November 21, 2007 12:53 AM by Joe Blackmon
Written By Jennifer Brown. Brad faces Jenni & DeAnna to answer their questions on what went wrong. Last night when Bachelor Brad jilted both Jenni and DeAnna at the
final rose ceremony, it seemed everyone had questions. But nobody more
than Jenni and DeAnna themselves, who truly seemed as confused as we
were. Host Chris Harrison answers the call for an explanation tonight,
bringing Brad face-to-face with the ladies again for the first time
since the ceremony was taped 2 months ago.
But first we get a special treat – a glimpse at Trista & Ryan’s new baby, Max. Although the couple looks a little tired and overwhelmed the way all new parents do, they still look blissfully happy – a little reminder of what it looks like when a season of The Bachelor goes right. “I feel really bad for everyone,” Trista says, having been in Jenni’s and DeAnna’s position once herself.
And, as if to prove that couples do get together and stay together on The Bachelor, Chris then brings out Bachelor-couple Byron & Mary, who’ve now been together for 2 years. Yep, there’s still an engagement ring on Mary’s finger, and nope, there’s still been no wedding. Chris tries to pressure them into getting married on the show (shades of Trista & Ryan), but the couple demurs, claiming they’ll be getting married “in November” (Uh,it is November. But I guess they didn’t specify November of what year.).
Enough of this happy junk, already, let’s get down to the important stuff – the dumping of Jenni & DeAnna.
First Chris interviews Jenni, who admits that she was completely shocked that Brad didn’t choose her. “I was crushed,” she says. Chris shows a recap video of what happened, and Jenni gets tearful just watching it, admitting that it’s hard to see. She tells us that she’s glad she laid her heart out for Brad, because, had she not, she would’ve always wondered if that was why he dumped her and would’ve regretted not doing it. She also says that she felt “mislead” by Brad, especially given the many little comments that he’d said to her along the way (Don’t feel bad, Jenni. We’ll learn later about a doozy of a “little comment” that he gave DeAnna, which was that she shouldn’t be nervous about the final rose ceremony because it was going to “be a good day.” Ouch.). Jenni shows off her classy nature by telling Chris how disappointed she was to see that Brad had crushed DeAnna, too, especially given the way he did it (letting DeAnna have a glimmer of hope right before he dashed her heart). She goes on to say that she wishes Brad had given someone a chance, if even in just the form of dating, and that she’s lost respect for Brad.
As if she’s not suffered enough, Chris shows a “tribute video” that they’d made for her feisty little grandma, who’s, since the show, passed away. Jenni cries while watching the video, but thanks Chris, saying, “That was awesome!”
Next we get to hear what DeAnna has to say. She still seems very confused and a little bit angry. But,she also seems hopeful that maybe he’ll see her tonight and change his mind about her. She gets a little shaky watching her video, but not overly emotional about it. She says, “I’m angry because it’s so confusing,Did he think that something better was going to come along?” She says she thinks the problem is actually with him (Uh,yeah) and that he’s afraid. But she admits that she’s thought about him every day for the past 2 months and that she’d say yes if he asked her for another chance tonight.
Brad the Brave comes out for a one-on-one with Chris, to a mixture of polite applause and outright boos. “I can wholeheartedly say that I’m more disappointed than anyone,” he says. “My heart was broken.” He explains that he made his decision because he didn’t want to make any false promises to the girls, and that he thought DeAnna deserved something better than someone who didn’t love her but wanted to take a chance on the hope that the love would grow. He says he just never felt butterflies with either of the women.
Chris lets it slip that Brad had actually asked the network fly DeAnna’s father out for the final ceremony, so Brad could ask for her hand in marriage. Brad admits this, and also admits that his gut told him something was very wrong when he went to buy the ring. He felt like a jerk doing what he did, he says, and admits that he “has a few problems.” He then takes a moment to refute allegations that he’s gay, has children, or is dating someone else. “I’m trying to process this, too,” he says.
Jenni comes out to join him and it’s awkward as can be. Jenni, of course, wants to know why he didn’t just take a chance on one of them. He again says he didn’t want to be misleading and says that it hurts “really badly” that Jenni’s lost respect for him. He feels that he showed respect to them by walking away. He also says that it wasn’t that he felt no feelings, but that he felt those feelings for two women, and he tells Jenni to her face that while he was with her he was thinking about DeAnna and vice-versa.
DeAnna takes Jenni’s place then and is nervous. “Please don’t hold it against me that I didn’t fall in love,” he begs, and goes on to tell her that he really gave love every chance in the world of happening, but it just wouldn’t. “I’m just as heartbroken as you are,” he tells her.
Chris interjects that he thinks the “100% in love” thing is just an excuse, but Brad is vehement that he believes in over-the-top romance and that’s what he’d been looking for coming into the show.
Brad then goes on to tell DeAnna that he thinks about her every day, and just as it sounds like maybe he might be regretting his decision, DeAnna pushes him, telling him she has hopes that he won’t let her walk away from him again tonight. He answers that he’s “very confident” in his decision, crushing her once again. DeAnna can’t hold back those emotions she’s been struggling with all night and cries, “[You're] the one person that I trusted most out of all of this, and you broke my heart.” Brad answers, “I thought I was taking the high road.”
The tough stuff is over and Brad talks for a minute about getting back to his life. Back to work and back to family. And, he says, he wants to get over his “issues.”