The first person to end up in the Hot Seat on Tough Love: CoEd was Christopher, one of this season’s most difficult-to-change participants on the show. Chris admits that he’s a zany guy, he’ll even cop to being a douchebag, but call him an ass clown and you’ve got another thing coming. We spoke to Chris today after the premiere of episode one to see what he thought of his time in the Hot Seat.
What was it like to see yourself on TV for the first time?
It was awesome seeing myself in the first episode. Being on TV, it was sweet, it was well-produced, it was a wild ride and a lot of fun.
How did you feel getting criticized in general, but also being the first person of the season to land in the Hot Seat?
You know, I’ve been criticized before. I can take criticism pretty well. Some of it was a shock — the whole freakin’ ass-clown bit, I was not really prepared for that but, you know what? It actually set me up pretty good for the whole entire season. Once I learned that that’s the kind of stuff I was about to get involved in, it kinda helped me out. It’s gonna be a lot of fun with this guy just yelling at me. I can take criticism and Steve didn’t really tell me anything I hadn’t heard before. Maybe I’m single for a reason. The fact that I’m a little wild and zany — we won’t go with ass clown — it’s not the first time I’ve been called that stuff, it;s just the first time I’ve been called it on TV.
Were you actually insulted then, or was it just that you were being called names on TV?
It is an insult, but in the episode, I tried to explain to him that I thought ass clown was a bad description of my personality. Am I entertaining? Yes. Can I be the life of the party? Yes. Do people laugh at me when I allow them to laugh at me? Yes. But that’s fun, that’s the kind of guy I am.
What is it about the term ass clown that you hate so much?
I think it was just said for shock value. And actually, now me and my buddies call me ass clown all the time, it’s kind of funny. Actually, my mother saw that my bio said I was class clown, and she was insulted by the term “class clown.” She was like “Christopher, you were never class clown. You got in trouble and made teachers cry, but you were never the class clown with the dunce cap on.” I think me being as witty and clever as I am is entertaining, I am not a clown.