Ex-’Bachelorette’ Contestant Lucas: Me And Ashley Were Pretty Different

by | July 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM | Interviews, The Bachelorette

Lucas on The Bachelorette (ABC)

Lucas on The Bachelorette (ABC)

On this past Monday’s episode of the “Bachelorette,” the ever-conservative Lucas Daniels was forced to wear a shimmering gold dress…and was then eliminated right before hometown dates. What a humiliating way to shoot down a Texas cowboy!

The 30-year-old oilfield equipment distributor talked to reporters about how he felt about his elimination, Bentley’s surprise visit to Hong Kong, and what women would have to drink if Ryan P. ever became the “Bachelor.”

Were you surprised that you were eliminated?
I felt very confident going into [the rose ceremony]. I was already prepared to take her home, and I was prepared to say, “Hey, mom and dad, here’s Ashley.” So I was shocked; I wasn’t quite sure what she didn’t see in me versus Ames. But she made great decisions pretty much throughout…but I was bummed out. I was kind of shocked at the end.

Watch Lucas Say Farewell:

What do you think may have gone wrong?
Some of our beliefs, our family—stuff like that. I think we were just really opposite. I’m very, very traditional. I’m conservative, and she is just kind of the other side and that’s fine. Opposites attract…I was surprised that she didn’t keep me around honestly. I didn’t see it coming, but if that was her decision, then I respected that.

We know you were one of the guys who was outwardly disappointed with Ashley when she admitted that Bentley was in Hong Kong. Did you at all emotionally check out with her after that?
I thought we finally made a connection on our date. I thought everything was kind of behind her and then, yes, when she tells all of us that she fell for him, it was just kind of a gut shot. I didn’t emotionally check out, but it really put a damper in kind of the way I was feeling about her at that time. I’ve never had somebody do that before, especially after a date, but I was still checked in.

What did you learn from this experience?
Well, one thing I learned is how to really open up and talk about my feelings because I’ve never talked about my feelings like that in a long, long time. I’ve always said what’s on my mind since I was small, but this just really gets you in touch with your feelings and just helps you open up. I think she deserved that.

Now that you’re able to watch the show, what’s the one thing that surprised you?
Probably the most—and it’s kind of the same thing everybody has been talking about—but it is Bentley. I didn’t really see that in him, of treating somebody like that. I guess it’s the way I was raised. You just don’t treat somebody like that, so it really shocked me.

Do you think you would’ve survived as a couple if Ashley took you all the way to the end?
I think it would have been an uphill battle. I really believe everything happens for a reason, so I think it was probably a good thing I was sent home. I would have still given it a shot if she wanted to come to my home town, but yes, it probably would have been pretty tough. I mean, we were pretty different.

Why were you guys so annoyed with Ryan?
He wasn’t a bad guy—he was just too much. We were exhausted because he was just through the roof the entire show.

Rumors are going around that he might be a contender for next season’s “Bachelor.” Any thoughts?
I guess [he] would be a decent Bachelor. Those women better be very, very energetic and have a lot of Red Bull. But anyway I think a perfect candidate in my mind just because he was a very good friend of mine is Ben F. I think he’s wonderful. We got really close, he and Constantine. We’re all good buds on the show, and I think he’d be a great candidate.

Who do you think is good for Ashley?
If I had to pick—Ben F. I think they have the most fun together.

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