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Sep 4, 2014 1
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Star Michelle Money on Relationships, Love and Cody SattlerPosted In: Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrities, Exclusives, Reality TV
Michelle Money opens up about her time on 'Bachelor in Paradise' and co-star Cody Sattler. Photo: Alex Adams / alexadamsphotography.com
Michelle Money opens up about her time on 'Bachelor in Paradise' and co-star Cody Sattler. Photo: Alex Adams / alexadamsphotography.com

Interview By Lori Bizzoco. Written By Sarah Batcheller.

If you’ve been watching Bachelor in Paradise, you’ve most likely declared Michelle Money as your spirit animal by now. The witty, warm-hearted Utah native originally appeared on Brad Womack’s season of The Bachelor and later on Bachelor Pad 2. Now, in paradise, this single mom has swept away audiences with her humor and impeccable style (we mean impeccable).  On the show, she’s the resident beauty guru, getting the girls beautified for their dates. At home, Money is mom to nine-year-old Brielle and works as a hair stylist while filming her YouTube show, MMandL.

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Sep 3, 2014 0
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Star Jesse Kovacs Apologizes: “I Acted Like a No Class D-Bag”Posted In: Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrities, Exclusives, Reality TV
Jesse Kovacs talks about his relationship with Christy Hansen and dramatic exit from 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo courtesy of ABC.
Jesse Kovacs talks about his relationship with Christy Hansen and dramatic exit from 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo courtesy of ABC.

Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Ann Luther.

On this week’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Jesse Kovacs escaped Tulum, Mexico, in his typical controversial fashion. The villainized cast member departed the show with regrets and without love. In all the chaos of his exit – the accusations, the name-calling, the confrontations, and the yelling — it was difficult to understand just what happened in paradise and why. Luckily, we got an exclusive interview with Kovacs and heard his side of the story.

Related Link: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Contestant Jesse Kovacs Denies Threesome: “I Fell Asleep”

We all know the magic of television editing can turn anyone’s character sour, but Kovacs testifies, “I feel like trying to explain what happened on the episode would be a cop-out. I can’t blame anything on editing.” He goes on, “There were certain things that were suggested that never happened, but all the statements made by me and others really were said.”

In his last moments on camera, Kovacs was accosted in his exit car by three heated women: Christy Hansen, Michelle Money, and Lacy Faddoul. The scene was intense. “I have no idea why they were upset after I left.” The San Diego native added, “I never wanted a drama-filled confrontation. I just wanted to leave.”

But we all know what he said in front of and outside of the confessional camera. After the show, the winemaker told us that he “never had the intention of being disrespectful,” but then he conceded, “I made some pretty stupid statements about Christy, and I feel horrible.” The 32-year-old admits that he called Hansen and apologized. “I acted like a dick, and Christy wanted to let me know.” He also “hashed it out” with Money post-show.

The style in which Kovacs went out was by no means gentlemanly, but he defends his actions. “I left as soon as I felt like my time was up. No connection was happening, and I didn’t want to waste any one’s time. And I know people probably think I already wasted every one’s time, but everything happened so fast.” He must have done something right, though, because he says he still talks to most of the guys. Plus, “Lucy [Aragon] and Michelle are still friends…I think.”

Related Link: Jesse Kovacs on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Controversy: “Guy Talk Isn’t Always Meant to be Shared”

The whole ordeal was a lot to handle, but reflection brings both perspective and clarity. Kovacs wants everyone, especially his parents, to know that he’s sorry. In a statement to us, he explains: “To my Mom and Dad, I’m sorry you had to sit through that, and please stay off my Twitter for a while. I acted like a no class d-bag, and although all the things being said about me aren’t true, they are well-deserved.”

We look forward to what comes next for Jesse Kovacs, the Liquid Lounge co-owner, reality star, and self-proclaimed d-bag!

You can keep up with Jesse on Twitter @JesseAKovacs. Be sure to tune in to Bachelor in Paradise on Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC!

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Aug 27, 2014 0
‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Contestant Jesse Kovacs Denies Threesome: “I Fell Asleep”Posted In: Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrities, Exclusives, Reality TV
Jesse Kovacs denies a threesome on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for GBK Productions
Jesse Kovacs denies a threesome on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for GBK Productions

By Ann Luther

Jesse Kovacs Denies Threesome On ‘Bachelor In Paradise’

After this week’s episodes of Bachelor in Paradise, you’d think the show was set in the Bermuda Triangle instead of Mexico. The scrumptiously scandalous moments were centered around none other than Jesse Kovacs, who arrived on Monday night’s episode and was swept away on not one but three dates with beautiful ladies on the show: Jackie Parr (from Sean Lowe’s season), Christy Hansen (from Juan Pablo Galavis’s season), and Lucy Aragon (also from Galavis’s season).

