Ryan Park: 'Bachelorette' is engaged to JP 'without question' [Video]
Park, of course, had been sent packing by "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert weeks earlier during a tragic date in Taiwan. Whilst in the midst of explaining his interesting gig in the solar panel industry, Hebert interrupted him and told him she just wasn't feeling any "passion" between them.
"You don't want to meet my parents?" Park responded, shocked that she didn't want to travel to Corona del Mar for a hometown date with him the following week.
Apparently, dude can't take a hint. Because this week, while Hebert was basking in the glow of the Fiji sunshine with her final three suitors, Park showed up on the island.
But how, oh how, could Park ever think that ploy would work?
"Well, I guess lucky for me I didn't know the history of all these shows," Park said in an interview last weekend after the taping of the upcoming "Men Tell All" episode, oozing with his trademark enthusiasm. (You can watch a video of the chat below.) "But who cares? The past is the past, and I felt like we had a lot in common and could maybe make it work. So I went for it."
Furthermore, he felt, he hadn't gotten a fair shot back in Taiwan, where he and Hebert went on a less-than-intimate date.
"Our one-on-one date was at a temple, tai chi -- and I just felt, 'Gosh, I got the short end of the stick,' " he said. "It's not like I can jump her bones doing tai chi, let alone in a temple. So I wanted to give it more of a shot and not leave anything on the table."
Unfortunately, the move didn't work, and Park got the boot for the second time. But in the end, he insists, he's happy that Hebert seems to have found love. And of the remaining two contestants, he's confident that JP Rosenbaum will be the one to put a ring on Hebert's finger.
"It's JP -- oh, without question," he said. "That was the hard part. That's where I felt like I got a little bit of the short end of the stick because JP had two dates before I even had the one. But the truth is, she started feeling for JP so early that it was like, 'Gosh.' It was futile, but I wasn't gonna give up."
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Ashley and Ryan share a kiss on "The Bachelorette." Credit: Rick Rowell / ABC