‘The Bachelorette’: 1 of the Show’s Most Notorious Villains Ordered to Pay Producers $100K

Going on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette may be a great way to kickstart a career of being an influencer and bump up your social media following, but it also comes with some rules and stipulations. Before going on the show, contestants and the lead must sign pretty hefty contracts that outline what they can do inside the Bachelor mansion and once they leave the show. Rarely do people go as far as to break the contracts and have to pay a fine, but one villain is about to pay the production company a huge sum.

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How did Luke Parker become a ‘villain’?

Luke Parker quickly got the reputation of being the “villain” of Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. But before the season premiered, the show’s executive team was already casting that light on him.

“I would say he’s the one that everyone is going to be talking about,” ABC’s reality chief, Rob Mills told Variety of Parker. “He’s the one who is called a ‘psychopath’ in the teaser. There are shades of Chad [Johnson] there. But I don’t want to call him a ‘villain,’ because I don’t know that we necessarily have villains anymore — there are a lot more shades of gray. Whether he’s in love with Hannah or not, he believes he’s in love with her, almost from the very beginning. So he’s not necessarily a bad guy, but he is a controversial guy.”

After getting the first impression rose, Parker quickly started to show a different side to himself. He became aggressive around the other men and possesive of Brown.

Why did Hannah Brown and Luke Parker break up?

Though Parker was not liked by the rest of the cast members, he was a frontrunner for Brown for most of the season. But that all ended when he tried to dictate what Brown was allowed to do in the Fantasy Suites.

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“I totally have all the trust in the world for you, but at the same time I just want to make sure we’re on the same page,” he told her on the show. “Like if you told me you were having sex, or you had sex with one or multiple of these guys, I’d be wanting to go home, 100 percent. But if that’s something you’re not going through then I’m just going to continue to grow the relationship and move on.”

That was the last straw for Brown and she ended the relationship with Parker.

“Some of the things that you said, I don’t agree with at all. And honestly, I’m like kinda mad, because like, the way that you just said that is like, why do you have the right to do that? Because you’re not my husband,” she said.

Why does Luke Parker owe money?

Parker’s contract with NZK Productions, the company behind The Bachelorette, stated that he was not allowed to do any unauthorized media appearances up to one year after the final episode of Brown’s season aired.

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The one-year date would have been July 2020, however, Parker made several appearances before that time in Sep. and Oct. 2019. To make matters worse, he used those appearances to speak poorly about the show, according to Entertainment Tonight.

NZK filed a petition against Brown’s villain in May. The judge then awarded the company the judgment of $100,000. NZA’s bid to enforce the ruling was approved on Sep. 30.