Tim McCormack on Getting Drunk in The Bachelorette Premiere: “It’s Extremely Humiliating”
What were your impressions of Ashley that first night? Getting out the limo, I thought she was drop-dead gorgeous. She had a big smile and she was very welcoming. I think the fact that she had been through this process before, I think she understood what everybody was going through as far as nerves. And just from some of the clips I’ve been able to get myself to watch, she really — there’s a lot of girls out there that would’ve absolutely blasted away on me for my behavior and what had happened to me. And I really have to tell you, I think she handled herself with a whole lot of etiquette and a whole lot of class in a way that I don’t know if a whole lot of women would’ve been able to, especially dealing with somebody who was as belligerent as I was.
You said you probably wouldn't get a second chance on The Bachelorette, but what about Bachelor Pad? Would you be willing to go on Bachelor Pad Season 2? Only if they serve fruit punch with no alcohol!
Last time people found redemption on Bachelor Pad. Sometimes it helps people. If you went on there dead sober would you do it? As far as asking about the Bachelor Pad, that’s something that I would take if it was offered to me and make an informed decision and, you know, think about before I would jump into anything. But I think the people over at ABC, I think they’re all great and if they wanted to bring me back it’s something I would consider.
What if they cast you and Masked Jeff on Bachelor Pad? Would that be a problem for you? I don’t know how much of a problem it would be. Like I said, I just don’t like masks. I don’t like Halloween to begin with, so you give me enough [temptation], you see the way that I acted. It wasn’t the way I would’ve liked to have handled myself. I’m not saying that the result would’ve been any different had I been dead sober, I just think I would’ve curbed my tongue a little more than I did. I should’ve just left him alone. It was just the actions of a guy that was completely destroyed.
Poor Drunk Tim. If they ever make The Hangover Part III, he can use his brief appearance on The Bachelorette as an audition tape.
It’s hard not to feel bad for Tim McCormack — even if it was pretty funny to watch him get drunk and pass out in Season 7 premiere. It’s even harder to lack sympathy after hearing him talk about his humiliation.
“To me, it’s disgusting at the end, you know, how this all transpired and went down as far as the way I acted,” Tim told the media on Thursday’s conference call.
Tim, 35, a liquor distributor from Long Beach, New York, admitted he couldn’t even watch the premiere all the way through — it made him sick to watch himself. He doesn’t remember too much from that night (surprise!), and he can’t even weigh in on what it was like to meet the guys. But he still thinks it was weird that Jeff Medolla wore a mask.
Read on for more highlights from the artist formerly known as “Drunk Tim”:
If you hadn’t had so much to drink, do you think you stood a good chance to get a rose? I do think I would’ve stood a good chance to get a rose. It’s tough to go back and play Monday morning quarterback, but I wouldn’t have been out there in the first place if I didn’t feel like I could bring something that maybe somebody else couldn’t, whether it be personality or whatnot. Like I said, it’s unfortunate that nobody is ever going to get to see that and all they got to see is this, you know, pretty much uncontrollable 35-year-old man acting like a kid that just had his first drink.
Are you ready to start dating again? Are you worried about how this will affect your dating chances? I don’t know, you can talk to me in a few months about how much it’s affecting me! It’s only been a few days. Listen, the people that know me in my life, my good friends — everybody knows that something was seriously off that night. I don’t know what to chalk it up to, but that is not anywhere remotely close to the behavior that I put out there to my friends and my family and my colleagues at work. It just doesn’t happen. So to watch on TV is — I don’t know how much it’s going to affect my dating life. Hopefully not too much. I’m 35, I can’t waste too many more years trying to clean this mess up!
This is going to sound like a funny question, but it’s serious. In competitions, some guys can get very weird when it comes to competing with other guys. Could you possibly have been roofied? That’s a question that I don’t think that I’m in a — I don’t think I’m in a position to answer that. I would hate to to think that that would be a possibility. Obviously from what I saw, like I said, the alcohol hits everybody differently. I would like to think — I mean, I really don’t even want to go down that road. I just want to own this and move past it. If somebody did, then God bless them because they got rid of me the first night. If somebody didn’t, God bless them. I haven’t even thought about that.
What specific liquor were you drinking that night? I know that I had some vodka cocktails. Somebody told me I was drinking a beer. I don’t know. I can’t tell you. I had a mixture of things. Maybe that was it — maybe I mixed too much that night...
When you do get back in the dating game, what kind of woman are you looking for? Just somebody, you know what, actually somebody like an Ashley and that’s why I was excited when I found out it was her. Just someone that’s easygoing, kind of fun-loving, obviously attraction’s important but the older I get the more that has started to fade and now it has to be a little bit more on substance. So obviously someone with a good heart, comes from a good family. I guess all the normal things a guy looks for. I don’t know if I’m in a position to say anything about “normal” after what happened Monday night, but we’ll see!
