Revenge is a dish best served with a nice Pinot Noir. Last season on The Bachelorette, winemaker Ben Flajnik was blindsided when he was dumped on national TV after dropping down on one knee and proposing to dental student Ashley Hebert. Now he's back on ABC's reality dating franchise to dole out some long stems and heartache of his own. We met up with the 29-year-old San Francisco and Sonoma County resident at NYC's City Winery to clink glasses and swap stories about his days of wine and roses.
TV Guide Magazine: What's a guy like you need a show like this for?
Flajnik: I've dated lots of women, but the majority of my relationships were under a year long. My sister thought maybe I'd be good for [The Bachelorette], so she did the...
Get your roses ready: The Bachelor returns to ABC at 8/7c on Jan. 2, the network announced Wednesday.
ABC Names Ben Flajnik as the Next Bachelor
The 16th installment of the reality series will feature Ben Flajnik, a 29-year-old Sonoma, Calif. native who first appeared on The Bachelorette. Although he was rejected by Ashley Hebert on her season of The Bachelorette, the winemaker will continue his search to find "the one."
Holly Durst, Michael Stagliano
He should have kept the money. After all, he lost the girl.
Last night, the finale of Bachelor Pad pit exes-turned-teammates Michael and Holly against one another in one last challenge that asked them to individually decide to either share the 250K prize or claim it all for themselves. Normally (or as normal as this hormonal parade can get), we'd expect them to strategize beforehand and agree to go 50/50.
To all of you who wanted someone fresh: sorry. Ben Flajnik is the new Bachelor, ABC announced Tuesday.
"I'm extremely happy [with the choice]," host Chris Harrison told TVGuide.com.
Should Ben be the next Bachelor?
Kasey Kahl, Vienna Girardi
Seriously, ABC, whatever we did, we're sorry!
When it was announced that Bachelor Pad would return this summer, there were those of us who were so excited. With almost a year passed since its slapdash first season, there surely had to be time for the producers to work out the kinks, line up a juicy cast of hotties, and pump this edition with some serious guilty pleasures.
Ben Flajnik's proposal may have been shot down by Ashley on The Bachelorette, but he seems thisclose to returning for his own season, according to Us Weekly.
Flajnik, 28, lives in Sonoma, Calif. where he spends his days as a winemaker — the perfect profession for a man about to woo 25 beautiful women. But does the long-haired reject have what it takes to be the star of The Bachelor? Or should one of his castmates get the job instead? Vote in our poll below.
Even in the heat of August, there's still some trash that just smells like roses.
Oh come on, you know you love it. Ever since ABC announced that it was bringing back last summer's Bachelor Pad, fans of the dating-and-mating series have been salivating over the drama being drummed up for round 2. After all, just the reunion of notorious exes (and famewhores) Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi was enough of a reason to toss aside your rational thought and take a peek. Would she cry? Yes. Would he try to excuse his hateful behavior during their televised break-up? Over and over. Would the rest of the house be able to compare? You betcha...
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11. Worst Liar: Jerry Bruckheimer's new heist show Take the Money & Run rewards criminal masterminding: Hide a case containing $100,000 and if the cops can't find it within 48 hours while you're being interrogated, the dough is yours. How hard can it be, right? Apparently very hard for Paul. With 15 hours to go, Paul folds like a cheap tent — with tears in his eyes, natch — and confesses where he and his brother, Raul, hid the...
Ali Fedotowsky; Ashley Hebert
What is the biggest piece of advice previous Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky has for Ashley Hebert? Make friends!
"Ashley is moving to New York and that could be hard for her because all [J.P.'s] friends are there, his life is there and she needs to blend in," Ali tells TVGuide.com. "Roberto and I definitely had our moments where we were at each other's throats because ... we only had each other. It's going to be important to not only make friends with his friends, but make her own friends."
Ashley Hebert and J.P.
It may have looked like a perfect proposal on the finale of The Bachelorette, but the newly engaged couple admits that there's a moment viewers didn't see.
"I went through this whole long speech and I thought it went really well and when it was her turn to speak ... I don't know what came out [of her mouth]. It made no sense," J.P. tells TVGuide.com. "It was really adorable." Ashley adds, "I'll be sure nobody ever sees that!"