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How Ashley Hebert Beat Chantal O'Brien To Be 'Bachelorette'!

Fri, March 18, 2011 11:00am EDT by 1 Comment
Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Wow! Do you think Chantal would have made a better ‘Bachelorette’ than Ashley? Here’s how Chantal lost her chance!

Talk about a battle of the roses! ABC asked Chantal O’ Brien — one of the final two contenders on Brad Womack‘s second season of The Bachelor — to be the next Bachelorette before they approached Ashley Hebert, who now holds the title.

“Chantal quite possibly would have been our Bachelorette, if she hadn’t not, quote-unquote,’ fallen in love with some goofball in Seattle,” Bachelore/Bachelorette creator and producer Mike Fleiss tells Entertainment Weekly. “I’m sure they’ll be together forever.”

When Chantal turned ABC down, the network had to go with their second choice — Ashley.

“She’s kind of cool, she’s spunky and she’s got a lot personality,” says Mike.

“It’s also the first time we had an actual professional woman as a Bachelorette,” adds Mike. “She’s not a party planner, she’s a dentist!” Ashley will finish up her studies at the University of Pennsylvania after filming The Bachelorette and before she starts practicing.

“That’s a good step for us,” says Mike. “I think it’s a cool good lesson for young ladies out there to see an accomplished woman still struggling to put the personal side of her life together. That’s something a lot of women can relate to. She will be a different kind of Bachelorette!”

You can say that again! But what about Chantal — how is her love life working out with her new man, Jeff Razore?

“I think because of my experience, it’s allowed me to be where I am now and be in a relationship,” Chantal tells People.

BFFs — would you have rather seen Chantal as The Bachelorette instead of Ashley?

– Lindsey DiMattina

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