The Block 2022‘s Rachel Carr has clapped back at fans who accused her and husband Ryan of being “ungrateful” for the $169,000 profit they made on auction day.
The 18th season’s finale was a nail-biter, with just two homes surpassing reserve at auction. While Rachel and Ryan’s build was one of three properties to be passed in, they managed to sell after some post-auction negotiations.
However, viewers weren’t impressed with the duo’s on-screen behaviour, claiming the young parents were being “spoilt brats” amid their fellow contestants’ dire results.
Since the auctions aired on November 6, Rachel has been hitting back at naysayers in a fan group on Facebook, noting they were struggling with “lots of overwhelming emotions”.
“I’m probably the best person to speak on my own feelings,” she began.
“I was shocked with everything happening and knew a lot was riding on us making sure we got passed in before a bid went over reserves.”
Rachel Carr Said She Was Upset Her Co-Stars Didn’t Make a Profit
Noting that the negotiations “took at least 20 mins after that”, Rachel said it was hard for her to express “happiness” given the circumstances.
“I was grateful that we got an end result and that it was the amount it was,” she continued. “It’ll take some time for me to feel happiness when I have six friends who received very little or nothing.
“I am grateful for what we had. That won’t be taken away from me by someone who doesn’t know me at all.”
Fans Flock to Support The Block‘s Rachel and Ryan Carr
Amid the backlash, a number of fans flocked to the comment section to support Rachel and defend her emotions.
“It would be a very weird situation to be in,” one wrote.
“When one team only won $20,000 and the other over $1.5million. Their house nearly didn’t sell,” the user reasoned. “I’d be shocked and dismayed too. What a roller coaster ride.”
“Hit the nail on the head there!” Rachel responded.
Another noted that the $169,000 profit is all the couple has to show for the long and intense experience.
“$169,000 for 18 hours a day ( some days longer ) 7 days a week, no breaks no days off for 90 days straight. Even the mines would pay better [sic],” they claimed.
“I think it’s not worth it at all. He’s [Ryan] a plumber and could’ve earnt more at home. Plus if rach [sic] had a wage also then collectively they both would have earnt more at home.”
However, some still thought House Two should suck it up and be pleasant about their paycheck.
“Seriously, most contestants hardly do anything except paint,” one said. “I would be happy with that money.”
“Greed” aside, The Block 2022 auctions weren’t without drama, with eventual winners Omar Slaimankhel and Oz Malik accused of enlisting a “dummy bidder” to bump up their YUGE sale.
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