Spoiler Alert! Don’t read below if you don’t want to know what was revealed during last night’s Bachelor finale.
“Bachelor Nation,” the name affectionately given to the former contestants of ‘The Bachelor’ and The Bachelorette, are expressing their outrage over the fact that there will be two ‘Bachelorettes’ next season: the overly made-up and often crying Britt Nilsson and the wise-cracking Kaitlyn Bristowe. In case you were comatose after watching the three-hour ‘Bachelor’ finale last night and missed the announcement at the end, basically Kaitlyn and Britt will both meet the gentlemen callers on Night 1, and the men will decide which girl they want to pursue.
(Just for the record, The Ashley thinks this is a terrible idea. The audience clearly wants Kaitlyn to be ‘The Bachelorette,’ so there’s no reason to foist Britt back in our faces. If Britt becomes the ‘Bachelorette,’ The Ashley may not be able to stomach a full season of recapping.)
The Ashley isn’t the only one that hated the idea of dual ‘Bachelorettes.’ Britt and Kaitlyn have both admitted that they’re not thrilled at having to share the spotlight, and several former cast members of the show are downright furious at the producers for making this decision.
Former ‘Bachelor’ Sean Lowe and his wife Catherine were particularly outspoken about it.
“No one likes the idea. Catherine thinks it’s disgusting,” Sean wrote on his blog today, adding, “It’s downright degrading for the women – for the two chosen and the women watching at home. This move transfers the power back to the men on the show specifically designed for the women…Once again, you’ll have women competing for the attention of men.”
Sean added that since the rejected gal’s elimination will happen on Night 1, the guys will probably chose the ‘Bachelorette’ based on looks alone, since there isn’t much time for real conversation on the first night.
JP Rosenbaum tweeted his thoughts on the “twist” as well.
“Somebody got hosed in this two bachelorette deal and I’m not gonna mention any names ahemKaitlyn,” he wrote.
Several previous ‘Bachelorettes’ expressed their disapproval of the idea.
“Not going to lie.. I’m a bit confused by 2 bachelorettes,” wrote Desiree Hartsock. “Put girls against each other!? Don’t we already get enough of that.
“The more I think about it, I can’t help but be upset about ABC choosing 2. It’s going to be so hurtful to both the girls,” tweeted Ali Fedotowsky.
Trista Sutter, the original ‘Bachelorette,’ had a different response: She thinks the idea is great!
“The opportunity they have as Bach/ettes will lead both 2 their happily ever afters…although maybe only directly for one,” she tweeted. “They aren’t being forced 2 sign up. Find love or get hurt…maybe.Worth it, yes.”
Neither Britt nor Kaitlyn have discussed the controversy on their Twitters.
Roundupers– what are your thoughts on this twist? Tell The Ashley in the comments below! And don’t forget to check back to read The Ashley’s complete recap of ‘The Bachelor’ finale!