The finale of The Bachelor has been called everything from a “train wreck” to “painfully uncomfortable,” and Juan Pablo Galavis, the Bachelor himself, has been unanimously been named as the reason by the viewers.
Juan Pablo isn’t in the public dog house because he didn’t propose to winner Nikki Ferrell. He has been publicly shunned because his treatment of runner up Clare Crawley and the interview with host Chris Harrison. What have those actions done to help ABC?
During the two hour finale, Juan Pablo is said to have made an offensive comment to Clare during their private helicopter date. It’s not clear as to what was exactly said since there was no cameras or microphones in the helicopter. Whatever it was that he said left Clare frazzled to the point where she could only say, “I don’t have words for it. I don’t know how I feel right now.”
Of course Clare found the words after she was eliminated by simply saying, “I would never want my children having a father like you.” So whatever it is that he said must have been incredibly offensive, it is rumored to be sexual, but that hasn’t been trending as much as the interview.
The interview with Chris Harrison couldn’t have been anymore awkward.
Chris and Juan Pablo just could not get on the same page. While it appeared that Chris was continuously pressuring Juan Pablo, to get anything emotional out of him. Harrison got nothing. While some felt that Chris might have been badgering Juan Pablo, he explained his actions while on Good Morning America:
“I wasn’t harping on him so much to make him say “I love you,” that’s kind of irrelevant to me. It was just, things weren’t adding up and it was just bizarre. Their body language was telling me one thing and his words were telling me another. It was him. She wasn’t allowed or able to speak her mind. I almost felt sorry for her. She was uncomfortable.”
While it’s undeniable that Nikki was incredibly uncomfortable, Chris and Juan Pablo made the situation worse.
What might be one of the most awkward TV moments made headlines.
The interview left many feeling that Juan Pablo was incapable of love, basically considering him a sociopath. But regardless of his emotional wellbeing, the media uproar that has followed the finale doing wonders for The Bachelor and other related ABC shows.
Chris Harrison has gone onto numerous talk shows to speak about the Juan Pablo related issues, which has viewers captivated. Although it appears that most of the conversations have put show and cast in a negative light, an old publicity mantra comes to mind; there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
Chris Harrison has exploited the opportunity to hype the upcoming season of The Bachelorette. Andi Dorfman, who finished third in this season’s The Bachelor, was chosen to star as this season’s Bachelorette.