Last night, ABC’s pre-The Bachelor special included a segment that memorialized Bachelor finalist Gia Allemand, who killed herself last August.
Most of the focus was on her fellow cast members remembering her, though her mother appeared and acknowledged how she died, and the end directed people to ABC.com for more information about suicide prevention.
Chris Harrison introduced the segment, part of which is below, and said that the producers and her fellow cast members “miss her.” The second part also included pictures of her as a child set to Matt White’s “Taking On Water.”
Update: While more than one report has called the tribute “touching,” Jezebel’s Kate Dries calls this “money-grubbing, tasteless and unhelpful,” and says “While ABC gets small credit for acknowledging the circumstances surrounding Allemand’s death at all, they could have decided not to represent the story of her life in such a truncated and meaningless way, sandwiched between utter drivel about Juan Pablo’s season that made it appear as though the death of a human was just another part of the saga that is The Bachelor.”
Jezebel definitely has a point with the bad follow-through: the segment told viewers to go to ABC.com for more information about suicide prevention, but buried that at the bottom of the front page, presenting it in such a way that the word “suicide” wasn’t even visible.