Who Does Ashley Choose on ‘The Bachelorette?’ [VIDEO]

August 2, 2011 8:44 am

After a rough season of love lost and love gained, Ashley Hebert was finally ready to make her decision as to who would get the final rose on last night’s episode of “The Bachelorette!” Plenty of bombshells were dropped this season (ahem, Bentley!) and the finale fit right in with the already scandalous season. Ben F. and JP were the last two bachelors vying for the final rose on a gorgeous beach in Fiji. Prior to the final rose ceremony, the two bachelors had the chance to meet with Ashley’s family.

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Any viewer can agree that when Ashley and JP visited her family, she seemed quite a bit more subdued than usual. What gives? Could JP’s super sweet and gentle demeanor be to blame? Ashley’s sister sure thought so! She had no problem speaking her mind and telling her younger sis that JP simply wasn’t “the one.” The problem? She’d only spent about fifteen minutes with the guy before deciding he wasn’t a good fit for the pretty bachelorette. Of course, this upset Ashley and caused her to really evaluate her relationship with JP.

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When Ashley and Ben paid a visit to the Hebert household, the energy was much different. It was apparent that Ben and Ash had a really great time together. His goofy personality and her spunky side meshed really well. Ashley’s sister immediately took a liking to Ben’s goofy personality. She told her sis that Ben was the better fit, leaving Ashley confused and torn between the two bachelors.

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But later, on their one on one date, the chemistry between Ben and Ashley seemed very weak. Ben seemed to be feeling his emotions more intensely than Ashley was, and all that was super obvious during their kiss. After Ben confessed that he had fallen in love with the former dancer, she smiled in a way that said, “I’m so flattered,” instead of, “I love you, too.” She wrapped her arms around her neck, and gave him a kiss that seemed to lack passion. On her date with JP, though, she was extremely vocal about her feelings and her insecurities after what had happened with her sister, proving that she felt very comfortable with cute bachelor. Their kiss at the end of the date was romantic and passionate, two elements that seemed absent from her kiss with Ben.

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During the final rose ceremony, it was difficult to predict who would win. Would it be the family favorite, Ben, or the vocal romantic, JP? When Ben was the first one to step off of the plane, our hearts sank. We knew that this was the end for him. As he walked up to Ashley, we could see in her face she was twisting with nerves and sadness. Despite her efforts to try and stop him, Ben confessed his love for the former dancer, knelt down on one knee and presented a gorgeous diamond ring for Ashley, only to get absolutely no response from her. He stood up in embarrassment and anger as Ashley tried to explain how hard this decision was for her and how she hated to see him go.

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Up until this moment, my heart was heavy with the pain Ben was feeling. But after Ashley managed to speak a broken and tearful apology, his entire mood changed. He became angry, sarcastic, and downright dislikable. He turned and walked away without so much as a “good bye” to the woman he had fallen in love with and, of course, Ashley followed. She told him she didn’t want it to end this way, and he scoffed and said, “You can’t leave something like this on good terms…Good things don’t end unless they end badly.” Oh, come on, Ben! At least act the least bit gracious to have fallen in love and shared this amazing experience with a sweet and beautiful girl. Make Ashley feel terrible about letting you go by acting kind and understanding, not angry and sarcastic. We get it, it totally sucks to have your heart broken but the best way to make Ash think she made the wrong decision would be to act extremely nice about the whole experience. His reaction probably confirmed for Ashley that JP truly is the man for her.

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Later, on the After Show, host Chris Harrison said that Ben’s reaction was one of the most “genuine” he had ever seen on “The Bachelor” or “The Bachelorette” and while that may be true, his departure left many viewers with a bad taste in their mouths. The sweet, goofy Ben we had been rooting for suddenly seemed rude and unforgiving.

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Back at the final rose ceremony, when JP stepped off the plane we all knew he was in for a great surprise. The mood changed the moment Ashley laid eyes on JP. You could tell she instantly perked up, as if a jolt of happiness had gone through her. She couldn’t stop smiling! That was when it was clear Ashley had made the right decision. JP knelt down on one knee and proposed to the bachelorette, offering her a sparkling diamond ring. She said “Yes!” Of course, they walked off into the horizon on a gorgeous white sand beach to begin their happy lives together.

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So, we conclude yet another season of “The Bachelorette” and see that once again, a couple has found themselves true love (or at least we hope so)! Let’s just hope JP and Ashley don’t turn into virtual enemies like another Bachelor couple we know (i.e. Jake and Vienna.)

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We wish JP and Ashley the best and hope they can maintain the same passion and chemistry they had during their season of “The Bachelorette!” Good luck to you both! Are you happy with Ashley’s decision or should she have gone with Ben F.?

Watch Ben’s disgraceful departure from “The Bachelorette” here!