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Kalon McMahon: 'Bachelor Pad' editing gave me "too much credit" for my gameplay


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 08/31/2012 

Kalon McMahon and his partner Lindzi Cox were eliminated during Monday night's sixth episode of Bachelor Pad's third season, in which 15 former bachelor and bachelorettes and five "Super Fans" have been competing for a $250,000 cash prize.

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Kalon, a 27-year-old luxury brand consultant from Houston, TX, who previously competed on The Bachelorette's eighth season, and Lindzi, a 27-year-old development manager from Bellevue, WA, who previously competed on The Bachelor's sixteenth season, were eliminated based on votes cast by Bachelor Pad's 10 remaining third-season cast members after host Chris Harrison announced a new format in which they'd be competing and voting as couples rather than male and female individuals.

Kalon and Lindzi, who both admitted they had fallen in love with each other during their time on the show, happened to be at the bottom of the house's main alliance and therefore were eliminated -- especially since Chris Bukowski and Sarah Newlon, the currently-remaining contestants' first and most obvious targets, received immunity roses for winning the week's Spelling Bee challenge.

During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Kalon talked to Reality TV World about his Bachelor Pad experience and relationship with Lindzi. To read what he had to say, click here.

Below are some additional highlights from ABC's transcript of the rest of Kalon's call -- including how serious the current state of his relationship with Lindzi is now, whether the couple has any plans to move in together, how much they discussed their prior The Bachelor and Bachelorette experiences with each other, and what he had to say about Emily Maynard and Jef Holm's relationship.

So during your season of The Bachelorette, obviously a lot of people had a strong reaction to you and didn't like you very much, but you were extremely likable on Bachelor Pad.  So I'm wondering if you wanted to change your strategy coming in or do you think Lindzi brought out the best in you?

Kalon McMahon: Well, to be completely honest, I don't know if it was necessarily either.  I can't say that I had a specific strategy going on either show.  We filmed them very, very close so I was still the same person.  It was just a very different environment.  I was much more comfortable, much happier, much more outgoing on Bachelor Pad just simply because of the dynamics.

And then obviously, I had a much, much better connection with Lindzi than I ever did with Emily, so naturally I am going to be a happier person.  I'm going to be myself.  The Bachelorette was my first experience on TV, so it was a little bit overwhelming and I just think by the time we filmed Bachelor Pad, I was a little more comfortable. 

I was aware of what was going on and obviously just in the state where I could absolutely enjoy myself, and specifically my time with Lindzi, much, much more. So I guess I just came across, I guess that obviously came across on-camera.

You guys are a really great couple and were very unexpected. Can you tell us what the status of your relationship is now, or will we find that out as we watch the rest of the Bachelor Pad season?

Kalon McMahon: Absolutely.  I can tell you what you already see.  As soon as we left the show, I went into -- we actually stayed in Santa Monica for a few days and then I went up to Seattle to visit her, and then she's been down to Southern California to visit me. 

So it is frustrating that we live in different cities, but every weekend we have an opportunity to see each other if we absolutely try -- phone calls every single day, visiting each other on the weekends whenever we can.  So it's certainly a long-distance relationship, but we are doing everything we can to make a healthy one.

It might be a little early, but do you guys have any plans to try to relocate near each other?

Kalon McMahon: We're taking baby steps.  It was frustrating me being in Texas and Lindzi being in Seattle.  For a number of reasons, I'm going to be in California for the next couple of months.  So at least now, we're in the same time zone, so that helps.  And obviously a two-hour flight to see each other is much more feasible than a four-and-a-half hour flight to see each other. 

Lindzi has some friends in the area too here, so I think she is a little bit more willing to pop down here on weekends. So we are going to see how it goes from here. And we have had that chat and Lindzi was the first one to admit that she doesn't necessarily want to live in Seattle for the rest of her life, so I probably wouldn't necessarily consider moving to Seattle.

So we can see if maybe there's somewhere else that would be accommodating to both our lifestyles before we took that step into moving in together.

We only got to see a little bit of your time together in the house and on a date...

Kalon McMahon: I know that was frustrating right?

It was, because I really liked seeing you two fall in love and everything! But I was wondering if you guys talked any more about your time on The Bachelorette and maybe the "baggage" comment you made about Ricki, and then, did you feel that she was fully over Ben Flajnik and ready for a serious relationship?

