The Adelaide jewellery designer turned reality star was accused of friend-zoning Niranga because of his race, and only using him for a “friendship rose” to stay on the show.
“Myself, my family, we don’t have any prejudice against any race or religion.
“I’m so diverse in my friendships and in my dating life.”
Fans turned on Cass after she told Niranga she no longer wanted to exchange friendship roses.
To which he responded carefully: “And I respect that … But, like … respect goes both ways. Like, you know, you’re always wanting something.
“You sit there like a little princess … I give you foot rubs like you ask, you know … And the day before, you’re like, ‘Oh, where’s my drink?’ You know?”
While Cass hoped to clear up parts of the fan outrage, she did take ownership for some of her other questionable behaviour on the show.
“People that know me know I’m joking, I’m mucking around but those words can still hurt someone,” she admitted.
“That is never my intention.”
Bachelor in Paradise continues tonight from 7.30 on Channel 10.