Was Ali’s Exit A Shocker—Or A Strategy?

Lots of folks were very surprised last night when, after a New England hometown date full of rolling around in leaves and saying things like “If you asked me today, I would say yes,” Ali decided to leave “Bachelor” Jake and head home to San Francisco. Evidently, her boss gave her an ultimatum—come back now or say goodbye to your job. Ali basically begged Jake to say she’d be getting the final rose, in which case she’d stay, but instead he said, “Life is about minimizing your regrets. You just have to weigh which one is going to be a bigger regret.” So has Ali truly thrown in the towel? No way. She just guaranteed herself the win. During last season of “The Bachelorette,” I shared with you a foolproof way to win a dating show: leave. You pull the rug out from under the show’s protagonist, making them realize just how much you mean to them and making them doubt their connection with every other contestant. Then come back and explain just how wrong your decision was—how you can’t live without said person—and, automatically, you’re in like Flynn. Hey, it worked for Ed Swiderski, and it worked for London on “Daisy of Love.” Do we think for a second Ali won’t be back? Please.

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