Did Brendan and Pieper lose followers?
As of Tuesday morning, Brendan has lost more than 30,000 Instagram followers, while Pieper has lost more than 3,000. Entertainment Tonight'Bachelor in Paradise': Pieper Says Viewers Only Saw 'What Makes the Best Television' After Brendan Drama
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“Just an [sic] gentle reminder that reality tv isn’t real,” the Oregon native, 24, wrote in a message posted to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, September 7. “An edited, produced, and cut down show isn’t going to show you every single thing said and done. An edited and produced show can’t show you conversations that happened before filming between friends.”
The model debuted on BiP during the Monday, September 6, episode and immediately set the beach on fire when she asked Brendan Morais on a date. The commercial roofer, 31, was previously coupled up with Natasha Parker.
In June, Us Weekly confirmed that Pieper and Brendan were dating, but until Monday’s episode, the Bachelorette season 16 alum claimed that nothing was ever serious between the duo. When Pieper arrived, she called Brendan her “boyfriend” and implied that they planned to come on the show together. Cameras also caught them discussing their Instagram follower counts after news broke that they were dating before BiP.
“I make light of this show because it’s a light hearted show,” the Bachelor season 25 veteran continued in her post on Tuesday. “I don’t believe in pitting women against each other. I don’t believe men are prizes to be won at the expense of someone’s feelings. I believe in open communication to get answers, not name calling on the internet.”
She went on to imply that the episode didn’t show the full story, noting that producers choose the footage that keeps viewers invested.
“At the end of the day it’s a tv show,” she wrote. “We the viewers are shown what makes the best television, just as any show. And folks what we have here is a very successful show.”
After the episode aired, both Brendan and Pieper lost thousands of Instagram followers, and several of their BiP costars weighed in on the situation with a mixture of shock and disappointment.
“Brendan got cast for Fboy Island and accidentally showed up to the wrong beach,” Demi Burnett, who went on one date with Brendan earlier in the season, joked via Twitter. “Glad my date with Brendan went horribly now.”
Tammy Ly, meanwhile, noted that the rest of the cast learned about the Instagram followers conversation along with viewers at home. “We are ALL shocked to hear what was said on this episode,” she tweeted on Monday. “We don’t get to listen in on ‘private’ convos until it gets aired back.”
Bachelor in Paradise airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.
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07 September, 2021 - 07:26am
Looks like his plan backfired, whoops.
Turns out Brendan Morais' comments about his Instagram followers last night on Bachelor in Paradise didn't age well, cause...he just lost a bunch. In the event that you haven't watched this messy episode yet, here's what happened: Pieper James finally arrived, she and Brendan pretty much admitted that they'd been a couple the entire damn time, and they seemed to have no problem chatting openly about what the show could mean for their platform / followers.
“It has to be you and me, first and foremost, before anyone else on the beach," Brendan said during their one-on-one date. "And that’s the only way we’re gonna get through this, like, being in the position we wanna be in, utilizing this time here and taking advantage of what Paradise would promote together.”
Did Brendan and Pieper really talk about their Instagram followers while mic’d or is my edible just kicking in late #BachelorInParadise
But apparently Brendan's followers took a major hit amid backlash over the way he treated Natasha Parker. As Just Jared reports, social tracker counts.live revealed Brendan had 349,185 Insta followers at the beginning of the day on Monday, and by the end of the evening he was down to 327,109 followers. Meanwhile, Pieper also lost several thousand followers.
Bachelor Nation is clearly pretty unimpressed by these two wandering into Paradise as a couple and using the show to increase their followers, but not sure that they care too much considering this is their vibe on social RN:
Anyway, here's Brendan trying and failing to justify his behavior to Natasha, ugh.