The Bachelorette 8 - Emily

Who is the Next “Bachelorette?”

You’ve heard the rumors for the last six months, and they certainly picked up steam in the last few weeks, which made me realize this was becoming more inevitable. I don’t know when ABC is going to officially announce it, but what’s been talked about for the last six months is true: Emily Maynard will be the next “Bachelorette.”

I don’t think the news of Emily being the next “Bachelorette” is all too earth shattering considering many other outlets have definitely been speculating it’s gonna be her, but there’s been no official word. And when stories say it’s true but follow it with quotes of, “sources say,” “insiders close to Emily,” and “friends of hers,” it’s tough to know what to believe. I’m sure the official announcement is coming soon since announcing Emily early will no doubt drum up interest from men around the world. But she is going to be the next “Bachelorette” with filming scheduled to begin in March like the last four seasons of the “Bachelorette” has.

Before we get into the why and how of all this, I think one thing that might ease a couple people’s mind regarding Emily’s decision to change her mind comes in the fact that they are moving locations for filming for the first time in about 10 seasons. The show will be shot in Charlotte, North Carolina. Of course at some point, I’m sure they will take off and head to different locations, but I’m guessing they’re going to spend a good amount of time filming in North Carolina. Makes sense. My guess is that was a huge selling point for Emily, especially with a young daughter that she’s been adamant about protecting ever since Brad’s season. I still have my doubts of how Emily will actually be as the next “Bachelorette,” because I even said it during Brad’s season, being a single mom, I think she would have to carry herself a little differently than “Bachelorettes” of the past. Then again, this show is never about the lead anyway, although it’s certainly seems like they’re trying to make it this season by moving filming because of her.

Have I shot down all the “Emily as the next Bachelorette” talk for the last 6 months? You bet I have. Every person that emailed, tweeted, or asked me that in any way, shape, or form over the last 6 months, I answered the same way, “Stupid rumor. Never gonna happen.” Why did I say this? Well, because Emily said it. Numerous times. It’s not like we were hearing “sources close to Emily are saying she’d never do the show”, or “friends of hers say she wants no part of being the next ‘Bachelorette'” – no, Emily came out numerous times in the past 6 months stating she wasn’t interested, she wouldn’t do it, and that she wanted to just be done with the whole thing. It’s on her Twitter, it’s on her Facebook – it’s all documented. So yeah, that’s why I called the rumors stupid for the last 6 months. The person in question herself said she wouldn’t do it and, I don’t know, call me old fashioned, but I tend to take people at their word when they tell me something. Even though she wasn’t speaking to me personally, she denied it enough freakin’ times that I didn’t think she’d ever change her mind. Did I think it was a possibility? Sure. Did I think she’d ever do it? Not in a million years. Honestly. I really didn’t. Especially after seeing Ben’s group of finalists, I was sure they’d go with one of them.

So what does this mean? Do I think she’s a lying, hypocritical, phony bitch? No. Do I think this was a good decision? No. She absolutely has a right to change her mind for whatever reason she feels like. I also have a right to not agree with it. I don’t think she should do it, but it’s not my call. Was I bothered when I heard the news? Yeah, for maybe about 10 seconds, then I got over it and got to work writing the column. I wish she wouldn’t do it because of the media scrutiny she’s going to come under – the exact thing that she complained about last time. Paparazzi camping outside her house, the paps following her kid to school, tabloids calling her nannies, on and on and on it goes. If she thought it was bad the first time around, just wait til this time. With that said, I don’t think Emily is a dumb person. I’m sure she’s aware of how many people are going to ask, “I thought you said you’d never do it,” and “I thought you wanted out of the spotlight,” and “You’re just doing this to be famous” etc. The bottom line is I have no idea why she’s doing this. None of us do. Lets hear her reasoning first. Sure, we can all think she’s a nutjob for agreeing to do this after what she went through the first time, but she obviously has her reasons. I’m willing to listen to what those are. Of course money, location, 25 guys drooling over her played a role. We know that. But lets see how she responds to the “What made you change your mind” question.

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  1. mja

    January 11, 2012 at 6:28 AM

    I guess we’ll see how it goes. Can’t be worse than the current season of the Bachelor!

