20 Most Dramatic 'Bachelor' and 'Bachelorette' Moments of Seasons Past (Photos)

From Colton jumping the fence to Hannah B. telling off Luke P.

Ahead of Peter Weber’s season premiering on Jan. 6, here’s a look back at the 20 most dramatic moments of the past 17 years of “The Bachelor” franchise — from Colton Underwood jumping the fence to Hannah Brown telling off Luke Parker.

Jesse Palmer Forgets Karen Lindsay’s NameFormer NFL player Jesse Palmer accidentally called the wrong name during his season in 2004. In a hilariously panicked moment, he pulled Chris Harrison aside to tell him that he had forgotten Karen’s name and had called Katie [Gehart] instead. “I froze and forgot,” he told a bemused Harrison. “We gotta do that again.” Katie got to stay another week for her troubles.

Trista Rehn Reveals Some Intimate Details in the Fantasy SuiteThe first ever Bachelorette, Trista Rehn, now Trista Sutter, revealed to her date in the fantasy suite that she’d “never had an orgasm during real intercourse.”

Brad Womack Walks Away Empty-HandedOn his first season as the Bachelor, Womack famously decided that neither of his final two women were right for him in the end. In an unprecedented moment in “Bachelor” franchise history, no winner was chosen. But Womack would get another chance in 2011.

Jason Mesnick Pulls a SwitcherooSeason 13 Bachelor Jason Mesnick initially chose Melissa Rycroft, but on “After the Rose,” he decided that he just couldn’t forget about Molly Malaney, who remains his wife to this day. He broke up with Melissa right there on TV, and she was not amused. 

Rozlyn Papa Is Accused of Having an Affair With a StafferOn Jake Pavelka’s season, Rozlyn Papa was accused of having an affair with someone who works on the show. Chris Harrison had to awkwardly ask her to pack her bags and leave. 

Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi Go Off On Each OtherAfter breaking off their engagement, Jake accused Vienna of selling him out to the tabloids. Vienna called Jake a “fame whore” and accused him of being emotionally abusive in their relationship. Chris Harrison, as always, bared witness to it all. 

Brad Womack Ends Engagement to Emily MaynardWomack got a second chance to be the Bachelor on Season 15, which ended in him choosing Emily Maynard. But soon after, the couple called it quits  and ended their engagement. Maynard went on to become the next Bachelorette. 

Courtney Robertson and and Ben Flajnik Go Skinny DippingFamed reality-villain Courtney Robertson surprised Season 16 Bachelor Ben Flajnik with a proposition to take advantage of their time in Puerto Rico and go skinny dipping. He said “why not” — and later chose Courtney as his final pick. They ended up breaking off their engagement a few months later, and she released a book called “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.” 

Lindsay Yenter Takes Off Her HeelsYenter made it to the final two on Sean Lowe’s season, but she got sent home in the final hour.  In a snap decision that many Bachelor fans found relatable, Yenter famously took off her Badgley Mischka heels and walked back to the car barefoot. Lowe ended up marrying Catherine Giudici, and the pair just welcome their third child in Dec. 2019.

Brooks Forester Tells Desiree Hartsock He Doesn’t Love HerIn a strange turn of events, a contestant dumped the Bachelorette instead of the other way around. Brooks Forester told Desiree Hartsock that he just wasn’t feeling it shortly before she had planned to tell him she loved him. She went on to marry Chris Seigfried.

Andi Dorfman Calls Juan Pablo an A–Hole“There’s a difference between being honest and being an a–hole,” the Season 10 Bachelorette told this contestant, who wouldn’t stop saying “It’s okay” in very serious situations. Newsflash, Juan Pablo — it’s NOT okay.

Nick Viall Gets Rejected a Second TimeThough Viall would go on to have his own season of “The Bachelor,” but to get there, he had to go through two seasons of coming in first runner-up on “The Bachelorette.” First he got rejected by Andi Dorfman, and then Kaitlyn Bristowe. We’re sorry to report that things didn’t last with the winner of his season of “The Bachelor,” Vanessa Grimaldi, either.

Corinne Reveals She Has a NannyCorinne Olympios, a contestant on Nick Viall’s season, revealed that she has a nanny who makes her bed, washes her clothes, and makes her cheese pasta.

Arie Luyendyk Ends His Engagement With Becca KufrinSeason 22 Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. chose Becca K. as his bride-to-be in his season finale, but just weeks later, he realized he’d made the wrong choice. He broke up with Becca in a tear-filled special that was all caught on camera by ABC. Arie went on to marry his first runner-up, Lauren Burnham, with whom he now has a daughter. Watch their dramatic wedding video here. And don’t worry, Becca ended up finding love as the Season 14 Bachelorette.

All the Things Chad Johnson DidFrom punching a door to ripping another contestant’s shirt to aggressively eating a sweet potato, Chad was drama from start to finish on JoJo Fletcher’s season.

Rachel Lindsay and Peter Kraus BreakupIn a particularly heartbreaking moment to watch, Season 13 Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay broke up with Peter Kraus because he said he wasn’t ready to propose to her the next day. She went on to marry Bryan Abasolo.

Colton Underwood Jumps the FenceAfter Cassie Randolph leaves, Season 23 Bachelor Colton Underwood rips off his mic and jumps a fence out of frustration, fleeing Chris Harrison and the producers as they call his name. He later breaks up with the other two remaining contestants, Tayshia and Hannah, and gets Cassie back. The couple are still together, though not engaged.

Hannah Brown Tells Off Luke ParkerThough this would not be the last we saw of Luke P. on Hannah B.’s season, this was the defining moment between Alabama Hannah and the 5’8″ villain. After he tells her that he would leave if he she had slept with any of the other contestants, Hannah tells him, “I have had sex. And Jesus still loves me.”  

Hannah Brown Ends Engagement With Jed WyattIn a shocking turn of events, after wrapping production on her season of “The Bachelorette” with a proposal from Jed Wyatt, a People Magazine story revealed that he had a secret girlfriend who he had promised to come back to after the show. Hannah confronted Jed, who had little justification for his actions, and she ended their engagement. 

Hannah Brown and Peter Weber Come Clean About the Windmill During the “After the Rose” special Hannah sat down with her third runner-up, Peter, and revealed to all — including Peter’s mom and dad — that they didn’t just have sex twice in that famous windmill… it was actually four times. 

Tune in to ABC on Jan. 6 to see Peter Weber take the spotlight on the 24th season of “The Bachelor.” 
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