Spoiler alert! If you don't read the tabs, you haven't heard the rumor about The Bachelorette's conclusion — which occupies three freakin' hours of ABC's airtime tonight, starting at 8 pm/ET — and if you don't want to know anything, read no further.
Still reading? OK. Just to sum up, Star
recently reported that Jen Schefft
broke up with her chosen guy about a week after the reality hit finished taping. (That'd be right around Thanksgiving, FYI.) The rag went on to link romantically Andrew Firestone
's ex with her boss, Chicago nightclub-owner Billy Dec
, who has denied it, of course. Even if it's true, he wouldn't want to be the one to fess up and blow the show for Jen, right?
Intriguingly, tonight's two-hour finale features Jen receiving marriage proposals from both Jerry
and John Paul
. However, you'll have to watch a third hour — a live special entitled After the Final Rose
— to learn her answer. Once again, if you believe the tattle, both
of Jen's suitors are already toast.
"I'm not confirming or denying that," the 28-year-old teases, "and you'll have to just watch the final episode to find out what happened. You'll find out on After the Final Rose
. All of that will be answered."
Notice how, when talking to reporters these days, Ms. Schefft doesn't give the typical stock answer — "I'm very much in love" — given by past Bachelors and Bachelorettes who were still coupled up with their chosen ones when their shows concluded airing. Hmm...
Back to Mr. Firestone for a moment. On The Bachelorette: Men Tell All
, the winemaker told host Chris Harrison
that Jen had never returned his engagement ring. Why not? "I offered to give it back when we broke up," she responds. "He said, 'You know what? I bought it for you and I want you to have it.' That's that
story. It's not that he asked for it and I didn't give it back. It's something we determined together."
So has Schefft pawned her diamond sparkler or what? "I have it in a safe deposit box," she chuckles. "It's stowed away. I don't take it out at any time to check on it, but I know it's there." Spoken like a very pragmatic singleton indeed.