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'Bachelorette' contestant says producers tried to set him up

Former “Bachelorette” contestant Justin “R-Rated” Rego believes producers of the reality romance competition have it out for him.
/ Source: TODAY contributor

Former “Bachelorette” contestant Justin “R-Rated” Rego believes producers of the reality romance competition have it out for him.

After his departure from the show in June, the professional wrestler openly criticized the show for depicting him as a two-timer who lied about the women he left back home. The he-said, they-said escalated this week as Rego reacted to the recent “Men Tell All” special in a lengthy Facebook post.

“(Monday night,) as I sat at home and watched the Tell All Special, I couldn't help but feel sick to my stomach as I watched helplessly as my name and reputation were being tarnished,” Rego wrote. “I was very disappointed by how low the show has stooped. I was mistaken to think that my exit episode was as low as that show could get. Was it just me or were they bashing me the entire episode??”

No matter what “Bachelorette” star Ali Fedotowsky, host Chris Harrison or a number of his past fellow contestants said during the annual round up, Rego reserved most of his resentment for the producers.

According to Rego, those behind-the-scenes types tried to set him up by luring him to the “Men Tell All” taping under false pretenses (“Don’t worry, Justin, I’m your friend,” one allegedly said), but by following his instincts, he avoided the unwanted the drama.

“I am proud to say that I am not the kind of person that could be a producer for ‘The Bachelorette,’ ” Rego stated. “Exploiting people and playing on insecurities and emotions, just to create good TV, is not my idea of a rewarding career!”

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“I don't have the marriage chip, and neither of us have the greatest examples of marriages in our families,” Hamm explained in an interview with Parade magazine. “But Jen is the love of my life, and we've already been together four times longer than my parents were married.”

Hamm’s parents divorced when he was just 2 years old.

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