'The Bachelorette' bachelor Mikey Tenerelli: James Case and I were just airing out our frustrations
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/01/2013
The Bachelorette bachelor Mikey Tenerelli, a 30-year-old plumbing contractor from Winfield, IL, was eliminated during last Monday night's broadcast via the fifth episode's Rose Ceremony.
The Bachelorette star Desiree Hartsock sent Mikey home after canceling the cocktail party because she had made up her mind about who should stay and who should go. Mikey seemed disappointed Des didn't take that extra time to continue getting to know him when he had yet to even receive a one-on-one date. In addition, Mikey was the guy that had the conversation with James Case in which Drew Kenney and Kasey Stewart allegedly overheard James talking about how he could potentially be the next Bachelor if he played his cards right and looked forward to picking up "women with money" on Mikey's boat in Chicago.
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Mikey talked to Reality TV World about his The Bachelorette experience. To read what he had to say, click here. Below are some additional highlights from his call. Click here for more.
Were you really surprised and shocked when Desiree eliminated you in Germany?
Mikey Tenerelli: I was definitely surprised. I thought that things were progressing. I thought that the answer I gave her about, "We'll make it work," was good enough. I was looking forward to getting a one-on-one; I hadn't had the chance -- that much time with her.
I felt like I offered enough and brought enough to the table where she would have wanted to spend the full day with me in a one-on-one type situation. So I was definitely surprised. I felt like things were progressing. But I guess they weren't progressing as much as some of the other guys.
Do you regret your off-camera conversation that you had with James Case?
Mikey Tenerelli: I don't at all. I wear my heart on my sleeve. When I'm frustrated, I express it. I didn't say anything that was out of line. I just mentioned the fact that if things don't work out, and [Brooks Forester] keeps getting these roses, life will go on and we'll have a good time.
All I was doing was really airing out my frustrations, and I was putting life in perspective and being a realist about it. And I don't think that that had any effect on me leaving at all.
Have you apologized to Desiree at all?
Mikey Tenerelli: I never got a chance to. Even if I were to get a chance, I don't necessarily think that I would, because I really don't think that I said anything out of line. And I didn't think that there was anything wrong with what I said.
So basically, what happened though is at that last Rose Ceremony in Germany, I got eliminated and never really even got a chance to talk to her about it. If it would've even been brought up -- because Desiree was a very understanding, level-headed person. And she, I'm assuming, would understand that people have frustrations. And when they have frustrations, they air it out, and it's as simple as that.
I just wanted to ask you about Ben Scott. I mean, do you have any regrets about getting so angry about that? Do you think it distracted you from Des at all?
Mikey Tenerelli: You know, I don't think he distracted me from Des. I think that the time I had with Des, I cleared my mind and I just concentrated on her and I. I don't regret anything. The type of person I am, if I feel like someone's double-crossing me, or if I feel like someone's lying or hiding things, I just have to air it out and I have to confront them about it.
So I don't regret anything that happened. I'm pretty much the guy that called him out on a few things and made the whole house aware of what was going on. And it wasn't just me that thought that obviously from what you've seen and all that. Overall, I don't have any regrets with my time [on the show].
During a Thursday conference call with reporters, Mikey talked to Reality TV World about his The Bachelorette experience. To read what he had to say, click here. Above are some additional highlights from his call. Click here for more.