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The Bachelor host Chris Harrison spoke to reporters via conference call today and shared his thoughts on the re-engaged Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson.

Chris paints a fair portrait of the controversial couple, and sympathizes with Courtney (though he concedes he and his family were Team Lindzi from the start).

Will the couple make it? Will we see them on TV again? And what was it like whipping out that ring on the After the Final Rose special? So many questions.

Excerpts from his lengthy interview on all of that and more below:

Courtney, Ben

On whether he's rooting for rooting Ben and Courtney:

"Of course I'm rooting them on. You know, why wouldn't you?"

"I mean, I know that she wasn't the most popular choice and that if you put it to America's vote maybe she wouldn't have been in it, but I think the important thing and the great thing about the show is that was Ben's choice."

"Why not respect that? Who am I not to respect that? And so of course I wish them the best and the million dollar question, will they make it? Who knows? Who's to say which couples make it in life? But I wish them the very best. 

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Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson of The Bachelor cover Us Weekly this week ... for the fourth time this year. None of which have been positive portrayals.Ben Flajnik Proposing to Courtney Robertson

In the aftermath of The Bachelor season finale, the tabloid uses the following headline to describe the lovebirds: "Liar Liar! Inside Their Web Of Deceit." 

Hmm. Wonder how they really feel about Ben and Court.

Ben and Courtney Us Cover

The viewing populace wasn't thrilled that Ben Flajnik chose Courtney Robertson over Lindzi Cox with the final rose Monday, but Us takes it to a new level.

The magazine states unequivocally that their relationship is all a lie, claiming:

  • That Ben kissed a bunch of random girls last month (that appears true).
  • That he never stopped chasing other women since their "reconciliation."
  • That Courtney’s tearful After the Final Rose apology was all for show. 
  • That there's another girl and Ben and Courtney are over already.

Not hard to believe, given the utterly awkward and uncomfortable ATFR special Monday, but remember, this magazine has tried to take them down all winter:

  • Ben Flajnik Us Cover
  • Courtney the Man-Eater
  • Courtney Robertson: Shameless Seduction!

What do you think? Is this all to sell magazines, or is the couple really destined to fail - if they haven't already? And was this the worst Bachelor season ever?

Vote below: Will Ben and Courtney last?

 

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Ben Flajnik's decision to propose to Courtney Robertson on The Bachelor finale was not exactly well received, but he stands by it, saying they're a great fit.

The reality star hopes that as the recent controversy dies down, "people will get a better understanding of who we are and why we're still together."

Ben admits he saw signs of Courtney Robertson's now-infamously catty behavior this season, "like when she would skip back after getting a rose."

Just the same, "I asked [the other women] for specific examples and [they said], 'She's weird,' or 'She's different.' That wasn't reason enough."

Ben Flajnik Proposing to Courtney Robertson

Ben Flajnik says there were "many really sweet moments that we had together" that kept him interested in Courtney Robertson, come what may.

Plus, he adds, "She was one of the only girls on the show that questioned the experience and that's what I found attractive about her – and I still do."

"Courtney was always like, 'I've only been on two dates with you, why should I bring you home right now? My family is really important to me.'"

"It was like, finally, someone who asks the right questions instead of [saying], 'It's going be wonderful and we could be married for the rest of our lives.' "

Despite acknowledging that the two split for several weeks this winter, during which he kissed a bunch of random girls, Ben says they "will be fine."

"Maybe someday people will get behind us, but for now we work really well together," he says. "The Bachelor will not define me as a person."

Question is: Will Ben and Courtney last?

 

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The Bachelor's Ben Flajnik adamantly denied - swore on his father's grave, no less - that he kissed other girls during his brief time apart from Courtney Robertson.

These photos clearly show him kissing Alison McGlone and another girl, however.

Here's the deal: Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson got engaged on the finale ... but he dumped her after seeing what a psycho she was throughout the season.

They were apart for a period in February, when the pics (below) were taken.

Courtney and Ben reconciled soon after, but he still swore up and down after The Bachelor finale that he didn't stray from her at any point. Why?

  • Ben Flajnik Cheating?
  • Alison McGlone and Ben Flajnik
  • Ben Flajnik, Alison McGlone

According to Pacific Coast News, which did its best to document all of Ben's activities, he kissed a second, unnamed girl after bar-hopping in San Francisco February 17.

Ben then kissed a third unidentified woman (red pants) after the bars closed.

Doesn't look like the way you kiss a "friend," does it? Ben was later seen being escorted home by some girl, who also left the next morning in the same clothes.

The following night, Flajnik was seen on a romantic late night dog walk with another woman, Alison McGlone (above, center and right) whom he could be seen kissing.

Note that there is ass-grabbing going. Not "friend" material. Early the next day, Alison McGlone was seen leaving his house and walking home ... in the same clothes.

Again, he and Court had split up during this window. But he may have also blatantly lied on TV. Pure celebrity gossip fodder, perhaps. But that doesn't mean it's false.

It all makes you wonder ... will Ben and Courtney last?

 

[Photos: Pacific Coast News]

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To the surprise of no one and the dismay of nearly everyone, Courtney Robertson took home the final rose on The Bachelor season finale Monday night.Ben Flajnik, Courtney Robertson Kiss

The most interesting part of the evening came afterward.

On the After the Final Rose special, taped on March 4 and airing right after Ben Flajnik got down on one knee, the couple revealed to host-pimp Chris Harrison that Ben actually dumped Courtney last month ... only to get re-engaged!

What prompted the split? Ben Flajnik watching his model fiancee act like such a petulant, obnoxious psycho b!tch on The Bachelor this season, basically.

