Emily Maynard Confronts Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Bachelorette Producer About Past Relationship

Celebrity News Jun. 26, 2012 AT 8:30AM
Emily Maynard and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Emily Maynard and Arie Luyendyk Jr. Credit: John LeMay/ABC

One week before hometown dates, Bachelorette producers dropped a bombshell on Emily Maynard: Arie Luyendyk, Jr., the race car driver from Arizona, once dated show producer Cassie Lambert.

During Monday night's episode, Maynard, 26, and Lambert had a tense, on-camera discussion about Lambert's brief fling with Luyendyk, whom many see as a frontrunner in the quest for the final rose.

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"If he's okay with hiding that he even knows you, much less dated you, what the f--- else is he hiding?" Maynard ranted.

After Lambert attempted to defend Luyendyk -- saying her relationship with him was over 10 years ago, and extremely brief -- the West Virginia native acknowledged that her anger wasn't so much about the relationship, but more about the fact that Luyendyk chose not to mention it to her.

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"Now I feel like an idiot," Maynard sniped. "This isn't even a production thing, it's a real-life thing. I know something about Arie that he isn't telling me."

After unsuccessful attempts to get Luyendyk to spill on his own -- including an intense conversation about the importance of honesty and openness between partners during their one-on-one date -- host Chris Harrison informed viewers Maynard, Lambert and Luyendyk ultimately resolved everything during an off-camera conversation.

The former couple was able to convince Maynard that their relationship was so brief, and so long ago, that they didn't think it was anything worth mentioning prior to the start of production. (Maynard, for her part, realized she didn't want Luyendyk's past getting in the way of their potential future together.)

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And despite the brief blowup, Maynard gave Luyendyk a rose -- meaning she'll be traveling to his hometown to meet his parents next Monday. Contestants Jef Holm, Chris Bukowski and Sean Lowe also received roses -- Doug Clerget and John Wolfner were both sent packing.

Tell Us: Do you think Emily Mynard overreacted about Cassie Lambert and Arie Luyendyk, Jr.'s past relationship?

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