'Click Bait': Former Reality TV 'Villain' Shannon Ford Weighs In on 'Bachelor' Season 25 Drama
Reality TV personality Shannon Ford stopped by “Click Bait with Bachelor Nation” to chat with co-hosts Tayshia Adams, Joe Amabile, and Natasha Parker about her experience being portrayed as a “villain” on “Very Cavallari.”
During her interview, Shannon discussed how she believes the drama she constructed on the now-defunct E! series — which ran for three seasons from 2018 until 2020 — differed from some of the behavior she has witnessed from contestants on “The Bachelor” Season 25.
“I think girls are much more aware of... what will make them get total screen time. I did a little bit of that, for sure, but there are differences. Our cast was much smaller, so it felt more real,” Shannon said of her unscripted series that centered on Kristin Cavallari and the “Hills” alum’s Uncommon James store in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I’ve seen cattiness on ‘The Bachelor’ before but this feels really malicious and feels like low blows. I’m like, ‘Ooh, sis, you can’t take that back. That’s tough,’” the “Probably” podcast co-host continued, referring to polarizing story lines incited by the likes of Queen Victoria Larson, Anna Redman, and MJ Snyder.
“It feels more like they want screen time and not like the normal grabs for screen time. They’re just saying anything. I’m like, ‘Where did that come from?’” Shannon added.
“We were a first season. ‘The Bachelor’ is such a successful franchise. So we kind of were like, ‘Who knows what will happen?’ Lucky for us, we ended up being successful,” the gorgeous redhead recounted of her own reality TV experience.
“But our producers were pretty straight-up and said, ‘This has got to be polarizing. We need someone to have a romance. We need someone to be mean. We need all these things to make a good TV show,’” Shannon explained. “And I was like, ‘If I’m going to do reality TV, then I’m gonna f--king do reality TV.’ So I was like, ‘I’ll do it.’ And they were like, ‘OK.’”
As “Very Cavallari” fans will recall, Shannon served as the social media director for Uncommon James prior to Kristin firing her during 2019’s Season 2. The former pals consistently butted heads as Shannon missed meetings, ignored deadlines, and displayed an impudent demeanor toward her boss. According to Shannon, it was all for show — although her “performance” ultimately led to the demise of her friendship with Kristin in real life.
“After our show aired, everyone was like, ‘Oh my God, I know Shannon. She’s so nice!’ It was easier for me to come out and be like, ‘I was hamming it up for the show,’” Shannon said before bringing it back to “The Bachelor.”
“These girls that are being villains, people are coming out and being like, ‘That’s who they are.’ And you’re like, ‘Whoa,’” she noted.
If there’s one woman Shannon is rooting for to win Matt’s heart, though, it’s Michelle Young, the vibrant teacher from Minnesota who impressed the handsome lead during a romantic one-on-one date earlier this season.
“Michelle! I love Michelle and I’m watching her. Girls will say stuff and she’s just like, ‘What? Huh? Where does this come from?’” Shannon said. “It makes… girls [like her] look even better because they’re not even remotely dipping their toe in [the drama].”
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