Bachelorette Season 1’s Trista Sutter on Show’s Handling of Eric Hill’s Death
ABC was in an unprecedented position during this season of The Bachelorette with figuring out how it should handle the untimely death of Eric Hill. The handsome world traveler, who was eliminated during Episode 4 of Andi Dorfman’s season, died in a tragic paragliding accident just a few weeks after her left the series. When news of the accident broke, it led those tracking the show’s production to wonder just how much footage — if any at all — producers would choose to show of Eric’s time on the series.
Trista Sutter, the O.G. Bachelorette, is now weighing in on how she think producers did in their quest to walk the line between tasteful and tacky when it came time to air Eric’s scenes. In an interview with Parade, T.Sutts says she’s happy with how producers handled the tragedy.
“I’m glad they edited the show to still include him because they could have just not included him in the show. It obviously was part of the process for Andi and I think it would have been unfair to not include him even if it was hard for people to see,” says Trista.
But our gal Trist didn’t like that producers chose to forego the Rose Ceremony for the episode in which Eric got eliminated in favor of a sit down interview between Andi and Chris Harrison. “I know that they were doing it in a way to honor him, but it just felt odd to me...to get rid of the rose ceremony seemed off.”