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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Last season it was Michelle who was the snake and she was from Utah too. She is an actress not a hair stylist as she stated. I am from Utah also and I think there are some nice thigs to be said for our state but yes Ashley one of them.

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The connection between being Mormon and the type of guys like Bentley is obvious. It's narcissism both ways and unfortunately, for all those beautiful women in Utah being married to them without realizing that their own husband live double lives. Bentley shows COMMON characteristics of the COMMON Utah man. It's obvious to anyone who isn't part of the Mormon cult because the wool isn't pulled over their eyes. I can understand those who complain that it's not fair to "judge" based on origin of religion. Just to make myself clear, I'm not judging. I'm stating the obvious. Lift the wool and you'll see and you'll be much happier! ;o)

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I completly agree with Sheila and Julianne L. It couldnt have been said any better. I definatly would never go to his business he just made the biggest mistake of his life ,he just set his own fate what an idiot!!! How the hell did he even get chosen to go on the show he is hideous looking his hair looked like sh*t ,he walked like Lurch, what pig sits in a bathroom smelling another mans dump to play with their hair (maybe he is into men) Ashley should be happy he was a complete dork his clothes didnt match oh and nice shoes too ,he was just gross. Im sure when his daughter gets old enough she will see the show where her dad acted like he didnt give a crap about her either, she will be so proud. He has issues with all woman and any woman that ever dates him now is just as ignorant as him.

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This is TV show Perfect!...he'll be chosen for the next bachelor....you watch!

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Agree with Lance. The producers must have known. I'll bet it was done for the ratings. Otherwise it's all too ludicrous.

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Oops, that's Pat, not Kathy.

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And Kathy, "cults" try to separate you from your family and isolate you so you are dependent on them. The family is the central point of the LDS Church.But back to Bentley and the reason we're all here
Sarah, great comment. First Michelle, now Bentley.

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I love that most people have to point out that he's "Mormon". If he were any other religion it wouldn't even have been mentioned. And Kathy, that's 'mormon' not 'morman' and BYU has turned out many wonderful and stand-up folks.

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This is nuts. I find it hard to believe that this guy wasn't encouraged to be a jerk-- especially during his interviews. And I don't know how Ashely could be so into a guy she'd only met literally days ago. It's episode three, after all. They film the whole show in a matter of 6 weeks or so. The whole thing is bonkers.

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BENTLEY, FIRST OF ALL HE IS ULGY, NICE HAIR!!! SECOND, VERY IMMATURE! WHO HE THINKS HE IS, BEYOND ME! THANK GOD ALL WOMAN NOW KNOW WHAT A SCUM BAG HE IS. DISRESPECTFUL AS WELL. GOD FORGIVE ME BUT CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS DAUGHTER TO EXPERIENCE SOMEBODY LIKE HIM IN HER LIFE. PAY BACKS ARE A BI$TCH AND YOU WILL GET YOURS LOSER! HAHAHAHAA!!!

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