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The Bachelorette: Tayshia Adams sobs as she narrows field to final four ahead of hometown visits

Tayshia Adams had a brutal time narrowing down her suitors to the final four on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette.

With hometown visits looming, the 30-year-old reality star knew she had to get real about who she was interested in, and it made for some harrowing exits.

At the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California, Tayshia sat the last six suitors down and told them through her tears that she had been struggling.

Final four: Tayshia Adams had a brutal time narrowing down her suitors to the final four on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette

‘It’s a lot, you guys,’ Tayshia said. ‘I care about every single one of you so much. And I’ve been asking a lot of you guys since you got here. I appreciate it more than you guys realize. This is really, really hard, because I don’t want to hurt anyone.’

Earlier that day, she’d tearfully eliminated Blake Moynes, a 30-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario.

The two of them had been on a one-on-one date that was all about examining their connection.

With the help of Gita, a reiki and crystal master, they picked crystals, explored their chakras and did tantric breathing while staring into each other’s eyes.

Tough decisions: With hometown visits looming, the 30-year-old reality star knew she had to get real about who she was interested in, and it made for some harrowing exits

Tough decisions: With hometown visits looming, the 30-year-old reality star knew she had to get real about who she was interested in, and it made for some harrowing exits

Solo date: Earlier that day, she'd tearfully eliminated Blake Moynes, a 30-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, after their one-on-one date

Solo date: Earlier that day, she’d tearfully eliminated Blake Moynes, a 30-year-old wildlife manager from Hamilton, Ontario, after their one-on-one date

Tayshia immediately knew there was no connection and had to tell Blake, who felt blindsided.

‘I’m really sorry,’ she repeated, crying as he drove away in a waiting limo.

The emotion of the moment made her realize that she needed to be frank with the other men.

No connection: Tayshia immediately knew there was no connection and had to tell Blake, who felt blindsided

No connection: Tayshia immediately knew there was no connection and had to tell Blake, who felt blindsided

She took Riley Christian, 30, outside the resort to tell him that she no longer wanted to lead him on, but she just didn’t feel like her heart was ‘100 percent matching’ his.

‘What am I missing?’ asked Riley, upset. ‘Why keep me around so long?’

Tayshia said that she loved how he’d opened up to her, but it had happened too late.

Double whammy: She also took Riley Christian, 30, outside the resort to tell him that she no longer wanted to lead him on, but she just didn't feel like her heart was '100 percent matching' his

Double whammy: She also took Riley Christian, 30, outside the resort to tell him that she no longer wanted to lead him on, but she just didn’t feel like her heart was ‘100 percent matching’ his

Riley said he understood and accepted that he wouldn’t be able to change her mind.

‘The longer I sit here, the longer I look at you, hear you talk, see you smile, the more pain I feel,’ he told Tayshia. ‘I’m gonna go now.’

In a confessional, the New York City lawyer added, ‘I didn’t have a lot of time to tell Tayshia how I truly felt. I would tell her how beautiful she is, how strong she is, how confident she is. I would tell her that she was—that she is—someone that I could see myself spending the rest of my life with. At the end of the day, I felt like, and I still feel like, Tayshia is the one for me.’

Hometown visits: Tayshia narrowed the field ahead of hometown visits

Hometown visits: Tayshia narrowed the field ahead of hometown visits

Riley got into his limo, and kissed Tayshia gently on the head.

‘This is your journey, and I am happy to have met you,’ he said, before it drove away.

Tayshia was bereft as he left, doubling over and crying aloud, ‘I’m so sorry. Okay, I’m sorry. Oh my God! I feel so bad. It hurts. I didn’t want to hurt anyone.’

The next day, she skipped the planned cocktail party and went straight to a rose ceremony, where she doled out roses to three men.

Rose ceremony: The next day, she skipped the planned cocktail party and went straight to a rose ceremony, where she doled out roses to three men

Rose ceremony: The next day, she skipped the planned cocktail party and went straight to a rose ceremony, where she doled out roses to three men

Those who’d be going on hometown visits included addiction specialist Zac Clark, 36, from Haddonfield, New Jersey, aeronautical engineer Ivan Hall, 28, from Dallas, and roofer Brendan Morais, 30, from Milford, Massachusetts.

Fitness trainer Ben Smith, 29, from the Venice area of Los Angeles, got a rose from Tayshia last week and would also be taking her home.

Tayshia said goodbye to travel nurse Noah Erb, 25, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who said he was ‘heartbroken,’ and wealth management consultant Bennett Jordan, 36 from New York City, who’d returned after being kicked out in a previous episode to tell Tayshia he loved her.

Rose accepted: Brendan Morais, 30, from Milford, Massachusetts, accepted his rose

Rose accepted: Brendan Morais, 30, from Milford, Massachusetts, accepted his rose

The second part of the episode was ‘The Men Tell All,’ featuring nine of Tayshia’s suitors.

There was no audience for the season 16 recap, due to coronavirus safety precautions.

Show host Chris Harrison, 49, delved into the argument between Noah and Bennett that plagued Tayshia all season.

Sent home: Tayshia said goodbye to travel nurse Noah Erb, 25, from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sent home: Tayshia said goodbye to travel nurse Noah Erb, 25, from Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bennett maintained during filming that Tayshia would never choose Noah, and pointedly gave the younger man a book on emotional intelligence, which Noah said he’d read.

