Greg Grippo left Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette as the show’s greatest villain, with many fans claiming that he was lying about his feelings for her. Defending his actions on the Kait Coaching podcast, hosted by Big Brother‘s Kaitlyn Herman, Greg spoke out attempting to defend his actions on the show.

“I didn’t think that this was going to happen between [Katie] and I,” he said, hoping to dispel the thoughts of fans who said he was scheming on the show to become The Bachelor. “I didn’t think that I was going to go on and absolutely fall in love with the person.”

“I think the odds of that are very slim to none,” the 28-year-old contestant said. “I think only a select few are able to feel and really build something with the person that’s there.”

Greg Grippo was a frontrunner on Katie Thurston’s season until his shocking exit, when Katie told him that he was never honest with her.

“I was confused after I initially left… because I really wanted to end it off on a good note between us,” Greg said. “But I saw how hurt she was and so I really tried to watch back the second time from her lens. And yeah, I mean, I was ashamed about how I reacted in those moments. She didn’t deserve it plain and simple. It wasn’t fair to her.”

When Katie refused to say, “I love you” back before the end of the show, a flip seemed to switch in Greg’s head, and he told Katie that he “reached his breaking point.” After eliminating himself following a tense argument, Katie referred to the situation as “gaslighting,” alleging that Greg “distorted the truth” and shifted the blame in order to “confuse and instill doubt” in their relationship.

“I’m, like, shaking. I don’t even know what to say. I’m shocked,” Katie Thurston said in the episode before Greg Grippo stormed out. “I want to leave, if I’m being completely honest, because I didn’t see any of this happening.”

“I really don’t know what to say, because I have given you everything,” she continued. “I’ve been nothing but honest with you the entire time, and I felt nothing but confidence in us the entire time until that very final moment of that night.”

Many fans have remained on Katie’s side, especially after a source for The Sun claimed that Greg was an actor. According to the unnamed source, Greg had been “trying to get on The Bachelorette literally for years,” and was originally cast for Clare’s season before being dropped before filming.

“He’s the biggest schemer of all,” the source alleged. “The way the world is believing this nice boy act is incredibly nauseating… so many of us that know Greg are equally shocked and appalled at how different he’s coming off on the show.”

“Greg gets everything handed to him, gets away with bad behavior and leaves girls either heartbroken and questioning themselves, or both,” the source claimed. “Then he discards them and starts fresh with a new girl with the same exact innocent boy act.”

“He is absolutely lying about his career and intentions on the show,” they alleged. “He’s always wanted to pursue an on-camera career. Greg thought he could pull a fast one on the audience by just not acknowledging he’s a trained actor and pretending to be some marketing guy. He deleted so much off his social media account.”

Instagram photos later revealed that he attended the William Esper Acting Studio, a performing arts school in New York, which the source confirmed.

Last month, Katie Thurston announced her split with Bachelorette winner Blake Moynes. The couple called it quits just two months after their relationship went public during the show’s finale.