For a time, it looked as though Stephanie Hogan was destined to take Jason Mesnick on a "hometown date" as one of the final four women on The Bachelor.
But the 34-year-old single mom from Huntsville, Ala., was surprisingly sent home on Monday's episode, exiting in a classy, mature (and thus unfamiliar) fashion.
In a conference call with celebrity news media, Stephanie talked about her connection - or lack thereof - with Jason and her impressions of The Bachelor.
Throughout her time on the show, and especially after that date to Legoland in which her daughter Sophia made a surprise appearance, Stephanie Hogan spoke of the very special connection she and Jason Mesnick were developing.
However, after this past episode's Rose Ceremony, Stephanie Hogan conceded that she never saw that spark in his eyes whenever he looked at her.
In her interview, she explained this apparent contradiction, saying that their connection was more a strong friendship than anything romantic.
He didn't fill her with overwhelming passion when he walked into the room, Stephanie said, and she didn't think she did that for him either.Nevertheless, she says she believes they will stay friends.
“I think we will [stay friends] after this. No doubt. I just had such a bond with Jason. I think our friendship will remain strong,” Stephanie said.
One of several single moms who left a child at home to be on the show, she said Sophia took her absence and her own appearance on national TV in stride.
“You know what, she had no idea. She thinks it's just a video. She didn't know she was on TV,” Stephanie said of her Sophia's feelings on the experience.
Stephanie said that after this season of The Bachelor is over and if she is still single, she would definitely consider being The Bachelorette if ABC asked her.
She offered no predictions on which of the final four ladies would win the heart of Jason Mesnick in the coming weeks - but you can tell us your opinion below!
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