Credit: Jez Smith/Pottle Productions Inc Photo: Chris H on Cycle 20 of ANTM

Tonight’s episode of America’s Next Top Model marks the first part of the two-part Cycle 20 finale. But before Final 3 — Marvin, Jourdan, and Cory — can smize it out on the runway one last time, we had to see two more models bid farewell. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Chris Hernandez and Renee Bhagwandeen, two fiercely amazing models.

Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Chris after his shocking elimination and spoke with him about life after ANTM, his time on the show, and fan reactions since getting eliminated. Check out the interview below, and hit the comments to share your thoughts and feelings about Chris’s elimination.

Wetpaint Entertainment: In your exit interview, you said you were taking a break from modeling. Did you?

Chris Hernandez: No, actually, I haven’t. I’ve created quite a post-show portfolio for myself. I definitely continued modeling. I did the opposite, actually.

How tough was the exercise challenge with Cycle 19 winner Laura James?

The exercising challenge was something that really bothered me. One of the things was that me and Jeremy, we were the ones who worked out every day. We woke up at 6 or 7 o’clock in the morning and would work out at night. We were two of the contestants that worked out since day one. I trained hard for that fitness video and that was one of the challenges — because I didn’t win any challenge on the show — that I actually wanted to win. And Laura is a sweetheart, so it was nice interacting with her the short time that I did.

The bat challenge seemed to be tough for you, what was it like behind the scenes?

I got scratched by the bat, actually. I was freaking out. The medics that were nearby told me that since I was scratched and was bleeding, that I was going to turn into a bat. They said I would be sensitive to light and that I wouldn’t want to drink water — all these things that bats are supposed to get. They were freaking me out. That could have played a role into why I was unable to focus and concentrate. I don’t get scratched by a bat on a normal basis and they were telling me I could die in a week.

You were in the Bottom 2 for a few weeks, but I would assume that Nina leaving was the hardest hit. How was recovering from that?

The hardest hit actually wasn’t Nina leaving, it was me being on panel by myself because it was a place that I was familiar with but never wanted to be there again. Going up to that panel [when he was in the bottom with Alexandria] and not having anyone — even if they’ve fought that day, they’re holding hands — I didn’t have that. It was just me. And I really wanted to go to Indonesia. I put goals in front of me and I saw that goal going away from me.

How did it feel being in the house with everyone against you?

Having people in the house out to get me let me know that I was top competition and there was a reason why they all didn’t like me, obviously. I think it helped me in a way. At first, I was more focused on the competition. I think if I would have focused on friends, I would have helped them out and given them advice. You don’t want to give advice to people that are your competition. You could be nice and want to do that, but at the end of the day, there’s only one winner. How bad do you want this?

Do you have any regrets for anything that happened in the house?

I don’t have any regrets because at the end of the day, it’s made me the strong person I am right now. Coming off the show, I was able to reflect on who I was and who I want to be. That’s some footage that I’ll have to go back to and remember when I was this dumb guy and over the line, I won’t be that person again. I’m too confident, too focused, and too driven on myself. I’m in a happy place now.

Are you still friends with anyone from the house?

I would say that I’m not friends with anyone in the house because I find the contestants to be fake, in my opinion, especially watching the show now. I was always involved in confrontation because I always spoke my mind. If I saw something and I didn’t like it, I spoke it to you, I didn’t have to go into confessions. I don’t keep friends too much. I’m cordial and I’ll say hi and party with them, but that’s as far as it goes.

Have you had any reaction from fans on the street? Any love or any hate?

Yeah, I’ve got a whole bunch of love. They’re not my fans, I call them my family.

The bad ones, to be honest, come from Nina’s fans. A couple days ago someone saw me in the city and told me, “If you ever treat a girl like that again, I will punch you in the face.” I was like, “OK then.” It was a big altercation. I’m worried about that. There’s some diehard fans and I fear for my safety.

It only takes one person to open their mouth and say, “Hey guys, by the way, I’m cool with this person. We talk all the time. We actually hang out.” It only takes one person to do that, and if they don’t do it, I don’t see them as friends.

Part 1 of the Cycle 20 finale airs tonight, November 8, at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!