Tyler Cameron got so stoned after his final ‘Bachelorette’ audition that he thought the producers were following him

Tyler Cameron, Hannah Brown on 'The Bachelorette'
Tyler Cameron told Insider he got high right after his final audition for Hannah Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ Mark Bourdillon/ABC via Getty Images
  • Tyler Cameron told Insider he got really stoned after his final audition for “The Bachelorette.”
  • Cameron said he decided to experiment with edibles for the first time since he was in LA.
  • He became paranoid and thought the “Bachelorette” producers were following him around the city.
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Tyler Cameron is now one of the biggest fan-favorites from “The Bachelor” franchise, but he was convinced that he wasn’t going to be on “The Bachelorette” at all after his final audition.

And that’s because he got really, really stoned.

Cameron spoke to Insider about how he first experimented with edibles after the final round of interviews in Los Angeles, which he details in his new book “You Deserve Better.”

“I remember just being so paranoid and freaking out,” he said. “I was like, ‘Man, they for sure saw me like that and there’s no way they’re getting me on the show.”

Tyler Cameron applied for ‘The Bachelorette’ on a whim

Tyler Cameron, Hannah Brown 'The Bachelorette'
Brown and Cameron on ‘The Bachelorette.’ Mark Bourdillon/ABC via Getty Images

Cameron reveals in the book that he sent in his application for the show with “the douchiest picture of myself that I could find” on the same day that he applied for World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Florida native heard back from “The Bachelorette” casting directors a week later. After a Skype interview and in-person audition in Fort Lauderdale, Cameron was invited to the final round in Los Angeles.

Following a long day – which included talking to more than 20 producers and landing a pirouette in the last moments of his final interview – Cameron was given money for dinner and told to “go have fun in L.A.”

“The only ask was for everyone to be back at the hotel by midnight,” Cameron recalled.

It was Cameron’s first time exploring California, so he decided to check out a marijuana dispensary

Tyler Cameron
Cameron told Insider that he thought the producers would cut him after he got too high. Taylor Hill/Getty Images for Preakness Live

“I didn’t even know how to smoke a joint or anything like that,” he told Insider. “So I wasn’t going to start there, I was going to start with the edibles – which is probably the worst thing to start with.”

Cameron says he asked the woman working behind the counter how many milligrams she typically ate.

“The lady, she was little, she was like half my size,” Cameron said. “And she was like, ‘Well, I eat 20 milligrams,’ and I was like, ‘If you can do 20, I can do 40.’ So I immediately took 30 milligrams.”

Cameron then met up with a friend at a restaurant in Manhattan Beach, which is when his high really hit.

“I was like, ‘Holy smokes, I am so, so, so high,'” he recalled with a laugh. “She was trying to talk to me and have conversation and all I could do was laugh and eat my food.”

But then, anxiety about the ‘Bachelorette’ producers started to kick in

The cast of Hannah Brown's season of 'The Bachelorette'
The cast from Hannah Brown’s season of ‘The Bachelorette.’ Walt Disney Television via Getty Images/Craig Sjodin

Cameron explained that he started to get paranoid and became convinced that the “Bachelorette” producers were following him around.

“I went to the bathroom and thought they were taking pictures of me in there,” he told Insider.

On the way back to the hotel, Cameron was even convinced that his Uber driver was secretly working for the show. He was 10 minutes late for curfew and, after taking a wrong turn, accidentally ran into some of the producers while trying to find his room.

“The whole flight home, I thought to myself, I am going to get cut,” Cameron wrote in his book. “At that point, I figured the producers knew I had been high and that I’d broken curfew. There was no way I was going to get on this show after my behavior. I couldn’t believe I had blown it.”

A month later, while he was serving champagne to shoppers at Cartier on Valentine’s day, Cameron got the call. He was on the show.