It was so emotional watching Cassie leave Colton during the March 4 episode of The Bachelor. One person she definitely didn’t impress is franchise alum Ben Higgins. He reflected on her exit and why he thinks she should’ve done things very differently.

“I think she should have did something different with Colton. It’s very clear that she was not into him,” the former Bachelor told Entertainment Tonight on March 6. Considering he’s been through the process himself as a contestant on Kaitlyn Bristowe‘s season of The Bachelorette, the lead during season 20 of The Bachelor and a cast member on Bachelor Winter Games, it’s safe to say the Indiana native knows what he’s talking about.

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He continued, “And so as much as she maybe felt the pressure to still be there and just still try to make this work — you know, you have a lot of people counting on you and watching — I think all she wanted to tell him was, ‘You’re a great guy, you’ve proven to be a great guy, but I’m just not that into you and as a result, I need to leave.’ But instead, it felt like she was kind of dancing around the subject, going, ‘This is too fast, this isn’t right for me, I just don’t know.’ She knew.”

His biggest issue with how things ended was that he wished she would have just been more direct. “If she would have just told Colton, ‘This isn’t going to work, like, we’re not meant for each other,’ then Colton just has to say goodbye,” the reality stud explained. “He’s getting broken up with and he can’t beg and he can’t scream for more. So what Colton did is he just fought for her and I think that’s fair. He loves this woman. I don’t think she gave him the right explanation. She should have just left and said, ‘This isn’t going to work.'”

We can’t wait to see what happens next on Colton’s journey to find love. The finale of The Bachelor airs on March 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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