Kalon McMahon: Oh, absolutely.  And to be honest, that's how I immediately knew I liked Lindzi, because the very, very first night in the house, she walked up to me after everyone obviously kind of gave me the third degree -- they were interested in what happened.

But that's the beautiful part about being around people that have been on the show, is they are completely aware what it's like to be filmed and have things taken out of context and turned around and used against you.

So they are a little more understanding and willing to hear what it was I had to say [and] Lindzi was the very first one to come up to me and say, "You know what? I get it. I understand kind of what you meant. Maybe you didn't say it the way you intended to but you're kind of right. I get what you were trying to convey." 

So she really put me at ease and made me feel comfortable, and then we kind of had a long-winded conversation about it over the next couple days. And she filled me in on her season with Ben, because obviously once I found out I was doing The Bachelorette with Emily, their season was going on, so I started watching it to kind of see what I was getting myself into.

So I did watch her kind of fall in love on TV with this other guy, which was a little weird now that I was completely crushing on her.  At the same time, I understand how the show was made, so I get it, and we were sympathetic towards each other in both regards. And it absolutely did not hinder our relationship whatsoever, and we have developed extremely quickly in that environment.

And that's what was so frustrating, because our relationship kind of developed backwards.  We went from essentially living together and playing house and getting to wake up next to each other every single day, to once we left, me living in Texas her living in Seattle and relying on phone calls and face time.  So it's certainly a backwards way to start a relationship, but we are doing our best to make a healthy one.

Do you think it was strategically a bad move to get so comfortable with Lindzi, because we heard from Ed Swiderski that you kind of isolated yourself a little bit.  Do you think you could have stayed longer if you held back a little bit maybe?

Kalon McMahon: I don't know.  At the end of the day, my personal life is much more important to me than the game show.  So if we are going to be criticized for developing a real relationship, I'm certainly not going to be offended if Ed -- who we saw how he conducted himself on the show in regards to his relationships with women -- I'm not going to be offended if he points out that it was a bad move strategically that Lindzi and I genuinely enjoyed our time together. 

If that meant, because -- Honestly, we just kind of had different lifestyles in the house.  We weren't necessarily drinking everyday.  We were just kind of hanging out and doing our own thing and I have no problem with that.

So I mean, if that led to us being kicked off, then that's fine.  I won't lose any sleep over that.  But honestly, I think the reason we were kicked off is because everyone acknowledged that if we made it to the finals that no one was going to win against us because we were well-liked by everyone in house, especially the fans.

We were kind of the only people including, [Michael Stagliano] probably, that were absolutely -- just viewed the fans as --  I don't know why walking into the house anyone would think of the fans any differently than any of us. 

So knowing that we had their vote in the bag and realizing the dynamic that existed, I think it just boiled down to we were honestly the most well-liked couple in the house and no one would have wanted to go up against us in the finals.  I think that's what it boiled down to.

You said a lot throughout the show you could just tell everyone what they wanted to hear and somehow convince them that you were telling them the truth.  How did you do that? Were they just all really easy to play?

Kalon McMahon: Honestly, I think the way the show is framed, it gives me too much credit.  Lindzi and I honestly went into the Rose Ceremonies every night probably with a clear idea in our head who we were voting for because it was usually the obvious decision.  It usually just simply made sense other than one or two times.

And like Michael illustrated in a lot of his talks, it is much easier because I'm not a confrontational person. It is much easier to just simply tell someone, excuse me, what they want to hear, agree with them, and then kind of go on about your business. 

Because until the very end, the voting was secret.  No one knew who you were voting for until [Chris Bukowski] had the brilliant idea to take [Erica Rose] into the voting booth with him, and then that changed the dynamic of everything. 

But I mean, I didn't consider it lying or being deceitful.  It's just kind of the name of the game.  It's an awkward game that you wouldn't play in real life, so in order to thrive, you kind of just have to tell people what they want to hear.

What's the most challenging thing you think you have experienced on Bachelor Pad so far? 

Kalon McMahon: Oh wow, that's a good question.  You know, there wasn't too much that was necessarily challenging.  After my experience with The Bachelorette in my -- in that season,  everything was so refreshing and I was -- because initially, I was really hesitant to do the show because I was like, "If it's anything like The Bachelorette, I really don't want to be involved with that."

But once I pulled the trigger and committed to do it and got there and saw the dynamic of the show and everyone that was in the house, I was honestly so happy and so refreshed that anything that happened, I was okay with.  So to say anything was challenging, there wasn't really anything challenging. 

