“After watching, I didn't realize that the women were so mean to Shawntel and I was a bit taken aback,” Ben wrote in his People.com blog. “I mean I knew it was a bold move on Shawntel's part, but some of the women took it a bit too far.” (A bit? Ya think?)
Ben also clarified his pre-show relationship with Shawntel and the idea that there could’ve been something between them under different circumstances:
“Shawntel and I had chatted a few times in between seasons and I thought she was an interesting, beautiful woman and she was right to assume that there was a connection,” Ben wrote. “There was, but the timing was wrong. So, you can imagine how surprised I was when she showed up to the cocktail party unannounced. I knew if I kept Shawntel around I would lose all the credibility I had built with these women and it wouldn't be easy to dig myself out of that hole. Let's put it this way – if Shawntel had started the journey with the rest of the women it might have been different. But I was already so happy with the group of women that I had that I wasn't about to jeopardize the rest of my experience in trying to find love. I do want to thank Shawntel though for coming. She gave up a lot to try this and I really respect her for it.”
Wonder if he is still as happy with the group of women now that he sees what they are really like.