Jed Wyatt Says He Didn’t Know What He Was Getting Into Going On ‘The Bachelorette’

Jed Wyatt was awarded Hannah Brown’s final rose at the end of her Bachelorette season. 

He dropped down to one knee in a picturesque Grecian setting to propose to Brown on the spot, guitar at his side. Brown, of course, said yes, and the two enjoyed a blissful few days as a newly engaged couple. 

Jed Wyatt and Hannah Brown | Mark Bourdillon via Getty Images
Jed Wyatt and Hannah Brown | Mark Bourdillon via Getty Images

Then Brown began to hear rumors that Wyatt had come on her season with a girlfriend

“The second night after we got engaged, Jed tells me that he had been hanging out with this girl before he left to come on the show. I was like ‘When was this?’ And I remember him saying ‘a week before the show.’ And I was like ‘Ok, so you broke it off.’ He said ‘yes.’ He told me it was nothing. It was hard to hear but I tried to let that go. Then a few weeks later, I get news that there was a People Magazine article that was out and I start reading it and it was not the same story that I was told. The article said that he didn’t really end the relationship before he came here. The extent of that and what was withheld from me after I’ve already said ‘yes’ is not ok,” Brown said during The Bachelorette two-part season finale. 

Wyatt maintains that he never felt he and Haley Stevens, the woman in question, were ever serious, despite swapping “I love you”s and going on trips together. But he did apologize to Brown and Bachelor Nation for misleading so many people and for not being “the best that I could be.” 

Jed Wyatt was recruited to be on ‘The Bachelorette’

In a recent interview with LAnded Late Night with Haley Ringo, Wyatt shared that he never applied to be on The Bachelorette

“I was recruited. It wasn’t something that I just signed up for. Yes I did go through the interview process or whatever but I was reached out to–it wasn’t something I ever really considered. But I didn’t really know what to expect. I just knew, I had seen on like Instagram and stuff, people who had gone through it and other contestants… they seemed happy and like it was like a cool, fun, interesting experience for them,” he said. 

Wyatt went on to say that he had only ever watched a few episodes of The Bachelor/ette prior to being on the show.   

“I had seen, like, collectively maybe two or three episodes ever. It wasn’t something that I like cared to watch. Whole heartedly, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I feel like everything I was saying before the show was just me speaking on lack of knowledge. I just had no idea. I could have like watched a bunch of videos on youtube and learned about it but I kind of wanted to go into it with an open mind and open heart to whatever could happen there I guess,” he said. 

Jed Wyatt’s lack of ‘Bachelorette’ exposure doesn’t excuse his behavior, but he still deserves forgiveness

Wyatt also maintains that he “did show up for music,” partially because he didn’t learn who the Bachelorette was until two days before he began filming. 

As Wyatt stated in his “After The Final Rose” apology, he never dreamed of falling in love in a reality TV setting, especially one he didn’t even care to learn about prior to participating. 

But he did, and he withheld information from Brown that certainly would have affected her final rose decision. 

He’s apologized profusely and promised to focus on becoming “an all around better person.” At the end of the day, that’s all he can do.  

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