Happy 17th birthday, The Bachelor!
The Bachelor a reality TV show staple, celebrated its 17th birthday on Monday. Host Chris Harrison paid tribute to the show on his social media. He expressed a simple thank you to fans of the show, but recognized their longtime dedication to the reality powerhouse.
"On this day in 2002 we started a crazy new show called #TheBachelor," he said in an Instagram caption on March 25. “I could go on and write the longest caption ever but I'll just say Thank you! #BachelorNation. ”
While there are plenty of spin-offs of the show that have cropped up in the past 1
Finding and falling in love are acts that require bravery – to do so on television, however, takes a lot of guts… no matter whether the true purpose is to end up with a ring, or publicity. After 17 years and 23 seasons of bachelors, it was hard to remember who the OG. The show was also very different in 2002 than it is now.
Who was the first bachelor? He was not a former football player or Bachelorette contestant like Colton Underwood. For a time, however, Alex Michel was considered America's most eligible bachelor.
Who is Alex Michel? Below are details about his life before, during and after his debut as the first Bachelor
1. He has never been to the woman who received the final rose
Michel is one of the Bachelors who opted not to get down on one knee with a ring, as is the tradition with more recent seasons of the show. He picked Amanda Marsh to continue dating after the show… but the two broke up about a year later.
There were many differences between Michel's season and what the show is today. ABC producers chose him because he was a businessman. The point of the show was also centered around the bachelor himself courting 25 women and trying to make them fall in love with him, rather than the women trying to catch and keep his attention. It also only lasted seven weeks.
Trista Rehn was the first Bachelorette .
2. He has been a low profile since the show.
Chris Harrison does not know what the first Bachelor has been to — they have not been in touch for years. He spoke to Katie Couric about the elusive forms star in a 2013 interview.
"I know people have to get a hold of him, and we would have loved to have him here today, but he's kind of gone on to live his life. But, we owe him a debt of gratitude; he kicked this whole thing off… I don't blame him [for disappearing]; he's paid his dues. ”
Harrison told PEOPLE in 2013,“ Alex was just a normal guy who agreed to jump into the unknown. He was good to take it on. ”
The franchise owes a lot to Michel. The show has been running for 23 seasons and counting, with 242 episodes. It has seen hundreds of single women from across the country vie for the hearts of men but they hoped to make their husbands.
3. He became a spokesperson for some interesting companies.
A year after Michel's season aired, he took up a different means in finding laws. Michel became a spokesperson for Match.com. If you are a Bachelorette television star with 25 bachelors to choose from, or one of the millions of singles with profiles on Match. com today, who often have hundreds of compatible matches from which they can make their dating selections, so much of dating success depends on your choices, "Michel was quoted in a press release for Match.com. "I encourage singles to follow both their heads and their hearts, as romantic magic is part of strategy and part of chemistry." Clearly, Michel had changed his mind about the show after it was over. He told PEOPLE in 2002 that the show was "like the most elaborate, well-financed dating service of all time."
Michel was also the "Romance and Proposal Expert" for Princess Cruises.  4th He's living in NYC.
Michel is in the Big Apple as a media industry executive. By all appearances, it seems Michel is single — after 17 years, he is still a bachelor.
5. He's been involved in the media industry for years.
Aside from his time in the spotlight as companies' spokesperson, and as America's most sought-after bachelor, Michel has been involved in entertainment since the 1990s. He was named the Sundance Institute New Producing Fellow for 1993 and began working at CNET as a television producer after graduating from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 1998.
Interestingly, Michel has a political background as well. While at Harvard University for Undergraduate, he spent a summer as an analyst in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States
. Embassy in Mexico post-Harvard: he became a documentary travel video producer, for which he traveled around the world.