Moving On After "He Who Should Not Be Famed"

Well, it finally happened. You knew the (vicariously) living nightmare couldn't last forever. Jillian sent Wes home, and he "admitted" to having a girlfriend (according to some interpretations of his final back-seat interview, that is). First came some masterful editing from The Bachelorette crew: "The first guy ever on The Bachelorette to make it to the top four with a girlfriend," Wes said. But that sounds like the end of a sentence to me, not a full statement of guilt.

After the season we've had of many dupes from the producers (including that false promise of an impotence issue), feel free call me naive, but I'm still not entirely convinced that this soundbite (more like "Frankenbite," as the type has been called lately) isn't just the partial, boozed up ranting of a guy who loves to get a reaction, however negative. Who was constantly baited by producers and camera crew for contextually flexible statements that made him look like the dirtiest dog on the block. And who went along with it, because this is a man who will say anything, however hurtful, selfish, and technically false, to be remembered.

Think I'm defending Wes? Think again. I'm just trying to be precise about exactly why I can't stand him. Some soundbites are really beyond the defense of a "bad edit." Like: "My acting days are over. I've already done everything I need to do."

In her post-episode blog today, Jillian said, "I still don't know if Wes had a girlfriend, but I do think Wes was there for his career. Along the way, we did build a friendship but his presence on the show was a disservice to both of us. It made me look like a fool and like I had bad judge of character, and it made him look like someone he is not. I guess this is what you lay out on the line when you sign up for something like this, right? Ultimately, you are all still entitled to your opinion, but I am a huge supporter of forgiveness and I hope you can give Wes a break and lay this one to rest."

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