During Monday night's The Women Tell All special on ABC, Caridi -- a blonde news anchor who won Ben Higgins' First Impression Rose and several Group Date roses thereafter -- sat in the hotseat and discussed all the drama she happened to be at the center of.
Caridi came across overly aggressive and confident on The Bachelor, rubbing her fellow bachelorettes the wrong way and often offending them with insensitive, condescending comments. While the women accused Caridi of being fake and cruel, she cried to Harrison about how that was never her intention and she was just very focused on winning Higgins' heart.
"After a long wait, everyone finally got to hear from Olivia. Olivia has been one of the most talked about, tweeted about, and blogged about women in the history of The Bachelor and everyone was dying to hear what she had to say. There was an undeniable energy on the stage as she walked up. No one knew what was going to happen," Harrison wrote in his Yahoo! TV blog.
Caridi apologized to specific women for her wrongdoing, especially to Amanda Stanton for previously saying the single mom's situation at home reminded her of an episode of Teen Mom and men should run away before dating a woman with two kids. Caridi seemed genuinely distraught, hurt and sorry.
However, Caridi also stood up for herself by telling the women they shouldn't have bashed her behind her back and making fun of her breath, toes and breasts was completely uncalled for. The audience really seemed sympathetic towards Caridi in these moments because she was badly bullied at a young age. She also insisted she's not great in social situations like The Bachelor since she's an introvert.
"I really like the way Olivia handled herself. She was apologetic for the things she felt she handled badly, but she was unapologetic for being herself," Harrison continued.
"In some ways that's a good way to be. A fake apology would have been so apparent. Sure, she wasn't great with the women in the house, but that doesn't mean she's a bad human being. I respect her for showing up, defending herself, and I hope this is not the last we see of Olivia."
Harrison's last comment would seem to suggest he hopes Caridi will appear on Bachelor in Paradise this summer. Lace Morris revealed on The Women Tell All she's definitely up for the experience.
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