Bachelor Pad 2′s Michael Stagliano may have been the winner of $125K last night, but he say he was humiliated when he found out that his ex-fiancee Holly Durst and fellow Bachelor Pad contestant Blake Julian were engaged.
Before the winner of Bachelor Pad 2 was announced on the finale Monday night, Bachelor Pad host Chris Harrison encouraged Holly to break the news of the engagement to Michael after the entire audience already knew.
“I was caught off guard, humiliated,” Michael told People after the finale. “I know neither Holly nor Blake wanted it to go down like that. I’m now even more thankful for the talk we had two weeks ago, which provided closure I didn’t have before. If we hadn’t had that that, it would have been so much worse tonight. I might have just walked off stage.
Holly says she had planned on telling him before the show, but wasn’t given the opportunity.
“I was really upset,” Holly said of how the news of her engagement was broke to Michael. “Last night, I called to tell him, but they’d already taken his phone. I was thinking, ‘Well, at least I will be able to tell him before the show so he isn’t blindsided.’ But I wasn’t allowed to speak to him prior to walking out on stage. As soon as I sat down, I whispered that I needed to talk badly and then the bomb was dropped almost immediately. He was blindsided. That was the lowest thing they could have done for ratings.”
Despite feeling humiliated when he heard the news, Michael says he actually very happy for Holly.
“We were engaged and therefore I will always care about and love her so it makes me happy when she is happy,” Michael said. “I wish we could have been happy together but we’re always going to care about and love each other. I have no reason to be mad at Holly or Blake. You can’t help who you fall for.”