Tyler Cameron Says ‘Bachelor’ Shows Brainwash Contestants

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Golden Bachelor couple Theresa Nist and Gerry Turner’s surprise divorce announcement has put the franchise back in the spotlight. Tyler Cameron, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and other alums spoke out about the dating show’s downfall. Why does Hannah Brown’s ex say contestants are “brainwashed”?

Failed Golden Bachelor End Of ABC Dating Show?

After years of failed relationships, Bachelor Nation fans thought the older generation could get things right. The first season of The Golden Bachelor revived interest in the 20+ year franchise.

The formula was still the same – dozens of women descended on the famous Bachelor mansion, hoping to find love with Gerry Turner. However, the show was praised for less drama and cattiness than the seasons featuring 20-somethings.

Millions of fans tuned in to watch Gerry Turner choose between Theresa Nist and Leslie Fhima. Millions more watched him marry Theresa Nist in a televised ceremony in January 2024.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist from her Instagram page
Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist from her Instagram page

Actually getting to the altar put the couple way ahead of numerous other leads and their final rose winner. Everyone thought it would be smooth sailing from there, but Gerry and Theresa threw the franchise for a loop just three months later. They announced during an interview on the morning news that they had decided to get divorced.

Many fans thought the Golden Bachelor was the franchise’s last chance and wonder where it will go from here. But ABC isn’t giving up on its popular dating show. A first season of The Golden Bachelorette will air this fall. Season 28 Bachelor contestant Jenn Tran is getting a second chance at love on Season 21 of The Bachelorette, airing this summer. The network has also renewed The Bachelor for Season 29.

Tyler Cameron Says Bachelor Shows Brainwash Contestants

While ABC may still have hope in the Bachelor franchise, some of the most beloved alums are disillusioned. The New York Times did a deep dive into why so many of the relationships on the reality show fail.

Tyler Cameron was left heartbroken on Season 15 of The Bachelorette when Hannah Brown didn’t choose him. He was ready to propose, but she sent him home and got engaged to Jed Wyatt, though that relationship failed, too.

Fans have begged Tyler Cameron to be the Bachelor for years to no avail. His comments to the NYT could be an indication of why he keeps turning it down. “When you’re in that ‘Bachelor’ bubble, all you do is focus on and be brainwashed toward that person,” he said.

Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron via Instagram
Hannah Brown and Tyler Cameron

“You kind of look past the red flags and the signs that it won’t work,” he added, “because you want to work for what you think it could be because of how great or fun the show makes it seem on the other side.”

Tayshia Adams Doubles Down On Criticism

Season 16 Bachelorette Tayshia Adams shared her opinion with the outlet about what the franchise gets wrong about relationships. She got engaged to Zac Clark on her season, but they split after less than a year.

She previously blamed distance as the reason why most Bachelor Nation engagements don’t work out. The engaged couple isn’t allowed to be seen in public together until the season finale airs, which can be weeks or even months after the proposal.

They are allowed to spend time together in secret “safe houses,” as fans refer to the accomodations. But according to Tayshia, that’s not enough.

She doubled down on her previous statement. “It’s not normal for people to get engaged and then be like, ‘Bye, gotta go, I’ll see you later. Oh, I don’t even have your cellphone number yet,’” she told the Times.

Do you agree with Tyler Cameron’s assessment that Bachelor Nation contestants are brainwashed into being all about the lead? Sound off in the comments.

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