Why? Because Brad did the unthinkable: He didn’t pick anyone back when he was ABC’s Season 11 Bachelor in 2007.
(Another reason why: Because Chantal was the first woman out of the limos and the Bachelor producers may have suggested she slap Brad to address his controversial past in a playful way.)
In a typical Bachelor finale, the guy dumps the girl who arrives in the first limo and either proposes to the second girl or just agrees to date her and see where it goes. Brad led Season 11 contestant DeAnna Pappas to believe she was the one he would choose in the end. He told her the finale would be “a good day.”
DeAnna was indeed the girl in the second limo — after runner-up Jenni Croft — but instead of proposing to DeAnna, Brad told her he couldn’t look her in the eye and tell her that he loved her. Instead, he had to say goodbye.
Bachelor viewers were shocked. No one had ever done this before. He was vilified as the most hated Bachelor ever. Even Ellen DeGeneres called Brad a “jerk.” DeAnna went on to be the Season 4 Bachelorette and spent a lot of her season comparing guys to Brad, with Brad as the example of how not to act.