he most controversial ranking of competitors doesn’t belong to the Winter Olympics. It belongs to The Bachelor! For 22 seasons, we’ve seen single men come and go on ABC’s schmaltziest dating show competition, with all but a few (okay one) flushing their showmance down the toilet once cameras stop rolling.
Given the fact that Arie is being called “one of the worst Bachelors of all time," we thought it’d be worth taking a look at the even worse dudes that preceded him. Here they are.
Juan Pablo (Season 18)
Despite The Bachelor’s spotty track record in finding love for its rose-wielding suitors, some Bachelors have at the very least entertained us over the years. This one did not. In fact, he skeeved us out big time. What with his chin-cupping and smarmy flirting, Juan showed us the true meaning of ick.
The only redeeming factor about Juan’s season was the coup that the bachelorettes almost waged against him, armed only with pepper spray and curling wands.
Brad Womack (Season 11)
Villain to some, rebel to others, Brad ended his first stint on the Bachelor by rejecting BOTH of the final women trotted out before him. He went home alone, spurned by ABC and viewers alike, but lived on in Bachelor history for a time as the one that got away.
Although Brad came back to redeem himself in season 15, I still like to remember the guy who thumbed his nose at the machine. Even if he ultimately became part of the machine. He was the anti-hero we need in these uncertain times. Sigh.
Bob Guiney (Season 4)
Is that my middle school social studies teacher? some asked themselves when Bob’s headshots started making the rounds in Bachelor season four promos.
Then he appeared on screen and we realized, YES, that IS my middle school social studies teacher! With the same tired jokes and part-time band tendencies.
Alex Michel (Season 1)
He christened the series with his American Psycho looks and matching personality, scaring/enthralling women everywhere into believing this Bachelor experiment just might work.
The fact that this is the face that launched 22 seasons still baffles the mind.
Nick Viall (Season 21)
He was awful, then he was more awful, then he was maybe a tiny bit not so awful. Nick practically made a career out of starring on some iteration of The Bachelor franchise, finally returning in Season 21 to do some hard core crying, kissing, and rejecting.
Also, he gave the worst after show interviews ever. THE WORST. (Did he have a personality chip implanted and removed in between filming and press junkets?)