ZACH Shallcross’ uncle Patrick Warburton has admitted in an exclusive interview with The US Sun that his nephew was “tortured” during his “nightmare” season of The Bachelor.
The 26-year-old tech exec from Anaheim Hills, California, is dating 11 women as of Feb. 20 while hoping to find the girl he’ll eventually propose to.
The ABC star’s family has seen it all – both the good and the bad.
For one, his famous uncle Patrick Warburton has tuned in with his wife Cathy Jennings and children — Zach’s cousins — Alexandra, Shane, Gabriel, and Talon.
In an exclusive interview with The US Sun, Patrick shared his thoughts on what it’s like to watch his nephew with no idea how the ending will play out.
“I mean what a surreal environment because you see so many different intimate connections.
“I think in a lot of ways it’s a nightmare because it’s impossible not to fall in love with more than one person and be really emotionally connected to more than one person – that would end up being more torture than whatever the benefit.” is,” said the 58-year-old actor, who is preparing for the 13th annual Patrick Warburton Celebrity Golf Tournament.
“I think that’s more painful because I don’t understand how that can’t happen when you’re having all this intimate time with a bunch of beautiful women.
“I think it’s a nightmare for everyone.”
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The Family Guy star went on to say that despite all the backlash of season 27 and the low ratings, Patrick believes Zach is handling everything very well.
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“I told him I think he’s just an extraordinary person and he really shines and handles it as well as I think anyone in his own skin could handle,” Patrick told The US Sun.
“You know, he’s got a huge support team with family and he’s up to his waist in this thing.
“And it’s weird because it’s such a place of vulnerability and you’re under the microscope and everyone sees you in so many intimate situations.”
Zach previously appeared on Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s season of The Bachelorette.
His uncle remarked that Zach was a brilliant candidate and he had a gut feeling that his nephew would be the next bachelor, especially how “different” he was from the other suitors.
DEALING WITH FAME
“He was bold and brave enough to dive into this and I think it ends up being more than anyone counts early on,” Patrick quipped.
“I feel like he handled it all pretty well.”
Since taking the lead, however, Zach has come under scrutiny from fans as incredibly “boring.”
When asked what the California Polytechnic State University graduate was really like, Patrick gushed about his children’s cousin.
“He’s just a really genuine guy, you know? People can say what they want to say, everyone will have their own opinion on it.
“I think that’s what they say [he’s boring] because he’s actually such a genuine, good-hearted person and you can see his heart is in the right place,” Patrick shared.
“You know his parents are amazing, my sister (Megan) and brother-in-law Chappy (Chapman Shallcross). I mean he comes from a great family and he’s a great guy.
“I used to tell Zach, whenever we were at the cabin over the summer, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, man, you look like a fucking movie star.
“You should be the next Chris Hemsworth. And I had no idea that this would be the path he would end up taking.”
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The Seinfeld actor addressed rumors he filmed a group date exclusively with The US Sun, but it ended up on the cutting board.
According to Reality Steve, Patrick hosted the second group date that was set to air the second episode.
Megan Shallcross’s brother confirmed that he spent a day filming with Zach and a group of women and that it was a puppet show where everyone had to create a character, but it never saw the light of day.
“I think because they’re shooting so much stuff, they just had better stuff that involved interactions between him and the girls,” Patrick said, while saying he received an email warning from a producer that his scene would not be shown.
“You know, it’s just interesting that from all my years [on TV]the one time I landed – because I’ve never landed on the cutting room floor – but it was [with] The bachelor.”
He joked: “Really? Seriously?”
For now, Patrick and his family, who won’t be appearing in future episodes, are tuning in to see how the rest of the season unfolds.
In the coming days, Patrick will bring together celebrity friends for a star-studded golf tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from February 23-26 in Palm Springs, Calif.
Last year the event raised $3.9 million and he only hopes this year will pull in record-breaking numbers.
“St. Jude just inspires so many, and that’s why we get all the great musicians, athletes and celebrities to come out and donate and dig deep into their pockets and be like, ‘Hey, you know, if I’m going to be a foundation this year.’ support, that’s one,” shared Patrick.
Celebrities like Kevin Dillon, Jennie Garth, Oliver Hudson and Linda Thompson are in the lineup.
Patrick is particularly looking forward to reuniting with MLB star Roger Clemens.
Once the golf tournament he’s been working on for months is over, he’s gearing up for his March comedy show in Las Vegas with “one of the best impersonators in the world,” Mike Wilson.
https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/7448631/bachelor-zach-shallcross-uncle-patrick-warburton-torture-nightmare/ Bachelor Zach Shallcross’s uncle Patrick Warburton admits his nephew endured “torture” during his new ‘Nightmare’ season