Between The Bachelorette and The Proposal, ABC has come under fire as of late when it comes to its casting decisions. Now, Amanda Stanton, who starred on season 20 of The Bachelor as well as seasons 3 and 4 of Bachelor in Paradise, is weighing in on the matter.
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“There are only a certain amount of contestants,” Stanton told Us Weekly after volunteering with Rising Above Disabilities, the largest residential camp for adults and children with developmental disabilities in Southern California, at their reality TV-themed summer camp on Monday, July 2. “I think maybe they should just start digging a little deeper. But it’s unfortunate and I don’t think anyone on [The Bachelorette] really had any idea.”
While the reality star, 28, admits she hasn’t been keeping up with season 14 of The Bachelorette, she tells Us that it was a shock to learn about recent controversies surrounding contestants Lincoln Adim, who was convicted of indecent assault and battery in May 2016, and Garrett Yrigoyen, who was discovered to have “liked” several offensive posts mocking women, immigrants, and school shootings on social media. “I know, from when I was on the show, that we go through extensive testing and background checks,” Stanton said. “So yeah, I’m surprised that something like that would get through. I’m not really sure how that happened.”