When Chase Rice Appeared On The Bachelor, This Awkward Scene Left Him Furious With The Producers

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North Carolina country music star Chase Rice has an affinity with reality TV. But when he saw an opportunity to utilize the form in order to raise his profile as a musician, others had a different agenda. You see, during a brief appearance on The Bachelor, Rice was forced to confront his past. And he was left fuming.

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When 34-year-old Rice was invited to take part in The Bachelor, it just so happened that he had a recent album to promote. So, he simply saw the appearance as an opportunity to share his music to a wider audience. It should have been an easy job. After all, performing concerts is part of what he does.

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However, The Bachelor wouldn’t be The Bachelor without a little drama. Perhaps it was something that Rice should have anticipated. He is, after all, already familiar with the chicanery of reality TV from his own experience on Survivor 10 years earlier. Nevertheless, his role was to be different this time on The Bachelor. The musician would simply entertain the contestants on a date.

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But that’s not quite how things played out on the day. You see, Rice knew he wasn’t the star of the show. Instead, he was there to perform a private concert for The Bachelor’s lovebirds. However, when the couple entered the venue, the country music star suddenly found himself caught up in the drama. And he was furious.

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Chase Rice was born in Ormond Beach – which is located just north of Daytona Beach in Florida – on September 19, 1985. However, his family relocated to North Carolina, which is where he’s spent most of his life. They owned a farm in Asheville, and he went to AC Reynolds High School.

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Music was not Rice’s first career choice. You see, after graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, just west of Raleigh. He joined their football team and played as a linebacker. But any ambitions of becoming a professional in the NFL were destroyed by injury.

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So, Rice needed a new career path. He turned to NASCAR, where teams often recruit athletes to perform tire changing duties during pit stops. At first, he was rear tire carrier in the junior series, the Sprint Cup. However, he also served on Jimmie Johnson’s number 48 Hendrick Motorsports crew, during two of his seven championship-winning seasons.

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Further to his sports career, Rice turned to entertainment. At age 24, he appeared on the 21st season of reality TV show Survivor: Nicaragua. For those who don’t know, Survivor follows a group of contestants stranded in a remote location, where they complete challenges to save themselves from elimination. The eventual winner gets a million dollars.

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A self-confessed “adventurous, athletic, competitive” type, Rice described the competition as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” In his Survivor bio, he said, “People will trust me because I’m from the South and people tend to trust a Southerner.” And, as it happened, his upbringing provided him with useful skills for the show.

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Having grown up on a farm, Rice was well versed in fishing and hunting. And with those skills at his disposal, he believed he could go far in the competition. That, combined with his Southern charm, earned him the second-place spot on the 2010 season of Survivor, just missing out on the grand prize.

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Nevertheless, Rice seized an opportunity to showcase his musical talents during his time on Survivor. Throughout that experience, the wannabe country star was vocal about his career aspirations, even taking the opportunity to serenade his fellow contestants. You see, he first started strumming the guitar back during his college years.

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Rice credits his dad as having been an inspiration for his choice of career. He claimed that his father used to tell him, “Boy, anyone can play guitar, but no one is really gonna listen to you until you start singing.” Furthermore, he wrote his first song “Larger Than Life” about his father, who passed away in 2008.

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Then, on the Survivor reunion show, Rice was invited to play another original song. This was “Buzz Back” from his forthcoming E.P. Country As Me. It proved to be good exposure for the budding star. His April 2010 debut album Friday Nights & Sunday Mornings – which features the song about his dad – suddenly entered the iTunes top 40 that night.

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Rice’s country music career, then, was on an upward trajectory. And although the Country As Me E.P. failed to chart, his next album – 2012’s Dirt Road Communion – entered the Billboard Country Albums chart at number 48. Furthermore, the new kid on the country music block enjoyed success writing songs for other people.

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For instance, after signing with the Creative Artists Agency in July 2012, Rice co-wrote the song “Cruise” for country duo Florida Georgia Line. The track was a smash hit, certified Diamond and selling more than seven and a half million copies. Rice, then, was suddenly a very big deal in country music.

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However, Rice scored a Platinum single of his own in November 2013. “Ready Set Roll” – taken from his E.P. of the same name – peaked at number five on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay. Meanwhile, the song reached number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music star began to attract high level attention.

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“Ready Set Roll” caught the eyes and ears of Columbia Records. Their distribution efforts for the single eventually elevated it to Platinum status a year after its release. And by March 2015 the song had racked up a million sales. The track featured again on his first album for a major label, Ignite The Night, which was released in August 2014.

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The video for “Ready Set Roll” has accumulated more than 22 million views on YouTube. It shows Rice and his band performing live at various stops on the E.P.’s accompanying tour. With the country star garnering so much attention, then, it’s perhaps understandable that he was regarded as something of a heart-throb.

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As part of Survivor’s 15th anniversary celebrations in 2015, entertainment magazine CBS Watch! selected the male competitors that they deemed to be “steamiest.” And as it happened, Rice was 10th in the rundown. The country music star, then, was a hit with the ladies, as well as on the charts.

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One woman in particular who found herself enchanted by Rice was Victoria Fuller. Now, Fuller appeared as a contestant on the 24th season of dating show The Bachelor. However, prior to her appearance on the series, she had a relationship with the country music star. At least, that’s what she claimed.

