'Bachelor Pad's' Jake Pavelka: 'The world has gone celebrity-crazy'
The airline pilot and 14th-season star of the unscripted ABC series joins many other alums of the franchise, including Vienna Girardi -- with whom he had a volatile break-up postmortem on the air last July -- in the second season of "Bachelor Pad," which ABC debuts Monday, Aug. 8. Pavelka says it took him three months to decide whether to do "Pad," but it could take even longer if he's ever asked to be "The Bachelor" again.
"There was some speculation last year in the tabloids that I was begging to come back, but that was absolutely, 100-percent not true," he tells Zap2it. "I do want to find love, and I want to have a wife and kids. That's not a part of life I want to miss, and I'd be lying to you if I said you can't do that on 'The Bachelor,' because you can.
"The only trouble is that the world has gone celebrity-crazy," Pavelka adds. "If you do anything in Hollywood whatsoever, in no matter what capacity, you're considered a celebrity. When you go through that journey with 'The Bachelor,' it 'celebrifies' the relationship, and you don't yet have that foundation to stand on ... so it puts the relationship under many different strains."
Pavelka defines those challenges as "media and gossip and blogs and haters. It sure is a lot for a developing relationship to endure. I would never slam the door on an opportunity, but I would have to get with my family and seriously think about doing it again. If they asked me today, I would probably decline. Tomorrow, who knows?"
Even before "Bachelor Pad" returns, former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Pavelka will have another weekly television berth again: He's among the personalities vying to become part-owner of a new West Hollywood restaurant in VH1's "Famous Food," premiering Sunday (July 10).
In pitting him against such rivals as Heidi Montag ( "The Hills") and Danielle Staub ( "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"), Pavelka believes the series "shows my business side, a little bit more of my analytical and technical side. I meshed best with the Three 6 Mafia guys, DJ Paul and Juicy 'J,' and also Vincent Pastore of 'The Sopranos.' I can work with anybody, as long as they're being honest.
"Everybody has their vices, though, and everybody's nuts on that show. It was a pretty good experience, but production lasted a while. The good thing with 'Bachelor Pad' is that it moved along. That was a matter of weeks, whereas with 'Famous Food,' we were shooting quite a bit longer."