TV love boat owner harbors a grudge
The bachelors weren't the only ones to get the shaft from "The Bachelorette." The owner of a luxury yacht where Jen Schefft had one of her group dates is outraged that the producers of the ABC show didn't give her the big advertising splash they promised in lieu of her usual mega-fee. Now she wants her money.
Laurie Kutscera, owner of the 85-foot Eastern Star, says producers of the reality dating show said they'd promote her vessel in prime time if she'd waive the $30,000-a-day rental fee.
Her crew worked from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m., Kutscera says, while Bachelorette Schefft and several of the bachelors enjoyed the first-class quarters as they glided around Manhattan island.
But when they show aired, "They never mentioned" the yacht, Kutscera tells us. "I feel like we were jerked around."
Jen and the boys' cruise ate up about seven minutes of screen time, and Kutscera was paid approximately $2,500 for operating expenses, chump change for such a luxe craft.
The production studio responsible for the show didn't have a lot to say to us.
"I talked to producers, and we just don't have any comment, says Telepictures spokeswoman Amy Maloney. "We can confirm that they hosted a date on the boat and that is all."