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There was no beating around the rose bush.
“I’m not sure if they told you backstage, I’m not behind this at all,” Ripa told the season 15 lead. “You seem like a lovely girl. You blink twice, I will get you out of here.” Brown, however, was unfazed. “I’m good,” she said with a laugh. “I’m glad to be here.”
Ripa was too. After all, she finally got her chance to address her concerns with the former Miss Alabama USA. “I am very against women fighting over a guy,” explained the All My Children alum. “I don’t believe in it. I think it’s, you know, weird and sets us back. But now, you are in the power position. So, take me through that. How does that work?”
“Like you, I didn’t really follow the show, wasn’t a big fan,” the interior designer admitted. “But, being a part of the show, it’s not women fighting against each other. Really, some of my best friends came from the show and were really supportive. When you have a group of 30 people together, there’s going to be people who don’t like each other. That’s simple facts.”
“But, ultimately, it was one of the most empowering things that I ever have done because I had to push myself and grow as an individual,” she continued. “And I did. And I think that’s why I decided that I wanted to be the Bachelorette and wanted that so bad.”
On Tuesday’s show, Ripa slammed the reality dating series, which boasts the ardent Bachelor Nation fan base.
“It disgusts me,” she told co-host Ryan Seacrest. “I thought that I was disgusted because I couldn’t stand the idea of 25 exceptional women fighting over one, ordinary fella, in my opinion. You know how I feel ladies! We are too special to be arguing over a guy.”
Her remarks left Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss and host Chris Harrison on thorns.
“Easy, @kellyripa … #TheBachelor franchise pays your salary!” Fleiss tweeted, referring to their shared network ABC. Chimed in Harrison, “Look out #BachelorNation, @KellyRipa is coming after you and your ‘disgusting’ Monday night habit.”
Perhaps this dramatic journey has now reached its end.