Posted: 06:10 GMT, 16 February 2021 | Updated: 07:54 GMT, Jan. February 2021

Matt James reduced his list of potential brides to four in the aftermath of The Bachelor on Monday

Given his upcoming hometown visits, the 29-year-old real estate agent decided to stay with Rachael Kirkconnell, 24, Michelle Young, 27, Serena Pitt, 23, and Bri Springs, 25

Rachael has been the front runner for weeks and recently apologized off-show after she was accused of liking racist social media posts and attending a fraternity celebration on the Antebellum South theme in 2018
Hometown Visit: Rachael Kirkconnell received final group date from Matt James and secured a hometown visit on Monday in the episode of The Bachelor

Show host Chris Harrison, 49, recently defended Rachael, received harsh criticism and apologized, before announcing on Saturday that he was leaving the franchise for a temporary period

Matt, who is the first black male lead in the show’s 18-year history, said goodbye to several women, some of whom decided they wanted to leave

Among the surprises was Kit Keenan, 21, the New York fashion entrepreneur and daughter of designer Cynthia Rowley, 62, who adored Matt but withdrew for lack of clarity ‘

Abigail Heringer, 25, the finance manager from Beaverton, Oregon who made Matt’s first impression this season, also left after realizing he was not in love with her

Group Rose: Matt picked Rachael after a group date and gave her the rose that confirms her status as a front runner

The front runner: Rachael has been the front runner for weeks and recently apologized off-show after she was accused of liking racist social media posts and attending a fraternity celebration on the Antebellum South theme in 2018

Pieper James, 23, a graduate student from Happy Valley, Oregon, and Jessenia Cruz, 27, a social media marketer from San Antonio, Texas, felt rather blind

Jessenia did not receive a rose after a solo date with Matt claiming they were incompatible despite their clear love for him

Pieper, who was totally dedicated to Matt, got into a limo and left without a word after being released at a rose ceremony

“I put my weakness and happiness on the table and literally nothing,” she exclaimed, ‘For a great waste of time’

Heather Martin, 25, a former season 23 contestant of The Bachelor, was also turned down by him

The gorgeous blonde had pretended that Matt could be her match, so she showed up uninvited at the Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania, where he was filming

Heather showed up unannounced and was quarantined amid the coronavirus pandemic after producers cleared her up for a meeting with Matt

Sent Home: Heather Martin, 25, a former season 23 contestant of The Bachelor, was also turned down by him

The Bachelor cast was six weeks into shooting when Heather stepped into a cocktail party and cut off Matt’s conversation with Pieper

Heather told Matt that her mutual friend, Hannah Brown, 26, the star of 15 Season of The Bachelorette, felt they would be good together

“Hannah is someone I love and trust who talks a lot about you, but there isn’t much time to make a very important decision,” Matt said slowly

Late Arrivals: The Bachelor cast was six weeks into filming when Heather stepped into a cocktail party and cut off Matt’s conversation with Pieper

He asked Heather to give him time to ponder her arrival and she went out to defend her presence there from the remaining women

“You’re just bachelor-hopping,” snapped Pieper, wanting the intruder to apologize for interrupting her time with Matt

‘How, b ****, what are you doing?’ Kit asked when another woman growled at her to go

“Talk about it in an interview because I don’t want to hear your tears right now,” said Serena Chew, 24, a flight attendant from San Francisco

Cold reception: Heather got emotional after the women beat her up for showing up late

Things got worse for Heather when Matt had to tell her she was late

“Since we’re so deep in the process, I don’t know how it could work,” he offered, “I fall in love with women who are here and I just have to follow my heart ‘

Heather was dejected and said, “Of course I don’t want to hear that and I’m really amazed that I couldn’t have been here earlier ‘

“Time is not on our side right now and my heart draws me to this room,” Matt replied, referring to the area where the women waited

They were all delighted when Matt led Heather out and a woman crowed, ‘Take her home’

When he returned, Matt apologized for Heather’s sudden arrival and promised, “There’s no one joining this trip who isn’t lying on that couch ‘

Sorry: When he returned, Matt apologized for Heather’s sudden arrival, promising, “There’s no one on this trip who isn’t on this couch”