  2. quesara

    January 11, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    So not surprised! Though it seems a little unfair to Kacie or whoever they migh have picked had this not come about. They are just out of luck?
    I really liked Kacie on her date with Ben.
    Bentley would def be the icing on the cake!

  3. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 6:37 AM

    I’m bummed. I found Emily to be very confused, insecure and cold. Hopefully she’ll warm up a little bit, but I don’t think so. She just doesn’t come across as a warm individual.

  4. freckledsmile99

    January 11, 2012 at 6:38 AM

    Love you, love your site, love your recaps! I agree with @quesara – Bentley would be the icing on the cake.
    Keep up the good work!

  5. Fassero

    January 11, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Bentley’s add would be an awesome pile of awesomeness. Maybe they’ll have Brad make a return flight. Actually, I’m not as curious about why she agreed to do the show as much as how the “meet the parents” segment plays out if it comes to be. Their existence is about as much under lock and key as Bentley’s and we’ve long heard about how tight she is with the Hendrick family. Maybe she’ll get enough training to break that icy persona she conveys but something tells me right now that she’ll only pick the bachelor with the biggest……wallet. And I’m sure there will be a Charlotte Raceway segment and she’ll suddenly be cooler and confident about going there, conveniently.

  6. aemill46

    January 11, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Think this is the best news i have heard coming from you. Mike F will have the best rated show in the history of all 3 shows. good move on his part. As for Emily im glad she doing it. who care about the haters their out there.. i think she has more fans then haters. if this is all true ?then i cant wait to watch it .

  7. cakelady

    January 11, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    I’m confused! I thought Emily didn’t want cameras following her and her daughter around. Also, one of the reasons she gave for it not working with Brad was she couldn’t deal with the way he was romancing the other girls at the same time as he was with her. She said herself she cried after every episode she watched. So now she will do it to some other guy. I’m curious to see how she will handle that. Seems like a double standard to me!

  8. joyce0303

    January 11, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    I am not an Emily fan. Appearing in The Bachelorette is not a good way to “protect” her daughter as she always claimed she wanted to do. Hypocritical. I am not surprised though.

  9. yorkshirelass

    January 11, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Words as spoken by Emily back in July 2011

    One thing Maynard won’t be doing is signing on to the next Bachelorette. “Right now my main focus is being a mom,” she says of the gossip that she’ll star in the series. “I’m just like any girl dealing with a heartbreak. The last thing on my mind is to do this all over again…I’m done with all the media speculation. I want to move on and get back to normal.”

  10. Dianne

    January 11, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    You know, it makes me wonder if she knew all along that she was going to be the next Bachelorette, but was sworn to secrecy by ABC. I can’t imagine why she would agree to do this, other than for financial reasons. ABC probably offered her a huge amount, and as they say, money talks. Should prove to be very interesting. And I hope and pray Bentley is NOT a part of it..but again, if ABC offers him a huge chunk of money, we’ll be seeing him!

  11. jenniferboston1

    January 11, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    Steve: (and for anyone to believe he doesn’t read these comments, that’s silly, of course he does!), can you ever just admit defeat and that you were wrong? Stating that you never would’ve seen Emily as the Bachelorette, ever, ever, ever….now you say you just said that because that’s what Emily said? Give me a break. I don’t have any faith in your posts or predictions any longer.

    BTW, Bentley, bring him back for his dream girl, Emily.

  12. PaulaD

    January 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Oh man, seriously?? I thought Miss Emily didn’t *like* the spotlight! Well there’s another season I won’t be watching….

  13. caitlyn

    January 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Oh, boy. We go from the most boring bachelor ever, Ben, to the most boring contestant, Emily, as the lead. Ben has the lowest ratings ever on this show and he is absolutely horrible and ugly. At least Emily is beauttiful, and her clothes should be great. I feel JP and Ashley are the last real couple to come from this show since Ryan and Trista. So every 10 years they get a couple on the show for the right reasons who love each other and mean it, nothing fake and phony. So we will wait another 10 years, cause there is no way Emily will meet a guy on this show with deep enough pockets to compete with the Hendrick money she lives off of to meet her high priced needs. Good luck, to the poor sucker who falls for her. He needs to be very, vey rich, and maybe a guy whose wife died and and he has a small child, only way it can work for a guy to understand her priorities and pay her extravagant bills.
    And please, don’t wear the engagement ring from Saint Ricky on the show this time, Emily.

