Alex Michel — Photos Of The First Star Of ‘The Bachelor’ By: Christina Casiano 1 of 5 Alex Michel ABC Alex Michel was the first-ever star of ‘The Bachelor.’ He’s the one who started it all! Alex was the dashing gentleman looking for love in the first season of the show, which was hosted by Chris Harrison. ‘The Bachelor’ first debuted in 2002 and has been running for nearly 20 years. The series gave birth to an equally beloved spinoff, ‘The Bachelorette.’ Alex may have not gotten his happily ever after with Amanda Marsh, but he made history on ‘The Bachelor.’ Without that first season, Bachelor Nation wouldn’t be what it is today. Alex’s runner-up, Trista Rehn, went on to become the first Bachelorette in 2003. She is happily married to the man she gave her final rose to, Ryan Sutter. Alex and Trista’s season will be explored in the special ‘The Bachelor: Greatest Seasons — Ever!’ See more photos of Alex Michel in our gallery now! July 6, 2020, 1:09PM 2 of 5 Alex Michel & Chris Harrison ABC Alex Michel made history as the first-ever star of ‘The Bachelor.’ Chris Harrison was by his side on his journey to find love. July 6, 2020, 1:09PM 3 of 5 Amanda Marsh & Alex Michel ABC Alex gave his final rose to Amanda Marsh. They continued to date after the show was over, but their relationship didn’t last. July 6, 2020, 1:09PM 4 of 5 Cathy Grimes, Alex Michel & Trista Sutter ABC Alex with two of his lovely ladies, Cathy and Trista. The first season debuted in 2002. July 6, 2020, 1:08PM 5 of 5 Trista Sutter & Alex Michel ABC Trista Sutter was the runner-up in Alex Michel’s season. She went on to be the first Bachelorette! July 6, 2020, 1:09PM Click to Subscribe to Get Our Free HollywoodLife Daily Newsletter to get the hottest celeb news.