The Bachelor will return with a new leading man in 2017

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If you’ve been watching this season of Bachelor in Paradise, chances are you’ve found yourself shaking your head in disbelief at most of what comes out of Daniel Maguire‘s mouth.

Ah, Daniel. Where do we even begin with you? The man first made his mark on reality television during JoJo Fletcher‘s season of The Bachelorette. (#NeverForget when he basically tried to unfriend Chad Johnson in real life. “Let’s pretend you’re Hitler”? Let’s not.)

Maguire’s occupation on the show was first listed as “male model” before quickly being switched to simply “Canadian.” He works out a lot, looks permanently quizzical, and we’re never really quite sure when he’s joking and when he’s not.


Now Maguire is spouting more absurdities in Paradise, but if he had it his way, he’d be the next Bachelor. Why’s that? Because he keeps it real. (His words, not ours.)

“I’m the most realistic, regular guy out there,” Maguire told reporters during a press call Thursday. “Most of the Bachelors – to be honest … they’re so fake, I’ve never met one of these types of guys in my entire life. Most guys, they talk like how I would … That’s why so many regular guys watch the show and love me.”

“If you’re going to watch the Bachelor, you want a real dude,” he continued. “I mean, something that’s more realistic than ‘Oh, I love you so much’ right off the bat, and ‘Oh, she’s so beautiful’ – like come on, let’s get real. People want real, people want entertaining, people want me. … So I think I’d made a great Bachelor and I think I’m a great catch as well!”

While Luke Pell, also one of Fletcher’s castaways, is rumored to be a frontrunner for the role, Maguire doesn’t think he has what it takes.

“Luke – yeah, he’s a great guy and everything, but you might as well put it on mute because that’s how boring he is,” he said. “I’d rather have Chad be the Bachelor because at least it’ll be entertaining and real. He’s not going to fall in love with every single girl right off the bat … at least he can have fun with it.”

And despite the unflattering turn some of his remarks take – like when he said his female costars in Paradise looked like “washed-up street dogs” – Maguire maintains he’s “joking” … sort of.

“I wasn’t hoping to come across as a villain,” he said. “I just wanted to be a little more open and honest. I obviously was joking – but there’s a little truth in every joke. I’m the kind of person where I’ll speak my mind … I’m not going to hold back. And if you never heard this before, you’re living in a bubble. It’s not all gravy, you know.”

“I obviously don’t really think that [they look like dogs], but I also don’t think they’re supermodels or anything,” he added. “It’s just my personal opinion. I was just having fun with it – you can’t take it seriously. If you do, then that’s your problem.”

Of course, Maguire admitted he later grew close with some of the women he initially bashed.

“None of the girls when they walked in was I like: ‘Oh, they’re drop-dead gorgeous and I’d marry them off the bat.’ I’ve got standards,” he said. “Still, I was joking and I can still take interest in them. And as I got to meet each one of them and talk to them and got to know them I found different qualities in them that I enjoyed. I got along with Carly [Waddell] very well, and Sarah [Herron] as well. Sarah understood me and liked my sense of humor and vice versa. Sarah is a beautiful girl as well, physically.”

At the end of the day, Maguire won’t apologize for saying what’s on his mind.

“It is what it is, I don’t really care if they like it or not. I’m not going to change who I am,” he said. “People might think ‘Oh, this guy’s too crazy’ or whatever, but I mean … especially as people get to know me more they’ll see that I’m not all fun and games and jokes.”

“I have a serious side and an intellectual side as well, but obviously on TV they can only show so much,” he added. “I definitely like and enjoy what I’ve seen on TV of how I’ve been portrayed. People are loving it, so I’m happy with the way things turned out.”

Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.