Billy Eichner slyly called out Colton Underwood on “The Bachelor” years ago for being gay

Closeted Colton Underwood as Billy Eichner jokes that he's gay
Closeted Colton Underwood as Billy Eichner jokes that he's gay Photo: YouTube Screenshot/Bachelor Nation

Just after Bachelor star Colton Underwood came out this morning as gay, a clip of out comedian Billy Eichner calling him gay is getting attention online. While the original tweet was taken down, we’ve got the full segment below.

“I’m gay, I know that’s a shock,” Eichner told Underwood in an unearthed the clip from The Bachelor. “And that, I think, you should look into. Maybe you’re the first gay Bachelor and we don’t even know!”

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“Put that in your promo,” Eichner joked as Underwood looked incredibly nervous.

The clip brought back some memories for LGBTQ people on Twitter.

Underwood appeared on three seasons in the Bachelor franchise, starring in season 23 of The Bachelor where 30 women competed for his affection. He had already earned himself the title of “the virgin bachelor,” setting him apart from most of the hundreds of other people who have appeared in the franchise.

Eichner made a guest appearance on a camp-themed episode – which was also fairly prescient in hindsight – and asked Underwood about being a virgin.

“You’re a virgin,” Eichner asked in the segment, who said yes. “Never even like a one-night….”

“I feel like those are awkward,” Underwood responded.

“No, they’re fantastic!” Eichner exclaimed.

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