ben flajnik bachelor premiere 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik: 'I'm happy with the experience'“Bachelor” Ben Flajnik is home, having wrapped his “Bachelor” experience several weeks ago. As the premiere date for the season draws closer, he spoke with the press about his time on the show, which he says he went into “open, honest and ready for a new experience.”

When asked if he found love and if he’s happy with the outcome, Ben says:

“I’m happy with my decision in doing the show. Another good experience, another cathartic, therapuetic adventure … I can’t tell you [if I’m happy with the outcome]. I’m happy with the experience, I’m happy I decided to become the bachelor.”

Does he have a favorite date?

“They’re all kind of over the top and outlandish, but I found the ones that were the most normal were my favorites. The closest to every day kind of life.”

On being nervous being on the side of the choosing:

“When that first limo pulled up, sheer panic and terror set in. It took the first few ladies for me to kind of settle in. Your heart is racing, it’s nerve-wracking on both sides.”

Does he regret anything?

“I have no regrets about anything that I did. I feel like my decisions were well thought out and I’ll leave it at that.”

And now that he’s been through it, does he see how Ashley could have fallen for two guys?

“I do. You’re obviously trying to figure out a lot of things along the way and it’s a difficult situation. Easily the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my entire life. You’re always thinking about each individual relationship, where it’s going, where it’s not going. It’s difficult.”

“The Bachelor” premieres Monday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. We can hardly wait.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."