Nick’s Final Words

Final Words…

First off, whether you’re a fan of me now or not, thank you for watching the show!  I’ve received a lot of support from both fans and cast members…both current and past.  I appreciate all of it.  As far as all the haters, well, maybe this will clear things up a bit.  Let’s get to all the touchy subjects:

Let me start with this:  Yes, I agreed to share the money with Rachel weeks prior to the filming of the finale.  Yes, I really had every intention of sharing it…UNTIL…I watched the two final episodes in my hotel room the night before we filmed the finale.  Leading up to episode 6 and 7, Rachel was a player in the game like anyone else.  Although she just flew under the wing of Michael the whole season and did what he said, she was there and she did compete.  She did NOT win any competitions either, other than the singing competition when I was her partner.  So she wasn’t some big strong player in the game.  She coasted through. We were forced to partner up after Michael’s departure and that’s where she made her biggest mistake.  She had known him less than 10 days and was “falling in love with him” and she just couldn’t imagine going on in this competition without him.  Really?? 10 days.  Whatever.

I told her I was in it to the end with her.  We could still win this thing together.  Don’t leave.  Her response was that the money isn’t worth it and she wanted to leave.  Many times she said she didn’t care about the money.  And again, she said it over and over later when she was all upset about not taking Jaclyn to the finale.  I asked her to please stick around…I got here too.  You can go see Michael in a week or so.  Jaclyn and I both talked to her to get her to stick around.  She blatantly told me that it wasn’t anything I said that was keeping her around, it was Jaclyn.  Oh.  Gee thanks.  So that told me she wasn’t staying for our “partnership”…she was staying because of her friend.  So at that point I had a partner…but a partner that didn’t give a crap about me.

So, sitting in my hotel room I have the opportunity to watch the final two episodes because we would need to be able to discuss them at the finale.  At this point I’m planning on sharing tomorrow.  Then, I see all these things that I never knew!  I’m sitting there watching Rachel tell Jaclyn that she just doesn’t want to win it with me…she wants to win it with Michael.  She phones Michael and tells him she doesn’t want to be my partner.  She tells Jaclyn to just vote us out so she can go see him.  ARE YOU SERIOUS???  I hear her say she was “backed into this partnership.”  They both state that they don’t believe I deserve to be there.  Why?? Who are y’all to determine who deserves to be there?? Jaclyn lasts like 2 episodes on her season of Bachelor and she’s some big shot all of a sudden.  Then in the final competition, Rachel states that if Michael were her partner she’d win for sure.  Wow thanks!  I’m your partner now…not Michael.  After watching all this, my decision was an absolute no brainer.  I hear people telling me, “Karma is a bitch!”  Well what about Rachel’s actions??  Quit focusing on mine and think about all that crap.

Throughout the game everyone lied, cheated, backstabbed, and voted their own friends off.  And that was OK because it was “playing the game.”  What makes my move any different than theirs throughout the game??  It wasn’t!  It was a game and I made my move last…not during the season!  It was a last minute decision based on all the crap talk I heard about me.  You’re delusional if you’d want to hand 125,000 dollars to someone who just said they didn’t want to be your partner.

“I don’t want to be your partner. I want to be Michael’s.”

“Oh ok let me split this $250,000 with you.”

Feel me?

I’d like to say that when I came home from filming the main part of the season up until the finale, I spoke nothing but good things about everyone.  I even defended Jaclyn and said she was actually really nice and funny…of course I hadn’t seen the things she was saying behind my back yet.  I still have not stooped to trash anyone or name call…even after Rachel did to me.  And after the finale, Rachel and Jaclyn really hit twitter with childish remarks…”lets start an unfollow @peetystraining movement!”  Wooo awesome guys!

I never took any kind of serious emotions outside of the show.  I never even had them in the show to start with…and that was my best move.  I still like everybody and don’t hate any of them.  A few thoughts on the contestants:


I hear rumors of people wanting her to be the Bachelorette.  I hope she gets it and wish her the absolute best in anything else she does.  She’s a beautiful girl.  I had zero intentions of hurting her…I just played the GAME and felt like I didn’t owe anybody anything.


As far as Michael calling me out, he had no room to do so.  He just looked like a bad guy after they had it out on stage and needed to smooth things over so he came to her defense.

Jaclyn and Ed

Jaclyn and Ed had ZERO room to say anything.  They could have taken the final competition seriously and won it.  Had they won the competition, they would have won the whole show and the money.  They would have had their pick of couples to take to the finale and would have won either way.  But they didn’t take it seriously.  Everybody saw their performance.  Jaclyn disliked me from day 1 for no reason and I thought Ed and I got along fine…but apparently I was just “an anonymous guy in the house” to him.

Everyone Else

Just about everyone approached me and said they were glad I did what I did.  They lived in the house and understood…they said they would have done the same, or at least wanted to.  I think I did what many people wanted to do, but wouldn’t have the cajones to pull off.  Of course they said it with a whisper and probably wouldn’t admit to it publicly…but I know it’s true.

And as far as after I pulled the Keep card, I was not gloating.  Who’s not excited about winning a bunch of money?  I was the underdog…and it felt good to win being the guy that nobody ever expected to see win.  And to stick it those who thought they had it in the bag and thought I didn’t deserve to be there for some reason.

I came into this game and clearly stated what I was here for: the money.  I kept my focus.  I stayed out of the petty drama throughout the season because I knew it would hurt my chances of winning.  I didn’t whore myself out.  I didn’t get belligerently drunk.  I played the game straight up and fair.  Planned on winning and sharing until I saw what everyone really thought about me, and decided to keep it all.  No foul there.



Nick Peterson

“The Schmuck with $250,000”













  1. Nick, you were awesome! You didn’t owe Rachel a thing and she and the clique are really delusional people. I hope you enjoy the $ and you did the right thing! Thanks for the best Bach show in the history of the franchise. The fact that you stayed out of the drama while everyone was making a fools of themselves on national TV says a lot. You’re probably one of the few from this season whose family isn’t hanging their heads in shame. Way to go!

    Comment by jessie — September 13, 2012 @ 11:35 am

  2. We love you Nick, thanks for making the finale so exciting to watch. I would have went for keep even if I had a great partner, but that’s just me.

    Comment by B-Fan — September 13, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  3. Nick,
    I don’t really understand why you wrote this blog. Basically everything you have said here, you already said on the show. Maybe you are feeling more guilty than you are willing to admit. Congratulations on winning the money. I hope you do good things with it. I think what everyone means by you not deserving the money or deserving to be there in the end is that you were on the chopping block several times and let’s face it: it’s a popularity contest most of the time. Rachel, on the other hand, was not on the chopping block. She had a large group of friends in the house and many supporters in the Season 16 girls. You and Rachel paired up at the moment they started the voting as couples. Had you not joined up with Rachel, you likely would have gone home next as you did not have the dominant alliance that she did. Also, Rachel DID win a competition in the Fudge relay. How many competitions did you win? None, by my count. I’ll admit: the finale made absolutely great TV, but that still doesn’t leave me respecting you or your decision at all.

    Comment by Kara — September 13, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  4. shut up! don’t try to defend your bastard. In the botton of your heart you should know for sure that many casts vote for Rachael, not you. Why? Even she did not win any competition but she was smart enough to stick with the strong alliance. Lots of time people just wanted to vote you off. If not bwcuase of Rachael, you realdy gone before Kalon & Linzi. I hope you will die with your money soon. Don’t know who your parents are raised you this way.

    Comment by MC — September 13, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

  5. Well played.

    Comment by Shawn Willoughby — September 13, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  6. Nick, you did the right thing. I like the way you played the game – stay out of the drama, do your best, and see how things shake out. I was sick of most of that bunch from Day 1 with the way they treated the fans who joined the cast. I mean, seriously, all of you are just average people who got picked for a reality show. How are those fans any different? Jacklyn and Erica Rose were especially nasty to them. Anyway, you played dumb like a fox, and blew it up in their faces at the end. Bravo!

    Comment by LeishaC — September 13, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

  7. Nick, I applaud you for what you did. Rachel made it clear she didn’t want to be your partner. Had you been with her since day one and especially if you had gotten involved with her romantically, I believe that you would have chosen “share.” She made her own bed by making it clear she wasn’t happy to still be around after Michael left.

    Ignore the haters, and enjoy your well-deserved $250K.

    Comment by bearkat — September 13, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

  8. Go Nick!! I felt bad seeing Rachel so hurt, but like you said, it’s a game! And everyone kept saying it’s just a game as they voted their own friends off.
    Good for you and rock on!

    Comment by Erin — September 13, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

  9. Nick, ignore that pathetic, illiterate loser MC who posted above. They are either some loser who takes all of this personal, or it’s someone from the show. haaa either way, enjoy your money and f**k the haters!

    Comment by Jack — September 13, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

  10. I am glad you won over a girl who cries every other second. She might need to see a therapist about her crying.

    Comment by Sarah Marie — September 13, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

  11. Be the man dude! I were mad at Rachael from watching her and others said the TRUE thiing about you? Did you try to find the excuse for your greed? People can say lots of things but the most important thing is their reaction. Rachael said some not nice things about you but it was her real feeling and emotional. But in the end of the day, she still sticked with you as partner and tried hard in the competition. You could not win it yourself. So you owed her. On another hand, you did not want to partner with her as well. It was fair for both. You did not say nice things about her as well. Why mad at that? Hope you won have children because they will be shame of their daddy when they find out what their daddy did to get the money. Even you tried to defend yourself, but in the end of the day, this will follow you all your life and you will regret later when someone does the same thing to you. GO AROUND COME AROUND. MORE MONEY MORE PROBLEM.

    Comment by RRT — September 13, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  12. You 100000% deserved to win the money and keep it ALL to yourself!! Ignore any and ALL of your haters!! In fact if I were you I would not read ANY of the negative stuff that is being written by all of these random people! WHO CARES what they have to say?!!! Go on with your life do something great for yourself with the money you won and have NO REGRETS!!! Nothing negative that anyone has to say matters AT ALL!!! Congratulations and thank you for making BP’s finale the BEST finale of a reality show i have EVER EVER SEEN!!! Thanks to you i’ll be watching again next BP! :)

    Comment by AMY — September 13, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  13. I understand your reasoning, but I do feel badly for Rachel. And there’s no reason to say anything negative about her at all, she had a tough time of it and in the end she did stick it out. I really don’t think she’s said anything out of line… ANYONE would be upset in her place and say things they might not otherwise say. Anyways, congrats!

    Comment by kate — September 13, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  14. Gosh, still so many haters! I feel bad that you have to keep explaining yourself to stupid people! Like he said, karma got them for being bitches. Everyone goes on about how Rachel is so sweet, but she’s just as much of a drama queen as everyone else was! Like he said, she hung out with Michael for 10 days, where they had sex and made out. And all of a sudden they’re in love. No, that’s called an infatuation. That’s beside the point anyway, what matters is that even if she was feeling all sad that her crush left, she didn’t have to take it out on Nick. From the moment she realized Nick was her partner, she had a look of disgust and disappointment and it was really obvious! My first thought was, “Wow, way to be a jerk! What’d that guy ever do to you???”

    Comment by Sadie — September 13, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  15. Brilliant move, really made the season. These people didn’t know that only one person can win, come’on! Good on you !

    Comment by Deb — September 13, 2012 @ 12:27 pm

  16. Go Nick! YOU WON! Plain and simple.

    Comment by perception — September 13, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

  17. Really, you are given space to try and defend your actions! Unbelievable. Well since you put it out there, you get to hear it back.

