NEW YORK – Joe Millionaire says what you saw isn't necessarily what he got.
Evan Marriott, the star of Joe Millionaire, said yesterday that he didn't have sex with any of the women on the show -- or get X-rated in the bushes with finalist Sarah Kozer, as the show's producer seemed to indicate.
"Hey, my parents have to watch the show -- if it happened I would tell you, but it didn't," Marriott told Howard Stern yesterday. "In the production and editing, they made it look like" things happened that didn't.
He said some creative editing led viewers to believe there was hanky panky going on behind closed doors -- when in fact things were pretty tame.
For example, one scene showed Marriott and one of the women disappearing behind a closing bedroom door. In fact, the door was to a foyer and Marriott and the woman went into separate bedrooms, he said. "I don't think they portrayed the girls quite the way they really acted," he said. "They were good girls. They were. They were sweet girls."
Marriott, who came across during the Stern interview as less than thrilled with the whole Joe Millionaire experience, predicts his fame will end "like Greg Brady" after next Monday's series finale.
Still, he concedes his fame was in full force at Wednesday night's Knicks game, where fans gave him the Bronx cheer.
"I must have fame if I could get 30,000 people in Madison Square Garden to boo me out last night," he said.
He chalked up the rolled-up welcome mat to fan disappointment because "Fox told everybody I was going to pick a girl this Monday and I didn't."
Marriott dodged pointed questioning from Stern and his sidekicks about which of the two finalists he picks next week, but implied he wasn't wild about any of the show's ladies.
"I gotta take the ones they give me," he said at one point.