The Bachelor: The Most Shocking Exits Ever … Including Tonight’s

Since the early 2000s, The Bachelor franchise has delivered shockers, emotional meltdowns and twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these result – or stem from – an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one’s own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really bad breakup.

All of the above have left an indelible mark.

With the TV cameras rolling, obviously. Not even The Bachelor spoilers or Bachelorette spoilers can prepare you for this.

Suddenly it’s no surprise that this franchise has stood the test of time, airing for 40-plus seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, the women and the moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse, but very real reasons.

Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won’t soon forget. At least not ’til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week’s Bachelor season finale, and its devastating heartbreak for multiple people, rank on the list?

Behold, the most stunning exits in Bachelor history 

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

Brad blows everything
The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas … who he ALSO rejected! No matter what stunners took place in subsequent years – and we’ve seen a bunch, including the most recent finale – walking away with nothing and breaking two hearts AT THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY remains the least expected (and least popular) move in franchise history. And moreover, DeAnna became The Bachelorette and also left a fan favorite runner-up heartbroken (we’ll get to that shortly), beginning the Golden Age of Bachelor(ette) Ratings.

2. Becca Kufrin

Arie and becca
It wasn’t just that Arie Luyendyk Jr. got engaged to Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor season finale, then broke it off within a matter of weeks. We’ve seen that many times before. It wasn’t even that he went back to Lauren Burnham, his season’s runner-up, in the wake of that broken engagement. Jason Mesnick (scroll down) pulled that one off too. But the way in which Arie ended things with Becca – blindsiding her with cameras rolling, and ABC airing the 40-minute scene uncut – nearly took the top spot on this list. Just savage. Fortunately for Becca, she got a second chance as The Bachelorette that very summer, and is still together with her final rose recipient Garrett Yrigoyen.

3. Jason Mesnick

Jason mesnick deanna pappas photo
DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, as we said, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak … who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks. Jason was the most obvious pick for The Bachelor in history on the heels of this, but he generated some controversy himself.

4. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa rycroft and jason mesnick
Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her … on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, to this day, and have a beautiful family together.

5. Madison Prewett

Madison prewett picture
Madison Prewett’s decision to self-eliminate on The Bachelor finale in 2020 was bizarre for many reasons. 1. She had already given Peter Weber an ultimatum about not having sex with the competition, which he clearly did. 2. She appared to be eliminating herself earlier this season, but showed up at the penultimate rose ceremony and received a rose instead of Victoria Fuller. 3. Peter’s family approved of this! They seemed 100% sold on Madison’s fellow finalist Hannah Ann Sluss, who is 100% sold on Peter … but despite the fact that Hannah Ann was the only one left after Madison’s departure, he’s not feeling it! Remind you of Arie, anyone? Peter sure did a number on her, not to mention …

6. Hannah Ann Sluss

Cuddling with hannah ann
Hannah Ann Sluss’ exit from the show was unlike anything in franchise history. She got engaged to Peter Weber on the finale, only to get dumped after the fact and lay out – live on After the Final Rose – all the reasons Pete strung her along, led her on, withheld critical information, only proposed to her so he didn’t have to let her go, robbed her of her first engagement, and most of all, failed to act like a real man. Just an epic performance by Hannah Ann, who conducted herself with the confidence and maturity you wouldn’t expect from a 23-year-old. Kudos to her.

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The Bachelor: The Most Stunning Exits in Bachelor History!!

Since the early 2000s, The Bachelor franchise has delivered shockers, emotional meltdowns and twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these result – or stem from – an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one’s own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really bad breakup.

All of the above have left an indelible mark.

With the TV cameras rolling, obviously. Not even The Bachelor spoilers or Bachelorette spoilers can prepare you for this.

Suddenly it’s no surprise that this franchise has stood the test of time, airing for 40-plus seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, the women and the moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse, but very real reasons.

Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won’t soon forget. At least not ’til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week’s Bachelor season finale, and its devastating heartbreak for multiple people, rank on the list?

Behold, the most stunning exits in Bachelor history 

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

Brad blows everything
The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas … who he ALSO rejected! No matter what stunners took place in subsequent years – and we’ve seen a bunch, including the most recent finale – walking away with nothing and breaking two hearts AT THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY remains the least expected (and least popular) move in franchise history. And moreover, DeAnna became The Bachelorette and also left a fan favorite runner-up heartbroken (we’ll get to that shortly), beginning the Golden Age of Bachelor(ette) Ratings.

