Joe's lost Mojo
By KEVIN WILLIAMSON -- Calgary Sun
She's thrilled Joe Millionaire lost his Mojo.
Melissa Jo (Mojo) Hunter -- one of 20 women who vied for the affections of Evan Marriott a.k.a. Joe Millionaire -- says she didn't learn the prince is really a pauper until she saw an advertisement for the hit reality series.
And her reaction was?
"I just laughed hysterically," says Hunter, who was the fourth last to go. "I just thank Evan for getting me out of that situation of being the last girl standing."
As die-hard fans and casual TV viewers alike know, "the last girl standing" is the lucky (or unlucky) gal who Marriott picks and is then informed the dashing millionaire is really a $20,000-a-year construction worker. The two-hour finale airs Monday 9 p.m. on W.
"I would have dated Evan regardless, but it's hard to have a successful relationship when it's based on a lie. Evan is a great guy. Maybe something could've happened."
And maybe it has. The two have recently been seen together in Indianapolis. Asked what the status of their relationship is, all Hunter will say is: "I don't think I can disclose that."
Hunter landed on Joe Millionaire after responding to a casting call for actresses who wanted to find romance in an exotic locale. Once there, producers told them Marriott had just inherited $50 million. Hunter says she and some of the other women were suspicious of Marriott's finances all along.
"Some girls are smarter than others," Hunter says, citing how little business know-how Marriott had.
"I thought if he'd already inherited $50 million, he'd have some kind of idea what kind of businesses he'd want to start. Even terms like 'venture capital' you'd think he'd know more than he did. Evan is extremely funny. He's a great person to be around. The only difference between us, the thing that might have caused us problems, is that I think I'm a little more ambitious. And when I tried to talk business with the guy, he didn't understand what I was saying."
Hunter -- called "a dark-haired temptress" on fan websites -- was ditched after "the hat incident," in which her wide-brimmed monstrosity kept knocking Marriott's noggin.
"If Evan had just asked me to take it off, I would have," she says. "I can't believe it was that much of a spectacle. All he had to do is ask me to take it off."
Still, Hunter can take comfort in not being outed as a foot-fetish film star as Sarah Kozer was.
"And she had the nerve to call me a name on national TV. Now look who's talking. Some people can be nice to your face and then something else behind closed doors."
Of course, being dumped did wonders for another reality-TV rejectee. The Bachelor's Trista Rehn ended up hosting the spinoff The Bachelorette. If there's a sequel, Hunter says she's up for the gig: "I'd do it definitely. I'm single. (Marriott's) only one guy. There are a million guys out there."