'Bachelor in Paradise's Jesse Kovacs: Marcus Grodd is a weird dude, America doesn't give a sh-t about AshLee Frazier
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/02/2014
Bachelor in Paradise's Jesse Kovacs isn't shy to share his opinions of other contestants this season.
"I had no idea who was going to be there. I didn't have any idea about who I wanted to meet, because I've kind of been out of the Bachelor world for a while," Kovacs toldThe Observer.
"The producers did call me and ask, would I prefer to see someone there? Who do I like? And I just said, 'I honestly don't have any idea.' I'm just going to show up open-minded, and if a relationship or a connection or a feeling is there then I'll run with it, but I'm not going into it with preconceived notions about who I want to see."
Kovacs said he was very close with Graham Bunn and didn't know if that was just because they're both "super old" and therefore felt the need to "cling together."
"I was gone so much that I didn't really have a chance to hang out and get to know a lot of people... When I was back, I was basically just hanging out with the guys -- [Marcus Grodd] was kind off doing his own thing, so I didn't really hang out with him. He's kind of a weird dude," said Kovacs, who appeared on The Bachelorette's fifth season as well as Bachelor Pad 1.
"But everyone else was super cool, and yeah, you know [Cody Sattler], [Robert Graham], [Zack Kalter], [Graham Bunn] and myself, we all kind of hung out and had a good time."
Sattler and Michelle Money developed a very fast relationship on the island, one of which Money didn't exactly seem comfortable with.
"I can't remember if they aired it or not, but [Cody] dropped the 'L bomb' on Michelle [on their date]," Kovacs said of the intense situation. "She came back the next morning, and she talked to me and kind of broke down in tears, and was like, 'This is happening so fast. I don't know if I'm really into him.' She was really concerned because she didn't necessarily want that."
Money certainly went on Bachelor in Paradise to find love, but she apparently doesn't fall in love within a couple of days.
"She wanted something to happen and she wanted to find a relationship, but not forceful, like this. She kind of felt forced into it... I think as time went on and they cooled off a little bit and he took the time to step back, they actually really started to find their stride in the relationship, but at first we were kind of creeped out by how fast it all happened," Kovacs told The Observer.
Although he initially thought Sattler was "a big-ass meathead," Kovacs admitted he's a sweetheart and cool guy "who would never say anything bad about anybody."
AshLee Frazier, on the other hand, was criticized by the bachelors and bachelorettes for talking trash about the other women.
"At the time, the only real person I noticed [being phony] was AshLee. She was getting upset at the producers because she was like, 'How come Graham and I haven't had another date? That's what America wants to see,'" Kovacs explained.
"I was like, 'That statement is so ridiculous, that she is thinking about what America -- America doesn't give a shit about you!' She definitely was very concerned about how she was portrayed, and how her editing would be."