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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 six most dramatic moments that have ever happened during The Bachelor and The Bachelorette in America since its premiere in 2002.

Meddling parents and a live switch: The 2020 US Bachelor season finale was something… else.

It was billed as the most “controversial and shocking” finale, and it was.

This year’s US Bachelor finale involved a man named Peter Weber (also known as #pilotpete) and his final two ladies, Madison Prewett and Hannah Ann Sluss. Pretty much, his parents – Barbara Weber and Peter Snr. Weber – loved 23-year-old Hannah Ann and didn’t approve of Madison.

From L-R: Hannah Ann, Peter and Madison. Image: Instagram.

But on their final date, despite Peter telling Madison that he loved her, she told him it was over.

"As much as we want this, I don't know that we can, like, give each other what we need," she said to him.

Pivoting, Peter picked Hannah Ann (kind of by default) and proposed to her. Because the US Bachelor has a different format to the Aussie version, the proposal took place before the live Bachelor finale, which occurred a month later.

Things got even wilder during the live show.

At that point, Peter and Hannah Ann hadn't seen each other for a month and things were awkward. Go figure. At the live broadcast, Peter admitted to being a mopey d*ck but Hannah Ann (rightfully) said she was done with this nonsense and left.

"When I said yes to you, I said yes to a partnership, and I said yes to us being teammates and us working through things together, and the love I have to give will endure the absolute worst, but if you can't give me that love in return, then that's not a relationship," she said.


Peter responded, "I want so badly to be able to give you everything, give you my entire heart, because that's what you do to me and that's everything you deserve, and I can't do that. I'm so sorry."

"You took away from me my first engagement," she replied. "You took that away from me because I trusted you, and that's what you continued to ask me to do," she responds before running off stage.

Her last words to him were: "Leave. Leave. Bye."

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Madison came back. At the live season finale.

And you can bet Peter's mum was not happy.

"He's going to have to fail to succeed. That's it. All his friends, all his family, everyone that knows him knows that it's not going to work. So we've been trying to help them. Would we want it to work? Yes," she said.

Peter's dad agreed. "Okay, honestly, I hate this situation. And it's telling to me that there are so many obstacles in this way to even get to this point that you don't even start a relationship like that," he said.

None of this mattered to Peter or Madison though, because the show ended with the pair together.

Now, can you imagine if this happened on the Australian Bachelor? Poor Osher would have a heart attack.


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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 Bachelors 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.

Feature Image: Instagram.

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