Billy Eichner Wants To Be The Bachelor On A New Gay Season, So Listen Up, ABC

The Bachelor has been on the air for 17 years, but in all of its 23 seasons or its similarly long-running spinoffs, the iconic reality dating show has never featured a gay romance. But Billy Eichner may change that. Eichner appeared on Monday night’s new episode of The Bachelor, and his brief stint chatting with host Chris Harrison and current bachelor Colton Underwood led to the question of why there has yet to be a gay season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Now, Billy Eichner wants to be the bachelor on a new gay season of the show, and it sounds like the perfect way to really shake up the long-running dating series.

On Monday’s new episode of The Bachelor, Billy Eichner injected some new life into the show by bringing up some real questions about sexuality, which are rarely ever seriously discussed on The Bachelor or its spinoffs. Eichner joked that Colton should come out as gay in the middle of the season to really deliver the most dramatic season ever. Of course, Eichner’s idea was just a fun joke, but it was a telling reminder about how overwhelmingly heteronormative The Bachelor has always been. Isn’t it about time that the dating franchise acknowledge members of the LGBTQ+ community in its shows?

As Billy Eichner’s episode aired, the comedian took to Twitter to pitch his idea for the first gay season of The Bachelor, even dropping a wink-y „I’m single…“ to hint that he would be down to be the bachelor for the season.

While The Bachelor is obviously the king of reality dating shows, there have only ever been a handful of gay dating shows, and they never stuck around passed one season. The most recent example is Logo’s Finding Prince Charming, which debuted in 2016 and has yet to announce a second season. One of Billy Eichner’s followers suggested that he should be the star of a potential second season of Finding Prince Charming, but Eichner responded that he is adamant on being on The Bachelor and The Bachelor only.

So, what are the odds that we get to see Billy Eichner handing out roses to the men of his dreams on ABC? Well, hopefully The Bachelor franchise does expand its idea of love and romance in future seasons of the show, but it probably won’t be with Eichner at the center. Several celebrities have voiced their interest in being on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette in the past, but the dating shows have never actually gone through with bringing on a celebrity bachelor. Instead, the shows constantly feed on themselves, turning fan favorite contestants from past seasons into each new bachelor or bachelorette.

But then again, since The Bachelorette has never featured an out gay man as a contestant, the franchise would have to look elsewhere for a potential gay season of the show — and Billy Eichner seems like a perfect choice. Now that the idea is out there, we will just have to wait and see if ABC jumps on it.

Wie „Bachelor“? RTL zeigt Gay-Dating-Show „Prince Charming“ nur auf TVNOW

Liebe ist Liebe, egal für welches Geschlecht das Herz schlägt. TVNOW holt das erste Gay-Dating-Format nach Deutschland. Ab Ende Oktober kämpfen zwanzig Single-Männer um einen „Prince Charming“.

Gerade erst hat Bachelorette Gerda Lewis die letzte Rose vergeben, schon kämpfen 20 weitere knackige Singles um die Liebe – doch um die eines Mannes.

Anders als bei den „Bachelor“-Formaten heißt das Objekt der Begierde bei Deutschlands erster Gay-Dating-Show „Prince Charming“, aber ansonsten ist das Konzept recht ähnlich. Acht Folgen lang buhlen die Single-Kerle bei dem TVNOW-Reality-Original um den Junggesellen bei unterschiedlichen Dates in größerer oder kleinerer Runde. In jeder Folge müssen Anwärter gehen, doch statt um Rosen geht es hier aber um Krawatten: Wer am Ende des Abends keine mehr trägt, muss die Männer-Villa verlassen. In einer neunten Episode treffen sich alle zum Talk wieder.

Neben romantischen Dates verspricht die TVNOW-Produktion laut Pressemitteilung auch „Antworten auf Fragen, die viele nie zu stellen wagten“. Die Gay-Singles, die in Griechenland die Liebe suchen, „spiegeln die Vielfalt der Szene wider und entkräften oder bestätigen dadurch automatisch das ein oder andere hartnäckige Klischee.“

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New Black Bachelor Allegedly ‚On The Downlow‘ – Shock ‚Gay‘ Pics!

Former Florida politician Andrew Gillum admitted to being secretly bisexual – and that re-started a conversation in the Black community about downlow Black men.

Well MTO News is hearing rumors about another prominent Black man, who may be lying about his sexuality – the new Black Bachelor Matt James.

Matt is starring as „the bachelor“ in the 25th season of the ABC show. But MTO News is hearing whispers that Matt may not be into women at all.

There have also been rumblings online that he and his best friend are a little more than „friends.“

So who is his alleged boyfriend – a male model named Tyler Cameron. The two men met while filming The bachelor years ago, and claim that they are NOT romantically involved and that they are both straight. But there’s something a little too intimate about their friendship if you ask us.

Watch this interview of the two. They look like a gay couple:

Here are some videos of the two men „horsing around“ without shirts and laying in bed together. The videos are very suspicious . . . 

New Black Bachelor Allegedly 'On The Downlow' - Shock 'Gay' Pics!

The ‘Gay Bachelor’ Is a Disaster: How Could ‘Finding Prince Charming’ Get It So Wrong?

How could Finding Prince Charming, TV’s first all-gay dating show, put a dozen hot gay men in a house filled with booze and make it this boring?

How could Finding Prince Charming, TV’s first all-gay dating show, put a dozen hot gay men in a house filled with booze and make it this boring?

The ‘Gay Bachelor’ Is a Disaster: How Could ‘Finding Prince Charming’ Get It So Wrong?

All of the Bachelors and Bachelorettes in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Despite my reservations about the characters in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, I was pleased to know two things: that I could be gay as humanly possible, and that there would be a variety of love interests, aka bachelors and bachelorettes, for me to choose from.

I’m now into Year 2, and I’m still not quite sure who I’m going to end up with, especially as the DLC pass for Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town will end up adding six new bachelors and bachelorettes to choose from later on. Do I choose now, or do I wait? Maybe I’ll just make three separate saves, just in case…

In Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, there are 10 overall bachelors and bachelorettes for you to marry and even start a family with. But who are these characters for you to snuggle up to during the hard, winter months on your farm?

