In one Instagram post As of Monday which has since been deleted, Mr Underwood distanced himself from the reality show and explained why he received the loan.
Lauren Burnham and Arie Luyendyk Jr., a couple who met on the show and got married, were funded $ 20,830, the maximum amount of a PPP loan to a sole proprietor, through their company Instagram Husband in June 2020, according to public records. The couple have more than 200,000 subscribers on YouTube and looked into the lifestyle of influencers after they appeared on the reality show. In April, for example, the couple posted a video tour of their newly purchased second home in Hawaii to their Youtube Account.
Records show that Dale Moss, who received the rose finale for the 16th season of “The Bachelorette,” also applied for a PPP loan for $ 20,830, according to public records. Mr. Moss’ loan has been approved, but it has not yet been disbursed.
Other former candidates for the “Bachelor” and the “Bachelorette” have given their opinion on the loans that some candidates have received. Nick Viall, who has appeared on several seasons of the franchise, criticized loan recipients on Twitter. “What is legal is not always fair. What is illegal is not always bad, ”he wrote.
“We’re talking about doing the right thing and I’m not trying to sound straight,” added Viall. in a TikTok video Wednesday. “I can’t imagine any of these people thought someone would watch. If you’re going to take public funds and you’re going to be on a public platform, you’re going to be open to criticism. It’s semantics to pretend it was the right thing to do.
Jason Tartick, a contestant for the 14th season of “The Bachelorette”, posted a four minute video to his Instagram account explaining why he didn’t apply for a PPP loan, even though he considered it.
“I came very close to filling one,” Mr. Tartick said in the video. “But I just thought, ‘This isn’t fair.’ That’s why I didn’t.