Everyone’s favorite “Bachelorette” villain, Chad Johnson, has graduated from reality to scripted television. After hustling in Hollywood post-Bachelorette, he has secured himself a promising TV gig with the help of some real-deal producers.
Johnson, who skyrocketed to fame on season 12 of the reality dating show, tells The Blast he is currently co-executive producing and starring in a TV pilot created by former “Melrose Place” writer, Bruce Bellocchi. While he’s not formally attached, we’re told Bellocchi’s buddy, “Entourage” producer Rob Weiss, is advising on the side.
The Blast checked in on Bachelor Nation’s favorite villain, who caught us up on what he’s been doing since his run on reality TV. Johnson has been largely focused on a budding career behind the cameras.
The Oklahoma native says he is currently shooting and co-executive producing a television pilot. While he couldn’t reveal too much, Johnson says the series is called “He’s With Me” and is a loosely scripted show where Chad will play himself.
As for his personal life, Chad says he isn’t dating much these days. However, he says has managed to stay in touch with a few of his fellow contestants he made on the show.
If you somehow missed his season, Johnson quickly became one of the most controversial contestants to appear on the show in any of its 14 seasons. While he has no hard feelings about his time on “The Bachelorette,” he blames the villain label he received on the editing by producers, telling us, “I really did try on that show, but they didn’t show any of that.”
Chad thinks he would have gained a more positive response had producers included all of the footage, and swears he is much nicer than his persona on TV suggests. He also claims his mother’s tragic passing, right before he booked the ABC show, contributed to his overall attitude.
While Chad is focused on his future in the entertainment industry, he didn’t seem totally opposed to making a return to the franchise, saying if producers wanted him for the next Bachelor, he would “definitely think about it.”