SPOILERS ahead from Bachelorette Hannah Brown's 2019 Season 15 and "The Men Tell All" special.
If you were holding on to any fear that 2019 Bachelorette Hannah Brown still went back to Luke P. at the end of The Bachelorette Season 15, let this "Men Tell All" update assure you. She's so far over him and his "toxic masculinity" you can see the scorch marks of her burns from space.
The Bachelorette Season 15 is still airing, but it taped a while ago. What just taped last night was the 2019 Bachelorette "Men Tell All" special, which will air Monday, July 22 on ABC. Reality Steve shared the first round of spoilers, noting that Mike Johnson was the most popular guy of the men in the group. That could be a good sign for his Bachelor 2020 chances, but don't forget that the "Men Tell All" traditionally doesn't include the guys still on the show. In this case, that's Peter the pilot, Jed the musician there for the wrong reasons, and Tyler C. aka the new Peter Kraus.
So we can take the hint/spoiler confirmation that Hannah does indeed dump Luke P. during this Monday's overnight dates episode. That episode will air one week before this "Men Tell All" special, so Hannah and the guys can speak freely of Luke P. already being eliminated. (Which is not to say Luke P. couldn't return for one last dramatic scene-stealing moment in the finale.) Much like Bachelorette Hannah's entire season has been The Luke P show, "The Men Tell All" will apparently be The Trash Luke P Show.
Here's the scoop from Reality Steve:
• 17 guys total. Peter, Jed, Tyler not there...
• Mike was the most popular guy by far.
• 4 hot seat interviews: Luke, Mike, Cam, John Paul Jones.
• It was the Luke bashing show. Luke ended up leaving towards the end of filming and never returned.
• Both the guys and Hannah were non stop on Luke. At one point Hannah said that Luke isn’t smart enough to manipulate her, he’s just the embodiment of toxic masculinity and that’s who he is to his core.
• At one point Hannah faces the cameras directly and apologized to America for keeping Luke on our screens so long.
Wow. First of all, interesting that John Paul Jones merited a hot seat interview. Sure, he's going to be on Bachelor in Paradise, but that's still surprising, considering his very limited screen time. No Connor S. hot seat, even though his seat is arguably even hotter? (That was the cheesiest come-on ever. And it stays.)
Back to Luke, though, since this is clearly going to be all about him.
Based on what Steve wrote, shown above, you could interpret Luke leaving toward the end of filming and never returning as walking out. Not sure. To me, it was brave of him to even show up -- not that he had a choice, since it would've been contractual. But to sit there and take what he's going to take -- that would be enough to me, too. Let him leave after he's taken his beating from the court of public opinion. UPDATE: Here's more from Steve on the context around Luke leaving, and how his conversations with Chris Harrison and the other guys played out. This is all per Steve's Twitter:
• Luke didn't leave by choice. Producers waved for him to leave his seat right before coming back from commercial, he left, then never came back. Chris Harrison framed it as Luke walked off the show. Hannah said she hopes to never have to talk about Luke P ever again.
• Not sure if Luke really had to leave to go somewhere, but Chris Harrison definitely framed it as he left. Said "Luke left the building to catch a plane or something. Who cares!"
• As for Luke in the hot seat, apparently it didn't go well for him. Chris asked him if he was sorry or regretted anything and he said he was sorry for holding Hannah to such a high standard and being a perfect woman. Not a good answer.
• The guys were frustrated all night because they wanted Luke to take responsibility for his actions and he never did. His apology was hollow and they kept jumping on him for not owning up to what he did.
Listen, I'm not a big fan of Luke P. up to this point, and I'm not into the double standards for sexuality that appear to be coming our way during Hannah's overnight dates. ABC has taken the unusual step of already revealing that storyline -- showing Hannah not only defend her (windmill) sex with other bachelors, but also flip Luke the bird as his limo drives away.
That said, I am really not a fan of piling on. I tend to root for the underdog. I don't want to feel sympathy for Luke P., but it sounds like this bashing session is going to be a Luke P. pile on, probably with backup from the always easily led studio audience, with more backup from viewers at home via social media. I'm not for it.
So yeah, I'm already feeling defensive for Luke P., which is unfortunate because there have been good reasons to question and challenge him in the house. But let this be enough. Really. After all, if we're going to drag Jesus into this, Jesus probably still loves Luke P. too.
Also, Hannah B. will probably get cheers from the studio audience, but fans at home are going to call her out -- especially on the idea that Luke was not smart enough to manipulate her. Um, what about Jed?
Not that I'm advocating fans pile on Hannah. I love reality TV trash as much as the next fan, but the level of schadenfreude is way too high.
The Bachelorette 2019 continues Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC, with the two-night finale reportedly including a very dramatic "After the Final Rose" special on Tuesday, July 30. Luke P. is apparently not the only guy Hannah is not into anymore.