When Zach Shallcross was selected as the successor to Clayton Echard, fans promptly branded him with an unflattering nickname.
To his credit, however, “the Boring Bachelor” has thus far defied expectations.
Unfortunately, he did so by being more brutally heartless than any Bachelor in recent memory.
Probably not the change in reputation that Zach was looking to pull off!
But frankly, Shallcross has no one to blame but himself.
Take his recent interactions with Greer Blitzer, for example.
In one conversation, Zach was so rude to Greer that former Bachelor Nick Viall labeled Shallcross a “d-ck.”
After that convo, Greer contracted Covid and had to miss several days of filming.
When she recovered, producers shipped her all the way to Budapest, just so Zach could dump her in person.
“I’m really exited to see her again, but when there is time that is continued to be taken away, it is jeopardizing what Greer and I have,” Zach said in a confessional.
An excited Greer told Zach she felt “really, really good” — but that feeling didn’t last long.
“Obviously, like, when I found that I tested positive, like, feeling like my story with you was going to end really sucked,” she explained.
“So, I do see something between us and I guess, like, I was just wondering where you’re at.”
Zach countered that the relationship started “so fast and hot” that he found himself “still trying to piece all this together.”
“I’m just following my gut, my heart, and to give a hometown rose, I need to feel 100 percent confident that I can see a future and I don’t feel that,” Zach continued.
“I would never want to string you along.”
“I completely understand,” Greer whispered, presumably so that Zach wouldn’t hear the tears in her voice.
Now, it’s important to note that Greer wasn’t the only woman that Zach sent home that night.
In fact, he kicked Brooklyn to the curb just a few hours later.
(And that was after he made her wade into the bacterial cesspool that was a massive public bathhouse.)
But the Greer dismissal seemed to anger fans the most, largely due to the feeling that she was unnecessarily put through the emotional wringer.
Dumping eager suitors is part of the Bachelor’s job, of course, but there’s a feeling among fans that Zach is not handling that responsibility well.
If you’ve been reading our Bachelor spoilers this season, then you know that Shallcross does find love in his upcoming season finale.
But at this point, how many viewers are still rooting for him?