Ex claims Jake Pavelka tried to rig ‘Bachelor’
By Ree Hines
updated 9:21 p.m. ET March 24, 2010 Just days after his “Dancing With the Stars” debut, pilot Jake Pavelka stands accused of attempting to rig his last reality TV competition.
According to ex-girlfriend Tanya Douglas, Pavelka accepted the role as leading man on the “The Bachelor” because he was desperate for fame, flat broke and hopeful that he could pull a fast one over on the show’s producers.
“(Jake) told me, ‘I know a way I can get out of this financial burden — I could be ‘The Bachelor,’ ” Douglas revealed in interview with Life & Style. “‘Maybe I can persuade the producers to let you be on the show and be one of the 25 contestants, and then it’s rigged for me the whole time, and in the end we can still be together and have the money.’ ”
Douglas went on to claim that Pavelka professed his feelings for her both before his “Bachelor” stint and after he proposed to Vienna Girardi on the show’s finale, proving his feelings for the final rose holder aren’t exactly what they appear to be.
“Vienna is being lied to,” Douglas told the magazine. “The person Jake is on TV is a different person than when he was with me.”
Not that Douglas is convinced she’s still the object of Pavelka’s affections, either, as she added, “I don't think he has any idea what he wants except to be on TV.”