‘The Bachelorette’ producer denies setting up Arie Luyendyk to win

Arie's the target of new rumors.

Every season on “The Bachelorette,” there are always all sorts of rumors that end up popping up all across the internet — and on this occasion, Arie Luyendyk (otherwise known as the first person to get a kiss this season from Emily Maynard) is front and center.

Last week, show spoiler-master Reality Steve posted a story with a whole heap of negative information about the IndyCar driver, including that he was “juggling” multiple women at the time filming started for the season and that he only appeared on the show after his ex Cassie Lambert (who is a producer) told him that she would help ensure he would make it far. There’s all sorts of other details in there about their past relationship and the women that Arie has dated since (including the one he referenced during his one-on-one date Monday night), but that is the punchiest bit of the story in a nutshell.

Since we have one side of the story via anonymous sources, we might as well look at what Lambert herself had to say about the talk. When asked this rumor on Tuesday on Twitter, Cassie was quick to deny giving him such an unfair advantage in any way:

“of course [Arie was not promised anything]. don’t believe everything you read.”

Will we ever know the full story here? It’s hard to say, but we do have to say for one perspective it seems awful silly to think that someone like Lambert would risk her job and the integrity of the show just to get a guy far on a dating show — after all, we’ve already had enough drama courtesy of “Bachelor” producers with the Rozlyn Papa scandal.

We’re not going to spoiler how well Arie actually does this season, mostly because it is A) mere speculation and B) there are some viewers who actually still like to be surprised watching the show. All we can say is that he¬†certainly¬†seems to be one of Emily’s favorites so far — but anything can happen over the course of this season and we’ll just have to wait and see what transpires.

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