Reality star Melissa Rycroft dropped by “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Thursday to talk about her new TV series “Melissa & Tye,” why she went on “The Bachelor,” raising daughter Ava, and making new friends after moving to Los Angeles.
On Meeting People In Los Angeles:
Originally from Dallas, Melissa has been in LA for her new reality series. “I always thought I was really social and apparently I’m kind of anti-social,” Melisa tells us. “My wonderful friend and manager, Deena Katz, set me up with two girls she thought I would get along with, one was Anne, one’s Alyssa. And Alyssa, great! She’s married to a plastic surgeon, she’s beautiful head to toe, she’s a mom, wife, we had a lot to relate on. Anne, I think her opening line to me was: ‘Well, you could use some botox, and eye lash extensions, hair extensions.’ I was like: ‘Oh, well hey, nice to meet you too, it’s great to be here.’ And just kind of took me through what she says people out here do to maintain looks and weight.”
Ryan then played a clip from an upcoming episode where Anne suggests Melissa try a peculiar weight loss regimen. “At lunch I was eating a salad…and she told me that she had heard of a weight loss regimen where people put a tapeworm in. You put a tapeworm in your body and it literally eats everything inside, including your intestines, I believe,” Melissa jokes.
On Raising 14-Month Old Daughter Ava:
“You know how you hear those parents going: ‘Oh my kid only cries when they’re hungry and they’re sleeping all night.’ I am convinced they are all liars, all of them! Because for the first 6 months I don’t think Ava stopped crying. We’re at 14 months now and if we get a good nights sleep it’s like a blessing.” Melissa tells us within the last 2 weeks has started sleeping, “It only took 13 months to get there.”
Tye is commuting back and forth from LA to Dallas for work, so he is gone a few nights a week. “When you’re doing this by yourself, you forget that 24 hours in a long time. He’s gone 4 nights a week. So, it’s me doing morning, noon, night, up all night, and then up in the morning again,” Melissa tells us. “He knows that if I call him between the hours of midnight and 5am to not pick up the phone anymore.”
On Why She Went On “The Bachelor”:
“The reason I actually went on ‘The Bachelor’ was because Tye and I had broken up. I was going through a really hard break-up, didn’t know how to get over it, had a friend nominate me, and went: ‘You know what? I’m going to give it a go,’” she tells us. “Going on ‘The Bachelor’ gave me that anger closure that I needed. I went from the hurt stage to the anger stage of why our relationship ended. So, when I came back I thought I was in a different place of my life and I had at least kind of gotten the gall to tell him what it was that had made me mad, which I had never done.”
On Why Things Didn’t Work Out With Tye The First Time:
“He was 26, not quite ready to be with 1 girl, not quite ready to stop going out with all the guys, and meanwhile I am putting 150% into the relationship. He took me for granted, he did all of that.”
On Getting Back Together With Tye:
“When I came back [from The Bachelor], that was the time Tye needed to realize he needed to be with me, but made him fight for it this time, I wasn’t going to make it easy,” she says. So, what did Melissa make him do? “He took all my girlfriends out to lunch one at a time for about 3 weeks to apologize to them, he took my parents out to dinner.”
Watch the premiere of “Melissa & Tye” Friday April 20th at 9:30 on CMT.