Bachelor Nation Fights Back After Kelly Ripa Slams 'The Bachelorette'

Arie Luyendyk Jr., Lauren Burnham
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If you're going to diss The Bachelorette, watch out -- former contestants who have had success with the show aren't going to stay quiet. Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk Jr. definitely had something to say about it, and he totally has a point, given that he married his runner-up from the show. After Kelly Ripa trashed the franchise on Live With Kelly & Ryan this week, Arie did not hold back in going after her.

  • On Tuesday's episode of the show, Kelly stirred up all kinds of controversy when she said The Bachelor franchise "disgusts" her. 

    And as if that wasn't enough, she also called it "creepy" and "gross." 

    “I can’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one ordinary fella, in my opinion,” Kelly said. “You know how I feel, ladies, we are too special to be arguing over a guy.”

    Yeah, we get why the show seems like people are fighting over one dude, and sometimes, they are. But finding love is just one reason women go on The Bachelor. A lot of times, it's about getting ahead in your career or becoming Instagram famous, if we're being honest. These ladies aren't all about fighting over one dude -- these women and this show are about so much more than that. 

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  • A lot of Bachelor Nation was up in arms about Kelly's comments, including Arie. 

    Arie shared a screenshot on his Instagram Story of a time when Kelly left a comment claiming that his relationship with Lauren wouldn't last. Obviously, it did -- they're married and expecting their first kiddo any day now. 

    It seems like Kelly has had a negative view of this show for a long time. These comments are just the latest time she's shared her opinion. 

  • 'Bachelor' creator Mike Fleiss didn't hesitate to call Kelly out after her comments.

    Yikes. A little harsh, no?

  • And when current Bachelorette Hannah Brown went on Live With Kelly & Ryan on Thursday, she shared her thoughts with Kelly, too. 

    “Like you, I didn’t really follow the show. I wasn’t a big fan," Hannah said. "Being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s just simple facts."

    She added that being on the show was "empowering" for her because it helped her grow, and that's why she knew she wanted to be the Bachelorette

    Go, Hannah! It can't be easy coming onto a show with a host who just said the reality series you're starring in "disgusts" her a couple of days earlier, but she did it, and she kicked butt. 

  • Kelly can say whatever she wants, but we'll keep watching The Bachelorette.

    Hannah B.'s season is here, and now that night one is out of the way, we know it's about to get good. Sorry, Kelly -- we can't give up this addiction!