A bit of a jokester, Emilio loves to fish and is a very sociable young man. He likes to make people smile and laugh at his jokes, and will often talk about how much he loves and appreciates the ocean.

Reserved, but more than able to step up and defend himself and those in harms way, Ralph is a lover of animals and nature. He doesn’t just love animals for the sake of it though, it’s part of his job as a ranger of Olive Town – something which he takes very seriously.

Jack is the son of Angela who runs the General Store, and does his best to help support his mother by being a hard worker. He is known as a dependable big brother to his sister Cindy, despite their issues.

Aloof but well meaning in his intentions, Damon can come across as quite the ‘bad boy,’ but in reality he is just quiet about what he is passionate about. Apart from stars that is, he’ll definitely natter your ear off about those.

A noble Lord from the East, Iori has travelled from a far away land to come and settle down into Olive Town. He is very calm and peaceful, but loves to fish alongside his retainer, Dosetsu.

 All of the Bachelors and Bachelorettes in Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

A Gay Version of ‘The Bachelor’ Is Currently in Production (and Lance Bass Is Hosting)

Fans of dating reality show The Bachelor who have long pined for a gay version of the franchise will be keen to know that their wish has finally been granted. Well, kind of.

LOGO TV announced on Tuesday that they will be debuting a new Bachelor-esque show called Finding Prince Charming that will feature a gay male ‘bachelor’ and 13 suitors vying for his, er, heart. Lance Bass is slated to host, playing the role of Chris Harrison.

The series follows 13 suitors living together and competing “to win the heart of one of the nation’s most eligible gay heartthrobs,” according to the network. The ultimate goal is as you’d expect: an intimate connection, true love, and a committed, exclusive relationship.

“Finding Prince Charming will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do,” Pamela Post, SVP of original programming for Logo, promised in a statement.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Prince Charming is Robert Sepulveda Jr., “an interior designer with Puerto Rican roots who now lives in ATL.”

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The only hitch? No word whether The Bachelor producers are in on this spin-off or have any problems (legally or otherwise) with the show.

Also no word as to if UnREAL will be inspired to take Everlasting into gay territory. Rachel is always looking to make history…

Check out more photos of Sepulveda, via his Instagram, below.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of homophobia, xenophobia and hate that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. Hate will never overshadow love. ????? #lovewins

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Spain in a day! #Madrid first then #Barcelona! Reading up and making my list of must see places! Here we go! ✈️?

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Just cause you’re traveling doesn’t mean it’s ok to slack at the gym and eat all types of bad food! Self control is key! ??????????? #BarcelonaLife #hunkdaily #barcelona #instastud #instahunk #Spain #instafit #noselfies #ihatehashtags

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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. #ourladyoflebanon #beirut #beiruting #bayofjounieh #jounieh

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You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth. | feeling grateful ????? #beiruting #beirut #mediterraneansea #lifeincolor

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#lifeincolor #instahandsome #Beirut #beiruting #instafit #instastud

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Bachelor Jake Pavelka Has ‚Gay Tendencies‘: Contestants

Former ‚Bachelor‘ Jake gave ex-fiancee Vienna a variety of reasons for refusing to have sex with her, from his diet to wanting to wait until marriage. Now contestants on the show say Jake might prefer men.

„I think he has gay potential and definitely gay tendencies,“ a bachelorette from Season 12 tells .

Paul Rosseau, who appeared on Season 4 of ‚The Bachelorette,‘ agrees.

„I definitely think he has gay tendencies, not only because of the way he dresses but also because he didn’t want to have sex with a beautiful girl and never really tried with the other girls on the show,“ he told Radar. „Nothing personal, Jake!“

Richard Mathey from the same season said, „I’m not sure if he is gay, but it seems he just has no experience with those types of women that are on the show.“

Friends of Vienna and Jake’s have conflicting theories about Jake’s sexuality.

„Vienna told me, ‚I don’t think Jake is into girls,'“ a friend of Vienna’s told Radar.

Jake’s childhood friend told Radar, „He’s most certainly not gay.“

„Look at him. He’s the all-American perfect catch of a guy,“ the friend said. „There’s a reason why ABC cast him as the most eligible bachelor in America. If he wanted to go out and just get laid by beautiful women, he could, no doubt. But sex to him means and has always meant something. He was that guy in high school that waited for the relationship to deepen before he slept with a girl.“

Billy Eichner Wants To Be The Bachelor On A New Gay Season, So Listen Up, ABC

The Bachelor has been on the air for 17 years, but in all of its 23 seasons or its similarly long-running spinoffs, the iconic reality dating show has never featured a gay romance. But Billy Eichner may change that. Eichner appeared on Monday night’s new episode of The Bachelor, and his brief stint chatting with host Chris Harrison and current bachelor Colton Underwood led to the question of why there has yet to be a gay season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Now, Billy Eichner wants to be the bachelor on a new gay season of the show, and it sounds like the perfect way to really shake up the long-running dating series.

On Monday’s new episode of The Bachelor, Billy Eichner injected some new life into the show by bringing up some real questions about sexuality, which are rarely ever seriously discussed on The Bachelor or its spinoffs. Eichner joked that Colton should come out as gay in the middle of the season to really deliver the most dramatic season ever. Of course, Eichner’s idea was just a fun joke, but it was a telling reminder about how overwhelmingly heteronormative The Bachelor has always been. Isn’t it about time that the dating franchise acknowledge members of the LGBTQ+ community in its shows?

As Billy Eichner’s episode aired, the comedian took to Twitter to pitch his idea for the first gay season of The Bachelor, even dropping a wink-y „I’m single…“ to hint that he would be down to be the bachelor for the season.

While The Bachelor is obviously the king of reality dating shows, there have only ever been a handful of gay dating shows, and they never stuck around passed one season. The most recent example is Logo’s Finding Prince Charming, which debuted in 2016 and has yet to announce a second season. One of Billy Eichner’s followers suggested that he should be the star of a potential second season of Finding Prince Charming, but Eichner responded that he is adamant on being on The Bachelor and The Bachelor only.