I can see how some of the people leaving the show, if they were genuinely surprised they were leaving or if they were having to leave someone behind, or their feelings were hurt, or leaving the show obviously unexpectedly could be very, very challenging.  Fortunately for Lindzi and I, we were both kind of mentally ready to go. And at the same time, we knew we were leaving, so we weren't shellshocked. 

We weren't surprised; We were devastated. And we got to leave together.  So for us, there really wasn't anything challenging other than I guess maybe the challenges themselves -- which were all pretty funny and interesting.  And obviously we completely flopped at the spelling bee.  So maybe the spelling bee was the toughest challenge for me.

Do you think that Emily and Jef will actually end up getting married and being together for the rest of their lives?  Because not many couples have actually made it to that point.

Kalon McMahon: Yes, unfortunately, apparently that's the reality of this reality show, is that not enough couples seem to thrive.  I certainly hope so, simply because Jef, believe it or not, was one of my closer friends in the house and I think he is a really, really amazing guy.  He's one of the cooler guys I've met, and he is someone that I would be friends with in real life if we cross paths somehow.

Unfortunately, I don't think Emily would appreciate that, so I don't see us ever been buds again. But for the sake of Ricki, being exposed to this, I certainly hope it is a healthy relationship that develops from this so that they can look back and say it was absolutely worth it.  And I think Jef would honestly be a great dad, because I think he's a big kid himself.  So I can certainly see that being a good dynamic for them.

Are you 100% percent officially dating Lindzi?  Because there are a ton of rumors online right now that you guys have broken up.  So I'm just trying to clear that up.

Kalon McMahon: Oh, yes, no, we are absolutely 100% percent dating.  That's what's so funny about the Internet.  You can't believe everything you read.  I read some other article that said my net worth was $3 million.  That's certainly not true either.  You can't believe everything you read.  I wish. 

I guess, absolutely.  We have spent plenty of weekends together.  We talk on the phone all day every day, and whenever I get a chance, she either comes down here or I go up to Seattle.  The reality is, it is unfortunately a long-distance relationship, but as far as those go, it's the best, healthiest relationship we could ask for at this point.  So we can progress and consider maybe collaborating cities one of these days.

Obviously you know this whole formula doesn't work since you did find love with Lindzi, but if things didn't work out for the two of you, would you ever do The Bachelor?

Kalon McMahon: That's a good question... but I honestly believe that if you are genuinely interested and in love in the show concept, the Bachelor Pad was honestly a healthier environment for that because you get to spend all day with that person that you are starting to date.

It may be different if you are on that side -- if you are the actual Bachelor or Bachelorette with 25 people that you're pursuing, but my experience on The Bachelorette, I just didn't enjoy it that much. 

I didn't see how when [Arie Luyendyk Jr.] and some of the other guys would come back from these day dates telling me that they are falling in love, that they are having feeling -- I just didn't see how they were spending enough time with someone to really get to know them in a real manner.

In Bachelor Pad there's plenty of time and room to escape and kind of do your own thing and spend real time with that person that you are interested in, kind of without cameras around, without other people around, you can just enjoy each other's company and see if anything real develops.

So with that said, and with Lindzi and I being in an absolute committed relationship, no, I can't say that I'd be interested in being the Bachelor.  But at the same time, I'm the first one to be aware that I know ABC also has no interest in making me a new Bachelor.  I don't think that's ever anything I'd have to worry about.

What most attracted you to Lindzi?

Kalon McMahon: Well that's easy.  What most attracted me to Lindzi was that we literally have identical personalities.  We make all the same stupid jokes, we both have no filter, and we both get each other's same stupid jokes.

And what's so frustrating to me is that they never show that side of Lindzi.  I mean, they just kind of show her being this sweet, bubbly, innocent girl, but they don't give her enough credit.  I mean she is hilarious in both seasons and they never showcased that side of her.

And that's what I absolutely fell in love with.  She is one of the funnier, outspoken, most witty girls I've ever come across, and that's why I was so attracted to her, because we both make those same awkward jokes that we get that half the other room might not get -- but we get each other.  So that's absolutely why we ended up together. 

Above are some additional highlights from ABC's transcript of the rest of Kalon's call. To read what he had to say to Reality TV World, click here.



(Photo credit ABC)


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