SALT LAKE CITY — Monday night’s “The Bachelor” finale certainly kept the viewers watching.
Arie Luyendyk Jr. offered a surprise finale twist to the season 22 ender, the first of a two-night finale that “The Bachelor” promised would shock the nation, according to CNN.
The finale seemed to be going according to plan when Luyendyk proposed to contestant Becca Kufrin. But, as the episode went on, it was revealed that Luyendyk broke up with Kufrin — in an incredibly awkward, on-camera moment — so he could get back in a relationship with Lauren Burnham, the other finalist on this season of “The Bachelor.”
During the breakup scene, Luyendyk awkwardly stuck around despite repeated pleas from Kufrin for the bachelor to leave her alone and walk out the door.
“It all plays out like a slow-speed car wreck — just a slow montage of walking around and crying,” according to USA Today.
Twitter didn’t appreciate the moment, either.
Becca: Just leave— Jimmy John's (@jimmyjohns) March 6, 2018
Arie: *Stares at Becca*
Becca: Just go
Arie: *Stomach growls and continues to stare*
Becca: Seriously go
Arie: *Orders Jimmy John’s and continues to stare*
Arie: Okay I think I’m gonna leave now #TheBachelor
In fact, USA Today’s review didn’t have good words for “The Bachelor” as a show, either.
“I’m going to take a minute away from being your recapper and just say, it feels a little dirty. We all sign up for the show knowing what's likely on the other side of the camera, but there’s something particularly exploitive about taking an hour to completely wring a woman’s emotions out on national television,” according to USA Today.
...and for the record, I don't think breaking off the engagement is bad.— Dana Weiss (@Possessionista) March 6, 2018
I don't even think breaking off the engagement because he changed his mind is bad.
I think ambushing her, and doing it on camera is unforgivable.#TheBachelor #TheBachelorfinale
The show ends on a cliffhanger, with ABC teasing a reunion between Luyendyk, Kufrin and Burnham on Tuesday night's second finale episode.
Luyendyk said in an interview with E!that he hopes people will understand his decision, even though he still feels bad about it. In fact, Luyendyk called himself “a monster” ahead of the finale.
But he hopes fans will understand.
"This is my journey, and this is about finding a lasting love and that road is not always the easiest," he said. "It's all about the ending and finding that person for yourself and that's the important part. I'm very happy."
More revelations about Luyendyk were unveiled this week, as former contestant Bekah Martinez tweeted out a series of images that show Luyendyk privately messaging her even after the show wrapped up filming, according to E! News.
It might be Marikh Mathias, a Utah native who appeared on this season of the show, who might have the best message for Luyendyk:
Moral of the story - in matters of the heart, follow your heart and not that pesky head of yours— Marikh Mathias (@maroosworld) March 6, 2018