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'The Bachelorette' star Rachel Lindsay cuts Lee Garrett, Josiah Graham, Anthony Battle, Kenny Layne, Will Gaskins & Alex Bordyukov in bloodbath


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/28/2017 

The Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay eliminated a whopping six bachelors during Tuesday night's broadcast of Season 13 on ABC: Lee Garrett, Josiah Graham, Anthony Battle, Kenny LayneWill Gaskins, and Alex Bordyukov.

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Rachel sent Lee, a 30-year-old singer and songwriter from Nashville, TN, packing during their two-on-one date with Kenny, a 35-year-old professional wrestler from Las Vegas, NV.

The Bachelorette star later ousted Josiah, a 28-year-old prosecuting attorney from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Anthony, a 26-year-old education software manager from Chicago, IL, during the episode's first Rose Ceremony held in Oslo, Norway.

"Nobody in this house thought I was going home. Nobody. I came in here abundantly confident. I have no words to explain, to articulate, her decision making. It's just weird dude, the people that she kept in the house over me," Josiah said in his final words.

"Do you think you can have a better chance with [Matthew "Matt" Munson] over me? And I love Alex, the Soviet Union KGB spy, but do you really think that KGB agent has something over me? And I love [Adam Gottschalk], but you think a guy who brings a doll that looks like Mike Myers is better than me? Woman, you have some poor judgment."

The Bachelorette star later ousted Kenny during a group date in Copenhagen, Denmark; however, it was a mutual and respectful split because both individuals felt they weren't hitting it off enough for Kenny to feel comfortable being away from his daughter for a longer period of time.

"Rachel Lindsay is one of the most amazing women I've ever met in my entire life. If Mackenzie grew up to be like Rachel, then I knew I did my job," Kenny said in his final words before FaceTiming his 10-year-old daughter. "Rachel and I talked about it, and we really, really like each other, but she understands how much being away from you is really hurting me, and like, breaking me in half."

Mackenzie cried to her father, saying how proud she was of him for traveling and making it this far in the reality dating competition.

Will, a 28-year-old sales manager from Miami, FL, got eliminated right in the middle of his one-on-one date with Rachel in Copenhagen because the Bachelorette felt romance and passion was missing between them. Although she really liked Will and initially envisioned a future with him, he wasn't playful or flirtatious with her at all.

And last but not least, Alex, a 28-year-old information systems supervisor from Grosse Pointe Park, MI, was sent home at the episode's second Rose Ceremony held in Copenhagen.

The Bachelorette broadcast began with Rachel on her two-on-one date with Kenny and Lee. Lee had disclosed to Rachel how Kenny was allegedly violent, threatening, aggressive and even pulled him out of a van once. Kenny's response was pure shock to have learned that information, and Rachel's rose was going to go to the guy whom she trusted most.

"It must feel terrible that you have to lie so terribly," Kenny said to Lee when Rachel wasn't around. "If I've ever been physical with you, you bear the scars, you garbage assh-le piece of f-cking sh-t... Eat sh-t and die."

Lee denied telling Rachel that Kenny had pulled him out of a van, and then Kenny pointed out that would mean Rachel was lying, which obviously wasn't true. Rachel ultimately believed Kenny in this situation, as he swore on everything that Lee's accusations were false.

Rachel therefore decided to send Lee home despite having had a great conversation with him. However, Rachel wasn't ready to hand a rose over to Kenny just yet because she still had some questions and concerns about him. Rachel intended to spend more time with Kenny that night so they could get to know each other better.

"That's okay sweetheart," Lee told Rachel of her decision to let him go. "I just want you to know that when he came back over here, he threatened me and was... cussing me out."

Rachel and Kenny headed to a helicopter to take off, but before Kenny could jump in, he was about to explode and said he needed to settle things with Lee. Kenny then said goodbye to Lee but left Rachel frustrated and annoyed in the helicopter. Kenny told Lee that there's a decent guy deep down inside of him and one day he'd understand the severity of his actions.

When the other bachelors saw staff remove Lee's suitcase from their hotel, Josiah noted that Rachel had made the right decision and she must've been able to see Lee for "who he really is."

Back on Rachel and Kenny's date, she told the cameras that she didn't question whether Kenny was on the show for her, but she needed to find out if she could trust him and really see him as her husband.

That night, Kenny assured Rachel that he doesn't have a short fuse and becomes emotionally vulnerable in a relationship. Kenny said that although Lee suggested he has a bad temper, he'd always speak to the woman he cares about with love. He called himself a hopeless romantic and promised Rachel that love is really what he's looking for.

Rachel appreciated how devoted of a father Kenny seemed, and she explained they had developed a strong friendship up to this point. Rachel also thought Kenny was being "open, honest and sincere," so she opted to give him the two-on-one date's rose. Rachel liked Kenny and wanted to see where things could go from there.

Kenny wanted to be with his daughter, but he knew his presence on the show was to hopefully better their lives. Kenny believed Rachel could be "the wind and the catalyst" to change their lives. 

