Jordan Rodgers is believed to be a front-runner for “The Bachelorette” star JoJo Fletcher’s heart, but that may not be what he went on the popular ABC series to get.
Multiple sources have told Us Weekly that the former NFL hopeful appeared on Season 12 of “The Bachelorette” in hopes that he would not be chosen by JoJo, thereby giving him a shot to star on the next season of “The Bachelor,” where a flock of women vie for a chance to win one man’s affection.
The publication reports that Jordan knew in 2014, when he was cut from the Miami Dolphins, that sports would not skyrocket him to fame like his brother Aaron Rodgers. Still, Jordan had hopes of living a life in the spotlight, according to Us. In fact, sources claim he was “desperately” seeking fame and found an easy opportunity in “The Bachelorette.” What he did not plan on was being JoJo’s front-runner.
“He knew football wasn’t going to work out,” a source said. “And he wants to be famous desperately.”
Jordan’s intentions have been questioned several times on the show. During episode 6, contestant James Taylor seized the opportunity to use his one-on-one time with JoJo to discuss concerns he had about his competition. He suggested that Jordan was not being authentic. The synopsis for episode 7 suggests one of the men in the house will come forward with a “shocking admission” — could it be related?
This is hardly the first time Jordan has been called out on this season of “The Bachelorette.” On June 23, the California native spoke out amid accusations that he was active on a dating site while competing on the show. Jordan took to Twitter to declare that rumors regarding his online dating activity were “completely false.” He then provided a timeline of his use, revealing that his Raya account became inactive as soon as filming for “The Bachelorette” began and was deactivated when the show wrapped several months later.
Despite all the drama, many believe Jordan will be one of two men left standing when the time comes for JoJo to pick her suitor. A sneak preview for the finale shows JoJo reduced to tears while trying to choose her knight in shining armor. Neither of the final two contestants are shown in the clip, but a comment made by the “Bachelorette” star suggests she may be strongly considering picking Jordan. There is, however, something standing in her way.
“I fell in love with you,” she says. “And I still love you, but what you did to me ... it’s not right. But I wanted you to know it’s really hard for me not to accept this love.”
“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC. Whom do you think JoJo will pick?