emily maynard bachelorette Emily Maynard the next 'Bachelorette'? Yay or nay, fans?The latest “Bachelor” franchise rumor to hit the ol’ interwebs is US Weekly reporting that Emily Maynard is the next gal in line to be “The Bachelorette.” A source tells the magazine, “She hasn’t officially signed on yet, but it looks like a done deal.” and also says that Emily wants to use her stint on the show to jump-start her broadcast TV career.

Emily is fresh off being chosen as the winner of Brad Womack‘s second go-round and their problems and eventual split have been all over the media for months. But we aren’t sure this makes a ton of sense and here’s why.

First of all, the franchise has to have another “Bachelor” season before the next “Bachelorette” season. What if some darling of that season becomes the gal all the fans are clamoring for and Emily is long-forgotten? Keep in mind the next “Bachelorette” won’t be announced until March 2012, which puts Emily at being a year removed from her first stint on TV. That’s like a million years in reality TV time.

Secondly, if Emily is so popular that ABC thinks this is a good idea, why didn’t they have her be the bachelorette this time around? We could all kinda see that she and Brad weren’t working out at the reunion special. ABC could’ve spun that just fine and had her ready to go. Why wait until she’s a year off the show to use her if she’s so well-liked?

Honestly, we didn’t really care for Emily on Brad’s season and neither did a lot of our readers, so we don’t quite see where the popularity would come from that would have ABC doing this deal so far in advance. We reached out to ABC for comment and they have no comment at this time.

One thing’s for sure – if this happens, Bentley is going to be so mad.

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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."