'The Bachelor': Colton Underwood Says He Met With Neil Lane... So Why Is His Ring Box Empty? (Exclusive)

The 27-year-old former football player tells ET that 'rings are meant to be on fingers, not in boxes.'

Colton Underwood wants to keep the case of the missing Bachelor engagement ring open (just like that ring box). 

Fans couldn't help but notice that recent promos for Underwood's upcoming season finale of the ABC dating show featured him holding a ring box with no ring inside. While speaking with ET's Lauren Zima at the series' "Women Tell All" taping on Feb. 22, the former football player teased the explanation. 

"I'll stick by my tweet: rings are meant to be on fingers, not in boxes," he coyly said. "In that box, there's been a ring in there." 

"Neil Lane put it in the box," Underwood continued, confirming that he met with the celebrity jeweler on set of The Bachelor. "I have met Neil Lane, yes... during filming." 

Underwood has continuously said that he went on the show to find a wife, however, recent promos have left fans questioning whether the season will end in a proposal. Monday's episode of The Bachelor will see Underwood enter fantasy suite week with his final three women, but we know a fence jump -- and Underwood quitting the show -- is on the horizon. 

"I'm in this emotional time warp right now, so I'm reliving it with everybody and it's been a challenge. It hasn't always been easy. Filming wasn't the easiest, [and] reliving it and watching it back wasn't the easiest either," he told ET. 

While speaking with ET last month, Chris Harrison opened up about Underwood's apparent fence jump. 

"It was like a gazelle being chased by a cheetah, and in this case, I would have been the cheetah chasing Colton, and he leapt that fence and was gone," Harrison marveled, explaining that instead of following him over the seven and a half foot gate, he "calmly pushed the button and opened the fence." "Colton, he was done. He was done with this moment and ready to get away, and he took this fence."

The longtime Bachelor host said that in that moment, it was all about trying to track down Underwood. 

"That's where the relationship comes in. That's where the work that the producers and I have done over the years and getting to know Colton and getting to talk to him... it's not just some random guy coming up and saying, 'Dude, let's talk about this.' It's me, it's our producers. And he knows that deep down, we care as much, if not more, than he does about all this," Harrison said. 

Underwood clearly rejoined the show, and we'll see the rest of the season play out over the next two weeks. The Bachelor airs an episode on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC; the "Women Tell All" special will air on Tuesday, and next Monday and Tuesday (March 11 and 12) will mark the season's two-night finale. 

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