August 11, 2021 | 11:32am
Greg Grippo admits he didn’t treat Katie Thurston fairly.
Greg Grippo admits he acted like an ass during his fight with Katie Thurston and subsequent exit from “The Bachelorette.”
“I sadly wasn’t looking at it through Katie’s lens in that exact moment,” Grippo confessed during Tuesday’s episode of “The Viall Files” podcast. “Looking back on it, watching for the second time with all the viewers, yeah it came off like an ass.”
He continued, “It came off like a petulant child at times and I regret it because, you know, at the end of the day she didn’t deserve that.”
Grippo — who oddly enough said on Monday’s “After the Final Rose” special that he didn’t regret anything — also said that he was projecting his insecurities and anger onto her in the heat of the moment and he sees now that he was wrong to do so.
“It just wasn’t fair to her,” he said.
Grippo, 28, caused a scene on last week’s episode of “The Bachelorette” when he abruptly exited the show following the all-important hometown dates. He and Thurston, 30, got into a heated argument after he told her he loved her and she didn’t say it back.
“I just love looking at you,” she had awkwardly told Grippo after he professed his love which ultimately sparked his outrage.
“I was just telling you that you filled a hole in my heart,” he said, telling her he reached his “breaking point” before leaving the show.
Thurston, who has been open about not wanting to drop the L-word until the finale, later seemed to suggest that Grippo had gaslighted her hours after the episode aired.
Fans, meanwhile, theorized that Grippo, an aspiring actor, faked the fight to showcase his acting skills and leave the show.
Bachelor Nation seemed to be divided over the spat, with several alumni siding with Grippo after his and Thurston’s heated exchange during their reunion. Many, including Derek Peth, and Demi Burnett, seemed to agree that Thurston was being too hard on Grippo despite being happily engaged. However, others, like Jason Tartick, understood where Thurston was coming from.
Thurston ended up choosing contestant Blake Moynes and the pair are now engaged.