updated 07/17/2012 AT 3:55 PM ET
•originally published 07/17/2012 AT 10:30 AM ET
“It’s torture to make a girl walk into a room full of her ex-boyfriends in ridiculously high heels and an obscenely tight dress, let them ask whatever questions they want and then tape it for national TV,” the Bachelorette star told PEOPLE. “Even though I had the best group of guys in the history of the show, I’m glad it’s over.”
And that’s coming from a woman who had to endure less than an hour of the four-plus it took to dissect yet another dramatic season of the ABC show. As always, plenty of fireworks were cut for time, but PEOPLE brings you the best of what you didn’t see:
It seemed obvious by the applause that Sean was a fan favorite, and it was easy to be moved by his elimination footage. But one studio audience member was moved to tears long before the Texan took the hot seat. She started crying when he was loaded last on the dais. She also rubbed her chest as if her heartbeat had quickened to an alarming degree.