Has there been more of a Cinderella Story unfolding in front of America’s eyes over the last several years then the one of Melissa Rycroft? Best known as the girl who was proposed to by The Bachelor star Jason Mesnick and then dumped on national TV six weeks later, Melissa Rycroft got her start on the CMT reality TV series Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team and was selected for the 2006-2007 NFL Season. That’s when her personal life first fell apart, and the man that she was in love with broke up with her. To help her get over her heartbreak and overcome depression, her friends nominated her to participate as a contestant on The Bachelor which she ended up winning! When Mesnick revealed that he was breaking his engagement off with her because he chose the wrong girl, she garnered a lot of respect for handling the shock with such grace and decorum even though she was angry and heartbroken. Two days later, Melissa clinched a spot on Dancing With The Stars, placing third in the competition, was named to People Magazine’s list of World’s Most Beautiful People in 2009, and was also named as #99 on Maxim’s list of “Hot 100 of 2009”, and to top it all off reconciled with her true love Tye, who she now has a hit TV Show on CMT with, aptly called “Melissa and Tye”, and a beautiful new baby girl. She has also joined Good Morning America as a contributor, was a co-host on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve, hosted the first season of ABC’s Bachelor Pad, and has done features for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider. With her new memoir “My Reality” she is prepared to add NY Times Bestselling Author to her list of wonderful accomplishments sharing her unique story of heartbreak to happiness and valuable survival tips from a woman who has “been there and back!”
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with the awesome and beautiful Melissa Rycroft in NYC to talk about her unique journey of heartbreak and happiness in front of millions of people, what it was was REALLY like behind the scenes of The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, how she rebounded from a public break up to find her true love, dealing with not feeling good about herself through the process, living in LA, her new hit reality show on CMT, what people will take away from great new book ‘My Reality”, why “I Hate Tye” (I say that completely jokingly!), what the name of her next book should be, and sooo much more!! All i can say about Melissa after getting to know her is that she is absolutely beautiful inside and out, and is a great role model for women around the world. She is brave to let people into her world that may have appeared perfect, but on so many levels was not, and she is a great example of staying strong and finding yourself! An enormous thank you to Kristin for setting this up (You rule!!) and Christine and her wonderful team at The Book Mark Shoppe in Brooklyn (Awesome Awesome Book Store!!).. Enjoy Kade Nation!!
And here is Melissa on Good Morning America sharing her story right after our interview!