Credit: Rick Rowell/ABC Television Group © 2011 Disney/ Photo: Emily Talks to Ben on The Bachelor Season 16 Premiere

Did Ben Flajnik get turned off by Emily O'Brien ’s (constant) Courtney Robertson talk, or did he just do what Courtney wanted because she made it clear that it was basically her or Emily?

The second Emily sat down with Ben and started hinting bad things about Courtney this season, she basically cursed herself. That kind of thing has a long history of not working on The Bachelor or Bachelorette — and it probably helped turn Emily from an early front-runner to a pre-hometown dates dumpee on The Bachelor Season 16, Episode 7.

Or did Ben just lose that loving feeling with Emily, and it had nothing to do with the Courtney drama? Their lobster-eating date in Belize wasn’t exactly boiling over with romantic tension, so was she already in his friend zone?

Was it just a matter of Ben falling in greater like/love with the other girls who remain? After all, Ben seemed to listen to the bachelorettes who warned him (at some point off camera) that Samantha Levey might be there for “the wrong reasons” (i.e. in love with someone else) and he kept Kacie Boguskie and Nicki Sterling around after they tried tag-teaming Ben to warn him that, in their eyes, Courtney was not sincere. 

If Ben was going to ditch everyone who talked bad about Courtney, wouldn’t he have dumped Emily and either Kacie or Nicki, instead of Emily and Rachel Truehart?

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Credit: 5min.com Photo: Kacie B. and Nicki Warn Bachelor Ben About Courtney — New EXTENDED Season 16, Episode 7 Sneak Peek!