If you're watching "The Bachelor" this season, you'll have seen - at the end of last week's episode, the teaser of all teasers for the Monday, Jan. 27 show. Here's the clip, but it goes a little something like this:
- Peter takes contestant Victoria F. on a One-On-One date. Normal.
- The date features a singer/performer of some kind, in this case, country star Chase Rice. Normal.
- Victoria F. and Chase lock eyes, and both look terrified. NOT NORMAL.
Turns out, the country star and Bachelor contestant had some sort of romantic involvement before the show, and neither knew the other one was going to be there that night. It was a true "OMG" moment for them, and undoubtedly be for viewers as well.
But while those on the show are likely kind of expecting twists and turns, we were curious as to what Rice, an outsider, seemingly on the show to promote his upcoming album, thought about being confronted with an ex on national TV!?
"I was pissed. I was really pissed off to be honest," said Rice in a recent interview with local country music station Fitz in the Morning on 98.9 The Bull. "I was just going there to try and promote 'Lonely If You Are', and 'Eyes On You,' and I wanted nothing to do with. If there’s anything I’ve ever wanted, it’s to have nothing to do with the drama of that show."
Rice said he knew Victoria was going to go on the show.
"I know her, we spent a night together in Charlotte. She’s a cool chick from what I know," he said to Fitz in a call from Germany, where he's currently on tour. "I got no problem with her, I got no problem with him. I knew she was going on the show."
But her showing up to his performance on a One-on-One date? That was a surprise.
"I was still pretty surprised. I told my manager and my publicist. and they were like 'Don’t even worry about that. They’re not going to do that to you, that’s a weird coincidence but they’re not going to, there’s no way they’re going to do that to you,'" he said.
Turns out, there is a way.
"The fact that they did that to me? It's over the top, it's unnecessary," said Rice. "I didn’t expect it, but at the end of the day it happened. I don’t know if it’s the producers, or if they just got lucky as hell. I know what I think, but I’ll let everybody figure out what they think."
We sure know what we think...
As for Rice, he is DONE with reality TV.
"I don’t want to put who I am in the hands of somebody else, which would be a producer, which I did before," he told Fitz. "I did it with 'Survivor' and I learned that that’s how that goes. You’re putting who you are and how they make you look in the hands of somebody else."
The country singer told 98.9 The Bull that he's single right now, and not looking for love. Cue a million hearts breaking. And there's little to no chance he'd ever be on a "Bachelor" franchise, in case you're wondering.
"No way, nope. Not a shot in hell. Unless they paid me a billion dollars? I’d do it for a billion dollars. Give me a billion and I’ll do it."
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on KOMO 4. You can listen to Fitz in the Morning on 98.9 The Bull, online, via their app or Alexa device.