Viewers have been quite critical of ABC’s The Bachelorette 2011 Ashley Hebert this season. Unfortunately for Ashley, the bachelors, and the Scottsdale viewers at home, Hebert was distracted early in the season by Bentley Williams, and it made for a painful few episodes. Luckily, Ashley moved on and fans are now getting exactly what they want from the show: romance. Sunday the site Philly.com posted a new interview with Ashley, and the interview gives fans plenty to mull over as they wait for Monday night’s big episode.
Intense media scrutiny that misses the mark
Those who participate in the show now tend to end up with intense media scrutiny and paparazzi attention. Ashley shares, “They wait outside my apartment for when I leave in the morning and they wait outside school for when I go home.” Ashley shares that she used to think the majority of magazine stories had a bit of truth to them, but she says, “Now I know they’re completely inaccurate.” This season, particularly once Bentley became a non-issue, there have been many outrageous stories about Ashley, frontrunner JP Rosenbaum, Ryan Park and others on the show, painting everybody possible in an unflattering light. The media attention seems to be one of the key problems Emily and Brad faced after their stint on The Bachelor, and fans hope Ashley Hebert is able to let the many nasty stories slide off her back.
Jaded and less trusting now
She shares that the show has changed her, though not necessarily in the best of ways. “On the show you’ll see me trusting everybody. That’s always been my default position. Now I feel like I’m jaded. I think I’ve learned a lot about people, but it’s kind of a sad thing.” Bloggers, commenters and even the show’s own alumni have often been brutal in their criticism of Ashley. Not everybody is in that camp, however. Some comment that most women have gone through what Ashley has experienced in being misled by a guy with bad intentions, but Ashley had to do it in front of a national audience. There has been a great deal of criticism that Ashley is insecure, but she says, “Despite what people believe, I’m actually pretty secure in myself.” She adds, “There’s a lot of good things happening too. You don’t see much of that. You only see what sucks people in.”
Too honest and trusting
While Ashley may have gone to a Phily casting event for The Bachelor on a whim, she felt a lot of pressure as The Bachelorette because she wanted to make everyone happy. At the same time, she says that she’s gone with her heart and says, “In a way, I think I’m too honest. If I’m not into somebody, I have a hard time faking it.” Viewers have certainly seen that play out with the abrupt departures of Ryan, Ben C.,William, and Mickey over the past few weeks of the show.
95 percent sure
Is there a happy ending on The Bachelorette 2011? Spoilers claim that is the case, but viewers will not know for certain until the August 1 finale date. However, Hebert says, “I knew where my heart was from very early on. I wanted to give every guy a chance but by the time of the hometown dates, I was probably 95 percent sure.” While Ashley has kept tight-lipped about the ending, she does say she is happy about her choice in the finale. “Absolutely, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Will there be a happy ending?
Monday night’s episode features the hometown dates, and viewers will be watching with a keen eye. JP Rosenbaum certainly appears to be the frontrunner, as Ashley and JP have shared many romantic, passionate moments since early on this season. What about the quiet contender Ben Flajnik? Things certainly took a leap to the next level in last week’s episode, and many are not counting him out yet. While it’s possible Ashley ends up choosing nobody in the end, few fans think there is a happy ending in store for Ashley and one of the remaining guys.
What do you think of Ashley’s responses? Which guy is your pick this season? Are you warming up to Ashley as The Bachelorette over the past couple of episodes? The Bachelorette episodes can be seen Monday nights at 7 p.m. on Channel 15 in the Scottsdale area. You can also watch The Bachelorette online at ABC.com the day after the show airs.
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