On Monday’s episode, Chris and Drew went on overnight dates with Desiree Hartsock and further declared their love for the Bachelorette. The highlight of the show, however, was Brooks, who suddenly had a change of heart and left Desiree heartbroken and devastated. This watercooler moment was so dramatic and unexpected that no one saw coming (that is if you’re not aware of the spoilers). Not surprisingly, our readers and Facebook followers are now divided on how they feel about him. 

Christine Greenburgh: “Brooks made my stomach turn . She was in love with him how could he do that to her.” 

Carol Parks: “Brooks is mentally unstable. I wish she had chosen Zak…  Brooks is scary to me. I would never trust him again after last nights show. I hope he doesn’t come back, he will only hurt her. What a creep.” 

Zulma Carpenter: “I hope they are not thinking about this Brooks guy for the next Bachelor cause I’m not watching it! I have no idea what she saw on him!” 

Susan Pagan: “I understand that marriage is a serious decision and Brooks was caught feeling like he had to be in love as quick as the others. I don’t blame Brooks. It’s TV and he was feeling the pressure to go at the pace of the series. But I think he will now find out that he loves her and come back. He didn’t take hurting her well. He cried a lot. Guys don’t do that when they don’t love you. They may feel bad but they move on quick without tears.” 

Meanwhile, host Chris Harrison, Bachelorette season six star Ali Fedotowsky and Desiree herself have also given their thoughts on Brooks.

Chris Harrison: “I don’t think Brooks is a bad guy and I truly believe his intentions for being on this show were true. He really wanted to be in love with Des so much I think he almost forced himself into doing something he would have later regretted. One thing about Brooks is that he has a very hard time articulating his feelings. I don’t know if this is a common thing for him, or if he knew it was just going to be so hard that he wanted to avoid it, but either way he struggles with expressing himself. He was like that with me and he was definitely like that with Des. It was quite some time into their talk before Des really knew that he was breaking up with her and leaving the show. I really think at first she may have even thought he was about to finally say he loves her. I don’t know if I’d be any better in such a horrible situation, but I know he had a really tough time with this.” 

Ali Fedowtowsky: “I really respect Brooks for being honest with himself about his feelings. He’s a good guy. And you could see the pain in his face when he was talking to his family.  Honestly, more people should think this hard about proposing before doing it on the show. So many people jump into it. He didn’t do that. I have so much respect for him and his decision. I’ve never said this publicly before, but I think I knew somewhere in the back of my mind that I wasn’t 100 percent sure I should have gotten engaged to Roberto. I didn’t really know him then.”

Desiree Hartsock: “I was surprised watching the episode and seeing the conversations Brooks had with his mother and sister and with Chris Harrison, expressing his doubts and feelings. He never expressed those concerns with me until it was too late. I was completely blindsided and heartbroken by his exit. I am relieved now that he was honest about his feelings and that he was brave enough to address them before taking the relationship further. I wish Brooks could have felt more comfortable coming to me sooner but it was better that it happened in Antigua and not down the road.” 

How do you feel about Brooks? Who do you agree with?

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Dean Bextor

Staff Writer, BuddyTV