Once, someone divorced after appearing on The Newlywed Game got a "second chance" on The Dating Game.
When participants are removed, it is usually done one at a time to drag out the action and get audience sympathy for specific players.
The first gay version of these more realistic shows to receive mainstream attention was Boy Meets Boy, with a format similar to that of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
The show featured an unusual plot twist: eight of the men from the show's original dating pool were actually heterosexual men pretending to be homosexual; one important part of the plot was whether the gay contestant would be able to recognize the heterosexual men.
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This creates the action, tension and humiliation when someone is rejected.