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5 Most Controversial Bachelor and Bachelorette Stars of All Time

Originally posted 08/31/2016 02:55AM

Nick Viall may have stirred up strong social media reactions after it was announced Tuesday that he will be the next leading man of The Bachelor, but he's certainly not the first pick that's created an uproar.

Whether the response from Bachelor Nation was immediately divided or the star in question eventually took a wrong turn on his or her path to love, Viall follows in the footsteps of some controversial Bachelors and Bachelorettes past.

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These Broken-Hearted Bachelor Contestants Found Love

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Bachelor Contestants Who Found Love After Heartbreak

Originally posted 03/10/2014 07:15PM

As Bachelor fans wait to see whether Juan Pablo Galavis chooses Nikki or Clare on Monday's Final Rose episode, at least one contestant has already moved on after being dumped by the Venezuelan hottie.

Single mom Renee Oteri, 32, who Galavis said goodbye to after their hometown date, is engaged to Bracy Maynard, a guy she's known since she was 12. But she's not the only former contestant to find love off-camera.

While newly engaged former Bachelorette Emily Maynard is hoping that the fourth time is the charm, and two-time contestant Kacie Boguskie is engaged, these former contestants have also found their happily ever after.

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Emily Maynard Went for Nontraditional Engagement Ring(s)

Emily Maynard Went for Nontraditional Engagement Ring(s)

Originally posted 02/01/2014 04:25PM

It's official!

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Guess Which Former Bachelor AshLee Frazier Is Dating? | AshLee Frazier, Brad Womack

The Bachelor

The Bachelor's AshLee Frazier Shares a Cuddly Photo with Brad Womack

Originally posted 04/11/2013 01:40PM

Well, this is an interesting Bachelor twist!

Brad Womack – who doled out the roses in season 15 – is keeping things in the franchise family with his apparent new squeeze, AshLee Frazier, who vied for Sean Lowe's heart last season.

Emily Maynard's ex-fiancé, 40, was pictured in an Instagram photo this week, hugging Frazier, 32. Accompanying the cutesy shot was a revealing caption from Frazier, herself, who made it known she and Womack are an item.

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New Bachelorette Emily Maynard Is 'Scared to Death'

The Bachelorette

Emily Maynard Is 'Scared to Death' About Being the Bachelorette

Originally posted 02/01/2012 05:00PM

Is Emily Maynard getting cold feet?

Production for her season of The Bachelorette begins next month but Maynard, 25, isn't quite ready.

"It really hasn't hit me, what I've signed on to do," she tells PEOPLE. "I'm scared to death."

Last June when Maynard and The Bachelor's Brad Womack ended their engagement, she swore she "had no intentions of ever being the next Bachelorette."

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Shawntel Newton: Women Made Me Cry After I Crashed The Bachelor

The Bachelor

Shawntel Newton Explains Why She Crashed The Bachelor

Originally posted 01/20/2012 05:45PM

Funeral director Shawntel Newton doesn't believe she was dead on arrival when she walked into the third rose ceremony trying to rekindle a Twitter fling she'd had pre-season with The Bachelor's Ben Flajnik.

The Chico, Calif., veteran of Brad Womack's second season blamed the other ladies for putting the nail in her coffin.

You alluded to a previous connection with Ben. Explain.
I made it very clear on Twitter I had a crush on him and wanted to get to know him [during] Ashley's season. He sent me a private message and we exchanged numbers. We [said] we should meet in person but he couldn't be seen in public. It never happened.

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Five Things Contestants Need to Know to Woo Emily Maynard

The Bachelorette

Five Things Contestants Need to Know to Woo Emily Maynard

Originally posted 01/20/2012 07:40AM

Before long, Emily Maynard will have a new crop of hopeful guys vying for her affection on the new season of The Bachelorette, according to show sources.

So what's the way to Maynard's heart? Here are five things her prospective suitors need to know about the 25-year-old single mom.

1. Her Daughter Comes First
Maynard and her 6-year-old, Ricki, are incredibly close. When Maynard left town to film The Bachelor with Texas bar owner Brad Womack, she vowed she'd never leave her daughter for such a long period of time again. That's why producers agreed to film a large portion of her upcoming season of The Bachelorette in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Guys had better know how to charm Ricki if they expect to have a chance with Maynard.

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Emily Maynard Is the Next Bachelorette

The Bachelorette

Emily Maynard Is the Next Bachelorette

Originally posted 01/18/2012 12:15PM

Emily Maynard is looking for love on TV – again!

The sweet and likable winner of Brad Womack's season of The Bachelor will return to the franchise as the next star of The Bachelorette, show sources confirm to PEOPLE.

Maynard, whose rocky engagement to Womack ended last summer, was reluctant to appear on The Bachelorette because she didn't want to be away from her young daughter Ricki. But, a source says, the show is moving production to their hometown, Charlotte, N.C., to accommodate, Maynard, 25.

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Why Bachelor Brad Shunned the TV Cameras

The Bachelorette

UpdatePosted 07/12/2011 09:50AM

Why Bachelor Brad Shunned the TV Cameras

Originally posted 07/12/2011 07:50AM

Emotions ran high on The Bachelorette Monday night as host Chris Harrison interviewed Emily Maynard, the single mom from Charlotte, N.C. who spoke openly about her recent split from Bachelor Brad Womack.

Noticeably absent while Maynard sobbed through much of the interview was Womack. Why didn't he show?

"I think it was too hard for him," Maynard tells PEOPLE. Since becoming engaged on The Bachelor season finale, the duo had been dogged relentlessly by the paparazzi and served as the subject of false tabloid reports.

"He wants privacy just as much as I do. The only reason [I did it] is because I don't want people following me anymore. I have a daughter I have to protect," Maynard says.

"That was my main reason for coming here. If I didn't have that I would have just let it ride and never been on TV again."

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Bachelorette's Chris Harrison 'Believed Brad and Emily Would Work'

The Bachelorette

Bachelorette's Chris Harrison 'Believed Brad and Emily Would Work'

Originally posted 07/11/2011 09:00AM

When a couple get engaged on The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, "I get caught up in the moment just like our viewers do," host Chris Harrison tells PEOPLE.

But when a couple part ways, like Bachelor Brad Womack and his fiancée, Emily Maynard, recently did – well, that's a different story.

"I believed Brad and Emily would work," says Harrison, whose one-on-one chat with Maynard will air during The Bachelorette Monday, 8 p.m. on ABC. "I knew the interview was going to be very difficult for her and for me."

From the moment her car pulled up in front of the Bachelor mansion, the single mom from Charlotte, N.C., couldn't conceal her heartbreak, Harrison says.

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