So, what are the odds that we get to see Billy Eichner handing out roses to the men of his dreams on ABC? Well, hopefully The Bachelor franchise does expand its idea of love and romance in future seasons of the show, but it probably won’t be with Eichner at the center. Several celebrities have voiced their interest in being on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette in the past, but the dating shows have never actually gone through with bringing on a celebrity bachelor. Instead, the shows constantly feed on themselves, turning fan favorite contestants from past seasons into each new bachelor or bachelorette.

But then again, since The Bachelorette has never featured an out gay man as a contestant, the franchise would have to look elsewhere for a potential gay season of the show — and Billy Eichner seems like a perfect choice. Now that the idea is out there, we will just have to wait and see if ABC jumps on it.

‚Bachelor‘ franchise gets its first same-sex proposal

With another cohort of attractive people against the backdrop of a picturesque destination, this season of “Bachelor in Paradise” may have started out like any other, but it ended with a history-making proposal.

Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty got engaged on the reality dating show’s season six finale, which aired Tuesday night. The two women were the first same-sex couple to do so in the “Bachelor” franchise’s 17-year run.

This isn’t the first time the pair surprised viewers on the show, which is a spinoff of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and brings together contestants who didn’t find love on either of those shows for another chance to meet a life partner.

Burnett, an interior designer who first appeared on the 23rd season of “The Bachelor,” was dating a fellow “Bachelor in Paradise” contestant, Derek Peth, earlier in the season, before revealing she had been dating a woman unaffiliated with the franchise prior to filming. Haggerty, an ordained minister, came to Mexico to surprise Burnett, who identifies as sexually fluid, and the two pursued a relationship.

„‚Bachelor in Paradise’s’ inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” Anthony Ramos, the head of talent at the LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD, said in an email to NBC News. “Tens of millions of people around the world watch ’The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ franchises and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender.”

The historic proposal took place on a beach in Mexico.

“There were a lot of things that came between us, mostly myself and my own struggles,” Burnett told Haggerty during the proposal. “Like you said, I came here to find myself. But I found myself in you.”

Burnett then got down on one knee and asked Haggerty to marry her.

The couple’s engagement marks a major step for the ABC reality show, which has been criticized for its lack of diversity and inclusion, particularly when it comes to casting people of color. There have been no black bachelors to date and only one black bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay, in 2017. Despite an online campaign to make Mike Johnson the first black bachelor, ABC announced on Tuesday night that it had selected Peter Weber, a white man, to lead next season.

At the show’s reunion, which is filmed in studio after the couples return from their destinations and was also part of Tuesday’s finale episode, Burnett and Haggerty confirmed that they’re still happily engaged — and Haggerty took the opportunity to propose to Burnett.

“I know that last day in ‘Paradise’ was the best day of my life, and I wouldn’t want to do this life with anyone but you,” Haggerty said.

Gwen Aviles is a trending news and culture reporter for NBC News. 

Der Bachelor 2021 – Informationen zur Dating-Show

Der Bachelor ist eine Show, die dem Genre Reality-TV angehört. Mehrere Damen buhlen um einen allein stehenden Mann, den Bachelor, der sich nach diversen Runden am Schluss für eine Frau entscheidet. Dabei verteilt er rote Rosen, die zugleich die Suche nach der großen Liebe symbolisieren sollen. Die nach dem US-amerikanischen Vorbild The Bachelor produzierte Reality-Show können Zuschauer bei TVNOW online sehen.

“A gay man as The Bachelor would open up a lot of hearts and minds in this country.”

Am I the only person who started watching The Bachelor this season because of Bri, who is putting on a fake Australian accent to stand out and became one of the show’s biggest memes ahead of the new season? Well anyway, now I watch The Bachelor and you all have to deal with it.

Another Bachelor fan? Billy Eichner, who appeared as a guest on the second episode of the new season on Monday. Eichner made a surprise appearance as a “camp counselor” to challenge the girls in a jamboree competition. Eichner had a few moments with the Bachelor himself, the 26-year-old virgin Colton Underwood, and joked that since Underwood has never had sex, “maybe you’re the first gay bachelor and we don’t even know!”

After the episode aired, Eichner doubled down on his joke on Twitter. “I actually do think it would be cool to do a gay season of The Bachelor… and hey @BachelorABC I’m single.”

On Wednesday, he made it clear he wasn’t joking. “It may sound silly — and I’m not a huge reality show guy honestly — but a gay man as The Bachelor would open up a lot of hearts and minds in this country. I’m just sayin’…”

While The Bachelor hasn’t ever had a queer suitor, there have been gay reality dating shows. Finding Prince Charming aired on Bravo in 2016 with host Lance Bass and endures as one of my favorite television experiences of all time, thanks mostly to contestant Robby LaRiviere. The show had a weird afterlife as it came out online that star Robert Sepúlveda Jr. had misrepresented his design work and had at one point been a sex worker, leading to some ugly homophobic and whorephobic dialogue, which is never cute. Someone on Twitter even suggested that Eichner star in follow-up to Finding Prince Charming, to which he replied that he would “only do THE BACHELOR. No knockoffs for Billy!”

Bravo also aired the intensely problematic Boy Meets Boy, on which half of the contestants were secretly straight — how funny to fool a gay man into falling in love with someone who isn’t actually attracted to him! And let’s not forget A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, on which the bisexual Myspace star had her pick of a co-ed group of prospective lovers, and Courtney Act’s UK dating show The Bi Life. But isn’t it time we have a major network dating show with a queer lead? Cast Billy Eichner on The Bachelor you cowards!

Nicolas Puschmann ist „Prince Charming“

Der Single, um den sich bei der Gay-Dating-Show alles dreht, heißt Nicolas Puschmann. Der Hamburger ist Account Manager, 28 Jahre alt und „hat alles, was man(n) sich wünscht“, behaupt TVNOW. Doch etwas fehlt zum Glück: die Liebe. Seit einem halben Jahr Single, sucht Puschmann seinen Mr. Right. „Es wäre extrem cool, wenn tatsächlich am Ende der EINE vor mir stehen würde.“

Und der sollte das gewisse Etwas haben – Egoismus und Pessimismus sind für ihn ein absolutes No-Go. Bei schönen Händen, Zähnen oder Waden wird „Prince Charming“ schon mal schwach, verrät

„Finding Prince Charming“, die Vorlage der neuen Sendung, lief bereits 2016 in den USA, allerdings nur mit einer Staffel.

