Last night Australia’s collective heart was broken when Richie the Rope Access Technician failed to receive a rose on The Bachelorette.
We’re very much Team Richie here at Mamamia and there were more than a few OMFGs sent out on our internal communications system last night.
If you missed the episode? Read Rosie’s recap here.
We’ve loved Richie since he first spouted one too many (actually one is too many) ‘cool bananas’ in the first episode of the season.
Let’s just take a moment to remember one of our earliest encounters with Australia’s Most Awkward Bachelorette Contestant:
We had a chat with Richie this morning and asked him how he’s been feeling and what he’s been upto since filming finished.
He was completely lovely, obviously, and filled us in on who’s actually the funniest, who he thinks will win and whether or not he’s found The One yet. (I mean he has had two whole months, geez.)
You can read the whole thing below:
How are you feeling today? Heartbroken?
Pretty cool, I’m okay. Doing lots of radio interviews. It’s pretty full on.
Look, last night’s rose ceremony. I didn’t see it coming… had Sam tipped you off?
No. I mean not really. You don’t really know that your time’s up or anything like that. You’re just all sharing these special moments with the same girl and she has a really difficult decision to make … I didn’t see it coming.
What do you think you could have done differently?
I probably would have relaxed a little bit more, you just don’t know how it will be edited and how you’ll be portrayed. I really could have relaxed a bit more around Sam but the cameras and the audio people made it hard.It’s pretty reasonable to not be good at saying your feelings on national television. Did you find that hard?
Yeah exactly. Not only is it hard to talk to a girl in general and then you have to do in front of a camera and audio people and Sam and you know all of Australia is going to be watching. It was certainly daunting.
Seriously though, what is a Rope Access Technician?
An industrial rope access technician. It’s an industry where we access areas that are hard to reach. Predominantly oil and gas. I do NDT, non-destructive testing, on like pipelines and wells and rigging etc., while hanging from a rope in the middle of an ocean, 75m above sea level. Cool stuff.
It sounds like a made up job.