"The Bachelor" star Juan Pablo Galavis is not a hateful, homophobic butcher of the English language ... he's a sensitive, caring man who just can't express himself very well ... says a woman who just got booted off the show.
Chantel Forrest -- a black account manager -- tells TMZ she got to know Galavis well during her time on the show and says he would NEVER offend anyone because they're gay or a different color.
Galavis -- who's Venezuelan but born in the US of A -- told an interviewer gay people are more "pervert" than others ... then asserted the ol' language barrier defense.
Chantel says Galavis shouldn't be bashed for bad grammar.
"I was not offended by his comments at all," she tells TMZ. "They wouldn't have changed my opinion of him. I wouldn't change anything."
In other words ... she'd probably still sleep with him ... we're guessing.
I Should Never Have Done 'Bachelor'
And I Definitely Wouldn't Sleep with Him
1/20/2014 8:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former bachelorette Victoria Lima -- who was booted from "The Bachelor" last week -- tells TMZ, Juan Pablo's anti-gay comments are a HUGE turn-off ... so sleeping with him is out of the question.
Victoria tells us, "If I could do it again, I probably wouldn't go on the show with him being the Bachelor."
Victoria says if Juan Pablo asked her to sleep with him now ... she'd turn him down, and not just for the anti-gay comments. She says he's coming off as kind of a jerk on the show -- a real turn-off.
As we reported, Juan Pablo told a reporter ... he doesn't believe there should be a gay "Bachelor" because gays are perverted influences on children. He later apologized, saying he was quoted out of context ... and his English was bad.
Victoria's NOT on board ... calling the comments "thoughtless and inconsiderate."
She adds, "We should all have the same opportunities when it comes to finding love. Why shouldn't we have a gay bachelor? This is the 21st century, people."
'Dirty' Deed Made Me Preggo ... Again
1/19/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Shayne Lamas -- who decided to marry her hubby HOURS after meeting him at a drunken pool party -- is re-writing all the rules of marriage ... 'cause not only is she still with the dude ... they're still HAVING SEX.
We know that ... because sources close to Shayne tell us she's pregnant again.
We told you their story ... Shayne is a former winner of "The Bachelor" who fell in love with TheDirty.com founder Nik Richie 4 years ago at a wild Vegas pool party ... and hours later decided to get hitched.
NO ONE expected it to last. But Shayne and Nik are still going strong ... they have a 2-year-old daughter named Press -- and now we're told Shayne's 16 weeks pregnant with their 2nd baby.
Juan Pablo Galavis
Gay 'Bachelor' Would Be Bad Influence on Kids
1/18/2014 10:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Bachelor"' star Juan Pablo Galavis apparently believes gays are more perverted than the average bear ... because he thinks putting a gay equivalent of him on the show would poison the mind's of children.
Juan Pablo raised some waxed eyebrows when he spoke to The TV Page saying "I don't think it is a good example for kids" ... and then said gay people are "more pervert in a sense."
Juan Pablo's gag reflex apparently isn't that good ... because he thinks the show would be too hard to watch if the star were gay.
So, we gotta ask ...
12:55 PM PT -- Warner Horizon Television and the show's executive producers just released a statement saying, "Juan Pablo’s comments were careless, thoughtless and insensitive, and in no way reflect the views of the network, the show’s producers or studio."
2:25 PM PT -- Juan Pablo posted an apology on his Facebook page saying his words were "taken out of context" (even though TV Page released the audio with the story) ... and he has nothing but respect for gay people.
Juan Pablo also says he didn't mean to call homosexuality "pervert" ... and blames the bad choice of words on his crappy English.
'Bachelor' Lawyer Chick
Opening Statement ...
Hell Yeah, I'll Play Dumb for Juan
1/16/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ditzy 'I Don't Read' Lawyer
Kicks ASS In Court
1/15/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hot bachelorette Andi Dorfman REALLY sold herself short when she ditzily described herself as a lawyer who barely reads -- and TMZ has the proof ... video showing Andi kicking some ass in a huge murder trial involving a famous rapper and the Russian mob.
The court footage was shot Monday in Atlanta during a hearing for the trial of ex-mobster Mani Chulpayev, who's accused of playing a key role in the 2012 murder of rapper Lil Phat.
26-year-old Andi -- an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County DA's Office -- kills it.
Pretty shocking ... considering the way Andi presented herself on "The Bachelor" recently. "Legally Blonde" springs to mind -- and it raises the question ... Does a girl have to dumb herself down in order to attract a guy?