Surprisingly (and it seemed quite genuine ... if this was an act for the cameras it was a darn good one) the two patched things up after their breakup.

Ben said he knows Courtney Robertson regrets her behavior and he should've stuck by his bride-to-be through this difficult time, rather than run for the hills.

And hooking up with some other girl, which he denied in the ATFR taping. Whatever. In case there was any doubt, he put the ring BACK on her last night.

All very interesting. What do you think? Do you believe in Courtney and Ben? Will these two make it to the altar and live happily ever after? Vote in our poll:

Will Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson last?

 

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It's all come down to this.Lindzi Cox Bachelor Finale Dress

After months of speculation over The Bachelor spoilers and controversy swirling around a woman who has left an indelible mark on the show (for better or for worse), Courtney Robertson squares off with Lindzi Cox for the final rose.

Who will Ben Flajnik give it to?

Ben Flajnik Finale Pic

The next three hours will reveal all as the two ladies go on their last dates with Ben in Switzerland and he makes the proposal that brings this season to an end.

After he does, the After the Final Rose special will catch us up on Ben and his fiancee's current status. We'll be here throughout with THG's LIVE +/- recap:

Chris: It's the most controversial finale IN BACHELOR HISTORY (this year)! Plus 11.

Swiss Alps: So beautiful. And a Fitting venue for the Ice Queen's coronation. Plus 9.

Does ABC freaking have David Gray on retainer? Minus 13.

The MOUNTAIN gives Ben hope?! Uggggh. Minus 7.

Ben's sister looks a little Shawntel Newton-esque. Plus 4.

Red flag? Understatement of all time. Minus 8.

Lindzi looks as cute as she has all season. Things certainly haven't gone downhill since she rode in on a horse ... dinnertime silverware faux pas aside. Plus 12.

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ABC certainly didn't have trouble coming up with a narrative this season.Courtney Robertson Bachelor Finale Dress

With the season finale of The Bachelor on tap tomorrow night, all of America is on pins and needles awaiting the conclusion of an epic morality play.

The Bachelor spoilers have been right all season. Will they be on point Monday as the Black Widow does battle with all that is right with the world?

Maybe that's a bit over the top ... but this promo blatantly uses "Good vs. Courtney" as a tagline for the conclusion of this controversial season:

As for what's allegedly happened since The Bachelor season finale, the rumor mill has been working overtime. Reports of trouble in paradise abound.

We won't say whether Lindzi Cox (good, according to 80+ percent of viewers, and ABC's promo) or Courtney Robertson (evil) got the final rose.

Most people have a pretty good idea where Ben's head is at, though, so follow the jump for the latest report on his current relationship status ...

Seriously, quit reading now if you want to remain in the dark:

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The Bachelor season finale and After the Final Rose special air on Monday.

All eyes will be on Ben Flajnik and his fiancee ... whomever that may be.

If you want to know who we think it is, check out The Bachelor spoilers page we've put up and updated throughout the season. But it doesn't sound good ...

Ben Flajnik Dumped?

From the magazine cover above, you'd assume that Ben was not only dumped by either Courtney Robertson or Lindzi Cox already, but he selected the wrong woman on The Bachelor finale, and there's a nude video scandal lurking.

That would be probably one-third true.

All of the reputable intel we've found thus far suggests that he has NOT broken up with his fiancee - despite his increasingly obvious lack of enthusiasm for the show and allegedly kissing some random girl last week.

They're still together. For now.

The After the Final Rose special Monday night should be telling, as it was filmed March 4, and will offer at least some insight on how the couple is doing. It airs immediately after Flajnik doles out his final rose around 9:55 p.m.

Who do you think deserves it?

 

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Ah, The Bachelor's traditional Women Tell All special. Courtney Robertson certainly didn't enjoy it, and neither did The Bachelor himself, Ben Flajnik.

That's putting it mildly, based on his body language ... and now his words.

As he describes in his weekly blog, which has noticeably regressed in its enthusiasm and zest for life in recent installments (wonder why), he writes:

Ben Flajnik on The Bachelor

On the WTA reunion: "At the risk of sounding harsh, I can't say I was looking forward to seeing the women I had sent home over the past few weeks."

"I was surprised to see so many of the women still going at one another ... I'd think that after a few months of not being around each other they would start to bond over the experience they had all just shared. I was wrong again."

On all the crap Blakeley Shea took: "I just want to say again, I respect the fact that she stood on her own and focused on our relationship and didn't let the women affect her as much as most people would have thought."

On crazy, possibly coked-up Samantha: "I wish I could say something nice but honestly, I think you can all see why she went home earlier than expected based on the way she spoke to the women. I'll leave it at that."

On Shawntel Newton: "Poor Shawntel. I still admire the fact that she followed her heart and came back to see me. The women were so cruel to her."

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Courtney Robertson's tear-filled, apologetic display on The Bachelor: Women Tell All special was a sight to behold ... though not necessarily in a good way.

What did last season's Bachelorette, Ashley Hebert, think about it?

"I didn't even want to watch," Ashley told E! about the Women Tell All special. "It made me just want to turn it off. It was just like a typical sorority party."

"Everyone fights; I thought people were going to start throwing shoes at each other. It was crazy! I actually do believe Courtney's tears were genuine."

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"She apologized from some place in her heart. Was she sorry for hurting the girls? I don't know. For making herself look like a mean girl? I think that's what it is."

Ashley Hebert continued her sort-of-defense of Courtney Robertson:

"I think she did learn and she feels apologetic, but I also feel like the only reason she's apologizing is because of the backlash she's getting from the media."

"Not just the media, but friends, family, everyone. Everyone hates her."

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