An epic moment of revenge – or crossing the line? Bachelor Nation has mixed feelings about how Rachel Recchia‘s final moments with Tino Franco went down during the live finale on Tuesday, September 20th.
Shortly after viewers saw Tino, 28, propose to Rachel, 26, the flight instructor revealed they were going through “growing pains” and things escalated “around the time of the premiere” in July. After seemingly returning to a “great place,” the general contractor admitted he cheated on her.
“I screwed up and kissed another girl, but when I did it, I knew I belonged with you,” he said. “It was the smallest thing ever. … I was just trying to get over it. … What you said hurts so much. They said, ‘I don’t know how this is supposed to work… I can’t do happy couples this weekend like we planned.'”
Tino further accused Rachel of saying she wanted to return her engagement ring. She denied his claims.
“I was exhausted,” she said. “We were in a bad place, but … we never said we were apart.”
After declaring that she was “done,” the pair reunited with Jesse Palmer — and things got awkward when Rachel hinted that there were more reasons for their post-show issues.
“We both don’t want to air why these things happened,” she said. “There were things they cut out that we both know may have caused us to be in this bad place.”
The duo continued to squabble over her Neil Lane engagement ring. Tino, who said Rachel “walked away” after the proposal, argued that she said she would stop wearing it and signaled things were over. Rachel, meanwhile, insisted they “never took a break,” only noting that if they just started dating again, she’d stop wearing the ring.
“I never said my engagement was over. We never had a break. Rachel explained. “We’re up here and nothing still makes sense to me… What you did is absolutely inexcusable.”
Rachel’s runner-up, Aven Joneswhom she sent home because he wasn’t ready to propose to her in the first part of the finale, then appeared on stage.
“You don’t really deserve any of this, nothing that happened between the two of us. I was just wondering if you might want to get out of here and just catch up?” he asked.
With Tino still on stage, Rachel smiled and replied, “I wouldn’t love anything more.”
After leaving together, fans briefly saw the two chatting backstage, with Aven telling Rachel, “We can look into that.”
Despite the host’s noting during the segments with Gaby Windy that the Florida native should return to the stage, Rachel never came back — and Bachelor Nation couldn’t believe what they had seen.
Even ABC exec Robert Mills chimed in, writing: “Tino tried to play the Ross Geller card. #the bachelorette.”
Scroll through for a breakdown of where bachelor and bachelorette grads stand in the drama:
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