One of the most popular episodes on the Bachelor series is when the showrunners bring back the ladies that have been eliminated to share their thoughts on the season’s trials, tribulations, and even scandals.
Unfortunately for fans of the show, this year’s “tell all” left out two of the show’s most popular and somewhat controversial participants – Kelley and Natasha.
Each of the contestants made it deep into the competition so their omission from the episode was pretty shocking for many viewers. However, as we have come to find out, Kelley’s reasons for not being featured differ greatly from those of Natasha.
Luckily, we were still treated to a reappearance of “the breaker of marriages”, Victoria Fuller and the center object of ChampagneGate, Kelsey Weier.
So, why were Kelley Flanagan and Natasha Parker left out?
Flanagan was considered an odds-on favorite since the 27 year-old attorney had already met Peter before filming began, which eliminated the awkward 1st time introductions. She was expected to make it deep into the competition, if not being ultimately selected by “the bachelor”.
However, she was eliminated in Week 7 of the show and was never to be seen again. So, why wasn’t she invited back for the Tell All? According to Bachelor expert, Reality Steve, Kelley must have really pissed someone off behind the scenes stating that obviously, “someone didn’t like her”. However, we don’t really know for certain.
For Flanagan’s part, she hasn’t said exactly why she was snubbed for the episode, but she has been vocal with a few tweets suggesting that several scenes were edited on the show to make her look less than optimal. This has been an issue brought up by contestants in the past so no shocker there.
While we may never know precisely what happened, it seems to be a lock that Flanagan won’t be considered as a candidate for The Bachelorette in the upcoming season.
As for Natasha Parker, her absence from the tell all episode is much clearer and definitely less dramatic and speculative. While Parker wasn’t one of the favorites to win the competition this year, she was able to steer clear of most of the on-screen female drama that typically envelopes the show.
Oddly, she wasn’t able to get a one-on-one date until late in season and was then eliminated shortly thereafter. She tweeted about the tell all episode stating that she had conflicting obligations that eliminated her opportunity to participate in the popular feature of the show, but that she was certainly invited to participate.
Parker’s tweet stated,
“Please don’t put us in the same boat…I was invited, I just unfortunately couldn’t make it.”
Surely enough both of the ladies were given some airtime in the bloopers segments including the overblown champagne eruption incident.
Now that the season has concluded, fans will have to await the announcement of a planned spin-off and the upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette and Bachelors in Paradise that will begin airing later this year.