Jake and Rozlyn: A Bachelor Failure of Proof

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Chris Harrrison’s new blog is up on last night’s not-so explosive shocker of Rozlyn being asked to leave the show for having an “inappropriate” relationship with a staffer. He says he’s going to tell us much more, but the more turns out only to be that he’s willing to say the “inappropriate” relationship was a “physical” relationship, not one just about feelings. Of course, he still doesn’t say “sexual relationship” which Rozlyn has denied.

I think Chris is still playing with words. Kissing and hugging are physical, but don’t always lead to a sexual relationship. For example, we saw Jake and Rozlyn kiss early on in last night’s show. I doubt anyone would characterize that as a sexual relationship. Yet Chris wants us to think there is a sexual relationship, even though he won’t use the word. If there was one, and the Bachelor had proof, they’d say so. The fact that they won’t means they can’t prove it. He talks about the other girls witnessing the physical relationship. That’s another clue it wasn’t sexual. Who has sex with other girls in the room — or even with the door open, in a house where the other occupants are your competitors?

Rozlyn did not seem surprised, and somehow, she knew enough not to respond to Chris’ allegations. I see two possibilities. One is the scene was edited after filming (hacked to death, really) so that what we ultimately saw had been cleansed of her denials. The other is that Chris and the exec producers, in addition to contacting their lawyers as he told us last week, gave Rozlyn’s agent a heads-up ahead of time — as well as permission to tell her what was about to happen, and advise her on how to react on camera.

It sure didn’t seem like what Chris was telling her came out of left field. Their conversation lacked spontaneity. I’d bet Rozlyn knew what he was going to do when he pulled her outside, and she had been well-coached how to respond : stare back at him, don’t confess, don’t cry, don’t make any admissions.

They should play that video to people in jail, so they know what not to do the next time they get stopped by the police. Jails are filled with people who thought if they could only tell their side of the story, the cops would see it their way. In waiving their rights and trying to talk themselves out of trouble, they usually sink themselves. Rozlyn’s refusal to engage Chris results in no corroboration of the show’s allegations. A failure of proof. She walks.