Meghan King, Mike Johnson ‘just friends’ despite ‘chemistry’ on date setup

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She isn’t accepting his rose just yet. 

“Real Housewives of Orange County” alum Meghan King and Bachelor Nation star Mike Johnson are “just friends” despite having “undeniable chemistry” on a recent date in Las Vegas, a source exclusively tells Page Six. 

“They had a lot of fun together and are glad to know each other now,” a source says. “But as far as a relationship goes, it’s platonic.”

The two stars were set up by producers of King’s iHeartRadio podcast, “Intimate Knowledge with Meghan King,” a deep dive into topics surrounding relationships and sex. 

Fans will eventually learn more about King and Johnson’s steamy Sin City outing, which included a visit to a strip club.

Their meetup came during festivities for the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Prior to this weekend’s concerts, King, 37, and Johnson, 34, hung out at a podcast party at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Casino on Thursday. 

Meghan King
“As far as a relationship goes, it’s platonic,” an insider says of King’s dynamic with Johnson.
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Later that evening, King and Johnson made their way to Crazy Horse 3. There, the blond beauty and the handsome Air Force veteran were spotted packing on the PDA. 

As seen in video footage obtained by TMZ, King sat on Johnson’s lap as the two enjoyed a personal performance by an exotic dancer. At one point, they held hands and, according to E! News, even kissed. 

King later raved about Johnson in a sweet Instagram post. “Look who I found at @iheartradio festival in Vegas! @mike_johnson is my new fave!” she captioned a photo of the pair posing close together.

Regardless of the canoodling, our source assures us, “They’re pals and colleagues.” 

Mike Johnson and Meghan King
The Bachelor Nation star and the Bravo alum embraced each other on the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Festival red carpet.
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Still, King and Johnson cuddled up for photographers during an iHeartRadio appearance Friday night.

Before embracing each other on the red carpet, the duo mingled with a host of reality TV personalities, including “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Drew Sidora, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” alum Teddi Mellencamp and former “Bachelor” lead Bob Guiney. 

King’s flirtations with Johnson came days after she dismissed two protective orders against ex-husband Jim Edmonds.

King — who finalized her divorce from Edmonds, 52, in May 2021 — originally filed a temporary restraining order in June, alleging that the former MLB player exhibited “frequent and consistent verbal abuse” towards her.

Mike Johnson
Johnson was set up on a date with King for her iHeartRadio podcast, “Intimate Knowledge with Meghan King.”
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Edmonds has vehemently denied the claims. Furthermore, the retired athlete’s rep, Steve Honig, told TMZ in part that the filing was “completely baseless.”

In addition to the restraining order, King requested a child protective order against Edmonds that was not granted. This week, both orders were dropped via her attorney.

Throughout it all, King has leaned on her inner circle — including publicist Anthony Lario and her model brother, RJ King — for support. The two men joined her during a recent work trip to New York City to promote “Intimate Knowledge.” 

“I love working and being in the city,” Meghan previously told Page Six. “It’s always best to put your nose to the grindstone.”

King shares daughter Aspen and twin sons Hart and Hayes with ex-husband Jim Edmonds.

The mom of three — who shares daughter Aspen, 5, and 4-year-old twin sons Hart and Hayes with Edmonds — added, “And I want to be the best example of a single, working mom to my kids.” 

After Meghan divorced Edmonds, she wed President Joe Biden’s nephew Cuffe Biden Owens in October 2021. But they split two months later. 

Johnson, for his part, notably competed for Hannah Brown’s heart on Season 15 of “The Bachelorette” in 2019, before failing to find love on the beaches of “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 6. That same year, he was briefly linked to pop superstar Demi Lovato.

No matter what happens with Johnson, Meghan recently said on “The Tamron Hall Show” that she plans to keep future relationships private. 

Mike Johnson
Johnson, who competed for Hannah Brown’s heart on “The Bachelorette” Season 15, has been linked to Demi Lovato.
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“I’m done putting relationships on social media. I don’t want to be defined by them,” she said. “You Google my name and you see all these relationships, I’m done with that. I think, most of the time when I date, my life intimidates people.”

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