There were two people missing on Monday night's The Men Tell All special: Reid and Wes. We all know Reid's story ---he allegedly had a "prior engagement" but will obviously return in next week's Bachelorette finale to make a confession and possibly propose to Jillian. Wes, on the other hand, is a completely different story. Host Chris Harrison has already explained that the show's resident bad boy declined to appear on the Tell All episode. But it appears that Wes has another side to the story.
"Wes declined coming on the show but then asked to be on only to be turned down. That is all true, but as usual with rumors too much of the truth has been left out. Wes did originally decline coming on the show. At the eleventh hour he had a change of heart and wanted to be on the show. Why the change of heart? With Wes there's always a scheme and it didn't take long to figure it out. Wes had called several of the guys to make sure they would back him up if he came back and only then did he call and ask to be back on the show. My opinion was I've heard enough B.S. to last me a lifetime with this guy. He doesn't matter in the grand scheme of Jillian's life so there's no reason to put up with any more of his Texas sayings and shenanigans," Harrison wrote on his blog.
While there's truth to what Harrison is saying, Austin360.com has shed light on a different angle. According to the website, "Hayden also says that early this month he angrily declined to appear on the 'Men Tell All' episode, for which the show's rejected bachelor contestants reunite on air. A week later, however, he changed his mind but was told the show didn't want him there."
So why did Wes decline to appear on the Tell All in the first place?
"I had talks with them and I told them that I wasn't going to come on the show," Wes said. "I didn't trust how they were going to edit me. And then when I saw the very last episode [I was on], I realized that I had to go back to defend myself. I called them and ... their words to me -- they were kind of abrasive -- were 'Oh, so now you want to come on the show?' They were pretty rude. I said, 'I've got to defend myself.' Their exact words to me were 'You can't come on the show and say the things you have been saying on all these other interviews,' basically the truth. And I said, 'You mean I can't come on the show and defend myself?' They said, 'OK, we'll call you back.' And my manager talked to them on [July 10] and the 'Men Tell All' was the next day ... and they said, 'Look, we don't think it's a good idea that Wes come. '"
If you missed The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All episode, you can read a recap here. Basically, most of the eliminated bachelors bashed Wes for "having a girlfriend" and for going on the show "for the wrong reasons," as expected. Then Chris Harrison says something like, "It's unfortunate that Wes couldn't be here to defend himself."
After getting the boot on The Bachelorette, Wes has been struggling to clear his name by breaking his silence with People magazine, and the New York Daily News, just to name a few. Although his reputation remains stained, the Texas country singer is determined to continue telling his side of his story.