Gia Allemand Tribute Didn't Belong in 'The Bachelor' Premiere

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Gia AllemandAs much as I love watching the premiere of The Bachelor each season, something about the way Juan Pablo Galavis' journey for love kicked off on Sunday really rubbed me the wrong way -- mainly because of the "tribute" ABC offered to Gia Allemand at the end of the show.

It seemed to completely come out of nowhere ... which I briefly mentioned in the recap I wrote immediately after viewing the episode. And as it turns out, other people also thought the tribute to Gia was inappropriate and pretty much done in poor taste.

Writer Celeste Mora from Bustle hit the nail right on the head by saying, "They didn't make Gia's passing a special priority, they made it a spectacle, and teased it throughout the episode as a 'tribute to one of its brightest stars.'"

Yes. Yes, that's exactly what they did. But I think it even went beyond being a spectacle. In choosing to remember Gia and "celebrate her life" with a brief 15-minute (or so) segment at the end of a premiere that revolved around a dude running around with his shirt off, they pretty much made it seem like they paid tribute to her out of obligation ... not because they actually give a rat's ass. I mean, I know they care (at least I hope they do) ... but they sure have a funny way of showing it.

Gia's passing was incredibly heartbreaking and also came as such a huge shock to Bachelor fans who adored her. If ABC really wanted to honor her memory without worrying about a little thing called ratings -- they would've devoted an entire special solely to remembering her life instead of making her a Juan Pablo afterthought.

Here we'd just spent the better part of an hour oohing and aahing over what a sexy hunk of a single dad he is -- only to have things shift to, "Hey! We're glad you're hooked on Juan Pablo. Isn't he a hottie? Ok ... so now let's take a moment to talk about Gia's tragic death at the most inopportune time."

I'm sorry, but when it comes to something this horrible, there is definitely a right time and place to address it. And unfortunately ABC used Gia's passing as an opportunity instead of something that could have been incredibly touching and memorable.

Were you put off by Gia's tribute?


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nonmember avatar Angie

What should they have done instead? I think it's actually a pretty generous amount of time to pay tribute. Usually if someone who is a part of a show dies, they're lucky to get a still shot with their name and birth/death dates at the end of the show. I'm curious why you think she deserved so much better?

sweet... sweetcherry_59

I think 15 minutes is a bit excessive...

nonmember avatar Tracy

I thought it was beautiful just as Gia was. I saw nothing wrong with it being at the end of the show. Loved Gia I feel like I knew her and we never met, so sad and hopefully her passing has made someone out there get some help.

nonmember avatar melissa

agreed wrong place wrong time such a sad loss and a heartbreaking story! this was a young ladies life and the network should of done it at a diff time apart from the bachelor season maybe a 30 min to a hour show about this alone and pay there respects the right way and leave the ratings out of its a real life issue and not a joke!:( rip gia

Rebecca Hart Becky

Seemed Right the Bachelor Family misses her and are Heartbroken. It was not Juans opening night . It was a behind the scenes of the Premier>


nonmember avatar D

The first time the Bachelor family (fans) came back together was the perfect time to do a tribute for Gia! She was a very memorable part of the show and deserved every second of the 15 mins! The tribute showed a great portrayal of Gia, as a person, and a friend! And I loved that they showed her goofy side ... She was a genuinely sweet person who everyone liked so why not use the 'Bachelor' platform! I don't think it was out of line by the network at all ...... RIP sweet Gia!!

Let's not turn this into some unnecessary and out of line gossip ... The Stir sure knows how to tag line inappropriate situations to draw the readers in .... Why don't you try to be different from every other media outlet in the world and report on positive, uplifting stories!!!! SMH!!

Kaye Ryder

I thought it was beautiful and may make another person stop and think before they take their lives. The Mother was trying to save other lives by telling her story.

Roberta Howard

I felt it was in appropriate to honor her for 15 minutes. Maybe a memorial at the end or something but a full 15minutes was over the top.. What does suicide have 2 do with a hunky guy wanting 2 find a wife.

I think it is sad she chose to end her life BUT it did not belong on  a segment of the Bacheldor even in premiere.And an entire show is NOT NECESSARY..


Valerie B Tomlinson

No, I wasn't. I am thinking it was the first showing since her death. Glad they remembered her.

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