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Here’s Why the Bachelor Is Not Allowed to Give His Jacket to the Women on the Show

A producer on The Bachelor wants you to know that Peter Weber is a chivalrous dude who would totally give his jacket to his date if she were cold. He’s just not supposed to.

No, I’m not joking. The reason Pilot Pete is never caught on camera pulling this particular rom-com move is simple: It looks “silly.” The question was raised by a concerned Entertainment Weekly reporter who noticed Madison was cold in the latest episode of The Bachelor—you know, the one where she dipped after finding out he slept with another contestant during Fantasy Suite week.

“The Bachelor nearly always offers his jacket to every shivering woman sitting in front of him,” the producer told EW. “But [we] tell him not to, because it looks so damn silly.”

But it’s the next part of the source’s statement that sends me. Apparently, pashminas are kept on-site to avoid multiple shots of “a small woman draped in an enormous blazer.” A. Small. Woman. Draped. In. An. Enormous. Blazer. I’m getting that tattooed on my shoulder to remind me to always bring a coat to my next breakup with a partner who’s dating two other women.

You can have my arms to protect you from the cold…as a treat.

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This is far from the biggest controversy the producers have faced this week. Fans were not impressed by the unprecedented choice to have the three remaining women live together during the Fantasy Suite dates. Chris Harrison explained that the goal was to create an “uncomfortable zone” that would force Madison to be honest with Peter about her virginity and her opposition to staying in the competition should he choose to sleep with Victoria F. or Hannah Ann.

“Sometimes we do it for your behalf; sometimes we do it for the guys or the girls,” he said on the Bachelor Happy Hour podcast. “This situation was pretty extraordinary because Peter had kicked the can down the road, but also, this time Madison had. So this was to force a situation that had to happen, and it had to happen this week.”

No word yet on whether or not Madison returns to the show before Peter gets down on one knee (all signs point to yes). Wherever she is, I hope she’s warm.

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