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Bachelor Nation has a love-hate relationship with producers of the popular television series. Kelley Flanagan, Melissa Rycroft, Colton Underwood and more members of Bachelor Nation have feuded with producers over the years.

The season 23 Bachelor wrote in his 2020 book, The First Time: Finding Myself and Looking for Love on Reality TV, that he felt betrayed by producers when they called his frontrunner Cassie Randolph’s dad and invited him to Thailand during the final weeks of filming.

“It was all clear and perfect and everything a parent should do. I’m sure that’s why my old pal, supervising producer Ruby Taylor, had called Matt in the first place,” he wrote. “She’d contacted him several days earlier and told him that Cassie was really struggling with her feelings and could use him as a sounding board. … It made me feel like production was working against me and trying to help Cassie break up with me.”

While promoting his book, Colton told Us that he wasn’t allowed to publicly discuss Peter Weber’s season of the show because production knew he would “keep it too real.”

He explained in April 2020, “I feel like that’s the producer’s job is to sort of help guide the lead, guide the person I felt like they hung [Peter] out to dry in so many different ways and set him up for failure.”

He went on to provide more context into his own relationship with producers: “I realize, like, this is an entertainment business, it’s a business and you don’t take things personally, but I’m still gonna maintain a professional relationship with you. I just asked for that in return. I think when the line started getting crossed, and I got told to be a ‘good little boy’ and ‘keep my mouth shut.’ Like that’s when I was like, ‘You don’t get to say that.’”

During Peter’s season of the show, fans learned that he briefly met Kelley Flanagan before filming began. While they had a spark, the pilot sent her packing before hometown dates on season 24, which aired in 2020. Kelley later alleged that production prevented her from forming a relationship with Peter.

“The first couple of weeks I saw him look at me differently compared to when we got on our one-on-one and I could tell a hundred percent that like producers were in his head,” Kelley told Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti on the “Almost Famous” podcast in April 2020. “Because on the one-on-one, nothing happened between us but he had this, like, demeanor toward me that was so pissed off and I was looking at him, like, ‘What the hell were you told?’ because nothing happened here for you to have this attitude. And so right then and there, I knew something was going on behind the scenes, and I was like, ‘This is bulls–t’. … [I told him], ‘They don’t let me see you. They locked me up in a closet for three hours last week, and they won’t let me see you.’ I said, ‘You clearly know they push some people forward and they don’t push others forward.’”

Chris Harrison later revealed that he called Kelley after he heard her claims.

“I said, ‘What was that? ‘We don’t lock people in closets, so clearly, you weren’t locked in a closet for three hours. What did you mean?’” he told Entertainment Tonight in April 2020. “What she meant by that was she was frustrated. She’s a smart girl who I think is used to getting what she wants, and she didn’t get that time with Peter. You’re not in a closet. It’s in a room, and sometimes it takes hours. It depends on what’s going on at the time … I think Kelley was frustrated at the time, and that’s how she articulated that.”

Scroll through for more contestant-producer feuds:

Luke Parker

The Bachelorette season 15 villain wasn’t happy with how he was portrayed on Hannah Brown’s season. While his family initially defended him in the media, Luke later appeared on Reality Steve’s podcast in October 2019, months before his contract with NZK Productions Inc. ended. The production company subsequently filed a lawsuit again Luke in May 2020, accusing him of doing unauthorized media appearances. Us confirmed in October 2020 that Luke has been ordered to pay producers $100,000 for violating his contract.


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Kelley Flanagan

Despite Kelley’s struggles filming The Bachelor, she and Peter reconnected post-show and are still going strong. Harrison also revealed she apologized for her remarks.


“She said, ‘That was not what I meant to say.’ She’s like, ‘I’m so sorry that it came out that I was locked in a closet,'” he told ET. “So, everybody, it’s OK. Kelly was not locked in a closet, she’s safe and she’s good, and she apologized, and I laughed it off. I was like, ‘I get it, I knew what you were trying to say.'”


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Melissa Rycroft

While the season 13 Bachelor winner was angry with Jason Mesnick for dumping her for runner-up Molly Malaney in 2009, she was just as angry with producers for how they planned out the After the Final Rose taping.


“I was so angry with the whole production. I was like, ‘They all lied to me. They all got me here. They got me dressed up.’ [And] I was furious with him for doing it to me,” Melissa recalled on Us “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in August 2020. “[Production] put me in that shiny foil, strapless mini dress, they put the ring on my finger and backstage they had me watch the engagement video, which I’d never seen before [because] it hadn’t aired [yet]. They got me all dolled up and all emotional.”



Brooks Forester

The Bachelorette season 9 contestant shed light on recording the “in the moment (ITM)” interviews in Amy Kaufman’s 2018 book Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure.


