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The Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik Explains Why He Sent Shawntel Newton Home Last Night

January 17, 2012 07:29 AM by Lisa Princ

Last night on The Bachelor on ABC, Shawntel Newton showed up to shake things up for Ben Flajnik and the bachelorettes. Despite her massive crush on Ben, Shawntel was not given a rose last night, but was sent packing instead. After the show, Ben Flajnik explained why he chose not to give Shawntel Newton a rose last night. Read on to find out why!

Ben Flajnik may have been flattered by Shawntel Newton’s appearance on The Bachelor last night, but it seemed as though she went through all that trouble for nothing as the stunning brunette did not get a rose. In Ben Flajnik’s most recent blog post on People.com, Ben reveals that he did feel a connection with Shawntel, but her timing was wrong as he wrote: “I knew if I kept Shawntel around I would lose all the credibility I had built with these women and it wouldn’t be easy to dig myself out of that hole.”

Ben Flajnik was also shocked to see how mean some of the bachelorettes were to Shawntel, despite her bold move to show up there. Ben added: “If Shawntel had started the journey with the rest of the women it might have been different. But I was already so happy with the group of women that I had that I wasn’t about to jeopardize the rest of my experience in trying to find love.” For more on Ben Flajnik’s thoughts about last night’s episode, check out Ben Flajnik’s blog on People.com.

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2 Responses to “The Bachelor’s Ben Flajnik Explains Why He Sent Shawntel Newton Home Last Night”

  1. Will Says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    What Ben did to Shawntel was in my opinion shocking! The women on this season, with the exception of only a couple are disgraceful. They are mean spirited and selfish. They treated Shawntel with such disrepect! I would have walked up to her, welcomed her and made her feel comfortable! The only reason they did not do that is because Shawntel is beautiful and has a better connection with Ben and they do. They are insecure and vicious! She should have gotten a rose just for going out of her way to reconnect. Maybe it would have been best to welcome her – and not have her in the ROSE ceremony so another would not be eliminated due to her arrival? I don’t see anything wrong with her showing up – if she would have stayed it would have surely made things more interesting!!!!!

  2. Will Says:
    January 17th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Oh one more thing…the producers (if they didn’t do this already) should have talked to Ben and ask him if he wanted Shawntel in the mix of women? If he said no, then her leaving was for the best, but if she is someone that was a possibility – the show should have made it happen!

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