‘The Bachelor’: And the final rose goes to…
Juan Pablo Galavis, the former pro soccer player described by Entertainment Weekly as a "shallow, narrow-minded hunk of man meat," brought a merciful end to perhaps the most controversial season in the history of "The Bachelor" Monday night when he made his choice between two remaining women.
And the final rose went to …
Nikki Ferrell, the 26-year-old nurse from Kansas City, Mo.
But hold on: Because J Pab isn’t yet completely sure that marriage is in the cards, he decided not to get down on bended knee and fork over the big rock in St. Lucia. Perhaps that will come later.
Nikki told El Bachelor how much she loved him and he replied by thanking her and telling her that there are many things that he loves about her.
He then recalled how her father told him to be 100 percent sure before issuing a proposal.
"I’m not 100 percent sure that 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," he told her, adding, "I like you a lot. A lot. So Nikki, will you except my final rose?"
She nodded and said, "Absolutely."
His decision left Clare Crawley, 32, the sensitive hairstylist from Sacramento, out in the cold — and very, very bitter.
After breaking the bad news to Clare ("I have to say goodbye to you"), he moved in for a hug, but she fended him off — a move that drew cheers from the in-studio crowd watching a feed of the finale.
"I saved this moment for the man of my dreams," she said. "I thought that was you. And I thought I knew what kind of man you were."
Then she drove in the final dagger, hissing, "I lost respect for you. … What you just made me go through, I would never want my children having a father like you." More cheers.
After Clare stormed off, El Bachelor breathed a sigh of relief: "Hooo. I’m glad I didn’t pick her."
Earlier in the episode, Clare admitted that she was "falling in love" and said she could envision herself as part of J Pab’s family "forever."