As Bachelorette devotees know, it’s all about first impressions. And for one male candidate, his drunken antics caused quite an uproar on social media after Monday night’s premiere – and sent him packing.
Fans took to Twitter to slam contestant Ryan McDill, better known as Ryan M., for his controversial comments and wild behavior during the first episode of season 11 of the dating reality show, which prompted host Chris Harrison to dismiss him.
The 28-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, was asked to leave after he grabbed contender Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s butt and made a comment about rape to another competitor, JJ, when he confronted McDill about his interaction with Bristowe.
McDill responded to JJ by asking him, “Why am I not raping you right now?”
Harrison wasn’t amused by his exploits and told McDill, “You’re clearly not here for either one of these girls or for sincere reasons There’s a car waiting for you.”
Viewers quickly called out the moment on Twitter, reminding McDill – and fans everywhere – that rape jokes are never funny.
“Oh yay! Ryan throws in a rape threat towards another male to seal the deal on his repulsiveness. Producers, step in,” one fan Tweeted.
Another wrote, “#TheBachelorette off to a great start, one guy just sexually assaulted the bachelorette.”
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On Tuesday, residents of Bachelor Nation were also intrigued when news surfaced that McDill has another connection to the franchise – he is the ex-boyfriend of Nikki Ferrell, PEOPLE has learned. Ferrell, 28, made it to the final two during Juan Pablo Galavis‘ season. Though Galavis refused to propose or tell Ferrell he loved her, the couple remained together until they split shortly after appearing on VH1’s Couples Therapy.
The second part of the Bachelorette premiere airs Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.