Clayton Echard The Bachelor
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Clayton Echard “Embarrassed And Disgusted” By His Actions On The Bachelor

Clayton Echard is claiming he got the “villain edit” and was “portrayed unfairly” during his season of The Bachelor. He may have a point, but I’ve always heard that they can’t show what he didn’t actually say or do. Villain? Maybe. Worst Bachelor ever? Definitely in the running.

“Watching [the season] back, I was embarrassed and disgusted by my actions and the way I was portrayed or seen on TV,” said Clayton, who was one of the least popular leads in recent years, in a recent Page Six article.

He went on to say, “Ultimately, I had to live with the fact that my narrative is what was shown. And that was hard because that’s not really who I am.

“I don’t feel that what I was on the show is who I truthfully am but I did those things, I became that person.”

Clayton further called his season “a train wreck” and added that he was “shocked” that “drama was prioritized over the love story.” Has he seen this show? They almost always prioritize drama over any love story. They’re making TV here. The love story may not (probably won’t) last, but everybody remembers the drama.

During the infamous “Fantasy Suite” episode, Clayton told each of his three finalists — Susie Evans, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia — that he was in love with them, as viewers across the country were screaming at their TVs, “Dude, no! Did you learn nothing from Ben Higgins?!”

Furthermore, when he revealed to Susie that he had slept with both of the other two women after she told him that any intimacy with the other women would be a deal breaker for her, she abruptly left the show.

Distraught by her departure, former NFL player Clayton then immediately broke up with both Gabby and Rachel (who are co-leads on this season’s The Bachelorette), leaving viewers wondering how the show could continue, since there was nobody left to whom The Bachelor could offer a rose.

Susie and Clayton eventually rekindled their romance and went public with their relationship during the show’s reunion, “After the Final Rose.” But by that time, Clayton had lost the sympathies of most of his audience, and their pairing as a couple was pretty much anticlimactic.

To many fans, Clayton‘s turn as The Bachelor was pretty disappointing, to say the least. Most of us were ready to put him in our rear view mirrors and move onto the next season of exotic locations, champagne and roses.

Clayton may not have been a villain, but he was definitely a thorn among the roses.


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