Chris Bukowski Announces His 'Retirement' From 'Bachelor' Shows but His Speech Is Really Sad

He's definitely a very familiar face in the Bachelor franchise, most recently appearing (albeit briefly) on Bachelor in Paradise -- a visit that lasted all of a day and ended in a haze of drunkenness. And now Chris Bukowski is speaking out about the darker side of the reality series.

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Chris first sat in on the After Paradise show this week to apologize for his troubling behavior, admitting he wanted to find a date for his sister's wedding while there and clearly kinda screwed that up.

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But website RantNOW gives us a look at Chris's lengthy apology/accusation against The Bachelor, attempting to uncover the shadiness that goes on behind the scenes and explaining how the franchise has essentially ruined his life.

After being a likable character on The Bachelorette I was thrown into the lions den of Bachelor Pad. My competitiveness got the best of me and with that came some serious consequences. I will NEVER forget the feeling I had when I woke up in the Bachelor mansion knowing every single person in that house hated me. I’d never felt that before and honestly, I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to leave but quitting is not in my vocabulary.

Chris admits that the stunt he pulled by showing up to the first night of Andi Dorfman's season was not achieved by him alone, but rather the help of production. He sorely regrets it after becoming an even bigger Bachelor joke after the incident.

We all have our battles, but my TV obsession had taken me down a dark road. I was battling anxiety that led me down a road where I couldn’t find happiness. I compounded the problem by getting addicted to my anxiety medication. How was this happening? How did everything go from perfect to complete crap? It didn’t matter how much money I had or how many women wanted to date me. I was just a hated, desperate person.

For his part, Chris says he's completely retiring from reality television and has learned that his friends and family outside of the franchise are the ones who really have his best interests at heart.

I sincerely hope he means it. Obviously this is a guy with some issues he needs to address, and they need to be worked out far from reality television. It's really sad to think that the lure of reality TV could be so intoxicating that it would create this many problems for someone, particularly for a guy who was well liked during his first stint on the show.


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