Fabrice leaves without coming out, saying, “I don’t want to marry you, Jen.”

Fabrice leaves without coming out, saying, “I don’t want to marry you, Jen.”
The most anticipated secret-telling in the history of The Bachelorette 3 ended with disappointment, at least for us. But just as the damn show drags everything out, I’m going to make you wait until later in this post to find out exactly what happened. First, in one of his hyperbolic, obnoxious, bordering-on-parody teasers, host Chris said that during the rose ceremony, “what Fabrice does will shock everybody.” At another commercial break, Chris totally confirmed the rumored secret–that Fabrice is gay–with his word choice, saying, “Fabrice comes out with a truly unexpected announcement.” Okay, so he’s coming out. We’re all set. And after some love-related nonsense, the rose ceremony finally arrived. Fabrice stepped forward, and said:

“Jen, before you start, there’s something I … there’s something I’d like to say, um … I think we all came here looking look for love, and … you know I’m a very passionate guy. I believe in a woman who makes me dream, makes me laugh, makes me cry. … But right now … I don’t feel that there’s this kind of passion between us. I don’t think it’s here, I don’t think it’s ever going to be here. So, I just … I just wanted to say that I … I … I … I don’t want to marry you Jen. And that’s why I feel I should leave now. I just want to thank you for all the good times, I thank you for the moments we had together and, uh … I enjoyed it. I wish you the best of luck–I just want you to find love, okay?”

Yes, that’s all he said. He didn’t even reveal that he’s an actor. ABC’s promo department should get an Oscar for bullshit. (To make the whole thing a lot more entertaining than what actually aired, just add “I’m gay!” at every pause, particularly the last one where Fabrice stutters and says “I” three times.) Anyway, after his “confession,” Fabrice said in an interview,

“At the rose ceremony, it just was obvious to me, I just couldn’t go on with that. I know that Jen’s not the right woman for me. I leave the house without Jen and it makes me feel a little sad ’cause I was coming here hoping that love will maybe cast a magic spell on me again.”

Fabrice, honey, no magic on earth could cast the kind of spell you need.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.