I know we’ve seen some rank shit go down on The Bachelor franchise here in Australia, but all that is nothing compared to this resurfaced challenge that occurred on The Bachelor over in the US a while back.
Erika Rose, who appeared on Bachelor in Paradise‘s predecessor, Bachelor Pad, after being eliminated from the 2006 season of The Bachelor US, has recounted a “traumatic” challenge that she was forced to take part in.
The challenge involved blindfolded female contestants wearing targets on their backs and turning around so that the male contestants could throw eggs at the gal they found the least attractive.
“Emotionally, yeah, it was traumatic, but physically, that fucking hurt,” she said on the Unpopular with Jacques Peterson podcast.
“They cut some of it down, but I walked off and I was like I don’t want to do this anymore. This is abusive. It’s not just my feelings are hurt, but that fucking hurt.”
She says she was told by The Bachelor US host Chris Harrison (the problematic version of Osher Gunsberg) that she’d be eliminated if she didn’t finish the challenge.
“They did tell the guys you can’t throw it this hard,” she said. “The point of the game wasn’t to injure people. It was to humiliate them, I guess.”
It comes after The Bachelor US host Chris Harrison resigned from the show.
“Chris Harrison is stepping aside as host of The Bachelor franchise,” ABC Entertainment told Us Weekly in a statement last week. “We are thankful for his many contributions over the past 20 years and wish him all the best on his new journey.”
Last year, the host was embroiled in controversy when he defended a contestant who took part in a racist event.
Meanwhile our new season of The Bachelor is coming soon, featuring some much-needed diversity and here’s hoping we can make strides in television here.