Ain’t no rest for the wicked…or fans of The Bachelor.
In 2018, there was no such thing as an off-season for the ABC reality hit franchise, with four seasons airing during the calendar year: Arie Luyendyk Jr. ‘s season of The Bachelor, The Bachelor: Winter Games debut outing, Becca Kufrin‘s season of The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise. There was even a point during the winter where we had six hours of new Bachelor content to watch per week. The devil works hard, but Chris Harrison works harder.
But it doesn’t exactly feel like a chore to watch when the show is still delivering so many firsts all these years later. Just think about Arie and Becca’s blindside of a break-up. Or the fact that we now have contestants from the international versions of the show joining the mix, thanks to Winter Games. Bachelor Nation has officially become Bachelor World.
Plus, the drama is no longer limited to on-screen shenanigans, as social media has become an integral and undeniable aspect of the franchise After their time on the shows, contestants often turn to Instagram and Twitter to keep providing updates and insights into the weird, sometimes incestuous world that is The Bachelor family.
And this year saw more than one social media controversy, especially after a frontrunner’s double taps were scrutinized. Oh, and one cheating scandal was exposed thanks to Instagram, while another was exposed via (alleged) screen shots.
The calendar year also saw the end of some of the franchise’s couples, including one of its most beloved pairs in recent history. But we also got a fairy tale ending for one of the most infamous examples of friend-zoning ever. See, The Bachelor taketh, but it also giveth.
To help you properly remember all of the drama that went down in Bachelor Nation in 2018, we’ve compiled all of its biggest scandals (on-screen and off)…