bachelor," it's not a coincidence: When Fox's attempt at a dating special was destroyed by backlash, producer Mike Fleiss took his concept over to ABC, dressed it up with an air of romance and called it "The Bachelor."

"Not many people draw that obvious connection, but it's true," Fleiss said in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. "I'm all about studying the ratings, and that show ['Multi-Millionaire'] was incredible. It set the world on fire. I realize that there was an irresponsible quality to it in that w...

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