Despite the best efforts of host Chris Harrison and the rest of the powers that be in ABC's Bachelor Nation, the struggle to make Arie Luyendyk, Jr. not seem like a complete jerk after dumping his fianc on national television, but he just keeps on making things worse, fans say.
The latest? Luyendyk appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday claiming that he dumped Becca Kufrin for runner up Lauren Burnham for her own good.
- “I really wanted everyone to know that this was on me,” he told Michael Strahan on GMA. “This was my fault, and I felt like filming that would let people know that, that if there were any questions on the breakup, those would be squashed if they saw the breakup. And I wanted her that opportunity, honestly, I wanted her that opportunity to be the potential Bachelorette.”
- Mission accomplished. Kufrin will star as the next Bachelorette, and she met five of her future suitors during the second part of The Bachelor finale Tuesday.
BACHELOR NATION REACTS
- While Bachelor Nation has expressed nothing but disdain for him, they have embraced Kufrin. Chad Johnson, who became the villain during JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette, tweeted: "Becca is the new Bachelorette! Come on guys let me give it a shot."
- Bachelor boss Robert Mills retweeted Johnson, asking, "What say you #Bachelornation?"
- Peter Kraus, who fans hoped would be Bachelor instead of Luyendyk, said: "From one Midwesterner to another, congrats to an amazing, strong, beautiful woman, Becca Kufrin!"
KUFRIN DONATES WINE $ TO CHARITY
- After Kufrin was jilted, support came pouring, some in the form of Venmo donations. "I love my wine, don't get me wrong, but I don't think I can drink that much," she told Harrison on Tuesday's finale.
- Instead, she said she'll donate the funds to Stand Up to Cancer. "That makes me so happy. You know, this is a terrible situation that happened," she said.
- Her journey as Bachelorette begins May 28th.