Bachelorette contestant Ian Thomson’s mid-season exit was a disaster, but his upcoming appearance on the Men Tell All special will give fans an opportunity to see the softer side of the handsome Princeton grad.
According to Reality Steve’s spoilers, Thomson, 28, apologizes to both his castmates and Kaitlyn for his behavior on the show. He reportedly got on his knees and was almost in tears when he apologized. It should come as no surprise that his apology was sincere. The pressure of being on camera, and the stories of contestant manipulation, can make even the kindest souls screw up.
When Ian told Kaitlyn (Week 6) that he was leaving because he thought she was “shallow” and only there to “make out with a bunch of dudes on TV,” fans instantly made him out to be more villainous than JJ and Clint combined — not that they were particularly good at being villains.
The name-calling didn’t just come from fans on Twitter. People magazine called Ian “garbage” and “a discrace to Princeton University.” The Bachelorette blogged that he was “arrogant” and “downright nasty” for expressing his true feelings on the show.
Oh, the irony, with Kaitlyn suffering from her own set of haters throughout her season. One would hope she would understand that Ian probably didn’t intend to talk down to her — perhaps he was disappointed that he didn’t find a connection and spoke out of frustration.
For an extremely smart guy, he didn’t choose the best parting words, but he who knows how much of his conversation was edited — especially the parts where they didn’t show him actually speaking.
Ian’s former castmate Josh Seiter tells Radar Online that many of the contestants on the show were told what to say, and their actions were controlled by producers. Seiter went on to say that producers also made most of the decisions as to who stays and who goes, making the whole show sound just like the scripted series UnReal.
The Bachelorette: Men Tell All special airs on July 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, viewers will not only see Ian Thomson apologize, but there will be several guys (and Kaitlyn) in the hot seat. Expect to see JJ Lane, Ben Zorn, Jared Haibon, and one of Kaitlyn’s final three guys (spoilers) talk about their experience on the show.
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