Watch: Matt James "Bachelor" Finale: Host Emmanuel Acho Thoughts
Another season of The Bachelor has come to an end, and it's not a good one.
Before Matt James' season even began airing, fans started finding questionable photos either "liked" by or featuring contestant Rachael Kirkconnell. The most egregious pic featured Rachael all dressed up at an antebellum-themed party in 2018, and it eventually led to long-time host Chris Harrison stepping aside from the franchise after choosing to publicly defend her.
Matt didn't propose to Rachael, but he did tell her he saw her as his future wife and the mother of his children, but when he learned that the photo was real and found himself having to explain to his girlfriend why it was a bad idea to go to a plantation party, he broke up with her. And then he grew a large beard.
So yeah, not exactly the ending we were all hoping for, even if it did open up some important conversations about race that this show has never publicly had before.
While Matt's ending was certainly one of the least satisfying of the franchise for many reasons, it's not the only one that could be described as…chaotic. The last time a Bachelor season ended well on screen was with Nick Viall in 2017, and he and Vanessa Grimaldi split a few months later.
What we're saying is that this show is tough, and every ending is unique. Take a little walk through Bachelor franchise history by revisiting all the finales below!
Hopefully, new Bachelorettes Katie Thurston and Michelle Young (yep, 2021 is the year of the ladies) will have some better luck.
ABCAlex Michel: The Bachelor, Season 1 (March 2002)
Not even the first season of the entire franchise featured a proposal. Bachelor Alex Michel did not propose to Amanda Marsh, but he did pick her over Trista Rehn at the end of the six-episode season. They dated for a year before sadly breaking up.
ABCAaron Buerge: The Bachelor, Season 2 (September 2002)
Anybody remember Aaron Buerge? He did propose to his chosen lady, Helene Eksterowicz (who we also don't remember), but they broke up after a few months, before the finale even aired.
ABCTrista Rehn: The Bachelorette, Season 1 (January 2003)
Trista Rehn returned after "losing" season one of The Bachelor for her own shot at love, and boy did she find it! Runner-up Charlie Maher didn't stand a chance against Ryan Sutter, who Rehn then married in December of the same year. They are miraculously still together with two kids!