Luke Parker spoke his truth as he saw it on the Men Tell All episode of The Bachelorette, where he revealed he went on the ABC reality dating competition on a mission to “rescue” Hannah Brown, and his reported good intentions made him one of the most hated contestants in the show’s history.
Parker noted during the series that he wanted to be clear about how he felt about Hannah and his time on the show during his appearance, where he was taken to task for his underhanded deeds and for his apparent “slut-shaming” of the show’s female lead.
“From day one coming here, I felt like I was on a rescue mission for Hannah. That’s how I look at it. I really felt like I was something that was going to be good for her as a future husband,” said Luke to the cameras and show host Chris Harrison.
Parker returned to the series after being sent home by Brown after a heated conversation about faith and relationships, where the female lead stood her ground on her deep faith, convictions, and her realization that Parker was not the man for her.
Parker also revealed on social media that Brown’s conservative views on sex caught his eye when she appeared on The Bachelor to vie for Colton Underwood’s heart, convincing him to try out for the show when it was something he never aspired to do.
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I want you all to know why I went on this TV show and why I went back for @alabamahannah after she sent me home. I never wanted to go on the show to begin with, my sister in law @hleaparker22 signed me up and I kept an open mind. Going through the interview process I watched Colton’s season and a beautiful southern girl stood out to me during the intro videos. She told the cameras she respected Colton’s virginity and that it was super appealing to her that he was a virgin, and was the bachelor because sex was a big deal to her. I saw her Instagram and in her bio read “I love Jesus with my whole heart”, I was sold and if I was going on this TV show it was for her. I also noticed she told Colton how she wanted to be a wife of Noble character. I knew she was quoting Proverbs 31 which gave me the impression there is a way God could use this show... yes, even the “Bachelorette” as a way to bring him Glory. The first night I made her a Proverbs 31 bracelet then explained to her that I noticed what she said to Colton and I knew where it came from and how important my faith was to me. Shortly after that, I get the first impression rose. On my hometown date I brought Hannah to a bible study with my college church group, where I shared my story of how God transformed my life and gave me a desire to live my life for him in obedience, that included waiting until marriage for sex. Hannah on the date, stands up and tells the group her story of how she was convicted to live a life in pursuit of Jesus. She also told them that she wasn’t going to use the fantasy suites for sex but for conversation, no matter how @abcnetwork made it look. I had to go back and fight for her, I believed in my heart she was making the biggest mistake of her life based on what she was telling me, I wanted her to know that we could get through this and I was here for her. #thebachelorette
Parker later crashed a rose ceremony for the final three contestants after being sent home because he felt that Hannah was “making a mistake,” and he “knew without a shadow of a doubt that she still had feelings for” him.
On Instagram, Parker also reported that he was further impressed with Brown when during his hometown date, he brought her to a bible study and she spoke clearly and proudly of her faith and beliefs.
During the Men Tell All episode, Parker put himself out there, and for the better part of the two-hour episode was blasted by his fellow contestants and Brown herself. After a painfully awkward hot-seat session with host Chris Harrison and facing the other men and Brown, Parker abruptly left the remainder of the show’s taping.
He was applauded not for his actions but his integrity of standing true for what he believed in by fellow contestant and finalist Tyler Cameron, who posted a statement in support of Parker on Twitter.
Parker also implied on both the episode and on his Instagram post that ABC edited a lot of his and Brown’s conversations where his side would have presented itself better if the show wasn’t using him as the sole villain.
The Bachelorette airs on ABC.