Bachelor star: ‘Why I was in trouble with producers’
Bachelor hottie Locky Gilbert has set the record straight on reports he got into trouble shooting the reality series.
The 30-year-old dismissed suggestions producers pulled him up for kissing too many of his suitors but admitted he did get into trouble for putting his "money maker" at risk.
"They pretty much said, 'You're the head guy, we can't have you jumping off of a building and going splat'," Gilbert told the J.Mo Confidential podcast. "They needed me to finish the show. (I got into trouble) just for running amok. I'm an adventurous dude. I can't just sit around. I love to get on my mountain bike, go for a ride, just be outdoors. They didn't want me going and doing crazy stuff."
Gilbert, who runs an adventure business, would be familiar to reality TV fans. He appeared on two seasons of Australian Survivor before being cast as The Bachelor.
Recent reports suggested producers told him off for kissing too many of the females vying for his affections.
"It is not true I got into trouble, it is true that I was kissing a few girls," he laughed.
"I'm a loveable dude, I like being physical, I like getting to know people."
"That was the hardest bit, was being present with one girl, and then the next day being present with another and you had to like cut your emotions. I guess for some people it would be hard, and it definitely was hard, but it would've been unfair if I didn't give everyone the same time."
Gilbert said he felt intimidated when he first met the 23 contestants.
"Any guy would think it's a dream but it's intimidating," he explained. "They're all there trying to talk to you and grab time with you, and you just want to be nice, you want to give everyone the time of the day, but unfortunately you do run out of time."
Gilbert, who describes himself as "a goofball", said the process taught him to be more vulnerable.
"I am definitely in love now, head over heels," he revealed, careful not to divulge who he has chosen.
In another bombshell, Gilbert hit back at claims by Survivor co-star Brooke Jowett that he ghosted her for The Bachelor.
"I never dated Brooke," he said. "She's an amazing person, super smart, super beautiful, but in Survivor, it's a weird world, and you want someone to confide in, and obviously that was Brooke. But that was over a year ago, and I was single. We never dated … never once dated … never once hung out outside of Survivor."
Originally published as Bachelor star: 'Why I was in trouble with producers'