The Bachelorette's Chad Johnson Defends Himself: 'At the End of the Day, It's a Show – Things Are Amplified'
Johnson's Bachelorette stint officially ended after Monday's episode
Skyping into Jimmy Kimmel Live! following Monday’s episode of the hit reality dating show, where we finally saw the last of Johnson for once and for all, the Oklahoma-based realtor did his best to defend himself for his antics this season – which included physical altercations with the other contestants and threats of violence.
“I actually didn’t watch any of the episodes until about a week ago, and then I started to kind of realize when I watched the last one, like: ‘Oh, that’s why the people are saying the things online that they’re saying,’ ” Johnson said. “That makes a little sense now.”
“I mean, when you’re in the moment you say things and you do things, and my thing is sometimes I’ll says things in order to get the result that I want,” Johnson admitted. “[But] I have pretty good interactions with people generally.”
After Kimmel played a clip from Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette following Johnson’s departure – and the subsequent rejoicing of the rest of the guys – Johnson couldn’t help but laugh at the scene.
“Honestly, I kind of expected it,” he said. “It’s pretty hilarious though, I get it. They took me out. Good job, you sabotaged me, brah.”
When asked about Jordan Rodgers, with whom he clashed repeatedly on the show, Johnson said sarcastically: “Great guy, real great guy. Love him,” – though he denied that his threats to “come find” Rodgers after the show held any weight.
“I mean, it’s not like I would do that – obviously I have people that do those types of things,” he said with a sly smile. “But honestly, at that point, I was just joking with him, I was just trying to get the guy to be quiet. You don’t know what to say. I mean, there was a point where I couldn’t even sleep in the next room they were talking about me so much. So I literally was like: ‘How crazy do I have to go until maybe they think I’m insane and then they’ll just start to leave me alone?’ ”
“At the end of the day, it’s a show – things are amplified,” he continued. “We try to be ourselves and we try to be who we are but at the same time, whoever you are is amplified up about a million times.”
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And of course, there’s the matter of that particular Instagram post Johnson shared Monday, in which he’s oh-so-casually making out with contestant Robby Hayes’ ex-girlfriend.
So what’s that about?
“You know, I mean, we were traveling and we just happened to see each other and things kind of went from there,” Johnson said. “I mean, it started off as we were just kind of friends, we were just kind of making jokes about it. But I mean, I don’t know. I don’t want to make any judgements or say where it’s going to go.”
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And ultimately, despite his stint on the upcoming Bachelor in Paradise, Johnson confirmed he’s still single and “looking for love” – so would he consider being the next Bachelor?
“I think being the Bachelor obviously would be amazing … but I don’t know, I feel like at this point I was probably portrayed as a little too crazy to be that person,” he said. (Well, props for self-awareness.)
But the best reveal of Johnson’s interview? That he’s still friends with Daniel the Canadian.
“We actually message every day,” he said. “Sometimes his messages make sense, sometimes they don’t, but either way it’s hilarious.”
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays (11:35 p.m. ET) on ABC, and The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.