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As thousands cheer, Brad Womack denies
By Michael Barnes | Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 09:38 AM
OK, maybe a hundred people showed up at the Thirsty Nickel on Sixth Street, one of the Womack family bars, to witness the final rose ceremony on “The Bachelor.” And if you want to be absolutely accurate, a rump caucus was following the Titans-Broncos game on a smaller monitor.
Yet the masses — 2 to 1 female to male — picked chatty Jenni early on in our informal poll, then turned to grave DeAnn after the seeing Brad Womack’s mother’s reaction to both. (Jenni giggled nervously; DeAnn came off as down home.)
Curiously, the Austin guys were as glued to the screen as the gals. Romance knows no gender, I suppose. At least one viewer, however, was not amused. “I don’t (expletive) care,” said Natalea Hays, who was dragged to the Nickel by her sister. “The show is retarded.”
When Brad failed to propose to, first, Jenni, then DeAnn, hands clasped gaping mouths and eyes widened to maximum surprise magnitude. Then they cheered. No kidding. They realized that Austin’s very own Bachelor is still on the loose. And co-owner of four busy bars, where he can be easily encountered.
Look, Brad seems like a nice guy. I’d spend time with him at any party. But I knew from the first minute I heard his voice over the phone in our first interview that he hadn’t proposed to one of the 25 candidates. He’s not that adept of a liar. (Although we hear Bobby Bones is predicting he’ll propose tonight to one of his previous rejectees. Bones knows his stuff usually.)
So why did he agree to appear on such a sadistic show, where women leave weeping after each episode? Go figure. This was my one and only investment season in “The Bachelor,” and only because Brad was destined to become a local celebrity. Hope to see him soon. And hope to avoid any references to the show in future conversations.