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Since missing out on a rose from Bachelor Richie last week, booted contestant Georgia Tripos has lashed out against the Channel 10 program, accusing the producers of lying to her about the cameras being turned off during her post-eviction exit drive and threatening her if she didn’t say nasty things about other girls.
Georgia is referring to her bitter tirade in the back of the car as she was sent home from the Bachelor mansion, in which she fumed, 'Who the f*** are they?' in regards to the three new intruders who were chosen to stay by Richie over her. 'They all look like f***ing skanks,' she added angrily.
Georgia says she never thought her comments would be made public.
'I was told that the camera was off and (a producer asked), "Tell me how you really feel?" And I just had a bit of a moment of frustration,' she told news.com.au.
'I was told we were done filming. That was quite a shock seeing it on national TV. Mum was mortified. We were having a laugh about it ... (but) at the end of the day, I still said it.'
While she admits she’s a 'straight-shooter', the 24-year-old does say she regrets her choice of words.
'I regret using the word "skank" — I’d never use that to describe anyone,' she said. 'It was a broad statement about my frustrations. I think the intruders are lovely and I didn’t direct it at them.'
The feisty brunette further claims she was 'threatened' by one producer when she didn’t 'bitch' about fellow contestant Kiki.
'The same producer that was in the car with me — he tried to get me to bitch about [Kiki] for an hour and then he turned the camera off and threatened I’d go home if I didn’t bitch about people,' she said.
Warner Bros., the production company behind The Bachelor, has refuted the claims, saying in a statement, 'Both of these claims by Georgia are untrue. Occasionally participants are disappointed in the way they portray themselves on camera.'
But Georgia is adamant it goes further than that, adding that much of their dialogue was staged and they were coerced into complaining about things they cared little about, such as Alex’s use of the white rose.
'It was a very controlled, contrived environment and you don’t realise that when you sign up that you’re selling your soul to these people,' she says.