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A Gay Bachelor(ette)?

Yes, having a season with a gay man or woman in the lead looking for love would change the show a bit. This would mean the contestants would all be gay as well, and it is very possible some of them might find love with each other instead of the person they are “supposed” to be pursuing. (Though this sounds like a great idea for season of Bachelor in Paradise!)

In order for the focus of the contestants to remain on being the lead’s top choice, choosing a celebrity for the role might be a good way to go. (A show called Finding Prince Charming did this with Lance Bass, and the results were mixed, but we think it’s worth another shot!) Here are six we think would be good picks for this concept!

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Even though has finished filming, do you think Colton still can’t take a shower without feeling like he’s being watched? We’re not five seconds into episode 2 before this happens:

But honestly, the Shower Cam is the least of Colton’s worries this week. Now they even have him doing his own camera work! “It’s the morning of the first group date,” the shirtless Bachelor tells us from bed, in a phone video shot selfie-style. “Today we’re going to be going to a theater to [slightly uncomfortable pause] tell stories of our firsts.”

Oh Lord, I’ve heard enough. Harrison, please get in here with the date card. Onyeka is raring to get “more competitive” with her fellow “ladies” for Colton’s attention. The group date goes to: Demi, Bri, Tracy, Elyse, Hannah G., Nicole, Onyeka, and Catherine. Get on the bus, gals, because there are some #RelationshipGoals waiting for you on stage at the Regent Theater.

“I’m Lauren H., I’m 23, and I work in retail,” says Ms. Megan Mullally, by way of introduction. Her (frighteningly bald) husband Nick Offerman informs the women that their first-time stories should be “full of adventure and romance” and “brought to a rousing climax.” Megan kicks things off by telling a story called “The First Time I [bleeped] Someone” — though I’m pretty sure she said “kissed” rather than anything truly bleep-able. Nick’s story involves the “velvety petals” of a woman’s “blossom” — so yeah, these two are looking for sex stories. Of course, the “ladies” will be performing these stories in front of an audience of 200 people who had nothing better to do when a PA approached them on the street. Chop chop, girls! Put those pens to paper!

“You ever spoke in front of 200 people before?” Colton asks FIR winner Hannah G. (He said “spoke,” not “spoken” — I listened about four times, hoping each time that I misheard him. Sigh.) Anyhow, his advice for HG is “pretend like everybody’s in their underwear.” Solid.

The “First Comes Love” show begins with Colton telling us all about the first time he admitted — to a fellow athlete, no less — that he was a virgin. The response (“Wow, man, that’s really cool”) was not what he expected, and our Bachelor says he felt as though a burden had been lifted. Gee, this is kind of fun – let me try! The first time I watched The Bachelor, I was 16 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, and at least 43 I.Q. points smarter. (Next: Demi takes charge)

Elyse reveals that now, this very moment, is the first time she’s ever dated a younger man. You go, Old Woman River! Other firsts include dating a white guy (Nicole), feeling “comfortable in my own skin” (Bri, zzzzzz), and acting a fool on The Bachelor (Onyeka). The latter tells the crowd all about “saving” Colton from “some bitches” on night one, adding that “there are some thirsty girls here, so I had to do it.” Catherine (a.k.a. one of the aforementioned “thirsty girls”) does not take this lightly.

Tracy’s story involves a virgin fraternity brother and getting punched in the face by another woman, and if you think that sounds dramatic, just wait until you get a load of Demi’s performance.

Yep, her story is essentially “the first time I demanded a kiss from a dude in front of a screaming audience,” though she describes it as “the story of how I got the first group date rose.” To that end, she is the first one to grab Colton at the after-party, and Tracy — who was already shook by Demi’s bold smooch move — is now really starting to fall apart. “It was like, almost a shock to your system,” she says. Thank goodness, then, that Tracy wasn’t there to hear Demi tell Colton that she’s “a total woman supporter,” because her head would probably explode.

What happens next, though, nearly does Tracy in for good. Demi dares to touch the date rose, and Tracy literally can’t even. Is there an EMT in the house? Tracy is “short of breath” and “slightly sick to [her] stomach”! Can someone please administer 10 cc’s of Get A Grip, STAT?

She really shouldn’t worry so much — Colton seems way more into Elyse the Sexy Older Woman than Demi. “Age doesn’t define anything,” says the Bachelor, who blushes through his entire one-on-one chat with the stunning redhead. “I definitely think I can learn a thing or two [from you].” Case in point:

Rein in the tongue, buddy! Nobody wants to see that. Meanwhile, Tracy is still wigging out about the molested date rose, while Demi is in peak DGAF mode.

Be a doll and put your tassels down for a second, Demi, because Tracy would like to read you the riot act — in a whisper — about touching the date rose. “She had, like, a frowny face on,” Demi reports. “But haters gonna hate. I’m not worried about it, because there’s no advantage to being an older woman here.” Side note: Tracy, like Elyse, is 31, which in Bachelor years is practically paleolithic. (Next: Pageant drama!)

After a few more heart-to-heart chats — including Nicole’s emotional revelation that her twin brother is “severely autistic” — Colton gives Elyse the date rose. Awww, Nicole, don’t cry! (Again!) There are still a bunch of roses left to go.

Happy birthday, Hannah B.! You get the first one-on-one date of the season. And yes, I had to look up the definition of “golden birthday,” too.) She and Colton hop in a vintage jeep — oy, those lap seatbelts are a little outdated, huh? — and hit the road. They drive about 50 minutes north to the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, where some very patient horses await.

We interrupt this recap to bring you some breaking pageant-world drama: Back at the mansion, Caelynn (Miss North Carolina) is filling a producer in on her history with Hannah B. (Miss Alabama).

“We were roommates at Miss USA,” says Caelynn. “We were super close, and then she was not happy that I was first runner-up. She was mad she didn’t place.” According to Caelynn, Hannah B. “kind of snapped” and became “a whole new Hannah” — and now she’s anticipating/dreading the moment her one-time bestie’s “switch” flips yet again.

