The Bachelors star responds to wild behind-the-scenes theory: ‘Actors’

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It has long been assumed that the most controversial or “villainous” contestants on reality TV have been hired by the show’s producers as paid actors for the sole purpose of creating drama.

This is exactly what some fans think happened on the tenth season of The Bachelors with the casting of Jessica Navin, who is in a polyamorous relationship outside of the show, and Tash Candyce, who abruptly left the mansion only to have her scare return days later.

Some fans are convinced that Jessica Navin and Tash Candyce are paid actors on The Bachelors. Photos: Channel 10

Earlier Bachelor education contestant Laura O’Loughlin, who was a fan favorite on Jimmy Nicholson’s 2021 season of the dating show, took to social media this week to reiterate this theory and explain the surprising reason why she thinks it’s true.

“I have every confidence that Jessica Navin and Tash Candyce are paid actors, plants, whatever you want to call them,” she said on her Instagram story.

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“It’s just, there are no other alternatives to me as to why their full names are used to refer to them. Like, when the girls and the boys refer to them, they say their full name. There is no other Jess and Tash.

“And both storylines are so chaotic, so it’s just interesting. It feels like using their full name was part of their “actor contract” to gain fame or whatever. Same as Damien John Kelly, who is Jessica’s “fake prop boyfriend” or whatever.

“It just feels like this is all staged for drama because their show is so boring otherwise.”

The Bachelor Laura O'Loughlin.

Former Bachelor star Laura O’Loughlin believes Jessica and Tash are actors because they are the only contestants referred to by their full names. Photo: Channel 10

‘publicity stunt’

Speak with yahoo lifestyle, Jessica and Tash’s co-star Krystal Thomas denies there were any paid actors on the show, but reveals why she thinks their full names were used.

“This is actually very interesting,” she says. “So in the first week of filming, we said their normal names, like Jessica and Tash, but I think one day Jessica said, ‘Oh, you guys should start calling me Jessica Navin’.

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“And then, upon reflection, we realized she’s just plugging in her name to get publicity! It’s a publicity stunt by both of them! You also say their names and Jessica Navin just rolls off the tongue and Tash Candyce rolls off the tongue.

She continues: “They’re both not my favorite people if I’m being honest, but I think it’s purely to let people know their names. That’s fine, go for it girls! It’s a brand!”

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