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Michael Stagliano and Rachel Truehart-Well this one gets a little Rachel felt led on when she found out that Michael had a girlfriend back. When asked to dish on the Michael Stagliano and Rachel Truehart Michael apparently got back together with the girl he was dating just prior. I am at the point in my life where I want to get married and I just didn't see that with Rachel. I had NOT dated someone seriously since Holly so.
It took a couple of weeks. But then when it did, it really took off.
And I think it also lent itself to having those -- like the love triangle with Chris, who kind of like partnered up with [ Blakeley Shea ] but then he kind of went over and used [ Jamie Otis ], and then he's like, "No, no, I want Sarah," and so he kind of lent himself to, I think, more drama and more intrigue because they didn't know each other so well. Were you surprised that Chris was such a player? From seeing him in The Bachelorette?
And you know what, he talked -- we talked a lot about that coming up in the finale. Obviously, he had to own up to it, and as a host, of course, you have to ask that question. But I'll give a little hint of something he talks about and that his family was disappointed in him. Because I asked him, like, just about his behavior because it really was atrocious. But he has heard from his family, his friends, and like everybody they were really disappointed in him. And I just hope it's one of those things that something, the situation and the experience got the better of him, and he learned from it.
But I was blown away. Like, you see all these cameras, you see the lights, like these are not hidden cameras, we're right here, we see these happening. Were you involved with a lot of the drama? Like, did you know it was going on in the house?
You seem more aware of what's going on in Bachelor and Bachelorette than Bachelor Pad. Actually, I'm a lot more aware in Bachelor Pad just because I have to be. Bachelor PadI'm around and involved a lot more because there's a game element, and I have to run some. I'm kind of The Bachelor-Bachelorette host on the show. But then at Bachelor PadI'm the host, the referee, and then I'm also that Bachelor-Bachelorette host where I come in and kind of work the romance and that dynamic as well in the relationships.
And so Bachelor PadI wear a lot of different hats and walk a very fine line of running this game and this game show and keeping the integrity of the game, but at the same time talking to [ Ed Swiderski ] about [ Jaclyn Swartz ], and talking to [ Lindzi Cox ] and Kalon, and pushing those buttons as well. So I'm actually a lot more involved, I'm around a lot more, I watch a lot more, and I'm in on a lot more meetings and all that with Bachelor Pad just because you have to be to stay on top of it, because there's just a lot more.
I mean, again, this is kind of inside baseball, but there's a lot more freewheeling and adlibbing going on, on my behalf during the games, during some of the talks before rose ceremonies. And so I really have to know my stuff going in to those situations. You spoke about how [ Nick Peterson ] was kind of like the surprise in the final four. What do you think about the other three that made it to the end? You know, I think it would have been easy for Rachel and Michael to make it.
You know, she was on the -- she was part of the biggest alliance. Whether it was Ed or Jaclyn, Michael and Rachel, like, they were the strong, bigger alliance in the house. Nick was kind of quietly part of Chris and like Erica Rosethat kind of smaller alliance. He was kind of part of one, but not really.
They just -- again, everyone just kind of used Nick.
He kind of went back and forth, kind of like Kalon and Lindzi did. You know, it kind of was whoever suited them that week, then people would come to them and use them as a vote.
And so Chris and Sarah, you know, whether you like Chris or not, whether you like Sarah or not, they played the game well. They won a lot of competitions. They really fought hard. They gamed really well. I mean, if you look at that decision to bring Erica into the voting booth that night, that was a stroke of genius. And they got Mike Stagliano, the king of the house and the king of Bachelor Padvoted off and took the guy down.
And so whether you like his personality and what he did morally, you got to look at the fact he played a damn good game. So it doesn't surprise me. Those three are there because Rachel floated with the stronger alliance, and Chris and Sarah played well.
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Nick, who knows how he got there, but he's there. In the teaser for next week's episode, we see how Rachel kind of had like this meltdown backstage or was obviously very visibly upset. Can you give us any inside into what was behind that? Did it have to do with Michael?
Or is there anything you can tell us leading up to that moment? You know, it's probably half and half. Rachel had a -- it was a tough one. First of all, facing Michael, it was very difficult for her. And the way we do it, it's kind of tough because you have this kind of talk show. But at the beginning, I can't have the final four out there because there's game play involved. And again, there's -- again, I talked about wearing different hats. In the beginning, I'm Bachelor-Bachelorette host where I'm kind of doing the tell all and we're dealing with all these situations.
But we can't really do that with the final four because there' s also a quarter of a million dollars in play. And so there's rules that we have to follow as far as the game goes. And so the final four aren't out there in the beginning. And so, once they come out and we start dealing with these relationships, it is very emotional.
It is tough on Rachel, and Michael, by the way. Because it's like we can' t -- it's hard to get mad at somebody and I know we all will maybe get mad at Michael a little bit, but the bottom line is, he doesn't love Rachel.
He doesn't want a relationship with Rachel. And so how do you delicately tell somebody that? He tries to in the show, but it just doesn't go over well. And you look at this beautiful girl, Rachel, and she looks phenomenal in this black dress when she comes out on the show and it's easy to sympathize and empathize with her.
