updated 03/11/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/11/2014 AT 3:45 PM ET
Monday night’s shocking finale of The Bachelor left some viewers perplexed and dissatisfied with Juan Pablo Galavis, who refused to say that he was in love with his final rose recipient, Nikki Ferrell. Host Chris Harrison and Juan Pablo’s fellow franchise alums, newlyweds Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, were among them.
After sending home an angry Clare Crawley, Juan Pablo told Nikki that he had a ring in his pocket but viewers never saw it. “I’m not going to give it to you,” Juan Pablo said. “I’m not 100 percent sure I want to propose to you. But at the same time I’m 100 percent sure that I don’t want to let you go. I like you … a lot. A lot.”
Later, at the After the Final Rose special, Juan Pablo and Harrison became involved in a tense standoff – with the host prodding the Bachelor to open up about his feelings for Nikki, who sat adoringly by his side.
When Harrison asked, “How do you feel about her?” Juan Pablo said he felt “fantastic” and “great” about Nikki. When Chris asked if he was in love, Juan Pablo said, “I’m not going to answer that question to you.”
Aaron: He only met Nikki weeks before he was expected to propose. And then four months later – after keeping their relationship a secret – he still wasn’t ready to say I love you. What’s the big deal? He wants to take it slow.
Mary: Totally but his explanation of it – and I don’t buy the “English is my second language thing” – was pretty offensive to Nikki and a slap in the face to a franchise he signed up for. If you really wanted to keep things private, don’t go on a reality dating show to find love. It’s not like he’d have a hard time finding a date otherwise!
Aaron: Not everyone has to get engaged on The Bachelor. Alex Michel, Bob Guiney, Jesse Palmer, Travis Lane Stork, Charlie O’Connell and Prince Lorenzo Borghese all used the show to find a relationship but decided that it was too soon to put a ring on it. Plus, Nikki sat there and took it even though she said during the finale that all she wanted was to hear him say he loved her.