    No one, and I mean NO ONE, is able to get to the end, by doing it themselves. You go in to the end as a partner. It does not matter if you like each other, hate each other or are indifferent to each other. You need a partner to get to the end. Saying you did it yourself, is just a way for you to try and live with your guilty conscience.

    If they pitted you against Rachel, and the other cast members had to vote for a winner, you would lose. You and Rachel received most of those votes because of her. Simple and true.

    I watched the episodes and I did not hear you jump for joy or express desire to be a partner to Rachel. I did not hear you say one good thing about her, you complained that she was missing Michael, so how you can call her out for not being thrilled at being your partner is hypocritical.

    Also, have you ever heard of editing. How often did you or she say something nice about the other that the producers chose not to show. I would like to think you are intelligent enough to know that you did not see everything, just like we didn’t and yet you based your selfish decision on only part of the story. Pathetic.

    I agree this is a game. I have no problem with that, but the arrogance and lack of compassion you showed when you made your peacock walk around the studio was made by a greedy person who has no problem telling lies.

    No wonder you are not married. You do not understand what a true partnership is. You have good days, bad days, and a little bit of everything, but you have to work hard and trust and have faith in each other. Rachel had a few bad days where she was missing someone that had become very special to her, and instead of understanding hurt feelings, you chose to blame her for the fact that you were unable to get a permanent partner the whole game and felt like an outsider. You need to take a good look at yourself to question what you need to work on in your own personality to figure out why you were unable to make friendships and bonds during this show, unlike all the other contestants that have made good friendships.

    Why Rachel should be held responsible for things that Jaclyn, Ed, Michael, or anyone else said is just not fair.

    I can’t help but be scared for you and your greed. I would never wish anything bad on anyone, but if I was you I would be afraid of how my greed and selfishness and lack of understanding for a hurting girl is going to come back and haunt me.

    Comment by tj — September 13, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  18. Well done…didnt need an explanation…you played the game beautifully

    Comment by Pipo — September 13, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  19. Congrats, Nick!! You most certainly deserved to win and played a clean, smart game. I understand completely your logic about Rachel and her demeaning remarks about you. That was so insulting. Yes, she had the popularity vote but you had the game plan and it kills everyone that you won. Would they “really” share $$$ with someone who said such negative things about them? Phew….don’t really think so. That had to be humiliating and embarrassing to see/hear. Everyone I know is happy for you! Enjoy!!

    Comment by Geena — September 13, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

  20. Nick, I have the utmost respect for you and I’m so glad that you did what you did. I completely understand where you’re coming from, and your speech before revealing your decision was possibly the greatest moment I’ve ever seen on Bachelor Pad. Everything you’ve said is completely accurate and I’m so glad you had the guts to make the decision that you did – honestly, I would have been disappointed with any other outcome after I saw how you were treated.

    I loved when Kalon called everyone out and said that nobody there “deserved” the money more than anyone else. The bottom line is that you got to the finals, one way or another, and had no obligation to share the money with anyone. Congratulations!

    Comment by Emily — September 13, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  21. Hi, Nick –I agree with everything you wrote above and would have done the same. Enjoy your $250,000!

    Comment by Appleshe — September 13, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  22. Glad you won, Nick! It’s a game, you followed the rules, and you won fair & square. Not sure how other people are not understanding that.

    Comment by E — September 13, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

  23. In one of your interview, you said that if you partnered with someone else like Erica Rose, you would go home early. That explained you know that you got this far and won because of Rachael. You OWED her for SURE. You said that nobody in the casts were in your side. You know why? Because you were just a loser. The 1st one dropped of the heart from the 1st competetion. Muscular guy but not strong as should be. Never won any compiepetion even using physical or brain. Then when you opened your mouth to talk with Blakely and Tony…Omg my…Stupid! How someone like you deserve to win? Your last move in the game was not smart but it was cheating, not manly, not human, and it just showed your true side of greed and selfish. Shame on your parents.

    Comment by WAL — September 13, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  24. IT’S A GAME.

    Congratulations, Nick!

    Comment by Dave's Stalker — September 13, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

  25. I am such a huge fan of yours now. Your words above are so well spoken and TRUE! Haters are always gonna hate – but the haters come out harder when $$ is involved. Of course, I felt for Rachel – but like you mention multiple times above – she didn’t treat YOU as a partner – why should you show her any loyalty. $250K is a LOT of $$ for us “average” people – CONGRATS to you for winning it all!
    As far as the haters who say you gloated after winning…well DUH! You just won $250K! Congrats Nick – well deserved. :)

    Comment by Jennifer — September 13, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

  26. Oh and this “tj” person needs to get a LIFE! The viewers are shown 2 hours each week of what happened in the house. How in the hell do you know what went down?! Also, who spends their time posting a novel on a reality TV show’s blog. Get a life.

    Comment by Jennifer — September 13, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

  27. p.s. You also earned the $250K for the sheer entertainment factor. BEST MOMENT IN THE BACHELOR FRANCHISE HISTORY! And you were the underdog. No wonder everyone stood up and cheered.

    Comment by Dave's Stalker — September 13, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  28. Oh. So it is everyone else’s fault that you decided to be greedy.

    They all lied, and drank , and whored themselves out, said negative things, had fun, made friends, and fell in love.

    So because you were perfect, couldn’t find a partner, and won no challenges until you paired with Rachel,you deserved all the money.

    Not defensive are you!!

    Comment by Sarcasm intended — September 13, 2012 @ 1:04 pm

  29. I COULD NOT stand anymore of Rachel crying and hope to never see her on TV again.

    If you’re feeling bad for her, Nick, buy her an expensive pair of shoes. She probably would have blown all her money on sh*t like that to get over Michael.

    Anyway, congrats, thanks for the speech and the best moment ever on a reality show.

    Comment by Congrats Nick — September 13, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

  30. @TJ, what a bizarre post you wrote! Jealous, much? Are you really Rachel?

    To respond to what you said: everyone more or less depended upon everyone else in the game. hence, the game was about relationships — but it was also about winning. No one owed anyone anything.

    Nick has NOTHING to feel guilty about. Juist about everyone in that house treated him shabbily. They would have knifed him in the back to take the money themselves. Why does he owe them money?

    How many times did Rachel say she didn’t want the money? She wanted to leave, quit? Because she made it to the end, she is OWED the money? No one deserved the money. It’s a silly game where players are pitted against each other to win. Winning was determined by a mixture of luck and chance. Rachel wasn’t a brilliant player. She rode on everyone’s coat tails.

    I will also say something which may be un-PC, but I also believe she wanted Michael as she saw him as a meal ticket, the famous guy from the franchise, America’s sweetheart, with whom her own celebrity would be secured. Seriously how does anyone fall in love with another after 10 days? Ridiculous.

    If they pitted you against Rachel, and the other cast members had to vote for a winner, you would lose. You and Rachel received most of those votes because of her. Simple and true.

    The cast did not vote for Rachel, they voted AGAINST Chris. Anyone team pitted against Chris would have won. You’re saying that if he was pitted against anyone else, he would have lost? So if everyone else planned to vote against him anyway, why does he owe them a prize? No one DESERVED the prize.

    I didn’t see Nick as arrogant but self-protective. Everyone was attacking him for his decision and he put on a brave face. What was he supposed to do, cower for not caving to the “cool kids,” and paying them a pirates ransom.

    EVERYONE told lies in this game. That is what the show is about — deceit and treachery. Loyalty is a two way street. What did Rachel do or say to inspire loyalty? She was a disloyal, snotty partner who whined the whole time and rode on the coattails of her partner. Rachel even lied to Erica and her own best friend, Jacki. I don’t think greed drove him — I think he concluded he didn’t owe her anything, so why not take it all. He was under no obligation to share, and frankly, Rachel could have picked Keep as well.

    As for why he isn’t married? Gee, most of the players aren’t married. Most people in their 20s aren’t married. Nick displayed more character and class than most of the candidates on this show. What do you have to say about Rachel’s lack of partner, being used and dumped on the show, being unmarried. Can you see why she is unmarried too?

    There is nothing wrong with his personality. Most of the people on this show are dysfunctional, vapid, unemployed, wannbe stars. The fact that he did not forge close friendships with people like this does not reflect poorly on them. I doubt I would have much in common with any of these people either. Not everyone gets along with everyone else. He played a good, wise strategy and it paid off. I’m sorry, who displayed good social skills? Ed and his animal noises? Chris and his bed hopping? Jacki and her vicious backstabbing? Michael and his treachery? Erica and her public defamation? The crazy twins? Who exactly on that show demonstrated much normalacy or character? With friends like that, who needs enemies?

    He didn’t hurt Rachel. Rachel hurt him. He just was man enough to realize that he didn’t owe the popular, backstabbing mean girl anything and served his own interests. Never at any point were he and Rachel a team — Rachel made that very clear. Is he responsible for Rachel’s stupidity? Her pining after Michael? Her incessant whining? Her refusal to compete? Her fixation on romance? Her incessant desire to go home, quit, and forget about the money? Her private nastiness and condemnation of Nick? He owes her for that? Give me a break!

    Nick has nothing to be ashamed of. He showed character and backbone. The country needs more people like him. Karma did come full circle — to bless Nick!

    Enjoy your money, Nick! Stand proud!

    Comment by Response to TJ — September 13, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  31. Seriously I don’t get all the hate here.

    IT’S A GAME.

    And they do have a KEEP option for a reason, don’t they?

    Congratulations, Nick! Save that money — times are going to get hard!

    Comment by Jolene — September 13, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  32. Way to go, Nick! Even if they didn’t talk smack behind your back, you should have chosen KEEP. You hardly knew Rachel and as many people are saying IT’S A GAME. You came onto the show to win the money and you won it!!!

    I agree, buy Rachel a nice pair of shoes and also a self-esteem book.

    Comment by skylar — September 13, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

  33. Damn, Rachel pulled the plug on you so many times I would have wanted to choose KEEP too…but YOU’RE the one with the balls who did it! Way to go Nick!

    Comment by Chris — September 13, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  34. I get everything you said. What’s up with these “greedy” comments? Jaclyn wanted Rachel to pick KEEP and you were the one entitled to it! By the time the show was over, I hated everyone in the house, Michael included. He’s the real shmuck on the show.

    Great speech, great play, great game. Wishing you the best.

    Comment by NICKFAN — September 13, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

  35. I don’t think its the fact that you picked Keep. It’s the way you did it and the attitude that came out after. I understand you were happy about the money- but your attitude was disgusting. And just to remind you… you AND Rachel won that last challenge TOGETHER. You didn’t win it by yourself. And whether or not Rachel wanted to leave to be with Michael, she did stay and she did put effort into winning that challenge with you. You didn’t get to the final alone. You may have stayed in the house by playing your own game but you didn’t win the money by yourself.
    I think one day you’ll look back on that tape and regret how you acted. I’m not saying that you were horrible for picking keep, you were horrible for how you did it. You could have been a lot classier, a lot nicer, a lot more mature.

    Comment by Lisa — September 13, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  36. Enjoy Nick! So happy for you! Way to stand up for those in the background!

