Recently, well-known Bachelor
blogger Reality Steve began stirring rumors
that on this season of The Bachelorette
, more phoniness was going on than even we could imagine. (And that's a lot of phoniness.)
In short, he claims that an unknown number of men were offered money to act single (and unlike their real selves) on the show, and that in the premiere episode of the season, recently eliminated contestant David Good
, 27, was told by producers to act shy and starstruck when he met Bachelorette
Jillian Harris, and that multiple takes of their first encounter were filmed--signifying that Jillian must be "in" on at least part of the fakery going on around her.
In a conference call with the media, David claimed that the shy guy act was actually his idea, and just part of his strategy to make an impression:
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"I wasn't really tongue-tied, I've never really been at a loss for words. They told us to have a plan so that we'd stand out amongst all the guys, and I'm a pretty confident, borderline cocky guy, which I thought would turn her off. So I acted nervous instead and I told her straight out, and it worked! She definitely called me out on it later, though. But you only have one time to stand out, so that was my idea."
Admittedly, "Crazy Dave" became this writer's personal nickname for Good (an ironic last name if I ever heard one!) because of his portrayal in the Episodes 3 and 4 of The Bachelorette
, in which he started a "Man Code" feud with fellow contestant Juan
, and displayed all sorts of seemingly rude and inappropriate behavior towards Jillian. When asked if he was too aggressive with the Bachelorette
on his last group date on the boat, in which he was denied a kiss from Jillian, David contested the opposite:
"I think it was a little bit more behind the scenes that people didn't get to see as far as aggressive goes," he told reporters. "I was the last guy I think on whole show to even go in for a kiss with Jillian. I'd never tried and as far as I knew pretty much everyone had kissed her."
"We were talking about actually kissing and stuff. Our conversation before they showed that was actually about that. We actually laughed about it and stuff but you didn't get to see that part for some reason. I wasn't as aggressive as it might of looked," David said. "I laughed, it wasn't a big deal to me. Like I said, it's never happened to be before, I didn't know what to do but to laugh, it was funny. She jiggled too but for some reason they didn't show any of that. I don't think I'm very aggressive at all, as a matter of a fact I was the last guy to go in for a kiss, if that tells you anything."
Nor did he attempt to grope Jillian's breasts, said David, as the editing on the show made it seem:
"I never grabbed for her boobs. That was the third time I had to pull her shirt up, I was trying to help her out," David said. "That's what I'm saying, nobody saw that was the third time I'd warned her that 'Hey, I'm sorry your shirt is falling down and your bra is sticking out.' I was trying to help her, I never reached for her boobs or anything like that, for crying out loud."
After attributing much of his aggression towards Juan to the influence of alcohol ("it definitely had something to do with the way everyone acted, but it's no excuse") David defended his character, and regretted that America only saw what he claimed was one small side of his personality:
"What you saw was 1% of me as a person and it's the 1% that is bad about David Good. I'm a very outgoing, very comical person, so for America to see that one side of me was a loss for the show and a loss of me as a person. It seemed like they took that aspect and really ran with it. Yes, I did all that stuff, but that was only one bit.
"There's a reason I got the first impression rose because everyone was always cracking up around me and having a good time. That's why I think the Harlem Globetrotters picked me, too."
Despite his negative portrayal, David admitted that his dating life after being on the show hasn't been hindered at all:
"No, believe it or not, it has not hindered my dating. I've been out a couple times since I've been back and I'll hear girls in groups talking about me, asking if it's me, and they seem really tentative about it. Then they come up to me and we talk, and they all tell me how much I'm not like what they saw on the show. They all tell me that they didn't like me, that they told their friends I'm a jerk, they were kind of standoffish, but they saw who I actually was after a while."
And, for any viewers out there who still value his opinion after watching him on the show, David gave his picks for which bachelors should end up with The Bachelorette
"If I could go with No. 1, I would say Kiptyn, he's a great all-around
guy. He seems to be more of a fit for her. He's a little shorter --
she's pretty short [and] they look cute together, they're a cute couple
-- so he would be my No. 1 and No. 2 would probably be Reid."
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