Tempers flare on set for ex-fiances Pavelka, Girardi
Following days of he-said-she-said about their breakup, Jake Pavelka and ex-fiancee Vienna Girardi of the most recent edition of "The Bachelor" met Thursday for the first time after their volatile breakup, to tape a segment for the July 5 premiere of ABC's sister show "The Bachelorette" - and the two angrily erupted at each other.
After arriving separately at an undisclosed location, Us magazine reports, Girardi would not let Pavelka speak, continually cutting him off to a point that he stood up to demand, "Will you just let me finish?"
"He couldn't get a word out - it was very reflective of their relationship," an unnamed source told Us, adding that host Chris Harrison often had to tell Girardi, "Vienna, let him talk." Girardi eventually fled in tears.
The source denied Internet reports that Pavelka, 32, raised a fist at Girardi. "It did not happen. He was calm and collected."
Prior to the taping, Pavelka, 32, told the syndicated TV show "Extra" that, "Hopefully, it's gonna be some closure for me." He also said he owed it to the country to appear with Girardi. "America was there and stood with me at the birth of our relationship," he said to the show's Mario Lopez, "and I think I owe it to them and to myself and Vienna to let everybody be there at the end of it."
Fueling tensions was that Girardi had told Star magazine this week she and Pavelka had not been intimate for more than four months.
Pavelka, in the upcoming issue of People, calls that claim "insane. That's being dramatic and that's reaching."
Meanwhile, Pavelka has been added to the cast of ABC's "Bachelor Pad," which premieres Aug. 9. The show features "Fan-favorites, archrivals and villains" from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," according to ABC. They will all live in a mansion and compete for the chance to date the contestants of their choice and a $250,000 prize.