Bachelor franchise alum Chris Bukowski calls it quits with his reality TV career. The decision came after he woke up in a Mexican hotel without any memory of what happened the night before, as a result of being too drunk. That serves as a wake-up call for him to end that chapter of his career.
According to Business Insider, before the Bachelor fiasco, Bukowski had a good career in sales. He first worked for the New York Islanders and then later on, for the Front Row Marketing Sales. Bukowski shared that when it comes to his career, he was doing better than the majority of the people his age. He loved his job and made good money as well.
It was in 2012 that he got a casting call from "The Bachelorette.” His friend was the one who submitted him to be one of the candidates for the show. Everyone was very supportive of him that is why he decided to go for it. He ended up as part of the final four contestants before he got eliminated.
After that, he got another opportunity to be part of the “Bachelor Pad.” That is when things turn a bit edgy for Bukowski. It started to go downhill, as reported by US Weekly.
Bukowski revealed that his competitiveness got the best of him. And with that came some serious consequences to a point that everyone in the house hated him. He was then labeled as one of the season’s villain.
"Bachelor Pad was the pinnacle of my Bachelor career, to say the least," Bukowski recalled. He added, "It almost completely ruined me, my family, and my career."
When the show ended, he pursued his long-time goal and opened a restaurant. He opened the Bracket Room in Arlington, Virginia in 2013. However, he still was not able to get away from reality TV. So he made the awful decision to go back and joined “Bachelor in Paradise.”
That was the final draw of his reality TV career. After his drunken episode, Bukowski finally decided to call it quits. He then got a chance to retire on air.
"I just wanted to fix my mistakes that I made from being on the show previously. There was just no fixing that, but I thought it was possible. By continuing to go back, I just kept taking steps backward instead of forwards,” explained Bukowski.
Bukowski is now in a good and happier place in his life and career. He is currently running his own digital web development agency, KCM Create. Aside from that, he is also an investor in a fitness startup, Forte, and an advisor for the dating app, The Catch.
The ex-bachelor shared that he “wouldn't change anything because everything has somehow benefitted me or made me learn from my mistakes."
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