Jordan Rodgers is rumored to be the last man standing at the end of The Bachelorette this season, but the contestant who won the affections of JoJo Fletcher may have a motive in mind other than marriage.
[Warning: Potential Bachelorette spoilers are ahead]
While the outcome of this season of The Bachelorette isn’t set until JoJo makes her final selection on Monday night’s finale, there have been rumors floating around since even before the show debuted that Jordan Rodgers would be her final pick.
But there are also growing reports that Jordan may be hoping that the appearance — and the fame it’s brought him — will lead to his own television career. Jordan is the brother of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and has been on the fringes of the sports media scene for a few years thanks to that connection.
Jordan Rodgers has already been embroiled in some drama outside of The Bachelorette. While there were constant questions to Jordan whether he was riding his brother’s coattails to a reality television career, Tribune Media noted that Jordan denied all allegations that he was trying to cash in off his brother.
As the show went on, it became clear that Jordan and Aaron don’t have much of a relationship at all.
“The past year or two, his brother hasn’t been a part of his life,” Jordan said on a recent episode.
A bit of digging, Tribune Media figured out why the two don’t get along anymore.
“The rift seems to have begun in July 2015, when a longtime mutual pal of the Rodgers brothers, Francis Blay, got married. According to TerezOwens.com, Aaron Rodgers was supposed to be a groomsman but bailed at the last minute.
“In fact, he didn’t even bother to show up, prompting Luke to post pictures on Instagram with the not-so-subtle hashtag messages ‘#realfriendshowup’ and ‘#realfriendsneverforgetwheretheycamefrom.'”
Aaron Rodgers chimed in a bit, adding to the drama.
“I haven’t seen the show to be honest with you, so it hasn’t affected me a whole lot,” he told WISN. “I’ve always found it a little inappropriate to talk publicly about some family matters, so I’m just — I’m not going to speak on those things, but I wish him well in the competition.”
The drama with his brother had led many to believe that Jordan Rodgers is aiming for a reality television career of his own. Those spoilers gained steam when the SEC Network announced that Rodgers would be joining them as an analyst, a job that most likely wouldn’t have materialized if not for his Bachelorette appearance. People magazine noted that he would be starting the gig later this year, but the details weren’t immediately available.
And it’s possible that Jordan Rodgers may be trying to gain some of his brother’s spotlight. Jordan was a college quarterback at Vanderbilt, but lacked the star power of his brother.
“…But just after hearing all this stuff about Jordan, I hope JoJo has developed some thick skin because she’s gonna have to put up with a s*** ton of tabloid coverage blasting this guy in the next few months. I’m sure she’ll stand by him and choose to believe the stories aren’t true, but really? You think every single one of these girls is just gonna be making stuff up about the guy? Horrible way to start a relationship. Like I said, be careful JoJo. You’re in for one bumpy ride.”
If it’s true that Jordan Rodgers plans to dump JoJo Fletcher and shoot for his own reality television career, it could be a difficult road and a risky strategy. While it’s not uncommon for winning couples to stay in the spotlight for a while and it’s actually becoming quite common for the winner to be featured on Dancing With the Stars, that’s generally only the case for a happy couple that is at least progressing toward getting married.
Fans of The Bachelorette (and The Bachelor) also tend to look poorly on contestants who are openly using their appearance on the show to gain further fame, a lesson Juan Pablo Galavis learned the hard way. So if Jordan Rodgers is planning to dump JoJo Fletcher and try to spin his fame into a new career, it may not work out too well.
[Image via Instagram/Jordan Rodgers]