"Bachelor" star Sean Lowe eliminated bachelorette Sarah Herron during the episode that aired on ABC Television Network on Feb. 4, 2012. Sarah answered questions about her experiences in a teleconference with reporters. Following are some excerpts from the interview.
Sarah was eliminated in the episode that had been filmed in Canada. Sarah showed she had gumption when she ran into the lake as part of the Polar Bear plunge. Selma, who declined to participate in the plunge into frigid water, was also eliminated. Daniella was the third woman to eliminated.
Sarah got the first one-on-one date of the season, but after getting to know some of the other women, Sean said he was not feeling the connection. Sarah showed Sean some pictures of her family, making him realize that he did not want to string her along. Even though Sarah was eliminated, she considers the experience a positive one.
Sarah said that being on the "Bachelor" was a life changing experience that was cathartic and self actualizing. The experience helped her to learn about herself. Sarah said, " I don't regret any second of participating on the show."
The elimination took Sarah by surprise, as she did not expect to be going home. However, she was concerned when Sean stated in the previous week that he had taken a "step back with a few girls and a step forward with a few other girls."
Sarah elaborated, "And there was a part of me, deep down, that was concerned I was - I might have been one of those girls that he was talking about. Because we were now you know, five weeks into the process or so, and it becomes difficult to continue to develop these relationships while he's developing relationships with the other girls. So, I definitely was a little uneasy when he said he felt his relationships had taken a step back. And that's why, in Canada, I felt it - extremely important to reassure him why I was there and that I had the right intentions and that my heart was in it and I wanted to take it to the next step."
When asked why she was so upset about being eliminated, Sarah confessed to feeling embarrassed, stating: " I had very strong feelings for Sean. And I think it's just - it's human nature to feel embarrassed when you're - you know, dumped on television and you cry, and you let yourself be as vulnerable as I let myself be. You know, I don't think I've ever let America - or let alone my coworkers and friends see me as vulnerable as I was on the show. And so, you just feel a little embarrassed that you put it all out there and somebody didn't want to take it all in. And so, it was just - it was hard. And yes, it's just - it was a little embarrassing."
Even though the situation was embarrassing, Sarah said that Sean handled it the right way when he pulled her aside and let her go early rather then make her wait for the rose ceremony. Sarah stated, "I think Sean handled it the best way. He and I actually did have a conversation. And I said you know, if I'm one of these girls that you ever feel our relationship is taking a step back, I want to talk about it, and I want to know about it. And I think we can communicate about what's going on. And please just - I don't want to be the last girl standing at a rose ceremony without a rose, without an explanation, just you know, completely shocked."
"So, he knew that I was asking for an explanation. And I think that's what he gave me. And he said here's a girl who doesn't want to be you know, strung along, and she wants to be told how it is. And he respected that. And I think it's great. And I - even though I'm not happy with the way things turned out, I respect the way he handled it. And he - I don't think he could have done it any better."
Sarah talked about how having one arm affects her self confidence and why it came up as a topic on the show. While her life does not revolve around the missing arm, the show seemed to focus on it because so many of the activities were physical.
Sarah said, " Definitely, having one arm has always, always affected my self confidence. And it's definitely given me insecurities. But I have come (to peace) with it. And I know how to be myself and you know, not let it be an obstacle in my life. And on the show, I think it came - it became a big topic, because we constantly were in these physical activities. I mean let's be honest, every single group date was you know, okay, let's milk a goat. Well, guess what, you have to have two hands to milk a goat. And canoeing, you know, I did it, but it was tough."
Sarah is still looking for love and hopes to meet the right man and get married someday.