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EXCLUSIVE: 'Bachelorette' Secrets Revealed by Former Bad Boy Suitor Justin Rego

by Elisa Osegueda 4:47 PM PDT, July 12, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: 'Bachelorette' Secrets Revealed by Former Bad Boy Suitor Justin Rego

Former Bachelorette contestant Justin Rego is finally breaking his silence and revealing juicy secrets about the insanely popular dating reality series.

Rego, known as "Rated R" -- a nickname he came up with for his alter ego during his wrestling days -- appeared on season six of the ABC’s The Bachelorette, and became the suitor everyone loved to hate. During his appearance on the show, he was confronted by Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky for supposedly having a girlfriend in Canada.

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But, according to Rego, not everything on the show was as it appeared..

"I knew Ali wasn't for me the third day in," he told ET exclusively. "There were just a couple things where, I was just like, 'This girl is not for me.'"

Rego went on to explain that he wanted to leave the show early, but soon realized producers had a different plan for him. "I actually wanted to go home [while we were shooting in] Iceland but the [producers] wouldn't let me," he said. "They wanted it to be done in Turkey. But I had a gut feeling it wasn't going to be that smooth, so I packed my passport and everything I needed to leave. You can see in the footage me grabbing a bag. I was going to leave my clothes and leave everything and say 'f*** you guys.'"

He also revealed that he knew he had sparked the interest of producers from the moment he auditioned to be on the show.

"To stand out I did use my wrestling name, 'Justin Rated R Rego' and they loved it," he explained. "As soon as they picked up the phone and called me that was the first question they asked, ‘What's with your name?’ I told them that I used to be a wrestler and they were captivated by it and they just kept focus on that."

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Justin also claims that producers made the rest of the suitors watch him and Fedotowsky share special bonding moments.

"They had all the guys witness that so that when they were doing interviews with them they could be like, ‘Hey what do you think about that guy? Do you think he's here for the right reasons?'"

"That's pretty much how it all started," he added. "And as soon as I realized that all eyes were on me, I thought, 'Great, I guess I'm the villain of the season.'"

So who is really pulling all the strings behind the scenes?

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"Well, this is the best way I can explain it. Uh they're puppet masters," said Rego about the show’s producers, who he claims also fed lines to Fedotowsky through an earpiece. "Okay so they're the marionettes and they are playing with us and basically trying to get us to do what they want at the end of the day. No matter what we try, they will do what they can to get the result that they want."

This season, Chad Johnson has been crowned the bad boy. But Rego says there's no comparison between him and Johnson. "I like to think I was a little more charming than he is," he explains. "He's a little crude, a little bit of a… too much of an alpha male and kind of a little bit of a jerk, so I'm not a fan of Chad. I would probably end up getting into a fist fight with him if I was in the house with him."

Check out the video below to see Chad’s most villainous moments so far on season 12 of The Bachelorette.

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