'Bachelorette' Viewers Annoyed by Trump's SCOTUS Pick Interruption

Viewers of the ABC reality series were more interested in the dating show than the president's announcement.
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Becca Kufrin on 'The Bachelorette'

The Bachelorette was preempted for a more important rose ceremony on Monday night — President Donald Trump making his pick for Supreme Court nominee — and viewers of the long-running ABC franchise were not pleased.

During the primetime TV announcement, Trump chose Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending weeks of speculation and debate over a decision that could tip the court to a conservative majority for years to come.

Bachelorette viewers, however, were less interested in the update and took to Twitter to voice complaints about the 20-minute news break, despite the episode still airing in its entirety. The announcement interrupted the ABC reality dating competition at 9 p.m. ET; The Bachelorette, now in its 14th season with lead Becca Kufrin, airs from 8 to 10 p.m.

Franchise host Chris Harrison had warned viewers — who are collectively referred to as Bachelor Nation — about the planned pause in the show ahead of time in a bid to avoid a repeat of last month's summit episode. Trump's historic meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un similarly interrupted the June 11 episode of The Bachelorette and viewers were much displeased on social media. 

"Here’s my PSA for #BachelorNation," Harrison tweeted earlier on Monday. "@abcnews will be cutting in at 9/8 ET/CT tonight for SCOTUS announcement. #TheBachelorette will be 'paused' and seen in its entirety. Now go have a great day and I’ll see you tonight!"

Though the episode was set to air in full, Harrison added an extra reminder, "To be safe you should extend your recordings of #TheBachelorette tonight by 30 minutes."

See some of the reactions on social media below.