Bachelor host Chris Harrison’s infamous line predicting the “most controversial Bachelor finale ever” has been stretched to its limits over the past eighteen seasons. But Monday night’s three hour finale may take home the gold.
When Juan Pablo was announced as this season’s Bachelor, I wasn’t too excited… okay that’s a lie… I cringed. Mostly out of fear that the entire season would air in subtitles (his accent ‘es no okay’). But I’m a true Bachelor fan and come “Juanuary,” my DVR was set.
Now, let’s be honest, Juan Pablo’s jerk factor could be seen pretty early on. He was endlessly distant when addressing the women. He talked over them, made sexist remarks, responded in repetitive phrases that sounded like he was wearing one of those language learning headsets, and continuously resorted to awkward physical touching when he ran out of things to say. But, clearly he had chemistry with Clare and I think the assumption was that his interest in her was the source of his disinterest in the other women.
However, by the time Andi let him have it for being so self absorbed, it was clear, that’s just who he is. He’s genuinely self-centered, like a rare breed of narcissism reserved only for the very good looking. What’s worse is I think he would have chosen Clare if she hadn’t reacted badly to the ‘helicopter whisper ‘ incident. Because, he’s just really not a fan of women who, you know, talk.
Nikki was a last minute decision made to save face for the producers, because I think he thought he was obligated to pick one of them. During the live finale, he couldn’t bring himself to say that he even ‘loved’ her, let alone that he’d reached the typical ‘Bachelor’ endgame of asking her to be his wife. Whatever you want to call their union, I’m betting it’s over before the ink dries on his last ABC check.
Is Juan Pablo the worst Bachelor ever? That’s debatable. Brad Womack dumped BOTH women at the end his season. And season thirteen’s Jason Mesnick one-upped that move by choosing Melissa Rycroft, then promptly dumping her on the LIVE finale in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney.
Both of these cases resulted in women across America throwing things at their television and swearing off men forever. But ironically, both of these Bachelor’s-Most-Hated were given second chances by producers and fans. Womack got an entire second season to try again. While Jason married ‘Silver Medal Molly’ in a Bachelor Wedding Special.
The most magical element of reality television may be its unique ability achieve higher ratings even when it’s terrible. Shows like the Real Housewives of Fill-in-the-Blank have proven that the more fights, twisted words, and controversy, the more fans can’t tear their eyes from the television.
It’s actually kind of refreshing when a reality show about finding love falls apart in the worst ways. After all, when it comes to love, sometimes that is reality.