Few suitors on The Bachelorette have ever been as forthcoming as Tanner Pope when it comes to his particular, um, preferences. The recently ousted financial analyst, 30, will forever go down in Bachelor history as the guy with the foot fetish.
Despite his affection for Jillian's perfect toes, Jillian booted him out the door. What's the matter, doesn't she like foot massages?! Tanner spoke to reporters this morning from his hometown of Dallas via conference call:
Q: Early on, you told Jillian you suspected other men had girlfriends. Why didn't you name names?
A: I think that when me and Wes first moved in to the bunkhouse, there was a lot of conversation going on. I never knew whether to take him seriously. He's joking around about, "Hey, I got a girl back home." I didn't know whether to take that serious because I didn't know him very well. The whole girlfriend thing may have gotten blown out of proportion. I never wanted to tell Jillian because I wasn't 100 percent sure.
Q: Was Wes the only guy you suspected of having a girlfriend?
A: I just didn't know at that point. It was really unclear to me. My conversation up to that point had been strictly small talk. I'm not gonna start a rumor, but there's definitely some stuff going on around here that's not right. I don't know if the other guys had a girlfriend, but it was always in the back of my mind that Wes may.
Q: What was your reaction to Ed leaving?
A: That was a complete shock to me because I figured Ed was one of the frontrunners. You could tell when Ed was around, Jillian had an extra little sparkle. He said he had to leave, he has a great job with Microsoft. But supposedly he comes back so obviously there's something going on. [At this point a publicist breaks in to say: "We don't know that. You don't know that."]
Q: Who do you think is the right guy for Jillian?
A: Wow. There was some awkward kissing going on. Everybody has their favorites. I thought Kiptyn might win at first, but I don't know. It's hard for me to tell. For the most part, 99 percent of the guys are there for the right reasons. Maybe a couple of them slipped through.
Q: Tell me about the perfect foot. What is your idea of the perfect foot?
A: It's really this simple. It was a lot of embellishing on my part. I like a girl's pretty feet, it's that simple. It's feminine, whereas guys' feet, we don't take care of our feet. High arches and all that is great, but it's not a dealbreaker. Painted toes is what it takes to have hot feet, and Jillian had them.
Q: Have you always liked feet?
A: My brother also has the same fetish, if you wanna say that. It's not really a fetish. Fetish sounds dirty to me. Jillian always had fun with it, or else I wouldn't have done it.
Q: Why did you decide to strip down to your underwear?
A: You get probably half the part on that due to the editing. We were all talking about what we wear. I just felt like I've been the comedian of this whole thing, I'm gonna bust out and show my "manties." That's what I call them. I'm not scared to show what I was wearing, and I just went with it.
Q: Tanner, did you stuff your shorts?
A: Negative, sir. I was just blessed. All the guys knew it 'cause we had outdoor showers. They called me King Dong.
Q: What has the response been from family and friends?
A: The first episode I watched with my family. They absolutely loved it, they had a great time. My mom has cried a little bit here and there, she gets stressed out. She sees previews of me dropping my pants. My dad is the opposite, he just said have fun with it and that's what I did.