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'The Bachelorette' 2022: Fans fear Gabby is playing 'dumb' as she forgives Erich for double timing her

Fans slam show for saving Erich, saying 'They conveniently left out the text that erich sent his ex AFTER getting engaged to gabby'
Gabby and Erich in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)
Gabby and Erich in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: On the September 20 episode of 'The Bachelorette', the finale dropped a big bombshell. Erich Schwer chose to come out amid a significant scandal, but the response they got from Gabby was not what they were hoping for.

For weeks, viewers have been watching Gabby Windey and Erich Schwer's love story grow on 'The Bachelorette', and despite various challenges, the couple managed to get engaged. Erich met everyone's favorite elderly citizen, Gabby's Grandpa John, during their first solo outing, and their relationship took off from there. It wasn't until they got close to the finish line that the wheels began to come off. Erich voiced reservations about getting engaged in the season's final episodes. When it became evident that Erich was Gabby's only option, the couple persevered, and they left the program engaged.


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The 'After the Final Rose' special, on the other hand, proved to be their most difficult challenge yet. At the start of the September 20 episode, host Jesse Palmer mentioned text messages that had been made public – messages Erich wrote to a woman he had been seeing only days before departing for the show. Erich's ex-girlfriend made public the messages in question, which included some very incriminating information in the aftermath of his engagement to Gabby. On March 10, he texted her, “I know this isn’t ideal, I wanted to do this to see if there was something else I could do with my life,” he wrote. “I didn’t think it would be a big deal but I understand how you feel, I’m sorry and I understand if you don’t want to see me anymore.”

Amanda, Erich's girlfriend, stated, "You just expected me to continue dating you while you go on a reality show to ‘find love,'" to which Erich responded, "It isn’t real," adding, "I am really sorry I really didn’t think this all through… I thought we could get on the same page about this. I really didn’t mean for this to hurt you." According to another text exchange, Erich stated that he was unhappy in his job and desired a change, which led to his choice to appear on the show. The show began taping on March 22, but before he departed, he brought flowers to Amanda to make her "smile," according to her, with the statement "I'll never stop thinking of you." On July 10, he contacted Amanda once more, saying, "I am so sorry Amanda, what I did was terrible I don’t expect you to ever forgive me." "I just want you to know I think about you all the time and you really deserve the best," he allegedly stated. "I won’t ever forgive myself and I hope you find happiness and everything you deserve."

Erich confesses to cheating on his ex-girlfriend on 'After The Final Rose'. He continued by saying that he handled the matter poorly and utilized his participation on the show to stop his courtship with Amanda. Despite the incident, he remarked that he "wouldn't change anything" because it led to his love for Gabby. Gabby, who was on stage with Erich, stated that she had been made aware of the messages long before they were made public. "You were kind of an asshole to her," she admits. She did, however, emphasize that committing to someone for life is not easy. What really important were Erich's efforts to accept responsibility for his conduct. "He’s gracious, and he’s honest, and I do believe what he says."

Gabby and Erich in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)
Gabby and Erich in 'The Bachelorette' 2022 (ABC)

Some fans on Twitter even though were fully Team Gabby, but couldn't help being concerned for her future. A fan questioned if the show made Gabby and Erich stay together so that they have at least one successful engagement at the end of the season, "Did production bribe Gabby to stay with Erich or ? #TheBachelorette." Some fans expressed their disappointment at Gabby being engaged to someone who cheated on her, "Not Gabby engaged to a racist who wore Black face and cheated on her too #thebachelorette." One fan also pointed out how the show conveniently left out part of the conversation where Erich texted his ex after his engagement to Gabby, "They conveniently left out the text that erich sent his ex AFTER getting engaged to gabby. #thebachelorette #bachelorette." Seeing Gabby forgive Erich so easily, made fans think she is "blindsided" by his love, "yes I agree Gabby is blinded because she wants Erich. I feel it was a game to him and he wanted to win. He is on TV and got noticed but I really don't see it past 3 months #TheBachelorette."





Other viewers slammed Erich for double timing two women and accused him of using both, "Basically Erich was dating a girl and told her to wait for him because he was going on the show just to have a laugh… but then he kept getting a rose week after week after the ring… so he was using both, The girlfriend back at home and Gabby #TheBachelorette." One fan thinks Erich will soon call it off with Gabby since he seems like a "confused guy," "Erich's a confused guy who just lost his father, and is trying to find some meaning in his life. The show was his diversion and he'll be breaking up with Gabby when reality starts sinking in. #TheBachelorette #Bachelorette #BachelorNation." Some fans also felt Gabby was playing "dumb" with this whole ex episode, "Do you think there will be more drama with Erich's ex or Gabby will play it dumb and not listen? #thebachelorette." One fan also tweeted how Gabby is too good for Erich, "I always give the players the benefit of the doubt because nothing about the show is normal, the producers are manipulative, and everything is edited and not real but also Gabby is far too good for Erich he's the worst #TheBachelorette."