The Bachelor's Chris Harrison on Tierra's Much-Needed Exit and Lesley's Regretful Goodbye
Tierra and Sean | Photo Credits: Francisco Roman/ABC
After getting the first impression rose on the first night, Tierra quickly became Sean's front-runner. But as she continued to butt heads with the girls and manipulate Sean so she could spend more time with him, viewers grew angry that he hadn't yet sent her packing. In Monday's episode, the 24-year-old had quite the meltdown, which caused Sean to say his final goodbye.
We have to start with Tierra. She's finally gone!
Chris Harrison: She just lost control of her own game. This wasn't a big elaborate acting scheme. Her real emotion was in it, but it just got to be too much for her, and it all came to a head.
I'm surprised AshLee was the one she got into it with.
Harrison: Well AshLee opened up to Sean on their date. Everyone really respects AshLee -- she's older and wiser and like the Mother Hen of the house so when she starts speaking up and saying stuff about Tierra, Sean was like, "OK, something has got to be going on here." At this point he was pretty aware and a little worn thin by it all, so when he walked in on the meltdown he was like, "I'm done."
Once Sean finally saw her lack of maturity, did he regret keeping her for so long?
Harrison: Maybe he would only go back one week and say, "I wish I kept Jackie on the two-on-one," but I don't think Jackie was the girl for him either. With this situation, I think as long as he did figure it out, it's fine. Yes, it took him longer than the audience because the audience was privy to everything that happened, but he figured it out in his own time and did the right thing by cutting her loose. As long as it was before he cut anyone that would've had a shot.
How much did his sister's opinion influence his thought process?
Harrison: Shay is awesome, she's an uber fan of the show so she had this great perspective of not only being a big sister, but watching the show. So she gave him good advice like if there's that girl on the show don't be that guy that falls in love with her, it never works. And it's true. It was the slap upside the head that he needed.
Going back to AshLee's one-on-one date. She said, "I love you." Were you surprised?
Harrison: We were a little surprised. There was a little more to how she did it. The whole point was her getting up on her seat like that was that Sean was saying, "Let go, and I dare you to do something crazy." So when she got up on her chair and screamed, it was her being goofy. Then she screamed "I love you," it was part of her showing she could let go. So it was prompted by Sean.
Catherine, Desiree and Lindsay's date was awesome and they all get along so well.
Harrison: That date was brutal because Sean didn't get to bed until like 1 a.m. and had to be up at 4 a.m. to go over and see the girls for the sunrise. But a group date at this point sucks, so thank God these three girls like each other a lot. And the reason those three got the date was because none of them were in question of getting a rose.