Related Link: Jesse Kovacs on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Controversy: “Guy Talk Isn’t Always Meant to be Shared”

It’s easy to see why these women were drawn to the handsome newcomer, but Kovacs thinks it was more than just an instant attraction. “I don’t feel like the girls were smitten. I think I was open-minded and didn’t act as if I was unavailable,” he shares. “Plus, both Christy and Lucy asked other guys on dates. I may have been the last option.”

Smitten or not, the bachelorettes asked Jesse Kovacs for his company, and he said yes every time. “As far as attraction goes, I thought Jackie was hot. Christy and I had fun on our date too,” he explains. “I’m all about meeting new people and experiencing new places, and that’s what I tried to do.” He added about the often nude Aragon: “I actually didn’t want to go on the date with Lucy at first. I was exhausted and had been sick, so I didn’t think I had the energy. Ultimately, we had a blast, and I’m glad I hung out with her.”

Hung out he did– with both women. There was a gasp-inducing, extremely suggestive scene depicting Aragon joining Kovacs and Hansen in a rather intimate setting. Rumors of a threesome surged the Internet as quickly as you can say “o-m-g!” However, the California winemaker insists, “There was no threesome. I fell asleep.”

At the end of Tuesday’s episode, he gave the rose to Hansen — but don’t expect the pair to be as lovey dovey as some of the other couples  by next week’s show. “I literally was only there a couple days, and it’s ridiculous to think you can just fall for someone in such a short time,” he says.

Related Link: ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Drama: AshLee Frazier Says She Wishes She Could Take Back Quarrel With Clare Crawley

More Drama To Come For Jesse Kovacs?

The blue-eyed co-owner of Liquid Lounge in downtown San Diego will be gracing our television screens for at least another week. Apparently, there may be even more drama to come for poor Jesse Kovacs. He lets us in on what those teasing trailers may have left out for our gossip-hungry pleasure: “I’m not sure they will show this, but I get confronted by a few castmates. Basically, they wanted to tell me how much of a coward I was. Not sure that makes any sense — it didn’t to me.” We shall see…

You can keep up with Jesse on Twitter @JesseAKovacs. Be sure to tune in to Bachelor in Paradise on Monday nights at 8/7c on ABC!

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Aug 26, 2014 0
Jesse Kovacs on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Controversy: “Guy Talk Isn’t Always Meant to Be Shared”Posted In: Bachelor in Paradise, Celebrities, Reality TV
Jesse Kovacs talks about his time on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo courtesy of ABC.
Jesse Kovacs talks about his time on 'Bachelor in Paradise.' Photo courtesy of ABC.

Interview by Lori Bizzoco. Written by Shannon Seibert.

Jesse Kovacs Discusses His Bachelor In Paradise Experience

Fans recognize Jesse Kovacs from season five of The Bachelorette, where he fought for Jillian Harris’s heart, and season one of Bachelor Pad, where he caused drama with ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Kitt. Now he is standing at another rose ceremony tonight waiting to see if he will get a rose on Bachelor in Paradise, “It’s funny because during this rose ceremony I was sick as hell. I don’t think they show it but I was off in the jungle puking my brains out,” Kovacs tells us. “So I wasn’t even concerned about getting a rose.”

Related Link:  Former ‘Bachelor Pad’ Exes Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs Offer Advice on Dating and Love

Arriving in Tulum, Mexico this week, his first date was with Jackie Parr (Sean Lowe’s Season). He knew nothing about the format of the show; he did, however, know that it was worth it if finding love was a possibility. “It’s all about the experience for me,” he shares. “If you’re open-minded, you can meet someone anywhere. It doesn’t matter if it’s on TV or if you’re in the coffee shop, at a bar, or at the post office.”

What wasn’t aired Jesse Kovacs says is that Robert pulled him aside and gave him a brief rundown of the situation. “I did know that Marquel and Jackie went on a date but still felt confident that she would want to go on a date,” he confirmed.  He also says that everyone was super nice and inclusive. “Graham Bunn and I pretty much hung out the entire time,” he adds. When the winemaker first got to the island, he had three or four days of date after date after date and then a rose ceremony, leaving him with little free time to get to know any of the guys except for his roommates. “I’m talking with the guys in my hut as if I were talking to any of my buddies about a girl I was seeing, totally not realizing that there were microphones in the ceiling. Certain things were relayed back to the girls — and of course, guy talk isn’t always meant to be shared.”

