Meredith Phillips may not have won

Bob Guiney's heart on the last Bachelor, but she did score a pretty nifty consolation prize: a starring role in the next Bachelorette. As reported in the Dec. 13 issue of TV Guide magazine (on sale Monday) third runner-up Phillips — who famously skipped out on her Gram's funeral to keep a date with Guiney — will follow in Trista Rehn's footsteps as ABC's next Bachelorette. Her quest for a man kicks off Jan. 14.