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'The Bachelor' Season 27: Eliminated contestant Madison Johnson 'doesn't regret' kissing Zach Shallcross

Madison Johnson was evicted after she interrupted Zach Shallcross, who was speaking with another woman, and planted him a quick awkward kiss
UPDATED JAN 27, 2023
Madison Johnson was eliminated from 'The Bachelor' Season 27 (Instagram/@madi_johnson)
Madison Johnson was eliminated from 'The Bachelor' Season 27 (Instagram/@madi_johnson)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In the premiere episode of ABC's 'The Bachelor' Season 27, contestant Madison Johnson was sent back home by Zach Shallcross even before the first rose ceremony. Madison, a 26-year-old business owner from Fargo, North Dakota, had set her sights on Zach, a tech executive from Nashville, and was determined to get a kiss from him.

However, when she saw him talking to other women, she got upset and felt that he didn't have feelings for her. In an attempt to gain his attention, Madison Johnson interrupted him while he was speaking with another woman, and gave him a quick kiss. The awkward kiss resulted in Madison being the first woman to be eliminated from 'The Bachelor' Season 27.


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Madison Johnson does not regret pulling Zach Shallcross

Post elimination, Madison revealed in an interview on the ‘Click Bait’ podcast, if she regrets her move. “I do not regret. I believe everything happens for a reason. It’s so cliché. I think I am here for a particular reason. At the end of the day, it did not work out. But in hindsight, it is the truth. They couldn’t handle everything when I was away. I think everything happens for a reason and my exit did too. I had to put my clients on hold and, you have to choose sacrifice a lot, in order to do stuff in reality," she said.

Madison claimed that she had left a lot of things unattended back at work and home and therefore her elimination simply meant she needed to go back and work. Madison also felt that the kiss was subpar.


On the other hand, Zach expressed that he didn't feel a connection with her either. The California executive told Madison that he didn't see a future for them. Zach had also claimed that he was following his heart and making difficult decisions in the name of love. He claimed that he understood exactly why Madison made the move but had to consider his future as the only factor in making the decisions. While Madison could have been happier if stayed on the show, she accepts Zach's decision and seems to have moved on already!