June 28, 2009 02:32 PM by Britteny Elrick
After being cut from The Bachelorette, Tanner Pope opened up about his experience with Jillian Harris, his ever dramatic fellow roommates, and even weighed in on the rumored return of one of the bachelors! Don’t you worry, Tanner also addresses his ongoing battle with Wes, the smooth-talking musician.
As we have all seen from the previews, one of the ousted bachelors returns to the show in hopes of winning Jillian over.Rumor has it that the bachelor is Ed Swiderski, who left early after finding out his job was in danger. Tannersaid in a conference call withReality TV World, “I don’t see how he got himself in that situation. He knew he was going to have to be gone for up to two months [for filming] so that was what kind of surprised me. But supposedly he comes back. So obviously there’s something going on.”
“We don’t really know that for sure,” the show’s ABC publicist then interjected, leaving Pope to not-so-coyly cover his tracks. “Right. Okay. Well… I don’t know that,” he continued. “Him and Jillian kind of had something real special. You could kind of tell when Ed was around her eyes kind of sparkled so I was definitely shocked when he left. We were in the middle of Canada and he just pretty much said, ‘You know what? I’ve got to leave. I’ve got a great job at Microsoft.’ I understand completely. I mean, anybody has a great job like that.”
Pope told reporters that he shed “no tears” after Harris failed to give him a rose during the competition’s sixth Rose Ceremony. “I pretty much knew it was coming. I just didn’t know it was coming that night,” explained Pope.
“I was so close to getting a hometown date, and that was my goal. I think if she would have met my family, I think she would have absolutely loved it because my family’s awesome… But at the same time, me and her, we didn’t have any chemistry. You can see that. We kind of went the friendship route. You can’t change how things work. I just think it worked out into other guys’ advantages. Some guys have chemistry with her and develop more feelings. I, on the other hand, didn’t. So it wasn’t that disheartening when I got let go.”
And now, the question on everyone’s mind… what about Wes? “I think when me and Wes first moved into the bunkhouse, there was a lot of conversation going on. It was a lot of hearsay and a lot of times it was joking around, so I never knew whether to take him seriously because I didn’t know his personality at that time,” explained Pope.
“Whenever he joked around about, ‘Hey I’ve got a girl back home,’ I didn’t know whether to take that serious or not. I knew I didn’t have a girl back home and I was there for the right reasons, and I stated that from Day 1. But Wes has obviously got some things going… I don’t know if the whole girlfriend thing, it may have gotten blown out of proportion. So I never wanted to tell Jillian 100% sure, ‘Hey I know Wes has a girlfriend’ if I wasn’t 100% sure.”
“I just meant I didn’t know at that point, so at that point it was really unclear to me. Mine and her conversation up until that point had been strictly small talk. So I felt like for me to stick around much longer — I’m not going to start a rumor — but there’s definitely some stuff going around that’s not right,” he told Reality TV World. “So I felt I needed to let her know. No, I never expected that anybody else had a girlfriend. But it was always in the back of my mind that Wes may.”
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