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Matt James’ Season Is ‘Super Staged’

Snooze fest! Bachelor alum Jaclyn Swartz revealed why Matt James’ season has been so onerous to get into, regardless of having a captive viewers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I felt like everything was super staged,” Swartz, 36, completely informed Us Weekly on Monday, February 22. “I think the producers did a good job of, you know, figuring out the date scenarios where they bring a concert to this hotel or bring an amusement park to this hotel.”

With season 25 being filmed solely on the Nemacolin Resort in Pennsylvania, Swartz stated the crew “obviously had their challenges,” nevertheless it was the contestant dynamics that have been the largest flip off for her as a viewer.

Jaclyn Swartz and Matt James Craig Sjodin/ABC; ABC/Billy Kidd

“It felt like they were creating way too much drama among the ladies, as opposed to really focusing on, like, Matt being the Bachelor,” she defined. “Now we’re, you know, approaching hometowns and I feel like I don’t know the girls at all.”

The Bachelor in Paradise alum admitted that this season was “so hard to watch” as a result of a lot of the main focus was on the cattiness on the resort.

“It honestly was a bit exhausting,” she stated. “It was not a relaxing season to watch by any means.”

Swartz revealed that she “reengaged” herself amid the coronavirus pandemic and opted to look at James’ journey for love, nevertheless it was a little bit of a disappointment.

Nearly 10 years after she competed on season 16 of the ABC relationship sequence with Ben Flajnik in 2012, Swartz stated, “it’s just the same outline,” together with having a contestant are available late and get an increase out of the ladies — which occurred when Heather Martin confirmed up on the February 8 episode.

“It’s just kinda hard to watch this — the same song and dance over and over again every season,” the Bachelor Pad alum informed Us.

Swartz did, nonetheless, word that it was good to see extra range within the cast this season, saying there was “zero diversity” when she was on the present.

“Through tireless efforts of former contestants and former heads, and then also the viewers really speaking out, you know, the show really had managed to take small steps,” she stated.

After Chris Harrison made headlines earlier this month for defending contestant Rachael Kirkconnell towards allegations of racism, nonetheless, Swartz stated, it “really set the show back.”

Harrison, 49, introduced on February 13 that he’s quickly stepping down from his internet hosting duties after he acquired backlash for feedback made to Rachel Lindsay in regard to Kirkconnell, 24, who was photographed at a plantation-themed school occasion in 2018 and “liked” images with a Confederate flag within the background.

Both Harrison and Kirkconnell have publicly apologized for his or her actions.

With reporting by Diana Cooper

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