Kelsey is quickly taking center stage on The Bachelor with her “tragic” yet “amazing” story and not surprisingly she’s now attracting negative attention from Bachelor Nation. Is Kelsey being groomed as a villain? Is she using her sob story to snag another rose? Or is she a victim of bad editing? Find out what people are saying about Kelsey:

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Chris Soules: “I don’t understand why she would brag about how good her ‘story’ is. To me, her story is heartbreaking and sad, and I felt really bad for her. I didn’t necessarily feel like it was the right time to kiss her, but it just kind of happened… Little did I know the night would get a whole lot crazier. Kelsey Kelsey Kelsey, oh my.”

Chris Harrison: “Earlier in the week we saw Kelsey finally open up about her past to some of the other girls. She calmly told them about how her husband tragically died. When Kelsey told Chris the same story, she became a lot more emotional and detailed about what happened. The whole thing was a bit awkward for Chris — but nothing could be more awkward than that kiss. If you look at Chris’s body language he couldn’t have been stiffer, and if he leaned back any further he would’ve fallen off the couch. Kelsey felt very good about herself going into the cocktail party. It’s odd how even when she’s talking about really emotional things, she comes off extremely confident and almost condescending to the other women. As you heard, many of the other women just don’t believe Kelsey is for real. When Chris walked in and let it slip that Kelsey snuck over and saw him that day the situation only got worse. The odd thing is after Chris sold Kelsey out and left the cocktail party something changed in her demeanor. Suddenly the arrogance gave way to insecurity.”

Jillian Harris: “Poor Kelsey. She’s had a SH**TY few years and so I will just leave it at that. I hope she finds love and peace and all that good stuff that we all deserve” 

Nick Viall: “Is it just me… Or would Kelsey play an amazing Wicked Witch of the West??” 

Sharleen Joynt: “I literally had goosebumps when, of her husband dying suddenly of congestive heart failure in 2013, she said, ‘Isn’t my story amazing? It’s tragic. But amazing. I love my story.’ I’ve since spent a solid while trying to analyze this commentary, theorizing the flow of conversation between her and her producer during that ITM. As I’ve stressed before, The Bachelor producers can’t make a contestant say anything. They can manipulate you, coax you, earn your trust so you let your guard down, or loosen you up with alcohol. But they cannot make you say something you don’t want to say. The fact that those exact words came out of Kelsey’s mouth is very disturbing to me. Was she gamely playing villain to ensure she got screen time? It seems so. She wouldn’t be the first. But I’ve never understood the desire for D-list fame being so strong that you’d lose who you are at the core. I can’t help but wonder what life is like after you’ve said on national television that your becoming a widow makes an ‘amazing’ story. After last night’s episode, Kelsey tweeted: ‘Sander’s death was absolutely devastating, but finding a way to live through it and my strength to survive is amazing.’ Make of that what you will.” 

Sean Lowe: “Kelsey is a school counselor. Let that soak in for a bit. I’d like to officially endorse Kelsey for bachelorette.” 

Meanwhile, Kelsey tries to defend herself from her bashes by posting this on her Facebook page: “Insinuating that I would dishonor my husband is ripping the scab off an unhealed wound. The pain is tortuous… Sander’s death was absolutely devastating, but finding a way to live through it and my strength to survive is amazing.”

What’s your take on Kelsey?

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV