Emily Makes Peace With Sean & Chris, Levels Kalon
By KRISTA WICK
July 16, 2012
From glorified-villain Kalon, to fan-favorite Chris, the rejected men of season 8's Bachelorette got their chance to clear the air on the woman who scorned them in tonight's Men Tell All special.
Save for Arie and Jef, nearly all of Emily Maynard's original 25 suitors showed up to participate in the taping. Ryan, Chris, Kalon and Sean were given especially ample one-on-one time to reflect on their experience to host Chris Harrison, but the standout of the night went to Mr. "Baggage" himself, Kalon, who failed to convince the other men (and the Bachelorette) that he was remorseful for disparaging Emily's daughter Ricki.
While his fellow Bachelors (predictably) continued to hold their grudge against Kalon, it appeared Emily's claws had ceased to retract following their memorable goodbye just a few episodes before. As Kalon relayed his apologies to Emily for hurting her during the taping, she was quick to call him out for being disingenuous.
"You, my dear should be a politician because that is the biggest load of bulls&%t I've ever heard," spat Emily to a roar of approval from the crowd. "You've made it very clear that you don't regret the things that you've said," she added, referencing a recent Twitter posting of Kalon's mocking the emotion and memorable situation which earned him the boot. "I hope that you find faith in something bigger than your Prada shoes and your rented helicopter."
Apart from this blow-up, Emily's rapport with her remaining rejected suitors played out remarkably well, with crowd-favorite Chris even going so far as to express his gratitude towards the single mom for helping him believe in love again.
"I want to thank you because you've opened up my eyes," he began. "I know what I want out of life. I fell in love with you; it obviously didn't work out, but it certainly makes me hopeful for the future."
Not too much later, Sean mirrored Chris' gratitude for the experience with Emily.
"You opened my eyes to something that I had questions about," said Sean with great emotion. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening my eyes to falling in love. You really, truly made me believe again."
Just one more episode of The Bachelorette to go! Who will make the cut: Jef or Arie? Tune in this Sunday, July 22 to ABC as Emily Maynard's final pick will be revealed!