Emily Maynard and Jef Holm continued their media rounds Tuesday with the final Bachelorette conference call of the season. Runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr. also joined the call, after the newly engaged couple moved on to making sandcastles with Ricki, or something like that.
Highlights of the call:
Emily denied the reports that she has her sights set on a career in television. “I have no interest in ever doing any spinoff show or anything like that,” she swore. “I look forward to the day when I can go back to normal.” Hmmmm. Her more-glamorous-than-ever appearance these last two days doesn’t really speak to a future of making peanut butter sandwiches and driving the minivan round Charlotte, but I suppose we’ll see.
There may be one exception to “no more TV” vow, however. As the call went on, Emily and Jef wavered on the topic of whether they would have a televised wedding. Perhaps recalling her original promise that she had no interest in doing The Bachelorette, she said, “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s to never say never, but I also think a wedding is a private thing.” But she admitted that she likes the idea that the early days of her time with Jef are preserved on film. Jef finally stated, “When the time comes, we’ll discuss it and we’ll decide.”
The pair did their part to rehabilitate Arie, whose story of traveling to Charlotte and dropping off his journal for Emily to read came across as a tad obsessive. They stressed that Arie never realized that Jef and Emily left Curacao as an engaged couple, but once he understood that was the case, he knew it was time to back off. Jef added that he and Arie have continued to talk as friends since filming ended.
Emily was annoyed when asked about a conference call remark from Joe Gendreau, eliminated way back in the second week of the season. He predicted Jef as the eventual winner based on his personal wealth. “I find it pretty insulting that anyone would ever say that … I don’t know how Joe knows anything about Jef, considering he was sent home first,” she said, claws out.
Emily finally got to meet Jef’s mother backstage following the taping of “After the Final Rose,” and has talked to Jef’s dad on the phone. “They could not be nicer or more down to earth,” she said.
One reporter asked if they have made up for their non-sleepover in the Fantasy Suite by having “intimate time” since filming ended. Emily either didn’t understand the question or decided to ignore what was being implied, so we’ll assume those passions are still being bridled.
When Arie came on the line, he backed up Emily’s and Jef’s version of his trip to Charlotte, saying that he had gotten the impression from talking to Emily’s mother in Curacao that Emily was leaning towards waiting to get engaged. “I really felt her mind wasn’t made up yet, so I flew to Charlotte with that on my mind. If I knew Jef and Emily were engaged, I would never have flown to Charlotte,” he said.
Asked about speculation he could be sought as the next Bachelor, he didn’t exactly close the door, saying he would be flattered to be asked. He said he hadn’t been out with women since taping wrapped “out of respect for the show,” but that he was “definitely open and willing to start dating.” Exactly what you’d expect a possible Bachelor to say …
Could you see Arie as the next Bachelor? And how long will you give Jef and Emily before their lack of firm wedding plans starts to seem suspicious?