While most episodes of The Bachelor seem to portray an extravagant, out of this world experience for the contestants, with the lavish dates, extraordinary mansions, and likely unlimited supply of S. Pelligrino, it seemed that this week’s theme was the threat of reality interfering with the experience of reality TV.
The episode kicks off with our first destination date at, you guessed it, Cleveland. Peter and Victoria F. enjoy some stunning Cleveland views–driveways, clouds, and a circle of dads in a parking lot full of Honda Cr-Vs putting a “reverse the curse” hex on the Cleveland Browns.
Victoria F. and Peter take some twists and turns as they continue their date at Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. The couple has a wild time, and Peter charms us with some poetry about how relationships are just like a roller coaster–there are ups, there are downs, and while they always keep their charm, over time they start to develop a strange form of grease.
All is well and dandy until Victoria F. and Peter go to the end of their date, a country music concert, and Victoria realizes that the singer is Chase Rice, her recent ex-boyfriend. Peter remains completely oblivious to this situation as they dance to Chase’s music and a panic-stricken Victoria watches her entire life flash before her eyes. While this is obviously Victoria’s one-on-one date, it seems that it is also her hometown date, as she spends the rest of the evening stressed and uncomfortable because of the presence of an ex-boyfriend who was wearing a baseball cap. Reality: 1. The Bachelor: 0.
The Bachelor continues its theme of midwestern pride with a football game group date. Twelve of the bachelorettes split up into teams and compete to stay on the date for some more one-on-one time with Peter, but the game ends in a tie, and the producers are forced to scramble for an aesthetically pleasing L shaped couch that is large enough to fit the contents of not one, but two overcrowded minivans.
Things are shaken up yet again when Alayah, who was eliminated last week due to some hazing from the other bachelorettes, returns in a villainous black and red jumpsuit to set the record straight. Alayah claims to have been backstabbed by Victoria P., who claimed to have barely known Alayah before the show. But Alayah shares with Peter that they actually have quite a bit of history as friends, and that Victoria P.’s misleading comments destroyed Alayah’s chances with him. At first, we aren’t sure what to believe, since Alayah was painted so negatively in the last episode and it seems that Victoria P. and Peter have some genuine trust and chemistry, but when Peter confronts Victoria P., she appears to be caught red-handed and genuinely caught in a lie that she can’t get out of. Victoria P and Peter’s connection is now in jeopardy, which is ironic considering that the show that airs before The Bachelor is The Wheel of Fortune. Reality: 2. The Bachelor: 0.
To add to the confusion, Alayah was off the show for a few days, which means that she had the one luxury that none of the bachelorettes have had in weeks–internet access. She stirs the pot with several secrets about what has been filming that she found from bachelor spoiler accounts online. What a beautiful representation of how, in this day and age, the internet always knows more about your life than you do. Reality: 3. The Bachelor: 0.
This week, The Bachelor reminds us that none of our personal lives are safe and that even if you aren’t applying to be on The Bachelor, you are always applying to be on The Bachelor. I think the last thing any of us expected was for Instagram to be the cause of bringing reality back into reality TV, but here we are. Hopefully, one day we will all know the freedom of being completely detached from social media and will be able to retreat to the one idyllic destination where we can get a taste of paradise–Cleveland.
You can check out the funniest tweets and memes from The Bachelor Season 24 Episode 4 right here!!
Chris Harrison Leaving ‘The Bachelor’ Franchise After 19 Years
After hosting The Bachelor for nearly 20 years, Chris Harrison is leaving the show.
His exit follows the February controversy in which he defended Season 25 contestant Rachel Kirkconnell after photos of her at an Antebellum party in 2018 surfaced. At the time, he defended Kirkconnell’s actions stating that they only looked bad through a 2021 lens.
He since apologized publicly on Twitter stating he promised to do better and took a hiatus from hosting in which he became “educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”
However, Variety reports that despite Harrison’s desire to stay on the show, the incident’s escalation pushed Harrison’s lawyers to devise an exit strategy. A settlement was reached with Warner Horizon along the lines of eight figures.
With the hiatus becoming permanent, Warner Horizon and ABC issued a joint statement: “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
While there has been no permanent replacement for the host of the franchise, the current Season 17 of The Bachelorette is being hosted by previous contestants Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe. And this summer’s Bachelor in Paradise will be hosted by David Spade, among a rotation of other celebrities.
Harrison took to Instagram to express his gratitude and confirm his exit: “I’ve had a truly incredible run as host of The Bachelor franchise and now I’m excited to start a new chapter. I’m so grateful to Bachelor Nation for all of the memories we’ve made together. While my two-decade journey is wrapping up, the friendships I’ve made will last a lifetime.”
