I’m pretty sure every woman in America wanted to reach through the TV screen and give Arie Luyendyk a big hug (and most likely a kiss) when Emily Maynard broke his heart by sending him home at the beginning of their final date. The pain and shock in his sweet face was gut wrenching. Clearly he did not see this coming! Then we go on to learn he had flown to Charlotte on a whim and even left his journal at her doorstep ….. oh my goodness. But as awful as all of this was, I have such respect for how Emily Maynard handled this situation and spared Arie the misery and embarrassment of picking out an engagement ring, getting down on one knee and proposing only to be rejected. I can’t help but wonder, why has no one else done this before? Has Emily Maynard completed changed the game?
I personally have thoroughly enjoyed watching Emily’s journey and the choices she has made. She did not waste anyone’s time or lead anyone on. Constantly throughout her season host Chris Harrison made it clear that she called the shots. Now I don’t know if her contract stipulated that she had more power than past ‘Bachelors’ and ‘Bachelorettes’, but it seems to me that she tried to do the right thing by everyone and was not bullied into keeping people around or sitting through painful dates just because. She was true to herself and followed her heart. I felt so bad for Arie when she returned his journal and let him know that she had not read it. But that was the RIGHT thing to do – no good would have come out of her reading it! It also showed how much she respects Jef and their relationship.
So to the future ‘Bachelors’ and ‘Bachelorettes’, take some notes from Emily. She is a total class act (despite all the nasty tabloid rumors about her fits in the makeup chair) and stood up for what she believed in. Don’t feel obligated to go through the usual motions. When you are this many seasons in, it is exciting to switch things up and respect your suitors!
And last – can Arie PLEASE BE THE NEXT BACHELOR!!!!!!!
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