Although ABC stated Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Becca Kufrin's painful separation scene as the "first complete unedited scene in the television history of the universe," the former Bachelor says otherwise.
GQ on Season 22's dramatic finale, Luyendyk Jr., 36, revealed that he felt "100 percent cheated" by the network as he was portrayed when he interrupted his engagement with Kufrin, weeks ago after he had suggested still had feelings for runner-up Lauren Burnham.
Luyendyk Jr. claimed that ABC told him that filming the 40-minute scene would "fully understand the Bachelor Nation, that he was respectful and only followed his heart," but the professional racer is not supposed to have the post-production changes foreseen.
"It was completely edited," said Luyendyk Jr. "I was told to stay on this couch, I tried to leave, and then the production was like," You have to go back in. She finally calms down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation. "Then I went back to the house," he explained.
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Although Kufrin's public separation did not lead to what he was supposedly promised, Luyendyk Jr. said he was happy and engaged to his future bride, Burnham.  "The fact is, I'm really happy with Lauren, it was all worth it to me," he concluded.
In March, Luyendyk Jr. remained in the decision for the emotional (and embarrassing) breakup and admitted that the scene gave Kufrin the opportunity to star in a role on The Bachelorette .
"Frankly, I wanted her to have the potential to be the potential Bachelorette ," Luyendyk Jr. told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America when asked why he filmed the breakup.
"I think for me I really wanted to let everyone know that this was up to me, that was my fault, I felt like filming people would know that, if there were any questions about separation, they would be crushed if they saw the breakup … I hope I closed it a bit ", he said.
Add: "This ending was obviously not perfect, I know it's difficult for many people to swallow, Becca will be the new Bachelorette and I'm very happy for her, there's a happy end to this story."  Kufrin's new season of The Bachelorette premiere tonight, Monday, May 28, at 8 pm. ET on ABC.