August 06, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Evan Marriott
The construction worker pretended to be worth $50 million while courting 20 women on Fox’s dating show.

They needed a guy that was in construction but didn’t have kids, hadn’t been in jail, wasn’t on drugs. And basically I fit the bill. They said they would pay me $50,000, and I said, ”Where do I sign?” I wasn’t looking for the love of my life. But I picked the best girl of the 20 they gave me to choose from. We got back to America and I’ve never seen the girl since, except for the reunion show. I think Fox was a little irritated that we didn’t pursue more so they could get more longevity out of it, kind of like Trista and Ryan. In the two years after the show, I went into a deep depression. I had $500,000 in the bank and no reason to wake up every morning. One night, a friend said, ”You can go back to construction — just own your own business.” So that’s what I’ve been doing ever since. I felt like I’d been paroled. It absolutely destroyed [my dating life]. I can’t tell you how many numbers I get where the girl doesn’t want to date, she just wants to have me call so she can tell her friends, ”Oh, that guy Evan Marriott — because he did that to those girls — I blew him off when he called for a date.” That’s okay. It be what it be. —As told to Dan Snierson

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