The season’s villain broke new ground with a stunt so despicable, Chris Harrison had to show it to Bachelor Nation early — even eliminated, he just would not go away!
Try as they might — and we doubt they tried very hard — “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” special was just another chapter in the Luke P show that has dominated Hannah B’s season. Part of that is her own fault, for refusing to let him go for so long, but as we saw tonight, he shoulders a good portion of the blame.
In fact, Chris Harrison couldn’t even get to the “Men Tell All” proper because he was just so flabbergasted by what happened next. At first we were confused why they’d show the next rose ceremony with the Final Three during this show instead of waiting until the next week, but by the end of the hour it all made sense.
This was about closure for Hannah, for the guys, for Chris Harrison and for Bachelor Nation. We’ve all been on a tumultuous and painful journey this season with Luke P, so this was our final chance to close the chapter on Luke for good. And that’s why we needed to see that portion of the rose ceremony tonight because otherwise Luke P would have horned his way into Hannah’s finale, and she doesn’t deserve that.
Yes, you read that right. Even after getting eliminated, Luke had the gall to show up at the rose ceremony anyway and even stood in his spot next to the other three finalists. They had no idea he had been booted from the night before. It was the most incredible display of narcissistic arrogance and chauvinistic behavior yet, as he simply chose to ignore her wishes and force his presence on her.
From there, he further demanded that she give him the time to speak his piece. It was disrespectful to her experience, to the other three guys who were still on the show and to the show itself. As Hannah told him, “That’s not how this works.”
It got to the point the other guys had to intervene and actually threatened to remove Luke physically from the premises. And yet, he still wouldn’t go. What arrogance must you possess that you think reality and the rules and even the wishes of other people don’t matter more than your own? And the wishes of the woman you supposedly love mean nothing, either?
Honestly, there’s not a whole lot that needs to be said here beyond what everyone said to Luke on the show. To his credit, he did show up and take the questions from everyone there. And he spent about half of the show in dramatic pauses trying to formulate his thoughts. It’s as if he was filtering through what he wanted to say immediately knowing that it was probably awful and sexist and terrible, and so he forced his brain to say what he hoped would be a more acceptable answer.
This results in some inconsistencies in his answers. And throughout it all, he still mostly kept everything about himself. He got offended that people would question his character, faith and integrity while admitting that he lied to and about the other guys with no explanation as to why he did that. He also expressed a very old-fashioned mentality about women that everyone already knew when he point-blank said that a man should lead and guide his wife in their marriage.
There are faiths that believe this, but he should have been very upfront and honest with Hannah about that — or any woman he wants to date — so they know what he expects in his marriage. Chris Harrison asked him if he wanted a wife he could put on a shelf in a glass case and take her down when he needs her. Rather than simply say no, Luke paused longer on this one than any other question he got.
Was he thinking that this is exactly what he wants but he knows he can’t just say that? Because if so, that means he is looking to trick a woman into getting with him so he can spring this on her later. He lacks the confidence to believe he can find a woman who wants to be put on a shelf. If that’s what he wants, own it and hope for the best. But never be disingenuous to a partner or even a prospective partner about what you want out of this relationship.
It certainly seems like Luke was that a lot.
At least we got a better understanding from Hannah as to why she latched onto Luke P so hard and kept him for so long despite the laundry list of red flags. It was all to do with her fears about being on “The Bachelorette” and her fears of the intentions of the guys she would be dating. It makes it even more unfortunate that Luke P turned those fears against her by lying that Luke S (for example) wasn’t there for the right reasons.
It was using her own fears against her in a manipulative way to benefit himself, and he never did give an explanation as to why he did those things throughout the show. Instead, he simply apologized as he’d done on the show with no indication the remorse was real or indicative of any intention to change. Luke P seems to think Luke P is just fine and everyone else just needs to get on board.
We’re going to let Chris and Hannah and Mike and the rest of the guys have their say, as well as Luke P. And then, like Hannah and the show, we’ll close our own chapter on Luke P and maybe never have to talk about him again. It’s safe to say he won’t be the next Bachelor chosen.
For the record, we’re on Team Big Mike all the way! That guy is as genuine as it gets, he’s committed to finding the right woman for the right reasons, he respects women and … and … the show could use a jolt of diversity. It’s past time, “Bachelor” producers, so get over yourselves and give the people what they want.
And now, the highlights (or lowlights) of “The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All” aka the series finale of “The Luke P Show”:
Luke Crashes the Rose Ceremony
Luke P Tells All
The Men Tell All to Luke
Hannah Tells All to Luke
“There is this huge fear of what your intentions are and that night Luke made me believe that he was there for me and gave me hope from the beginning and I held onto it a lot longer than I should have, but it gave me safety: okay, at least one guys’ here for me.” -Hannah (about how insecurity over being ‘The Bachelorette’ led her to latch so hard onto Luke P)
“I really don’t have much to say, just the fact that I’m sorry that I made the whole process for you so difficult [and] I will say thank you. You actually did teach me a lot as well about myself, taught me how to self-reflect and you showed me how important it is to open up.” -Luke P
“I wanted a man of God that had those same values, but then that was almost weaponized against me. I was, by the ed, threatened by the shared faith that we had.” -Hannah
“I’m so over being slut-shamed and being felt like that makes me not a woman of faith.” -Hannah
“Bachelor Nation I’m sorry. I’m sorry for this whole thing with Luke and him just bein gon our television screens for too long, way longer really than any of us ever desired. It’s my fault. A lot his, but I did it. I was there. I’m sorry. I’m tired of talking about him. Chris are you tired of talking about him?
“Are y’all tired of talking about him?”
“The Luke P show is canceled. We will not renew the season. Again, my apologies and God bless the united States of America.” – Hannah (running for office?)