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Twitter users SLAM packed Bachelorette finale amid surge in COVID-19

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/22/2021 Tracy Wright For

ABC producers were forced to scramble to provide masks for audience members during the Bachelorette finale after Twitter users set social media alight with criticism upon seeing a mask-less audience amid surging cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles.

The After the Final Rose event was hosted by Kaitlyn Bristowe, and filmed in front of a live studio audience in Los Angeles without a mask in sight.

Her co-host, Tayshia Adams, had already been forced to cancel her hosting responsibilities last minute due to a COVID exposure in New York.

The sea of mask-less audience members caused shockwaves online, with one Twitter user calling out the 'superspreader event' as the Omicron variant surges across the country with 3,052 new cases of coronavirus reported in Los Angeles yesterday, per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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The show began with Kaitlyn standing in front of the audience wearing a sparkling gold dress and tending to her hosting responsibilities per usual. 

Halfway through the show, Bristowe jumped back on to announce: 'We have seen a lot of chatter online, so just so we’re clear, everyone around me has tested negative. But just to exercise additional caution, our audience will remain masked throughout the rest of the show.'

But the damage had already been done and Twitter users were not happy. 


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'The #bachelorette producers after reading #BachelorNation's tweets about the audience not wearing masks at the live super-spreader show,' one user tweeted with an Oprah meme dolling out masks. 

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'Twitter really bullied the bachelorette into making the live audience put masks on,' @afterglowgrande wrote. 

'LMAO did twitter force them to mask everyone in the room?!' another user wrote. 

'Our audience will remain masked throughout the rest of the show" THANK YOU REALITY TV JESUS (though it's probably too late tbh),' @KristenGBaldwin added. 

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It's unclear policies and protocols surrounding ABC's coronavirus testing or vaccination policies for this specific live taping.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded more than 200 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID, which is roughly 60 percent of the US population. 

Michelle Young and Nayte Olukoya made their public debut as an engaged couple after an emotional season 18. 

'I'm happy. I'm happy. I'm happy. It's been a long time coming, so I'm excited for this,' Nayte said. 

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