Bachelor Nation are not happy with “Bachelor In Paradise” star Brendan Morais.
Morais had a relationship with Natasha Parker on the show, even turning down a date with Demi Burnett to be with her.
However, amid rumours he was secretly in a relationship with former “Bachelor” contestant Pieper James, the pair revealed this was, in fact, true, on Monday’s episode.
According to Yahoo!, Morais told James during their one-on-one date, “It has to be you and me, first and foremost, before anyone else, before anyone else on the beach. And that’s the only way we’re gonna get through this, like, being in the position we want to be in, utilizing this time here, and taking advantage of what Paradise would promote together.”
James shared: “I’m here for Brendan. He is my boyfriend, we’re dating, and I’m here to continue our relationship. We’re very much aligned on what it means to be here together and the next steps for us and kind of our expectations here in Paradise. We are gonna have a good time together and really make that time count, so let’s hope it all goes according to plan.”
The pair were even overheard talking about an Us Weekly article, which helped both of them gain more Instagram followers.
However, the rise in social media followers didn’t last long, as Bachelor Nation made it their mission to cancel them after the dramatic episode aired.
The pair have reportedly already dropped thousands of followers each.
— TheBachBabes (@TheBachBabes) September 7, 2021
— Shelby (@Shelby_Delaine) September 7, 2021
— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) September 7, 2021
— mary cherry 🍒 (@boxbraidbitty) September 7, 2021
Brendan and Pieper….if you couldn’t afford a vacation to Mexico then just say that #bachelorinparadise
— Kat (@homebodykat) September 7, 2021
Brendan leading Natasha on while waiting for Peiper to get there so they can have a free vacation and get famous is one of the meanest things I've ever seen. And I'm the one who pulled Natasha's luggage. #BachelorInParadise
— Trent (@BarstoolTrent) September 7, 2021
— Cat (@serioholic) September 7, 2021
James then took to her Instagram Story to comment on the backlash, writing: “Just an [sic] gentle reminder that reality TV isn’t real.
“An edited, produced, and cut down show isn’t going to show you every single thing said and done. An edited and produced show can’t show you conversations that happened before filming between friends.”
James continued, “I make light of this show because it’s a light hearted show. I don’t believe in pitting women against each other. I don’t believe men are prizes to be won at the expense of someone’s feelings. I believe in open communication to get answers, not name calling on the internet.
“At the end of the day it’s a TV show,” she added. “We the viewers are shown what makes the best television, just as [with] any show. And folk what we have here is a very successful show.”