The Bachelor 2023: Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne throw shade at low-budget dates

Life Uncut hosts Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne throw shade at The Bachelors’ low-budget dates

Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne took a swipe at the latest season of The Bachelor on Wednesday as they mocked the Channel 10 show’s dwindling budget.

The BBFs, who are both former Bachelor finalists, posted a mocking clip on the Instagram account of their podcast Life Uncut comparing the latest dates to the ones featured on last year’s season.

In the video, which took the form of an ‘expectation’ vs ‘reality’ meme, they contrasted the extravagant adventures from Jimmy Nicholson’s season with the humble ‘tree-swing date’ arranged for one of this year’s suitors, Thomas Malucelli. 

Brittany Hockley (left) and Laura Byrne (right) took a swipe at the latest season of The Bachelor on Wednesday as they mocked the Channel 10 show's dwindling budget

Brittany Hockley (left) and Laura Byrne (right) took a swipe at the latest season of The Bachelor on Wednesday as they mocked the Channel 10 show’s dwindling budget 

The video begins showing Jimmy, the 2021 Bachelor, taking his women on breathtaking dates, including jet skis, helicopters, hot air balloons and boats. 

It then jumps to the ‘reality’ of this year’s budget soirees, including one of Thomas taking a group of women vying for his heart on a date to a tree swing. 

‘Online dating ain’t looking so bad anymore,’ the pair wrote in the caption.

The BBFs, who are both former Bachelor finalists, posted a mocking clip on Instagram comparing the latest dates to the ones featured on last year's season (left. (Pictured: a hot air balloon date from 2021)

In the video, which took the form of an 'expectation' vs 'reality' meme, they contrasted the extravagant adventures from Jimmy Nicholson's season with the humble 'tree-swing date' arranged for one of this year's suitors, Thomas Malucelli

The BBFs, who are both former Bachelor finalists, posted a mocking clip on Instagram comparing the latest dates (right) to the ones featured on last year’s season (left)

The stars of season nine flocked to the comments section to mock the latest season, with Jimmy himself commenting: ‘To be fair, I’m still paying off the debt for hiring all that stuff, so he’s a smarter man than I am.’

Former contestants Holly Kingston and Lily Price also chimed in.

Holly, who is still dating Jimmy after he chose her as his winning girl, said: ‘Look, it’s far more realistic this year. We’ve gone from private plane dates to training-our-cat-to-use-the-loo dates. It’s been a tough adjustment.’

The video begins showing Jimmy Nicholson, the 2021 Bachelor, taking his women on breathtaking dates, including jet skis, helicopters, hot air balloons and boats

The video begins showing Jimmy Nicholson, the 2021 Bachelor, taking his women on breathtaking dates, including jet skis, helicopters, hot air balloons and boats

Lily wrote: ‘I just want to see everyone lose their minds over skydiving, and someone cry and win the alone time because she was brave. I thought skydiving was a rite of passage on this show.’

It comes as the matchmaking series struggles to hold onto its viewers as fears grown Channel 10 could finally swing the axe. 

Despite a major shake-up and intriguing storylines, The Bachelors only pulled in 273,000 metro viewers during its second episode. 

It then jumps to the 'reality' of this year's budget soirees, including one of Thomas Malucelli taking a group of women vying for his heart on a date to a tree swing

It then jumps to the ‘reality’ of this year’s budget soirees, including one of Thomas Malucelli taking a group of women vying for his heart on a date to a tree swing 

The tenth season premiere had a five-city metro audience of 309,000 viewers, with 405,000 viewers nationally. 

With viewership at an all-time low, industry insiders are speculating that season 10’s low numbers may be the nail in the coffin for the dating series.

A well-placed source told Daily Mail Australia the program is ‘done and dusted’ and will not be returning in any compacity in 2024.

It comes as the matchmaking show struggles to hold onto its viewers as fears grow 10 could swing the axe. (Pictured L-R: new suitors Jed McIntosh, Felix Von Hofe and Thomas Malucelli)

It comes as the matchmaking show struggles to hold onto its viewers as fears grow 10 could swing the axe. (Pictured L-R: new suitors Jed McIntosh, Felix Von Hofe and Thomas Malucelli)

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