With a new Bachelorette season comes another slew of Bachelor Nation heartbreaks. Maybe fans think the lead gave the wrong person her final rose, or one of the guys shares an especially tragic backstory. But in my opinion, it’s often most upsetting when a man with lots of potential is sent home before viewers truly get a chance to get to know him. And with his elimination from Katie Thurston’s Bachelorette season, John Hershey has Twitter up in arms.
Although he got relatively little screen time during his three weeks on The Bachelorette, John quickly won over viewers with his sweetness and million-dollar smile. When the poor guy was in way over his head during a mud wrestling date, he grinned the whole time and chuckled, “I’m hoping to last, like, 10 seconds out there before I’m unconscious.” (And he did!)
Alas, viewers will not get to enjoy John’s adorable quips for the rest of the season, because he was sadly sent home during the second rose ceremony. Since the rest of the men decided to unionize against early season villain Karl, who pitted himself against the other guys and insisted some of them weren’t there for the right reasons, it was easy to forget other contestants were sent packing, too. Unfortunately, John was one of them. While everyone’s favorite San Diego guy left gracefully, he didn’t go quietly. As he exited the ceremony, Katie’s cast of remaining guys gave him a round of applause. And if that doesn’t show you how loved he was, the tweets about his departure definitely will.
Even though John’s time on The Bachelorette was tragically short, plenty of Bachelor Nation fans are looking at the upside of his elimination and shooting their shot with him.
You might as well clear John’s schedule for Bachelor in Paradise now, ABC, because fans are ready.
The Bachelorette Season 17 continues Monday, June 28, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.