Jillian Harris is the Bachelorette 5, but Molly Malaney was asked first

Jillian Harris, who was eliminated from The Bachelor 13 by Jason Mesnick just before the finale, will star in The Bachelorette 5, which will debut May 18. That relatively unsurprising news was revealed on the second After the Final Rose special.

More interestingly, runner up-turned-winner Molly Malaney was actually approached to star in the show last December, before producers knew that Jason still had feelings for her and was going to dump Melissa, which they say they learned after the holidays.

After the fifth-season finale taped, executive producer Mike Fleiss said he “was in the process of trying to talk Molly into being the Bachelorette,” he told People. “She was finally starting to come around and saying she wanted to do it, and she had spoken to her family. I thought she would be a fantastic Bachelorette, so likeable and beautiful and telegenic.”

Fleiss used that as evidence to insist that allegations the show’s conclusion was staged or fixed are “patently untrue. It was [Jason’s] choice in New Zealand who he proposed to.”

Bachelor Creator: The Outcome Was Never Staged [People]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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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.