I’ll admit it. I thought Chris Malhomme totally dropped the ball. The Edmontonian had the hopes of an entire nation on his shoulders as the only Canadian contestant on this season of The Bachelorette (Mondays at 9pm on Citytv) but didn’t even make it past the first round of cuts. I thought his introduction to Ashley was rushed and impersonal. I thought he failed to assert himself in the mansion. I thought, frankly, he barely put forth an effort and deserved to be sent home early.
Then I met Chris Malhomme in the BT studio. The guy is over the top (you’ll see what I mean in the video clip below). He dished on all the dirt (mostly off-camera, as he’s still bound by a bulletproof non-disclosure agreement) and I quickly bought into his claim he was a victim of creative editing. In other words, according to Chris himself, he was “all over the place in the mansion. Probably the most outgoing guy there. Doing (his) own interviews with (his) own camera crew and everything.” Then why was he sent packing so soon, I wondered? Check out his answer in our interview (below).
Warner Brothers executives must have recognized my enthusiasm in speaking with Chris, as he was contacted on his cell phone following our 7:40am segment (and just before he was set to join our BT Bachelorette panel at 8:10). The gag order was issued and Chris was sent packing. Too bad, really. If you’re a regular viewer of our panel, I’m sure you were as excited as I was to see Chris and Trevor Schmidt compete for camera time.
Chris or no Chris, our panelists had plenty to talk about this Tuesday morning. What is up with the mask guy? Why on earth would you shop for rings and wedding cake on a first date? And what’s with all the making out this early in the search for a spouse?
Looks like we’ll have plenty to talk about next week as well. Bentley, this season’s version of Wes (formerly The Most Hated Man in America), promises to “make Ashley cry” after “playing everybody.” I can only imagine the heartache that will ensue in what could be The Most Dramatic Season Ever.
Don’t forget, you’ve still got time to sign up for the Citytv Bachelorette fantasy pool! Until next week…