Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock was sent home by Bachelor Sean Lowe on the episode of "The Bachelor" that aired on Feb. 18, 2013, on ABC Television Network. Desiree talked to reporters in a conference call interview arranged by ABC on Feb. 21, 2013.
Desiree made it to the final four in Sean's search for a soulmate and future wife. She took Sean to meet her family during the hometown dates and her brother called Sean a playboy, which could not have helped her chances. In the Feb. 25 episode, Sean takes the final three bachelorettes to Thailand for the infamous fantasy suite overnight dates. The final three bachelorettes are AshLee, Lindsay and Catherine. The Bachelor Sean Lowe romances three bachelorettes in Thailand
Desiree responded to a question about whether her brother hurt her chances with Sean and whether she thought her brother's behavior was a factor in Sean's decision to let her go by saying that her brother did not help her chances. Desiree stated, " I think that it did have some to do with Sean's decision. But ultimately, you know, he made the best decision that he could. And maybe there will be a better explanation at (Women Tell All)."
Desiree also stated that she was upset with her brother at first, but is now over that. Some thought that she might be angry at Sean for letting her brother influence his decision, but that was never the case, according to Desiree.
Desiree stated, "I'm not mad. I was never mad at Sean. And in that moment, I was very, very upset with my brother. And I was very confused as to what - like... I know that my brother was very skeptical of the whole experience and of the show. But I had no idea it was going to, you know, go that far. Because, of course, I don't justify anything that my brother said." And I don't justify the way he, you know, said it to Sean. But, he was protecting me. And he had a strong opinion about our relationship, like Sean and I. That he didn't feel that, you know, Sean was going to be the right guy for me. So, you know, looking back, I can't be mad at my brother and stay mad at him. Because it all works out, you know, for the better. And it's just, I don't know. I can move on and know that Sean and I aren't meant to be together.
After Sean let Desiree go, she responded by calling his decision a terrible mistake. When asked whether she still thought it was a mistake, Desiree replied, "In the moment, I felt that I had... That we had the best connection that I, you know, embodied all the qualities that he wanted in a wife. So, in that moment, I did feel it was a terrible mistake. And we didn't have enough time. However, looking back, you know, he did have great relationships with the other girls. And all things happen for a reason. So, I, I don't think it was a, a mistake."
"The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison had stated in a TV Guide interview that when Sean eliminated Desiree, he was pretty sure that the Bachelor, quote "let go of the love of his life." Desiree was asked whether she agreed with that statement and what her thoughts were. Desiree replied, "From the beginning, I feel that Sean and I had a natural chemistry that really did shine. I think a lot of people could see that. And I, I don't know. I mean, being in that - being in those circumstances it does change. And it's not all about just having chemistry."
"So, I don't know," Desiree continued. "I don't really know what to say to that. Because Sean knew what he was doing with each relationship. And like I said, he made the best decision that he could. So, I think he, you know, ended up choosing the love of his life. And that's not me."
After Desiree was let go, former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky tweeted that the next Bachelorette just went home. Desiree was asked whether being the next Bachelorette star would be of interest to her.
Desiree replicd, "You know, this being on the Bachelor was a very emotionally draining experience to go through. And, I mean, if I were offered the opportunity to be the next Bachelorette, I would - I would definitely have to think about it. And, you know, give it some thought. And make sure I'm prepared to get back, back onto that emotional rollercoaster. But, I do believe in the experience. And I know that the feelings, you know, first hand of what I experienced are real. And I do believe that it can work out for the best. So, I, I probably - you know, I'd probably say yes to the opportunity."