Any local viewers of ABC's The Bacherlorette were sure to notice a break in Monday night's program. Towards the end of the show (right before the rose ceremony) WMAR meteorologist—and Baltimore Top Single—Wyatt Everhart interrupted programming to update viewers about a tornado warning in Harford County. After showing several doppler maps and storm footage, they returned to The Bacherlorette after the rose ceremony and viewers didn't know who she elminated.
To most people this would seem like a normal occurence: The National Weather Service issues a severe warning and it's a meteorologist's job to inform his viewers. However, many Bacherlotette fans were livid. Some sample Facebook posts I saw: "You're ruining my show!" and "I might put my head through the TV making it the most dramatic rose ceremony ever."
So I contacted Everhart to see what kind of backlash he received and his reaction to the whole thing. "Yes, we did definitely get some negative feedback from viewers," he said. "I can tell you if you do TV weather long enough, it's only a matter of time before you will end up having to cover breaking weather and interrupt programming during something quite popular, (the worst time is typically the end of a live sports event). This time, it happened to be The Bachelorette, an event in its own right."
Everhart then went on to say that he actually received a lot of positive feedback, as well. "We got very supportive comments from viewers, especially in the Harford County area where the rotating cloud/tornado warning was located. And, of course, you always have to think, the one time you decide not to break in with live weather coverage, that's going to be the time a tornado touches down."
He also ended on a note that makes us think he just might be a fan of the reality show: "At least it wasn't the season finale," he said, "when she makes her final choice!"
For the record (and spoiler alert!), Ashley eliminated Ryan and Lucas.
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