"I went to the producers, 'I said look, he's a shell of a human being here. Let's get him out out of here, so we did,'" Harrison admitted to Kaitlyn. Chris also spoke with Kaitlyn about how that whole situation played out, confessing that he was the one who "sought Ben out" because he could see how broken up his buddy was throughout filming. I thought he'd be great for the show, turns out he wasn't.Arie has received criticism, however, for being obsessed with Lauren's stunning looks, because otherwise, his attraction to her is a bit of a mystery to viewers since she's the most guarded, reserved and generally quiet woman in the bunch.
"Arie has had a hard time this season quantifying his relationship with Lauren (not that there's anything wrong with that!), and I think he knew it was going to be tough to try to explain that to some appropriately skeptical family members." For several weeks now, Arie has seemed the most smitten and invested in Lauren out of all his bachelorettes."As you could see, it was a little different from the others," Chris wrote in his blog."For some reason, Arie seemed the most nervous about this date." At one point during dinner with Lauren's family, Arie had to excuse himself from the table to wipe sweat off his forehead.Prior to the announcement that Arie would be Season 22's Bachelor, Higgins weighed in on if he would consider the position: At this point in my life, I am not ready to be the next Bachelor, I will say that. For whatever reason, it doesn’t feel like a time in my life that I would be the best man possible for the women that would come on this season.
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While Ben explained he was over the breakup, the reality TV experience proved to be too reminiscent of their history, and it all became difficult to bear at the time. Bachelor Nation (and apparently Chris Harrison) always has your back.
Ben and his former fiancée, Lauren Bushnell, announced their split last May.
While Arie was nervous before meeting each family and desperate to make a good impression at each stop, Arie's emotions were running high and his sensitivity was clearly heightened before being introduced to Lauren's parents and relatives in Virginia Beach.
"On a scale from 1 to having a complete meltdown, I'm at about an 8," Arie confessed on the show.
He ended up exiting the show prematurely when he realized he wasn't in the right place in his life to date in that capacity.