• “Bachelor” alums have referred to as out the franchise for its latest boxing date on Matt James’ season.
  • The group date confirmed women getting punched within the nostril and throat. 
  • “I know they can do better than that,” Rachel Lindsay informed Insider. “We don’t want to see that.”
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“The Bachelor” has needed to get artistic with dates as the continued pandemic continues to pressure the present to movie in only one location. 

But franchise alums Rachel Lindsay and Catherine Lowe weren’t impressed with the latest boxing date throughout Matt James’ season

The date featured a group of James’ contestants within the “Battle for the Bachelor,” the place a few of the girls took punches to the nostril and throat throughout the date. 

“I know they can do better than that,” Lindsay informed Insider whereas selling new episodes of her MTV sequence “Ghosted.” 

“Maybe they’re running out of material just because we’re in COVID times and they can’t travel anywhere, but as a viewer we don’t want to see that,” she added.  

The boxing date was featured in final week’s episode 

The date featured a group of James’ contestants within the “Battle for the Bachelor.”


James introduced the boxing group date as tensions between the contestants continued to rise at Nemacolin resort — which has been serving because the short-term “Bachelor” mansion — after new girls arrived to compete for James’ coronary heart. 

“If I was on that date, I would’ve punched Katie multiple times in the face because she’s been pissing me off. She’d wake up with a black eye,” controversial contestant Victoria Larson mentioned as the opposite girls discovered in regards to the date. 

As punches have been thrown within the ring, it was clear that each James and the opposite contestants who have been watching on the sidelines have been uncomfortable with what they have been seeing. 

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“Fun and games were over, that emotion comes out and they started throwing. It was kind of frightening,” James mentioned in an on-camera confessional throughout the episode. 

And after contestant Serena Pitt took a brutal punch to the nostril, James determined to name it. 

“It was getting dangerous, and that’s not what we’re going for today,” he mentioned. “We’re here to have fun.” 

‘Bachelor’ alums suppose it is time for the present to retire the boxing dates 

Some of the ladies took punches to the nostril and throat throughout the date.


“Nothing good comes from it, someone always gets hurt,” Lindsay informed Insider. “You can see that the women are extremely uncomfortable with it, and even Matt was uncomfortable.” 

“So, hopefully, this was the last time we see it, I don’t want to see it anymore,” she added. “It just doesn’t do anything for me as a viewer, it’s not entertaining, it’s painful to watch.” 

Contestant Chelsea Vaughn, who was on the group date however did not need to combat after her accomplice opted out, additionally informed Lindsay that she did not just like the idea of the boxing match. 

“Honestly, we were all kind of uncomfortable with the date,” she mentioned throughout an look on Lindsay and Becca Kufrin’s “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast final week. “Just the idea of it, a bunch of women are going to fight over the guy.” 

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Catherine Lowe, who received Sean Lowe’s season of “The Bachelor” in 2013, mentioned she thinks the boxing dates are “very bizarre.” 

“I feel like they could do better,” Lowe informed Insider after co-hosting a digital occasion with Noodles & Company to announce their new cauliflower gnocchi dish.

“Obviously, if there’s aggression in the house, they want to have that be a good storyline for the boxing,” she added. “But I would be fine with no more boxing or wrestling each other. It doesn’t add anything to my watching experience. It kind of makes me scared.” 

‘The Bachelorette’ additionally got here beneath hearth for a controversial group date 

Clare Cralwey

The franchise additionally lately got here beneath hearth for the strip dodgeball date on “The Bachelorette.”


In the second episode of the newest season of “The Bachelorette,” Clare Crawley revealed throughout a group date that her suitors must take away a piece of clothes each time they misplaced a spherical of dodgeball. At the top, the shedding crew appeared to stroll again to their rooms fully bare.

Many criticized the date for displaying a double normal in how the franchise treats its contestants on “The Bachelorette” versus “The Bachelor.” 

“If this was a ‘Bachelor’ season, no way this happens, no way they get away with it, no way it’s appropriate,” former “Bachelor” star Ben Higgins mentioned on his “Almost Famous” podcast. “I think the show is super smart. They knew this wouldn’t shut down the show, but it’s pushing the envelope a little bit here.” 

But host Chris Harrison informed Insider he knew the date “would raise debate.”

“I knew it would raise talk. I don’t mind that,” he added. “I like that we kind of stir things up from time to time, whatever the topic is. And this is one of those where I didn’t mind all the talk.”