‘The Bachelorette’: Becca Kufrin Responds to First Impression Rose Controversy

The first impression rose winner gives a taste of what the Bachelorette is looking for in a man and who is the frontrunner at the beginning of the season. But Season 14 has a rocky start, given the winner got into hot water because of his social media activity.

Since that activity has been reported the winner, Becca Kufrin, and an ABC executive have come forward to talk about the controversy. Here are seven things to know, including Kufrin’s response to the situation (page 5).

1. Garrett Yrigoyen’s Instagram was caught liking offensive posts

Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette

Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette | ABC

  • The winner was caught liking posts making fun of immigrants and shooting survivors. 

Kufrin gave Yrigoyen the first impression rose after he came to the mansion in a minivan and fishing in a fountain together. But it didn’t take long for fans to find offensive activity on his Instagram account.

He reportedly liked posts comparing “conservative women” to “leftist women,” jokedsabout throwing kids over a wall at the border and a transphobic post putting Caitlyn Jenner’s before and after pictures on men and women’s restroom doors.

At first, there was a question as to whether the account was truly Yrigoyen’s, but he has come forward and taken responsibility for the account. This is shocking for multiple reasons — including that Kufrin is open about her left-leaning politics. She participated in the Women’s March and posted a picture showing she hopes Joe Biden will run in 2020.

Next: This is what an ABC executive said the show will be doing going forward.

2. ABC executive says they want to get better at checking people’s social media before the show

ABC Network Logo

ABC Network Logo | ABC

  • The show is figuring out how to cover all social media accounts before the show.

This isn’t the first time the show got in hot water because one of its contestants had offensive activity on their social media account.

ET talked to Robert Mills, ABC’s Senior Vice President of Alternative Series, Specials and Late-Night Programming, about the controversy and he says they are trying to get better at checking on contestants:

In the case of the Garrett thing, first of all, like you said, it’s an alleged account, and it’s likes, it’s not things he’s actually posted, which are things you actually can’t scrub for unless the person has a certain number of followers. … Obviously, we want to know every single possible thing about these contestants. So we’re working harder.

Next: This is Yrigoyen’s statement about the account.

3. Yrigoyen apologizes for his Instagram activity

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette | ABC/Paul Hebert

  • The contestant says he is sorry to those who were offended.

Yrigoyen has come forward since the controversy was made public. He addressed it through an Instagram note reading:

This is all new to me. I went on The Bachelorette for the adventure and possibility of falling in love, not fame. I did not know what to expect once the show aired. I am sorry to those who I offended, and I also take full responsibility for my ‘likes’ on Instagram that were hurtful and offensive.

Next: This is what he did with the account.

4. He also deleted his old Instagram handle

Garrett Yrigoyen fishing

Garrett Yrigoyen fishing | Garrett Yrigoyen via Facebook

  • The winner says he deleted the account because he’s learned.

The first impression rose winner also said he deleted his old Instagram handle “because I have learned an extremely valuable lesson and am taking steps to grow, become more educated, and be a better version of myself.”

Next: This is Kufrin’s statement about the controversy.

5. Kufrin says she can’t fault anyone for what they believe

  • The Bachelorette doesn’t turn on Yrigoyen in her statement.

Apparently, the reality star believes she can’t fault anyone for what they believe, even if that includes transphobic beliefs. She told Entertainment Tonight, “I can’t fault on anyone for what they believe and who’s to say that anyone is truly what they believe in if they just double tap,” and “I can’t speak to that because that’s just not me. I am a strong woman and I do believe in certain things, but again, that’s what’s so great about our country — everyone is entitled to their own opinions.”

She is also avoiding spoilers, so she said, “I want viewers to be open to everyone, and I want them to go through this season with me and watch my love story unfold with all of these men… because that’s how I went into this journey.”

Next: This is what she thinks of Yrigoyen’s apology.

6. Kufrin thinks Yrigoyen’s apology is sincere

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette

Becca Kufrin and Garrett Yrigoyen on The Bachelorette | ABC/Paul Hebert

  • Again, she seems to support Yrigoyen at this time.

When asked if she thinks Yrigoyen’s apology is sincere, she said “I think so. If he felt it was right, good for him,” according to Extra.

Next: This is what Kufrin says about going forward after the controversy.

7. Kufrin said this controversy will lead to more conversation with any guy she picks

  • If Kufrin picked Yrigoyen, they have some talking to do.

She was also asked if this would be a problem for their relationship if Yrigoyen was the one she chooses in the end . “With any guy, it’s a conversation,” she continued, according to Extra. “As long as somebody is willing to have that conversation and to open and still learn and grow and be educated, that’s all I could ask for.”

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