This week, the world got to experience the first episode of The Bachelorette without Chad Johnson, this season's resident villain. And although JoJo Fletcher's guys were celebrating him leaving, I was kind of bummed. OK, so he was a little intimidating, but you can't deny how entertaining he is. Have you ever seen anyone eat deli meat quite like him? But if you're missing Chad already like I am, don't worry — it doesn't seem like he's planning to disappear from the public eye anytime soon. On Monday night, Chad appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to give an update on his life, and it actually seems like he might have been a way nicer guy than everyone gives him credit for. And yeah, I'm just as shocked as you are.
Full video of the interview isn't available yet (bummer), but according to Us Weekly, Chad called into the show via Skype to explain himself. As everyone's favorite luxury real estate agent tells it, he was just playing up his villain role for the show, and the way The Bachelorette is produced helped him come off as the larger than life, milk loving dude we saw on our TVs all season long.
At the end of the day, it is a show so things are amplified. We try to be ourselves and we try to be who we are, but at the same time, whoever you are is amplified up about a million times. When you’re in the moment, you say things and do things — sometimes I’ll do things in order to get the result I want, and it’s not always the best thing.
Makes sense, doesn't it? Chad definitely wouldn't be the first former contestant to say that his personality was exaggerated on the show, and it makes sense. The Bachelorette producers are trying to make a good show, not two hours of regular guys being regular together. That's boring, and what Chad had to offer was anything but. Of course his antics got more screen time. It's a lot easier to like Chad if you believe he really was "amplified," and the fact that his dog was roaming around in the background during the interview definitely didn't hurt his chances of coming off as a likable, regular guy, as opposed to the scary, trolling contestant who couldn't be left alone without his own security team.
Chad was also low key about the rumors that he's dating Robby Hayes' ex, which began after he shared photos of the two of them smooching over the weekend. Is he really savage enough to date a cast mate's ex? Apparently so, but the reality of the situation doesn't sound anywhere near as dramatic as the scenario I've imagined in my head.
"You know, we were traveling and we just happened to see each other and we went from there,” Chad told Kimmel. "I don't want to make any judgments or say where it's gonna go."
I guess we'll have to wait until Bachelor in Paradise to find out if Chad really is who he says he is, but if he's back to his villainy ways on the island, don't be too disappointed. After all, he's just trying to give the people what they want.
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