“They’d try to get me to talk about something from my childhood, for example, or say something really personal about a family member …” Brooks alleged. “Then try to attach that to what’s happening in the world of The Bachelor.


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Clare Crawley

Clare’s journey to becoming the Bachelorette wasn’t smooth. Over the years, she denied that she had sex with Juan Pablo Galavis in the ocean during season 18 and called out the show for editing it to look like she spoke to a raccoon during season 1 of Bachelor in Paradise, but she was seemingly the most upset with production during her brief stint as the season 16 lead.


After Clare met now-fiancé Dale Moss during the October 2020 premiere, it was clear she only had eyes for the model. As a result, the first two episodes of the season were focused on her relationship with Dale. Clare subsequently “liked” a series of tweets blaming the show for the “Dale-obsessed story line.”


One post read, “People saying that @Clare_Crawley is wasting everyone’s time without realizing that she’s contractually obligated to do so. I would also wager that there are many seasons where the lead talks about their frontrunner just as much, we just don’t see it #BacheloretteABC.”


Clare also blamed the show for the controversial strip dodgeball date.


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Colton Underwood

Colton and Cassie went public with their split in May 2020. He slammed producers again during an August 2020 interview with Reality Steve after Cassie appeared on an episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever! post-split.


“Those people sold her on come and let’s let the audience get to know you, the real Cassie and then you have Chris Harrison, pointing questions, saying, ‘I sense you don’t want to make Colton mad,’ or ‘You’re afraid you’re going to upset Colton,’” he said. “It’s like, ‘No, Chris. I literally talked to her the morning of that interview. We’re good. Stop worrying about me or painting me to be this controlling or angry person.’ I’m not angry. If there’s anybody I’m upset about or upset with it’s you guys.”

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Katie Morton

The Bachelor in Paradise season 6 contestant claimed producers wouldn’t let her wear her engagement ring with then-fiancé Chris Bukowski during the reunion.


“The producers kept me in a trailer for six hours. Their plans were to bring me on stage alone,” she said on the “Mouthing Off with Olivia Caridi” podcast in September 2020. “I asked for [the ring], and they said no. They brought it out during a time when they felt it was necessary. .. Whenever I get really stressed, I’ll also randomly cry. So, Chris Harrison said, ‘I see you’re not wearing your ring,’ And that was a breath of like, if I could only f–king say it … I didn’t know how to say that this wasn’t my choice.”


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Trista Sutter

The OG Bachelorette dished behind-the-scenes scoop of her and now-husband Ryan Sutter’s televised bachelor and bachelorette parties at Le Meridien Resort on the island of Saint Martin in 2003.


“One of the producers left their binder out — like, they forgot their binder somewhere and one of the people who was at the bachelor/bachelorette party picked it up and gave it to us,” she said on the “LadyGang” podcast in November 2020. “It had, like, their characters — the story lines for every person. They had all of our friends who were invited to the bachelor/bachelorette parties, and they had all their bios and probably some stuff that they interviewed about. I think they had titles like … ‘the villain’ or ‘the sweetheart.’ I know that it has been going on since my season, but that’s TV. That’s what they have to do. The editors need to know who these people are and be able to pull certain clips from their ITMs (in-the-moments). It’s a TV show, it’s always going to be a TV show. It’s getting [to be] more of a TV show, I feel like, compared to how it was back in the day.”

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Blake Horstmann

The Bachelor in Paradise season 6 contestant took to Twitter after Rachel Lindsay urged Bachelor Nation to stop bullying contestants during Peter’s Women Tell All special in March 2020.


“Loved the message from Rachel last night! Unfortunately messages like that are too common. Frustrating seeing people from BIP and producers act like they didn’t bully me for an entire season,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Told things like I was a ‘terd that won’t flush,’ ‘ugly’ etc. #practicewhatyoupreach.”


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Rachel Lindsay

The season 13 Bachelorette was upset with how the show edited her 2017 finale and engagement to now-husband Bryan Abasolo, suggesting the series put too much focus on her split from runner-up Peter Kraus.


“Do you ever recall seeing Bryan profess how excited he was to propose to me? Do you recall seeing me cry about how I was so excited to say yes to Bryan and get my fairytale ending? The answer would be ‘no’ to both of those questions,” she wrote in her season 14 finale blog for Us in 2018. “And it is a shame because both of those things actually happened. You just did not see them. See, you know more about the journey of my breakup than the journey to my proposal acceptance. I think it is fair to say that I was denied my on-camera happy ending. … [Becca] was protected and I was placed on display for three hours and labeled an angry Black female. And there will always be that stigma attached to my finale because it has been said that when truth is blurred by misinformation, perception becomes reality and all is lost.”



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