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Spoilers forward for the Ben Higgins episode of The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever on June 22.
Ben Higgins ranks as a fan-favorite of the Bachelor main males, even 4 years after he went down on one knee on actuality TV. That mentioned, not all people was widespread after his time on the present, and then-23-year-old Olivia Caridi was labeled because the villain of the season. It was inevitable that Ben’s episode of The Biggest Seasons Ever would revisit what occurred with Olivia, and Olivia herself appeared by way of video chat to share with Chris Harrison what it was like for her after being deemed the villain. Then, Ben (who had appeared within the earlier week’s episode all about Kaitlyn Bristowe) popped on to talk together with her, and Olivia acquired an apology.
All factor thought of, Olivia wasn’t probably the most villainous of the “villains” in Bachelor Nation historical past, however she was undoubtedly unpopular with the opposite girls vying for Ben’s coronary heart, and her case wasn’t helped by on a regular basis she acquired to spend with him whereas among the others barely acquired any. Throw in what gave the impression to be producers manipulating her scenario for optimum drama — severely, who can neglect Olivia tearfully standing alone and crying on the seaside? — and he or she was one of the notorious girls of Ben’s season of The Bachelor.
The aftermath of The Bachelor wasn’t fairly for Olivia, and Chris Harrison organized for Ben to talk his thoughts to Olivia on The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever. Talking on to Olivia by way of video chat, Ben mentioned:
I suppose the entire cause I wished to speak to you tonight and speak to anyone on the market watching is, I don’t know should you keep in mind this, Olivia, however on evening one – and my solely request and my solely hope was if all else failed, that everyone that participated on this expertise left saying they’re glad they did it. And as I look again on that point, I believe my lack of knowledge and maturity in standing up for you publicly whereas I knew this was arduous for you. I believe the best way I navigated the confrontations and the problems on the present may have been higher that can assist you. However principally I simply wished to talk to you and say ‘I’m sorry.’
On The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever, Olivia revealed that she was humiliated and ashamed to seek out how she was portrayed by the present, and it took her time to get well. In truth, her therapy has led her to now attain out to different “villains” of The Bachelor to lend an ear or shoulder to cry on, if she’s wanted. She mentioned that it was “terrible” and he or she “freaking self-destructed,” however did not remorse it as a result of she labored on herself.
Olivia additionally acknowledged a few of her missteps throughout her time on the present, so her dialog with Chris Harrison wasn’t just some minutes of Olivia blaming Ben, The Bachelor, and/or Chris Harrison himself for what she went by means of. For his half, Ben acknowledged that there was extra he may have completed publicly to assist Olivia when she was going by means of all of the backlash and humiliation.
Ben went on throughout his chat with Olivia on The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever to share that he has a message for viewers as nicely:
After which additionally, anyone watching this, to say, ‘Come on. This lady is a rock star. She laid her coronary heart on the road for love and he or she tried her greatest. And you recognize what? Sure, it didn’t come off completely on a regular basis, however none of us did.’ And that’s the great thing about the present is we lay our hearts on the market and we do issues to make individuals giggle and to affix in on this expertise and that’s what Olivia did. And so if we will’t wrap our arms round Olivia and say, ‘Nicely completed, and we’ll raise you up, and we’re simply comfortable you probably did this,’ you then’re loopy. So, Olivia, I’m sorry. I take accountability for this, however I additionally simply wanna inform all people how superior you’re.
Olivia instantly advised Ben that it wasn’t his fault, and what may have been a really awkward and uncomfortable video chat went nicely for each of them. I am going to admit that I used to be cringing on Olivia’s behalf after watching her tearfully open up about what she went by means of, just for Chris Harrison to announce that he was springing Ben on her, however she dealt with it like a champ. Kudos to each of them!
Truthfully, Olivia’s video name was one in every of my private favourite segments of Ben’s episode of The Biggest Seasons Ever, though I did get a kick out of the updates from Bachelor in Paradise‘s Caelynn Miller-Keyes (who has shared the way it felt to not be requested to be The Bachelorette) and Dean Unglert, who improbably left the seaside collectively in final summer season’s season of Paradise to dwell in a van. They shared that they put on rings to point out their dedication to one another, and Chris Harrison can officiate their nuptials in the event that they ever determine to “get the federal government concerned.”
I am nonetheless unsure that I am a fan of the format of The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever. Clearly Chris Harrison is not obligated to construct the suspense and keep away from spoilers when these seasons aired years in the past, however it will really feel like much less of a recap present and extra of a condensed model of the season if Harrison did not host the episodes like everyone knows the place it is going.
Admittedly, I am biased by the truth that I have never seen each episode of each present in Bachelor Nation, however Ben Higgins’ episode simply wasn’t that thrilling to me outdoors of the brand new content material. And I did not see his season the primary time round!
That mentioned, after watching Ben’s episode, I’m trying ahead to subsequent week’s episode of The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever centered on JoJo Fletcher, who was the runner-up of Ben’s season. Ben after all selected Lauren Bushnell on the finish of the season, and so they even starred in a by-product of their very own till their engagement ended.
Tune in to ABC on Mondays at eight p.m. ET for brand new episodes of The Bachelor: The Biggest Seasons Ever. JoJo laughingly groaned on the prospect of reliving her personal season of The Bachelorette when she chatted with Chris Harrison, but it surely ought to make for an attention-grabbing three hours! For extra viewing choices now and within the not-too-distant future, make sure to take a look at our 2020 summer season premiere schedule.