On his Feud with Jonathan, aka "the weatherman"
Canadian Craig McKinnon made quite a splash during his time on The Bachelorette
, but not in the way that most reality dating contestants hope for. The big-haired 34-year-old came into the show hurling insults ("jokes," he says) at his competition at every opportunity, and didn't let up until meek weatherman Jonathan, fed up with the bully's antics, approached Bachelorette
Ali and told her that Craig was a "dangerous" personality.
Seeing that Craig was more interested in roasting his roommates than in starting a relationship with her, Ali sent him packing at the end of Week 2
.Craig spoke to the media this morning about his brief and bold stint as a Bachelorette contestant, why he picked on Jonathan so relentlessly and how he feels about his portrayal on the show. Here's what he had to say.
You've been accused of being a bully. What's your response?
The situation with Jonathan the weatherman, I was not serious at all. I was totally joking and having a good time. I think Jonathan may be a little uptight probably, a really good guy, but took a few things too serious. Besides Jonathan ... I was briefly somewhat in a quick argument with Jesse, but the next morning we both apologized to each other. So besides the back and forth with Jonathan and the brief thing with Jesse, that was it for that type of confrontation in the house.
Were you surprised at how you came across? Do you have regrets?
With Jonathan I was totally joking and having fun with it. They definitely didn't show me laughing or having a good time with the guys. I became really close with a handful of them. The one thing I kind of regret is the brief episode with Jesse and I in the kitchen.Do you think it was Jonathan's fault that you went home so early in the
It was partially because Ali knew I wasn't ... she called me
out. She asked me if I was interested in her, and she could pick up that
I wasn't. That probably trumps Jonathan.What did you think when you saw the conversation between Jonathan and
I was kind of offended. I didn't think he would have
said those things and been that direct. I don't know, I was surprised
that he said it in that way.
On Ali FedotowskyYou said you weren't that interested in Ali. So what do you look for in a
A smart woman with a great personality and a great sense of humor,
obviously attractive, easy going and a natural person. When I say I'm not interested in Ali, I just had
that natural feeling that we didn't have a connection. And I
think she felt the same way.
What happened in that moment between you and Ali before the rose ceremony?
She asked me about the "dangerous" part, and that kind of shocked me, that he would use a word like that. I was joking the entire time. The other major question she asked me was if I even liked her. The "um"s and "ah"s ... I didn't really have a quick answer. From the beginning, I wasn't all that interested in Ali, and I guess you could see that.
After the rose ceremony you said something about her not picking the weatherman because he was shorter than her.
Was that fair? Maybe it wasn't fair. That was nothing to be directed at any guy who is of short stature. That was just as joke directed at Jonathan for a quick laugh for TV. I definitely wasn't being serious.On the Other Guys
What was your impression of Justin "Rated R" Rego?
The wrestler? Honestly, he seemed like a pretty decent guy. He probably wasn't there for the right reasons, but having a conversation with him, he didn't seem that bad of a guy.
Who of the guys there would be best for Ali?
I think three guys would be a good pick: Kirk for sure is one ... Roberto and Chris L. I think those three would be a good fit for Ali. All three of those guys seemed very genuine about why they're there.
How did you feel about the guys' jabs on your hair?
It was all in good
fun. I get it all the time from my friends or anyone else.
On The Bachelorette
What made you want to go on The Bachelorette in the first place?
on the show to possibly find someone I really possibly loved or, you
know, maybe got to the point of engagement. But on the other hand it was
definitely for the experience. I think it's the combination for most of
us on the show, for the experience and to find someone. I wanted to go
on the show and have fun with it either way.
Were you surprised that you were eliminated?
I definitely had that in
the back of my mind. I was not totally interested in Ali and she knew
that and I knew that. So it wasn't a huge surprise to me.
Are you embarrassed or surprised that viewers see you as a villain on
The people who do know me were laughing their heads off. They
thought it was so entertaining because they know that's not me. They
thought it was hysterical. Am I embarrassed? Not embarrassed, but I wish
the rest of the public would realize that's not my character.
Are you upset with producers for the editing?
I'm not upset with them.
It was very entertaining the way it came out, and I think that's the
whole point of it. That's definitely not my character. I had a great
time with a bunch of guys, so, no I can't say I'm upset with producers.
It did make an entertaining two episodes for me.
Would you get into other TV projects in the future?
Yes, absolutely. For sure I would be interested in television.
Have you had TV experience prior to The Bachelorette?
I have not.
That was my first experience.
Are you worried that your portrayal on the show will hurt your chances
with the ladies?
No, I don't think so.