We heard from his own words that Ashley was going to be F2, just like Ali said she thought Frank would be meeting her family (she admitted to this after the show wrapped). Chantal was supposed to be F3.
Going with that, a lot has been said about why Brad would keep her when she asked to be let go, etc., etc. - well, that choice was essentially taken out of his hands. How could he possibly have kept Ashley after her video message to him? I think he did the best that he could do, given the situation he was put in - just like Ali with Chris. And, I know, Ali got skewered for it so I don't expect any different for Brad.
Personally, I don't know if it'd be *that* fun to be the Bachelor/ette...well, except maybe for the wardrobe and the traveling.
"We must overcome the notion that we must be regular...it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre." - Uta Hagen
“I don’t want my pain erased! As wretched as it is, I need my pain… It makes me who I am. It makes me Grumpy.” - Grumpy, Once Upon a Time
One can have a wonderful, witty personality and not enjoy adreline adventures, and vica versa. I had a friend that was sooooo boring and he loved hang gliding and parachuting.
I can't blame Brad for not wanting to be with someone that has so many highs and lows within a matter of a few weeks. It can be exhausting in the long haul.
“No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” George Chakiris
Believe nothing that you hear and only half of what you see. :nono
If you believe Brad's post show interviews where he is talking about how his F1 is handling things, I would say Emily is having her share of highs and lows as well.
“Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.”-- Dr. Seuss