Tuesday night’s new episode of “The Bachelorette” effectively ended was was a national nightmare, and that was the time in which we were subjected to Chad Johnson on the show. There were admittedly a few moments where he was an interesting, genuine contender; however, they were quickly overshadowed by some anger, ego, a self-serious personality, and someone who really seemed to enjoy being terrible to other people.
Ultimately, JoJo Fletcher really didn’t have much of a decision to make by the time she got to the two-on-one date and Chad admitted to her face that he had threatened other people. This made things easier, but per her People blog, it would have been even easier had she seen some of the issues that took place beforehand:
“If I could have seen what happened that morning with Chad and the guys, maybe that would have changed my thinking going into the date. So hard to know. I do know that behind all the anger in Chad, there is probably a decent person. Chad’s been through so much in the past year. And that’s why I broke down the way I did. Because I knew what he’d been through. But it still doesn’t excuse his behavior. You can’t threaten people, no matter what you’ve been through. I don’t want that in a friend, and I definitely don’t want that in a husband.”
Let’s also go ahead and talk for a minute or two about what seems to be the obvious element in the room: That there was a guy threatening people and punching stuff in the house, and production did almost nothing to stop it. They gave him a slap on the wrist courtesy of that Chris Harrison conversation, and they allowed him, clearly angry after being sent packing, to go back to the house with the guys celebrating. That’s like lightning a match and watching everything catch on fire.
Ultimately, the show created the Chad monster, and producers can’t even pretend that they dislike what he brought on the show given that they effectively encouraged it. Remember when Chris Harrison regretted not telling Ashley Hebert some of the things that Bentley was saying about her? We don’t know why nobody bothered to step in earlier from a production point of view.
Anyhow, enough Chad, since we’ll have plenty of time to focus on him at “The Men Tell All.” For now, head over here to get some other news on “The Bachelorette,” or sign up at this link to get some other TV news on all we cover, sent right over to you via our official CarterMatt Newsletter. (Photo: ABC.)