Jennifer Fritsch: I dislike Courtney Robertson even more than before
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/03/2012
Jennifer Fritsch was the only bachelorette eliminated during the Rose Ceremony by The Bachelor star Ben Flajnik during Monday night's fifth episode of the ABC reality dating series' sixteenth season.
During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Jennifer, a 28-year-old accountant from Oklahoma City, OK, talked about her The Bachelor experience -- including whether she believed bachelorette Courtney Robertson had any redeeming qualities, who she thought was too young and immature relationship-wise for Ben, why she believed Ben should be embarrassed when watching his Bachelor season play out on TV, and whether she thought Ben acted 100% percent genuine during their time together.
Below is the second half of Jennifer's interview. Click here to read the first portion.
Do you think Ben really was blindsided by Courtney and didn't get to see the real side of her? How do you think the other bachelorettes felt when she took him skinny dipping?
Jennifer Fritsch: What I feel about Courtney, like I said, watching now, I have so much of a stronger opinion of her than when I was there and I didn't like her. I wasn't mean to her. I had to live with her, and that's my personality. So, there, I didn't feel the dislike as strongly as I do now for her.
As far as the other contestants go and knowing that she skinny dipped, I think it just proves her character and I think we all see that and it's not a good one.
Looking back, is there anything you wish you had done or said differently that might have kept you around longer?
Jennifer Fritsch: No. I wouldn't change anything. I came off that great one-on-one date, got the rose. In Puerto Rico, I had zero time with him. I couldn't help the fact that we lost the baseball game and I didn't get to go on the beach portion of the date.
And then at the cocktail party, we had a great one-on-one conversation and I wouldn't change anything about it. He knew how I was feeling and I didn't shy away from that. So, if he sent me home based on the fact that he didn't feel it, then that's fine, because he knew exactly where I was at.
What was your actual relationship with Courtney like while you were on the show?
Jennifer Fritsch: I don't know anything about her and she doesn't know anything about me and that's fine. We were okay with that, and not that we agreed to not mess with each other, but we just kind of agreed to -- we weren't going to be friends.
So, as far as in the house, I knew she wasn't nice and if she's getting heat from America then that's her own -- I feel like she's portrayed exactly the person she is. So, if she's taking heat from America over it, then so be it.
Do you think Courtney has any redeeming qualities, maybe some traits that viewers haven't gotten to see?
Since you've been watching the show back, has anything surprised you -- any scenes in particular?
Jennifer Fritsch: I was shocked to see him and [Emily O'Brien]'s conversation in Puerto Rico about telling her to tread lightly when she was just trying to warn him and clear the air. But other than that, no.
Do you think girls like Courtney have a shot to make it all the way to the end?
Jennifer Fritsch: It's so funny because sometimes the girls like the bad guys and maybe guys like the bad girls, and he's getting exactly that if that's who he picks. If it takes her to the end so she can win what she wants to win, then that's how it's going to be.
If you knew about Ben what you're learning from watching the show now while you were actually on The Bachelor, would you have stayed on the show or walked away?
Jennifer Fritsch: Watching now, I am glad that he sent me home when he did because maybe he knew, in fact, that I would be one of the persons that would -- girls that would be upset over the skinny dipping issue. As far as proceeding if he didn't send me home, I think it's all "if" and you just don't know.
But I would like to think that if I had gone further, that maybe it could have worked out. But I definitely would have had a lot of questions and I think that's what all the other girls are going to have as well.
If Ben ends up picking Courtney in the end, do you see them forming a lasting and meaningful relationship?
Jennifer Fritsch: Lasting and meaningful? No. I don't think so. I think it's an initial attraction and it might last a few months but I think for the long haul, I don't think it would work.
Do you think Ben is getting as mad and upset about what he's seeing on the TV of Courtney since he didn't get a glimpse of her true colors while on the show as his bachelorettes?
Jennifer Fritsch: I don't know if he's getting mad or upset. Maybe, I mean if it was me, I'd be embarrassed because you're actually seeing what everyone has been telling you the whole time. So, I don't know if it's mad or upset, but definitely embarrassed, because he does kind of look like a fool.
If Ben picks Courtney in the end, what advice would you give him?
Jennifer Fritsch: My advice for him if he picks Courtney would be to -- I don't know if I have any good advice. I don't even think I could wish him luck, because I just -- because my advice would probably be "run for the hills," but I don't know how much that would help.
When Ben labeled you the "best kisser" of the group and there were still a lot of women left at that point, how did that make you feel?
Jennifer Fritsch: He may have sent me home, but I definitely have a badge of honor (laughs) to carry around with me. I was so shocked when he told me that and again, looking back, I'm like, "Oh, I hope the person he picks is -- I hope they're a good kisser" or they might have issues with it. But, no. It's definitely been fun to come home and get to relish in the fact that I'm the best kisser.
Could you elaborate more on why you think age is a factor when it comes to Ben's relationship with Kacie Boguskie?
Jennifer Fritsch: Yeah, to me, last week he sent [Elyse Myers] home, who is also younger. And Kacie B., to me, seems like the same situation I guess. She's young and I don't think she's had a lot of relationship experience as far as you're on The Bachelor and you're going through this whole experience and you're possibly going to be engaged.
And if you have no idea how relationships work, I can imagine it being very, very tough to have a successful relationship out of this. Like I said, I think she's a great person -- great girl -- just not ready for what maybe the end could bring.
Do you think the younger girls on the show are really ready to get engaged and married? The Bachelor tends to pair up men with women a lot younger than them and most of the show's relationships that developed from the show haven't worked out.
Jennifer Fritsch: I look back and think, "Thank God I didn't marry the person I was dating when I was 23." So, not that I've changed a whole lot, but I've definitely changed my opinion of who I want to spend my life with. So, I mean, I was definitely nervous coming into the show because being 28, I was like, "Am I going to be the old one?" Because so often, its the 23-year-olds and the 24-year-olds.
But, you know, I thought for his age he was looking for something different too, and to me, even if he picks Courtney -- whether it was Courtney of Kacie B., those two are the same maturity level because I think Courtney's shown that over and over again.
Do you think being on The Bachelor takes girls away from how they would normally behave in a relationship and makes them competitive to the point where they're not acting like themselves and aren't truly falling in love?
Jennifer Fritsch: No, I actually think that it's possible to fall in love on this show. It's so funny looking back on it because people will always ask, "Were you jealous?" I guess in the moment, I really didn't think about it as much as -- because I'm not watching it.
And so, watching now every Monday night, it's definitely a little bit harder knowing what I was doing on the same day he was on a date with Kacie B. So looking back, it's definitely difficult.
But in the moment, I think it's easy to fall in love. But as far as competitiveness, I don't think it -- that's people's personalities that just, I think, clash as far as winning and just being at the end. That's all they want. And then there are some real genuine people there for the right reasons.
Did you think that while Ben was with you, he was 100% percent genuine? How do you think he stayed true to himself while getting to know and forming relationships with so many women at once? Do you think he was unique with every girl?
Jennifer Fritsch: No. I look again at Kacie B.'s date and they had a completely different date than I had with him as far as the personal level goes. I never talked to Ben about his father, so that definitely creates a deep connection. I think when he comes on my date with me, and not talking about that, it does.
It stings a little bit because you're like, "Is he not comfortable enough to talk about those kinds of things with me," or "does he just want to have our date and get it over with?" You know what I mean? You do kind of question those things, but I think in the moment what I got from Ben, was that he was genuine every single time I talked to him.