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Vienna Girardi defends alligator hunt on ‘Kourtney & Kim Take Miami’


As most of us locals now, Florida isn’t all about the glam of South Beach and arty grittiness of Wynwood. There’s a whole big state out there, where alligators are free to roam. Scott Disick found this out, as viewers witnessed on the most recent episode of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami.

The father of Kourtney Kardashian’s two kids decided to go out and make himself a pair of shoes the old-school way. The episode was filmed the last day of gator hunting season, Nov. 1, 2012.

To guide Disick in his efforts was Florida resident Vienna Girardi, Jake Pavelka’s pick on The Bachelor, season 14. (Fans of the franchise may recall that the two ended things bitterly; the pilot is now dating Kristin Chenoweth.)

Girardi’s family owns a peanut farm in tiny Geneva, in Seminole County. Her mother, Tina Scott, also runs a roadside stand called Tina’s Peanut Hut. The alligator farm where E! cameras rolled is steps away.

Despite Kim Kardashian’s protests at the kill — Tori Spelling was another one to speak out against Disick, who also skinned the reptile and ate it — Girardi says this practice is perfectly normal.

“I kind of take offense to that,” said Girardi, who recently moved to Boca Raton and works at a financial company. “People wear leather and you don’t hear any complaints. This is what animals are put on this planet for. And we use every part, we don’t waste any of it.”

Besides the fallout, Girardi had a positive experience filming. “Khloe was very sweet and Scott was adorable. He was so nice to everybody and so funny,” she said.

Girardi was pleased her family came out looking OK.

“I know a lot of people think that Southern people are dumb. I didn’t want that impression. I’ve seen all these reality shows about rednecks and I didn’t like how they are portrayed. They’re good, simple, honest people.”

Don’t look for any more reality matchmaking shows for Girardi, who is currently single.

“You really don’t get to know the person,” she said of her experience on the ABC hit. “You get what producers want you to see.”

Girardi wouldn’t rule out doing a series on her beloved hometown. Population: less than 3,000. “I think it’d be funny. I love seeing people’s reactions when they stop there to get gas or something. They are in shock, looking around like they just entered The Twilight Zone.”

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