Oooh, here’s hoping it flips as she’s in the middle-of-nowhere hot tub with Colton! Though I guess that could electrocute them both — and I suppose technically that would be bad for the show. Before Hannah and Colton even get into the hot tub, the Bachelor suggests they each make a toast, and Miss Alabama completely freezes. Colton tries to help — “You say, ‘Let’s make a toast to…’ and then put some words together” — and eventually, Hannah manages to blurt something out (“let’s make a toast to… this amazing day and, um, roll tide”). The Bachelor is, to put it mildly, not very impressed.

“I thought that it was going to be this really easy, natural flow,” he says. “If we could just make any type of progress, I’ll be happy with that.” Let’s check in and see how they’re doing!

“If Hannah can’t open up, I’m not going to be giving her a rose at the end of the night,” says Colton ominously. Okay Alabama — you betta step it up! Their dinner is on the deck of an ocean liner, which is appropriate because this date is rapidly becoming a sinking ship. (Ba-dum-bum.) The Bachelor tries again to help Hannah relax — “I don’t want you to feel like you have to be perfect’ – and eventually she feels comfortable enough to ask him this season’s million-dollar question: “Why are you a virgin?” He goes the whole “finding the right heart” song and dance that we’ve heard many times before — and that, finally, is what gets Hannah to reveal something (anything) about herself. Fun fact: She too originally was saving herself for marriage, but then… she didn’t. The guilt “killed me,” she says. “I don’t feel perfect because I can’t give [my virginity] to somebody.”

Minor exposure of vulnerabilities — check! Other Hannah has done enough, so Colton gives her the date rose. Cue the fireworks!

The next morning, Colton is up with the sun and outside splitting logs like the Brawny man when his second harem — Alex, Erika, Katie, Caelynn, Sydney, Tayshia, Nina, Kirpa, Caitlin, Courtney, Cassie, and Heather – arrives for their summer-camp themed date. They spend the day having a lot of wholesome fun in the sun (football, badminton, duck-duck-goose (!)), and then these guys drive up:

What the hell is Billy Eichner doing here? (“I wanted a guest spot on The Goldbergs and I got this,” he groans.) Harrison informs the “ladies” that they’re about to engage in a little “friendly competition,” and the team that wins gets to sleep overnight in the camp with Colton, while the losers go back to the mansion. First up, though, Billy has a little pep talk for the Bachelor:

Look, I’d watch the hell out of that. How about you, rose lovers?

The Camp Bachelor Jamboree features a brutal assortment of camp-related competitions: footraces of the egg & spoon, wheelbarrow and three-legged variety, a canoe race (the red team gets so lost, Billy says they’re “like Colton trying to find a vagina!”), and finally, a tug of war. The red team emerges victorious. Sorry yellow team, but you must head back to the mansion, with only your muddy shoes and your shame to keep you company. (Next: Chaos at the cocktail party)

When they get home, the other “ladies” at the mansion are shocked to learn that Colton will be spending the night (in one form or another) with the remaining six women. Could this be the night he finally punches his V-card?

No, of course not. But he sure as hell is gonna kiss as many women as he can. Will one of them be Heather? After much hand-wringing, she tells Colton about her virginity-plus (“I’m a virgin, but also have never kissed anyone before”). The Bachelor’s response is about what you’d expect (“Really?”), but of course he doesn’t judge her — he knows that people in glass houses of chastity shouldn’t throw stones. “I respect the heck out of that,” says Colton, and then they stare at each other in awkward silence for a bit. Maybe next time, Heather!

Back at the mansion, Other Hannah is upset that the other women – especially her pageant rival Caelynn — are getting extra time with Colton. “If I start thinkin’ about it,” she says, “I’ll turn into a crazy woman.” Think about it! Think about it! We need some drama, y’all! Though Other Hannah says Caelynn is the one who’s “fake,” she also says she’s worried that Miss North Carolina will trash-talk her to Colton — which seems like something a person would only worry about if there was actual trash to talk.

Instead, Caelynn skips the pageant drama and tells the Bachelor about surviving a serious childhood illness (encephalitis). They share a smooch, but then in a TWIST, Heather gets the date rose! The Bachelor is rewarding her for being Open and Honest™, which is all he wants from his “ladies.” (Heather and Colton celebrate with a friendly hug, naturally.)

Nerves are on edge as cocktail party No. 2 gets underway — especially for the women of the yellow team, who know this is their last chance to “get time” with Colton before the dreaded rose ceremony. Courtney grabs the Bachelor first; we learn that she’s the oldest of five kids (her youngest sibling is only two!), and that she’s “ready for a family” at the ripe old age of 23. And he LOVES it. Sydney admits to Colton that she cheated during the canoe race, and they’re having a very sweet conversation when…

Jesus, who gave Onyeka an airhorn? “I think I’m deaf!” says a stunned Colton. (Unfortunately for him, he’s still able to hear Onyeka’s joke that she’s feeling “just a little bit horny.”) Sydney is so irked by the rude (and loud) interruption that she turns around and breaks up Onyeka’s chat with Colton by banging a ladle on a cookie sheet — but her rival refuses to budge. (Again, why is Colton just sitting silently while all this silliness transpires? Step up, man!) It is only when Sydney returns banging a spoon on a giant pasta pot that Onyeka relinquishes her hold on the Bachelor.

All of this drama is stressing Tracy out. Unlike some of the children in the mansion, Tracy is ready to find a husband, like, now. But just a few minutes after she sits down with Colton, a bathrobe-clad Demi swoops in and steals the Bachelor away. “I want to show you my Fantasy Closet,” she purrs. Though the other women just roll their eyes (“Does she not have parents?” wonders Caitlin), Tracy locks herself in a bathroom and cries.

The “ladies” scold Demi for her behavior, but once again the blonde does not give a frog’s fat ass that Tracy is upset. “I was up there with Colton having a great time, and I wasn’t thinking about Tracy for even half a second,” she snaps. “The cougar attacks do not get to me at all.” And Demi is more than happy to seek Tracy out (no doubt at the request of producers) and rub salt in the wound. She finds the ancient 31-year-old crying in an upstairs closet. Tracy tells Demi her behavior was “rude and mean.”

