Should The Bachelorette Producers Have Warned Ashley Hebert?

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Yes, it's a reality show - one renowned for its mind games no less - and by going on it, Ashley Hebert opened herself up to scenarios beyond her control.

But still, we've never seen anything quite like this week's episode.

Knowing what they did, should The Bachelorette have pulled the plug on Bentley Williams before he was allowed to stab Ashley in the heart?

Ashley The Bachelorette

There are plenty of people who go on the show for the wrong reasons, and plenty of cases where people are edited in ways that craft a more compelling story.

Bentley Williams was in a class by himself, though.

Over the course of three episodes, he made his antipathy toward Ashley abundantly clear and left no ambiguity about the situations he was discussing.

The burning question is this: Because he was making disparaging comments about Ashley - and revealing his intention to toy with the poor girl - directly to ABC's cameras, should the show have kicked him off right there?

Moreover, why is he allowed to return after this display?!

"I'm catching heat and the producers are catching heat," says host Chris Harrison. "But the only way we could tell her about [Bentley Williams] would be to completely affect her journey. What line do we not want to cross?"

"Then it really opens up Pandora's box. Where does it stop? Do I tell her a snide comment J.P. just made or 'I heard William said something about you.'"?

"Why would she even date these guys when she could just go to the producers and watch the tapes. It undermines everything about the show. I know it's a sketchy gray area, but that's the line we've drawn and we've stuck to it."

That's not a terrible argument, but it's not helped by the fact that Bentley, having deceived Ashley Hebert and the show itself, will be BACK this season.

"It's not the last we see of him," Chris says. "Last night you saw that things weren't resolved and there wasn't closure. She will definitely want closure."

And ABC will definitely want ratings. Why are we surprised?

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I feel so sad for ashley, I mean the girl is really adorable, I know why she allowed herself with bentley, sometimes people take warnings seriously,if her friend didn't texted and warned her she probably wud have sent him home but she wanted to see things for herself and it turned out badly for her.

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I am VERY disappointed in this season's Bachelorette. This is the worst one yet! Ashley is so insecure and I think it is totally ridiculous that the show would fly Bently to Hong Kong for Ashley to have closure. I haven't seen any chemistry on her dates. I don't have a good feeling that she will truly fall in love that will last (but let's face it, not many do). We all just want the fairy tale so we watch this show but this season may have broke me of this habit. Bentley is a complete jerk. I can't stand to watch him anymore and I truly don't know if I believe she could have fallen that hard for him since she was warned about him. I think she would have been a lot more skeptical of him due to her insecurity. She seemed smarter than she is acting on this show. Sad. Producers: This is your worst show yet!!!

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I too am disappointed with this season. I have decided to stop watching this season because no one is doing anything to let Ashley know about Bently. What a waste of time for all the gentlemen and for her. Too bad they let it go this way. I was a faithful follower, but have just deleted this from my PVR timers because I don't want to see such hurt anymore!!! Shame on them!!

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I am so disappointed that the producers from the Bachelorette would not let Ashley hear the comments Bentley made about her and let her move on. It is so totally unfair to the guys remaining and if they bring him back I would just walk off the show if I were the guys. They are taking time out of their lives to do this and for some jerk like Bentley to take this away is unbelievable. I am so upset that the producers are letting this happen. The show is supposed to be about Ashley finding someone who loves her as much as she loves them and Bently is not loving her he doesn't even like her.

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I cannot believe the producers did not show Ashley the excerpts from his previous comments about her. I am very disappointed with the show. The other guys who are there for the right reasons should be so pissed off that Bentley is back in the picture and if they all walked off I wouldn't blame them.

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they did give her a choice to so no before he even got out of the car. The host said you don't even have to meet him and Ashley said she wanted to give him a chance. So ..... she kinda of ask for it by not listening to the warning from the text and then refusing to send him away.......

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It is reprehensible that the producers let Bentley stay all the while recording his destructive comments. Do they think it makes for good tv to allow his disgusting game by game play to be aired? How will Ashley feel after she sees the show and realizes how they all 'played' her. How any woman could ever consider him eligible. How would he feel if someone did that to his daughter?

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Bentley and ABC production staff went too far. The line was crossed into emotional, psychological abuse. Bentley is a gross person outside and in and the entire staff involved with filming the show should pay damages to Ashley. I hope Ashley stands up for all women and finds a good lawyer.

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If Bentley really is allowed to return then the show the Bachelor has become a trash show and is no longer worthy of being watched.. if he returns i believe many viewers will not watch this show in the future... This is in the poorest taste imaginable. The producers of this show should be ashamed of themselves as well as Chris Harris if they condone this.

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Really, I wonder how many of these guys are there for the right reasons. The whole concept is strange. All these guys trying to win the HEART of a gal they don't even really know? What a strange concept to begin with. I've watched the show when Travis the doctor was the Bachelor (I know, ages ago), and I felt icky watching him make out with a different girl every night and all these girls fighting over him. I haven't watched the show since. But that's just me. And I do watch a lot of other crap so I'm not criticizing anyone who follows this, just saying.