'Married at First Sight' star Alyssa Ellman walks off set and ends interview after dodging question asking why she signed up for the show
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 01/27/2022
Married at First Sight star Alyssa Ellman abruptly walked off the set and ended her interview on the show'sMarried at First Sight: Afterparty discussion show while being questioned about her lack of interest in Chris Collette and why she signed up for MAFS.
Chris, 35, and Alyssa, 30, were matched for matrimony on Season 14 of Married at First Sight by the show's experts Dr. Viviana Coles, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and Pastor Calvin Roberson.
On Wednesday night's broadcast of Married at First Sight: Afterparty on Lifetime, Alyssa watched back a Season 14 clip of a heated conversation she had with Chris in their hotel room in Puerto Rico a couple of days into their marriage.
"I find out that you're saying something to my family and my best friend, it's not being respectful," Alyssa says in the clip, seemingly referring to how Chris told her mother and best friend Taylor that Alyssa had said she just wanted to be friends and they weren't compatible.
"I would never do that to you, and I didn't do that to you."
Chris said he wasn't going to lie to Alyssa's mom and friend, but Alyssa insists, "It's not lying!"
"If they said, 'Hey, how's it going?' How would I respond to, 'How's it going? How was your wedding day?'" Chris asks.
Alyssa noted how Chris could have replied, "It wasn't the best," without revealing specific details.
"You're saying something that was supposed to be confidential," Alyssa complains. "I mean, this situation isn't fun and it's not good."
After viewing the clip and discussing it, Afterparty host Keshia Knight Pulliam told Alyssa, "It seems like you keep talking about things happening in private and you not wanting to share and feeling disrespected when things are shared."
"Why did you sign up for this show?" Keshia asked. "Part of it is sharing your journey."
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Alyssa replied, "There were certain things that I wanted to say that I would've rather had said in a private, intimate setting than have 30 cameras and 30 people around."
Alyssa suggested that she didn't want to make Chris look bad or embarrass him on-camera.
"I don't want to hurt people's feelings. I don't want to be mean to anybody," Alyssa insisted. "I was trying to be respectful."
Keshia replied, "Okay," and then quietly added with disappointment in her voice, "I guess the viewers are just going to have to watch the show and kind of form their own observations as a result of what has been shown."
"I was just really hoping to kind of give your side of the story," Keshia noted.
Alyssa then wiped tears out of her eyes and firmly said, "I am going to get up [from my chair]."
"I hate that you're upset," Keshia said. "And I hate that you're crying."
Alyssa replied, "I am walking away from this conversation," before storming off the set and scurrying out of the room.
Once Alyssa left the room, Keshia continued interviewing Alyssa's Married at First Sight co-stars Olajuwon Dickerson and Mark Maher without her.
When Alyssa and Chris tied the knot on Married at First Sight's fourteenth season, Alyssa was a bit cold to her husband while taking photos and celebrating at the reception.
However, Alyssa was never shown saying that she disliked or wasn't attracted to Chris -- until all hell broke loose after she had a conversation with Chris' three groomsmen towards the end of the night.
Chris' friends essentially revealed how Chris can be condescending, preachy and a bit arrogant when it comes to his opinions. They even made a comment about how Chris "loves to monologue," which immediately turned Alyssa off and left her worrying about Chris' personality and character traits.
Alyssa also told the cameras how she thought it was disgusting when Chris had referred to himself as "Alyssa's side piece" in an elevator.
"He may be a little immature," Alyssa complained in a confessional. "He wouldn't normally be my type. I don't want to get upset. I don't want this on-camera."
Once the cameras were off her face, viewers could hear Alyssa venting to a producer about Chris behind closed doors.
Alyssa alleged she and Chris are "so different" and she didn't feel comfortable sleeping in the same room as her new husband.
"Physically, I do not see one characteristic in him that I asked for," Alyssa lamented. "Do I sit with him and tell him this? What do you do in these situations?"
Once Alyssa exited the room, she apologized to Chris for making him sit by himself in the hotel lobby for so long, and she proceeded to tell him that she wanted to spend the night apart.
The next day, Alyssa decided she still wanted to go on her honeymoon to Puerto Rico, but she hinted to Chris about how she wanted to spend most of their vacation apart just hanging out with their fellow cast members.
Once Chris voiced his frustration with Alyssa's lack of effort and questioned her intentions for going on Married at First Sight to begin with, Alyssa scolded him for disrespecting her in his brunch conversation with her mother and friend Taylor.
"Dude, we are not compatible!" Alyssa shouted at her husband. "I don't want to argue anymore! Why don't we just stop and say, 'This isn't going to work?' And be respectful."
Chris noted how they looked compatible on paper but he believed he had been matched with someone who had "zero interest in trying."
Alyssa asked Chris to show her some respect, claiming she'd do the same for him in return, and then Chris agreed to give Alyssa the space she wanted.
Chris, however, felt he had not disrespected Alyssa at all, and he told the cameras that Alyssa appeared to be "gaslighting" him.