Who Won Matt James’ Heart on the Season Finale of ‘The Bachelor’?
For a franchise that loves to hype up each season as the “most dramatic yet,” Matt James’ season of The Bachelor really outdid itself with real-world drama surrounding Rachael Kirkconnell’s racial controversy, Chris Harrison’s downfall, and the bullying between the women in the house.
In the season finale, Matt James expressed some doubts about his final two women: Rachael and Michelle Young.
After Michelle gave him a jersey with his name on it (and a matching one for herself that read “Mrs. James), Matt decided it was the perfect time to break her heart. He explained that he didn’t feel the same way about her as she did for him.
“I just want clarity,” Michelle said about his feelings, to which he responded: “I don’t think I could get there with you.”
And thus… that left us with one woman standing: Rachael.
But does she get the final rose?
Matt still had doubts because he took what his mother said about love not being enough to sustain a relationship. He took that into consideration and questioned whether or not he was “there.” He realized he wasn’t sure that was ready to make a big decision or commitment like marriage regardless of the woman.
“What do I tell Rachael,” he questioned, adding, “Rushing into something I’m not ready for is… I’m not willing to make the same mistake my dad did.”
Harrison then informed Rachael that there wouldn’t be a date that evening because Matt was confused and needed some time. Naturally, she took it personally and broke down crying.
After some time to think it over, Matt revealed that he’s never felt this way before and that he knew he loved Rachael.
During their last meeting, Rachael poured her heart out and said she’d choose him everyday from here on out, through the good and bad.
Matt said that he saw what rushing a marriage did to his mom and his family and explained it’s not something he wants for them. “That’s why I can’t propose to you today,” he said, adding, “but that doesn’t mean I want to lose you.”
He explained that he wants to live his life with Rachael and wants to commit to her and build on what they started during their Bachelor journey.
“I’m in love you, and I see you as my wife and the mother of my kids,” he said.
So, while there’s no proposal, there is a future for Rachael and Matt… that is until those photos from the antebellum photos surfaced. All of that will be addressed during the “After the Rose” ceremony hosted by Emmanuel Acho.
During the “After the Rose” post-show, Matt revealed that his relationship with Rachael did not overcome the controversy.
“I’m really sorry that I hurt you,” Rachael told him in their first post-breakup meeting. Despite her apologies, Matt said he couldn’t get back together as she still had a lot to do. And though it was painful, the duo went their separate ways.
Best Tweets from Tonight’s ‘The Bachelor’ Finale and ‘After the Rose’
Tonight is the night.
Does Matt James make the right choice between Rachael Kirkconnell and Michelle Young on the season finale of The Bachelor Season 25?
And what did Twitter have to say? Find out who won Matt James’ season now.
Here are the best tweets:
Emmanuel: you ready to see Matt?
Rachael: no I’m not
— Lauren (@lperkowski3) March 16, 2021
— nic ミ☆ (@dwtsbach) March 16, 2021
— Nadja (@itsnadjanicole) March 16, 2021
“You can love someone and still want them to do better.”
— Geena Arevalo (@GeenaA_WAVY) March 16, 2021
— Chloe Crozier (@ChloeCrozier) March 16, 2021
— Rachel Tal (@rachelmtal) March 16, 2021
Matt James 20 times an episode: pic.twitter.com/Zr2I3O5b8J
— Bob Lunch (@miladyramos_) March 16, 2021
— Natalie Caballero (@NatCaballero5) March 16, 2021
— erin carley (@erincarleyxo) March 16, 2021
— J (@juliesgotjuice) March 16, 2021
— FIRE HOWIE ROSEMAN ✨ (@meerkatttttt) March 16, 2021
— Rachel Ferry Thoms (@ChachyFerry) March 16, 2021
— K & S (@90day_bachelor) March 16, 2021
— SB (@MonieeLovee_) March 16, 2021
— Kara (@kdeyerme) March 16, 2021
Listen, I want Matt to make the best decision for himself. I also get TV is smoke and mirrors. However, Matt and Michelle seem so much more connected than he and Rachel. #TheBachelor #TheBachelorFinale #Bach
— BlakeClifton (@BlakeCNorman) March 16, 2021
— yams (@aquariusneptune) March 16, 2021
— Served Hot N Ready (@cancel_2020) March 16, 2021
— Lex (@alexis_menard) March 16, 2021
— L (@LMo_Rouge) March 16, 2021
— Alyssa Schifano (@alyssaschifano) March 16, 2021
— Joy ⭐️ (@joydanielleeee) March 16, 2021
— wotv4women (@WOTV4Women) March 16, 2021
— Bachelor(ette) Highlights (@bachspilltea) March 16, 2021
— Tundun (@Tundun7611) March 16, 2021
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