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The secrets of Kalon McMahon: Doesn't wear Prada, does have a helicopter — asfor that new girlfriend . . .
So, clearly all is not forgiven . . .
Emily Maynard doled out harsh words for Houston reality TV villain Kalon McMahon on Monday night's special "Men Tell All" episode of The Bachelorette, with the televised competition of love approaching its grand finale next Sunday.
“I would like to apologize for the way things transpired,” McMahon told the bachelorette in their first face-to-face encounter since his "baggage" comment about Maynard's daughter Ricki made its way back to the single mom, who promptly ejected him from the show amidst a maelstrom of F-bombs.
"You, my dear, should be a politician," Emily quipped, "because that is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard."
“You look extremely, extremely happy, so I’m happy for you. At the same time I’m obviously sorry at the way things went down between us. I am trying to use it as a growing experience in my future relationships and I really wish the best for you.”
Unfortunately, the mea culpa fell on deaf ears as Maynard quipped "You, my dear, should be a politician, because that is the biggest load of bullshit I've ever heard." The studio audience, which launched jeers at Kalon for much of the evening, applauded the bachelorette's frankness.
“Well," McMahon responded. "I’m guessing I can’t count on your vote.”
Explaining herself to host Chris Harrison, Emily noted that she's always prided herself being a good judge of character and didn't know how she "let someone like that through the cracks." But before the discussion was complete, she volleyed one more attack on Kalon.
"The true sign of class and character is to go back and say, 'I'm really sorry I did that.' I just hope that you find faith in something bigger than your Prada shoes and your rented helicopter."
Just for the record
On Tuesday, CultureMap spoke with McMahon's mother Merrick Stern for some further insight into the "Men Tell All" drama. Before we got started, she wanted to clarify two widely-perceived misconceptions.
- Unlike the devil in the popular Meryl Streep film, McMahon doesn't wear Prada.
- Yes, the white helicopter that first brought him to the bachelor house was rented by ABC. But the other scenes showing him in a black chopper with the tan interior? That one's owned by Kalon's family.
While Stern admitted that some of her son's comments may have gone too far, she felt the show's intense filming schedule "broke him down," particularly as McMahon's tenure came to a close in London.
Other sources close to Kalon told CultureMap that the reality star went into the "Men Tell All" episode knowing he'd be "crucified" as this season's villain, a role he reluctantly accepted/embraced during the taping of the series and recently discussed in a Los Angeles Times video.
McMahon will attempt to overcome his bad boy image on Bachelor Pad 3, which kicks off this Monday. Rumors are already flying about an unlikely and ongoing romance for Kalon with co-star Lindzi Cox, the "girl next door" who almost won Ben Flajnik's heart on the most recent Bachelor season.