The last time viewers saw Ben Flajnik, he was feeling the sting of Ashley Hebert turning down his proposal on this summer's edition of "The Bachelorette."
But Flajnik overcame the rejection, returning to California to work on his winery, hang out with friends and family, and even spend time with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Now, Flajnik is stepping back into the spotlight, this time as the newest "Bachelor." The 16th season of the ABC series, premiering January 2, features 25 women competing for Flajnik's hand in marriage.
"When I got home from taping 'The Bachelorette,'" I threw myself back into work, friends and family," Flajnik said. "When I got the call asking me to be the next 'Bachelor,' I thought about it long and hard before I agreed to do it."
Flajnik completed production on the show last month, and can't reveal what happens when all is said and done. But he did say he's pleased with how things turned out.
"I'm happy with my decision [to do] the show. It was a therapeutic adventure," he said. "I have no regrets with anything I did, and I believe all of my decisions were well thought out."
Flajnik also praised the show's producers for this year's contestant pool, saying he wanted "The Bachelor" to seek professional, working women who are "experienced" and "worldly" for his tastes.
"It's important for me to be with someone who's well-rounded, cultured and flexible," Flajnik noted. "No two days are the same for me in the wine industry, and I hope my partner can accept that."
Flajnik also took a jab at critics who say he's using the "Bachelor" franchise to boost his business, Evolve Winery. "I really try to differentiate between business and show-related things, as I do take my business seriously."
As for his time with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Flajnik would prefer to take the high road.
"She reached out to me and wanted to visit the winery with friends. We went out to dinner and chatted about life and experience. She was a nice girl, but I couldn't imagine being with a Hollywood celebrity."
Is it just me, or does Ben remind anyone else of the Geico cavemen? Our household members are loyal Bachelor/BEtte watchers, but even our obviously low standards are getting strained by this franchise's refusal to cast anything other than white bread, boring people recycled from prior seasons. This is the best you can do?
Just like the Miami Housewife, Cristy. Keeping it real. oh brother.
Why would anyone choose to be a participant on this show?! Every single participant on these shows pander themselves for publicity or to do something they wouldn't ordinarily get to do (live a glamorous life temporarily)...it's that plain and simple. They aren't looking for "true love", if they were they wouldn't be willing to COMPETE with so many other men or women. I honestly cannot believe people waste an hour of their lives each week on these shows...I won't, and never will.
I used to be hooked on this show (including Bachelorette), until I woke up and really thought about what is going on. Aside from knowing that very few of the couples have actually made it long-term as a result of being on the show, I personally would NOT want to be part of a group of guys from among whom a lady needed to choose in order to pare us down into a final 6, then final 5, then final 4, etc...all the way down to the final 2 – and yet still be competing with another guy for the love and affection of that woman (or man, as it pertains to the Bachelor). If I'm dating a woman, I want to be exclusive. (Call me selfish...??) If she can't know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she wants me and me alone, then I don't want her in return....and thus I would walk away. I just can't see anyone doing that to themselves. Ben, to me anyway, appeared to be heartbroken at the end of Ashley's season, and in the same manner you could see Chris Lampton was hurt when Ali turned him down in favor of Roberto in her season. Did Ben and Chris get over those ladies THAT quickly? I'd be devastated for quite a long time if I knew I was in love with a woman who then turned me down in favor of another guy. I just don't get it, and I don't respect the show...and thus I won't be watching anymore.
Hello James Dinan! I hope you are back to writing about the bachelor series!! It wouldn't be the same watching the 'Bachelor' series without your witty comments! I hope you will get to do it, and Happy Holidays to you and family.
why is this show still on?..When are the reality going off the air?...I wish they would bring back some good entertainment...Enough already with ALL the realtiy crap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ben Flajnik Cream Dreams http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr5-bJs2TU0
I THINK HE IS A REALLY sweet guy from the last show? Hope he finds a good match for him and even if they brake up that it remains respectful and not like the train wreck that was horse face vienna and that pilot guy. Good luck to the wine maker. Btw been to Napa many times as we live pretty close. The elite are pretty snooty but a great place to visit for any occasion at all. The commoners are lovely people and don't forget to drink lots and lots of wine...lol. Why else would you go there right?
Man come on people he seems like a REAL good person i hope he has a great life with who ever he picked
Can someone please edit these monsters who come on here. Excuse me now, gotta go poopoo.
Smellsky: Have you eaten corn lately?
Call me immeidately. I can do yoga and a deep downward dog.
these comments r too entertaining haha
I honestly think the bachelor is so stupid
I agree 100%
CNN are you serious! You actually screened the comments prior to posting. Someone just lost a job! Hey CNN is hiring !
What is up with the last comment – how gross!!!
You are a pig, what I would imagine a fat pig. Jenny Craig, Lady...
Dude, it's Jennifer Love Hewitt for Christ's sake. You can't see yourself with a celebrity yet you'll expose yourself to the idiocy that is a reality show. Moron!
Firsty ! This guy is a good catch – not only good looking but he owns a winery in Napa which should make any girl happy. Its beautiful there and the weather is perfect. :)
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