Tim McCormack didn’t even make it to the rose ceremony on the season premiere of The Bachelorette. The liquor distributor from Long Beach, New York, ended up ousted during the show’s kickoff cocktail party, when Ashley Hebert found him drunk and fast asleep snoring and sent him home in a limo. Tim attempts to explain what happened.
How did you end up in such an inebriated state?
Tim McCormack: I definitely never had alcohol affect me like that before… Maybe I’ll chalk it up to adrenaline or nerves. I really don’t know how I got that bad, because I only had a toast or two in the limo. I walked into [the cocktail party] and I guess I let it get carried away. It’s extremely humiliating. I started to watch it, and it was stomach churning. I really wasn’t able to make it through the whole show. I literally had to turn it off.
Obviously, you have regrets.
Tim McCormack: Most definitely, it was not my intention to go on The Bachelorette -– go through the whole process of the casting and the excitement of getting to meet Ashley –- and then to put myself pretty much out of the race from the moment I got out of the limo. It really is a shame, because she is a great girl. I wish her the best. I just wish a little bit more of the person that I showed the producers through the casting process had come through, instead of this guy that just became pretty much uncontrollable.
Why did you originally go on The Bachelorette?
Tim McCormack: To find love. I was one of the older guys on the show. I’m 35 years old. I’m in a good place in my life, career wise. Everything kind of lined up. The only thing that was sort of missing was the romantic aspect of my life.
Were you happy when you learned Ashley was The Bachelorette?
Tim McCormack: I was excited for the chance to get to meet her. She seems like a lot of fun, has a great personality, and is beautiful girl. To me, it’s disgusting, how this all transpired and went down, as far as the way I acted.
Had you not gotten so drunk, do you think you stood a chance at getting a rose?
Tim McCormack: I do think I would have stood a good chance to get a rose. I wouldn’t have [gone on the show] in the first place if I didn’t feel like I could bring something that maybe somebody else couldn’t as far as whether it be personality or whatnot. It’s unfortunate that nobody is ever going to get to see that. All they got to see was this pretty much uncontrollable, 35-year-old man acting like a kid who just had his first drink.
Are you worried about how your depiction on The Bachelorette might affect your future in the dating world?
Tim McCormack: I don’t know. I mean, listen, the people that know me in my life, my good friends … Everybody knows that something was seriously off that night. I don’t know what to chalk it up to, but that is not anywhere remotely close to the behavior that I put out there to my friends and family and colleagues at work. It just doesn’t happen. I don’t know how much it’s going to affect my dating life. Hopefully, not too much. I’m 35. I can’t waste too many more years trying to clean this mess up.
If you could send a message to Ashley, what would you say?
Tim McCormack: My message to her would be I really do apologize. I definitely did not come [on the show] to waste her time. I was excited when I found out [she was The Bachelorette]. It’s a real shame. I feel like I’m the one that really lost out at the end of the day by not getting a chance to get to know her and at least a chance to form a complete sentence without slurring or stopping to figure out what I want to say.
Would you welcome the chance to be on the show again?
Tim McCormack: Sure. Everybody likes a second chance. Do I think that would ever become a reality? Probably not. This year, I’ll be on the north end of 35. So unless they come out with like a senior dating [version] of The Bachelorette, I highly doubt that would ever happen; especially considering my glorious exit.
What about Bachelor Pad? Would you be willing to go on the second season of that?
Tim McCormack: Only if they serve fruit punch with no alcohol.
The Bachelorette airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.