In this week's season premiere of "The Bachelorette," Ashley Hebert eliminated Tim McCormack, who ended up getting so drunk that he passed out in a chair during the show. Tim is now speaking out about the incident, for which he is making no excuses.
Tim -- a 35-year-old liquor distributor from Long Beach, NY -- says he feels like his chances for success on "The Bachelorette" were doomed from the moment he walked out of the limousine that first night because the alcohol just got the best of him.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Tim said he can't explain why the alcohol affected him so heavily, but he said his behavior was "extremely humiliating" and difficult to watch. "I literally had to turn it off, it was nauseating," he said. But Tim was quick to add: "I don't have any excuses."
During the show, Ashley seemed sympathetic and felt Tim was wasting an opportunity, but she found his behavior unacceptable and eventually recruited several of the men to help the inebriated contestant get to the car and sent him home. Tim said if he could send a message to Ashley now, he would offer an apology and express regret that she didn't get to know him in better circumstances.
Tim said it was a disappointing early departure from the show, which he believed might have changed his love life. "Of course I went on 'The Bachelorette' to find love."
In the second episode of "The Bachelorette," airing Monday, May 30 on ABC, Ashley will attempt to find romance in sizzling Las Vegas. But back at the mansion, the men will quickly learn that roses will be at stake on the one group date as well as two individual dates with Ashley. On next's week show, the current field of 18 bachelors will be narrowed to 15.