Mario Vassall becomes second Naperville suitor booted off reality dating show ‘The Bachelorette’ – Chicago Tribune
The tan suit Mario Vassall wore when he earned a first impression rose from Gabby Windey failed to make a connection the second time around in the latest episode of “The Bachelorette.”
The Naperville man, a 31-year-old fitness instructor, was sent packing the end of the show that aired Monday on ABC.
Vassall was one of two men wooing Windey to be eliminated from the reality dating program during episode 5.
He was also one of two residents from Naperville to appear on the show in season 19. The other, 28-year-old Tremayne Harper, was told to pack his bags at the end of episode 3.
This season of “The Bachelor” franchise features two women — best friends Windey and Rachel Recchia — sharing rose responsibilities in their quest to find a husband.
Adding to the drama of the Monday episode, suitor Logan Palmer opted to tell Recchia he preferred to pursue a relationship with Windey, something Windey allowed.
That meant Recchia only had to weed out one bachelor, James “Meatball” Clarke, of Winnetka, and Windey had to get rid of two.
Before his elimination, Vassall told Windey he was concerned that because Palmer has gone back and forth, he might not be as committed.
“I want to let you know that I think that you’re awesome. I’m very much about you, and so I’m not anyone that would make you question anything,” Vassall said.
Windey responded by saying, “Yeah, like I do really care for you. I know your heart is in such a good place, like I can tell you’re ready for a relationship. It’s never been a doubt in my mind, and I appreciate that about you.”
In the end, Windey opted to explore a relationship with Palmer over Vassall or Michael Vaughan.
In saying his goodbyes, Vassall told Windey, ‘“Hey, it’s been a fun ride.”
In episode four, Vassal was the last four men to receive a rose from Windey.
Contestants this season are staying on the Valiant Lady, a ship from Virgin Voyages that is traveling across Europe.
Although Vassall initially caught Windey’s eye in the first episode, when he received a first-impression rose, he never had formal, one-on-one date with her.
Harper, a crypto entrepreneur, was presented with a rose from Recchia but said he’d prefer to pursue his feelings for Windey.
However, Windey did not share the connection and Harper left the show without a rose.
Both Vassall and Harper are graduates of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, in 2009 and in 2011 respectively.
Vassall graduated from North Central College with an MBA and bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Harper graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness.
“The Bachelorette” airs at 7 pm Mondays on ABC and is available on Hulu the following day.