In a surprising turn of events, Demi responds by complimenting Tracy (“you are seriously one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met”), but she does not actually apologize. “You just keep doing you.” How’s that sound, Tracy?

“Tracy’s wasting her time up there crying in her room,” marvels Demi. She’s not wrong. By the time the rose ceremony rolls around, Tracy has managed to fix her makeup and put her game face on, but she’s still “pissed.” And naturally, Team Bachelor makes Tracy and Demi stand next to each other at the ceremony. When Demi (inevitably) gets her rose, the older woman does not hide her disgust.

Rose roll call: Tayshia, Cassie, Caelynn, Courtney, Demi, Nicole, Kirpa, Hannah G., Catherine, Bri, Sydney, Onyeka, Katie, Caitlin, Nina, and (final rose tonight) Tracy join Demi, Elyse, Other Hannah and Heather in the winners’ circle. That means we have to say goodbye to Erika, Alex, Angelique, and Annie.

Burning questions: Did Erika shoot herself in the foot by hesitating when Colton asked if she wants kids? Did the Bachelor send Alex home because she snorts when she laughs? And is Other Hannah legitimately a crazy person or does she just play one on TV?

Post your thoughts below, rose lovers! See you next week, when we’ll devote another two hours of our lives to this ridiculousness. Like Megan Mullally says, it’ll all be totally worth it.

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Admit it. When you watched The Bachelorette premiere, you were convinced that at least two of the Andi Dorfman’s suitors were actually gay—and were about to start making out any second. You are not alone!

So what does the lovely Andi have to say about the true sexuality of her 25 guys?

We sat down with the lovely Bachelorette herself for the newest Watch With Kristin Show to get some cold, hard facts about the men on this season—and her answers were surprising!

She also spilled the goods on precisely how happy she is with the outcome of the show. Spoiler Alert: We expect her to be setting up a wedding registry any day now.

We also caught up with Hollywood’s hardest worker, Ryan Seacrest, to get the inside scoop on TV’s newest (and most ridiculous!) reality show, I Wanna Marry Harry. Could there be a spinoff? He has an interesting reveal…

„It’s vital for LGBTQ people to see that we, too, are deserving of love both in reality and on reality television,“ said one queer fan.

While reality dating shows like “Love Island UK” and MTV’s “Are You the One?” have embraced LGBTQ+ storylines in recent years, “The Bachelor” franchise, indisputably the blockbuster of the genre, has been far slower to adapt. Which is why a same sex story arc on “Bachelor in Paradise” has been praised by GLAAD and LGBTQ+ fans as groundbreaking. Contestant Demi Burnett came out as bisexual earlier in the season, but it wasn’t until last night that ABC introduced her girlfriend, Kristian Haggerty. Burnett’s storyline marks the franchise’s first inclusion of a same-sex relationship.

“’Bachelor in Paradise’s’ inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” said GLAAD Head of Talent Anthony Ramos in a statement. “Tens of millions of people around the world watch ’The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ franchises and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender.”

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Nearly 18 years after The Bachelor premiered on ABC, the reality dating franchise is finally broadening its horizons with a same-sex romance.

Tuesday’s episode of — a spinoff in which former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants are given another shot at love — featured the arrival of Kristian Haggerty, who happens to have a romantic history with BiP contestant Demi Burnett.

Demi first discussed her sexuality during BiP‘s Season 6 premiere, explaining, “I have kind of been seeing someone. Of course, plot twist, it happens to be a woman. It’s not something I need to label, so I feel like I don’t have to proclaim that I’m gay, I’m straight, I’m bisexual, I’m this. I just like who I like. It doesn’t matter who or what you are. It’s the person.” Now, fans will get to watch as Demi and Kristian figure out where they fit into each other’s lives.

“The second that I saw you, I knew exactly, it’s you,” Demi told Kristian when the pair reunited on Tuesday. “It’s always been you. And I want to be with you.”

“Bachelor in Paradise‘s inclusion of Demi Burnett’s coming out story and her journey to accepting her queer identity is groundbreaking for the series,” Anthony Ramos, GLAAD’s Head of Talent, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Tens of millions of people around the world watch The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises and this move to include a same-sex relationship in an honest fashion has the power to upend preconceived notions of LGBTQ people like Demi who are attracted to more than one gender.”

Are you invested in Demi’s journey on Bachelor in Paradise? Hit PLAY on the video above to watch Demi introduce Kristian to the group, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the franchise’s first same-sex romance.

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„The Bachelor“ has come under fire this season for its current leading man, Juan Pablo Galavis, telling a reporter that there could never be an all-gay version of the dating show: „Obviously people have their husband and wife and kids and that is how we are brought up.  Now there is fathers having kids and all that, and it is hard for me to understand that too in the sense of a household having peoples.“ Indeed, a gay version of the series is practically unimaginable for aesthetic reasons — audiences expect gay men to be, as Galavis put it, „more pervert in a sense,“ or else tragic. The romantic journey of the series isn’t one gay men usually undertake on TV.

The program’s host, Chris Harrison, has come down on Team Juan Pablo, coming to the same conclusion for different reasons. He tells the New York Times Magazine that the show works so well as is that it need not vary its straight-folks-seeking-love model:

„The question is: Is it a good business decision? I just spoke at U.S.C. the other night, and I explained it like this: Look, if you’ve been making pizzas for 12 years and you’ve made millions of dollars and everybody loves your pizzas and someone comes and says, ‚Hey, you should make hamburgers.‘ Why? I have a great business model, and I don’t know if hamburgers are going to sell.“

„The Bachelor“ hews to a very specific formula; elsewhere in the interview, Harrison notes that the show would not cast an overweight protagonist, either. The issue of race goes unremarked-upon, but the show has only ever had one nonwhite star, the Venezuelan Galavis. „Is our job to break barriers, or is it a business?“ asks Harrison, and the answer seems inherent in the question.

