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“The Bachelorette: Men Tell All”: Kaitlyn Bristowe Confronted By Contestants, Breaks Down Over Slut-Shaming

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Kaitlyn Bristowe Bachelorette Men Tell All Recap

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Kaitlyn Bristowe Bachelorette Men Tell All Recap

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Kaitlyn Bristowe was confronted by eliminated “Bachelorette” contestants on Monday’s “Men Tell All,” and broke down over the slut-shaming she’s endured throughout the season.

As Gossip Cop reported, Bristowe selected her final two, Shawn Booth and Nick Viall, on last week’s installment. The penultimate episode of all “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” seasons traditionally feature the cut suitors returning to reflect on the highs and lows of the journey, and this time around was no different. Seventeen men came back to rehash some of the season’s biggest controversies, and Bristowe, of course, was at the center of it all.

The two-hour special began with the first full trailer for “Bachelor in Paradise,” which features some of Bristowe’s “Bachelorette” exes. Then the guys went right into one of the season’s biggest dust-ups: Ian’s exit after slamming his fellow contestants and questioning whether Bristowe was really there just to make out with a bunch of guys. Tanner ripped Ian for his actions, but Corey agreed with his take on Bristowe, upsetting some of the others.

“I won’t sit here, and let somebody bash Kaitlyn,” said Ben H., who, as Gossip Cop reported, will be the next “Bachelor.” For his part, Ian got down on his knees (literally) and offered his former competitors a “heartfelt apology,” which they accepted. Afterward, Clint clarified that he is indeed straight, despite his bizarre bromance with J.J., who rejected the show’s “portrayal” of them.

Kupah was the first to bring up Nick, and his unwelcome entrance after the season was already underway. J.J. and Chris (Cupcake), however, actually defended Bristowe for letting him join the competition, arguing that she had the right to explore every opportunity. J.J., who Bristowe dumped after he confessed to cheating on his ex-wife, was the first to take the show’s official “hot seat,” followed by Ben Z., and then Jared, who said he’s not over the Bachelorette. When it was Ben H.’s turn, he lamented how things changed after, unbeknownst to him at the time, Bristowe secretly told Shawn he was “the one.”

With just a half hour left, Bristowe herself finally took the stage, and host Chris Harrison started off by bringing up the online backlash and bullying she has faced in the wake of some of her decisions on the show, such as sleeping with Nick before the Fantasy Suite dates. “I get death threats,” she said. “That hurts.” Harrison read aloud some of the explicit tweets Bristowe has received, and she became increasingly emotional. As the men gave her a standing ovation in a show of support, the reality star let the tears flow.

When Jonathan questioned Bristowe’s decision to let Nick enter so late in the game, she reminded him that he originally voted for Britt Nilsson. The star also defended personally telling Shawn about sleeping with Nick, but not doing so with Ben H., and she insisted she struggled with her choices and valued everyone’s opinions more than they thought. “You guys, try and date all of these people at the same time, and don’t make a mistake, and have it all televised. I dare you. It’s hard,” Bristowe told the men.

After that tense segment, Bristowe mocked Clint and J.J., who did not seem happy about it, and then Ian stepped forward to give her an apology note, before, again, getting down on his knees. He went on to specifically apologize for any backlash his own judgments of her on the show may have led to. And, like always, it all ended with some laughs over a blooper rule.

Next week, as teased with a dramatic promo, “The Bachelorette” will have a two-hour season finale, followed, as usual, by the live “After The Final Rose” special. Tell us what you think of the “Men Tell All” episode, and whether you’re rooting for Bristowe to choose Booth or Viall!

 


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