“Bachelorette” Contestant Eric Hill Passes Away

April 23rd, 2014 | 20 Comments | Posted in The Bachelorette 10 - Andi

In all my years covering this show, I’ve never really had to deal with something quite like this. None of us have. For those who weren’t directed over here today from Twitter or Facebook, contestant Eric Hill, who was in a terrible paragliding accident on Easter Sunday, passed away last night in a Utah hospital, this according to his sister Karen, who took to her Facebook page this morning to share the horrible news. I’m not going to begin to pretend I know anything about who this guy is, because I don’t know anything more than what is out there on a basic internet search, but you can see for yourself this is definitely a guy who lived life to its fullest. Before he passed yesterday, not only had Eric gone to film the “Bachelorette” in March & April, but he also was in the middle of starring in his own documentary (“The Global Odyssey”) where he planned on visiting all 195 U.N. recognized countries by 2016, which he was blogging about on his site, GoWithEric.com. By what I can see, he had already accomplished visiting 50 of them since starting last year. So lets not just pigeonhole Eric Hill as a “contestant on the upcoming Bachelorette,” because he was much more than that. The “Bachelorette” is just something to add to his already impressive resume. I’d say he was a son, a brother, a world traveler and a philanthropist much more than he was a reality show contestant. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who are grieving over his death.

Being that covering this show is my job, unfortunately I must now look ahead and talk about how the show handles this whole situation. And right now, I don’t think anyone knows since ABC hasn’t released the cast names yet, nor acknowledged this has happened. I would expect that to come soon and I will notify you via Twitter and Facebook once they release a statement. With that said, there are so many different ways to look at how this will be handled, and it looks like ABC is in a no-win situation. Some will think they should show his footage from his time on the show, and others will think it’s insensitive. Then if you break that down even further, if they do show all his time on the show, how will his death affect his edit? I gotta imagine any footage of they show of him will be positive. In the meantime, here are just a few of the questions I’m pondering while thinking about this whole situation:

-When will ABC acknowledge it and how?
-Considering filming is still in progress, and Andi’s final 4 rose ceremony is tonight, have they told Andi? Have they told the 4 guys left?
-If they did tell Andi, did they tell her before yesterday’s hometown date with Marcus (which I had the pleasure of viewing a lot of. Check my twitter account for pictures)?
-If they haven’t told her yet, do they tell her after she makes her decision tonight, or, do they wait until after the show is completely done filming before they tell her?
-If Andi does know at any point from here on out, how does this affect her emotionally?
-Does this delay filming at all?
-Does ABC foot the bill for any of the guys this season that want to attend any funeral services?
-Do they have something on screen before every episode this season (until he’s gone) mentioning Eric, or do they just do it before his first episode and his last episode?
-Is it the family’s decision how much of Eric gets shown, or because he signed a contract to appear, do they own his rights and is it up to ABC how they want to depict him?
-He had the first 1-on-1 of the season as we know. Do they show it at all?
-How do they handle his elimination?

If Eric was a contestant who never made it past night one, I’m sure there would be an “In Memoriam” at the beginning of the episode, they’d show his limo entrance and probably not much else, he wouldn’t get a rose at the end of the night and they could be done with it. The fact he gets the first 1-on-1 date of the season, plus makes it far enough to where he starts traveling with them, I just don’t know how much they are going to show. It’s a very sticky situation and you’re never going to please everybody. Some will say they should show him on the show as a celebration of his life, and there are others who will think it’s too much too soon and he shouldn’t be shown at all.

For me, the biggest thing right now in regards to his edit on the show is his exit. I was going to spoil it tomorrow with a few other things, but after this awful tragedy, it’s now brought to the forefront. I can tell you this: Eric did not get eliminated at a rose ceremony. I’m aware of the circumstances surrounding his exit, but since I have no idea what’s going to air, I will hold off until I see what ABC chooses to air. Very curious to see what they do with his exit. If it was a regular rose ceremony and he didn’t get a rose, then it’d be easy to hide. You’d basically just see him not getting a rose and they probably wouldn’t have shown his exit interview. However, it happens before a rose ceremony takes place and it’s not under normal circumstances, so, do they just cut that part out and never address it, or do they show you what happened? I don’t know. I guess we’ll see come June when that episode airs.

Once again, thoughts and prayers with Eric’s family and friends at this time. Losing a child has got to be one of the worst things a parent can ever go through, and now they have to deal with all this that comes afterwards. Hopefully they can get through it during this very difficult time.

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20 thoughts on ““Bachelorette” Contestant Eric Hill Passes Away

  1. R.I.P. Eric Hill.. so sorry that you passed whilst doing what you truly loved to do… Life is not fair sometimes..
    I, too, have some very adventurous brothers and I can only imagine the pain his family is going through. You cheer them on, you are proud, yet you worry about that spirit that moves them towards the more dangerous aspects in this world.

    it seems to me that Reality Steve ought to convey to the audience what were the circumstances of his exit. Just plain talk, black and white. Otherwise, we are all left to speculate, and we know that doesn’t honor the deceased. If it was a negative exit, then, perhaps, all the better to spill it and let the healing begin. I’d much rather hear it from Steve than ABC! What if Eric never spoke to anyone of his exit, honoring his contract, and now, they, too, are wondering what might become of his public image when the show airs..?
    Steve, if it were my brother, I would want to know, so we could seek conciliation.

