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Ali Fedotowsky was Jake Pavelka's leading candidate on The Bachelor before she voluntarily left to pursue a starring role on ABC's The Bachelorette this summer.

Oops, we mean to pursue her career back in "the real world."

In a new interview, Jake repeats his claim that the departed Ali was his "frontrunner" on the program before she was forced to choose between him and her job.

Speaking to ET Online ahead of tonight's Women Tell All special, Jake said of Ali Fedotowsky: "That night, when she left, she was ahead of all the other women."

"I can't tell you if she was going to be The One, but, that night, if somebody had said, 'Gun's to your head. Pick a girl,' it would have been her," the pilot added.

Ready For Takeoff

But, despite her not-at-all staged plea to return to the show approximately 12 minutes later, "we had a long way to go and I forced myself to close that book."

He says he did not invite Ali back when she requested to because he had already moved forward with the three remaining women. Not even a full episode later.

"The transitions from hometowns to exotics, that's where you really start to get intimate with them, and I'd already done that with all three of the women," he said.

Translation: He was getting so much tail in the fantasy suite on last week's episode that it wasn't fair to the other girls he was naked with at the time she called.

It is truly astonishing just how much natural drama and spontaneous plot twists occur absolutely unscripted on The Bachelor. What are the chances of all this?

Career girl Ali has to leave the show for her job ... even though she presumably took time off to go on the show in the first place. All of a sudden it's an issue?

Ali and Ellen

Then - what are the odds - when she returns to her hectic life at home, there's a camera crew there to catch it all and she immediately regrets her decision.

Ali can't even bear to go on ... you can always get a great job, but you can't always find love on a reality TV show with a complete stiff like Jake Pavelka!

She's filled with "anxiety" and "can't focus on work." It's tough, finding the work-life balance. As is scheduling time for all the talk show interviews she's done.

Anyway. Should Ali be the new star of The Bachelorette?

 

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The season finale of The Bachelor is not until March 1. On that night, Jake Pavelka will choose, most likely foolishly, between Vienna Girardi and Tenley Molzahn.

This coming Monday is the pre-finale "Women Tell All" special. Which is a misnomer, as they actually tell very little, and ABC only airs what fits its narratives.

But anyway.

This filler is perhaps most notable for the return of exiled hopeful Rozlyn Papa, who was infamously banished for "inappropriate" relations with a staff member.

As you can see in this sneak peek, one of the other girls attempts to call her out ... for not being in her room at 4 a.m.! OMG! She totally boned the producer!

Watch the one-sided nonsense below ...

Despite what the previews might imply, don't expect Rozlyn Papa and Jake Pavelka to interact, or for her sparring with Chris Harrison to be aired (at least in its entirety).

That would be way too fair and actually interesting.

As for the remaining two girls, early favorite Rozlyn indicated a preference for Team Tenley Molzahn after being ousted. Many fans surely agree with her take.

Who do you think should win?

 

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Despite rumors that she was dating someone else while competing for Jake Pavelka's heart, The Bachelor reject Gia Allemand says she was (and is) a single gal.

Appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday, the model subtly shot down a New York Post report that she has a boyfriend and pretended to be single.

When Ellen DeGeneres asked Gia Allemand if she's dating, the reality star says, "I'm actually going to have my first date next week. My first date in a while."

That conflicts with claims of alleged lover Dominick Pierno, a Long Island restauranteur who told the Post, "She was on the show and said she broke up with me."

"Meanwhile, we had dinner at Philippe the other night."

Gia: The Bachelor

Gia Allemand finished third on this season of The Bachelor.

The 26-year-old stunner said she was fully invested in The Bachelor, and "it took me a while" to get over Jake Pavelka, "with my heart broken and everything."

Throwing salt on the wound? Seeing this week's episode.

"I finally got over it but then I was watching the show Monday night," she says, "I was, like, hysterical in my hotel room. I was like oh my, that really hurt."

