Chris reveals that Ashley sent Ryan and Lucas home because she just wasn’t attracted to them!
Bachelorette Ashley Hebert‘s finally getting down to business with her remaining men. During the July 11 episode, Ashley said goodbye to Ryan Park — who at the beginning of the season seemed to be a front-runner after Ashley gave him the first impression rose. But host Chris Harrison says in his personal Entertainment Weekly blog that he thinks Ashley finally realized she didn’t have feelings for Ryan and sent him packing because it’s time to get serious about finding her hubby!
“Ashley explained herself excellently by letting him know at this point if she doesn’t feel it, why lead him on any further and then drag his family into it?,” Chris writes. “Despite the honest intentions it still hurt her and Ryan. [But] after that date I could tell Ashley was done playing games.”
Poor Ryan was stunned when Ashley told him he was going home. “He was having a blast and really feeling good about everything when Ashley pulled the rug out from under him and sent him home,” says Chris. “The usually positive Ryan was crushed and speechless. He didn’t know what hit him and didn’t know what to say or ask Ashley. He never saw that coming from her.”
But that was just the first incident that indicated that Ashley was on the move. She next decided to drop the cocktail party and go straight to rose ceremony. “She didn’t want any part of a cocktail party,” explains Chris. “She knew the [the man] she wanted to go home with and didn’t want to prolong the situation any longer than it needed to be. I understood and really respected her decision to forego the cocktail party.”
And Ashley knew that she had to send Lucas Daniels home as well. “Much like her relationship with Ryan, Ashley just wasn’t feeling it with Lucas at this point,” shares Chris. “Lucas was a little put off in Hong Kong and since then his relationship with Ashley just got a little stagnant, and at this stage in the game you just can’t have that.”
“Ryan and Lucas are both really good guys and I told Ashley she really couldn’t go wrong with any of these guys,” adds Chris. “I felt any of these four men [that were left] were going to respect her and treat her right — it’s now just a matter of chemistry between them.”
– Lindsey DiMattina
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