In her exit interview, Shawntel talked about how she ended up on Episode 3 (although her story of calling Chris Harrison is kind of confusing when you match it with a previous interview where she said she was asked to come back) and how she doesn’t have much love for Ben’s mean girl beauties. Unfortunately, she thinks Ben may pick one of them in the end – namely, Courtney Robertson, also known as the contestant who called her “what’s her butt” during the Rose Ceremony and may have ruined her chances at a rose.
Did you have an idea Ben would be The Bachelor or were you blindsided? Shawntel: "I had ideas that he would be asked because I knew he was top two. He wouldn't talk to me a whole lot about it but I'd say things like, 'Oh my gosh, we need to meet before you make this decision!' but it just never happened. I don't blame him for wanting to be The Bachelor. You know you'll have all these different options. I think for us it was bad timing. When I didn't hear from him a whole lot I kind of knew he'd made the decision. I backed off because I wasn't going to go back on the show and do it that way, then as the days went on, I thought he might be engaged in a couple of months so I want to at least meet him in person and explore it a little bit more. So I called Chris."
Were you surprised by how the women reacted? Shawntel: "Oh my gosh, I was beyond surprised. I expected going into the cocktail party to have some, or, probably all of the girls upset with me or a little confused. I'd be thinking the same way, 'Oh, this sucks, here comes another girl just to add more tension'. But I didn't expect to get that reaction. It was really, really uncomfortable to sit there and have 15 really pretty girls pick on me. I felt like the kid in the playground that everyone picks in. It was like out of the movie Mean Girls and I wasn't expecting that. To my face I had girls say some really harsh things and watching on Monday hearing girls comment on my body image saying I'm uglier in person or I'm a bitch, there is nothing that could have prepared me for that and it wasn't easy to watch. The tension was so intense and I wasn't expecting that. I was hurt by all the comments that were made. There was not really one thing that was said that was nice."
How were you feeling as you went into the rose ceremony? Shawntel: "At that moment at the rose ceremony when there was one rose left and Jaclyn [Swartz],Erika [Uhlig] and myself, I knew I was going home. I could see it in his face and I knew he was uncomfortable when Courtney went up to him. She was up there for a while and I knew she basically gave him an ultimatum — I think she called me 'what's her butt', which is not easy to hear — saying, 'If you keep Shawntel, I'm out' and I think a lot of those girls felt that way. Standing up there I knew I was going home. When he escorted me out... all I could say to him was good luck because I was so emotionally drained from all the girls. I had two minutes with him and it was all so crazy and I had no words. In the end, Ben did me a favor. One, if I'd stayed, it would have been more intense, and also I think he already had connections with some of the girls and he didn't want to ruin that."
What do you think of Courtney? Shawntel: "As I'm watching, I think Ben makes it very, very clear that he is kind of head-over-heels for her. It really didn't surprise me when she went up there and told him, basically, that it wasn't easy, and that if I stayed she is out. I think that was the biggest influence Ben had and a huge reason why I went home. I think he has very much been falling in love with her and I feel he could end up choosing her in the end, which is very surprising considering how she acted with me, which wasn't the classiest. When I got sent home she laughed and said something like 'sayonara'. I think he was completely surprised by the way even Courtney reacted with me when I showed up."
Would you be interested in Ben if, say, it doesn't work out? Shawntel: "I wouldn't be interested. I think he's a good person. Friendship, possibly, I'd hope to be a friend but after that whole situation… I know people can crack under pressure. I said that on camera. That to me was such a setting that either he could make it to where I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, this is the guy I want to be with the rest of my life because he's keeping me and he did feel something', or the way it went. I want a man who will set the fair aside and keep me among all these other women too. No, I wouldn't be [interested], just because in that situation him sending me home was like, 'OK, if he won't do it there, I'm not going to come back to it!' So, no, I wouldn't."