Entertainment, People of Joburg

7 minutes with Jason Greer

Jul 8, 2019, Author: Candice May

The Bachelor is all about finding love, so it’s no wonder that the host of the first local version is romantic at heart! We get the lowdown from TV presenter and actor Jason Greer on how much of The Bachelor SA was actually realistic, the most romantic thing he’s ever done and his proudest career achievements.


What was your first TV presenter gig?

I hosted a one-hour game show every week for about two months. I had to entice viewers to guess answers to sporting clues I gave to them. Baptism of fire, I tell you! Since then, I’ve hosted reality game show The Loot, entertainment magazine programme All Access, Tech Report on eNCA, spelling game show Spellbound and, most recently, The Bachelor SA on M-Net. I’ve been lucky enough to interview the cast of Sex and the City in London, Owen Wilson in Los Angeles and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.

How were you selected to host The Bachelor SA?

I was called up by the producers of the show, who asked me to come and do a screen test followed by another screen test and then an on-camera interview with Lee to see how we worked together. The rest is history!


What was it like hosting the first local version?

I’d watched The Bachelor before I was selected to host the first-ever South African season and my wife has always been a huge fan of the show, so it was a feather in her cap too (wink, wink!). My favourite moment was on the one episode when everyone got to make their own cocktails – that was loads of fun! It was the same night when all the ladies received a rose, so there were no tears. One thing most people wouldn’t guess about the show is that all of it is realistic.

What are your top tips for a happy relationship?

Kisses, compromise and honesty! It’s so much easier being honest than trying to remember a lie anyway. Doing romantic things for your partner is also important. I’ve done too many romantic things for my wife to count, but the most romantic was when I proposed on Christmas morning in 2010.


Are you a family man?

Absolutely! I have two young children – a daughter and a son – who live with my wife and I in Lonehill. Juggling work and fatherhood can be tough, especially when I have to go away for work. Thankfully, I work from home though, so I get to spend a lot of time with my kids. There’s nothing more important to me! One of our favourite places in Jozi for a family meal is The Local Grill in Parktown North – their crusted rib eye with chips is insanely delicious.

Follow Jason on Instagram @jasonmgreer

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