Juan More Shot
1/8/2014 5:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Eliminated 'Bachelor' Contestant
Producers Set Me Up to Fail
Then Humiliated Me
1/7/2014 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
One of the contestants eliminated last night on "The Bachelor" is blaming producers -- telling TMZ, they told her to act like a dumb bimbo on the show ... and then broadcast her humiliating rejection.
Kylie Lewis tells us, producers told her to do 3 things that she now believes resulted in leaving the show roseless:
-- They told her to dye her hair from strawberry blonde to red
-- They advised her to wear a pink dress instead of purple
-- They had her tweet Juan Pablo immediately after they met for the first time ... making her look desperate
Kylie -- who's an artist -- says she had drawn a picture of Juan which she intended to give him to create a good first impression, but producers wanted a lame tweet instead, making her look like an immature ditz:
And as if getting rejected wasn't bad enough, Kylie says producers went out of their way to air her extremely embarrassing misstep on last night's show.
OMG I JUST MET @JuanPaGalavis!!!— Kylie Lewis (@KLew55) September 18, 2013
If you missed it, Juan selected another bachelorette (Kat) to receive a rose, and Kylie thought she heard her name ... so she walked up to get the flower. When she realized it was a mistake, she was humiliated, and she's crushed producers chose to air it ... TRANSLATION: This chick is naive.
The rep for the show had no comment.
2 Cheeks Up
On Her Competition
10/23/2013 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA Star Ryan Anderson
Tearfully Announces Plan for Foundation in Gia's Name
9/30/2013 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA player Ryan Anderson fought through tears today as he spoke publicly about his gf Gia Allemand's suicide ... saying her death has given him new purpose in his life.
Anderson -- who plays for the New Orleans Pelicans -- opened up during the team's media day, telling reporters he hadn't planned to talk about it, but then tearfully said ... "we have a huge plan to do something great in her name that's going to help a lot of people."
As we reported ... Gia, who was once on "The Bachelor" ... committed suicide in August -- just a few hours after she had a bitter fight with Anderson.
Anderson didn't spell it out, but it sounded like he was talking about Gia's rumored battle with depression. He got really choked up as he said ... "This is a topic that is not talked about enough."
Menstruation Made Her Suicidal
... Says Mom
9/10/2013 2:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gia Allemand's mother believes her daughter's menstrual cycle was responsible for the extreme emotional turmoil that drove Gia to suicide last month.
Donna Micheletti -- who was on the phone with the former "Bachelor" star when she hanged herself -- described her final moments with her daughter to Dr. Phil, explaining Gia had a history of drastic mood swings around the time of her period.
Donna said, "At that point, with how she felt with her menstrual cycle, she could not see clearly ... It was like night and day. It would come out of nowhere. All of a sudden, something would click in there and she would say 'This isn't right. He doesn't love me.'"
Donna acknowledged that Gia had been upset for various reasons -- including recent fights with her boyfriend and father -- but believes the hormonal extremes are what ultimately drove Gia over the edge.
Gia Allemand's Funeral
BF Ryan Anderson
Embraced by Gia's Family
8/22/2013 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
As Gia Allemand was laid to rest in NY today ... her boyfriend NBA star Ryan Anderson not only attended the funeral, but was embraced by Gia's family.
Anderson has been struggling with Gia's suicide -- which occurred after a blowout fight between the two in which Ryan told Gia he didn't love her anymore.
But Anderson mustered up the strength to bid farewell to Gia ... and during the service, he was seen with his arms around Gia's mother.
Some of the Gia's former "Bachelor" co-stars also attended the service -- including Craig Robinson and Graham Bunn.
As we previously reported, Gia passed away on August 14. She was 29.
Boyfriend Said 'I Don't Love You Anymore'
8/20/2013 2:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Bachelor" contestant Gia Allemand had a fight with her boyfriend hours before she killed herself, and he told her "I don't love you anymore."
Gia had accused NBA basketball player Ryan Anderson of being unfaithful during lunch the day she died. During the ride back to her house -- where they stopped at a Walgreens to get her NyQuil -- Gia told Ryan she still loved him but then he dropped the bombshell about his feelings.
We broke the story ... Gia hanged herself in her New Orleans home. According to official docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Gia used a vacuum cleaner cord to end her life. It was tied to the center section of her spiral staircase and tied to the handrail on the second floor.
It appears Gia was on the phone with her mom when she hanged herself. Her mom told cops during the call the phone "had gone silent" and the mother tried in vain to communicate with her for 10 minutes.
Ryan went back to the house to check on Gia, and found her sitting on the stairs with the cord "wrapped around her neck many times." She had been without oxygen for 30-40 minutes.
Gia left a suicide note on the dining room table and in it left all of her property to her mother.