December 17, 2011 08:09 AM by Ashley Lee
Of all the competitive reality shows on television, the best consolation prize definitely comes from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: did you make it all the way to the final rose ceremony, only to find yourself walking away empty-handed? Congratulations, here’s your chance to hand out your own stems and let others compete for your attention! Meet Ben Flajnik, the runner-up to J.P. Rosenbaum on The Bachelorette with Ashley Hebert, and the new leading man on the upcoming season of The Bachelor!
The newest Bachelor opened up to USA TODAY with answers to all the questions that we Flajnik fans have been itching to ask, from baring his butt on national television to dating Ghost Whisperer’s Jennifer Love Hewitt.
He admits that he put his heart on the line while filming The Bachelorette, but how will Flajnik fair now that he’s the one making the choices? “I think there’s always going to be critics no matter what decision I make,” he said. “It’s something that doesn’t really get under my skin. I’m such a laid-back guy anyway, that part of the experience isn’t something that I really think about.”
Well, it won’t really be the first time he’s calling all the shots, since he already turned down Jennifer Love Hewitt earlier this year. “She reached out and wanted to come up to the winery, which she did. We went out to dinner and just kind of chatted about life and the experience. She’s a nice girl, but I wasn’t–it was right in the middle of the time when I was deciding to be the Bachelor. When this is all said and done, ending up with a Hollywood celebrity is not something that I want.”
“America has seen my bare butt and I have no problem with male nudity!…It’s not that big of a deal to me…If one (relationship) wanted to move faster than the others, you have to be open.” We’re guessing he means that pretty literally!
The Bachelor premieres on Monday, January 2nd at 8pm/7c on ABC. Be sure to revisit Reality TV Magazine for episode previews and recaps!
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