Chris Harrison: Justin Rego voicemails prove he had a girlfriend
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/29/2010
Justin Rego denied allegations that he had two at-home girlfriends during filming for The Bachelorette's sixth season earlier this year, however host Chris Harrison said he's certain the accusations are true.
"I realize there have been incidents in the past where you may not be 100% sure who's telling the truth, and this might have been another one of those cases. Justin swore up and down to all of us that he didn't have a girlfriend and didn't at any time contact that girlfriend while he was on the road," wrote Harrison in his Entertainment Weekly blog.
"Hearing [Rego's] greatest hits (phone messages) as he limped off into the sunset was the smoking gun. That's all anyone could possibly need to hear as proof."
Rego adamantly denied the allegations when confronted by Fedotowsky, however the broadcast later aired several voicemail messages he allegedly left for Spillas in which he repeatedly professed his love for her while participating in The Bachelorette.
"I'm sure some of you are wondering how Justin could have made a call if we take the guys' cell phones away. Well Justin would go into the bathroom in the guys' suite and use the phone by the toilet. He then tried to cover his tracks by calling the front desk and asking them to take the calls and numbers off the room's bill so we wouldn't see it," explained Harrison.
"Probably my favorite thing about this entire thing is that [Rego] thought he was smarter than everybody else and was so smug as he assumed he was getting one over on everybody. When Ali pulled the rug out from under him and confronted him about all his lies, he stammered and stuttered his way through a pathetic series of explanations."
Harrison added he was "impressed" with the way Fedotowsky handled the phone conversation with Spillas.
"The first thing she said was how sorry she felt for his girlfriend, and all she cared about at the time was how she was doing. Very classy," he wrote.
"When she hung up the phone, Ali was understandably pissed off and wanted Justin gone immediately. We walked straight up to the guys' suite to confront Justin. Again, I really appreciated the fact that Ali wanted to do this herself and see him face-to-face."
The bachelors "immediately knew something was up" when Harrison and Fedotowsky arrived at the room together, according to the host, who added they were "anxiously waiting for something."
"That's when Ali stunned all of us by going directly at Justin the way she did. Then every guy's jaw dropped on the floor when Justin tucked his tail and ran for the door, and Ali stood up and questioned his manhood," wrote Harrison.
"I talked to the guys later and every one of them said they never thought Ali was hotter than that moment where she called Justin on his B.S."
Harrison said the reason Rego originally decided against discussing the accusations with Fedotowsky is because he "obviously knew he was beat."
"So he made the bizarre decision to grab his passport and make a run for it... in Istanbul? I'm not exactly sure where he thought he was going to go or how he was going to get there, but Justin made a sad limp for it down the hall," wrote Harrison.
"I chased after him to try to stall until Ali could catch up and finish what she had started. Justin walked into stairwell and that's where things really got interesting, as we briefly lost [Rego]. Ali and the camera crews thought he'd gone all the way down the stairs but he'd actually exited on the next floor. So for several minutes we had no idea where Justin was."
After they eventually found him outside the Turkish hotel, the chase wasn't over -- as Rego continued to try and hobble away.
"I have to admit watching Justin limp through bushes and up waterfalls in an attempt to keep from having to face Ali was classic and really sums up his character," wrote Harrison.
"He finally did come back to talk to Ali and she let him have it."
While Rego may be gone, Harrison said The Bachelorette still has some "drama" in store for viewers -- presumably a reference to Frank Neuschaefer, who allegedly quit the competition prior to the season's penultimate Rose Ceremony in Tahiti after deciding he was still in love with an ex-girlfriend in Chicago.
"You can see that the drama with these guys is far from over," wrote Harrison. "One of Ali's toughest moments will come in one of the most beautiful places in the world."