The 2013 season of “The Bachelorette” has been jam packed full of drama. Between someone inviting Desiree Hartsock to the fantasy suite on day one, a contestant having a secret girlfriend, and others hoping to become the next “Bachelor,” viewers have watched their fair share of frogs. With only three guys left fighting for Desiree’s heart – Chris, Brooks and Drew – “The Bachelorette” took a break on Monday to air the special “Men Tell All” episode.
Desiree’s eliminated bachelors returned for the special to confront each other about some mishaps while filming, and the reunion was definitely explosive. One of the most buzzed about moments from the episode came courtesy of Ben, the first contestant to receive a rose from Desiree when the season started. Ben initially seemed like a sweetheart, introducing Des to his four-year-old son Brody during their first meeting. Yet, as time went by, Ben began to appear less sincere, and the guys in the house believed him to be a fraud.
During the “Men Tell All” episode -- fellow eliminated contestant Dan, a Las Vegas beverage distributor -- called Ben out for being a bad father and using his son to gain attention. Dan claimed that Ben ran into Ben's baby momma ex while in Las Vegas and that she reportedly had nothing nice to say about him.
“She said you had a girlfriend at the time and you cheated together and then Brody was born,” Dan dished in front of the audience. While Ben denied the accusations on screen, his baby's momma, Stevie, spoke to Wetpaint about what Dan said.
“None of it’s true,” she told the website. “Here’s what happened: me and my friend Taylor were in Vegas and we met up at XS [at the Wynn] for my sister’s bachelorette party. Taylor and Dan have a mutual friend, and so we went to say hi. We spoke for barely two minutes, not even.”
Stevie claims that she never spoke to Dan about Ben and that he’s actually a good dad. “Ben’s in Brody’s life a lot,” she continued. “He sees him every week, more than other fathers see their kids. He’s been financially involved 100 percent, more than most fathers, no matter how much they make. He helps with everything Brody needs.”
Ben was viewed at as the villain this season on “The Bachelorette.” He was eliminated when it came down to a two-on-one date with Desiree and Michael G. That experience revealed Ben's true colors while in the limo on the way out. The contestant told the cameramen that they missed out on the jackpot – a single dad from Texas – and wanted to know how long until he could be seen out with another woman. Ben ended his stint on “The Bachelorette” by waving to “Hollywood.” He was met with “boos” by the “Men Tell All” audience.
Do you think Ben got a bad rap this season? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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