Were Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl caught in the act?
The duo, who say they are in a committed relationship, became defensive when questioned about a comment made by executive producer Mike Fleiss last week regarding an unnamed couple having sex on this season of “Bachelor Pad” (Monday, 8/7c).
“Being in a loyal and faithful relationship for seven months – things obviously happen because we’re together,” Kasey said Sunday night at ABC’s Summer Press Tour party in Beverly Hills.
Despite the fact that this is “Bachelor Pad” – a show which makes the endless smushing on “Jersey Shore” look tame – a visibly rattled Vienna continued, “If this has anything to do with us – we were already in love before the show. To show anything along those lines, especially in the privacy of your own room behind closed doors, I personally think that’s just inappropriate. They have hours and hours [of footage] that they could be showing besides that,” she said.
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Although Fleiss was not clear about what would actually make it to air, he said this season would push the boundaries of broadcast decency. “If Disney wants to air some people sleeping together because they’re a family network – that’s on Disney, not on us,” Kasey responded.
“I wouldn’t put anything past them [ABC] – at all,” Vienna confessed, claiming that her own “bad experience” on “The Bachelor” soured her opinion of the network. “Going on this time, I’d already experienced them creating whatever kind of imaginary land they wanted to create,” she said. “On my season they made me out to look like some rich girl and my dad owned a boat. But…My mom grows peanuts for a living and I grew up in a double-wide. So to see what’s real and what’s created…On a show like this you don’t ever see the big picture.”
With an apparent distrust of the network and the uncomfortable addition of Vienna’s ex-fiance Jake Pavelka to the cast, the question is – why did they decide to return? This isn’t their first rodeo, after all.
“$250,000,” Kasey said, referring to the show’s prize money. Vienna agreed. “Absolutely,” she said when asked if cash was her primary reason for coming back. “And I just wanted to beat Jake’s a–,” Kasey added.
Vienna, was there any hesitation going back? Chris Harrison didn’t seem that sympathetic to you on your last “Bachelor” appearance.
Vienna: No, I actually love Chris Harrison. He asks the questions is all he does. I will say this, though. After that [break-up special] interview, Chris was one of the ones hugging me and making sure I was okay. Chris Harrison really is a nice guy. For me, going on “Bachelor Pad,” I didn’t agreed to go on it until they asked us to go on as a couple because I had such a bad experience on “The Bachelor,” and it ended so badly. I didn’t want to have that experience again. When we talked about going on “Bachelor Pad” after we were asked, it’s one of those things where you’re like, You know what? I can’t not have fun if I have the love of my life. I’ll probably have an opportunity to go on there and have fun and do challenges and travel and really enjoy myself this time. It was almost like, out with the bad and in with, like, the good stuff. Some people go on it and have a blast, but that wasn’t really my experience on “The Bachelor.” But we went on “The Bachelor Pad” and had a great time. No matter how much drama happened or how much it sucked to have my ex on there for a while…
Did you expect Jake to return?
Vienna: I didn’t.
Kasey: It’s ABC. I mean – I had an idea. I assumed, He’s going to be there, so let’s prepare for it. This is my girl. I love her more than anything in the world. I just wanted to make sure I was on the show to protect her. It’s like, my number one goal was to make sure Jake was gone – off the show. On “The Bachelorette” I was a good guy. Maybe [I was] a little sensitive and a little cheeseball, but I wanted to show people that nice guys don’t always finish last. So I thought, I’m not going to let someone get the best of me or my girlfriend – I’m going to protect her. You’ll see what happens.
Speaking of protection – Kasey, do you still have the tattoo?
Vienna: Guard and protect hearts? Yes [laughs].
Kasey: People always ask me that, but the tattoo is actually a constant reflection of who I am as a man and how I think women should be treated. My mother was hurt at a very young age – she was cheated on, so I wanted to protect my mom. I also started a non-profit for children: Guard and Protect Hearts Inc.. Whoever I’m with at the end of the day, it’s about guarding and protecting the heart of my future wife and making sure that in return she also guards and protects mine.
Are you insinuating that Vienna is your future wife?
Kasey: Quite possibly.
Vienna: We’re going step by step right now. And I think that’s the best thing about our relationship. We’re in love and we know we’ll end up getting married and having kids and growing old, but we’re not rushing anything.
Kasey: We’re just growing together, slowly.
Vienna, things obviously imploded between you and Jake. Did you have any reluctance about getting into a serious relationship again?
Vienna: I waited almost a year after me and Jake broke up, so I was mentally finally ready to start dating. With us, there are these things that, you know, I’m really scared. And he’s really understanding of that. You will get to see it on the show, which I’m not going to tell you, but you can look out for that. He’s very understanding in how badly I got hurt and sometimes I react the way I do because of what somebody had done to me.
Kasey: You’ll see that. Not every relationship is perfect. I’m on a national television show with everyone trying to win and backstab and do horrible things, especially her ex-fiance. He did horrible mental and physical things to her. So I have to deal with that and also deal with her dealing with the fact that her ex-fiance was there. And she’s trying to win the game as well. So not everything is perfect and fine and dandy. But we do the best we can to get through. The funny thing about us is that we might have an argument, but we’ll laugh about it five minutes later. That’s how much we love each other. We don’t care about the he-said, she-said BS. We just care about the end result.
What was it like competing with Jake?
Vienna: It was terrifying.
Kasey: How would you feel about being on a show and sleeping in the same room as the love of your life’s ex-fiance?