The Bachelorette season ended last night with contestant Kaitlyn Bristowe dumping Nick Viall and choosing to take the proposal and the ring from Shawn Booth. Following the exciting episode, the newly engaged couple headed to Jimmy Kimmel’s late night show, where he asked them to take a pledge of fidelity, so that the audience doesn’t have to see them on the cover of tabloids saying they are breaking up. They did him one better, making a vow they’d stay together for at least a year.
Of course, Kimmel sort-of tricked them into making the comical bet, having them repeat after him, which they gamely did. Here’s the sum the couple will owe if they break up before July 27, 2016.
We Kaitlyn and Shawn B. do solemnly swear that we are in love, that we will get married, or we will at least be together one year from today. Because if we are not, this was a huge waste of everyone’s time. And if we are not still in a committed relationship on July 27, 2016, we will pay Jimmy Kimmel $1,000, which he may collect in a lump sum or over the next 30 years in monthly installments of $2.77.
The world of dating shows has been rife with break-ups, but a few lucky Bachelor and Bachelorette winners have actually managed to find something lasting. Jason Mesnick & Molly Malaney are married and have a daughter together. Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici are still going strong, as are Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum and a couple of other lucky couples. Of course, we can’t forget Trista and Ryan Sutter, who have been together since the very first season of The Bachelorette. So, despite the fact that early on the relationship is televised and the bachelor or bachelorette are dating around, a few couples really have managed to create a relationship out of the experience. Of course, it’s not a super high percentage of contestants.
Really, this is a win-win situation for Kimmel. If the ABC reality series couple stays together, he doesn’t have to worry about seeing the heartbreaking headlines every time he is in line at the grocery store. Then again, if they don’t stay together, he’ll have plenty of fun bet-based joked he can crack on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the couple makes the official break-up announcement.
You can catch the full Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview, below.
Jimmel Kimmel Live! airs weeknights on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET.