How ‘Tammy’s’ Ben Falcone Proposed to Melissa McCarthy

Ten years ago, Ben Falcone decided to pop the question to girlfriend Melissa McCarthy.

As with everything related to the couple, hijinks ensued.

Ben: I knew her favorite place in Los Angeles was this beautiful house that we lived in. She’s a homebody. I was like, OK, let’s keep it simple. I’ll propose to her on the porch. I called her folks. Now I’m really nervous. I get bagels and iced coffee, and I’m dressed nice. It’s a Saturday morning.

Melissa: He keeps saying, “Melissa! Melissa!” He normally doesn’t call me Melissa. He calls me Mooch. I thought, “Is he breaking up with me? Am I in trouble?”

Ben: I lead her out on the back porch, but there’s a knock at the door. I didn’t know she had called the contractor to redo the bathroom tiles.

Melissa: I love a house project. But it was worse. I think I was switching out the toilet. That was at 9 in the morning, and it took all day.

Ben: I’m thinking, maybe I’ll take her to the dog park that we both kind of like, but I can’t ask her to marry me in a dog park. Finally, the guy leaves, and as the door shuts, she’s watching an autopsy show on TV and playing Tetris. I run at her full speed and I say, ‘Melissa will you marry me!?’

Melissa: He screamed at me like he hates me.

Ben: She drops the Tetris.

Melissa: Oh my god, I cried. He eventually said, “I’m going to need you to answer me.” I was just crying. I didn’t realize I hadn’t answered, because I was so overwhelmed.

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