Jimmy Kimmel is at it again, interviewing Arie Luyendyk Jr. and pressing him to reveal forbidden The Bachelor spoilers.
Naturally, Arie can’t actually divulge how the season goes. You know how this works.
Except that, as you’ll see in the video below, it looks like Arie may have slipped up and revealed something that he didn’t mean to.
As you know, Jimmy Kimmel has a history of interviewing each season’s Bachelor (or Bachelorette) and confronting them with his wife’s theory of which contestants will make it the farthest … and who will win.
Molly — Jimmy’s wife — tends to do pretty well with her guesses. But only pretty well.
For example, Jimmy interviewed Rachel Lindsay at the beginning of her season of The Bachelorette. The theory presented? That Rachel was engaged to Peter Kraus.
That was a simpler, more innocent time, when people believed that Rachel Lindsay had sense.
Arie, of course, insists that he can’t reveal anything.
In fact, though past Bachelors and Bachelorettes have said “oh, my fiance and I are just laying low until the season ends,” Arie’s taking that a step further.
He’s refusing to even tell Jimmy Kimmel when the last time that he saw his fiancee was.
But then Jimmy Kimmel stops asking — and starts sharing his theories. Well, his wife’s theories.
We already know who Arie Luyendyk Jr’s final four will be, but here are the names that Jimmy listed:
First up is Tia Booth. Because Tia is nice and likable and so are her friends, though Jimmy (well, really Molly) predicts that Arie won’t pick her in the end.
Next is Chelsea, whom Jimmy has pegged as this season’s Bachelor Villain — great to keep around as fodder (though … all the way to the final four might be too much).
Then comes Bekah M, and we can only assume that her youth played a role in getting her into the (imagined) final four. Or perhaps Jimmy Kimmel just wanted to highlight how rare short hair is in the franchise.
As if to emphasize the many, many redundant names in this season, Jimmy also named Becca K (Becca Kufrin, not to be confused with Bekah with a K), whom he noted Arie must have taken notice of to some degree after just the first episode.
Jimmy Kimmel even goes so far as to name Becca Kufrin as the prospective winner.
Now, if you’ve taken the plunge into our spoilers, you know who Arie chooses at the end of the season.
But what’s catching people’s attention is how Arie responded — seeming to let his guard slip — when Jimmy brought up Chelsea, the potential “villain.”
“Chelsea, you gave her the first impression rose, she’s very attractive, she’s aggressive.”
He uses that aggression — often a positive quality — to lead into how he sees her role on the show playing out this season.
“She’s also clearly going to be the villain, so you need to keep her around for a while.”
The producers need to do that. Arie may have other priorities.
“You won’t pick her, you’ll just keep giving her roses so she can antagonize everyone else in the house.”
Arie seemed to break character in that moment (as you’ll see in the video), going from nodding to shaking his head. Was he saying that she’s not in his final four, or protesting her “villain” label?
We don’t know.
Jimmy Kimmel created a distraction after he’d named all four women, by proposing that Arie have a threesome (since he’d mentioned falling in love with two contestants) with Becca and with Bekah.
Jimmy’s delivery sounds more like a guy broing it out and less like someone promoting healthy polyamory, so it was a line bound to rub people the wrong way.
But also a line bound to help Jimmy take some of the heat for Arie’s possible slip-up.
Decide for yourself if Arie really slipped up — or if it’s some kind of misdirect or whatever — by watching the video below.