Brad Womack on Chantal O'Brien Slap: All Good!

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For whatever reason, certain celeb news sites are playing up Chantal O'Brien's slap of Brad Womack on The Bachelor season premiere as some scandalous act.

Not only was it clearly staged - Chantal is practically reading cue cards, and Brad's nonchalant reaction was comical - it was harmless, not assault material.

As a result, Brad says he's fine, she's no Amber Portwood and that viewers need to take Chantal's unconventional greeting in stride, just like he did.

Brad told TMZ that, "I think Chantal was just trying to make a statement about my past behavior and make a strong first impression, which she did."

"I think what Chantal did was a light-hearted gesture. I do not condone violence, nor would I keep someone around who truly wished to do me harm."

He does insist the slap from Chantal O'Brien (and women everywhere) was "very real and hard," however. Especially after the ninth take, right B?

To learn how far Chantal makes it this season, check out The Bachelor spoilers here. Then follow the jump for Brad's interview with Jimmy Kimmel:

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