After an emotional two-hour finale of “The Bachelorette” Monday night on ABC, Andi Dorfman chose Josh Murray, accepting his marriage proposal and leaving fellow suitor Nick Viall stunned and heartbroken.
Dorfman, a former district attorney, cried when she visited Viall to tell him he wasn’t her choice.
Viall said he never saw the disappointment coming, telling her he woke up that morning confident about them.
"Man, I really thought this was it,” Viall said from the back of an SUV as he was driven away after receiving the news. “I really thought she loved me.”
With tears in his eyes, Viall said he thought he and Dorfman had something special. Earlier in the episode she had said their relationship was filled with passion.
Later she had happier news for Murray, who, during the final rose ceremony, told her he wanted to give her the world.
“Andi you are the answer to all of my prayers you are the answer to my dreams you are the woman I thought never existed in this world. All my worries they just seem to vanish when I’m with you,” Murray said.
Dorfman told Murray that she was in love with him and wanted to spend her life with him and have children together.
The competition started with 25 eligible men vying for Dorfman’s hand. With the other men dismissed by Dorfman, Viall and Murray were last ones standing.
She narrowed it down week by week to Murray, a 29-year-old former pro baseball player from Atlanta, and Viall, a 33-year-old software sales executive who lives in Chicago.
Dorfman, 27, was named the star of “The Bachelorette” after first appearing as one of many women who competed to win the heart of Juan Pablo Galavis on season 18 of “The Bachelor.”
She famously removed herself from the competition after a night in the fantasy suite with Galavis. She said it opened her eyes to another side of Galavis that she “didn’t really like.”
During her time on that show, she made a name for herself as being smart, driven, feisty and unafraid to speak her mind.
Viall Gets His Say on 'After the Final Rose'
“The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose” special immediately following the finale, Viall told host Chris Harrison that his feelings for Dorfman hadn’t totally disappeared. Appearing at time at a loss for words, Viall told Dorfman that her treatment of his was “a little cavalier” and that he thought she loved him.
She replied that she didn’t love him – and never told him she did – but said she believed she had a “great relationship” with him. She acknowledged that should probably should have told him about her feelings earlier, and said he did nothing wrong.
“At the end of the day it’s like, I know it sounds harsh to say but how do you compete with a greater relationship? How do you compete with a greater love?” she said.
Viall said it was “hard to hear” that, adding: “Knowing how in love with you I was, if you weren’t in love with me I’m just not sure why like why you made love with me.”
His statement drew gasps from the studio audience, and this reply from Dorfman: “Well first of all I think that’s kind of below the belt. That’s something that should be private and kept private.”
When Murray joined Dorfman for their first appearance together in public since the series was shot, they smiled and appeared affectionate with each other.
Murray told Harrison that he and his fiancée were “madly in love.” Dorfman said they would enjoy being engaged for a while and marry in about a year.
She also put to rest rumors that she’s pregnant.
“I’m not pregnant still,” she said, to which Murray replied, jokingly: “I’m trying!”
This was the tenth edition of “The Bachelorette.”