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New season of ‘The Bachelorette’ derailed by rape joke

Contestant swiftly removed from show.


Aja Romano


Posted on May 19, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 7:34 pm CDT

Ryan McDill, better known to Bachelorette viewers as “Ryan M,” made a serious impression on Monday night’s episode of the show—but not for any good reason.

Viewers already had good reason to suspect that the contestant, who is the former boyfriend of a previous Bachelor winner Nikki Ferrell, might be going home on tonight’s episode. But no one could have predicted that he’d be turning the show political in the worst way—with a crass on-air rape joke.

This is the second of a two-part opener to this season. As we saw in the last episode, the 28-year-old “junkyard specialist” from Kansas City, Mo., spent much of his first outing on the show getting totally trashed. In tonight’s episode, we saw him continuing to be what he called “white boy wasted.” This included varying degrees of nakedness, annoying his fellow contestants, and, uh, grabbing Bachelorette contender Kaitlyn Bristowe’s ass.

You might think that last action would warrant some sort of staff intervention, but instead it wasn’t until McDill turned his attention on another male contestant that things got ugly.

When another contestant confronted McDill about his harassment of Bristowe, McDill responded to him with:

“Why am I not raping you right now?” 

The Internet immediately lost its mind.

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Luckily, the Bachelorette staff immediately jumped in, and McDill was escorted out of the cast party by security to see host Chris Harrison, who informed him that he wasn’t on the show for the right reasons. McDill was then promptly escorted into a van and off the show, for good—a rarity for a series which typically eliminates candidates through competition.

Although several viewers pointed out that McDill’s physical harassment of Bristowe was worse than his comment, most viewers quickly sighed in relief and moved on. There were, however, a few outliers who demanded their fave be brought back.

And this is why we can’t have nice reality TV.

Photo by Rick Rowell via ABC

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*First Published: May 19, 2015, 12:50 am CDT