We may never know if Peter signed up for The Bachelorette in the hope of one day becoming the Bachelor or if Bryan really walked away from the Lindsay family dinner table because of too much pressure, but there are some things just waiting to be uncovered.
For one, why would Dean’s dad agree to have a reality show filmed at his home if he’s so against it? Also, why did Kenny go back to confront Lee after boarding the helicopter with Rachel? And what was Adam thinking, bringing that creepy doll with him? Well, have no last-rose-of-the-night fear because at the “Men Tell All” taping (which airs tonight on ABC), we got to the bottom of all that and more. You’re welcome.
Dean Unglert no longer thinks Rachel made a mistake sending him home. “I hadn’t really had a chance to see her relationship with [the other three guys],” Unglert told us at the taping. “Watching it back with Peter, Bryan, and Eric, I can see that. She’s just further along, and she had [deeper] feelings for them than she did for me at the time.”
And Dean’s father actually wanted to be on TV for the hometown date. “We don’t talk very often, but I still passed his information along, and he still agreed to do everything he did,” Dean told us. “In fact, he was lobbying pretty hard to have [the hometown date] be at his house. It was very much his decision to do what happened. And there’s no regrets. I’m not embarrassed by anything that happened or anything like that, it just is what it is. I’m proud of him and the rest of my family for being there and allowing us to have that conversation.”
“Diggy,” however, thinks he “messed up” with Rachel. His bow-tie game is strong and he’s smart and accomplished, so why didn’t “Diggy” capture Rachel’s attention and stay on the show longer? “A lot of these other guys, when they had their time with Rachel, put it on really thick,” he revealed to us. “They came and put their feelings out on the table. I think with all these cameras and everything, I got in my head. I really wasn’t myself. I was hesitant. Rachel probably picked up on that. Just when I got into the groove and got comfortable, you have other guys that were probably doing it a little more than myself, and that’s kind of why she sent me home. At the end of the day, you realize this is still a TV show and they’re going to edit certain things and make it entertaining for the viewers. I was trying so hard to worry about that part of the aspect, as opposed to developing a relationship with Rachel. I think that’s where I messed up.”
Also, “Diggy” and “Iggy” hang out 24/7 now. Talking about himself in the third person, Diggy revealed, “Diggy and Iggy live right next to each other [in Chicago] and didn’t know each other prior. One hundred feet separate his apartment and my apartment. We didn’t meet each other until we got 2,000 miles out to L.A. But now, literally, I’m like, ‘Everywhere you need to go, I’m going with you.’ We travel together, so anywhere I go, he goes, and vice-versa.”
FYI: Adam doesn’t regret bringing that creepy doll on the show. The former backup safety for the University of Arizona’s football team doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would bring a creepy-AF doll, so would he nix the gimmick if he did the show all over again? “I would say [I don’t regret bringing the doll] only because what you guys saw on TV was different how it was portrayed when I was there,” Adam told us. “Rachel would often say, ‘Where’s that A.J.?’ She’s like, ‘I’m starting to warm up to him!’ He started to become family to us! When I moved into the mansion, I told everybody, ‘I’m normal; [the doll] is just for fun. He gets attention.’ That’s what he did, and I think that’s why she was able to differentiate me from other people.”
As for Kenny, he doesn’t think Lee is racist, but… “I will never say I knew Lee was racist toward me because it didn’t feel like racism,” Kenny told us. “Racism feels a certain way. There is a connotation and a stench that comes with racism. It just felt as though Lee knew he was out of his league. If you look around at Adam, Josiah, Peter, Dean…it’s stiff competition. I felt like it was the kind of thing where he looked around at all these dudes and was like, ‘Damn, I gotta latch on to somebody in order to make myself relevant.’ That’s kind of what I thought in the moment was happening.”
On the two-on-one date, Kenny didn’t want to get off the helicopter to confront Lee. “If I could do this experience again, I wouldn’t listen to the outside influences that were encouraging me to go speak to Lee instead of take off with Rachel in the helicopter,” Lee admitted. “I feel like that’s something that maybe hasn’t ever been asked of me, and I’d just like to get that out. It wasn’t necessarily my idea. I would have gotten in that helicopter with Rachel. So, yeah, if I could do any one thing again, I would have said, ‘Nuh-uh, I’m leaving with my lady.’”
Speaking of awkward moments, Jack Stone didn’t think his one-on-one date with Rachel was as strange as it was on TV. “I had no clue,” the rumored Bachelor in Paradise contestant shared. “That’s the thing you have to prepare yourself for with reality TV, and we know this, is that you never know how it’s going to be cut and how the edit is going to be at the end of the day. I had no clue it was going to look like that. That’s why it was so tough for people that know me to be like, ‘What happened?! That’s not you!’ It’s out of your control. I wanted to make a point for people to know that the way you’re portrayed on reality TV isn’t really who you are, and I think people know that. I’m really not all that awkward, believe it or not. I’m a pretty well-rounded person.”
Jack Stone might be over it, but DeMario Jackson is still bitter. If you’re hoping to see a different DeMario after tonight’s “Men Tell All” episode, think again. During the taping, the controversial contestant routinely dropped the F-word when he spoke and continued to say he was set up for the ambush girlfriend situation. “You guys want a story for the Whaboom factor,” he accused. Dean later defended DeMario, saying, “He’s not a bad person, but he made bad choices. He’s got a big heart…what he did [on The Bachelorette] was stupid, but he’s got a big heart.”
But Rachel would have let DeMario back on the show if he was honest about Lexie. “I felt I said everything I wanted to [after he returned to the mansion],” Rachel said during the taping. “I was bothered [because he wasn’t] honest. I probably would have let [DeMario] back in, but when he was like, ‘Who’s dis?’ when Lexi showed up, it was ‘No, you gotta go.’”