Ed recently spoke with reporters about his time on Bachelor Pad and what's coming up, so read on to find out why he didn't go on the show for love, what he makes of Chris, and why next week's episode is a "turning point" for him...
You seem to be having a fun time on Bachelor Pad. Did you go in taking the competition seriously? Was it part of your strategy to be the laidback, fun guy?
"I think it was kind of a blend. I never really took The Bachelorette seriously until I realised that I actually had a chance, and I'm treating this really the same way. I think this week coming up, you're going to see this is really a kind of turning point and you're going to see a different side of a lot of people."
It looked like you were really nervous that you could be going home this week - was that accurate or did the show make you look more nervous than you were?
"Every bone in my body thought I was going home, without a doubt. It was the weirdest feeling ever. It sounds egotistical, but I never felt that way on The Bachelorette. I was really shocked. I thought that these people were trustworthy and I actually didn't want to be there. I was packing my bag and I didn't want to be there and I was thinking, 'Maybe this isn't the right place for me'. It turned out for the better but I was actually really shocked."
How did it make you change for next week's episode?
"I think next week is going to be a turning point for me. I think that I go from me there for having fun to realising that, 'Wow, I could actually go pretty far in this thing and I could actually win money'. This is when I start taking it seriously. It's a tough challenge and it was absolutely demoralising but I think I realised that I needed to step up my game or I was definitely going home."
Reid seems to have a lot of resentment towards you because of what happened on The Bachelorette. That was quite a while ago now - were you surprised that he brought those feelings into Bachelor Pad?
"I was definitely surprised that Reid still brought up this baggage and old business from years ago, because we've remained friends and I didn't even know this was actually happening behind my back. So while I definitely respect him for playing a game, I think he had a hard time playing it and he made some bad moves early on. Reid's a great guy and we're probably going to remain friends for a long time but he really made some bad moves."
It looks like things will really heat up between you and Reid next week - what can you tell us about that? Was it revenge for his plan to get you out this week?
"Well, I didn't really learn about Reid's hijinks from last week until I think it was just before the rose ceremony. I'm not one to go and contrive this huge plan and try to dig out people or anything like that, but it was everyone else actually that was tellng me, like, 'We want to get rid of Reid because of what he did to you'. I didn't realise that he was doing that kind of behind my back, so at that point I was p*ssed and I wanted him gone. Even though he's a friend, he really lost my trust and he played the game poorly."
What can we expect between you two - a big blowout?
"I would expect a big blowout! It's going to be so fun to watch, I can't wait."
Where do you and Reid stand now?
"The minute I got home, him and I chatted and it was water under the bridge to be honest. I have to respect his style, I guess, because he was not included in our alliance, but it wasn't deliberate - he just wasn't participating in it. So I think he just tried something different and I respected that but it was a bad move and look, it's a game and we're going to be friends for a long time."
Were you in the show for love or money?
"I definitely wasn't there for love. I absolutely was there to win. I treated it just like any competition. I have someone at home that I have always kind of had feelings for even though I was single on the show, so I wasn't really there to look for anybody. But I made some great friendships and I'm happy for that."
You mentioned there's someone at home you have feelings for but we saw you getting a little naughty with Sarah this week - did you have some explaining to do?
"You know, we weren't together. We made an agreement that I wasn't going to go in this to obviously find a relationship, but we agreed that I was going to be single. And if I'm going to go there to play the game, it certainly involved having whatever you want to call last week. The situation was fun, and Sarah is actually a great friend. I think she realised that and I was very clear to her about having somebody at home. But we were in that environment - I guess you're there to play the game and it's all part of it."
Chris Harrison said that as well as playing Jamie and Blakeley against each other, Chris will also start to argue with the guys. Is that true?
"Yeah. I mean, Chris and I go head to head a little bit and I would say we were the closest guys there - even between the girls, I think him and I were pretty close. He's a very kind of alpha male type personality and I'm kind of a middle of the road guy, but I would follow his leadership. I just disagreed with some of his moves too, but at the end of the day we had a great team and a great alliance. Sometimes you're going to step on people's toes and it's just part of the game."
Can you talk a little about the Chris, Jamie and Blakeley situation?
"To be honest, it was an ongoing saga between Blakeley and Chris. What you didn't see was just 100% more of what you did see - like 1000% more. Blakeley was upset and Chris is... I think right now he's looking like a jerk, but he is a great guy and he knows how to play the game and he's serious about winning the money, so I have to definitely respect him for that."
What's your take on the love triangle?
"I think that Chris was in a tough position believe it or not. He had what he thought was a great team mate but they were great team mates separately. They were great team mates with someone else. Blakeley is an awesome person - she is a huge competitor and she worked hard and she's smart, actually. They just weren't a good fit. So Chris was kind of playing this switcheroo until he found somebody and it was actually because of me that he found somebody that was a good team mate eventually. But I don't blame him for the path that he took because he was in a tough position. I had it pretty easy. I had a great partner out of the gate and it was all luck. It wasn't me being intelligent about playing the game!"
Were there any friendships or pairings that came out of the show that surprised you?
"You're going to start to see some real quote unquote romances start. Kalon and Lindzi was a total surprise. I think that they really hooked up and I believe that they're going to be together for a little while - who knows how long? But they had a solid relationship. But they were also a little isolated too because of that - it kind of alienated them to be in a relationship. Rachel and Michael were forming a relationship too, and everyone was kind of questioning that because they just seemed like they were kind of different personalities. But beyond that I think we were all pretty much teams. I wasn't in a relationship with Jaclyn, Jaclyn and I were just like best friends and we were on the same team. It was a great partnership because we weren't letting romance get in the way of what our goal was."
It's been an interesting dynamic this season with the fans - some people think they're kind of being bullied. What do you think?
"I think that the girls really led a lot of this. I think they led a lot of the strategy, and because of the alliance they built early on from Ben's season, they were not interested in having the girls there. The twins obviously did not belong there! I think I only said two words to them. But the other girls were okay, we just never really got a chance to know them because the other girls alienated them right away and they didn't have a chance. It wasn't that we were bullying them. I mean, from my perspective, why would I even want to strategise at this point, because the girls are running the show and I'm on their team. So why do I need to? I'm on a great team and I can just party my ass off and have fun until the fans are gone, and then it's strategy mode."
Bachelor Pad airs Mondays on ABC.