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And then there were two. Arie has made his decision. After weighing his options and vetting the candidates (and by vetting I mean seeing them naked), he’s decided that the second runner-up, the gal who goes to hometowns, then goes to poundtowns, then gets the boot, is none other than Cinderella Story Kendall.
To her credit, we haven’t seen an underdog story like hers in ages. She belongs in the pantheon of 1980 USA Olympic hockey team, 2005-2006 George Mason Final Four run, 2015-2016 Leicester City (I threw that in there for Will). If you told me that the taxidermist made it to the final three I’d laugh in your face and show you pictures of Caroline. Of Maquel. Of Marikh. Smoke bombs who don’t stuff dead animals to make the time pass. But that’s why we tune into the show. The games aren’t fought on paper, they’re fought on the screen every Monday night, and by God I don’t know if we’ll ever see a run like Kendall’s ever again.
As always, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Kendall, 26, creative director from Santa Clarita, California
Was she ready for marriage? For sure not. Did she love Arie? Meh, who knows. Is she going to get hella Instagram followers from all this? Yes.
She did taxidermy. Maybe even a fetish? Not sure. She played the ukulele. Sang songs about the (stuffed) birds and the (stuffed) bees. Also, she may not be so broken up about this, well, break up, if we take Jaqueline’s Tweet at face value:
— Jacqueline Trumbull (@trumbullina) February 27, 2018
Anyway, the reason you all tuned in….
What an amazing whirlwind of an experience! I feel so thankful to have learned so much from so many people. Arie, you allowed me to explore such a lovely dimension of love and I am forever grateful for all of the moments we shared. To all the beautiful, strong women of The Bachelor, I have learned so much from each and every one of you. I am so grateful to know that despite a somewhat awkward and stressful dating experience, you have all shown so much kindness and grace and I will leave this adventure knowing I have gained some cherished friendships. To all the producers and crew, thank you for your patience and for giving so much of yourselves to this journey. Never did I expect such a genuine and real experience and I can honestly say this show has opened me up to so much of myself. So from all of my heart, thank you ✨ #thebachelor Pc: @thefrenchjack
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