Bachelor in Paradise fans assumed Ivan Hall was leaving during the Sept. 28 episode, but no one could’ve anticipated the events that led to why.
Right before the rose ceremony, bartender Wells Adams pulled Aaron aside. He confronted him about the the night before, asking if there was anything Ivan wanted to tell him. Ivan immediately fessed up. While he and the cast were sheltering at a hotel to escape a tropical storm (a plot point from the previous episode), Ivan went to see Alexa Caves, a contestant from Peter’s Bachelor season who was being held at the same hotel. According to Ivan, he found a producer’s phone that just so happened to show Alexa’s room number (or phone number, it’s unclear), so he decided to meet up with her, breaking the show’s rules.
“I shouldn’t have gone around the system,” Ivan confessed to the group before the rose ceremony before announcing that he was leaving. Naturally, Twitter had a lot to say about the scandal.
Some couldn’t help but poke fun at Ivan’s story that the producer’s phone just happened to be open to Alexa’s details, thinking that maybe the producers set him up.
Even before the big revelation, Ivan was already caught in a lie in the episode. When he got in trouble with Aaron for making a move on Chelsea, he kept reiterating that it was her who approached him. Viewers, however, were privy to the truth even before Chelsea cleared it up as producers showed the clip of the actual conversation where it was clearly Ivan who pulled Chelsea aside. ABC has receipts.
Many couldn’t help but stan Riley who voiced out his disappointment to Ivan after he found out what happened. “I’m disappointed in you,” he told Ivan, but hugged his friend goodbye anyway. Even the official BiP Twitter account couldn’t help but weigh in, writing, “Friends keep friends accountable.”
Other users couldn’t believe that Ivan’s roommate Noah didn’t seem to know that he exited their room at some point in the night. “Wait Noah… weren’t you Ivan’s roommate?” user BrettSVergara mused.
Others recalled that Ivan was a former fan favorite touted to be the next possible Bachelor. “ABC showing us why they didn’t make these men the next Bachelor,” one savage user said of Ivan and Brendan.