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Ashley Hebert rejected Ryan Park not once, but twice this season. Still, she says The Bachelorette castoff is one of her top choices to be The Bachelor.

Would he consider a turn in the spotlight as the next Bachelor? "Maybe!" he said on a conference call with reporters, saying it would be an honor.

While he was clearly stoked about the idea - almost as much as he is about tankless water heaters - he did say it's no easy task to be in command.

Ryan Park Picture

"Being the Bachelorette is hard!" Park said. "It's unfortunate [Ashley] is being attacked for her insecurities, and how [Bentley Williams] preyed on that."

As for getting dumped twice, Ryan says he has no hard feelings.

"When I was let go, I didn't really understand, [but] now everything becomes clearer watching her chemistry with the other guys," the 31-year-old said.

Having been dispatched before the hometown dates, Ryan showed up in Fiji out of the blue in this week's episode. Ashley sent him home again.

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Monday on The Bachelorette, a tearful Emily Maynard drove the final nail in the coffin of her engagement to Bachelor star Brad Womack.

"We're not engaged anymore... I'm ready to say it," she confessed, and among the few details she offered was her insecurity over whether his interest would wane: "I just doubted, you know, he was still gonna want to be with me."

Interesting, considering reports that Brad's not over her.

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A heartbroken Brad has been lamenting that "he blew it," sources say.

A second insider adds that the bar owner has had a difficult time letting go, and that "When they weren't together, Brad would drunk dial Emily and cry."

Womack's over-the-top emotions could be put to another test should ABC tap Emily as the next Bachelorette. Says a friend bluntly, "It will kill him."

We don't want to kill Brad, but having a single mother as The Bachelorette would be an interesting new angle. Do you agree? What do you think?

 

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In a strange interview Monday, The Bachelor winner Emily Maynard turned on the tears, but didn't really get into why she broke up with Brad Womack.

After Ashley axed Ryan and Lucas, Emily sat down and confirmed to Chris Harrison that she and two-time Bachelor star are no longer engaged.

The waterworks were in full effect, but the details few and far between.

If anything, Maynard had good things to say about her ex-fiance.

"He's such a gentleman," she said. "He's always going to be part of my life. I'll always be in love with Brad. No one will ever hear me say a bad word about him."

So what happened then? All Emily said was that she and daughter Ricki wanted this to work, and that they planned to move to Austin ... but didn't.

Her "wants ... maybe overshadowed the relationship," she said, adding that they were used to being single, making this "a hard adjustment."

So why go on The Bachelor then?! She said "Little red flags would come up," but didn't elaborate, then lamented the paparazzi attention.

Hard to see Emily as the next Bachelorette in any case. Short story, she's sad, but you didn't miss much. It was the opposite of this exchange last summer:

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In the aftermath of her breakup with Brad Womack, Emily Maynard is reportedly in talks to become the star of The Bachelorette next season.

Emily is "angling for the opportunity," according to Us, which quotes a source: "She hasn't officially signed on, but it looks like a done deal."

This would be a first on a number of levels.

Not only did she win The Bachelor - ABC's typical pattern is choosing a runner-up, as Ashley Hebert was to Emily - but it's a year away.

Emily Maynard, Brad Womack Photo

Though the single mom to 6-year-old Ricki has said appearing on the series is "the last thing on my mind," the insider claims Maynard has other ideas.

In addition to boosting her career profile (she's an aspiring broadcaster,), Maynard seems eager to move on from Womack. Can't blame her there.

"He has issues, and you could tell from the start that it was never going to work with Emily," another insider says, even though Em "tried her best."

"She gave it everything she had."

We'll believe this when we see it, but if it is true that she's actively seeking the starring role ... how pissed is Bentley Williams right now!

Thoughts? Should Emily be the next Bachelorette?

 

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Bachelor Pad. Perhaps the best and worst show (simultaneously) in the history of reality TV, the ABC competition and STD-fest returns August 8.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette spinoff pits castoffs from one or the other (or both, in the case of Jake Pavelka) in a house where they hook up.

They also compete for a cash prize by doing ridiculous things.

  • Shirtless Jake Pavelka
  • Vienna Girardi Bikini Photo

These two have great bodies. Sadly, they will eventually open their mouths.

Some of Season 2's best drama will likely come from Jake and Vienna Girardi, Bachelor winner and his fiancee of approximately 49 minutes. She's now dating Kasey Kahl, meaning he will have to guard and protect that a$$.

Two new additions from the current season of The Bachelorette - Blake Julian and William Holman - join a bunch of (possibly) familiar faces.

