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Bachelor Ben Flajnik Explains Why He Turned Down Jennifer Love Hewitt

12/15/2011 at 03:30 PM EST

Bachelor Ben Flajnik Explains Why He Turned Down Jennifer Love Hewitt
Ben Flajnik and Jennifer Love Hewitt
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If it were up to Ben Flajnik, he'd rather stay a Bachelor than be in a relationship with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The TV personality, who was left heartbroken by Ashley Hebert on last season's Bachelorette, caused tongues to wag earlier this year when he was reportedly on a date with the former Ghost Whisperer star, 32.

Flajnik, who admits to the Hewitt-initiated meet-up, says although the actress was "a nice girl," she didn't meet his needs.

"It was right in the middle of the time when I was deciding to be the Bachelor," Flajnik explained of the outing – which consisted of dinner at his family's winery – in a conference call on Wednesday. "When this is all said and done, ending up with a Hollywood celebrity is not something that I want."

One thing he is open to: baring all on national television – and he doesn't just mean emotionally.

"So far, America has seen my bare butt, and I have no problem with male nudity," he says in the interview, referring to a clip of him skinny-dipping that was included in the Bachelor trailer. "When a beautiful woman asks you to go skinny-dipping on the beach, you don't say no. Granted there are cameras around, but it's a bare butt. It's not that big of a deal to me."

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