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You see, details on the Rice-Fuller dating history are sketchy. As some might say, there are three sides to every story: his, hers, and what really happened. But according to 26-year-old Fuller, her history with the country music star runs deep enough to call him her “ex boyfriend.” Rice, however, has a vastly different take.

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Let’s back up a little. The Rice-Fuller liaison came to national attention when Fuller scored a date with Peter Weber, the season’s Bachelor. The date began with Weber, a pilot, taking Fuller for a private flight over Cleveland, Ohio. The pair then had the sole use of a theme park. But things then took an awkward turn.

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The Bachelor’s producers had arranged a private concert for Fuller and Weber. Of course, it’s not a big deal for musical artists to appear on the show. In fact, such occurrences are staged several times throughout each season. But as it happened, this one came with a painful twist that none of the participants saw coming.

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“I have a surprise for [Fuller],” Weber boasted as he led her to the concert. Then, the pilot told his date, “I just can’t wait to see your face. You have no idea what’s coming.” Indeed, Fuller – an avid country music fan – couldn’t believe who was standing on stage waiting to serenade them.

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“We turn the corner. I see [Rice], my ex-boyfriend,” Fuller confessed on the show. “Nothing could be worse. I’m freaking out right now.” It was a recipe for perhaps the most awkward date in history. Indeed, the 26-year-old looked incredibly uncomfortable as she danced on a podium with her date, all eyes on them – including Rice’s.

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The embarrassment of being serenaded by her alleged “ex-boyfriend,” then, was excruciating for Fuller. But when the music stopped, the awkwardness just continued to intensify. You see, producers arranged for the contestants to meet Rice after the concert. But while Weber had a civilized chat with the singer, Fuller disappeared.

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The situation proved too much for Fuller. In fact, she almost broke down in front of the producers saying, “I was literally shaking the entire time.” Then the 26-year-old further explained her position. As she described, “[Rice] was singing to me and making these faces at me because he told me he didn’t want me to come on [The Bachelor].”

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“Chase and I used to date,” Fuller confessed to Weber over dinner that evening. “We dated, but I broke it off with him because his lifestyle doesn’t really match up to what I want. I knew that I wanted to give this a try with you.” Rice, however, had a slightly different take on their supposed relationship.

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“We spent a night together in Charlotte,” Rice confessed to country music radio show Fitz In The Morning. “She’s a cool chick, from what I know of her.” Indeed, it’s a contrast to Fuller’s version of their history. And what’s more, the singer was seemingly completely at ease with The Bachelor contestant revealing all to Weber.

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However, despite Rice being apparently chill with both contestants, his ire was directed elsewhere. “You know, I got no problem with her. I got no problem with him. You know, I knew she was going on the show.” You see, it was The Bachelor’s producers that the country singer took issue with.

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Rice maintains that he accepted an invitation to appear on The Bachelor in order to promote his music. And although he knew Fuller was on the show, he didn’t expect that she would be the one he would serenade. Indeed, the musician had even broached the subject with his team.

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As Rice explained, “So I told my manager and my publicist, they were like, ‘Don’t even worry about that. They’re not going to do that to you. That’s a weird coincidence, but they’re not gonna – there’s no way they would do that to you. They’ve never brought somebody else in like that, surprised the guest on the show.’”

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Nevertheless, Rice was shocked when Fuller walked into the concert. As he described, “To do that to me, it’s over the top. It’s unnecessary. I didn’t expect it. But at the end of the day, it happened.” And yet, despite his calm explanation, his feelings about the situation ran a lot deeper.

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“I don’t know if it’s the producers [who deliberately set me up], or if they just got lucky as hell,” Rice wondered. “I was p****d. I was really p****d off to be honest. If there’s anything I’ve ever wanted, it’s to have nothing to do with the drama of that show.”

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Rice, after all, did have new material to promote, which is the only reason he agreed to guest on the show. Indeed, the singer’s appearance coincided with his new tracks “Eyes On You” and “Lonely If You Are.” However, viewers and commentators couldn’t help but speculate over who those songs were written about.

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Nevertheless, Rice confirmed in an interview with Sirius XM that none of his new songs are about Fuller. He said, “Without throwing her under the bus – when I say her, my ex-girlfriend – they’re about her. It’s a relationship that I had for a couple of years, and when I said her, I’m not talking the girl on The Bachelor.”

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As Rice further described to entertainment website ET, “It’s one of those breakups that was like, neither one of us deserved it. We’re both good people. She’s great. It just wasn’t the right time.” Moreover, it appears that the ending of this particular drama was a relatively happy one for all concerned.

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After the concert, Fuller explained her version of the story to Weber. And although the uncomfortable confession caused her to excuse herself from dinner in tears, Weber appreciated her honesty. However, if anyone was mad, it was Rice at the producers for creating an unnecessarily awkward situation for all three of them.

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“They set everybody up. I didn’t sign up for that,” Rice explained in an interview at the Country Music Awards. But keen to downplay the drama, he added, “There ain’t no love triangle, I’ll tell you that. The love is on their side.” Nevertheless, the musician has taken his own positives from the situation.

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“I was upset at first,” Rice told country radio show The Bobby Bones Show. “But, at the end of the day, if it takes people to my music, if it takes people to the [song], “Lonely If You Are,” I’m not going to complain about that. I’m not mad at anybody, I’m pretty happy with it.”

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