Danny Pellegrino Tells Rachel Lindsay & Becca Kufrin How He Handles Online Bullying
“Everything Iconic” podcast host Danny Pellegrino stopped by “Bachelor Happy Hour” to chat with co-hosts Rachel Lindsay and Becca Kufrin about the “complexities” of Bachelor Nation, including the pervasive online bullying that some fans partake in.
Noting Danny’s penchant for “The Real Housewives” and all things Bravo, Rachel explained that the Bachelor franchise is a “different world.”
“It’s a particular audience who is used to getting a particular product, a prototype of what the lead looks like, who they are, coming from the background, area of the country, same religion,” said the Season 13 Bachelorette, who made history in 2017 as the first Black person to ever lead the franchise.
“And when you step outside of it, you see the audience respond and not in the best way. It’s crazy,” added Rachel, who has been subjected to cruel social media messages — many of which have been rooted in racism — in the past.
Danny opened up about the toxic Internet culture he was exposed to after he began to recap “The Bachelorette” Season 16 in 2020.
“One of my best friends, her name’s Hannah Brown and she’s been on my show a million times,” Danny said of his pal who shares the same name as the Season 15 Bachelorette. “But this was her first time with that new [Bachelor Nation] audience. And I was getting all these messages saying, ‘How dare you have her on.’ I was like, ‘What?’”
Of course, Danny was referring to Bachelorette Hannah’s offensive use of the N-word in a 2020 Instagram Story, which he was quickly made aware of. Listeners of his podcast thought he invited her onto his show before she issued any sort of apology.
“At first, I didn’t even understand and then people were sending me links to this controversy. And I was like, ‘I don’t even know this controversy exists,’” he continued. “I try to keep up with everything that’s going on in the world of pop culture. But it’s impossible to keep up with everything. People were sending me very angry DMs about having my friend on.”
Danny lamented, “And then I had to explain to people, like, ‘No, that was not that Hannah. That was a different Hannah.’”
The reality TV aficionado said that the aggressive messages he received took a serious toll on his physical and mental well-being.
“At the time, I wasn’t necessarily equipped to deal with it,” he noted. “I had been going through a lot of health stuff in my personal life and it was the start of the [COVID-19] pandemic. So, there was all this stuff going on and that was the last thing I have the bandwidth to deal with in my life.”
Danny elaborated, “But in general, even in the world of Bravo and ‘Real Housewives,’ I sort of used to have the opinion, ‘Oh, you’re on TV. It’s something you sign up for.’ And now that I’m seeing it a little more closely, no one can ever be prepared to even just get one of those really nasty comments that you would see online.”
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