The Bachelor & The Bachelorette: 31 Most Stunning Exits Ever!

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In the past 15 years, The Bachelor & Bachelorette have given us plenty of shockers, from emotional meltdowns to twists we never saw coming.

Usually, these events result - or stem from - an elimination.

Or a dramatic departure of one's own volition. Or someone being asked to leave by the show itself. Or just a really, really bad breakup.

With the TV cameras rolling to document it all, obviously.

Suddenly it's no surprise that this franchise has left a mark on the genre, airing for more than THIRTY-FOUR seasons, with no end in sight.

The men, women and moments featured on this list made their way onto it for very diverse reasons. Often through no fault of their own.

All provided images we won't soon forget, however ... at least not 'til the next season airs on ABC and we update this list once again.

Where does this week's finale devastation rank for Peter Kraus, who may well have gotten engaged to Rachel Lindsay ... if he were ready?

Or for so many other famous faces from years' past?

Here's a look back at those and other stunning exits in the turbulent, nearly decade-and-a-half history of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette ...

1. DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft

DeAnna Pappas AND Jenni Croft
The one that started it all: Brad Womack rejected Jenni Croft on his season finale, and looked poised to propose to fan favorite DeAnna Pappas ... who he ALSO rejected!

2. Jason Mesnick

Jason Mesnick
DeAnna Pappas became The Bachelorette, and threw fans for a loop by rejecting beloved single father Jason Mesnick, who was so smitten with her, in favor of Jesse Csincsak ... who she stayed engaged to for like two weeks.

3. Melissa Rycroft

Melissa Rycroft
Jason Mesnick upped the ante on both Brad and DeAnna in the finale night shocker department. After getting engaged to Melissa Rycroft on his season finale, he dumped her ... on the After the Final Rose special, in favor of runner-up Molly Malaney! At least this one had a happy ending, though: Jason and Molly are happily married, and have a beautiful daughter.

4. Reid Rosenthal

Reid Rosenthal
Reid Rosenthal bolted The Bachelorette of his own volution during the final three ... then returned to propose to Jillian Harris on the finale after a change of heart ... only by then she had already chosen Ed Swiderski to be her fiance.

5. Ed Swiderski

Ed Swiderski
Ed, too, left in the middle of that same season of The Bachelorette ... only to return and WIN Jillian Harris' final rose. His shady, cheating ways soon caught up with him, however, and the lovable Canadian decided to List It, Not Love It ... see what we did there?!

6. Rozlyn Papa

Rozlyn Papa
In Season 14, starring Jake Pavelka, Rozlyn Papa got the boot at a rose ceremony ... after getting a rose! Say what? Yes, she allegedly had a fling with one of The Bachelor staff members.

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]