ZACH Shallcross, this year’s Bachelor, has crashed and burned during his hometown date with New Yorker Ariel Frenkel.
Prior to the Bachelor meeting Ariel’s family, she warned Zach that her brother Bobby is very protective and would be very tough on him.
Zach was very nervous to meet Ariel’s parents and protective brotherAriel warned Zach about her brother Bobby and how he offered to beat up her exes
Zach looked visibly nervous and admitted to being “very nervous” when the couple discussed meeting Ariel’s parents, but she was quick to warn him about Bobby.
The New Yorker said: “I don’t think my parents are the ones to worry about. I think it’s my brother. Bobby is so protective of me … He offered to beat up my exes.”
She couldn’t have been more right.
Before the Bachelor enters the winery, Bobby is caught on camera saying: “We’ll see how he does. I’m not holding my breath.”
When Zach finally met her family, he was practically shaking in his boots, and Bobby immediately asked Zach for a private conversation.
Once they enter a separate room, Bobby starts in: “I don’t know you from Adam. I’m sure you’re a respectable guy. I’m sure you’re a nice guy. Whatever.
“But, uh, calling myself a skeptic and saying this is unorthodox is an understatement.”
He then asks Zach why his sister should choose him and agree to marry him.
Unfortunately for Zach, it didn’t seem like he had an answer. He struggled for a few seconds before blurting out, “I don’t know.”
Zach goes on to say: “It might sound simple, but I have a pretty big heart, and the person that I end up with at the end of this has my whole entire heart.”
He ends by making a joke and saying: “And, I’m a pretty good cook.”
Bobby chuckled, but he did not look amused by Zach’s run-of-the-mill answer.
Bobby replied: “Okay, I mean, do you really believe in such a short amount of time that you can actually, number one, get to know a person even more so fall in love with them?”
The reality star tried to comfort Bobby by validating his feelings, saying that he fell in love during the process and that he sees a future with Ariel.
After some more tense conversation, Bobby asked: “When’s my sister’s birthday?”
Zach didn’t have an answer.
Bobby continued: “If you don’t someone’s birthday, how do you know a person? Do you know my sister’s middle name?”
Again, Zach didn’t have an answer, but he said that he has the rest of his relationship with Ariel to learn the little things. He focuses on the “bigger picture.”
FACE PLANT INTO EMBARRASSMENT
Zach couldn’t handle the heat during his conversation with Bobby, and all of Bachelor Nation got second-hand embarrassment and shared their thoughts on Twitter.
One said: “Zach is absolutely BOMBING these questions w Ariel’s family. I can’t watch!!”
Another tweeted: “OH MY GOD. THE BROTHER ASKED ZACH ABOUT HIS SISTER’S MIDDLE NAME AND THE BIRTHDAY AND ZACH COULDN’T ANSWER. I’M SCREAMING.”
A third said: “That made me feel so uncomfortable!”
Someone else wrote: “Bobby’s questions weren’t even that hard/harsh. Yet, Zach was squirming so much. He lacks depth tbh.”
A fifth fan commented: “Bobby was honestly throwing out relatively softball questions for the most part and Zach whiffed big time.”
NOT THE BEST
Former Bachelor Peter Weber defended Zach this week after he was blamed for the show’s poor ratings.
The weekly Monday night dating show has drawn between 2.7-2.9 million viewers each week, which is less than half of what the show’s viewership used to be.
Pilot Pete’s season premiere three years ago brought in a staggering 6.07 million viewers.
The 31-year-old reality star shared his thoughts on the sinking season 27 ratings.
He said: “For a multitude of reasons, I think obviously the franchise. You know, I’ve heard people say, ‘I kind of see it’s kind of headed in just a different direction.”
“It’s kind of got a different feel.’ Who knows why that is,” Peter told The U.S. Sun during an interview that took place at RiseNY in New York City on March 1.
Peter continued: “I don’t think it’s specifically an individual person or Zach as the bachelor or anything like that.
“You hear all this stuff with streaming [platforms] and everything going on. So, who knows.”
Zach has also been slammed by fans for being “boring” to watch and has been called “the most boring bachelor ever.”
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