JoJo Fletcher may not be the smartest “Bachelorette” in the shed — that’s how that phrase goes, right? As she stands before her final rose ceremony, her choice has been narrowed down to Robby — a guy who probably still has a toothbrush at his ex’s house — and Jordan Rodgers … the guy who may not talk to his famous older brother, but is using said fame to his advantage anyway.
It’s pretty obvious Rodgers has no interest in being JoJo’s fiance and is gunning to be the next “Bachelor,” instead. Hey, if JoJo thrives on the stress and uncertainty of whether her man is honest and faithful, then she really knows how to pick ’em.
It is no simple feat being the star of one of the most-watched and criticized reality shows. And it’s easy to see why people are quickly jumping on the JoJo bashing bandwagon after Monday night’s (July 25) episode. There are numerous things for which we can rag on JoJo for, but the flack she’s receiving for the way she sent Chase home is ridiculous. How JoJo dealt with Chase is the second most mature and unselfish action she’s made this season.
Coming in first, is how swiftly JoJo gave Chad the boot. A more insecure girl would’ve kept the aggressive meathead around longer merely because he’s nice to look at. An individual with less will power might not have been able to ignore the show’s producers who were probably begging to keep Chad — a guy who would readily trade her up for a protein shake — around just a bit longer. The man’s a ratings goldmine.
But JoJo was having none of The Chad’s oversized ego. And he is nothing like Ben. The moment she got wind that there was a man with violent tendencies in the house, JoJo kicked him to the curb.
So, on Monday’s episode, right after spending romantic nights with both Robby and Jordan, it hits JoJo that she does not lust after Chase the same way she does with Robby and Jordan. While it’s difficult to wrap our brains around why she’s fallen for the two most untrustworthy guys in the house — or how Chase the Robot lasted this long in the competition — the easy move in this scenario would’ve been to take Chase into the Fantasy Suite anyways, and mess with his heart with misleading pity sex.
We’re sorry, but that sounds way more terrible. And it’s possible that, if Chase didn’t go out on a limb to say, “I love you,” JoJo might’ve still invited him to stay the night. If he wasn’t emotionally invested, it would be casual for both of them. But then Chase poured his heart out and she had no choice but to shut things down.
Most people in JoJo’s position, in order to avoid such an uncomfortable and awkward confrontation, would’ve done exactly that. But JoJo knows what it’s like to be in Chase’s shoes. And to be intimate with someone whom you later find out doesn’t actually love you – well, it really sucks.
While the initial sting definitely hurts, and Chase made his understandably upset feelings known, in the long run he’s better off. And it’s because of this reason that Chase was able to return to the rose ceremony the next day and apologize for his heat of the moment reaction. Taking time to cool off, he realized that — while it’s a serious bummer that his feelings aren’t reciprocated — JoJo did the virtuous thing and stopped leading him on the moment she knew he wasn’t the one.
Now … this in no way takes away from the fact that JoJo has shot herself in the foot this season. She’s narrowed down her choices to two men whose only current occupations consist of being former athletes. But she deserves to be commended, and not vilified, for the way handled Chase.
It’s not only the absolute best thing she could’ve done in what was already crappy situation, Chase now has a shot at being the next “Bachelor”! How about we take a note from JoJo’s handbook and be real about the chances of that ever happening: It won’t.
“The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” special airs on Tuesday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. The season finale of “The Bachelorette” airs Monday, August 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.