For those unfamiliar, Blake Horstmann was the runner-up on the 14th season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, before later starring in Bachelor in Paradise in 2019. Afterward, like dozens of contestants before him, Horstmann scrambled to capitalize on his momentary fame. But he apparently pushed the limit by appearing on several “tell all” podcasts, despite a clause in his initial contract binding him to confidentiality.
Unsurprisingly, Bachelor producers weren’t happy. Last year, they dragged Horstmann to arbitration and successfully cited the liquidated damages portion of his Bachelorette deal. The arbitrator awarded NZK Productions, which produces the franchise, $150,000 for the breaches, plus an additional $25,000 for arbitration costs. This past week, an NZK attorney appeared in court in Los Angeles to confirm the award.