  14. caitlyn

    January 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    I’d love Bentley to come back and be rejected at F2, that would be hilarious payback to that dbag.

  15. fran89

    January 11, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    you are being really kind towards Emily, Steve! What´s with that?? 😉 And of course we want to hear YOUR opinion about why she finally did it – and everything else! I thought this was the purpose of this blog!! You seem to have lost your edge towards this one .. kind of interesting..

    I´m already dreading the amounts of: “… you know, blabla, you know, you know, you know …” we`re gonna hear from her. Those made me squirt in the last interview. Argh. I´m not a hater, she is a beautiful mom, but then again, not much more.

  16. lillithcsks

    January 11, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I’m happy that Emily will get another chance at love. I hope they give BENTLEY another chance to win her heart. But I think the producers will tell Emily to get rid of BENTLEY. But if they have “the main man” BENTLEY … I will Definetly watch it!

  17. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I forgot about the “you knows.” Ugh! I usually don’t miss a season, because I love to watch trainwrecks, but she might be a little too boring for me. Plus, there is something about her I find very annoying. Also, I don’t remember her smiling much either. I’ll probably end up watching it, but there are so many other women who would light up the TV/show better!

  18. mommyof2

    January 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I’m actually really excited that Emily is the next bachelorette! I always really liked her, and I love Charlotte, NC. I’ll actually be down there for my cousin’s wedding one weekend towards the end of March, so I’ll keep a look-out. I’m so glad they aren’t filming at that California mansion. I’m really tired of that place. I really like Kacie, but I think they were smart to choose Emily. I have to say that so far, Ben’s season is just boring for me, especially knowing that he boozes Courtney in the end. He seems like a nice guy, but he’s definitely boring and he doesn’t come off as very smart. I read his blog the other day, and it read like it was written by a 5th grader. The only thing keeping me interested in Ben’s season is the beautiful scenery of Sonoma, which is a refreshing change from the same old mansion.

  19. cmh123

    January 11, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I really am excited to see Emily as the Bachelorette. I know that people are complaining because she is still close to the Hendricks and they may pay for her house but how about the fact that Emily’s Daughter is the only thing left that these people have left of there son why shouldn’t they help if that is what they would like to do that is there decision no one else’s.

  20. cmh123

    January 11, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I say the show should bring Bentley back and have Emily see him come out of the limo and have her reject him as soon as he gets out of the limo. Now that would be funny.

  21. karynr

    January 11, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Before or after she kicks him in the nuts on behalf of all females?

  22. cmh123

    January 11, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    After they way he is crying when he leaves. They should bring back Ashley to help with that one. Now that would also be funny.

  23. txazgirl

    January 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Emily Maynard? Really Steve?!! I’m so OVER the whole Emily/Brad ordeal. I wonder what Rick Hendrick thinks of this? After all, it is his Grandaughter who is going to be thrown into the National Spotlight… Again! As for Emily, what gives? Certainly she doesn’t need the Money! I’m sure Mr. Henrick has funded her entire life after that terrible plane crash and the birth of Little Ricki. I don’t know Steve, she seems Fickle to me (the internet reports numerous relationships, flings, etc.). Maybe that’s why she’s doing it, so she can go from Guy to Guy to Guy, and gain some more fame along the way!

  24. hot4aztchr

    January 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Emily=boring! Ugh! Would love to see Kacie B. as the next bachelorette.

  25. poddington

    January 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    while I admit I find southern belles very annoying (so no to Kacie), somehow I like Emily and will for sure be watching,much happier about this selection than any others. The only downside will be is she really can’t go for her heart (or loins as some have)b/c she will need to analyze what is best for her child, which could make for dull tv. What I find humorous is given the portrayed character of Courtney, I am sure she was hoping for this gig. Now she is stuck with a moppy haired dork who she never would have given the time of day to if not for this show. No offense to Ben, I actually like him, but please. This shallow wench probably goes for douchey players with money.

