Katie Thurston might like being messy on Instagram, but no one is messier than Greg Grippo. Thank The Bachelor universe these two didn’t end up together because imagine the public fighting on social media if she left Greg, not Blake Moynes, for John Hersey! While Katie and Greg bonded over losing their fathers on her season of The Bachelorette, everything else was just not okay between them.
On Hometowns Greg told Katie he was falling in love, but Katie couldn’t say it back (because she’s the lead on a TV show and is contractually obligated to keep some things to herself). Greg wasn’t ok with this and ultimately left the show because he couldn’t handle not knowing where they stood. At the Men Tell All people accused Greg of gaslighting Katie. Kaitlyn Bristowe even said that Greg, “… just wanted to quit before he got fired.”
Us Weekly now reports that Greg explained his reasons for leaving the show on a recent episode of the “We Met at Acme” podcast. “It was a really tough decision to leave,” he started. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to, you know, choose for myself… especially after hearing everyone saying like, ‘Oh, I was acting or I ran away when it got too serious,’… I mean, for me, I’m like, ‘What if she said I love you back, guys?’ Like, I couldn’t leave then… I would have known then [that] this is gonna be my wife, I wouldn’t have left.”
Greg also said that everything on the show felt “a little too scripted and felt like, ‘Alright, we need to play by [the rules]’ — I had no problem going into, like, the fantasy suite and there being two other guys there. I wasn’t looking for the show to end. I wasn’t at all. I wanted us to communicate on a mutual level in those moments.” Yeah, Greg, you were on The Bachelor!
Greg shared that he did have regrets about leaving the show early. “I mean, I was even calling producers after [I quit], I was DMing, like, Kaitlyn Bristowe— nobody was answering me… I was calling producers left and right.” Hmm this is interesting. Greg even told his family members, “I’m like, ‘Guys, I think there’s a better chance than not [we get back together] because let me tell you, it’s like very real between us.’” Greg, you’re giving me whiplash! You thought your connection was so real, you’d get back together with Katie after the show? But you left early because everything felt “too scripted?” Make it make sense.
The podcasters “asked what he would say if Katie called him now and wanted to be together,” to which Greg replied: “That chapter’s closed… I’m just at another point in my life. And I don’t think we’re right for each other anyway.” Nope. You’re definitely not!
TELL US- WHAT DO YOU THINK OF GREG’S COMMENTS HERE? WAS HE GASLIGHTING KATIE IN THEIR RELATIONSHIP? DO YOU THINK HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED ON THE SHOW?
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