Jen Schefft Still a Bachelorette
02/25/2005 AT 09:40 PM EST
While both men do propose, the romance between Jen Schefft and her pick seems to have ended almost as soon as it began. Sources in Schefft’s adopted hometown of Chicago have linked the 28-year-old publicist to her boss, local nightclub promoter Billy Dec, 32.
"I said from the beginning that I didn't think she was gonna get hitched out of this," says one friend. "She wasn't really into any of the guys."
In fact, Schefft, has been sounding less like a woman in love than one simply trying to get through the end of the series without letting her secret out. "I have no regrets," she said during a press conference call Feb. 23. "I am so happy that I did the show and it was a great experience."
The fizzling romance marks another potential blow for the ailing ABC franchise which has suffered dwindling ratings in its last few outings. Of the nine love matches struck on the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows, only two couples – Trista and Ryan Sutter and Byron Velvick and Mary Delgado – remain together.
Unless ratings improve, says one network source, the next installment set to begin this spring and to star actor Charlie O’Connell (twin to Crossing Jordan star Jerry O’Connell) as the The Bachelor – will likely be the last.
Read more in next week’s issue of People.