Bachelor Nation: Top 3 worst couples in franchise history

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Bachelor Nation has had some pretty horrible couples since it first premiered–here are our top 3.

Bachelor Nation’s Nick Viall recently gave an interview with Us Weekly for their “Candlelight Confessions” segment. Viall (whose face looks even more amazing than usual with an added candlelight glow) was asked to name the worst couple in Bachelor Nation history.

Now, obviously Nick took the safe route in a diplomatic attempt to not throw any Bachelor Nation couples under the bus, but since I’m an avid Viall fan and actually truly enjoyed him and Vanessa as a couple, at least at first, I’m begging to disagree.

I lit some candles of my own and took a close candlelit look at the truly worst couples in the franchise’s history. Now, I’m only counting couples who made it off the show intact. Otherwise, this article would just be a huge picture of Nicole and Clay.

If you want to check out Viall’s interview with US Weekly, take a peek at the video below!

Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images: Ben Flajnik & Courtney Robertson
Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images: Ben Flajnik & Courtney Robertson /

Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson

I have to admit, I actually kind of liked Courtney on the show. I enjoyed her wry commentary and how she never took things too seriously. However, although I never got on the ‘We Hate Courtney’ bandwagon, she and Ben as a couple just didn’t work.

When a couple has already broken up once before “After The Final Rose”, not to mention are both in tears onstage, something isn’t working. Courtney wanted Ben to stand up for her (not a huge ask—he was literally her fiance), and Ben wanted Courtney to… not have acted how she acted. I sometimes wonder what would have happened if Ben had taken some sort of moral stand and not watched the season back. I guess we’ll never know!

Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra: Brad Womack
Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra: Brad Womack /

Brad Womack and Emily Maynard

Disclaimer: I love Emily Maynard. I just didn’t love her and Brad together. Who can forget the awkward picnic in the park when Brad met “Little Ricki” and gave her a kite? Also, Brad never seemed to look at Emily when he spoke, and Emily said she felt like “a dime a dozen” looking back on their relationship.

The thing I disliked most about this couple is that their coupling brought out the worst in them both. Their relationship seemed to tamp down Emily’s hilarious personality, which, thankfully, we got to see in full force during her turn as The Bachelorette. It also seemed to bring out a somewhat angry side of Brad, as we saw on AFR when the couple referenced the volatile fights they’d been having.

All in all, when one member of the couple breaks up with the other by copying her on an email to producers, that earns them a spot in the worst couples ever.

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(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Montblanc): Jack Pavelka and Vienna Girardi /

Jack Pavelka and Vienna Girardi 

Ah, our first pilot Bachelor. Their relationship made me want to get in a plane myself and fly off to a far and distant land. This Bachelor Nation couple makes the other two on this list look like they should be teaching Marriage Boot Camp.

Who can forget the amazingly uncomfortable breakup interview with Chris Harrison? When Jake brandished his hand at Vienna with a forceful, “Please stop interrupting me,” I’m pretty sure Chris Harrison almost called security. At least everyone made it out with their lives.

If you want to check out Viall’s interview with US Weekly, take a peek at the video below!

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Which Bachelor Nation couple falls under this list? Did we miss anyone? Tell us in the comments below!