‘The Bachelorette’: Can Contestants Come Back Once They are Eliminated?
The story of Luke Parker is officially over. At least for now. The man who plagued this season of The Bachelorette has finally been sent home. And while fans are excited that Parker won’t be on their tv screens any longer, they have been wondering how he stayed there for so long.
He was essentially sent home twice and then allowed to come back to fight for Hannah Brown again.
This last time, he was sent packing after he shamed Brown for having sex on one of her Fantasy Suite dates.
Just because Brown wanted him gone, didn’t mean Parker was ready to quit.
“Hannah thought after sending me in the van that there’s no way I’d want to be with her anymore after the last thing she told me,” he said after being sent home. “She’s sadly mistaken.”
“She doesn’t realize I still love her and that I’m not through,” he continued. “This isn’t over for me yet. I couldn’t go home without talking to her again and sharing my heart with her and getting a few things off my chest. She has never told me that she loves me, but I know she loves me. I know without a shadow of a doubt she still has feelings for me. I believe she’s making a big mistake, and I’m going to tell her that. She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m on my way and I’m coming. I want to prove to her how serious I am about this.”
Fortunately, Brown didn’t allow Parker to come back this time.
“Leave!” she told Parker when he tried to talk to her. “I’m so tired. You’re so narcissistic. It’s my this, my that. This is not about your heart. I’m sorry that your heart is broken, but you’ve already broken my heart like 15 times through all of this by me trying to make this work.”
Can ‘Bachelorette’ contestants come back whenever they want?
Though it didn’t work the last time, Parker did successfully return to The Bachelorette once.
So, can anyone just return after being eliminated whenever they want?
Apparently, it’s all up to production.
“There were a lot of discussions about Luke [coming back the second time],” Harrison said on the Bachelor Party podcast, according to Entertainment Tonight. “We, as producers, were thinking there’s going to be some Luke P. fatigue setting in about now, and, if left to our devices, we probably would have gotten rid of him and that storyline earlier to get Hannah on track for what we would hope to be a happy ending.”
Though they knew the storyline was getting old, production ultimately decided to let Parker come back.
“We knew there would be fatigue, but Hannah and Luke P. couldn’t resolve their relationship and their issues, so therefore it lingered on, and he needed to come back, because it wasn’t done,” Harrison continued. “And he wasn’t done.”
Harrison did worry that letting Parker return would cause an altercation to break out amongst the men who were tired of Parker’s antics, but ultimately, his reappearance was needed to shut that door.
“I could have pushed it even further, and it could have been a mess, if we really wanted that as television,” he said. “That’s not what we wanted there. I didn’t want Hannah to have that in her life. An altercation… had no purpose for us. The purpose [of having Parker come back] was, make your final choice, make it in front of the men… let’s move on.”