Bachelor producers slammed for picking 'dull' Clayton Echard as next lead before Michelle Young sends him home
BACHELOR fans have slammed producers for picking "dull" Clayton Echard as the next lead.
Clayton was announced as the latest Bachelor in September, but fans were reminded of how "boring" he is when Michelle Young sent him home on The Bachelorette this week.
Clayton was eliminated on Tuesday night along with Rick, Olu and Martin.
The NFL star, 28, broke down in tears after being sent home in the middle of his romantic one-on-one date with Michelle.
Viewers at home were less than impressed with his emotional display, with some considering him "fake" and others calling him "dull".
One wrote on Instagram: "The obvious attempt to play up Clayton left me nauseous the entire episode. Boring as all hell and so contrived."
Another wrote: "Clayton is still very boring but maybe they wanted to play it safe?"
"There’s nothing wrong with Clayton there’s just nothing super special about him. Just dull," a third viewer posted.
He also failed to make an impression with his debut on Michelle's season last month, with fans comparing him to Colton Underwood – and not in a good way.
When he first met Michelle, he walked up to her with a hand behind his back.
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After an awkward one-handed hug, he said: "To no surprise, I hear that you're a teacher."
Michelle confirmed: "I am."
Clayton said: "I used to be a student. From time to time I found myself getting in trouble due to my behavior."
He continued, "In case if I get out of line, I brought you something," and produced a ruler, hinting that she could hit him with it.
Variety reported on September 15, 2021, that Missouri native Clayton will be the new Bachelor.
“Clayton stood out right off the bat,” an insider told Us Weekly at the time.
“Producers ended up going with him because they believed he was the best fit for the role.
"They wanted to switch things up and go with someone new and someone who hasn’t been in the spotlight yet.”
Clayton was spotted filming for season 26 in his hometown of Eureka.
The former professional football player said at the time: "I’m excited. I’m also very, very nervous, and I’m looking to find my person.”
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