But Harrison’s perception of gay and straight love as so wildly different as to be like pizza and hamburgers reveals the sort of prejudice that suffuses the entertainment industry. Leaving aside the not-so-small fact that competitors vying for the star’s heart could fall in love with one another, a gay „Bachelor“ would be „The Bachelor“; gay people are capable of the same cant and silly sentimentality as straight people. Isn’t that the very idea of gay marriage — that gay folks are entitled to not just the rights inherent in a legal union but all the dopey rhetoric like rings and doves and throwing rice? Indeed, Harrison goes on to note that he is „100 percent for equality and gay marriage.“

There are aspects of gay life wildly different from straight life, but the inclination in some toward „Bachelor“-style cheesiness and willingness to go on a Romantic Journey is just the same. There are enough gay people as silly as the straight people on „The Bachelor“ to fill out a cast — even if you leave out overweight people, as Harrison wants! But the show would never be accepted.

The dispiriting reaction to the very good HBO series „Looking,“ a show depicting gay love that’s deliberate and overtly emotional in the manner of a soap about straight people, rather than outsize or melodramatic, has been revealing. Gay and straight people enter into entertainments about gay people expecting a certain number of boxes to be checked off: self-aggrandizing drama, promiscuity, victimhood. „The Bachelor,“ which doesn’t acknowledge the promiscuity inherent in its premise, has its own rules, into which gay people could easily fit but the expectations around them could never.

James Charles

Hey sister! We all love James Charles and also love to hate on him but lets be crystal clear, he is fun to watch. Going by his TikTok version of The Bachelor,

This is what he had to say on TikTok, “I made one major observation after downloading TikTok and that is that this app is pretty much a dating app, let’s be real.”

“Everyone on here is either in a very cute relationship or is painfully single.Unfortunately for me, I fall into that second group of people, surprise, surprise!”

That’s when he revealed his superb idea and we are so down sister. “In 2020 I’m trying to change that and put myself out there a little more and I want to get wifed up so I want to play TikTok Bachelor.”

Colton Haynes

Colton Haynes has already appeared on a bunch of shows skewing toward young women in terms of overall appeal – Teen Wolf, Scream Queens, Arrow – so he’d probably have a built-in fanbase as Bachelor. And he just got divorced last year, so this might be a fun way for him to find new love. His season may have to be a “dry” one, though, since he has dealt with a decade-long addiction to alcohol.

Who would YOU like to see as a potential gay Bachelor or Bachelorette? Let us know in the comments below!

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A spinoff of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” ABC’s long-running “Bachelor in Paradise” finds contestants from a handful of previous seasons meeting on the beaches of Mexico in search of love, with some even becoming engaged by the end of each season. Until now, contestants on the show have only been seen engaging in or pursuing straight relationships.

“I never thought in my lifetime I would see any LGBTQ representation on ‘The Bachelor’ franchise,” wrote Alex Schmider, a transgender filmmaker who has been watching “The Bachelor” since its first season, via email. “It’s vital for LGBTQ people to see that we, too, are deserving of love both in reality and on reality television.”

While many are supportive of the development, some fans objected to the storyline out of sheer homophobia. Others tried to justify their disapproval in other ways, thinking it unfair that Burnett was allowed to have a partner at home while on a reality show for singles.

“Send Demi and Kristian home if you want pay for the vacation somewhere else and Give Dereck the date card so he can open up to other relationships,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

For Schimder, such reactions are precisely why the story arc’s inclusion is so vital.

“For this wildly popular and mainstream legacy television franchise to include this storyline now means something significant,” he wrote. “Tens of millions of people around the world tune into this show and are seeing Demi’s relationship with Kristian unfold in a way that’s both validating and evident of the culture’s evolution to be more accepting of people being who they are and loving who they love.”

See below for more positive reactions to the development.

Hi this is happening on a mainstream American reality TV dating show NOT EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD IS A GARBAGE FIRE. #BachelorInParadise

— Kristen Baldwin (@KristenGBaldwin) August 21, 2019

I fucking love this and you @demi_burnett #BachelorInParadise

— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) August 21, 2019

the lgbtq community getting ready to protect @demi_burnett from the haters

For anyone who can’t appreciate what a beautiful, emotional, genuine, and important moment it was when Demi saw Kristian walking down those stairs… who hurt you? #BachelorInParadise

— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) August 21, 2019

We’re all here for you Demi. No matter what. Family. ?? #BachelorInParadise

— Nicole Lopez-Alvar (@nicolelovar) August 21, 2019

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It’s been a long crusade but we’ve long last arrived. Finally, gay love has reached the ultimate equalizer: a dating series that is boring as hell.

When Logo announced ” by cynics like myself, it was met with perfectly coiffed raised eyebrows.

The Problematic Police sounded their think-piece alarms. Why are we forcing the heteronormative, possibly outdated notion of one true, monogamous love on the gay community?

One upside to being ignored by the dating show craze has been escaping the saccharine fairy-tale narrative, after all—a big deal considering how so much work has been done in recent years to diversify the portrayal of gay romance on TV, so that it isn’t merely the Mitch and Cam happily-ever-after neutered tradition that makes gay life more palatable to conservatives.

Straights have gotten to be messy and complicated for years. Shouldn’t gay love get to be, too?

The answer is it doesn’t matter, really, because is so lifeless that it’s impossible to imagine any broad cultural aftershocks from its existence. It’s less a pop-culture earthquake than it is the gravest disaster that could befall a piece of entertainment in 2016: It is bad reality TV.

Still, as aggressively groomed host Lance Bass rightfully acknowledges early in the episode, “This is a game-changer. It’s 2016 and there has not been an all-gay dating show.”

This is, for better or worse, a watershed moment. It’s a big pop-culture milestone when it comes to normalizing the gay experience.

It doesn’t happen in Thursday night’s first episode—nothing really does—but the season trailer shows men making out with men. A lot! On a dating show! That’s still a really big deal. Frankly we wish there was more of it. If nothing else, we should at least be getting a boner out of watching this TV show.

In the push for diversity in TV, the idea of a gay suitor on the actual series has always seemed a provocative one. This is basically a version of that, and as such is wish fulfillment for some, and a lightning rod to others. Yet we met it the same way we meet all Big Gay TV Shows: with immediate snark, dismissive cynicism, and intense scrutiny for—dear god I can’t believe I’m about to use this word—“wokeness.”

