Is Ben Flajnik starting to question Courtney Robertson now that he’s seen her on TV... or is he just feeding the debate on the controversial bachelorette going on right now in Bachelor Nation? Ben weighs in on The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 4 drama in his People.com blog this week. He also gives more intel on why he told Samantha Levey to kick rocks in the middle of their group date talk.

Credit: Natalie Cass/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney Photo: Ben Flajnik and His Ladies Gather Around the Campfire on The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 4

Is Courtney sincere?

“One thing I was completely oblivious to was Courtney causing such a stir with the other women. I thought that she was just making the most of her moments with me. It's really hard to not let your mind get caught up in "Do I really know that this person is being sincere?" so I tried to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I tried not to go into this experience with the fear that I was getting played, but I will say that if I let myself go there, it's a common fear in any relationship. Am I seeing the real side to this person? I will say that I appreciated the women who took a risk to come out of their shell and spend more time with me on group dates and not sit back and let other women take charge. I felt like I furthered a number of relationships that day.”

Samantha was not there for Ben

“Later in the evening, my decision to send Samantha home was something I had thought about earlier that day. It had been brought to my attention by some of the other women that she wasn't there for the right reasons and it really came through in our talk that night. It's enough to deal with the fears of falling for someone that won't love you back, but to put energy into a new relationship when neither person sees it going anywhere is never worth it. I wasn't willing to lose valuable time with the other women that I do have strong feelings for.” [According to Reality Steve’s sources, Samantha had the hots for one of the show’s producers and that’s why she left.]

Read Ben’s full blog for more.

Source: People

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