Becca Kufrin got brutalized on this season of The Bachelor. She had to sleep in a tent in the desert and pee in the sand. She got an unwelcome surprise visit from an ex-boyfriend trying to win her back. Her boyfriend's father asked her if she's friends with the other woman Arie was dating. And then she got ambush-dumped on camera by her fiancé for another woman. She's been put through the wringer, but she handled the whole thing very well. Depending on how you look at it, she's getting compensated for her trouble or signing up for more punishment — she's going to be the next star of The Bachelorette.
The 27-year-old (she'll be 28 when her season airs) publicist from Minnesota was announced as the 14th Bachelorette during Tuesday's live After the Final Rose special in which she rendezvoused with Arie Luyendyk Jr. for the first time since he broke up with her — a brutal breakup we saw in its entirety on Monday's episode of The Bachelor.
In the finale, Becca and Arie got some closure on their relationship. She took him to task about why he wasn't honest with her about his intentions of getting in touch with Lauren when he knew it was to see if she would take him back, not to get closure on their breakup. He didn't have a good answer. He said he regretted proposing to her when he shouldn't have, saying that the pressure of the show got to him. He said that everything that happened was his fault, and he apologized. She accepted, and wished him happiness with Lauren, and basically said to never do anything to Lauren like he did to her. She's ready to find the right person for her.
After Arie and Lauren got engaged, Chris Harrison announced that the next Bachelorette was Becca, and she came back out. "This was one of the easier decisions we've ever made," he said. She said it was easy for her, too.
"I'm ready to do this," she said.
Chris called Becca's friends from the show up on the couch, and they all piled on, both physically and with their support for her.
"You got this, girl," said Seinne.
"You deserve this so much," said Tia.
And then, like they did last year with Rachel, they introduced some of Becca's guys live right there in the studio. The first was Lincoln, "like the President." He's English. Tomorrow is his birthday. Becca thought he was sweet. The next guy was Chase. He had kind of poofy hair. There was the requisite country singer, Ryan. He deviated from the usual country singer script by playing banjo instead of guitar. He played a song he wrote for her, and then was kind of nervous when it came time to talk. Next was Darius, who apologized on behalf of his gender. The last guy came in with a horse, of course. The horse's name was Bradley, and the guy's name is Blake. "When you fall off the horse, you gotta get back up again," he said, and then they rode out of the studio together.
The Bachelorette premieres May 28 on ABC.