Me? I retired my Problematic Police badge, at least temporarily, when the show was announced. As we learned with and just about every TV series featuring gay characters, no show can be representative of every gay experience.

Rather than saddle the show with the responsibility of being everything for everyone, I thought I’d just watch the show for what it is—some hotties looking for gay love—and have a little fun. Relish in the camp. Maybe hatewatch a little. (But actually love it.)

fails at even that. It’s not even bad enough to hatewatch. It’s worse than bad. It’s a snooze.

The fatal flaw lies in the suitor, Prince Charmless himself, Robert Sepúlveda Jr. For the love of Lance Bass’s tan is this guy a drag.

We are introduced to Robert as B-roll of him walking around the beach plays in montage. That’s fine with me! Sexually exploit the hell out of this guy, sure. Shirtless shots, wet and shirtless shots, pensive and shirtless shots: This is what we came for. Then he starts speaking, and his personality is its own cold shower.

“I’m looking for that white picket fence dream,” he says. Cool. That is the conceit of this show, and if we’re going to buy into it for 300 seasons of , we’re happy to buy into it here.

But it’s the sheer lack of charisma that makes us weary. We’re ready to go on a journey for love. With him, we’re just not sure if we’re going to be able to stay awake for it.

The cheeky thing about a gay bachelor is that everyone is of the same gender and sexual orientation, living in a house together with boundless booze. As Funny or Die, enlisting George Takei and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, hilariously mocked all the way back in 2013, there’s the very real possibility that the contestants would start falling in love with—or at least start hooking up with—each other instead of the suitor.

Would that make the show a failure? On the contrary, that should make the show all the more entertaining.

Bass acknowledges this possibility from the start, suggesting that Robert disguise himself as one of the contestants before unveiling himself as Prince Charming, in order to get a better idea about their intentions.

It’s a clever twist, taking advantage of the fact that the suitor and the contestants are the same gender to do something that a dating show has never done before. But boy does the cleverness wear thin fast.

Robert just keeps sweating—literally sweating—about the fact that he’s lying to these men, when the bedrock of a relationship he hopes to have with one of them is based on strong family values. He mingles with all the contestants. A few are interesting. All think they are profound.

In the episode’s most laughable segment, Lance Bass introduces a game called Tell Me About Your Hashtag Self, in which the men all have to describe themselves in a hashtag. Lance’s is #IfICanFindLoveYouCanDefinitelyFindLoveAlright. That is not a good hashtag.

We hear from flamboyant Robby, the larger than life beauty expert who is poised to be the breakout personality from the show, if not the most annoying goddamn thing about it. Earlier, Robby had made a whirlwind entrance by monologue: “Party starting, bitches! I joke! I kid! How lucky am I? Oh darling, can you stand it?” His hashtag was #LanceDontMakeMeDance. He’s just kidding! It’s #WhyBeA9WhenYouCanBeA10.

Paul is #perfectionist. Sam is #hopefulromantic. Nick is #imlivingforlovebuthaventfoundityet. Eric, Hot Eric With the Amazing Smile (I love Eric) is #bemyself. Meh. Chad is #flexible. Saucy. “What I meant is that I’m mentally flexible,” he clarifies, blushing. Sure, Chad.

Throughout all of this Robert is insufferably anxious about revealing that he’s been undercover. “I’m super nervous because I know that my hashtag is coming up,” he says with such seriousness and sincerity that you actually think he doesn’t realize it’s the most ridiculous sentence ever said on TV.

Following Robert’s anticlimactic reveal, we’re left with a scene in which Sam questions whether Robert is putting on a personality.

There are not-so subtle digs about Robby’s femininity. Everyone’s tsk-tsk-ing them for fighting on the first night, calling them petty. “This whole night went from 0 to 100 really quick,” Sam says. Dear lord I promise you it did not. More like 0 to 25 at a responsible rate of acceleration in a school zone.

Now, I know I said I retired my Problematic Police badge. But I would be remiss to not acknowledge how choosing to air this fight, the episode’s only truly dramatic altercation, sets up a femme vs. masc shaming battle that is a real and complicated issue in the gay community. Dealt with in a nuanced way, it could be interesting in the context of this show. Handled so flippantly here, it merely perpetuates internalized homophobia.

The next day, during a mixer at the pool, things liven up a little. Mostly because we’re treated to some abs. The conversations? Perhaps even more wooden than before. Pressed by Lance Bass to name who looked best in a swimsuit, in other words begged to show a personality, the milquetoast man of our dreams refused to give an answer. (It was Eric. *Swoon.*)

The rest of the show was as laborious as s version of “the rose”: putting a black tie on each of the contestants invited back for another week.

Before its premiere, the show has already been marred by negative press for its decision to erase Robert’s past as a sex worker, particularly during the press tour. The network instead preferred to keep Robert on message—to “unify the community”—and highlight his work for the ambiguous nonprofit Atlanta Rainbow Crosswalks.

At best, this is a missed opportunity to have a necessary conversation about sex work in the community and the effect it can have in the long term, especially as a person, like Robert, is striving for that picket fence. At worst, the decision to keep it secret stigmatizes sex work and betrays a TV show’s potential audience.

In a deleted Facebook post, Robert railed against those who attacked him for keeping his past secret. In a more measured interview Thursday with Access Hollywood, he clarified how he ended up as an escort and talked about how he felt violated by a sex tape he made with an ex being leaked.

The conversation, maybe now, is starting. The way so many conversations should be getting started because of a show like this. Reality TV is great at igniting cultural debate, and always has been, whether we’re talking about bringing everything from empowerment to depression to aging to eating disorders to light.

For all the courage of finally producing a gay dating show, , at least on our first impression, doesn’t have the courage to go deep on any of a host of issues it could be introducing. Heck, it doesn’t even have the courage to be entertaining.

That’s a feat in and of itself. Because, really, how do you put a dozen gay men in a house together and make it boring?

Aimee Hart

[She/They] Aimee Hart is the Deputy Editor of Gayming Magazine and specialises in video games, tabletop, and anime. When she’s not crying about how many RPGs she’s got in her backlog, she can be found obsessively scouring over her campaign notes for her role-playing group.