Bachelorette’s Brooke Blurton Responds To The Show’s Dismal Reviews

Bachelorette Brooke Blurton says she doesn’t care if her season flops because representing indigenous and LGBTQI+ people on ‘mainstream TV’ is more important than ratings










Brooke Blurton has revealed that she wasn’t concerned about The Bachelorette’s poor ratings, and instead was more focused on the significance of the groundbreaking season.

The 26-year-old social worker was the show’s first indigenous and bisexual bachelor, with both men and women competing for her heart.

In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings don’t diminish what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV.

Making history: Brooke Blurton (pictured) has revealed she wasn’t concerned about The Bachelorette’s poor ratings, instead focusing more on the significance of the groundbreaking season

“I don’t like to think that I was only focused on the ratings, I was more focused on the progress and what that season meant for mainstream television,” she explained.

“We don’t see this kind of representation happening for one, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and two, minority groups like the LGBTQI+ community.

“I was really just focused on providing the right representation for both with integrity and the utmost respect, and I feel like I did.

Pioneer: The 26-year-old social worker was the show's first native and bisexual bachelorette, with both men and women competing for her heart

Pioneer: The 26-year-old social worker was the show’s first native and bisexual bachelorette, with both men and women competing for her heart

“I am so proud of the ground we have achieved this season. It was a real step forward. The network had a lot of faith in me, I had a lot of faith in the network.’

She added: ‘We wanted to produce something that [was] anything to get the love back into the brand.’

According to a report from Mumbrella on Friday, this year’s Bachelorette finale drew the smallest audience since the show’s start in Australia.

Pushing boundaries: In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings don't diminish what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV.  Pictured with winner Darvid Garayeli

Pushing boundaries: In an interview with news.com.au on Friday, Brooke said the disappointing ratings don’t diminish what a momentous step it was for mainstream TV. Pictured with winner Darvid Garayeli

It attracted 439,000 tube viewers in its final 15 minutes and 361,000 tube viewers in the run-up, making it the least-watched Bachelorette Australia final.

Last year’s finale with sisters Elly and Becky Miles drew 573,000 subway viewers, while Angie Kent’s 2019 season drew 992,000 subway viewers.

Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year’s final, told him she was in love with him and handed him a ring.

Fairytale ending: Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year's final, told him she was in love with him and handed him a ring

Fairytale ending: Brooke chose Darvid Garayeli in this year’s final, told him she was in love with him and handed him a ring

“From the moment I met you, I felt a lot of feelings. I felt calm, I felt familiar…” an emotional Brooke began.

“Look, I don’t know how to say this, but you came in here and you granted me three wishes. And I’ve got one left.’

Sobbing, she added, “Darvid, will you make me the happiest girl… I love you so much.”

“I don’t like to think I was just focused on the ratings, I was more focused on the progress and what that season meant for mainstream television,” she explained.

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