In less than a week (Sunday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET), we'll find out who BacheloretteEmily Maynard chose to be her lawfully wedded husband. But in the show's grand (and kind of ridiculous) tradition, she first had to reunite with all the guys she's rejected along the way. During Monday's Men Tell All episode, the guys who didn't make the cut gathered around to settle scores, or in one guy's case, to make an off-handed bid to be the next Bachelor.
On her People blog, Maynard offered her personal reaction to the live event, where she appeared at the end. "I have the best group of guys, and they took it easy on me -- for the most part," she wrote. Naturally, she gave her thoughts about the season's villain, Kalon, whom she kicked off the show with a few choice words after he caused a stir by referring to her daughter Ricki as "baggage."
During the special, Kalon tried to make peace between them. "Obviously I’d like to apologize for how the way things transpired," he said. "You look extremely happy so I’m happy for you, but at the same time, I’m obviously sorry for the way things went down between us. But I am trying to use it as a growing experience in my future relationships and I really wish the best for you."
But Maynard wasn't having any of it. "And you, my dear, should be a politician because that is the biggest load of bullsh*t I’ve ever heard...You’ve made it very clear how you feel about me and that you don’t regret the things that you said." She continued on her rant by telling the audience how a few days before the show's taping, she saw that Kalon had posted a photo of a baggage claim sign on Twitter and wrote, "Thought for sure I’d see Emily Maynard here."
Kalon replied that he was flattered that she followed him on Twitter. To which Maynard retorted: "I hope that you find faith in something bigger than your Prada shoes."
In her blog post, Maynard further explained that she'd been anticipating an apology from Kalon, and would have accepted it. "Who knows, maybe we could've been friends!" she wrote. But she again noted the rude post with the baggage claim photo. "He made it pretty clear he wasn't sorry, so I wasn't going to sit there and let him think he was tricking me into thinking he was a nice guy," she said. "People like Kalon make me sad and I'm just glad I never have to waste another second thinking about him!"
Ryan, another guy who didn't lack for conflict in the Bachelorette house, also roused the anger of his male roommates during the special. (Ryan was the guy who called Maynard a "trophy wife" and thought he was being complimentary.)
He defended his self-confidence (which the other guys considered arrogance). And he admitted that "it was never fully about Emily. It was about me finding my wife...If I’m there at the end, then, the worst-case scenario is that maybe I’ll have that opportunity to meet 25 ladies that will be a great fit for me." In other words, he joined Bachelorette in hopes of being chosen as the next Bachelor. Chris Harrison quickly shot the idea down, which led to a round of applause from the studio audience.
In her blog post, Maynard confirmed the majority opinion that Ryan was arrogant, and said that she regretted that he didn't recognize his need for change. "However, the only thing that has changed about Ryan is his hair, which looks much better in my opinion. He still stands behind everything he said and did on the show, which, to be honest, doesn't surprise me much."
She also wrote about her relief at seeing Doug (the single dad who warned her about Kalon) again. Fans will remember that Doug was the guy who kissed her at just the moment when she was trying to break up with him.
During the special, she told him that she had regretted not giving him one more rose -- especially because he stood up for her during a group date and outed Kalon for what he was saying behind the scenes. "Doug and I had an awkward goodbye to say the least, so it was good to see him in a different setting," she wrote. "I'm happy I could let him know how much I regretted not giving him the group date rose in London and how grateful I was for everything he did."
As for the third runner-up and fan favorite Sean, Maynard referred to him in her post as the hardest to see. "I didn't feel like we had much closure, and it was really important to me that he knew that everything I felt was 100 percent real for me," she wrote. "I am so happy that Sean is in a great place now and looks back on our time together fondly. I feel the same."
Ah, but which guy does she feel most fond of? Will it be Arie? Will it be Jef? You've got to tune in on Sunday, Bachelorette fans!
In case you missed it, watch the entire "Men Tell All" episode here: