Welcome to another season of The Bachelorette. Feels like we’ve been away for a while and it always feels good to be back. While I’m excited to be back, this season begins on a rather somber note. As you all know by now, a few weeks after he left the show, one of our cast members and our friend, Eric Hill, died in a tragic accident. You will see in the coming weeks how we have chosen to deal with this on the show. I believe in my heart that we have handled this with compassion and respect for Eric’s memory and his family and friends. I’m glad we started the show by dedicating the season to him. As you will see, he was a bright light that you couldn’t help but be drawn to. He will be missed. (For more information about Eric Hill, you can visit gowitheric.com.)
The last few seasons I’ve found the best way to deal with this first episode and the arrivals is to kind of bullet point the highs and lows. So let’s get to it!
Tasos: The lock of love was creative and it made a really good impression on Andi.
Cody: He really was pushing that limo, and the driveway is slightly uphill so by the time he got up to Andi the poor guy was exhausted.
Jason: He’s the doctor that made “the fever” comment. Bless his heart.
Dylan: Sometimes the best approach can be a bad one. Dylan was so nervous he really stumbled over his hello, but thankfully Andi thought it was sweet and sincere.
Emil: “It’s Anal, but with an ‘m’.” No comment necessary, ever!
Brett: I love lamp. Have to say stealing the lamp from the hotel as a gift was a solid move. Just want everyone to know that the lamp has been returned and no charges were filed.
Nick S.: Pulled up in the golf cart and took a swing at Andi’s heart. His energy was contagious and Andi liked the move.
Eric: His arrival says a lot about him and the kind of man he was. As you could see, Andi was really impressed by this man and wanted to get to know him better.
You will learn so much more about Andi as the season goes along but just from last night you can see she’s a very smart woman and a terrific conversationalist. What really impressed the men is how good she is at paying attention to every little detail the men revealed, and how good she is at remembering the information later.
I’m really interested to hear everybody’s thoughts on Chris Bukowski and his surprise visit. I know some will think that we were in on it, but we really weren’t. It was a grand gesture by him to show up like that and I hated being the one to look him in the eye and tell him it wasn’t going to happen. At first I wasn’t sure if he was sincere or not, but after talking to him I could tell he was really wanting to just meet this woman. I appreciated his passion but I had to respect Andi’s decision not to let him up to the house. Part of me was secretly hoping he would make a run for it and try to get into the house — that wouldn’t have ended well, but it would have made for an interesting night. At the end of the day, I was glad he decided to exit quietly and without incident.
I’m extremely excited to dive into another season of The Bachelorette. This is a great season and I’m excited to go on this ride with all of you once again. I thank you very much for choosing to come back and join us on this journey. I’m constantly blown away by the size and scope of Bachelor Nation. Next week the dates and the drama really begin.
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