Resurfaced footage of Billy Eichner suggesting that Colton Underwood may be ‘the first gay Bachelor’ has gone viral just hours after the former reality star publicly came out during an emotional interview with Good Morning America.
Eichner, 42, had a brief cameo on The Bachelor in 2019 when Underwood, 29, was looking for love on the show’s 23rd season. In the awkward clip, the comedian hinted that Underwood was gay, leaving the former football player looking like a deer in headlights.
The Billy on the Street star was playfully poking fun at Underwood for being a virgin, but the conversation took turn when The Bachelor star asked him what he looks for in a partner.
‘I’m gay. I know that’s a shock, Colton. And that I think you should look into,’ Eichner joked, adding: ‘Maybe you’re the first gay Bachelor and we don’t even know!’
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Looking back: Resurfaced footage of Billy Eichner suggesting Colton Underwood may be ‘the first gay Bachelor’ has gone viral just hours after the former reality star publicly came out
Appearance: The 42-year-old comedian had a brief cameo on The Bachelor in 2019 when Underwood was looking for love on the show’s 23rd season
Underwood was at a loss for words and just laughed off the comment, but the panic in his eyes was visible. He had a smile plastered onto his face when the video cut to the female contestants competing in a camp-themed challenge to win a date with him.
Twitter user Ryan Schocket shared the clip shortly after Underwood came out on GMA, writing: ‘The panic in Colton Underwood… every gay has felt this.’
‘Oof this hit deep and I don’t even follow the bachelor universe,’ someone else agreed. ‘The absolute terror he must’ve been going through at this moment.’
Another commented: ‘Damn he must’ve been SHOOK.’
Others joked that Eichner was a soothsayer, with one person tweeting: ‘Can you give me tonight’s lottery numbers, @billyeichner.’
Words: When Underwood asked Eichner what he looks for in a partner, the actor replied: ‘I’m gay. I know that’s a shock, Colton. And that I think you should look into’
Awkward: ‘Maybe you’re the first gay Bachelor and we don’t even know,’ Eichner added, making Underwood visibly uncomfortable
Hard to handle: Underwood was at a loss for words and just laughed off the comment, but the panic in his eyes was visible
Underwood came out as gay on Wednesday during an interview with Good Morning America, revealing that he attempted suicide while struggling to come to terms with his sexuality.
‘Obviously, this year’s been a lot for a lot of people and it’s probably made a lot of people look themselves in the mirror and figure out who they are and what they’ve been running from or putting off in their lives and for me, I’ve ran from myself for a long time. I’ve hated myself for a long time,’ he told Robin Roberts.
‘I’m gay, and I came to terms with that earlier this year and have been processing it,” he continued. ‘The next step in all of this was letting people know. I’m still nervous, but yeah, it’s been a journey. I’m emotional, but I’m emotional in such a good, happy, positive way.’
When asked whether he ever attempted to harm himself, Underwood — who was known to many as the ‘virgin Bachelor’ after revealing during The Bachelorette in 2018 that he had never had sex — admitted that he tried to take his own life.
‘There was a moment in LA [when] I woke up and I didn’t think I was going to wake up,’ he shared. ‘I didn’t have the intentions of waking up and I did.’
Coverup: The former Bachelor star had a smile plastered onto his face when the video cut to the female contestants competing in a camp-themed challenge to win a date with him
Reactions: Members of the LGBTQ community have tweeted about the terror Underwood must have felt in that moment, while others joked that Eichner is soothsayer
Underwood first appeared on ABC franchise in 2018 as a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s season of The Bachelorette, during which he revealed to her that he was a virgin. That same year, he appeared on Bachelor in Paradise and was later chosen to be The Bachelor.
He explained that he thought being chosen for the show was a sign from God that he was meant to be straight.
‘I literally remember praying to God the morning I found out that I was a Bachelor and thanking him for making me straight,’ he recalled.
‘I remember that vividly, saying, like, “Finally, you’re letting me be straight. Finally, you’re giving me a wife, a fianceé, and then I’m going to have the kids, and then I’m going to have the house and then I’m gonna have all this.”‘
Underwood, who grew up Catholic, said he has ‘known he was different since the age of six’ and realized he was gay when he was a freshman in high school — but he felt he had to suppress his sexuality because he’d always been taught it was ‘a sin.’
Bombshell: Underwood came out as gay in an emotional interview in Good Morning America on Wednesday, revealing that hiding his sexuality left him feeling suicidal
Hidden: The 29-year-old ex-NFL player was known as ‘the virgin Bachelor’ when he starred on the show in 2019, during which he named Cassie Randolph has his chosen winner (pictured)
Apology: The Illinois native said that he was sorry for all of the women he ‘misled’ during his time on the Bachelor franchise
He issued an apology to the women that he dated and ‘misled’ during his time on The Bachelor franchise, as well as the viewers who — as Roberts noted — ‘were cheering him on and wanting him to find love.’
He added that his relationship with Cassie Randolph — the woman whom he chose at the end of The Bachelor and lost his virginity to on the show — made his struggle with his sexuality even ‘harder and more confusing’ because he ‘loved everything about her.’
‘I would just say that I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry for any pain and emotional stress I caused. I wish it wouldn’t have happened the way it did. I wish that I would have been courageous enough to fix myself before I broke anybody else.’
The former Bachelor said that he had privately come out to his closest friends and family and has received a wealth of ‘love and support,’ although he did not reveal whether he had spoken to his ex-girlfriends personally about his sexuality before appearing on GMA.
Struggle: Underwood admitted his struggle with his sexuality drove him to attempt suicide, explaining that there was a ‘moment in LA… [when he] didn’t have the intentions of waking up’
Happy: Underwood received support from Eichner, who congratulated him on coming out on Twitter on Wednesday
‘I’ve had sort of a range of responses and the underlining most common one was almost like, “I wish you would have told me sooner,”‘ he said. ‘When I hear that, I wish I would have had faith in my friends and family a little more.
‘My dad, I told him and his reaction was sort of the same: “I wish you would have trusted me sooner,” but then he followed it up with, “How can I help you? How can I help take this off your plate? Who can I tell?”
‘That was more meaningful than I love you. The only reason I’m sitting down is because I have the love and support of my friends and family.’
Underwood also received support from Eichner, who congratulated him on coming out on Twitter on Wednesday in response to the clip of them together going viral.
‘I’m happy for @colton. If you’re gay, be gay! I’ve been gay forever & I love it!’ he wrote, adding in a subsequent tweet: ‘Here’s how Hollywood works: Colton’s gonna get a GLAAD Award before I do.’