Host Chris Harrison gave viewers the disclaimer, "We did invite Bentley to come here today. In fact we worked very hard to try to make it possible since he should be able to explain himself. Unfortunately, he declined."
"Bachelor Pad" resident Michelle Money is friends with Bentley's ex-wife and warned Ashley Hebert prior to taping "The Bachelorette" to be wary of Bentley's intentions. She questioned her warning message, saying, "What if I hadn't given her that information? Would she have been so drawn to him? I don't care what anyone says. We want what we can't have. In her defense, he is a charmer. He is good at what he does and she had no idea what he was saying…We are all guilty of falling for the bad boy at some point."
Ashley responded, "I went with how I felt because that's how I live my life. I meet people and I use my judgment based on what I know." She later apologized to the slew of men sitting before her for spending so much time harping on the womanizing heartbreaker.
Lucas gently said, "Unfortunately the wrong guy grabbed [her heart] first. I just can't believe someone can treat a woman like that."
With Bentley simply a fraction of her past, Monday's finale of "The Bachelorette" will reveal who Ashley will spend her future with when she accepts a proposal from J.P., Ben, or possibly neither. The couple will then go public with their present-day relationship status on "After the Final Rose" on ABC.