He’s well known for his witty one-liners on Gogglebox, but could Jad Nehmetallah be leaving his friends Matty and Sarah Marie Fahd on the couch to hand out roses on The Bachelor?
In an interview with New Idea on Monday, the 35-year-old businessman was quick to shut down the rumours.
‘I am happy being on the couch at the moment with Sarah Marie, Matty and Malik,’ he told the gossip magazine.
Setting the record straight: Gogglebox’s Jad Nehmetallah has shut down rumours he is being considered as a candidate for this year’s season of Channel 10’s The Bachelor
He also confirmed he did not intend on joining I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here either.
‘I love my food too much to be on I’m A Celeb and as for The Bachelor, I have my mum and all my friends always on the look out for potential suitors… who knows in the future, but for now, the couch is where I am at.’
Jad’s admission comes after Channel 10 recently confirmed they’ve found a suitor for the popular dating show.
No way to the Jungle: Gogglebox’s Jad Nehmetallah also revealed he has no intention of joining Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here
Earlier this month, Channel 10’s Head of Programming, Daniel Monaghan, told TV Tonight, ‘We’re really happy with who has signed on to The Bachelor.’
Mr Monaghan confirmed the new suitor wasn’t a celebrity or a former contestant from The Bachelorette.
‘[You don’t know him yet], but you will,’ he said. ‘I think he’s a fantastic get for the franchise.’
Who is he? Earlier this month, Channel 10’s Head of Programming, Daniel Monaghan, told TV Tonight, the new suitor wasn’t a celebrity or a former contestant from The Bachelorette. ‘[You don’t know him yet], but you will,’ he said. ‘I think he’s a fantastic get for the franchise’
Mr Monaghan said he was confident the new season ‘will deliver’, but hinted the tagline ‘Australia’s most eligible bachelor’ was ‘open to interpretation’.
‘Which is why it’s such a good phrase! Maybe you can be more desirable, for whatever reason…’ he teased.
This is not the first time Jad has spoken about potentially joining the dating show, as he’s been plagued with these rumours for years.
In August, he first addressed the speculation in a chat with Foxtel.com.au. ‘It’s insane how many people online and in person have been mentioning it,’ he said.
Not ready for it: Although Jad said he’s ‘interested in finding love,’ he’s not completely at peace with leaving his beloved seat on the Gogglebox couch. In August, he told Foxtel.com.au: ‘And Malik’s not ready to take over my seat just yet, so I’ll be holding onto it for as long as I can!’ Pictured Jad Nehmetallah and his Gogglebox co-stars Matty, Sarah Marie and their son Malik Fahd
‘I am interested in finding love and starting a family but I’m having way too much fun with Matty and Sarah Marie on the couch to do anything else,’ he added.
‘And Malik’s not ready to take over my seat just yet, so I’ll be holding onto it for as long as I can!’
He previously told the website he had imagined his life at 34 to be different.
‘I always pictured myself married by now with two to three kids,’ he said at the time.
Match-making mum: ‘I have my mum and all my friends always on the look out for potential suitors,’ Jad told New Idea on Monday
It comes as his co-stars Matty and Sarah Marie jokingly said Jad wouldn’t be the best candidate for the role as The Bachelor.
‘I think his mum would get involved and knock back all the contestants and ask them to recast – that’s my bet!’ Matty, 33, told WHO magazine.
Matty, who has been Jad’s best friend for more than 10 years, added: ‘It would make good television, but I don’t think Jad would be very happy by the end.’
Gogglebox returns on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from February 17 and Thursdays at 8.30pm on Channel 10.
‘His mum would get involved!’ Matty (right) and Sarah Marie (centre) were asked about the gossip this week, and they jokingly said Jad (left) wouldn’t be the best candidate for the role