Gia also has some interesting comments about public enemy #1 Vienna Girardi, who she describes as a "really good person." Umm, what? That's a new one!

Is Vienna just being railroaded by exes and ABC editors? Or was Gia just not as riled up by her as Ali Fedotowsky and Tenley Molzahn? Interesting debate.

Who should Jake give his final rose to?

 

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After an emotional episode of The Bachelor Monday, Jake Pavelka has narrowed his list of aspiring wives from 25 to two: Tenley Molzahn and Vienna Girardi.

But has he already made up his mind - and is it the wrong choice? According to reports, one of the final two has a second guy on her mind back home.

Guess what? It's not Tenley!

Lee Smith, the ex-boyfriend of Vienna Girardi back home in Florida, is very much still in the picture with ditzy one, the new issue of Us Weekly proclaims.

"She wants to get back together with him," a source says, noting that Vienna remains "head over heels" for Smith, to perhaps rather unhealthy extremes.

Jake's Mistake

MISTAKE BY THE JAKE: Pavelka is asking for it by picking Vienna Girardi, which he reportedly does for reasons unknown. Lunacy, perhaps. Or her bubbly charm.

When The Bachelor wrapped production, Vienna rushed home to reunite with Smith, only to find he had taken up with local waitress Cassie Chamberlain.

"[Vienna] got so angry, she walked right into the house and to the bedroom," a source reveals, claiming Vienna "physically threatened" her and Smith.

The couple "woke up to see Vienna standing at the foot of the bed holding a wine bottle, like she was going to hit them with it." Better run for it, Jake!

THG NOTE: This is different than her ex-husband, who claims Vienna cheated on him while he was in Iraq and took all his money to pay for a boob job.

Okay, so if she was so in love, why would Girardi participate on The Bachelor? "To be famous," the source says. "She never thought she'd make it so far."

Who should Jake pick on the season finale?

 

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Fresh off her drawn-out, not-at-all-staged departure from The Bachelor, rumors that Ali Fedotowsky will be the next star of The Bachelorette are already surfacing.

There has been no word from ABC, but it seems like a done deal.

Everything is lining up for this to happen. First, Ali became a fan favorite. Then, she voluntarily left the program, only to beg to come back on that fake phone call.

All a clever ruse to have Ali leave at the peak of her popularity, make fans think she coming back, only to have her "rejected" by Jake and leave us wanting more.

The only question is whether ABC offered her The Bachelorette spot ahead of time and orchestrated her whole "work-related" exit or if that part was actually real.

Either way, Ali Fedotowsky will be The Bachelorette. Bank on it.

Do you think Ali Fedotowsky will make a good Bachelorette?

The PR tour has already begun, albeit subtly. The announcement may even come during this coming week's "Women Tell All" reunion special. Gotta kill that time somehow.

Yesterday, Ali told Ellen DeGeneres that she would be "flattered" if asked to star on The Bachelor sister series. Host-pimp Chris Harrison says "she definitely has a shot."

"I think she would be a fantastic Bachelorette. I like women that have loved and lost, have learned a lesson, and you have Ali, obviously beautiful, a very down-to-earth, career-driven woman who learned a great lesson about love."

Loved and lost? She left, then pretended to want back on the show 40 seconds later! A great lesson about contrived reality TV is more like it, but more power to her!

Is Ali Fedotowsky a good choice as The Bachelorette?

 

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Rozlyn Papa, who was kicked off The Bachelor for an alleged relationship with a crew member, will be back for The Women Tell All special - with a vengeance.

She returned to confront her accusers at the taping for the traditional pre-season finale Women Tell All special with a shocking accusation of her own this time.

“I wasn’t nice to Chris Harrison,” the model said of The Bachelor host-pimp, who banished her for a supposed "inappropriate relationship" with Ryan Callahan.

Of her non-relationship with Callahan, who was also canned, Rozlyn says “Everyone who knows me knows that it wasn’t true and it’s all kind of silly.”

