Mike Johnson Admits He’s ‘Low-Key Jealous’ of Bachelor Matt James, Reveals Top Picks

What could’ve been? Mike Johnson recapped the Monday, January 11, episode of The Bachelor on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast — and opened up about Matt James landing the season 25 starring role over him.

Contestants Who Were in Talks to Be the Bachelor or Bachelorette

Read article

“I am low-key jealous of Matt. He got some baddies!” the 33-year-old Bachelorette alum admitted before clarifying that he has no plans to reach out to the season 25 stars. “And I’m not in nobody’s DMs — for the record.”

Matt made history in June 2020 when ABC revealed he would be the first Black Bachelor. When the announcement was made, some fans wondered why Mike, who competed on Hannah Brown’s season in 2019, didn’t get the gig.

When asked whether he’s sick of people asking him why he didn’t land the role, Mike laughed. “No, I’m not mad because it’s awesome when not only your peers within the Bachelor Nation but then also the fans of Bachelor Nation wanted you to be the Bachelor,” he said.

Reality TV Stars Speaking Out About Diversity

Read article

The “Talking It Out” podcast cohost added that he spoke to Matt before he left to film the season in September 2020.

Mike Johnson Admits He’s Low-Key Jealous of Matt James
Mike Johnson and Matt James Kristin Callahan/ACE Pictures/Shutterstock; Craig Sjodin/ABC

“[I told him] two things. In this order: One, do exactly what your mom told you to be, like, be the man that your mom told you to be. And two, have the best body you could possibly have. That was all I said,” he said. “He’s great. He’s gonna do a wonderful job. And I’ve never been the Bachelor. So, I don’t know the ins and outs, I just know that you need to be a great human being. And everyone likes a little sex appeal.”

While Mike played coy when asked whether he could’ve seen himself dating any of the season 25 contestants, he likes Abigail Heringer and Magi Tareke for Matt.

“I think Matt likes Abigail. She’s very cute, very humbled. I like Abigail for Matt,” he told Us. “I like [Magi] as well for Matt.”

Mike added that it’s refreshing to see how “vulnerable” the contestants have been this season.

ABC Exec Robert Mills Addresses Religion Backlash, Queen Victoria’s Future in Bachelor Nation and More

Read article

“I love it. Like me, as everyone knows, I wrote the book on it. I love being vulnerable and being introspective to myself. And so, I’m loving to see this and watch this unfold,” he said, adding that the women seem extra genuine. “It could be any type of reality show and they give you their story, right? And it [can] seem as if it’s a bit disingenuous at time, depending on the timing of it, right? The way Matt’s season is playing out, it’s just coming off raw real and at the right time. It seems like it’s supposed to be happening at that time.”

For a complete recap of Matt’s second episode with Mike, listen to Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast!

Episode 46

Desiree Hartsock Defends Bachelor's Sarah, Reveals Concern for Matt James
Coming from experience! Desiree Hartsock joined Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast to recap the Monday, January 18, episode of The Bachelor — and shed some light into how Sarah Trott may have been feeling...
Flip podcast card

Episode 47

Bachelorette's Clare Crawley, Dale Moss Split: Fact vs Fiction
He-said, she-said. Us Weekly is breaking down Clare Crawley and Dale Moss’ messy split on a bonus episode of the “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. Clare and Dale's Messy Split: Breaking Down the Timeline,...
Flip podcast card

Episode 48

Ben Higgins: I Set Up for Failure on 'The Bachelor' With ‘Perfect’ Label
Even Ben Higgins doesn’t think he’s “the perfect Ben.” The season 20 Bachelor reflected on the pressure he felt as the lead after visiting Matt James during the Monday, January 25, episode of the series. Wildest...
Flip podcast card

Episode 49

Matt James: I 'Couldn't Have Been Less Fazed' By Victoria's 'Bachelor' Exit
Matt James had enough of the drama during the Monday, February 1, episode of The Bachelor — and he joined Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast to discuss the biggest pot-stirrer of them all: “Queen”...
Flip podcast card

Episode 50

Jed Wyatt Goes Dark as ‘Bachelor’ Alums Weigh In on Producer Claims
Us Weekly is breaking down Bachelor Nation’s reactions to the drama with Dylan Barbour and Jed Wyatt on the Friday, February 5, episode of the “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. Every Time 'Bachelor'...
Flip podcast card