    Comment by Toots — September 13, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  37. apparently Rachel DOES care about the money, from how she’s been acting. Well done, Nick, enjoy the moolah! :)

    Comment by Jess — September 13, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

  38. Nick, you did a fabulous show of integrity! When they brought out the final 4 of the competition and Rachel was first to speak….Oooo myyyyy gahhhh. “Michael and me blah blah blah”….I was dying laughing at your facial expressions and yelling at the screen to pick KEEP then!!! My absolute favorite part of this whole season is during your speech before revieling you picked keep you called her out and she instantly went into to defense mode. We all saw you on the season and I don’t think you have a hateful bone in your body. Yes, Rachel was extremeply upset but she could of held some class. We didn’t even get to hear what she had to say because it was being bleeped out. I aso so LOVED that you got up in front of the rest of the housemates and their jaws were still dropped!! I sure hope that Rachel is not choses for the Bachlorette…lets all think about it she fell in love with a guy on a game show in less than 8 days. To have this girl around 25 guys!No, thank you. MUCH CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by VANESSA — September 13, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  39. The second you walked onto the Bachelor Pad I was rooting for you. The whole time I kept saying please God please let Nick win. Ever since I saw you on the Bachelorette Ive liked you. And when I watched the finale I thought to myself he better take that money. Because the other contestants who are angry with your decision. aren’t really gonna matter to you in the rest of your whole life. But that money will. I give you props for what you did, it was pretty badass.

    Comment by Jobes — September 13, 2012 @ 1:31 pm


    Comment by Sophie — September 13, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

  41. Oh and your probably one of the hottest guys I’ve seen on bachelor anything. This sounds creepy but my mom saw you at the grocery store about 2 weeks ago. Haha

    Comment by Jobes — September 13, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

  42. Congrats to you Nick. I can completely understand how you changed your mind to want to keep all the money. Rachel was speaking poorly of you until you proved you could get her to the end. Spending nearly 24/7 with a guy that you are falling in love with for 10 days is huge, and I can understand how Rachel was emotionally drained when Michael left. But, for her to get her head out of “the game” was crazy to me. Jaclyn definitely has a way of spewing venom. It must all stem from insecurities. She herself admitted that she was trying to get Rachel to “keep” all the $. Saying you didn’t “deserve” the $ is ridiculous. I know it’s the Bachelor Pad, and maybe I’m getting too old to watch all the slutty drunkenness of Ed and Chris. I applaud you for being a good man, and a winner of a game player!

    Comment by Lucy — September 13, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

  43. Hey Nick;

    I just want to say that I definitely agree with your synopsis of what went on during the episodes. I had the chance to go through them since I hadn’t seen them in their entirety. I now have a better understanding. I will say that I thought that as a couple both you and Rachel were top notch. I enjoyed seeing the both of you and I absolutely believe that you guys deserved to be the winning couple. I love the both of you. You are my favorites by far. It’s too bad that Rachel fell for Michael way too early when obviously you were the better partner for her. Probably in more ways than one. Yes, I would have felt the same way as you did when Rachel seemed more interested in her friendship with Jaclyn knowing that you were there for her and for you and Jaclyn and Ed were there for each other. I understand her feelings about friendship and even her attachment, albeit premature, to Michael. I commend her for her desire to be loyal to the people she cares about. In a sometimes crazy world that’s a really good thing. Nonetheless, it is a game and Rachel entered the game as an individual to win. She also knew that at some point a partnership with someone of the opposite gender, not the same gender (such as Jaclyn), would be required for her to win some money. Those are the rules of the game. She should not have publically said/intimated that it was your decision, not hers and yours together, to oust Jaclyn and Ed. During the finale she should have taken some responsibility over her partnership with you. Addressing Jaclyn and Ed, I would have liked to see her develop some backbone and defend both of your decision to secure yourselves a good chance to win the money. If I had been rachel, I would have said that it was a very difficult decision to make and that we wished we didn’t have to make it. But in the end everyone has to take responsibility for the reason they are there in the first place and that is to secure a win for themselves not for the opposing team. If I had been Rachel, I would have added that had Jaclyn and Ed been in the same position as the both of you that I would not and more importantly could not have felt betrayed. Also, during the deliberations she (Rachel) did initiate the conversation about which couple would most likely get the popular vote so apparently she was aware of how the game is played. On the other hand, Nick, being deceitful during a game is not the same as being deceitful when the game is won, the winning couple announced and spoils to be divided or not. For what it is worth Rachel could not have won w/o you and you couldn’t have won w/o Rachel since the end involves a winning couple, not individual. Rachel does have a right to feel betrayed because you went back on your word to her. If she had done the same to you she wouldn’t get off that easily, either. A person’s word is their word and it is a sign of their integrity and self-respect. Ethical businessmen and women in the public eye in every business facet know this to be true. One should avoid letting the game get control of him/her either during or when the winners are announced. Like Chris Harrison said the dividing of the winnings or not depends on the strength of your relationship not who won. You both did, as a couple. We can turn our backs on our friends, partners, sometimes even family members but ultimately we cannot walk away from our relationship with ourselves. All in all, this was the best Bachelor Pad ever and I will surely miss it, Rachel and you. I wish both you and Rachel lots of love, success, health, and happiness. Take care! Peace!

    Comment by Nick — September 13, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

  44. Ick. You’re disgusting. You didn’t even belong on the show. You are a lazy moron who should get a real job! “personal trainer”? Lmao. What a career !

    Comment by Leann — September 13, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

  45. You are the first WINNER of Bachelor Pad. The way the game is set up, it’s to see who is willing to WIN the show by choosing to keep the money. You are the first person with the balls to do it.

    As for how you played the game? Do I think you even attempted to play the game at all up until the end? No… but you definitely PLAYED the entire cast by getting them to vote for you by sitting beside Rachel, and THAT my friend, is brilliant. So while other people can call you out for not making it or not winning without sitting beside her, they are probably right, but you DID sit beside her, and you DID convince her to pick share and you DID use her friendships to win you $250K. Nicely played Sir.

    And on that note, I think the people who are giving you a hard time for being excited after you won the money are losers. If they had just won $250K they would be smiling and laughing too.

    Comment by Jade — September 13, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

  46. GO Nick! Enjoy the money and don’t look back!

    Comment by Marti — September 13, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

  47. You’re awesome.

    Seriously, you owe NO loyalty to someone who asked to be voted out so she can go to her great love of 10 days who wants nothing to do with her Michael and ruin your game too.

    Spend that money and enjoy!

    Comment by Rose — September 13, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

  48. Well, as I have said on Twitter, just an amazing finale. But what I found so fascinating was the delivery. It takes a lot of control and also truth to play those cards. Maybe on some level Rachael was loyal to you by leaving Jaclyn and Ed behind. Or… was it about the money? Seeing the only way to get it was to follow your logic. Maybe there is a lesson here in loyalty, loyalty to friends, to partners. Rachael lost on four fronts, her friendship, her love, her partner and finally the money. It was the right move to KEEP based on the data and the emotions involved. It was a night of reality, I will not soon forget! Best of luck Nick !

    Comment by magda szyffer — September 13, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

  49. Um.. Leann, have you seen Nick’s body? Sure looks like he knows what he’s doing regarding fitness/training if you ask me.

    Comment by Beth Carlson — September 13, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  50. Nick, YOU ROCK and deserve the money!! I just cant believe ppl are such haters and this really shows what kind of character that they have as they wish you bad! They need to get a life!!!! It was a GAME ppl, get a life, the world will continue to move. Focus on the elections and what will happen to AMERICA in a few months.

    Comment by kwai — September 13, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  51. Touché! That was awesome! Congrats! I jumped up and cheered for you!

    Comment by Britt — September 13, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  52. So how many of the votes for Nick and Rachel were really votes for Nick? I am thinking you should thank Chris for $&@$ing off so many people. Oh wait, you already did- you invested in his restaurant. Please tell me where it is exactly so I never eat there.

    Comment by Realitytvfan — September 13, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  53. Your “reasons” for taking the money are SO pathetic!! You act like it was yours and you were throwing her a bone by sharing! Oh, but then your little whiney bitch ass got offended! Heaven forbid! Must keep! BS. You are a loser. You are UGLY. I don’t even remember you from Ashley’s season!! You didn’t make friends because people didn’t like you. Does that entitle you to the money? No, you got by on pure luck and the popularity of Rachel, as well as her generosity in choosing share.

    Feel me?;) fucking moron.

    Comment by POS — September 13, 2012 @ 2:28 pm

  54. Hey there Nick. Thanks for this post, and more than that, thanks for providing what is surely one of the greatest moments in reality tv history, and also one of the most satisfying endings to a competitive reality show ever. There is no need to justify yourself. Everyone going into the competition knew the rules and accepted them. Even in the best of partnerships, “keep” is a viable option. But this was far from the best of partnerships. You were saddled with a whiny, bratty partner who spent her days pining over an imaginary romance that had less shelf-life than a gallon of milk. I can’t imagine how irritating (and scary) it must have been to find your whole game was dependent upon someone who loudly asserts she doesn’t want to be in the competition; that she doesn’t want to be stuck with you; and that she doesn’t care about the prize anyway. Not only did she show you no consideration as a competitor, she didn’t show you basic common decency.

    As far as claims that Rachel helped you get to the finals, gimme a break. A few bars of half-decent karaoke hardly make up for her overall awfulness as a partner (and as a person). Not only that, even that minor ‘Sister Christian’ contribution is suspect, since if you hadn’t won, you still would have been taken to the finals by Chris and Sarah. Finally, what was Rachel’s game? Nothing other than hooking up with Michael five minutes after meeting him and then proceeding to do whatever he told her to do. That is not strategy, that is desperation.

    I can’t even get started on curiously vociferous, utterly brainless Jaclyn.

    As far as the oft-invoked mention of karma, the only karma to be observed here is this: Rachel (potentially) realizing that: 1) sleeping around is not the same as romance; and 2) it’s not a good idea to trash and humiliate people that you will later rely on.

    You owed her absolutely nothing, and that is what she most deservedly got. Terrific job on all fronts, Nick. Congratulations and enjoy your new riches.

    Comment by Cal — September 13, 2012 @ 2:32 pm



    Comment by WTFasiangirl — September 13, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

  56. For the record I was STOKED you were on BP3 and only watched it because of you. So to say I was thrilled when you won was an understatement. You did play brilliantly and your speech was spot on. You totally nailed it.

    Comment by Liz — September 13, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

  57. This happened days ago, and I’m still loving the outcome of this game!!! I just re-watched part of the finale. Nick, your observations of the others in the house are bam-on, and you’re awesome for not whoring yourself out or drinking to oblivion. You just held tight and rode it out, amazeballs! Your ending speech and this blog say it all! Congrats!!!
    And , as for Rachel… great girl, loved her on the Bachelor but she didn’t work or hustle for the money. It appeared as though she was held up for the entire game by someone else trying to drag her through it.

    Comment by Victoria — September 13, 2012 @ 2:49 pm

  58. I think something many people, including yourself, seem to forget is that you could not have won all the money if Rachel hadn’t chosen “share.” So, despite whatever remarks she may have made during the filming that hurt your feelings, she did feel you were worthy of being her partner and deserving of splitting the reward 50/50. Her actions spoke louder than her words. Unfortunately, so did yours.

    What I do find is curious is why you felt the need to write this blog? You haven’t blogged, this entire season, but suddenly here you are at the end, with a full-blown defense for the actions that you claim don’t need to be defended since you didn’t do anything wrong. Did the show ask you to write it, or could it be that there might actually be a small part inside of you that feels a little bad for pulling the okey-doke on Rachel, like Tony suggested?

    Comment by V. — September 13, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  59. Well done! You played the game and you won. You played it the way it’s supposed to be played. You took a gamble and it paid off. I found it entertaining and great! Rachel forgot to play the game all the way through and it bit her in the butt.

    Comment by Beth — September 13, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

  60. Never mind the haters Nick. You did the right thing and you didn’t owe Rachel anything. Certainly not $125k. Let her go cry to Michael.

    Comment by Brianna — September 13, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  61. “I think something many people, including yourself, seem to forget is that you could not have won all the money if Rachel hadn’t chosen “share.” ”

    What a moronic post. NOBODY gets to the finals without the actions of the other contestants (for example, in not voting them out). That doesn’t mean you owe everybody something. Rachel did nothing for Nick’s game. And… duh!… the ONLY way to get all the money is for your partner to pick ‘share’. Yeah, we get that.

