Channel 10 has edited out footage of Jessica Tomlinson from the new season of The Bachelor after she appeared on MAFS ‘unauthorised.’

If you think the sordid details are only abundant on-screen in the world of reality TV, you’re definitely missing out on a lot of backstage drama. In latest news, Channel 10 has decided to edit out a majority of footage starring Jessica Tomlinson on the new season of The Bachelor after the star allegedly ‘went rogue’ and appeared on MAFS

According to Daily Mail, Tomlinson’s appearance on MAFS was actually unauthorised, and thus ruffled quite a few feathers with the production team behind The Bachelor. Her contract, according to the source, states that she must not appear on any other show without explicit approval from the network. 

“Channel 10 and Warner Bros. are completely livid with the last-minute change after they noticed Nine was heavily featuring Jess in the ads for one of the MAFS weddings,” a source told Daily Mail

Tomlinson’s MAFS appearance was the highlight of the show’s latest storyline around its ‘biggest ever scandal’. In the clips, Tomlinson is shown pulling bride Bronte Schofield aside minutes before she walks down the aisle, only to tell her that she recognised her husband-to-be, Harrison Boon, as the guy her friend was hooking up with. 

Reporting on the scandal, So Dramatic! revealed that said friend had been seeing Boon until the day he left to film for the show. “He would message her and try and see her on weekends off,” the source wrote to So Dramatic

Tomlinson, who was Schofield’s maid of honour, was criticised for choosing the wedding as the moment to reveal the truth. “Jessica couldn’t believe it when she realised it was the guy her co-star was hooking up with and felt it was right to confront Bronte about it on her wedding day,” said an alleged source to Daily Mail Australia at the time. 

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“[Jessica] decided to tell Bronte on camera by pulling her aside and essentially sabotaging the wedding,” the source added. 

Either way, it seems Tomlinson’s involvement in the show – in whatever capacity – did not sit right with the higher-ups at Channel 10, hence their decision to ‘make it look like she wasn’t there’ on the new season of The Bachelor

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