'The Bachelorette' bachelor Cody Sattler: Nick Viall's attitude killed me
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/26/2014
The Bachelorette bachelor Cody Sattler, a 28-year-old personal trainer from Chicago, IL, was eliminated by Andi Dorfman in the middle of his first one-on-one date during the most recent episode of her The Bachelorette season.
Cody referred to himself as the "pet dog" in the house because he was being dragged around from destination to destination without ever getting a one-on-one date with Andi until the day of his elimination. Cody, whom Andi noted had the most incredible eyes, was known for always having a smile on his face and being very grateful for his opportunity to compete on the show.
Andi was devastated upon dumping Cody, as the "great, genuine" suitor was pouring his heart out to her just as she was trying to bid him farewell. Andi believed they had only developed a friendship and lacked romantic chemistry. However, Cody will be appearing on the new The Bachelor-spinoff Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres August 4 on ABC.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Cody talked about his The Bachelorette experience and relationship with Andi. Below is what he had to say to Reality TV World. Check back with us soon for more from his interview.
Reality TV World: Your elimination was pretty hard to watch. You seemed to be pouring your heart out only for Andi to stop you and then let you go. Why were you so confident things were going well at that point and what was going through your mind when Andi was tearing up as you were giving her your little speech? You didn't seem to realize then that she was trying to send you home.
Cody Sattler: You know, I think I was trying to just be honest with Andi and let her know how I'm feeling. You know, I think at that moment, I kind of probably realized she might've built some stronger relationships with some of the guys earlier on. I got that one-on-one date late and, yeah, I was just trying to be as honest as I could with her.
And, you know, when she started tearing up, I think she realized I was being genuine and sincere and I was taking it serious, but I felt like she kind of realized I was more in the "friend zone" with her and it wasn't that physical, romantic connection between us.
Reality TV World: I want to get your reaction to the lie detector test group date when you watched it back? One guy told two lies and two bachelors told a whopping three lies. Do you think Andi's being deceived or maybe the guys lied about silly insignificant things? And any guess which bachelor lied the most? (Laughs)
Cody Sattler: (Laughs) Yeah, you know, that lie detector date, I think a lot of those questions were pretty goofy and silly. I remember one of the guys talking about, "Do you wash your hands after you go to the bathroom?"
And one of the guys comes back and is like, "Well, I went on a camping trip and I went to the bathroom and I didn't." I think some of those questions were just so broad and kind of silly, so it made you probably second-guess yourself. So I don't think you should look too deep into those lie detector questions. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Before going on your one-on-one date with Andi, you mentioned you wanted to tell Andi all about the side of Nick Viall she wasn't seeing -- claiming she didn't really know who he is. However, viewers didn't see you discuss Nick once on the date. Did you bring that up to her? If so, what did you say? And if not, why was that, did you just not get a chance to talk about it?
Cody Sattler: The week before in France, when me and Nick had our little discussion about him kind of mocking me for being thankful or what not, Andi -- before we had our one-on-one time -- she pulled me aside and was like, "Hey, Cody, I know there is a lot of tension going on tonight. What's going on?"
And I'm not going to lie to the girl. She asked me, "What's going on?" So I just pretty much said, "There's been a couple arguments between some people, and Nick and I kind of got in a little argument."
It wasn't like I was trying to rat anybody out or say anything bad. I was just telling her, "Hey look, I am very thankful and appreciative of this opportunity." And I think for someone to mock me or make fun of me for being thankful is pretty disrespectful.
So, I just kind of wanted to give her, you know, my viewpoint and how I looked at it. So, yeah, I told her that on our one-on-one time a week before in France. So that's pretty much how it went down.
Reality TV World: Based on things Andi and Chris Harrison have recently said, they seem to agree that Nick was honest and open with Andi about why he rubbed the other guys the wrong way and why everyone seemed to dislike him. Watching the episodes back, do you agree that Nick took responsibility for his actions or do you think he's kind of manipulating Andi a little bit still?
Cody Sattler: I just, you know, I think Nick -- not necessarily manipulate. I think Nick is just his own person. I think that's just kind of who he is as a human being as far as, you know, I think he was also in a tough position.
He got a date early on and had built a pretty strong relationship with Andi, and you know, I think people might've just thought, "Hey, this guy does have a better connection," or what not. But anybody that -- he's had kind of a negative attitude, is what rubbed me wrong with him.
I hated hearing him say, "Ugh, I hate being on a group date," or, "I hate seeing guys go on one-on-one dates," and just having that negative attitude. Like I said, I was so thankful and appreciative of being there, and hearing someone have that attitude killed me. So, I don't associate good people like that.
Reality TV World: Do you think things might've ended differently for you had you received a one-on-one date with Andi earlier in the season? Do you think had she gotten to know you sooner your connection would've been stronger or, looking back, is it clear you two weren't meant to be regardless of timing?
Cody Sattler: I do think if I probably would've gotten a date earlier on, I could've probably built a stronger connection with her. As the weeks went on, she was building strong relationships with everybody and I was kind of -- just like I said -- getting my 10 or 15 minutes here or here or here, you know, when these guys are going on an entire date with Andi.
She was just building strong relationships with these guys, so I definitely think I could've maybe had a better connection with her if I would've gotten a date earlier on. But at the same time, maybe she knew about this date and really wanted to save it for me.
She said there was a rhyme and reason for everything as far as the dates, and I think that date was definitely suited for me, knowing that I'm a former sixth grade elementary teacher and I do really enjoy helping people as a personal trainer -- losing weight or helping them with sixth grade math -- so to write those letters and stuff, I got a lot out of that.
And that's something I probably would do if I was in regular life, is donate some time to make people feel good. So I think if I could've gotten a date earlier on, it would've been great. But that date we went on was definitely something that I enjoyed and I think she knew that. So it just sucked that it had to be in Week 6.
Reality TV World: Reports have surfaced you joined the cast of Bachelor in Paradise. Could you talk a little bit about why you decided to do the show? And when you initially found out who else was going to be in the cast, did any girl in particular spark your interest for any reason?
Cody Sattler: Yeah, Bachelor in Paradise, it's just a -- like I said, I'm always looking for a relationship. I just haven't come across it yet. If I had opportunities to do it again and meet some very beautiful people, I figured, "Why not? Why not do it?" So that's pretty much all I can say on that.
Above is what Cody had to say to Reality TV World during a Thursday conference call with reporters. Check back with us soon for more from his interview.