Ben Higgins Calls for Change on 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' Amid Controversies

Season 20 Bachelor star Ben Higgins called for the popular franchise to change its casting process amid several controversies that have surfaced from Season 14 of The Bachelorette.

"I don't think it's fun for the show to have to deal with [these scandals]," Higgins, 29, told Entertainment Tonight Monday. "I do think it's time for them to change their ways, but I don't know if they even expected this would be the case."

Season 14 of The Bachelorette has spawned three controversial contestants, including Becca Kufrin's supposed husband-to-be Garrett Yrigoyen. Kufrin, 28, was forced to defend Yrigoyen, 29, after fans criticized him for allegedly liking multiple Instagram pictures about immigrants and members of the LGBTQ community. Kufrin's former suitor Lincoln Adim, 26, came under fire for being convicted of indecent assault and battery in May. Chris Randone, who was eliminated by Kufrin on Monday's episode, was accused of verbally abusive behavior on-air.

Bachelor nation has faced multiple scandals over the years. Season 12 of The Bachelorette introduced fans to contestant Chad Johnson and his frequent violent tactics, and Season 18 Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis was accused of making anti-gay comments in 2014. The most notable incident, however, surfaced in 2017 from Bachelor in Paradise Season 4. At the time, production shut down to investigate whether DeMario Jackson sexually assaulted fellow contestant Corinne Olympios. With these scandals in mind, Higgins called for the franchise's production company to conduct a deeper investigation into its potential contenders.

"You learn from your mistakes," Higgins explained. "I think now it's time for—and I'm sure they will—the production company to say, 'Let's dig in a little bit more on who we're putting on the show.' You don't want this stuff to continue to pop up."

Los Angeles Times writer Amy Kaufman's bestselling book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure, details the franchise's extensive application process that includes a medical exam. It was revealed that many interested candidates don't make it onto the series due to herpes, a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that accumulates an estimated 776,000 new infections annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The show, however, continues to come under fire for many other problematic issues.

Former Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, who has been engaged to fiancé Shawn Booth since Season 11 aired in 2015, spoke out against the franchise's place in today's climate.

"This sounds so weird and terrible to say, but it's time for The Bachelor to maybe move on," Bristowe, 33, told Entertainment Tonight in March. "Only because of the time we're living in...I shouldn't say I wish The Bachelor would end, because I still enjoy watching it, but it's a weird time to be watching this."

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'The Bachelor' star Ben Higgins said he wants the show to change amid multiple controversies that surfaced from Season 14 of 'The Bachelorette.' Here, Higgins is pictured participating in the 127th Tournament of Roses Parade presented by Honda on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
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