It’s not all roses and rosé on The Bachelor.
While the premise of the long-running ABC franchise is to find love, the contestants often end up involved in drama. According to Bachelor Nation’s Ashley Iaconetti, Peter Weber’s season 24 of The Bachelor has the cattiest group of women.
“I feel like there’s a lot of mean girls in this season and it makes me feel really sad,” Ashley told Us Weekly exclusively in February 2020.
While the podcaster told Us that appearing on Chris Soules’ season “wasn’t that traumatic,” she did find herself on a two-on-one date with Kelsey Poe during the season.
“I learned so much about myself and I grew so much character from it and a lot of strength. And I got to know myself better,” Ashley told Us, noting that she would likely let her future kids be on the show. “I would probably be OK with it. However, at the rate that the show is evolving and if it’s more toward this like, oh my God, I don’t want to say wrong reasons, but a little more of a catty environment, I wouldn’t want them in that catty environment.”
Peter, for his part, told Us that he just “wanted to see all the good in people.”
“Maybe I wish I could’ve put my foot down a little bit more during certain cases and seen the truth a little more clearly,” he explained at the time. “Again, I was trying my best. It’s tough dating that many women. It’s not easy at all.”
Katie Thurston, who served as the Bachelorette during season 17, ignited her own Bachelor Nation feud in July 2022 after confirming that she blocked Nick Viall’s phone number following some “odd” comments he made about her.
“I get DMs sometimes that are like, ‘Oh, my God, Nick won’t stop talking s–t about you,’” the Washington native alleged during a TikTok Live session. “I messaged him one time and I was like, ‘Hey, just so you know, people are finding the things you’re saying [about me] kind of odd.’ And in short, he basically [turned it around on me]. He was like, ‘How great that you have fans that care about you! Don’t take it personally!’”
The former Bachelor, for his part, later defended his actions during a July 11, 2022, episode of his “Viall Files” podcast.
“The whole conversation started because I tweeted something about an upcoming episode of hers, and she texted me, ‘Best TV? Boo.’ Then I gave my quick thoughts on the episode,” he said at the time.
Nick read off the alleged text he received from the former bank marketing manager, who told him that she knew Greg Grippo wasn’t The One before his dramatic departure from the show.
Nick revealed he wrote back: “It is good that you have clarity. As long as you are happy, that is what matters.”
In addition to showing they were seemingly on good terms, he read the message in an attempt to prove that Thurston may not be reliable as she more recently claimed she didn’t know whether she would pick Grippo or not.
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