“I was on the highest rating TV show in Australian history, and it somehow ridiculously seemed to be about me and some fake little affair," he shockingly revealed. “MAFS is so fake, it’s so silly. I cannot believe people even watch that show. I’ve never watched it before and I never will, it’s so silly. I thought it was common knowledge.”
After the interviewers insisted they'd spoken to dozens of insiders who'd confirmed his affair with Davina happened naturally, Dean instantly hit back, asking, “You mean the people still under contract to Channel 9?”
“I wasn’t actually ASKED to do those things, but you’re stuck in a room with producers and camera crews, and they basically don’t leave you alone until you do something interesting,” he continued.
“Not only that, you’re all in a hotel staying with the other 20 people. You go to the hotel and drink and party and say, ‘I’ll do this tomorrow, you do that tomorrow!’ You just have fun with it. It’s not scripted but we’re having fun with it. Everyone on that show is having fun with it. Watching it now, it’s so obvious."
While Dean said he wasn't expecting his actions to cause such a stir, he understands why thousands of Australians were bitterly disappointed when he announced he was set to appear on this season of Dancing With The Stars.
“I don’t blame anyone for having negative opinions of me. Some of the things I did and said I’m not proud of, but I’d also suggest a good 30 to 40 per cent of it is manipulated," said Dean, who was the first to be eliminated from the fan favourite series.
While he's the first to admit he didn't realise just how deeply his actions would affect those around him, he understands why the public turned on him.
“With Dancing, all I can really do is be myself, try my hardest and learn the dances, get my discipline and my commitment levels up … If Australia sees a different side of me through that, then that’s great.”