Before Katie eliminated Thomas, a 28-year-old real estate broker from Poway, CA, for being on the show for the wrong reasons, she cried to The Bachelorette co-hosts Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams about how she had envisioned Thomas making it all the way to hometown dates.
But according Katie, she actually pictured Thomas in the Final 3 and hoped to bring him into a Fantasy Suite!
"Yeah, he's hot and I really was hoping, to be honest, take him to Fantasy Suite, but I don't have time to waste. So I was like, 'You've got to go...' I wasn't going to waste any time with him," Katie said on the Wednesday episode of the "Viall Files" podcast hosted by Season 21 The Bachelor star Nick Viall.
Not only did Thomas admit to appearing on the show to boost his career, but he also owned up to considering the possibility ABC may cast him as the Bachelor in 2022 if things didn't work out with Katie.
Instead of handing Thomas a rose at the third Rose Ceremony of the season, Katie called the bachelor's name and then scolded him for being "selfish," "unkind," and a manipulative "liar."
Katie has since received some backlash on social media for being too harsh with Thomas, but the Bachelorette insisted viewers didn't see everything that happened because there's too much footage to squeeze into a two-hour episode.
In fact, Katie said one unaired moment in particular left her furious at Thomas.
"One thing I wish was shown, which was kind of the nail in the coffin for me, was Thomas actually came forward and said that he was kind of mean to [Tre Cooper], and Tre is, like, the most kindhearted man," Katie shared.
"Once I heard that I was like, 'If you can't handle, like, conversations -- I've already experienced it firsthand, like, you aren't able to communicate in a normal, effective way -- now, you're being mean to Tre, who's a sweetheart, I don't have time for you.'"
Katie revealed that Thomas had admitted to that tense confrontation himself and that's why she later called him "unkind" at the Rose Ceremony when she sent him packing.
"Tre never brought it up... he did kind of keep that to himself. Thomas was the one who admitted it. He was just spilling words after words after words -- like that conversation was way [longer than what was shown]. With Thomas, I was just over it," Katie said.
"I'm going to make quick decisions, and if all of a sudden there are no guys left, that's not on me, that's on casting. If you're going to bring sh-tty guys here, that's not my [fault]. I'm not going to waste my time with these sh-tty guys, like, 'Bye, get out!'"
But Katie explained it seemed like Thomas began The Bachelorette process focused on wanting to become The Bachelor star rather than on genuinely trying to find love with Katie first as his top priority.
"I was like, 'You weren't even open to falling in love.' [It was like], 'Let's just skip that step and be the Bachelor.' And that's the difference I think people are kind of missing with how he explained himself," Katie acknowledged.
Katie felt in her gut that Thomas was using her as a stepping stone to reach his goals and didn't sincerely or genuinely care about getting to know her.
Thomas, for his part, reflected on his The Bachelorette experience in a Wednesday Instagram post.
"Well, that was a whirlwind! Thankful for the experience and the lessons that came with it," Thomas wrote after his exit from the show.
"All the support pouring in means the world and I have nothing but love for all of you. #DemonsterizedAF."