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It's hard to be a reality TV star when the show is pitting you as the villain. Such was the lot of Chad Johnson this season, when the series chose to pit him as the big bad of the season, mostly thanks to some outrageous comments he made during his time on the series. While Chad Johnson has been pretty open about believing the ABC reality competition series made him look "a little too crazy," he has also said he's still looking for love. During last night's After The Final Rose episode, Chad also took the opportunity to pitch himself as the next Bachelor star. Here's what he had to say:
I made some mistakes. I've been through a lot this last year, I lost my mom. One of the things they didn't show on the show is I'm also a Marine. I think that a lot to of people, they deserve love. I think I deserve love. So I think maybe I deserve to be the next Bachelor.
People tend to have mixed feelings on Chad. His very specific brand of villainy, which involved the reality TV star attempting to one-up producers by just saying wild things about The Bachelorette and the other contestants involved with the hit series, was highly entertaining to watch. However, it was no real surprise when the other male contestants basically celebrated JoJo Fletcher kicking Chad Johnson off of the series. One thing we can say for the reality TV start is that he was self-aware enough to want to play the game on the show. He even trolled the other contestants by using their names to link to his own Instagram account. Those are skills that could come in handy should The Bachelor come calling.
The real question is: Would any women really want to compete for Chad's affection? I mean, the man is clearly a manipulative dude, and his TV appearances so far haven't made him super likable in the eyes of the average person. In fact, he also noted on After The Final Rose that his upcoming appearance on Bachelor in Paradise will probably only supplement our perspective of him, rather than work to change it.
There's probably a lot of people out there that think I'm a bad guy because of the way that I was on the show. When they watch Bachelor in Paradise, it'll probably only be amplified.
The first preview for the upcoming series certainly seems to follow that perspective. Check it out for more Chad-isms.