Why It's Wrong To Condemn The Bachelorette's Nick

July 31, 2014 6:29 PM

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Monday night's finale of The Bachelorette, ABC's long-running guilty pleasure, was uncharacteristically surprising for a show whose formula has been well-established and its storylines fairly predictable. The show's final weeks have the Bachelorette--this time, an Atlanta woman named Andi Dorfman--choosing between two suitors. One, inevitably, will not get the girl. The live after-show, After the Rose, typically gives that person the chance to express any regrets or otherwise say his piece and, more often than not, conclude by gracefully wishing the woman and her winning bachelor well.

But this time around, the jilted suitor, Nick Viall, used the after-show to reveal to the millions-deep audience that he'd been especially hurt given that, well, Dorfman had slept with him not so long before telling him that he wasn't the one after all. "Knowing how in love with you I was, if you we...

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