It then became time for a Rose Ceremony. Three guys already received roses and Rachel had six more to hand out, so nine bachelors would remain at the end of the night. Josiah felt very confident going into the ceremony and said he couldn't wait for Rachel to peel back all of his layers.

Rachel announced that the roses were going to men whom she could truly see as her future husband. With that said, Dean Unglert, Eric Bigger, Peter Kraus, Alex, Adam and Matt all received roses. Josiah was "shocked" he didn't receive a rose, and Anthony appeared surprised and hurt. 

"Two more black guys sent home by Rachel," Eric said. "I think she's going through a lot emotionally."

After the Rose Ceremony, Rachel and her remaining group of guys traveled to Copenhagen and Eric learned he'd be accompanying Rachel on the first one-on-one date of the week.

For their date, Rachel and Eric drank champagne and had lunch near a dock and they rode around in a little romantic boat. The couple talked about things they have in common, like watching sports and enjoying the little things in life. Rachel also revealed she'd love to have four children someday.

Eric liked Rachel a lot and felt miracles could happen with her, and she admired how free and fun he seemed. At one point, the pair hopped into a public hot bath in the middle of a crowded street.

The date then led to Tivoli, a huge amusement park. Rachel and Eric ran around, played games and enjoyed some rides. They felt like kids again on this date and had a blast together.

Eric then became very vulnerable with Rachel and explained that he never really felt love as a child -- not even from his parents -- and so he had a habit of running from love.

Eric confessed he always felt alone and has never been in love with a woman before, but he said he could see himself falling for Rachel. Eric couldn't control his feelings for Rachel and so he was allowing himself to let go entirely, which he called a powerful thing.

Eric was ready to do whatever it took to win Rachel's heart, whether it meant giving more or learning more, and Rachel loved what she was bringing out of Eric during their time together.

The next day, Rachel accompanied the following men on a group date: Dean, Kenny, Bryan Abasolo, Alex, Matt, Peter, and Adam.

The group rowed a classic Viking ship and, upon docking, played combat Viking games. And they certainly dressed for the part! The games came down to a battle between Adam and Kenny, and Kenny ended up winning after each man cut his eye open on a shield.

During the night portion of the group date, Rachel talked to Bryan about how he was so optimistic about their future together, but she was worried because they live in different states. Bryan assured her that everything was going to be fine and his family would accept and love her. Bryan promised Rachel that he wasn't going anywhere, which is a confidence she never experienced before.

Peter then told Rachel that she's his muse. She never had to question where she stood with Peter.

It then became time for Rachel's alone time with Kenny, and he was really missing his daughter. Kenny explained to Rachel that he felt he was constantly fighting for her but he wasn't satisfied with the status of their relationship, especially in light of three preceding weeks of drama.

Kenny confessed the process was getting more and more difficult and he wasn't 100 percent comfortable with where they stood. And Rachel agreed her romance with Kenny hadn't grown much up to that point.

Kenny didn't doubt that Rachel would be an amazing addition to his family, but he was afraid Mackenzie was going to become invested in an idea that didn't seem to be coming to fruition. Rachel no longer had questions and concerns about Kenny, but their relationship wasn't at the level she hoped it would be.

Rachel then decided that based on what Kenny had told her and how she was feeling herself, it was best to send Kenny home to his beautiful daughter. Kenny couldn't believe how smart and insightful Rachel was, and her grace made him fall even harder for her in that moment.

After Kenny left, Rachel gave the group-date rose to Peter because he had stood out to her in a way that she couldn't explain.

The following day, Rachel and Will set off for a one-on-one date, and she was hoping the bachelor would relax around her since he's already such a fun and cool guy. For their date, the couple hopped on a ferry and traveled to Sweden, where they immersed themselves in local culture and took in the sights.

Rachel found Will engaging, but she realized something was lacking in their relationship. She noticed that Will wasn't trying to hold her hand or hug her or kiss her. She needed more from Will and was desperate to feel a stronger connection with him. At one point, the pair stood on top of a castle and it was an extremely romantic moment, but Will didn't make a move -- even in the perfect setting for romance.

That night, Will explained to Rachel how he's a very passionate and affectionate person in a relationship. He also added that he's dated mostly Caucasian women in his past. When thinking about those disclosures, Rachel grew worried that maybe Will wasn't really attracted to her or into her physically.

Will told Rachel that he had been madly in love before and he just "clicked" with the girl, which again, was something Rachel felt was missing. Rachel therefore determined she had more of a friendship with Will and they probably couldn't get to that romantic place she needed on The Bachelorette.

Rachel denied Will the date's rose. He insisted to Rachel he was attracted to her but maybe he got caught up in the moment and caught up in building a friendship rather than an intimate relationship. Rachel said that saying goodbye to Will was extremely difficult.

The episode concluded with another Rose Ceremony, and Rachel was in a very emotional place. At one point, she had to leave the room in order to compose herself. The Bachelorette then handed out roses to Bryan, Matt, Dean and then Adam -- which eliminated Alex.

Saying goodbye to Alex was also very tough for Rachel because she had developed genuine feelings for him. She began to worry that maybe she wouldn't find her future husband in this process after all, and she feared the fact she may regret sending someone home.



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