‘The Bachelorette’: Why These Three Contestants Were Cut Before Filming Even Started

Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette is right around the corner. It’s almost time for another few months of tears, fights, professions of love, and weeks of promos of Chris Harrison announcing “the most dramatic season ever.”

Though Bachelor Nation is gearing up to see who will catch Brown’s eye and capture her heart, it looks like the Alabama native’s options have already started to dwindle.

Who was cut from Brown’s season?

On Mar. 13, ABC announced the 33 men who were going to be vying for Brown’s heart.

On Tuesday, Harrison introduced the men again over Facebook Live, but this time, there were only 30 men on the roster.

Joe R., Matt D. and Ben all failed to make the final cut.

Why did the men get cut?

Apparently, the men didn’t get kicked off the show but were actually never officially on it to begin with.

The show released the preliminary cast early this year, because of “social media,” according to Harrison, but had not yet finished weeding people out.

“Everybody we bring in to be on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette doesn’t make it to the show,” Harrison told Entertainment Tonight. “They are all great guys or great women, but at the end of the day, as producers we have to sit down and we have to think through the dates, we think through the beats, we think through the hours of television that ABC has given us and we think how many guys can we have. Then we start fighting over our favorites of who is gonna be a good story.”

How did Brown get along with the rest of the guys?

You may think that 30 men is still a lot to choose from, but that number gets even smaller when you only count the guys who are actually there for love.

“There is a guy not there for the right reasons, then there are the guys that just rub everyone the wrong way, that everyone loves to hate,” Harrison recently told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s just stuff she has to deal with constantly, and every time we think we’re over it, it rears its ugly head and she has to get back in. It really got to the point where honestly, it started taking away from her being the Bachelorette. It took away from the entire season and the chance for her to find love, and it may cause her not to find love at the end of this.”

How has Brown done as The Bachelorette?

Fans made it clear from the moment that Brown was announced as the newest Bachelorette that they were concerned. No one knew if the pageant queen could handle being the lead of the show. But Harrison has put all of those worries to rest.

“She came in as the Bachelorette just firing on all cylinders and took control,” Harrison continued. “There was an incident on night one — I’ll say thanks to Demi [Burnett] and Katie Morton that I thought, ‘OK, this might be where I step in because Hannah is not really ready for this yet.’ She looked and said, ‘I got this.'”

The Bachelorette premieres on Monday, May 13 at 8 pm ET on ABC.

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