'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All:' Who were the night's big hams? Was the Chris Soules speed date staged?
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 07/22/2014
The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All exposed a couple of big hams in the season's cast of suitors and show producers have dished on whether Chris Soules' speed date was staged.
A random brunette in the audience asked host Chris Harrison if she could meet Soules in person. After Harrison agreed, the woman approached the stage and talked to Soules during a commercial break, which ended with her giving the bachelor her phone number. Although it seemed too ridiculous to be real, according toTV Guide, it wasn't a show stunt.
In fact, the incident left producers and viewers stunned. The woman reportedly told Soules she had attended the taping with no motive at all, and so Soules suggested she had balls to make such a move.
"I was sitting there and talking to Chris and kept hearing, 'Chris!' I thought, I'll wait for Chris Harrison to acknowledge this because I don't know what's going on and I need to focus on what I'm saying, so finally he stopped it and [acknowledged it] and she came down. I was totally caught off guard," Soules told TV Guide, playing coy about whether he'll actually call the girl.
Marquel Martin, dubbed "the cookie monster," was apparently caught off guard by the amount of attention he's been receiving from fans.
"It is so flattering. I purposely stay away from the blogs, but I catch wind of everything through my mother," Martin told the magazine, adding that he was also more conservative during the season than viewers probably believe.
"With the strip tease, when I first got there, I told one of the producers, 'I'm not stripping down to my underwear,' and I was the one of the few to make that stance. I had a conversation with [Andi Dorfman] and said, 'I'll take my shirt off,' but because of my faith and job I wasn't comfortable with doing it. She was very understanding and it was tasteful what they showed, but they didn't show that conversation."
The Men Tell All failed to show which guys were seemingly desperate for air time, and Nick Sutter and JJ O'Brien were reportedly looking to get their two cents in on more than one occasion.
"I barely remember [Nick S.] being on the show. He would not stop talking," Harrison said. "He didn't like it when I said, 'No wonder [Andi] can't get in a word edgewise.'"
Like Sutter, who insisted Dorfman had kept her guard up around him and came across "cold," Patrick Jagodzinski also reportedly dissed Dorfman. Jagodzinski voiced his "concern" about Dorfman recently quitting her job as an assistant district attorney in Atlanta, GA.
In addition, Martin and Harrison weighed-in on whom they'd like to see win Dorfman's heart once and for all -- Josh Murray or Nick Viall.
"Nick and [Andi] give me that Notebook feeling," Martin told TV Guide. "I didn't get along with Nick that well and I'm really great friends with Josh and I see a great relationship that could happen with [them], so my vote is for Josh."
Harrison added, "Josh is simple, comfortable, been-there-done-that and it's easy to fall back into that. Nick is the road less traveled and the road she'd like to be on and aspires to be on, but I'm not sure she can make that call when the pressure is on."