The July 7 episode of The Bachelorette was sure to divide viewers right from the beginning. While still filming Hometown Dates, Andi Dorfman and her remaining four men learned of the untimely death of Eric Hill, the adventure traveler who exited the show just a few weeks prior. Cameras filmed the cast first learning of the sad news, and the question on everyone’s mind: Just how much of the cast’s reaction to the tragedy should producers have shown?

According to Jason and Molly Mesnick, ABC went too far with the footage it aired. In their podcast, the married Bachelor alumni called producers out for acting in poor taste. Molly said that while she was watching the scene unfold, she kept wondering to herself, “Why did they air this? They didn’t need to air any of this. I thought it was bizarre and unnecessary, and it could have been kept as a private moment.”

Jason agreed, saying his thoughts were of Eric’s family. “I thought it was probably a little bit insensitive to show that … All I can feel is for his family. His family is having to relive all this stuff again.”

Cameras rolled for several minutes as Andi, along with final four Josh Murray, Nick Viall, Chris Soules, and Marcus Grodd, absorbed the shock of the news. Viewers saw producers comforting the cast, Marcus leaving the room to catch a moment alone, and Andi repeatedly bursting into tears. The scene — and the aftershocks from it felt at the Rose Ceremony — lasted for the entire last quarter of the episode, definitely placing a dark cloud over the frivolity of Hometown Dates.

What did you think of how ABC handled the news of Eric’s passing? Should they have showed the footage or not? Tell us in the comments.

Source: Jason and Molly’s podcast