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"This is for every woman in America." - First girl out of the limo on The Bachelor this coming season, before slapping Brad Womack in a totally unscripted move

Looks like it didn't take long for America's Most Hated Bachelor to get his. You knew sparks would fly when they cast him a second time, but nothing like this.

For Brad Womack, the first night of The Bachelor (premiering January 3) was a bit like stepping into the lion's den. Here's a look at his rude awakening ...

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Brad Womack couldn't find a wife on The Bachelor last time, but the former contestant is confident he'll find someone this time if people will give him a chance.

Tenley Molzahn, who was rejected on the season finale of the show herself (by that stiff Jake Pavelka), believes in Brad as well. To her, the reason is simple.

"I don't think he would enter back into round two if he wasn't sure," Tenley told People in an interview. "He got pretty butchered at the end of his last run."

Brad Womack 1.0

Brad Womack has KipTen/Lolzahn in his corner.

"I think [Brad Womack] had his chance the first time, so he knows what to expect," she said at Andre Agassi's charity event. "Who knows, though, they could throw him for a loop, but I think he has a better idea of what he's walking into."

DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft both got their hearts broken on the 11th season of The Bachelor. Tenley was nixed in favor of Vienna Girardi (?!) last season.

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Bachelor host-pimp Chris Harrison has a lot of explaining to do.

With Brad Womack back for a second stint as The Bachelor, having notoriously nixed both DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft on the Season 11 finale, members of the show's fan base are skeptical at best, and up in arms at worst.

Harrison told TV Guide why we should give him a shot, though:

Hot Brad Womack

On the idea coming to fruition: "Brad called us [a year ago] wanting to come back and our reaction was: We're not sure it's right. [But] we didn't blow him off."

"At the same time, producers talking to Brad said, "This guy is for real, we believe in him." The timing seemed perfect. It's not going to be Chris L. What do we do?"

On why Chris Lambton isn't the guy: "Ali's season ended phenomenally with Chris L. as the No. 2 guy and our immediate thought was that Chris L.'s the guy."

"The more he kept thinking about it, he realized he wasn't going to be right for it. A great guy, which Chris Lambton is, doesn't necessarily make a great bachelor."

"I think he realized it, we realized it, and we [went] our separate ways."

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Brad Womack, just confirmed as the star of The Bachelor for a second time come this winter, is ready to give TV love another shot. He just wants you to give him one.

"I'll tell you why I'm here again - I believe it can work," the 37-year-old Texan said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday. "I don't care if people call me an idiot."

"I don't care if they don't believe the words coming out of my mouth. I truly believe it can work. Here are 25-30 women that I never, ever would meet in regular life."

Bachelor Brad 2.0

Will you accept this ro- ... nah, forget it, get lost!

"I'm clearly doing something wrong - I'm still single. So why I not? I really do believe that this can work." Um, Brad, The Bachelor's record is currently 1-for-14 ...

Anyway, good to think positively, dude. We do think he got a bad rap in a sense the last time, since he was being honest at least, rather than putting on a show.

"It was really tough to have 13-14 million Americans call you a jerk," Brad Womack says of the fallout. "I spent a year or two, maybe three, defending myself."

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It was a night The Bachelor fans will never forget.

Three summers ago, on the 11th season finale, Brad Womack shattered the hearts of both Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft, earning a place in reality TV infamy.

This coming season, he'll get a shot at redemption.

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“At first I was skeptical,” Bachelor host Chris Harrison says of Womack starring on The Bachelor, which was confirmed last night. “But the more I thought about it, the more I fell in love with the idea of him coming back, getting another shot.”

The Austin bar owner was confident he made the right choice to be alone, but faced great fan and media backlash over the unprecedented Bachelor maneuver.

Host-pimp Chris says Womack didn't deserve that.

“I don’t think Brad deserved as much of the anger and resentment from the fans. He’s come out a much better man and I think he’s ready to do this again.”

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Always one to weigh in on the critical issues that define our time, Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not a big fan of Brad Womack. Or at least of Womack becoming The Bachelor for the second time in four seasons, which is all but confirmed.

Her response to his casting: "Ugh! Translation: They couldn't find somebody!"

Womack, B.

Elisabeth won't be among The Bachelor fans swooning over Brad Womack 2.0.

