“Bachelor” alums Becca Tilley, left, and JoJo Fletcher, right, talks with Fox News about the franchise’s recent sexual misconduct claims and share who they think will take home the final rose on “The Bachelorette” season 14 finale.
LOS ANGELES – Since last year, the “Bachelor” franchise has faced several sexual misconduct claims, including a contestant on the current “Bachelorette” season, who was convicted for indecent assault and battery in May.
When asked about how this could happen, on the famous reality series, alum JoJo Fletcher admitted she was surprised to hear the news.
“I was shocked to hear about someone slipping through the cracks, because when I went by, at least, she found everything about my life,” Fletcher, who was a contestant on season 20 of “The Bachelor” and Season 12 “the Bachelorette,” told Fox News.
“Or it was before I went on the show, during the show, get in touch with my ex, I mean, they have ways to find about everything about your past,” she explained. “So I find it very strange and unfortunate and disappointing that that is not dealt with someone on this season.”
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Fletcher, 27, went on to say that, although they do not know how you can determine someone’s actions, as far as they can on the season already,” she is of the opinion that the producers need to know that stuff before someone from the cast.”
“No one should be on the show that has that kind of background, period,” she emphasized.
As for the franchise is criticized for its racier storylines, Fletcher’s best friend and “Bachelor” seasons 19 and 20 and alum, Becca Tilley, says that “TV in general is getting racier.”
“It is simply the progression of what is going on in our world,” said Tilley, 25, to add that there are certain times in which the visitors can make use of the show “as a lesson in what not to do.”
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“I remember when I for the first time from the show, a mother was like, ‘Yes, my 10-year-old watches it with me,'” recalls Tilley, who also remembered thinking to himself, “that is young.”
“But I think that there is a way to be like ‘Oh, let’s not act like this, or if a man treats you like this or do this, that’s not good,” she noted. “So I think that if you’re into that kind of thing, then yes, the ‘Bachelor’ a lesson.”
“We all have something to learn when we get out of this show,” Fletcher echoed.
Another topic that’s been making headlines around the franchise, especially this season, with contestant Colton Underwood, is how the show handled virginity reveals. Tilley, who shared she was a virgin on Chris Soules’ season is of the opinion that “it is always a little more dramatic than it needs to be.”
“It’s like, it’s a decision,” she explains. “Then every year, it’s like someone says she’s a virgin, and every year it is a big deal.”
However, Tilley is of the opinion that the current “Bachelorette” Becca Kufrin and Underwood “treated” in spite of “is an arrangement situation,” leading viewers to believe otherwise.
“It is a bold thing to come out and say it, but it is also just someone’s personal decision,” Tilley.
And with the season finale just hours away, Fletcher says that she is her “money” Garrett Yrigoyen to take home the final rose.
“I’m rooting for Jason [Tartick] for ‘Bachelor,'” added Tilley.
In their own lives, the ladies are busy focusing on all things outside of the “Bachelor” including new partnerships that they can form a team, allowing the pals to hang out, while they were in their two favorite things: cheese and bread.
“JoJo and I love to eat when she comes to visit me, all we do is have a snack and figure out what to eat… and we love a good girl of the night, so we thought, ‘what is organic?'” Tilley, explains their link with Stacy Cheese Petites. “It is the perfection.”
Fletcher, who also recently launched her clothing line, Fletch, has also been busy planning her wedding, although her and her fiancé, Jordan Rodgers still not sent out their save the dates.
“I feel like I have been planning my wedding for a while, I don’t have a date,” says Fletcher, adding that “when the timing is right” the few “will eventually do it.”
“We enjoy ourselves,” she explains. “I said to myself when I saw the show, ‘I want the experience of a relationship could be as normal as it could get.’
“So I wanted to enjoy dating. I wanted to enjoy sex with each other and experiencing life together, and that is what we have done, and it was perfect for us.”
As for Tilley, she says that she is currently “dating.” “But it’s nothing that you know… no ring.”