LOS ANGELES, March 10 (UPI) -- One-time Bachelorette winner Jef Holm described Juan Pablo Galavis as the "sleaziest" Bachelor last month, after Andi Dorfman became the second contestant this season to dump Galavis and leave the show.
With Galavis set to choose between Nikki and Clare on Monday night's finale, sources close to the series have begun to air their real feelings about the 32-year-old former soccer player.
"He's the worst bachelor ever," one show insider told E! News, while another said, "Everyone on the show is just so over him and cannot wait for this season to be over."
"His anti-gay comment happened the weekend of Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's wedding, which completely overshadowed all the hard work everyone put in for it and practically ruined Sean and Catherine's special weekend," the source said of the previous season's couple, who married in January.
The behind-the-scenes trash-talking comes shortly after Galavis defended a online joke about people with intellectual disabilities.
"Not every flower can save love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can. Not every r****d can read, but look at you go, little buddy!" read the fan message retweeted by Galavis. "Today you should take a moment and send an encouraging message to a f**ked up friend, just as I've done. I don't care if you lick windows, or interfere with farm animals. You hang in there cup cake, you're f**king special to me, you're my friend, look at you smiling at your phone! You crayon eating bastard you!"
Galavis added "LOVED IT" to the retweet, but deleted the post when users pointed out the insensitive nature of the joke.
By way of apology, Galavis said that Americans needed to "enjoy jokes and sarcasm."
"People, try to be HAPPY and enjoy JOKES and SARCASM..." he said, noting that he doesn't have the best command of the English language. "In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone... #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect."
"Some people need to TRAVEL and get around the WORLD... The US is a GREAT country but there is a LOT out there... #openyourmind #learnculture," he added.
This isn't the first time Galavis has had to defend his comments. In January, he apologized for saying that gays and lesbians couldn't be on The Bachelor because it didn't "set a good example for kids."
"If you listen to the entire interview, there's nothing but respect for gay people and their families. I have many gay friends and one of my closest friends who's like a brother has been a constant in my life especially during the past 5 months," he explained.
[E! News, Reality TV World]