“It seems they want the ratings!”
Those are the angry words of The Bachelor contestant Rozlyn Papa, who left the show following accusations she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a producer.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Papa flatly denies that she cheated on the season’s star, Jake Pavelka. Asked whether she had sex with a member of The Bachelor’s production team, Papa says, “Absolutely not, no.”
The show’s host Chris Harrison, who called the scandal “incredibly unfortunate” and said “horrible decisions were made,” talked about addressing the situation on camera.
“It was embarrassing for us,” Harrison said. “In fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we said], ‘Let’s nip this in the bud and take care of it.’ And that’s what we did.”
But according to Papa, the allegations have taken a toll. “This seeps into my personal life,” she says. “I have a 7-year-old little boy at home that I want to look up to me, and to have this blatant lie out there perpetuated by the show itself — it’s hurtful. It’s scary to think what my son will think of me.”
Papa does admit to being a “good friend” of the producer with whom she’s rumored to have had the affair — and that her relationship with him provided her no advantage on the show.
“I would absolutely call him a friend,” she says. “I’m really happy to have him as a friend.
Papa says she is dreading the airing of tonight’s episode of The Bachelor (8 p.m. EST) on ABC. “I’m afraid … I’ll be portrayed as a cheater,” she says. “It really comes down to my son. Why would you go on national television and throw a mom under the bus like that?” –Joe Bargmann