    Comment by Lia — September 13, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  62. “I don’t like you. I want MICHAEL. I don’t want to be here. I hate this game. Why am I stuck with a loser like you? I want to be with MICHAEL.”

    “You know, I really want to split this prize money with you rather than keep it all to myself.”

    Um… no.

    Way to go Nick!

    Comment by Jay — September 13, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  63. Lets face facts, accepted it is a game but what Nick did wasn’t right from a humane perspective.Hurting people is unjustifiable and he certainly did hurt Rachel.First he was in that finale by chance and anyone who says it was by gameplay certainly didnt watch d season.And the worst part of it all was d way he handled it after revealing his decision to KEEP.I felt SICK,I has utterly disgusted just watching it.But well, there will always be good and bad in this world of ours.Like U said its all a game….whatever makes u sleep at night.

    Comment by kay — September 13, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

  64. @ Lia – How about you open up a can of STFU, go sit down somewhere and digest it, because no one was even talking to your indignant behind. I hate when I can’t even comment to a blogger without somebody jumping in with stupid, uninformed comebacks.

    Since it seems you need things broken down into elementary fragments that you can comprehend, my statement had to do with Nick’s (and others’) belief that Rachel didn’t think he deserved to be there or to win the money. Rachel choosing “share” contradicted that belief. I didn’t say a word about anybody OWING anyone anything, so jump off that train and get on a slower bus.

    BUT, just from a personal perspective, if I give my word that I’m going to do something, I do it. Integrity means more to me than money — in a game or in the “real world.” But maybe that’s just me.

    Comment by V. — September 13, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

  65. I 100% support your decision to “keep” the money. You were one of the few guys who acted like a real gentleman on the show, and I applaud you for that! Ed, Chris and Michael were disgusting the way they carried on with the girls – and I’m calling them girls (not women) – because they conducted themselves like they were in high school! Besides, the language that comes out of Jaclyn’s and Rachel’s mouths is unfathomable and makes them look cheap!!

    Comment by Luci — September 13, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

  66. My “indignant” behind? And YOU are call ME stupid? LOL.

    Comments about “integrity” are patently ridiculous in a game where everyone knows going in that lying and backstabbing and general shady behavior are part and parcel of the game. It’s not a question of integrity when it takes place in the confines of the accepted rules and norms of the game. But this is all over your challenged little head.

    Don’t worry, me and my “indignant” behind (god, i love that) are done dealing with you.

    Comment by Lia — September 13, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

  67. Fabulous win, Nick! The haters on this site are truly delusional. I especially love POS’s comments, — “You are ugly”. Now THERE’S an intelligent comment that’s absolutely at the center of the topic at hand (insert sarcasm here).

    Rachel (and others) behaved like bullies throughout the season by being purposely exclusionary and disrespectful. You stood up to the bullies and said “you’re going to pay for how you treat people”. And you waited and the absolutely PERFECT time to say it. It was a beautiful thing!

    Enjoy the money, — despite what Jaclyn says, you DO deserve it!

    Comment by Cheeky — September 13, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

  68. Well, everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I personally wouldn’t have done it.It was heartless and I feel it is better to have $125,000 with a clear conscience rather than have $250,000 the way you got it.I say this because if you did feel a 100% good about your decision,you wont keep trying to explain it.Wish you d best…but like they say: what goes around comes around.And trust me, it does COME AROUND.

    Comment by kevin — September 13, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  69. @Lia – THANK YOU! Maybe next time, you’ll know to keep it moving and not start.

    And, here’s a parting gift –

    “Indignant: adj, characterized by or filled with indignation.”

    “Indignation: n, anger aroused by something…unworthy.”

    I.e. your obvious misplaced anger displayed through insulting a stranger on a blog over commentary that you somehow felt unworthy of being expressed or shown respect. Commentary that wasn’t even addressed to you.

    Yes, I know, I could’ve gone with “ignorant,” but I felt indignant was a kinder choice.

    And, as a ribbon on top – it’s “callING me stupid.” Subject-verb agreement is a wonderful thing.

    Comment by V. — September 13, 2012 @ 4:14 pm

  70. Awesome Nick! You did the right thing and won the GAME! I also do not feel sorry for Rachel at all. To me she’s always looked mean and clique-ish ever since The Bachelor.
    Here she wasn’t playing to win the money. All she did was cry after Michael left and wanted to go home, sooo annoying! She just lucked out getting there, whereas you had strategy insisting that Chris and Sarah go with you. If she said the money didn’t matter the whole time, then she shouldn’t even care that much after you made the decision. She’s such a hypocrite and should just realize it’s a GAME and you were bright enough to outplay her.
    Good luck, I hope you have some wise plans for your $. :)

    Comment by Jaz — September 13, 2012 @ 4:27 pm


    Half the country’s in poverty, we’re turning into a police state, our food, air and water is poisoned and there’s a good chance we’ll be rioting for food within the next five years because the elite will never stop stealing from us. Doesn’t matter WHO is president.

    Nick, congrats and start stocking up on non-perishable food. Your “sexytime” video is a fucking riot!

    Comment by The Eternal Optimist (not really) — September 13, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

  72. p.s. Didn’t Rachel call Shawntel “Brad’s dumpster trash” on Ben’s season and make fun of her occupation where she “brought dates to the morgue and drained their blood?” Some stupid shit like that. Rachel’s no angel.

    Comment by The Eternal Optimist (not really) — September 13, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

  73. So well said V:

    I think something many people, including yourself, seem to forget is that you could not have won all the money if Rachel hadn’t chosen “share.” So, despite whatever remarks she may have made during the filming that hurt your feelings, she did feel you were worthy of being her partner and deserving of splitting the reward 50/50. Her actions spoke louder than her words. Unfortunately, so did yours.

    What I do find is curious is why you felt the need to write this blog? You haven’t blogged, this entire season, but suddenly here you are at the end, with a full-blown defense for the actions that you claim don’t need to be defended since you didn’t do anything wrong. Did the show ask you to write it, or could it be that there might actually be a small part inside of you that feels a little bad for pulling the okey-doke on Rachel, like Tony suggested?

    Comment by V. — September 13, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

    Comment by Hannah — September 13, 2012 @ 5:21 pm

  74. Great job, Nick! Your reasoning for not sharing makes sense to me. Rachel was insensitive to you and was not a good partner. Jaclyn’s comments that somehow you didn’t deserve it were ridiculous. Flying under the radar is a valid strategy and I’m impressed that you pulled it off.

    Comment by Phoebe — September 13, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  75. To all who think Rachel was crazy for starting to fall in love with Michael after just 10 days:

    In the real/non-Bachelor Pad dating world, 10 dates would equate to 2 and a half months of dating if a couple went out once a week. I think it’s definitely possible and not at all crazy for someone to be falling in love after this amount of time, especially when the days/dates are consecutive (basically 24/7 @ Bachelor Pad) and you have a romantic man, like Michael, making a woman feel so special, like she’s the only one, and like he is so into her.

    Comment by B.R. — September 13, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

  76. So V’s commenting on her own post? You forgot to change your name! “So well said.” LOL

    I’m pretty sure, that being the winner, they asked Nick to write a blog.

    Comment by Double V. — September 13, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

  77. My bad, that was by “Hannah.” Again, being the winner, they probably asked Nick to write a blog.

    Comment by Double V. — September 13, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

  78. Nick,

    I know you were shocked and hurt by the things you heard said about you. If it were me, I would have been, too. However, 2 wrongs don’t make things right. Flying under the radar in and of itself is not a strategy. Falling into an advantageous partnership is not a strategy. I think I could respect your final move more if you were a strong player in terms of strategy and could have used that as your rationale and justification for keeping the money. Reacting out of anger just doesn’t get my respect.

    Comment by B.R. — September 13, 2012 @ 5:36 pm

  79. Congrats Nick! Excellent play of the game. Afterall, isnt that the reason to be on Bachelor Pad? EVERYONE says in the intro video why they want to win $250,000. I think you made the right decision, it cant really be considered selfish given how your partner wasnt ever into the partnership. Rachel was too emotionally caught up and forgot her goal, and even wanted to leave several times. I never was a Rachel or Jaclyn fan. You are absolutely right, Jaclyn left Bachelor by making crude comments about Shawntel. Even Rachel. They are just a bunch of mean girls. Even on Night One…I’m sure they acted like they were the popular girls in the house but BANGS (Rachel) and Picasso face (Jaclyn) just had more season 16 people there. They acted like they were “alumni” but I’m sorry, your season just ended in March/April doesnt make you alumni in my books. Gosh they disgust me. Rachel was being super arrogant in the first episode, first gloating and acting superior around the SUPERFANS. Umm, you are a nobody without fans. I could go on forever.

    That being said, Congrats! Dont feel bad or regret your decision. You earned it by making the last and smartest play.

    Comment by Susan — September 13, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

  80. Susan,

    Couldn’t have said it any better. These arguments are ridiculous. I hope Nick isn’t reading these comments and is laughing his way to the bank.

    Congrats Nick! Glad you’ve got the majority on your side. Buy Rachel a purse or something. Girls like that shit.

    Comment by Mike B. — September 13, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

  81. Everyone keeps saying nick is greedy but he’s NOT. People don’t get it. If he was in a partnership with someone he had been with from the beginning, someone he got along with, someone he bonded with, he would have shared, no question. He said it himself. Would YOU want to share $250,000 with someone who (and her mean popular clique) was disrespectful to you and looked down on you the whole time they were with you? You really want Nick to say “hey, I know you didn’t like me and you said I didn’t deserve to be here, but let me give you $125,000, instead of buying a house or something.” Thls had nothing to do with greed. You wouldn’t want to give $125,000 to someone who bad mouths you and doesn’t respect you!!!!!! Haters who are talking about karma…you are right, karma did happen…it happened to Rachel. I never liked her popular clique to begin with. They act like they’re in high school. It’s like she’s the prom queen, michael was prom king, Ed is football quarterback and jaclyn is head cheerleader. Erica rose took down Michael because she couldn’t stand their arrogance either.

    Comment by Amanda — September 13, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

  82. These comments are so funny. I think RS said 95% of the emails he’s received are pro Nick. That means most people see that Nick did nothing wrong, and the clique/popular crowd/disgusting mean girls aren’t viewed as logical or smart. It’s Thursday and I still am laughing about Monday night. Treat yourself well with the money, Nick!

    Comment by jessie — September 13, 2012 @ 6:12 pm

  83. Technically speaking, Rachel has only herself to blame for not getting any money. She said many times, “I don’t care about the money,” and she even said earlier “money is evil.” The universe listened and did not send any money her way. You can’t attract money with comments like that!

    Comment by Missy — September 13, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

  84. All I have to say is that Karma is a bitch… to Rachel. Didn’t she sell her best friend out for $250,000? You didn’t sell anyone out, you played a smart game and I congratulate you.

    That was awesome.

    Comment by Awesome — September 13, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

  85. Nick, While I do understand your feelings were hurt after watching the final two episodes right before the finale and this is why you kept the money, you didn’t really think about the emotions Rachel was going through. What I mean by that is how she was feeling when her budding relationship suddenly was sideswiped by Michael leaving the house. Yes, it was only a 10 day relationship, but sometimes when we fall for someone we fall hard and quick. It happens and maybe it doesn’t happen to everyone, but it happens to lots of people. Is a relationship such as that love? Well, it depends on your definition of love. Some people would call that love and others would not.

