"I did think we were going to win," O'Hurley tells Inside TV magazine — while admitting in the same breath that "the [prize] trophy meant nothing to me really."
O'Hurley mentions the "agenda" without specifying what that might have been, but conspiracy theorists were buzzing shortly after Monaco's victory on the July 6 finale.
Some believe that Monaco was helped by a huge "GH" soap-fan voter turnout, since part of the contestants' scores were based on viewer voting. Others think she won on the "sex-appeal" factor (she's a former Playboy Playmate).
O'Hurley, who most people identified as J. Peterman from "Seinfeld," says his exposure on "Dancing with the Stars" has helped his image.
"Rather than being Peterman, I'm John O'Hurley all of a sudden," he tells Inside TV.
"Dancing" has been the summer's biggest hit, snaring 22 million viewers for its finale.
On the show, celebrities were teamed with professional dancers and learned two new dance routines each week — with one "couple" getting voted off on live TV.