'The Bachelorette': Hannah G., Nick Viall Defend Hannah B. Amidst Public Backlash

It’s no secret that fans have been divided over the selection of Hannah B. as the new Bachelorette.

After news of her casting, Bachelor Nation immediately voiced concerns over Hannah B.’s quirkiness and her lack of on-camera experience.

But now fellow Bachelor alums (ahem, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Corinne Olympios) are coming out against Hannah B. and it is *not* ok. Luckily, former Bachelor contestant and finalist Hannah G. is there to defend her.

Speaking with Us Weekly, she said,

“Me personally knowing Hannah B., I think she’s amazing for it. I think your No. 1 intention being the Bachelor or the Bachelorette is to have the best intentions going in and really wanting this end goal of finding somebody really, really great. And I know Hannah has those [intentions]. Do they know that about Hannah? No. But I think when we tune in this season, we’ll be able to see that.”

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Former Bachelor Nick Viall has also come out in defense of Hannah B. and said,

“I am a big Hannah fan, so regardless of who criticizes her, I’m going to defend her. I thought she was the perfect choice when she was announced; I still think she is the best choice, and I absolutely believe she is going to prove her critics wrong.”

A reminder of some of the super rude things that have come from Bachelor alums: Corinne previously said,

“It’s, like, there’s nothing there that would have made me be like, ‘I need to see her again on TV. I need to see her find love.’ Like, she wasn’t even someone that I was like, ‘I want her to find love.’”

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And then, of course, there are the celebs who have come for the show like Kelly Ripa who recently said,

“It disgusts me. And I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel, ladies: We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”

Listen, we all know that The Bachelor franchise is not particularly “feminist” and yet many feminists admit that it’s one of their favorite guilty pleasures. Because although it might promote ridiculous romantic, sexist tropes, most of us watching can differentiate between a reality tv show and reality. (Also, it’s just hella entertaining.)

As for Hannah B. herself, she feels completely confident that fans will be surprised by what they see.

“I think I will prove everybody wrong.”

The new season of The Bachelorette with Hannah B. airs on Mondays on ABC.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.