Chad Johnson Watches Himself on The Bachelorette: “Now I Understand Why Some People Hate Me”

Bachelorette JoJo ChadChad continues to create drama on The Bachelorette, prompting Chris Harrison to take matters into his own hands. (ABC / Rick Rowell)

It all makes sense now! Chad Johnson, best known across America as the standout villain of The Bachelorette’s Season 12, finally sat down to watch himself on the reality show — and he gets why people are so upset with his behavior.

The luxury real estate agent, 28, posted a video of himself watching an episode at his sister’s viewing party late Tuesday, June 14. “So I finally watched the show at my sisters..” the recently-booted reality personality wrote on Instagram. “Holy t—s now I understand why some people hate me! Haha but some parts were hilarious too. LOL.”

In the clip, Chad reclines on a couch and watches one scene unfold. “I’m giving her a breather from the other dudes,” he claims on-screen in his confessional. “Literally! I’m helping her out.” Chad chuckles as he realizes his commentary comes across as ridiculous.

Sadly, this was one of Chad’s final times watching himself on the series. The Tulsa native was booted from the show after only four episodes following a dramatic two-on-one date with Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher and fellow suitor Alex Woytkiw.

During the date, Alex revealed to JoJo that Chad had repeatedly made violent threats against his housemates, and the Bachelorette was left with no option but to eliminate this season’s villain. However, as witnessed in the upcoming episode’s preview, Chad somehow still makes his way back to the house to confront, well, everyone.

In a call with reporters last week, Alex went into detail about Chad’s behavior and whether he believed it was all staged for television. “I think Chad was 100 percent being himself,” Alex told The Knot and other outlets. “The villain being came to life because it came naturally for him … It shouldn’t be a question if you’re a good guy. Every guy in the house should be good and JoJo should pick the right guy for her … To the core, who he was, was never a good guy to anyone.”

Alex also noted the disappointment he felt when he learned Chad was a former U.S. Marine — just like him. “That was really difficult for me,” Alex told The Knot. “There’s this unspoken law, this common law [among marines]: ‘You don’t need to earn my respect. You don’t even have to earn my respect, man. You’re my brother.’”

Tune in to The Bachelorette on Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.