Bachelorette villain Chad Johnson stopped by After the Final Rose Monday night, and made a compelling plea: "I think that I ... deserve love," he told the crowd. "I think maybe I deserve to be the next Bachelor."
Notably, the infamous muscleman from JoJo Fletcher’s season wasn’t booed by the live studio audience –- so, does he actually have a shot? I chatted with Chad Tuesday morning, and while “the Chad” was far from humble, he was impressively honest. “First off, I deserve everything,” he said. “I'm the best there is. But, yeah, I think that people saw a bad side of me …. It’s not going to be me [as the Bachelor], there’s no way. I'm too controversial."
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Chad thinks the title will go to Luke Pell. “[Luke] played his cards right,” he said. “He kept everything on the inside, where everything I had spewed out.”
That “spewing” from Chad included threatening his fellow Bachelorette contestants – even telling Jordan Rodgers he’d show up at his home after the show ended. Some of the other men in the mansion accused Chad of being on steroids and going through withdrawals.
Chad’s side: “I do not take steroids,” he told me. “I'm 190 lbs. … I'm not that big, I'm just low body fat because I eat the right foods. … I ate 30 pounds of protein in three months. I ordered, like, a 25-pound bag. It came in literally a trash bag.”
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As for what’s next for Chad, Tuesday night we’ll see him on Bachelor in Paradise (note: Chad says he brings an “entire suitcase” of protein.) The promos look dramatic, and cast members tell me Chad is “messy, violent” and a total “disaster.” Chad says he doesn’t remember everything that happened in Paradise; he’ll be watching the premiere for the first time right along with America. “They're going to see the biggest douchebag they've ever seen,” he confesses. “I'll admit it.”
“I didn’t feel a need to redeem myself [with the show],” he said. “I did some things that were wrong … I said some things I shouldn’t have said.” So, after all this -- why does Chad continue to be so … Chad?
“What is the end goal?,” he said. “I don't know. I don't know where I'm going, don't know what I am doing. I am going to keep doing my job, keep working, keep selling real estate, keep day trading, keep doing whatever -- when people call me and say, ‘Hey we want you to be on camera,’ I will say ‘Alright.’” Chad plans to move to Los Angeles. He hasn’t been offered a gig on Dancing With the Stars (a popular post-Bachelor Nation destination), but notes, “I am the greatest dancer there ever was.”
Also, he’s perhaps the greatest athlete there ever was. How much does Chad bench press? “1 million.” Oh, Chad.
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