Chris Bukowski on Bachelor Pad Lies: Don't Hate the Player!

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Chris Bukowski's transformation into a ruthless player - in more ways than one - has been the biggest storyline of the current season of Bachelor Pad.

Based on what we saw of him on The Bachelorette, no one could've seen this degree of blatant women-juggling, lying and general arrogance coming.

How does he respond to critics of this new persona? In an interview with People, he says it's all part of the game that is Bachelor Pad. Excerpts below:

Chris Bukowski on Bachelor Pad

On his new approach: "On Emily Maynard's [Bachelorette] season, I was in it for love, was close to finding it, it didn't work out and I was heartbroken."

"A little of the way I acted on Bachelor Pad was because I was hurt by that. There was only one thing on my mind – the money. In real life, I'm not a mean guy."

"But, I was presented the opportunity to win a lot of money so I'm going to do what it takes. You've got to lie and play the game. You can't be nice to everybody."

On getting pissed at Kalon and Ed for saving Blakeley: "You try to brush it off but it's tough because they're the only people you're seeing all day."

"I was angry [because] they're friends and you don't expect to be lied to by your real friends. I confront [Ed Swiderski] about it in the next episode."

"But I came to the realization that these guys are there trying to win just like I am and have the same right to play the game how they think is best."

On his partner: "Blakeley is competitive and the most athletic girl in the house, perfect from a competition standpoint, but it started not being fun for me."

"I felt everything going in a direction [for] someone else to win, so I tried to make a bold move, change the game and break up the main alliance."

On fan reaction to his antics: "I see where they're coming from. It doesn't look good, but people [should] differentiate ... Bachelorette is a love show."

"Bachelor Pad is a game show and you should expect your feelings to get hurt.

"If we were going to be nice, I don't know if anyone would win or even want to. We can do that on our own. We can go to someone's house and just hang out."

"People's feelings were on the line, but I can't take it back. I can't really be sorry. I was playing a game. I separate real life from the game."

"Blakeley and Jamie were a 100 percent there for the money just like I was. I wanted to be partners with Jamie but was held back by Blakeley."

"She also didn't get along well with other girls, so I would have been voted out a lot earlier. I honestly didn't know it was that bad for Jamie."

"You don't see everything, and we talked about not getting emotionally involved ... I led her on, but I also denied her more than once."

"It's not 100% my fault. She's smart. She could have realized, 'Probably not the best idea to pursue Chris.' But I feel for her and think about her every day."

"I don't regret anything because you can't really change what happened and I did it at the time because that's what I wanted to do."

"Hopefully, it will work out in my favor."

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