The Bachelorette\'s Eric Bigger Apologizes for Calling Bryan Abasolo a “Consolation Prize”
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The Bachelorette’s Eric Bigger Apologizes for Calling Bryan Abasolo a “Consolation Prize”

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Eric Bigger is clarifying comments he made about Rachel Lindsay’s decision to pick fiancé Bryan Abasolo.

The 32-year-old chose the Miami native during The Bachelorette finale over fan favorite Peter Kraus — much to the chagrin of Bachelor Nation.

Third-place finisher Eric echoed many fans' feelings when he called the 37-year-old a “consolation prize” just after the finale.

However, the Baltimore native believes his comments were not taken the right way.

“I can own what I said. I was going off what I see, not what I know — what I saw is what I spoke on,” he told People about his comments on Home & Family

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“That’s why I wanted to clarify that there is no ill will, no disrespect, I’m just calling what I saw. Forgive me, I apologize, but it’s all love.”

Though he’s friends with both Rachel and Bryan now that the season’s over, he knows his comments may have hurt them.

“They both know me — they know I’m honest. I think at the same time, when we have our own opinions, we can be insensitive to people’s feelings and thoughts,” he shared.  

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“Me knowing them, personally I just want to say, I apologize if I offended anyone.”

The 29-year-old was sent packing following the Fantasy Suite dates, and though he’s sad he went home, he’s glad he wasn’t in the top two.

“I think if I were to move forward it would’ve been that much harder for her to pick her top one,” he told Home & Family.

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Despite having a strong connection with the leading lady, the motivational speaker knew she had a strong relationship with the chiropractor from the beginning.

“They have a connection for sure. I think it will last. They both come from families where the mom and dad have been together for more than 30 years,” he said.  

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“They come from a foundation of committed relationships. I feel like anybody in their position, if they’re willing to work, sacrifice, commit and love each other unconditionally, I think it’ll work.”

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Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.