    Condolences to his family and friends.

  2. Wow, you really do have a heart! (somewhere in there) Really this was a very sensitive and thoughtful post. Not that this situation calls for any snark, but you seem to have gone out of your way to write something very, very kind.

    Looking forward to you turning back into a dick in a month or so! ;-)

  3. I don’t see why ABC wouldn’t show the complete footage of this man’s time on the show. I’m sure they’ll confer with his family and abide by their wishes. He seems to have been a great guy and I’m sure his family would love the opportunity to share him with the world even if it’s via The Bachelorette.

    I’m also guessing his departure from the show wasn’t anything controversial, salacious or anything beyond the usual of this show. He probably just didn’t think Andi was for him and had had enough…..obviously he had much better things going on with his documentary.

  4. I think you should reveal the circumstances of his exit from the show. This post was handled with taste and I think as long as you stick to the facts of what happened on the show, it would be okay to post how he left.

    Condolences to his family and friends. Such a tragic loss for those who knew him.

  5. Apparently Chris Harrison was on the View this morning and Barbara Walters asked him how they will edit the show.

  6. I don’t think Chris knew then that Eric had died. It may have happened after the broadcast.

  7. Unfortunately, the news broke while Chris was on the View. I sent him a message via Twitter, so at some point during or immediately after the show, he found out, I am sure not just from me, but from many sources. It is such a tragic loss and yet I am so happy to see that Eric lived every day to the fullest! What a wonderful example of a kind and caring human being he was. I loved watching all of his videos on the Global Odyssey. It is worth watching for anyone who wants to learn what Eric was all about. A real gem of a human being! Steve, thank you for your timely post and for immediately sharing you caring thoughts. Regardless of his exit, I feel that his footage should be shown and his life should be honored in every way possible. I am sure that ABC and Chris Harrison will handle it with class and loving kindness.

  8. I thought Steve’s comments about this horrible situation were kind, thoughtful, and sensitive. Nice job Steve.

    Chris Harrison tweeted this about 15 min ago:
    On behalf of all of us at The Bachelor our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Eric Hill. He will be missed.

  9. I’m thinking Chris Harrison will make sure it’s handled as tastefully as possible. Regardless of what Fleiss & Co. want to do to capitalize on this tragedy, I don’t think Chris will let them cross the line. He spent time with Eric, and has a good heart. I imagine he feels terrible.

  10. Angel, Chris Harrison is the shows talking monkey. Nothing else. Fleiss will do whatever he wants, short of offending ABC. There is nothing to be gained by doing anything disrespectful. But, I doubt that Fleiss will be able to resist capitalizing on a possible ratings bonanza. So, they’ll play it up as much as they can and as tastefully as they can do it.

  11. Ok nice post except he didn’t pass away he died. Nobody passes away they die.

  12. Steve, I’m just in awe of your post today. You handled and wrote about this tragedy as a person with a heart, not as RS. Some things, like you said, are far more important than the Bachelorette.

    I don’t see anything to gain by essentially leaking knowledge about his exit, as you have no way of knowing ahead of time how this will play out. You’re doing the right thing by breaking your own rules, not spoiling it, and allowing the family and ABC to sort this out- it’s only out of selfish curiosity that any of us really want to know why or how he left, but we certainly don’t need to know. If the family wants it shown, then that’s up to them, but I am proud that you are withholding what you know and washing your hands of something you might say to hurt his reputation, or help it. It’s just not right either way. And I know it’s not in your nature to not spoil, so this truly shows a heartfelt, genuine respect towards Eric and his family.

    R.I.P., Eric. From all accounts, you were a wonderful person who will surely be missed. Prayers and love to the family and friends he leaves behind.

  13. maverick, what’s your point? “Passed away” is a more decent way of saying “died”. You, obviously, are not a nice person. Either way, Eric passed under extremely difficult circumstances. Have some dignity, would you please?

  14. Oh Dianne but you have opened yourself to being the example of someone not in reality. It is not a nice way of saying died it is in fact not dealing with the death. People who say that do not want to be where the grief or grieving are because they have their own unresolved issues with death. Death happens to everything that is living. When a tree dies, do you say that tree passed away? Hell no you say the tree died. Saying died or death or dead actually helps the acceptance of those who loved the person who, yep, died. I actually have worked in the death industry and I can’t even count the number of people who this has helped. And just so you know my friends and coworkers will tell you that I am the sweetest person they know…very loving giving and on and on. So then it is you that should have the dignity and guts to say that someone has died.

  15. Good grief! Are peeps really arguing over the words dead, died and passed away? Let’s put on our big girl/boy panties now ok?

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