Gia Allemand is back for a second round, while recent villains "Rated R" and Michelle Money should shake things up along with the randoms.

Awkward. Here's a look at the cast of Z-list hotties ...

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Emily Maynard will open up to Chris Harrison about her breakup with Brad Womack in a special segment next week on The Bachelorette.

Brad will not be joining her.

Harrison said that Womack was not ready to discuss the split with Emily, to whom he proposed on The Bachelor finale earlier this year.

Maynard confirmed the breakup, which had been something of an open secret for some time, in an interview last week with People.

Emily Maynard, Brad Womack Pic

Harrison said he reached out to Brad to ask if he would participate in the interview, but the Texas bar owner was not willing to do so on television.

"While he gave his blessing for Emily to speak on their behalf, his emotions are still too raw and he wasn't ready to speak about it," Chris said. "I respect that and told him I was sorry we had to do this interview at all."

Yes. So sorry they had to rehash this publicly for ratings.

Harrison also said that Emily Maynard was "reluctant" to discuss the split, but wanted to set the record straight following so much media interest.

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Remove that .01% from the equation, readers: Emily Maynard and Brad Womack are most definitely over.

"We're no longer engaged," Maynard says in the latest issue of People. The statement came just minutes after she taped an interview with Chris Harrison that will air on the July 11 episode of The Bachelorette.

Brad Womack and Emily Maynard Photo

With speculation growing every week over Emily and Brad's status, Maynard says she's confirming the couple's split now because she wants her life with six-year-old daughter, Ricki to "get back to normal."

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Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright of The Bachelorette and The Bachelor quasi-fame are engaged, according to reports. They're engaged to each other!

The runner-up on Ali Fedotowsky's season of The Bachelorette began dating the contestant from Andy Baldwin's Bachelor season last summer.

Peyton Wright, who met Chris at a Bachelor franchise reunion event (a.k.a. hookup fest), also appeared on season one of Bachelor Pad.

Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright

Lambton was offered the opportunity to appear as The Bachelor after he lost out to Roberto Martinez for Ali's heart, but he turned down the offer.

ABC decided to give Brad Womack another chance at love. Oye.

We all know how that turned out. Anyway, Ashley Hebert is The Bachelorette now, and Chris Lambton "found the love of his life" in Peyton Wright.

“We are so incredibly happy," he says. "She was worth the wait.”

Great news from a great guy. Congratulations to the couple!

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The cast of Bachelor Pad, ABC's lowest-common-denominator (but still fun, we can't lie) spinoff of The Bachelor and Bachelorette, has been released!

Season 2 of the raunchy funhouse antics kicks off August 8, with 18 stars from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette coming together under one roof.

So who will duke it out for $250,000, free booze, a better than average opportunity to get laid a lot and another 15 minutes of fleeting fame?

  • Douchiest Couple Ever
  • Jake Looking Cool

Perhaps most notably, Jake Pavelka visits the Pad after his engagement to Vienna Girardi ended. She'll be there too ... with new man Kasey Kahl.

Also, Gia Allemand is back for a second season, while newcomers Michael Stagliano and Holly Durst were recently engaged. It's gonna be awk.

Here are the full Bachelor Pad Season 2 rosters:

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Jake Pavelka is making it a trifecta.

The Bachelorette castoff turned Bachelor star is coming to season two of Bachelor Pad this summer! Counting his stint on Dancing With the Stars, this will be the fourth ABC reality show for Jake in two years. Pretty amazing.

Pavelka, who is also starring on Famous Food with Heidi Montag and Ashley Dupre (seriously, that's a real show) will be competing for 15 more minutes of fame - and $250,000 - with other Bachelor rejects August 8.

Jake P.

EW broke the story with its report that Jake took Jackie Gordon (from last season of The Bachelor) out on the town for a date at LA’s El Capitan theater.

While Jackie didn’t make the final cut with Brad Womack, maybe she and Jake will fare better. Eh, Brad and Jake are both uptight stiffs, so probably not.

ABC has not announced the full cast of Bachelor Pad, but if rumors are true, Jake's ex-fiancee Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl, her new man, are both on it!

That is going to be seriously awkward. And ratings gold.

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The Bachelor Quotes

There’s still a lot of growing to do in our relationship. We will not tie the knot until I am mentally and physically prepared as well as Matt.

Shayne Lamas

It was a fairytale proposal like I’ve always dreamed about. I forgot that there [were] cameras around. In that moment, it was just Matt and I and it was the most amazing moment of my entire life.

Shayne Lamas [on proposal by Matt Grant]
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