Between Hannah’s surprise hospital visit, Cam and Luke P. acting hella needy and Connor S. melting hearts with Post-It notes, there was a lot going on in episode three of The Bachelorette. So much so, that producers were able to quietly cut one of Hannah’s contestants without making it a major storyline or having it trend on social media.
At the rose ceremony, Hannah said goodbye to Cam (thank goodness!), Joey J. and Jonathan S., but earlier in the episode, in a brief to-camera interview (or ITM as Bach Nation knows to call them), the Bachelorette revealed that Tyler G. had also left the show. “This week has been a tough week. It was draining emotionally and physically. Definitely had some drama,” said Hannah. “I had to go to the hospital and then I found out that Tyler G. had to leave. And that’s upsetting because I really enjoyed my date with him and felt like our relationship was at a really good place and I wanted to explore where that could go.”
In case you don’t yet have all the names of Hannah’s contestants down (I mean, same), Tyler G. was one of the early standouts. The 28-year-old psychology graduate student from Florida got Season 15’s first 1-on-1 date, where he and Hannah got down and dirty off-roading on ATVs.
“As soon as you can be open and honest and comfortable with me, the better this is going to be,” Hannah told Tyler G. during the cocktail portion of their date, reflecting on her experience being the first 1-on-1 date during Colton’s season. But before Tyler G. could tell Hannah much of anything, some women from his past reportedly were “open and honest” with Bach producers about his treatment of women. And as a result, Tyler G. got booted from the show.
What we know about the allegations
Concerns about Tyler G. were first raised on Reddit about two months ago, when an anonymous commenter described hearing stories about Tyler G. from two of his former high school classmates. According to the post, these two people, who reportedly don’t watch the show, described Tyler G. as an “asshole douche” and an “extreme misogynist.” The post then gets into specifics about his alleged treatment of an ex-girlfriend saying that “they would get in public screaming matches often” and that “while in Europe he spit on her and left.”
And according to ultimate Bachelor Nation insider Reality Steve, the allegations went beyond Reddit, with women actually coming forward to producers of the show. He doesn’t know how many women raised concerns about Tyler G., but he says it was definitely more than one. “Because of the nature of the allegations, it seems to me that it was obviously in the past and really nothing [the show] could prove,” Reality Steve told FLARE. “But the show also didn’t want to dismiss these women’s allegations, so they just removed [Tyler G.] from the show.”
We reached out to ABC and Warner Brothers, but did not receive an official response.
Weirdly, they didn’t use the Tyler G. situation for on-screen dramz
Typically, Bachelor Nation mines contestant’s histories for potential drama. Just look at how Season 15 kicked off, with Demi Burnett and Katie Morton rolling up to set to reveal that one of Hannah’s contestants had a girlfriend. Demi stated on the show that she found out about Scott’s dating history because his girlfriend DMed her. In classic Bach Nation fashion, the producers seized upon this opportunity to manufacture some drama complete with surveillance cams and a big reveal.
However, the news of Tyler G.’s exit was delivered so quickly and vaguely that if were up filling your wine glass, you could’ve easily missed it. Reality Steve says that the reason production gave Tyler G. a swift exit is because the women who spoke with production weren’t willing to go on the record. He notes that it also didn’t seem like Hannah knew why Tyler G. had left the show.
“It doesn’t seem like the reason they told Hannah the reason Tyler had to leave was because of this,” says Reality Steve. “If they told Hannah why Tyler was removed from the show, I highly doubt her reaction would’ve been ‘I’m disappointed because I liked where things were going between us.’ I bet you they told her that he had a family emergency and just left it at that.”
At first, this feels like maybe Bachelor Nation producers are turning a new leaf and really taking the idea of dudes being on the show “for the right reasons” seriously, rather than for ratings—but Tyler G. also seems to be an exception to the rule.
Tyler G. represents a big change for The Bachelorette
Tyler G. is far from the first Bachelorette contestant to have a concerning history. In its 15 seasons, The Bachelorette has seen many a problematic dude, many of whom were flagged by fans rather than the franchise. Becca’s now-fiancé Garrett and his tendency to “like” alt-right Instagram posts, long-haired Leo from the same season and Bachelor in Paradise slipping into people’s DMs and let’s not forget, Lee Garrett from Rachel Lindsay’s season who had a history of racist tweets. These were all real bad, but Reality Steve points to Lincoln Adim, who was charged with assault and battery prior to appearing on the show aired and convicted right before the Season 14 premiere, as the contestant that really changed things behind the scenes.
“I think they have to because of what happened with Lincoln last year. I think they’re really scared of being brought down by some major scandal,” he says.
Let’s be real, the producers really should’ve known about most of these dudes. The receipts—or in Lincoln’s case, criminal record—is out there if you’re looking for it.
According to Reality Steve, that is why, for the first time ever, the producers released the official photos of all 33 contestants on their official Facebook page. Posting the photos in mid-March, nearly two months before The Bachelorette aired, gave Bachelor Nation time to raise any concerns about contestants that may not come up in routine background checks or interviews. “You’re not going to find stuff about what guys did with ex-girlfriends or what girls did with ex-boyfriends through an internet search, unless it turned out to be criminal stuff,” he says. “So this was just a way of finding out if there were any stories out there about the guys, and we got a couple.” He is referencing Matt Dione, a.k.a. Matt D., who was called out back in March for spamming multiple women on social media, drawing comparisons to Joe Goldberg from Lifetime’s You. Contestants Joe R. and Ben G. were also cut before Season 15 began filming.
“As critical as I am of the show, if it’s an accusation by an ex, as serious as those were, they can’t know that unless someone comes to them or comes forward,” says Reality Steve.
Though producers seem to still be OK with having contestants with criminal records (Kevin F. pleaded guilty to a DUI), the show seems to be trying to leverage the Bach Nation community and their sleuthing skills. Case in point: as I’m writing this, Betches just published a report that Luke-Skywalker-lookalike Garrett (what is it with Garretts on this show?!) has a history of liking IG posts that are against gun control and supporting Trump and anti-LGBT sentiments. Will this never end? Probs not.
All things considered, this seems to be the way of The Bachelorette‘s future, taking reality TV one step further and turning it into a participatory experience. It’s like The Bachelorette meets American Idol, where instead of casting votes, viewers get involved by calling out the problematic behaviour of contestants. And Reality Steve says that this could continue past Hannah’s season. “Could we see it every season now with The Bachelorette? I think it’s possible.”