Matt James’ Season Is ‘Super Staged’

Snooze fest! Bachelor alum Jaclyn Swartz revealed why Matt James‘ season has been so laborious to get into, regardless of having a captive viewers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I felt like all the things was tremendous staged,” Swartz, 36, solely informed Us Weekly on Monday, February 22. “I believe the producers did an excellent job of, you already know, determining the date situations the place they create a live performance to this resort or convey an amusement park to this resort.”

With season 25 being filmed solely on the Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania, Swartz mentioned the crew “clearly had their challenges,” however it was the contestant dynamics that have been the most important flip off for her as a viewer.

Jaclyn Swartz and Matt James Craig Sjodin/ABC; ABC/Billy Kidd

“It felt like they have been creating approach an excessive amount of drama among the many girls, versus actually specializing in, like, Matt being the Bachelor,” she defined. “Now we’re, you already know, approaching hometowns and I really feel like I do not know the women in any respect.”

The Bachelor in Paradise alum admitted that this season was “so laborious to observe” as a result of a lot of the main target was on the cattiness on the resort.

“It truthfully was a bit exhausting,” she mentioned. “It was not a calming season to observe by any means.”

Swartz revealed that she “reengaged” herself amid the coronavirus pandemic and opted to observe James’ journey for love, however it was a little bit of a disappointment.

Nearly 10 years after she competed on season 16 of the ABC relationship collection with Ben Flajnik in 2012, Swartz mentioned, “it is simply the identical define,” together with having a contestant are available late and get an increase out of the ladies — which occurred when Heather Martin confirmed up on the February 8 episode.

“It’s simply kinda laborious to observe this — the identical tune and dance time and again each season,” the Bachelor Pad alum informed Us.

Swartz did, nevertheless, notice that it was good to see extra variety within the cast this season, saying there was “zero variety” when she was on the show.

“Through tireless efforts of former contestants and former heads, after which additionally the viewers actually talking out, you already know, the show actually had managed to take small steps,” she mentioned.

After Chris Harrison made headlines earlier this month for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell in opposition to allegations of racism, nevertheless, Swartz mentioned, it “actually set the show again.”

Harrison, 49, introduced on February 13 that he’s quickly stepping down from his internet hosting duties after he acquired backlash for feedback made to Rachel Lindsay in regard to Kirkconnell, 24, who was photographed at a plantation-themed faculty occasion in 2018 and “preferred” pictures with a Confederate flag within the background.

Both Harrison and Kirkconnell have publicly apologized for his or her actions.

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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