Related Link: ‘Bachelorette’ Star Marcus Grodd Is Engaged to ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Costar

Teasing his storyline, he did admit that something happens that leads to tension between him and one of the guys. Plus, he got mixed up in a big misunderstanding that caused him to head home early. “That will all come out later,” he assures us. He admits that he looked like the bad guy, although he was telling the truth about what happened. Despite everything, Kovacs doesn’t have any regrets and speaks highly of his experience. “It is what it is. Realistically, I should’ve known better.” Given he walked into a similar storm between AshLee and Clare we had to get his opinion on the situation with the ladies. “I definitely feel Like Ashlee is always concerned about how she will be portrayed,” Kovacs said. “Her edit or cut was the most important thing to her. I noticed this right away.”

What’s Next For Jesse Kovacs?

Jesse Kovaks may not have found love on Bachelor in Paradise but what we do know is that he was in a serious relationship since viewers last saw him on Bachelor Pad. “She [his ex-girlfriend] was in San Diego, and I was living in Los Angeles. We spent every weekend together — we’d go to the beach, and I’d bring a bottle of wine,” he candidly shares. “We moved in together, started a business, and then split up seven months ago.”

Outside of the show, Jesse tells us that he isn’t looking to settle down again anytime soon. Instead, he’s staying busy with his entrepreneurial endeavors. He recently opened a lounge called Liquid in downtown San Diego, and he’s still managing Kovacs Brothers Wine with his brother. “We have some wine that we’re probably going to release in early September, and then we’re going to be harvesting again,” he says of what’s next.

You can keep up with Jesse on Twitter @JesseAKovacs. Be sure to tune into Bachelor in Paradise on ABC on Mondays at 8/7c! 

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Mar 9, 2011 2
Cupid Exclusive: Former ‘Bachelor Pad’ Exes Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs Offer Advice on Dating and LovePosted In: Bachelor Pad, Celebrities, Exclusives, Reality TV
Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs. Photo: Glenn Francis / PR Photos; PRN / PR Photos
Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs. Photo: Glenn Francis / PR Photos; PRN / PR Photos

By Kari Arneson

Elizabeth Kitt and Jesse Kovacs are no strangers to finding love on reality television, as they both competed on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette series respectively – Elizabeth on season 14 with Jake Pavelka and Jesse on season 5 with Jillian Harris.  The two seemed to find love as they cozied up with one another during last summer’s reality hit spin-off series Bachelor Pad, but like the majority of The Bachelor franchise unions, their relationship didn’t last after the cameras stopped rolling.

Oftentimes, lack of communication in a relationship can lead partners down two totally different paths: Kovacs wanted something more casual while Kitt wanted to fall in love.  Nevertheless, the couple’s strong bond and competitive spirit led them into the final six, just a few steps away from winning the big pot of cash.

With another season of Bachelor Pad coming this summer, we asked Elizabeth and Jesse for their insight on dating, relationships and finding love on reality TV:

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Mar 8, 2011 7
Former ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorettes’ Pick Chantal O’Brien Over Emily Maynard For Brad WomackPosted In: Bachelor Pad, Celebrities, Exclusives, Reality TV
Chantal O'Brien and Emily Maynard during week nine's rose ceremony in South Africa.
Chantal O’Brien and Emily Maynard. Photo courtesy of ABC.

Cupid Exclusive!

With The Bachelor final rose ceremony less than a week away, single women are placing their bets on who they think ABC’s two-time Bachelor, Brad Womack, will give that final rose to on March 14.

It’s down to this season’s two fan favorites: soft-spoken southern mother Emily Maynard and sassy, slaphappy divorcee Chantal O’Brien.  Based on Womack’s infamous dumping of both DeAnna Papas and Jenni Croft in season 11, many fans wonder if he’ll leave his final two picks heartbroken as well.

While everyone has an opinion, nobody can be sure what will happen.  Even Bachelor reality TV spoiler sites like Reality Steve have reported different endings before next week’s season finale.  That’s why Cupid’s Pulse took this question to the experts: six rose-loving revelers from past seasons – David Good, Natalie Getz, Tenley Molzahn, Kiptyn Locke, Jesse Kovacs and Elizabeth Kitt.

After all, who better to ask than former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants who appeared not once, but twice (just like Womack) on the Bachelor franchise?  Each of them competed last summer for a chance to win $250,000 on ABC’s Bachelor spin-off show, Bachelor Pad – which Chris Harrison officially announced will return this year for a second season during last night’s The Women Tell All episode.

The verdict: None of the former reality stars chose fan favorite Emily Maynard, who 83 percent* of Cupid’s Pulse readers picked as their favorite for Brad in this week’s poll.

Here’s who the former contestants chose and what they had to say about it:

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