‘It’s a shame that you read it four times, and you clearly haven’t applied a lot of it,’ he told Bennett, calling him ‘conniving.’

Bennett offered a half-hearted apology for his behavior, which Noah rejected.

Emotional intelligence: 'It's a shame that you read it four times, and you clearly haven't applied a lot of it,' Noah told Bennett of his emotional intelligence book, calling him 'conniving'

Emotional intelligence: ‘It’s a shame that you read it four times, and you clearly haven’t applied a lot of it,’ Noah told Bennett of his emotional intelligence book, calling him ‘conniving’

Saying sorry: Bennett offered a half-hearted apology for his behavior, which Noah rejected

Saying sorry: Bennett offered a half-hearted apology for his behavior, which Noah rejected

Calm down: Chris Harrison tried to get the guys to calm down

Calm down: Chris Harrison tried to get the guys to calm down

‘I personally think you’re an ostentatious Harvard D-bag, and you’re a condescending f***,’ Noah said.

To lighten the mood, viewers were shown footage of Blake’s date with Tayshia, which revealed he had an erection during his chakra reading.

Chris then brought out Yosef Aborady, 30, a medical device salesman from Daphne, Alabama, who had insulted the season’s original star of The Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, 39.

He's back: Chris then brought out Yosef Aborady, 30, a medical device salesman from Daphne, Alabama, who had insulted the season's original star of The Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, 39

He’s back: Chris then brought out Yosef Aborady, 30, a medical device salesman from Daphne, Alabama, who had insulted the season’s original star of The Bachelorette, Clare Crawley, 39

Clare left the show after a few weeks when she found love with former NFL athlete Dale Moss, 31, from Brandon, South Dakota.

‘I expected a lot more from the oldest Bachelorette that’s ever been,’ Yosef told Clare after decrying a ‘classless’ semi-nude dodgeball game she’d staged. ‘I am appalled to be associated with you.’

Yosef told Chris he saw ‘red flags’ with Clare right away, and felt she’d humiliated her suitors.

Red flags: Yosef told Chris he saw 'red flags' with Clare right away, and felt she'd humiliated her suitors

Red flags: Yosef told Chris he saw ‘red flags’ with Clare right away, and felt she’d humiliated her suitors

Blake said he hadn’t had a problem with the game, and called Yosef’s actions ‘f***ed up.’

When Chris asked Yosef if he regretted his insults, Yosef said ‘no,’ and denied that his words had been ‘inflammatory.’

‘Shut the f*** up,’ said former NFL player Jason Foster, 31, from Arlington, Virginia, who had really liked Clare and called Yosef’s reaction ‘a whole new level of disrespect.’

Rough crowd: The others guys challenged Yosef on his behavior

Rough crowd: The others guys challenged Yosef on his behavior

‘You came at her, you called her ”classless,” you’re out of line, you’re a terrible person,’ Riley told Yosef, as the rest of the men agreed.

Chris asked Yosef whether it would bother him if someone spoke to his daughter that way.

‘If my daughter did something like that, I would hope someone would call her out,’ Yosef said.

Chris reeled, telling Yosef, ‘I’ve seen a lot of crazy stuff in 20 years, but that was really not a good look.’

Side eye: Bennett shot a glance during the tell all

Side eye: Bennett shot a glance during the tell all

He asked Yosef again to apologize to Clare, but Yosef refused, and left the stage.

Tayshia then came out to face her former suitors, all of whom seemed glad to see her.

She told them about how she’d been recruited to the show, explaining that 48 hours before her appearance, she’d been in bed eating donuts when she got the call.

Producers hadn’t known if Clare was going, but wanted her to fly to Palm Springs just in case.

Warm welcome: Tayshia then came out to face her former suitors, all of whom seemed glad to see her

Warm welcome: Tayshia then came out to face her former suitors, all of whom seemed glad to see her

Chris asked her about the men, starting with Bennett, who spent a day crying after she’d initially dismissed him from the resort.

Tayshia said she knew her feelings for him weren’t strong enough, but tried anyway.

With Blake, she said, she also ‘didn’t know if she could get there in the end.’

No end: With Blake, Tayshia said she also 'didn't know if she could get there in the end'

No end: With Blake, Tayshia said she also ‘didn’t know if she could get there in the end’

She’d also worried that he still had feelings for Clare, she admitted.

‘I’m glad now that I can look at you with a smile,’ Blake said, ‘because that was brutal for the longest time.’

Riley then watched his breakup with Tayshia for the first time, which deeply pained him.

‘Can I give you a hug?’ Tayshia asked Riley, who went to sit by her.

Tough split: Riley then watched his breakup with Tayshia for the first time, which deeply pained him

Tough split: Riley then watched his breakup with Tayshia for the first time, which deeply pained him

He explained that after she broke up with him, he really suffered.

‘I fell hard, way harder than I thought I would,’ Riley said. ‘I was at home for the first week when I got back, and I didn’t move. I felt too bad.’

The suitor told Tayshia that he wouldn’t have changed the experience for the world, and that he appreciated what she had done for him, calling her ‘amazing.’

‘If somebody doesn’t tell you that enough, trust me, I will be there to remind you, okay?’ he asked.

The Bachelorette will return Tuesday on NBC.

Amazing person: 'If somebody doesn't tell you that enough, trust me, I will be there to remind you, okay?' Riley said

Amazing person: ‘If somebody doesn’t tell you that enough, trust me, I will be there to remind you, okay?’ Riley said


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