Chase Rice Not Happy After ‘Over the Top’ ‘Bachelor’ Drama
File this one under the most awkward date in ‘The Bachelor’ history.
Chase Rice; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
When Chase Rice agreed to appear on an episode of The Bachelor to perform during a one-on-one date, the North Carolina native had no idea what he was in for.
The singer/songwriter, who appeared on Monday’s (Jan. 27) episode of the hit show, was surprised to learn that he would be performing in front of a former flame. That’s right, producers had Rice appear on a date between a woman he had previous relations with and Bachelor Peter Weber.
“We spent a night together in Charlotte, she’s a cool chick, from what I know of her,” Rice revealed during an interview with Fitz in the Morning. “You know, I got no problem with her. I got no problem with him. You know, I knew she was going on the show.”
What he didn’t know was that he’d be performing for her.
“So I told my manager and my publicist, they were like, ‘don’t even worry about that,’” he explained. “‘They’re not going to do that to you, that’s a weird coincidence, but they’re not gonna — there’s no way they would do that to you. They’ve never brought somebody else in like that, surprised the guest on the show.’”
That’s exactly what they did. Victoria was shocked to see Rice on the date. She later told Weber she once “dated” Rice and admitted “I can’t do this” before walking away.
“Chase and I dated before I came on the show,” she said during an interview clip on the show. “The situation is so uncomfortable. I want to die. … never in a million years was I expecting this but I’m trying my hardest to get through today because I don’t want to ruin this.”
She wasn’t the only one who was upset.
“So the fact they did that to me, it’s over the top, it’s unnecessary, I didn’t expect it,” Rice continued. “But at the end of the day, it happened.”
Rice admitted he “was really pissed off” after being thrown into the drama and that for him, his appearance was simply to promote his music. (In fact, he dropped a surprise album on Friday ahead of his performance on the show.)
“I was just going on there to try to promote ‘Lonely If You Are’ and ‘Eyes on You,’” he assured, “and I wanted absolutely nothing — if there’s anything I ever wanted, it’s to have nothing to do with the drama of that show.”
So will fans ever get to see Chase Rice compete for love on the show?
He says there’s “not a shot in hell.”
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