Rozlyn Papa says she called out Harrison, who she says “does not do well handling actual confrontation... it wasn’t scripted, he does well with scripted."

Chris Harrison: Bachelor Host

Rozlyn Papa is calling out Chris Harrison's meddling ... and flirting.

After Chris told her that he was hurt because one of "our dear friends" was fired over her supposed relations with him, Rozlyn retorted, "It’s funny you say that."

"I talk to this producer, the fact that you are friends is news to him. He didn’t get a friendly vibe when you were hitting on his wife last year in New Zealand!”

Ouch.

According to Rozlyn, Chris reacted poorly to her accusations. “He did not stomach it very well. He tried to play it off at first but you could tell he was pissed.”

The 28-year-old vixen says her time on stage abruptly ended after she accused Harrison, who is married, of hitting on Ryan Callahan’s wife (who dumped him).

“As soon as Chris Harrison started getting angry they whisked me off stage,” she said. “They’re crafty, those people over at The Bachelor. I hope they air it.”

We wouldn't bet on it.

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On last night's episode of The Bachelor, Ali Fedotowsky made an emotional call to Jake Pavelka. Or at least held a phone to her ear and pretended to cry.

One week after she left The Bachelor for professional reasons, the 25-year-old made a passionate plea to return Monday. Jake reluctantly shot her down.

Ali explained that she couldn't sleep or focus on work, and that she made a huge mistake. She says she was "pretty shocked" Jake didn't want her back.

"One of the reasons it was OK for me to leave was because I thought if he really cares about me, then he is going to come and find me," Ali laments.

She tells Ellen DeGeneres in an interview Tuesday that she thought he'd "fly to get me that would be amazing... I thought we had something great."

Chris Harrison feed you that line, Ali?

The face of rejection ... and possibly the next Bachelorette.

Following Gia Allemand's elimination on Monday's episode, Ali Fedotowsky is reluctant to predict the recipient of Jake Pavelka's final rose this season.

Although she's "really good friends" with Tenley Molzahn, she says she was "startled" by the connection Vienna and Jake have. It is rather startling.

"I didn't realize that was happening behind the scenes or when I wasn't around. They look like a good couple. I actually think it could be Vienna."

The Bachelor spoilers we've read favor Vienna Girardi as well. Yech.

As for rumors she might become The Bachelorette, Ali says: "That would be so nice. I would be so flattered. If [ABC] asked, that would be so great."

Wonder if she'd choose work over that gig. Somehow we doubt it. If you ask us, this was a clever ruse to orchestrate exactly such a starring role.

Anyway, with Ali out, who should Jake choose?

 

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Jake Pavelka traveled to St. Lucia with his three remaining women on The Bachelor last night. Despite the best efforts of Gia Allemand and a last-ditch do-over request by Ali Fedotowsky, he narrowed the field to just two lucky ladies:

Tenley Molzahn and Vienna Girardi.

How did he arrive at this painstaking decision? As always, THG endured Jake's trials and tribulations on The Bachelor to recap the action in our point system:

The "shocking return" of Ali Fedotowsky was the hyped event this week. She lies in bed with promotional pics of Jake that Mike Fleiss gave her when he wrote this. Or she printed online because she's a stalker. Either way, Plus 30.

Ali Fedotowsky Photo

Back in San Francisco, Ali pretends to lament her decision.

Jake often calls Gia "deep." What does that even mean? Minus 6.

Jake says he'd return to St. Lucia on a honeymoon as it has "a lot of meaning." Hard to top the place where you slept with three girls in one week, it's true. Plus 5.

Gia: "When I look into Jake's eyes, I get lost." Jealous. Minus 3.

A Fantasy Suite card is delivered, they hop in the tub in the suite and Jake says "Gia has grabbed on to my heart so hard." He could not be more awkward. Plus 4.

Minus 8 because we really should have added "take a sip every time Tenley says 'my ex'" to our Bachelor drinking game. We could've been so trashed last night!

