Wes claims his girlfriend admission was taken out of context; says, “I would never go on national TV and sink myself knowingly”

Bachelorette 5 villain Wes Hayden is defending himself after Monday night’s episode, and says producers constructed him into a villain and called his admission that he had a girlfriend “a baldface lie” and “totally a lie.”

Appearing on The Bobby Bones Show yesterday, Wes explained his confession that he was the “first guy ever on the Bachelorette to make it to the top four with a girlfriend,” which he now says was inaccurate:

“They don’t play what I say after that. I said, ‘I’m the only guy in Bachelorette history that made it to the final four without a girlfriend, I said, get real, dude. If I had a girlfriend, I would be home with her right now, and I wouldn’t be putting up with this. They said stuff like that all the way through, all the way through like that. They can take whatever they want and just play what they want. There’s also several other instances, you know, three or four shows ago, when I said, ‘I can taste the fame and the fortune; it comes inside of me. I can feel it, I can taste it, it comes inside of me.’ You know what I was actually saying was–there was a producer behind the camera, and they’re asking the questions, and he says, ‘So Wes, what’s it like when you write a song?’ I said, ‘Man, it’s different every time. Sometimes it takes five minutes, sometimes it takes days, but when it starts to happen, I can feel it, I can taste it, it comes out on pen and paper.’ They can piece whatever that they want to piece together. It’s not rocket science. That’s how they get their drama, because I promise you: I do have a career. I’ve been a musician for 14 years and I would never go on national TV and sink myself knowingly.”

What about the part when he said “my acting days are over”? Wes gave a less definitive answer, telling the radio show, “I was in the limo and I was just tired of the whole thing,” and then adding, “Trust me, it’s not what you think. If anybody wants to go on any kind of reality show, they really need to consider what could happen to them. Think about it long and hard, and if you do go on, don’t say a whole lot because they can pretty much do what they want.” Earlier, he said producers were “very adamant” about his attire (i.e. they wanted him to be the villain early on), and that he didn’t mind how they edited him “but don’t put words into my mouth.”

In Wes’ defense, in an era where editors splice together audio clips to create new sentences, which is happening with increasing frequency (and laziness: you can often hear the breaks because they don’t do a good job adjusting levels), it’s not implausible to think that they just clipped off the end of a sentence. But can you imagine how much work it’d be to construct an entirely different version of him over eight hours of television? And to plan that from the very beginning? That’s quite the conspiracy.

Early in the conversation, Wes said, “all gloves are off right now. Number one, I don’t care: The contract that I signed to go on that show was very, very thick. … Basically, when you sign up for a show like this, you relinquish every right.” But besides editing his dialogue, his accusations aren’t very direct. Listen to the whole interview and decide for yourself.

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