There is nothing like the ire of a woman scorned, especially when that woman is America’s “The Bachelorette” herself, Andi Dorfman. Jaws dropped on Monday night when, during the shows salacious tell-all final episode, Dorfman was called out by seemingly bitter runner-up Nick Viall, for having had sex with him on their fantasy suite date, presumably weeks, possibly even mere days, before accepting a proposal from another man, winner, Josh Murray. In the aftermath, contestant Nick Viall is being slammed for being so audacious as to disclose what really happened on what is supposed to be a reality TV show.
Several sources have weighed in on what appears to be an issue beyond a jilted lover getting back at his ex. It appears that what has most women up-in-arms is the fact that they feel men should be more chivalrous and keep intimate things private regardless of the circumstances surrounding said disclosure. While men, sharing their opinions, wish Viall would man up and get over it because he is making them look like wimps. One thing that is clear: neither the bachelorette, Dorfman, nor Viall are escaping this controversy unscathed. While contestant Viall is being slammed for his indecent disclosure of what really happened on a reality TV show, Dorfman is being slammed twice as hard for her own “questionable” actions in the fantasy suite.
Interestingly enough Viall and Dorfman seem to be the least upset of anyone, except maybe for Murray, Dorfman’s fiancé, whose, “I couldn’t care less” reaction to Viall’s omission was cavalier to say the least. In a recent interview with E! News, when asked how she felt about what Viall said, Dorfman explains: “It is what it is. That’s him showing his colors or beliefs… it’s so over and done and it’s been over and done.” Viall, for his part, has not been a stranger to the interview circuit telling ABC’s Good Morning America: “I think Monday was a lot of closure that I needed and she’s obviously in a very happy relationship and I’m very happy for both of them.” It seems there are no hard feelings on either side.
While the bachelorette continues to defend her actions in the fantasy suite with the help of her new fiancé, a true gentleman no doubt, Viall will stand by what he said. After being dumped on national TV surely this particular contestant can take a bit of slamming for the disclosure of what was very real information on what is perhaps revealing itself as a not-so-real, reality TV show. Of course how real the show actually is, is another issue for another time, though based on the ratings of Monday’s After the Final Rose finale episode, perhaps that time should be now. With only 8.2 million viewers tuning in to see Dorfman squirm, the show suffered a series low in the ratings.
Whether or not the decline in ratings is due to viewers being sick of shows being passed off as reality when they clearly are not, or because they are tired of watching a bunch of pretty, snarky men and women ridiculously vie for the affections of an equally annoying pretty, snarky man or woman, or simply because they are just plain over it, does not really matter. Men and women are probably never going to agree about Viall’s actions during the finale show and the events leading up to it, though surely men will agree that Dorfman’s actions were perfectly acceptable. If contestants like Viall continue to disclose, on a national platform, the real sexual escapades of pretty bachelorettes like Dorfman on reality TV, The Bachelorette stands a snarky fighting chance at finding future success with men and women alike.
By Heather Everett