2. Becca Kufrin

Arie and becca
It wasn’t just that Arie Luyendyk Jr. got engaged to Becca Kufrin on The Bachelor season finale, then broke it off within a matter of weeks. We’ve seen that many times before. It wasn’t even that he went back to Lauren Burnham, his season’s runner-up, in the wake of that broken engagement. Jason Mesnick (scroll down) pulled that one off too. But the way in which Arie ended things with Becca – blindsiding her with cameras rolling, and ABC airing the 40-minute scene uncut – nearly took the top spot on this list. Just savage. Fortunately for Becca, she got a second chance as The Bachelorette that very summer, and is still together with her final rose recipient Garrett Yrigoyen.

3. Jason Mesnick

Jason mesnick deanna pappas photo
DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, as we said, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak … who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks. Jason was the most obvious pick for The Bachelor in history on the heels of this, but he generated some controversy himself.

4. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa rycroft and jason mesnick
Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her … on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, to this day, and have a beautiful family together.

5. Madison Prewett

Madison prewett picture
Madison Prewett’s decision to self-eliminate on The Bachelor finale in 2020 was bizarre for many reasons. 1. She had already given Peter Weber an ultimatum about not having sex with the competition, which he clearly did. 2. She appared to be eliminating herself earlier this season, but showed up at the penultimate rose ceremony and received a rose instead of Victoria Fuller. 3. Peter’s family approved of this! They seemed 100% sold on Madison’s fellow finalist Hannah Ann Sluss, who is 100% sold on Peter … but despite the fact that Hannah Ann was the only one left after Madison’s departure, he’s not feeling it! Remind you of Arie, anyone? Peter sure did a number on her, not to mention …

6. Hannah Ann Sluss

Cuddling with hannah ann
Hannah Ann Sluss’ exit from the show was unlike anything in franchise history. She got engaged to Peter Weber on the finale, only to get dumped after the fact and lay out – live on After the Final Rose – all the reasons Pete strung her along, led her on, withheld critical information, only proposed to her so he didn’t have to let her go, robbed her of her first engagement, and most of all, failed to act like a real man. Just an epic performance by Hannah Ann, who conducted herself with the confidence and maturity you wouldn’t expect from a 23-year-old. Kudos to her.

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The Bachelorette: Leading Ladies Ranked By Relationship Length!

If The Bachelorette spoilers are any indication, Clare Crawley will be handing out the roses this summer on the long-running show.

Her age, 38, has been the topic of many headlines, but 38 is far from old. It’s just mature. As in Clare is ready to find a life partner.

Yet if look at the venerable franchise’s track record, however, the Californian’s odds of long-term success are mixed at best.

Why do we say that?

Isn’t it obvious? This is a dating competition throwing two people together under a pretense that is literally impossible to sustain.

Can they transition into real life, establish a new normal and make it work? They can, but often times, they fall short of that goal.

Which stars made it work?

Which flamed out fast?

We have ranked the 16 stars of The Bachelorette based on who was most successful at finding love during her stint as queen.

See how they stack up from worst to first, and see if C-squared can find what some (if not all) of her predecessors have found …

1. Hannah Brown

Hannah brown picture
Our most recent Bachelorette, Hannah Brown a.k.a. Hannah Beast a.k.a. Alabama Hannah a.k.a. Beast Mode, comes in first, or last, depending on your point of view. Hannah got engaged to Jed Wyatt on The Bachelorette, but that was over by the time we got to the After the Final Rose special, at which point she asked out runner-up Tyler Cameron. (That short-lived romance fizzled also.) Hopefully Clare can clear this very low bar.

2. Jen Schefft

Jen schefft
Bachelorette Jen Schefft broke up with winner Jerry Ferris on the After the Rose special because she just “wasn’t feeling it.” Not even making it to the day after the finale? As we saw with Hannah Brown, Jen set a low bar set for everyone else at least.

3. Clare Crawley

Clare crawley the bachelorette
Clare Crawley’s journey hasn’t even started filming yet, but even if The Bachelorette’s 2020 season ends in shambles, you can’t flame out harder than Jen or Hannah B., so she’s already ahead two spots in these rankings!

4. Emily Maynard

Emily maynard bachelorette photo
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up just a few months after his proposal in 2012. He was never the right guy anyway. Should’ve picked Sean Lowe. Not that she or Sean (who is happily married to Catherine Giudici, who he met on The Bachelor) are overthinking it right now. Sean and Catherine are about as happy as a couple can be, while Emily has since married and had a bunch of kids with Tyler Johnson.

5. Andi Dorfman

Andi dorfman and josh murray on the bachelorette
Andi Dorfman found love with Josh Murray on The Bachelorette, a move that she seemed destined to make from the start despite a lot of red flags. The heart wants what it wants, we suppose … including breakups. Unfortunately, their engagement ended after only six months or so.

6. DeAnna Pappas

Deanna pappas stephen stagliano picture
DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak broke up seven months after their finale aired. Silver linings: Her journey introduced us to Jason Mesnick, one of the more popular contestants in franchise history, and DeAnna went on to marry Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher and the twin brother of former Bachelorette contestant Mike Stagliano!