  26. hordac

    January 11, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I KNEW IT!!!!!! That whole interview with Emily after the break up with Brad was Bachelorette positioning at its finest! I didn’t believe RS when he said she would never do it as it just seemed to be pointing way in the opposite direction. ABC was just going to unprecedented lengths to keep her in the spotlight so that the audience would not forget about her. The whole post break up interview showed Chris just dripping with sympathy. They were courting her, no doubt. They knew they had a complete winner if she agreed to do it so they were going to do everything they could to ensure it happened. Emily thinks that she is protecting her child somehow just because they get to stay in Charlotte? Barf, what a complete joke. This woman obviously craves the attention, despite what she says. I also feel sorry for the poor girl who gets to miss out on being Batchette from the current season! Hmm, makes me wonder like some were saying before if she wasn’t trying for this all along, and Brad had to screw it up by picking her as F1. I’m starting to think that Emily is one smart cookie. If this was her intention from the beginning she has played this all extremely well!

  27. morrigan0

    January 11, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    ? There’s a difference between inside information, opinions and reporting what someone else has said. Maybe it was a little naive to take Emily at her word AND maybe RS fell for the goody goody single mom act BUT she played it well when it reality “she doth protest too much” is probably closer to fact.

    I found Ben’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel intriguing/amusing this week, I’m not convinced he’s with anyone. I finally figured out who Courtney reminds me of….a younger Brooke Shields.

  28. funkydoll218

    January 11, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Chris said in a new interview that an ex-girlfriend from Ben’s past is coming back to the show in the next episode. This girl is supposedly in the “Bachelor-Bachelorette” family of ex-contestants. Not sure if you addressed this in your blog yet, but WHO IS SHE?!!!!

  29. addicted2rs

    January 11, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Why can’t anyone see that Emily doesn’t want to have a job. This show is going to pay her a lot of money and she might end up with a good looking guy that can take care of her at the end of this. She wins in every way. She also does like the spot light a lot more than she lets on. I feel sorry for her daughter.

  30. healersdaughter

    January 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    What’s funny is that I HATED her as Brad’s choice, because I thought that he and Chantel had what appeared to be a much more genuine connection (and I agree, on another note, with your assessment of Ben and his choice this season)–yet I *LOVE* Emily being the Bachelorette in a way I haven’t felt about any of the other ones since…ever?

    I think I just feel like she’s the whole package, and like knowing how much attention she’ll get. I dunno..maybe as a Southern “good girl” starting out anew after divorce, I myself am just rooting for someone I can relate to..I truly don’t know why, exactly, but I will be watching her show and believing in it more than I have in years–UNLESS she comes off as wooden in her interviews with the camera as she did on her dates with Brad. That’s all!

  31. JenJen

    January 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    @funkydoll218 The answer to your question is Shawntel Newton.

  32. floormonsterthom

    January 12, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    I thought Emily had a new boyfriend?! She was tweeting about him a couple months ago!

  33. Dianne

    January 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    You can still catch the video that ABC put out in error showing Shawntel as the “mystery” woman at

  34. JovisMom

    January 12, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Bringing Bently back would be awesome for ratings!!! If he wasn’t such a jerk I could see her liking him… He’s a father and he is very good looking.
    Ben’s season is a snooze fest. I don’t find him attractive at all. I don’t find Courtney attractive at all either. I’m with Steve when he says that he likes Emily on his season.

  35. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The thing about Emily is she isnt that healthy. You could tell by how she handled Brad that she is simply not all that self-actualized. I can’t imagine that things have gotten any better.

  36. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Im sure there will be plenty of guys that want to date her though. I guess hottness trumps all the drama they will have to endure.

  37. fantasysweet

    January 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Im not sure Mike Fleiss gets why the show is so amazing which is ironic considering he produces it. Its not that they choose a character we already know. Im concerned he is sabotaging his own show by sticking w/ this formula.

  38. pennyfarthing

    January 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    HA! I love the user name “fantasysweet”!! I’m concerned about the entire season being shot in Charlotte. I’ll miss the Bach Mansion! Will they wet a brand-new driveway out in Charlotte? No pad could be as amazing as The Pad!

  39. migrosado0179

    January 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Hate that she’s the next bachelorette! Always thought she was a two face. She always said she wouldn’t do it. I feel sorry for who ever she chooses. She’s never willing to make any changes for anyone. These people even had to move to her hometown to film. She’s a spoiled brat.

  40. Ying

    January 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Awww, man! Really wanted it to be Kacie!

