Estella got the rose and a ring - but not a proposal. On ABC’s “The Bachelor,” Bob Guiney made his choice, picking Californian Estella Gardinier and sending a fellow Michigander, Kelly Jo Kuharski, away in tears.
Guiney hedged his bets at the end. He bought Gardinier a ring but asked that she wear it on her right hand.
“It represents my promise to you to see where we can go,” he said.
It was good enough for Estella. She practically shouted at the camera: “I want the whole world to know how in love I am with him!”
Bachelor Bob never spoke the l-word to Estella, at least not on camera. It was certainly a love-fest in the other direction; both Kuharski and Gardinier continually professed their love for him in the syrupy, two-hour buildup.
“The Bachelor” has been a solid ratings performer for ABC this fall, which is milking it during the November ratings sweeps. On Thursday, ABC airs a special post-script, “After the Final Rose.”
In the end, mom knew best.
Guiney brought both Gardinier, a 28-year-old mortgage broker from Beverly Hills, and Kuharski, a 24-year-old Michigan native who now lives in Illinois, to meet his family at their lake house. Guiney’s mom, Nora, didn’t warm to Kelly Jo.
“She didn’t try to get to know me and I wanted her to,” she said.
Kuharski oozed confidence, but in the end was driven away from the Malibu beach house after being dumped.
“Right now, I’m so sad,” she said. “My heart is broken.”