Newsflash: Manufactured competitions that feature “group dates,” numerous hot tubs, and situations designed to make women cry don’t tend to result in lasting romance. Yesterday, Emily Maynard and Jef Holm became the latest Bachelor/Bachelorette couple to call it quits shortly after getting engaged — following in the immediate footsteps of Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, who broke their second engagement a few weeks ago.
Thus far, Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter are the only Bachelor[ette]/competition winner pair in the franchise’s history to make it all the way to the altar. They may soon be joined by Bachelorette season 7’s Ashley Herbert and J.P. Rosenbaum, provided that couple doesn’t break up before their planned wedding in December. (It’ll be televised.) Bachelor Jason Mesnick married his season’s runner-up, Molly Malaney, in 2010, and the couple is currently expecting its first child.
But beyond those three, ABC’s rose-drenched juggernaut has launched zero other successful relationships in its 24 collective cycles — barring a few contestants who met and fell in love despite appearing on different shows (one on The Bachelor, the other on The Bachelorette) or different seasons. And we’re not even going to get into Bachelor Pad.
Is any of this surprising? Not in the slightest. Good luck, Sean Lowe!