'Don't hassle me' - Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins lashes out at reporter post-Bachelor finale

Honey Badger
Honey Badger. Photo credit: Channel 9

Nick 'Honey Badger' Cummins has been filmed lashing out at a reporter during a tense confrontation about his refusal to choose a winner on The Bachelor Australia.

Reid Butler, a presenter for Australian TV show A Current Affair, hunted Cummins down while he was holidaying in Papua New Guinea to question him about the shocking finale.

After Cummins exited a hotel pool, Butler approached him and asked, "Sorry to do this to you, but can we ask you a few questions about the all the mess you've left back home?"

While the Bachelor initially slowed down to speak to the journalist, he visibly stiffened after hearing the question, replying: "Sorry?"

Cummins left Bachelorette finalists Brittany Hockley and Sophie Tieman reeling after he decided against giving a rose to either of them.

"Do you understand how upset those girls are?" Butler asked Cummins.

Dressed in a hotel robe, the Honey Badger briskly walked on, telling the reporter, "I'll get to that - I'm just trying to have a peaceful break."

The situation escalated when Butler pressed on, prompting Cummins' friend - personal trainer James Brodie - to aggressively intervene.

"Just leave it. We've just asked you three times, nicely - just leave it," he told Butler.

Cummins then said he'd get the hotel security involved, before imploring the reporter and his camera crew to leave him alone.

"Just don't hassle me, I'm trying to have a bloody... trying to chill out," he said, facing the elevator doors.

"[I'm] copping enough crap from people like you mate, so I just want to relax."

Brodie, who recently completed the Kokoda Trail with Cummins, then squared up to Reid and raised his voice.

"Don't ask a question mate, we just asked you three times," he said.

"It's going to be the last time I f**king say it."

The Bachelor star pre-recorded an interview with The Sunday Project where he explained that his decision was designed to save Hockley and Tieman's feelings in the long run. He has otherwise not responded to the controversy around the finale.

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