Colton Underwood tried to game the system, and it almost cost him everything.
"The Bachelor" star who famously jumped a fence in Portugal when he thought he'd lost the woman of his dreams talked with "This American Life." And he told Emanuele Berry he thought he had it all figured out. Until he didn't.
"They always asked to rank the girls. And very early on, Hannah was up there. And she got left off of a date," Colton said. "And I sort of recall remember feeling a little burnt when they did that. … So from there on out, I was like, 'All right, if you're going to do that to my top girls, I'm not really going to tell you who my top girls are.' "
So, even when Hannah wasn't his pick anymore, she stayed at the top of his list. At least, the one he gave "Bachelor" producers. On his mental list, Cassie Randolph was climbing the ranks. In other words, he lied.
"I think with Cass, the best way to describe our relationship is it was such a slow burn," Underwood told Berry. "And it was, in a weird way, in the dynamic of 'The Bachelor' franchise where it's supposed to be quick, and fast, and intense, it was sort of a relief to find a normal relationship."
Unfortunately, toward the end, folks on the show were throwing everything they could at Cassie to get her to quit. And she did.
"I was like, 'OK. So I don't have the control I thought I had,' " the former football player said.
That's where the fence comes in. Colton decided he'd had it – with the show, with Portugal, with everything except Cassie. So he made a literal leap into the unknown.
Of course we know it all worked out. Colton and Cassie decide to not get engaged, but to date. And by all accounts, they're very happy.
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