Arie Luyendyk Jr. has a new excuse for breaking Becca Kufrin’s heart on TV: He was framed.
The 36-year-old former racecar driver proposed to Kufrin during the first night of the two-part “Bachelor” finale in March, then dumped her the following night for runner-up Lauren Burnham, who he then proposed to during a live special.
The move made him a villain as Kufrin, a 29-year-old publicist, was left embarrassed and alone — and as the new “Bachelorette” — but Luyendyk tells a different story now.
According to the heartbreaker, he told producers that he wanted to end his relationship with Lauren after proposing. They pitched doing it on camera.
“Then we can show you going back to Lauren, and people are going to rally behind you because you took this big risk and you did it for love,” the producers said, he told GQ.
“At the end of the day, people will just want to see you happy.”
So he agreed and filmed a 40-minute breakup, promoted as “the first completely unedited scene in reality television history.” Now, he says that’s not true either.
“It was completely edited. I was told to stay on that couch. I tried to leave, and then production was like, ‘You need to go back inside. She’s finally calming down. I feel like you owe it to her to have this conversation.’ So then I went back in the house,” he told GQ.
“I left, came back. I stepped away from the couch, I went back to the couch.”
He claims producers talked him into staying, into keeping the cameras trained on his crying ex-fiancée.
A spokeswoman for Warner Bros., the production company in charge of “The Bachelor,” declined to comment when reached by the Daily News.
Luyendyk takes credit for allowing Kufrin to move on; without the public breakup, he says, she would have been confronted with questions on “After the Final Rose.” She wouldn’t have been the next “Bachelorette” because “people wouldn’t be able to cope with the fact that she just got broken up with on television,” he told GQ.
The former reality star has a thousand and one excuses, all that aim to pass blame to anyone and everyone else involved. He didn’t want to stick Kufrin in a loveless relationship. He didn’t want to ruin her life. The “Bachelor” producers painted Burnham without a personality, which, he says, isn’t true. He was framed.