Last night on The Bachelor, fans were shocked when one of the ladies favored to win Jake Pavelka‘s heart walked out. Ali, a strong fan favorite, told Jake she had to make a tough choice and unfortunately, he got the short end of the stick.

Ali from 'The Bachelor' (ABC)

Ali from 'The Bachelor' (ABC)

“I have like the most impossible decision to make right now,” Ali told The Bachelor star Jake Pavelka before the rose ceremony. “I just found out that I have to choose between staying here and going back to work.”

Ali pushed Pavelka to give her a reason to choose him over her job. “I can’t believe that I have to make this decision, I haven’t made up my mind. The reason I’m here, coming to you right now, is because I wanted to let you know, and I’ll need you to help me,” Ali said.

Pavelka refused to be tied down to any kind of commitment, despite his seemingly strong emotional response to her announcement. “I can’t right now guarantee you that I’m going to put a ring on your finger, but I can’t look you in the eye and tell you that I’m not going to,” he said.

With no commitment from Pavelka, Ali decided she had to return home to keep her job. Pavelka said he was wrecked when Ali walked out. “When she told me she was leaving, my heart stopped,” Pavelka wrote on his People blog. “I wish I could’ve had Mike Tyson punch me square in the jaw, because it would have felt so much better than what I feeling as I watched AliCat drive away that night.”

Previews of upcoming shows hint that Ali may not be gone for long. In our never humble opinion, we find it all a bit odd really. Especially since all that crying seemed just a bit like a scene out of a bad soap opera. Ali’s employers had to know how long she was going to be gone to do the show. So why exactly the whole sudden threat of losing her job if she stayed? Was the whole bit staged to ramp up some drama for the show?

If Ali does come crawling back, proclaiming she was totally wrong for choosing her job over Jake and proclaiming that he is more important than anything else in her life – wouldn’t that just be the perfect set up for Ali to end up taking the final rose? Or it could be a nice staging for Pavelka to go all dramatic on Ali about her walking out on him and send her packing off for good – that would make for good TV too. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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