Sixteen of Emily Maynard’s 25 bachelors return to confront “The Bachelorette” about why she sent them home, but even more interesting, the men gang up on two of their own — Kalon and Ryan — when the “Men Tell All” airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC.
“This season taught me a lot about men,” Emily reveals in a one-on-one interview with XfinityTV after the taping of the show. “It taught me a lot of good things, a lot of bad things, what I want and what I don’t want. I was surprised by so many things. Guys that I normally would have said, ‘We have nothing in common. What are we going to talk about?’ In sitting down with them, it was a lesson to not judge people unfairly and to get to know them before you write them off. Even great looking guys, who I thought I would have great chemistry with, not so great.”
One of the bachelors to take the hot seat was Ryan, whose cocky attitude and self-confidence rubbed a lot of guys the wrong way — and some of them felt he was there for the wrong reasons, such as being more interested in being on TV than in Emily.
Then there was Kalon, who to task for his bad behavior during the season, such as interrupting Emily when she tried to talk — but, most importantly, for calling her daughter Ricki “baggage.”
Watch Kalon Apologize to Emily:
“I always want to give people the benefit of the doubt,” Emily says when asked if maybe she overreacted to Kalon’s comment. “I don’t always say exactly what I feel and sometimes it comes out wrong, but the fact that he stood behind what he said … everybody comes with baggage, but to pinpoint my daughter, I thought that was really crossing a line. Had he said, ‘That is not what I meant. I am really sorry, I would have forgiven him and said, ‘Tell me what you really meant.’ He stood behind it and I can’t respect that.”
Then when Kalon tried to justify his actions, he made things worse and Emily let him know in no uncertain terms what she thinks of him — and his actions since he was sent packing.
Two other men to face Chris Harrison’s questions are Sean and Chris.
Sean reveals that Emily was the first woman to ever break his heart and he tells Chris why he decided against returning and trying to convince Emily that she had made a mistake and should give him another chance.
Chris, who made it to the hometown visits, reveals how devastated he was at being sent home and how it caught him completely off guard.
The special wraps up with a sneak peek of next Sunday’s finale and the final two bachelors, Arie and Jef, vying for the final rose.
“If I were to rate Arie and Jef, they would both be off the charts,” Emily says. “Arie is truly one of the best kissers imaginable. As great as our first date was, every day I have spent with him since then, just gets better and better. Jef is such a great guy and even though we were a little bit slower starting in the beginning, he is so sincere and thoughtful. I can’t say enough good things about him either.”
Don’t miss “The Bachelorette: Men Tell All” when it airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC — with a sneak peek of the third season of “Bachelor Pad.”