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The 6 most dramatic things that have ever happened on The Bachelor US.

From a ‘dog c**t’ scandal to a rogue man named ‘Honey Badger’ who picked precisely no one, Australia’s Bachelor seasons aren’t exactly tame.

We’ve had dirty street pies and people pissing in pot plants to ensure Australian audiences are always given a decent serving of dram-ah.

But if you’ve ever seen The Bachelor or Bachelorette in America, you’ll know that our seasons are mild in comparison.

In fact, we haven’t even seen drama compared to the US Bachelor.

So behold, we’ve collated the five most dramatic moments that have ever happened during The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in America since its premiere in 2002.

The Bachelor falls in love with a producer

SO. This is a rumour for the current season of The Bachelor but before you dismiss it as untrue, hear me out.

 You see, Peter Weber, affectionately known as Pilot Pete, is the 2020 Bachelor, and the celebrity news cycle in America is currently awash with whispers that he ends up with a producer from the show.

The producer’s name is Julie LaPlaca and the two have shared a number of photos together throughout Pete’s experience on the reality TV show.


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Plus, the network hasn’t even denied this is true – which is unusual.

“Well, I hate to get in the way of a good rumour, so I’m not going to confirm or deny about whether he ends up with a producer,” a network spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight. “I don’t know how we’d ever top that though! But, it is crazy… There’s a lot of craziness, it’s a roller coaster, but I would say even now the roller coaster hasn’t ended, and it won’t end until after After the Final Rose.”


I.e., this definitely happens. 

The season they had two Bachelorettes.

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Britt was sent home, because the contestants voted her out. Images: Getty/ABC.

Once upon a time in 2015, the producers thought it would be a good idea to have TWO Bachelorettes. When announced, the network told audiences they simply could not decide who should be the Bachelorette, so they gave it to both Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nelson.

On the first night, the contestants met both women before casting their vote on who they wished to be the Bachelorette for the rest of the season.

Britt Nelson was sent packing, and it was just as awkward as you'd expect. Because imagine being told you're going to be the Bachelorette, and then the contestants saying... 'No'.

Unsurprisingly, they never introduced that format again.

Ben Higgins says 'I love you'. To two women.

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Ben told both Jojo (left) and Lauren (right) that he loved them. Image: ABC.

This was, simply, heartbreaking.

Ben Higgins was one of the best Bachelor's America has had, purely because it was never clear who he was going to choose.

In the penultimate episode of the 2016 season, Ben told flight attendant Lauren Bushnell he had been in love with her "for a while".

On his next date, real estate developer Jojo Fletcher was told by Ben: "Jojo, I love you too".

"I can’t tell you the hours of anguish and sleepless nights I faced as I wrestled with those feelings and came to realise that I was truly in love with both JoJo and Lauren," he explained to the camera. "I really searched my soul and prayed and tried to figure out how this was possible. But at the end of the day, I could not deny my feelings for each one of these women."

Jojo was crying on the bathroom floor with Ben by her side as she realised: "You love her too".

"Yes," he admitted.

It was confusing for all involved, but in the end Ben chose Lauren.

Oh, and he proposed to Lauren too. Which was discombobulating because didn't he just tell another woman he... never mind. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Colton Underwood's fence jump.

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Sir, where are you going? Image: Giphy.

Bachelor Colton Underwood was known for his 27-year-old 'virgin' status.

When left with the final two contestants, Underwood decided he didn't like either of them, and in fact still had feelings for Cassie, the woman who left on her own volition the week prior.

So what did he do? Naturally, he jumped an eight-foot fence in a suit, seeing camera crews and the host Chris Harrison run after him.


"He hopped the fence and took off, I didn't see which way he went," Harrison explained to producers.

In the end, Underwood was found. He broke up with the final two contestants, before going to Cassie's hometown to try to win her back. She reluctantly accepted, and the two are still together.

A contestant 'slut-shames' the Bachelorette.

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"If you weren't in love with me, I'm just not sure why you made love with me." Image: ABC.

Nick Viall came second on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette in 2014.

During After the Final Rose, a live show hosted by Chris Harrison and broadcast after the final episode airs, Nick shared a little too much information with the nation.

Clearly still heartbroken, Nick was given the chance to gain closure as he sat next to Andi.

"Knowing how in love with you I was, if you weren't in love with me, I'm just not sure why you made love with me," Viall asked Andi, further adding they shared "fiancee-type" moments.

"I think that's kind of below the belt," Andi replied. "I think that's something that's private and should be kept private."

"I know this sounds harsh, but how do you compete with a greater relationship? There's nothing wrong with our relationship. It's just that something else was more right."

Many accused Nick of 'slut-shaming' Andi, and pretty much everyone agreed it was TMI.

A contestant is sent home for having an affair with a producer.

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Rozlyn was sent home for an "inappropriate relationship" with a producer. Image: ABC.

During Jake Pavelka's season of The Bachelor in 2010, host Chris Harrison confronted contestant Rozlyn Papa for having an affair with a producer.

"This is something that we've never had to deal with in the history of the show," Chris Harrison told Rozlyn. "It's very awkward. I'm guessing you have some idea why I've pulled you aside."

However, she doesn't... say anything. She just stares.

"Rozlyn, you entered into an inappropriate relationship with one of our staffers. That staffer is no longer working with us, because of what happened."

"I don't think my personal life is really anybody's business," she responds.

Nevertheless, she was sent home by the host who later informed the Bachelor. Like Harrison acknowledged, it was extremely awkward.

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