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Clayton Echard responds to criticism over attempting to give his first rose to a recently engaged contestant

Clayton Echard and Sally Carson on a couch
Clayton Echard makes a questionable first decision as The Bachelor. Pic credit: ABC

Clayton Echard has been met with more critique than love ever since it was announced that he’d be the next Bachelor. 

The criticism continued during The Bachelor Season 26 premiere when Clayton made a questionable decision early in the episode. 

Clayton caught wind of the jokes and flak he received over the first rose he attempted to hand out and had a response of his own. 

Clayton Echard confuses viewers by offering Salley Carson a rose 

Clayton Echard met droves of women during his first night as the Bachelor, but his encounter with one woman occurred before the cocktail party even had a chance to begin. 

Despite recently being engaged, Salley Carson came onto The Bachelor, seemingly thinking she might be ready to get back into the dating game. Salley’s breakup with her ex-fiance was still so raw and fresh that their wedding registry is still available online. 

With filming of The Bachelor falling on what would’ve been Salley’s wedding date, she was forced to realize that she might not be ready to strike up a whole new relationship just yet. Salley decided to talk with Clayton in his hotel room ahead of opening night. She essentially expressed how torn she felt being with Clayton while still mourning the breakup from her recent serious relationship. 

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