    In any event, this was a woman who was on an emotional roller coaster and who was broadsided by her new love being taking out of the house. Let’s be clear, Michael lead her on. Maybe they didn’t talk about their future, but he sure acted as though he was into her more than a little bit. Anyone in her shoes would have thought that this was going to go somewhere after leaving the house. He said and did things to make her feel that way. She sure didn’t pull those feelings out of thin air. She didn’t misinterpret, but he sure misrepresented himself and for that he has apologized and I applaud him for that.

    So, if you take into consideration where she was with her emotions during those many interviews about you during the last two episodes, isn’t it possible she was still reeling and that what she said had nothing really to do with how she felt about you? I think it said more about how she was feeling about Michael and how lonely and frustrated she felt without him. Yes, it was only 10 days, but what an intense 10 days of hanging out with someone. It can play tricks on our minds.

    With that said, yes, she talked about leaving, but in the end she stayed and she did her best and it wasn’t just for herself. She did it for you as well. She worked her butt off during that final competition and may I so bold as to say if it wasn’t for her voice, you wouldn’t have won that competition? You didn’t win it alone, she won it with you. And for as much as you said you were flying under the radar during the whole game, she really did to. Sure she was powered up with an alliance, but she didn’t do or say mean things to anyone. She went along with things, same as you did. She played along same as you did.

    I can only speak to what I watched and watched a woman play a good game and man who also played a good game, but who really owes much gratitude to Rachel for sticking it out even though she wanted to leave. In the end, she may have said some things during interviews that you were hurt by, but she still stuck it out and helped you get to the finale. If you promised you would split the money, then you should have split the money. You went back on your word and that’s way worse than anything anyone ever said about you during any interview. Maybe there are a lot of people who support your decision, but you really called into question your integrity. (Integrity: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.) One major thing that Rachel has that you haven’t got? Her integrity is intact and she has strong morals. Even if you were hurt by the things that were said about you, you still gave your word. Nothing you ever say about your decision to keep all of the money will ever change the fact that you went back on your word. Rachel? She is a woman of integrity. I feel bad that she was hurt by not one, but by two men on this show. I hope she doesn’t allow it to ruin her trust and faith in men in the future. There are plenty of wonderful men out there who would honor their word. And if the things you heard in the interviews were so upsetting, why didn’t you say something to her before you made your choice to keep the money? Also, with the way they edit the show, how can you even trust that everything you heard in the interviews was an accurate reflection of anything?

    I wish you the best and hope that you live with no regrets, but no matter what you say about your decision, you did not live your life with integrity as you went back on your word.

    Comment by Susan — September 13, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  86. LOSER. Stop bitching you dumb, greedy asshole. Rationalize all you want, it’s like putting perfume on a pig;)

    Oh, and the losers kissing your ass need to get lives! Dumb fucks.

    Comment by Dumbass — September 13, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

  87. One more thing I wanted to say is in regard to Jaclyn. You convinced Rachel to vote off Jaclyn and Ed. She didn’t want to, she really was conflicted over doing this, but in the end she did it. Clearly, she didn’t vote them off because she wanted you both to lose the game. She voted them off so you and she could both win. In that regard, she sure took into consideration how you felt about it, not how she felt about it. She considered what you said about keeping them or sending them home and in the end she chose you over her friend. She made that choice to give you a shot at the money. She didn’t just do it for herself, she did it for you. You convinced her to vote her friend off and she did it even though she was extremely conflicted about it. I think you failed to give this much consideration when you kept all of that money. I know I won’t change your mind about this, but I hope I have given you some food for thought.

    Comment by Susan — September 13, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  88. Here’s what I posted on the ABC discussion board. I don’t know why Rachel was so surprised when she was when you took the money… After all, Rachel had just thrown her supposed best friend under the bus for the money. So, Rachel did not behave in a trustworthy manner to her best friend, yet she expected someone she barely knew and looked down upon to remain loyal to her?
    I liked what you did Nick, and didn’t think it was greedy. (After all, no one knows your plans for the money, nor does anyone need to). It was brave to face down everyone in the house and tell them what you really thought. It was great strategy. You won, fair and square, by taking one of the options that was available to you. Rather than feeling sorry for Rachel, I’d like to hear what folks think she could have done differently for a different outcome. In my opinion, she may have been the last person standing beside you, Nick, but you beat everyone at the game, not just her. No one else is throwing an ongoing public tantrum about losing. Lastly, this craziness about some people in the house deserving to win doesn’t make sense. I don’t recall Jacklyn winning any competitions, just coasting by on popularity and power. What did she do to deserve the money? Nick, you did the right thing. Don’t look back. Just make a habit of thanking God for the good things that happen in your life. All will be well.

    Comment by Jen — September 13, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  89. By the last few episodes, I wasn’t cheering for anyone. I thought, for the sake of a change-up, that Chris and Sarah would win, both choose KEEP, and watch as the money was divided between all the other contestants. Then no one would win big and Chris and Sarah would get nothing.

    But I like this ending better. Chris Harrison always says that this game is about relationships. Rachel had all her bases covered except that she totally wrote off her most important relationship–her partner. The look on her face when Nick chose KEEP…it was like she was just seeing him for the first time.

    Way to pull it off, Nick.

    Comment by JRG — September 13, 2012 @ 7:18 pm

  90. greed!!!!! is all i can say. if you dont understand that she was hurting because of michael there is nothing else to say. i dislike both of you. if she wasnt your partner you would never been in the position you were without her as a partner. If i remember right you didnt have a partner until her.

    Comment by briana — September 13, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  91. All your points are totally valid, Nick, and everyone ‘deserves’ to win. I can understand why you would want to keep all the money. Why not?

    And, by your words, it seems like you are trying very hard to defend your position of why you did what you did. Perhaps you are feeling a bit guilty about it. For the sake of your own sense of what makes you feel good about it, maybe take a good look at how you truly feel.

    It doesn’t really matter what all of America thinks about you- it matters what you feel about yourself. And I get the feeling that you are trying REALLY hard to justify your own behaviour to yourself. When you are 90 and look back at your life, what will make you feel the best about yourself in this situation? Is there something you can do or say now to make you feel as good as you possibly can about YOU?

    Lots of Love to you!

    Comment by Bryony — September 13, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

  92. LOVE you Nick!!! SO glad you didn’t get belligerantly drunk and whore yourself out ;) You’re incredibly sexy AND classy. So happy for you!

    Comment by Jenna — September 13, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  93. Nick, I think it’s not only the fact that you decided to keep the money for yourself,… it’s the manner in which you behaved on stage and in front of the audience after winning it!. It was the most ungratious “win!” I don’t agree with your decision … you know as well as anyone if not for Rachel, you would have been voted off if you were partnered with several others. She was voted to stay by her friends, you got to stay by default because you were her partner. AND the fact that you said you would share money with her and she said she’d share it with you. She kept her word to you.. You did not. So it seems you might have been using her and rooting for her to stay all along just for this outcome. In the end it looks like she was truly your partner because she was willing to share with you.
    And if you are telling even the slightest bit of truth that you made the decision not to share “the night before the finale”… I understand you felt hurt by what you heard people saying about you in the last 2 episodes prior to the Finale. Like you were the kid not accepted in the “cool kids”… I get that… But in the end, your emotions clouded your judgment.
    It was a vindictive move… The money will run out quickly.
    But Karma, not so much.
    Just A Thought

    Comment by JUST A THOUGHT — September 13, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

  94. Btw… Comments from Chris Harrison on the way you acted on stage after the winning.

    Comment by JUST A THOUGHT — September 13, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

  95. Initially, I have to be honest and thought you didn’t deserve to win, but once you explained your point of view, I got it, I really did. But then you kept talking and going on and on how you were treated, etc, etc, and you continue to do so in this blog, that I think if you had just continue to lay low after winning I would be much happier for you.

    Comment by AS — September 13, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  96. So with all of these people claiming Nick “owes” Rachel half the money and that you cant get to the end without a partner …maybe should talk to the producers of the show and tell then to change the rules to the partner team that gets to the end will win $125k each and leave it at that..but that is not how the game is….its a chance to win $250k….so why not play the game how everyone else plays it….by lying. That’s how you win according to Chris and Kalon. So since Rachel and jaclyn and the rest of those snobby alliances treated nick like crap and didn’t want to be his partner..he deserves and won the money. I cannot stand that ugly faced jaclyn and how she was saying he didn’t deserve the money…and when nick asked her why he didn’t deserve it..she goes”cause you just don’t” that is f…ing pathetic! Again..its just jealousy and Rachel probably agreed to buy jaclyns friendship back with her half that she would have won.that’s why jaclyns jaw dropped so far…she probably needed the money for a nose job! And haters that say nick should just die with his money is just going to far! Its a freaking game…why would you wish death upon someone??? I think you need to think about going to church and praying to God

    Comment by melanie — September 13, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  97. Karma is a bitch. The only way your plan would have worked was by Rachel picking “share.” She could have chosen “keep” also. You relied on her being willing to give $125,000 to you. She was willing to give $125,000 to you. That’s what makes this incredibly greedy of you. If you thought she could have picked “keep”, you would have made a genuine deal to share but you capitalized on her being a generous, trusting person and being willing to give to you. You weren’t treated well in the house? Cry me a river. No one was treated well in the house. That doesn’t give you an excuse to capitalize on someone else’s kindness, to deceive them publicly and then laugh about it. Boom? Good luck in life. No one will ever really trust you. Hope the money was worth it.

    Comment by Kate b — September 13, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  98. Brilliant!! You deserve every nickel!

    Comment by patty — September 13, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

  99. Good for you – I completely understood it. And I agree with everything you said here. Jaclyn and Rachel are mean girls, I am so not a fan.

    Comment by LC — September 14, 2012 @ 1:24 am

  100. Nick, are your balls insured? They are good ones that you’ll wanna keep a hold on. PS- tj is a lesbian. I know her in real life and she doesn’t shave her bush. i don’t get it bc she isn’t even good at softball. Hummmm. Anyway, congratulations.

    Comment by your balls — September 14, 2012 @ 1:51 am

  101. There is no reason why anyone should be hating on you for this. We all watched what went down and you were the UNDERDOG. Geez, underdog doesn’t really even state it clearly.
    GOOD FOR YOU!!!! I am glad that you won. You played it right and have nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. I am also glad you got the chance to blog about it here. As much as I love some of the other cast members I am very, very happy for you.
    Go enjoy the $$$$$$

    Comment by Claudia — September 14, 2012 @ 2:00 am

  102. Well congrats on winning.But money isnt everything.The way you acted was despicable especially after you revealed your decision.It was quite hard to watch and I dont think I have ever felt so pissed at anyone.But its all a game.Hope you can find peace with yourself cos I wouldnt if I did something like that.And for those telling you it was right,I find it quite pathetic cos nothing about what you did was right.Enjoy it while it lasts.Chao

    Comment by stephenie — September 14, 2012 @ 2:21 am

  103. BS!! NICK, I use to like you a lot. You were my favorite. Monday night I was praying for you and Racheal to win. I’m hating you now! Becarful karma is bitch! You’re selfish, greedy,liar! And dishunest!!!

    Comment by L,D — September 14, 2012 @ 3:57 am

  104. Nick,
    I’m glad you won! You didn’t owe anyone anything,especially someone who thinks they’re the reason you got to the end…when in fact,they only got to the end because of Michael,then Jaclyn. You just keep your head up high and let the others continue to be immature. Best of luck to you! God bless

    Comment by Gabriela10 — September 14, 2012 @ 4:46 am

  105. @Nick, you won fair and square in a game that is all about double crossing, lying, using and manipulation. All your reasons for why you kept the money are valid. Who can say anyone is greedy in a game where winning money is the goal? What’s more you got your fame too – and it comes from being a skilled game player, not from being a whore, partier, snarky person or from being a big mouth. You stand out from just about every bach guest we ever have seen on any of the three shows. Impressive!!