  41. fantasysweet

    January 16, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    OK forget Emily we are obsessed w/ Courtney!! The lying cheater! We found this nugget on Cheaterville on Jan 12th BEFORE RadarOnline who promptly swiped it. But here it is. Look at the comments someone made at the bottom…sounds suspiciously like Courtney herself

  42. fantasysweet

    January 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    BTW people should boycott wetpaint and Radar Online. All they do is post teasers w/ zero content. They get you to click and then you see there actually is no real story. They have just copied a tweet or something ridiculous. They suck!

  43. monasez

    January 16, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    As I’m posting this, the Bachelor is on (just for background noise) and it’s so much funnier to watch now and listen to these “sincere” comments and knowing what is really going to happen. Example, when Ben and Emily say, if we can conquer this bridge we can handle anything….what tripe! Ben is so flat.
    Brittney left because the “schwing” between Ben and Courtney must be unbearably obvious. She did the smart thing by leaving. Doing the smart thing by staying is to get to the final four and having a chance at being the next Bachelorette (after Emily of course).
    The Emily season is the first one I don’t need to watch at all. Me thinks the woman doth protest too much!!
    @caitlyn – spot on! with the Hendrick money comment
    @Fran89 – thanks for the “you know” warning…I don’t think I’ll be able to listen to 5 minutes of this pretentious little airhead.
    I totally understand the revolving door for contestants and I like seeing nice, decent people looking for romance, that’s why I watch this show. But the tacky spread eagle snow bunnies, grope dates (not a misspelling) and “Springeresk” set ups for cat fights is spiraling this show down to the level of a “trashy Soap Opera” and one last thing…..Courtney…STOP TOUCHING YOUR HAIR!!

  44. seac

    January 16, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    I don’t get Ben’s attraction to Courtney. There are other women on the show who are much more attractive and have nicer personalities than she does. She reinforces to me that not all models are attractive, they just have the desired body type. This isn’t the first time that someone from a previous season has shown up, so the behavior of many of the women toward Shawntel was dumb and just reflected badly on them. Obviously, the producers allowed Shawntel to come on the show. I think it’s time this show went off the air. Reading the spoiler that Courtney is the last one standing, after watching her poor choice of words and behavior in the first episode, makes it easy to skip watching or only watch bits and pieces. I can’t root for any of them who behave like junior high girls and she is one of several who have done so. Silly show trying to create drama. No wonder I refer to shows like this as (lack of) reality shows. Ugh. Time to reclaim my Monday evenings from Mike Fleiss.

  45. star

    January 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Mmm…interesting to know…!!! Thought ABC was prepping Shawntel Newton after watching tonights episode of the bachelor. Guess not! It will be very interesting to see how Emily will display her self as the Bachelorette. I will be definitely counting the “make out sessions” because she gave Brad such a hard time about opening up.

  46. canada girl

    January 18, 2012 at 7:44 AM

    Well I am not watching Ben’s season after reading he chose Courtney and now I will not be watching the Bachelorette, I do not like Emily.

  47. valerie151

    February 18, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Oh no, not her again. What will it be this time – the child needs this, the child needs that, the child, the child, the child – what’s the child’s name again – Bobbie or Danny or something like that? Emily is your typical spoiled selfish Barbie brat who is used to always getting her own way, and will use any thing to get it. You idiot men (Chris and Brad) have always been seduced by the blonde haired damsel in distress type. In my opinion, the blonde hair is the only thing exciting about Emily. So she has this child and has to raise it all by her little own delicate lonesome self. Oh so big ef’in deal, who hasn’t. I don’t want to hear about it no more, nor the plane accident story again. Why couldn’t the next bachelorette have been somebody interesting like Michelle Money. Now that would be worth watching. When we met Emily the first time we found out she has nothing more to say after she finishes telling us about the plane crash and how she now has to protect the child all by herself. Gag me. But who cares anyways, I don’t, I’m starting belly dancing classes next Monday.

  48. holloma

    February 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    I can’t understand why she has so many haters. To me, she is very genuine. She does have the right to change her mind if she wants. Yes, she is insecure, but it sounds like most of the people leaving hateful comments are as well. I honestly think they are jealous of how beautiful and sweet she is and the fact that she gets so much attention from men. I’m so excited about Emily being the next bachelorette! Mostly because she is a Southern girl. Afterall, it can’t be any worse then the current season..

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