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The Bachelorette’s Desiree Hartsock got to confront several of her former suitors on Monday night’s Men Tell All special.
The two-hour episode featured 16 of the 25 men who were hoping to find love with Desiree on the ABC reality series. Among those absent were Chris Siegfried, Brooks Forester and Drew Kenney, who are still in the running.
Also MIA was Brian Jarosinski, who was last seen being confronted at the mansion by his girlfriend, who claimed the two were still dating when he went on the show (Brian has since refuted these claims). Host Chris Harrison said Brian was invited to attend but chose not to. (The guys still talked about him anyway.)
While viewers were treated to some heated exchanges, and a few of the men were put in Harrison’s “hot seat,” there were several moments that didn’t make it onto the show. Here are five:
1. Chris Harrison came to Ben’s defense.
Ben Scott was one of multiple suitors who were vilified as not being on the show for the “right reasons.” During the Men Tell All taping, former castmate Dan Cox brought up some serious accusations that he claimed Ben’s ex told him, including that he didn’t put in for custody until after the show.
What viewers didn’t see: Dan also accused Ben of lying about owning a bar, but Ben said that the accusations about his parenting skills were the ones that really “hurt.” Harrison — also a father — stood up for Ben. “It’s one of those things you don’t go there unless you’re damn sure,” he admonished.
2. James called out Michael, saying he owed him an apology.
On the special, Harrison asked James Case — another guy accused of not being on the show for the “right reasons” — if anyone owed him an apology. He replied yes and said he didn’t really “care what Kasey [Stewart] or Drew [Kenney] had to say anymore” (those two were the ones who spilled the beans on his limo conversation with Mikey Tenerelli about his supposedly wanting to be there mostly to become the next Bachelor).
What viewers didn’t see: James said he thought that Michael Garofola was the one person who really owed him an apology. “I felt that we had a close enough relationship that he could have at least said something,” James said while pointing out that it was several days before he was confronted about the limo conversation. “At the end of the day, if anyone owes me one, I hope it’s from him.” For his part, Michael admitted that he had “every intention” of telling James but didn’t get around to it; however, he also noted that he “did not run to Desiree with this information.”
3. James weighed in on possibly becoming the next Bachelor.
That, of course, was part of the secret limo conversation with Mikey that set off Kasey and Drew.
What viewers didn’t see: Harrison asked James if he would consider becoming the next Bachelor, and James hedged. “My father is very sick … but it would be very life-changing for sure, and it would be something I’d have to consult my family and friends to see if it was something I’d want to do. I’m trying to find love too; that’s why I came on the show.”
4. James and Mikey like tall women.
During the heated discussion about the secret limo conversation, one of the accusations was that that they were talking about connecting with “tall” women back home.
What viewers didn’t see: “Tall girls? That’s the oddest thing about this,” Harrison quipped.
5. Juan Pablo gave some of his fans a lesson in how to pronounce his name.
Harrison and Juan Pablo Galavis, the fan-favorite soccer pro originally from Venezuela, had an amusing conversation about how the latter’s 4-year-old daughter, Camila, would make fun of Desiree’s American pronunciation of his name. “Juan PAB-lo,” she would joke, rhyming the first syllable with “tab.”
What viewers didn’t see: Juan Pablo’s daughter speaks mostly Spanish, and Harrison quipped: “I’m afraid of her watching The Bachelorette to learn English.” The host also brought down three audience members wearing T-shirts adorned with the phrases “I [Heart] Juan Pablo” and “Te Amo Juan Pablo” to give them a lesson in how to pronounce his name. Swoons not included.
6. Juan Pablo does impersonations.
Viewers didn’t get to see a lot of Juan Pablo, and he was brought down into the “hot seat” on Monday night’s special — presumably due to viewer demand.
What viewers didn’t see: Juan Pablo confessed to doing pronunciations of Bachelorette producers and castmates, including Mikey: “You know, you know, you know,” he joked of the latter’s oft-uttered phrase.
7. A heartbroken Zak is avoiding returning to Mico.
Waddell works in oil and gas as a drilling fluid engineer in Mico, Texas, but he hasn’t been able to return there since getting the boot after his hometown date with Desiree.
What viewers didn’t see: “I haven’t gone back to the Mico area,” he revealed, admitting that he still has feeling for Desiree. “I’ve been helping my family with their snow-cone business.” He admitted that he “can only avoid it for so long. To me, this week was about closure, and I have to figure out what’s next, and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do next.”
8. Chris Harrison suggested that Zak try out for American Idol.
The recently ousted suitor sang a song that he wrote for Desiree on the special.
What viewers didn’t see: Harrison told Zak, “You’re pretty damn good. Next season on American Idol …” Replied Zak: “I’m too old!”
9. None of the former suitors thinks Drew is the best match for Desiree.
It’s down to three men, but the castmembers think one of them isn’t the right fit for our Bachelorette.
What viewers didn’t see: Harrison took a poll of the booted guys to see who they thought is the best fit for Desiree. A handful of guys raised their hands for Brooks. Said Kasey: “Brooks got the first date, and I saw how she acted around him after that first date even when he would just walk in the room, and I could just tell there was something there. Brooks had the strongest connection — at least whenever I left.” Some others felt that Chris was the best match: “I didn’t see Brooks reciprocating the feelings that Desiree showed to Brooks. On the other hand, Chris put his heart out there, from the early stages.” Asked if anyone believed that Drew was the best fit for her, none of the guys replied yes. Said James: “Drew just doesn’t represent for me a full-package man. … [But] I have a biased opinion of him now that things have happened.” Added Juan Pablo: “Drew to me is forcing it too much, while with Brooks and Chris and Zak it’s more natural.”
10. Bryden and Will did speak.
Bryden Vukasin and Will Reese were mostly invisible during the special, but they did speak during the taping.
What viewers didn’t see: Bryden, who voluntarily left the show before getting the boot, weighed in on those who might not have been there for the “right reasons.” He argued that it wasn’t fair to the other competitors to stick around. “I personally took myself out of the game … when I realized it probably wasn’t going to work for me,” he said. “It wasn’t fair to take that time from other people.” And Will echoed those sentiments while the group was debating Brian: “I definitely would have had more time with her if he had not done that. I really don’t understand his intentions. What is the endgame? Who wins in that situation? Desiree doesn’t win, his girlfriend doesn’t win. I don’t understand how he wins.”
The Bachelorette airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on ABC.
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