Drama with the future inlaws? Rachel RecchiaOnly one suitor remains ahead of part 2 of The Bachelorette finale, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing with the Franco family — on or off screen.
After giving Tino FrancoHer first impression rose and the 26-year-old pilot was all in before meeting his parents at their home date. Rachel wept after declaring that she was going to California for the first time. JoeAnd Sandi Franco “hated” her.
Tino tried to reassure his co-lead that his dad and mom were just struggling with the idea for the ABC show and that he would love her if he spent more time with her.
Joe then took to Facebook to respond to the episode.
“Because BachelorNation fans asked, here is my tell all: 1. I’m 5-6, and a gentlemen’s 5-6 at that. 2. No, I have never dyed my hair (if you look closely, you will see the grey). NO, I don’t have a comb over (and it’s not a rug). NO, I am not the same age as Tino, as a few tweets suggested,” he wrote. “5. We are Mexicans, not Italians, even though the media keeps saying it. If he really is Italian, it’s news to me, and then I’d be asking really tough questions!”
He went on to address Tino’s brother’s childhood battle with cancer — before clapping back at comments about their appearances again.
“6. Tino is incredible. He supported our son’s cancer recovery, volunteers to the cause to this day and volunteers countless hours. 7. Sandi is spelled Sandi not Sandy 8. There are no vampires within our family. Sandi has more than one dress… seriously … and who notices that in a photo?” he continued. “And finally … 10. I am too small and too young to join the Lollipop Guild of the Wizard of Oz. I have never been aboard the Starship Enterprise. (But I do share a Jewish heritage))”
While Rachel continued to struggle with the aftermath of the hometown date, Tino reiterated that he knows that his mom and dad “are going to come around” if he proposes.
“I don’t feel like my dad gets me as much in the relationship sphere,” the general contractor explained on the September 7 episode. “It’s not, like, you. They’re really just skeptical of the situation. … But they know me, and they know, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t see you as the future.”
Rachel said “I love you” to Tino during their fantasy suite. She said goodbye to Tino in part one of the finale, September 13. Aven JonesTino was the last remaining contestant after he hesitated to propose. Joe, meanwhile, wasn’t thrilled about the finale being two parts.
“BachelorNation will be sorry when they won’t have me to kick around any more 🙂. And so will Sam RubinKTLA Channel 5 Big Tony, you’ll have to wait your turn! 🙂,” he wrote via Facebook, referencing Rachel’s dad. “Watch the BacheloretteTonight at 8 for the (yawn!) most shocking finale (just part 1). So glad it’s almost over!!! #bachelornation.”
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