You’re probably not thinking much about alcohol now, but with summer coming, do you have any summer drinks that you do enjoy? Well, listen, I didn’t say that I was going to stop drinking, I just said I wouldn’t drink on the first date! I would go with a nice mojito. They cool you down and they’re very refreshing. But keep it to one or two. Don’t have more than that ‘cause you’ve seen first-hand what can happen!
If you could give a message to Ashley now or have her know something about you in hindsight, what would it be? If I could give a message to Ashley, first I would just say an apology right out of the gate. A girl that goes through — she’s under a tremendous amount of stress with this whole process. My message to her would just be, like, I really do apologize. I definitely did not come out there to waste her time. I was excited when I found out it was her. It’s a real shame. And I feel like I’m the one that really lost out at the end of the day by not getting a chance to get to know her — and at least get a chance to form a complete sentence without slurring or stopping to figure out what I wanted to say.
Would you like another chance to be on the show again? Sure, I would like a second chance. Do I think that would ever become a reality? Probably not. This year I’ll be on the north end of 35, so unless they come out with a senior dating game for The Bachelorette, I highly doubt that would ever happen. Especially considering my glorious exit.
We saw a clip of you in a Bachelor behind-the-scenes video auditioning for Ali Fedotowsky’s season of The Bachelorette. So did you start trying to be on Ali’s season and then were chosen for Ashley’s? I was chosen for Ali’s season and I had to bow out, I guess, less than a few weeks before I was slated to go out there and start filming, due to work and I wasn’t able to get the time off. I’m sure that once Ali finds that out she’ll go, “Oh my God, thank God!”
Can you tell us what happened that first night? How did you end up in such a state? Tim McCormack: I really [wish] I could be a little more clear as to how exactly I got like that. Nerves got the best of me. I had a few drinks and I’ve definitely never had alcohol affect me like that before. I don’t know. I mean, clearly it was stomach-turning. I really wasn’t able to make it through the whole show.
Why did you react the way you did to Jeff wearing the mask? Was that the alcohol or did you really think he was so strange? Well, the alcohol definitely induced the reaction, but in normal life I would’ve definitely found it extremely odd that somebody would wear a mask, especially when you’re trying to make a nice first impression. But, unfortunately for me, it’s like throwing stones through a glass house at this point. I did think it was very strange, obviously the state that I was in, it brought out maybe some different behavior than I would’ve if I’d been completely sober. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20 and I can’t go back now, but I didn’t find the mask too much fun.
How much did you drink and had you started maybe before you even got there and it just sort of kept going? Like I said, it was very difficult to watch and I literally had to turn it off. Anybody that knows me — I work in the alcohol industry. For me, being around alcohol is a part of my life, so to have that kind of reaction to it. I don’t know, I mean, maybe it was through adrenaline or nerves. I really don’t know how I got there ‘cause I had only had a toast or two in the limo and I walked in, and it kind of just got — I guess I just let it get carried away. It’s extremely humiliating. I can’t go back and pinpoint an exact number of drinks that I had to get to that point because in my opinion, I didn’t look right getting out of the limo and I definitely wasn’t sitting in my hotel room drinking all day. I was nervous, I think, like everybody else. I don’t have any excuses. I don’t have any reasons as to how that affected me and how that happened...
Were you aware of how blitzed you were at the time? Is that why you went to sleep? The part of me going to sleep, that to me wasn’t exactly a conscious decision. I think that was just a bodily reaction to what I put in my system. Everybody’s watched it and it’s been commented on and whatnot, but I’ve never seen anybody as bad as what I had to watch on television and that’s being around alcohol my whole life. So, however it got like that, and however the alcohol affected my system that night, I personally have never seen anybody in that state. And it most definitely was not my intention to go through the whole process of the casting and the excitement of getting to meet Ashley and [then] to put myself pretty much out of the race from the moment I got out of the limo. I really don’t know. It really is a shame because she’s a great girl and I wish her the best. I just wish I could’ve been — I wish a little bit more of the person that I had shown the producers in the casting process had come through instead of this guy that just became pretty much uncontrollable.
How was it the next morning and what’s your cure for a hangover? The next morning was a giant fog as to what happened the previous night. My cure for a hangover was enough Gatorade to fill a football field!
Why did you originally go on The Bachelorette? Was it really to find love? Who did you want as the Bachelorette, was it Ashley? Of course I went on The Bachelorette to find love. I was one of the older guys on the show, I’m 35-years-old. I really felt that I’m in a good place in my life, career-wise. I had everything kind of lined up. The only thing that was sort of missing was the romantic aspect of my life. You don’t know when you’re going through the casting process [who will be the Bachelorette]. I had it pretty much narrowed down in my mind to just, from the people that were going on [The Bachelor Season 15], down to three or four of the girls, which really turned out to be the last four girls. Any one of them I would’ve been pleased with, and when I found out it was Ashley, yeah, I was excited at the chance to get to meet her. She seemed like a lot of fun and a great personality. She’s a beautiful girl. I really was excited. And, to me, it’s disgusting at the end, you know, how this all transpired and went down as far as the way I acted.