Before the premiere of Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, we all had one burning question on our minds: How was ABC going to handle the tragic passing of Eric Hill, who died in a paragliding accident before the show was done filming?
The news of his death came as such a horrible shock to fans, Andi, and the other cast members and crew of The Bachleorette as well. We can only begin to imagine just how devastated Eric's family is.
And out of consideration for them, nobody would have been shocked if ABC chose to edit out Eric's footage, simply because it has to be very painful for them to see him on TV so soon after his passing.
But after watching the premiere, it's clear that ABC handled the situation perfectly. They honestly couldn't have chosen a better way to honor Eric's life -- by dedicating the season to him and by opting to show the time he spent with Andi.
And I think I speak for the masses when I say I had to fight back the tears when Eric got out of the limo, approached Andi, and handed her those dolls, which were given to him by a little girl who told him to give them to his "girlfriend." (Ugh. Could this situation be any more heartbreaking?)
Based on what we already knew about Eric, it's obvious that he was a wonderful, genuine guy -- but after seeing him interact with Andi last night? Wow. We had no idea what a gem of a human being the world has lost. He was warm, kind, and clearly went onto the show with the right intentions, which makes the tragedy of it all even more difficult to accept.
But again, by choosing to show Eric's footage as opposed to editing it out, ABC is making sure that no one forgets him or the lasting impression he left behind. He should remind us all to live our lives to the fullest and never take one single second for granted -- and to always embrace the opportunity to love and to spread positivity and happiness.
Do you think ABC did the right thing in keeping Eric's footage?
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