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Matt James Weighs In on Whether Katie Thurston Should Be the Next Bachelorette: 'She's Bold'
Matt James eliminated Katie Thurston on Monday's episode, after telling her during their one-on-one that he hasn't "had those feelings that I need to have"
On Thursday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the current Bachelor, 29, shared his thoughts on fans calling for Thurston, whom he sent home on this week's episode, to be the next Bachelorette.
First addressing the drama between Thurston, 29, and Serena Chew, James said, "When I saw Serena C. and Katie's exchange, that had nothing to do with my feelings for Katie at that time. [It] doesn't say anything about her as a woman and how incredible she is, because she was there for a reason."
"And those are the type of women that should be in consideration for a Bachelorette role," he told host Andy Cohen. "She's bold, she's courageous and she stands up for what she believes in."
James eliminated Thurston on Monday's episode after telling her during the evening portion of their one-on-one date that he didn't have "those feelings that I need to have for finding a wife in this process" — a decision Thurston said she "didn't [see] coming at all."
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Craig Sjodin via Getty Katie Thurston and Matt James
Craig Sjodin/ABC Matt James and Katie Thurston
Thurston, a bank marketing manager from Renton, Washington, made a splash by introducing herself with a vibrator on night one, also emerging as a fierce advocate against bullying in the house during James' season.
"I promise you this: If we named her the next Bachelorette, I was not there," he said. "We did not name her or anybody the next Bachelorette during the Women Tell All special. And in fact, we didn't even talk about who was the next Bachelorette ... unless they started taping in the middle of the night after I left."
"So as far as I know, nobody has been named the Bachelorette. And I promise you this, it will not be a part of the Tell All special at all," continued Harrison, 49, adding that a "large debate" about who could be the next female lead is still going.
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"I couldn't let him get engaged and not meet him," she told Chris Harrison on Monday's episode
Later on WWHL, during a game of "Truth or Drink," James avoided directly speaking about Victoria Larson — this season's self-appointed "queen," whom he also sent packing last week — when Cohen asked him to rate how much he actually liked her from 1 to 10.
"Oh, wow, very good," Cohen, 52, said as James knocked back his cocktail. "Wow, he's chugging it — that's how much he doesn't want to answer that question."
"It was an easy [decision]," he said. "When that information was made available to me about what was going on in the house, that type of name calling and just blatant lies and rumors is unacceptable."
The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.