Clayton Echard Weighs In on ‘Boring’ Bachelor Zach, Future Leads

From one “boring Bachelor” to a different? Clayton Echard revealed he spoke to Zach Shallcross as season 27 of The Bachelor airs.

“I used to be the ‘boring Bachelor’ till I wasn’t within the final three episodes,” Clayton, 29, mentioned on Us Weekly’s “Right here for the Proper Causes” podcast. “I hated the phrase boring as a result of I had an insecurity of not feeling adequate after I was youthful and all the time being a people-pleaser … It stung after I was known as the ‘boring Bachelor,’ however what I came upon was I’d reasonably be often known as the ‘boring Bachelor’ than often known as the piece of you understand what or the d-bag Bachelor or [a] horrible human being. I’d reasonably individuals simply name me boring than begin to assault my character.”

The 180 Levels: On Psychological Well being, Mindfulness, and Unlocking Self-Perception creator recalled his dialog with Zach, 26.

Clayton Echard and Zach Shallcross
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“I mentioned, ‘Hey, being the ‘boring Bachelor,’ it’s not enjoyable, however when you’re assured in who you’re, it gained’t sting you as a lot because it did me. You’ll be quite a bit happier to stroll away with a real love connection or with simply an expertise being often known as boring than being completely thrown [and] fed to the wolves and torn aside and going by means of this psychological wrestle of individuals telling you to kill your self and all this negativity,’” he defined. “I’m like, ‘Dude, be boring. You’ll be so grateful to be boring on the finish of it.’”

Clayton additionally agreed that Bachelor Nation might be onerous to fulfill.

“Should you took the destructive feedback from what he’s getting and my destructive feedback and also you blended them up after which I threw ’em on the market and mentioned, ‘Do you suppose this got here towards Zach [or] towards me?’ You wouldn’t be capable of inform. They’re actually the very same factor,” he mentioned. “[And] our tales are precisely the alternative proper now, from a TV standpoint, and but it’s all the identical.”

Whereas followers know that Clayton’s season took a dramatic flip when he fell in love together with his three finalists — and slept with two of them — Zach has been fast to ship dwelling any “villains” and declared his season was a drama-free, “no bulls—t” version of the present that ends in a “actual” love story. Clayton informed Us that there’s a number of causes somebody might be deemed a “boring” lead.

“There have been leads previously that have been tremendous calculated, [who] know all of the ins and outs they usually performed that sport of, ‘How can I finest put myself on the market the place I can look my finest? I’ll do no matter it takes.’ And that calculation might be become boring. It may be boring, or it’s simply learn by an viewers the place they’re like, ‘This isn’t genuine,’” Clayton informed Us, including that some former leads have been accused of “working” with producers. “They have been tremendous calculated and as time goes, [fans are] like, ‘What we noticed on TV versus who you’re totally different individuals.’ … After my season, I talked to quite a lot of males that had come off [the show] they usually have been like, ‘I don’t need something to do with that as a result of after what you went by means of, I don’t wanna topic myself to that.’ … I believe this can be a very secure season proper now with Zach. He’s doing it very nicely. However you see what occurs after they’re not reckless — I imply, I wasn’t purposely reckless — however while you’re taking part in it secure, it doesn’t translate to entertaining usually.”

Clayton added that “everyone thinks drama” after they consider The Bachelor, regardless of some followers insisting on wanting a love story. He additionally wouldn’t be stunned if individuals began turning down the gig increasingly.

“I don’t actually suppose anybody actually thinks of a love story, truthfully. I imply, there are some that come out of it. … However most instances when individuals consider The Bachelor, they suppose, ‘Good wanting individuals which might be dramatic.’ And that’s form of what the present is,” he mentioned. “If you would like that, although, you gotta enable individuals to make errors with out principally placing them out on the chopping block and feeding them to the wolves. And that’s the place it’s change into so nasty on-line. I believe you’re seeing extra individuals which might be like, ‘I don’t actually wish to be the following lead or no matter as a result of I don’t wish to topic myself to this as a result of why would I?’ The influencer age is dying on high of that. … The danger isn’t definitely worth the reward [anymore]. Why would I get ripped to shreds for a pair model offers that may pay my payments for a 12 months?”

For extra from Clayton, hearken to Us Weekly’s “Right here for the Proper Causes” podcast. The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.