In 2007, Brad Womack left his season's final two women, DeAnna Pappas and Jenni Croft, heartbroken by not doling out a final rose to either one of them.

Kind of a weak move, but also admirable in a sense. Why go through the charade like Jake Pavelka? Still, Hasselbeck says he shouldn't get a second shot.

"He didn't have enough choices before? How many women do you need, Brad?" she asked in an interview with Us. "They should really reevaluate this one."

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Austin bar owner Brad Womack starred as The Bachelor in 2007, infamously leaving both Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft behind on an emotional season finale.

Now, he's reportedly going to take another crack at reality TV love! According to reports, Brad has signed on to star on the new season, beginning in January.

Brad Womack and Chantal O'Brien

"All signs are pointing to Brad being the next Bachelor," Steve Carbone, a.k.a. Reality Steve, reports, noting that this long-running rumor is basically a done deal.

It sounds ridiculous, but the show has earned record ratings ever since Brad rejected DeAnna, who rejected Jason Mesnick, who rejected Jillian Harris, who nixed Jake, who rejected Ali Fedotowsky (sort of). So in a way, he started it all!

The show believes recycling people is what works, but really? Do people still care about Brad Womack? Apparently enough for ABC to contemplate this twice. Brad reportedly was approached before Jake last season and turned it down.

Bachelorette runner-up Chris Lambton passed up the role, as predicted, opting to return to his normal life on Cape Cod instead. Admirable, albeit unusual. Which leaves us with The Bachelor star from three seasons ago. Amazing.

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Following Monday's season finale of Bachelor Pad, won by Dave Good and Natalie Getz, host-pimp Chris Harrison dished on the next star of The Bachelor. He is ...

TBA!

"We are starting production soon, and we're going to need somebody," Chris said, noting that the long-running show is still looking for Jake Pavelka's successor.

Ali Fedotowsky and Chris Lambton

Chris Lambton fell for Ali. Will others have a chance to fall for him?

"If you know any good bachelors out there, let me know," Harrison added, while saying he remains open to bringing back an unnamed former Bachelorette star.

Reading between the lines, it's clear ABC wants Chris Lambton, who Ali Fedotowsky rejected on The Bachelorette finale and got engaged to Roberto Martinez.

It's also becoming clear that Chris will likely pass if he hasn't already.

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She may have found a new man by the time you finish reading this, but sources say Vienna Girardi has moved on from Jake Pavelka.

Again.

  • Vienna on a Date
  • Vienna Sighting

This might be a photo of Matt Nordgren and Vienna Girardi. It's hard to keep track of her men these days.

Vienna spent last Thursday evening with some businessman named Matt Nordgren. An insider tells Life & Style the two "were inseparable all night," adding:

"This holiday weekend he took her to La Jolla for a friend's wedding in San Diego. They really like each other."

No word on whether or not Chris Harrison showed up to offer the pair a fantasy suite for the night... if you know what we mean!

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Should Chris Lambton be The Bachelor? To 87 percent of fans (according to THG's survey) who watched him on The Bachelorette, there's no question.

The Cape Codder won the hearts of millions falling just short in pursuit of Ali Fedotowsky. If ever there were a lock for the next Bachelor, it'd be Chris.

If he wants it, that is. Reportedly he does not.

"All of our best Bachelors have been hesitant at first," says a source cited by E! Online, who says Chris told the producers of the ABC show he'll pass.

Rather than a starring role with the tables turned, Chris Lambton wants to resume "normal life." A reality star wanting to avoid the spotlight? Novel.

Chris Lambton on The Bachelorette

It's not over yet, though: The Bachelor powers that be are still wooing Chris Lambton, in hopes of changing his mind and guaranteeing record ratings for next season.

"The producers really want Chris to be the guy," says a source with knowledge of the situation. "They're hoping to convince him. This definitely isn't dead yet."

And an ABC insider adds that it's "too soon" to determine who will, or won't, be the next Bachelor, or who would star instead of Chris if he sticks to his guns.

It's worth noting that Ali Fedotowsky bailed on The Bachelor to return to her actual life, only to pull a 180 and take The Bachelorette gig shortly thereafter.

Her exit from Jake Pavelka's season reeked of a stunt, though. Chris L. genuinely seems like the type who might actually turn down such an opportunity.

What do you think? Should Chris Lambton be The Bachelor?

 

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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