Professor Mehammed Mack to be ABC’s next ‘Bachelor’

Photo courtesy of Temar France ‘AC, edited by Je Zhu ‘18, Photo Editor |Mehammed Mack, French studies professor and Venice Beach native, will search for love on the next season of “The Bachelor.”

Photo courtesy of Temar France ‘AC, edited by Je Zhu ‘18, Photo Editor |Mehammed Mack, French studies professor and Venice Beach native, will search for love on the next season of “The Bachelor.”

Laura Green ‘18
Arts Editor

In a surprise move on March 25, ABC announced that the next bachelor on the show of the
same name will be none other than Smith College’s Professor Mehammed Mack. The show’s
much-anticipated 21st season will debut in September.

When asked to comment, a producer on “The Bachelor,” who wished to remain nameless
said, “Mehammed will make the perfect bachelor. Who wouldn’t want to date someone who
speaks French fluently and has an interest in modern Arab culture?”

Host of “The Bachelor,” Chris Harrison, however, has some doubts. “I don’t know,” he
said. “We’ve never had a professor on the show before. He might be too intellectual for our
usual hopefuls. He’s also considerably shorter than bachelors in previous years. We’ll just
have to see how it goes.” Despite his concerns, Harrison went on to say, “So many people
have already applied. It’s astonishing, really. It seems that everyone wants to find love with
Mehammed.”

Mack, an assistant professor in the French Studies Department, is shocked but flattered by
the offer. “I didn’t even apply to be on the show! A producer just saw me in Woodstar a month
ago and said he loved my beard. Then, suddenly I’m being told I’m the next bachelor! Oh
mon Dieu, c’est incroyable. It’s an honor, really.”

When asked what he looks for in a partner, Mack said, “Well, I love gardening, electronic
music and snow sports. So it would be great if some of the contestants on ‘The Bachelor’
share my interests. I’m also from Venice Beach, California, and would love to move back
someday. So it would be ideal if my significant other loved the beach as much as I do. Did I
mention I’m from Venice Beach?”

Unfortunately for his students, Mack will have to live in Los Angeles during filming, so he
will be going on sabbatical for a few months.

Clare Jones ’17, who is in Mack’s Skyping With the French: Cross-Cultural Connections
class, says she will miss seeing Mack twice a week. “I love how he incorporates references to
Céline Dion in every class. It keeps things fun! And did you know he’s from Venice Beach?”

“My mother is really excited for me,” says Mack, who earned his Ph.D. in French and
comparative literature from Columbia University. “She watches ‘The Bachelor’ every week.
I know she’ll be cheering me on from her living room in Venice Beach.”

On the subject of his expectations for the process, Mack said, “I’m really not sure what will
happen. I don’t know if I’ll get engaged, I don’t know if I’ll get to go to the Bahamas; I don’t
know how many helicopters rides I will take. I’m taking it one step at a time.”

When asked what he wants to get out of the experience, Mack said, “I want to have fun, but
I also really do want to find love. I want to play tennis with my significant other on Sunday
mornings. I want to listen to Lady Gaga while cuddling in bed. I want to snowboard together.
Hopefully, I can find that future on ‘The Bachelor.’”

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