Bachelor 8 star is a “hunky” doctor working on his residency at Vanderbilt

Yes, ABC is bringing back The Bachelor and insufferable host Chris Harrison for an eighth season. But unlike the seventh season, the show isn’t turning to a D-list celebrity to search for a life partner when it returns Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usThe new bachelor is Travis Stork, a “33-year-old ER doctor who is completing his residency at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville,” according to an ABC release. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke and earned his MD at the University of Virginia before moving on to a residency at Vanderbilt, all of which would suggest that he’s intelligent enough to realize that going on a failing reality show isn’t the best idea.

But no. After calling him “hunky” and “handsome,” ABC speaks for Travis in a press release, saying that he says the show “will give him the chance to step back from his career and job and focus on his personal life, concentrating all his attention and energy on meeting some amazing women.” And probably some skanks, too.

Update: Vanderbilt has removed his picture from a directory of third-year residents, but the URL is easy to figure out and it’s still on their server, hence his photo above.

Twenty-Five Beautiful Bachelorettes Will Be Paging New Bachelor Doctor Travis Stork — Stat… [ABC press release]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.