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Ben Flajnik will star as The Bachelor this January.

He will also appear on the season finale of Bachelor Pad next week in some capacity. The winner of ABC's summer guilty pleasure will be revealed then.

As we told you last month, the 28-year-old winemaker who was turned down by Ashley Hebert on The Bachelorette will dole out the roses come winter.

Ben and Ashley

Before starting his own Sonoma winery, Ben Flajnik attended the University of Arizona, where he majored in music production and minored in business.

After his father – to whom he was very close – died in 2007, he moved back to Northern California, where plans to stay for the foreseeable future.

Flajnik is a fan of outdoor hobbies, including fishing, skateboarding, golf, sailing and surfing. He currently lives with his Jack Russell terrier, Scotch.

ABC will presumably announce Ben as The Bachelor next Monday night on Bachelor Pad. Four couples remain on that show after last night's episode.

Ben Flajnik as The Bachelor: Good choice?

 

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Ben Flajnik, whose marriage proposal Ashley Hebert turned down on the season finale of The Bachelorette, will be the next Bachelor, sources confirmed yesterday.

With one possible exception (Ames Brown) Ben was the guy most fans seemed to want in the starring role, especially after the final few Bachelorette episodes.

Similar to Chris Lambton a year ago, however, we question whether the show is actually beneath Ben Flajnik. Will it end up tarnishing our opinion of him?

Moreover, will producers actually find 25 women worthy of him?

Ashley Hebert, Ben Flajnik

Much as we're fans of Ben, part of us feels he'd be better off going back to his (admittedly awesome) old life in Sonoma, leaving the contrived nonsense behind.

You know, let the fame whores like Jake Pavelka or Brad Womack to entertain us, while continuing to be the man. We could accept that if it were his decision.

It's not, though, and while we have reservations, it's still way better to genuinely like The Bachelor than not, which will be the case for the first time since Jason.

He the show seriously enough to get upset when he was rejected, but not so much so that he couldn't reflect on it with a sense of clarity and self-awareness.

He cried while discussing his late father, apologized to his mom on TV, and even thanked Ashley for helping him open up. Okay, we're sold. How about you?

Ben Flajnik as The Bachelor: Good choice?

 

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Ben Flajnik won over many hearts this season on The Bachelorette.

Ashley Hebert shattered his on the season finale, leaving the Californian dazed after he got down on one knee to propose to her. It was difficult to watch.

He's back on his feet emotionally, however, and will soon get a second chance at reality TV love: Sources report Wednesday that he's the next Bachelor!

The 28-year-old winemaker is the next star of the ABC hit, Us reports. The new season will begin early next year, with Ben doling out the roses.

Ben Flajnik on The Bachelorette

Ben was noticeably surprised - and upset - when Ashley rejected him.

Though ABC has yet to announce its choice, Ben's strong popularity with fans made him a consensus top pick despite other worthy contenders for the spot.

"They think he'll be ratings gold," says the insider of Flajnik, a favorite of viewers. "His [August 6] date with Jennifer Love Hewitt was icing on the cake!"

Shortly after The Bachelorette finale, Ben Flajnik posted a Tweet that implied (though didn't directly say) he'd been offered the chance to star on The Bachelor.

Looks like he took it. January can't get here fast enough.

Talk to THG: Is Ben the right choice for The Bachelor?

 

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Sorry, Jennifer Love Hewitt. You may soon have plenty of competition for the affections of 28-year-old Sonoma, Calif., winery owner Ben Flajnik.

Show insiders say that Flajnik, who proposed to Ashley Hebert but was turned down on The Bachelorette finale, may turn to reality TV again for love.

He's the frontrunner to be ABC's next Bachelor, but unlike Mitt Romney, he's popular with the show's base and not merely leading a weak field by default.

Ben and Ashley

"Everyone wants [Ben] to find the woman of his dreams," an insider said. "He loved Ashley," and millions fell in love with Ben Flajnik in turn.

Even host Chris Harrison is eager for Flajnik to find Mrs. Right. "Our fans would love to see him as the Bachelor," he said. "He'd be great."

Also being considered? Hebert's other rejected suitors Ames Brown, a portfolio manager, and Ryan Park, a solar energy executive, both 31.

Hebert, who rejected Flajnik, Brown and Park in favor of J.P. Rosenbaum, thinks any one of the three guys would make a great Bachelor.

What about you? Who would you like to see as The Bachelor?

 

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Sonoma winery proprietor Ben Flajnik may not have won Ashley Hebert's heart on The Bachelorette finale August 1, but he won over millions of viewers.

Jennifer Love Hewitt among them.

"OMG! Ben F [accept] my final rose!!!" the star excitedly Tweeted after Ashley dumped Ben for JP Rosenbaum. "Gotta book a flight to Sonoma!!"

The funny thing? She wasn't kidding.

Ben Flajnik Picture

The actress/serial dater flew out to San Francisco August 6 for a sexy date with Ben Flajnik. The two hung out at San Francisco hot spot Lion's Pub.

Apparently it went well. "Ben from The Bachelorette is making out with Jennifer Love Hewitt," one eyewitness claimed. That about sums it up.

Another fan who saw the two even said they may be a couple already, exclaiming, "Oh yeah, Ben and Jennifer Love Hewitt appeared to be dating."

Ben, a prime candidate to star as The Bachelor, recently teased on Twitter that he has a lot to ponder. Wonder if JLH has something to say about it.

