Michael Stagliano said he and Erica Rose haven't spoken since that night they were both eliminated from Bachelor Pad 3 — when she told him his ex-fiancee/BP2 co-winner Holly Durst made the smartest move of her life to dump him.
That just aired last night on Episode 5, but it was taped a while ago. But since the BP3 finale is not taped well in advance, Michael and Erica will have to cross paths again on the finale.
"I am very curious to see what happens at the finale, and how she will handle herself," Michael writes in his Parade.com blog. "If she wants to make amends then I am open for that. I can and will forgive her... And I also feel that I owe her an apology as well for telling her I would have her back, and going back on my word."
Michael has a lot more behind-the-scenes details to share in his blog, plus an announcement that he's kicking rocks when it comes to reality TV — presumably to focus more time on his music career.
Here are highlights from the full blog:
What happened after Chris Harrison announced the big twist, that a girl would be voted off and pick a guy to leave with her...
"It didn't air this way, but as soon as he made that announcement, I IMMEDIATELY got up from the couch and packed my bags. This was BAD news for our alliance, namely me. In case you are unsure of how it all went down, I'd like to clarify a few things...
1. I (our alliance) absolutely tried to strategically send Erica home.
2. Rachel and I did NOT vote for Erica, we wanted to be ‘truthful’ in telling Erica that we voted for Lindzi.
3. We both knew there was no way Lindzi was going to go home based on our numbers, so it was a white lie, or a black truth. Honestly, I feel like our plan had a very good chance of working UNTIL Chris took Erica into the voting room. That made my chances of staying slim to none."
How does Michael feel about Erica's angry reaction?
"First, she absolutely had a right to be upset. It WAS my intention to send her home, and I lied to her about that. I am (was) Erica's friend before the show. Before we started filming, I told her I would have her back. While I will maintain that I DID do that the first 3 or 4 weeks, I can understand how her feelings were hurt that I lied to her.
In my own defense, Erica just wasn't in our alliance, she was not winning challenges (BPad 2 OR 3), she was not playing the game, and NOT allying up.That is NOT someone that is going to win the game, and ultimately it was not my responsibility to make sure she stuck around.
Also important to mention: she made the RIGHT PLAY! I was absolutely the best person for her to take out and she did. I was not upset by that move at all."
Yeah, but what about that line about Holly being smart to dump him for Blake?
"As far as the personal things she said about me... I mean, yikes... It's Erica Rose. She is not a forgiving person, she is not an even-keeled personality, she is abrasive and vindictive and that is why she was chosen to be on the show. Do I think she meant the things she said? Yes, I do. Did I take any of it to heart? No, absolutely not."
Michael takes a bow, thanks fans for support...
"I think this is going to just about do it for me on the reality small screen, and as part of this show. I want to offer you all of my utmost thanks, and truly let you know how much I have appreciated your love and support the last 3 years. I have tried to read every comment, every tweet, and/or Facebook message. You will never know how much they mean to me, even after reading this paragraph. Love is a very rare, very beautiful thing in this world. It is arguably (and this is a good argument) THE most important thing we can find... and while you and I have spent the last few years trying to find it ... It was always a wonderful blessing to see the responses from fans of this show, and feel loved that way.”
Read the full blog for more.
How do you feel about how Michael handled the Erica Rose decision? Do you think she was too harsh with him or would you have unloaded in the same way? And are you sad that an official retirement from reality TV takes Michael out of any possible running to be The Bachelor (unless he changes his mind someday) or was that not going to happen anyway? Last year, after the Holly fiasco on the BP2 finale, there was a big fan push for Michael as the next Bachelor, but they had already chosen Ben Fljanik. Things didn’t quite turn out the same this summer, but Stags was always open to the Bachelor idea.