Jewish Bachelorette, Bachelor Call It Quits
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Jewish Bachelorette, Bachelor Call It Quits

Oy Vey! Despite their common heritage, Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray part ways.

Hannah Dreyfus is a staff writer at the New York Jewish Week. She covers abuses of power in non-profit and religious settings. She heads up the Investigative Journalism Fund, an initiative to fill a gap in investigative and enterprise reporting. Reach her at hannah@jewishweek.org

The shidduch poised to go down in reality TV history is no more.

According to E! news, "The Bachelorette's" Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray revealed that they've mutually decided to break up and call off their engagement.

"After several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that it's best for both of us to go our separate ways," the pair said in a joint statement Thursday.

"We are very sad that it has come to this point, but this is what's best for both of us individually. We will continue to be good friends and have nothing but great things to say about each other and wish each other the best."

Hollywood is indeed a topsy-turvy world. While non-Jewish celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are having Jewish wedding ceremonies, breaking glass, mazal tovs and all, it seems that Hollywood’s favorite Jewish couple can’t get to the chuppah.

Dorfman was the first female Jewish contestant to join the show in all the 18 seasons of "The Bachelor" and nine of "The Bachelorette." As our spoiler alert pointed out, the two seemed meant for each other from the start. Though there have been other Jewish contestants in the past, this was the first time both members of the winning couple are Jewish. Murray's mother is Jewish and his father is Catholic.

Perhaps the couple’s laissez-faire attitude towards marriage was a tip-off that things were heading downhill. Though America witnessed Andi and Josh's road to engagement during the last season of The Bachelorette, wedding planning was never a priority. "Andi is OK with a long engagement," a show insider exclusively told E! News back in July. "She is in no rush to get married, but she definitely wants to marry Josh."

News of the split was especially surprising because Dorfman and Murray appeared together at this season’s live premier on Monday. The two seemed appropriately in love as they walked the red carpet together, thought they did dodge questions about wedding planning.

Viewers can only hope for a next time.

hannah@jewishweek.org

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