ABC announces the new 'Bachelorette'
Jillian, a 29-year-old restaurant interior designer who currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, came mighty close to winning Jason Mesnick's heart on the recently completed season of "The Bachelor."
Of course, given the way people are talking about Jason in the aftermath of his finale hijinks, Jillian appears to have dodged a bullet. If nothing else, Jillian got a trip to New Zealand and ABC proudly says that "she and Jason shared one of the steamiest hot tubs in 'Bachelor' history."
Ultimately, despite that jacuzzi steaminess, Jason wasn't sure his chemistry with Jillian was real. Even if Jason didn't make the right choice for his heart, his choices seem to have all been right for ABC. Monday night's "Bachelor" finale delivered the show's largest finale audience in over five years and its top adults 18-49 finale in over four years.
"Bachelor" producer Mike Fleiss reportedly asked both Molly and Melissa to be the new "Bachelorette" when both had been alternatingly scorned by Jason, but both declined in turn.
Jillian's run as "The Bachelorette" will begin with a two-hour premiere on Monday, May 18.
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