Just about everyone who watched JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette fell in love with Luke Pell.
Well, except maybe JoJo.
Although the leading lady gave her final rose to Jordan Rodgers instead of the hunky army vet from Texas, fans didn’t care — in their minds, it meant that they’d get an entire season of Luke during The Bachelor. However, Luke openly shared that his “bags were packed” when the producers made a swap and chose Nick Viall to be the focus of the series.
“It was definitely a last-minute thing, and it would have been nice to have a little bit of a planning horizon or a little bit of a heads up before I was checked in a flight and ready to go to L.A. and make the announcement for the show,” Luke said on the Candy Dish podcast. “It was tough having such an abrupt change of plans.”
It sucked, but Luke was ready to move on with his life, including his blossoming music career, in Nashville. Even when the show’s host Chris Harrison kind of dissed Luke back in September, he let it slide because, duh, the show is going to defend their choice.
However, Chris appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week and continued to defend the choice of Nick — adding some unnecessary bad-mouthing of “potential candidates” that seemed to be directed towards Luke.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about sincerity,” the host told Ellen. “When you’re talking to these potential candidates of being The Bachelor or The Bachelorette and their first questions are about money or potential job opportunity or music careers, and they’re not asking about dates, women, love, and these things… it just… we really need someone that’s actually sincere. Nick was a very sincere guy. You’ll see throughout this, he was serious about going on this journey and finding love.”
Like the fans, Luke (understandably) took offense to the comment.
“I wasn’t happy to hear him bring it up again and try to be a little more passive-aggressive about, you know, why they did or didn’t choose me and give somewhat quantifiable reasons about that. They could have left that as more of a private reason,” Luke says. “To kind of throw me under the bus, and that’s how the public I think saw it and people picked up on that, I felt like that was a little bit disrespectful and unnecessary.”
Find out more about Chris Harrison’s interactions with the contestants during filming, including with Luke, by listening to our interview with the musician below.
Luke also discusses which guys from his season he’s still buddies with, what time the bottles start popping in the Bachelor mansion, and his emerging music career (psst – his first single is coming out Friday).