This 'Bachelorette' Villain is Back

by Rachel Paige

Never one to shy away from drama, Bachelor in Paradise is bringing back Kalon McMahon, The Bachelorette villain from Emily Maynard's season. For anyone unfamiliar with the name Kalon McMahon, yes, it does kind of sound like a health food, but he's a real person. In the Bachelor world, his name is synonymous with "baggage."

The year was 2012: the summer Olympics were in London, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had just gotten engaged, and Emily Maynard was the Bachelorette. Emily had previously competed on Season 15 of the Bachelor, where she actually "won" (we call it, "winning" right?). However, she later split up with Bachelor Brad. Emily was so popular, though, that she was invited back to compete as the Bachelorette in Season 8. At the time, she was the second former Bachelor contestant to do so. And because she was just that special, her season left Los Angeles and took place in her hometown of Charlotte, South Carolina.

You see, Emily had a young daughter at the time, named Ricki. There have been previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes to have sons and daughters (heck, Juan Pablo had a kid), but Emily's situation was a little bit different. Also, a lot sadder. Ricki's dad, Ricky, died in a plane crash before she was born. He was a race car driver, and on the way to one of his events, his small plane went down, killing everyone on board. Emily knew she was pregnant at the time of his death, and named their daughter after him (full name, Josephine Riddick Hendrick — "Ricki" for short.). Not wanting to leave her 7-year-old daughter behind and head off to LA for an extended period of time, Emily managed to get the show to film close to home. That way, she could still be the Bachelorette and a full-time mom to little Ricki.

Emily's Bachelorette season was full of a wide variety of different single guys, including two single dads, a marine biologist, a mushroom farmer and a model (spoiler alert, guys, she picked the Entrepreneur). Like any other season, there was lots of drama, duh. But there was one incident that was pretty bad, and that's where Kalon comes into play.

The group traveled to London for a little bit, and while there they went to Stratford-upon-Avon and recreated scenes from Romeo and Juliette, and it was adorable. However, Kalon, who was billed as a "luxury brand representative" (which I consider to be code for "skeeze"), made some unfortunate comments. At one point during the trip, he made the comment that Ricki was like "baggage."

Sadly, the actual comment was not caught on tape. Or, maybe it was, but the producers decided not to show it. Either way, it irked the other guys vying for Emily's heart and contestant Doug went running to Emily to let her know what happened. Doug pulled her aside, and very calmly told her what Kalon said about her daughter. Emily, being a mom, reacts like Harry Potter's kick-ass Mrs. Weasley.

Needless to say, Emily lets Kalon have it. He tried his best to defend himself, saying that he didn't mean it "like that" and that the term baggage was inferred incorrectly, but Emily wasn't buying it. She sent Kalon packing that night, and was so distraught that she couldn't even hand out the rose for the group date that week.

Needless to say, Kalon has very much been billed as the Bachelorette Villan ever since. He appeared on a season of Bachelor Pad, where he supposedly found love only to break up this past winter. Here's to him making better choices in Paradise.

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