Controversy'Bachelor' & 'Bachelorette' Contestants: 7 of The Most Controversial'

‘Bachelor’ & ‘Bachelorette’ Contestants: 7 of The Most Controversial’

Fans have met a lot of contestants over the course of The Bachelor’s more than 20-year history, and not all of them have come out on top, either figuratively or otherwise (see The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise).

While some of the reality stars who rose to popularity on the program have since accomplished incredible feats, others—and we don’t mean that in a good way—became infamous for the drama and controversy they caused while living in Bachelor Nation.

We’ve seen a lot of crazy things on these shows, such as Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Jason Mesnick changing their minds about who they wanted to be engaged to at the last minute, as well as candidates like Chad Johnson losing their composure on camera numerous times.

They never learn, and it looks like even watching this stuff happen hasn’t made anyone hesitate.

The most contentious Bachelor contestants in history are listed below. There’s no question that we’ll see a lot more characters much like them in upcoming seasons.

Jeremy Rego

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When Justin Rego offended one of the show’s most endearing leads, he instantly cemented his reputation as one of the least likable Bachelorette competitors ever. It was revealed during Ali Fedotowsky’s season that he actually had a hidden girlfriend back home, which is obviously a big no-no while appearing on a reality show in search of love.

Jeremy Mesnick

In his After the Final Rose special, Jason Mesnick surprised the audience by changing his mind about his winning prediction. Jason professed his affections for his runner-up, Molly, after breaking up with Melissa Rycroft, the recipient of his last rose, in front of the camera.

Though he didn’t get many admirers for this, the fact that he and Molly are still married suggests that he made the right decision.

Luyendyk Jr., Arie

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Years later, Arie Luyendyk Jr. encountered Jason in a similar circumstance. He realized he really wanted to be with his runner-up, Lauren, after being engaged to Becca Kufrin on his season finale.

Fans were angry that he invited the media to shock Becca with a split during what she believed would be a lovely weekend together as a couple, but much like Jason, Arie seems to have made the correct decision. He is still with Lauren, they are married, and they have three kids (including a set of twins).

Pedro Juan Galavis

It’s difficult to pinpoint the most despised Bachelor in the franchise’s history, but Juan Pablo Galavis would be on the top of the list. At first, he appeared to be a charming, attractive single father, but after seeing how he handled his competitors—among them Clare Crawley and Andi Dorfman—and how little time he gave them to speak, fans came to believe otherwise.

Peter Weber

It was nearly impossible to avoid falling in love with this pilot after meeting Peter Weber on Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette because he ended up romancing the lead in a windmill.

But when he was given his own season, well, let’s just say that the audience wasn’t impressed. In the end, he injured both of his runners-up, and his romance with Kelley Flanagan, one of his other participants, ended abruptly after the program.

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Johnson, Chad

Due to his reputation as JoJo Fletcher’s season’s villain, Chad Johnson first appeared on Bachelor in Paradise, where things only got worse. He showed very abnormal conduct right away, cursing at presenter Chris Harrison and getting himself booted off the show.

Rachael Kirkconnell

When information about Rachael Kirkconnell’s racist past came to light while Matt James’ season of The Bachelor was in production, it caused a big uproar and even resulted in longtime presenter Chris Harrison quitting the program.

Rachael was Matt’s last rose winner, and they ultimately remained together, but she will always be involved with the scandal.

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