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The Bachelorette Stars: Ranked Worst-to-1st By Relationship Length!

If The Bachelorette spoilers are any indication … Hannah Brown may have her heart set on The One already on the new season.

If you just look at the venerable franchise’s track record, however, Hannah Beast’s odds of long-term success are mixed at best.

Why do we say that?

Isn’t it obvious? This is a dating competition throwing two people together under a pretense that is literally impossible to sustain.

Can they transition into real life, establish a new normal and make it work? They can, but often times, they fall short of that goal.

We have ranked the 14 stars of The Bachelorette based on who was most successful at finding love during her stint as ABC’s queen.

See how they stack up from worst to first, and see if HB can find what some (if not all) of her predecessors have found …

1. Jen Schefft

Jen schefft
Bachelorette Jen Schefft broke up with winner Jerry Ferris on the After the Rose special because she just “wasn’t feeling it.” Not even making it to the day after the finale? That’s a low bar set for everyone else.

2. Emily Maynard

Emily maynard bachelorette photo
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up just a few months after his proposal in 2012. He was never the right guy anyway. Should’ve picked Sean Lowe. Not that she or Sean (who is happily married to Catherine Giudici, who he met on The Bachelor) are overthinking it right now. Emily has since married and had a bunch of kids with Tyler Johnson.

3. Andi Dorfman

Andi dorfman and josh murray on the bachelorette
Andi Dorfman found love with Josh Murray on The Bachelorette. Unfortunately, their engagement ended after only six months or so.

4. DeAnna Pappas

Deanna pappas stephen stagliano picture
DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak broke up seven months after their finale aired. She went on to marry Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher and the twin brother of former Bachelorette contestant Mike Stagliano!

5. Jillian Harris

Bachelorette jillian harris
Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski broke up one year after their finale aired. Swiderski later appeared on Bachelor Pad. Jillian now appears on HGTV’s Love it or List it Too.

6. Meredith Phillips

Meredith phillips pic
Meredith Phillips, the second Bachelorette, chose Ian McKee as her groom. The two broke up just over a year later, with little fanfare.

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The Bachelorette Couples: Ranked By Relationship Length!

If The Bachelorette spoilers are any indication, Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen from Season 14 may have a real shot at love that lasts.

Specific issues regarding Garrett’s social media history aside, the two seem head over heels in love, so the odds of a wedding are good.

Or at least better than average.

If you just look at the venerable franchise’s track record, Becca and Garrett’s chances for long-term success are mixed at best.

Why do we say that?

Isn’t it obvious? This is a dating competition throwing two people together under a pretense that is literally impossible to sustain.

Can they transition into real life, establish a new normal and make it work? They can, but often times, they fall short of that goal.

We have ranked the 14 stars of The Bachelorette based on who was most successful at finding love during her stint as ABC’s queen.

See how they stack up from worst to first, and tell us whether you think Barrett will end up a success story or cautionary tale …

1. Jen Schefft

Jen schefft
Bachelorette Jen Schefft broke up with winner Jerry Ferris on the After the Rose special because she just “wasn’t feeling it.” Not even making it to the day after the finale? That’s a low bar set for everyone else.

2. Emily Maynard

Emily maynard bachelorette photo
Emily Maynard and Jef Holm broke up just a few months after his proposal in 2012. He was never the right guy anyway. Should’ve picked Sean Lowe. Not that she or Sean (who is happily married to Catherine Giudici, who he met on The Bachelor) are overthinking it right now. Emily has since married and had a bunch of kids with Tyler Johnson.

3. Becca Kufrin

Becca kufrin and garrett yrigoyen engagement pic
It’s too soon to tell how long Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen will last, but they’re off to a good start? They’re one of seven Bachelorette couples still together, by our calculations, including the last three.

4. Andi Dorfman

Andi dorfman and josh murray on the bachelorette
Andi Dorfman found love with Josh Murray on The Bachelorette. Unfortunately, their engagement ended after only six months or so.

5. DeAnna Pappas

Deanna pappas stephen stagliano picture
DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak broke up seven months after their finale aired. She went on to marry Stephen Stagliano, a high school teacher and the twin brother of former Bachelorette contestant Mike Stagliano!

6. Jillian Harris

Bachelorette jillian harris
Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski broke up one year after their finale aired. Swiderski later appeared on Bachelor Pad. Jillian now appears on HGTV’s Love it or List it Too.

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The Bachelor & The Bachelorette: The Most Shocking Exits Ever!

In the past 15 years, The Bachelor & Bachelorette have given us plenty of shockers, from emotional meltdowns to twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these events result – or stem from – an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one’s own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really, really bad breakup.

