Jake Pavelka: I Turned Down a Second Stint on ‘Bachelor Pad’

Jethro Nededog / January 13, 2013

The vote that led to Jake Pavelka’s Episode 3 elimination on Bachelor Pad 2 last summer was one of the closest (and most controversial) the ABC reality series had ever seen. But, Pavelka doesn’t have any desire to settle old scores.

When asked if he’d return if the show’s producers invited him back to the pad for another season, Pavelka, 34, replied, “They did and no.”

The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love star said the reality show’s $250,000 prize wasn’t a motivator either. “[With] what you have to deal with, the stakes are too high,” he said at Warner Bros. TV’s 25th Celebration at The Bachelor mansion in Agoura Hills, Calif.

Pavelka competed on the second season of Bachelor Pad — which reunites all-stars from various seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to battle it out for the cash prize and possibly another shot at love — to make amends with his ex-fiancée and Bachelor pick, Vienna Girardi.

“Well, I had some spilled milk to clean up,” he admitted. “That’s what that was about.”

And even though Girardi led the charge to eliminate him, Pavelka feels he “absolutely” accomplished his goal.

“Everybody showed their true colors. I was able to walk away gracefully,” the Dallas pilot says.

Though his time on The Bachelor franchise made him famous and led to acting opportunities, including Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful, he does have at least one regret from his time on the reality series.

After eight months together – three in the public spotlight – Pavelka and Girardi agreed to do a breakup special that aired on ABC in July 2010.

Insults were hurled back and forth: Girardi calling him a “fame whore” and “liar,” Pavelka said she was addicted to the limelight, as well, and accused her of cheating on him. In the end, Girardi walked off the set crying, as Pavelka seemed cold to viewers throughout the special.

Today, he says, “The only thing that I should have done differently about that was when they told me they were doing the interview is said, ‘Get lost.’ I shouldn’t have done it.”

Now, Pavelka’s love life is currently on the upswing. He’s currently dating actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, whom he met when she hosted The Humane Society’s Hero Dog Awards last October.

Warner Bros. had no comment on Pavelka’s claim that it had asked him back for another season of Bachelor Pad.

The current season of The Bachelor airs Mondays at 8PM on ABC.

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