    Comment by Ashley2 — September 14, 2012 @ 5:33 am

  106. @Susan – you said a mouthful! And said it very well. :-)

    I too wondered how much of what Rachel said was influenced by editing, production, and just simple heartbreak. Like David Goode said, women are straight-up emotional creatures, and 10 days of spending 24/7 with a guy you’re falling for can do major head damage.

    Also, integrity is something inherent in your character and isn’t influenced, shaped, or altered by a game OR its rules. Actually, the rules of Bachelor Pad don’t even stipulate that players have to lie — these people just default to lying because it’s something they’re already comfortable with.

    Comment by V. — September 14, 2012 @ 5:58 am

  107. Congrats Nick.. you stood up to the schoolyard bullies and came away with the money.. kudos to you..

    as for Rachel.. get her a cake.. B%$ches love cake

    Comment by Just me — September 14, 2012 @ 6:02 am

  108. Take a moment to think about the winners of BP2 and after finding out like an HOUR beforehand that his ex-fiance who he spent half the season trying to win back just got engaged, Michael still SHARED the money.

    Also, I like that you are self proclaimed “The Schmuck with $250,000″

    What does that leave you as when you have spent the money?

    Comment by BP Fan — September 14, 2012 @ 6:59 am

  109. And Michael probably doesn’t have a 1000+ word blog defending his BP2 decision…

    Comment by BP Fan — September 14, 2012 @ 7:02 am

  110. How many challenges did Nick win? I honestly can’t remember, but I have a feeling it’s less than Rachel (she won the Hot Fudge Sunday, right?)…and you can’t count the final challenge because that was a partner effort. But I feel like Nick won none on his own.

    I also agree with the comment above that stated that flying under the radar is not a strategy, in that without Rachel, his under-the-radar butt would have been voted out in no time, and then how well would that flawed “strategy” have worked out for him? Kalon & Lindzi tried flying under the radar, and it worked for awhile for them but even they knew it was going to get them in trouble when it came down to the final few and there’s no place to hide.

    If Jaclyn can put aside the fact that her alliance-partner Rachel cut off her chances of winning the $250K, you think Nick would be able to get over the “She didn’t like me and Ed called me a nobody!” high-school-like vengeance he was trying to exact. My husband, who had been playing on his iPad the whole show, looked up during Nick’s speech at the end and said “When does he start shooting everybody?” because it totally sounded like where he was going with that speech.

    I’m not a hater, I just am not a Nick-lover at this point, and I was the whole show!! I was rooting for you Nick, and felt so disappointed at the end. Whatever Rachel did does not sound like enough to make that drastic of a decision.

    Comment by Dee Tee — September 14, 2012 @ 7:19 am

  111. I am a friend of Nick’s in Tampa and he has given his time and energy with NO compensation to work on charity events and fundraisers throughout the Tampa Bay Area. He walks in a bar without an air about him and he is genuinely a nice guy, a bit shy, and his parents ARE FANTASTIC people who have class and honor and Nick is the personification of that. I know quite a few people who have been on the show and they are all amazing, but truthfully, the show thrives on the drama and picks people that cause drama and throw a few honest and sincere people in the mix, and Nick was one of those! I can’t say enough about him and I stood up and screamed (and won money from my friends) when I told them if he saw the clips he should keep it all without a second thought…..most responding to this need to get their own life and stop trashing a guy then don’t know based on a TV show that cuts clips to make people look bad. IN MY OPINION, NICK SHOULD BE THE NEXT BACHELOR!!

    Comment by Linda — September 14, 2012 @ 8:38 am

  112. The concept of “deserved” is a little silly to even be talking about here. Look, anyone who is sitting there at the end deserves to be there. Plain and simple. There is nobody who played a better game than Nick because if they did, they would have won instead. Quit the hating, and just admit that Nick played it brilliantly. Sure there is some luck along the way, but sometimes luck falls in the path of those with the least propensity to self destruct – which by the way is also something that played a good game would not do. So congratulations to Nick, that was an amazing move and your rationale is spot on. Agree with every word you say. Sometimes people need to be mature enough to separate the game from reality.

    Comment by Brat — September 14, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  113. Nick, you should do a blog next BP! We would love to get your perspective!

    Comment by Melinda — September 14, 2012 @ 9:36 am

  114. Congratulations.
    What are you going to do with the winnings? Will you start your own business?

    Comment by check it — September 14, 2012 @ 9:39 am

  115. @Linda
    This is what I think Nick should have done: given the exact same speech that he did, word for word, telling everyone exactly what he thought of their hurtful, disrespectful, and nasty comments, and then taken the high road and picked “share.” That would have showed class and honer instead of vindictiveness and spite and would have left and impact on everyone!!

    Comment by B.R. — September 14, 2012 @ 9:53 am

  116. Nick, You set an excellent example and proved where class, decency & brains will get you. What a wakeup call for dumb Jaclyn & Rachel, who thought sex was going to get them the $$ & a guy and in the end, they got neither. They were jealous of you fm the beginning cause they & the other women KNEW they didn’t stand a chance. How interesting to find out that the contestants voted for YOU, not many were totally disgusted with her & her actions. You know the saying, ‘birds o a feather’.

    Comment by cam — September 14, 2012 @ 9:55 am

  117. Haters are usually LOSERS and Losers are usually haters!

    Anyone with half a brain and REALLY watched what happened in your situation SHOULD HAVE DONE WHAT YOU DID.

    Very well played.

    Comment by Mick — September 14, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  118. Congrats Nick! After watching the last 2 episodes I would not have trusted Rachel to stick with the “SHARE” answer either. You did the right thing.

    Comment by Jules — September 14, 2012 @ 11:09 am

  119. Nick,

    You say that Rachel didn’t care about you as her partner. From the looks of it Rachel went from not caring about you to caring enough to want to share the $250K prize with someone that she may or may not have an interest in. You went from caring about being a formidable partner for her to not caring about anything or anyone. Whether you even care about yourself is questionable. Considering that life, individuals, and relationships are in a continuous state of flux or evolution I would rather someone grow to care about me rather than the other way around. It seems you made a decision based on what was said in the past when maybe you should have made a decision based on the present looking to the future. I believe that winners deserve to be people who the public admires on multiple levels not just on their cleverness/astuteness. Anything that life offers isn’t balanced when we put all our eggs into one basket. We need to diversify. If all you really cared about is to win all the money fine then take ownership for that and let by gones be by gones. Rachel didn’t put you up to it. You had already made that decision on your own. Know, though, that no matter what or the why of your choice(s), it doesn’t stop life from teaching us its many varied lessons. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”-Forest Gump. All my best to you.

    Comment by Nick — September 14, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  120. To the idiot above this who is posting Forest Gump quotes, you know what? You really should call yourself Forest. And you are the same ding dong that posts on Nat’s blog with her name. What a loser you are.

    Comment by NICK FAN — September 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  121. Oh, and “Forest?” Yes you. This is to inform you that should you take this name … this was my second and only post, so if you use my name … nope that’s not me and no I don’t apologize or want to change, add to or in any way further comment on anything I just said in my only two posts.

    Comment by NICK FAN — September 14, 2012 @ 11:57 am

  122. Boom is right! Great job, Nick. As many times as Rachel made it clear she didn’t care about the money & didn’t want you as a partner, it’s obvious why you chose Keep. Well done!

    Comment by Amanda — September 14, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

  123. I don’t understand why people get so worked up about this since those were the rules of the game. You were allowed to pick Keep. Nick was an underdog and did well to stay out of the drama. I’m happy for him.

    Comment by Michelle — September 14, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

  124. Just the fact that you wrote this Nick, says that you know that what you did was wrong. There are multi million deals made all over the world just on “you have my word”!.

    Secondly you changed your mind after watching two episodes, what are you a man or a mouse?! Did you call her and then say all bets are off or did you plot like a scheming woman scorned and say well watch me screw you over.
    Thirdly imagine, that with all Rachel said about you,plus what happened with Jacklyn and Michael she still chose to share the money with you, which you KNEW she was going to do.
    I would never do business or patronize anything associated with your name, because money can’t buy you CLASS !!!

    Comment by Your word is your bond — September 14, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

  125. Winning!

    Comment by Ajmc — September 14, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  126. nick, you well deserved that money,CONGRATULATIONS!!! they can say whatever they want to say just ignore it, haters are haters. you did the right thing by keeping the money and i’m very happy for you. rachel said it many times that she don’t care about the money anyway so why is she bitter about it now? you played the game safe and smart i will say it again just ignore those haters they are all CLOWNS. GO AROUND THE WORLD AND ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST.

    Comment by dyne — September 14, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  127. WHAM!!! They never knew what hit ‘em! lol Good job – the only non-whiner in the bunch won!

    Comment by Linda — September 14, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  128. Nick,

    Ignore the haters! You made such a smart move. I agree that was pretty gutsy of you to do! But it sure paid off! I, too, wouldn’t want to give 125k to someone that bashed me the entire time. You played the game right and won! Enjoy your money!

    Comment by Jenny — September 14, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  129. After reading this, all I can think is: Nick, stop doing interviews and for the love of Pete, don’t write another blog! If you are worried about what other people think of you, then hire a PR firm. I can’t imagine any PR firm suggesting that you write a blog like this. This blog makes you sound even worse than you did after you lectured everyone on the finale! You need to just get on with your life, keep you head down and show everyone by your future actions that you are the great guy that you are trying to tell us that you are in this blog.

    Comment by grace — September 14, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

  130. Dear Nick~ if you ever feel a heart pull towards individuals with medical issues… let me know. stricken with late stage lyme (as a former collegiate v-ball player, community volunteer, and health care provider),now bedridden most days… a specific treatment would get me back to human status again. I’m not going to judge you any way. Just simply inform you of possible charities for Lyme disease patients. maybe this is not an expected post.
    Oh well, I guess nothing on that show was.

    Comment by faith — September 14, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

  131. Best ending ever!!! So glad that you did that, Nick. I didn’t want any of those jerks to win any money. I’m so glad that a deserving person finally won one of these shows!!!

    Comment by Sarah — September 14, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  132. I totally agree with everything you said and I’m SO happy for you, Nick!

    Comment by Morgan — September 14, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

  133. @Grace, are you kidding me? Nick has done an amazing job as his own spokesperson. You need to take a class in PR 101. And get some therapy for that jealousy of yours.

    Yay Nick! Clearly 95% of the viewers are on your side! Enjoy the money and you are not a schmuck :)

    Comment by Stella — September 15, 2012 @ 5:34 am

  134. Players are gonna get played
    Haters are gonna hate
    The people, we can relate
    The viewers we gonna rate
    Time to get it on and date
    Find you’self a mate
    We gonna sit and wait
    Who you’ll pick, it’s not too late
    Ladies lining up to be a mate
    Cuz now we all know Nick is great

    Comment by AfroTurfy — September 15, 2012 @ 5:40 am

  135. “The Schmuck with $250,000″ — Love it — get it trademarked!!!

    Comment by Best line ever — September 15, 2012 @ 5:47 am

  136. I, like many others, like how you played the game.
    Great twist. I just wish somebody hadn’t posted a spoiler before I saw it.
    Would have done the same if somebody was degrading and disrespecting me as a partner that way. It can’t being fun seeing on tv how somebody talks bad behind your back like that.
    I remember I liked you on Men Tell All at Ashley’s season too when we got to see you sharing your thoughts, I remember I liked you and agreed on whatever you said back then.
    You have my full support now too. I wouldn’t care about those who don’t if I was you.

