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Editor James Bennett's column: Promising 'Bachelor' season ends with everyone's heart broken

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Bachelor Matt James reveals why he broke things off with Rachael Kirkconnell after photos of her at an antebellum South-themed party surfaced on social media. (Craig Sjodin /ABC)

This season’s episodes of “The Bachelor” were supposed to be groundbreaking and historic with Matt James cast in the lead role.

It turned out messier than a preschooler’s bedroom after playtime, temporarily costing longtime show host Chris Harrison his job, winner Rachael Kirkconnell her reputation and exposing James as one of the most disappointing bachelors in franchise history.

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ABC's Chris Harrison announced he was "stepping aside" temporarily from his role as host of "The Bachelor" franchise. Matt James, left, was this season's bachelor. (ABC)

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Michelle Young was runner-up on Matt James' season of "The Bachelor" and was chosen to be "The Bachelorette" for Season 19. (ABC)

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Emmanuel Acho hosts "After The Final Rose" on Monday night. (ABC)

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Airline pilot Peter Weber narrowed his finalists to contestants Hannah Ann Sluss, left, and Madison Prewett in 2020. (ABC)

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Katie Thurston, right, and Michelle Young, left, have been given their own seasons of "The Bachelorette." ABC ordered two new seasons of "The Bachelorette," with season 17 starring Thurston and season 18 starring Young. (ABC)

James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or jbennett@annistonstar.com.