Ben Higgins SLAMS Cassie Randolph: You Messed With Colton Underwood's Mind!

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Well, it finally happened.

Colton Underwood finally jumped the fence on The Bachelor, and the moment was -- well, it wasn't everything we dreamed, but it was definitely a grown-ass man jumping a fence and disappearing into the wilds of Portugal.

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All season, fans wondered what might have driven the usually even-tempered Colton to such a dramatic gesture.

After all, with the elimination of Demi and Katherine, most of the ostensible psychopaths had been weeded out.

(Demi, we luh you, girl, and we can't wait to see you wreak havoc in paradise.)

Demi Burnett Smiles

That's our way of saying we expect Demi to be cast on The Bachelor In Paradise, not that we plan to encounter her in the Great Beyond.

Anyway, we now know that Colton jumped the fence after getting dumped by Cassie Randolph, the woman who had, to that point, been the frontrunner in the race to win Underwood's heart.

But it was Colton who did the running when Cassie took herself out of the competition after she had made it all the way to the final three.

Cassie Randolph on ABC

It's an unusual move, but Cassie was grappling with the new information that her father had not granted Colton permission to propose when the two men spoke during hometowns.

It seems that since she was already uncertain if she was ready for marriage, word of her dad's ambivalence was enough to push Randolph away from Colton.

To us, it made perfect sense, and it was certainly more honest than if Cassie had remained in the competition despite her misgivings.

Cassie Randolph on The Bachelor

But it seems one veteran of the franchise was not a fan of Cassie's unexpected audible.

Ben Higgins spoke out on the matter on this week Lauren Zima's Roses and Rose web series.

"I think she should have done something different with Colton," Ben said.

Cassie Randolph

Higgins revealed that he took issue with the way Cassie "dragged out" the breakup and deflected blame to her father, instead of being straightforward with Colton.

"It was very clear that she was not into him," Ben said.

"I think all she wanted to tell him was, 'You're a great guy, you've proven to be a great guy, but I'm just not that into you. And as a result, I need to leave,'" he shared.

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"It felt like she was dancing around the subject, going, 'This is too fast. This isn't right for me. I just don't know.' She knew."

Higgins went on to admit that it's unfair for anyone to assess the situation at this point, as we have yet to see how it will all play out.

"I think it's hard for him right now... A lot of the end of the season, where he's jumping the fence, we don't know how that ends, and that is the most emotional moment we've seen yet. None of this story... makes sense without the last two episodes," he offered.

Cassie

"Right now, we're sitting in a moment where most of the storyline of this show hasn't been played out." 

Ben then shared his opinion on what should come next for the current cast, as well as his thoughts about ladies looking to use The Bachelor as a springboard for fame.

"If I'm honest, I'm a little tainted, just because this whole season, Caelynn and Cassie were rumored to want to be the Bachelorette," Higgins said.

Colton Underwood in Thought

"And I think, as a result, this has influenced my decision. I don't want anybody coming on this show with the intention of what's next,"

"Caelynn would do great, I'm sure, but my vote would go to Hannah B.," he added.

"If all the women who know her best think she's going to be a great Bachelorette, then I'll trust it and I'll put my vote in for her too."

We have no way of knowing if Ben's assumptions about fame-chasers are correct, but the show does have a growing problem with contestants who are there for The Bachelor, not the bachelor -- which could mean trouble for Colton.

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