Following accusations that "Bachelorette" contestant Jed Wyatt had a serious girlfriend while filming the show's current season, "Bachelor" alum Colton Underwood trusts star Hannah Brown will handle the situation like a pro.
"If he had a girlfriend and those articles are true and everything, which it seems like it, it's messed up," Underwood told Access Hollywood at a celebrity basketball game Monday. "I think that Hannah will handle it in the way that's best for her and her relationship with him. It's not mine — I stay out of the drama now, because I'm happy in a relationship, but I just pray that she makes the right decision and does what makes her happy."
Musician Haley Stevens told People last month that she and Wyatt had been in a serious relationship directly before he left to film "The Bachelorette" in March and had planned to return home to her after the show.
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Since the revelations, "Bachelorette" fans have made their displeasure clear. Earlier this week, Wyatt wrote in an Instagram post that he and his family had been under attack from angry fans, adding that the "actions" of some fans were affecting the "mental and physical health" of "myself, my family, the men on the show, and above all, Hannah."
"It goes beyond what is said online. Threatening letters and phone calls have been sent to our homes," Wyatt wrote. "My parents and sister are being verbally attacked in public. I beg you to remember what seems like a harmless action is damaging to real people."
Brown first appeared on Underwood's season of "The Bachelor" earlier this year. Irony wasn't lost that he "got ridiculed for not having sex on the show," while Brown has been criticized for her own sexual exploits.
"People have opinions on the show and nobody's right, nobody's wrong," Underwood said. "It's your individual life, you make your decisions and your choices. I'm so supportive of her as a person. I'm hopeful that she's going to be happy at the end of this. Who knows if that means she's with anybody or not, but Hannah's an incredible person and she deserves love. "
Who could take the starring role on "The Bachelor" next season? Underwood has a few ideas. It could be Tyler Cameron, one of Hannah's remaining top 4 contestants.
"You can tell Tyler has everything -- whatever 'The Bachelor' is looking for, he has everything it takes to be one," he said.
Fellow top 4 finalist Peter Weber should also be considered, "just because Cassie called him 'cute,' so I want him off the market."
Or maybe it won't be someone from Hannah's "Bachelorette" season at all: "They might go back a few years, they might pull a random person off. You never know with (executive producer Mike) Fleiss."
Contributing: Bryan Alexander
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: 'Bachelorette': Colton Underwood prays Hannah makes right call on Jed