Season seven of “The Bachelorette” comes to a close tonight.
Ashley Hebert will be proposed to by both JP Rosenbaum and Ben Flajnik.
The real winner, of course, won’t be Rosenbaum or Flajnik.
It’s ABC, which has built “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor” into a formidable franchise that consistently kills in the ratings.
And the fascinating thing about the show is that it doesn’t always kill with the same method.
The first kiss on the show, the penultimate choice — these aren’t its biggest moments.
Rather, producers pounce on the natural drama that comes up and use that to define the season’s storylines.
Case in point: these made-for-TV moments that sent viewer numbers soaring and defined the series.
Trista Ryan (who was the 'Bachelorette' at the time) and Ryan Sutter are the only successfully married couple to come out of the show.
Rozlyn Papa was kicked off 'Bachelor' for hooking up with a crew member. She returned to the aftershow special with guns blazing -- and accused Harrison of cheating on his wife. The fun begins around 7:45.
Ali Fedotowsky suspected that contestant Justin Rego had a girlfriend -- and she got proof positive when she spoke with the woman herself.
He got a tattoo for Fedotowsky -- and was subsequently sent home.
And they're still going today. This explosive sitdown shows their trademark style.
He dumped season 'winner' Melissa Rycroft, to whom he had proposed...
She eventually married him.
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