    And I must say I HOPE Rachel doesn’t get to be the Bachelorette. She might be a very nice girl, but after watching Ben’s season and Bachelor Pad, I didn’t get the impression of her as a nice, likable person I’d like to root for. She is very pretty though, and I don’t know her personally she could be supernice. But from what we’ve seen so far I don’t think would interest me enough to watch her.

    Comment by SJ — September 15, 2012 @ 10:22 am

  137. First I’d like to say, the finale is not “Judgement Day,” it’s the last part of the “game.” We all know this is a game about lying and coniving to stay afloat and win the money. If ABC wanted the money to be given to the person they felt deserved it, they would keep track of who had the most wins, the most kissing partners, most shots, most tears shed, etc. but it’s not about that. This is only the 3rd B-Pad. I bet there will be alot more people KEEPING the money in the end. (I would) B-Pad 2 was Michael and Holly. Well hello…Michael shared the money with her cuz he was engaged to Holly, and B-Pad 1 it was all new. So, Nick my hat is off to you. Good Luck!

    Comment by Sabrina — September 15, 2012 @ 10:49 am

  138. @The Eternal Optimist , thanks for making me laugh!

    Comment by loner — September 15, 2012 @ 11:10 am

  139. Dear Nick ~ You have entitled yourself very well “Schmuck with $250,000″. Guessing after taxes it really amounts to $175K, unless you cheat on your taxes too. You gave your word to Rachel. Any doubts after watching episodes could have been handled with a phone call before filming the finale. Instead, you allowed Rachel to believe you would be true to your word and you just socked it to her.

    I am going to say I’m glad to hear you invested in your good buddy’s new restaurant. So glad you decided to share with Chris B. The reason I’m glad is because you will most likely, in this economy, lose your investment. I’m guessing that the news of that probably heaped on another pile of hurt onto Rachel. You wouldn’t support her, but you are supporting someone you were playing AGAINST.

    A very nice option would be for you to send Rachel a check for 10% of what you have left as a peace offering.

    It won’t absolve you from what you have done, but it will go a long way to making things better.

    Let your conscience be your guide. Peace.

    Comment by SRQFlorida — September 15, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

  140. @ Loner — thanks, but it wasn’t a joke. Everyone start stocking up on non-perishables and water now! Nick, you can buy 250,000 cans of baked beans and I suggest you do that instead of blowing all your money on an expensive car. If you have to, get a Volvo with shatterproof glass; it’ll be safer when you drive through riots. Also an electric fence and some shotguns and learn to grow your own food. Though if WE CAN ALL STOP FIGHTING EACH OVER STUPID SHIT and realize who the real enemy is, we can step out of this sick corrupt fascist corporate system and take care of each other. Don’t worry. I’m not a commie. Share your baked beans, Nick.

    Congratulations and thank you for the mind-blowing entertainment. I didn’t even have to take my anti-depressants the next morning.

    Comment by The Eternal Optimist (not really) — September 15, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  141. p.s. And if you want to make Rachel feel better, buy her the ugliest, most expensive designer bag you can find. For some reason girls love that shit. She’ll be on a high for months.

    Comment by The Eternal Optimist (not really) — September 15, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  142. I always liked you during both shows (Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad) and now, I respect you, and your decision to “keep” because I read this. Everything makes sense now, and I’m happy for you. You go, Nick! You go with your bad self!! Glad you had the “cajones” to do what was obviously the right decision.

    Comment by Natalie — September 16, 2012 @ 7:58 am

  143. The fact continues to remain: Nick is the schmuck with $250k. Bravo! I wish I was a schmuck with $2,500…damn economy!

    Comment by Gigi — September 16, 2012 @ 10:53 am

  144. Ummmmmm, let’s see now. Nick was a shmuck who will never be trusted b anyone agan in his life cause he went against his word. If any one of you shmucks that write this bullsh** were in his position, would you call the person and tell them you changed you mind and decided to put Keep? I didn’t think so. Every one of you except Nick went against your word, lied, made asses out of yourselves, were drunk most of the time so didn’t have a clue what you were doing. Smart move, Nick, you deserve every cent. Most of the people commenting are most likely the ones who ‘played the game’. Poor losers they are and are totes the ones who will not be trusted in life. Proof is in the pudding.

    Comment by Duh, Helllooooo... — September 16, 2012 @ 11:08 am

  145. Does this mean Dave Good won’t be putting up a blog? Damn. I was enjoying his writing.

    I agree, send Rachel an ugly expensive bag. It’ll be a nice gesture and will make her happy. She’ll be tweeting about it for weeks.

    Congrats again, Nick! Hopefully you aren’t even bothering to read these comments. Some pretty bitter and judgmental people here. As if they know you from watching 5 minutes of footage.

    Comment by Dave's Stalker — September 16, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

  146. As Courtney would say …. “WINNING!”

    Congratulations Nick!

    Comment by Robyn — September 16, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

  147. I think you are a disgusting excuse for a human being. Chris and Sarah would have won the votes without Rachel sitting next to you. I don’t care who your partner was, you got to the end with a partner. without one you would have gone home and she should have had equal share of the prize in the end. it’s sad and pathetic that you feel anything you say will make your actions ok. they were inexcusable. as for the person who said they hope you have children so the can show you what a disgrace you are, I don’t think that will ever happen because it takes an incredibly stupid girl to have children with a greedy, untrustworthy bastard such as yourself. good luck finding a girl that stupid. I bet you die alone, and guess what? money doesn’t do you any good then!

    Comment by Dana — September 16, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  148. Dana, you are clueless. There are tons of girls congratulating Nick just on this blog. He won’t die alone. Hope you can overcome all that hate and start enjoying life.

    Comment by Robyn — September 17, 2012 @ 6:26 am

  149. Dear Nick,

    I’m sorry about all the unjustified mean nastiness going on here. People just LOOOOOOVE to judge! I think the ones who judge so loudly and with such self-riteousness are the ones who are scared shitless of looking at themselves. Don’t these people have better things to do with their time instead of judging others?

    Anyway I’m wondering if I can borrow around $50,000. I am setting up an organic herbal grow house. You can invest in it if you want, you to know that jail-time is a minor possibility.

    Thanks and congrats!

    Comment by Miss Mary Jane — September 17, 2012 @ 6:48 am

  150. * You can invest if you want, but you need to know *

    Comment by Miss Mary Jane — September 17, 2012 @ 6:49 am

  151. Hey peeps ITS A GAME. Why are some of you taking it so super serious? Rachel wasn’t smart that she did not keep her trap shut about Michael and didn’t want Nick as a partner. You don’t piss off a partner in a SOCIAL GAME where there is a KEEP or SHARE TWIST. In the end it was all about trust and respect the latter she lacked after she became Nick’s partner by default. Had she knuckled down, quit crying and treated Nick as an equal not someone to be tolerated she might have gotten her half. Funny that Rachel said she did not care if she did not win the money but her cussing was contrary to her words. She looked like a fool but that was her own doing. I hope future alums who plan to be on Bachelor Pad take heed the most important lesson in playing the game: Treat your partner like an equal. If they can’t handle loosing, they should stay home. Well done Nick! Enjoy your winnings. :)

    Comment by Maria C — September 17, 2012 @ 7:45 am

  152. you are pathetic!!… Karma is a bitch, and it will make sure u cannot live happily with this money… Wait and see that this money is only going to make ur life miserable from here on … Without rACHEL YOU WUDNT HAVE WON THE LAST CHALLENGE, dont forget that!!!! U r disgusting… i HOPE the worst for u….

    Comment by Sara — September 17, 2012 @ 8:07 am

  153. Everyone is screaming bloody murder, saying “greed!!” and “karma!!”
    what about what Rachel did? voting off her best friend Jaclyn in the last second after she had been faithful to her and kept her on the show all this time?? was that not greed?? does that not call out for karma???
    Nick did what was right for him, under the circumstances: Rachel was not once loyal to him, he had no reason to be loyal to her.
    In fact, maybe this *is* karma… for Rachel!! she took Jaclyn’s shot at the money, “karma” made sure she didn’t get it either!!!

    Comment by Luz — September 17, 2012 @ 8:56 am

  154. You are right Sara. Karma is a bitch…and slapped Rachel for her mean spirited treatment of Nick and her arrogance for saying she did not care if she won or not. I’d say karma got it right. LOL

    Comment by Maria C — September 17, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  155. Gee Whiz – so much hate on here. Doesn’t matter if we agree or disagree with Nick’s decision… who are you to be so hateful and judgemental??!!?? I have to agree with Miss Mary Jane – well, except for the $50K investment idea……………………………….

    Comment by KeriL — September 17, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  156. Two thumbs up!! That was awesome pants! Loved it — you go, Nick. :)

    Comment by Francesca — September 17, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  157. Well that was friggin AWESOME!! Nobody earned or deserved anything. You were playing a game and you won! Funny how you did to Rachel what she did to her BFF Jaclyn and all of a sudden you’re the bad guy? That was great TV…thanks:)

    Comment by Victoria — September 17, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  158. The group voted for you and Rachel because she was your partner.I believe had you been up there and only one of you could have won,Rachel would have won by a landside.

    Comment by Linda — September 17, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  159. Congratulations Nick!! You know at first I was surprised and also very much turned off by your move at the very end. However, after reading your final statement here on the website I admittedly agree that you were right to make the decision to keep the money all to yourself!! You definitely deserved it, and I honestly believe that if all that was said about you in the last two shows hadn’t been said that you would have happily shared the money!! You really did deserve it, and I really have a better understanding of how you came to your decision now as well…all I have to say now is GOOD FOR YOU!! 8D

    Comment by PCJ — September 17, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

  160. It is a game of wits. Rachel could have just as easily chosen “keep” and had probably thought about doing so. It is also a game of trust and obviously Nick did not trust Rachel. I can see why. Sometimes the right decision is the hard decision. Nick chose to do what was personally the best choice for him. Afterall, what did he have to lose? If Rachel chose “keep”, he would lose 250k. If Rachel and he both chose “share”, he would essentially lose or give away 125k. If they both chose “keep” they would get nothing. But he would have gotten nothing anyway, if Rachel was planning to chose “keep”, which Nick obviously thought was a strong possibility after watching the last 2 episodes. I think he stood strong and was not bullied into making a decision that was the easy decision, and for that he deserves the money. It was his call, not Rachel’s to bring Chris and Sarah to the finale. If Rachel had gotten her way, Nick and Rachel would not even be deciding to keep or share, because it would be Jacklyn and Ed sitting up there. So for that, she doesn’t deserve any of the money. It was Nick that got them to that particular point based on picking Chris and Sarah. They always say it’s the quiet ones you’ve got to watch out for. That’s so true! Congratulations, Nick! You played the game well. Do not feel bad or appologize for the way you played the game. Rachel will get her fame, which is obviously what she wanted. She is a beautiful girl and can model or maybe be a rockstar, if they can doctor up her vocals! Never appologize for the choice you made. But spend wisely, that won’t go far in today’s economy!

    Comment by Laura — September 18, 2012 @ 8:23 am

  161. Such an awesome ending! Loved your speech and the reasons behind your choice. This blog also details it a bit further. Knew the outcome reading Reality Steve but so enjoyed his detailing it all. I didn’t watch the whole season, but did watch the finale just to see you shove it in their faces. Congrads.

    Can’t understand those who think because Michael shafted Rachel, played her pathetically, Nick should have felt sorry for her and rewarded her for dissing him! NOT. Michael is an itchy, twitchy, twerp and Holly knew he was not marriage material.

    Enjoy your money…and it is definitely yours…don’t feel the need to send whiney, sobby, bitchy Rachel anything. She was awful to you and to others and guess what…she now has her final reward…NOTHING!

