Ousted 'Bachelor' bachelorette Allie Garcia-Serra: "That's so not me"
By Reality TV World staff, 01/11/2006
Eliminated The Bachelor: Paris bachelorette Allie Garcia-Serra might have only lasted one episode on the latest edition of the long-running ABC reality show, but apparently that was more than long enough for her learn the "it was the editing" excuse previously used by countless other reality TV contestants embarrassed about their televised behavior.
According to the 33-year-old oncologist who let everyone know her "eggs are rotting," the behavior that viewers saw on Monday night's premiere of The Bachelor's eight edition was "so not me" and instead the result of careful editing and the show providing Allie and her fellow bachelorettes lots of alcohol and little food during Day 1's twelve-hour production schedule.
"The final product is edited and spliced and diced and made to make you think one way," Allie told her hometown South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper. According to Allie, she was aware that she had exhibited some "irrational behavior" toward the end of the evening but disagrees with the way the show's producers portrayed her actions.
"When I saw it, I saw myself as a pathetic, desperate girl wanting to reproduce right now and that's so not me," Allie told the paper. "If that's what [ABC] wants to portray me as, fine. I'm having fun with it."
Reached by the Sun-Sentinel, The Bachelor executive producer Lisa Levenson disputed Allie's implication that the show's producers manipulated Allie's behavior by denying the women food.
While Allie didn't attempt to defend the post-elimination profanity-laced tirade in which she aggressively confronted bachelor Travis Stork about why he didn't offer her one of his twelve roses ("really be straight up... [is it that] you don't find me attractive, [that] I'm too short, [that] I have small boobs") and accused Travis -- also a 33-year-old doctor -- of "playing around" and "not wanting reproduction," she did attempt to justify her unusual decision to bluntly tell him that she wanted to "move on to... the reproductive phase" of her life during her initial sitdown with him.
"I'll be 34 in March and I was just being realistic," Allie told the paper. "From my medical background, I know that fertility exponentially declines after 27. My sense of urgency isn't now, but within the next 10 years."
And while Levenson might be refuting Allie's food allegation, she also acknowledged that as far as memorable television moments go, Allie's behavior had made her one of the producer's favorite The Bachelor bachelorettes of all time. "She's the one woman in the history of hundreds that actually stood up to the bachelor and gave him a piece of her mind," Levenson told the paper on Tuesday. "I think the water cooler talk going on today is probably 40 to 50 percent Allie."
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