One of the most awkward moments of the premiere episode of "The Bachelorette," which aired on Monday, May 19, was when former contestant Chris Bukowski crashed the competition in hopes of meeting Andi Dorfman, only for her to turn him away without meeting him. Following the episode, several people from Chris' "Bachelorette" season gave their reactions to his surprise appearance.
Emily Maynard, who got quite serious with Chris during her run as the Bachelorette, going so far as meeting his family on a hometown date, called Chris' stunt embarrassing. In a recap for Parade, posted on Tuesday, May 20, Emily wrote that "the more reasonable, definitely less embarrassing decision" would have been for Chris to simply get Andi's phone number from a mutual friend.
Emily, who is currently engaged to someone she didn't meet on the show, did admit that it was all fun to watch however, joking that Chris must have a “Bachelorette-Radar” to sense when a hot girl has moved into the mansion. She suggested that perhaps Chris should show up every season to give viewers "great entertainment," before moving on and finding the love of his life.
Sean Lowe, who competed with Chris for Emily's heart, live tweeted the premiere episode. He also thought Chris' stunt was quite embarrassing. At the moment that Chris showed up, Sean tweeted that he was cringing and to please make it stop. When Andi rejected Chris, he tweeted that it must have been a blow to Chris' ego.
Sean's fellow finalist Arie Luyendyk Jr. also chimed in with his thoughts. He tweeted that it was awkward. So far, Jef Holm, who beat out Sean, Arie and Chris for Emily's hand, has stayed silent on the matter. Considering that he is currently traveling in Bali, he probably hasn't even seen what everyone's talking about.
Emily Maynard, Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Sean Lowe can breathe a sigh of relief - Chris Bukowski isn't that crazy. Chris has admitted that his stunt was concocted by the show's producers and that it was edited for it to make it look more awkward and dramatic than it was. He said that he didn't actually wait at the mansion for seven days for Andi Dorfman but was put in a nice hotel and that he at least got free food and drinks for a few hours of work.