Gabby has already been expressing doubt in her abilities to live up to the role as a bachelorette. Earlier in the episode, Gabby found herself having an emotional breakdown over her past trauma on her one-on-one date. Gabby asked if she was "too broken for anyone to love" and said she was "scared people aren't going to be able to resonate" with her. So it didn't help when one contestant told Gabby the fact that she is "rough around the edges" was a reason why he had decided to pursue Rachel instead. On the ladies' group date, three men ended up telling Gabby that they don't feel a connection with her and have thus decided to go all in on Rachel. And while Gabby appreciated the honesty, it was still hard to hear.
At this week's rose ceremony, host Jesse Palmer explained to the men, "Rachel and Gabby have realized that this whole thing is just not working for them. And to be honest, if this thing continues to go down this path, they're not gonna find love. So at the end of the day, that journey is over. But that doesn't mean they're just willing to give up. This is how it's gonna work: Gabby and Rachel have decided that the best way, moving forward, is to continue on their journeys separately. If you accept a rose tonight, that means you are committing to dating one woman, that woman that offers you the rose that you accept, and not the other."
However, everyone, including Rachel and Gabby, were surprised to learn that if one of their roses was rejected, they would lose that rose. Something Rachel had to find out the hard way during the ceremony, when she offered a rose and was rejected three times for Gabby.
"I just feel so bad, and so rejected," shared Rachel. "This was so embarrassing and public. This was supposed to be us taking the power back. We literally handed it right back to all of them by doing this."
Bachelor Nation was pretty upset about Rachel and Gabby feeling hurt Monday, as they took to Twitter placing blame on the show's producers for making them go through this process to start off with. However, fortunately, with that awkward rose ceremony behind them, the ladies can now move forward with their own men the way they should have had it from the start.
JACOB RAPINI: Even if like say if you were the only person here, I don't think I could have the heart to continue because, at the end of the day, we're trying to find somebody [INAUDIBLE] for rest of our lives.
GABBY WINDEY: Yeah.
KYLIE ERICA MAR: For those who thought having two bachelorettes dating the same group of men would get messy, you were correct. On this week's episode of The Bachelorette, Gabby had a really hard time when multiple guys told her they were there for Rachel, not her.
GABBY: I think these guys coming to me saying that because I'm different, they don't want to be with me is like validating that maybe too much for people.
KYLIE ERICA MAR: After Gabby was rejected, the ladies realized that this new format just wasn't working out for them.
JESSE PALMER: Gabby and Rachel have decided that the best way moving forward is to continue on their journeys separately. If you accept the rose tonight that means you are committing to dating one woman, that woman, that offers you the rose that you accept and not the other.
KYLIE ERICA MAR: So Rachel and Gabby ultimately decided moving forward, they would no longer continue their Bachelorette journey together. However, that didn't mean the rose ceremony, which would determine which guys they would each continue to date, would go off without a hitch.
TERMAYNE HARPER: I am gonna have to decline the rose. I feel like we could be great friends outside of this obviously, but I feel like I have a deeper connection with Gabby.
KYLIE ERICA MAR: Bachelor Nation was pretty upset about Rachael and Gabby feeling hurt Monday as they took to Twitter placing blame on the show's producers for making them go through this process to start off with. One person tweeted, "Gabby and Rachel taking their power back is what I'm here for. Making two women available as options was the worst idea ever."
Fortunately, with that awkward rose ceremony behind them, the ladies can now move forward with their own men the way they should have had it from the start.
GABBY WENDY: Tonight was a little awkward at times, a little rocky at times, but I think for kind of the first time in this journey. I feel like I am in control.
We made it.
GABBY WENDY: Barely.