Jesse Palmer Reveals Why Maria Didn’t Self Eliminate & His Take on Lea vs Maria Drama

Bachelor host Jesse Palmer is giving his insight into why Maria Georgas chose to stay after almost deciding to quit the show during the last few episodes.

He said that the week before hometowns was the time when the reality of The Bachelor process became too much for Maria.

“I think Maria has begun to realize, accept, and acknowledge her true feelings for Joey.”  Jesse said in an interview wtih EW.

Maria also admitted that she’d never brought a man home to meet her family before.

On why Joey chose to cancel the last cocktail party of the week.

“I don’t think Joey wanted to leave the door open to second-guessing. He took a stand, trusted himself, and was decisive.”

And what’s his take on Maria vs Sydney and Lea drama?

“I’m going to stay neutral on this one. It’s tricky to pick sides because the conflict between Sydney and Maria is based mostly on their own personal experiences.“

“I think some people get caught up, but I was really impressed with Madina’s maturity and composure in that situation”, said Jesse Palmer.

Maria decided to take to Instagram stories to clear some things out.

“We are all watching together at the same time,” Maria wrote via Instagram Story. “Things I’m seeing are new to me as well and are hard to watch but please during this time, don’t send any hate to anyone.”

Maria then implied that there was more to the story as she added, “Things will come to light as soon as they can I promise you that so just remember PEACE LOVE AND POSITIVITY.”

She then went on to shade a Bachelor contestant on her story.

“It’s funny when people try to be sneaky but the only ones they are fooling are themselves.” she posted on Instagram which could possibly be a response to Lea’s Instagram post, which includes a photograph of Jess, Lea, Katelyn DeBacker, and Kelsey Anderson’s shocked faces to Sydney’s elimination.

Lea apparently originally captioned the post, “Last slide reaction when the math is not math-ing…” However, she then changed the caption to three heart hands emojis.