Let's be honest: the real "winner" of this season's The Bachelor is still Becca Kufrin. Last night during the finale, all of America — or at least all of Bachelor Nation — watched through tear-filled eyes as Arie Luyendyk Jr. crushed his fiancée of like, two minutes, heart into a million pieces. In what quite possibly was the "most dramatic Bachelor finale of all time, the brunette beauty dodged a bullet since the racecar driver clearly has no clue what (or who!) he wants. Since, she had her breakup aired on national television, you'd think that'd she'd at least get to keep the engagement ring (which is valued at $70,000 btw). Well, think again.
"The ring looks to be about three carats, and I would estimate the cost to be around $70,000," engagement ring expert George Khalife of "George The Jeweler" fame told Life & Style. Avid Bachelor fans know that the guy always picks out a Neil Lane sparkler before popping the question. And, of course, ABC provides all of the rings for free since the hit-show offers the jeweler free advertisement.
Just look at the ring... Can you honestly say you weren't at least a little jealous when you first saw it? What girl wouldn't want to keep such a gorgeous piece of jewelry? Even if the relationship didn't work out... you could sell, repurpose it, stare at it forever... whatever. But, this is The Bachelor so few "perks" are what they seem. In actuality, Becca has no choice but to give the ring back to ABC.
According to Amy Kaufman's new book, Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America’s Favorite Guilty Pleasure, contestants have to stay engaged for two years following After The Final Rose in order to keep the ring.
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"And if you make it to the end of The Bachelor and decide to get married within the two years following the show, the producers own the exclusive rights to your wedding," she wrote. "If they exercise those rights, they're only going to pay you $10,000 per hour of televised programming about your union. As for the ring given to you by Neil Lane? You don't own it — and therefore can't sell it — for two years."
So, let's make sure we got this straight. Becca got dumped and has to give back her ring? They really need to make her the next Bachelorette to make up for this...
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