With the TV cameras rolling, obviously. Not even The Bachelor spoilers or Bachelorette spoilers can prepare you for this kind of drama.

Suddenly it’s no surprise that this franchise has left a mark on the genre, airing for more than THIRTY-FIVE seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, women and moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse reasons. Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won’t soon forget, however … at least not ’til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week’s Bachelorette season finale, and its devastating heartbreak for Blake Horstmann, place in our rankings?

What about this spring’s two-part shocker – which saw Becca Kufrin win The Bachelor, only to be dumped for Lauren Burnham?

Or for so many other famous faces from years’ past?

Here’s a look back at those and other stunning exits in the turbulent, nearly decade-and-a-half history of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette 

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

Brad blows everything
The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas … who he ALSO rejected! No matter what stunners took place in subsequent years – and we’ve seen a bunch, including the most recent finale – walking away with nothing and breaking two hearts AT THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY remains the least expected (and least popular) move in franchise history.

2. Becca Kufrin

Arie and becca
It wasn’t just that Arie Luyendyk Jr. got engaged to Becca Kufrin on the finale, then broke it off within a matter of weeks. We’ve seen that many times before. It wasn’t even that he went back to Lauren Burnham, his season’s runner-up, in the wake of that broken engagement. Jason Mesnick (scroll down) pulled that one off too. But the way in which Arie ended things with Becca – blindsiding her with cameras rolling, and ABC airing the 40-minute scene uncut – nearly took the top spot on this list. Just savage. Fortunately for Becca, she’ll have a chance at love again as The Bachelorette this summer.

3. Jason Mesnick

Jason mesnick deanna pappas photo
DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak … who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks.

4. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa rycroft and jason mesnick
Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her … on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, and have a beautiful daughter.

5. Peter Kraus

Peter kraus promo pic
Peter Kraus, the runner-up on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette, may well have won the thing if he had just been ready to propose. Many fans felt winner Bryan Abasolo was her real second choice, or even a rebound. We shall see – and also see if Peter will become the next Bachelor.

6. Lauren Burnham

Arie and lauren on after the final rose
Lauren Burnham, of course, ended up engaged to Arie Luyendyk Jr., but not before being dispatched in a season finale twist that triggered his shocking reversal. Lauren had finally opened up to Arie for the first time on their final date, setting off an internal conflict that led him to get engaged to Becca Kufrin while still pining for Lauren.

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The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: The Most Stunning Exits Ever!

In the past 15 years, The Bachelor & Bachelorette have given us plenty of shockers, from emotional meltdowns to twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these events result – or stem from – an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one’s own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really, really bad breakup.

With the TV cameras rolling to document it all, obviously.

Suddenly it’s no surprise that this franchise has left a mark on the genre, airing for more than THIRTY-FOUR seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, women and moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse reasons. Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won’t soon forget, however … at least not ’til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week’s two-part shocker – which saw Becca Kufrin win The Bachelor, only to be dumped for Lauren Burnham – rank?

Or for so many other famous faces from years’ past?

Here’s a look back at those and other stunning exits in the turbulent, nearly decade-and-a-half history of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette 

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

Brad blows everything
The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas … who he ALSO rejected! No matter what stunners took place in subsequent years – and we’ve seen a bunch, including the most recent finale – walking away with nothing and breaking two hearts AT THE FINAL ROSE CEREMONY remains the least expected (and least popular) move in franchise history.

2. Becca Kufrin

Arie and becca
It wasn’t just that Arie Luyendyk Jr. got engaged to Becca Kufrin on the finale, then broke it off within a matter of weeks. We’ve seen that many times before. It wasn’t even that he went back to Lauren Burnham, his season’s runner-up, in the wake of that broken engagement. Jason Mesnick (scroll down) pulled that one off too. But the way in which Arie ended things with Becca – blindsiding her with cameras rolling, and ABC airing the 40-minute scene uncut – nearly took the top spot on this list. Just savage. Fortunately for Becca, she’ll have a chance at love again as The Bachelorette this summer.

3. Jason Mesnick

Jason mesnick deanna pappas photo
DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak … who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks.

4. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa rycroft and jason mesnick
Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her … on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, and have a beautiful daughter.

5. Reid Rosenthal

Jillian harris reid rosenthal
Reid Rosenthal bolted The Bachelorette of his own volution during the final three … then returned to propose to Jillian Harris on the finale after a change of heart … only by then she had already chosen Ed Swiderski to be her fiance.

6. Ed Swiderski

Ed swiderski and jillian harris
Ed, too, left in the middle of that same season of The Bachelorette … only to return and WIN Jillian Harris’ final rose. His shady, cheating ways soon caught up with him, however, and the lovable Canadian decided to List It, Not Love It … see what we did there?! Because she hosts Love it or List it on HGTV. Nevermind.

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