Married at First Sight viewers have been lashing out at Chris and scolding show experts Pastor Cal, Dr. Pepper Schwartz and Dr. Viviana Coles for casting him ever since MAFS's twelfth season, which was filmed late last summer in Atlanta, premiered in January on Lifetime.
During a February appearance on Atlanta's 96.3 WHUR radio show called The Frank Ski Show with Nina Brown, Pastor Cal said of Chris, "No way that the person you see is the person that we saw... The cameras came on and Chris became this different person."
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"We were just as surprised and pretty pissed as you guys are," Pastor Cal added.
And Viviana told The Associated Press in an interview around the same time, "There have been couples who we thought were 100% -- as much as we can say that, on paper, side-by-side [and] meeting them single -- head over heels in love with each other, and they were explosive, nasty, really degrading."
Viviana continued, "[They'd] be having conversations that made us think, 'Who are these people?'"
Pastor Cal had already insisted earlier this year that the experts don't intentionally match potential trainwreck couples to ensure aMarried at First Sight season will be dramatic.
And Pastor Cal told another follower, "We do our absolute best to match couples with integrity, but we can't predict how they will act when the cameras roll. We're surprised also... But there's always a chance for redemption."
Viviana echoed a similar sentiment and said "it could be beyond dangerous -- not just emotionally, but even physically" -- to try to match and create explosive trainwreck couples.
"And so we try to avoid that as much as possible because getting married to a stranger is explosive and dynamic and dramatic enough," Viviana said.
Chris and Paige attempted to bond through activities and create chemistry several weeks into theMarried at First Sightexperiment, but Chris ultimately determined Paige wasn't a good communicator and he was forcing a connection that simply wasn't there.
"It's time for me to regain my own sense of purpose and to really find what loving myself looks like. I was a woman that came in there whole and he tried to leave me broken, but that didn't happen. My cup may be a little empty, but I'll be fine," Paige said after the split.
On a recent Married at First Sight episode, Pepper apologized to Paige for how her journey on the show had ended.
"I thought that you guys were going to be a great couple. We all did. We thought we had somebody who was going to be the right partner, that everything on paper looked good, that what he told us looked good," Pepper explained.
"And we had no idea what a mess of a life he had behind the curtain... I want you to know that you're a superior human being. If he wasn't such an extraordinary narcissist -- I'm not going to mince words on my opinion -- he would recognize that. And I don't want you to take that garbage!"
Pepper said Paige deserved "so much better" and Chris didn't think about anybody but himself.