'Bachelor' bachelorette denies producer relationship was sexual
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/07/2010
Although she acknowledges having a relationship with one of the reality dating series' producers during its filming, a The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love bachelorette is denying the relationship was sexual, despite the suggestions of ABC's promotions.
NOTE: The following contains spoilers that will not be televised until The Bachelor's January 11 broadcast.
Please stop reading immediately if you wish to wait until the show's broadcast to learn the identity of the bachelorette accused of having an affair with a crew member and being kicked off the show for it.
"No, I did not have a sexual relationship with a producer on the show," Rozlyn Papatold RadarOnline in a Thursday report.
"What they mean by inappropriate relationship is not what inappropriate relationship means in the real world. I had a relationship with someone on the show that didn't benefit [ABC or the show's senior producers]."
While ABC has stopped short of directly terming the relationship sexual, the network has been hyping the incident as a "shocking scandal" and making heavy use of a sound bite in which another bachelorette calls it a "sexual affair" in on-air commercials and online promotional clips.
The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has also avoided saying the relationship sexual in recent interviews.
"It was embarrassing for us... incredibly unfortunate, [and] horrible decisions were made," Harrison told KBIG-FM's Valentine in the Morning radio show in a Monday interview in which he had confirmed the heavily-promoted incident had involved a bachelorette and unidentified male producer who was fired.
"This is something that we took very seriously and it's something that we couldn't just sit by," he said as he explained the pair had "found time" to have "relations" during the show's production this past fall.
"This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, 'Okay, these are the words you can say,'" he added. "It was a wild night."
However a desire to describe the situation accurately apparently wasn't the reason for the careful word choice, according to Papa.
"This is a TV show and it's made for entertainment, but it is a far cry from reality," Papa told RadarOnline.
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"I know that things on television weren't always as they seemed, but I had no idea the extent of the show manipulation."
Papa will be kicked off The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love during Monday night's episode due to the affair.
"We remained really close but we are not dating now," she told RadarOnline.
Despite the way her The Bachelor journey ended, the 28-year-old model/makeup artist from Richmond, VA is not ashamed of her stint on the show.
"I am going to hold my head high, I do not regret anything that happened," she told RadarOnline.
ABC had no immediate comment on Papa's claims when contacted by Reality TV World.