We've all been there, and so it was very emotional. But the game itself also is something that Rachel is involved in, so she deals with Michael and then she has to deal with the show. It's a very volatile situation. Who do you think was the most unexpected couple that came out of Bachelor Pad this season?
Well, I mean, Blakeley and Tony, easily the most unexpected couple What do you think about Blakeley and Tony being engaged?
I mean, I love the fact that they're together as a couple. And the way they met on Bachelor Pad is -- it was this -- I don't know, I don't want to say odd, but I guess -- just in the beginning, I would say if you lined everybody up and pick somebody for Blakeley or pick somebody for Tony, you wouldn't pick them.
It's just an interesting pairing. But the more they kind of started coming together on the show as partners, you can just see it really made sense. She's a vulnerable, little girl and she kind of wants that guy who's going to be just overly honest and protective and trustworthy and dependent. And that's him, and he's that dad, he's the caretaker, and he's taking care of her. They just quickly fell in love. It happened really fast on the show, but it was just a beautiful thing to watch.
And we showed a clip -- I think it was on Good Morning America this morning that they're still together and they really care about each other. So it was really neat. It was fun to watch, and I'm glad -- I'm really happy. I like them both. I've gotten to know Blakeley a little bit because we saw -- we spent some time in Charlotte because that's where she lives and that's where we shot Emily's season. I mean, she's a good girl. She's a really good girl and he is a good guy.
I think they're -- I think they're a fantastic couple. And I was trying to think who else. I mean, obviously, Lindzi and Kalon were a shock as well.
I mean, I just think anybody who could see America's sweetheart Lindzi ending up with Kalon, who was kind of the villain from last season. That was a pretty big surprise. Do you think that he'll kind of like change Lindzi a little bit, because he's so Yes, I mean, I hope not. I hope he doesn't hurt her in the end.
I hope they can -- I hope they make it. And I like Kalon. I mean, did he say some silly things? But look, I think he's in on a joke. I think he kind of likes to poke the bear and stir things up, so to speak. And so Lindzi brings out, I think, a good side in him and I think vice versa. You would have never predicted it, but it makes sense and they're good together.
I know that there's no final decision as to who will be the next Bachelor. But can you at least reveal who's in the running? I mean I can't -- well, first of all, you have the guys from the last season's show that are definitely in the running. We've been talking about [ Arie Luyendyk Jr. I know there was the talk about Ryan Lochte. We're always casting for the show, and there's always a wide net that we throw out there.
There's never just one or two people. You know, like [ Roberto Martinez ] was in the mix. Was he ever the Bachelor? I guess someone said it was a done deal, it's never -- like, first of all, we'd never sign anybody as a done deal six months ahead of the show like somebody reported. But he was in the mix for awhile And again, it goes pretty high up the food chain from our producers to Mike Fleiss, the creator of the show, to the people, the executives at ABC.
I mean, really, there's a lot of people that kind of have their hands in this pie.
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And so there's still several people in the mix, and some, you don't even know that aren't even a part of this franchise. You mentioned Ryan Lochte. So is it true that he was being or has been considered at least a little? Like when crazy rumors like that get started or whatever, like we'll always go, when we ran into each other like, "Well, what do you think? What do you think? In the end, what we have to do is kind of stick to what's made this franchise great.
And in the end, you need a guy who is -- or a girl, when it's The Bachelorette -- who's extremely sincere, open, honest, and really wants this to work. I have put in BOLD the topic of each paragraph in case you want to skip around, but if you are in for the whole thing…I hope you enjoy: While I am not sure if this will be my last blog, I am pretty sure that this will be my last time on the reality small screen.
So for those of you that have watched the last few years and read this blog every week… Thank you all for the love. Rachel I was obviously told ahead of time that I would go in the hot seat and that I would talk about how things ended with Rachel, the game, etc. So I had some idea of what I was going to say.
Some things I would like to clarify: First is that I am sorry. From the time we kissed till the time I left in real time was 8 or 9 days. Just a little over a week. While some of the other couples were talking about post-show relationships, Rachel and I had not. I swear on my life I did NOT know she was falling in love. Watching it back I could see her saying it in interviews but those words were never said to me.
We both made mistakes and there was a lack of communication.
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I liked kissing her, so I kissed her. I did what every other guy and girl do when they meet each other on a TV show or not. The long and the short story with Rachel and I is this: I am crushed that she feels I lead her on. I think it is a situation that has an explanation.
I absolutely take responsibility for it, still feel terrible about it, and wish her nothing but the best in life and love.
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I understand that we signed up for this, to put ourselves in the television spotlight for all to see and comment and question. However, the majority of my remorse and apologies go straight to Rachel because in the end she was the one who felt personally hurt and reserves that right. But again, if you are disappointed in me, please know that I value your support over the past few years and I hope we can hug it out and make amends soon.
They were very much like my brother and sister on the show. I was constantly talking to them and though it is hard to see when you first look at them, I think they are perfect for each other. Tony lets her be her. Congratulations and I wish you a lifetime of happiness.