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In his final blog on The Bachelorette Season 8, Chris Harrison shares thoughts on “what turned out to be one of the best seasons we’ve ever had.” Would you agree that Emily Maynard’s love quest was one of the best? It’s a point to ponder.

Read on for more finale highlights from The Rosemaster, who is cautiously optimistic for Emily and Jef Holm to take Team JEM down the aisle.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr. was sincere and respectful … and totally dumped: “That final week in Curacao was a wild one, not only because Emily decided she was choosing Jef, but because of how she decided to say goodbye to Arie. Arie is a great guy, and Emily clearly loved him and he loved her. What I found amazing — and I was glad we were able to discuss it on the live show — was how it all continued to play out after we finished taping. The fact that Arie was so in love he took it upon himself to fly to Charlotte to see Emily again speaks volumes about his feelings and his relationship with her. It really lets you know what these people are feeling and going through is real. Arie was incredibly sincere on the show. I think he handled himself well and expressed his emotions very well, but at the same time was very respectful to Emily and Jef.”

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Jef + Em = beautiful: “Speaking of Jef, there’s not much to say about this couple that you couldn’t clearly see in their body language during the show. They love each other very much and are already off to an amazing start. Hearing the stories how Jef has spent so much time with Emily and Ricki, and how much he already loves that little girl, is amazing. Does this guarantee they will get married and stay together forever? Of course not. What they have is a great and beautiful start. They love each other very much, and have the beginning of what will hopefully be a long lasting relationship. I truly hope that it will be.”

Fans get a back pat: “Thank you again for making this season of The Bachelorette one of the most successful in history, and thank you for following us into Bachelor Pad. Please know that all of us at The Bachelor don’t take your loyalty and love for our show for granted, because we know it’s what keeps us going every year. Congrats to Emily and Jef. I wish you guys nothing but love and I look forward to hearing about the wedding plans very soon!”

But not too soon. Let’s not crowd them with daily questions like “When are you getting married?” “How are the wedding plans coming along?” “When are you having kids?” Give them some space to breathe and relocate and get to know each other or they might run for the hills (like so many Bachelor/ette couples before). We want these kids to make it!

Source: Entertainment Weekly