Live With Kelly: “The Bachelorette” Emily Maynard & Jef Holm


“The Bachelorette” Emily Maynard & Jef Holm

Over the weekend, the most recent season of ABC’s hit reality dating show “The Bachelorette” came to an exciting conclusion, when Bachelorette Emily Maynard chose Jef (not Jeff Holm, for those who did not follow the series!) Holm and the couple became engaged. Now allowed to publicly flaunt their engagement, Emily  and Jef stopped by “Live With Kelly” on July 24 to chat with the hosts about their show’s finale, and how they plan to make their romance last.

Emily Maynard The Bachelorette: Live With Kelly

Emily Maynard and her fiance, Jef Holm, appeared on "Live With Kelly." (Brad Camembert /


Anyone who watched “The Bachelorette” finale will know that quite a lot of time passed before Emily accepted Jef’s proposal. Kelly asked Emily, why did it take so long to say yes? Emily explained that it was shocking to see Jef get down on one knee and pop the question, so she wanted to take it all in and be sure that she was making the right decision. Jef said that he hadn’t told anyone– not even the show’s producers– that he was planning on proposing, so it was a shock to everyone. Well, the dramatic pause sure was great for TV!

Emily & Jef: Secret Weekends

In a shocking twist, Emily decided to not go on her final date with “The Bachelorette” runner-up, Ari, because she had already decided that Jef was her choice. Kelly wondered if Ari had a ring in his pocket, that he was now trying desperately to return. Emily said that she’s sure Ari won’t have trouble finding someone to accept a ring from him.

Kelly and Michael asked the new couple how they intend to make their relationship last; despite countless engagements on the shows, “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” do not have the best track records for marriage (only one couple has succeeded, Trista and Ryan from “The Bachelorette” Season One).


The Bachelorette: Marriage Advice

There was a couple in the audience who had been married for forty-seven years and had great advice: for the man, it’s important to always say “Yes, dear,” and for the woman, always use a separate bathroom.

Emily and Jef explained that they are already using separate bathrooms on their “secret weekends.” Since they could not reveal their relationship publicly until after “The Bachelorette” finale, they have been going on secret dates, even involving code names: Dolly and Dean.

Emily and Jef’s relationship may not be on television anymore, but you can still catch “The Bachelor Pad”— which Kelly referred to as “the creepiest show ever”– Monday nights at 8 PM on ABC.


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