Who should be the next Bachelor?

 

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With Ashley Hebert engaged as of The Bachelorette season finale, J.P. Rosenbaum is officially spoken for. But four good catches from this season are not.

Will one of them be selected as the star of The Bachelor this winter?

Already a fan favorite, runner-up Ben Flajnik would surely be a strong choice, having won over viewers on the finale and After the Final Rose special last night.

Ames Brown would be great, too. Everyone loves Ames! Don't discount the Greek God, Constantine Tzortis, either. Ashley even suggested Ryan Park somehow.

  • Ames Brown Picture
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  • Constantine Tzortzis Picture
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Of course, as we saw last time when runner-up Chris Lambton turned down the gig, ABC could go in a different direction. Third time's the charm, Brad?

We kid ... mostly. Stranger things have happened. Odds are that the show goes with one of these four, however. Which, if any, would you like to see? Vote:

Who should star as The Bachelor next season?

 

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Well, Ashley Hebert? Who's it gonna be? Ben Flajnik or JP Rosenbaum have both won America's heart, and hers. But only one will receive the final rose.

A season marred by one controversy after another all comes down to tonight. Will Ashley get her happy ending? Were The Bachelorette spoilers correct?

Which per-fact man will present the adorable Ashley with a Neil Lane ring (product placement at its best) and whose romantic hopes will be dashed?

THG breaks down The Bachelorette season finale in a LIVE +/- recap!

Ashley Hebert on the Season Finale

Wow, the episode-opening montage already has us feeling bad for whomever Ashley doesn't pick. We have our favorite, but they're both good guys. Plus 9.

Speaking of which ... poor Ames. Minus 3.

Whoa, Kat Von D is guest-starring! Oh, wait, that's Ashley's sister Chrystie. Plus 5, because her family is very real. Too much so to be on this show, almost.

Ashley tells the fam about the "burning passion" she has with J.P. Just what ma and pa want to hear before meeting their daughter's love interest. Minus 4.

Chrystie says Ashley is "a little too much" for "demure" J.P. Minus 7, for being kind of a b!tch, but Plus 5, because she doesn't make terrible points. Just saying.

8:14 p.m. and Ash is a LOSING IT! Plus 3.

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THG Asks!

Welcome to THG Asks, a feature in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Who should Ashley Hebert choose on The Bachelorette season finale, Ben or J.P.?

BEN by Free Britney

He doesn't look like a stereotypical reality show hunk. Heck, he looks like a less handsome version of Constantine.

He uses phrases like "ruh-roh." He talks about his deceased father too much. He took his sweet time before he would truly open up to Ashley.

Frustrating? At times, yes. But all of these things are part of what make Ben Flajnik so human, so appealing, and the obvious choice for our girl.

There's no facade with Ben, a funny, smart, free-spirited Sonoma winemaker with a lot of heart (no matter how closely he guarded it for weeks).

He's the genuine article. Ben isn't fling material. He's husband material, a complex, nurturing guy with whom love can actually Evolve over time.

Hopefully, Ashley picks Ben and all he brings to the table on Monday's finale. If not, I bet come January, ABC can find 25 other girls who would.

Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik Date

Can Ben pull off the upset on Monday's finale?

J.P. by Hilton Hater

If I had a nickel for every time JP Rosenbaum and Ashley Hebert have made out on The Bachelorette this season, I'd have more money in my bank account than Chris Harrison gets for playing the most pimp-like host on TV.

These two have serious, lip-locking chemistry!

While others clearly came on for the wrong reasons (eat it, Bentley!), JP is as nice and honest as any contestant in recent memory. Has this made for especially entertaining TV? Not every week. But the show is about love, not ratings.

JP has all the physical attributes Ashley could want in a mate, as well. He's easy on the eyes and he resides in nearby NYC, just a quick car ride away. Might he be living a double life? Sure. But no guy is perfect.

THG Asks you ... who should Ashley choose?

 

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Last night's episode of The Bachelorette saw two men sent packing, with two remaining to vie for the final rose and a lifetime with Ashley Hebert.

We began the evening with only three dudes with Ms. Ashley in Fiji, but the surprise return of a former contestant shook things up once again.

The Bachelorette spoilers accurately predicted who came, and who left, but that didn't make it less compelling - or bizarre, at times - to watch.

The Woman in Command

From a picnic under a magnolia tree to a trip to the family restaurant, the guys pulled out all the stops to win over Ashley. But would it be enough?

Who's in? Who's out? Who's the favorite in next week's season finale?

Let's break down last night's overnight dates and all things Ashley, Constantine, J.P., Ben and ... find out in THG's official +/- Bachelorette recap:

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Four hometown dates. Three roses.

Those were the stakes Monday for Ashley Hebert, who narrowed the field to three and left one guy devastated after her cross-country tour.

The Bachelorette spoilers accurately predicted which one got the axe, but that didn't make it any less compelling - or sad - to watch unfold.

Ashley Hebert and Ben Flajnik Picture

From a picnic under a magnolia tree to a trip to the family restaurant, the guys pulled out all the stops to win over Ashley. But would it be enough?

Who's in? Who's out? Who's the favorite heading into next week?

Let's break down last night's hometown dates and all things Ashley, Constantine, J.P., Ben and Ames. Here's THG's official +/- Bachelorette recap ...

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Ben Flajnik Biography

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