Contestants on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” may often only garner 15 minutes of fame, but some big-time celebrities are just as interested in watching the contenders vie for love as the rest of us are. Fans may be surprised to learn who some of them are.
Jennifer Aniston Hosts ‘Bachelor’ Viewing Parties
Jennifer Aniston knows what it’s like to have your love life all over TV and social media. Maybe that’s why she gets so excited dishing about the show with her hairstylist and “Very Cavallari” star Justin Anderson. Anderson told the podcast “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” in April 2021, “It’s so funny because when I would do ‘Bachelor’ people and I would post it to social media Jennifer Aniston, the next time I would see her she’s like, ‘Wait did you just meet so-and-so?’ Like we would talk about it. She’s definitely a fan.”
The former “Friends” star actually hosts “Bachelor” viewing parties in her home, to which Anderson has been invited on several occasions, he said on “Click Bait.” But Aniston doesn’t think she would be a good host on the show. When asked in an August 2021 InStyle interview whether she would ever consider taking on a guest hosting position, Aniston replied, “God, I don’t know. I think they need a psychologist or psychiatrist, not just Chris Harrison — or whoever the host is now. There should be someone they can go and talk to.”
Aniston’s interest in “The Bachelor” goes way back. She finds the show “fascinating,” she told Allure in 2011. “I was mesmerized by how these girls, they meet this guy, they have three dates together or something, and they’re weeping as though they’ve just lost the love of their life. I don’t understand that.”
Howard Stern Gets Emotionally Involved With ‘The Bachelor’
Shock radio host Howard Stern often talks about “The Bachelor” on his radio show. He talked in October 2020 about Clare Crawley and how her season represented her fifth try at finding love on the franchise, pointing out that Crawley called one of the contestants “superficial” because he admitted he initially liked her because she was physically attractive. According to Stern, “He’s the only guy who’s telling the truth.”
In March 2022 following Clayton Echard’s season finale, Stern told fans, “I am so outraged that this Bachelor ended up with this gorgeous woman, Susie. … I can’t believe women aren’t more up in arms over what this Bachelor pulled.” As “Bachelor” fans know, Echard dumped Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia in unison on season 26 after telling them and Susie Evans that he loved them. Turns out, he just loved Susie “the most,” Stern said. Like many fans, Stern was livid that the couple ended up together.
Kirsten Dunst Thinks the Show Is ‘Comedic Gold’
Actress Kirsten Dunst had a long discussion with Jimmy Kimmel about “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” when she was a guest on his show in 2015. She said the way the show is edited is “comedic gold.” The “Spider-Man” and “Fargo” star went on to say that she liked “The Bachelor” better than “The Bachelorette” because “the women get naughtier.” Solidifying her status as a superfan, Us Weekly reported in March 2022 that Dunst’s friends “gave her a T-shirt that reads ‘Most. Exciting. Rose Ceremony,’” a popular saying on the show.