    Comment by Kalilynne — September 18, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  162. It’s quite clear that you’ve spent a crapload of time constructing speeches whether they be written or oral. This is proof that what you did eats at you as it should. You need to reason out to yourself why you did something so selfish on such a huge scale. You need to find reasons that don’t make you feel bad about yourself. You don’t do it to make the world believe. You do it to make yourself believe. This why your whole demeanor changed on that STAGE on finale night. This is why you were so short. You didn’t want anything to put a chink in that armor of yours. You didn’t want anything to deflate that air bubble of an act you were putting on. This was the act of someone who realized how inconsequential they’d been for an entire game finding themselves in the position to make themselves look like a big bad man. I think it’s funny that this will eat away at you for the rest of your life. Oh, and by the way, muscles don’t make up for ugly!

    Comment by Kimberly — September 19, 2012 @ 2:58 am

  163. Kimberly, its quite clear you spent a crapload of time constructing a hate speech. Total waste of time when the show is done and over with. Move on and get out for a change.

    Comment by To Kimberly — September 19, 2012 @ 8:32 am


    Comment by Congrats Nick — September 19, 2012 @ 8:34 am

  165. Kimberly, you need to get a life. I believe this is eating away at you, and only you. I hope you find a way to get rid of your anger, as your comments are dripping with bitterness. Go take it somewhere else, or get some help. The game is over, Nick won fair and square and it’s a shame you’re letting a reality game show get to you so much.

    Comment by jessie — September 19, 2012 @ 11:18 am

  166. The show is over. Move on people. Nothing else to see here.

    Comment by Melinda — September 19, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

  167. Nick, Are you tallying up the additional $ you’re making for each click here? You must be getting a good laugh at the weirdos on here:)

    Comment by Cam — September 19, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

  168. Nick, this may be a case of win the battle, lose the war. While it’s a game, you should’ve realized that your potential customer base is majorly composed of the BP fan base. After taxes, $250k becomes $156k, so really, you’re the “Schmuck With an Extra $78k”. So the question is: are you missing out on more than $78k? Better make sure the answer is “no,” because now you’re suddenly much more vulnerable than a person who plays “keep” in a prisoner’s dilemma game.

    Comment by Mark — September 19, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  169. Here’s another click for you LOL…It’s clearly all about the e$ so her’s another buck or so—whatever you get per click.
    Ladies and gents(I use the terms loosely!)may we remember that we did not watch this ridiculous show to be inspired by integrity and fair dealing! We watched it in fascinated horror/humor since fellow humans making asses of themselves has always been a from of entertainment.
    So the biggest ass won—isn’t that the point?

    Comment by Maturesillyintellectual — September 20, 2012 @ 3:25 pm

  170. When you chose to keep the money I stood up in my seat and clapped!!! You didn’t owe her anything! Oh, and like 2 minutes after I watched the finale I posted “Schmuck with $250,000″ on Facebook!!!

    Comment by Megan — September 23, 2012 @ 9:24 am

  171. well put.

    Comment by Anna — September 24, 2012 @ 10:57 am

  172. I would love to see NIck as the next Bachelor.

    Comment by Kristen — September 24, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  173. Ignore all the haters, all your reasons are extremely valid. The childish behavior of all your cast mates before and after your decision were more than enough to prove to anyone why you did it. Good going!

    Comment by Chloe Vanner — September 25, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

  174. Just like a man thinking that he ALWAYS does ALL the work because he makes ONE decision and of course he ALWAYS assumes that if ANYTHING goes right its ONLY because of him! My problem with the whole thing is that no one knew Nick or even wanted to keep him around because he had no alliances OR friends in the house… He flew SO out of the radar that he were ALWAYS a simple pick to send home! It wasnt great stragedy it was he just not wanting to man up and do ANYTHING that might have a chance to backfire… Instead he waited till there was nothing to lose. The crazy thing is I know he wouldnt have risked losing the money if he didnt KNOW Rachel would pick share! This is obviously because he was SO afraid to do ANYTHING in the game to piss ppl off that he did NOTHING the whole game! He probably even threw challenges so he didnt have to make a difficult decision that might result in having a enemy.
    The next problem was the way he delivered his decision… Nick were SO incredibly proud that he snaked his way into winning the money after she got him there through her ties! Saying that you felt you did all the work is totally BS! U might have activity tried to make her make decisions that favored you but her loyalty and relationships was how she played the game! She never once did ANYTHING malicious other then being totally heartbroken over Micheal and stating that her loyalty was worth more then money! To me that shows how much integrity she has! Nick KNEW and trusted in the great integrity she had otherwise he wont have chanced picking keep. My heart bled for her since she had to go through a heartbreak, being bullied into betraying her best friend, AND having nothing to show for all the pain she went through. To make matters worse is how horrible Nick treated her to make his decision seem right! She lost EVERYTHING that mattered to her bc his pride was hurt because she wanted Michael there! Of course she did! She was falling for him so no matter who her partner might have been and how great he might have done at the challenges she would rather have Michael there with her!
    Next note… There would be no way in hell that nick would have won if he had had a different partner because EVERYONE in the house didnt believe he even deserved the money because of his coasting through the game… They would have probably given it to Chris bc at least he tried to play the game as best a possible! EVERYONE wanted Rachel to get the money because she was SO sweet and nice and everyone liked her…
    Finally, I know that there is some merit in the fact that this IS a game and should be played rationally and not emotionally. So TECHNICALLY it is okay to do pretty much ANYTHING in the sake of game play… However even though that fact is true doesnt make what he did right. It was a malicious and greedy action because if it wasnt he wouldnt have felt the need to explain and reexplain his actions. Everyone in the house said mean and hurtful things because lets face it living in a house with many different people and personalities makes it hard to ALWAYS get along with everyone. Nick himself said many hurtful things to Rachel yet for you to do it was okay!
    You actions only happened because you are self centered from the beginning… You didnt care if she was hurting bc YOU wanted everyone to precieve your partnership as perfect so you could have a greater chance of winning. YOU didnt care that she had to stab her BEST friend in the back because it benefited you! You didnt make friendships because YOU ONLY wanted the money. You did want her to talk to Michael bc you wanted to control Rachel! I mean COMEON! Most people in the house were more ready to get rid of you OVER a fan! You were a easy choice because your leaving wouldnt rock the boat because you were a nobody. Also even when you were in the Bachelorette you were a nobody so much so that half the cast of Bachelor Pad 3 didnt even know who you were and you yourself stated that you have NEVER recieved a rose. The whole season we never even knew you existed till right at the end after you partnered with Rachel! When you finally showed up all you did was whine and complain about Rachel. So obviously you werent a GREAT partner yourself and then you go on and on about her not being estatic about being with you. She carried you through the game not you her! You NEVER won anything and you wouldnt have even won one thing if it wasnt for her!
    I feel sorry for your MOTHER! She must be SO ashamed in the way you acted towards Rachel. Im sure that EVERY girl you date from here on will see how horrible you can behave towards someone you have a relationship with! Girls will never trust you again after that appalling show! Of course the guys applaud your actions so you might have a better chance in THAT dating scene! lol I’m sure SHIT is already hitting the fan because of your choices… This will haunt you the rest of your life because the WHOLE WORLD watched your behavior! Nothing like getting bitch slapped by random strangers the rest of your life! I wouldnt say that 250k will be worth it in the end! Forever is a long LONG time for you to have to justify your actions! Think about Courtney! Her actions have destroyed her life and she didnt do anything as near as what you did! I dont believe in karma but I do believe in consequences of your actions! You cant do anything without having some consequeneces because of your behavior! So good luck with that!

    Comment by Sellefrancais — September 30, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

  175. ^ ^ ^ Is Sellefrancais for REAL??!! Take a BREATH. Don’t be such a HATER. hahaha HAHAHA

    Comment by KeriL — October 1, 2012 @ 7:59 am

  176. sellefrancais quite whining it’s done and get over with. are you rachel?

    Comment by dyne — October 1, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

  177. OMG goodbye people

    Comment by Melinda — October 4, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  178. Nick–never got chance to read and post yet. I just want to say that even though I do feel bad seeing Rachel hurt as she’s a great girl, I agree and respect your final decision. Sometimes it’s those quiet ones that no one cares about that make it out on top. Then those people wonder how it all happened, lol.

    Comment by Izzy — October 10, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

  179. I just wanted to say that..the only reason why Nick and Rachel won was because everyone didn’t want Chris to win the money. So they have no choice but to choose Nick and Rachel. I thought you(Nick) did an awesome job at playing this game. Yes i did feel bad for Rachel but that’s not the case. If Rachel keep the money then should would’ve got the money. Also, Rachel did mention a lot of times that the money didn’t even matter to her because she rather be with Michael. Rachel shouldn’t take her anger at Nick because she lost her love and just because she lost her love, she wants the money now. It doesn’t work like that. And I believe nor did Nick or Rachel played the game since they were so quiet in the beginning of the game. All in all, Nick you did an awesome job by keeping KEEP. Goodluck! And the people who keeps saying “What comes around goes around,” you sure know that line because it must have happen to you millions of time. Dont be hating on Nick when its just a GAME!!!!!!!

    Comment by Liz — October 14, 2012 @ 10:49 pm

  180. Oh and forgot to mention, STOP mentioning about his parents!!!!This have nothing to do with them. Maybe you should take a look at your parents first! And a GAME IS JUST A DAM FUCKING GAME!

    Comment by Liz — October 14, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  181. Although it was uncomfortable to watch, and even still to think about, I think you did the right thing. Rachel wasn’t supportive of you or your partership. And even though she didn’t want to, she did the same thing by voting out her “best” friend. It took balls for sure, and I am not sure most people would have been brave enough to do it. But, the fact is you played the game and won. Simple as that.

    Comment by Christy — October 19, 2012 @ 5:35 am

  182. You needed a partner to make it to the end, it just so happened to be Rachel. Whether either of you wanted to be each other’s partner or not, she helped you get to the end…AND she could have selected ‘Keep’ as well, but knowing you helped her, she wanted to share. I just think you are greedy and immature.

    Comment by Christine Chaos — November 5, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

  183. Nick-
    If I were you I would take the money you just won. Go on a cruise and never look at this website again. You don’t owe anybody an explanation. You played a game and you won… period. It might not be a the most pleasent game but everybody on the show signed up to play. I don’t believe you went on the show to make friends or fall in love. Nobody goes on the bacholarpad thinking how am I going to win 125,000 dollars. You said it from the beginning you went on the show for the money and that’s why I believe you won. You never allowed yourself to get attached emotionally to anyone or any partner.

    Comment by Jeff — November 9, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

  184. Nick, I gotta tell ya I was shocked when you said you weren’t sharing. But it didnt take a brain surgeon to figure out why. I thought the things Rachael was saying on the show after Michaels departure where hurtful and outright mean. You did good.


    PS I have a niece 26 years old, (Chico State Grad) smart, beautiful,and fun. If interested email me at

    Comment by Lori — December 4, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

  185. You are such an a$$. As if you wanted to be her partner? Not to mention – you just sat there and bored the majority of the viewers for the entire season until you made a bad impression at the very end. You’re an idiot. Rachel, I hope you got something out of the deal! Ugh! I wouldn’t want to be this moron’s partner either!

    Comment by Stephanie — January 9, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  186. I loooooove you nick!!! So sorry I didn’t notice you before man! I’m totally in on kalon’s thought process in the finale! You did what anyone in their right mind would’ve done. Rachel’s a nice adorable girl but she wasn’t in it with you. You got there by yourself. You pulled it off. Great job. Kudos!!

    Comment by Wahid — January 13, 2013 @ 10:14 am

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