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Matt said he could understand why new arrivals would be "frustrating" for the original bachelorettes, who had already invested weeks into the dating process.
"[But] regardless of when you came or didn't come, you're here, and it doesn't matter," Matt said. "To me what matters is our conversations, our connections, and if I could see a future with you."
Matt insisted bullying, rumors and gossip are "not going to be tolerated" on his season, and he already made that apparent by eliminating "mean girls" Victoria Larson and Anna Redman, who were shown attacking the five women who showed up late after the third Rose Ceremony.
The Bachelor star hoped all the women could find a way to peacefully coexist since none of his bachelorettes "wield that authority to send somebody home."
"So, they just got to deal with it," Matt noted of the twists and turns.
"And you don't want to make that environment difficult for other people to live in. Because then I'm going to hear about it. And then I'm gonna have to ask you to go home."
ABC executive Rob Mills touched upon Heather's surprise entrance during a January episode of "The Bachelor Recap" podcast.
Heather was a 23-year-old from Carlsbad, CA, when she appeared on Colton's The Bachelor edition along with Hannah.
ABC labeled Heather's occupation as "never been kissed" at the start of The Bachelor's 23rd season, but Heather ended up kissing Colton during her time on the show.
Heather quitThe Bachelorprocess before hometown dates because she said she wasn't ready to take the step of introducing Colton to her parents and family.
Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone believes Hannah put Heather up to appearing on The Bachelor's 25th season since the women are such great friends and Hannah became close to Matt while the pair quarantined with The Bachelorette alum Tyler Cameron in Florida last year.
"Clearly Hannah told [Heather] this would be a good idea since she's friends with Matt (you know, Quarantine Crew and all), and I guess convinced Heather she thought the two of them would get along," Carbone wrote in a December blog post.