There has been a lot of hype over an alleged “sex scandal” involving a female contestant on Season 14 of The Bachelor and one of the show’s producers, an incident that will reportedly be aired on the Monday, January 11th episode. Host Chris Harrison has been addressing the scandal in the press by tiptoeing around words like “sexual” or even “relationship,” instead opting for the vague “inappropriate behavior in the context of the show” to explain why one of the show’s producer’s was fired from the show and why contestant Rozlyn Papa was eliminated from the competition.
ABC has kept Rozlyn Papa quiet so far
The “scandal” marketing has been working well, creating quite a buzz about the 14th installation of The Bachelor franchise before the first episode even aired, but the whole thing is starting to look more and more like a Balloon Boy hoax than any sort of sex scandal thanks to sources for a perpetual thorn in ABC’s side, blogger Reality Steve. (WARNING – DO NOT click that link unless you are ready for The Bachelor spoilers of the highest degree, including a 4-3-2-1 countdown and winner!)
To sum up the diligent reporting by Reality Steve, it seems the scandal breaks down into this timeline:
Rozlyn, a 28-year-old mother of a 7-year-old boy from Richmond, Virginia was reportedly told that she would be able to talk to her son at least once a day and that he would eventually be flown out to be with her. Apparently this never happened and it’s not the first time. Steve says “Megan Parris from Jason’s season” was told the same thing about her son, who wasn’t even a year-and-half, and they didn’t follow through for her either.
Rozlyn Papa and her son are at the center of the controversy
Producers allegedly asked Rozlyn not to reveal that she had a son to Jake, even though it was common knowledge among the other women in the house. Producers ask the other women in their one-on-one interviews what they think about the fact that Rozlyn hasn’t revealed the fact that she has a son to Jake and they tell Rozlyn who is incensed and goes into a tirade about being lied to in regards to her son and then demanding to be off the show. (Obviously none of this footage will be shown.)
This creates a “situation,” and unlike Jersey Shore, that’s not a good thing. They began to look for some sort of creative way to get her off the show and that’s where “the scandal” comes in. There was a producer on the show that had taken a liking to Rozlyn, to the point of exhibiting flirtatious behavior. Reality Steve describes it further by saying he “spent more time with her than any of the other girls, confided in her, and basically started to fall for her.”
Some of the girls had noticed the behavior and someone (I assume it is someone from the show and not one of the contestants) confronts the producer who “ADMITTED that he basically had fallen for Rozlyn.” That amounts to “inappropriate behavior in the context of the show” and the producer was fired. “However, while this producer admitted this, he NEVER admits that he and Rozlyn had any type of sexual affair. Never kissed, never had sex, never did anything of the such. Well, it didn’t matter at this point cuz boom! They’ve got their storyline now.”
Rozlyn “hangs” out with a friend
Rozlyn was told by Chris Harrison in a “one-on-one” interview that included psychiatrists, lawyers etc. that she was getting booted off the show. She’s then “escorted immediately to her room to pack, and is taken off the show.” Producers tell Jake and the other contestants that the producer and Jozlyn have been removed because of “inappropriate behavior” and of course the speculation begin to fly, most of which of course assumes the two were in a sexual relationship. So, the voice in the infamous promo saying, “She’s having a sexual relation with someone in the Bachelor house,” is just one of the contestants speculating on why Rozlyn was booted from the show, which of course bails The Bachelor out legally because it’s not being presented as fact, but just documentation of the other contestants’ reactions.Brilliant! A little shady, but brilliant nonetheless.
That’s pretty much it, really. It sounds as though producers on the show were a little deceitful to Rozlyn up front about being able to talk to and see her son during production of the show and then tried to be a little heavy-handed in creating drama by asking her not to tell Jake she had a son while the other women knew. Rozlyn got upset. A producer had the hots for her, and the show made lemons into lemonade. Tada!
The “sex scandal” story doesn’t have legs and neither does Rozlyn!
Kudos to Reality Steve! I may never watch another season of the Bachelor again! I’ll just read his blog the week of the premiere and find out all the background drama as well as who wins and be done with it! Good ol’ internet!
On an interesting side note, Radar Online got one of their infamous “exclusive” interviews with Rozlyn’s former boyfriend but misspelled Rozlyn’s last name by adding an extra “s” – Rozlyn Papas. To read that hard-hitting bit of journalism and find out what Rozlyn was like in the 7th and 8th grade (seriously) CLICK HERE. Radar – it sounds like you need to hire Reality Steve!
UPDATE - I think I may have found the notorious producer! Radar Online announced just a little while ago that his name is Ryan Callahan and I found a matching defunct myspace account with photos and a video. Check it out HERE and see what you think! Is that the dude that beat out Jake for Rozlyn’s heart (and whatever else)?!?
UPDATE - Radar Online not only corrected their spelling error, but they got an interview with Rozlyn Papa! About the scandal she channels Bill Clinton and says, “No, I did not have a sexual relationship with a producer on the show.” She continues:
She clarified her status with the producer. “I had a relationship with someone on the show that didn’t benefit them,” Rozlyn said, referring to the network and the show’s senior producers. “We remained really close but we are not dating now,” Rozyln said of the since-fired producer.
“This is a TV show and it’s made for entertainment, but it is a far cry from reality,” Rozlyn revealed. “I know that things on television weren’t always as they seemed, but I had no idea the extent of the show manipulation.”
In a follow-up interview with Radar Online January 10, Rozlyn Papa seems to verify everything Reality Steve said word-for-word:
“ABC told me I could bring my son to the show to visit and that I could talk about him each day on the show,” Rozlyn told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview. “But then they didn’t let me.
“The other girls on the show all knew about my son and ABC kept telling me to hold off and not tell Jake about him yet. At that point all the other girls knew I had a son and they were spending time alone with Jake and it looked like I was hiding the information.”
Rozlyn and a lesbian producer… Oh wait, none of that’s true.
CLICK HERE to see who Jake finally picks *MAJOR SPOILER*
CLICK HERE to find out details about Vienna’s mysterious elopement.
CLICK HERE to read about Rozlyn Papa’s arrest record and her divorce from ex-husband Brian Scott Levitin.
CLICK HERE to see Rozlyn’s Model Mayhem profile with 10 professionally shot photos of her.
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