The other Orange County shoe has dropped, although this shoe is a former USC baseball player and Newport Beach children's book publisher who is the latest--and last--Orange County contestant eliminated on ABC's The Bachelorette. Yes, a week after giving Costa Mesa's Brandon Andreen the heave-ho, Desiree Hartsock this week sent 28-year-old Zack Kalter packing.
"I'm shocked," Kalter said upon being eliminated. "I don't know why this happened. I really am shocked and I'm not ready to go home yet. Desiree has all the qualities I look for and I really did see a future with this girl. But rejection is not fun and it's hard to swallow. It's a hard thing to kind of grasp--that something you think could've been so great is actually in fact not great and is not going to work."
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Phillips Ranch-born Kalter, who has said in interviews his favorite book is Atlas Shrugged (but don't hold that against him; it's the OC bible!), explained he came into the competition wanting to find the love of his life. On a television reality show. Jeez, dude haven't you ever been to Gulfstream?
Perhaps the ex-baller is headed there now, as not having a life mate is "still that missing piece to my life, which is that true everlasting that I don't have. And without that, you feel alone. You feel like you're not complete, I guess. It's definitely tough."
You almost feel sorry for him. Almost.