Rachel Lindsay and Ali Fedotowsky-Manno’s podcast launch featured interviews with Peter Weber and Demi Burnett. Since then, Rachel and her co-hosts have chatted with many of the most talked-about members of Bachelor Nation, from Jed Wyatt and Kristina Schulman to Blake Horstmann and Mike Johnson.
Over the course of five months, listeners learned exclusive details and insider secrets about the show, underscoring the fact that there’s never a dull episode of “Bachelor Happy Hour”! Somehow, Rachel and her guest co-host Becca Kufrin were able to pare them down and come up with their top five “Bachelor Happy Hour” moments of 2019.
5. Nick Viall talks about a “civil war” brewing in Bachelor Nation.
The Season 21 Bachelor joined Rachel and Krystal Nielson in the studio to wax poetic about social media and its potentially detrimental effects on the show. He said, “I feel like there’s a civil war brewing amongst Bachelor Nation cast. It’s all social media’s fault.”
According to Nick, social media got really popular during Kaitlyn Bristowe and JoJo Fletcher’s seasons, but then became a “full-blown” phenomenon a few years later. Nick believes Hannah Brown and Colton Underwood’s seasons of the show “started this new wave of cast members.” He referenced “West Side Story,” saying, “It’s like the Sharks and the Jets. Everyone’s pretending to be friends and everyone is going after the same FabFitFun deals and jockeying for position.”
Becca called Nick’s viewpoint “very extreme.” She admits a lot has changed for the show, but doesn’t necessarily think it should be likened to a “civil war.” She added, “I feel like I’m in the middle like Switzerland because I don’t think I play a part in it. I’m not an OG, but I’m a little older than the past contestants. I do see it. Social media has such a hand in everything, whether it’s brand deals or endorsements. They also need to know it has repercussions.”
4. Jed Wyatt reveals what “the dock” really means
Jed and Hannah’s relationship ended before “The Bachelorette” season finale aired due to news that he allegedly had a girlfriend when he went on the show. In the middle of the season, People magazine published a photo of a letter that Jed wrote to his supposed girlfriend, Haley Stevens, before leaving for Los Angeles. It said, “Haley, you’re truly an amazing person. Someday we will be thankful for all of this. You know where my heart will be. See you at the dock. -J.”
In an exclusive interview with “Bachelor Happy Hour,” Jed explained the meaning of “the dock” and tried to dispel any misconceptions that it was a physical place. He shared, “The dock is a metaphorical thing for meditation that I taught her. It was not a physical dock and to the public eye, it will look like a physical dock.”
Jed continued, “When I read that note back, I thought, ‘Damn it, that looks like I’m saying, ‘Let’s meet at this dock.’ I practice meditation. I’m passionate about it. It’s something I taught her to do, to go to this dock in her mind and to sit there and be at peace.”
Rachel said to Becca after playing the clip, “The whole interview was an OMG moment. I’m proud of that interview, because we were able to talk to him first, but at the end of the day, I’m like you’re full of s—t — still.”
3. Kristina learns Dean Unglert was in love with her when they dated.
Rachel dropped quite the bombshell on her close friend Kristina when she called in to an episode of “Bachelor Happy Hour.” Kristina and Dean both appeared on “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 4 and got entangled in a messy love triangle, but they decided to date after the show ended. She told Rachel, “It’s been two years since my time on the beach and I had so much growing to do, because following ‘Paradise,’ Dean and I actually tried seeing each other. That was very insightful. I learned a lot from that relationship.”
Rachel told Kristina what Dean said about being in love with her when he came in for an interview. Kristina replied, “We’ve never said it to each other, and I didn’t know. It was never verbalized, but the feeling was mutual.”
Becca and Rachel had differing opinions about whether or not they believed Dean’s admission. “I call bulls—t,” Becca said. “If you love someone, you’d tell them. You wouldn’t use it as a cop-out on the podcast.”
Rachel rebutted, “I believe him, because it didn’t benefit him to say anything. Everyone knows I have not been Team Caelynn [Miller-Keyes], so to make that confession on our podcast when he’s still with Caelynn could’ve been detrimental to their relationship.”
2. Arie Luyendyk Jr. reveals the real reason why he went on “The Bachelor Winter Games”
Arie, the self-proclaimed “kissing bandit,” guest-judged a kissing competition on the spin-off show “The Bachelor Winter Games.” However, he did not fly all the way to Vermont for the sole purpose of rating kisses. He revealed to Rachel and Joe Amabile, “I thought, if I can go to ‘Winter Games,’ I will probably see Lauren [Burnham]’s producer and maybe see how she’s doing. That was my whole motivation for actually going.”
Becca, who also happens to be Arie’s ex, had a difficult time hearing that clip. She said, “It’s my first time hearing that. Where do I begin? The timeline of everything is very interesting.”
The Season 14 Bachelorette added, “The only thing I ever knew that he felt bad about was how things ended for hurting someone. Everything he said when he and I were together was, ‘I’m happy. I feel bad about it, but I don’t want a part of that.’ What I was being told versus what he was thinking was clearly completely different.”
1. Blake calls out Caelynn for her “confusing” timeline of their relationship
The first part of Season 6 of “Bachelor in Paradise” revolved primarily around Blake and Caelynn’s relationship and what happened at Stagecoach music festival. Blake attempted to clarify the timeline of his relationship with Caelynn and how it overlapped with the conclusion of Colton’s season of “The Bachelor,” the airing of “Women Tell All,” and the announcement of the next Bachelorette.
Blake explained, “The first time we were ever on FaceTime was roughly mid-December. I was with Colton and we called Cassie and she got on the phone and I said hi and he set us up. We started talking until mid-March, maybe March 8, but it was very sporadic.”
According to Caelynn, she and Blake talked on FaceTime many times, but Blake argues they video chatted “12, maybe 15 times total.”
Becca sided with Blake after hearing his explanation. She shared, “I think Blake is a pretty honest dude. He tells the truth. He dealt with a lot and I don’t think his timeline is inaccurate. I think what he’s saying is pretty factual.”
If these moments encapsulated 2019, we certainly can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store!