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The Bachelorette is a reality game show that airs on the ABC network. The show was created as a counterpart to The Bachelor and features one eligible, single female who narrows down a field of 25 to 30 men as a potential husband. In the final episode, one of the two men remaining proposes to the bachelorette who can then accept or refuse. The original series aired from 2003 to 2005 and returned in 2008 for its current run.

The popular series has seen its share of drama, with many contestants of both sexes crossing over from The Bachelor and competing from the opposite position. Generally, the runner-up from each show becomes an eligible party the following season. Over eight seasons of The Bachelorette, three of the final couples have broken up, two of the ladies ended up marrying someone not related to the series and one relationship from season seven remains in question. The only success story thus far has been from season one winners Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter who married and have two children together.

While devised as a novel way for people to meet, get to know one another and possibly marry, The Bachelorette does present some negative stereotypes in the dating world, namely the focus on looks and potential. Relationships end for a variety of reasons, on or off television, but this show seems to prove it is difficult to quantify something as mysterious as human chemistry.

The Bachelorette 2012 is currently airing on Monday nights.

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Monday 8:00 PM et/pt on ABC
11 Seasons, 117 Episodes - Returning Series
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The Bachelorette Full Episode Guide

  • The men are in for a treat when Laila Ali gives them pointers on how to box and Amy Schumer instructs them on standup comedy.

  • The men vote for the girl they think should be the next Bachelorette and the winner spends time with the men.

  • For the first time in the show's history, two women meet potential love interests and hope they will be picked to be the bachelorette.

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'Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman Splits Up with Fiance Josh Murray

"The Bachelor" might be in full swing, but this former Bachelorette isn't having as much luck in love. Andi Dorfman of "The Bachelorette" has reportedly split up with fiance Josh Murray. The two got engaged at the end of their run on last season of "The Bachelorette," when Andi chose Josh as the "winner." "After several months of being engaged and working on our relationship, we have decided that it's best for both of us to go our separate ways," the couple said in an official statement.

'The Bachelorette' Almost Didn't Air the Late Eric Hill's Departure

This week, "The Bachelorette" had a big decision to make: How should they handle the departure of a contestant who died after filming? "Bachelorette" contestant Eric Hill died in a tragic paragliding accident earlier this year, giving a macabre twist to the season. That left the production wondering how much of Hill's departure from the show, which occurred on this week's episode, to show on the air. The dramatic way in which Eric left the show didn't make things any easier for producers, either.

'Bachelorette' Contestant Dies After Paragliding Accident

Sad news this week. Eric Hill, a contestant in the upcoming 10th season of "The Bachelorette" (airing May 19th), has passed away. Hill died from injuries sustained after a paragliding accident. Hill, 31, was gliding off of a hill in Draper, Utah, when his parachute partially collapsed. Salt Lake County Unified Fire spokesman Brian Anderson says Hill's accident "swung him into the hillside like a pendulum." Though he was not far from the ground, and wearing proper safety gear, the velocity that he hit the rock with was enough to cause serious injury.

Kasey Kahl Of 'Bachelorette' Fame Pleads Not Guilty To Felony Assault

A former contestant on “The Bachelorette” is in trouble with the law lately. Kasey Kahl, who vied for bachelorette Vienna Girardi’s heart along with all those other hot guys who did exactly the same thing, was arrested in January for getting into a fight outside a Fresno bar. Earlier this month he was charged with two counts of felony assault for the “drunk and disorderly” fiasco—one charge for felony battery and the other for being totally flippin’ hammered in public.

'The Bachelorette' Gone Awry: Did Emily Maynard Cheat On Jef?

By all means, express surprise at even the very rumor that a bond born of ABC's "The Bachelorette" would be forged without accusations of something tawdry. Go ahead. Laughter is the best medicine, and I have a headache. Reports have stirred this week that former "The Bachelor" winner and this past season's "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard may have strayed from fiancé Jef Holm, leading to one explosive fight between the two during a South Carolina vacation.

'Bachelorette' Finale Preview: Most 'Unpredictable' Yet

This season of ABC's "The Bachelorette" hasn't wanted for surprises. They haven't always been Earth-shaking, and one was even one big bait-and-switch tease of a letdown, but Emily Maynard has set herself apart from all the single ladies. For starters, there's the fact that Maynard's patience and tolerance for bulls**t from the man-herd has been consistently left set at "Not A Single F**k given." Sure, she's barely hesitated several times to tell would-be suitors - especially ones like Kalon who looked down upon her putting her eight-year-old daughter Ricki first - that they can tell their stories walking.

'The Bachelorette' Finale Preview: Will Emily Maynard Follow Brad Womack's Example?

(WARNING! The following may contain "The Bachelorette" finale spoilers. Read at your own risk.) Intrigue has no one definitive recipe. Especially not within "The Bachelorette." The seventh season was the dating equivalent to "Hostel" or "Saw": romantic torture porn, with a grown woman behaving like a self-centered 15-year-old, playing weekly head games with innocent men, and inflicting repeated mental (occasionally physical) trauma upon unsuspecting suitors.

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