updated 08/03/2013 AT 9:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/04/2013 AT 7:00 PM ET
As suspected, Brooks was just not that into The Bachelorette’s Desiree Hartsock and thus her frontrunner for a fairy tale ending excused himself from the tournament of roses. He left her a weeping pile of emotion on an Antigua pier and left producers and viewers alike wondering if the show would go on.
“The first thing I said when I walked out after [my conversation with] Brooks was, ‘We might be done.’ We were in the home stretch trying to set up a happy ending and magic proposal. This was a curveball,” host Chris Harrison said during a press call Thursday.
“The entire show was dumped upside down in the final two weeks of shooting. The beauty of our show, and the scariest thing, is that we take our hands off the wheel. It’s up to the woman making the choices. Des needed to figure out if she wanted to continue or just pack up her bags and be done.”
Read on for Harrison’s other teases and thoughts on what creator Mike Fleiss is calling “the weirdest ending” in franchise history.
Throughout the seasons people have quit, fought, rejected both finalists, had secret girlfriends and many other dramatic things. Where did this ending rate in terms of shocking?
It’s a one-of-a-kind situation. I can’t remember anything happening this late in the game [that was] this devastating to our bachelor/bachelorette. I think she felt Brooks would be the guy and [him] pulling himself out crushed her.