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EXCLUSIVE: Ex-'Bachelorette' Desiree Hartsock on Chad Johnson's Behavior: He 'Would Have Been Gone ASAP'

by Philiana Ng 3:39 PM PDT, June 07, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Ex-'Bachelorette' Desiree Hartsock on Chad Johnson's Behavior: He 'Would Have Been Gone ASAP'

The Bachelorette’s resident villain, Chad Johnson, isn’t making things any easier for himself.

Former Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock Siegfried, who was the leading lady in the ABC dating competition show’s season nine, says that if she had come across a “Chad” during her season, he wouldn’t have stood a chance. 

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“That guy would have been gone ASAP,” Siegfried told ET exclusively.

As for why Bachelorette producers haven’t forced Johnson off the show, Siegfried offered one possible explanation. But, she also pointed out that current Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher also has a say.

“The only thing that could happen is maybe like encouraging -- ‘Oh no, just give him time,’” she hypothesized. “But other than that, it’s really [JoJo’s] show. She can say ‘no way.’”

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In the most recent episode, Johnson continued his aggressive, violent threats toward his fellow suitors, at one point punching a door and yelling at one of the guys, “You’re going to f***ing die, dude, if you don’t chill out.” That wasn’t even the worst of it.

Johnson was questioned by host Chris Harrison about allegations made by other contestants that he was using steroids, which Johnson flatly denied. One of Johnson’s close friends and workout partner told ET that Johnson isn’t on steroids and maintains a strict regimen, working out five to six days a week and adhering to a strict diet.

While Bachelorette fans will need to tune in to see if Johnson sticks around, despite his questionable behavior, Siegfried is enjoying her post-Bachelorette life.

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Expecting her first child with husband Chris Siegfried, whom she met on the show, Siegfried is helping brides-to-be with her new book, My Fairytale Wedding: Planning Your Dream Wedding Without Breaking the Bank.

“I just really wanted to help them get through wedding planning stress-free,” she said. “You can have everything you want with any budget.”

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For what it’s worth, Siegfried clearly doesn’t think Johnson is husband material.

“I think Chad is dangerous,” she said. “A lot of the guys have mentioned that they don’t feel safe. So that is a really huge sign that maybe he needs to go home.”

The Bachelorette airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

What does Chad Johnson have to say about the backlash? Watch the video below to find out.

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