Everyone then went to a rose ceremony where Matt said goodbye to Serena C and 29-year-old Brooklyn model Chelsea Vaughn

Matt felt like Serena had put him in a friend zone, so they practiced tantric yoga and put themselves in sexual positions

Yoga Date: The next day, Matt had a one-on-one interview with Serena Pitt, a Toronto publicist

Sexual Positions: Matt felt like Serena had put him in a friend zone, so they practiced tantric yoga and put themselves in sexual positions

At dinner, he gave her a rose to secure a hometown visit, and they went ice skating

Next up was the group meeting of the week, when Matt spoke to eight women about their romantic hopes and fears of their hometowns’

Hometown Rose: During dinner, Matt gave her a rose to secure a hometown visit and they went ice skating

Bri, a communications manager from San Francisco, told Matt she meant business so seriously that she resigned from her company to stay on the show

‘My job wasn’t just a job for me; It felt like a dream, “she said.” But being here with you makes it extremely valuable ‘

Matt kissed Bri and said privately that she had solidified things since he knew she was there for him

Key Decision: Bri, a communications manager based out of San Francisco, told Matt she meant business so seriously that she resigned from her company to stay on the show

Then he linked up with Pieper; Michelle, a teacher from Edina, Minnesota; and Rachael, a graphic designer from Cumming, Georgia whom he kissed all

“When I’m not around I think of you,” Matt said to Rachael. “You just make me smile ‘

But when Abigail asked Matt if he had lost interest in her, he hinted so and led her out

First Impression: Abigail asked Matt if he lost interest in her after getting his first impression, and he hinted that he had her and showed her out

Kit then put her cards on the table with Matt and told him she would wait a few years to have children, but asked him to consider them a “long-term investment” ‘

Matt said he was thinking about a future with her and she was sure she would get the Rose date

Long Term: Kit Keenan put her cards on the table with Matt and told him she would wait a few years to have children but asked him to consider them a “long-term investment” ‘

He and Rachael were serenaded by Aloe Blacc (42) and danced to his hit I Do

Private concert: Matt and Rachael were serenaded by Aloe Blacc (42) and danced to his hit I Do

“Hometowns are not a” “situation” but a “rest of life” situation, “reflected Kit.” You deserve someone who is one hundred percent sure that you will fall on one knee tomorrow, and that’s not me ‘

“I like you a lot and I want you here,” protested Matt, but Kit was determined to leave

Early exit: After the date, Kit told Matt that she didn’t have the ‘clarity’ she needed

Going Home: In the limo, Kit revealed that she feared she had made the wrong decision

The couple zoomed around in a racing car and practiced “drifting,” an oversteer technique in which a car loses traction and sails sideways

At dinner, Jessenia said to Matt that she fell in love with him and was blind when he said he didn’t think she was compatible and sent her home

Drift date: The couple zoomed around in a racing car and practiced drifting, an oversteer technique in which a car loses traction and sails sideways

Dangled Rose: During dinner, Jessenia told Matt she fell in love with him and was blind when he said he didn’t think she was compatible and sent her home after she saw a rose dangling in front of her / p>

Tears flow: Jessenia cried when she was sent home after telling Matt that she fell in love with him

More surprises were ahead: At the second rose ceremony in the series, Matt selected Michelle and Serena for visits to their hometown and turned Pieper down

‘It’s not me; I’m not someone who blindly follows feelings and emotions, “said Pieper and cried in her departing limousine.” I should really have held on to it, because it’s better than having the feeling that your whole soul was trampled on it ‘

Rose ceremony: More surprises lay ahead: At the second rose ceremony in the series, Matt chose Michelle and Serena for visits to their hometown and declined Pieper

Soul stomped: ‘That’s not me; I’m not someone who blindly follows feelings and emotions, «said Pieper and cried in her departing limousine.” I should really have held onto it, because it’s better than having the feeling that your whole soul has been trampled on it “

Good Times: Bri, Michelle, Rachael, and Serena burst into laughter on their last toast with Matt after Michelle made them all laugh by doing pushups to look good for the camera

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