How Did Bentley Williams Get on The Bachelorette?!

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In our Bachelorette recap earlier, we touched on many burning questions from last night, most of which we may never fully know the answer to.

Why did Bentley Williams go on the show? Why did he treat Ashley like garbage? Why didn't ABC boot him? How can he be allowed to return!?

One thing is clear: We need Chris Harrison like never before.

Below are excerpts from Chris' EW blog this morning, in which The Bachelorette host addresses the scourge of society that is Bentley:

Bentley Williams, Ashley Hebert

On whether Bentley Williams is the show's worst villain: My first thought about that is that’s really something for you guys to judge, not me.

My second thought is the “villain” title really doesn’t do justice to what went down. It softens the blow and simplifies things too much in my opinion.

On why Bentley left and when: I’m not positive, but something about not getting the rose on this group date seemed to set the wheels in motion.

Whenever he decided he was going, he pulled the trigger the next morning. Let me be very clear about my thoughts on Bentley and him leaving.

I have no problem with him coming on the show, even if he hoped The Bachelorette was Emily, or with him deciding it was time to leave. That's up to him.

I also didn’t have a problem with him using his daughter as an excuse to leave; that’s not the way I would have handled the situation, but so be it.

My issue is he appears to have come on the show with bad intentions, and even when he decided to leave, he messed with Ashley’s head by leading her on and letting her believe that there’s still a chance for them to be together.

He knew Ashley had fallen for him, and instead of just leaving and letting her go ... he chose to end it with that ridiculous “dot-dot-dot” garbage.

On how Bentley stuck around so long: The simple answer is it was always up to Ashley. She made the decision to allow him on that first night.

After Ashley received the texts warning her about Bentley, we offered her the option of not even having to meet the guy, but she gave him a shot.

Every step of the way - despite warnings from producers, myself and others - Ashley stuck to her guns and believed in this guy. In Ashley’s defense she wasn’t privy to all the things Bentley said behind her back.

Ashley made a deal with herself that this time around she would open herself up to be vulnerable and give herself every opportunity to find love.

I know she feels foolish for being taken advantage of, but she shouldn’t. Yes, she made the decision to keep him around, but I understand why. You have to open yourself up to make this work and that’s what she did.

On where Ashley Hebert goes from here: The real problem is she doesn’t get much time to heal her heart and put things in perspective.

She has 12 guys still here giving up their lives to find love, and they really don’t understand just how much Ashley had fallen for Bentley.

As we move forward this will be the dilemma we deal with. Obviously you will be the real judge and jury as to what you think about Bentley.

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whether she is from Utah or not she is completely STUPID, I will not waste my time viewing garage from the batchelorette it is garbage

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Why is this STUPID SHOW allowed to continue, Ashley and the producers are IDIOTS

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whats rediculous is the fact that she fell for this guy despite the texts AND there were like 14 other guys!!!!!! she must feel very stupid watching the season back because she was like " i just have this feeling" well ashley NEVER GO WITH YOHR GUT FEELING!! i almost want to blow out my eardrums so i dont have to hear"OHHH I LOVED BENTLEY SOOOO MUCH AND I JUST CANT GET OVER HIM!!!!" how do fall in love after 3 weeks???? bentley was a creel and ashley needs to get over him... im sick of hearing about bentley. ashley is ruining the season. they should have picked shantel.

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This soap opera of a season with Bentley ,has to be scripted! No girl could be as stupid and gullible as Asley appears to be by accident! ,could they???? shes not even blond anymore!!!how much are these guys/and Ashley being paid to act out their roles!If all this is really reality,and on the level ,no wonder none of them,except a couple of guys have never been married,and Ashley is a train wreck waiting to happen!

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Bentley is a self destructing bastard. No woman who has seen the Bachelorette would ever date him so he better be gay. If some girl did agree to sex he better not fall asleep as he may wake up minus his willy. If he's the next Bachelor, I'm boycotting the show forever. Mad and Vicious Bitch in Las Vegas

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I just don't get what Ashley was seeing in this JERK Bentley Williams. He's so stuck on himself and arrogant to boot. To me, his behavior clearly displays why his first wife dumped him. His friend did an interview on Utah TV the other night. Bentley's friend was trying to put a good spin on Bentley's horrible behavior. It didn't sway me a bit. This guy obviously thinks he is good-looking. Where is he getting this idea? Bentley is ugly!!!

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This is a tV program and he did what he had to do, good intentions or whatever he entertained. This dude was honest with himself Ashley is cute but she's no Tamera Barney or Ugly Betty so Bentley should get himself BMW, find a Mom for his kid and move to OC where he belongs.

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Bentley is a jerk and he could be from anywhere. They seem to find a lot of jerks for The Bachelor/Bachelorette. Michelle is the one who put them on to Bentley. I agree witht he person who says he looks like garbage. I don't see what a smart good looking and independent girl lie Ashely sees in him.

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Good bye Bentley....you are a self centered little prick !!!!Ashley can do better...and please get rid of the masked freak !!!

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OOps I ment to say Ashley is NOT on of them