"[Jed] shouldn't come back from this [scandal]. He should just sort of go away," Colton toldEntertainment Tonight.
According to Nashville-based musician Haley Stevens, Jed -- one of Hannah's Final 4 bachelors -- was dating her in March when he left to filmThe Bachelorette to promote his music career.
Haley told People last month Jed had promised her that he would return home to her in Tennessee after the show and they'd resume dating.
He even allegedly texted her "I love you" before he boarded his plane to Los Angeles, CA, and then again after the plane landed.
Monday night's episode of The Bachelorette featured Hannah visiting Jed's hometown and meeting his family, but Jed's loved ones didn't exactly come across warm and welcoming to Hannah.
Jed's mother Gina and sister Lily even shot down the idea of an engagement being a good idea.
Gina expressed to Hannah that Jed was on "a different path" in life than wanting to settle down, and Lily told the Bachelorette, "I'm very protective over Jed and making music makes him so happy. So him potentially falling in love with you, I'm not sure it's a good thing."
Rumor has it Jed's family was aware of the singer's intentions at the time -- and also his relationship with Haley, who says she had met Jed's family while they were dating -- and so they were confused about how to handle the situation.
"Because you could see something wasn't really right or they were sort of biting their lips for some things. So, it was a little fishy. It was a little off and a little awkward."
Jed was shown admitting to Hannah during a previous one-on-one date in Newport, RI, he had joined the show to boost his music career, but Hannah appreciated his honesty at the time and slowly fell in love with him.
"I think what's been eye-opening to me -- because I follow on social media and love Twitter, and every once in a while I fire back at people -- but being in the position Hannah's been in before, you sort of have these blinders on and you're sort of dialed in and focused on the relationship," Colton explained.
"And you don't take in sometimes the cues that you would in a normal relationship, sort of the red flags. And so, I feel for her because she is so deserving of somebody who is going to make her happy day in and day out and not have to worry about lying."
Haley claimed in multiple interviews last month she had stayed with Jed -- whom she allegedly met in October 2018 -- once he was cast on The Bachelorette because he had given her every reason to believe she had stolen his heart.
After Jed received the call in February 2019 he had been chosen to join The Bachelorette cast, Haley told People she and the country singer took a romantic trip to the Bahamas, where they said "I love you" to each other for the first time.
Haley said Jed was always "so reassuring" when she'd express concern over the fact he might end up seriously dating another woman and falling in love.
"I was following along on spoiler accounts, trying to figure out when my boyfriend was going to come home... [Jed] said he only wanted to be Top 5 [bachelors]... to be a major player so that it would be beneficial [to his career]," Haley told People last month.
Haley was therefore "baffled" when Jed returned home to Nashville after filming and allegedly "ghosted" her. Haley said when she had bumped into Jed at a music venue in early June, he offered her no explanation.
"He loved me, but he didn't have enough respect for me to have that tough conversation," she told People.
Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone also claimed on an episode of his podcast in late June that Jed had allegedly slept with another woman while dating Haley.
"She showed me everything... this was I believe 10 days before you left for the Bahamas, he slept with another woman," Carbone had told Haley on the podcast, according to E! News. "And I have the text messages to prove it."
After weeks of receiving backlash on social media in light of this scandal, Jed finally broke his silence via Instagram on Monday.
"I ask that you please understand how much the actions being taken towards myself, my family, the men on the show, and above all, Hannah, are affecting all of our mental and physical health," Jed wrote.
"It goes beyond what is said online. Threatening letters and phone calls have been sent to our homes. My parents and sister are being verbally attacked in public. I beg you to remember what seems like a harmless action is damaging to real people."