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It looks like America's sweetheart is going back to the franchise that made her a quasi-star. Emily Maynard will be the star of The Bachelorette, according to reports!

"It's official, Emily is the new Bachelorette," an insider close to Emily tells Life & Style, which is not really official at all, but still. It's been reported previously as well.

Moreover, to accommodate Maynard, "ABC is even going to move filming to Charlotte [North Carolina, Emily's hometown]. It won't be in Los Angeles at all."

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It's been reported that ABC asked her to star in the next season of the series, despite her reluctance in early discussions, in large part based on her daughter.

She had fans convinced she wasn't interested. Just last summer Emily Maynard wrote: "I don't want to be The Bachelorette." Perhaps she changed her mind?

Since ending her engagement with that stiff Brad Womack in May, the North Carolina stunner has been linked to Jeremy Shockey and Matt Nordgren.

She's denied dating both ... and has yet to confirm or deny that she's going back on The Bachelorette this time. Stay tuned for an official confirmation. Probably.

UPDATE: People and other more reliable sources have now confirmed that Maynard signed on! Surprising, but a good fit for the show, we have to say ... right?

UPDATE #2: Bentley Williams, who famously burned Ashley Hebert on her season of The Bachelorette by wooing her while admitting to cameras that he had hoped Emily was The Bachelorette instead, is interested in competing, according to People.

You tell us: Emily Maynard as The Bachelorette?

 

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After Brad Womack famously selected no one in his first stint as The Bachelor, the Texas bar owner was brought back for a second go-around last winter.

He got engaged to Emily Maynard, but that fizzled out before long. Now it's Emily being sought by ABC to return for another stint on the reality franchise.

In fact, the network has already asked her to be The Bachelorette, sources say, and despite her earlier lack of interest, "It's basically a done deal." Wow.

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Another source close to Emily Maynard, the single mom of six-year-old Ricki, tells Life & Style that while "she hasn't signed the contract yet, she's fully on board."

Since splitting with Brad in May after becoming engaged to him on The Bachelor season finale, the North Carolina product has been linked to various men.

Jeremy Shockey of the NFL's Carolina Panthers and Most Eligible Dallas cast member Matt Nordgren come to mind, though she has denied seriously dating either.

Perhaps the allure of being The Bachelorette grew on her. "Emily is America's sweetheart," adds the source. "Fans will be thrilled! Everyone loved her."

True. If Emily doesn't pan out, look for a castoff from Ben Flajnik's season to fill the role (The Bachelor spoilers we've read single out a few prospects).

What do you think: Should Emily Maynard be The Bachelorette?

 

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Gotta love The Bachelorette rumor mill.

With Emily Maynard and Jeremy Shockey apparently no longer together, and Vienna Girardi and Kasey Kahl splitting up, Emily and Kasey must be an item, right?

Of course, if you believe In Touch Weekly ... which proclaims Emily is now dating Vienna's ex. They could mean a different ex, too, of course. Girlfriend gets around.

Whoever it is she's dating ... she's not. No way she would want Kasey or anyone tied to Vienna guarding and protecting anything. Emily also denied it on Twitter.

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Just listen to the North Carolina cutie herself:

Emily Maynard: “Seriously? You'd think that with all the guys the mags say I'm dating I'd have some help with my Xmas lights! #stillnottrue #stillsingle.”

Now that's hard to believe. Emily can't get help with her Christmas lights? Do you realize how hot this woman is? What is wrong with the men of Charlotte?

We've been hearing rumblings that, following her breakup with Brad Womack, her quest for love may continue as the star of The Bachelorette next year.

Repeat, that's just a rumor. Unlike In Touch, we'll call celebrity gossip what it is and not label it as fact. But we hear they are trying to woo Emily again.

The sticking point? Her daughter Ricki. As a single mom, we don't see it happening, but will they come up with a better catch among Ben Flajnik castoffs?

Should Emily be the next Bachelorette?

 

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Brad Womack really needs to get over it and move on. Emily Maynard, who's dating Jeremy Shockey, clearly us. But the two-time Bachelor star refuses to let go.

That's the report from the new issue of Us Weekly, which says Brad "calls Emily every day and at all hours!" Unfortch for B-Dubs, "She just doesn't pick up."

"They actually haven't spoken for months."

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Maynard, mom to six-year-old daughter Ricki, started dating NFL player Shockey this fall, and was previously linked to David Smith after splitting with Brad.

Brad is apparently far from pleased with either choice.

He's continually "filled up her voicemail with messages of him crying, saying how upset he was that she was with someone else," the source reveals.

At the same time, the typically non-committal stiff isn't sure he wants to be with her ... he's just jealous and pining for her because he can't have her.

As such, Emily "just feels like he is so messed up!"

Ben Flajnik, you have some pathetic shoes to fill.

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File this under Couples You Never Saw Coming: Emily Maynard and Jeremy Shockey of The Bachelor and Carolina Panthers, respectively, are totally dating!

After announcing her split from her fiance Brad Womack in June, the ABC reality show's fan favorite has moved on to the four-time Pro Bowl NFL tight end.

How the heck did that come about?

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The only downside we can see? Emily not being The Bachelorette in 2012!

"They were set up on a blind date," by a mutual friend on the Panthers staff, according to Us. Their first date? At BLT Steak in Charlotte's Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Sounds like it went pretty darn well.

"They've been out five times since," says a pal of Emily Maynard, the single mother of six-year-old Ricki. "She thinks Jeremy is nice, but she's just having fun!"

That's a good thing. That stiff Brad Womack really wasn't much in the way of fun ... or genuine emotion. He may or may not have been a cyborg, actually.

For those who don't know Jeremy Shockey, the Oklahoma native spent six years making headlines on and off the field as  standout for the N.Y. Giants.

His career han't been the same since a season-ending 2007 injury, but if he ends up with Emily Maynard, his downward spiral to Carolina will be well worth it.

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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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Rumors that next season will star Emily Maynard as The Bachelorette are greatly exaggerated, according to venerable host-pimp Chris Harrison.

Still, he left the door open for that possibility later.

“It is way too early, way too presumptuous of anybody to say that Emily is The Bachelorette," Chris said this week on Access Hollywood Live.

Emily, Brad and Pimp

Harrison said that despite the Bachelorette rumors, Emily's split with Brad Womack is still too raw, and she likely won't seek love on TV again.

“It’s obviously been bantered about. We’re not idiots, we've talked about it, but it hadn’t even been broached to her," he said. "It is way too soon.”

“They're barely even broken up. As far as TV goes, we don’t go into production for six more months. We would never pigeonhole ourselves."

In a tear-jerking interview Monday, Emily said her split with Brad boiled down to commitment issues and her being a single parent to Ricki, 6.

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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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Romance. Resentment. Tears. The Bachelorette brought it all last night, with Ashley Hebert narrowing the season's field to the lucky final four suitors.

The eliminations were a bit surprising, but there is no clear favorite heading into the hometown dates, which must always be referred to as such.

So who got the golden ticket home and who got the chop? Who whined way too much and who handled their ouster remarkably poorly?

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The episode also featured a sad interview with Emily Maynard, which we've posted below, in which she confirms her breakup with Brad Womack.

The Bachelorette spoilers we've compiled include who makes it past the hometowns, and all the way to the end this season ... if you dare to read.

Right now, let's break down last night's episode, the sixth of the season, THG style. Continue on for our patented +/- Bachelorette recap ...

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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.

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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?

 

Emily Maynard Biography

Emily Maynard Picture Emily Maynard is a contestant on The Bachelor. She is vying for the heart of Brad Womack here in Season 15. Emily was the former fiancee... More »
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