Ben Higgins in the hot seat! Everyone's favorite member of Bachelor Nation joined his former contestants (and one traumatized chicken) during the Monday, March 7, episode of ABC's The Bachelor, and enjoyed heart-to-hearts with several women whose breakups were still pretty fresh (hi, Caila Quinn!). Not only that, but Olivia Caridi spoke about being teased for her "weird toes," while Jubilee Sharpe clarified controversial comments about being the only black contestant.
Also, can someone start a petition to make Sheila the Chicken ABC's next Bachelorette? Thanks in advance.
Jubilee Gets Called Out for Using the "N-Word"
Jubilee is not holding back. Ben's scorned paramour slammed her fellow contestants for being rude behind her back, saying, "When I watched a lot of the remarks that were made about my date, it shocked me."
Sadly, no one apologized to Jubilee, and she was instead criticized for claiming to be the "real black girl" of the season. (Note: Both Amber James and Jami Letain identify as biracial.) "You have on numerous occasions said, 'I'm here — I'm the real black girl,'" Jami said, while Amber added, "Hearing the n-word, or hearing things like 'you're not black enough,' that hurt."
At first Jubilee denied Amber and Jami's claims, but in the end she apologized for offending them. Water under the bridge? We'll see!
Unlike Bieber, Leah Block Refuses to Say Sorry
So, what does Leah Block have to say for herself? This girl wasn't about to apologize for throwing Lauren B. under the bus, saying she "made a comment that the girls were losers for being upset" and didn't think her private conversation with Ben should have been made public.
Becca Tilley ended up calling Leah out for lying on camera, and she argued, "I didn't intentionally lie," which Jami claimed was a "kid's response." Later, Leah told Ben that she and Lauren B. "are good," so we guess everyone's officially ready to move on! Other than Sheila the Chicken, of course. She'll never recover.
Lace Is Heading to Bachelor in Paradise
Lace Morris is back! Everyone's favorite "crazy girl" sat down for a chat with Chris Harrison, telling him that being on The Bachelor "made me so much more aware of how I act in those situations." Lace also confirmed that she no longer uses the word "crazy on dates," watches her expressions and has learned to listen instead of interrupt.
Of course, the best part of Lace's interview was the appearance of a random superfan with her face tattooed on his body. For some reason, said fan (read: stalker) was allowed to take his shirt off and pose with Lace, which was equal parts weird and amazing. Also amazing: Lace is hitting the sweet beaches of Bachelor in Paradise. Get excited!
Olivia Apologizes, But Is It Enough?
Poor Olivia! This girl was ripped apart during the WTA — not only did the twins call her out for slut-shaming, Amanda Stanton slammed her controversial Teen Mom comments. "Being a mom is something that I am so proud of," Amanda told a tearful Olivia. "My kids are my life. Being a mom is my jam. I just think that the fact that you felt so strongly that guys should be running the other way.… A lot of people would be very offended by that."
Poor Olivia ended up giving Amanda a heartfelt apology and then took the twins to task for bullying her: "To pick on my body, to make fun of my breath and my toes and my breasts, this hurts," she said. "I gave my sister my social media accounts because it's just a rough place right now."
While Amanda accepted Olivia's apology, her fellow castmates weren't having it. "If you got off your high horse for a little bit and tried to bond with us and develop respect for each other like we all did, you'd realize that we like to 'read books and talk smart things' too," Jennifer Saviano said as a cloud of shade descended upon the audience. "'Cause we do."
Yep, Caila's Still (Un)Lucky in Love
Looks like Caila still has feelings for Ben! When Chris asked The Bachelor's third runner-up if she still loves her ex, she said, "I still do, in a way. And I just didn't picture it ending that way."
Caila told Chris that Ben's declarations of love for Jojo Fletcher and Lauren B. "hurt," but he got a chance to make her feel slightly better. "I hope that you know how much our relationship meant to me," Ben told Caila over a sea of twinkly candles. "I appreciate you. I appreciate you coming back here tonight and talking."
Um, Ben Wants to Get Married … Like, Yesterday
Ben said "I love you" to two women during the overnight dates, but there's only one lady on his mind circa right now, and he's ready to make it official. "I am more in love than I've ever been," Ben told Chris. "I would marry that woman tomorrow if I could. She's incredible."
You can only imagine how excited Chris was by this prospect, and you better believe he said, "What if I hold you to that?"
Hmmm … what if?
Tell Us: Will Ben get married in a live TV ceremony after The Bachelor's finale?
The Bachelor airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. EST.
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