Did the Celebration of Love offer a fairy-tale ending for two Bachelor alums?
Ashley Iaconetti has made no bones about wanting to rekindle the flame she lit in Paradise with Jared Haibon, but would Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert’s wedding be where Ashley and Jared would ignite their spark once and for all?
Spoiler warning to those who haven’t seen Sunday’s The Bachelor 20: A Celebration of Love, details of Ashley and Jared’s fate as friends (or more) will follow.
Safe to say that when Ashley started the night by reminding Jared he’d tried to hook up with the bride, it was all down from there.
So, despite some strong words (“If he’s not making any moves tonight at a wedding – with an open bar – I’m going to murder him”) and some promises (“I would go to third base with Jared tonight”) from the famously virginal Ashley I., her pals’ party was ultimately a bust.
Ashley hoped for “a little wedding makeout maybe,” but during some post-nuptial one-on-one time she immediately noted that her conquest had “Paradise body language” (a.k.a. AWKWARD!).
Though he was considerately diplomatic with Ashley in person, Jared was pretty clear in an interview with producers: “She cares a lot about me, and I care a lot about her. Who knows what’ll happen in the future, but for now, Ashley and I are just really good friends.”
To her credit, Ashley got the message. In a tearful interview, she admitted that her hopes had been in vain: “I’m stupid, it’s fine.”
But she couldn’t help but wonder, “When does it get to be my time?”
She continued, “This sucks! I don’t want to cry on camera anymore.”
As it were, all the hook-ups on Sunday’s special were moments from the past, including a list of the series’s three steamiest hot tub moments (just three?!), such as those dalliances between Jason Mesnick and Jillian Harris, now-married Trista and Ryan Sutter, and Chris Soules with … Jimmy Kimmel (don’t ask, just search YouTube).
A rundown of the show’s most dramatic moments also rehashed the time Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe revealed to future fiancé Shawn Booth that she’d slept with his nemesis Nick Viall. And who can forget that time Ben Flajnik went skinnydipping with Courtney Robertson? Thanks to a top-three list of the show’s most scandalous momeents, we won’t any time soon.
The Bachelor airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.