Jake says he can't wait to watch his first sunrise with Tenley Molzahn. Plus 6 because with these two, that probably actually is what they were thinking about.

In the span of about like minutes Jake refers to Vienna Girardi as light, fun, immature, and "nurturing." LOL wut. This is your future wife, Jake?! Minus 17.

Mauling Jake

Vienna Girardi mauls Jake Pavelka. No wonder she's in the finale.

After inhaling Jake's face aboard a pirate ship, Vienna busts out her finest Wal-Mart lingerie and closes the suite door. Plus 3, because at least she goes for broke.

Re: the fantasy suite concept: Do girls put out when he's "dating" two others? We're guessing definitely Vienna and maybe Gia. No bone zone for Tenley. Even.

Twist alert! Ali calls Jake (cameras just happened to be rolling) and says she'll "forever" regret her decision. Until she stars on The Bachelorette, that is. Plus 7.

Jake's absurd reasoning for not taking her back: he's so much closer to the other three girls since Ali left. Dude, this happened like yesterday afternoon. Minus 14.

A half hour of filler ended the episode, but Plus 4 for the over-dramatic, music-free cut to commercial while Ali cried. That's when you know it's emotional!

TOTAL: +11. SEASON: +12. Roses: Tenley, Vienna. Gone: Gia, Ali (again).

Who should Jake Pavelka give his final rose to?

 

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Having taken herself out of the running last week, Ali Fedotowsky returns to The Bachelor tonight ... at least over the phone. Who would have guessed?

We did. Not only because The Bachelor spoilers we've been posting all season long predicted it, but because THIS SAME SCENARIO HAPPENED already.

Just last summer, even. Ed Swiderski left The Bachelorette to return to work, then flew back unannounced and asked Jillian Harris for a second chance.

He went on to win. Will the cute, blonde Ali Fedotowsky achieve a similar shocking, not-at-all staged comeback victory? That's another question entirely.

One thing's for sure, though. When she calls Jake Pavelka tonight and asks to return to The Bachelor, he puts on his best "trying to look shocked" face:

  • I Made a Mistake!
  • Jake Reacts

Cameras happen to be both Ali's and Jake's rooms at 6:05 a.m. What are the odds? About the same as him being told how to emote via cue cards while picking up.

How will this potential reunion go down on The Bachelor? Will Ali be granted a second chance? Or has he already moved on to Vienna Girardi and Tenley Molzahn?

Follow the jump for an epically cheesy clip from tonight ...

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Millions upon millions of fans may be disappointed with the final choice for love on the current season of The Bachelor, but Jake Pavelka himself is not one of them.

"I know for a fact Jake is happy with his decision," host-pimp Chris Harrison says.

"I will steal a line from Jake. He has said, 'I will shock people, I will disappoint people,' but he did what he feels was right, and I support him. Good for him."

Rumors have long speculated that the winner this season will be Vienna Girardi.

If the Bachelor spoilers we've posted turn out to be true, many viewers will indeed be very let down. Vienna is not exactly what you would call a fan favorite.

Final Four Ladies

One of these girls will get the final rose. You may not like it.

"I will say I was surprised that he kept her around," Chris admits. "But I have to give the guy credit to have the balls to go against what everybody's saying."

THG NOTE: How would he know what "people" are saying about a reality show he's starring on? Does Chris just mean the other girls bad-mouthing Vienna?

Chris also says V is not as evil as she appears. "I think [Vienna Girardi] has a bit of a bad rep ... I think she was put behind the 8 ball in the beginning."

Wonder who could be responsible for that... not ABC's deliberate story editing.

"When you are one on the front-runners early on, there is a target put on your back. So, there is competitiveness, there is jealousy from the other girls."

Of course, I don't think Vienna went out of her way to fix that problem."

No. And it sounds like Jake is not going to take her ex-husband's advice and run for it while he still can. Would you be disappointed if Vienna were to win?

Who do you think should get the final rose from Jake Pavelka?

 

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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