Rumored Colton Underwood Netflix sequence sparks backlash

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A web based petition urging Netflix to cancel its rumored actuality sequence starring Colton Underwood has amassed greater than 20,000 signatures and counting.

Shortly after the previous “Bachelor” star got here ahead as homosexual final week on “Good Morning America,” Selection reported {that a} Netflix challenge documenting Underwood’s expertise as a homosexual man is at present in manufacturing. The Change.org marketing campaign cites stalking and harassment allegations leveled by Underwood’s ex, Cassie Randolph, as justification for scrapping the present.

“Cassie is a sufferer of Colton’s abuse, and he doesn’t deserve a platform in any method,” the outline reads. “No matter his sexuality, Colton shouldn’t be given a platform on account of his abusive, manipulative, and harmful conduct.”

Representatives for Underwood, Randolph and Netflix didn’t instantly reply Monday to the Los Angeles Instances’ requests for remark.

In 2019, Underwood offered his “closing rose” to Randolph through the twenty third season of “The Bachelor.” Although he didn’t suggest marriage on the TV present, the pair dated exterior of the ABC competitors program till their high-profile breakup in 2020.

After their break up, Randolph filed a restraining order in opposition to Underwood requesting that he stop harassing, surveilling and contacting her or taking any motion, instantly or by way of others, to succeed in her, in response to court docket paperwork obtained by The Instances.

Randolph later dropped the restraining order, however not earlier than she reportedly accused Underwood of stalking and harassing her with disturbing textual content messages, attaching a monitoring system to her automotive, showing uninvited at her L.A. condo and lurking round her mother and father’ Huntington Seaside residence, in response to TMZ.

In his intimate interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, former soccer participant Underwood apologized to Randolph for “how issues ended” between them and admitted he “made lots of unhealthy selections.”

“It’s laborious for me to articulate precisely what my feelings had been and going by way of that relationship together with her was, as a result of I clearly had an inner battle occurring,” Underwood instructed Roberts.

“I’d simply say that I’m sorry, from the underside of my coronary heart. I’m sorry for any ache and emotional stress I triggered. I want it wouldn’t have occurred the way in which it did. I want that I’d have been brave sufficient to repair myself earlier than I broke anyone else.”

By 8:30 a.m. Monday, about 20,500 folks had signed the digital petition demanding Netflix scrap its reported Underwood automobile co-starring Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy — billed by Selection as Underwood’s “information” to navigating life as a homosexual athlete. Netflix declined to touch upon the rumored challenge when reached final week by The Instances.

Skepticism concerning the reported Netflix deal, in addition to criticism surrounding court docket paperwork submitted by Randolph, have loomed over Underwood’s coming-out announcement because it aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The previous Oakland Raiders staff member has not commented publicly on both after telling Roberts he’s “the happiest and healthiest” he’s ever been.

“I’m nonetheless the identical Colton everyone met on TV,” he stated final week. “I’m nonetheless the identical Colton to my mates and my household, I simply occur to have the ability to share with folks now all of me. … I’m happy with that, you already know? I’m proud to be homosexual.”

Instances workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this report.

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