Every single year, Chris Harrison and ABC try to convince us that the latest season of The Bachelor will be the most dramatic ever -- and for once, they weren't exaggerating.
Part 1 of Season 22's finale aired Monday night, and showed a conflicted Arie Lyendyk Jr. telling both finalists -- Becca Kurfin & Lauren -- that he loved them.
**SPOILER ALERT: He eventually proposed to Becca, ONLY TO BREAK UP WITH HER LATER ON IN THE MOST UNCOMFORTABLE, RAW FOOTAGE EVER SHOWN ON REALITY TELEVISION. And why did he want the split? BECAUSE HE SAYS THAT HE'S STILL IN LOVE WITH LAUREN!
Juan Pablo is breathing a sigh of relief tonight because what Arie did on #TheBachelor es so not okay that we almost wish we heard "I like you...a lot." https://t.co/PvQ5GmRBFv pic.twitter.com/KknMYzASpa— E! News (@enews) March 6, 2018
Wait. Wait. Arie told Bachelor producers he was breaking up with Becca so he could blindside her with cameras present? #TheBachelor— Olivia Caridi (@OliviaCaridi) March 6, 2018
Not only is this unfair to Becca, it makes Arie look bad. But hey, it’s never been done before! #TheBachelor— Sean Lowe (@SeanLowe09) March 6, 2018
And while it's already bad enough to be blindsided with a breakup on national television, the situation was made even MORE uncomfortable by the fact that Arie literally wouldn't leave after he made it clear that the relationship was over.
[Twitter was just not having it, y'all.]
Becca has since spoken out, revealing that Arie had talked to her about his lingering feelings for Lauren even before their breakup.
“He had told me, ‘I still have feelings for her, I’m trying to work through them.’ He said it was hard for him to always talk about it in interviews with the press, to relive that relationship. He said he couldn’t close that chapter until everything was said and done and the finale aired. That whole time we were just looking at the end goal of this week to finally be done with that and move on and be together and work through it as a team,” Kurfin told People.
Aili Nahas at People.com writes:
'Kufrin says she “can’t fault” Luyendyk Jr. “for falling in love with Lauren and following his heart because I would never want anyone to stay in a relationship where they felt trapped and it wasn’t right,” but she wishes he’d done things differently.'
Can we all just appreciate how amazing #BeccaKufrin is??? girl, you are my hero. You are handling this with 10000% more class than I would. I would have thrown in a Crystal style needledick insult and a lot of other colorful statements. #TheBachelorFinale #TheBachelor— Viki (@ReallyViki) March 6, 2018
Perhaps a silver lining in this train-wreck of a situation is that people everywhere have circled the metaphorical wagons for Becca, sending her money for wine [and words of encouragement!] on Venmo. LOL!
How do you feel about Monday night's episode of The Bachelor?
Well, that was the biggest disaster we've ever seen. We'd congratulate ABC on delivering the most dramatic finale ever, but it was really just kind of mean and unnecessary. #TheBachelorFinale— Bachelor Burn Book (@bachelorburnbk) March 6, 2018
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Just read Becca's take on everything. Everything she says makes perfect sense https://t.co/rKDlPTumwG— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) March 6, 2018